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07-27-2006, 10:09 AM
A cacodemon (or cacodaemon) is an evil spirit or demon. Cacodemon comes from the Greek kakodaimon, meaning bad spirit or bad demon (daimon being a neutral term in Greek).
In psychology, cacodemonia (or cacodemomania) is a form of insanity in which the patient believes that they are possessed by an evil spirit. (Wiki)
I'm trying to make a picture about the creature with the goal of showing the paradoxon of its disgusting body, and its curious, almost childish eyes, showing a naive attendance - wich is only to confuse its prey, before it can possess and corrupt it.

here are the wip stages so far:
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/6649/caco01sy2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/8886/caco03fp5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

i hope you like it! c&c please :) ! In the next version i'll improve the body - a lot more scars, and such . only for ones with strong stomach!!!:twisted: (donno if thats used in english - anyway - it will be ugly )

07-28-2006, 10:34 AM
comments anyone?:shrug:

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/2384/detail01nh7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

im working on the light and colors now, and if anyone has any suggestions about the background, pls tell. i thought smoke would be cool, but i have no idea how to draw belivible smoke - anyway, i want something simple.

07-28-2006, 07:59 PM
I love it I envy for the skills :/ keep it comin.


07-28-2006, 10:44 PM
strange this hasn't gotten more attention...

I love everything about it- the concept, the pose, the lighting. Everything looks really impressive. The detail is amazing. The eyes have a lot of life. As for the background I think smoke would be cool... and I think you could pull it off, maybe also some jagged rocks of a cave?
Keep it comming

07-29-2006, 01:05 AM
liking this alot, the concept is awesome, but i'd like to see some more ugliness, maybe some slime or some abnormal growths here and there, veins and warts etc...

07-29-2006, 08:21 AM
http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/544/detail02rn7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

hi all! i made some progress, started workin on the details. i made an ugly thingie on the hand too . hope you like it.
thx a lot for the replies! i try to do my best on the detail work. if you know any good tut on painting smoke, or have any good source on ref pics on that, please send them!

07-29-2006, 01:37 PM
It's looking truely amazing so far! I love the way you're doing the flesh, excellent lighting and use of colours! *subscribing*

07-29-2006, 08:41 PM
Great work, the design is very beautiful. I love all the little vlines. Great rendering and colourchoices. :thumbsup:

07-29-2006, 09:22 PM
It is totally aweome!! Wow!

What kind of brush do you use for the first stages of applying colors? Is it simply a round brush? (pressure sensitive? hard edges?) If you don't mind answering! Thanks.

07-30-2006, 10:19 AM
Very nice work there Bogey.

It's fabulous how much can the eyes make a difirence between good and evil, you'v done that in a very interresting way.

keep it up.

07-30-2006, 07:22 PM
Dianae, jmBoekestein, Batman1, serguineh - thanks a lot for your comments, its very encouraging for me to get good crits :).

Batman1 - i use the spatter brush in the entire process, in most of my works - i think i have to work on my brush usage, but at the moment thats the most comfortable for me. i like it cause it feels more natural than the simple soft/hard edged brushes, and im laaaazy to switch/try other texture brushes :D. If you guys know any good brushes, which can simulate real painting, im really open for anything, so please send the link!

Thx again for all the comments!

07-31-2006, 05:44 PM
I worked a bit on the background, but im not satisfied with it, so i'll have to work on it more, when i have some time - but i like the lighter colors more, i think it gives more attention to the character itself. what do you think? i made some smaller details too, im going to refine some of them, but not too much, i think im going to finish soon - so if you have any advice, crits, or suggestions, please tell!

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/9555/cacodaemon04gz3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

07-31-2006, 08:32 PM
Wow, it's stunning! The only thing that bothers me is the neck (maybe too thin for this big head, or maybe the shoulders are too narrow?). The textures are masterfully done, the lighting is perfect! It makes me think of an aquatic creature, I dunno why. Excellent one!

07-31-2006, 08:38 PM
This has to be one of the coolest creatures I've seen. Great job on the execution!
The neck/shoulder bothers me though. Maybe it's because of the position of the head in relation to the body. Raise his right shoulder a bit maybe?

08-01-2006, 06:15 AM
hiiri, Dianae - yepp, you're right about that neck and shoulder area - it looks a bit wierd. i was shooting for a character with child-like body proportions, thats why i made a thin neck, and narrow shoulders compared to the big head - but maybe that trapezius muscle is too big for this kinda proportions, i'll fix that. thanks for your replies, it helps me a lot to improve my picture :)!

08-01-2006, 08:09 AM
That may be due to the trapezius muscle indeed. Looking at it again, this muscle seems too big and too "adult" (very manly) for a child body. The child proportions give an even more creepy look to this creature, that's really a great idea!

08-01-2006, 04:39 PM
oh wow, this is a fantastic creature concept, and very well executed. The hands totally freak me out, the way the nails are embedded is just gross to me, but a good indication of your talent that it creeps my out! I really like the matt shine the creature seems to have, like Diane said, reminds me of some water-based creature, maybe something you'd find in marshes or bogs. And nice work with the expression too, of everything, that's what says child-like figure to me, a kind of trusting innocence. Great job!

08-03-2006, 08:06 PM
wow, awesome stuff! really great concept you have there, and freaky details too! must have been lot of "fun" to watch reference on these, huhh? :D Im really curious about the finished piece - the last one seems almost finished to me, so i wonder what you could refine.

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