View Full Version : Chow 106 :: VOTING :: The Lady Of Shalott
February 15th, 2008, 09:57 PM
-=THE LADY OF SHALOTT=-
IF WE HAVE MORE THAN 45 ENTRIES - NOT ALL ENTRIES WILL MAKE IT TO POLL
A MAXIMUM OF 45 ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THREE CATEGORIES:
CATEGORY 1 - Beginner's category
CATEGORY 2 - Intermediate's category
CATEGORY 3 - Advanced's category
ACCEPTANCE TO POLL WILL BE BASED ON THREE CRITERIA:
1: DID THE ARTIST FOLLOW THE BRIEF? (allowance for creative takes will be made).
2: IS THE PIECE ARTISTICALLY SOUND? (Is the illustration "finished?" - did the artist pay attention to anatomy, perspective, other fundamentals?).
3: IS THIS ILLUSTRATION THE BEST ONE? (reserved for rounds with a large amount of entries).
Depending on round turn out, the number of accepted entries in a given Category may vary from round to round. For example, if only 5 Advanced entries are made, that leaves EXTRA 10 slots open for Intermediate and Beginner.
Only Advanced Entries will be accepted for the the thumbs on the Queens Roster. If no Advanced entries are available for a round, then it will fall to the Intermediates. If no Intermediate are available, then it shall fall to the Beginners.
For further information on how this works, please see this post (http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?p=1630823#post1630823). (Still being updated at this time).
SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY:
1: You must submit ONE full sized image.
2: Make sure your name and CHOW # are EASILY READABLE on your entry.
3: Use the Standard format (Below);
[B]:right: PLACE THE IMAGE IN A FRAME WITH YOUR NAME/TOPIC
:right: SAVE YOUR FILE IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:
THE REST IS EASY:
1: No comments before poll is set.
2: Sit back and enjoy the show.
3: Good luck to all.
February 15th, 2008, 10:09 PM
A fishing sunday with the lady of Shalott... Enjoy!
I'll try to crit all entries this week.
February 16th, 2008, 12:45 AM
February 16th, 2008, 03:39 AM
From her tower the Lady of Shalott spies Lancelot riding to camelot.
February 16th, 2008, 04:16 AM
February 16th, 2008, 08:29 AM
February 16th, 2008, 05:11 PM
The Amateur Dramatic emoting 'Lady', circa 1968 Ladybird book version!
February 16th, 2008, 05:29 PM
Had some free time today so...
February 17th, 2008, 01:12 AM
"I'm half sick of shadows"
February 17th, 2008, 02:42 AM
ok here we go
February 17th, 2008, 04:44 AM
But I had to get one done.
Hope everyone likes my interpretation. Just as well that said interpretation is clear without me getting too explainy.
February 17th, 2008, 08:09 AM
My first CHOW entry:
February 17th, 2008, 09:02 AM
here's mine...i don't have time to work on it more today so here is were it ends. it is my first chow entry. this is the moment when the lady goes on her way to camelot while singing her last song and obviously death is already near her...
February 17th, 2008, 11:31 AM
I was gonna draw Lady of Shalott as a zombie, how she would look like AFTER she died and still decided to see Lancelot heeheehee...
But wasn't sure how that was gonna work so... My final :)
February 17th, 2008, 01:15 PM
February 17th, 2008, 01:55 PM
Sooo, here we go. First Chow submission, yay!
February 17th, 2008, 02:58 PM
February 17th, 2008, 04:53 PM
February 17th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Here's my final piece :android:
February 17th, 2008, 05:12 PM
~ My Lady of Shalott. :steph:
February 17th, 2008, 05:32 PM
The Lady of Shalott having just realised her mistake of looking out of the window, instead of the mirror.
February 17th, 2008, 06:31 PM
I tried something diffrent this time, not realy had the time to finish it except for the face, hands and mirror >.<
it's not realy what I had in mind, but i'll post it anyway.
Chow#106 The Lady of Shalott - Saiya-chan
February 17th, 2008, 06:48 PM
February 17th, 2008, 06:55 PM
Finished in time woo!
February 17th, 2008, 07:06 PM
Total experimentation this week!!
February 17th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Somehow I made it in time... need sleep...
Anyway, I tried to capture the moment right before she dies.
February 17th, 2008, 08:45 PM
February 17th, 2008, 10:25 PM
February 17th, 2008, 10:37 PM
And then the curse.......
