Bug Demon

Bug Demon

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Bug Demon

Title: Bug Demon
Pixel Artist: buloght  (Level 6 Hitman :: 12561 points)
Posted: 2/5/2007 12:42:00 AM
Palette: 17 colors
Statistics: 37 comments :: 96 favorites :: 0 avatars

Bah, my entry for the pixelator round 1.

Colors: 17 (9 on creature)

The Goggawilwennis (or "Bug Demon")

Within the vast, barren wastelands of Barrow Stone, the lumbering figure of a Goggawilwennis is a strange, but formidable, sight. Although docile by nature, the Goggawilwennis has gained the fearsome name of “Bug Demon” due to its strange symbiotic relationship with the Clung Beetle. These insects gather upon the Goggawilwennis to feed upon the many mites and ticks that accumulate within its coarse fur and skin. In doing so, they not only rid the Goggawilwennis of harmful parasites, but also form a thick, protective armour on the Goggawilwennis’ hide. Clung Beetles can congregate by the thousands on their host, and reports of Bug Demons that seem to be entirely composed of a living mass of beetles are not uncommon. In addition, Clung Beetles also emit a powerful stench that drives away all but the most determined of predators, and they are able to coexist in large numbers with the Goggawilwennis only because of the latter’s poor sense of smell. In exchange for performing these vital services, the Bug Demon provides a safe place for the Clung Beetles to live and breed. The Demon’s large size frightens away the beetles’ usual predators, and few Clung Beetles ever stray more than a metre from the safety of their host.

Despite the Goggawilwennis’ intimidating appearance, their small hind legs and bulky upper bodies do not allow for much speed or stealth, and they rarely pose a threat to others. In fact, they subsist entirely on a diet consisting of carrion and the leftover meal scraps of larger animals. Their body is ideally adapted for their role as a scavenger, as their ability to balance on their hind legs allows them to remain mobile while tearing tough meat with their well-developed forepaws. In addition, their forelimbs also allow them to eat without lowering their head, and they are therefore able to keep their heads upright and remain alert for predators for hours at a time while feeding.

Due to their large size and the relative scarcity of their food, the Goggawilwennis is usually a solitary creature, and relies on its relationship with the Clung Beetle as its primary means of defense. However, in times when the threat of predation is particularly high, Goggawilwennises have been known to form co-operative groups for protection. Although small in size and rare in occurrence, these groups have a surprising amount of complexity and social organization, leaving many to believe that there is still much more we can learn about what is often viewed simply as a frightening, primitive creature.

(Thanks to MashPotato for changing my horrible description into what it is now as my english sucks )

Top Pixel Art - February 2007 (#4)Top Pixel Art - February 2007 (#4)

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zxcv (Level 1 Rookie) at 6/8/2015 10:46:00 PM

nice detail

King of Spades (Level 1 Gangster) at 10/20/2014 4:42:00 AM

Shadowfox (Level 1 Depressed) at 7/15/2014 10:15:00 AM

I love this >_< huge bump

saiko-raito (Level 3 Hatchet Man) at 5/3/2013 2:27:00 AM

Amazing creatures!! I like the textures

kaze19th (Level 3 Hatchikyu) at 12/23/2012 5:54:00 PM

Yes, wonderful textures and colors

Pirata (Level 2 Quiet One) at 8/19/2012 6:55:00 AM

nice texture

Robinhood (Level 9 Boss) at 2/14/2010 12:59:00 PM

Amazing detail.  Wonderful job :D

Sandman (Level 1 Intern) at 11/12/2009 1:43:00 PM

nice creature

Robinson (Level 4 Button Man) at 11/7/2009 4:08:00 AM
Weeeee!!! beautiful!!

FlyingMonkey (Level 1 Rookie) at 5/20/2009 11:26:00 AM

I like this one. 

Victor Rojo (Level 8 Regional Boss) at 11/30/2008 7:09:00 PM
great pixel, colours, and work.

happy bacchus (Level 1 Thug) at 4/13/2008 5:04:00 PM
Great one!!

I Am Uh (Level 4 Button Man) at 2/17/2008 5:18:00 AM
Yes, this strongly resembles the emu from Oddworld, Love it!

mk ex (Level 1 Jukyu) at 12/21/2007 1:02:00 PM
woow nice picture

EvolMate (Level 1 Intern) at 8/28/2007 9:56:00 AM
You're pixel god.

