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    Dan! - I love this one! The youthful and playful tones work well together!

    Sentinel - your rendering is awesome but I wonder if you could do more to indicate that 12 to 16-year-old range. Right now it is hard to tell that she's that young.

    Posh - the floating egg is cool but that would be one HUGE lizard!

    Anyhoo, here's some quick color with the sketch layer turned off to get an idea of whether I'm relying too heavily on outlines. I've already spent too much time on the face trying to stretch and squash the features into a cartoony look. Time to figure out if I want to actually render flannel.

    [edit] forgot to post the image. duh. [/edit]


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    Quote Originally Posted by Poshspice View Post
    Stinger88 - Is she really between 12 and 16?
    I will change her so she's younger looking to avoid any confusion....

    ...but does a faerie between the age of 12-16 look like a human between 12-16...Maybe, maybe not.

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    - Though the genre is young adult, we haven't outlined anything else : fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, magical contemporary, it's up to you
    - Remember this is *not* an adult book, so keep that in mind when designing clothing and when using colour!
    So in order to match the genre of young adult, you should try to pick elements that appeal to youngsters. So technically fairies do not need to look like 12 to 16-year-old humans no, but if you want your audience to relate to your character, you might want to consider designing her that way. Really consider your audience by putting yourself in their place. What themes in terms of costume and color would appeal to you at that age? What would your friends be interested in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinger88 View Post
    I will change her so she's younger looking to avoid any confusion....

    ...but does a faerie between the age of 12-16 look like a human between 12-16...Maybe, maybe not.
    If they look like that then I'm guessing the frequency for teen pregnancies amongst fairies is about ten times what it is with humans.

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    A bit more work, I think she looks younger now, originaly I was thinking around 14ish. I still have some work to do on smooting the features.

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    Man... this CHOW so far is freaking awesome, keep em coming guys!

    WIP4, changed the setting from a fail sci-fi theme to some sort of a fantasy forest. Must sleep!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Commander Obvious View Post
    So in order to match the genre of young adult, you should try to pick elements that appeal to youngsters. So technically fairies do not need to look like 12 to 16-year-old humans no, but if you want your audience to relate to your character, you might want to consider designing her that way. Really consider your audience by putting yourself in their place. What themes in terms of costume and color would appeal to you at that age? What would your friends be interested in?
    I agree and thanks for the comments. I have also considered the target audience. If I was a young lady between the ages of 12-16. I would want to look like a girl of 18-20 so having the character look like this would appeal alot, imo....As I say though.. I will be changing things.

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    If they look like that then I'm guessing the frequency for teen pregnancies amongst fairies is about ten times what it is with humans.
    Hehe...good point. I think thats why you can't move for fairies down the Benefits Office :p

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    Hi all
    Here is my dragon egg girl a bit updated.

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    I like the topic and started sketching. I think, I'll paint this traditional

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    nice pictures everyone !


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    You know what... Im doing it, I have other stuff to do, but nothing IMPORTANT. Im back in!

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    awwww crap, I just realized that mine has a lot of skulls and bones in it.. not neccesarily childrens book content. Im gonna have to go a different way with this..

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    I've lurked long enough. I'm joining in this CHOW!

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    Epic Quest time!



    We just need a better title that 'Dragon Egg'!

    Guess I'll tidy up later

    Tidied up:
    WIP and close up



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    The dragon's egg

    Some outstanding stuff this week, see if I can make something out of this weeks topic. Here's my sketch, try like hell to finish this! (cursed day job). Anyway really inspiring work folks, thanks.

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    awesome pictures! here's my sketch i made during math and science today. i'm sortof having some trouble placing her hands and that one foot on our right! i know the dragon is weird looking but that i can fix. C&C welcome, specially if someone can help with the hands...



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    Hello everyone .
    Great topic, great works already and since i wanted to do an illustration piece for training i thought about taking part here
    Love the ideas

    Here the wips i have done so far.

