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ROUND #127 :: Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid'-------------
Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid'.
Please keep in mind that this is *not* the Disney version, and I don't want to see anything even remotely related to it.
We need Two Character Designs for this: her mermaid form, and her maiden form. You may want to do this more as a straight-forward, orthographic design, but you are not required to.
FOLLOW THE TOPIC.
POST YOUR FINAL IN THE FINALS 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, September 21th, 2008
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 evening my time (GMT - 8 ) yet I'll have a look at the last entries.
POST YOUR FINALS IN THE FINALS 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.
BE PROFESSIONAL - only finished and good quality entries will be taken to the poll. Oregano and Daestwen (yay!) will make the selection.
Last edited by S.C. Watson; September 15th, 2008 at 09:00 PM.
What a wonderful story! I'm going to go see if I can get my hands on it and read the real version. This sounds fun!
EDIT: found it, if anyone wants to take a look
Last edited by MJ_Alcazar; September 15th, 2008 at 12:14 PM.
I am totally in, awesome subject!
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i actually gasped in glee when i saw this topic.
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Aw man.. great topic.. I've always wanted to do a non-disney version, more in keeping with the original folklore tale as told by HCA. Might have to crowbar in some time for this one!
Okay some initial sketches for the mermaid half of her.
Okay and a final sketch/linework based on the small thumb in the middle where she's brushing her hair. Wanted to stick with something in keeping with the tale that wouldn't look a million miles out in an old edition Hans Christian Anderson book. There's also a hint of nouveau border, which is how I intend to link the two images. Now all I gotta do is finish!
Okay.. not a chance in hell I'll finish this for tomorrow, but I am going to finish it. Just about to transfer it to board and watercolour it in a Mucha kind of flat colour style. Had to flip both drawings, which is a pain, but it doesn't look too bad.
Last edited by zephyri; September 21st, 2008 at 10:38 AM.
cool, probably won't finish this as well.. but certainly can shove in some sketches/wips
oh btw, what's the policy on the boobfactor in this one since in mermaid-form she is essentially naked?
Last edited by Pixeltuner; September 15th, 2008 at 05:13 PM.
I am so in!
This was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up. The look of horror on my friends' faces when I related to them the REAL ending of Ariel's cheery little tale was priceless.
Hypothetically essentially naked, not necessarily.
But I'll leave it up to everyone's discretion.
That's a fab sketch Supervlieg! I'd watch where her body joins the tail, the angle is very abrupt.
Although, I'm unlikely to finish this one as I really want to complete Scheherazade first. First roughs: some mermaidy type poses, including one of her clenching her feet in agony, (playing with feet positions here) as we have to do two for this.
Edit: More sketchy madness... Argh... can't stop! The two poses of 'Mermaid' and 'earth bound' Ariel, plus I thought Ariel being taken by the daughters of the air. And also a pin-up mermaid! Bleh...
Last edited by Aly Fell; September 16th, 2008 at 01:35 PM.
Love the colours on that sketch supervlieg! turquoise and red/orange is always a great combo.
And Posh, damn you, you're always so quick and bloody good! I like all of them, though the one where she's grabbing her feet is perhaps a tad over dramatic for the elegance of the way the tale describes it originally.. the posture brings to mind a young girl who's scraped her knee rather than the unenviable agony of walking on daggers. I think I prefer the last version of the mermaid. love the subtle melancholy of the thing.
I have the feeling that this is gonna spawn an enormous amount of (slick!) entries!
Heck, I can't get Ian McCaigs wonderful sketches out of my head which he did for his storytelling DVDs, retelling this classic Andersen tale with space mermaids...
But I don't think I will actually try this...
Obviously, I haven't found a reference for what I was going for. Just sketched this so I'd have a little better idea of what I was doing for the maiden.
Poshspice - lovely sketches
Supervlieg - I'm loving the color scheme
EDIT: Added a sec pic, this one of the mermaid.
Last edited by MJ_Alcazar; September 15th, 2008 at 10:48 PM.
Oh hi Jessibean! I'm glad you're still here.
Inspired by the copenhagen harbor sculpture. Just blocking in the body for now, gonna work more on the design tomorrow. I wanna give her fishie features.
Nice sketches Aly!