Carrara Challenge # 52 - Carrara Cryptids WIP thread--Entries end June 1st

CbirdCbird Posts: 455
edited May 31 in Carrara Discussion

Carrara Cryptids Welcome to Carrara Challenge # 52

The rules from your newbie host:

  1. Have some fun using Carrara to create illustrations of  "known" cryptids or show us your "newly discovered" Carrara cryptid.
  2. Feel free to make use of any render engine that Carrara can use.
  3. Post work is acceptable but please post a post work free image in your WIP post(s).
  4. At least one WIP post per image please. Tips and tricks always appreciated.
  5. You can enter up to five (5) images per artist in the entry thread when it opens.

DEFINITION

The rather stuffy definition of a cryptid from Wikipedia is

"animals presumed by followers of the cryptozoology pseudoscientific subculture to exist on the basis of anecdotal or other evidence considered insufficient by mainstream science. While biologists regularly identify new species following established scientific methodology, cryptozoologists focus on entities mentioned in the folklore record and rumour. Entities that may be considered cryptids by cryptozoologists include Bigfoot, Yeti, the chupacabra, the Jersey Devil, the Loch Ness Monster, or Mokele-mbembe. "

From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cryptids>

 

Gizmodo helpfully adds,

"Contrary to popular belief, cryptids don’t have to be supernatural, mythical or even all that strange — though many popular creatures acquire these characteristics as their legends grow. In truth, the field of cryptozoology covers everything from scientifically plausible but poorly documented animals to demon-like monsters seen only in dark forests and shaky video footage"

From <https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/07/what-is-a-cryptid-the-gizmodo-guide-to-undocumented-and-unusual-beasts/>

 

AWARDS AND DATES

Awards will be

  1. Total participation (total votes per artist): $50 toward DAZ3D owned item(s)
  2. Best render (total votes per one render): $50 toward DAZ3D owned item(s)
  3. Most humorous (as voted by Daz public): $50 toward DAZ3D owned item(s)
  4. Best newcomer/long absent returnee (in other words, someone who hasn't won before): $45 toward DAZ3D owned item(s)

An artist can only win one prize.

The Entry thread will open around May 20th and closes at the end of June 1st Daz Time.

Thank you to UnifiedBrain for much help. All errors are mine!

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  • CbirdCbird Posts: 455
    edited April 18

    CLASSIC CRYPTID EXAMPLES

    The classic cryptids get a lot of the attention.

    Bigfoots abound.

    Like a lot of cryptids, they present the challenge of the BAD photorealistic image!

    Who can forget the classic Loch Ness Monster portrait?

    And then, there is the movie classic, Harry and the Hendersons.

    But cryptids aren't restricted to photos. You can look for them anywhere you like.

    Nazca lines maybe?

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  • CbirdCbird Posts: 455
    edited April 18

    More Examples

    How about medieval manuscripts?

    Or the edges of old maps, or maybe you've discovered a new cryptid on the walls of a Mayan temple?

    RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!

     

    Some Daz inspiration:

    https://www.daz3d.com/sasquatch

    https://www.daz3d.com/the-great-kraken

    https://www.daz3d.com/chupacabrap8dog

    https://www.daz3d.com/sea-dragon

    https://www.daz3d.com/mayan-temple

     

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  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 10,710
    edited April 18

    Fun theme.  Looking forward to seeing what folks come up with.  My thinking cap is on.

    Just a fun thought, if a cryptid doesn't have to be mythical or all that strange, how about an evil wizard's search for an east Asian woman with green eyes?  Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China.

    No. I'll probably do some sort of creature feature.  Have to brush up on my morph skills.  Maybe this is just the prompt I need to use 3D Coat to sculpt and make normal maps to touch up one of my custom beasties.

    In any case, challenge accepted.  smiley

    Lo Pan

     

     

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  • CbirdCbird Posts: 455
    Diomede said:

    Fun theme.  Looking forward to seeing what folks come up with.  My thinking cap is on.

    Just a fun thought, if a cryptid doesn't have to be mythical or all that strange, how about an evil wizard's search for an east Asian woman with green eyes?  Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China.

    No. I'll probably do some sort of creature feature.  Have to brush up on my morph skills.  Maybe this is just the prompt I need to use 3D Coat to sculpt and make normal maps to touch up one of my custom beasties.

    In any case, challenge accepted.  smiley

    Lo Pan

     

     

    Can't wait to see your creations!

  • CbirdCbird Posts: 455

    My own all time favourite cryptid. I refuse to believe they don't exist. laugh

     

    https://youtu.be/TijcoS8qHIE

  • WendyLuvsCatzWendyLuvsCatz Posts: 25,361

    I was scared of the bunyips as a kid

    we went fishing every weekend and I think it was to keep me away from the river

  • MystiarraMystiarra Posts: 34,885

    hmmm ... first one that comes to mind, gamara

  • StezzaStezza Posts: 5,474

    Wokadeemas! Their blood curdling cries can be heard at sunset emanating from the woods, especially around Bermagui and Kangaroo Valley!

