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October 17th, 2006, 07:41 AM
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World War One - Secret Special Unit - The Wizzard!
The Movie Shot in wich this character will appear will have the following collor palette.
Please use as COLOR REFERENCE the following pictures.
Pictures by Bruno Calvo - © 2004 Warner Independent Pictures. From the movie: "A Very Long Engagement"
1 = World War One Soldier Look.
2 = Wizzard (interpret)
3 = Collor Palette Provided.
Make sure your picture contains these - you will receive 3 VOTES for each topic covered.
3 extra votes will be offered for the description.
(for the new people)
NOT ALL ENTRIES ARE TAKEN TO THE POLL.
(the selection is based on technical quality criteria)
ENTRIES NOT POLLED WILL RECEIVE C&C
(i really try to do this every time)
IT IS A DIFFICULT PROCESS - MISTAKES CAN BE MADE
I am trying to set this as a professional demand. I act as the client...
Oblio is always looking for feedback - If Oblio is wrong - tell him so.
DON'T VOTE FOR YOURSELF
Unfortunately i am extremely bussy and i will not be able to post my comments on the entries not taken to the poll.
I will find some time duirng the week hopefully.
There are few others who barely made it to the poll - and i want to take my C&C on those too.
I count on your support to give crits to the ones not taken to the poll as well as to the ones who got there.
Also - i hope that the color palette restriction was a nice challenge. I will try to add different things in the future.
NEW PEOPLE HAVE JOINED - Thank you all for choosing CHOW as your fist posts on CA. Keep at it and i promisse some progress in your art and a lot of fun.
October 17th, 2006, 01:27 PM
First CHOW but i do follow it every week, ill throw up my WIP sketches for now, excuse the bad scans.
cant offer anymore time to this so im calling it done
General Georgi Konstantinovich - 1st Imperial Spell Casters
Born in the small village of Strelkovka, south west of Moscow in 1851 to a peasant family. His father a shoemaker and his mother a farm worker. Early on in his childhood Georgi would lapse into trance like states, where his parents would witness him fighting the shadows, unable to go near the boy to calm him. On one winter day when Georgi was 11 years old his father heard screams from the woods just outside the village, he ran fearing the boys death to roaming wolves. Instead he watched in fearful awe as his son bathed in red fire battled a black beast. Fear of how to cope with such a child, Georgi was handed to the Russian Military in Moscow. The young scared boy was probed and tested for many years in a bid to understand and harness the power he held. Soon rumours from surrounding villages of shadows coming alive made there way to the capital. Georgi now a young man was sent to cleanse the villages, his quest lasted many years, one battle after another. These battles forged the young man into a hardened soldier and elevated him among the people as there champion. Giving him the title ‘Red Knight’, Russia’s Rebirth.
1915, France - Extract from the Conscripts of Aleski Petrov
The rumoured character the Red Knight made his way into camp today. I fear it is the end for us now. They say where he goes the demons are sure to be. I have yet to see the magic’s he can muster, but it is whispered he commands the wind and fire. They even say he commands a regiment of these strange men. The Imperial Spell Casters I do believe they are called. I dare not say that name out loud for fear of meeting the unforgiving end of my commanders pistol.
tricky using such a limited pallette but fun, i had to deviate slighty from the pallette to get a touch of red to sit with the green, and he is russian so its gotta have red
incase horses out allowed
October 17th, 2006, 05:31 PM
From a letter by Sgt Michael Bull to his then fiance':
I nearly died today. I don't say that to alarm you, though I know it will do so. I say it because I have to, to do justice to what happened on the field today. We'd lost six men in our squad already and the Jerries were shouting out orders in the next trench for a push to finish us. There was piss-yellow gas floating around and we were ready to give up and let it happen.
Then a miracle happened. This tall officer strides right through the gas, and it parts away to his sides as he walks. No gasmask or anything, but the gas moves away like it's afraid of him. He draws this revolver, about the size of an American Colt, but with a glowing gem set under the barrel, and stops for a second, eyes closed, listening to the german chatter. Then his eyes open and he takes aim. I sneak a look and he's aiming low. I thought if he fired the bullet would hit the ground short of the German trench and be wasted.
Then he started this low chant and the air in front of the pistol formed these glowing rings with symbols rotating around them and a beam like greenish sunlight reached out into the gas and smoke with a noise like a screaming kettle. I figure it's wasted, but about a second later the Jerries are yelling in panic in their trench. You know I don't speak a word of German, but even I could tell they were afraid now.
Then the wizard Leutenant chants a little more and a pair of rifles on the ground glow green and rise up next to him and start picking of and German heads that pop up out of the trench. He looks to us that are left and says 'I see they've taken a fair bit of blood from us today. I think is time they paid for it.'
