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    CKLamb: That's exactly what I want. But maybe I'll stylize it a bit for aesthetic's sake, dunno.

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    CKLamb - Thanks. I'm going for a bit more muscle- something you'd more likely see on a dancer or acrobat.

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    Some nice looking entries already! Pixel.. I think that idea of mind contorl is an awesme one, but be careful it doesn't end up looking too... sci fi! Maybe something more sensual arranged around a sexy headpiece might work better?

    MajorTom: Liking the pose, there's some nice lines in her legs... watch the shapes in the background though, they're ruining the illusion, the curtain comes off feeling very unnatural.. try having the sweep be less circular in the middle... perhaps study some images of curtains to see what I mean... the weight will pull that curve more to the bottom, where it's gathered.

    Dimagyan: Loving that sketch... there's a really lovely feel to it - almost Degas-like. Maybe you could choose one to bring out as the character through lighting it strongly over her, or bringing one to the foreground?

    Matt B: loving the tension in her legs! The outstretched hand looks tilted a little too far away from us to be comfortable - might look more natural if you could see the thumb and palm instead?

    Here's my sketch so far.. very inspired by the likes of Gerome and Leighton, hoping to keep some of the arabian/persian feel to it as well as the steam punk elements - excuse the shoddy sketchwork here, I'm half doped up on painkillers with a tooth abscess - fun fun.

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    zephyri - Thanks for the crit. Your sketch's looking very nice. Something about the arm on the right seems off - like it's not thick enough compared to the other arm. Also his foot seems broken. Nice idea tho and I like where it's going.

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    Zephyri: I'll watch out for getting to sci-fi-ish but I really like the idea something being attached to the spine or at least the base of the skull. Some kind of mind-control helmet might get a little B-movie

    Lovely sketch btw, some odds 'n ends are still a bit wonky but you'll work that out and I really like the composition

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    Integrating the steampunk is going to be hard but fun.
    Steampunk without goggles and victorian style



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    Matt B : Yeah, the sketch is pretty rough at the minute, will most likely work volumes out once I put solid colour down... his foot probably looks broken thanks to the folds of fabric over the ankle joint, giving it that odd 90 degree angle.. might have to tweak those if I can't get them looking right in colour!

    Pixeltuner: Aye, you might be right.. was thinking something like this though.. more like an ornate hairpiece, maybe with small needle/wires going into the side of the face?
    http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/reso...5fdc3dcru7.jpg Or maybe even running down the back of the neck... a little matrix but with style!

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    Zephyri: Hmmm, interesting... I'll be trying some different things then, and see what works best.
    Oh and good luck on the tooth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uziel View Post
    Integrating the steampunk is going to be hard but fun.
    Steampunk without goggles and victorian style
    No! You can have goggles if you want, and Steampunk is mainly Victorian. There's no embargo on things like that!

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    Wonder if anyone's going to do any men for this round...

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    Definitely in for this one.

    In looking for steampunk design references I came across this blog which so far seems to be pretty awesome and have a great amount of steampunk costume designs for aesthetic reference. Could be useful to those like me who aren't too familiar with steampunk let alone trying to design something relating to it.

    http://steampunkcostume.com/

    I find looking at the 'fashion' category yields some pretty great material.

    Now that I've taken a bunch of time getting familiarized with both categories of the assignment, time to start sketching.

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    update with some colourrrrrrs.

    Cool link nimbusnacho! Thx

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    Pixeltuner - I love the idea, but I wonder if you can turn her some so we can see her face... I kinda feel lost as far as her character without seeing it at the moment.

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    Jessi: Well.. Honestly I think the illustration in itself is stronger this way, but you're right about the lack of character since this is a CHOW, so I'm still kinda bummed out on that. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixeltuner View Post
    Jessi: Well.. Honestly I think the illustration in itself is stronger this way, but you're right about the lack of character since this is a CHOW, so I'm still kinda bummed out on that. :/
    Just redraw the head looking back over her shoulder. All we need is a profile at the least.

    Edit: something like this.