K.s (Level 2 Hired Gun) at 7/1/2007 1:00:00 PM

i agree, it reminds me of oddworld as well.. Faved


nice job

sausage (Level 5 Sniper) at 5/20/2007 8:46:00 AM
Deserves this --> Top Pixel Art - February 2007 (#4)

rockybolan (Level 1 Thug) at 4/7/2007 6:05:00 PM
This reminds me of Oddworld.  My fondest memories of the ps1 were playing Abe's Odyssey and hurling that stupid camel thing into bees, enemies, ditches, etc.

This is great stuff.

buloght (Level 6 Hitman) at 2/12/2007 1:56:00 PM
Hey that looks great, farmero :) jalonso is also my iso idol

Farmero (Level 2 Quiet One) at 2/12/2007 12:34:00 PM

buloght: i'm your fan, and you are my idol (in iso jalonso is my idol of course ;)) It inspired me to make an pixelart with monster like that, but my... Ahh, look and think:


Doppleganger (Level 6 Yonkyu) at 2/9/2007 10:17:00 PM
Your pieces always seem to have so much character. The lengthy background story on this one certainly helps though. :P

The very stylized background in the pic is my favorite. Don't know why. But it probably has something to deal with the completeness it creates.

Really, it's all about backgrounds today buddy.

Feron (Level 4 Mercenary) at 2/6/2007 10:47:00 AM
the design, texture and pallette all work well together. I hope you get through to the final.

buloght (Level 6 Hitman) at 2/6/2007 4:47:00 AM
Thanks for the comments guys :)

B.O.B: I had the same feeling about yours :D

fil_razorback (Level 5 Lieutenant) at 2/5/2007 10:44:00 PM
My fav entry from round 1 ^^

Solid Idea (Level 1 Depressed) at 2/5/2007 9:41:00 PM
I'd say this entry would had everything to be a winner in a CoW contest ( creature of the week from conceptart, for those not familiar :) )

It's really great looking, awesome ambience, strong personallity from the monster, and terrific design!

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) at 2/5/2007 7:31:00 PM
I really, really tried to find something to crit...I failed.

Larwick (Level 8 Regional Boss) at 2/5/2007 2:42:00 PM
Easily one of my favourites. The addition of the flies and non-distracting background makes it look wonderfully atmospheric i think. Like there's a whole other world he's living in i want to see more of. I've got no crits.

Fool (Level 6 SWAT) at 2/5/2007 12:14:00 PM
Man, that  is some really  awesome piece - from begginning to the end.=)
Congrats. You have all it takes=)

Lawrence (Level 10 Operative) at 2/5/2007 10:38:00 AM
I really love the pencil-shaded style of the rocks in the background. This piece is definitely of the utmost splendour.

Nightmare Maker (Level 8 Regional Boss) at 2/5/2007 10:03:00 AM
cool details and texturizating, perfect backgrounds!
it remainds me Shadow of the Colossus =P

MashPotato (Level 7 Underboss) at 2/5/2007 9:26:00 AM
I'm honoured to have my name even remotely associated with this incredible piece ^_^ Wonderful job as always, Buloght!

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) at 2/5/2007 9:12:00 AM
I'll be honest, Buloght, I'm glad I didn't go up against you man. I would have been pounced. Great job, and wonderful furry type texturing. I wuv it...

Badassbill (Level 10 Maniac) at 2/5/2007 9:07:00 AM
I love the textures, as well as the contrast between the beast it's self and the background.

9_6 (Level 1 Intern) at 2/5/2007 7:08:00 AM
Awesome job! I like the massive ammount of detail and definithion this one has.

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) at 2/5/2007 1:46:00 AM
lol, I was like "Damn, his already has a fav!" Then I remebered, I was the one who favved it xD

Ensellitis (Level 11 Sensei) at 2/5/2007 1:26:00 AM
outstanding my man.  best of luck to you in the comp!

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) at 2/5/2007 1:01:00 AM
I liked this one as one of the most :), 6/7. Not gonna bother reading the whole thing, I'll save it for when I'm bored :D.


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