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    1 hours worth of doodlin probably being a bit stereotypical with mine, nice challenging topic!


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    Just a quick sketch, about 15 mins just trying to get something i liked.

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    Rusty Looking good. I like how she looks. Great expression on her face
    Howie Nice colors. I wonder where it'll go
    leckronium I like your sketch. Nice and subtle way to show mankind's effect on her environment
    MrWhiskey oh wow....
    BahadirBaris I'm totally digging the color pallete and sketch.
    Sillirien I think I like your second sketch more. It shows more of her personality and the pain she is in.
    Pixeltuner......that's just amazing. I really like where you are going

    This is the sketch i finally came up with.

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    I have to fix some stuff. I'm not happy with her face and feet. I don't have an idea what I am going to do with the background. I did, however, do a value and color rough to do some planning. I don't like the colors. I'm open to any suggestions

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    Pixeltuner - Thats looking pretty sexy, the little people look like pop candy! I really like the textures, gives it a gritty and strong feel!
    K-mo -Cheers, but no Im from England, I was going to move there as a kid but it didnt happen for some reason.
    ArtByManon - Reminds me allot more of storm from x-men with the pose and everything. I think its just the feet on her that are looking kind of stiff, try it with different stances, a ballerina pose? Haha! It may be cool if you have her creating the earth from storm above he head maybe?

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    Jumped into colour mode. Not pleased with the skin tones yet, also I'm on and off with the idea of adding a belly button. Also how ill colour the double helix hair, i duno! (Sorry these are so small aswell, maybe ill have to do some cropping?)

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    Tnx yous guys

    Rusty: love it the the whole head is amazing
    Lost Fayth: like the idea of her playing with earth creating and stuff cool
    Veshkau: good sketch i would really like to see the finished one colud be really cool
    Manon: you too i've seen your other work so lets see how this one looks

    all in all i'm really happy to see all these awesome ideas didn't know chow was so fun
    here i just slapped on some colors i realty don't have time to finish it now but hopefully it'll be done

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    first time trying chow
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    Dang, looking like storm from Xmen isn't good LOL - I'll have to fiddle about with it!
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    Still early days, the design's going to change a bit, I just decided to try and practice rendering her body a little for now. I'm really bad at drawing women so hopefulyl I'll learn something from this

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    Awsome topic. Defenetly doing this one.

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    Damn man. Almost 4am. Sigh i gotta got to bed - anyway, spent about 1hr -1.5hrs putting down a little colour. Still just playing with it a bit. Any crits would be super... i've kinda gotta work on.. well, everything haha.

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    I don't even know why, but i love your progress - it's not usually my kinda style, but for some reason it just clicks with me. Actually reminds me of Androids work

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    Mephistoau I think the thing that stands out is your generic grass brush. I suggest to make yourself some grass brush to make it look a little more natural. One or two vegetation brush can really up your arsenal anyway.(i should listen to what I'm saying and do it myself)

    Cheer.

    And here is my first tonal draft

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    LostFayth, Everything is actually there dude you just need to work on giving your lines a bit more finesse, i'm guessing you used reference because proportions for the most part are spot on especially with the head. At this point just take care with your lines and don't hurry them, i usually find a good start to an image makes things a lot easier on yourself later on.

    IMO i also find Open Canvas a hell of a lot better for linework/sketching than Photoshop (once brush settings are adjusted to your own taste) Analog rotate feel is similar to Corel Painter another big plus with Open Canvas. Maybe look into giving that program a wizz, never know.

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    Oh Rusty! Thank you so much man!

    Those lines are my pencil lines. I don't know what it is, but lately I can't draw nice lines with my pencils. Maybe it's because I drew a whole semester with pens at school. I kinda redid my lines fixing a few things here and there in Photoshop. I was planning to loose the lines completely and treat it as a painting. I might change that for this time and see what I can do using lines. It's always good to keep challenging yourself right? Thanks for your thoughts and the paintover!!

    I wish I could use open canvas. I'm using an imac for everything I do and as far as I know, there is no open canvas for the mac system right? :o

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    Great ideas and artwork- very inspiring!
    This is the start of a concept

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    rusty - fun sketch! The facial structure is very emotive.

    mephistoau - Much less subdued than your greyscale. Very cool!

    lostfayth - it's a good idea, but right now the flowy thing looks like a skirt of some sort, but line over the legs suggests it's not. That, plus how it starts right at her waist where a skirt would, makes it a bit confusing to look at in my opinion. Try some different placements/shapes? Also, don't be afraid to get saturated with the colors. Everything is a bit muddy right now.

    nonobot - great job getting vibrant colors form a greyscale underpainting! I agree with you about the skin tone, but you'll work that out. Bellybutton or not is an issue I had on my mind with my image, too, haha. It's hard to to decide given her origin, no?

    mrwhiskey - I don't want to be a downer, but I think the value shifts you made in this color pass hurt the impact of the image. You had some amazing juxtaposition between darks and lights in the b&w sketch that got left behind in this recent wip. For instance, I think the dark forehead against the light bg arch along the top/right side works really well and brings your eye right to it - in your color piece, you've lightened the values on the head and darkened the top/right side of the bg. A lot of times what you don't paint sells the image, and (at least to my eyes) leaving the majority of the headpiece lost in shadow against the bright bg works well because it creates such an original silhouette. The values of the wooden piece on the left also got shallower, so it loses a lot of pop it once had. Here's a look at your original b&w sketch and your color version desaturated to reveal the value changes:
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    With all that said, these are just my opinions, I think your design is totally rad, and the facial expression on your new version is fantastic.

    incinerated - Welcome! Try to push those highlights and shadows, yeah? When you squint, the figure looks like it's toned with one flat value.

    mr.gadbury - female form's looking solid to me! The near shoulder/arm is just a tad wonky, and the ribcage needs a bit more curve. Shoulders have spot highlights, and the highlight between the breasts goes down a little further to where the ribcage splits, and under the near breast. I did a paintover (and left the forearm a little elongated - I don't know if this was a purposeful stylistic choice of yours or not, but it looks cool to me, so I left it): CHoW#205 :: Gaia

    pmaz - I don't know what to say except WILD. @__@ Dig the bird on top.

