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    Here's my WIP. Critiques are welcomed!
    CHOW #352 :: Steampunk Storm Chaser


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    @revelations: I really am liking the coloring for this. I didn't expect it to be so bright

    @-Slacker-: i think your outfit design is dead on for steampunk and the posture is really great too! I'm curious to how the device would look like!

    Here's my second wip: trying to still decide.
    I wanted to make the storm chaser device the main feature for these designs.
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    @Ashess: You're absolutely right, the guy is still too generic. I've been racking my brain over the design. I still don't really have a great idea where to go with it. In terms of your thumbnails, I like the helmet on #1, but I can't read it too well other than that. I really do like the idea of incorporating a kite, though.

    @Revelations: When you post your WIP's, it might be beneficial to size them down. It's a lot less arduous to read the design when you don't have to scroll to see the entire picture.

    Anyway, as I said, I'm still trying to work out the design, and I'm still not sure.

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    this iS what i have so far. its quite simple actually. i imagined that lighting is like a big whale that needs to be caught. hence this guy is a sort of harpooner, native american style. he throws the harpoon towards the clouds (!) and attracts the lighting which hits the harpoon. the electricity channels through the cable and is transported and stored in the "bottles" of conductive liquid on the belt through the "wheel/coil" thing in the middle.

    lol

    most of the entries are crazy awesome btw...

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    any feedback is appreciatted now that i still havent colored anything.....

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    Here is a update with paint
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    Update? *shrug*, at least it's not so... what it was before. I'm really not a fan of where it actually ended up going, so I might just finish him off for the sake of completion & practice and move on to a different drawing. Or just stop, I haven't really decided.

    I've decided he's a cloud chaser who has gone insane with trying to collect more energy, it's an adrenaline rush that always needs to be fed. Crits are always welcome.

    CHOW #352 :: Steampunk Storm Chaser

    And now for some unsolicited comments!
    @peterhurman: Cool design, interesting antennae thing in the back. The most obvious thing is maybe having a more consistent light source? Judging from his face, it's coming from the top right, but for the rest of his gear (& esp. boots), it's harder to tell.
    @clouddreamer: I really like this direction. There's so much energy flowing through. The upper shoulder muscles are reading a little weirdly and the belt seems flat somehow, but I'm sure that's stuff that'll come out with colours.
    @Wuggy: I feel like a jerk and that I somehow stole the intent behind your design or something. Um, more specifically though, I really dig the silhouette of your dude. When I squint at him, he looks really cool. In the way that you've done the lineart though, he looks tense and a little bit hesitant. The way his posture is, his spine looks like it's a little concave and his shoulders look like they're coming forward and he's hunching a little bit. Of course, I could just be misreading it, but yeah. I generally find that if I don't get the posture of what I want right, then no amount of fidgety gadgets will get me the look I want.
    @Kindcoffee: THAT HOOD. I want that hood. I also like the face on the pants. I like the second silhouette and pose better but there's something interesting about the design of the first one.
    @Slacker: It's interesting steampunk-wise. I don't really see a lot of the whole lightning catcher yet, but I'm sure it'll get there. Critique wise, her right arm seems a little short.
    @revelations: I think it's a function of having a really really large canvas, but his torso seems a little long. It reads like you're going for a kind of worm's eye perspective (or at least one that's lower than standard eye level) and while his legs and right hand read really well for that, the torso looks off. Love the pants though.
    @Ashess: Aww thank you. You're (much) too kind. I really like the kite one. It looks really cool.

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    ill provide feedback again on all this awesome stuff soon... right now, I'm just gonna answer and give an update.

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    @wuggy- yeah; that’s always hard. You could try and start with a backstory, like did this guy make that glove, or is he hired. How did he get this job and such. Or, you could dontrast with the glove. Like, it seems to suggest a strong character is needed to hol dit, so the guy holding it could be really thin and frail looking instead. On the thumbs, ye I figured I needed to improve on that. How is this version?

    @anaiira- yes I liked the kite too. But I was stumped on what to do with it further, so dropped that one.
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    @anaaira: Hehe, don't worry about the idea. I think it's pretty natural if you start that line of thinking to go "You know, arms COULD make great lightning rods!" I perhaps got too focused on the more cartoony proportions when I was making the base pose, so it's not very dynamic. I'll try to do my best in rendering to fix it, but we'll see.

