njoo, yours still amazes me so you get my vote. The lighting, colours, atmosphere and character are all so interesting, it's hard to take my eyes off of it!
I really liked both siliKONe and adonihs' entries even though they were close to rejection. They're both really well done, and I think had there been a close-up view of the bacteria for siliKONe's entry, and maybe a face or mouth or something visible in adonihs' entry, they both would be accepted no problem.
On a little side note, mine was a total WIP. I'm sorry for having it sneak in there! When I return from my CA hiatus I will make up for it
I voted njoo. It's a original concept and the art is good! It looks quite polished. ((The only thing that bothers me is the face of the bird when attacking. To stylised))
Durin/Piru and Supervlieg Thanks for the comments! I will probably make use of them.
BANCK pld: I actually got a vote!
My sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=78068
Voted for Britt. Both the picture and the creature looks very simple at first. But it is all well weighed (for example: the blurred flowers in the back-ground and the furthest legs of the creature.) and has a nice fairy tale character to it. Despite the childish look those creatures radiate some actual horror, and those flowers are tempting to the eye. I get that traditional children's story voice echoing inside. "....but whatever you do, stay away from the white pretty flowers."
I really shouldn't like a ball-shaped creature with a round mouth lined with multiple layers of teeth. It's much too common a feature, these days. But in this context, I do... and that in itself means you did well, Britt. .... Here is the vote!
Some further C&C:
Supervlieg: I will say this once: That is funny! I'm worried for you concerning the anal focus, though, and I remember your highly explosive entry recently. Tell me, has it become an obsession?
Since you added a shadow around it, I think you intended for the turtle to be squashed (you sadistic bast...), but the creature above has not the same contrast (as the turtle), so I keep reading it as further away. The background ones are very well simplified, but they are too similar in contrast to each other, I think. The direction and placing of the birds are very well balanced, and those feathers coming of the closest Mugball add a lot to the charm, and are really well done as well. Funny! (Ooops, said it again…)
Chuck Wadey: Rather cool, but too common a dragon for this, I think. The fire isn’t working imo. There is something awkward about the positioning of the arms, and the texture on the wing to our right looks a bit too much like a 3d bump-map… also imo. And I also liked the arch-neck of the sketch better.
Dominus: Nice mood, great texture-work. The creatures are a bit anonymous, I think.
Michael Jaecks: A firm and solid beast! Did the military paint it? The head still looks a bit like a drawing (as opposed to a painting). The eye could use some wetness, and the furthest foot might have come a bit too low, bringing it level to the closest one. (This can work, but since you show a clear distance, vertically, between the toes in closest foot, there must also be some distance to the next foot… as I read it)
Xgabo: I think it is questionable if the light on the lower jaw and the neck should be there… since the light comes from up front… and in case of the lower jaw, some redirecting and partial hiding of the front teeth, and removing the light could have straightened it out.
The angle and the pose are fantastic, as is the composition!
If you increased the contrast since your first posting, I think it looked better before. If you worked on the claw, it certainly improved it. The creature itself is really cool, but there is something almost too natural about it, and therefore it doesn’t draw my eye for long. But I can feel that thing growl!
Njoo: Exellent background and a good atmospheric painting! I’m having some trouble reading the creature, though. The part on the ground looks like a heap of this and that (which it probably should to draw prey), and the beak looks like banana peel. I’m not sure why, but I think the different parts melt together and confuse my eye. The little “squirrel” gets lost in there… (and also, I’m personally tired of the extreme lure/camouflage-take).
I would like to walk in that forest!
Dragon4Lunch: Good painting! A part of me would like to vote for you.
Chr: Is the greens and browns perhaps a bit monotone?... some variations in hue, perhaps? I’m not sure…
Cotron: Very likable entry! Every time I see it I read the creature as if it was heading inwards (and rightwards)… turning it’s head back to look at the viewer. (As if its two right feet was its two hind feet) And that makes it look so much more alive, than just coming straight on from the inner left. Close to getting my vote…
silicone: A truly creepy entry. I really like the concept, and can actually picture it happening… very nightmarish! (one of the best ideas I’ve seen here. Hurri(cane) posted a similar underground version recently, but that was not as convincingly presented, or scary)
The planes might be too many… one or two would have been enough I think (at that distance) Who flies with those things about, anyway? If you had added a close-up of one of those tendrils or spore, I would have voted for this one.
