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    Wanted to go more dynamic - trying to get away from using photo ref and developing more of my own style and trying not to go too much down the 'realism' route.

    What dya guys reck?
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    i reckon thats one dynamic pose
    reference is great for lighting and landmarks on the body.

    i think youll do great with this one

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    Crookedhorn - Good to know somebody braved Painter again! My crit would just be a rehashed tip Andrew Jones said (I think). When creating the figure in that style don't make the shapes or figure subservient to one or the other. So I suppose to make sure that they 'mesh' together in harmony.

    JanJager - Love her! But she seems quite small in comparison to her carriers (then again they could be mud/earth golems :p)

    Staticpen - Thanks for the bg advice, I'll use it! Yours is looking great so far!

    Playing with a color scheme.

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    First CotW. Don't know if I'll be going ahead with it or not yet. (I'm so intimidated >>)

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    Here is what i'm working on,
    my process on this one has been (seemed) extremely disorganized, the concept has developed with the image. Lots of cleaning to do.
    (I'm not sure if it is currently within the guidelines of CHOW at this point?)
    Gaia moves by having successive clusters of arms sprout out of the ground to pass her along, in the next iteration of the image this will be included. I may make a small supplemental "walk" gif to illustrate this.
    Sorry for the disorganized post, any C&C greatly appreciated.

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    Axazel - I dig your image! Your sketch was excellent, but a few things got out of perspective when you painted over it.
    -You don't quite see that much of the skull from this angle, the ear drops a bit, and the jaw line opens up a little bit more.
    -The arm on the right was a little low for how she's raising it. Also, the shoulders are closer to the skull when we do this. Raise your arms in the mirror and check it out!
    -From the base of the neck you can draw 45' degree lines over the ribcage to find the nipples. You had them placed straight forward in your drawing.
    -You don't need to add that much shadow on the belly in this kind of light. A much softer transition adds a lot of grace, too, I think.
    -Really good pose, but the front knee was pointed a little bit in the wrong direction.
    -This is fairly minor stuff, though. Keep up the good work!

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    Thanks all, and keep going!

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    Rarebit That is looking super sweet. Absolutely love how much your pushing your design ideas way beyond the norm. I think the only thing would be to get a good sense of scale going, make sure you can tell whether its really big or just normal size. Im guessing its gonna be super huge.

    Loving all the work so far
    Its my first --OW for a while (probably years), so i thought id post up some WIPs in here instead of my SB.

    Going for the old lady approach - wanders the forests nuturing the plants. Going for a bit of a primordial look to the plants and lights. Get an amoebic quality to it. It being Life and all.

    Crits and thoughts are super appreciated as always
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    Some great stuff goin on!

    My final (more or less) + step by step process. On the third to last frame I extended the canvas vertically, but the animation couldn't deal with that.

    Oh, and when does the finals thread open? I'm goin on vacation on sat...
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    This seems to bee a great round to. Plenty of grate entries.
    Thanks for the crit
    Reymus I like yours too. Reminds me of a goddess looking down thoughtfully. Perhaps you can add some reflections underneath her.
    Looking forward to see you colouring the background. Personal I think its easier for me to paint the skin tones when I have the background colours.
    Here is what have so far. My first thought was an ordinary women warshiped as Gaia in early mankind but I am not sure where it end, wont probably not bee able to finish sins I'm going for holiday in a few hours. But will try to come back with some crits. The golems crying her is a cool idea.

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    Reymus::thank you, yeah ive been playing around with the pattern chalk brush(so much fun) and i was playing around with the figure in multiple poses. it was 5am and i figured id have another go at it after work tonight. i was thinking of embedding her with in the chaos but i wanna make sure i hit the 3/4 mark. ill put what you said to good use


    you have some great color in the face of your figure. i would check out some ref. from the knees of your figure(knees are hard!). also remember just because its in shadow doesnt mean there isnt any detail. her torso will have some beautiful curves

    your elbow looks great!

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    phatandy - Awesome illustrated style! I love it. Your color palette is right up my alley, too. So cool. Welcome! Happy to have you around.

    Goog - That's fantastic! I love the lighting and composition. Great stuff.