We won the day love. I've put in for a transfer to the Leutenant's unit, the second Royal Thaumaturgical. They need good NCO's to help the spellcaters do their work, and I've never felt safer or prouder than today alongside Lt. Benton.
Don't worry, love. I had my brush with death today, but I think I'll be fine from here on.
October 17th, 2006, 09:15 PM
Shit, can't let this one pass. I'm in!
EDIT: FINAL, added description
British army papers, february 1916
Codename seer: a blind individual is trained and technologicaly enhanced to take advantage of his heightened hearing. The objective of this project is to generate a unit able to locate enemy positions at long range, making it specially useful for artillery. The unit is also equipped with cutting edge gas-protection technology.
Well, that was the official report. The unit was actually "manufactured" by overcharging a person's brain with ectoplasmic energy employing top secret machinery. The result of this process is a creature able to penetrate the space-time membrane and "touch" objects at incredible long distances. However, there's a price to pay for this kind of power: the massive ammounts of ectoplasmic energy required burns the head of the individual entirely, and dissociates the spirit from the physical being. But this spiritual entity still needs the physical body to use as a host, and this body needs oxygen to survive. A device disguised as a gasmask is used to draw oxygen to the lungs directly, bypassing the now useless head, which is also covered to avoid panicking friendly troops.
October 18th, 2006, 12:17 AM
I back online again. gonna get crackin on this one! should be fun!:)
Edit:final as it is ever going to be, wanted to work some more on it but couldn't get around to it. Here goes! I may have not made it in time. Crosssfingers*
October 18th, 2006, 04:24 AM
fuurikou - check your proportions. hand is too big... or head too small.. .or.. hmm.. get a reference.
Can;t find a good one in the reference area (see photography) then just make one with a digital camera. for proportions anything will do - webcam, phone camera.. etc.
and almost done.
if i find more time tomorrow... i'll work som emore on this.. or do another (i don;t like it to much but it was good practice)
Volburan blew up his hand with his own powers on a friday 13, when he was 13 years old.
He's 56 now and even out of control as he is, nobody around him will want to see him go. He smells very bad, his skin has strange collors every day and he never talks. He's got himself many names now: Dark Volburan, Silent Light, Papa Death... yet nobody is calling him out loud.
t i m
October 18th, 2006, 04:47 AM
Ok guys got my idea, was bumming around with getting a character together in my head..Here's a few quick sketches...
" Engel des Todes"
The year is 1915 a trench war wages between the German and Allied Armies in Belgium. Both sides have been dispersing large amounts of chlorine gas to rout out the enemy forces occupied in trenches across the battlfield from them. Chlorine gas is a green, thick, and extremly toxic substance which when inhaled deteriorates the lungs of its victims causing severe burns and death within 48 hours of inhalation. As deadly a weapon chlorine gas is, dispersing the gas upon enemy troops with accuracy has shown to be a problem. Often if the wind is not in their favor an attacker can have their own gas come back and inflict casualities on their own troops. The Germans needed a way to get those canisters into British trenches, and unleash them at close range where wind will play no factor in it's devastation.
Enter..."Engel des Todes" (rough translation: The Angels of Death)
This is a group of highly trained German soldiers whose main goal is to at the dead of night sneak across the mile wide area, known as Dead Man's Land, getting as deep behind enemy lines as possible. On there backs they carry massive drums filled with a deadly mix of chlorine and phosgene known as White Star. Once they have reached their object they pull the pin on a pair of grenades and detonate themselves along with the cansiter of White Star, engulfing the area in the deadly gas. The soldiers were asked to make this ultimate sacrifice to further the damaging effects of the gas. Upon detonation, British soldiers would advance on the area where the explosion occured instantly making themselves victims of the gases deadly effects. Das Todesegels troops were equiped with automatic weapons and gas masks, so no matter what even if their canisters rupture they will get that gas to it's destination and kill as many men as possible.
As the attacks occured British troops relayed the events via morse code to the command posts far away from the font lines. One such message read as follows: "German Commando...Explosion....Cloud of Green Smoke...Heavy Casualties..No Signs of Enemy Troops" Through the broken messages and talk among young British soldiers it sounded as if the Germans had magicians, or WIZARDS in their employ...With that the legend of these "Wizards" as British troops called them began. Their exploits quickly made it into the trenches and oh how the young British soldiers feared these unknown German troops. Where as suicide bombers are common place in the world today, such events seemed almost unfathomable at that time. So contrary to the facts, British troops told stories of how these crazed Germans unleashed this toxic green smoke and all but vanished leaving behind scraps of uniform and the occasional helmet.
Thanks for taking your time to read this, I hope my final doesn't dissapoint.
