Did some sketching last night to figure out what I wanted to do. Right now I feel like my fat Air magi is the way to go. Staff design is pretty much non-existant at this time
Mr. Gadbury Maybe lower a bit. Like the leg gear.
Small update. Think my eyes might be bigger than my stomach.
Another update. I'm not going to continue with this particular version, but thought I'd upload it anyway. I wanted to quickly lay some colour down as a test, and then kept on painting. I don't normally work by painting over greyscale images, as I find it harder to get appealing colours that way. Therefore, this was a fun but ultimately pointless pursuit, and the final version should be better.
Matthew Campbell Huh. That's how I usually paint. You must paint directly with color. I find that way is harder for me to set up my image. Interested to see the final.
Probably my last update before final.
Seen here Earth Mage Lonce Shump struggles under the weight of the rock Mitre and Robes when trying to summon the earth spirits.
This tragic figure is hated the most by earth mages for eventually turning on his tribe and releasing the rocky elementals to devastate his own people.
From the Journal of Gethis Lore-master of the Artuna Archives:
Greetings, may the flame be strong with you:
I have completed the research you requested, and of particular interest in our studies of the earth mages is their most
reviled figure, Lonce Shump. The enigma of his eventual betrayal of his own people [and benefit to fire mages everywhere]
is I believe revealed by a closer study of their traditions and rituals.
Closely guarded until recently the 'spirit callers' were only rumor to the archives. We have come into possession of
certain documents that bring us enlightenment upon one in particular.
From our studies a 'spirit caller' is born every thirty to forty years, and is well received by his or her tribe.
The parents however are saddened by this event, because they understand the burdens the small one will eventually endure.
The traditions are long, and I will not bore you with useless details, but two things in particular stand out when reviewing
their rituals. One is the attire of the 'spirit caller'. These unfortunate individuals are burdened with robes made entirely of stone,
I jest not, robes of stone. During ritual ceremonies to summon the earth spirits they also wear a miter of solid stone.
I cannot fathom how one even walks in clothing such as this, let along perform the gestures necessary to work incantations.
This thankless task fell upon our poor mage Shump, and it was not helped by the kindly but ignorant actions of his loving mother
who upon knowing of his talent suggested a "budding crystal" staff. Any fire mage knows the dangers of such a tool. The buds
eventually grow out of control over one's lifetime and the mage will eventually not even be able to wield his staff because of its
Eventually after ten years of this dolorous task, the mage's sanity finally snapped. After being denied the request to relinquish
his duty four times, the mage, in one last final hurrah, summoned earth elementals and set them upon his people. His staff,
becoming more than he could bear, he commanded be broken by a earth elemental before hurtling himself over a precipice.
The elementals wreaked havoc upon the earth mages until another 'spirit caller' was trained to release them from Shump's
Incidentally these are the events that gave the Artuna the respite it needed to regather it's forces during the last war. It is our
conclusion that we should bide our time and proffer peace to the earth mages, as we believe that their own staggering solidity
in ritual will eventually cause another to lose sanity as was the case with Shump. Our opinion is that the earth mages will be their
- Loremaster Gethis
Thinking feathers for the staff
Scrapped my previous scribble, which was pretty much generic mage #5.
I started thinking about fire, and that made me think of Karnov, and that made me think of smoky, dirty, forge-fire flames. And I started heading this direction - toward a fire mage from a blacksmith's point of view. *shrug*
What if E.Honda and Karnov had a baby who liked to burn things?
since i have no time untill sunday i think im done., wheres the final thread?
my Sketchbook plz help me become a better artist !
Now crit the shit out of me!
The battle will be very very hard!
So many amazing mage in this thread. I particullary like the Artfix's and Jacobanderson's stuff
nAniA : Awesome staff!
failstar : Love the concept with death winged mage
MJ_Alcazar : Warning with your anatomy. Usually we can't see her second breast (her's right breast in the picture). If is it volontary... my bad :p.
pixelfuture : Nice concept. I guess that is very hard to draw a water element without outline/figure (Sorry for my bad english language :/ i search to mean "Silhouette" in french)
Mr. Gadbury : OH YEAH! I like the leg's concept
SCF : Bright wizard yeah! Keep it up
@gdlr the pose is a little strange the design is nice
my Sketchbook plz help me become a better artist !
gdlr - thank you, I had questions about that as well. I got the pose off of deviant art, senshistock. And from what I could see, it looked like both breasts could be seen. But, I'm thinking it looks awkward, so I'm going to change that. Also, I'm really loving the details of yours, all the scrolls and stuff. But, I'm thinking her back foot needs to be looked at. Is she walking and twisting? If so, I think a little more weight is needed on that back foot to keep her balanced.
MarcSampson - if you get a little time on Sunday, maybe look into redoing her upper left arm, right side of the page. I know it's bony and twisted, but it maybe a bit too short, just a little bit.
Last edited by MJ_Alcazar; May 5th, 2011 at 11:04 AM.
First the crits. There were tons of entries so I'm only leaving brief comments which are hopefully constructive. Sorry for not throwing out more positive comments but there is so much awesome in this thread. If I noted it every time I'd still be writing comments when the polls closed.
Sorry if I missed anybody...
Blankslate: His pose is slightly unbalanced. He looks like he is going to fall over.