    JanJager - Ah, man, this is coming out to be so genuine. I love it.

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    Gonna let this sit for the night and look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow.

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    Goog... yours is SICK!! I heart I heart!

    Here is more of my digital tomfoolery. I am of the suck, but all that matters is that I am learning so many things. Question. Should I bring the fire/arm down a little?

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    more wip!

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    really, really rough color... too bright right now.


    CHoW#205 :: Gaia

    bit better.


    CHoW#205 :: Gaia

    rough values.. the proportions turned out to be a tad wonky, so i'm in the middle of fixing that up.


    CHoW#205 :: Gaia

    face. still pretty rough. the eye on the left is way too far over, i think..

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    goldilockz::maybe not down but possibly put more of a bend in it or really give it an exaggerated stretch. all the others arms have nice angles to them. you can get some nice duel lighting from the orange on one side and possibly green from the earth on the other.
    keep up the good work
    HA! tomfoolery

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    Dawnusllaw - Keep up the work. Wonderful horns.

    Bluecat - I like your colors up to this point. The only thing I see, is that your lines are a bit thick and overwhelm your wonderful color!! If your are going in a darker direction, then I'm sure they will be eaten up no problem.

    Ajaxplaysdice - Don't be intimidated~ Work hard to be your best! Your horns are well proportioned and nice. The left hand on the figure (on our right side) looks as though it's not physically possible, hehe. So just check the physicality and you'll be golden!

    Rarebit - You're in the guidelines. Seeing it in motion would be great.

    Staticpen
    - Thanks for the critique! Yeah, things did get a bit off from my reference, heh.. I didn't want to change the pose though. Don't give up on me! haha. I went back to my photo. I really like the concept of your piece. It will be interesting to see how your colors will develop.

    Here's where I am at this point:

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    Another kit kat break another paintover.

    ArtByManon, Nice concept, love the tornado hair and her voluptuous bum! heh! but watch the pose, artist Prometheus ANJ calls it "fly swatted" or too many confusing angles going all over the place doing their own thing and that's the feeling i get from it, instead, aim to reinforce the main action/pose that is going on, make it clear for the viewer what is going on and if you have a mirror act it out to help give you some cues to work from.

    Keep at it mate

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    I've always wanted to do Gaia, I hope its not too late. I was imagining a very happy earth mother type figure, so I drew her dancing, and then I sort of narrowed down on this very content goddessy woman with the world and the elements tattooed on her body. I have to make the tattoo flow a little. It's mostly a symbolic representation, very illustratorish.

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    Axazel Thanks, unfortunately I wasn't feeling that one too much. Yours is turning out pretty damn sick if I might add

    Yeah I felt like starting over. Here's my new Gaia:
    still the same concept but less arms

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    Hi, there are really nice works,janjager, staticpen and Rarebit's ones are really cool :] .

    For this topic I've tried to work the situation more then the character itself, actually i didn't have much ideas about what could be look like gaïa. What she could feel or do about us is more stimulating for me.

    I'm still not sure about the posing i don't know if she have to cast a spell or something, the 2nd one seems to give a better perspective but i think the sky is a bit empty...

    Anyway if you have advices about the composition / color etc... thx very much! :]

    Good luck all !

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    an update. Still kinda flopping around here, but I like the drawing so I'll see where it goes...

    CHoW#205 :: Gaia

    Now for some feedback!

    RGeorge - I like the idea, you might find some ref for the hands and feet. they don't quite fit proportionately with the body. Keep it up!
    Axazel - Thanks! I like horns You've got a great start, I like where you're going with the trees and the background
    Bluecat - Keep it up! The proportions do need some work but you'll get it
    Goldilockz - nice start! One thing, her left lower arm looks like it's grown out of the upper one, maybe drop it down a bit?
    Staticpen - can't wait to see where this ends up, keep goin!
    more to come, must sleep now

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    I've been keeping an eye on this thread while waiting for my account activation email, and thank goodness, it came before the deadline! There're so many fantastic works here, it's hard to keep up.

    Been dying to try something like this, so I've been working off and on to see if I could come up with something interesting. Ridiculously nervous, since this is my first time posting anything like this for all to see, but in any case, I would love to hear some feedback!

