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Quote administrator Replybullet Topic: CHALLENGE 5/18/2009: The Creatures Noah F
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CHALLENGE: The Creatures Noah Forgot

This week you're challenged to create both a male and a female from your own fictitious species. You may create a background if you wish, but it is not required. Place your male in the left box and your female in the right box.

Only your own original creatures. This means no Pokemon, no existing animals, etc...

No humanoid creatures.

Information about sexual dimorphism (physical gender differences within a species)

Canvas Size - Use Template:



Colours - Unrestricted.
Transparency - No.
Animation - No.


CHALLENGE RULES

  • Participants have until this upcoming Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) to submit their entry (strict). Don't forget to check the 'Submit to weekly challenge' checkbox.
  • Only new pixels allowed.
  • Open to all members.
  • Posting WIPs in this thread or in new threads in the WIP section is highly encouraged, but ONLY SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ART.

CHALLENGE JUDGING

  • Every Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) the previous week's entries are judged.
  • Every week a new voting poll will be posted for previous week's entries.
  • Winner announced the following week.

CHALLENGE PRIZES/GOODIES

  • Top three finishers will receive an award displayed in your PJ gallery profile for all to see and envy.
  • Top finisher gets to call the following week's challenge...sweet.
  • 'Participation' ribbons will be given for all who enter.
  • No matter what happens you get challenged :)

CHALLENGE VOTING

Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!

CHALLENGE AWARDS

The The Creatures Noah Forgot pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:



Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge!



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Quote GreenBucket Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 1:52am
Ohh, i might actually do this.

Do i have to use that background to draw on top of it, or can i just make it in my own?
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 2:00am
Originally posted by administrator

...You may create a background if you wish, but it is not required...
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Quote GreenBucket Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 2:04am
Right , got it :)

Back to the drawing board >:)
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Quote Kigurou Sonkei Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 2:40am
Originally posted by GreenBucket

Ohh, i might actually do this.

Do i have to use that background to draw on top of it, or can i just make it in my own?


I think you have to use those boxes provided to draw your creature in it, but you may add a background WITHIN the boxes if you wish - that's what I understood from the rules.
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Quote GreenBucket Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 3:21am
Yea, that's what i thought 
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Quote hordus Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 3:21am
that's what i've done until now, but i have absolutely no idea what i can do for the female character XD
i will think about it later (maybe ...)


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Quote braindamage Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:17am
Originally posted by hordus

that's what i've done until now, but i have absolutely no idea what i can do for the female character XD
i will think about it later (maybe ...)


Give it eyelashes and a ribbon bow?
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Quote sapphira83 Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:34am
this is a toughie
 
i did some rough sketches of a male and female winged reptiles (trust me they're not dragons) so....
 
i'll have it post up sometime tomorrow or wednesday cause my laptop went dead on me
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:36am
@braindamage: I hope no one plans on doing that!

In fact, check out this wikipedia article for some inspiration.

I will update the challenge with that link.


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Quote hordus Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:53am
Originally posted by braindamage

Originally posted by hordus

that's what i've done until now, but i have absolutely no idea what i can do for the female character XD
i will think about it later (maybe ...)


Give it eyelashes and a ribbon bow?


what a good idea !
thx

i don't know if it'll work, but it could be nice
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Quote Arrow-1 Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 3:53pm
I kinda wish I'd come up with the spider idea first. It looks frickin' cool. As for the female, you might have the skull turned the other way, and a white color instead? Also, since the females are bigger, I think some longer, more stinger-esque legs would look good, and maybe have the jawbone hanging off the back, like a protector for its spinneret.
Stone cold crazy~!
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Quote Antifarea Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 6:10pm
I have a question about this... you said no humanoids, so that mean nothing human inspired at all.... only animal looking type of creatures basically... why? most of the coolest original races are humanoid based imo... well, I'll participate, I just want to make sure I know and understand exactly.
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:00pm
@Antifarea:

Which would you would find more interesting - a standard humanoid creature or a 9-winged reptile with sweet potatoes for limbs? Out of all possible forms a creature could take why just limit yourself to something that looks like a human? Think outside the square :P


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Quote hordus Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 1:04am
thx for your ideas !
but i think that braindamage's idea could be really refreshing and unexpected =D
so i'll see what i'll do :p

and i've finished my male character

and @Arrow, in my mind it's not some kind of spider, it's more like a crab which would live into monkey skull :D
so don't worry and just do what you feel :)
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Quote smk Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 2:10am
Originally posted by hordus

thx for your ideas !
but i think that braindamage's idea could be really refreshing and unexpected =D
so i'll see what i'll do :p

and i've finished my male character

and @Arrow, in my mind it's not some kind of spider, it's more like a crab which would live into monkey skull :D
so don't worry and just do what you feel :)


