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    Clockwork Dragonfly WIP

    Before I get too much much farther in the coloring, critiques please?

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    Does everything appear pretty much consistent?

    God help me, I've tried to foreshorten those wings for the frontal view in the upper right corner about seven times. Somehow I just can't visualize it. Any tips on foreshortening something so planar ?

    On the Wood, any ideas how I can resize a picture without losing the grain texture? (or is that even something worth pursuing?) For the above, I'd used a hodge-podge of Sharpen and Contrast, but that kind of messes with my colors a bit and doesn't really yield much result. Here's how it looks in the un-resized file:
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    Last edited by Zilant; March 25th, 2008 at 02:49 PM.
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    It looks great! Wish i had one. ^__^ Can't wait to see what you'll do on the wings.

    Foreshortening is a problem for me too... I guess the main thing is to keep a roundness to it, no straight lines. Thin and/or lighten lines as they go back in space. If all fails, look up front pictures of dragonflies!

    The tail could be longer, and the body a little slimmer, to make it seem streamlined for flight. But i'm no bug expert.

    Don't worry too much about the texturing. I mean, i already thought it was wood from the top pic. If you used a filter to texture it, couldn't you select the brown parts and do it again at a lower resolution?
    If you wanna paint it, just put in hints of texturing on a few places, you don't have to do all the brown. It will still be read as wood.

    I hope i'm helping... ^^;

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    Probably something you already no, so sorry, don't mean to patronise, but dragonflies have two sets of wings, so four in all. They really give them their recognisable shape. Your's is recognisable as a d.fly but would be even more so with two pairs of wings

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    Nice to know I'm not the only one who has trouble with foreshortening. Thank you for the advice.
    And, I guess if it still reads as wood, I guess fussing with the texture is a moot point.
    Thank you Miso.



    ...but dragonflies have two sets of wings
    Aw!
    Excuse me while I go have a FacePalm moment in the corner.

    Not patronizing at all, MaryCarey, I'm really glad you pointed that out before I got too much farther along.

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    Trying to include correct number of wings.
    How does this look (so far)?

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    Do the pictures give you the impression the wings can spring forward to become a set of 4 total and be held backward as what almost looks like a set of two (one stacked on top of the other), or does it just seem like some weird lopsided 3 winged freak-dragonfly?

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    I like the color scheme and the added wings are starting to look good. Maybe one or two steam or smoke stack or exhaust pipes would add to it. Me I personally like steam powered clock work.



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    neat little design, it seems like it is missing something though. . . mm maybe that steam element that ITO saith webb mentioned. but hey keep it up!

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    i love the design but i feel the wings should not be so raised,they should be covering abdomen and thorax I think.

    damn i want one of these made.

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    I tried lowering the wings, I agree had looked so much better in the frontal shot, I just can't seem to make it work in the side view without having the glass and top edge of the lower wing meeting together in an awkward way.
    Blah. Can't seem to have my cake and eat it too.

    I know, I feel it's missing something too.
    I tried to go in the suggested steam direction. Added two exhaust pipes and the piston/cylinder portion of a steam engine along the bottom. I'm not quite sure I'm making it work. What do you think?


    Steam Engine:
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    I love the look and feel of the Dragon Fly. I think the steam style realliy fits, and the way you've illusrtated it in the latest pic is very clear and concise. What is bothering me, though, is the background.

    I know you don't need to worry about this until you're done with the image, but a sharp background could really add to the presentation of this concept, and make it much more eye catching. Maybe something like very intricate blueprints (old fashioned though, like Da Vinci's blueprints he'd sketch in notebooks) with the opacity turned very low, so that it doesn't distract from the designs.

    I just get the feeling of an 18th century inventor from these images, and I think the presentation could really reflect that. Can't wait to see more updates!

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    Wow Keith, great advice.
    I think your background idea came out lovely.

    Update:

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    Wow! I love your concept! It somehow remainds me of Leonardo da Vinci. I really like that kind of mechanical studies.

    I just think that what material those wings are? If the body is wood what will the wings be.. and don't get me wrong, they look really lovely and beutiful. I just think hypothetically that if you could really build a flying clockwork dragonfly what could you use for wings and have you managed to express that one material.

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    nice work, the final concept is really eye catching. great job. i might even add more mechanical concepts, possibly written directions, as if these plans were going to be given to a technician to be fabricated

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    excellent update,the new backround adds a lot,good job with wings too

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    Sorry to come in so late, but I would really like to see more of the clockwork elements to it. Such as adding more visible gears and workings.

    Just my $ 0.02

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