Dimlull: Great concept, I think the next step is to find a graceful transition between the main body and the windstorm... maybe have feathers swirling where the two areas join. Looking forward to a colored version.
SygniSC: Looks like progress is coming along, I get an immediate water feel from this. Just needs a bit more form definition on the tail.
tsabu: I love the strokes in both of these. Only thing is I feel like they're competing with their environments, it's kind of tough to establish where the creature ends and the background begins. I actually think that's a cool effect in and of itself, just maybe not for a contest where clarity of form is important.
Noro: Really nice work. Now that it's there the fire is actually a nice touch to this.
Firith: I really like the lighting on the earth bear, but the wind creature has a more inventive design. Really looking forward to see how that one turns out.
GammaGrey: Hmm, yeah, it might be straddling the line between earth and fire. But maybe not, even a volcano has a rocky exterior. I think if the furnace elements were ramped up just a little it could work, maybe add some bright saturated colors at the focal.
kora: Thanks for the feedback, yeah, I was going for eyes more than arms lol. That kind of ambiguity is sort of interesting, but you're right that it should be more clear one way or the other in something like this. Was hesitant about placing them too high to avoid any sort of humanoid look/proportions.
Your angler salamander's design is remarkably well thought out. I think for a color scheme, it might be wise to make the body predominantly dull or dark colored; seems that might be helpful for it to stay hidden while its tail attracts prey. The darker top most red palette looks like a really good choice.
Kivos: Great colors, almost looks like crayon in some parts. I think the crystal is a great approach to the earth element so I'd polish that feature more as you work on this. It has a kind of humanoid build though so I'd sketch out different body types from here on. Really unique, hoping to see more on this soon.
Jeremy Colwell: I really like your fire elemental the most of these, it feels like more thought was put into the design and it's got a lot of energy in the composition. The wind elemental doesn't particularly look like a creature quite yet, but more like tangled fabric; I might think about what you could add to tell us this thing is really alive (come to think of it, I might need to do the same).
Abee: Liking the shapes so far, can't wait to see how it develops. Something about the lighting reads 'underwater', though it's a really tough, rugged looking organism. Nice contrast.
lkjhgfdsa: Awesome angle and scale. I think adding some values closer to white might really get that fire feeling across.
Calireayn: Huge improvement, much more wind-like. I like how head even resembles an airplane cockpit. Great feathery strokes as well, turning out nicely.
NightHerald Remember that shadows are a good way to add weight to a figure, I think some darker tones underneath the feet can help. Hope you find time to finish!
ashess: This thing is creepy but I love it. Might be good to add more room to the frame on the right, sort of odd how the flipper's been cropped.
JanJager: That rainbow effect is fantastic, I've gotta figure out how to do that soon. No real crits about this, I'll be waiting eagerly for the finished version.
VegasMike: Incredibly crafted and beautifully presented. That's really all I can say.
Slight progress here. Probably going to need to crop off the extra space on the side...
quick update; oh! more feedback.
Noun- thanks man, gonna look into that fin. wow! yours is really something else. maybe a bit of overlap the thing coming outta his mouth with the piece; might give more debth.
I'm pretty much done, gonna post finals shortly, in the mean time here are some details from the final image...See you guys in the finals, had a blast this round!!
@Junco & @Noun : Thanks for the advise, critique & comments.
Unfortunately I miscalculated my dates...and gotten a little busy with other stuff I'm currently dealing with.... so I won't have this finish by the 7th, but I'm planning on continue working on this piece.
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Bertling: I hate to tell you this but that's a human with a tail. You need to design a creature with little or no human qualities. Go on get to it you can still make it!
Vegasmike: What Rob Powell said...
Sigh...not likely I'll pull an entry this time around. My first attempt is basically done, but probably too plant-like to be a valid entry, and my water elemental spider isn't coming together as I'd hoped.
It's been a great challenge- you've all done some really amazing and inspiring work, and I look forward to agonizing over who to vote for!
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Meh, I dont have enough time to finish off my design... :/ Moreover I dont have a lot of experience with Photoshop ( like at all ) . Good luck guys!
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Added more atmosphere, detailed the clouds and rim lighting on clouds, smoke, etc...
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GEB and ToddB: Good looking out guys! Thanks for the honest crits, always willing to make those little changes when necessary.
I'm tired of working on this one. See you guys in the finals!
Scorge changes look great. Overall a really nice piece. Love the fire arms! Well done as usual.
Rob overall a great piece. I really wish you had done something different with the hood though. And the bottom part needs some kind of change to give the head a little more prominence as well as break it out some from the rock it's on, it all kind of blends together. I'm sure it took forever though and I'm certainly not at your level so take the critique lightly.
Ashess love the turtle/jellyfish idea and it has a great style so far. I'm just not getting the elemental part yet.
sorry I can't critique everyone's. This round is getting some really amazing pieces.
Scorge: That looks so much better mate! If it were my piece I'd be ever so tempted to lengthen the tail and have it firey and whip like, curlng back roung into frame. But that's just me
Seems like I took my air elemental a wrong direction and I won't be finishing it after all. Anyway I polished my earth a bit more and that will be my final! Any feedback is appreciated.
ashess: That looks good, I think you need to blend the creature with the water more, maybe add some floating particles and stuff.
ChromaticCodex: Pretty interesting wips, mostly the fire one came out great.
VegasMike: That's something I d gladly make a poster and hang in my room, it has a certain greatness in it.
Fantastic concepts guys!, no more time to me I guess...
ah... not going to have time for more i guess, but here's an idea i had for air elemental. he's a bit goofy looking.. like a chinese dragon squid.
oh Im gonna gonna kill my cat! it just ripped out 3 buttons of my laptop 'cause it wanted at the chips!
anyway, got the ice scales all over now. does it help?
@grimstich - I dont care what you say, it looks awesome!
@stidigio- the water's too .. blue? does that make sense? well. I think it's too blue.
@ashess: Looking good! If I may suggest, if you push the furthest parts of your creature towards the shade of blue you used for the ocean, it should help sell the sense of scale you're after.
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There is some epic imagery in this thread!
My old computer chose last week to up and die, so I will not be contributing this round. All my files were safely backed up, and I have now got a new computer, but I've been working to restore my settings, reinstall my software, customize my preferences, get my old brushes and fonts installed, etc. All in all it's not a totally bad thing since I ended up with a much more powerful computer out of the deal, but it has been a big hiccup in my schedule.