Trevor, Damn you and your polar bear to hell! I was out of town until today, and you stole my idea right out from under me. And to top it all off you're doing a great job with it. That's just rude. ;-)
Alright-y then here be my final. Yes, once again I'm going with the half-nekid chick, but this time she's in ice robes doing chilly stuff with her breath, so there! ;-)
It felt good working-up from a silhouette last week, so I decided to try it again. Used a lot of different brushes and also made multiple passes with Photoshop filters (especially "glass") as I went along. It's a more layered composite look than a painterly look. In retrospect it looks fake, but I had fun, and it was very quick. I wanted the jewelry and the clothing to resemble ice, but it didn't quite work out.
Here's a link to a big (but still not 100%) detail:
Last edited by joe12south; June 20th, 2007 at 10:56 PM. Reason: Final
silouette ws just an one time thing - just at i use to spice up things when i make the topic.
from time to time... i'll jump in and force - color palette, set up enviroenment, photo reference for some details and so on. just to bring it more challenging and to have us learn a bit more. silo is essential for a charracter - see the last round - we have a lot to learn
see you in the FINAL BURNING thread. it's getting hot already if i get some time - maybe i should try one entry too i really need the practice.
just an update and concept... cc always welcome... great stuff already guys
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First finished Chow in a while, Not quite the Trevor Killer I was hoping for, but it should do all right.
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very nice and cozy here...I'm marking my turf..
sucks to always be the last post...
really really amazing stuff coming up from people...
trevor your shadow puppet took my breath away..love the sillouhette integration ...and how everything was packaged. Thats what I call true professionalism..
Also..Evildisco...your post is looking really really good...I hope the final will live up to what you have now...the rendering in the face is quite exquisite..
I willl have a lot more to learn!
heres my WIP
THanks mimic for the arm tip..it was looking weird.....hopefully better now?
hopefully get some colour in soon...gonna try to work in some sorta bg too..
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i will fill in
well every idea i had has been done a million times better so i'm stumped....*sigh* must use my imagination...
So, never mind the lush santa. I blocked this out at lunch today, scanned it, and darkened it to be visible. I'll be inking this, but not coloring it - I'm working on form and values for now. Happily, I can ink at lunch with my brush-pen. Never enough time.
ETA: Thanks for the comments! This is the final.
I'll be putting the most recent here, and you can see the others in my sb:
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Evil Sloth: Good drawing, I would fix the pose though before painting.
Phuzion: Sexy sketches, you got the babe drawing skillz down, my friend! Whoa, am I starting to put "z"s at the end of words now too?
trevor: Oh, my spidey sense is tingling. Your piece is going to be one of the top contestants! I do think her left leg looks like it is sticking "inside" the poor bear. You made the polar bear very wide (real polar bears have rather slender torsos if seen from above, kind of like tigers and lions, just of course not as slender as them). Of course you can make this a wide fantasy polar bear, but then I'd fix her pose to show that her left leg is on the other side of the bear, not it in.
This was a lot of text and could give the impression that this is a major criticism, but it is clearly not, 'cause even as is, it's a good piece, of course!
mark malone: If you wanted to push yourself, you could use a lower angle and move in closer, making the image MUCH more dramatic! I mean hey, there's a giant lade with ice-pick arms emerging out of the ice right in front of two hapless dudes! You need to sell the drama!
Evildisco: Another certain contender for the top spot come voting time! Great characterization, I hope the "sex"-factor the chick-drawing dudes are using, won't unfairly overpower your great piece! I LOVE the cute pet wolf you drew there. Make sure to not to leave him too rough, when rendering your final image. It would be a shame! He's a great part of the image!
