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    CHOW 128 :: THE CLOCKWORK HEART - an IDW/CHOW cross-over event


    ROUND #128 :: THE CLOCKWORK HEART
    an IDW/CHOW cross-over event

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    "The creaking of floorboards and the sound of heavy footsteps in the hall dragged the boys mind back into the damp and dark living room he had been playing in. Someone was at the door. The boy glanced at the clock to check the time, but the clock had stopped working ever since his dad had thrown it against the wall years ago. The doorknob squeaked. The boy dragged the wooden locomotive, which missed a wheel since he could remember having it, back with him into the shade as he hastily crept back to his corner, a hiding spot behind the desk. A tin soldier was left behind in the middle of the bare floor but the boy did not dare leave his hiding place to go back and retrieve it. The door creaked and then slammed shut. The footsteps came closer, then suddenly stopped. The boy peeked around the desk and caught sight of a large silhouette of a man in the doorway, framed by the light coming from the hall. The figure turned its head towards the boy. Not daring to move, the boy stared wide-eyed back at the man. Daddy was home.

    Without showing any sign of acknowledging his son, the man grunted and slowly took another step. With every step the man took, he seemed to slow down and become more and more unsteady. Finally he reached a flimsy wooden chair and sank down on it with a deep sigh, making it almost collapse under a weight is was never build for. The man’s breathing had become louder and heavier all the way towards the chair. With a tired sweep of his arm he took off his hat. Slowly he started to unbutton his heavy coat, and what at first was a faint ticking at the edge of hearing since he had entered now became the steady tick-tock like a clock. It seemed to come from inside the man’s clothes. The boy knew what was coming, but he remained hidden still.

    The father kept unbuttoning several layers of clothes, until he came to a leather chest piece held together by several belts. The ticking became louder. The boy dreaded this moment worse than any other time of the day, even worse than facing the other kids at school. With each belt that was unbuckled, the ticking seemed to become more aggressive and present. Finally, the leather chest piece came loose. The boy closed his eyes, but his mind could picture every detail of what he did not want to see. Roughly where the man’s heart should have been, a metal contraption was buried in his chest that ticked with the deafening punctuality of a clock. Moving parts where visible inside it, gears and flywheels and springs, all moving to the same beat. The boy opened his eyes, preparing for what was to come.

    The man fumbled with the clamps that kept the contraption in place, then grabbed the clockwork heart with both hands and with a grunt of effort he pulled it out and slammed it on the table next to him. It kept on ticking, but now the table acted like an amplifier. The boy wanted to clasp his hands over his ears to keep the sound out, but knew it would only make his father angrier. Slowly he got up on his feet, dropping the toy train. With an impatient gesture his daddy motioned him to come closer. This movement seemed to cost him a lot of willpower, as his eyes rolled up to show only white for a moment and he gasped for breath. A hoarse whisper came out of his mouth: “rewind it, son…before mom comes home...”


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    The main character is the father. You may illustrate the son and the mother if you wish, but they are not necessary.

    If you plan on participating in IDW as well, the Clockwork Heart must be included in a sidebar and be fully illustrated.

    It may be easier to do an Ortho view of the Father for this round.
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    When you say fully illustrated for the heart, do you mean show it independently of the father, or attached to him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senira View Post
    When you say fully illustrated for the heart, do you mean show it independently of the father, or attached to him?
    I would say independently, as it is removable. It should fit IDW's formats for their submissions, so you may want to check some of their threads to get an idea of what is expected if you've not participated in an IDW before.

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    Hell yeah! Clockwork heart! Smells like a steampunk round to me!!! Or at least I hope so!!! YAY!!!

    -runs to find reff-

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    Cool! Sounds awesome. What's an ortho view though?

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    initial sketch. I keep thinking of lurch from addams family.and also ironman because he has the mechanical heart.

    a little update, I'm still finishing scheherazade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJ_Alcazar View Post
    Cool! Sounds awesome. What's an ortho view though?
    I think its an x-ray-type view if I'm not wrong.

    This is definitely something I need to enter. Sounds like a great challenge.

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    sounds great! i feel a caravagesque mood for this one with lots of purple... or something.

    anyways off to drawing.

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    ortho is short for orthographic- ortho views- in our context usually describe ------front view- back view and side view.

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    x-ray view huh? well....hmmm.....definitely be a learning experience!

    EDIT: oops! You snuck in there DECYPL. Thank you!

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    Wow, this is awesome! I hope I have time for it since I have another drawing I promised to do a long time ago...

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    Very very interesting topic o_o" totally in.

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    I didn't have time for 'The Little Mermaid' in the end (some amazing entries there!), so I'll try for this one. I'll also try and do a bit more feedback this time.

    Probably completely misinterpreting this, but morning and lunchtime sketching...

    Looking at it from the kids viewpoint. I kind of see heavy shadow and what light there is picking out the heart area on the chest. Also thinly lit from a window behind with curtains across it. I get a real Edgar Allan Poe vibe from this little tale, probably because of the 'heart' thing. I'll do a 'turnaround' as well.

