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    CHOW #349 :: The Blade Dancer

    CHOW #349 :: The Blade Dancer

    Character of the Week #349
    The Blade Dancer

    Deadline - Sunday, April 6th 10PM GMT

    The world of entertainment is a vast one. Everything from dare devils to magicians, there is an almost endless stream of entertainers. But for the most part, these are all simple or just a trick or illusion. There is one entertainer who uses the art of a beautiful, seductive dance mixed with the use of deadly blades. This dance of the blades has a symbolic of beauty and danger. The blades range from all kinds of different sizes and styles. Swords, daggers, axes, you name it. But each blade represents a theme of the dance.


    The Guidelines:
    • Can be male or female
    • Must be human or a typical fantasy race (Elf, dwarf, gnome, etc. Look up playable races in D&D as a guide to this)
    • Don't go crazy with too many different blades Stick to 2 or 3 at the most. There is an underlying theme to the use of each one as described.
    • Full nudity is not a character design and will not be accepted into the poll.
    • 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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    Another cool topic.

    I'm really liking the attitude from yours already, mugen.

    And mine:

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    Wow. What a topic full of so much potential. I like the slight constraints - if I don't have a few specifics I just can't get started! We'll see if I can finish another one of these. It sounds too beautiful to pass up this time, too, but metal/weapons are my weakness. Question - can it be a pair dancing together?

    I don't know whether to lean towards playful or lustful, but I know I'm not considering powerful or sad anymore and that I do like the idea of using one huge sword at least. Or maybe my character is just that "little".

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    I wanted to do a character with a blade held in her tail as well as both hands, are there any "typical" fantasy races that have a tail? I didn't want to be disqualified for picking something too obscure. At the moment my character is a dark elf and is holding a sabre and a shuriken.

    Here is my (tail-less) design so far, I'm going for a big ball gown outfit so I can have lots of fun with ruffles and layers.

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    1st one I've done in eons! I guess the point of this blade dancer CHOW is to come up with something that has a different pose to the norm and to try and illustrate some movement in the character. So I've gone for a dancing ninja stripper, who as they perform their dance slowly unravels the cloth around them through acrobatic swordplay eventually revealing their nakedness(!). Obviously need to inject color and texture to what I have so far. As well as fiddle with a few elements, add some bits and come up with a nice hair-do. But any constructive criticism, tips or pointers will be (as always) welcomed. Ta

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    @JayZii: Thanks a lot dude! I also did one girl blade dancer and the 1st dude in different pose, but I think I'll go for the last one; something about slim guy working his tiny blades does it for me

    And there's something about the hair, I guess it gets messy and wild the more they dance!

    I can already smell this one will be hell of a fun to do!

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    @VeriVeri: I really like first one where she balances the blade on her chest, rawr!

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    My first idea.

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    Moirae: a tail is fine I suppose.

    Danbot386: Excellent analysis of the meaning behind this one. Of course, everyone is welcome to do a generic pose, but it is an opportunity to explore dynamic poses. My recommendation is to really push the detail with yours. As entertainers, their outfits should be quite nice as well. Include some trinkets/jewelry perhaps? Put some nice detail into those cloth strips too. Other than that, keep at it, looking good so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Havok Reed View Post
    Moirae: a tail is fine I suppose.
    Thanks for the reply,but I'm not sure I've been understood. I have left the face blank so as to fill in a race that has a tail, such as some kind of werecat or lizardman, and was asking if there were any fantasy species such as this that would fit into this rounds criteria of "typical" fantasy race. I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be disqualified before I take my design in that direction.

    If there isn't I am quite happy to continue with a standard elf (rather than randomly sticking a tail on her.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moirae View Post
    Thanks for the reply,but I'm not sure I've been understood. I have left the face blank so as to fill in a race that has a tail, such as some kind of werecat or lizardman, and was asking if there were any fantasy species such as this that would fit into this rounds criteria of "typical" fantasy race. I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be disqualified before I take my design in that direction.

