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Character of the Week #286
Aoife & Her Mechanical Guardian
Design the young enchantress Aoife and her mechanical protector
DEADLINE: SUNDAY 6th MAY 8PM GMT+1 (9PM British Summer Time)
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Post your final images in this thread. Remember, any comments posted BEFORE the poll is posted will be removed without any sort of warning.
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MAKE SURE YOUR IMAGE ADHERES TO THE BRIEF
- Aoife must be young and female
- Can be any time/setting
- Can be any genre
- Remember that she is neutral, try to represent both good and evil within her.
- Must be both character
- The guardian cannot be a living thing. It must be mechanical
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#286_Username (Files with any other names such as final.jpg or even chow286final.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!
My first entry so hopefully I've got the format right . Should have spent more time on my guardian design but am away this weekend so the deadline came very quickly. Had so much fun entering though!
Please drop by my sketchbook and help me improve!
First ever contest, lets hope I got everything right
Last edited by M.D.Stranger; May 5th, 2012 at 03:59 PM. Reason: Uploaded wrong character sheet
Please, help me get better! SKETCHBOOK
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" - Neil Armstrong
Nicw work from everyone.
Aoife's cause for the transformation is unknown. Many say she's the result of a mass abduction taken place in Chicago's westside suburbs back in 2005. The following image was taken recently by an iPhone and was immediately confiscated by authorities. I was able to upload this before they got to it. Please don't mention this to the cops. Thanks.
devilminer's note: I think it's very powerful stuff to have everyone here comment on others' work because not only does it develop thicker skin, but you do begin seeing your artwork at a level that you wouldn't see it yourself. Excellent work, everybody---and for those who struggle, just know that the rewards for all of your efforts will come, and they're exciting. Keep at it, never look down, and you'll be fine. Good luck everyone!
Last edited by devilminer; May 6th, 2012 at 12:31 AM. Reason: w
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So...I never made separate character sheets for the two characters. I'll post what I've got and if it's insufficient, sorry!
quick as painting!
Here's my picture.
Hey guys thanks for the crits, sorta ran out of time in the end to properly fix them but the feedback is wholeheartedly appreciated, makes this a valuable community. Looking forward to seeing everyone elses, some good stuff posted so far.
heres my go. sorry for the sucky char sheets
Last edited by MarcSampson; May 6th, 2012 at 04:51 AM.
my Sketchbook plz help me become a better artist !
hey everyone. here's me pic.
Wow the entries in this thread are making me ashamed of trying
So here is my take on the subject, added a little bit of post-apocalyptic feel to it, hope you likey!
Any crit is very welcome.
Pencil sketch with ink outline and pencil crayon colors - photographed and severely damaged in GIMP.
Good luck everyone.
Aoife and Sianach, her mechanical guardian
good work all
Good luck everyone!
Aahh... not as finished as I would've liked, but I suppose this will have to do. Did a really quick character sheet as I don't have the time to make a more detailed one. I really wanted to flesh out the guardian design a bit more, but I hope this will suffice.
Anyway, my take. A lot of awesome going on in this thread.
Wow...some seriously beautiful work up here. Not so happy with my finished product, but, well, here it is!
The guardian walks ceaselessly through the halls of the monastary, the child Aoife asleep and floating in her stasis tank. Secure in her protective prison, the girl dreams a thousand different possible futures for herself, some as a healer, some as a bloody-handed conqueror. In time, when her childhood ends, she will make her choice of which path to follow, and her guardian will free her at last to follow her destiny.
Glad I could get this in after a couple of false starts: great work throughout this contest, best of luck to everyone, and thanks for all the crits and encouragement!
and a quick character sheet for Aoife and a sketch of her 'bot
Last edited by Grumbleputty; May 6th, 2012 at 03:23 PM.
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First completed chow! How exciting!
good luck everyone some reallly nice entries i intended to post but got confused on converting central time to gmt
Okay, I've made a big mistake. I accidentally voted for Ortheza, where I meant to vote for Rhdnor. Ortheza's is fantastic, but the girl is too grown up and misses the mark on the instruction. Not sure if the moderator can change my vote but maybe next time I'll be more careful. (We should be allowed at least one edit for voting).
MY VOTES!! I felt Rhdnor won this round because he kept both the girl and the robot fitting right into its era, and the look and feel of the work is great. Everything from the blueprint to the final presentation, even the frame and font all fit well within its topic. One critique would be to pay more attention to your subjects' surroundings before beginning the painting (something I learned in this contest myself). It looks like the robot is sitting or floating on water. Another critique would be to pay more attention to composition before going in and painting the thing. Do all of these things in your initial sketching stages and you're golden. Nice work.
