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    CHoW#262 :: Chess

    Character of the Week #261
    Chess

    -Design a Chess piece as a character-

    DEADLINE: SUNDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2011, 9PM GMT+1
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    Chess is an ancient and noble game full of tactics, rules and strategies. Each match plays out in its own unique story, with each piece a character in the narrative. This week, we would like you to go one step forward and create a fleshed out character based on a piece form the chess set. YOu need to think about the personality and the role of the piece within the game. You can choose any piece, but your choice MUST BE CLEAR!


    The Guidelines:
    • Must be based on an existing chess piece
    • Any style or genre
    • The King must be male/ Queen must be female / all other pieces can be any gender



    THE RULES
    In addition to the brief, if you do not follow these rules, you will not be included in the poll.
    • Files must be named: CHoW#259_Username 
(Files with any other names such as final.jpg or even chow259final.jpg will not be accepted)
    • Finals must be posted in the finals thread BEFORE the deadline
    • Final post must include the CHoW number and the artists username at the bottom of the image
    • 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.
    • Follow the brief!


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    Yessss. I finally have a week with time to participate, and this is an awesome topic. So many possibilities, oh man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revidescent View Post
    Yessss. I finally have a week with time to participate, and this is an awesome topic. So many possibilities, oh man.
    I see your participation and raise you.... MY OWN! WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW.
    sincerely,
    thy nemesis
    oxoxo

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    Also, in case anyone else besides me is terrible at/ignorant about the nuances of chess, here are some handy Wikipedia links:

    King
    Queen
    Rook
    Bishop
    Knight
    Pawn

    Overview of Chess Pieces

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drygrass View Post
    I see your participation and raise you.... MY OWN! WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW.
    sincerely,
    thy nemesis
    oxoxo
    *cough cough*


    Hy guys!
    Missed me much?





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    The King must be male/ Queen must be female /
    thanks for that, I would have got confused
    naw, just kiddin', this one sounds fun

    I reckon a pawn might be something similar to a squire or serf, probably going to go down that route.

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    I think Im gonna go with the Rook as a Near Future Charriot Driver.

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    lovely... im in!

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    [edit] forgot the pawn >.<

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    I might scratch this altogether and start again, but I figured after I spent a couple of hours on it I might as well show it...

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    I think i may have to enter this one.......


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    really cool topic, here's where I'm at so far

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    Really nice linework fdisk. Some issues though, just bear with me here:

    Mostly the trouble is with the horse popping out of the side of the knight. Also the knight is standing on horse legs. I understand the knight is supposed to be riding the horse... But the proportion of the knight to the horses body suggests otherwise(the knight is too big, his legs, so small that I didn't even notice them at first). Look at some reference of how small people are compared to horses...





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    Rolling around some ideas, but I think the most prominent one so far is that of a female crime/drug leader to represent the Queen. Inspired by this scene from the Wire:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0mxz...eature=related
    "She smart and she fierce."


    Looking to get some thumbs posted tonight

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    keith eager: Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it! I ended up scrapping the whole thing because it was a mess from the beginning and I just wasn't feeling it.

    I'd really appreciate similar feedback on the new one though!

    baxter: The Wire ftw!

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    Long time lurker. First time poster.

    went for a Black Knight samurai kamen rider biker gangster vibe.

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    Cool topic! Thinking along the lines of a Rook Golem, might have to do some thumbnailing

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    aww man! i was going to do a centaur!!!

    hmmm, thinking thinking...........


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    Quote Originally Posted by toastergargletop View Post
    aww man! i was going to do a centaur!!!

    hmmm, thinking thinking...........
    Dude, you can never have enough Centaurs!

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    cool topic, just some design ideas, still thinking about the comp and stuffff

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    knight

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    Your new image looks much better! Just watch that there is some interaction between the figures and the ground plane(they are all floating).

    Here's a thumbnail showing my composition so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdisk View Post
    Dude, you can never have enough Centaurs!

    lol, sounds like a motto to live by! i might do a cyber-centaur. Trans-centaurism anyone?


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    sone_one: nice thumbs, I like the Rook and Queen the best

    Howie: nice initial rough, will be cool to see this taken further along

    here's an idea, dunno if I'm gonna take this further along, but we'll see, since there are two rooks I figured I'd put a pair of them in there, the king's tower so far is very rough, but you get the picture...
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    Ok, Black Queen, take one. (btw, thanks, Howie, for reminding me of alchemy, totally forgot how nifty that little program is!)

    ATM looks less like a chess piece and more like something that Gaga woman would wear. O_______o
    All tho...few leather strap ons, some metallic details, worn out fabric, stains...I guess it could work as a post apocalyptic piece, no...?
    It`s Monday morning, still got some time to get my mojo going...


    Also, on a side note - guys, I noticed some of you are already starting to work on illustration pieces. By all means, if that`s how you usually work - OK. But don`t fall into that trap. Put that aside for now and make an AWESOME front/back/side view of the character, and explore some designs. IMO that should be your focus here. Just try to imagine you are a 3D modeler - you want your reference image and design to be as clear and easy to read as possible. A nice illustration...is just an icing. A cherry on top, you know.I`m not calling out anyone, I`m just...advising you. B/c your mom and I love you very, very much.



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    Quote Originally Posted by PxelSlayer View Post
    Ok, Black Queen, take one. (btw, thanks, Howie, for reminding me of alchemy, totally forgot how nifty that little program is!)
    ahhh, is that the program you used? because these are outstanding. looks like i might be making a new purchase!
    EDIT: IT'S FREE?? awesomerer!
    Thanks for the advice too, about the ref sheet first. I think I'm going to work on that before i go further on mine.

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    Ok, Black Queen, take one.
    PxelSlayer: alchemy a great way to get silhouettes fast that mirror function is great to bad photoshop aint got it plus when you export you gota delete the white image to get your lines out i find that frustrating , noticed my avatar pic??

    I'm a chess master! I love playing black and the main piece i use is the queen for total desolation so i'll start working on the black queen. . . MmmmwAHAHAHA!!

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    Alchemy is downloadable from here if anyone is interested:

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    question: do we have to stick to english names/definitions for the chess pieces? In many germanic languages, the Bishop has a different name that means runner or messenger.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_%28chess%29#History

    Edit: it might be a good idea to stick to english names now i think of it, seeing as chess is a world wide game it can vary pretty wildly in terms of characterisation of the pieces.

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    howie At first glance, it looked to me like the knight was carrying the horse over his shoulder. Which would be awesome.

    fdisk At first glance, it looked like the bishop was trying to chase a centaur and his buddy out of his vegetable patch. Which would be awesome.

    PxelSlayer This design looks wicked, and makes me want to open up Al.Chemy again. This is awesome.

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    You should all youtube Battle Chess and revel in it's awesomeness. Stat.
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    Sketch for the Queen - Going to try and work out the design first this time before anything else

    Edit - Smallish update

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    great topic!!! and some start pxelslayer! bam

    will watch this one

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