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    CHoW#276 :: The Changeling

    Character of the Week #276
    The Changeling

    Design a Changeling character

    DEADLINE: SUNDAY 5th FEB 9PM GMT+1 (8PM GMT)
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    The Fairy world grows weary of having to hide in the shadows and are plotting their revenge on the humans for casting them out of the waking world millennia ago. However, they are weak and know that a full out war will likely mean the end of their kind, so have crafted a plan to even the odds.

    The Fairies have been stealing human babies left unattended by their parents and replacing them with their own offspring. Whilst the fairy children may look like their human counterparts, they are dark, ill tempered and ill mannered. In some cases, when they are old enough, some Changelings have even murdered their human ‘parents’ in fits of rage and malice.

    Adult changelings are dark and sadistic, with no compassion for anyone or anything other than their own kind. They strive for positions with power and wealth, however they avoid jobs with conflict or with a high risk of them being killed such as in the army, police force or underground gangs.

    Changelings differ from humans only slightly with differences including pointed tongues, sickly pale skin, sharper teeth and tapered ears. When caught on film or in a reflection, their eyes are completely black and soulless. Changeling's also have hollow bones making them much lighter than humans. Some even have the ability to defy gravity, although unlike Fairies they cannot fly as they lack the wings.

    Your task this week is to design a Changeling character. It can be at any stage in their life so baby, child, teen or adult - however they must have all the features of the changeling. This challenge is all about showing personality; these Changelings are dark, sadistic and malicious creatures and this needs to come across in their posture, expression and gesture as well as style, attire and pallete.

    You have ONE WEEK so have fun and Good Luck!

    HELPFUL LINKS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changeling


    The Guidelines:
    • Can be Male OR Female
    • Can be any age
    • Can be any style or genre
    • Can be set in any time; When is the Fairy War taking place? Crusades/Victorian/WW2/Swinging 60's/Modern Day/Distant Future?
    • Characters must have the following (if visible): Pointed ears, tongue and teeth, sallow/sickly pale skin, black eyes



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    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#276_Username 
(Files with any other names such as final.jpg or even chow276final.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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    Wow insane topic, reminded me of The Child Thief I'm so in!

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    interesting, minus the pointy ears and only viewable with a mirror and the character interpretation sounds very similar to the vampires from 30 days of night

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    Really like this topic, haven't participated in Chow since last summer, so i reckon it is time for another try still not sure about this direction i may restart completely as I'm not sure i'm hitting all the points of the brief really but anyway its a start. The Changeling has risen to power as a influential lawyer who enjoys nothing more than letting dangerous criminals back onto the streets whilst framing the innocent


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    I dunno...

    Bah! Gah! I dunno... I want it to be more menacing... I need to get in touch with my inner sadist.

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    Sounds a bit like the elves in the discworld series.

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    @Pixeltuner I know what you mean, there are a lot of similarities. You are free to put whatever spin on this you like so perhaps a Diskworld type Changeling may be a good route to go

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    Nice topics again I hope i can have some time to dos something

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatchworkWolf View Post
    @Pixeltuner I know what you mean, there are a lot of similarities. You are free to put whatever spin on this you like so perhaps a Diskworld type Changeling may be a good route to go
    Well my first thought was actually a Tea Party candidate.. then a loanshark and I'm know considering Hitler as a changeling So much options ^_^

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    I have enough time this week to do this, I think. I'm gonna give it a shot 'cause it sounds awesome! Hopefully school doesn't make me too busy.


    We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
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    Teenage murderous changeling. Not sure if I'll continue this route but it's a start.

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    A mind that wanders so much, it brings back souvenirs.

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    No idea where to start! well with research of course but you know what I mean. MasterTroglodyte I've attached picture from Hellboy 2, reminds me of this (in a good way), hopefully useful. I'd really like to have a go at chow again, just need to think of an idea.

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    Pixeltuner, love your colors! Always so expressive and clear. And those bloody hands looks... yammy! =D

    Well, CS goes first. This high school kid might look like a harmless loony at first sight. But his long hairs and feminine appearance conceal the hell of a sick sadistic b*stard, who scares the sh*t out his parents and classmates. He have a little hobby - collecting an animal bones. When he grows up, he'll definitely try to get some bigger exhibits for his collection.