     

    I've heard them when on camping trips.... during the recent apocalyptic bush fires the firemen had those funny feelings of being watched! Some, when asked about them wouldn't answer but just turn white with fear and turn away..  they are the scavengers of the forest cleaning up the carcass's and those nearing their demise..

    you thought drop bears were bad!

  • CbirdCbird Posts: 455

    I was scared of the bunyips as a kid

    we went fishing every weekend and I think it was to keep me away from the river

    I checked out pics online. I'd have been terrified too! 

     

  • ed3Ded3D Posts: 815

    _ cool theme _

  • UnifiedBrainUnifiedBrain Posts: 2,544
    ed3D said:

    _ cool theme _

    +1

    Well-presented Cbird.  Love your creativity. :)

  • DesertDudeDesertDude Posts: 853

    Yes, cool theme Cbird!
    Your example of medieval manuscripts reminded me of woodcuts of demons and monsters from that time period. They always looked really scary and haunting.

  • HeadwaxHeadwax Posts: 8,105

    Great stuff Cbird, lots to play with in this topic. Looking forward to seeing what genius works come out of it!

    cheers

  • CbirdCbird Posts: 455

    Thank you, folks! I can't wait to see what comes creeping out of Carrara. I hope everyone has a lot of fun and a little mental vacation from current stresses.

  • DesertDudeDesertDude Posts: 853
    edited April 19
    Diomede said:

    Just a fun thought, if a cryptid doesn't have to be mythical or all that strange, how about an evil wizard's search for an east Asian woman with green eyes?  Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China.

    Ha! Diomede - that movie is loads of fun, so clever on so many levels!

    Here are a few I found for inspiration:

    Illustrations from Walt McDougall's Good Stories for Children, 1902-05
    http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/2015/11/illustrations-from-walt-mcdougalls-good.html

     

    The Bakemono Zukushi "Monster" Scroll:
    https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-bakemono-zukushi-monster-scroll-18th-19th-century

     

    Fantastically Wrong: Ridiculous Mythical Critters Dreamed Up by 19th Century Lumberjacks:
    https://www.wired.com/2014/08/fantastically-wrong-ridiculous-mythical-critters-dreamed-up-by-19th-century-lumberjacks/

     

     

    This last one is looking to be pretty funny, the caption under the "Hugag" reads: "The hugag is like a moose, minus the knees and the diginity", and from the opening pargraph of the article: "Nowhere else has a mythology formed so beautifully in a perfect amalgam of too much whiskey, too little sleep, and perhaps some accidentally consumed magic mushrooms."

     

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  • UnifiedBrainUnifiedBrain Posts: 2,544
    Here are a few I found for inspiration:

    Illustrations from Walt McDougall's Good Stories for Children, 1902-05
    http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/2015/11/illustrations-from-walt-mcdougalls-good.html

    Great find, DD!  Very creative artist.

  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 10,710
    edited April 19

    Wonderful references, DesertDude!  I got some inspiration for a quickie that immediately went off the tracks.  The classical Satyr of mythology.  I did some searches for classical art and sculpture.

     

    No, no, no, I can't post those reference images of Greek pottery or sculpture!  devil

     

    I know there are Satyr's in the Daz store that use a geograft, but I have an idea of my own.  I will use Genesis 2.  I remember that M4 had creature creator add-ons that combined conforming figures for the creature parts with transparency shaders to hide the underlying figure's parts.  Will try something similar with the later figures.  I think Genesis 2 with Carrara hair could make be much better than M4 in Daz Studio.

     

    Here is a safe for work Satyr reference.

     

     

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  • UnifiedBrainUnifiedBrain Posts: 2,544
    edited April 19

    The Mariner's Tale

     

    I went for light and etheric.

    Characters are Aiko 3 and Hippocampus, along with the mertail from Mermaid Girl (original The Girl).  The A3 outfit is Techno Tabby (highly modified).  Hair is Elita.

    The GMIC filter stack is Basic Color Adjustment, Freaky B&W, and Mighty Details.  Lighting includes Aura (on Hippocampus) and HDRI, but no GI.

    No postwork.

     

     

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  • UnifiedBrainUnifiedBrain Posts: 2,544

    Just realized, I posted the first render.  OMG, I beat Stezza!

    Mark your calendar, folks. It may never happen again.smiley

  • CbirdCbird Posts: 455

    The Mariner's Tale

     

    I went for light and etheric.

    Characters are Aiko 3 and Hippocampus, along with the mertail from Mermaid Girl (original The Girl).  The A3 outfit is Techno Tabby (highly modified).  Hair is Elita.

    The GMIC filter stack is Basic Color Adjustment, Freaky B&W, and Mighty Details.  Lighting includes Aura (on Hippocampus) and HDRI, but no GI.

    No postwork.

