Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 81
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    640
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked 328 Times in 187 Posts

    IOW #5 - Crossing the Marshes

    IOW #5 - Crossing the Marshes

    Illustration of the Week #5: Crossing the Marshes

    This week I'm giving you a one-week, open topic contrasting last weeks strict two-week brightly colored challenge.

    Topic
    This weeks topic is Crossing the Marshes. Your task is to illustrate someone or something crossing some kind of marshlands.
    It is important that you include enough information for the viewer to be able to understand what's going on.
    Give me a story.

    Color scheme, characters, creatures are all up to you.
    Focus on the narrative, your illustration could be for video games, role-playing games, tabletop games, movies, television, book covers, children's books,
    magazines, commercials, posters, anything you can think of that features illustrations.
    Try to decide in what context your illustration will be featured and make it the ultimate marsh-crossing!

    This weeks requirements are as follows:
    - Something must cross some kind of marsh



    Deadline
    The deadline is Sunday 25th of September, 23:59 GMT



    This weeks topic was suggested by Rob Powell, if you have any suggestions feel free to post them here.






  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Aksel For This Useful Post:


  4. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,747
    Thanks
    2,053
    Thanked 1,780 Times in 709 Posts
    Haha, of course Im in. I have too many ideas roaming in my head, so let's see what i can come up with.
    Art is not about competing against others and being better than everyone else, but it is about competing against yourself and discovering your greatest potential!


  5. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Posts
    2,199
    Thanks
    1,343
    Thanked 1,370 Times in 706 Posts
    This one is way too cool to pass up! I need some narrative work in my portfolio.. It's gonna be fun

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Posts
    2,199
    Thanks
    1,343
    Thanked 1,370 Times in 706 Posts
    ok.. so couldn't fall asleep. Did a quick sketch for the challenge instead.

    the first one felt really empty.. the gap between the two characters on the foreground and the ones in the middleground cut them off completely, there's nothing in the composition binding them together.

    The second one is a crop of the first one, which works fine on its own

    the third one have 2 more characters added to it and a gesture binding the two foreground characters together with the rest.


    this is fun! I've never done a narrative piece before

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to DefiledVisions For This Useful Post:


  8. #5
    grenogs's Avatar
    grenogs is offline im sparticus, no i'm Sparticus , no I'm Sparticus
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    anywhere you want me to ;)
    Posts
    1,199
    Thanks
    132
    Thanked 108 Times in 73 Posts
    looking good so far defiledvisions. though at the moment i can't really tell what market your aiming here, the 2nd images style and dimensions look towards book jacket, but your other two images look to aim else where. Not wholly important at this moment, but if you pick a direction early on, it could make a difference to how you proceed with design and composition. btw, as a book jacket, i quite like the 2nd image, it doesn't say much, but does have that epic adventure feel to it

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to grenogs For This Useful Post:


  10. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,747
    Thanks
    2,053
    Thanked 1,780 Times in 709 Posts
    Defiledvisions: great start, the third one instead of the gesturing you could jsut have the middle character looking back at the other two, because the pose looks a bit odd, I like the second one better, it doesn't quite look as empty as the first. def add some sort of mysterious object in the background, will def add to the story as well as give your characters a purpose to go through the marsh

    generated some thumbs, the second one is sort of lazily done, mainly because the environment is a bit similar to 1 just wanted to put the idea down, 2 was sort of about having a herd of some creatures crossing the marsh to new feeding grounds/mating groaunds, etc.
    4 was inspired by Anacondas, perhaps the creature isn't a predatorstalking the explorers maybe it's a companion or guardian...
    I'm liking three the best, still not sure to generate a character design or just keep the cloaked figure...
    Attachment 1325609
    Art is not about competing against others and being better than everyone else, but it is about competing against yourself and discovering your greatest potential!


  11. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Rob Powell For This Useful Post:


  12. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    92
    Thanks
    99
    Thanked 27 Times in 20 Posts
    Thinking about the willow the wisps that lured the unwary into drowning in the marshes.

  13. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Posts
    2,199
    Thanks
    1,343
    Thanked 1,370 Times in 706 Posts
    grenogs - Thanks! I came to the same realization and made up a brief story for the piece. Right now it's more like a scene from a fantasy novel. I guess it could be used partly as a book cover, but its dimensions are too wide.

