This week we break from human or humanoid characters and try a new approach with an animal character.
Cedartuft is the female lead in sword and sorcery Middle Grade Reader (ages 8-12) story of high adventure.
Cedarturft also happens to be a squirrel, a mage, and on a quest to save squirrel kind in her world.
She carries a small cedar staff (a stick to us), a gray green cloak, and has various pouches, satchels and tidbits associated with her craft.
Think of this as if it were for a book cover; so leave extra room at the top for a title, and show some action!
FOLLOW THE TOPIC.
You will receive votes for every successful representation of the topic elements. The ammount of votes will be listed in the round topic. Description is optional.
POST YOUR FINAL IN THE FINAL BURNING THREAD.
SAVE YOUR FILES IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT. Chow##_Nickname
PLACE THE IMAGE IN A FRAME WITH YOUR NAME/TOPIC
(you can add CA logo, etc).
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
The way the deadline works: if deadline is on a Sunday and your image is posted on that Sunday 23:59 your local time it's a good entry.
In fact - as long there is Sunday somewhere on the planet your entry is ok. I will make the poll sometimes Monday afternoon my time (GMT +2) yet i'll have a look at the last entries.
There are new rules.
POST YOUR FINALS IN THE FINAL BURNING THREAD!
Remember to include your nickname in the filename.
About quality - as general rule: if your shapes and values are not decent - you are out. Watch proportions, perspective etc. we need perfectly readable shapes and coherent, consistent values.
Please try to save your progress - maybe a nice tutorial is coming out.
BE PROFESSIONAL - only finished and good quality entries will be taken to the poll. The host will make the selection.
Last edited by S.C. Watson; November 4th, 2007 at 12:12 PM.
Sounds way cute. Just the sort of thing I woulda loved as a kiddo (and... uh... still... uh... really love currently >_>)
'Cuz life is full of your regrets, and I should be one...
I MUST do this!!!!! Awesome
Actually I was referring to this kind of furry:
All jokes aside...
I made a lengthy post with links to Rackham's Alice in Wonderland but I deleted it by accident trying to edit in more attachments. But in there, he had animal characters (particularly the rabbit) that might provide some inspiration to some. It was what came to mind when I read the brief actually. That's about it, off to bed for me...
oh wow, this should bring some interesting images. Also nice practice to the limitations of having to produce a design in a particuler shape and style apart from the design restrictions, its actualy quite open.
one question- Does the 3/4 rule still apply to this?
Last edited by grenogs; October 29th, 2007 at 07:30 AM. Reason: question
I'm not posting this to split hairs, it's just that it's not entirely clear to me what's OK and what isn't. Could you clarify?
Are you perhaps talking about the scale?
Man, the weird stuff you learn while looking for refs..
I'm a little put-out on the specific restrictions placed, but oh well. If my squirrel comes out a bit too weird for the CHOW, well, I still get a painting out of it
And Jake Kobrin, I can't believe you missed the Secret of Nymph movie. That's a universal childhood classic right there. I had to read the book after years of seeing the movie, and it just wasn't the same. The book has so much backstory on the rats, which is cool, but the movie really had a mystic nature to it that I thought the book missed.
Good luck everybody
I have definitely got to get in on this one seeing as I missed the last two!
Just a quick sketch to help my brain kick into gear... Will probably do a few thumbs, then once I'm happy, watercolours
Crits are always welcomed and encouraged, despite this is simply a thumb sketch.
I'll be taking off her tunic and adding more trinkets to the belt.. also make the staff more impressive and decorated...
Hmm I think I need to get sketching untill I come up with a more balanced pose also.
Some Rackham! (he is one of my FAVORITE Illustrators...)
Some are a little off topic, but a bunch are animals and the like from the Alice Illustrations. I just adore his linework...
caroline, nice so far, and i know its just a quick rough but be aware, its supose to represent an image for a book cover, so try not to put to much important information on top, as there needs to be some place for the title to be. Also a lot of books also have some sort of text on the bottom of the cover too.
Minimal art went nowhere. - Sol LeWitt
I love Redwall...I've read all of Brian Jacques books on Redwall...Good topic Oregano.
NIMH was one of my favorite movies as a kid! It was only loosely based on the book though, they took the movie in more of a fantasy direction.
Squirrels, huh? .....hmmm, I'll have to think about that...
I'm not so good with the advice...Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?
my painting blog
hmm, sounds...intrigueing, how do you paint fur again?? lol...