    If there isn't I am quite happy to continue with a standard elf (rather than randomly sticking a tail on her.)
    Looking at the elder scroll series (not D&D but close enough) you have both humanoid cats and lizards as playable races. And while I'm not familiar with D&D, I'm pretty sure they have something similar. So I'm sure most would agree that a lizard/cat person would be an acceptable avenue to go down. It's not like you want to design some kind of octopus dragon hybrid or anything like that, so just go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moirae View Post
    Thanks for the reply,but I'm not sure I've been understood. I have left the face blank so as to fill in a race that has a tail, such as some kind of werecat or lizardman, and was asking if there were any fantasy species such as this that would fit into this rounds criteria of "typical" fantasy race. I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be disqualified before I take my design in that direction.

    If there isn't I am quite happy to continue with a standard elf (rather than randomly sticking a tail on her.)

    There are many races in DnD(though all aren't humanoid), I am sure one of these races in this link will fit what you want and the CHOW rules http://www.pathguy.com/cg35.htm

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    @mugenTaichou Thanks! I like that one, too. But like Danbot386 said, this is definitely the time to push dynamic poses. I'm going to have to see how I can keep that with her while testing out her flexibility. Or go for the more playful ones who can balance on the edge of a standing sword. That would be a fun one to use an animal-based fairytale creature, like a cat or monkey. I just have the idea of incredible feats of dangerous balance in my mind for this one - its about the only clear thought I have right now. Not a lot of big motion, but plenty of holding your breath, slow dancing entertainment!

    @Danbot386, I can see your character strategically cutting away their outfit, too...

    @Scutterback thanks for the link! It's really helping me out. I don't know what an "air mephling" looks like other than it's classified as humanoid and sounds perfect, so I suppose now would be a great time to work that out for myself.

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    Moirae: Yea skyrim is a good example with the cat and lizard people. There are also Dragon kin aaaand... Tieflings which have tails I think.

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    AH! Favorite theme ever! Hope to find time tomorrow to sketch things! Nice wips I saw so far!

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    One of my first ideas that came into my mind

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    here another sketch

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    Some cool sketches here already! Here's one of mine.
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    Quick gestures with costuming ideas thrown over them. I think I'm going to leave this alone for the rest of today and see what else I come up with tomorrow.

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    I've had literally sod all to do today and this is what happened while watching the second season of 24. I was kind of thinking that the cloth could show a story that (in my mind as I imagine it in motion) becomes animated and told through the dance. And as @VeriVeri mentioned, bit's of the cloth get sliced off during the performance, climaxing with the slaying of the dragon(s) that is across the top half there. Does any of that make sense?

    Still a few bits and details to add/remove/refine, but I've added a bit of post processing to this WIP to make it a little more warm and fuzzy, and just to see what it would look like. Anyway, there it is .

    @VeriVeri I think top middle (with a hint of the top left sketch) or bottom middle would be a winner if you haven't picked one yet.


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    Great work so far everybody.
    VerVeri, I am loving those sketches, can't wait to see your final.
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    UPDATE: have no time for this, only really popped head in to see what's going on after years away. Some good stuff going on. paint overs?

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    Blade Dancer

    Great topic, I'm happy to participate! If you have any critic on my sketch, please let me know!


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    Some variations. Should've probably figured this out during sketching.

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    My first time doing the CHOW! here it is my first approach:

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    Fun, dynamic poses all over in here. Good work everyone.

    Schraverus: I think the top two variations flow the best between the pose and the weapons. Nice colors, too.

    Another feathered dancer and her Tiefling friend have entered the troupe. I've never played D&D, but Tieflings seem like an interesting race to design characters for. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    @m_ligeti: I really like your pose, great work on constructing that, seems like a hard pose to draw.

    trying this one too
    Gah my pose is not so dynamic sadly, I was struggling with it for a bit.

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    Testing a different version:

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    Decided to give it a go, here's my progress so far
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