P.S. Still working on some thumbnails for a final composition, and yes I will stick to the color pallete. :)
WIP Update: I've got some serious lighting issues on my hands moonlight + flashlights = Tim's pulling his hair out..:nohope: At the same time I started on a palette too..
Also I may lower the viewers prospective a bit make those trench walls taller, like he's jumping on top of you, as it stands it may come off a bit flat.?
Well This is it...I abandoned the action pose to put more focus on the character, that and I had alot of other stuff going on.
October 18th, 2006, 06:00 AM
Well most annoyingly I just don't have the time to fine tune this bugger, but I just had to enter :)
Crits would be very much appreciated, although I won't be able to make any changes until after the deadline grrrr.
Anyway, here he is...
It is well known that Germany were experimenting with the notion of the ''perfect' soldier during WWII, but what has not been recorded is the attempts by the British during the Great War. When a soldier was wounded he had a 50/50 chance of going home or returning to the front line as one of these new 'crack unit' soldiers. Above is one of the failed attempts by British scientists. Nicknamed 'the wizard', corporal Simpson lasted 43 minutes in no mans land. Fortunatley out of the 75 soldiers killed by the electricity, at least 25 were German. There were many other 'members' of this crack unit, but Simpson was by far the most public of failures.
October 18th, 2006, 10:28 AM
here is a thumb set.
Famed inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla heeded the call of the Mother land during The Great War. He aplyed his skills to the creation of wepons. Powerfull and highly dangerous to the target as well as the user.A squad was formed to iplement these new tools of war. Code named: wizzard.
October 19th, 2006, 12:43 PM
The head of a secret special unit of snipers from World War One. These men lived entirely in the trenches for years, eating and drinking little, with little rest and almost no sleep. Each of the Wizzard’s men were a deadly shot, but the Wizard himself was known for the most precise and steady shot ever seen. His men sat in a line waiting hours on end for a single man to lift his head up above the trenches, for but a split second, which was all it would take the Wizard’s men to take that man’s life. The Wizard received his nickname due to his unusually long wizard like beard, along with his magical deadly aim.
October 19th, 2006, 04:00 PM
mi wizard save is not a warrior[
The magicians were selected between the people of army were not combatant to have special habilities to cure to heal tolook the future… they were welded very appreciated between soldiers because they saved lives
October 19th, 2006, 11:38 PM
Here it is. I had no time to make a BG... sorry. Hope you all like it! :teeth:
Name: Hans Morrell
Codename: Der Zauberer (The Wizard)
Known Info: Hans was born with the awesome and magical power of telekinesis. He can move objects with his mind and thus is also able to stop a bullet in its tracks. His native country of Germany took notice of this ability and took him from his parents at the very young age of 2 so that they could mold him into a weapon of war as well as study him; they hoped to find a way to extract, or learn, his power and how it works so that one day all the troops of their great country would be unstopable. The German Military and Government were not able to learn how he was able to use his mind in such a masterful way but they were determend to use Hans to their advantage. He was swiftly put into duty. He became an great power and feared asset of the German Army. He moved up in rank as fast as the bullets in which he was able to stop.
October 20th, 2006, 03:49 AM
WIP - Bismarck Sonderkommadno.
I'll finish on WIP, because Volles Metall idea. I'm late. :\
October 20th, 2006, 07:34 AM
Here is my contribution... secret special unit: Zauberer WIP
I'll probably never finish cuz I dont have a tablet...oh well:)
October 20th, 2006, 12:25 PM
Made some thumbs, let me know what you think. Im leaning towards the bottom right one.
Well, here goes nothing ;)
From the journal of Private Alex J. Murphy
Saturday, 1st of July 1916
"From afar all we could see was a green glow. It wasnt clear what was causing the kills on our squadron. I looked like a green ball, but shooting it yielded no results. Thunder shot from this green ball and our men exploded when hit. It was like fighting a god. All we know is we lost that battle within a few seconds. As the battle came to an end I saw this mighty silhoutte standing in a ball of fire. I don't remember what happened after that. I guess I must have lost consciousness. I know not how I survived but I woke up the morning after the battle to find our whole platoon dead. Where the man stood who had defeated us only a hill off glass remained."
October 20th, 2006, 04:39 PM
I'd choose bottom right as well. Most arrogant of em.
edit: not sure it's ok to use this post as presentation board now, if not please let me know and I'll edit.
I want to give this topic a shot. I'm prepared for major headacheing ;)
Here are 2 ideas I came up with. Will be detailing the right concept.
The wizard will be chained to a cart/wagon. He floats in the air, often moving with violent spasms, trying to get loose. In his anger he uncontrolably shoots rays from eyes (and mouth). The cart he is on has a protective barrier around the back in order to keep the own soldiers safe from the wizard's fury.