Might be cool if you'd make the female somekind of symbiote-kind creature, and connect it to and other one. (Then it could lay eggs inside the other being and they would burst out of it... I know, this idea has been used too many times before ;P)
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Quote hordus Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 2:15am
Originally posted by smk

Might be cool if you'd make the female somekind of symbiote-kind creature, and connect it to and other one. (Then it could lay eggs inside the other being and they would burst out of it... I know, this idea has been used too many times before ;P)


this system is sure well-know, but to make it realistic and surprising is my job so thanks for the help, i begin to have some good ideas thanks to you all !
this thread is sure helpfull, it's the first challenge i do, so thx for your help
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Quote Nether Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:21am


Here's a first sketch. I might not even have time to do this contest entry, but I'll throw my idea out there anyway.

I'm thinking of going for a symbiotic relationship with the female being dramatically different from the male. Each of them needs one another to survive. The males are small and attach to the females neck to gain extra protection from its size and also to impregnate it. This way the females gain an extra sense by using the males eyes as well as gaining more heightened thought processes through the males brain. Before melding with a male the females activities are controlled mainly by primordial synaptic impulses to find food and a male to bond with.

Why Noah left this magnificent creature behind? Because there were only two left, but the stupid git thought it was only a single animal doomed for extinction anyway so he left the poor couple to drown.

Still haven't thought of a name for it though.


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Quote smk Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:27am
@hordus: We're here but to help ;D

@nether: Looks awesome, NOW PIXEL IT!!!!!!! ;D
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Quote GreenBucket Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:29am



Early whip of a Turtle-Scorpion combo :)

I'll have problems with the other claw :S


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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:39am
@Nether, that's brilliant ;D
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Quote hordus Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:58am
@nether, il really like the way it is =D plz do it in time XD
@greenbucket : if you turn it a bit more, maybe it coulb be easier so shw the other claw
but if you let it the way it is, maybe just a black line betwwen the claw and the head could be enough (i'm not sure, but that's how i feel it)
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Quote GreenBucket Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:04am
I may aswell leave it like that,but i'm not so great at pixel art :D
I hope at the end I'll feel happy with it (this is my first challenge)
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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:13am
This is kind of a sea creature that's about half way about ready to come on land.  Maybe another 2 million years or so.  At this point it has moved up to almost the top of the evolutionary food chain.  Sharks teeth and grasping claws(which need work).  The female on the right doesn't have the horns the male has.  Still a WIP here.
 
 
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Quote Nether Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:41am
Stupid me pixelated my creture sketch outlines although I should be doing something else instead. Here's the result:



Oops. Just realized they are in the wrong slots. Too lazy to correct it here. Male is supposed to be the one with lots of hair and tentacles.
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Quote hordus Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 7:26am
@nether : isn't the bottom of the female (which is in male box) a bit too small ? (i don't find the right word ... my english sucks XD) i mean i find it's too thin. but i don't know if this thing will always be here after you do the color.
but i have to say something, it's such a shame that you can't show to the challenge your 2in1 monster (i mean the two of them together)
@dpixel : nice :D
@monotov : i find the color a bit too flashy for example on the back of the male character, and i think, there is a lack of legs ^^



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Quote monotov Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 7:28am
This is my entry "Aros", a lizard of the desert approximately 80 centimeters.
The male has a distinct pair of horns and red skin.
The female is green.

Suggestions?


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Quote GreenBucket Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 7:42am
The pose is a bit weird



They dont have much of a personality,i must add the head :D
Btw: The images are the same ^^


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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 8:40am

UPDATE:

They kind of look like something spawned from the depths of hell.
It still needs some finishing touches but I'll wait till I can get off this dark monitor...then I can do the eyes.
 
@monotov :  looks good as for suggestions....hmmm.  Maybe a longer tail on the male?  A size difference?  What about some ears?
 
 


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Quote Opacus Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 9:24am
This is an awesome challenge. Might have to participate.
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 9:27am
DO IT >(
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Quote hordus Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 9:52am
wah ! but it could be considered as humanoid XD (just joking) your monster does look like parts of the human body =D
the background is just beautiful !

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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 10:02am
Originally posted by hordus

...but it could be considered as humanoid...


I know :(
Maybe this is yet another week I make an entry and not submit it.
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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 10:02am
Jal, that wins hard.

I wish I could join this one... But I have been really out of time lately :/
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Quote Quake Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 10:24am
I'm not sure whether i'm taking this too seriously. With all evolution and that, i thought that the male and female looked generally the same, despite some alterations. Dpixel is the closest, to what i think is male and female of a creature.
With jalonso's, it's good but i don't really think it sceams male and female. I would think that they're from the same environment, not the same species/sub species
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 10:51am
Originally posted by Quake

...i thought that the male and female looked generally the same, despite some alterations...

This is precisely why Noah forgot this species. He couldn't tell they were a pair.