The rest: Keep COW-ing and I'll comment your work as well... but not this week. Rock on!
Last edited by Cloister; October 3rd, 2006 at 08:26 PM.
Tonnes of amazing entries this round, I've been scrolling up and down, up and down trying to decide which one to vote for and then went to bed, then got back up, and went to work (which is where I'm right now, using company time to type this up hehehe)
but finally my vote went to Britt I really like the idea, and the poem and the mood, especialyl after I saw the sketches you did in the WIP, of the few designs you had, seeing the thought and process of creating these concepts! I think the only thing would be that the picture seem to be broken in 2 for the lighting, it me could a bit better of the lights hit the ground in patches like the sun ray going through the trees,etc. or maybe even a big shadow over the girl from the monster, something about the way it is know seperates the top and bottom. but I still think it rocks!
I had a hard time deciding between Britt, Supervlieg, Cloister, Cognition.sb, Xgabo, Cotron, VegasMike, theirs pop out at me
Supervlieg: When I first saw yours, my jaws dropped, it's an awesome scene, and halarious as well. Technique-wise it was top-notch and I love everything about the scene~! Only thing that bugged me a tiny bit was the hand, I think the scene would be even cooler without the guy being squash, just the fatties and the clueless turtle wandering around .
Cloister: I love this one cuz the idea's so different then others, more so in the composition and idea of the scene. I can just imagine the scene in action with the family all going "....wtf" and the monster would just pop back up stairs and dissappear! I commented earlier but the noise effect might be a little bit strong but that's just personal taste. And maybe some of the edges in the bg is too sharp and less painting feel, compare to the creature~
Cognition.sb: Seeing that illo's seems so believable as if I'm reading some articles on a newly discovered specie in the National Geographic magazine. The mood of the scene is nice and creepy and i think the spray of acid is a great touch! (and the writing helps alot too. )
Vegasmike: You stuff always have the colorful touch to it, always a pleasure looking at it! Something about the creature breaks it apart from the rest of the scene though, maybe mainly the contrast on the elephant infront's a lower or something. I'm a big sucker for bugs and dragons,etc so I love this flying bug/dragon hehe
xgabo: Man, I gotta say again the writing kicks ass! The lightning's probably my favorite one, really dynamic and powerful and works perfectly to tell the story. After studying the creature more, is the arn with the feather that's on the ground, the moster's right arm? so that the monster has his left arm lifted up? Cuz it also reads like that's his middle left arm, but is that's the case, where're his right arms? When I first saw it, I thought the feather leading up to the tail's his right wing. Anyways, it might have been even cooler if there was some hint of some far off bg in the cave opening, to give the scene even more depth~ great work!
Cotron: I love the design of the creature, it's so bizarre and funny looking! It also reminded me of the Rocketeer haha, i dunno why. In terms of design I think I like this creature the most, such a strange head and expression!
Kovah: Funny little creature, I think it's a bit saturated and maybe the texture or custom brush you used for it is a bit strong and repetitive, but I like brain suckers tho
ScaryPotato: Nice simple design hehe, but I think a spider falling out the sky would float almost the same if it didn't have those wing/webbing, unless this one flap its wing haha, which would be kinda funny! a hint BG would be nice!
Chuck Wadey: I like dragon, and I think if just looking at it like an illustration, it's great, but the concept of the dragon could be push a bit more. The mood of the scene's nice, but I think something about the dragon I liked in the sketch more~ can't wait to see more stuff from ya!
Durin/Piru: Haha funny stuff, I like the crater on the bottom, nice touch. Nice story telling, but the creature design could've gone further ^^
Dominus: Wow, really dark creepy mood, I think the worm falling out from the sky adds a even creepier feeling to this pic! Would be even cooler seing it do some destruction or something. (on the humorous side, it can be a giant anus in the sky dropping down big giants turd haha) j/j
EtaCarinae: Talking about turd in the last post, here comes the real turd, halarious, what else can I say haha. good thing these don't exist in real life, I have bad experience with birds already....
Michael Jaecks: How come you didn't use the one with all the buildings,etc That one had this gozilla touch to it, big monster, buildings,etc This one would be even cooler with some color variation, maybe at the chest or the webbing of the wing.
