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    ChoW#282 :: Dragon Rider

    Character of the Week #282
    Dragon Rider

    Create a design for a Dragon AND it's Rider

    DEADLINE: SUNDAY 1st APRIL 9PM GMT
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    In the old days, when magic was still strong, and creatures of myth roamed the world freely, there was a tribe of warriors who were raised alongside mighty dragons. The birth of one of these warriors would trigger a dragon egg to hatch, and the two would be bonded for the rest of their existence.
    The bonded pair share the same lifeforce, which allows the human to share the dragons immortality, however if one of them is killed, then both of them die.

    Warriors forge special armour out of the skin, teeth and claws their dragons shed, and because each dragon is different, each warrior's armour and weapon is completely unique to them.

    We would like you to design a warrior and their dragon. Because they are immortal, you can create a design for any era and in any style

    The Guidelines:
    • Can be any gender
    • Can be any style or genre
    • Must be both Dragon and Warrior
    • The Warrior's attire must match their dragon
    • The dragon must reflect the warrior's age (eg a child warrior will have a child dragon, and an adult warrior will have a full grown dragon large enough to ride)



    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#282_Username 
(Files with any other names such as final.jpg or even chow282final.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. this topic is epic.

    Let me throw some praise you mods way for continually coming up with inspiring topics.

    I haven't gotten to participate as much as I wished, but your posts always tickle the muse.

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    Yeah this should be popular hehe. Dragons and riders ftw.

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    NICE! I think I'll try to do this one.
    Just finished the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini. Almost identical premise to the brief.

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    This sounds awesome! I never know if I will have the time to finish these things but I defo will be sketching it up

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    *drools* 8L
    Any excuse to design a dragon is a good excuse for me!!!
    And as for character sheets, one or both are needed? Just to be clear...

    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Powell View Post
    *drools* 8L
    Any excuse to design a dragon is a good excuse for me!!!
    And as for character sheets, one or both are needed? Just to be clear...
    The warrior is a must but the dragon sheet is optional.

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    Woah, it's a good thing someone pointed out the extra sheets. Didn't know about that, guess it's been a while since I've done a CHoW. I like that it's a rule though!

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    whoooahh i have a drawing i made with the exact same topic and almost same story, hehe, it will be nice to make a new one for this chow, it will make me try a different aproach of my earliest drawing hehe

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    might not have time to finish this week but I just can't pass up a dragon rider

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    Sketchizzzz.

    Quick question Eofn: I actually want to do fullyfledged turn-around for the character this week just to have some more production art for my portfolio. I take it that it won't be necessary to add another sheet in sketch form? Just to be sure

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    Awesome!

    These are the first things that went trough my mind when I read the topic:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FLeEulk_Et...ragonrider.jpg
    http://www.wizards.com/mtg/images/da...SoulSplash.jpg
    http://images.wikia.com/lotr/images/4/49/Fellbeast.jpg

    I'm in for this one for sure.

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    You and me both Tea! I was also thinking of a couple of Mercedes Lackey books...

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    some rough sketches...wanna try to experiment more with the rider before settling on the concept, and the dragon for that matter...
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    I thought I'd post some inspirational art here to get the ideas flowing. I hope someone really comes up with something awesome this round. Sorry I don't know who all of the artists are.

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    Shorinji Knight: Awesome inspiration!

    couldn't stop myself so I did another character, not as rough as the other concept, but still pretty damn rough. If I end up using this character I will most likely change the dragon's design.
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    ps. I have another idea so I may end up sketching it out as well.

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    Been a while since I did one of these, but a topic as classic as this I just can't resist
    Count me in, looking forward to all the entries!

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    Think I will have a go at this one if thats ok?, I've been meaning to enter something for a while but I kept missing the start.

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    So I have to do this! haha
    I was talking to a friend about this and I noticed the whole immortal bit, and I was joking around about a cowboy/western late 1800s themed duo. Joke turned into awesome so it must be done! haha

    Here's my initial idea for each of them, I'm pretty happy with the dragon but the rider will be more fleshed out, gotta give him more dragon gear and weapons and of course get them into a better pose
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixeltuner View Post
    Sketchizzzz.

    Quick question Eofn: I actually want to do fullyfledged turn-around for the character this week just to have some more production art for my portfolio. I take it that it won't be necessary to add another sheet in sketch form? Just to be sure
    As long as you show the development of the character then you don't need to provide another sheet, although I would recommend ad least including a back design in there to be safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLuvableNerd View Post
    So I have to do this! haha
    I was talking to a friend about this and I noticed the whole immortal bit, and I was joking around about a cowboy/western late 1800s themed duo. Joke turned into awesome so it must be done! haha

    Here's my initial idea for each of them, I'm pretty happy with the dragon but the rider will be more fleshed out, gotta give him more dragon gear and weapons and of course get them into a better pose
    ChoW#282 :: Dragon Rider
    I love your idea but I foresee a problem for you--how do you make someone look both like a cowboy AND like a dragon-rider? He has to wear items from his dragon, so how do you do both? That might be tough.

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    wow, there will be a ton of entries, great topic!

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    ok, so they are immortal but the time will affect them, right? so i'm thinking about a warrior with appearence of an old man (about thousand years old?), with great beard and his lifetime commpanion with a lot of scars and signs of being old. I'm still wondering if the dragon due to his age should be enormously big, or if at some point it just stopped growing

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuda.pl View Post
    ok, so they are immortal but the time will affect them, right? so i'm thinking about a warrior with appearence of an old man (about thousand years old?), with great beard and his lifetime commpanion with a lot of scars and signs of being old. I'm still wondering if the dragon due to his age should be enormously big, or if at some point it just stopped growing

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    whether time affects them is entirely up to you. I think the concept of a really old man and dragon is defiantly an interesting one.

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    Eofn: That was the idea, to do a fully rendered front and back design ^_^

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    @Shorinji_Knight Really interesting inspirations thanks for that !

    This topic is super cool, so count me in I hope that i'll end with somethin' presentable

    Great arts btw !

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    I love this topic so much, I MUST do it

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    Shorinji Knight: This is awesome ref indeed but remember, (and this goes out to everyone here) try not to be too derivative of stuff that's already be done.

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    Love that work by Evan Shipard - Was looking at that for inspiration the other day

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    for inspiration look for dragon highlords, of dragonlance, like this one, kitiara uth matar from dragonlance novel, lok how her armour is similar to her blue dragon sky, look for others like this online

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