Trevor: Haha yeh you are right and I realise that, the problem is that we're all over the place at the moment so I just noted down where we're at Gonna sort it all out this weekend I hope.
Evil character design so far... I'm kind of clueless about the patterns :/ Until now I only got a flower emblem with strange rays leading away from it *headdesk* Help! D:
Also, since I'm not too happy with giving him a fully "technolyzed" right arm (tried several things, and it never quite felt right (esp considering the medieval setting... even if it's "godgiven") or too much like the Chronomancer designs) I want him to have a blue "spirit arm" instead :> Just didn't get to sketch that yet^^
I'll definitely try to play more with the tattoos, I really like your suggestions for them (especially styilzed versions can be fun^^)
About the anatomy... did you mean "wonky" literally (=> he looks weak) or more like that the anatomy itself is "weak", i.e. not too good? (Since I'm not a native speaker I sometime find myself having a hard time with certain words/phrases, since I don't really know in which situations they're usually applied, and such )
Quick update before I go to sleep, been working on the lizardmen body a bit. Think I'll go with something similar to nr. 2, but it looks a bit too bold and young for what I was aiming for so will work on it some more.
Also, we quickle made an overview of who does what this evening but I'll put that up after I have gotten some sleep
Sunroamer: Since someone else is going to do that evil version, I was just wondering if you're okay with the design being altered slightly -as is inevitably going to happen in this sort of situation? Just so we're all clear on that issue
Yeah im feeling sorta stuck with this character at the moment,heres a quick change of teh legs,but i think i might just do some sketches with the creepy guy
So, Britt: would you prefer if I worked more on the sketch or is it "enough" right now? Either way, I totally don't mind if you change something^^
I really love all the bodies Yoi! Just wondering (since they all look like they won't be too agile/fast) can they drop to their hands and move on 4 legs, then? Right now they seem like they could only be slow warriors/some kind of spellcasters (be it real mages, or priests...)... that reminds me, what profession is your lizardman gonna be?
And dished, I really think some skulls would fit her... at least her evil version? Well, anyway, I really do like the concept so far
I think I can run with this for now. :]
We're down to the half way point now guys, so I think we should each do a few thumbnails for our final portraits so we can make sure that the composition and stuff is really solid and that they all have a similar kind of presentation. What do you think?
heres a few thumbnails i worked on this morning..
im really leaning towards either #2 or #3. Im liking the idea of her sort of patting a vine thats sticking out from the side, kinda makes her seem more regal and that the plants obey her. what i like about 2 is that shes got these two spiky plant vines and an army of tiny beetle bug things near the worm insect thing shes riding.
sun roamer- good idea man! yeah ill see where i can fit skulls there maybe thanks!
anyway let me know what you guys think!
Here's the final general design of my lizardmen. I want to type a bunch of info about this race and why they look the way they look, but I'll have to do that tomorrow since I really need some sleep here. More sketches tomorrow, including some costume stuff and some conversion to a single character out of this general shape. Maybe some ortho's too.
(also, my brother mentioned something about Stargate when seeing this sketch. That's all lies, I swear! I might fiddle a bit with the side flaps on his neck though, to differentiate a bit from their design I guess)
I should probably also hand out some feedback to you guys and maybe some paintovers? I'll see how much time I have tomorrow
Edit: So, I spent this morning revising my update from yesterday I went looking for some more reference of lizards and figured mine should change slightly.
A bit of info on the race itself before I get to work on my evil version of it. Lizardmen are an ancient race that's been around from well before humans ever decided to climb out of the trees. They are a highly individualistic race, which is probably the reason why they never became a dominant species in their environment.
As soon as a juvenile lizardman crawls out of its egg, the motherlizard abandons the nest and leaves the youngs to the mercy of their environment. Few make it to adulthood, but the ones that do are tough and have no natural predators. Lizardmen are highly intelligent and as they live for a very long time (rumoured to be an average of 400 to 600 hundred years) they are usually a source of knowledge and wisdom.
Their natural habitat is the deserts and lush jungles in the warmer regions of the world, as they are cold blooded and cannot regulate their own temperature. They can often be found basking in the sun or cooling in the shade, contemplating or meditating. They regard the sun as their god, as it not only is the source of all life on earth but also essential for their survival.
Lizardmen are nomadic of nature, and usually travel alone. They can often be found in company of other races, but they simply can't stand to be among a group of others from their own race. Though mainly sticking to their natural habitat, many lizardmen travel around the globe in search of ancient wisdom in ancient ruins and libraries. They mostly seek personal enlightenment as they didn't have any parents or people to teach them when growing up. Their appearance can vary depending on where they were born, but they do never walk on all fours anymore. They do not possess any magic either (this due to the fact that the lizardmen do not evolve and have not done so for eaons. Magic is like radiation, it makes mutations easier to appear, something that lizardmen are highly resistant against by nature).
Lizardmen, by their very nature, usually move slow but in need they can act with tremendous force and speed. Each single lizardman is worth a dozen humans when it comes to fighting, and they are unmoveable obstacles in a fight due to their thick and armored, scaled skin. The older the lizard, the fiercer an enemy it is. They are crafty in many skills, and usually make their own armor (with little metal as it tends to make them overheat easily. In general, their clothes are build to be able to both cool them or help them warm up when needed).
That's it for now, sorry for the rambling Description of my own character will follow later along with some sketches.
Something else, as said earlier we're rather all over the place with our designs and cultures, so the one thing that should bind our work together in the end is the palette. I made a quick overview of what I think we were aiming for, correct me if I'm wrong (and an example by Rembrandt, though on the first page in this SB we have two other examples)
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Edit: this means the palette of the final illustration, not the colour palette of your character design necessarily. It's also not forbidden to use a bit of blue or green really, just don't go for totally saturated greens overall
Last edited by yoitisi; August 17th, 2009 at 09:03 AM.
Quick update. First concept for costume for my character. Just trying a few things out. Main idea is that the armor is foldable or has the ability to enhance both the cooling or warming up of the coldblooded body of the lizardman. The design right now looks a bit too regular still I think, but I'm going to move on and add some extra character elements later or in the final illustration I think.
Thank you for the helpful post yoi Actually I already worked on a thumb (before I read what you wrote) and well, it's so not worth uploading and it doesn't even "work" (since my background was, like, completely obscured and DARK and the character was simply senselessly sparkling D: ) Well, I somewhat have to change my initial idea but I think it only helps improving the final illu^^
Your design's awesome so far. I always love armourdesign with similar stuff on the back like what your lizard got
tch, actually Rembrandt himself turned out to distract me from doing thumbs as well :< I just wanted to have a closer look at the colours, and then I somewhat repainted it... well, I didn't do any sketches and I was still mainly interested, so it's a somewhat twisted rembrandt, but it was a nice study for some 45 or so minutes D:
I hope this study will help me with colours and final style in the illustrations
Last edited by SunRoamer; August 18th, 2009 at 03:37 PM.
Sunroamer: Good idea I think you could use some warmer reds in there, and overall the original is much darker too. The warmer the colors you use, the more easy grays or gray with only a tinge of green or blue read like like totally cool colours.
Here's design nr. 2. I'm enjoying these too much, I should probably hurry the last concept I want to do up a little and move on to the final painting.
this reptile-dragon warrior is really fine piece. you made awoseme work on painting these. they must be funny, when they move on 2 feet, like real 'teenage mutant ninja reptiles'
other team cocnepts are improve well too, good work for you
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