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    CHoW#261 :: Count of Monte Cristo

    Character of the Week #261
    Count of Monte Cristo

    -Design the Count of Monte Cristo-

    DEADLINE: SUNDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2011, 9PM GMT+1
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    This is quite self explanatory, this topic requires you to design the main character of Alexander Duma's book Count of Monte Cristo. For everyone not familiar with the book or the character, he is a soon-to-be captain of a fine ship and is wrongly accused of crimes he did not committ and is prisoned in a high security prison. He spends 14 years of his life behind the bars in a cold, damp cell, plotting for escape and revence. He finally succeeds to escape, and on his way from the prison island he stumbles upon a hidden treasure and becomes a very healthy man with a new identity. He then starts acting out his plots for revence for every man resposible for all the wrongs he has suffered. All this in greater detail in the book of course and in couple movies as well. Also i suggest checking out the [IMG]Wikipedia page[/IMG]


    The Guidelines:
    • Era and style is early 19th century, located in france
    • no scifi, no fantasy
    • Can be only male (isnt it obvious?)
    • Stick to the given topic and keep everything provided in mind when making the design as believable as possible, just for the respect to the book!



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    In addition to the brief, if you do not follow these rules, you will not be included in the poll.
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    • At least 3/4 of the focus character must be visible
    • Final images must be accompanied with a basic character sheet in a separate image
Character sheets should at the very least show a sketch of the front and back of the character and a couple of early thumbnails/silhouettes.
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    Hi! According to wikipedia the story of The Count of Monte Cristo takes place in the early 19'th century (1815–1838). Are we suppose do make a design for a Monte Cristo that would be if it was 200 years earlier?

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    Forgive me for being a history noob, but are we talking french revolution times?

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    ok so... Victorians?

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    Victorian isn't quite right, that refers more to the later 19th century stereotypically. Think more Napoleonic Era (esp. at the beginning of the Count's story)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleonic_era

    edit: the dress of the time is sometimes called Regency, referring to the Regency of Groege III (1811-1820)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Regency

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    Check this out. One of my favorite images is this count of monte cristo by mead schaeffer. He also illustrated the whole book--not just the cover. And one of my favorite stories. I really hope to find time for this!

    http://goldenagecomicbookstories.blo...-of-monte.html

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    Sketching around (I'm not familiar with the story so I might be doing something way off)

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    thanks for those links guys, I think I may have one or two ideas brewing

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    Gadbury: while Edmond Dantes does grow hair and beard whilst behind walls, he escapes in his early 30s. He did have a friend who was considerably old, however. The outfit also looks a wee bit too clean for years in prison, considering he spent a while digging up a wall to meet said friend, as well as it simply being a dark solitary cell of 200 years ago with no access to hygiene.

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    gadbury terrific rough here. I would make the overhead window the only light source. He is in solitary so the door has no window. And even if it did, there would be no light outside his door.

    Yeah and then give him longer hear and beard but in his 30s like helltroll said. I think this could be really good. Also no cane and make his clothes literally like rags.

    Good work

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    Needless to say, it may be the Regency Era, but one has to take into account that this is the Count of Monte Cristo. The Regency Era saw the rise of the ever so popular 'dandy', which at that time was a bit of an insulting term. It's the good old fashion of saying, stop trying to look rich because ya ain't.

    Closing into the late 1800s, and into the 1900s, general men's (dandy) fashion notably lost some colour, resulting in the simple black/white get ups or simple colour palettes (black or blue or etc. coloured coat, your creamy or white linen shirt, a dark coloured pair of pants, and the ever so necessary riding boots) if you compare with wonderful Baroque era of fanciful fancies. Men's fashion became less ostentatious and frilly and more, well, "manly" (forgive the use).

    However, there is still a difference between the dandy, the frilly old (17)80's look, and of course, the aristocracy of the Third Republic. Dandies all look relatively the same. It's kinda like the comic t-shirt + black pants get up look. The Baroque were basically colour explosion and men can outdo the gals sometimes with their get-ups. But the aristocracy of Third Republic still had reminiscence of Baroque designs (patterns and such), but with the more tame clothing of the popularized dandy.

    And the reason why I feel like writing this is that this is era-specific and I also want to throw in the notion that this has a strong costume design element. (Of course, unless you depict him early on, he is a dandy since he is not from an aristocratic background. And also if you depict him in his days of imprisonment, he'll be in rags).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Artfix View Post
    Check this out. One of my favorite images is this count of monte cristo by mead schaeffer. He also illustrated the whole book--not just the cover. And one of my favorite stories. I really hope to find time for this!

    http://goldenagecomicbookstories.blo...-of-monte.html
    Thanks for posting this Artfix! I'd not heard of Mead Schaeffer before, amazing stuff!

    Great topic, definitely in for this one.

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    Thanks heaps for those links above!

    Count!,...me in!
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    Helltroll, Artfix, Thanks for the feedback - I still need to make him look younger and dirtier but I lost the cane and the window. Changed his pose slightly too

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    Not a prisoneeeer, I'm a free maaaaan. And my blood is my o.... Ow, wait he's still a prisoner :p Poor Mr. Dantes.

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    Talking

    Initial drawing. The idea is to represent a well dressed, wealthy man, but with some harsh history, therefore he is a bit hunched and worn. Gotta work a lot on the clothes. I'm probably gonna go for some napoleony-or-so type of suit. Any tips, help? should be plenty of time for upgrades

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    There's a movie if someone wants a crash course on the story:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245844/

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    Quote Originally Posted by KristijanIvancic View Post
    There's a movie if someone wants a crash course on the story:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245844/
    Which doesn't quite follow the book at times and adds more action scenes :p
    But that's actually the tenth movie already

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    Don't forget that Edmond Dantes was first a sea man and after escaping from prison he was found by pirates and became one of the crew.

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    Gadbury nice!

    went too far on this one for that stage, but i had some fun ^^. i want him to appear sophisticated. might have to change a few things though..

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    I wanted to do the count in is vengeance phase and sort of as an elegant thug. A sociopathic Clark Gable if you will.

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    Gadbury: loved the first version a lot. Too bad about it not really meshing with the character. The second is good too though.

    sone_one: oh man, that Jason Wyngarde face is blowing me away.

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    I'm not sure how much treasure he found but, this looks like plenty!

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    jsn: He must have found a lot in order to be rich but I'm a bit at a loss to how he carried it with him. On the other hand. finding an IOY-note doesn't quite make the same impression storywise.

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    My first chow yay .. It was a new way of going about doing a painting for me this time. I usually do more work with lineart first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsn View Post
    I'm not sure how much treasure he found but, this looks like plenty!
    I've not read the book. But from the contemporary movie, I recall Dantes right hand man saying "you have more money than any man I have ever heard of". That includes king of england, etc lol. But yes, your image depicts enough hah. It was all already in trunks so at least it was moveable.

    sone one I freakin love this. You didn't go too far because you should keep this one! Nailed it.

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    It seems awfully quiet in here!

    ...maybe everyone's busy, ay?

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    sone one - Awesome - I wanted to do something like yours for my character sheet - Be nice if it turns out half as cool as him


    Another update -

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