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    ChoW#290 :: Guardian of the Flame

    Character of the Week #290
    Guardian of the Flame

    Design the Guardian of the Flame!

    DEADLINE: SUNDAY 3rd June 8PM GMT+1 (9PM British Summer Time)
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    Every four years, during the olympics, a flame is carried and lights a beacon at the opening ceremony. However what most people don't know is that for the rest of the time during the four years, this sacred flame is protected by an ancient guardian, tasked by the gods of Olympus.

    This week's task is to create this ancient being, who protects the flame from those that might steal it.

    The Guidelines:
    • Can be any gender
    • Consider HOW they might protect the flame
    • Must be flame related
    • Does not have to be humanoid - but please no gelatinous blobs.



    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#290_Username 
(Files with any other names such as final.jpg or even chow290final.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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    Mmm here we go, might be a titan or some creature spawned from the volcanoe god and his lover but this is what immediately came to mind when i saw this topic

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    Initial idea. Basically going to be a phoenix guardian. Seems fitting to have a bird of fire be the guardian of the Olympic flame.

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    Just farting digitally here... bah...
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    Wanted to have something that was the embodiment of the flame. Found out that the peacock was Hera's bird, and a symbol of eternal life. Each "eye" on the feathers is an all seeing eye of the gods, which protect it from being stolen. My thought is that a feather is clipped once every 4 years by one who is worthy and becomes the flame which is carried.

    Initial sketch thoughts:
    Last edited by carakhan; May 28th, 2012 at 05:10 PM.

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    Abrazuno looks cool, and huge!
    Havok Reed yep, good idea!
    MasterTroglodyte...farting digitally, hm...nice!

    These guyz have been forced to use magic, to protect the flame. Might sketch a female too!...and then decide which one!
    Anatomy issues, yep! Early days yet!
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    Was thinking a form of golem that animates when the flame is placed within

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    @ Abrazuno: That's titanic! and if that's the volcano god's offspring..I'd hate to see his mistress looks great..he looks like he/it could protect the crap out of that flame!

    @ Havok Reed: Crapples! thats a great idea! but it sucks cuz I didnt think of it...so there! j/k I really like the composition so far that's gonna look bad-ass!..watch the perspective on that little dude tho...probably just a placeholder..anyhow...

    @ MasterTroglodyte: ?!?!? when I fart...digitally or analog-ly..it never looks that great! (let's not even talk about the smell) anyhow, the columns are a great touch..and a ghost no less..love what you've done with the face...no mouth..creeepy!

    @ carakhan: wow. gorgeous...very delicate..and yet it must hide some incredible power...love the colors..wish I could do stuff like that..

    @ jsn: I llike 1's necklace idea...2's toga placement..3's pose and 4's power...now mix them up and get mega-power-wizard-protector-of-the-lame-necklace-with-a-cool-toga-guy! one thing...make sure you light your figures based on the "fire" element if you wanna make it bright looking..or dont maybe it's not bright while the guardian holds it..hmmmm >_>

    ok so I havent done a chow in forever...and you guys dont even remember me at all...no sweat... the first thing that came to mind...I know..GENERO-MAN! but oh well...just trying to warm back into it just trying to work on the values as I suck w color.like the pose...but he's a bit too lame I think...we'll see. I also have to put something to show scale..he's a giant...a colossus..of rhodes. the idea is that in modern times he's hiddedn somewhere in greece, but he still holds the original flame from back-when

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    we used to have a banner with the queen of CHoW on it, what happened to that?
    Likely wont participate this week, we're redecorating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barefoot View Post
    we used to have a banner with the queen of CHoW on it, what happened to that?
    Likely wont participate this week, we're redecorating
    The banner became difficult to keep updated between two people in the format it was in. However, we will be starting the countdown for a new king/queen very shortly and a new version of the banner will be implemented.

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    Very nice chow, and some nice ideas till now. Guys just remember that its Character of the week.Try maybe not to do a creature but a character

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    Messing with some variations...

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    Claudio Grassi thanks heaps man! Looks like you're using a magic light too,...lookin good!

    ...always looks better with ref! ah well, more practise!
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    Thinking love child of Hephaestus's when he had a tryst with a mountain nymph or something rock elemental. He swallows the fire and contains the sacred flame in his belly where it can safely rest until summoned for the next olympics. What i got after this morning, Memorial day going to take up the rest of my free time.

    I don't think a creature would be necessary a bad thing, as long as it possessed qualities that conveyed not a species identity but an individual identity, unique to that specific beast alone. The God's made a lot of things besides just humanoids

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameli View Post
    Very nice chow, and some nice ideas till now. Guys just remember that its Character of the week.Try maybe not to do a creature but a character
    I understand that this is character of the week, but the brief says it doesn't have to be a humanoid. Maybe an official clarification should be made for this one?

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