artina love your work!
masque: scary! ahan she got him!
Artofinca : this is going smooth!
FerrousJack spider witch... spider witch!
dayz: wu hu!
i am Joey-b: i like the chucky fell of it! she got a male features on her face, may be it just me!
dwinbotp: that hurts those pins ouch! scary!!!
IanLlanas: damn! wow!
Senpen: wooden legs?
Inkfish: nice colors!
Pixeltuner: kind of hot body!
yoitisi i like the ageing of ur charcter!
dirkvandulmen: looking very nice!
RES: wonderfull colosrS! very supportive!
dan liimatta: older version of a super star! guess the name! , looking nice
Stoat: wow! liking the the way u r doing skin!
anamirela: wu hu! aggressive one!
Hybrid_75: i like the anger in her!
Adam Hunter Peck: i liked your inspiration collection, i think nostrils are getting too much attention. but that's a good thing!
natedogler: very neat stuff!
Sekino: that stubborn bear is funny!
Jason Strutz: lol seems like some one kicked her
ikuru: sleepy hours lol i like your sense of humor!
Mitze: neat stuff! baby cap looks cool on her head!
Ionic: john very cool stuff keep it coming baby!
Arthur 'Two Sheds': this might get to much off from the chow theme be careful.
hutachip: too much noise! angle is also not very convincing.
Quinn Simoes: are those skulls or hunchback? looking scary
cubesoflard: silhouette is looking nice!
Bugmeyer: i like rat kind of a facial features.
Last edited by sony; February 12th, 2009 at 04:27 AM.
I think i'm done.
lookin' good wigers. love it!
"Art cannot be modern, art is eternal." Egon Schiele.
Sony: thx The attributes of your image look great, watch out for her stance though, her feet look a bit off.
Natedogler: Thx, and you're right about the feet because that's the only part which I still don't know what to do with. Make them more monstrous, or chickenlike, or whatever :p
Your sketch is looking sharp.
Wiggers: Nice! My only crit would be that I would put more ambient light on your witch as well. A dash of orange (from the sky) on her skin and on the rim of the mortar for instance.
That's looking great Ionic, love her face!!
Ionic, can U sleep with that image in your head?
Wiggers, very nice, when she couldn't find the kids she took the parents.
Faaark, that is one cool BABA tommoy
Love the comp ionic
I'm just going with something simple for now.
You got it TOMMOY! liking yours alot great looking Baba.
Really cool works!!! Mine looks too horrific(sigh) Got too caught up with the whole horror vibe i guess. Got just a few things to wrap it up.
Tommoy liking the way yours is coming along, poor kid.
Ionic Very nice man, love the face too!
Wiggers love it! especially with the added heads and the hidden kids.tells the story in one shot
Thank you wolfentir and Sony for the comments! A more vulture-like pose is a good idea, I felt her pose was a bit stiff and boring.
chow is getting insane in quantity and quality.
Ionic- She's really looking dangerous, I like the face. Good sense of dynamic movement. One of my favourites.
Wiggers- looks a bit flat imo. Cool character design, though.
sony- the angle of the wings looks off, esp. her right wing. Th mortar with the feet is cool.
Tommoy- Also doing a half ckicken/ half human baba yaga? I like all the flowing hair, feathers and cloth. Also one of my favourites.
wolfentir- cool perspective. she doesn't look evil at all, more like a grumpy little old lady.
buffichar- don't be chicken, it's looking too good not to enter. Good job with the lighting.
Pixeltuner- would'nt want to meet her in a dark alley.
dwinbotp- what a beuty. -I dont know what else to say.
IanLlanas- Poor kids. They look really horrified. Is she smashing the boys skull with her hands?
New sketch, I think the pose works better.
the more horrific, the better! Here's an update on mine, close to the finish line, time for some spit 'n polish.
Tommoy, that looks sweet, with the blue skin, feathers, skulls and all. Watch the hands though, the top one looks a bit weird perspective wise.
Wow, great entries I'm really amazed by the overall quality, even some guys that still don't have such a great technique are compensating with great original ideas and violent compositions.
This will be my first CHOW (I regret a lot that I couldn't enter the last one, Titania seem like a great topic).
For some reason as much as I love witches I didn't get much inspiration in this concept. This is what I did, but I need to put something in there that really makes it interesting, I don't know what. It still at an early step, I don't even know if I'll continue doing the house and the sticks.
I don't know either what to do with the face, perhaps I'll leave it as it is.
I don't think that it's looking russian enough.
Anyway, If someone could give a hand with some opinion, it would be great.
Nice to be on board!