    Love how dreamy this is. The pose on the hippocampus looks floaty (is that a word?)

  • DesertDudeDesertDude Posts: 853

    Just realized, I posted the first render.  OMG, I beat Stezza!

    Lol, maybe a new category for a winner.  laugh
    Lots of nice atmospherics happening in your image - cool!

    Diomede - looking forward to your creation!

  • StezzaStezza Posts: 5,474

    Just realized, I posted the first render.  OMG, I beat Stezza!

    Mark your calendar, folks. It may never happen again.smiley

    and a great looking render it is... but I think @bunyip02 usually gets the first image up followed by @diomede I'm slow compared to those two wink

  • StezzaStezza Posts: 5,474
    edited April 20

    Wokadeemas!
    Their blood curdling cries can be heard at sunset emanating from the woods, especially around Bermagui and Kangaroo Valley!

    I've heard them when on camping trips.... during the recent apocalyptic bush fires the firemen had those funny feelings of being watched! Some, when asked about them wouldn't answer but just turn white with fear and turn away..  they are the scavengers of the forest cleaning up the carcass's and those nearing their demise..

    you thought drop bears were bad!

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  • HeadwaxHeadwax Posts: 8,105
    Diomede said:

    Just a fun thought, if a cryptid doesn't have to be mythical or all that strange, how about an evil wizard's search for an east Asian woman with green eyes?  Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China.

    Ha! Diomede - that movie is loads of fun, so clever on so many levels!

    Here are a few I found for inspiration:

    Illustrations from Walt McDougall's Good Stories for Children, 1902-05
    http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/2015/11/illustrations-from-walt-mcdougalls-good.html

     

    The Bakemono Zukushi "Monster" Scroll:
    https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-bakemono-zukushi-monster-scroll-18th-19th-century

     

    Fantastically Wrong: Ridiculous Mythical Critters Dreamed Up by 19th Century Lumberjacks:
    https://www.wired.com/2014/08/fantastically-wrong-ridiculous-mythical-critters-dreamed-up-by-19th-century-lumberjacks/

     

     

    This last one is looking to be pretty funny, the caption under the "Hugag" reads: "The hugag is like a moose, minus the knees and the diginity", and from the opening pargraph of the article: "Nowhere else has a mythology formed so beautifully in a perfect amalgam of too much whiskey, too little sleep, and perhaps some accidentally consumed magic mushrooms."

     

    must have given a lot of kids nightmares!

     

  • HeadwaxHeadwax Posts: 8,105

    The Mariner's Tale

     

    I went for light and etheric.

    Characters are Aiko 3 and Hippocampus, along with the mertail from Mermaid Girl (original The Girl).  The A3 outfit is Techno Tabby (highly modified).  Hair is Elita.

    The GMIC filter stack is Basic Color Adjustment, Freaky B&W, and Mighty Details.  Lighting includes Aura (on Hippocampus) and HDRI, but no GI.

    No postwork.

     

     

    beautiful and ethereal - amazing thats without post work - super impressed

     

     

  • HeadwaxHeadwax Posts: 8,105
    Stezza said:

    Wokadeemas!
    Their blood curdling cries can be heard at sunset emanating from the woods, especially around Bermagui and Kangaroo Valley!

    I've heard them when on camping trips.... during the recent apocalyptic bush fires the firemen had those funny feelings of being watched! Some, when asked about them wouldn't answer but just turn white with fear and turn away..  they are the scavengers of the forest cleaning up the carcass's and those nearing their demise..

    you thought drop bears were bad!

    thse intestines are blood curdling enough - we got rid of our Wokadeemas in the great Wokadeemas drive of 1837 - started at Kickatinalong and went all the way to Bringsomeginaback - 5 miles wide - beaters every 18 inchjes and a man with a shotgun every 12 feet

     

  • Bunyip02Bunyip02 Posts: 3,699
    Stezza said:

    Just realized, I posted the first render.  OMG, I beat Stezza!

    Mark your calendar, folks. It may never happen again.smiley

    and a great looking render it is... but I think @bunyip02 usually gets the first image up followed by @diomede I'm slow compared to those two wink

    Okay, okay, I have been a little slack this time around !!!

    Nice renders UB & Stezza.

    Now what critters shall I render - decisions, decisions ........

  • Bunyip02Bunyip02 Posts: 3,699
    edited April 20

    Tyrannochicken - rumoured to have escaped from a clandestine cloning lab. Giant Chicken with the legs of a Tyrannosaurus Rex !

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  • HeadwaxHeadwax Posts: 8,105

    ha ha that's some chook Bunyip02 - lookes better than the mince I have been eating

  • HeadwaxHeadwax Posts: 8,105
    edited April 20

    last week downloaded my entire product library via dim onto a separate hard drive - amazing what stuff I have bought that I have never seen - but of course I cant find anything

    here's a start

    was going to be bigfoot foot print but will have a little fairy in th e grass I think.... as soon as I can find where the fairy wings are stored 

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