    I agree with you on number to, it's simple and adventurous but I feel it's "over" too quickly. I like the wider composition more. There's more happening. I made same changes, feedback appreciated

    Rob Powell - Yeah I'll try that. I think it could work pretty well! I agree with you on the pose.. instead of stretching out a helpful hand it feels more like he's painting up the view with his hands.. "look at this grand marsh!". Not really the feeling I want. I'll think of what to do with the distance.. right now its night so you wouldnt really be able to see whats happening at the horizon. I'm thinking of changing the time of the day to mid-day.. I could play around a lot more with atmosphere that way.
    Thanks!

    btw, I like your number 3 too. Actually I think all of them are good except for number 2. It doesn't have the narrative, I don't feel "crossing the marshes" in it. I think you should play around with the cloaked figure. You can still show a lot through gesture and accessories with a completely cloaked character.




    Thanks for the feedback! Here's a small story I came up with for the piece

    "Gromwick's crossing was just a week's journey ahead. We'd been travelling for days at a steady pace when the cold weather was starting to take its toll. Struck by numbing fatigue my body felt like rock. Strange.. the wind feels unusually sharp. If only my boots weren't so heavy..

    - "'s the matter lad? Find anything of interest in the mud?"

    Daeryn's torch aiming at me, lightening up his face and a rugged grin.

    - "Leave the boy alone. The mud's the least of our problems in these parts. We're in the marshlands now."

    Jovian's outstretched hand helped me up and I nodded a thanks.

    - "..Won't be stepping where there's no soil again.. that's for sure." I muttered.

    He was right though. I've heard strange things about these lands. They say there's something in the wind playing with people's minds. The old folks at home used to tell about ancient evils slumbering.. Not that I care about bedtime stories to scare children with. Though it wasn't really reassuring to think of them as such either.
    And the men, they say the marshes are cursed. The sooner we reach the crossing, the better.

    A strange noise cut through the night.

    - "Better stick together! Don't wander off, not even for a piss! We've been notified by the Screechers. By god I swear they're the only good thing in these parts, even for being birds of carrion."

    "We're entering 'its' territory now. A moist and newly pissed body is a real treat I tell ya and I won't have another death my shoulders today."

    By captains orders we stuck together and moved forward. There was something with that wind though.. Something wrong. One word came to mind, and it brought shivers down my spine. Death."





    In this story there's emphasis on the wind blowing, there's something strange about it. I added a wind in this wip having it blow from left into the piece, guiding the eyes. I am thinking of painting subtle bony hands in the wind to show 'death'. And perhaps something in the far distant.
    As I mentioned to Rob Powell though, the piece is during nighttime and you wouldn't really be able to see whats happening. Thinking of changing time of the day to mid-day and play around with atmosphere a lot instead.

    I'm open for crits and feedback! anything that helps!

    LibertineM - Right now I get more of a character feel from your piece. There isn't much "crossing the marshes" in your sketch. You should do some thumbnails if you feel stuck and see what comes up!

  14. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to DefiledVisions For This Useful Post:


  15. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    89
    Thanks
    115
    Thanked 92 Times in 42 Posts
    Feels like it's been forever since I participated here- this looks like a great challenge to dive back into the contest world! I see this as an illustrated panel in a young adult fantasy novel- I've got a rough story in my head, so let's see if I can tell it through the image.

    Here's the initial sketch, and the first color pass I whipped up on the train this morning. I'm already getting into trouble with this one- right now the focal point is the lantern and not the girl's face, and her colors aren't meshing with the scene yet- I'm open (that is, desperate) for any suggestions!
    Your only competition is your last painting

