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    Steam Plush Gang - Finished - Updated 02/27/11

    Hey all,

    I'm not really looking for any specific type of crit or comment, I just wanted to share my current WIP.

    It's a set of three Steam Punk inspired plush toys, a bear, a rabbit and a doll. I plan on finishing the rendering on the rabbit and then starting in on the bear and doing the doll last.

    It's going pretty well so far but I don't think I'm pushing the values enough yet.

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    The bear and doll are just placeholders at this point.

    The other composition I'm thinking about is the doll in the center and then the rabbit on the left, and the bear on the right turned inward. Not sure yet.

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    Everything seem to be looking great, i think the nose is a little crooked.

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    Love the colors you chose and the idea! The border is lovely too.

    If you don't mind a little crit: The fur around the eyes is a bit weak though, as though you weren't sure what direction to draw it in. Generally with both plush and real animals the fur only has a pile in one direction, so either it would go over the hat or over the top of the eye but is unlikely to do both to that degree.

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    Deepinonespersona: You are absolutely correct, I will fix that nose for the next post.

    Stormslegacy: Thank you for the comment about the pile on his face, I hadn't really given it much thought but what you say makes sense. I'm also glad you like my boarder, that was like my 5th or 6th attempt. It isn't completely finished either, but it conveys the idea well enough for now.

    I'm working on this little by little as time allows. I have a two week old who likes to be held a lot, but when he's sleeping, Daddy is painting hahaha.

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    Alright, I think the rabbit is done now. I'm pretty pleased with his overall look and the job I did on the textures.

    Once the other two are finishes I'll do the cast shadows on the plain they are sitting on and the shadows they are casting on each other.

    I will likely begin work on the bear next.

    This project makes me smile.

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    So I've got my basic (and sloppy) costume design down for the bear. I wanted to make him a bit flamboyant, hence the pink shirt.

    What I'm not sure about is the mustache and goatee. I kind of like them, and they make him a bit arch-villiany which is always fun, but my concern is that, well bears already have facial hair, and I'm not sure if it looks cool, or just silly. I'm leaning toward keeping it.

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    I'd say go for it. The facial hair thing is no problem and works with the theme. My opinion.

    Are you lassoing things and coloring them in to get those solid shapes, or using illustrator or something? I like how you're building your shapes here.

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    Hey Quigleyer,

    I lassoed for the rough, I had about 6 variations in my sketchbook that I just wanted to do some quick and dirty looks at in photoshop.

    When I start work on the 'real' version I'll make the shapes with work paths (so they are cleaner and perfectly re-selectable) and then select and fill them in with a solid base color for each element. Then I'll add a/some layers on top of it and use the clipping mask layer feature (I clipping mask). It seems to be getting me the look I want for this piece.

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    It's going very well given my limited painting time presently.

    I'm pretty pleased with the 'woolly' fur texture so far. Still a lot of work to do on him though. Not to mention the doll that I haven't even started yet...

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    The bear made me smile, you did very well at making him flamboyant! As for now I cant think of any crits other than the glasses looking rather wonky (sloping to the left slightly), but yeah, I can't wait to see it finished.
    Keep it up.

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    I still have some work to do on the bear here, but he's coming along nicely, and is mostly complete. I should finish him today or tomorrow and begin work on the doll by Monday.

    Thanks for dropping by!

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    The bear is now complete and looking pretty snazzy. I might have his hat cover the boarder where they intersect instead of how it is presently. I'm also considering large gear(s) behind the rabbit to help bridge the compositional gap between the chars heads to help the viewers eyes make that jump easier.

    Now I need to work on the doll, and once she's finished work a bit on integrating them all together a bit more with cast shadows. The reason I didn't integrate them from the beginning is that in addition to the group shot I plan on having prints of each character individually.

    Overall I am pretty pleased with where this is presently, but feel free to point out areas I could make improvements.

