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CHoW#244 :: Guardian of Atlantis
Design a guardian for the underwater lost city of Atlantis
DEADLINE: SUNDAY, May 15th 2011
Deadline is Sunday, at 9:00 pm (GMT+1) Check your timezone!
This weeks theme is a chance to take a look at some non human character design and create a guardian of the underwater city, Atlantis. The inhabitants of this lost, city used to be human, thousands and thousands of years ago, but they have evolved to survive in their new environment and whilst they still appear humanoid, they are far from it. Atlantis has been protected over the years by a shield, the form of which is up to you; it could be magic, technology or perhaps an underwater cave which acts as an air pocket, whatever the reason, the character must be able to breathe and move in water and on land! The illustration of the piece is just as important as the development of the character so plan your image carefully! As always, images which are not well developed will not make it to the poll!
Things to remember:
- Think about the inllustration of the piece But do not forget the character design!
- Can be Male or Female
- Must be huminoid in form BUT NOT HUMAN!
- Must be able to breathe naturally in water and in air (No diving suits)
- Think about what Atlantis might have become, is it still a beautiful, peacful place or is it more like Rapture from Bioshock
- Can be any style or genre
- Think carefully about how water affects light and colour!
Good luck, and be creative!
How to Enter
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. Elixy and Parsakoira will make the selection.
Please review these helpful reminders if you have not done so already.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WRITE YOUR COPYRIGHT INFORMATION UNDER THE IMAGE IN THE FINAL BURNING THREAD SO I DON'T HAVE TO HUNT YOU DOWN LATER!
SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY:
1: You must submit ONE full sized image.
2: Make sure your name and CHOW # are EASILY READABLE on your entry.
3: Use the Standard format (Below);
PLACE THE IMAGE IN A FRAME WITH YOUR NAME/TOPIC
SAVE YOUR FILE IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:
THE REST IS EASY:
1: No comments before poll is set. They WILL be deleted with utmost malice and petty grumbling.
2: Sit back and enjoy the show. BYOPC (Bring your own popcorn)
3: Good luck to all.
Quick Check: Have You Submitted Your Chow Properly?
- is it named correctly? (ie, "CHOW#100_Oregano.jpg")
- has it been uploaded using the attachment editor?
- have you also uploaded or linked to your wips?
- have you followed the brief?
Last edited by ~KJK~; May 15th, 2011 at 03:11 PM.
so here is my final
1.detail shows the head where the old anatomy (the evolution isnt finished yet) shows through, illuminated by some kind of bio-luminescence
2.detail is where I had the most interaction between the water-veil and the character...could be way better I know , sorry :-/
enjoy and good luck to all of you ^^
Last edited by Partisan; May 15th, 2011 at 11:57 AM.
Final! My guardian of Atlantis, you can see the city shimmering in the background. haha
I lose the control of my pictures on this round
So intimidating to post after Partisan's and Daniorrr's LOL!
"Craaaaaaab people! Craaaaaab people! Craaaaaaab people!"
My 1st completed chow!
Went for quite a realistic approach to what would be practical underwater, so no loose clothing/bulky items etc, so it's all pretty simple.
Didn't get to completely finish everything 100% but it's pretty much there!
Do I need to name the wip anything in particular??
Last edited by danlambert; May 14th, 2011 at 07:55 PM.
Chow #244 Guardian of Atlantis
If Atlantis were a ghost city.
Great topic this week! Here's my offering...
whew, i somehow made it on time it was good practice good luck to everyone
Last edited by roycebleh; May 14th, 2011 at 10:55 PM.
deviant art <-- click meeeeeee
I imagined the Guardian to be still clinging to the the Greek culture at the time of Atlantis' legendary sinking. Of course, after hundreds of years, the Guardian's armor and dress style has evolved based on its new environment under the sea. Gold is valued for not only because of its rarity (the Atlanteans raid human ships to get gold), it doesn't rust underwater, but also for its glitter in the dark depths of Atlantis. Gold wouldn't make a very practical armor, so I imagined it was more of a decorative plating on her armor. Her armor is shaped culturally by her surroundings, like coral and marine life skeletal structures. Also, it makes sense to have a cage like porous armor to allow water to pass through easily when swimming at 60mph. The cape doesn't make sense for high speed swimming, but even Guardians are vain and want to look heroic. =) Think of it as her military "dress" uniform.
Biologically, the Guardian has evolved gills, elongated, webbed and deadly sharp claws, a deadly narwhale like horn for impaling and jelly fish like appendages that have the same paralyzing qualities of a jellyfish. Scales of varying colors on her face can change color and blend her face with the environment like an octopus. This is used more as a tactic to frighten/surprise her opponents rather than to act as any type of practical camouflage.
The Guardian's sword is forged from an unknown super dense metal ore that is mined from the foundations of Atlantis and is able to cut through anything made by surface dwellers.
The City of Atlantis is carved from cliffs in the ocean trench. An organic jelly like membrane has been engineered by the Atlanteans to create air bubbles underwater. The soft glow of their city towers resembles the eerie glow of bioluminescent fish in these cold depths.
Ok I think I wrote too much. Hope that isn't a negative. Anyway, I am inspired by everyone's hard work. I hope you will like my work also. Thanks.
Well its been really inspiring to work along with all the great artists around , this is my first chow i could beat my shyness and participate , thanks everyone for the crits and advices.Looking foward for the next one guys!
totally didn't BS his pointy stick/spear/thing.
Not at all.
Liked the thought of reefs serving as hair for the those that can afford it. Any critiques before the deadline tomorrow are more than welcome!
heres my go .. a high tech race.. only the noblest warriors can call them salve their guardian
my Sketchbook plz help me become a better artist !
Ran out of time for silly details.
Orichalcum: A reddy, goldy, coppery, Bronzy metal that no longer exists. (Thanks for that one Plato)
~ ~ Sketchbook of Junk ~ ~
Here is my final and wip. See you all next week.
Great entries, I particularly like Mr. Gadbury and Partisan's.
Last edited by Kvetch; May 15th, 2011 at 01:56 PM. Reason: fix filenames
um... did I miss the deadline? I miscalculated the time difference apparently... sending a prayer up to the moderation gods to lemme in? worked pretty hard on this one...
followed the idea of humans evolving the same routes of our fellow mammals, so wipped up a bunch of potential species, ended up choosing the crab guy, with an adapted hand and foot combo - index and middle finger fused to form a super claw to get a food and lobsters, pinky and thumb and outer toes adapted for gripping onto rocks and coral.
For the armor I chose the greek style, since the Atlanteans were from that neighborhood (or so i assume). The city in the back didn't get as much attention as I'd hoped.
The shield is formed by the islands that are chained and tethered to the city below, forming a protective barrier from waves, eyes, and ships. the atlanteans have built on the island's bottom as well, even bridging the entire gap at times with dizzy towers, lit with the bio-luminescent orbs that make civilized life possible down there.