Originally posted by Quake


...i don't really think it sceams male and female. I would think that they're from the same environment, not the same species/sub species

Not really some snakes and bugs look nothing alike at all. As I was going for humor with the testicles v. uterus - male/female it seemed feasable :/

dunno... you do have a point...Its only Tuesday.
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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 11:16am
Just throwing out ideas here.  My thought on this was a vicious flying squirrel type thing.  It can fling itself around like a monkey.  It's got plenty of teeth and claws to grab on to just about anything.
 
Very heavy WIP.
 
This is precisely why Noah forgot this species. He couldn't tell they were a pair.
  Too funny.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 12:10pm


Blueball Crab (Vulvatestis Crustacean)

Description
The male Blueball crab is 4 inches long.
Males travel in schools are are often victims to premature death.
Female Blueball Crabs, also known as the Vulva Crab, is an elusive creature and often vicious to the male.
They are almost eight times in size of the male and when carrying eggs will be as much as 2000% bigger, after birth females usually remain big and fat.
The female comes in many colors and sizes.
The mating dance includes a lot of cuddling and even then timing is crucial.

The male crab will often lose its limbs in the tight spaces of the female, their limbs never grow back and its rare to see males with limbs.
Without limbs mating is even more difficult and males will often turn a blue purple color from the frustration.

The genus Vulvatestis Crustecean are not edible but it is not unknown for this to happen occasionally.
In some cultures it is considered a delicacy and highly sought out.
Some cultures simply prefer to suck on them for the juices but not eat the actual creature.


*Disqualification is now complete, I'm off to make an iso scene


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Quote BK! Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 12:16pm
haha, jalonso that's awesome. :D
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Quote TheInquisitor Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 2:06pm

Jalonso, that entry is the whole package. It's a marvellous piece. And with that, I'll take my leave.

In all seriousness, it's a very nice piece of work. Unfortunately I can't see a winner coming over that unless they go the whole hog and including a background.

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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:35pm
UPDATE:
The female does most of the hunting, while the male watches the young.
I still don't know if I'll put a background.  Here's one as a sample.
 
The Inquisitor,  I agree but I look as it as inspiration.  Jalonso does awesome work.  No doubt about that.
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Quote Dr D Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:38pm
Well, dpixel, it looks nice, but I think we all would much rather love to see something new for one of the sides. It doesn't have to be a new creature by any means, but a different pose, and not just a rotated, and slightly edited one.

The background doesn't really seem to help anything at all right now, it just kind of hurts the eyes. Hope you'll improve it though.

Start refining. Keep up the good work.
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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 6:05pm
Dr. D,  Thanks for the input.  I know what you mean about the background.  I was sure what direction to go with this.  Maybe one sitting in a nest or something?  At least now I have some direction.  Thanks
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 7:44pm
@dpixel, Don't let any entry stop you from your own, k.
I find the BG dominates the creatures a little too much. Maybe a shadow beneath them will add enough difference for them to stand out.
Another thing is that using white like you have on the teeth and nails never quite works well. Try a grey or blue-grey. This goes for blood too, often a purple or wine colored red works much better than RED.
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Quote hyperbear Replybullet Posted: 19 May 2009 at 9:25pm
Great work so far, guys. Looks like there's gonna be some stiff competition. Anyways, here's the male of my species, though I've yet to start the details on his back yet, some feedback would be appreciated though.


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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 20 May 2009 at 12:00am
Here we have the pixellus:



What we are observing here is the natural habitats of both the male and the female pixellus. The male is an extremely shy creature, but if you look very closely you can see him hiding in the corner of the image. He may be hard to spot at first, but that is because of his excellent camoflage; he can hide amongst any colour background, as long as it's blue.

Now on the other hand, we have the the female pixellus. She is the complete opposite to the male and comes in a wide variety of pinks. She will jump at any chance to get right in front of the camera. As you can tell in this image, she has jumped at the chance to get right in front of the camera. There are also 9 fluorescent disco elephants dancing in the background, but alas, you cannot see them as the pixullus is standing right in front of the camera, sigh.
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Quote Peelz Replybullet Posted: 20 May 2009 at 12:59am
@hyperbear: I'm still very new to pixel art and so my critique isn't worth much, but I'd say that the front two tentacles look a little odd sticking out forwards like that while the rest are flowing backwards. Other than that, it looks great so far.

Here's my male species. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, but it feels over-dithered. Any suggestions on how I could improve on that, or on anything else?

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Quote smk Replybullet Posted: 20 May 2009 at 1:29am
@skamocore, you'd get my vote ;DD
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Quote Bubu Replybullet Posted: 20 May 2009 at 3:25am
I'd started a sketch but I don't think it's very original so I don't know if it's worth working on.

(at work now, I'll post sketch later)


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