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    Crits:

    Lord M: You have a nice idea. I like the wide open eyes and I think this is a good direction to go in. You spoke before of want to work on real proportions (even hinting at skipping this round) I think you should try and pose a friend, or even stage yourself and take a photo. You're going for a complicated shot here, and the weight and balance of both characters are going to be tricky.

    Hell Trool: Nice silhouette so far. i like the face make so far. Now fill it in.

    Arthur 2 sheds; Really cool. I like the bright high saturated colors and the texture fills in the foreground

    Freedezigner; Good start. I like the hair do, which is probably the most important feature for this character. Perhaps you may want to try and find similar structures in the costuming as well

    Missile; I think you're right, it's probably a little close to the original. I think you're idea has good possiblities though. i'm not sure what you're going for with the smoke. maybe having him holding a cigarette in mid air.

    Aesthetic Machine: Really cool. Are you going for a vampire or lagoon creature. Vampire, right? I like the eyes, fangs and collar. I"m not getting Dracula at all, though, and i think it has do with proportions. (the super long arm, this guy is more animal-creature than human vampire) While the character is cool looking, it's probably too far away from the Count.

    Terminal Fears; Nice face and hair so far. I think you may want to go little more in your own direction. It feels too much like the original right now Give us your own take!

    Irrlaeufer: Sounds like you have an idea of what you want to do, but as a viewer i'm not sure what that is just yet. (which is okay, since you're still at the beginning) Before getting into painting, like the face, i'd lay out the designs more. Nail the idea, concepts first, then start painting. if you start painting that face now, and then realize it's not going to work with the rest of the picture, you may end up having to repaint.

    mongreldesigns: Pretty cool. Going for 3, huh? nice. I really like the face of dracula. And the wolfman pose is great too. I'm not crazy about frank though.

    Photogr@fever: I really like this. Great pose, great emotion, nice lighting. I dig the washy brush strokes too.

    Raoul; Cool face design.

    Danilo: Egg Tempera, huh? Wow. Good luck. I did that in school some.
    i'm not sure what your concept or character is here. There's some good mood going on, but I really want to see more of this character (or evidence of this invisible character)

    Bluefooted; I love this. Great pose. I love the narrative your pushing here. Wolfman is always this gnawly creature, and you've made him romantic. Can't wait to see it finished.

    Missile (second idea) I like this much much more. Bride is great. Keep pushing it.


    Mimer; good start. even though you're going for cartoony...get some ref for the clothing.

    Lt. Action. Cool contemporary idea.

    El Capohan; I like your concept...and i understand what you're going for, but I'd push the WOLF part more though. Kinda just looks like reg. scruffy guy right now.

    Master V12: Good start. I'm not sure what your idea is right now, but it looks interesting.

    RMick; Interesting. I like the costume a lot, lots of good details. Nice face too

    Claudio: Very cool. The face and muscles are cool. I like the style

    AhChu: Verryyyy Cool. I'd like to see a bit more of him, it's kind of dark right now...even though it's supposed to be really dark and moody. it's a balance act. Very cool scary face expression.

    Kovah; Good start. You may want to try and find some ref. either take a photo of someone sitting in a chair, or find one online. Looks like you're going for a bored Drac...and you'll need to get that hand/face position closer to sell that idea. if you find a photo of it, you won't have to guess.

    Nutter: Great Starts. i really like the second one. can't wait to see this one fnished

    Reymus; The mummy, FINALLY! It's a good start, but some tweaking is needed on the pose. I'd life the face up towards the viewer. make him look at us...make that connection. Also, as is, it looks like he's dusting the top shelf of a book case. IF you lift his face to us, that'll probably go away. Nice collar

    Saleem: great silhouettes! I like the bottom row, 4th one in the best

    Undeadartist; Snowy background with full moon is a great idea. lots of cool possiblities. before painting, though, I think you should redraw wolfy. The legs aren't quite there yet. Get some ref. Just do a quick GoogleSearch; Guy kneeling.

    Agg: This is GREAT! love the old-movie-poster look. Fix the hand/arm though. make it really coming at us. (Almost 3-dish)

    Shago; neat idea. i like the 40's costume and the stark lighting.