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    Uhh, Omen anyone? nice topic, gonna be interesting to see the entries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayle View Post
    No idea where to start! well with research of course but you know what I mean. MasterTroglodyte I've attached picture from Hellboy 2, reminds me of this (in a good way), hopefully useful. I'd really like to have a go at chow again, just need to think of an idea.
    I was using princess Nuala for a couple of ideas, I watched Hellboy II yesterday :O so good!

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    Mistermike - great start, I think we had something in common with wanting to portray an adult elf with a hidden agenda & we also divided our character/comp into two obvious light and dark sides. Maybe coincidence but still... cool beans

    Master troglodyte - Nice lines and view point. Could get even more sinister with shadow play. Looking forward to seeing how you develop this.

    Pixeltuner - Gorefest! I like the 'Just a kid chillaxing, BUT IVE JUST KILLED EVERONE!' vibe here. I think you've sussed the composition here with ease. The eyes look fully rendered already,...evil. We need limbs in the background. - Oh on something completely slightly related I have PM'd you.

    YouAreNotAlone - Great character, looks weird before knowing the backstory. First off, is it boy or girl, doesn't matter it looks weird, second off it is human or fairy, doesn't matter its just killed you! looking forward to this in colour and context.


    I was wondering how to approach this and wanted to depict an adult, a really stoic calculated killer that no one would ever suspect. So I thought about jobs and careers with the potential to kill thousands of people without being found out, then it hit me like something thrown at my head. Elf & Safety!!! - too good huh... So Im depicting a Health & Safety consultant who poisons and contaminates the production labs of pharmaceutical companies with Elf spells and magic.

    Whats in the bag?

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    Little update. There's some issues with the legs wich I'm trying to fix. Limbs and more blood will follow.

    EDIT: even more updatiness. Just needs more polishing now I guess.

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    Hey ! great topic, great props, great night, great everything ! ow I love this place !

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    Awyeah man, now this is one I can get behind! I'll have to wait until tomorrow to get started, tests tomorrow!

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    Still experimenting with this, thought i'd try a different style

    youarenotalone: Love your design the angular face is just perfect

    UCT: love your backstory, looking forward to seeing the finished pic

    Pixeltuner: very sinister she looks so happy with herself

    Kalumis very cool, i like the slanted posture as it really emphasis the hollow bones aspect as he looks kind of bird like



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    Cool topic. Can't wait to get under way. @ Pixel Tuner, you should check out the movie 'Let the right one in' if you haven't seen it already it might really help you with your painting.

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    AWesome topic!heres some nice inspiration huehuehuehuehuehe


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=-OLkICjlyuE

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    First time taking part in this, thought about drawing a changling gang member.

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    sly politician kind of changeling

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    Working on the illustration right now; my concept is a private school brat, I'm going to post some sketches of him in his uniform, etc. However I feel this illustration captures the overall feel well since is shows his nature as well as a little bit of his "powers"

    The final is going to look like a Polaroid snapshot.

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    Haven't participated in CHoW for a while. Just thought I'd throw my sketch onto the table, even though I might not have time to finish anything.

    I had this idea of an evil teacher type changeling. Not much power and wealth there, but instead endless opportunities to corrupt the minds of our youth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midmar View Post
    Cool topic. Can't wait to get under way. @ Pixel Tuner, you should check out the movie 'Let the right one in' if you haven't seen it already it might really help you with your painting.
    I've seen the original. Didn't bother to watch the remake even though it's supposed to be good as well.

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    Here's my sketch so far. This one's a temptress. Still haven't decided on skin tone :/

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    Kalumis- Nice pose and cool era choice, Im just not getting the evil intent at this stage but Im sure that'll shine through with development. Good choice making him gentrified.

    Mistermike - Keep going!

    Agent Melon - The brief say that these fairies avoid military, police & gangs as they dont like dirrect violence, but thats just me being a nark. Other than that its solid, great start and that silhouette is a great touch, good design.

    Jager - Dude, awesome. That pose suggests a character to me, he could be a fairy doctor who snatches human babies and kills them, then replaces them with changlings. He's in the system man, all your babies are belonging to him!

    fdisk - Neat idea. I like the WTF expression. not sure what to suggest or crit, maybe crop the image to focus more on them, or put other kids in and around the pool, more chance for the wtf expression. its great.

    Nether - Of course, teachers! I always thought mine came from Mars! the study looks good, Im gettting the 'bitch in knitwear' librarian/schollar vibe.

    Sinnermann - Nice angle. Easy conquest giving out fairy std's! thers a cool narrative here.

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