I voted for Arthur-gl for a great image and flowing style.
A very close second to dwinbotp for a cool, creepy creature.
I liked quite a few others but the main battle for me was between those Two.
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It was a tough choice between Bralt Hannicart and Agustin Poratti. I ended up voting for Agustin Poratti, but both are great concepts.
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I'm happy I got a vote! I voted for Arthur-gl this time around because of the composition and design of the creature. Zimfin's entry was a close second for me. It's great to see so many great compositions.
voted for dwinbotp. Would have liked to have seen just a teeeeeeeeny bit more sharpness in the areas around the mouth and surrounding pink membranes, to give the overall lost edges of the softness more purposeful intentionality, but it's still a gorgeous painting with lovely colors. Also... its COW not CHOW.
Arthur was my second choice.
siiilion I really enjoyed your piece, it's both a very well shaped ttogether with the color, and the lighting is awesome.
I voted Zimfin for creativity and awesome execution. I felt like his was the most original of these, and one that could actually work. Interesting mechanism, reminds me a lot of the way a fish's "swim bladder" works.
I also really liked Augustin's, but it didn't strike me so much as a cephalopod, but more like a millipede. Great story concept though.
Dwinbotp's has cool lighting and it looks like the creature could work. Great detail on the mouth area, but kind of blurry and not so well defined everywhere else.
I really like the perspective on Arthur's and how he pushes out of the frame. The top part is going off the screen though, and it seems like a vague balloon shape up there. The underside looks more machine-like than animal-like somehow.
I also like Kin's and the perspective is really great there, but the smoke "ink" obscures a lot of the front mouth end of it, which would have been nice to see.
... and that's all the comments I have time for. Great work y'all!
Bralt_Hannicart: Got my vote. The texturing on the creature's great, and I can imagine it appearing in a documentary, "although this may at first appear to be fungi, it is in fact an animal closely related to the squid..."
Joey-b: I find those holes a little creepy, but it's a nice use of colour. A background or diagram would have been nice (the critter itself takes up less than half the pic, which is a shame to me).
Kin: Storm squid! Who cleans the sky? Neat. Reminds me of some of the recent MTG elementals... I find it hard to believe anything that fleshy would stay off the ground like that, but it's an awesome pic with a cool creature design.
Roland_Liu: He's cute, and you have a good grasp of colour use, but the solid black lines take away from that a little. Also, the face is rather more humanoid than need be (mouth raised up to front of 'face', ear-like placing of the funnel, tentacles in the moustache position) though it's nice to see some teeth!
TimM: I think you meant the dot "absorbs" sunlight? But I love the name. Blimp squid. One thing that's not obvious to me is why they have short, fat, tentacles as opposed to just the long, thin, ones. Also, the picture looks only partially finished (on account of the sketchy clouds and tentacle pads in the foreground, as well as the very vague background sky)... It's an awesome creature design (description included) though.
Nikola_Marinkovic: A very simplistic approach, which makes sense for a sky squid! You resisted the tentacles and made it look very balloon-like (this would rock hiding in children's parties). However, I was offput by how difficult it is to make out the anatomy (I had difficulty spotting the mouth), so again a diagram (say, of its hunting technique/s) or some others in the background might have helped. Gorgeous choice of background by the way.
Arthur-GL: Ignoring my wonders on the physics applied (would there be enough blood/heart power without weighing it down, plus squid are cold-blooded), it's a snouty cephalopod! Makes it very cute, though I was more tempted towards the other more squid-like entries (the positioning of the tentacles makes me think it looks like an insect, say a mosquito). Plus you're a clear winner for this round anyway! By the way, the evil looking one on the mountain to the far right? Very cool.
AlisonRobin: Ooh, you went for a nautilus! Don't be put off by not being included in this poll, it's a pretty original take on the topic!
MoHog: Woo sky cleaners! Not sure that's a healthy diet, but nevermind. It's a cute design, but the body shape makes me think more of insects than cephalopods (6 legs, hint of head, thorax and abdomen being separate). It's a nice pic though, especially good detail on the eye.
Zimfin: That looks frickin' awesome. Seemed a little too far a stretch from the 1-tentacle-sided make of cephalopods I think of, but nice dodge on the problems of inventing an Earth-dwelling one! A diagram of how that parachute forms would be nice too, but I'm totally saving this when I get home.
Kredepops: Woah. Imaginative cephalopod there, though it shows a little bit too much that the one in the background is copied and pasted... Still, it's a good concept and I like the mention of its social patterns (herd-size), but what mostly puts me off this is the appearance. The face-tentacles and very forward-pointing eyes in particular seem a little out of place... Nice choice of colours, but I think the face in this case seems a little too... Conventional compared to the rest of the body. Again; I like the use of different a planet to help with keeping the critter airborn.
Gax: I find this art style difficult to comprehend, so I'll keep this short. It's nice to see some bright colours, but it's a shame you can't see more of the creature's shape.