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    The only way this week's ChoW could be any cooler is if the theme was cyberpunk instead

    WIP time! I'm hoping I can pull this one off, perspective isn't my strong suit :/

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    Posh: You really do like your women sleeker eh? Anyway good point and thanks for pointing it out by means of teh mighty wacom but I might try another option as well

    Quick sketchythingie:

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    just playing around with the composition at this point. not sure what kind of steampunk elements to incorporate =/

    I'm assuming frontal nudity is a no no. is rear nudity allowed? what if she were wearing some sort of thong?

    also, I'm kind of new to this and thought that submissions ended at 11:59pm on Sunday but on the last one I saw it ended at 5:00pm on Monday? which one is the norm?

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    Pixeltuner: I love the spinal mind control idea, it's really interesting. Just be cautious about not so much making her thinner, but it seems you have a habit of making your character a little 'stumpy' with not pushing the rhythm enough and making her a little too wide in certain areas. Push the feminine rhythm, especially for a project like this one! I hope that helps
    Grimwood: Nice start, really cool idea with the overall environment, but be cautious about elongating her torso too much. Especially with that perspective, you have a lot of things to worry about.
    Nimbusnacho: Thanks so much for posting that link!
    Uziel: Really cool scene. Already it really feels like a harem, but be careful to not make all the figures too stiff.
    Zephyri: Thanks a lot man! Yeah, the drape is one of the only things I didn't use reference for so far and you spotted it immediately haha. I know exactly what you mean now though! I am really loving your sketch so far, by the way.
    CKLamb: Thanks for pointing that out, I think I know what you mean about the shoulders being weird (I think they were a little too wide and it was throwing it off), and foreshortening is really not my forte.

    Just a small update on my part... fixing up some of the awkwardness in her shoulder/chest region and trying to adjust the background. Also I'm trying to figure out this color pallet, haha.

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    last update of the night.

    Hope this is looking more steam punk ..

    just wondering what to do for the background!

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    Clockwork Bunny- Nice update, I think the color is coming along very well, I think there is some slight facial distortion going on with the cheekbones and mouth.

    deadhead- I really dig that composition at the bottom, with the sultan. Are you doing another oil painting? That's pretty rad if you are...and if you aren't it's still cool.

    pixelturner- I think the second pose is a bit better.

    uziel- I would zoom in on that composition, there is a bit to much deadspace running around.

    zephyri- That face is quite striking! I really like the cropping and overall quality of the composition. Good luck with the coloring.

    grimwood- almost missed you, very ambitious scene, like you've stated, there are a few perspective things that are whompy, and I would check the length of her neck, that collar would leave very little neck exposed as it is right now.

    tommoy- i'm loving the atmosphere and color!

    I've got a mess on my hands atm.
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    Started on a tonal study (never done one before ), there's something iffy about the perspective on the back hand and leg, hrm.

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    my card in, loving everyones work so far

    going with influence from a peacock, meets steampunk, meets harem.

    trying to figure out if i want this half facemask thing for this girl. like if its an enhancement or surgery she needed for a beating she took. figured stuff would be kinda rough in the steampunk world since it can be gritty.

    but heres what im think for my first stab, let me know people!

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    @zephyri: I like his facial impression. Especially the eyes look pretty cool, I think there are few peole with oriental background that have bright eyes. I immediately had to think of that famous photograph: This will look awesome, especially if you set the shades in order to emphasize the eyes. so please don't change them to brown, that would in my book look boring now.


    @Uziel: Honestly, i think there is too much people on this one. the composition is neat. but since this is CHOW i would focus on the couple in the center since the Sultan looks kind of stiff. I like the pose though and the structure of the sultan's trousers. totally fits the oriental setting.


    @Pixeltuner: I like the first one more than the second one. So if I were you, I'd stick to the first one. Just turn the head a little, as in Posh's version and make her butt and her right arm a bit smaller. I really think it would be worth it since the first one has no doubt the cooler composition.

    @Grimwood: Cool sketch, the pose looks vivid as far as i can tell. but don't put those people on the right side into the picture. Actually, i would totally concentrate on the girl.

