Really scary design Geb, yech...(4 weeks of rendering, really? Well ok....)
Flies look great sgoodson, really creepy, and the skull skirt. And my personal favorite, sculptured demon mouth crotchguards. (I have got to get me one of those)
There's always one killer shark of an artist in these weeklies....I don't do them much but I'm quite fond of the DSG, so I would run into this one guy every day for weeks a couple years back that would always knock it out of the water. It was like despair incarnate trying to top him - and you shouldn't try to do that, it's just a distraction. Remember, you can always beat yourself
And it's a ways off to the deadline....
but thanks for the supportive words anyways !
i imagine he is working his ass off just like everyone else, and the only ease he finds is in having worked his ass off in the past....anyways he posted a killer wip, so learn and enjoy
or maybe he's just in league with satan.
So much awesomeness. For all the worriers, remember that this is about your artistic journey, not someone else's. Things get easier with practice.
I got some rough color now. No eating of babies because everybody else seems to have that down pat, but I did add a nice entrail necklace. I just couldn't help but go more traditional style, even if it is boring.
i kind of like the more recognizable elements actually. i mean Rangda herself isn't exactly run of the mill common...she's in a pretty strange category of esoterica: dark mothers, and off in a corner overshadowed by Kali, Bhagalamukhi and Lilith....
Hehe, I know how you guys feel, it's really intimidating being on here, but, hey, the more you do it, the better you get! And Partisian, I also say don't resign, 'cuz, honestly, I was jealous of your skills when I saw your pic, and I'd love to see it finished, it looks great so far!
I thought mine looked decent at first, But yea, when I saw some of you're work, guys, I realized that once again, I got ahead of myself coloring, didn't think about light source much. So, I painted up the greyscale and then started adjusting and re-doing the colors.. I think it def. looks better now. Everything is a bit grayed out still, but I'm out of time for today, and have to keep working tomorrow
I'd love some feedback, do you guys think she's looking ok so far?
Kitty: hmm well you asked for opinions so here is mine:
I think the tropical colors are apropos, and they are appealing considering her origins and the jungle setting it works fine, the pose is good she looks like a 'creeper' and definately have the pendulous breast action going on. The face is a bit animal like atm, and wide and meaty, as if she just creeped into a window in Wallace and Grommit's house. I'm a little concerned about the area above her head. you've already begun rendering color and value and havn't decided what to do there. it makes for a lot of work if you have to accomodate newly added sketchwork
Lighting is a bit indistinct....we seem to be having conflicting sources, one about on her upper arm and another coming from the right side.
As for her toes im going to assume they are wherever the top of her head is atm
with those colors you may have to do a colorful headress of venus flytraps eating babies or something else jungle-sinister
her left nostril cant seem to decide where it's going, is it part of the tip or is it on the side.....
i would work out the drawing first before you continue to fix the lighting and color
Wicked topic, loving everyones entries so far!
I'll start working mine soon, will probably be one of those before bed things (which is nice because I like working late).
I'm going to use this opportunity to mess around with colour as well, nice and saturated hmmm.
So far I'm thinking of something along the lines of the Witch from Legend, I find wet slimey hair quite intimidating.
combined with Quina:
Great, I finally found the complete Barong and Rangda dance. In the beginning the girl and the guy are fighting, so she has already turned into a bird here, and gets defeated, then she turns into Rangda, so he turns into Barong to defeat her, and he still can't, so some helpers come in, and then they defeat her, but then kill themselves. ahahaha
that being said I really need to break from this. projects are calling that take priority: imperative and I'm going to have to just call this one finished even with all the details I could add, 10 hours is enough imho for any work. immensely fun topic
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Have changed her right hand trying to make it more threatening. Also experimenting with lights inside the skulls. The light and reflections aren't right yet, but I wanted to get some colour contrast in there. Is it overkill?
