Here's my most cliche low tech alien priestess, finished! And I dedicate this design to James Cameron.
There's story behind this most cliched alien design. When the first Avatar trailer came out, I received this group email from some "industry guy", and the title of the email was "the avatar character design looks like trash". And this guy went on and on about how cliche the design was, and how trashy the movie would be, and how much a loser Cameron was.
Well, guys, guess what? Cameron proves you all wrong!
Sometimes I just got SICK and TIRED about all these "industry people" trash talk against each other behind back. So I design this most cliched alien priestess. I guess it's my little obscured way to show some support.
About the painting, two things: 1, i didn't use black. 2, I try to paint half transparent fabric. Both of them work out pretty good, I think~
I'm actually painting on Christmas day... Is it dedication or pathetic?
That looks pretty good, but something about the headdress doesn't seem to match the perspetive of the head. It looks like it's coming straight on to the viewer while the head is angled. That's a pretty minor nitpick in an otherwise awesome piece, though.
I really like the commissioned piece! With this alien chick you've got, you need to make sure that the lighting is consistent throughout the entire figure. That headdress has pretty much the same value all around, and there are highlights on the shadow side of it. It just doesn't feel like it belongs in the environment yet. Keep pushing it though
I agree with last poster Fei. You seem to have a bit of a trouble with that. If you want to avoid inconsistent lighting try making it ambient. As in no terribly strong highlights or shadows just like with normal room lighting (as in non spot light).
Lighting is the key to making consistent drawings whether they stylized or not =)
I normally don't redo my paintings, I might redo a theme, but never work on a a finished piece. When I'm done, I'm done. But this painting is bugging me. Something about it...doesn't seem right. So here it is.... a WIP~
The left is the original~ I just don't like all that black.... since I'm starting this "no black no white" thing for my paintings.
His right hand looks very odd. Double check proportions =)
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More Team Chow III design. Normally I start with general composition, and figure out the character, lighting, pose, color...and such all at once. This time, I thought I should design the character first, if i can make my character look interesting in T-pose with a poker face, I'm sure he'd be just fine with some dynamic composition, interesting pose and some lighting and background~
So here it is, my hip hop inspired fantasy shermon magician...OK, it's more on the tribal side, I need to do something that make it more fantasy.....
OOOo i like that last one Fei. I think his claw hand a bit too much (the claws themself) but otherwise looks exiting to look at. Like a mix between hip hop and elves O_O
LOL, he is indeed a hip hop elf~
I thought the claw's a bit too much as well. He's supposed to be The Magician (like a elven mage i guess...). Claws like that are more on the Thief side. If I go with the high fantasy tradition, I need to get rid of the claws, and give him a staff or dagger, that's more like a mage.
Hey there, Fluo! That latest elf magician design is gorgeous, i like what you did there on his costume, combining hip-hop elements is a brilliant idea. I have an idea or suggestion, if you don't mind. I agree that you should remove his claw and i think you could replace it with some fingers accessories and/or jewelries, like hip-hop blings. Is that make sense? I have seen some hip-hop stars wearing those huge rings (or some kind) around their fingers. And in high fantasy traditions, mages are often told to have some imbibed jewels or gems in their possessions too, right?
I hope that's useful Sorry if i seem to intrude.
Keep going, i like what i see here.
*EDIT: I forgot something about his shoes. I think it's seemed out of place there, it looked like an ordinary Chuck. You can still play more with the design.
Last edited by witcrack; January 10th, 2010 at 03:03 PM.
witcrack: Thank you for the suggestions!!! they're pretty much dead on. I wasn't happy with the shoes either, I think they should be more high fantasy like, but keeping an hip hop chunky silhouette. Using rings and Blings to replace the claws is a brilliant idea. Hip hop sure has some crazy a$$ accessories. I'll give it a shot today, see how it come out.
I broke away from Team CHow tonight and working on something else. My friend and I are huge fans of Infinite Undiscovery, and the other day we're playing and talking about the game, she said: have you think about what Rico and Rucha look like when they grow up? this idea just grows on me I guess, so i decided to give it a shot.
There's Rucha i kept her basic design, but sexier. Just line art now, I'll color her up tomorrow.
Ohh slacker! Go back to team chow (speaketh the other slacker who worked on regular CHOW instead, lol)
I dig that half dragon priestess a lot. The new sketch of the grown up character looks nice also. I think her pelvis and thighs can afford to be more curvy to fit the traditional hour-glass shape of adult women. Her attitude also makes her look more like a teen-age version of the happy little girl, hahaha She's totally in the "I'm too cool to talk to you" stage.
Nightblue: OK OK~~~LOL, I'm back~~~ (pretending not to see your snow fairy...) Glad you like Rucha~ My friend made the request to give her bigger boobs, softer facial structure, and tinier waist so she somewhat follows the japanese anime tradition. LOL, so I'll see if I can make it happen.
Mischeviouslittleelf : Thanks for pointing out the feet part. I know I have this habbit of enlarging the porpotion of hands and feet, somewhat intentionally... maybe it has something to do with me starting with anime... that's actually a J-anime tradition. But, you're right... I need to be more careful with it. Thanks~
Roia Thank you for stopping by~
Try out some color~~~ traditionally The tarot Magician is always associated with red and white, so I don't have much of a choice with color.... the combination is actually a lot harder to deal with than I expected.
The feather was criticized for being too tribal, but I tried several different shoulder plates, they always make him looks more like a thief instead of a mage. So I'll stick with colorful feathers, hopefully they'll create a somewhat magician/jester-ish feeling.
And the face paint, yes, I have been wanting to do a nice face painting for some time, seems like a good idea for Magician.