Very rough WIP
Doing some major reconstructive surgery on his face, nose and eyes don't line up correctly with the rest. The rest is just really rough still, so a lot of work left. Tried to go for a hilly background, but failed miserably, will be doing a simple background (no env.)
I'll probably have to change some colours to match the palette. And he will be dressed proper soon (well... proper...)
This is my first real attempt at making something more complicated than a simple head or apple in 2d CG as well as colour in general. So bear with me. I'm open to CC!
I can't promise a 100% that I will finish this piece to the end, but will certainly put in a big effort to try so.
October 21st, 2006, 07:40 AM
I am dedicating my submission to my kids Caleb, Hannah and Stephanie.
Here's a W.I.P. sketch I was doing on ferry rides to work. I wanted to interpret the wizard very literally, and avoid the gas mask cliche'
...and the final image! Thank you to my buddies, Wizard of Koz and Kevin W. for all the help :) There's a small chance I'll touch up details but for the most part this is my final, with a description to follow soon.
Young Thomas Wells was a spirited child before the war began. He was always seen carrying around a large book, that was handed down in his family for generations. He was lifted from a small farm in the United States when Germany declared war on Russia. The reason a child was pulled from around the world to a dangerous war zone was clear on October 14th, 1917 in the Battle of Passchendaele, where US soldiers held the front lines against a charging German offensive. Orders were handed down to the American soldiers to watch over young Thomas, as he had a particular skill that could provide an advantage in battle. The events that took place were regarded with biblical references and confusion. All sources referred to how the German soldiers were disfigured in battle, as Thomas Wells single-handedly stood at the line and transformed their morale. It's difficult to say what exactly happened, but it shifted the battle to an allied victory.
October 21st, 2006, 08:30 AM
EDIT: Final Entry... I got frustrated, I need practice and lessons... and practice...
This is about a half-quit half-done entry, but it's here and i'm showing it so i can move on to something else.
October 21st, 2006, 03:46 PM
German General Gerhard von Rabenfels realized in early 1915, that this war was a barbaric waste of human life. He swallowed his pride and bravely, against the will of Kaiser Wilhelm II. (German head of state at the time), called for a cease-fire, which he then turned into peace without Germany having to part with any of their land nor did they have to pay reparation. For single-handedly having ended the war, for being a better human then all the rest of the war-mongering foolish generals and politicians, he was later labeled "Der Zauberer" (the wizard).
A few years later, in 1920, he had a car accident where he ran over and killed a World War I veteran called Adolf Hitler. Little did Rabensfeld know that he had just saved over 50 million human lives...
Crits VERY welcome!
October 21st, 2006, 09:22 PM
ok i'm going to post a wip, i doubt i will finish it but i would still like to play with the big boys, makes me feel better about myself
ok well here it is.
October 22nd, 2006, 04:13 AM
Well, I struggled through this one. I had a hard time finding the time to work on it this week, I struggled with the design and composition, and in the end I couldnt do what I wanted in the time I had. I experimented a little on this one and that was one of my downfalls in the end, from one point of view. I did learn a lot about how I could do things different given time. But the image I have vs the one in my head are very different. Though this topic did give me a great idea, something I'd like to flesh out a little more. So this may not be the last time you folks see this character. I dont know if it will make the cut for voting. If so great, if not, I understand.
An excerpt from The Occult and the German Army by James David Wolfcub:
Interview with a German pilot-
"The Wizzards? Yes... I know of them. You never knew when they would be joining us on missions. There was something not entirely human about them. They were phantoms...I dunno...demons maybe....They would...they would stand on our wings...perched...waiting....No pilot would speak it, but we all protested them flying up with us. That is, until you saw them in action. A man on your wing Laughs...the very idea was insane. The weight alone would completly ruin your flight path, and rip through your wing....but it was as if they were weightless. It was as if a ghost stood on your wing. They would stand there arrogantly...the wind had no power over these "men". These were men of magic...there is no other way to explain it. How did they operate? Laughs They would leap from our wings and highjack enemy planes. Laughs I know it sounds insane, especially since other than balloon crews, no one really used parachutes. The Wizzards didnt have parachutes...they didnt need them. They would leap from our wings and take enemy planes...they would kill the pilot and take flight and fight alongside us. How did we know who to shoot at? Laughs If you didnt think I'm crazy yet, you will now. When they took the plane...its colours changed. They would look like our planes. This was part of their magic. I know it because, when we would land, the planes they captured looked like the enemy's. They had magic in our heads. That's why you never spoke ill of them and stayed clear of them. You never knew what else they could do to your head. The ground crews would still have to strip the captured planes and re-outfit them to our parameters. The Wizzards made our efforts easier because they cut in half the number of planes we'd have to shoot down on a mission. And when many of our plane factorys were bombed, the missions of the Wizzards proved very valuable. Mortality rate? No, I never saw one die, or fail. You would see some come back from missions....their uniforms riddled with bullet holes, but not a drop of blood was spilled. If they did have any blood on them, it was from the pilot they killed. They flew with only one weapon, a whip of metal and chain with a dagger on the end. No one but the top of the Fatherland army knows what became of them..they vanished as quickly as they moved in battle. These were not men, they were phantoms, summoned for the war..."
