Thanks for the feedback LimaPro643! While working on my perspective drawing I decided to make Bellymon more whale-esque and less glodfish-esque in attempt to make the taiko head/body more belly like. Here's the results so far: Still far from done though. My next steps are to re-create the scan above with the program Paintbrush to make a cleaner final product, continues to tweak the design, and settle on a color scheme. I believe I will soon replace the spine-and membrane Victorian fins with solid metal ones as well as add some embellishment and decoration to the Taiko body. Hindsight: I now realize the mouth, eyes, and general head shape are very similar to Mudkip. This could potentially be a fatal flaw and needs to be re-worked Also, I got a sudden inspiration for a new mon right before I was finally ready to get into bed. The idea was to incorporate the Taiko drum as a sort of boiler/bellows and make it a perpetually boiling angry mon on the tipping point, similar to Voltorb/Electrode. As I quickly sketched him out from what I had in my head, I rapidly went from "Wow! This could be really great!" to "Wow. This could be really offensive." I'll let you, the viewer decide how it looks, but I must assure you all no offense is or was intended when I jotted this down and I intend to rework it Monday night: http://i.imgur.com/KiXbB2l.jpg?3 As always, any comments or suggestions (especially those pertaining to design and color scheme) would be greatly appreciated! Theme/Background Info: Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide I'm trying to go with a slightly more animal-like approach with less of a machine feeling. I pulled my inspiration from a few sources, namely whale sharks, goldfish, taiko drums, and victorian flying machines (throwing a little credit to Altaria's cloud wings/body). The Bellymon (Bellymonstro?) is intended to be a sort of peaceful whale of the sky that drifts about filtering pollen and small microorganisms from the air to feed. It's main body/face is the "drum" at which it flails its arms at the side to increase its heart rate and speed digestion. Angering a pod of the Bellymons fills the sky with the thundering sound of dozens of drums. Old Posts/Art: Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Hello! After watching several CAPs from the outside, I feel like trying my hand in the art phase! I'm far from an animator, but here's a side view sketch of my movemon: http://i.imgur.com/JHHglVm.jpg?3 Of the proposed colors underneath, the top two are the drum sides/fin membrane (left) and the main drum body (right). The bottom colors include the hand (left), fin spines (middle), and the eye (right) colors. in hindsight I might want to lighten up the grey and use it in the fin spines as well. I'm currently working on a drawing of the Bellymon in perspective, any comments or suggestions (especially those pertaining to design and color scheme) would be greatly appreciated! Comments from Others on Mine: Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide LimaPro643 -I think you should really bring out the third dimension or submit it with a side view to have a better understanding of its drum/head. (Speaking of which, I think it'd be better to make the drum more centered. It's not "Head Drum", lol). Make sure both Steel and Flying are represented when you color it. Leviathes -Really interesting take, IMO you have a good concept going. Maybe instead put the flippers behind the drum head, that way it'll make more sense that it pounds the drums with the flippers. My Comments for Others: Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Alakabooom -Very original design! I might suggest making the beak a bit more pronounced as well as the crest more decorative. Also, you may want to raise the hemline of the belly plate and make the chest plates a bit smaller, right now the drum hand marks (very clever btw) are in more of waistband-area like it does the Macarena a lot Arkeis -Wonderful! You managed to pull off UFO without making it feel unnatural, one of my top 5. I do agree with an earlier poster that you may want to play with incorporating a tambourine or Xylophone (he could play us the chime from Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind!) into the saucer Berniod -Very scary, spikey, and birdlike (not to mention great art!), but not implying a ton of Belly Drumming. I feel like Bellymon would loose more than just some HP belly drumming with those spikes! Birkal -Clever idea, but perhaps the bird inside could use a little more personality and a more naturally occurring set of goggles? Blue Frog -I love your edits from your original idea, very much an improvement! I believe you've captured all of the elements very well, top 5! I'm dying to see some action shots! Calad -You've done the zeppelin justice! No doubt half of us considered a zeppelmon as an idea, but you have done an incredible job of it! Your art's amazing too! Top 5! Canis Majoris -I love the cuckoo clock theme, but it could use some tweaks to execution. The bird itself is not very memorable, it looks like an average bird with gears. Perhaps you could tweak the bird, make it more of an asymmetric creature parts like a cuckoo clock? Have a little exposed plating similar to the door of a cuckoo clock that instead has a gloved fist that springs out? (Go! Bullet Punch!) Carbon the Second -Unique among all these birds and very haunting. I think you've got a great thing going and I can't wait to see how it develops! Cheeno -Your mon is no doubt beautifully done and you deserve to hear it, for my personal taste however I'm not sure how I like the design at this stage. I feel like his neck isn't sturdy enough of a connection to its body to handle the dramatic wing flaps its ears would make while flying. in addition, the body looks quite hefty and has no personal form of lift. Imagine if you tried flying via a hang glider harnessed only to your head. I suggest you play with a no-neck option with a stouter body or trying out some Hermes foot wings for size. With your talent you can no doubt pull something off! Darklatias92 - A neat idea and your drawing ability is exceptional, but I think you may want to rework it. The plane your mon pulls itself into looks very cumbersome, unnatural, and without a clear power source. I feel like it could almost be better off if it stepped out of it, but then it is not clearly a flying time at all. Maybe use the same theme, but with a hatchling chick and a steel eggshell? Doran Dragon -A neat theme, but one that's already been done very well by Garchomp. If you want to stick with it, I recommend a different color scheme as well as a replacement for those airline window marks on its side. perhaps make some bodily indents where the libs are meant to go so he becomes more streamlined in flight? DougJustDoug -You've got a great start, I look forward to seeing how it develops! The glass dome helmet is an odd thing to exist naturally in the pokemon world, but it's working pretty well on your mon. Your reputation precedes you so I'm sure the end result will be great regardless Dracoyoshi8 -Very cool machine mon and one I can, for some reason, totally see existing in the pokemon world, part of my top 5. You're already a crowd favorite, I look forward to the end product! elcheeso -Hammerbat! A cool design, it's a shame head smash would end the mon in recoil, it would be perfect on this guy! The tail looks a little odd, may I suggest making it into a full claw hammer, an mallet, or even putting just the claw of a claw hammer on the tail and let the bat head be the hammer head? I do think the body could use some steel-ing up to better match the wings. Ferraferra -Very well done design, I like it a lot. Reminds me of a crabby toy that can't come to terms with having been thrown out, pushy and ready to assert its superiority! I can't offer many suggestions other than to encourage you to keep up the great work! Harle -Nice art! I know it's only in concept right now, but I can't wait to see more! I do suggest some revising on the legs (or visual lack thereof). It's so badass, it would be goofy if after a belly drum it then had to toddle over to the enemy because its heels are practically connected Hollymon -I take back my previous comment if you saw it, with color the body now looks much better proportioned Knickles -A very cool robot chicken, but one I have trouble envisioning out in nature. You said you're planning on a major redesign, your linework is great so I can't wait to see what you crank out next! Knirp -Love the new changes! I can totally tell now how it does belly drum! Now I have a few questions and suggestions you may want to consider in your next iteration: 1) How else besides the Xylophone does the Steel typing fit in? I know at this point your coloring isn't final, but are you going to add a metallic sheen to any parts of its body? 2) Is it hollow beyond that Xylophone or is that just black down? You may want to make the distinction clearer. 3) Is the green part with the designs a robe of sorts covering a grey body we can't see, somewhat akin to Cubone's skull helmet? Does it look out from underneath the "hood" and forward along its beak, or out to the side (if those orange circles are indeed its real eyes)? More to follow!!