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    ooooh i like that style Pomelo

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    First time entering the CHOW fray, so be gentle...

    Anyways, here's my take on Dracula.

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    Little bit radical, I know. Admittedly inspired by Guillermo Del Toro, I based Drac's look on Polish/Asian folklore where Vampires used a stinger-tongue to suck their victim's blood...
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    started my dracula
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    Here's my contribution to this mash of monsters, The Bride and The Creature. Still very very rough.

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    Yo dudes and gals! This CHOW is looking mighty fine! I didn't get time over from school enough to continue on my CHOW directly (ahhhh exams!). But the last couple of hourse I doodled something, and thought I would post it here, cause it's semi-related, maybe I'll put it up in CHOW if I can do that.

    I wanna thank Jason Snair and gerezon, although I scrapped Dracula I value your critique a lot, I will take it with me in the future.
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    Black Lagoon Creature wip

    ...Finalizing my design on this creature.

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    Adam S, I love this monster romance, the mood lighting is great and it's sexy!!
    Attorney, thank you for using me as a model for a monster, very flattered and looking good.
    Jailhouse, I will bring some life to the piece, thanks so much!!
    gerezon, you asked and I think your piece looks great, there may be something strange with the Monster right foreshortening, maybe the arm part is too thick for the angle. Get a second opinion, but not a deal breaker, I love his feet!!!!!

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    More updating...note to self, must...get...tablet...

    I was going for that thing where everything is in black and white, except for things of a certain color - in this case, the Red DarkOps insignia...

    Probably won't put this one up in the finals thread as I've got more studying to do, and loads of work to do on this CHOW before I could get it presentable...so, somethings gotta give.

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    I need help.

    I was worried about pushing the design too far and get out of topic (didn’t want to end up with “teen wolf”). There are indeed differences between the original versions and the Universal versions. I reckon that, staying away from the Universal vision would render the CHOW guideling useless as the briefing is about “Universal Monsters”, and not just plain classic Monsters.

    So I’m trying to stick to Universal concept and time period (not much graphic violence, black & white). My fear is that, working within this limits, might result in a classic and unoriginal design. Maybe I am the only limitation.

    The Wolfman

    For the Wolfman, I tried to maintain the human appearance, accentuated by the civilized outfit. I think that the “Wolfman” of the movie has a much more likeable appareance than the werewolves depicted by legends, which are represented as vicious big wolves (check Wikipedia for some terrifying examples).

    My problem is that I couldn’t think of any redefinition of the character. I just wanted dark hair, saliva and little yellow eyes. Every way I choose seems obvious, already done before. It’s a difficult task.

    Frankenstein’s Monster

    I tried to reinforce the broken man appearance, the abomination of a scientist that wanted to be God. I give the vacant stare of an innocent creature that didn’t ask to be born (I separated the eyes with that purpose).

    I’m thinking of adding numbers to each piece of meat. I also make him wear some sort of robe, which has a medical connotation, and is related to newborns and corpses.

    So far I couldn't think of any way to make a new use of the classic visual details, such as the metal parts, the costures and the greenish skin.

    Finally, I think that an interesting twist would be that the monster’s body is physically attached by a cable to some machine, were the monster’s soul/brain/program is located.

    Some interesting facts about these monsters from Wikipedia:

    The Wolf Man


    It was The Wolf Man that introduced the concepts of werewolves being vulnerable to silver (in traditional folklore, it is more effective against vampires), the werewolf's forced shapeshifting under a full moon, and being marked with a pentagram (a symbol of the occult). These are considered by many as part of the original folklore of the werewolf, even though they were created for the film. Unlike the werewolves of legend, which resemble true wolves, the Universal Wolf Man was an extension of the previous 1935 Werewolf of London in which both primary characters are a hybrid creature unlike the traditional interpretation. The Wolf Man stood erect like a human, but had the fur, teeth and claws and savage impulses attributed to wolves in folklore.

