C.O.W. #314. Cryptids Series - Part I: Will-O-The-Wisp - Finals
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-the creature we are designing can be of any size and shape, but keep in mind that it is indeed mysterious and hard to find
-resides within the marshlands
-must give off a flame/lantern-like light in some way
Last edited by Rob Powell; 2 Weeks Ago at 01:05 AM.
Concept: Lucernum turbatin (Lamp of Confusion)
Lamps of Confusion are found in deep swamps and are in nature docile, feeding passively on careless insects that fly its way. It is a very boring and drab creature to find in the morning, brown in coloration, and not much to go off of on aesthetics but once night falls this creature literally becomes the stuff of legend. Travelers have mistaken this creature, no, this creature's light show as the mystical will-o-wisp. This is effect comes from the enzymes it uses to digest insects and the partially see through membrane on the front of the creature. The light shines through like sunlight through stained glass and bounces off the surrounding mist creating balls of light. This is mostly used to confuse predators so it can run away into the darkness. Travelers find these creatures dangerous if they are spotted during the night because a large predator is usually near by creating the myth that these wisps lead to danger.
(larger picture http://i.imgur.com/hKisgNY.jpg)
A fully grown jellywisp inhabits the treetops surrounding a bog. They gracefully climb between the branches with their strong tendrils. They reproduce asexually, releasing their bioluminescent spores when the environmental conditions are ideal. Jellywisps often release these luminous spores at night while a heavily foggy atmosphere is present. The spores need the moisture provided by the fog to survive their early stages of development. Travelers are often drawn to these lights, but those who follow them are drawn deeper into the fog, often never finding their way out...
This snake is similar to the rattlesnake in that it has a very distinctive tail, which is used to attract curious prey. Unlike a rattlesnake however, it is not as afraid of you as you are of it.
Concept: Lucem Microphis
Very few have witnessed the appearance of this rare creature, it lives mostly under water for the majority of its life, and surfaces very few times.
The light that come from the pouch that extends along his entire ventral surface is believed to be a matting call
Concept: Will-o-the-wisp (Ignusfatuus vorax)
A nasty, nasty thing. No one knows what phylum it belongs to, though it does have some vague resemblance to carnivorous sea squirts. It uses glowing lures to attract its prey, which is, of course, people who stayed near the marshes after dark. The lures blink on and off to lead the prey toward the maw. Amphibian symbiotes that look like toothy newts from hell are always near, so even if you try to get out of the bog you fell in, they will do your in. Better stay indoors.
Last edited by arenhaus; 2 Weeks Ago at 07:11 PM.
Artist: Rob Powell
These devilish little creatures often play in marshlands. They light their bodies to lure unsuspecting people into the deepest parts of the marshes to play tricks on them. When people get close they simply vanish into the marshes only to reappear further away. They rather enjoy the sight of people in fear, especially those who do not respect their marshy homeland. However the decline of the marshlands due to human habitation has made these creatures more and more scarce. They still play tricks on the humans who most of the time will get lost within the marshlands after the wisps have finished playing.
These creatures are both very peacefully, and extremely dangerous. Basically all what they doing is pollinating local flora of the marshes. Sadly since they seeds are so bright they unintentionally lure random wanderers. They accidentally taking them as a lights of camp fires located somewhere nearby the horizon. Those lost wanderers straying around the marshes, bitten by mosquitoes and leeches are slowly getting week more, and more... and at last as a result of exhaustion and fever they dying. Sometimes if you wander somewhere around the swamps you can hear the mad cursing of these poor victims of their own imagination. If you do though don't be a fool and try to rescue them. The only thing you can meet on these swamps are hallucinations, and eternal loss.
My first ever COW participation, glad to be here
The Will-O-The-Wisp rests beneath the muddy bog during the day and as the air cools in the evening the warm gas inside its globe causes it to float up out of the mud. Insects and many small animals are transfixed by the light and drawn into the Will-O-The-Wisp's paralyzing tendrils and devoured. In general the Wisps avoid humans but they have a strange distaste for whistling and will attack a whistling human in swarms to rid their bog of the vile sound. They communicate by fluctuating the intensity of their light, which they can see from their single eye in 360 degrees.
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MarkThacker-First of all welcome to cow! Hope you are able to enjoy it here and grow as well! Unfortunately I had to reject your entry from the poll, for a number of reasons. You really need to explore the design a lot more than what is shown. I can see some thought went into the tail, but overall it is just a generic snake. Try to incorporate other elements into it, mix and match different animal parts, play with the anatomy, experiment with the silhouette. Image sizes need to be reasonable, try to keep it at most 1000 pixels wide to make it easier for us to view. And finally, the image seems to have been rushed as the painting could have been pushed a lot further than what is shown, plus there appears to be some sloppiness in the sketching. Really try to work hard to make your images presentable. I'm not asking for any masterpieces, but try to work towards the best of your ability and try to push yourself even further than that.
Last edited by Rob Powell; 2 Weeks Ago at 01:18 AM.
Nice work folks!!! Hard to vote for a winner as always...
I actually like each one for different reasons, enjoying the data sheet of arenhaus, the cheeky simplicity in Rob's entry,
the originality in SOMEBODYSROCKSTAR's piece....
hopefully in the coming weeks i can make an entry.... . .