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Evil Sloth Nice expresion and tribal feel to the character
Phuzion alot of strength in the bottom poses, love the outfit of the sketches as well, lol i know we can see much but the movement is hasis pretty neat, the sketch in the bootom left frigthens me..she looks wicked powerfull there, like in the middle ofa blizzard
Timothee Pretty original take on the character, since u are sketching i will sugesst u work the migthy feel of him, like royalty or someting liek that,it would take it toan other level if u do
Trevor Dang man you inspire, i have to say, she looksmore like a warrior than a Druid, i think that the bear is leading the preception in that direction, like leasdel sais make him passive,taken a stroll
Evil Disco---Oh wow
Mark Malone it feels more like a titan,summon ordivinity than a Druid
Fuuryoku Love the take on halfway shapeshifting...reallydig
Skolld Nice pose
Nigthmare Cool character, alot of his personality is visible in the sketch and he is really nice, kinda grumpy but nice.
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scottmcd - man you will prolly hate me for saying this but your concept immediately reminded me of Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force hehe.
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Thanks Dragon4lunch...your right the drama and composition could be pushed a lot more but as I said I'm new to this...hoping to learn as I go.
Alejjo...I feel the same way...I even added some druid symbols as a cheap tie in, but I think I still miss the boat...but this is the first thing that came to mind...I'll try harder next time I promise!!
Finished this up, I think I'll hold off the poll this week. Thank you to everyone for your critiques!
06/19: I really like Evildisco's little ol' Russian.
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Trevor-nice rendering, though I agree with Alejjo that she looks too much like a warrior of sorts (Beasmaster?)... definitely not a "priestess" type the term Druid suggests. Also, she seems to be dressed for more temperate weather as well.
Phuzion-nice rendering and dramatic action, though, like Trevor, she comes off more like a warrior that someone of a priestly class.
Evildisco-looking good! I like the grandfather winter approach. He might need some more "holy man" cues, though.
Nightmare28-looking good! Maybe mix in some of the staff aesthetic to his outfit?
Propishus-nice rendering and detail! You might wand to add more ice/cold cues to his outfit... he looks like he might be dressed for Autumn.
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here is my w.i.p. for this weeks topic. I think I am closer to on the topic then I normally tend to be hehe. Trevor, its looking good, I like the bear better in the first w.i.p. you put up though, but it's still looking good.
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Hello everyone, it's my first time to the forum challenges, here's my Ice druid
well I don't know which one to pick!! The first is supposed to be the finished concept
Last edited by thanos5; June 22nd, 2007 at 04:28 AM.
It's a good start! I love the textures, I love the pallette, and I'm glad you went with another genre, something that occured to me much later.
Right now it's suffering from lack of structure. You can stylize the hell out of something as long as it is still structurally sound. The head is currently at a different angle from the face, which doesn't work. The face is tilted, but the center line of the head is pretty much going straight up and down. So make sure the horizonal axes of the brow, eyes, cheek bones, and jaw are all parallel, and that the center line is perpendicular to those, and that should set your angles/perspective right again. Man is that a strange image... are you on drugs?
Good work! That goes for everyone! I'm excited to see the finals, as I am sure there are many people working on them, but not posting them yet.
jubjubjedi: Yes, she certainly is a warrior. Probably too much Diablo 2 when I was younger, and I likes me some warrior women! But I can also hide behind the warrior priest facade, much like many of the Knights Templar And what would a lover of nature do when she sees all her beloved trees being cut down, and her animals being killed? Try and put an end to it, perhaps? Just a thought.
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Alejjo- thanks for the advice. I'm trying to work out a more dynamic pose for the character.
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this is the first time i've ever submitted to a chow. here's my first thought... hopefully i get some time to try to flesh this out more.
Propishus, I love the details, it's nice to see a WIP of your work. The scenery is really great.
evildisco, that is a mad wicked style you have, particularly love the little arctic fox/wolf, he's so cute.
Trevor, that is filthy nice, but I agree that the bear is roaring ...yet the druid is all serene and tranquil?
some nice-looking entries all round already! Must compete...
My final's up @ post #32.
Can't see much "ice" as of yet. Also, watch the tangent where the bottom of the staff and his robes meet.
Looking nice. Light source is a bit hard to place, since if the setting/rising sun really is the light source, he needs to be in a lot more shadow. (of course you can fudge it some to show details.)
Nice shapes, like the idea. Don't get a sense of "druid" yet.