Wizo5454: that's funky texture to the pic, maybe it's a stylize choice of yours, but the creature looks a bit flat now~
Kawaii: Your creature design matches your name hehe, cute little thing and desc
Llothcat: wth?! flying cows? haha, I wanna see what they do, do they fight? Maybe more detail and contrast next round
Dragon4lunch: I think the extra clouds,etc works great to the pic, nice soft color, could feel this thing floating in the air.
Chr: I like the mysterious mood to this pic, and ya it makes me think of sesame street, the creature seems like a nice friendly bird and I think you managed to show its personality perfectly!
Mr.Man: Giant big floating monster wohoooo, I think a thing that huge would be nice to have more structural details to it Also it's a tiny bit confusing, from the elipse of the head I thought it's floating foward, but the leg right now, it's coming stright down it seems, so is this thing actaully floating horizontally or vertically?
Buck6455: I like the design, makes me wanna poke it! I think colors would push it a lot, I can imagine some semi-transparent coloring and wet texture on those bubbles~!
Davi: The overall mood to the pic is cool, and I can feel that giant size of the thing, but it doesn't seems that dangerous as it seem like it should from the description~
Abidangit: I like that newborn wet, semi translucent skin texture u got on the bird and the glowing tail's a nice touch. The bird's rending's amazing, I think the fire/meterorites could use a bit more detailing (not that it's really important ), the custom brush is a big obvious for those right now. Awesome work!
Moai: Haha not sure if it's suppose to be funny, but he looks funny Like some alien lost its way and wandered to a city, harmless and just floating around figuring out where the heck he is... maybe cuz those spikes on the head reminds me of exclamation marks heh..
Stephan_R: Nice stuff as usual, I can really feel it falling down, I can almost hear the monster screaming too! Is that char you drew you? It looks like it's meant to resemble someone~
Evil_Sloth: I like the painting mood it got to this pic, The design's funky and pretty unique, is it gonna kill the lady or waving hi to her?
Aspira: It could be even better if the wing didn't get cropped off i think (I think someone else mentioned that already?) Nice soft watercolors, which I know nothing about ;_;
Deep_Blue_Void: I like the mood, like some hynotizing toad, maybe more variation in colors would be nice~
jfwalls: Are they twins? nice rendering, I think a bit more design on the critter wouldn't hurt~
BlkCelebration: I like the expression of the ape like monster and the angle's nice too!
amer_nazri: Nice details on the feathers, it looks a little bit flat and I think a simple bg would push and strength the creature out more, and its living habitat~
siliKONE: Like what everyone said, the idea's awesome, gives it this really creepy and yet believable. Really dark and I think you captured the mood perfectly!
adonihs: Awesome action! When I look at the glowy things at the bottom, I always think that I'm seeing some mouth and teeth, and that it's tentacle are coming out from the ground to grab stuff from above~ Really nice mood overall, maybe a bit more detail on the creature would make it kick more ass~!
Whew done~ took me way too long lol, but helped me past a big chunk of time at work~! Awesome entries this round! I'm not sure if I have time for the next round, if not, good luck everyone next round, can't wait to see what people come up with.
damn, such a nice topic and no time to contribute. hopefully, next week will be less stressy.
this week's top contribs:
chuck wadey: very nice, love the dragon.
xgabo: killer composition, scary creature, great sense of panic.
njoo: lovely rendering, innovative creature design, and a hamster.
davi: love the style and idea. not flying actually, which adds freshness.
cotron: i always giggle when i see this creature. very well done.
stephan_r: funny perspective, nice creature, cool description.
vegasmike: fell in love with it from the first second. the panic in the elephants pose, the shadowing and the creature make this perfect. got my vote.
great cow, see ya all next week.
siliKONe and adonihs
Thanx so much for your understanding and supporting the spirit of COW...very mature and professional reactions!
Your entries would have been rejected in no time when they weren't THAT good - damn! They build a good base for this discussion though, hehe...
And also thank you to all who commented about my concerns and i think we can keep on track with the "unwritten" rules
It was so fun to join and enter... but voting was tough!
I went with Stephan_R. I love the concept of losing feathers like trees lose leaves. The creature's so funny, and the guy is so clueless.
Cloister, I think I liked it better before the texture was added, but this was still a close second for me.