October 22nd, 2006, 03:56 PM
First time post on CA. Have been painting for a couple of years, mainly airbrush stuff and a lot of it photo referenced portraiture. Got into Photoshop 2 months ago having stumbled across CA and having been truly inspired by the talent here. Decided that I need to work more from my imagination and try to develop my skills. Here's the result of the last 2 days efforts, straight in with the finished (or as finished as it's going to get) result, wasn't sure I was going to complete it, so no WIPS. Still got a lot to learn, and in retrospect, maybe a view of the backside isn't a great place to start when it comes to character development. Nearly decided to call it a day when I saw Stephen_R's piece this morning, wow! Hope this is considered worthy of entry, critiques welcome.
Generaloberst Erich von Klinkerhoffen, seventh son of a seventh son, hated the war. He hated the rain, he hated the mud and, more than anything, he hated the muck they called food. True, they were in a more comfortable position than the British, having dug in months earlier, but for the sake of his own sanity he would have to end this debacle soon. Heavy with sorrow at what he must now do, he stood under the dawning sky, and chanted the ancient invocations that would release the elemental. As the first offensive began he realised that the 1st of July 1916 would be remembered for all time.
Wizard of KOZ
October 22nd, 2006, 08:52 PM
Well here is mine. I think It turned out a little flat. It was a little too ambitious of me to take on a bg, and 4 characters. :xpld: Oh well I wanted challenge myself. Once again mad props to Stephen R for all of his help on this.
And a composistion one with effects added:
The Wizard unit was formed from the best of the allied soldiers. From the United States "The Seer", from France "The Medic", from Russia "The inventor", and from Britain "The Colonel". Their achievements on the battlefield and indeed their very existence were known to very few. This was essential lest the enemy intelligence find out and attempt counter measures.
This photograph (the only in known existence) is from the last time the members of the Wizard Unit were seen alive. It is not known whether they were Killed, captured, or simply deserted.
October 22nd, 2006, 11:12 PM
It was tough as hell to fight my initial urge to paint a sinister looking dude in a gas mask (I friggin' LOVE gas masks, btw :gasmask: ) but now I'm kinda glad I did ;)
Anyway, I've been having way too much fun with this guy and I need to stop before it gets any more cluttered.
When Sgt. Mullins joined the SSU his mission was simple, use his mysterious power to kill as many German troops as possible. In the beginning this was an easy task that he carried out with entheusiasm. With a fiery clap of his hands the trenches would overflow with his enemy's blood.
As the bloody months passed in the trenches though, Sgt. Mullins' outlook on the war changed drasticaly. He started spending less energy turning Germans inside-out and more time putting his own troops back together. It would seem that the more he healed, the more powerfull he became. His obsession with healing grew untill he began healing the opposition. There was a point in which no casualties had occured on either side for over six days.
His work was not appreciated by his men, and schemes were made against him. On the morning of November 17th of 1918, Sgt. Mullins was shot in the back by two allied troops, whom he had healed just moments before.
October 22nd, 2006, 11:52 PM
Well, believe it or not, this is my first post at CA. Thanks so much guys and gals, this stuff is SO INSPIRING! (I certainly owe you one.)
October 23rd, 2006, 03:19 AM
These Secret Special Unit soldiers look like normal soldiers going in to the front lines, but these soldiers posess the power of wizardry, and with that can protect all soldiers around them and can unleash a force unseen by normal man.
October 23rd, 2006, 04:10 AM
Yay, got mine done on time this round.
Experimentation on the battlefield was running rampant. There were not only odd vehicle designs, but human experimentation as well. One of the most effective inventions was telekinetic enhancement. Unfortunately, the success rate of the experiment was 1 in 25, with disastrous explosions during the course of experimenation. The survivors became heroes to their comrades, able to kill without leaving the safety of the trench. These "Wizzards" were all destroyed in battle, or so the official report goes.
October 23rd, 2006, 11:00 AM
Voted Fedezz and Stephan.
Fedezz for the great rendering, Stephan for the excellent outstanding and marvellous concept.