My second vote goes to Abrazuno. Firstly, this is a brave attempt because both the girl and the bot are way different from any of our ideas. That's genius. I'm not liking the blindfold on Aoife, but the bot is very well presented---it looks at us like a protective mother deer/moose/whatever guarding its babies. That's a tough thing to do simply because it's looking right at the viewer ,something I and almost everyone here, didn't want to do---basically because nobody likes to draw a robot looking right at the camera. I mean when we're given a chance to draw a cool guardian mech we want to show it off and have him look away so we can see more of the cool face, but Abrazuno did well and made us almost personally feel the bot's anger. Excellent job there. The girl also matches well with the bot and the rest of the idea---not a fan of the simple blindfold though (check out the Oracle and her sisters by the pool side scene in the movie Immortals instead). Also the orb in front of her seems out of place, but perhaps a story that goes with the painting would have helped in that regard. The composition is nice but suffers from being too close to the subjects---it seems the trees and its environment would have helped the softness of the subjects a bit more. Great job, Abrazuno, you get it.
Others that were strong but missed in some regard or another were:
MartinC: you have great color and composition skills! The girl and bot were a bit cliche, I felt like I had seen them before in cartoons or anime movies.
Albino-Z: excellent rendering skills!! I also checked out your other works and I gotta say you have a great future ahead of you! Some critiques would be that the robot is too "safe"... very cliche and reminds me too much of Appleseed or some other anime bot. I've noticed, however, that in life, and in these contests, a "safe" character helps people to relate better with the characters, and therefore you gain high praise because of the familiar faces we have grown to love in our lives. In a portfolio, make sure you do way off topic characters, but keep these more "safe" ones in there to show the interviewer that you're not all crackpot. Not liking the blindfold on Aoife, though. Keep going, dude.
Mitze: Awesome job! I think you need to pay close attention to how color is bounced off a surface, especially on metal. Look all around you and you'll see that the stylus you are holding not only has the bland grey color, but some blue hues from your window, some black from your table, and some yellow from your computer monitor (just an example). Great job and I see you getting better pretty quickly!
Kahel: Freakin' awesome robot, dude!!
Me and the rest: Devilminer, you stink, dude! Your colors are all over the place, there's too much black, I can't even see the bot, and the girl is freaky, dude. And the rest, just keep churning and you'll receive high praise. I became very inspired by Grumbleputty and his relentless and persistent attitude! Man, you rock! I guarantee you that your brain learned lots of new things that you'll have less trouble doing in the future---something many artists tend to give up when they reach a point of dislike. Wow I wrote a lot. Thanks again, guys, wish everyone the best.
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OK some quick first impressions
You've got one of the better compositions this round, great use of curves to lead around the eye. You're also managed to get Aoife to look sufficiently young! Unfortunately the robot guardian is very two dimensional and unresolved, particularly in the head and shoulders - the head in particular looks totally flat.
You'd benefit from working longer on construction and doing more preparatory sketches. Also remember that there's no shame in using photo references for anatomy or anything else. Aoife's torso is much too long, for example. I'm not a master anatomist but here's a quick paintover to show what I mean
Same as above. Aleofe seems squished horizontally in your final submission too. Your silhouettes were really strong though!
Composition is pretty good, and good job tying the two together with the red accents. Push your values, though.
Good rendering! I like the clouds in particular.
Good job. The flower is a nice touche.
Nice painting, but you didn't really follow the brief and did your own thing.
I really, really like this. The design is great (it reminds me of high fashion or maybe elaborate carneval costume), and your style of linework suits it perfectly.
good mood and composition
It's good that you're varying your line widths, but remember that the lines should be thinner closer to the light source and thicker away from it. Also same as with MD stranger
Great designs but I wish your final painting showed off aoife more
colorful! but very flat tonally
Supercute design and great inking.
Nice, well thought out design. I wish you'd stuck with the red jacket.
would be a lot better without all the photoshop textures added in. They really flatten everything out.
well rendered and I like the design for the guardian!
needs a consistent light source
Pretty good! You need to work on your feet, though
the comp seems to be drawing me to robot's belly button instead of aoife
use thinner lines for background objects and thinner lines for foreground objects. You have it reversed right now and as a result the robot seems to be in the FG despite you layering the char. in front.
good comp and rendering. very blizzard-esque design wise.
try using a bigger brush when you paint. Also your color scheme is very dis-harmonious.
Good metallic feel, but the red lights read as "evil" rather than neutral
good color choice, but the profile view flattens it out
Great design! The lightning looks cheesy though.