February 18th, 2008, 01:30 AM
deadline kinda snuck up on me, not really where i wanted it to be but i figure its at least worth showing
February 18th, 2008, 02:20 AM
February 18th, 2008, 03:27 AM
February 18th, 2008, 03:50 AM
February 18th, 2008, 04:09 AM
the moment of self pity
February 18th, 2008, 04:09 AM
February 18th, 2008, 04:33 AM
I opted for subtle symbolism...SPECTRAL SWAN BOAT OF DEATH!!!
February 18th, 2008, 05:13 AM
Not finished yet but here is what I have so far.
February 18th, 2008, 06:13 AM
The Lady of Shalott is cursed as she sees lancelot pass by. This wasn't my cup of tea, but I did learn alot. Crits' are appreciated as always...305798
February 18th, 2008, 07:28 AM
(Scanner was too small to fit the whole thing, alas... please pardon the minor discolourations?)
The lady a-weaving from her magic mirror, listless in her life of exile...
February 18th, 2008, 07:37 PM
Meh, the boys will have to wait to get their rendering... :/
February 18th, 2008, 07:55 PM
I just got to this today. Cutting it a bit close :P
February 18th, 2008, 09:01 PM
No Entries Past This Post
February 18th, 2008, 11:31 PM
Poll is Up.
February 19th, 2008, 12:07 AM
POSH AND STEPHAN, those are beautiful entries. Dekal is also deserving of praise.
February 19th, 2008, 12:18 AM
Loads of cool images this time round. I constrained my voting a little more this time too, kept it to 2 for beginner and 2 for intermediate, and 1 for advanced as I couldn't see the advanced logo thingy, so presumed they were all grouped under intermediate! Oops! If I'd have known, I might have given another vote to Dekal, cause he leads the eye round the image alarmingly well for such an unusual composition.
Sinejde: I love the concept of the twine holding her back from the window, and muting her from calling out, it really gives a great sense she's held prisoner by the curse.
Tsujni: Again, I really love the style.. i love how well you use transparency and bold strokes to create form and depth. I'd have liked to have seen the white toned down a touch, but you've caught that motion of sinking well.
GodofWar: this one really spoke to me in its tones and colour choice. It feels forboding, though the stance and details are simple, her white dress contrasts beautifully with the darkness of her surroundings. It really elicited a depth of feeling.
Swan: I think the composition is what made this unique for me... the addition of Camelot in the water reflection could probably have stood even a little more refraction, but it adds to the story clearly as is. I love her elegant pose, even in death and just how everything flows in the image. If i had anything to crit it would perhaps be to have tried out adding more of the foliage further up the canvas as there is a white spot where the foam is that competes with the woman for focus. More of the dark might have helped frame her and given her more contrast. Just a suggestion mind, never know whether it'll work unless I see it.
Aly: your was an automatic vote for me the minute you mentioned ladybird books in your post. It really, really does recall to mind the hundreds of books I read like that as a kid... the slightly 70-ish colours to the whole image, the dramatic damsel in distress look.. it's brilliant!
February 19th, 2008, 12:29 AM
to me, Stephan's entry is waaaay above the rest!:wtf:
February 19th, 2008, 03:29 AM
thank you MRDOOM...means a lot.
ZEPHYRI - appreciated
February 19th, 2008, 04:23 AM
Ok, my votes go to:
Decypl - What really bothers me is that her forehead is larger than her waist, but otherwise I like her, nice job on the dress and the hair
DigitallyDumbfounded - I like the concept but she seems unfinished
Swan - my favorite entry this round, I love the composition and her dress is awesome... I'm jealous ;)
Stephan R - because you got the mood just right, she is gorgeous...
Poshspice - I really like her but the only thing that bothers me is the streak of light on her forehead which makes it pop out a bit, otherwise she,s great. I love the amount of details you put in your pictures....
February 19th, 2008, 08:02 AM
tsujini and bluemonkia
godofwar, swan and jasonsnair
poshspice, felicia, stephan r and dekal
February 19th, 2008, 08:08 AM
Well I wanted to do this one but I hadn't got the time :S
But Some exellent entries...
First Stephan ! Wow :D really really just love it ! :D
Posh really nice my second favorite.
Felicia nice I like it exept maybe if you had worked more on the the dress.
and jessi you didn't get a lot of vote but I think it's good :) maybe a little simple compared to the others.
Well in the intermediate I did vote for some people but my favorite in this section is Ryuloulou, well done ! :)
And finally in the beginner section Tsujni Very nice style, Nice work ! (I did vote for others in intermediate and beginner but just haven't got time to do critcs now sorry:))
But good work everyone !