Durin/Piru, yours made me laugh.
Chuck Wadey, I love the rich colors and depth.
Thanks for all your comments!!
Hey guys: Thanks for all the comments. For those that mentioned missing the buildings/old concept, what can I say? I always seem to change things drastically before the deadline. In this instance playing around with the layers so much, I eventually just wanted to simplify. The thing I liked best was the critters bulldog like face, and I really wanted the focus there.
Painting in so many layers was rewarding and I think it helped the rendering even of the single toad dragon, but layer painting really turns your painting into a sort of Rubik's cube. You suddenly have so many choices.
This week I voted for cognition. I love caves and I love the idea of these guys clinging to the ceilings and dropping down. Its a nice painting and an cool concept.
Lots of strong entries this round, congrats to all for that.
njoo got my vote. not to single you out, because i'd like to come back around to everyone, but cloister, why the grain? it seems odd coming from you, could you maybe explain why-perhaps you have and i missed it.
Late comments for everyone..
Njoo Thanks for the crits and vote. I voted your piece because I found your creature very entertaining and unique. It fits the description very well and is presented with awesome execution. Not much to crit…The only thing I can think of to increase interest on this piece is by adding a secondary character that acts as the bird’s prey. Other than that (French accent)“MAGNIFEEK!”
Durin/Piru, Cloister, xgabo, VegasMike, adonihs were also concidered for the vote....so many good entries
Supervlieg Very funny idea…I like the guy falling off the cliff in the background. Some of the terrain could use a little more work as far as atmosphere and texture description go. Still, it’s a very fun piece.
kovah This creature seems to be a bad guy, but it looks way too friendly…Make it look more dangerous
ScaryPotato Try exploring more ideas…This creature doesn’t venture far enough beyond a spider.
Chuck Wadey Cool dragon…The rider is a nice touch. Looks like it could use some finishing, and maybe lean up the flame a bit.
Durin/Piru Very funny…you had me cracking up in the early sketches. Love it.
Dominus Nice painting…enjoying the textures a lot.
EtaCarinae haha…I’ll be sure to bring an umbrella and some toilet paper the next time I visit Australia.
Michael Jaecks His head looks a little detached from the design…Might want to tie that in a little more.
wizo5454 Scary indeed.
KaWaii Good one. Like the idea.
Cloister Thanks for the comments and vote. I like your piece, as well. Very illustrative and definitely would work great for a magazine. I will admit that the filter could be toned down, but I like the story and presentation. Well done.
cognition.sb Cool creature…would work on the cinematic shot a bit more…but a cool moth none-the-less.
xgabo Another piece at the top of the list….Nice story and cinematic shot with excellent execution.
llothcat Interesting idea…not too familiar with Ezeikiel. Maybe you could be more specific in the description.
dragon4lunch Cool dragon…but it would be nice to see how he “came from above.” Right now he looks like he’s just chilling “above.” Nice render, though.
Chr I like this idea a lot….Wish it was more rendered out. The anatomy of the creature doesn’t read very well at this point. Just spend some more time on it, I guess.
Mr.Man Hey…you added the tentacles. Looks better. More atmosphere, value and color variation to make it more juicy. Keep up the good work.
buck6455 Cool looking creature…reminds me a bit of half-life. I think color and a function sketch showing it coming from above would make it more interesting. Keep at it.
davi Liking the enormous size of this one, but I’m not sure what the glowing line are…. gunfire or lasers? And the photo buildings should be dealt with as well. It’s always nice to see your creatures…looking forward to the next one.
cotron Funny creature…You might want to do a more cinematic image showing it leaving planet Mianus and going to Earth, or wherever it’s going.
abidangit Nice rendering…and idea. Showing the adult version of the creature and I think it would look pretty cool.
Moai Interesting creature…Liking the God idea.
Stephan_R Good one, man. Liking the afro cushion.
Evil_Sloth That guy looks pretty freaky…If I were that shepherd…I’d be throwing my sheep in effort to save my life.
aspira Cool…I want one.
Deep_Blue_Void Cool first entry. Liking it. Keep up the good work.
jfwalls I think the guy needs a longer stick. Just kidding.
VegasMike Lookin’ good. Liking the scale and action. Definitely consider this one for the vote.