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    Sorry guys, I'm not going to be here to help with the poll/final entries/wips/anything, really.

    Forgive me! I'll be half way across the world in a week.

    That being said, check out IDW if you can! Yoi posted the link just up there, and I recommend you all check it out and help make this contest awesome!

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    posh: getting a bit of dr. Jekyll vibe from yours

    I want mine to be the towering man his son sees him as, with slightly exaggerated features. Not planning anything special on the pose really, so I might actually finish this one for once...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixeltuner View Post
    posh: getting a bit of dr. Jekyll vibe from yours
    It's the muttonchop sideburns! They always do that! Might give him a 'tache instead.

    Nice work oh 'tuner of pixels' esq.

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    wow....this is an awesome topic and great write-up. Is this an actual story or did you/someone just write it for this??? Whoever wrote it...damn good.



    I'm doing some freelance animation stuff right now that is keeping me busy so I reeeallly hope I can find the time to put a lot of myself into this piece.

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    Here's my wip..love the topic

    Poshspice: I love your roughs..they look better than my finished stuff but I do agree that without seeing more of the heart thingie I think the character is lost in a mishmash of pedriod dudes... cant wait to see it finished

    Pixeltuner: Dang! you work faast! @_@ looking very nice, the clockwork work is looking very nice.

    As for my piece, Im going a bit less conventional than the mermaid pieces, I think the style hurt me in the end this is all experimental, would love some crits...still a very early wip:



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    This topic literally SCREAMS "syberia", fans of the games know what i'm talking about. I really wanna do this, but i'm not sure i'm gonna have the time, i'll be in paris in about a week's time, and i have work and preparations that needs to be done. At the very least i'm gonna throw some sketches in here.

    Good luck everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuGu View Post
    Poshspice: I love your roughs..they look better than my finished stuff but I do agree that without seeing more of the heart thingie I think the character is lost in a mishmash of pedriod dudes... cant wait to see it finished
    Absolutely right. I'll put the heart in! Thankyou!

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    Here's my sketch, I planned to put the heart on the end table but maybe I'll put it in his hand, not sure yet, I'll work on the details of his clothing tomorrow.

    CamSyko - can't say much right now since it's still at a very early stage, reminds me a bit of Moriarty

    Poshspice - great as usual, maybe do give him a mustache because right now he looks like his lip is split

    Pixelturner - great work up til now

    KuGu - he kinda has a 28-days-later zombie-ish look right now, I know it's really early to tell but maybe watch that a bit...

    EDIT> heart wip

    EDIT> basic colors

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    whistler, kugu, posh: thank you Here's hoping I'll actually get this to a finished state.

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    "The door creaked and then slammed shut [...] man in the doorway, framed by the light coming from the hall" now i thought the door was slammed shut how come the light comes in ... who the hell wrote this?... anyway the idea is good lets see what becomes of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamable View Post
    "The door creaked and then slammed shut [...] man in the doorway, framed by the light coming from the hall" now i thought the door was slammed shut how come the light comes in ... who the hell wrote this?... anyway the idea is good lets see what becomes of it
    Yoitisi wrote it. English is not his first language, so cut the guy some slack - focus on the character, not editing Besides, isn't it obvious that the door swung back open after it hit the door jam? Sheesh

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    maybe it's a front door....with a hallway that leads to the doorway entering the living room....a foyer or whatever. That seems to work

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    Flamable: hehe actually, I thought of that. See, many old european houses have a pretty high ceiling, and the space above the front door is usually occupied by a window. That's where the light comes from, but I forgot to put it in I guess. Anyway, as Oreg said it's not that important for the character itself.

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    great job setting up the character Yoitisi! Definately allows me to see a vivid image of the character...I think it's very creative and fun to boot. Job well done.

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    SWEET CHOW IDEA

    hope i've time this week

    CamSyko really like the design not sure its in the right place to be the heart
    If you are going for a static pose might be nice to have the child wind the clock

    POsh amazing sketch I argee with the others about needing to see the heart
    I like the victorian design of the character.we don't have enough lamp chops on CA

    Pixeltuner very nice start is an x ray view of the character or is his shirt torn seems to tidy if his shirt is torn

    KuGu very nice I like the touch of the wallet with the heart shape

    The Whistler be care ful of such a static pose when the character is facing side ways
    maybe have him holding the heart, keeping it subtle so at first the pose looks normal and then you notice the clockwork heart

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    added image need to work on hand holding the belt... and find clock work reference.

    updated image... not sure if i'll get time to finish this...

    the idea is he has just unwrapped the belt and his son is watching him, he is in slight pain as the heart is slowing down and needs to be wound.
    heart based on a image of the inner workings of a watch may need to make it clearer.

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    Is it necessary to include the design for the heart?
    I know its not very clear in my version, probably have enough time to do a quick pencil sketch of it.

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