October 23rd, 2006, 11:07 AM
Migsta: Cool piece, here my tips: Obviously his thumbs look funky and I's suggest harder brushes with bolder contrast in general. His pants looks airbrushed and kind of... floaty? Good piece still, don't get me wrong!
collinsully, skvv and Blue Severin:artistically very solid stuff, but speaking as someone who has previously had jobs where I needed to model 3D models after character sheets - these don't give a whole lot of information as to the detail of the clothing. This was not explicitly stated in the assignment, but it's something to keep in mind. People LOVE detail (generally speaking).
Supervlieg: Very kewl! :) I do agree with STephen_R who suggested some cooler colour in the background. It would create more depth.
Vampire Ninja: A little too War Craft dwarft-like for my taste. The rifle is not exactly WWI either. That said, you obviously have skills.
Volles Metal volle Kanne Mann! One of my favorites here. I dig the clarity and detail. Don't know if carrying a backpack on your chest would make sense during a battle as it would be very cumbersome but hey, it certainly is a sweet character! You got my vote!
Waffelhouseninja that is such a strong character! I wish you had rendered it further. Could have been my favorite.
October 23rd, 2006, 11:15 AM
I voted for STEPHAN_R and DRAGON4LUNCH.
they both had a briliant yet difrent take on "wizard" and they both exicuted the work wonderfully.
Dragon: Yeah i was struck down with the flu. Im going to try and finish it up and post it up latter.
October 23rd, 2006, 11:24 AM
Voted for Supervlieg and Stephan_R.
Supervlieg: I like the darkness and the way it's sinister! Great rendering on shield(?) too.
Stephan_R: Eventhough, as mentioned afore by others, not the most topic related piece, but no less excellent! Made me smile instantly and look at it for a long time.
dragon4lunch: I like the way your work has got an old (from that period) photo feel to it.
Everything I see here is out of my league and I'm very impressed. I will see if I will enter next round and actually notice the deadline and memorize it! I was still working on my piece just now. DOH! Guess that'll teach me. ;)
October 23rd, 2006, 11:30 AM
I voted Supervlieg, Stephan_R, dragon4lunch, and Marco Mazzoni. If I'd been limited to one vote, it would have gone to Stephan. That's an awesome piece, and I think the most original. Everyone else had these grim psi-soldier types-not that those aren't cool-and you have this lighthearted young wizard turning Germans into a bunch of zoo animals. I love how they're still partially human or else have jackets or pants still hanging onto them. This is also one of those pieces that you can look at later and discover something new. My only crit is that the enemy soldiers have more contrast than their surroundings.
The percentage points on the poll add up to 283.34.:rolleyes:
October 23rd, 2006, 12:11 PM
Didn't have to time to work on this one :(
Great entries from all. I voted for Supervlieg, Stephan_R and Bradley.
October 23rd, 2006, 12:35 PM
Stephan_R owned this one of course, But I had to give a vote to Supervlieg as well. Fantastic work all around though
Wizard of KOZ
October 23rd, 2006, 01:58 PM
I was just wondering the reason why mine didn't make it to the poll. I'm not complaining. I'd just like the to know the reason.
I voted for Stephans piece. Not only is it well rendered out. It is a completly original take on the concept. A great starting out point to flesh out a character and indeed a story. Not all concepts start with a full on portrait. This piece creates a mood and a feel that the characters inhabit.
Well done to everyone who entered.
October 23rd, 2006, 02:31 PM
Stephan's piece is the most all out piece i have seen in CHOW ever.
so i voted for him.
but i want to mention bradley. design wise his character was the coolest by far.
not only is he russian. but he also has a gasmasked horse. one beef with it is the unfortunatly drawn soldier in the baground who doesnt seem to have a russian unifrom, and is just not up to par with the rest of the image.
October 23rd, 2006, 02:53 PM
Loved stephen_r's boy wizzard concept. Definitely my favorite, with extra props for thinking outside the box. Supervlieg and bradley had my next favorites--both of them very moody pieces.
Stephen_R: Just had my wife take a look at yours. She agrees you should do a children's book around the character. Your rendering style and the whimsical feel you have here are perfect for it. Cheers!
October 23rd, 2006, 02:58 PM
Fedezz and Supervlieg got my votes, for awesome rendering and really cool takes on the concept. Stephan however, gets my winning vote. Amazingly creative interpretation of the concept, just as amazingly executed. Great stuff you guys.
October 23rd, 2006, 03:20 PM
Thanks for the crits, I love em. Fedezz owned for technique, and I don't usually vote for two, but Stephan R's was just too well done. Supervliegs was nice, but I liked his WIPs better. I wish Timothy had gone with his first WIP, liked the composition.
October 23rd, 2006, 03:32 PM
dragon4lunch "volle Kanne Mann! One of my favorites
here. I dig the clarity and detail. Don't know if carrying a
backpack on your chest would make sense during a battle as
it would be very cumbersome but hey, it certainly is a sweet
character! You got my vote!"