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    @Sketchtastrophe : Thank you very much! You are so right and the idea is great! I wanted to do it but forgot about it while painting... Now I added the rest and it looks better, I hope.

    @scorpi: Hey, you here? I would have prefered the composition to the left and above the one you chose, but this one is nice as well. Watch out for the angle of her feet! I find that a little difficult in that pose. Maybe you can grab some reference?

    @Jager: Very bright, but great and classic composition!

    @monkeydoodles: Nice atmosphere, but what is she doing with her hands? I hope it doesn´t sound offensive, but it looks like you were trying to hide them to not have to draw them. Maybe you can show her opening the box or somethin like that? I still like your lineart a lot, keep on working!

    @Venger: Indeed very epic! I still like the dog!

    @ARRGH!: This is such a wonderful style! I have to take a look at your sketchbook... Do you have one? I´m really interested to see how you go on working.

    @drobyazko: Maybe you can try to get an object like the egg (pillow, rucksack...) and do a reference photo? I´m sure that would help. And if you can´t do a photo yourself, you may ask someone to help you either with the photo or to do that pose for you. You can make it!

    Still... Borrrrrring... And I don´t know why!
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    Playing around with the front ortho.

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    Katanasoul, I know you're going for a pastel look but you could push the speculars a bit and boost the light source. Add some texture to the grass and some background trees (faintly) would help.
    It might be better if she was looking at the dragon a bit more, slightly hunched with her face closer?

    Go read this, it should make you think:
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    AARGH! : I really like that looseness in there - if you can keep that feeling you're onto a winner (for me anyway - some watercolour washes perhaps?) all the flavours of Brian Froud

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    I'm not sure what I'm doing for the composition, but here's the character design:

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    Chow time...

    I'm pretty fresh to the forum and decided to take a stab at this by working on some loose sketches of what I might do. Sorry for the poor quality of the other images. My scanner is broken.




    I'll post these to my sketch book too.

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    @ caban- I like the mushroom one, the scene is wild.

    @jagar- your dragan is massively twisty and I can't wait to see it completed.

    @Formic acid- that's a different take, I like it. Wonder what that dragon would look like.

    @katan- I don't think yours looks boring at all. It's a girl and her dragon, instead of a boy and his dog. :3 Old yellar would have been different if it was switched.

    Time for some sleep. Toodles.

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    enlarged the head of the dragon, adding some color, drinking coffee

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    I had a hammer in her left hand, but it was a little too harsh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katanasoul View Post
    @monkeydoodles: Nice atmosphere, but what is she doing with her hands? I hope it doesn´t sound offensive, but it looks like you were trying to hide them to not have to draw them. Maybe you can show her opening the box or somethin like that? I still like your lineart a lot, keep on working!
    Not offended at all! Yeah, her lack of hands bothered me too. I decided to post it and see if someone would offer a second opinion. I'll rework that picture some more. I know my vertical lines are a little off, as well.

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    Damn guys, you're all awesome!

    No time to crit really, when I get time I'll try my best to comment.

    Anyway, a couple of quick thumbnails.

    I decided to go with the first one...

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    Dan: Your drawing rocks! I'd make the hand with the extended finger smaller though. Other than this top-knotch!

    Fersteger: Awesome drawings you too, the first one made me lol with the huge egg, careful you might get the axe with that one because he's not 3/4s shown

    AndreRuben: Yours are real good too, the only thing to work on is to make it obvious it's an egg, right now it looks like a regular rock. Either pose is fine for me but I'd probably go with the one on the left. Interesting idea with the snoozing, it's definitely unique.

    Elmasfeo: Great with the floating egg, like how you can see the dragon inside, unique design on the girl character too. All you need to do is push the "make awesome" button with the rendering and the volumes a bit more, don't forget to cast shadows.

    Stringer Cool looking, girl looks kind of adult though so I'm not sure it will fit the brief. Maybe make her more adolescent.

    Jagger: Awesome drawing, love it.

    Hope I can put something together for this round too. I'm motivated but have no time

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