    My DeviantArt gallery

  16. The Following User Says Thank You to Grumbleputty For This Useful Post:


  17. #10
    grenogs's Avatar
    grenogs is offline im sparticus, no i'm Sparticus , no I'm Sparticus
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    anywhere you want me to ;)
    Posts
    1,199
    Thanks
    132
    Thanked 108 Times in 73 Posts
    defiledvision: i think rob is right about the object in the background, one idea would be lights from a village on the far horizon, and being a night scene even just a very subtle hint of light would work. It would give the crossing purpose, also help with composition. Also since its night with a full moon, you could add a shroud of mist amongst the marshes, that would give it a feeling of eeriness.
    rob powell: as an adventure type image i like 3 and 4, i like the camera angle on the 4th, maybe add some sort of shadowy image underneath the waters surface would give it a little extra. For the 3rd image though, i would change the camera angle, put it around knee height would add a little drama to the image.
    libertinem: looks interesting so far, but still to early to comment on this one, going to be interesting how you develope this, the lighting could play a big part here. Either good photo ref or even a 3d prog like daz studio or poser could help with the lighting effects.
    grumbleputty: does the lantern have to be in the image? would it be possible just to show a hint of there being some kind of lantern there, just through the light source alone, or even move it much higher up the image out of the main viewing area. try putting the lantern on a separate layer, then moving it around to different areas to see what works best. Just an idea here, and one you may totally hate, but if the lantern is quite important to the story, why not instead turn it into a glass jar filled with fire flies, could even add some flying around outside the jar to make a more magical scene.
    Last edited by grenogs; September 20th, 2011 at 09:56 AM.

  18. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to grenogs For This Useful Post:


  19. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    sweden
    Posts
    7,474
    Thanks
    1,696
    Thanked 1,222 Times in 625 Posts
a lot of nice entries already! keep working! I'm definitely in too !

  • #12
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Pasadena, CA/Chicago
    Posts
    734
    Thanks
    534
    Thanked 468 Times in 279 Posts
    hell yeah im in an enviro mood! ill see what i can get done for this

  • #13
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    89
    Thanks
    115
    Thanked 92 Times in 42 Posts
    Nice work everyone!

    DefiledVisions: Wow, nice expressiveness in your character postures- even at this stage they feel really dynamic. I'd love to see the marsh feel like a character as well- maybe as you progress there's some twist you can put on it that makes it more than just a typical marshland.

    Rob Powell: Really nice work, particularly 3 and 4. #3 starts to suggest a really interesting place... similar to what I was suggesting for DefiledVisions above, the marsh becomes a character in that one. It almost looks like the marsh grass meets overhead, forming some sort of really weird swamp tunnels, which would be a fascinating place to see our heroes have to get through. Sorry if I'm reading things into your piece you didn't intend!

    LibertineM: Great stuff- love your grasp of the lighting and palette! Can't wait to see this one develop!

    grenogs: Thanks for the suggestions- I'm going to play around with both tonight on my train ride home, but I kinda like the idea of letting the lantern have some attention, and just making it interesting enough to warrant it. I think as the girl's face comes together a bit more it will naturally pull some attention back, and taking some detail away from the lantern should help.
    Your only competition is your last painting

    My DeviantArt gallery

  • The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Grumbleputty For This Useful Post:


  • #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    sweden
    Posts
    7,474
    Thanks
    1,696
    Thanked 1,222 Times in 625 Posts

  • The Following User Says Thank You to Dile_ For This Useful Post:


  • #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Haifa, Israel
    Posts
    685
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked 186 Times in 182 Posts
    Very nice entries so far. My favourite is Grumbleputty so far.
    Free for commissioned work

  • The Following User Says Thank You to MeteorCat For This Useful Post:


  • Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 LastLast

    Similar Threads

    1. SketchBook: The Crossing of the Red Sea
      By VanMan in forum Sketchbooks
      Replies: 5
      Last Post: May 5th, 2010, 09:10 AM
    2. Exodus - Crossing the Red Sea
      By mediamaster in forum Art Critique Center
      Replies: 4
      Last Post: December 21st, 2008, 05:53 PM
    3. Animal Crossing: WW
      By BlueMech in forum Artist Lounge
      Replies: 5
      Last Post: December 3rd, 2005, 04:43 PM
    4. Art: Iuchtlan crossing
      By bOne in forum Finished Art
      Replies: 21
      Last Post: November 19th, 2003, 09:58 AM

    Members who have read this thread: 0

    There are no members to list at the moment.

    Bookmarks

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •  

    Developed Actively by the makers of the Best Amazon Podcast