BlkCelebration Ya, I hate those guys, too.
amer_nazri Cool creature..needs a background, though
silicone Impressive idea…and the image fit the description very nicely as a cinematic shot.
adonihs This was another one considered for the vote. The liminal dragon looks great. Well done
Britt: Thanks for the vote and crit!~ Actaully there is a secondary character, there's a chipmunk there lured by the berries, but lol I guess it kinda blend in with the body color, I tried to think of ways to pop it out a bit more but failed, originally I thought a bunny would be nice, but originally the intended bg was a swamp and a bunny didn't fit in... and then the bg turned more and more to a bit normal forest.. T_T Thanks again~!
Concerning the grain-filter on my entry:
I knew when I decided to add the filter that there would be reactions to it. That's why I wrote: "... I like it, else it wouldn't be there", in the original thread.
The fact is that my original painting wasn't very good. It was too hard-edged for such a detailed picture, and a real strain to the eye beholding it. So, I tried to do something about it. Adding this sort of grain dissolved it in a nice way and made everything come together. Of course I carefully weighed the amount of grain needed, and even if I to a certain degree agree with the many of you who think it's too much, I decided to go for this level... for every lower level proved insufficient, according to me. I have noticed that the monitor used when watching such a picture is of great importance to the how it comes across. On a low-light monitor (such as on a laptop) it comes out much worse.
The grain also addes some old photograpy-feel that I like. Of course, if I had time, I could have worked on softening the painting-style instead of adding the grain, but that was not an option this time.
In either case the creature is the same, and the grain doesn't hide any relevant details.
Here is a version with just a little grain, if anyone likes to save this one.... (yeah, sure...)
(Remember: You can't vote for this version!!!!)
Last edited by Cloister; October 5th, 2006 at 02:45 PM.
Well, I'll be the first to admit that you may not want to trust my judgement. I have a pretty high tolerance for visual intensity and a very forgiving threshhold for aesthetic eccentricity. That said: I love it without the grain. In many respects, for me, the creature is the least important part of the painting. Well, that may be overstating it a bit. Lets put it this way: even without the creature crashing through the ceiling and slurping up their dinner, this is an odd little family and I love looking at them. I really feel like I want to see the rest of their house. And the lady's outfit... pink dress, opaque hose and black heels?! Things like that don't happen by accident. Last but certainly not least, the way the painting is punctuated with vase of flowers, pet dog and taxidermy is really great. There are mysteries in this painting that extend well beyond the drama of the invading creature and I really enjoy trying to piece that together with the clues you provide.
I understand the inclusion of the grain, and I don't really disagree with it just because I like the unfiltered or less filtered version better. Perhaps for the purposes of CoW, in which we try to focus on the creature and what it does the grainy version is the better entry. In the framework of just enjoying art for its own sake, I think I prefer the second version you've shown us. The back corner of the room recedes more and I get to enjoy the wacky little details that start to form the identity of what's going on with these people. It makes me start to believe that I understand why the monster chose to steal these people's dinner and not mine.
Thanks for the crits, guys. I dig this board. I agree with everything everyone said, and now I wish I hadn't started on the concept so late in the week. The whole background was such an unfinished afterthought, and I had planned to do an adult version in a sidebar or something but, alas, no time. I figured I might as well just post what I was able to get done rather than chicken out, though, and I'm glad I did. At least I broke the seal. Next time, next time - this week, I'm trying for a character though...
I'll crit more in the future, too, btw. I hate coming into a group and throwing stones before I've given people the chance to pelt me first. Not that good crits are stones...whatever, bad analogy.
Thanks Michael! Your words make me very happy! Your white gloves and moonwalking feet sure moves in a pleasant aesthetical rythm. Just add som noise to the production and I'll bang my head violantly to it. Take the same melody, change the production, and you got yourself a whole new crowd of fans. Perhaps there should be an activity where all the contenders get to work on the same sketch. See what the use of different cololurs, lights, texture, contrasts, level of detail, use of brushes, artistical paranoia and so forth can do to a drawing. Could be interesting...
Did I tell the guy in the picture was a conceptartist before the roof came down upon his head?
Sorry for talking so much about my own entry... zip
Last edited by Cloister; October 5th, 2006 at 02:48 PM.
thanks for the great crits guys, specially Supervlieg, I started painting with darker values and it works well, the light seems more "realistic" thanks for that great tip.