    The Wolf Man is one of three top-tier Universal Studios monsters without a direct literary source. The others are The Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

    Frankenstein’s monster


    In the novel, how Frankenstein builds the creature is only obscurely described, references being made to a long slow process born from a combination of new scientific principles and ancient alchemical lore. Whereas the movies precisely depict the methodology by which their version of the monster is created, showing Frankenstein robbing graves of the recently dead and using the organs and body parts to reconstruct a new human body. This process culminates with the harnessing of a lightning bolt to awaken the creature, a scene famously depicted with great spectacle in the 1931 film. Despite their at best limited presence in the original novel, the idea of the patchwork body of dead flesh and massive discharges of electricity being key to the genesis of the monster have become commonly associated with the Frankenstein story.

    In contrast with later film adaptations the monster in the original novel was not created from dead body parts. In fact Frankenstein himself concedes that he later found that reversing death was impossible. While the exact details of the monster's construction are left ambiguous Shelley's depiction of the monster is akin to that of a golem. Frankenstein explains that he has been forced to make the monster much larger than a normal man, in part because of the difficulty in replicating the minute parts of the human body. After giving the monster life, Frankenstein, disgusted by and fearful of the monster's appearance, flees. Henry Clerval comes to Ingolstadt to study with Frankenstein, but ends up nursing him after his exhausting and secretive efforts to create a human life. Frankenstein recovers from his illness in a fortnight. He determines to come home, for his five-year-old brother William has been found murdered.

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    Hey guys, the work done so far is amazing and inspired me to get involved.

    This is my first post in Chow so I'd love some feedback.

    I can't wait to see everyone's finals.


    Chow 178:: Hallowe’en special: Universal monsters
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    Hello there

    just a quick spottin of my Creature scribbles - not sure if I ll make it to a finished version, yet its a great topic I might pick up to work on later - idea is 'Universal Classics Go Grindhouse', turning them into the cheesy, cheap yet lovable flicks of an era now gone.

    Chow 178:: Hallowe’en special: Universal monsters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinnaree View Post
    Asif! I love your process! Thanks for sharing. Also, this my first time joining in as well.
    Very nice of you to say, Kinnaree. I'm glad to hear you joining as well.

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    burntsienna Very nice sketches!


    Here's what I think is pretty much my final frankenstein, unless you have something that I should fix?
    Thanks, mate. Nice work on the Frankenstein. I like the mood and the pose. You get extra points for throwing in the Halloween flare!

    Gaius - nice progression. He has the feel we have all come to know. Nice work so far.

    Wiggers - Nice to see you're coming to the finish line. Nice background.

    Jason - Liking the poster idea.

    Pomelo - I'm already diggin' your color scheme.

    Kmadden2004 - Welcome mate and join the club. There are many first times for this CHOW.

    Markito - Hehe, I am diggin' your concept. Can't wait to see the finale.

    LeoListens - Cool style, LL. Lookin' good.


    Great work everyone. Ok time for more updates...

    Squared away "THE BRIDE" after a few takes. Here she is in a generic pose, but that will ultimately be her look (barring any ideas that pop up during painting process.) Also provided one of the previous attempts. I wanted to go with her wearing some sort of cloth because it will play better with The Wolfman in their joined pose.

    Still trying to figure out the right combination of size and quality for the jpegs. It still looks a bit fuzzy, but I don't want to make them too large.

    Btw, the final piece is underway. Will post asap.

    Good luck to all!!!
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    Done.

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    Wiggers:Great job!congratulations

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    Wiggers - Amazing result, ovations to you for doing 3 of the monsters. Somehow I thought you should have trown a bit more rimlight on the Wolfmans face, it almost mixes into his torso a bit and makes it hard to see. Other then that superb!

    burntsienna - I think that 900 pixels in height of an image works well, you can see all on the screen then. As for her, the pose may seem a bit generic as you said, but it works very well. Looking good so far, can't wait to see wolfman in the pic.

    davidjohnkeen - Glad you could join! That is a really good start, pretty funny aswell. Watch out on his legs, imo they should be a bit thicker to be able to support all that wolfy weight.

    LeoListens - Wow those are awesome! Your Wolfman got a LOT of personality already I can see, Frankensteins Monster is good aswell but Wolfman just kicks ass!

    El Capohan - Hehe, nice cartoony Wolfman. Just watch out on the feet, they seem a bit too big.