GEB:: I semi agree with Mr Man. if you are going to have them glowing the rim light on the kid should be greater. I love this illustration, and I hope you do well in the polls. You might want to play with colors of the skull light, since it is orange it is in complete contrast with the rest of the piece. if it was a cooler color you wouldn't draw the eye away from the face to the chest. maybe if the baby was a warmer grey it would separate the two figures and the cool rim light could bring them together. Cold being evil and the warm being an innocent child, thats fun.
just my two cents. i think it looks very close to finish. possible motion blur on the bg moving toward the center of the top of the piece.
@mr.man, I had the same thought about quina, I'm playing ff9 on my ps3 right now.. lol!
@crookedhorn, I agree with you about GEB's pic, I really like your ideas for lighting
@Naomi, hey, thanks for all of the feedback! I was definitley not going for wallace and gromit, lol.. wow, wouldn't that be creepy?? I guess I can taper in her jaw a bit, I was just trying to do a literal mask-is her face, type thing, and going to put in tattoos and such too..
I'm hoping the lighting will make a bit more sense once I put in her hair.. To clarify about the toes, and her head for that matter, here's the drawing again, if you didn't see it before..
Crookedhorn: That's a really sweet idea, why didn't I think of it!? I must be too close to the project
Nice work everyone!!
GEB I like the way yours is coming along, it has a strong gollum feel to it!
Elixy I think things are still looking a bit muddy in your piece, and I think it's from too much of the background showing through. I'm thinkin you should either make the colors even a little stronger, or select out your character and try some different values and colors in the background.
I didn't know what to paint today so I figured I check out what's going down in the Chow, here's a sketch for now. I know it's super cliche looks pretty similar to everyone elses designs...it's a fun subject to paint anyway. On to colors next.
Elixy - first things first - are you going for a a.) illustration or a b.)plain picture of the character on a simple background?
If a.) then (gosh, like I`m writing something in C++ ) make sure you have the colors of the background reflecting on the character (that`s the beauty/curse of colors - they bounce off everywhere!), and if b.) then 1.) get rid of the white background (it can be very harsh on the eye and make color picking more difficult - pick a nice, neutral, muted tone. Way better, trust me) and 2.) make yourself a nice, simple palette ( lights, midtones, shadows), arm yourself with references, tons of patience and some coffee/beer/poison of choice and dig in! Also - a nice way to keep track of your values is to add a hue/saturation adjustment layer on top of all your layers (in PS : Layer-> New adjustment layer-> hue/saturation, and then set the saturation of that layer to -100). You can turn it on/make it visible any time you want to check out your images values in gray scale. Very nifty, very practical.
Also, don`t forget layer modes as well (overlay is your friend, and so is soft light, and multiply sometimes, and vivid/linear light if you`re very careful), as they create some really nice effects. And lastly - play with brushes and textures. There`s a bunch of brushes you can d/l online that aren`t magic, but are fun to use and experiment with.
Pxel Thank you so much ^_^ I've been doing all the things you've pointed out, especially with the layers. Didn't know about the hue/sat layer though, very useful indeed ^_^ I think more than anything I've been trying so hard to draw like other people, I've forgotten the basics
I think I'm going to go back and try again keeping in mind everything you've just said. I'm determined not to give up on this. Every now and then I think 'this is useless and too hard, I give up' then that makes me think, 'no this is perfect, ChoW isn't supposed to be in your comfort zone' and I pick up my pen again and give it another shot.
Great work in here.
Great horror scene
Great idea with the flies.
Just great. But I agree with ArtByManon about the tits.
Very nice.Looking forward to see it in colour.
Love the design.
Great devil feeling.
Very storytelling Gives the whole concept.
Brilliant as ever. Witch God do you worship.
Sorry for not criting all
Zup Guys! Gonna try to join the cow here for the first time. Probably wont make it 'till the deadline but i decided to show some sketches.
I'm gonna try to check out some more poses and work on a costume later.
ive polished myself into a corner.