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    CHOW #346 :: Insect Ruler

    CHOW #346 :: Insect Ruler

    Character of the Week #346
    Insect Ruler

    Deadline - Sunday, February 23rd 10PM GMT

    In the realm of the insect world, the societies that exist are ruled by a monarchy. There is a ruler for each type of insect and each ruler is part of The Gathering. The Gathering is where each of the head rulers meet to discuss the best interests of their people, resolving disputes, signing treaties, etc.

    This next topic is going to be pretty straight forward. Your goal is to design an insect ruler. You can pick any INSECT. I recommend you do some research if you don't know what defines an insect. If you need some examples of humanoid, reference the movies Antz or A Bug's Life. Also, backgrounds will be permitted this week.


    The Guidelines:
    • Can be male or female
    • MUST BE HUMANOID, you can mix half human, half bug if you would like.
    • MUST be insect based. Look up what insects are if you don't know.
    • MUST include reference image of insect when posting final
    • Make them look like a ruler! Don't just go generic and call it good. Push the design, give it clothes, jewelry, etc.
    • Backgrounds are permitted this week.

    The Rules
    • Finals must be posted in the finals thread before the deadline
    • Final post must include the CHoW # and the artists username at the bottom of the image within, at least, a footer bar(TYPED, NOT WRITTEN)
    • At least 3/4 of the character must be visible. No back views are allowed without a front please.
    • Sketches or rushed artwork will not be accepted into the poll
    • No photograph paint overs, must be 100% original work
    • At least two wips posted with your final in the finals thread
    • NO ENVIRONMENT BACKGROUNDS! You may use simple shapes,gradients or silhouettes
    • Have fun!
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    oh cool I wanna join and draw a disgusting bug-human-thing

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    Great subject !

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    Dibs on Phyllocrania paradoxa AKA Ghost mantis.

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    test
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    This is an amazing subject! Love it. I´m curious about everyone´s take on this.

    I like these type of bugs, probably going with something like this. Sorry If I don´t know its fancy latin name

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    Ahhh missed the last ChOW deadline! Time to roll up my sleeves and jump into a new one, I suppose. This is an awesome theme. I'm already leaning towards the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing, but the number of options is nearly infinite, so this is going to be a hard choice. The mantis is a great option -- look at that fabulous headdress : )

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    gggh I hate most of the insects, except butterflies ahah
    I think I will choose the japanese rhinoceros beetle

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    testt
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    Hmm, started focusing on moths in general (though beetles are also a great option!), then narrowed in on the very regal Hyalophora Cecropia. The grays, reds, and whites, in addition to the "fluffy" quality would fit perfectly with a Tudor style royal. Moving forward with the Cecropia Moth!

    test
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    Looove the theme! I'm thinking about having the stag beetle as my inspiration.

    Maybe the Prosopocoilus giraffa or another type of stag beetle...

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    Going to try a aedes aegypti mosquito. A nasty disease spreading bugger. Initially wanted to do a pretty insect, but I feel like this will be more of a challenge.

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    Hey guys, first time here. Work in Progress, "Queen of the Blood Sands" Name:  bs8BULu.jpg
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    Some ideas. Not sure whether to go male or female with this. Any opinions?

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    test
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    Oh wow, I thought that ghost mantis was a picture of an alien at first. So cool!

    I believe I will be going with the firefly. Am loving the idea of a big glowing belly, and those colors and big black, glossy eyes are inspiring.

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    Really cool topic, and I predict this will be a big one. Already lots of cool ideas going round.

    If peeps need inspiration here's a link to some cool insects - http://melvynyeo.deviantart.com/gallery/

    QUESTION - Also on a side note, are arachnids exempt from this topic with them technically not being insects?

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    Gormakgreat start!

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    Are arachnid considered insect or not for the purpose of this contest ? I know that science do some distinction between insect and arachnid (due to number of legs, I guess), but I like/hate arachnids a lot and I would like to go with one of those.

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    This is really interesting!
    I don't like bugs, but I must admit that they are inspirational for such things!

    I think I am going with the "classical"...
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    Okay I'm going with the housefly on this one.

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    Cool topic! My initial thoughts were a Queen Bee too. I think either a beautiful fairy style butterfly Queen or a disgustingly slimy slug.
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    This is what I made so far-
    My Queen Bee drinking royal nectar! =P

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    First rough sketch, tried to capture the pose.

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    Arachnids are NOT classified as insects. So no spiders. The reason for this is because we had a previous topic not too long ago that was to design a spider queen.

    Dayle: Insects man. No slugs.
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    My first idea. I´m going to attempt some sort of spot lighting created by a window. Cool ideas here already

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    Cool ideas so far.
    Here is my stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Havok Reed View Post
    Arachnids are NOT classified as insects. So no spiders. The reason for this is because we had a previous topic not too long ago that was to design a spider queen.
    Okay, thanks for the fast answer

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    So, I think i'll go with this kind of cicada :

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    My initial thoughts were to do some kind of a war mongering tyrant beetle, but I figure I always want to do something big and lumbering and I should really try to break out of my shell. So last night I had some spare time and I piled together some inspiration. I want to do a real leader kind of monarch. Someone you would gladly follow to hell and back. Also I want them to be a young queen.

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    The biggest issue, hilariously enough, is finding the right bug to choose. Still haven't nailed that.
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    @JB-Charakterdesign that looks badass !

    Im going with the Tailed Emperor Butterfly Caterpillar, having a hard time choosing which design to go with though, so opinions are very welcome.

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    Jafro: I had to do a little research on caterpillars to see how they are classified. Caterpillars, are the larvae stage (childhood) of an insect, usually a butterfly or a moth. I will let this one pass. Considering it is still an insect. But I think you should consider that a caterpillar is a baby insect. So perhaps reflecting that in your character should be the route you take it.
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    Sadly too terrified of insects to join in on this one (or provide much feedback). Good luck to everyone.

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