And the votescar goes to:
njoo Great work!
britt, Supervlieg, Evil_Sloth, VegasMike, Cloister
The big V went to Dominus this week. Really digging the dark appocalyptic feel and I absolutely love the textures used, (I have no idea how to do that), good colours and just the right ammont of stylisation...imo.
Close second to Xgabo, awesome pov, good story, a little too comic for the win though.
Lots of great entries, would really like to see Cloisters idea for everyones version of just one chosen sketch. That would be interesting.
Always strive for perfection. You will never achieve it, but will learn so much more in the striving.
I got a vote! Wow, my fourth vote ever. Maybe fifth. I don't know. I tend to loose track of numbers when they get that high. Thanks, Vulgar!
Response to crits:
Durin/Piru- Thanks. Value is something I always have to push myself on. The buildings in the backgroun could have used a lot more lovin', I can tell you that. My biggest accomplishment with those buildings was a lessening of my intimidation when it comes to drawing architecture, probably. Thanks for the crits.
Supervlieg- I'll try to soften those edges. Thanks for the compliment!
njoo- I didn't mean it to be funny, but anything's open to interpretation. Now that I think of it, there is something somewhat absurd and humorous about these creatures.
Now, for the crits. Because of the sheer amount of entries, this might be done in installments.
Supervlieg- The creature and clouds are excellent. I love the motion blur on its little wings. The background, while nicely composed, seems far too faded, especially since the mountain in the far background looks to have more contrast than the cliff and boulder in the mid-ground. The dirt also seems to be all of a single hue, though I may be mistaken. Nice picture.
kovah- Very strange. I like the idea of the creature living in the cloud, but I don't know how it could do that, seeing as how clouds are not solid. I also don't know why it feeds on brains. The man in the diagram on the right is fairly lumpy and featureless. The way only its feet are obscured by the clouds is fairly awkward as well. On the plus side, your quality of work and attention to anatomy has gone up since your last entry, and that eyeball is nice. Keep it up!
Scary Potato- This isn't finished, is it? It's a promising picture and the spider anatomy is looking good, but virtually every aspect of the picture looks, well, unfinished. But you're obviously aware of this. Hope you find more time next round.
Chuck Wadey- Not your best work, but not that bad, either. Your colors, as always, are very rich. I think its limbs could have been positioned better, and the wings seem to be lacking joints and musculature. I hope we see a true CoW entry from you next time, in the tradition of your highly explosive and Bermuda Triangle entries.
Durin/Piru- Nice improvement over your iceberg devourer. As many have said, the creature design is a little too "easy," but I like it anyway. As far as crits go, I'm unsure of the anatomy of its legs, and with the locations of the hippo and the cliff in space. Remember, farther away means less contrast.
Dominus- Great atmosphere and colors. I like all the gritty effects going on in here. The creature design isn't the most exciting, but it's not extremely boring either. Nice job.
EtaCarinae- I like it! There's a lot of these humorous/absurd entries this time around. Anyway, nice rendering on the creature and the little scene at the bottom. My only nitpick is that some of the clouds may be a bit too stylized and hard-edged.
Michael Jaecks- I like the creature design and the bit about them being born in middair. The rear wing and tail seem a little too smooth and undetailed, and the shading on its left wing makes it seem as if it were curving back. I like the pattern on its wings.
britt- Great entry! It's subtle enough that I kind of overlooked it until now, but now that it has my attention, I love it. Great mood, volume, light, and creature design. The poem is also really good, especially the last two lines. I can just imagine it being read to some horrified little kids. Great job.
wizo5454- It's looking a bit flat and smudgy. My advice is to try to clean up your style, as the messiness is kinda getting in the way of the rest of the pic. Keep at it, though.
Kawaii- The bird is adorable, of course. My only crit is that it's a good deal flatter than the rest of the picture, which has a great sense of volume and light. Maybe if we were getting more of a top view of the bird, rather than a front view, it would look a bit better. Nice job tugging at my heartstrings, anyway.
Cloister- Excellent entry, as always. The creature design, location, and grainy look makes it look like an old pulp magazine cover. The subdued reaction of the parents and the "Weee! Oh boy!" reaction of the kid are what make this picture, in my opinion. My only crit would be that the anatomy of its upper arms looks a bit shapeless, but that's a nitpick. Again, great entry.