Thanks for the vote and the comments. I think your is great as well, nice old pic look to it. :) I also wanted to tell you that the "back-pack" on his chest is actually meant to be there... check out these reference photos of WWI gas masks (most of them have bags placed on the soldiers chest with vital parts belonging to the gas mask.)
Thanks again. Cheers.
And everyone, super work. I loved them all and it was a tough vote for me but I had to go with Stephen_R. The Ele-tank got me. ;)
October 23rd, 2006, 03:36 PM
Volles Metal: 8O
October 23rd, 2006, 04:18 PM
v - Marco Mazzoni
October 23rd, 2006, 05:48 PM
A quick round of C&C's.
Bradley: Lovely entry. The man on the horse is perhaps a bit too flat. It would have been better if he was kinda obscured by the mist, in the same way the horse was.
Fuuryoku: Nice. You need a bit more work on your values. Try converting the pic to greyscale to see what I mean. There is no cleas focal point if it's in b/w. This translates to your colors as well. Also the guns dont look very shiny. Next time try a layer under the guns with a soft green glow.
Fedezz: Lovely rendering as mentioned before. I love the fact that his face is hidden. I also like the little noise you added to the pic. Some minor crits would be to the bkg (to simple, and looks a bit weird) and the left knee. The left knee looks to high and looks a bit flat.
Beelow: try working on higher res, it enables you to add more detail. Looks a bit unfinished.
Oblio: Looks a bit unfinished and needs work on the values. Also its hard to see how he's a wizard, if it wasnt for the description.
Timothy: Need more color variation. And i liked the more dynamic poses in your other pics.
Chadmango: Nice idea and concept. I would have gotten rid of the black lines and rendered the colors a bit more.
VampireNinja: Nice idea, but ultimately it doesnt really convey the wizard theme. Could use a bit more sfx to show the magic so to say. And maybe a bit more contrast in the forground.
Vollesmetal: I loved this design when I saw the outlines, but a little something got lost with the coloring. Maybe its the dull bkg. Or maybe the colors could use a bit more unity. The cape is a bit too green and distracts a bit. Maybe desaturating it a little would help.
Stephan_R: Meh, soso entry. try to do better next time. No chance of winning this one. Sorry mate.
Dragon4lunch: I like the old pic feeling. The rendering on the face and boots is excellent. There are some perspective problems here and there. Mainly on the coat and the gasmask. And they distract a bit. And I think his hands are a bit too small.
Greenjack: Overall a nice idea, but a bit too flat. Try working in some shadows. And lower the saturations on things that are farther away from the camera.
MarcoManzzoti: Excellent work on the face and background, but the legs and lower body look a bit too unfinished to make it a whole. I like your color palette.
CollinSully: Nice piece, I like the mood and the expression on his face. Overall I would say it needs more contrast. Especially some dark shadows to make the lighter parts pop more. And you need to fix the skewed cup.
Migsta: Nice rendering, some pieces are a bit blurry. The glowing parts are nice and sharp though.
BlueSeverin: Love the painterly feel in this one. I would say it need more depth in the values. Try making things in the background a bit more desaturated and less contrasty.
October 23rd, 2006, 08:44 PM
Damn. Just...damn. Stephan R produced a brilliant concept, well depicted. Really catches the imagination. There were a few good entries this round, though I wish the gasmasks would've been more effectively used in most entries. I'd like to crit when I get time, but for now...good work, everyone.
October 23rd, 2006, 11:08 PM
I went with Supervlieg's. I loved the thumbnail and enjoyed the execution.
October 24th, 2006, 02:06 AM
Many great entries but this week I want to vote only for one piece... Stephan_R u have my vote - Great idea!.... yeah, kids could be inspiring. Kudos to u my friend... :hatsoff:
Superflieg was close second...
October 24th, 2006, 02:18 AM
thanks for the crit supervlieg, I can see what you mean looking at the thumbnail.
October 24th, 2006, 03:20 AM
my favs were fedezz, supervlieg, and dragon4lunch. im gonna vote for supervlieg because i feel that his piece has an element of action in it which the other two dont. just a personal thing. inspiring stuff, gotta get into CHOW, been wanderin for too long now. amazing stuff all.
edit: in terms of beauty dragon4lunch i think ur was def the strongest imho. really hope u have a sketchbook.
t i m
October 24th, 2006, 04:45 AM
Excellent job everyone!
