AhChu, LostFayth, mimer and skorpi.
Back in a time now lost to even the eldest of storytellers, there were two lands. Divided as by the breath on a cold mirror, they existed side by side without ever touching, until the greed and ambition on one side caused a terrible event, fusing the lands together, and bringing both sides of the mirror crashing into eachother.
on one side, the Anai, content with their life and the cycles of their world, having trancended ambition their magics no longer searched for power as much as it strived for cooperation of the living world.
on the other, the Vret, a culture consumed by ambition and progress, their magicians somehow bridged the divide and saw the world of the anai, a more unspoilt version of their own land as an easy price to take by force, just as they had imposed their will on the spirits of their own lands, taking from the land what they wanted.
After the merging of the worlds, the Vret realised they were mistaken in thinknig of the Anai as an easy target. Their quiet composure showed to contain an unbending will to defend their own world, and after a long tome, an uneasy stalemate was reached.
Today, the world is known as the realm of the twiceborn. On both sides exist an opposite number of every living soul, and as this realisation sank in, so did the importance of the individual rise.
Now the need for champions grows ever more important. On both sides, bands of adventurers and paragons of each side are formed with the knowledge that somewhere out there is their mirror image, and that sooner or later, the fate of who will rule the world of the twiceborn will be decided on a battlefield where you will not face your brother, but yourself.
The good will have a asian/naturalistic culture.
(Shinto, Buddhism, Nature gives them what they need, thin, organic lines; matt colors)
The bad will have a Native American culture.
(Signs, symbols, painted faces, bold geometric lines; plane colors)
This month's Team Chow is going to be a little different! This time, we are creating fantasy portraits for player characters - with good and evil versions! It's both a wide open brief and a very strict one! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a random team from the options given to you below, and to create 4-8 fantasy portraits that read well together and still look awesome separately. Thus, as a team, you must create a compatible 'look' for your characters.
1. Teams of two MUST create at least 4 portraits, teams of three or four need 6 and teams of five need 8. You are perfectly welcome to create more images that the requirement if you feel your team is up to it.
2. You must take a random selection of the choices below. Please don't do 4 elven fighters, or only orcs, for example. Please take a randomized selection. If you would prefer me to give your team a specific assignment, I will generate the selection for you. If I see teams doing more select parties, then I will request you to change to something more random.
3. You must follow the format provided. See it below, please!
4. You must do a LIGHT and a DARK version for each character, please! This means that for each character you need two portraits.
5. You must submit a paragraph about each character. Do a short write up for each character you create. I want to see some interesting, stereotype-breaking stuff here, folks!
Pick one of each:
Gender: Male / Female
Race: Human / Elf / Half-Elf / Dwarf / Orc - (and anything else you can think of!)
Class: Fighter (Barbarians, Knights, Dark Knights, Brawlers, etc) / Thief (Assasins, Rogues, etc)/ Spell Caster (Wizards, Sorcerers, Druids, etc) / Healer (Priest, Cleric, White Mage, Medic, etc) - (feel free to make up something for this, too)
Alignment: Good / Evil (please do both for each character)
AhChu: Male human Ranger
LostFayth: Female Elf/Fairy sorcerer, about 40 cm in height.
mimer: Male ogrish/orchish bard. a bit of a brutal twist on the musical instruments.
skorpi: Male animal fighter (bear).
BE SURE TO KEEP POSTING THE WIP'S TO GIVE AND GET CRITIQUE.
Monday 3rd August: Setting/brief/characters set.
Sunday 9th August: Sketches/idea's good/bad finished and critiques given. (+1day)
Monday 10th August: Start on finals drawing and colors.
Monday 24th August: Post artwork, get and give advanced critiques. Idea's final post.
Sunday 29th August: Post up finals in the sketchbook. I'll make the final post.
Final Deadline: Monday 31st August
Dungeons and Dragons galeries.
Dungeons and Dragons concept art by Todd Lockwood:
People, props, clothing.
Lots of photo's (various)
Some Buddhism photos