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    Made some changes to the composition. Also, someone said Gaia might be lost in the big creature, but the big thing/figure are both one and the same. Thanks to whomever said it, because it was a heads up that the idea wasn't translating to the viewer. Here I've directly connected the figure to the beast/tree/bug part in order to try and get that idea across better.
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    Thnx for the open canvas hint Rusty
    i'm trying it out now .its pretty cool

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    tnx for the feedback staticpen
    ill try and fix that . well honestly i have no idea what i will do to it till the end
    soo u know just tell me whenever i fuck up XD that would be nice

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    Don't know if I'll get the time for it but at least I'm having some fun.
    great topic and great job everyone

    PxelSlayer: dude, that thing just became my wallpaper, can't wait to replace it with the final version. Awesome nebula look.

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    Fleshing out the body for now, couple of anatomy issues I'm working on but still, making good progress I suppose

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    Thank you for the pat on the back Staticpen. Its always welcome ;p

    Pretty much done.
    Total time: 1hr pecils, 2hrs of photoshop
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    They paved my face with concrete.
    They stripped me of my green dress,
    leaving me with black rubber and twisted metal.
    My breath is now the stench of death,
    for brown water is my only sustenance.
    From my bosom only flow the black tar
    man is so fond of and my fertility is forever gone.

    Nevertheless, I thank man for my stone face.
    Since eyeless I will never behold how mankind rapped its own mother.

    GAÏA

    Cheer.
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    ArtByManon: If you're going the tornado hair direction, a floating figure would probably look more appropriate than something grounded in which case it might be worth pointing the feet downwards a little more. (And maybe increasing the canvas vertically so she is a little more central.)

    Edit: Sorry if that comment is a little obsolete, hadn't noticed page 3 when I tapped it out. >_>

    Personally going for the toxic route inspired by some of the pictures from the recent oil spill that I found a little disturbing. Might be a bit too post-apocalyptic looking... trying to make a character that appears naturally elegant but distorted and contaminated.
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    staticpen : Great composition and the orifice looks very.....(['])

    Nonobot: Be careful with your values; it's getting muddy (lights needs to be pushed further). Nice concept.

    Rusty: lookin' good


    Here's mine. Not too sure on where I'm going to go with her costume, but she's supposed to be taking plant matter and weaving it into something...

    Had a problem before where the opacity gradient from the pen pressure would end abruptly, making productivity a lot slower than usual (reinstalling driver and resetting brush settings did nothing). Needed to reformat my hdd for other reasons but it did the trick! Also played around with wet edges

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missile View Post
    ArtByManon: If you're going the tornado hair direction, a floating figure would probably look more appropriate than something grounded in which case it might be worth pointing the feet downwards a little more. (And maybe increasing the canvas vertically so she is a little more central.)

    Edit: Sorry if that comment is a little obsolete, hadn't noticed page 3 when I tapped it out. >_>

    Personally going for the toxic route inspired by some of the pictures from the recent oil spill that I found a little disturbing. Might be a bit too post-apocalyptic looking... trying to make a character that appears naturally elegant but distorted and contaminated.
    Not obsolete at all, thank you - I like the idea of the floating image, although i might try a couple of other ideas too, i kind of want her to come from the earth. Its very hard ot be original with Gaia - hence such an excellent subject!
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    First ChoW

    First Sketch with Pencil.
    Not sure if I should follow it.
    Critique welcome!
    Sketchbook
    Now crit the shit out of me!

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    havent finished an event in a couple weeks but im loving this topic so far. i dont have a scanner but here are some pics of my pencils so far, sry they are big....

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    nice to see the designs of so many coming together so far.

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    I sketched this portrait yesterday as part of a piece that is exactly what this challenge is asking for before I even know about it. I was locked out of my apartment so a quick sketch turned into a nearly finished piece while waiting for my flatmate to get home. I cleaned it up on photoshop a bit tonight and added some line weight and highlights. This is a glorified sketch so we will see where I will go with this because I am not exactly sure.

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    wip again

    did a bit more sketchin, tightened it up a bit.

    i think i might add more vines before I do a value study? also, how do you guys feel about maybe some tattoos?


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    Roughly blocked in some colours.
    I'm gonna continue this tomorrow, it's 1:30 am right now...
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    Interesting subject - I've been determined to avoid the "naked girl with stone and vegetation" route, so I started thinking of Gaia as a sort of "CEO of the planet" or a Martha Stewart of the Entire Earth. Power suit, power scarf, a sort of 80's style business woman. I wanted her to be big, kind of a Venus of Willendorf body type, and very imposing and stern, hence her body language and head posture. The initial idea was including the earth as a button on her jacket, and the vines came later after working on this a bit...

    I am so tempted to add a big black mole on her cheek (think Roseanne in the movie "She Devil") because, after all, Mother Nature ain't always pretty...
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    Hmmm, not sure where I'm going with this. Just an initial thought, probably change a bunch, but I'm liking some things about it.

    Very cool ideas from everyone.

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