-= Chow 200 :: The MONARCH of CHOW =-
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ROUND #200 :: The MONARCH of CHOWDESCRIPTION
The MONARCH of CHOW
The queen is dead. Long live the... queen? 200 ChOWS, or rather 199 and itís time for a new mascot, and this time it doesnít HAVE to be a Queen. We want a monarch, so it could easily be a king instead.
The flag bearers have raised their poles. The courtiers are quivering in antici.... pation. The herald has blown his trumpet dry and the ministers are stroking their long... beards! The stage is set for a monarchís grand arrival so letís see that royal entrance! Design and create the King or Queen of MUSIC. What kind of music? Well, thatís up to you. Put your take on it. Metal, punk, classical, country, industrial, rockabilly, dance, goth, EMO, AOR, hard house, rap... the list goes on! Or somehow incorporate all those genres into one, if youíre plain bonkers enough.
Need more options? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_music_styles
Remember, the monarch is to be the mascot of the next 100 ChOWS! The reigning sovereign, so regal quality is pretty essential to the character; otherwise itís a fairly free brief. Make sure your chosen music is reflected in the character and costume and we want only one character design, male, female or any points in-between. As for whether human or not, human please as this is based on human experience. But variations thereof: ie: angel, vampire, mermaid etc. are OK as they feature in a lot of musical symbolism. More than one entry is permitted.
Have fun! But please keep the Youtube inspiration clips to a minimum!
This is a MONTH ChoW.
SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY:
1: You must submit ONE full sized image.
2: Make sure your name and CHOW # are EASILY READABLE on your entry.
3: Use the Standard format (Below);
PLACE THE IMAGE IN A FRAME WITH YOUR NAME/TOPIC
SAVE YOUR FILE IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:
THE REST IS EASY:
1: No comments before poll is set. They WILL be deleted with utmost malice and petty grumbling.
2: Sit back and enjoy the show. BYOPC (Bring your own popcorn)
3: Good luck to all.
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ON GETTING TO POLL
NEW ROUND RULE: WIPS PLEASE!
SUBMISSION FORMAT REMINDER
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WRITE YOUR COPYRIGHT INFORMATION UNDER THE IMAGE IN THE FINAL BURNING THREAD SO I DON'T HAVE TO HUNT YOU DOWN LATER!
Quick Check: Have You Submitted Your Chow Properly?
- is it named correctly? (ie, "CHOW#100_Oregano.jpg")
- has it been uploaded using the attachment editor?
- have you also uploaded or linked to your wips?
- have you followed the brief?
(I was under the impression that an explanation our process was wanted, so below is an explanation of that. If you don't care, don't bother to read on.)
A few words about the character design: I wanted to focus more so on the music and instruments commonly involved in Rock, rather than the personality and style of the fans of various sub-genres of Rock. I felt like if I dressed her up in say, a punk rock outfit, she could never look royal enough to be a queen. I didn't want her to look like some punk trying to be a queen, I wanted her to be a queen who represents rock. That said, I began my concept sketch with what I believed looked like a queen. Then I began fusing her with various rock instruments. The focus had to be on the electric guitar, so naturally the crown was made of that and piano keys. I also went with mini-drums on her right arm, drum sticks on her shoulder armor, and guitar picks in her forearm greave. Decorating her with instruments wasn't quite enough though. I felt that if she was going to be queen of rock, the music had to be a part of her. So I made her hair curl in such a way that it looks like music notes. the strands across the front of her face make up the staff, and on it, two more hair curls make up two eighth notes.
That's all for the actual design of the character. The process of finishing the concept art is actually new to me. I saw this method of a black and white under-painting done on a youtube tutorial by Peter Mohrbacher. basically, after the black and white you just use overlay layers to color the image. I've been trying to find a technique for painting digitally that I click with for a while, and for whatever reason, possibly because it feels similar to how I paint traditionally, this one seems to be it. Anyway, this is the first finished work I've done with this technique, and I'm really pleased with the results.
This Chow was really fun for me, this was my first one (lots of firsts, woohoo!), hopefully of many.
Well, this has been a bit of an 'in-the-works' slowly, mainly because work has been working me like a dog, but here ya go:
THE QUEEN OF GRUNGE
And here's the WIPS:
Finally... a ChoW finished /gasp
This has been a huge learning experience for me - I definitely pushed my limits. I was more patient, tried out new tips and tricks and got a result I am essentially really happy about. I didn't think I'd be able to pull something like this off, but I just goes to show - we know more than we give ourselves credit for...
The feedback was a great help, and I got some great tips from many in the forum - so thanks guys!
I can't wait for the next challenge. Good luck to all!
The Kaiser of Glam Rock
The first thing that came to my mind were my favorite types of music and artists. Rock, especially glam and classic rock. David Bowie is a god and I love the 70's and 80's groups like The Rolling Stones, Kiss, Motley Crew, Poison etc. I started my basic sketches first not really having a direction except a few reference photo's of Bowie and then scanned it. Decided to outline it with Photoshop instead of ink, i thought this might be easier and allow me to create more versatile shapes. It especially helped when i started laying down my basic colors. After that just kept rendering until i was happy
Here is one of two entries I'm probably going to submit. ....We can submit more than one this time, right?