I had a really tough time picking a favorite, like alot of other people mentioned, it came down to supervlieg and Stephen. Super's pick I felt had a lot more power and pop to it and almost jumped off the page, definelty stood out among the crowd. Stephen was able to take all the criteria and come up with an amazing idea and an even better execution and ultimately a gorgeous painting. I ended up voting for Stephen for those reason's, although I liked super's image better, Stephen really hit the nail on the head with this one and his pic brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.
Other comments I'd like to add:
Volles:Fantastic Lineart, colors were good too, but you're definetly are a skilled man with a pencil!
Wizard of Koz: I really, really liked your presentation.
Marco: Really nice perspective, challenging, and I thought you did a good job with it.
Dragon: Level of detail in your character's face is superb! Awesome background too.
Blue: Really classic look to your piece, like the stokes and texture you added to the image, cool idea too.
skvv: That is awesome, I can only imagine how it would have turned out had you finished it.
Migsta: Your characters face and eyes are mesmerizing, really nice highlight on the grenades too.
Fedezz: Stunning work, your piece was a close third, anatomy is perfect, details are there, colors are great, just a really, really good character drawing.
fuuryoku: I thought your piece turned out really well, I'm glad that you added the "magical" rifles it defineltly helped explain your character alot more, nice colors too.
As for my piece..well I agree with everyone, it was a bit of a dissappointment. I should have stuck with the WIP I was working on. The majority of my usual stuff are characters with basic backgrounds, caricatures, cartoons, self portraits, things like that. This was the first real time I tried a full blown "action piece" with a detailed background, lighting, multiple characters, etc.. I was having a heck of a time with it, and had to abandon the piece for now cause I wouldn't have finished it, and would've been left with nothing to submit. It takes me a long time to figure all that composition, perspective, and light stuff out. I experiment with it, and try different methods. Everything I know I taught myself from reading tutorials, looking at guys work who inspire me, and trying to emulate what they do and how they do it. Ultimately though these activities are nice because they provide a wide range of topics, ideas, and a sense of competition that motivates a person to a produce a presentable finished product. So although this one fell short, hopefully with future topics I can force myself to try more challenging pictures and get myself out of that comfort zone.
By the way here's an update of my final that I wanted to share. I tried that "old photograph look" and pulled a few sketches together so I had something nice to print out.
Cheers guys, and I look forward to the next one!
October 24th, 2006, 05:52 AM
central "in terms of beauty dragon4lunch i think ur was def the strongest imho." -Hey, thank you very much. That was a compliment I very much appreciate! It was fair of you to vote for SuperVlieg though, it is a cool piece.
October 24th, 2006, 06:15 AM
Stephen R, what can I add to what has been said? Epic, Sweet, Wow, Awesome... blew me away man!!
Super V close second.
October 24th, 2006, 06:26 AM
My god, this maybe the best CHOW round i`ve seen in a while.
excellent, excellent works all around.
voted for Stephan_R.:
you, my dear friend, are insane.
you need to be on meds. The ones I`M taking…
what a great piece, what an awesome scene.
the idea, the execution both superb.
nothing but respect.
i`ve been missing out on all the fun, lately, didn`t post an entry in quite a while. this is embarrassing
October 24th, 2006, 08:12 AM
Ah....so you can vote for more than one entry. Oh well, too late now. I voted for Stephen_R, great execution, and it made me smile.
Wizard of KOZ
October 24th, 2006, 02:00 PM
Hey Timothy, thanks! I was really diggin your last WIP where the character was jumping into the trench. I felt that one had a lot of potential. I look foward to your next CHOW entry!
October 25th, 2006, 09:47 PM
Fuuryoku and Stephen R. get my vote. Stephen's piece was just too much. wonderfully executed and very original interpretation. Marvelous Job fellas!
October 26th, 2006, 01:29 PM
Stephan_R: I have huge reservations about voting for a character design where we only see the design from behind, but it is an excellent painting and I have multiple votes. You're getting away with it this time.
dragon4lunch: Nicely done. I'd probably give you the win if I were lord of the universe.
fedezz: I voted for you too. It's a good solid painting. Not too flashy, but it gets the job done.
t i m o t h y: Your first set of sketches are amazing. So alive - they may have scared me out of the competition. However, they died in the final translation. Would have been better off to color one of the sketches.
Oblio: I should give you the same scolding as Stephan_R: Why a character design where we can't see the face? I guess faces just aren't that important anymore. A couple of things aren't reading quite right to me when I take a quick glance. 1) the "AAARRHH" feels like an architectural element, like a bridge in the background. I have to stop and look closer before I realize that it's a sound effect. 2) I didn't get the blown-off arm until I read about it. This could just be my stupidity, but something about the drawing in the shoulder made me think it was intact, like the arm's bent and he's clutching his fist next to his chest.
Marco Mazzoni: Tricky angle to draw a figure. I know it's foreshortening, but I still want to say the head looks too big.
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