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Jerome S. Mordido
Character of the Week #353
Fallen Angel of the Broken Death Gate
Deadline - Sunday, June 1st 10PM GMT
It pains the higher gods to be forced to send, a once loyal guardian, to the abyss. There is no forgiveness for the divine which breaks the laws and the only mercy they receive is an eternity of servitude in the underworld. Forever trapped, as warrior servants of the vile death god. There is a broken gate which the death god sends the fallen to stand guard, so that none of the higher gods may enter and try to kill him. The angels are unable to escape and have no choice but to serve.
The fallen angel's wings bare the scars of ill treatment and slowly become discolored. Their once beautiful complexion is now cover in wounds from being beaten by the minions of death. And they are forced to use weapons where the hilts/handles stab into their hands when held.
This week you are to design one of these angels which is forsaken to defend the gate.
- Can be male or female
- Must be humanoid.
- Must have wings.
- Must be carrying a weapon which bloodies their hands.
- Genre is fantasy.
- Background is acceptable this week.
- 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.
- Only ONE character 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!
"I will not serve the human. I'll cover the world with ruins, flood it with blood and tears; I'll warp what's beautiful, make penurious what is pure, batter down whats grand. I make all the evil I can, and I'd like to augment it to the infinity. I'm all hate, nothing else than hate. If you, human, would knew the depth, the height, the width of this hate, you would have the widest intelligence among all the intelligences that have been from the begin of the world, even if all those intelligences would be united in just one... I'm the Lier since the principle. I'm the Assassin Born. I'm the Fallen One"
The legend of Amos, the first angel
In the beginning the higher gods joint their powers and Amos was created.He was the first and mightiest angel of the high heavens.He was the most powerful being the gods had ever dared to create and his birth was supposed to mark the rise of the heavens and the downfall of the death god.As he was brought to life the minions of death cried out in horror and fear.Even the death god himself knew that Amos posed a threat to his existence.
After their creation the gods rested.Amos,equipped with the golden sword,forged in a thousand suns, made haste for the Broken Gate to challenge the god of death himself.
On his way Amos came upon a golden maze, which he entered.After a year passed, Amos still had not found the exit.After five years his mind was broken.After ten years the maze was festering from within Amos own body.His wings were rotten,his sword blunt and his eyesight extinguished.
The god of death, in his cunning had created a living maze without end.The walls evermoving,creating new corridors and weaving new paths.Oh how the high gods wept when they woke from their rest.Their mightiest champion had fallen without striking down a single foe.
Even to this day Amos is wandering the endless corridors of Broken Gate,a mocking example for the high gods hubris.
Last edited by Mueslimensch; May 30th, 2014 at 09:26 PM.
Well here it is. His weapon is bound to him by evil, and the razor sharp bars surrounding his hands cut him with even the slightest movement. I hope you like it, thanks for looking!
Deviantart Profile- http://jongragg.deviantart.com/
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Looking forward to all the finished pieces
As angels are known for carrying the misery of the world on their shoulders, they never smile, ever and have an overall pretty sh*tty infinite life. So this one went on strike, disobeing the gods, asking something more than just being allowed to shut the f*ck up as a salary. What a mistake he did, Marlboros god of air and wind, Monsantos god of earth and harvest and Britishpetroleomus god of sea, united their forces to throw the rebel down the Death's kingdom, and would now on serve as a guardian for eternity. His job is to protect Death's kingdom from the strike of the gods. His dream is becoming true ! He'll now be able to kick his ex-boss's ass, the same that made his life a living hell, and punished him when he realized it. He's glad to be here. He doesn't sleep but if he could he would be pleased to wake up every morning. Once he landed there he wanted to erase what he was, cutting off a wing to use as a toga, replacing the traditional one and preventing him fom flying (that's angel stuff). So there he is, excited, waiting kick some gods'ass.
SKETCHBOOK any crits are welcome
Unfortunately I was occupied all week and couldn't participate properly. For not participating in the WIP forums I sincerely apologise (the loss is all mine really). I hope I didn't break any rules. But I made myself a promise that I will participate no matter what. So with whatever time I had today I decided that it would be a at least a good exercise in trying to make something presentable while having to work under a time constraint.
So this is my guy. I imagined he was left for dead in the deep abyss, near the broken gate. His mouth was sealed shut and his hands were chained to these huge spike balls. The Death God thought it would be a good laugh, But our dude had other things in mind...
...she grabbed his arm and whispered "run". They ran past all the lost souls wandering in circles around the Edge of the Hell. She picked him up, spread her wings and flew him high up past the black heavy fog until they saw bright light coming from above. He noticed a tear rolling down her cheek. "Adriane?" he asked "Is it you?". She did not replied and mumbled something he could not understand. Suddenly the sky cracked and he got blinded by warm bright beam of light touching his skin, almost like It's reaching out for him trying to pick him up. "Now you are mine!" Demonic voice yelled from bellow. She picked up speed, flew trough the crack and put him on a grassy field. Ground under her shook. Dark tentacles lashed out and wrapped tightly around her legs and dragged her down. She knew there was no coming back. "I still love you!" she yelled as she was dragged down trough the dirt. Then the crack sealed and he never saw her again...
I was always just lurking around and i though it would be fun to finally join all you guys and post something. I really love all your work you posted guys, it's really inspiring!