Lennon - The hood seems closed at the chin but still hair manages to get out?
maybe let a big ugly nose stick out of the black and some glowing eyes? dunno just thinkin of something
Pixeltuner - its more just like a female zombie.. im missing something like a broom, mortal- pestal
benu - i like the chicken/witch crossover
Nutter - that looks great! love the big nose
Tommoy - no crits just now, i love what ur doing here, good texturing and cute kiddie
Ionic - thats gonna look awesome i know for sure, wondering how wonderfull those horses will look after u've rendered them hehe
Wiggers - everything seems to be drawn seperatly, maybe add an overlayer with some warm colors in it? they crow in the front is fighting with the bucket, i'd move it a bit to the right
The tree's appear to be in front of her house but when looking at it one of them is behind it, i think u can fix this by givin that one tree a bit less contrast/ saturization in it, and i would put some more contrast +detail in the house. I love the face on the witch hehe
Sony - that looks nice, but i dont see why the wings are there, they dont add anything. if anything their confusing since its a witch not an angel
Excuse my long winded 'pats on the back' I'll try to get better at giving more constructive comments
Fersteger: I love what you've got so far, and for some reason I can't help but to feel nostalgic when I look at the image. It reminds me of something somewhere from my childhood, though I can't quite pinpoint what. The atmosphere in this is awesome!
Ionic: I really like the energy and composition and lighting in yours so far. Your Baba Yaga has a great expressive face, and she looks like a force to recon with!
Dayz: The sketches you posted are awesome, and I just can't wait to see what will you come up with! I'm intrigued and I want to see more of your art.
Poshspice: I like a lot where you are going with this. Your image has a classical storybook feel about it, and I find that very appealing. Her outfit looks great and interesting as well.
Artofinca: I really like her body shape and the contraption that she uses to move around. I think the idea that she's always cold and needs to be wrapped in a whole lot of stuff is cool.
Boyo: I absolutely love what you've got so far! I adore your style, and can't wait to see this finished!
Poojipoo: Did I lure you back by reminding you about the weeklies ? I like the composition and the perspective, she looks very menacing.
Tommoy: I like your interpretation so much! The design of your Baba Yaga is amazing, and the interaction with the kid is great. I'd love to see that in a storybook.
Adam Schumpert: Wow, looks like you are making a full blown illustration here! I like how much is going on in that image, and how much movement it's got. I also like how expressive the characters are - you can really see the terror in the kids, and how furious Baba Yaga is.
Yoitsi: I don't know what is it about yours, but I find her really attractive. I like her dark skin and hair quite a lot.
As for my own piece, I didn't want to look at this thread before I had some part of the picture completed, because I was afraid I'd get too influenced by other people's awesome ideas. I must say that it's been inspired quite a bit by Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" and that little black bird from "Spirited Away"
And it's still going...!
The amount and quality of the entries here is just amazing! Since I grew up with Baba Yaga stories, I feel like I just have to get in on it somehow...
Started with an idea of a flying / raging 'Yaga, but haven't got it nailed yet... also looks too much like Green Goblin. If I had lots of spare time, I'd work this idea up too... but as it is, I'm moving on to something simpler.
great work everyone.
dwinbotp - ultra creepy. love it!
Tommoy - awesome!
Pixeltuner - This is one really awesome work. But... On slavic languages BABA means grandma (and she is Slavic mythology character)
and your Baba
looks a bit, you know, young... But it's still awesome work.
Wingedchime - Can't wait to see more. It's great.
CCThrom - love it!
"Art cannot be modern, art is eternal." Egon Schiele.
Ionic - LOVE the progress you've made.
Wingedchime - while this is a very cool image, you may want to go do a little more research/reading. While Baba Yaga does live in a chicken-legged hut, and she does ride around in a mortar and pestle, I don't think she ever rides a chicken. This could be an issue as far as staying on topic for the round.
JessiBean: Thank you for the constructive reply
I read the Wikipedia article prior, and took certain elements out of it while putting my own spin on the others. You are probably right though that I took it too far (the chicken was supposed to be more mechanical at first, as in that it was her house that she could enter, she just happens to sit on top of it and it moves) It probably ended up too organic in the end, I'll see what can i do about it.
I deliberately made her younger and without the mortar and pestle, but maybe it indeed loses it's touch with the brief a little this way
EDIT: Good idea, I gave her some straw-ish white/grey hair, and now she looks like on old insane tart a bit more already
Last edited by Pixeltuner; February 12th, 2009 at 01:27 PM.
Joey-b, thanks for the tips. I'll work in those points.
I'm trying to see if I can turn it into something, I don't want to go into detailing something that doesn't work. The concept seems flawed from the start. Perhaps I'll have to do another one from scratch.
wow this week's chow really turned out amazing stuff so far!
CCThrom: that's one hell of a cool tool belt in the second pic lol it does look better than the first one too
WingedChime: maybe add some house elements over the bird, like chimneys and bricks? very cute witch
Nutter: good start!
Ionic: much better colors, keep going
Tommoy: great design! liking everything about it
Wiggers: yours is definitely a fav i like how you kept a folklore illustrative feel to your image while staying true to the traditional descriptions of her, and chicken house in the background too. great work!
I'm abit short of time this weekend but i don't want to miss a chow, so i hope to finish this simple piece soon. Any critiques/suggestions welcome, i think one leg is too short and i just noticed it now when posting.