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    Very nice teddy-bear, Truepinkas Good work,

    only thing, which upset me, is the red light from the left side. Why is it on the hat, face and right arm, and not on his shirt, right foot???

    yeah... really nice work, keep on working want to see it finished

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    Given the direction of light and the orientation of the two more finished stuff animals I'd say the one on the left (the awesome bear-thing) should probably be more in shadow cast from the bunny blocking the light source. That might bother only me, and I understand the concern with that as far as presentation purposes go, but that's all I can see right now.

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    Just a quick update, I've been workign on the Doll, who is turning our pretty well. As usual, still a lot of work to do on her.

    I want her to look a little shy. That will be helped by her arms once they are in because I plan on having her hands together and in her lap.

    I'm not sure that lab style goggle is working for her, so I might have to rethink that...

    Edit: Well, not sure what exactly I was thinking...There is way to much going on in the skirt and it's completely messing up the sense of scale. Going to have to redo that completely and really simplify the folds/wrinkles.

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    Just another little update on the doll.

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    Alright, so at this point I think the doll is just about finished except for deciding on a dress color.

    Overall I am pleased with how she turned out, she matches the style of the other two very well, which I was concerned about, though this does just prove once again that I need to put in more hours for studying fabric.

    So what's left?

    Small cleanup here and there.
    Fine tuning on the boarder.
    Cast shadow work to better integrate the group for the group shot.
    Split out work for the individual shots.


    Then it's about complete. I should have time to finish it up some time this week.

    As always, feedback is appreciated. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Haha, please make that bear a toy in real life and send him to me. He's pretty rad.

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    So It's looking like the group shot here is pretty much finished. If I don't notice any other issues I will split them out in the coming days for their solo shots and then call it done.

    Still accepting comments and crits.

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    Cool! I was thinking, maybe the bear (Teddy Roosevelt? ) ought to be in the middle, and then the doll horizontally flipped, so all 3 are looking towards the center, or have the (bunny?) horizontally flipped, so the sides are looking outwards. Might help to unify them a bit more. Somehow they feel a bit randomly placed. I know, it'll screw up your lighting though.

    The doll's goggles are a bit too modern I think. They look a bit like snowboard goggles. The top hat also looks a bit flat. Annd the dolls left arm looks thicker than the right.

    Looking forward to the progress!

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    Hey RicoD,

    Character placement can be redone easily enough, but your right that the horizontal flips would cause some issues. It could potentially look like there was a spotlight on the center figure and then it's be okay to have opposite lighting on the sides, but I'm not sure how that's look, and at this point I'm not willing to completely re-render the figures with different lighting. Having said that I will take some time to play around with it just to see if I can't get a more compelling composition.

    I can understand your feeling on the doll's goggles, as I struggled with them as well. It came down to me not wanting her to have goggles too similar to the rabbit. I will likely play around with them though and see how it looks if I were to swap out for traditional round goggles, or maybe even square ones, though I don't think those would suit her overall look.

    I will also work on the top hat, and the doll's arm should be a quick enough fix.

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    I tried a lot of changes, but in the end I reverted to something very similar to my last post. The big change is the doll's goggles. Overall I am happy with how this turned out.

    Final can be found in my Finally Finished Thread.

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    great work truepinkas. Very neat
    My only concern the rabbit foot looks too big as in overall composition which creates a distraction from the focal point.

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    Darn it - thread necromancy!

    and I did an OP as well....

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    I'm not sure how I didn't notice the size of that foot...I will have to find time to correct that.

    I'm always willing to take crits on old work for the sake of learning, and in some instances I do actually go back and change things, so please don't let the thread age deter you.

    I will post the wip to my current eye candy some time this weekend to make up for you having been duped by thread necromancy!

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    Fair enough.
    Main thing for me is presentation and lighting.

    Your surrounds are too big and are interfering with the image - they're competing with it as to who's the focus.

    Once you're past the surrounds everything's a little flat, you have some lighting but you aren't applying it to everything (see rough OP)

    You need to push your values some more.
    (EDIT - actually lets go sepia its more in tune haha)

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    WOW! Thanks a ton Venger!

    You've re-inspired me for these little guys. I'll definatly be going back and doing some modifications after I finish my current WIP.

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