    In terms of your design, I really quite like where you're going with it, just be careful not to go too cyberpunk instead of steampunk with the technology part of it.

    @Ashess: That's much better. I personally like it best out of the three.

    And here's my progress:

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    And for fun how I went from line to color:

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    WIP2

    Payney: I love the attitude, and your style. There's something about the silhouette that needs improvement, though. I feel like the apparatus on her left hand is protruding where it should be hanging...

    sammyart: Style, shapes, rendering, etc. are all great thus far, but the conductor/lightning collector/whatever seems to have taken over. Is there a way to angle your char or change her position so she, not the machinery, is the focus?

    SorrowCow: For me your contraption is distracting. The clunkiness of his suit and the consternation in his grimace are grand, but some of those spindles pull me away from your char and touch the edge of the frame.

    stringfellowart: I think what you're doing is charming, but the colors feel a little desaturated. I realize they're in a relatively diffuse environment (i.e., cloud cover) but it feels too subdued for all the wonder (or anticipation) on their faces. I also wonder if you flipped the piece would it look better? Just curious.

    revelations: I think your char is brim with pizzazz but I feel like there are places where you could do with less saturation. I realize you're likely to deal with this before you finish but it's my two bits.

    Wuggy: Stiff or not-quite-there angles on the right hand and the face. Try taking a "selfie" with yourself in that position and see how it reads. You've gone to such lengths to render his outfit and color it just so, but he doesn't read as "real" because he feels like a mannequin.

    doganoztel: Love the movement, energy, hair and wild lightning capture device. Go you.

    Slacker: no critiques just yet... just want to see where you're headed...

    Kindcoffee: very imaginative. I prefer the iteration on the right, if only because we see the char's face.

    I didn't get to everyone, mostly because I'm lazy or else because I didn't know what to say. My apologies.

    My wip, such as it is...

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    @ashess - Thank you! Your ideas are great too, but I think the compositions could be possibly better. I really like the guy on the left. It all looks very promising!

    @MasterTroglodyte - Thank you for your comment! you are absolutely right.I didn't appreciate enough these things until I read your comment. I think I'll try to solve some of these problems with values. I really like what you're doing. Its so different from what I could possibly imagine, but its so very Steampunk, and there is so much character in this! Maybe (this is just my opinion) if she was sitting more confidently , maybe if her legs were wider apart, it would be more beneficial to the character.


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    Here is an update. Minor changes all around. It really made me think as hard as I could on design and composition and everything. I guess i'll continue to try to rendering it with whatever time is left.
    I like this challenge so much. There is so much inspiration here!

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    Hello everyone! Just joined the forum and I really like the challenges present on this website. Everyone is doing great so far.
    I have never ever done steam punk before so participating in this would definitely prove challenging but I am interested to see what I can do and what others might do too.

    Anyway, I started off with some silhouettes to get my brain juices flowing and then moved on to a slightly more refined idea for my character. My concept is that this guy is about 50-60 years old and started storm chasing when he was very young and when the storm chasing industry was still very new and unknown. He learned everything through experience and of course had some accidents along the way, one of which cost him his arm which he replaced with a prosthetic one that works through steam power hence the mini steam engine on his energy storage unit. However, the industry has grown and gained popularity and with the increase in demand there is also an increase in supply of storm chasing equipment. In order for him to not fall behind others, he has decided to invest in one of the latest storm chasing equipment but currently has no idea on how to operate it since the way it works is so different from what he usually does which is to just run into a lightning storm and hope lightning would strike his extended antennas thus providing energy to his storage unit.

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    @sorrowCow I think you're right; the left idea is best in terms of ida... but not a very good thumb. looking into different poses.
    also fleshing out the character.
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    @Emmanuall: I really like your silhouettes I think the only thing that I'd have to ask is that it seems like they are all a bit a like? I'm excited to see where you take it though.

    @Ashess: I personally love hummingbirds, I'm curious to see how that and a storm chaser outfit/appearance links up but I'm really thrilled to see that you're using a lot of materials to help you find a great design!

    here's my WIP
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    Right. I've been tweaking the pose a bit, as per the critiques I've received so far.

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    I might still end up changing the other hand to this:

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