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    Chow 200 :: The MONARCH of CHOW :: FINALS

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    -=ROUND 200=-
    -= Chow 200 :: The MONARCH of CHOW =-

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    ROUND #200 :: The MONARCH of CHOW
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    The MONARCH of CHOW

    The queen is dead. Long live the... queen? 200 ChOWS, or rather 199 and it’s time for a new mascot, and this time it doesn’t HAVE to be a Queen. We want a monarch, so it could easily be a king instead.

    The flag bearers have raised their poles. The courtiers are quivering in antici.... pation. The herald has blown his trumpet dry and the ministers are stroking their long... beards! The stage is set for a monarch’s grand arrival so let’s see that royal entrance! Design and create the King or Queen of MUSIC. What kind of music? Well, that’s up to you. Put your take on it. Metal, punk, classical, country, industrial, rockabilly, dance, goth, EMO, AOR, hard house, rap... the list goes on! Or somehow incorporate all those genres into one, if you’re plain bonkers enough.

    Need more options? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_music_styles

    Remember, the monarch is to be the mascot of the next 100 ChOWS! The reigning sovereign, so regal quality is pretty essential to the character; otherwise it’s a fairly free brief. Make sure your chosen music is reflected in the character and costume and we want only one character design, male, female or any points in-between. As for whether human or not, human please as this is based on human experience. But variations thereof: ie: angel, vampire, mermaid etc. are OK as they feature in a lot of musical symbolism. More than one entry is permitted.

    Have fun! But please keep the Youtube inspiration clips to a minimum!

    This is a MONTH ChoW.
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    SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY:
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    2: Make sure your name and CHOW # are EASILY READABLE on your entry.
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    2: Sit back and enjoy the show. BYOPC (Bring your own popcorn)
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    Queen of Showtunes

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    Chow 200 :: The MONARCH of CHOW :: FINALS
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    (I was under the impression that an explanation our process was wanted, so below is an explanation of that. If you don't care, don't bother to read on.)

    A few words about the character design: I wanted to focus more so on the music and instruments commonly involved in Rock, rather than the personality and style of the fans of various sub-genres of Rock. I felt like if I dressed her up in say, a punk rock outfit, she could never look royal enough to be a queen. I didn't want her to look like some punk trying to be a queen, I wanted her to be a queen who represents rock. That said, I began my concept sketch with what I believed looked like a queen. Then I began fusing her with various rock instruments. The focus had to be on the electric guitar, so naturally the crown was made of that and piano keys. I also went with mini-drums on her right arm, drum sticks on her shoulder armor, and guitar picks in her forearm greave. Decorating her with instruments wasn't quite enough though. I felt that if she was going to be queen of rock, the music had to be a part of her. So I made her hair curl in such a way that it looks like music notes. the strands across the front of her face make up the staff, and on it, two more hair curls make up two eighth notes.
    That's all for the actual design of the character. The process of finishing the concept art is actually new to me. I saw this method of a black and white under-painting done on a youtube tutorial by Peter Mohrbacher. basically, after the black and white you just use overlay layers to color the image. I've been trying to find a technique for painting digitally that I click with for a while, and for whatever reason, possibly because it feels similar to how I paint traditionally, this one seems to be it. Anyway, this is the first finished work I've done with this technique, and I'm really pleased with the results.

    This Chow was really fun for me, this was my first one (lots of firsts, woohoo!), hopefully of many.
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    Monarch of Metal

    Initial thots of the King of Metal were of Metallica, mostly of Kirk Hammet, his powerful stance, low slung guitar, hair flying... powerful. Thats what i wanted to get at, raw power..
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    Well, this has been a bit of an 'in-the-works' slowly, mainly because work has been working me like a dog, but here ya go:

    THE QUEEN OF GRUNGE

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    And here's the WIPS:

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    Finally... a ChoW finished /gasp
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    Smile Queen of Baroque Music

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    This has been a huge learning experience for me - I definitely pushed my limits. I was more patient, tried out new tips and tricks and got a result I am essentially really happy about. I didn't think I'd be able to pull something like this off, but I just goes to show - we know more than we give ourselves credit for...
    The feedback was a great help, and I got some great tips from many in the forum - so thanks guys!
    I can't wait for the next challenge. Good luck to all!

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    The Kaiser of Glam Rock

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    The first thing that came to my mind were my favorite types of music and artists. Rock, especially glam and classic rock. David Bowie is a god and I love the 70's and 80's groups like The Rolling Stones, Kiss, Motley Crew, Poison etc. I started my basic sketches first not really having a direction except a few reference photo's of Bowie and then scanned it. Decided to outline it with Photoshop instead of ink, i thought this might be easier and allow me to create more versatile shapes. It especially helped when i started laying down my basic colors. After that just kept rendering until i was happy

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    Here is one of two entries I'm probably going to submit. ....We can submit more than one this time, right?

    This first one is the Queen of Progressive Rock.

    I was really inspired by bands like Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, The Mars Volta, Yes, and the like. I tried not to focus on a certain aesthetic for this piece, because members of the genre don't really have a set fashion. Rather, I was inspired by the spaced-out feel of the genre, as well as a few Roger Dean paintings.

    This was my first CHOW entry and I plan on doing more. I've found the process behind this really helpful.

    The second final isn't done yet, but I'm planning on basing it off post-rock.
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    Heavy metal goddess

    Here is my submission. The Heavy Metal Goddess who comes and saves us from the commercial infected music that has polluted our ears since MTV, HAHA.

    Hope you like, critiques are more than welcome even if I do get bumped from the poll.

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    My work.
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    Queen of Sirens

    Who would be
    A mermaid fair,
    Singing alone,
    Combing her hair
    Under the sea,
    In a golden curl
    With a comb of pearl,
    On a throne?
    The Mermaid By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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    oh man ... time's running out. i would've loved to get more into the painting, but I gotta catch a flight tomorrow. :/
    anyway, here it is, more a work a progress than a finished piece.

    The Monarch of Funk-Jazz, a synthesis of two styles that have influenced modern music to a tremendous degree. One being the ancestor of today's dance scene, the other a successor of yesterday's classical music.

    I tried to capture the regal quality with mood and attitude and less with symbols. A true and powerful monarch does not need a crown, nor any symbolism to clarify his status - that was my thought, and I don't know if I have accomplished that goal. The process was pretty straightforward. just painted what came to mind.
    comments and critiques are highly welcome!
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