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Character of the Week #280
Design a mythical Siren creature
DEADLINE: SUNDAY 18th MARCH 9PM GMT+1 (8PM GMT)
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The Siren has appeared in many mythologies throughout history. They are described as beautiful women who lure men (usually sailors) to their death. They are often pictured as mermaids, harpies or simply just young, naked ladies. This week, you task is to create a totally new interpretation for these sea faring girls. Think about what they might be; perhaps creatures from the deep; A costal/sea version of the amazons; demons; maybe even aliens! They do not have to be human, although they must at least have some human female resemblance (like the sphinx etc)
IN REGARDS TO NAKED LADIES!: Obviously we would prefer it if you tried to be a little bit more adventurous and creative than just a naked woman, but due to the nature of the topic, nakedness will be allowed but only if the design for the creature's anatomy is more than just human: for example perhaps they have scales, fins or boney protrusions.
It is also worth noting that these women rely on their voices to lure men. They themselves could be hideous, but create the illusion of being attractive.
NOTE We are considering making challenges two weeks as standard to give people more time to develop ideas. If by saturday (When the finals thread gets posted), people need more time then it will be extended by another week. Otherwise this will remain a week long challenge.
- Must be female
- Can be any style or genre
- Does not need to be human or humanoid, but must have recognisable human characteristics.
- CANNOT just be a naked woman (Nakedness/semi nakedness will be allowed only if the anatomy is deemed more creative)
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#279_Username (Files with any other names such as final.jpg or even chow279final.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!
I am so in.
Been playing with this idea for some time now. Might push it till the end now...and get this thing out of my head. Finally! >________<
I have been observing this site for sometime now so I have decided to dive in with the sirens and join my first ChoW contest.
p.s. I love quick deadlines.. so a two week deadline equals one week of procrastination for me.
I agree. People could finish sooner if they wanted.
My sketch. Her costume is made up of scales, aquatic roots and vegetation. Really want to make her front unclothed for the sake of realism. Only humans feel shame.
Had the idea to mix a siren with an harp like her own body. Still much things to do, i like the idea but not the result of the body...
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Bwaap. Classic siren idea.. Isn't she beautiful?
EDIT: update, time for sleeeeeep.
Last edited by Pixeltuner; March 4th, 2012 at 08:05 PM.
pxelslayer - DUUUUDE. this looks crazy! utterly nasty. (get my saggy boob joke??) but seriously this looks crazy man! keep it pushing!
pixeltuner - wow! this also is insane! creeepy as shit man. and shit man is one of the creepiest guys youll ever meet. great shtuff hombre!!
great stuff yall!! looking sexy! cant wait to craft something ridiculously pornographic for this round!
So I've never posted on CHOW because I never finish so maybe if I start posting my WIPS I'll find the motivation.
The idea is that the figurehead statue thing of a wrecked ship comes alive and breaks free, only to sit and pine for the lost crew.
ok heres my idea. not sure how far im gonna render them out, but well see. im also gonna change them somehow so they arent just naked women. but well see what happens in the next update.
This is a silhouette for my idea... Kind of elaborating from here rather than making a proper decked out silhouette then painting over.
Mostly because I can't paint at all, eurgh.
(By the way, hi, I'm new here)
Been working with the anatomy so far, now time comes to look into accessories. Fun topic this week!
Pixeltuner, yay for creepy mermaid, I love it
ded, your sketches looks really nice, can´t wait to see more
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Pixeltuner- thats a crazy good wip looking forward to seeing you push this!
Ded - liking that your going more harpy way with the design
Lancer- I im liking the spines could you push more spines into the back possibly?
Nickeybeats- thats a whole load of ladys, I am liking the composition at the moment, are you going more ominous or just going for a nice looking pool of ladies?
Pixelslayer- that ladys looking like a tasty piece of meat! looking forward to how you push this one out
man oh man everyones got nice shilos and comps looking forward to seeing the development!
I will give this a go and try and finish it this time not too great with ladies so if you see something wrong in my sketches (when i get to doing some) it would be great to have some pointers
Just a rough sketch
8smoku8: I love the crab idea.
Ded: Nice! Maybe she'll look more creepy with blank eyes?
Experimenting a little with colours now.
some good starts so far...liking Pixeltuner's and PxelSlayer's atm...
here's some silhouettes I just finished...you can basically ignore the left side, usually thise asymmetric silhos can still be used but it is a bit harder to form something decent with humanoid creatures....I'm liking the reptilian in the middle the most, perhaps maybe a cross between that one and the winged one on the top right, maybe?
...and yes I drew a crab with boobs, you got a problem with that?
@janemag :i think blank eyes are quite often for creepy stuffs so i should try to make creepy irises, oh and also yours looks sexy
@pixeltuner: nice colors, love it
@lancer: looks badass. warrior type siren?
@BFWs: nice and creepy idea. what if the harp could be hidden in abdomen's fin (like paper fan) so the siren can move easily?
I for one support the two weeks for a Chow. But thats just because I have relatively little time to participate in a weekly challenge. Its usually (almost) over when I want to jump in. So two weeks would fix that to some extent. But thats just me. It might also take some of the momentum out of the challenge. I think its worth to try it maybe for a few chows and decide after that.
Pixeltuner: Awesome start! Love the colors and design. Maybe the impact could be bigger if she stares at the viewer instead of a profile.
Two weeks is too long I think. I've had my fair share of CHOW's where I couldn't finish due to lack of time but that's my own problem. A week to design a character is more than enough. I'd rather ditch the ortho's and bring back the wips because they're just not fun to do and always an afterthought.
Supervlieg: Thx! I will try it, but right now the whole composition is working to support her looking up and 'singing' as it where.
Ooh, this sounds like fun, I think I'm gonna try and participate. So, these women have to be irresistible to all these rough men out on the sea. So, although probably a hot naked chick would suffice, there's gotta be other ways to trick 'm, right?
So I'm thinking Nigella Lawson:
meets Disney's Ursula:
Luring the men in with the smell of lovely cooked fresh food, a soft and gentle voice singing songs their ole' mum used to sing. As the sailors approach, the huge mass of tentacles the vile siren hides beneath start to wrap around the ship and before you know it.. it's too late!
that's the plan, anyway
The concept appears to be something like this. A girl doesnt need to have a pretty face if she`s having a nice naked boobs. Nobody will look at her face anyway =)
Now its time to think about her tail and make a more illustrational picture)
Some initial sketches here.
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