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    CHOW #348 :: The Sun Priest

    CHOW #348 :: The Sun Priest

    Character of the Week #348
    The Sun Priest

    Deadline - Sunday, March 23rd 10PM GMT

    In this society, the sun is worshiped by the people. It is what provides warmth and comfort for those who live under it. The priests who follow the path of the Sun God are very passionate about their belief. They believe they are imbued with the fiery power of the sun and are known to show this in some of their rituals. They are dressed in robes which have the GOLDEN symbol of power, repeated throughout the design.

    The Guidelines:
    • Can be male or female
    • Must be humanoid
    • Must include the symbol of power in the design. This symbol is just a representation of the sun/sun god.
    • Background is optional 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
    • Please read through the thread for any posts made by the mod. They likely answered a question that was asked about the challenge!
    • Have fun!


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    Ah! A nice, bright, powerful, positive theme! =) Here is my nightly sketch, drinking my goodnight milk! Hope this round will be tough as in the past.

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    I like your design, Blind. Has a Turkish feel to it, imo.Name:  priestess-copy.jpg
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    Sun Priestess wearing white robes, golden crowns and gold scarves

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    Yeah, the idea was to put middle oriental/bizantium flavour, because I was sure my priest would come very D&D cleric clichè. So, just for turn it a little, without going too far with my "realistic" interpretation... Happy You like it, I start now to good deeper with the rendering. Looking forward 4 yours, and everybody else! Push it people!!!

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    @Havok, please let me know if heavy filter compromise validity. (Sure compromise quality, but I'm just looking for something).
    @PixelSlayer... So... Solid. I have to exercise a lot on find this volumetry.


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    Quickie thumbnails. I'm thinking mostly nude figures, strategically placed gold jewelry, and really airy and light ombre dyed silk gauze fabrics. I'm probably going to really hate myself.

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    Oohhhh! This one makes me think of one of my favorite books growing up, brother night. Had sun gate and moon gates, all craziness. Anywhoo, may participate this week, we'll see what unfolds. Have some projects I need to finish up. :/

    @Taman shud - feels a little lady libertyish -(which is cool if that's what you're going for). I'm quite fond of the stances, a lot of emotion there.

    @Babaganoosh99 - Hands needs some work and I feel like the head may be a bit big for the rest of the body. I'm enjoying the geometry in your design though.

    @Kamakazi Echoes - I'm liking the furthest top right silhouette.

    @Pxel Slayer - Like the color pallet you're going with and the costuming's rather unearthly ( '')b

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    Fun! I can finally join one of these! I've had bad timing so far or been busy. Here's my reasoning behind my first drawings: Ultra-thin and sheer fabrics, layered and drapey and free, plus the huge gold-framed "hat" all create an incredibly radiating figure. Men or women can dress like this, and I chose to do the woman. Not only do their robes catch and radiate light (mostly when back lit - and they make sure that they usually are), but they also move and change the figure's outline. They create an ambiguous shadow, too. They are also fire-retardant, but they can dip their gloved hands in flammable chemicals. I'll try to show that in my final, and maybe have her carrying a lantern. I need to learn how to properly color this kind of lit fabric! This is my challenge.

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    I'm sorry I replied to your specific post - I thought I selected the general thread reply.

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    The insectoid race called Zrtvuli have a yearly ritual for their sun god Khraium, a being that resembles a butterfly with fiery wings, where the chosen zrtvuli eggs are hatch on the top of world tree known as Sarlzi. The rays of their star would be the first sight of the zrtvuli new born and their last as the star would be too bright for the newborn since they are born without the harden shell that develops for a adult zrtvuli to protect them from the radiation of their star. The hatching process is monitor by the chief sun priest of Khraium.

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    Day 2, repaint all the things.

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    BlindLynx: Filters are fine. You can use what ever tools photoshop has built in. Just don't use actual photographs and you will be good.

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    Okidoki, here comes the lunatic sect guy.
    Nice stuff so far guys, especially the use of color. Thats quite a riddle to me.
    @VeriVeri Thats a lot of interesting ideas behind your piece wich imo make it unique and not replacable. I also like the contrast between the sun as the ultimate source of energy and the calm mood of your character. Maybe the burning gloves could destroy that contrast.. anyways im curious of your final result.

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    great start everybody.
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    @Baranha nice style. I particularly like the weight and placement of ornamentation on the far right, but the height of the hair/headpieces on the other two. It helps balance out the sleekness of the body.

    Here is mine pdated. I learned from my first painting and have redrawn with my originally intended pose and more details.

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    First sketches.

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    Look´s like a great challenge!
    Here´s my WIP, hope to get it done in time...

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    Now full body and changed pose...

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    My first try.


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    Leaving this one to sizzle for a couple of days...

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    @PixelSlayer - Can I ask you something? How many layers are involved in this work? Is useless that I make complimets for this remake, even more solid than the other. You are ispiring.

    All right, here is another step of mine... I'm losing freshness every time, but it was good exercise with a PSD tools I never used before: the meltin brush.

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    Sun Priest

    Attempting to post--

    My sun priest, sketch
    Trying my hand again, with hopes that i'll be able to complete it. I work a lot so it's a matter of my free time, but my Priest is female-- has a half-suncrest and staff, and a sash made of auroras that springs from the light in the palm of her hand.

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    Bit of an update. Wanted to try painting metals so the left one is far more done that the rest. Whichever one I go with, it'll probably have a fair amount of tattoos. While I like the first one a lot, I tried to skirt the line a little less with the other two.

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    Baranha - Great start again, I think the colour palette works very well. More variations of two and three and you could get something really strong from them.

    Havok - Do they have to be human? I would like to try something like the "Kursed" dark elves in Thor? For now some sketches to start.

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    Neat topic and some great wips so far! Quick initial sketch so far...

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    First entry into CHoW, usually do Enviro/ Industrial Des. stuff, should be fun, been a while since i did intense character work/painted fabrics. great topic. heres my first wip post.
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