    Markito - Hahaha awesome design! Really looks like something I fished up last summer, although minus legs and arms thankfully. Looking forward seeing it with colour on.
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    Creature from the black lagoon is forced to work as a children's entertainer.
    Chow 178:: Hallowe’en special: Universal monsters

    I am going to add some kids and two puppets hanging from his fingers when I get a chance tomorrow.

    Comments please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoListens View Post
    I need help.

    I was worried about pushing the design too far and get out of topic (didn’t want to end up with “teen wolf”). There are indeed differences between the original versions and the Universal versions. I reckon that, staying away from the Universal vision would render the CHOW guideling useless as the briefing is about “Universal Monsters”, and not just plain classic Monsters.

    So I’m trying to stick to Universal concept and time period (not much graphic violence, black & white). My fear is that, working within this limits, might result in a classic and unoriginal design. Maybe I am the only limitation.
    It's not going to be easy to be truly original while sticking to the spirit of established characters. In real life, how well you succeeded can vary depending on the whims of the client. If you don't know the client's tastes very well then you just have to come up with the best possible adaptation of your own style to the brief and run like hell with it. If it's good, but not what they were looking for, they may very well give more detail about what they were looking for and give you a little more time. To me, it looks like you are doing fine. I especially like that you have dared move away from the flat top look. If that was an absolute requirement for a Universal Frankenstein Monster, then why didn't the Bride have one?

    One of the things that intrigued me about the book was that the doctor was designing his creation toward beauty or physical perfection and it was only after it was animated that he decided it was loathsome. (We are not working from the book here, though).
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    So much great stuff coming out it's really mind boggling, I took a look at my earlier post and Dang! not good enough, so here's a new doodle, may finish this one yet

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    heres mine so far

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    Thanks for the comments guys...Ill run back and thank your posts individually.
    Heres a small update, been noodling the face, not much else crits arte welcome!
    and I love some of the stuff thats coming out!
    lets keep thisparty rocking! yeah!!!
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    Entering CHOW for the first time. Here's a young Dracula. Some critique would be great, I'll continue tomorrow.


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    Little update

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    Randis, looking great, but it's pushing the three quarter rule a bit. We need to see at least down to the knees, and preferably the whole body.

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    I was planning to finish it for tonight, but still im not satisfied. Will remove the teddybear and sharpen footsteps. Also maybe will splatter some paint over the leaves

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    I wasn´t happy with my sketch so I did some more and this is what I have so far, I think it´s more original than my previous ones and more of a re-design. Also a more interesting angle.
    EDIT: The post decided to show. Removed pic.
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    Hmm, I just posted but I can´t see my post, strange (the post before this one). Anyways, i´ll just attach it to this one.
    Basically´I didn´t like my sketches and decided to sketch some more, and this is where i´m at right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poshspice View Post
    Randis, looking great, but it's pushing the three quarter rule a bit. We need to see at least down to the knees, and preferably the whole body.
    Np, fixed.


    here some lil update,

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    Probably final WIP. Been a pretty horrible week but I've got the standard figure complete at least - will be trying to get the face shot done and a bit of a background if things improve and some more free time appears. But if not I'll try to submit it like this. Can't quite decide between colour or B/W yet.

    Chow 178:: Hallowe’en special: Universal monsters

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    Randis: Cool design, loving the shark features around the head. Something really makes me cringe about the teeth and gums.. in a good way of course.
    Mumph: Good start, the cape and high collar should make for an interesting piece.
    Wiggers: Interesting take on the characters. The hulking Frankenstein's monster and Wolfman are awesome... it's not really related but I love the windmill in the background too.
    Gerezon: The lighting on the edges makes this quite striking now and the texture on the face is wonderful.
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    Walnut: Thanks - possibly some basic castle wall, I'm not sure - depends on time really. Nice take with the emo twist there... who would have thought Frankenstein would look good with an emo fringe?
    Carnifex: Haha cheers.
    Xerxyz: Thank you, I was trying to go for sort of plastic surgery bruising with the idea that her face has been patched together so it would be leaking and lumpy... but she is still a bride and has been created as a beautiful mate and so on. Yeah, I noticed the autopsy stitches! Ghoulish minds think alike. I like the face in yours, completely horrifying - the body and general setup makes me think of some gory film from the 70s I can't remember the name of...

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