This first one is the Queen of Progressive Rock.
I was really inspired by bands like Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, The Mars Volta, Yes, and the like. I tried not to focus on a certain aesthetic for this piece, because members of the genre don't really have a set fashion. Rather, I was inspired by the spaced-out feel of the genre, as well as a few Roger Dean paintings.
This was my first CHOW entry and I plan on doing more. I've found the process behind this really helpful.
The second final isn't done yet, but I'm planning on basing it off post-rock.
Here is my submission. The Heavy Metal Goddess who comes and saves us from the commercial infected music that has polluted our ears since MTV, HAHA.
Hope you like, critiques are more than welcome even if I do get bumped from the poll.
King TheRE-MAN.XVII of Atomic-Age Electronic
⇒ SKETCHBOOK ⇐
Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?
The Mermaid By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Last edited by Rhdnor; June 2nd, 2010 at 03:53 AM.
oh man ... time's running out. i would've loved to get more into the painting, but I gotta catch a flight tomorrow. :/
anyway, here it is, more a work a progress than a finished piece.
The Monarch of Funk-Jazz, a synthesis of two styles that have influenced modern music to a tremendous degree. One being the ancestor of today's dance scene, the other a successor of yesterday's classical music.
I tried to capture the regal quality with mood and attitude and less with symbols. A true and powerful monarch does not need a crown, nor any symbolism to clarify his status - that was my thought, and I don't know if I have accomplished that goal. The process was pretty straightforward. just painted what came to mind.
comments and critiques are highly welcome!
"On that world you vision, through the layers of tears
The ones you choke and keep hidden when the players are near
I watch you chase it with beers and frustration and fear
Try to figure out why the hell I came here
Well I don't know either, and I'm not ready to take a breather neither
All I know is I'm still a believer
So you can beat me up, or you can beat me off
Pick a side, any side, and let me do my job"-Atmosphere
i present THE KING OF ROCK... and chow.
great round, Good luck everyone.
What a fun round! Here is my entry:
The queen of Celtic Music! I used a lot of Celtic knotwork and wood instruments as inspiration, and all of the fables and woodlands that normally come to mind when Celtic music is played. I was going for a more fairy-folk celtic type feel, with a hint of magic
Good luck to all the entrants, some amazing pieces in this round!!!
wrong thread -.-
Last edited by Irrlaeufer; June 5th, 2010 at 11:25 PM.
"The King" Rahjay
The Queen of Dubstep/IDM...
Copyright: Tetrodotoxin; ConceptArt, Characters, Sci-Fi, Photoshop
Last edited by Tetrodotoxin; June 7th, 2010 at 07:19 PM. Reason: Whoooops!
Last edited by sketchius; June 6th, 2010 at 01:54 PM. Reason: Fixing Image... again!
The Queen of Grunge
Last edited by Irrlaeufer; June 6th, 2010 at 02:01 PM.
the Monarch of METAL! GL all, you guys ROCK!
(not sure why my blog adds a number to the file name)
Last edited by Brandozer; June 7th, 2010 at 05:08 PM.
Aww 200 chow! what a pitty, I didn't see this earlier. It will be difficult to improve the Jessi Bean's Queen, but I'm gonna take a look to those majesties ^^
orangus It's very cool, I just think it needs a little more of definition and lights.
Refschaufscheik Nice concept!
crimson_shape awesome, a little crazy but it rocks I think you just needed some more time.
Mykro haha, nice concept, I liked it.
artina well done, looks strong.
dannE-B very interesting concept
bendragon so pretty, and desing is great, i love the head over all. May be long body.
aimBiz Nice effort, great sketching work.
sakuranym You have a nice style and nice skills. Desing is cool but I think the string instrument should be more important.
Lodin Very nice skills, I want to hear that guitar lol
QueenGwenevere Awesome, she is more than a queen, she is almost a goddess I love the lights on trumpets and desing on "skirt". Wip is very nice too, thanks for sharing
Iviiat I like your work with shadows and composition. I just think her neck and hand are a little strange.
Belindi Nice work! The lance is cool and that textures rocks a lot. Nice desing btw.
Pixeltuner Nice skills.
LeoListens Cool! Hahaha a shoe-throne, great XD. And your style and color skills are very nice too, I love the bottom section with that green and purple.
Brandozer Gorguerous. I want those boots
vibhas virwani Interesting. He looks like a god of music.
Lianti gorguerous details.
Pinback Super detailed! 0.0 I think it works better like illustration than character design, but congrats for the great piece.
Dan I like it, specially the stave and legs outsfit.
Sorknes I like a lot her dress, nice effort on textures.
Sentinel Great skills, she looks so smooth and a little dangerous at same.
jpedro I like it. Long red hair and skulls rock forever
What a bunch of nice works ^^ It's allways great to see the chows.
I like to thanks Janson Snair, Kitten Poker, Leonnn and Tipa for their vote.
Well at least ONE person liked my sketch---thanks for voting for me Bethany k!