February 19th, 2008, 08:15 AM
My favourites were:
Beginner - Bluemonika: The colours were beautiful, and I especially liked the style. Though I don't know why she looks so happy when she actually is about to die :) Still, the drawing is lovely.
Intermediate - Swan: The idea is cool, with the castle reflected in the water. I love her long hair and you did a great job at drawing the folds of her dress.
Advanced - Stephan_R: Simply beautiful. The atmosphere and colours are great, very tragic. What do the strawberries symbolize??
Other drawings that got my vote were:
Icemoon - Nice colours, and you put effort in drawing the water which shows, Saiya-Chan - I really like your style and her face is so beautiful, Ryuloulou - Nice idea and style, I think I liked your other one a little better though, Jessibean - Her face is beautiful, it really has a "pre-raphaelite" atmosphere, and the folds in her clothes are great, Felicia - I like the composition, colours and her expression.
February 19th, 2008, 08:15 AM
Beautiful pieces everyone! My votes:
Bluemonika: The girl looks so lovely and sweet, and I like the hazy background and colors. Perhaps she looks a bit too sweet though since she knows going to die.
Swan: I liked yours from the very beginning, very nice folds. I also like what you did with the reflection.
Arthemis IX: Love your composition! The mirror makes me look and think about it some longer. Nice touch with the crack.
Saiya-chan: I really like her expression and face. Also the hair is beautiful. Only the window in the back seems a bit to sharp though.
Ryuloulou: This is my favourite piece I guess, your sense of design and style is really good! Also your other picture was really nice.
Stephan R: What can I say? Beautifully painted!
JessiBean: Very good material expression, the composition makes me think of old portrait paintings which makes it something different in this round.
One thing I want to share is that if you choose a horizontal composition you really get a lot smaller (like 3 or 4 times) picture. I think I'll avoid that kind of composition in the future. For instance Stephan R's picture seems to suffer a bit from that because it loses a lot of detail.
February 19th, 2008, 08:39 AM
hi everyone. for starters: i wish everyone now good luck :) as for why the girl is looking kinda happy in my drawing eventough she is about to die: well....she is singing so maybe that can make her happy plus she might get the chance to meet lancelot before she dies :D
other than that, euhm..i guess i was too lazy too change her face to a sad one ^^;
as for my favourites i guess i like
beginner: the first one...i cannot read the nickname very well but it looks interesting to me :)
intermediate: swan, ryuloulou, tommoy and laliyuleilo <--sorry if i wrote it wrong.
advanced: stephan r and poshspice.
but really there are much more entries that were very good :) if i would join in another time however, i don't think i will do a horizontal kind of drawing again. it was pretty risky because it loses a lot of detail...
February 19th, 2008, 08:57 AM
the detail isn't really lost, these are just the thumbnails, the original pics are still in this thread
February 19th, 2008, 09:12 AM
Sooo, I voted. :D
And I'm sitting in class right now so for now, I'll make it short.
I voted for:
Tsujini: real effective style, please push this even more and go all out. :)
Bluemonika: beautiful colors and a great mood here
Swan: FANTASTIC fav+watch :P
No, really, I've already said that earlier, I love the composition. And the final has great feel for the different textures, like her dress.
Ryuloulou: Like the style, slightly rough and her expression is great
This is something different from what you usually do (here on chow).
It really focuses on the person and the expression and is pretty stripped.
t's one of my favourites from you. :)
I'll write up some more, if I survive this lecture today. :x
There are a lot more pics I liked, but I try to limit myself a little on the votes, because otherwise, I'd vote for 12 or so!
Oh and, I gots votez !!11! Huzzah!
February 19th, 2008, 12:56 PM
Let's see for whom did I vote…
Beginner: Digitally Dumbfounded: I really like the color and lighting, it gives a nice eerie mood.
Intermediate: God of War: I like the muted colors and subtle textures and the sky gives a sense of a coming storm, fits the story perfectly.
Advanced: Stephan_R: This is my favorite, it's sad but beautiful, love it.
Ryuloulou:Good composition and style, I also like that even though it has a bright color scheme it still evokes sadness.
February 19th, 2008, 01:29 PM
Beautiful round, loads of lovely pieces. So choosing was hard, but here it goes:
SiNEjde - Lovely rendering, and I dig the concept with the strings pulling her back. Nice expression too!
DigitallyDumbfounded - Love the colours and atmosphere, it's very gloomy and fits the scene perfectly. Great job on the rendering, especially all the folds, looks great! I like the green!
Swan - The soft yet realistic colouring instantly pulled me in. The dramatic composition definitely kills, with her striking pose and the castle reflection combined. And damn, her dress looks amazing!