Matthew Cambell: You said you weren't going to continue , but in case you do, the red light from his staff is not illuminating his clothes at all.
Pixelfuture: Very cool idea but the water rendering looks very flat. I assume you're using photoshop? Try to use the liquify filter to round out his form so the light streaks in his body curve around the form and add 3 dimensionality.
MJ Alcazar: Her lips are too flat. Its a straight line from her nose to her chin. The lips bulge out from the face. Look at some faces in profile for reference.
InFlame: He either has really long arms or really short legs. Also his left arm is longer than his right. And he's leaning too far back- he would tip over.
nAniA: Its still a very rough drawing but her cloak stretches below her feet which is strange, unless she is floating.
RBeek: The top skull isn't centered on his head and his pose doesn't look level. It looks like his feet are on two different planes.
gldr: She's in a very awkward pose. Is there any reason you have her twisted around like that?
jacob anderson: He has giant hands. The soft green light in the background near his left hand is distracting. I spent alot of time looking at your image trying to figure out what it was.
Wiggen: Where is the light source? It appears to be at about 1 or 2 o clock, but if so why is the cloak above his leg in shadow? There is nothing that would cast a shadow on it. Also his belly on the right side is in shadow but his belly and leg below the shadow are not.
Art Fix: The bright light of the staff on the edge of the comp. keeps drawing my eye out of the picture. If the background was lightened so there was less contrast there or if the staff curved into the picture instead of out of it, it would strengthen your picture, in my humble opinion.
Marc Sampson: Genital piercings? Don't see those every day. Also, your values are very flat which makes your drawing look more two dimensional.
Missle: What's up with her neck? I can't quite figure out what's going on there.
Well that's my two cents, take it for what it is. Just one guys opinion.
Now my update...
I went with a fire mage, and my computer is not happy with all the levels it took to render this.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all
science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who
can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
Lots of interesting stuff in here. People love mages eh?
Starting to look like something..
My sketchbook - Help me improve!
MJ_Alcazar : Oh my bad . I persist to think that is more correct, more realistic. Or maybe with the shoulder more behind or it her abs area.. I don't know. Do you have the link of the original model ?I am curious. For mine, i like the pictoral movement of the Mannerism but it's true that there is a problem of perspectives on feet (besides having a surrealist position, i have problems with feet and to draw rocks and stones).
MarcSampson : Thank you. I try to fix her feet.
Kafka Dreams : Yes I had difficulty to find a pose more feminine and exaggerated to give a "Fantastic/Fantasy" look.
@Artfix: wow, great lighting
@gdlr: i realy like your pose, it's awesome, she looks very powerful
this is my first WIP, Shaquana the light mage. her main ability
is healing and transform into any life form she desires, but her favorite life
form is eagle.
gdlr - ohhhh, thanks for that paintover! I went back and looked at the picture http://senshistock.deviantart.com/ga...set=0#/d22g2gx .It hadn't even dawned on me that I had shifted her slightly. The picture I was going off of had her shifted slightly forward facing, and I was wanting a more profile look. I had thought something was a little off, too much time in one frame of mind. =) While I'm at it, I'm going to shift that staff bearing arm down as well, I don't like how stiff and straight out it is.
Also, I see what you're going for now.
Kafka Dreams - thank you, I shall look up some reference for her face. Her eyes are bothering me as well, so I can fix that too. On yours, I love that she is made of fire. However, I'm finding the image a little hard to look at. (and that may just be because contrast + me don't mix very well) But, I think perhaps give her a little more defined silhouette. And with the hair, it's looking very choppy. I'm not saying to make it very smooth, because she's not water obviously. But, just smooth it out a bit so that your attention isn't immediatly drawn to her hair and not her face, etc.
Sorry guys, wish I could leave more crits. But, my computer crashed a week or so ago, and ever since I got it back from the shop, the keyboard has acted strangely. So, typing has become extremely burdensome
OfficialLamp: Nawww, okay, you convinced me, I'll finish it lol
I drew my character first with no planning and planned it after I already did it, I know, awful way of working lol...
Not too sure about the wings now, not so much the wings, but how the hell are they coming from the elbows I don't know lol. I concluded that the membrane of the wings would be attached to an outer bone spine type thing that is connected to the bone horns of her head. Stil thinking about the wing bones though...
I'm wondered how I will go about the horns and bone on her face without it looking like a helmet instead of it actually being apart of her. I don't know if to add more colour to her or the background.
I'm new to these weekly challenges, but I need to practice and they're fun, so I made my own mage.
I went with a water mage. I thought it would be cool if she could create a bubble barrier to protect her, then use her powers to make the water come crashing onto her enemies. The staff has a spiral like a hurricane. I tried to design the costume with a pirate influence because I figured water mages would live near water and the coast most of the time. Maybe it ended up a little on the generic side?
There are a lot of great artists in CHoW, it will be fun participating in more challenges!
melon_kuantum : Thank you so much
MJ_Alcazar : Oh nice the pack of photo. I had left on monk's bases shaolin in their manipulation of the stick (like the 3 wind form just right here but it was too hard to put in perspective in the space for the next step of my concept. Good luck for your next step.
Update. I don't found how to fix her feet Grrr.
oops fail reply can you delete this message ?