    @deadhead16mb: Love your sketches. you should combine them into one. looks like the palace is going to be a giant clockwork. pretty cool idea.

    @majortom: I like her face, looks a bit secuctive and the idea with the nargile is cool, too. Her legs are a bit short. you could try to fix that by making her left tigh her right tigh. If you know what I mean. If you shorten her left tigh a bit just around the area where her knee is, that would work. But you would have to put her right leg on the other side. hmmm....

    @Clockwork Bunny: I like how you rendered her face and especially the light reflexes on her cheek bone. Her body looks a bit dull compared to her face. try to give the rest of her body the same effect. Her right shoulder is also a bit to big or lacks an outline to give it more form.

    @CKLamb: Totally reminds me of some old greek sculpture. looks really cool. don't hide her legs that much, would be a shame


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    Edit: Irrlaeufer - hehehe great minds! I'd planned on that from the outset!

    Pixel: Not sure I'm as fond of the new sketch, you've lost those flowing lovely lines for something much more angular and awkward. Maybe use the top half of that pose but have her standing in a fountain or bath of some kind?

    Deadhead: Really like that first sketch... I think long as it's tastefully done, you could get away with butt nudity... if not there's always the perennial favourite of flowy gauzy fabric!

    Clockwork Bunny: She's looking really nice... I think you're going to need the background to properly sell her as steampunk, as without being told right now I'm not sure if I'd pick her out as being steampunked.... Have you thought about giving her little victorian-style boots rather than bare feet? those are usually an instant steampunk read! Not sure what to suggest for a background... maybe just throw some scribbles down and see what pops out?

    CKLamb: Really liking the feeling yours has right now, it's sort of serene and understated, I get the feeling I've caught a glimpse of the woman behind the costume, as it were... And I really like that colour scheme you've got so far. Liking it a lot... no real crits this far!

    Grimwood: nice idea for the image.... not sure where the steampunk elements are yet, given that's key to the brief... and as far as the perspective goes,. maybe you'd actually see a little of the left hand foot, so it's placed further back on the floor? I'd also be tempted to maybe glaze over what you have there with a pale grey, so your whites aren't so stark, then pick out your harem girl with paler shades to make her pop.

    Shogo: Gorgeous image so far... looove the fan idea... great way to add the steampunk element. Really like her pose too... no crits thus far!

    Here's an update on mine before i go fall into bed and convince myself my gums aren't throbbing incessantly. Been trying a couple of different techniques for this, mostly using a very rough 'underpainting' and trying to put a little of the knowledge I gained from Jason's colour and light theory class into action. And he's looking a little too Prince of persia for me right now... can't decide if that's good or bad. Might have to switch the colours about a bit... add a couple more steampunky items just to be sure.

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    Started messing around with the topic idea in the back of my head, wil'l be fun to do the clothing design tomorrow thinking leather long skirt with gold ornaments on it.. oh yea, ill try to bring that right hand forward somehow aswell yay.. needs more drapery though huh?

    Also: Awesome work everyone, loving it. I will try to write some feedback when it's not 5am, and I don't have uni in 2hours, and I still have words left to write on my essay.

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    Great work from everyone so far! This is a great topic, I love how diverse everyone's pieces are. Well, this is my stab at it, Crits are welcome!

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    matt b - looking a lot better man. watch the rear lower leg and calf though, it's a little short and her ankles are waaaaaaay thin.

    zephyri and zilrion - watch out for tangents (candles and the dude's leg, and her thong and the back of the table she's sitting on). and zeph, what happened to his calf shape? it was LOVELY before, and in proper perspective. bring it baaaaack!

    lauren - compositionally, you might want to move her more to the right, and also not cut her off at the knees. and for her pose, it'll give her a lot more life if you drop her left shoulder more, really get that tilt towards the hips.

    keep up the good work peoples.

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    Zephyri: Thanks for the tip The steampunk elements aren't that obvious at the moment, I need to refine it a lot more... but they're supposed to be in a palace in the sky

    Refined the face a bit and adjusted the proportions of the left hand:

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