    So this is my rough composition idea, but I feel like it's a bit plain, like something's missing. I'll probably play around with things like adding leaves to the branches, flowers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
    Another kit kat break another paintover.

    ArtByManon, Nice concept, love the tornado hair and her voluptuous bum! heh! but watch the pose, artist Prometheus ANJ calls it "fly swatted" or too many confusing angles going all over the place doing their own thing and that's the feeling i get from it, instead, aim to reinforce the main action/pose that is going on, make it clear for the viewer what is going on and if you have a mirror act it out to help give you some cues to work from.

    Keep at it mate
    Ahh man rusty thats gorgeous!! I can see the difference in that straight away - I might hav eto steal it!! Hope you don't mind! I was going to change her left arm to more bent, but wasn't sure about the left let how ti was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithoual View Post
    Hi, there are really nice works,janjager, staticpen and Rarebit's ones are really cool :] .

    For this topic I've tried to work the situation more then the character itself, actually i didn't have much ideas about what could be look like gaïa. What she could feel or do about us is more stimulating for me.

    I'm still not sure about the posing i don't know if she have to cast a spell or something, the 2nd one seems to give a better perspective but i think the sky is a bit empty...

    Anyway if you have advices about the composition / color etc... thx very much! :]

    Good luck all !
    I love this Ithoual - really really dramatic angle - maybe you could have the power/energy coming out of her... vulva? She gave birth to the universe after all?
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    think it's been over 2h of just sketching her hair all over the place ; must have zoned out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axazel View Post
    Dawnusllaw - Keep up the work. Wonderful horns.

    Bluecat - I like your colors up to this point. The only thing I see, is that your lines are a bit thick and overwhelm your wonderful color!! If your are going in a darker direction, then I'm sure they will be eaten up no problem.

    Ajaxplaysdice - Don't be intimidated~ Work hard to be your best! Your horns are well proportioned and nice. The left hand on the figure (on our right side) looks as though it's not physically possible, hehe. So just check the physicality and you'll be golden!

    Rarebit - You're in the guidelines. Seeing it in motion would be great.

    Staticpen
    - Thanks for the critique! Yeah, things did get a bit off from my reference, heh.. I didn't want to change the pose though. Don't give up on me! haha. I went back to my photo. I really like the concept of your piece. It will be interesting to see how your colors will develop.

    Here's where I am at this point:

    CHoW#205 :: Gaia
    i am loving your idea! i cant wait to see what you are going to do with the rest of it. staticpen's paintover was right on the spot! i think you should implement those changes to have a anatomicaly sound figure. keep up the good work!

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    here are really nice pieces coming up

    an another approach

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    Ithoual: Arms up! the composition needs it. Or at least, something needs to be there to make sure the viewer's eye doesn't fly off the top of the page. I think the arms give a great point of entry into the painting as well... Also, maybe in that pose she is calling roots up from the ground to destroy the city? But the WIP looks fantastic so far, can't wait to see the finished piece.

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    Artbymanon That pose. Awesome!! The paintover by Rusty really complements the pose better. Implement his thoughts and idea's into it. It'll make the image look better
    Rarebit Looking pretty sweet.
    Goog That looks pretty sweet as well. I like your idea
    staticpen You keep making me smile time after time again
    Paperjester Freaking sweet lines dude. I like it a loooot
    Ithoual Sweeeeeeeet!! I like this first one better. It has the whole "Gwaaah-I'm-humongous-and-gonna-do-stuff-to-you-little-people-feeling".
    dawnusllaw Pretty darn good. I like how you decided to show her bones and make her ribcage over her body. I wanna see more!

    I'm close to finishing it. Just keep polishing it. I feel like there are some nice dark values missing in the girl. I'm gonna add those later today

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    LostFayth: I don't think your going to get the effect you want by developing the darker tonal range of your piece (though there is no harm in trying). It seems to me that your temperatures are too uniformly cool and it is flattening the image. Hope you don't mind, i played with the color balance a bit to try and illustrate the point. Your light source is very cool, you should expect your shadows to be fairly warm. The color contrasts are what is going to make the urn appear to glow.

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