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ROUND #225 :: Viking Berserker
Berserkers were legendary Norse warriors who are said to have fought in an almost trance-like and uncontrollable state. In this state they were incredibly strong and didn’t need any armor to protect themselves; instead, they wore the pelts and carcasses of animals like bears and wolves they had slaughtered with their own hands to strike even more fear in to their enemies. The name “berserker” is said to be derived from the Norse words for “bear” (ber) and “coat” ([I]serkr[/I}). There are theories that tell Norse warriors would consume hallucinogenic mushrooms or drink massive amounts of alcohol to achieve this berserker state. They didn’t even feel any pain when fighting! All in all, you didn’t want to encounter these aggressive, mad and terrifying warriors on the battlefield!
Design a Viking Berserker!
- Stick to the original Norse setting (Viking)
- These warriors are not like normal Norse swordsmen, they are incredibly terrifying and their appearance alone should be horrific enough to scare away any opponents!
- You are also allowed to design a female berserker!
PLEASE NOTE THE RULES AND THE DEADLINE TIME
SUNDAY, December 12th, 2010
Deadline is Sunday, at 9:00 pm (GMT +1).
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If you do not stick to these 6 simple rules, you will not be added to the poll.
1) FOLLOW THE TOPIC.
It's about designing the character of the topic. The environment or side characters are far less important.
2) SHOW AT LEAST ¾ OF YOUR DESIGN.
This is not an illustration contest, but a design contest. Show your whole design!
3) POST YOUR FINAL IN THE FINALS THREAD.
4) INCLUDE WIPS WITH YOUR FINAL.
Show your work in progress and post (links to) this in the finals thread!
5) SAVE YOUR FILES IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT. Chow##_Nickname
No final.jpgs please!
6) PLACE THE IMAGE IN A FRAME WITH YOUR NAME/TOPIC
(you can add CA logo, etc).
About quality - as general rule: if your shapes and values are not decent - you are out. Watch proportions, perspective etc. we need perfectly readable shapes and coherent, consistent values.
BE PROFESSIONAL - only finished and good quality entries will be taken to the poll. Icemoon and Arthemis IX will make the selection.
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Love this idea. So many ideas already.
YES! I have been in a viking mood for weeks!
LOVE IT! Can't wait to participate in this one!
can't wait to start drawing!
"Art cannot be modern, art is eternal." Egon Schiele.
wow, can't wait to see the action on this round
Daynamic scene, I like the rotational moment with the centre in his head. I think you should go further with that.
Good faces. I think the male has more berserker power but a female berserker is a nice take.
Fun Topic! Here are a couple sketches
EDIT: Just realized that this is very similar to the God of War video game dude. I'll hve to come up with something else.
Second idea: Instead of an angry/shouty berserker, I'm gonna go for a different kind of scary... drug addled and crazy.
I need to work on the perspective of the axe it looks off.
Sweet entries so far.
Here's my go at it so far.
I think i'll run with this idea.
As a Norwegian I guess this is kind of mandatory to do as a member here. I have heavy deadlines on wednesday but after that I should be able to invest some time into it. morningsketch here, time to run in the shower.
Very intrigued and excited for this topic. Here's a sketch. I'll probably work more ideas on a pose later.
And since I'm a Norwegian too, I'll honor my ancestors and join in! Wheee, can't wait!
BWAAAA! The song of the norses war.
Last edited by gdlr; December 6th, 2010 at 08:50 AM.
Oohhhh man this looks fun. I don't think i'd go for a female since there were no female bear-shirters. At least, not that i've ever read about.
I've not got viking roots, but mine are with the celts... so not dissimilar
tbaldree - Just to make sure. You know you need to paint a full figure character? or at least ¾. Keep up the good work.
JanJager - Thanks man. Im gonna try and paint it with a traditional feel. I do think I might need to rework the composition. I'ts still early in the week and my commision work is kinda slow atm. There is some issues with the proportions in your peice. I know its in perspective but his knees are to small. makes his lower body look tiny. Also could be cool if one of his feet came out steping on some guys face. Gonna be fun to see your progress.
NoShot - Think you should go back to the earlier concepts and rework them into less GOD of WAR. Thay worked better as a warrior. This new guy looks like Zombie.
ChrisProof - be careful when you put alot of skulls in your design. Might end up more high-Fantasy then Viking (historical) Nice rabid look hes got. keep it up mate
ARRGH! - Cool sketch. He looks like a caveman dude. The vikings were good Ironworkers, maybe you could add some more stuff to your design. I think it would look more interesting if you did.
Jager - Any relation to JanJager? and maybe Mick Jager? Good looking design. looks like a berserking little druid.
OliviaM - Looks reallty good. I like the reds in the face.
nicopen - I would sugest you make it look more viking. rightn now it looks alot like a warrior from wow. Keep up the good work.
Zilrion - Looks damn intresting. cant wait to see this more rendered.
sourfruitjunkie - Nice. Dont stray to far from brief.
gdlr - still early, intresting pose. Keep it up
So I see that there is alot of designs with animal pelts on the head. I took mine away. Maybe i even rework the whole image. make it a more historically correct depiction as the brief asks.
here is my first idea. not very dynamic but the guy looks really dangerous and kinda crazy
if i am gona go with this i need to emphasize the animalistic element more. i thought i would project like a bear spirit out off him...dunno.
As stated above, my norse blood will aswell be joining this challenge.
I recently made a game for my school in this similar fashion too
Good drawings so far!
i think this would be my first time participating in CHOW, first sketch tomorrow, but i think instead of the usual epic fighting scene i`ll go with something more like after a fight or something more ito the sublime.
And for all of you who arent very into metal, listen to Amon Amarth or Bathory ( just two examples) to get into the right viking mood
Last edited by Partisan; December 6th, 2010 at 10:30 AM.
This is getting old but: I'm still waiting for my computer parts.. I wanna join iiihihihihihiiiin. Had to skip the Harajuku already, I'm getting fed up with not being able to participate in cool rounds..
That said: Nice starts already. I especially like yours Jager the first one is kind of comical but full of character