Great pose, great attitude. I'm digging the sketchiness mixed with details pulled out here and there. Not sure the "snow blast" is working for me. Looks like a separate layer in a different (photoshop filter) style. I know painting those by hand would be a royal PITA, though.
The type at the top is the most noticeable element to your piece. Not a good thing. Would benefit from a direct light source. (His) right arm and lower body just seem to fade away because you didn't want to render them rather than it being a stylistic decision.
Diggin' the idea. Can't really decide which pose I prefer. I generally go for the action, but there is a subtle attitude to the first sketch that I like.
- Border has as much contrast as the pic!
- The happy rainbow looks Photoshop'ed in, rather than matching an overall style.
- All of the white areas feel black and white and unfinished. White actually needs a ton of color in it to make it interesting.
Likin' it a whole bunch. I agree that her (lack of) left leg looks a bit awkward (even if it is correct.) The raven's right wing blending into her pony tail is also just a tad awkward right now.
Nice concept. Nice use of localized color (the red bits.) I'd like to see a smidge of color in his little fox friend.
I agree that showing the scene from a worm's eye view would have added drama. Is she attacking them? Is she afraid of them? Hard to read.
Lookin' good. I like the dark hair. Ghost-buck is looking vert substantial now. As you finish consider finding a way to make him more ethereal compared to her.
Love the concept. The scale of the polar bear body to human torso feels much too small to me. Used to seeing centaurs where both halves are aprox. their normal size, plus a massive bear bod would just be bad-ass.
Looking good so far. I dig the little plant touches. The icy stuff and the green stuff doesn't feel integrated yet, so watch for opportunities to tie the palette together as you polish.
Nice sketch, great character. Watch his left hand, there's a lot of business in that area with the trees behind it.
Pretty pose. Is that real watercolor? Her front foot needs a little more anatomy to be convincing and her back one needs to be a little more substantial ... just enough to realize it, you don't have to go into detail. The big type at the bottom definitely distracts from the delicate feel of your piece.
Girl needs feet! Otherwise, lots of tangents going on that will mess with your depth cuing. (Like the knife point and her hip.)
Evil Sloth - Nice with the frosty breath. I like the general feeling too. Is his waist too long? The ice-wand beneath his chin doesn't really pop for me - something looks a little off but I'm not sure what. What if it's pointed out toward us some?
Phuzion - Nice to see that you remembered to make it obvious that she's cold. Also, my wife wanted to know if the hamsterfull jelly jar still had any jelly in it too. Very nice so far.
sony - The head seems a mite too big to me, and the proportions of the face seem a bit off. I like the highlighting on the right one.
trevor - Very nice. Maybe she should be eating a Klondike Bar with her other hand.
evildisco - One of my favorites so far.
mark malone - The only thing that doesn't quite work for me is the expression on her face. She seems not quite with it. The T2 arms are disturbing.
fuuryoku - I've never seen a centaur polar bear, but it's really cool. The foreshortening on the front raised paw could be clearer.
Joe12South - Very nice. I like her pose a lot, and the contrast between the light on the upper part and the dark on the lower part of her body. Her right hand seems a little flat to me compared to the rest.
Pizza Explosion - All I've seen of Teen Aqua Hunger Force was a news article about them getting in trouble for that ad campaign. But, after googling it, it could be worse.
prosiphus - This is one of the few that feels like an actual druid to me of the Celtic (as opposed to fantasy) variety. The knotwork on the belt sells it. Bits of it remind me of Michael Zulli. My favorite so far.
Rodriguez - I like both the face and the hair. She seems blonde to me, even in black and white. I agree about the tangents - another one would be the cape and her right elbow. You might have the cabin in the background be a bit shorter so it intersects her forearm rather than coming in right under the breast.
scottmcd- thank you for what me possibly be the most profound crit i have EVER recieved in my WHOLE LIFE!!!!!!!!!! hahhahahahah
and yes there are issues in my pic but nothing that i havent noticed yet and plan to take care of
thanks for taking the time to put in yer 2 cents folks its appreciated
Wow great works guys this will be my first entry in CHOW ok my sketch
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