Zachro - I actually like how the setting isn't all melancholy, which would fit the scene and story, but is all colourful and happy. So the dead lady is certainly in striking contrast to it, but I dig it. Shows it from a different point of view, like if a stranger walked by and happened to see it. And the water reflection looks damn nice!
Ryuloulou - Love this one! Dramatic pose and expression. The colours and your rendering is sweet as well, amazing job.
(meant to vote only for two in each category, but couldn't decide between these three, so they all went in!)
Stephan_R - How could I not vote for this? I'm probably just repeating what everyone else has already said, but damn, this is beautiful. The colour technique, the composition, the expression, the mood, the everything. Beauty.
Poshspice - I just love this one! The damsel-in-distress look is so great with the dramatic pose and settings. It's got this slight comical look, to me at least, which is a fun approach. And the looser painting style looks gorgous.
Well, that's it then :) Good luck to all!
February 19th, 2008, 02:16 PM
good round again all see you in the next one
February 19th, 2008, 02:28 PM
Not much time, but I have to say that Prepsage's piece was my favorite.
February 19th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Thanks to those that voted for me :P
Bluemonika killed it, no lies, loved that entry, very soft and serene, some subliminal images of morbitdity would have been great (and on a side note, I believe I am the first image on the beginner polls, sorry if it looks pretty sloppy I got tired towards the end.)
I don't recall who was in intermediate, but they were all fairly decent images, Poshspice killed this entire CHOW though, imo. Great job, emotion, color, everything just on key.
It was a lot of fun to actually submit this, I lost track of my deadline dates and so on so I rushed through the final stages, resulting in a sloppy image, but hey. Next week's should be fun :yayca:
February 20th, 2008, 02:06 PM
Alright. I figured I should sit down and do all those crits that I meant to do, so we'll see how many I can get through before I go to work...
haroldfay: Cute idea, though it doesn't totally follow the brief. (We'll just kind of let that slide...) When submitting in pencil, next time you might want to see if you can just clean up a few of those smudges.
DeKal: Really nice, I like her expression and the way you've rendered the smoke. My only issue is that huge tree on the side. I can see what you were trying to do with it, but I think it lends unnecessary weight to that side of the image, and makes it a little akward. It could just be the thickness, though - maybe just take a couple cm off the side?
StephenMReed: There's a log of background in this picture that doesn't actually lend much to the image. The fields are blurry and that bright green is pretty distracting for something that isn't important either to the image or the story (for example, if it was camelot in the distance, then you'd probably want some attention drawn to it). Try to use more colours for the shadows instead of black - it greys out the skin, the dress, and the room, and makes it look flatter. Using colour in there - or bringing in a second coloured light source from the room itself - would really strengthen the piece and get the figure to pop a bit more.
Swan: Really nice image so far, just a couple of areas that I'm going to be nitpicky about, and I think come more from laziness rather than ability. :) Her jaw looks a little akward, though i'm not sure if it's just the position. The way the sleeve/arm is rendered as it goes into the water and then under it makes the arm loose it's form. Maybe take advantage of the fact that wet fabric clings? You could then make her upper arm a little more solid and have the fabric flow once it's under the water. You've rendered her hair on her head really nicely, I'd like to see a few more of those highlights follow through when her hair is on top of the water, rather than under it. Right now it looks sketchier than it needs to be, I think. And lastly - this is just kind of my personal opinion - but I'd like to see the colours work a little more together. I almost feel as if in areas they're working against eachother. Maybe get a couple more pieces of green so it's not all situated in the same place, and make the dress and the water highlights just a little less similar in colour? Again, totally personal opinion, so feel free to ignore. :)
edit: sorry, that's all i can get through for now as I have to hand over this computer. More later.
February 20th, 2008, 02:23 PM
Great round! I wish I had time to do a more extensive crit.
SiNEjde - Interesting composition and very different. Not entirely sure about the thread across her mouth, and the colours are slightly 'muddy'. But you get my vote for being a bit daring.
tSujni - Love the long composition and the sinking boat. The splash of red on the face is a visual treat as well. For me the yellow sash is just a bit too much. Would have been stronger with the red of the face against the green water, and limiting the colours here.
Intermediate - Tricky! Great entries here!
God of war - I think the mood of this with the subdued colours is wonderful. It feels like twilight, and has a lost sad feeling to it. The only crit is it all feels as though you've treated each element the same and I personally feel a bit more detail in the face and clothing would help a bit.
Swan - Another different approach to the composition with the reflected castle. The smooth brushstrokes and slick markmaking give this a slightly 'trippy' feel.
