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    Eow 163: WINGED FORTRESS

    Eow 163: WINGED FORTRESS

    EOW 163: Winged Fortress
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    "I remember a story, a story an old man told me on his deathbed. He spoke of a fortress hidden in the clouds, a glorious winged structure which traveled above the ground. The dawn revealed it; the sunset hid it away."



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    WIP, but probably final, considering...

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    Wow, Corrick, great work! I love the colors and the lightning so much, really inspirational!

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    Gonna give this one a shot, I could use it afterwards for a small animation I'm working on too which would be handy

    EDIT: Here's my first WIP, any advice would be welcomed.

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    Awesome topic...
    must do...

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    corrick that is totally mesmerising o_O

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    This is my basic idea so far.
    I'm not sure if I will end up doing it traditionally or just continue digitally.

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    My first entry ever into the weekly challenges, liked the concept brief.

    Blocking in the composition and rough values right now.

    Any feed back would be greatly appreciated.

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    Great entires so far.
    Here's my WIP

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    putting all my love into this piece

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    my wip

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    digggin it hunchback!
    very interested in what you come up with for the color pass

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    Very nice work so far everyone.

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    Corrick: Sweet but a little too obviously bull's-eyed in terms of edges, chroma and drawing. Just because the center of interest is the center of interest doesn't mean the rest of the canvas should become flat dead space. Like everything in painting, this strategy could be made to work sometime but here it leaves me hungry for a little more.

    Brammy: You need to give the viewer something real to relate to. If you can't draw realism from your memory (aka imagination) you have to look at reference or the image will remain nothing but made up visual lies.

    Urötskidoji: Very concept-art-ish view, like the front shot of a turnaround. So a rather stiff, descriptive pose that highlights the creature-like aspect that a winged fortress would have but goes on a slight tangent from the epic dreamlike qualities of the topic.

    Misplacedhippos: Both is also an option. Digital often lacks texture to create interest beyond the basic narrative of the image. In your blog there's a lot more to see in the last watercolour than just a submarine.

    Sean McClain: Make it more "winged + fortress" and less "knight vs dragon". Making the topic read visually as best as you can is one of the biggest challenge of theses activities.

    hunchback:

    sBritcher: Your piece is very blurry. It comes from the brushes you're using. There's a place and time for those brushes but you should stick to more opaque ones for now and focus on the drawing of your piece. I.e, make things read better.

    Penpoint: The fortress looks hostile, the topic said 'glorious' but oh well... Perhaps just look at some reference for the wings and give them more cohesion with the fortress and separate the whole more clearly from the ground. I'm rather confused by what's going on under the fortress.

    hyjaxe: Looks like a combination of Corrick's and Hunchback's pieces but the result is new. Not much to crit, you just need to flesh out your idea a little more (and ref is always a good idea to do that).

    SouMeng: Here we go again for another cloudfest, haven't you had enough of them clouds yet? Not sure where the wings are coming from but it could work I guess, like some huge creature is lifting the building from up there behind or something? The buildings at the bottom need more cleaning and regularity so they don't look like ruins about to collapse and distract from the center of interest. Also I think I see what you're going for with the curvilinear perspective but perhaps you should take it down a little so things that are supposed to be straight still look straight. Not sure what to think of the hand...

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    an update.

    not sure how im going to isolate the fortress from the ground plane. trying for something soft, not so obvious. clouds cover, dust, smoke. etc
    maybe just confusing though?

    think i like the wings like this too. magic flying fortress, magic spindly wings. why not :p

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    hunchback: Wow, I really like where yours is going. Love the atmosphere and the epic scale of it all.

    hijaxe: Really nice design of the fortress!

    SouMeng: Thanks, I´ll take that into account for this or the next EOW!
    Yours is just awesome, The sort of "fish-eye" view and the colors are just extrordinary cool.
    Inspiring!

    Penpoint: Reallt cool fantasy vibe to this, although I would prefer if the focus was even more
    put to the fortress, right now my eyes wants to look at the fortress and the character 50/50,
    if you get what I´m saying. Keep up the good work!

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    tinkerin with colours

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    wow this stuff is amazing boys, theres three or four that normally youd bet on to be dead certs to win. Heavy!

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    Some really nice stuff as you would expect from an awesome brief like this, wish i took a look at this thread/forum earlier cause cause i doubt i can get mine completed in time. I know some poeple are still working in grayscale but just a heads up on my opinion, I would love to see poeple take a different approach to their colour pallets considering that the story behind the brief tells of a 'glorious' winged structure and that it would be quite unique and interesting compared to the normal grungy/industrial look most people seem to go for with these kinds of things.


    Heres my general sketch, i tried to go with a different approach to all the cloud+industrial flying ship pieces and went for a combination of fantasy/magic and gunpowder age technology.

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    man I really want to participate in this but I have on idea what to make or to how to go about this -_-

    But everything looks amazing

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    a strange color pass done tonight.
    I think there were mushrooms in my dinner
    going to sleep on this and try something a little less…loud tomorrow.

    I decided to lift the castle off the ground a bit to make it more clear…unsure about this still, but at least its in flight now.

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    Good stuff yal.

    Penpoint: I think your piece is stronger in B&W, I espc like how the mist works in the bw version. Id go back to it even if you spent alot of time on the colour version. Nice details.

    Millz: Nice start, makes me think of Memories: Cannon Fodder altho I understand you want to give it a more colourfull and glorius look. Maybe take a look at Porko Rosso for some colour inspiration, it might be a little bit of what your after.

    Hunchback: Nice stuff. Only crit would be that the large city underneath feels divided by the colours it shifts in in a strange way. I understand its the flying fortress bringing in storm clouds, making the clouds clash but I think it should be done clearer, maybe by drawing some lights and thunder where the different weather hit eachother. For me it is unclear as why it changes from warm to cold as of now.

    SouMeng: Great pic, very Brazilish.

    Sean: Nice start, but I think the rider at front takes up too much focus, maybe bring it more to the side and make it a little bit smaller. Really like the dragon idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragnj View Post
    Good stuff yal.


    Millz: Nice start, makes me think of Memories: Cannon Fodder altho I understand you want to give it a more colourfull and glorius look. Maybe take a look at Porko Rosso for some colour inspiration, it might be a little bit of what your after.
    Haha, your close, i was actually looking at Howl's moving castle and Nausicaa of the valley of wind as my inspiration. Something like this...

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    EDIT: Also posting another WIP, god i need to learn to do rockfaces/cliffs better...

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    looks awesome, everyone! here's my thumbnails... anyone have a favorite one?

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    @matt
    Id say C and D really stand out well.
    Although, B is a very unique perspective. Id personally go with that one for the originality.

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    Matt, I'd say that D has the best overall composition. Not a fan of the symmetry of C. F is probably my second choice, and I'm sort of neutral on A, B and E.

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    Yea so i pretty much just messed around in photoshop for a good half an hour

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