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ROUND #228:: Thalestris, Queen of the Amazons
Thalestris, Queen of the Amazons
The Amazones were the toughest female warriors in classical mythology. It is said they cut off or burnt out one breast to be able to use the bow more freely. Also there are rumors that once a year they would visit a neighbouring tribe. The male children that were born after these visits were sent back to the neighbouring tribe, whereas the girls were raised to become even stronger amazones. Thalestris was the leader and Queen of the Amazone tribe and some say she visited Alexander the Great and stayed with him for 13 days and nights, hoping he would give her a daughter.
- Keep in mind she is a fierce warrior, not “a hot chick with a sword”. Think of her weaponry and armour, and how she would wield it.
- You are free to change the time period and setting, but the character has to be recognizable as the leader of the amazons.
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SUNDAY, January 16th, 2011
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If you do not stick to these 6 simple rules, you will not be added to the poll.
1) FOLLOW THE TOPIC.
It's about designing the character of the topic. The environment or side characters are far less important.
2) SHOW AT LEAST ¾ OF YOUR DESIGN.
This is not an illustration contest, but a design contest. Show your whole design!
3) POST YOUR FINAL IN THE FINALS THREAD.
4) INCLUDE WIPS WITH YOUR FINAL.
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6) PLACE THE IMAGE IN A FRAME WITH YOUR NAME/TOPIC
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I want in. Been meaning to join an activity for a while.
Be editing with my progess later.
A punk/trash dominatrix is my basic idea. Taking some elements from the classic representation and adding a lot of anachronism is the main path i`m taking with the looks. very rough sketching. Catching ideas and sorting out my material.
I start building the actual image in PS. Need some extra work for the right hand and the secondary submissive male character i`m including.
I start shaping it up.
Last edited by JDSart; January 12th, 2011 at 12:22 AM.
Hi there! I've been a member of the community for a quite long time, but never had the nerves to participate in anything. Just kept watching from shadows... you guys are monsters and I'm a big fan of a lot of you.
The fact is that if I never show my face I'll never improve, right? So I decided to participate in this round.
Thinking about a brazilian indian from amazonic forest version, maybe loosely based on the culture from a tribe named Carajá. It's ok to change settings, right?
Hope I can become part of the group and learn a lot from you guys. ^L^
I haet you right now, you know...lovingly, of corse
Decided to dip my toes into this one. I`m going for a more "Slavic" approach, with fur trimmings, medallions, the whole shabang...I`m all "rusty", and so much more work ahead...@_@
Quick sketch with some colour splashed on, Its a bit cliché but i kinda like the fantasy stuff! Not sure about the pose or how the shield will impede shooting but will figure it out.
a quick idea about the queen surrounded by male slaves (=cannon fodders).
Last edited by cz64; January 10th, 2011 at 06:10 PM. Reason: missing pic
Can't resist this CHOW - Any excuse to paint regal women who kick ass. I think the basic pose and is down (unless everyone hates it) and now I'm going to work on the costume and weapons.
Last edited by Bonzulac; January 10th, 2011 at 10:16 PM.
A road warrior Amazon queen... just a fast WIP before bedtime.
i had an idea about a minoan amazon, (the amazonian and the minoan culture apparently had a lot in common so some believe thats where they originated) jumping over the bull in the ancient tradition of "ταυροκαθάψια" (taurokathapsia). i am taking some artistic liberties with the positioning of the body as, in reality, the dancers charged the bull head on, and leaped over his length using his horns as a "handhold". i might play around with the composition see if another jumbing pose works better.
Last edited by reginanegra; January 11th, 2011 at 01:17 PM.
My thoughts for so far is to make the environment in which the Amazons live a little.... colder and something with more of a celtic/norse feel.
Attached is the initial concept sketch. I am extremely sorry about the quality. Waiting for the drivers for my new scanner to turn up.
Last edited by Eofn; January 11th, 2011 at 10:01 AM.
HI! I've been around for a while, following previous CHOWs, but this is my first actual entry. So, any C&C-s are more than welcome
I imagine amazons, featuring they were women, as some sort of guerila type warband, that is more skilled in ambushes and hit&run tactics than in open warfare. So, I'll try to give this character a bit of guile and try to make here armour good for camouflage. Also, since this character is a leader, she will, as other leaders of that time, be a person of war, fighting in first lines. This is a quick sketch, just a bids-on-pose-and-all-that type of entry
PS pardon my poor English
here are some further doodles I'll try to work on the character first and then enter a background...probably a battlefield or maybe a forest of some sort, so it looks like the amazons are preparing an ambush...
Another update. It turns out rather messy, but i'm working with a mouse, so...
Anyway, I'll be working on the backgroung from now, and leave the rest of character until i set the lighting and composition. Any tips?
Wow been a while since I last posted I have no idea if I'll have time to get any further than this but wanted to post anyway.
Always strive for perfection. You will never achieve it, but will learn so much more in the striving.
@~baxter: Good start! i think the character looks too male right now, her face and body type especially, she should have more feminine curves along with muscular body keep up, its coming out good!
Fascinating work, Elixy, Parsakoira and ~baxter! Looking forward to seeing those develop! I'm not sure about which pose to use here. I thought I'd be laying in color by now. Why must everything I do take so much longer than I think it will? Oh well....
When a boy was born, they killed him, blinded him or if the boy was lucky enough, it was sent away to live with his father. They were tough woah-men - thats fo sho.
So we're defining tough as mutilating male babies or sending them away to live with their Dad?