    Spacebunny: Great start. I like the stylized look. Nice face

    Ikjhfsda: Cool idea. i like the second image. Glad you fixed the lightning bolt. Cool concepts

    vampire ninja; VERY COOL. Good colors. nice concept. No real crits, i guess.

    Dissar; Great concept, i like what you've painted. But you mention wanting to go for the original Dracula, Vlad... and i'm not sure that's what the CHOW is about. I think you've lost too much of the classic hollywood take on this. Maybe incorporate some elements of the screen version back in. I do really like the face though and i like what you've painted here.
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    Jason Snair:Thanks a lot for your comment and advicesI think we can make our version based on the Hollywood's one,i know i changed the character a lot.Maybe i went too far?!

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    @Jason Snair, i love you piece mate looks great!!

    I start soon on this CHOW don't want to miss it glad it's a two weeker!

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    Thanks jason yea never was happy with the legs they were a pain, but i think ill just focus mainly on him for the time my frankie just isnt working right now.

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    Wow, such great starts! Some of these I look at and go, "Goodness! This is a start?! It looks near-finished!!"

    I'm doing my best not to feel intimidated, haha.

    I just have a quick question, because I read the rules, but after seeing some entries, I'm confused. Are we supposed to make our own take on the monsters, or re-make the Universal ones? Because some of these (although awesome) do not look much at all like the universal ones. To me at any rate...

    Also, is there a limit to how many characters can be included? I'm thinking of doing a scene from the Mary Shelley book with the look of the Universals, and I wanted to make sure it was okay to do so.

    Apologies for the dose of n00b-- I'm a very recent addition from dA.

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    Just some Gill Man studies done while watching, of course, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I plan on watching it's two sequels while working more on this. I still have no clue on a layout, these are just studies.

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    Agg: This is GREAT! love the old-movie-poster look. Fix the hand/arm though. make it really coming at us. (Almost 3-dish)
    pretty good ideathink ill try it out later today.Chow 178:: Hallowe’en special: Universal monsters
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    A phantom that lives in an opera theater, wears fancy clothes, and kidnaps women.

    A tragic creature whose grotesque attempts at love echo in the garish theater to which he is forever bound.

    Erik liked to watch her sing. ~oooooo


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    Awesome stuff guys!

    Starting off with Frank, not very original Im afraid :/

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    My Frankenstein so far:

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacebunny View Post
    Aha hmmm hi
    here's a really sketchy initial sketch of the Bride of Frankenstein

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    I really dig what you've got going so-far (nothing to do with the fact that i chose Bride also ). I gotta say though that the image creates a kind of dull sillhouette. Is there some way you could play with a pose a bit more?

    Anyways, here's mine.

    Chow 178:: Hallowe’en special: Universal monsters

    be brutal. I want to try something i don't usually do, this time to the tune of a rainy environment, complete with slicked stone backdrop and lightning. Also, painting a wet t-shirt is proving to be about half a bitch and the internet is less than helpful at finding anything but porn. Any tips on painting wet cloth in photoshop? Preciate it, and am really loving all the work thus far.

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    Xerxyz - If you find porn pictures that help you, use them, just because it's pornography dosen't mean you can't take reference on how cloth is affected by water. A tip that comes to mind when painting wet/translucent cloth is to paint it opaque over the figure (another layer of course), and then use masks and/or opacity to bring out highlights on the tips of folds.

    Aag - Great! He seems to be stuffed tight into the lower left though, maybe extend the canvas just a bit to let his tail breathe.

    Added some value on mine.

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    Chow 178:: Hallowe’en special: Universal monsters

    I'm doing the bride, obviously! This is my first sketch. Lately, I have really been into the late 1700's hairdo's of the aristocratic women, and I thought that a wacky do like that would be fitting for this character. Also, I put a little bit of that period into her dress, but also tried to keep the boxy shoulders and the lines down around the figure that the Universal dress makes. I think that as I continue with this, she'll have her hands crossed in front, like she's waiting to be married, since she is the bride of Frankstein. Any feedback would be awesome!!

    Also, Reymus, I think it might be cool if you kept the same pose, but put the face straight on. It could more confrontational and monster-like that way.

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    Heres a quick sketch i did. Liking the wolfman character a lot lately.

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    Man, everyone's submissions are looking awesome so far!

    Jason, thanks for the crit - As per your advice, I've upped the "wolf" factor of my character a bit more. (sorry for the super light outlines!)

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