Ryuloulou - Glad you chose this version. The best one in my opinion. Love the blue shadow across the face. Top!
DeKal - Speaking of 'trippy'! Very chilled out pic. She's not bothered about her oncoming death at all! :) Not entirely sure about the tree in the foreground, you might not need it.
Felicia - Love the classical layout of this. Has a very Pre-Raphaelite feel to the composition, and the splash of light on the dress is fab!
February 20th, 2008, 04:36 PM
Thanks to everyone who voted for me!
I don't have much time, so I'll just say that I particularly liked the pieces from ryuloulou, stephan and poshspice, and overall good work by everyone on this challenge.
February 20th, 2008, 05:28 PM
Hay, Didn’t have time to make submission, so though I’d leave some comments. Nice going.
Beginner Work: Overall, I think the beginner category has better than usual entries. Nice job
Blue Monica – I voted for your piece. I think you dominated your competition as well. The atmosphere is very suiting for the time period and she is absolutely adorable. Shame you didn’t have more time to finish it off a bit more. On another note all together, I looked at your website and loved your picture of Terra from ff6. She’s my favorite ff character.
DECYPL – I really liked yours too. The folds in her dress seem a bit off somehow, though. Perhaps it’s because the shaded areas are done with such warm colors, while her dress is alot cooler. Just a thought, though, not sure. Love the subtle pattern on her belly and the threads in her hand in an excellent touch.
I voted for Swan and Ryuloulou in intermediate. Just liked them for some reason.
Everyone in the advanced category: you all suck. Lol. Absolutely Fabulous work! I don’t feel worthy of looking at them. Stephan got my vote for the sheer impact and finish of his piece. Posh Spice and deKAL narrowly missed out. I only voted for one because I just didn’t feel right about voting for over half the entries. I’d criticize your images, but they’re just too good.
February 20th, 2008, 11:04 PM
Daestwan- thanx for the comment. I was very surprised to be in the poll, cuz i just wanted to sketch a funny little scene to make you all smile... it didn't even have the stantard CHOW frame. I'd love to participate and comment more, but work is time consuming!
February 21st, 2008, 03:40 AM
Daestwen -- thanks hugely for the crit. You did of course completely peg that I was having trouble with the hanging arm, which I think I probably painted about 5,726,315 times before finally putting it away. I'm not completely certain that giving the arm wet fabric all the way up would have clung the right way though, -- it all just made me really wish I had time to take a houppelande out to a nearby lake or something - or at least the bathtub so I could study the behavior a bit.
I learned a lot through the painting though, and so that was really valuable.
February 21st, 2008, 11:41 AM
Tommoy and Sinejde Love the concept of the attacking cloth, creates a very menacing atmoshpere.
Don't panic The almost naive character depiction is weirdly suited to the lady of Shallot, imo. The image is beautiful, but is very dark, even in the places with the brighter colors. This makes it hard to see. Also, the composition seems to lean uncomfortably to the right, with nothing to balance it on the left side. I voted for it because I think it's one of the nicest experiments out of all entries.
February 21st, 2008, 06:10 PM
Hey tSujni! If you are a beginner I am Samantha Fox, and I should go and work in a Burguer king (hate 'em)
Congrats for your gorgeus pic!
Poshspice, man! you just got into a color comprehensing (is it like that?) room wich I haven't find the keys for the door to it. Jeeez! Did you all see that background? Did any of you all see that amazing reflexes below the boat? The fabric and oldies in general are just the same used as they should be.
But... there's always a butt! I find too much detail on her face, the features and strokes over it make it confusely dirty, and the light maybe should be perverted a bit to show it better ...or if you don't want to show it just really hide it!
I'm speaking about image and space from the viewer to it, of course.
But that's it, just delightful!
February 23rd, 2008, 07:15 PM
thanks everyone who voted for me so far. i never expected to get so many votes!
i was wondering...until when does this voting last? or has it stopped already?
@ tin can: thanks :) glad you liked my piece. and yeah ff6's terra is great ^_^
February 24th, 2008, 04:35 PM
Call me crazy, but I don't think bluemonika's piece should have been in the beginner section. It was clearly good enough to be bumped up to intermediate. I think the dominance in votes speak for that.
Excellent piece, btw.
February 26th, 2008, 12:17 PM
I think you’re right, FunkdaFide. Never the less, I don’t envy the job of sorting all the entries into categories at all, and I think Oregano does a fabulous job. I guarantee you I’d screw it up hard core. Thanks Oregano.
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