Dwinbotp: Awesome apocalypse demon, though I'd have prefered a beak to the teeth. It's a great picture too, but I'm a little put off by it snatching a cow. Despite not being vegetarian I guess I'm too soppy for livestock.
Christoffer: Glow-cuttlefish! This is a lovely picture and concept, knida makes me sleepy... I find its wings/tail a bit odd, but if I hadn't fallen for the simplicity of design and great textures on Bralt_Hannicart's I expect I would have voted for this.
OTTA: Very striking critter, but does make my eyes hurt a bit. Lovely background, I think it would have paid off if you'd gone for a similarly simple choice of colour-scheme. I don't think the Blue or Green Fairy lacks a ring to it (though it does make me think of puppets and alcohol, respectively), but then I'd have had the eyes on the side of the head too. I like the touch of the horns though, makes it very distinctive.
Ironhead (Artur Franik): Cute! Have you seen that short animation of the Gas Planet critters? Colourful and simple, a bit more oddities thrown in (like more about its habitat) would be nice, but this is one of my favourites, despite not being monstrous. Nice face too.
Poison: Hee, "squid trap" is a cool name. It's very cool (again one I think could hide in children's parties), but a bit more like a jellyfish than a squid? Cool mouth though. If the top right pic had been a close-up to show off texture (I'm a little put off by the furry blur) this might have got my vote.
Johannesblomgren: Corpse demon is very cool. The background looks out of place (Is that a photo?) but I love the creature's expression. Doesn't make me think of cephalopods, but it's definitely very cool.
Darkly: Interesting creature design, and nice touch to dodge the "how can it fly" bit (by saying what scientists currently believe, meaning that they, not you, are wrong if it's implausible). I think what puts me off is how the original art mixes with the background (a faded overlap which I think takes away from how awesome the lineart/colour on the creature is). Also, it shows that the other 2 background creatures are the same pose exactly, which is a shame since it would be nice to see this from more than 1 angle.
rWDrk: I know it's meant to be a slit pupil, but he looks so happy! What texture there is looks good, and it's a colourful design, which makes it more of a shame that the whole thing is so brief! It'd be nice if something was happening in the picture, or at least if we could see the whole critter.
Agustin_Poratti: How peculiar. It's a shame we can't see more of it, but I do like the vague art and short little story! It's very atmospheric!
Siiilon: Squid serpent! Very cool picture (I'm going to save it later for my awesome critter pic collection), though I'm not sure why the face is dripping when the tail isn't, and the use of the "head" as a tail takes away from the cephalopod-feel for me. It really is a gorgeous picture though.
Rauwolf: Rabbits like dandelions, are they its main predator? It's a very cute little critter, and it's nice someone went for a small one. Bit of a shame that the background's so blank and that the cephalopod art style doesn't match that of the plants... Cute eye ridges though.
GNAHZ: This reminds me of a Pokémon, though I'm not sure which one... I like the simple choice of colours, and though again I don't like the use of copying and pasting, it doesn't show so badly in this case. Not sure what the face-tentacles are doing though (it looks like the creature's diving, so I'd expect them to be pushed back), and it reminds me more of a fish or ray than a cephalopod.
ChromaticCodex: Awesome creature shape! Really does look like a cephalopod! Nice that someone went octopus too, they're so cute. The gorgeous line work on the head seems ill at ease with the algae-tentacles though... But overall it's a real shame that the picture isn't as striking as it should be, I might have voted this! Maybe get it submitted earlier next time?
Great job all! Sorry if these comments got increasingly brief/erratic/incomprehensible, I'm tired and there were a lot of entries!
dont have time to reply to everyone, but I am voting for christoffer. I really like your piece. It seems really well thought out to me. I like that you have not only taken into account the creature's method of flotation, but also it's means of locomotion via the wing flap thingys. It's cool that you decided to have the chemical reaction this creature uses to float also create a phosphoresence. It seems to fit your creature perfectly that this reaction holds such beauty because it is such a peaceful creature.
on a technical side I think you rendered the clouds really well and I love all the little details about the squid itself like the tiny veins on it's wings. You also handled the secondary light source from the gas sacs well.
The only thing I would like to have seen is a method of sight or detecting location. If it's location were a totally water covered planet it wouldn't be an issue, but I can almost see one of these smashing into a mountain because it didn't realize it was over land.
Voting for GAX. It was not an easy decision thogh, cause it's true the creature is poorly visible and so it's hard to say it is a creature design.
Anyway, I meditated about it and analyzed and finally you got the vote. But next time sure try to make the creature more defined!
Thanks for the comments HareTrinity & shinobitoshi and the vote/s. I actually didn't give much thought on it's eyesight so that was a mistake on my part. One of those 'Homer Simpson moments'. I guess I got too caught up in figuring out how to make the whole flight mechanic work.
Thanks meganite and HareTrinity for the comments! I usually tend to just work without really thinking too in-depth on how things work, which would be a good idea and for sure it would make it have that extra depth of reality. I should really work on that.