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    Chow 157 :: The ENDLESS

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    The Endless

    Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Endless

    The Endless are brothers and sisters created by the British writer Neil Gaiman (with the exception of Destiny – Marv Wolfman and Bernie Wrightson) for the DC/Vertigo Comics series ‘Sandman’ (Dream). Each one is a personification of a natural force and has very distinctive characteristics.

    Destiny: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destiny_(DC_Comics))

    Death: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_(DC_Comics))

    Dream: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_(comics))

    Destruction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_(DC_Comics))

    Despair: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Despair_(DC_Comics))

    Desire: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_(DC_Comics))

    Delirium: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delirium_(DC_Comics))

    DC/Vertigo: http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/

    Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to design one of The Endless, or if you are feeling industrious as many as you like, but that is up to you, there is no bonus for producing more than one. Avoid designing them as previously presented in the comic, stick to gender, although bear in mind each one has very individual motifs and sigils (example, Death’s Ankh, or Desire’s Heart) and provide your own interpretation.

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    ah sweet sweet CHOW, this one is to gold to pass up.

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    Weee! I think I wanna do Delirium....

    When you say avoid doing them as in the comic, is some things that's presented there still allowed to bring in a painting? *cough* fish balloon *cough*

    She is pretty... er... picking things here and there, but can I still mismatch clothes and such? And can I keep the half shaven/half long hair, or is that too much of the comic character? Or do I have to revamp it alltogether?

    If I was gonna do Destiny, I guess brown robes are out as well? Or?

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    Hey Aly,

    The end parenthesis didn't make it as part of the link, so they don't send you where intended.

    Click, and scroll down to "The Endless"

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    Sorknes - I guess what we're looking for is not who can paint Death as a Goth the best, or Dream as a spooky lanky Robert Smith lookalike. The characters have very distinguishing elements that can be reinterpreted. If you desperately want to present Delirium, for example as she is in the comic, then that's up to you. But this is a design challenge so exercise those imaginations and see how they could be pushed in a different direction. And a Fish Balloon is fine!

    I always had a crush on Death (!) as she is, so the challenge is going to be a big one for me!

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    Thanks Sundance - I'll check it out.

    Sorted - works now! At least pour moi!

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    Ah, I think I get what you're saying

    You guys don't want lets say 20 Deliriums that look the same, and the one with the best painting skill wins, right? So I can keep some elements and then do my own twist/thing with them then. If I got it right. Heh.

    Definitly a fish balloon then

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    This looks cool, want to do something with Dream...

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    Oooh.....this looks so purdy. I know very little about the series, so I couldn't possibly be influenced by previous versions. Hope I can squeeze this one in!

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    too good to pass up, will find some time to get this one down, now the hard part who to choose!


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    Endless!

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    Wow. I SO don't have time for this right now... But.. but how can I possibly skip on a Sandman CHOW!??

    If I can cut on sleep time, I'm going for Despair, the most underrated Endless

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    never read the comics. but this sounds fun.

    did a quick sketch of death. i think of the concept of death as very bird-like and strangely elegant. that's why i'm going with a bird-like representation.
    will probably rethink the anhk sword...

    then i thought that perhaps it would be interesting to incorporate the shape of the ankh to her silhouette/design... probably be messing around with that idea.

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    Initial sketch. I'm not sure if it's different enough. I was thinking about maybe putting a tutu on top of it. And some random loose threads and fabric here and there. Ho hum.

    Or maybe I have to start anew from another direction.

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    I'm in, this sounds sweet. I'm done school for the year and I need something to fill the void lol. Hopefully i'll be doing these more.

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    I looove tori amos so I'll give delirium a go

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    Hm, interesting topic

    Im planning to do 2 or perhaps 3, starting with Despair.

    Gonna go for a Greek god/goddess theme for this CHOW, mostly statuesque figures. Shes kinda got a Dr. Manhattan thing going right now, but i think it may just be the blue and way I did the eyes

    For the mirrors, I'm having them as giant glass facets to givethat other worldly sense to her realm.Sticking with the rats as well, most likely going to add more, but not so much that it becomes Willard

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    I'm not into comics but I was instantly drawn to the "death" character because of the ankh symbol, I absolutely love the egyptian culture so I went with that one.

    This version of "death" is someone who is there when you die and when you're born so I wanted to put a subtle duality in her outfit. The right side of the picture is the covered and untouched side that signifies the innocence of when we're born.

    The tattoo'd half of her is the side that signifies her taking people into the after-life to continue on...like a tattoo!

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    Some quick thoughts:

    KleeWyck – Probably a good thing you’ve not read the comics, you won’t be influenced then! Love the ides of Death being bird-like, interesting interpretation. Perhaps, if you can, stretch the composition out a bit, the feet are very close to the bottom.

