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@BlindLynx - I used to work with a bunch of layers before, but I`ve been trying to "cut down" lately (especially since I upped the resolution on my images which makes my old computer groan, moan and stutter). Shortly - one layer for the background, one layer for the character and layers with clipping masks on top of it (to preserve the silhouette). Once I like something and want to commit (or I notice I`m having too much layers again) I merge down and that`s it.
Here's mine. I wanted a costume to represent all phases of the sun, from dawn until dusk.
The top "horns" of the hat was inspired by the singer Arthur Brown's flaming headpiece, and I was planning to have this one on fire too, but that may be a bit too much.
Bottom half is a bit plain, but will be adding extra details later.
@Moirae - Concept is fine, but the stand position is too much rigid. Even if a man with a tunic sure has a vertical going, try to find a way to emphatize the hidden legs a bit. Look some "block studies" for find a dynamic position even in a hieratic standing. Surely movement could be helped by adding the right arm and the sleeve, holding the censer, giving the right weight hold in the closed hand. Hope it make sense and is somehow helpful =)
Second update for my sunpriest, I added more from the rough sketch, and have put a gradient light to help me with the lighting. I might add a secondary light, and now I just have to paint it.
Update. The jewelry is (I think) finished being plotted, and the lamp has been outlined. I'm feeling pretty good about making her really glow and feel flowy by the end of this. I'm just debating stamping her red scarf with the pattern of the sun that's only being represented by the jewelry right now.
Moirae: Love the mask. I actually think the costume works better with the bottom half being kind of plain, if you apply details everywhere, nothing gets to stick out as being important. Not sure about that giant ornament hanging off of the shawl, seems like it would get in the way while the priest is walking.
Dayle: Love the holy scriptures they're holding, really clever. The costume doesn't scream sun quite yet, but with the book included it might not be necessary to add too much more.
Lidiev: Only thing is that it seems horse shaped when I think for this prompt the priest is more humanoid; but I love that crazy mask and scepter. Really looking forward to seeing this one fleshed out. Careful with the perspective, it seems tilted to one side. May help to establish a horizon line and vanishing points when working on this further.
VeriVeri: Incredible, love the shape language going on with the headpiece and the backlit garments. Really cool.
Was thinking that the Sun God occasionally inhabits a helium balloon to visit the earthly realm, and the priest is the only one who can relay its words to other humans.
great submissions guys. Here is a an update.
Thanks noun, yeah I know I'm still working on the perspective and yeah I forgot humanoid so I took off the extra legs.
great designs so far! I give it a try too
I'm not sure if my design fits the theme perfectly since i want it to be more like.. 'real world' based.
my character just discovered that she is a sun priest and shes hiding from some evil guys who want to abuse her powers which shes not even aware of ..or something like that
There is some sort of shining emblem on her chest shes tryin to hide under that hoody which may says that shes the chosen one
Its been a long time since I have been able to sit down and sketch. Feels great! Not sure which of them I like best (doesn't happen to me all often).
Good to see CHOW is going strong again after all the website issues.
It's been a while, feel like jumping in.
Last edited by Rhdnor; March 16th, 2014 at 04:59 AM.
Hello! I'm new here and thought I would give this challenge a try, may not be able to finish it though...Oh well! I attached a WIP-
I'm going for a more reserved look for my priest, this is a crappy sketch, but the focus will be on the tablet he's reading from and his uplifted hand, which will be on fire...eventually
---Ok, so I scrapped the painting approach (Cuz I ain't that great at it) and just left the lines in. I modified the costume to be bare-chested while still keeping the bottom half. I also brought the fire into the picture that I mentioned earlier. Still might tweak it a little later tonight...
Last edited by prestes; March 16th, 2014 at 03:42 PM.
9voltbatteriesucker: There ARE priests in the real world. Your assumption is correct, it doesn't really fit with the brief. I wouldn't think "sun priest" by looking at this. I get more of a "normal girl with powers" instead.
Okay, thanks Havok for the response!
Hello, I just saw this today and I would like to give it a shot. I'm probably too late to get it finished in time, but this looks to fun to skip out on.
All I have right now is an extremely rough draft. I'm going for the humble, kneeling, priest approach.
I like alot of the stuff i see so far
intrigued to see how they come out
heres what i have so far need to tweak the left arm
I'm excited to have found the forum. I'm a big fan of shows like Face Off and have often thought it would be fun to have a chance to do some sort of weekly challenge that tested my creativity.
So here's my initial WIP and some notes that I put together to help me further focus the brief. I'm not sure how common it is to interpret and expand on the basic brief, but I feel like having more story helps to drive a better and more compelling design. Anyways, here goes:
The Sisters of Second Dawn are a powerful organization that occupies a unique political space in the realm’s web of intrigue. Typically aloof and neutral in maters of state, the sisterhood has intervened on three occasions lending their support at a key time to turn the tide of events. To the few in the realm that know their secrets, this comes as no surprise as their renown as healers distracts many from their true power: foresight.
The rites of initiation for the order of priestess are brutal with fewer than one in every 100 initiatives surviving the ordeal. Initiation for a sister is literally a baptism of fire. After 10 days and 10 nights in the God’s Eye (a mirrored chamber on the summit of the temple’s tower exposed to the sun) those that emerge are changed forever. Full sisters leave the chamber and don their ceremonial robes their faces never again to be seen though commoners whisper of the ruined bodies and faces underneath the sisterhood’s hoods.
The Sisters’ robes do hide the price of their office, but they they are born of necessity not vanity. Scarred and blinded to the world around them, their eyes can be opened to see God’s plan. For a full Sister, a ray of sun on their bare skin illuminates the world’s path and allows them a glimpse of what’s to come. The robes allow the sisters to stay anchored in the present and shield them from the madness that comes from total awareness.
I need to work on the staff (that's a sundial/astrolabe on top) and figure out how to get some of the symbols I have in mind (flames and a eye/sun motif) incorporated into the robes, but I'm pretty pleased with how it's going.
I'd welcome any feedback or advice you'd have for a newb.
giving chow another run.
Last edited by foolangi; March 17th, 2014 at 01:06 AM.
you guys are awesome, im enjoying the entries
i had a good time with this concept, was very fun, thx for the ideas and inspiration, here is my entry
the idea is, they wear a special robe that burn them, they become smoke and ashes and fire and this way they become one with their god, they go to sun in form of smoke or that is what they think
(first time posting finals here, hope im doing it well).
Very nice, I wouldn't have been convinced about the smoke n ashes ting with the first drawing but by the second its obvious, good job.
Hi, second prog shot, a couple of hours of work left, and the requisite staring to find out if anything is glaringly wrong. Looks like one thigh is too long, thankfully caught it in time!
slowly moving forward...
Last edited by The Colorado Kid; March 17th, 2014 at 02:49 PM.