Cognition.sb- The diagram on the side is nice, and so is the description, but the main seems a bit below your abilites. It's messy and doesn't have the sense of volume that your pieces usually have.
xgabo- Excellent entry, both pictorially and in the description. No crits!
llothcat- Not as good as your iceberg devourer, I'm sorry to say. Fairly blurry and under-rendered, except for the closest beast's face, which is nice.
njoo- Well, this is one darn good picture. The rendering is basically flawless; detailed where it needs to be, smooth where not, sharp where it needs to be, soft where not. I wasn't too crazy about the creature design at first, to tell the truth, but now that I look at it it's really quite nice, epecially the multiple beaks. My only nitpick is that the things long body doesn't cast much of a shadow on the tree trunk, and so almost appears to be hovering in front of it rather than making contact with it.
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Dragon4lunch- Quite a nice entry. The face is full of character, the mane looks great, and you did a good job on those clouds, too. The only thing harming the piece is monotony. The creature's body between its head and its tail is pretty much the same anywhere you look. Some more obvious changes in the color along the length of its body would have done much to fix that. Glad to see you back in CoW!
Chr- If no one's ever seen it, then in the words of Jack Sparrow, "Where do the stories come from, I wonder?" Anyway, this is a pretty good picture. I'm glad that you desaturated the shadows. There's a perspective issue of the tree between the bird's right foot and the big tree in the foreground. Its bottom is well behind the bird's leg, but its branches seem to be in front of its leg. Also, push your value ranges a little more. Put some really dark darks in.
Mr. Man- I think I pretty much summed up my thoughts on this in your sketchbook. Don't worry so much about what colors things are supposed to be. The creature will still read as green if you put more varied and subtle shades into it, and the ground will still read as beige if you put in yellowish highlights and purplish shadows. Also, more contrast. I like the delicate veins coming up from its tentacles.
buck6455- Interesting...I like it! Intriguing concept and nice rendering. I like the design of its carapace combined with its friendly little round head. Its right forearm is over half again as long as its left forearm, though. And of course, the mandatory "Ah wish they was coluh and a background in this pikshah!" comment.
Davi- For several days, my vote was teetering agonizingly between you and Cotron. I voted for you. Superb rendering and creature design. I'm surprised you didn't get more votes, actually.
Cotron- From the moment I saw it, this was one of my faves. Great creature design and graphical background. It looks like a Pokemon design that was rejected because it might disturb the kids. I chuckled at your description. You're never too old for a Uranus joke.
Abidangit- Nice concept and rendering. The creature, with its straining wing membranes and grasping toes, is wonderful. No crits.
Moai- Had fun, learned some things, lessened my fear of drawing buildings. Yeah, whatevah. Hey look, the crab teleports away and then a videogame console appears!
Stephan_R- Very interesting approach. Nice colors. The person's arms could be a little more dynamic. I like the little red dot.
Evil_Sloth- Interesting creature design. I like its double fins. It's a shame that it's head and mouth area isn't clearer, since it seems to have an interesting mouth. Right arm and fin are outta perspective. Nice aged painterly feel.
My sentences are getting clipped. I'll come back to these later.
Last edited by Moai; October 5th, 2006 at 09:10 PM.
-Stephan_r can i just say , that bright red dot on the right of ur drawing.. Aahh thats distracting..
so now.. i had to vote cotron
No problem, Moai. I felt that yours was the most unique out of the selection. I didn't want to vote for the members that would already be getting 15+ votes - for example, Xgabo was second in line.
Great job, everyone.
njoo - congrats. great description and execution...all the bases are covered. top notch work! i really like the format you use for displaying your design as well.
xgabo - very close second. the story was so well written & great illustration. it was hard to choose. ultimately, i did not feel like this was so much an attack from above. it's a great piece though. i could see this being expanded into a graphic novel.
my other favorites this round:
i like the humor in many of these entries. great work all around! thanks for comments and crits on my entry.
Anyone know why I cant see Adonihs' pic?
Always strive for perfection. You will never achieve it, but will learn so much more in the striving.
My vote goes to njoo! I love the style and execution...it like a Disney movie from Hell and thats always a good thing!
Thanks, Mike. Veeeery good critiques, and good points...to ditto Supervlieg.