    Sorknes – Like you I’m struggling to get completely away from the original idea of our chosen character. It’s difficult when you like the original vision so much. However, if that’s the direction you want, go with it. Perhaps experiment with her outfits a bit more. Delirium is a bit off the rails, she could go totally Punk or maybe she doesn’t wash and is like a little ragamuffin, not caring about her appearance.

    ~baxter – Great face and pose. There’s a bit of an art deco feel with the overlapping shades behind. Looking forward to colour.

    Darknight – Destiny looking almost swamped by his throne is working really well. I enjoy Yoshitaka Amano’s Sandman too, very delicate drawings. If I had a suggestion with yours is watch the knees and legs, they almost look separate to the character right now.

    Amber Alexander – Congrats on going for the ‘duality’ element of Death, emphasising life as well. As with KleeWyck, pull out the composition a bit more, as chopping off elements like the wings is confusing.

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    I think Death might go Emo! I'm forever blowing bubbles! I might try and incorporate the crux ansata differently, maybe as a cosmetic item in some way.

    I'm going to have a go at two or three, probably Death, Delirium and Desire.

    Edit01: Death, Delirium and Desire. This time Delirium is more Emo! So there! Not sure whether to put Barnabus in or not.

    Edit02: A bit of colour on Death. Not black and white!

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    Yeah, I'm trying to start anew. I was thinking about what I first assoscoiated with "delirium" if you just saying it out loud, and two things came into my mind. The bohemians drinking absinthe - but the effects of that were exaggerated, and homestaying housewifes from a few decades ago chewing pills like candy and drinking in secret. I might go for a housewife of some sort...

    *keeps brainstorming a bit*

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    Something like this is probably ideal.

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    Arthur 'Two Sheds': You can go to bed after painting this? It's so creepy! But looks pretty good already.

    Er... yeah, couldn't resist... I picked Desire

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    AARGH how this CHOW tempts me, being a huuge Gaiman and Sandman fan! I haven't read this series in years, but this is an excuse to pull the books out and pour over them all over again.

    I have absolutely no time to do this, but I might be able to return to my practice of lunchtime doodles which are always good fun and practice for character brainstorming.

    I am curious if a re-imagining similar to what Amano did by presenting a Japanese Dream in Sandman: Dream Hunters would be acceptable? I'm thinking of perhaps depicting the characters as they would be seen by other cultures, kind of like how the different characters in the comic saw Dream as represented to them by a familiar face. IE. For Bast, he appears as another regal Egyptian Cat, or like how Dream appeared as a handsome tribal with stars in his eyes to his African lover.

    So many cool concepts to play with! I have a feeling my lunchtimes are going to run long.

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    not sure how original of a take this is on the character, but it's been a long time since I read Sandman so I'm fairly confident I'm not recreating anything. I think. I hope.

    Anyway, playing around with a sketch of Dream.
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    that's an inspiring topic. i like the possibilty of coice!

    great wips already!
    ~baxter nice interpretation, despair tempted me too, but it's quite a challenging character. i like the rats on the floor ;)

    darknight this looks really impressive already, cool perspetive.

    Poshspice haha skull-bubbles are a great idea and i like the pose. melancholic in a way.

    Arthur 'Two Sheds' wips like this make me wanna go home and start all over again ;P just amazing...

    here's my first delirium wip.

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    Delirium, had a lot of fun doing this sketch so far, looking forward to going mental with the colours!
    Hopefully I will have time to do some others, but I have DWIV to finish and I way behind already
    let me know what u think, going to fix a few anatomy issues in photoshop.



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    Mercuralis: without even looking at which character you had chosen this said Dream to me! good work

    Poshspice: sexy Emo, enough said, I need a cold shower now

    BTW her left leg - the one with the apparently really long foot, well thats actually a long sock thats slipped off

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    I just HAD to have me some Desire, by way of Klimt. Not sure where to go with it from here...it's kinda scruffy...but it'll be a fun trip!

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    damn i love sand man series , thanks posh!!!

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    Posh:
    In the Wikipedia it stands like this:
    "Morpheus usually appears as a tall, thin man with bone-white skin, black hair, and two distant stars looking out from the shadows where his eyes should be." So, what do you mean by not designing him as in the comics? I mean if he has black hair, and he is thin and tall, then it's already too close?

    I say this because I feel that designing Death as an Emo girl instead of a Goth one is not big of a change. Or for example Arthur 'Two Sheds' 's interpretation has stars in the eyes, is that also too much like the comic? So, did you mean changing the original design that much only, and not changing Death for example to an old woman or something? Sorry for the stupid questions, but I would really like to understand what you mean in the description, and still can't seem to grasp it.

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