My Final - Splendid round guys! Cheers
Last edited by KMZ; June 1st, 2014 at 01:11 PM. Reason: resizing attachment
Nice work everyone!
Last edited by Quinn Simoes; June 1st, 2014 at 02:19 PM.
Here is mine at last!
: Officially charged with the crimes of curiosity and greed, the punishment is exile eternal into the broken deep of Death's Domain. Its soul confiscated and wings inverted, so that it may never attempt to return.
: New arrival just came in.
Soul: broken or missing
Wielding the Heartreaver, it stands alone as guard to the Broken Heart, northern gate to Death's Domain. The fallen cherub struggles in vain to rebuild its shattered soul.
My Sketchbook - All are welcome
Hey everybody, first time participating in a ChoW. Below are my final and two WIP's.
Inspirational work guys & gals! Feels incredible to be a part of such a creative community.
Here's my Final and some WIPs.
- Final -
Here's my entry:
She was cast down from the heavens, her golden hair was cut off and she was chained at the death gate. Her armor has rusted and her wings are decaying. She will forever in pain guard the entrance to the dark realms.
For the sin of falling in love with a mortal the guardian was forever banished from the light to guard the broken gate in the abyss.
An angel's heart is a powerful and greatly feared weapon. Each shot from her cannon drags a shard of her heart with it to pierce the enemy and poison their blood with holy light. As more and more of her heart is torn away, soon all that is left is a black hollow. Incapable of feeling, the love for which she sacrificed everything is but a forgotten dream.
And so is born the fool at the gate.
angels and blood, great work all around!
Good work this round guys. Thought I would offer a bit of crit on your finals. I don't get to hang out on the forum's much anymore, so I figured I could do this.
myotismon - You need to really hit the books and study your anatomy. Use reference for your work and you will see a big difference. Keep pushing.
BlindLynx - good approach on this one. I dig the design. well done.
Dayle - good to see you improving on your anatomy. Getting better each time. Her hand touching the ground seems detached and a bit long. I think you went a bit overboard with a brush on the wings too. But good work over all.
Mueslimensch - get some reference for your anatomy next time and try to push your design a little further as well. I do like the idea of this one though.
Gragg - Great work. Good color choices for the lighting. The only thing I could say is that HIS left arm seems to be rotated a bit too far, revealing too much of that tricep and elbow.
Jerome S. Mordido - His anatomy looks decent, but there are some trouble spots, particularly the face, hands and feet. Also, watch out on those hot spots you put all over, they are much too bright. I really like that snake.
sithface - Cool concept. You need to work a little bit on anatomy; his pectoral looks like one mass, rather than two.
voidbug - This could have been pushed much further.This is borderline too much silhouette and not enough design.
FUZION PREDATOR - So this is the fate of Hannibal Lector XD! I like the idea of the ripped off wing covering him up. I'm not too sure about his right arm, something seems off. Over all, great work.
Freshfool - This would have been a good one to push much further. I like the mood of it. Work on rendering your stuff out a little further.
ashess - I like the idea. You should spend more time in the rendering phase. Things are looking a bit muddy. Also, don't submit 2 images as finals.
SorrowCow - I like the style you have going here. However, it would be nice if this was a little cleaner or defined
Thumps - Really like the idea of her being turned into a tree-like dryad thing. Not exactly sure what is coming out of her palms...are they branches? Good stuff.
KMZ - Cool concept. This guy has been down there for a long ass time. I think you could have defined his hands a little more.
Homerid - Very nice lighting. Everything reads pretty good. Nice job.
Quinn Simoes - very cool. My only concern is that his blood looks like a big red ribbon coming from the sword. Overall, nice stuff..
MarkThacker - Your use of soft brushes on the armor really distorts the image and is very distracting. Then you have very sharp rivets in the armor which makes them look like they are floating. So don't use soft brushes for detailing, stick to hard.
IntoTheVoid - Not exactly sure what this guy is...A cherub perhaps? Work on defining your forms and not using so much soft brush.
mortari - You need to push your values more, along with defining your forms. Try not to use black, you have so much on the bottom it is serving no purpose to the image. It also makes everything flat. Use reference in your work.
jtendollar - Interesting concept using the forced perspective. Use reference in your work for anatomy. Also if you are going to do a forced perspective image, you should really make a grid to place the character in so that it looks a little more accurate. I like the gate and the mood of it all though, so good job there.
Kritzlof - Anatomy needs a little work as well as the perspective of the wing. But I like the idea of him slowly turning into a creature of the underworld.
Moirae - So she wields a giant, blood, super soaker...thats gross... lol but an interesting concept. watch your values, you are getting a little too dark in areas.
wizo5454 - Cool design. I would have liked to see this pushed further.
"It pains the higher gods to be forced to send, a once loyal guardian, to the abyss. There is no forgiveness for the divine which breaks the laws and the only mercy they receive is an eternity of servitude in the underworld. Forever trapped, as warrior servants of the vile Death God."
@Havock- thanks so much for taking the time to critique. I still have some trouble rendering, I just hope I’m improving. As for submitting images, I did update the piece last evening, but there’s only one final up there. Maybe it was a glitch? Everything look fine to me. One fin, a collection of wips.
@BlindLynx- you getting my vote; I love the balance between scary monster and pitiful condemned. The silhouette reads well and the lighting gives us just enough information to see what is going on. I also think the shapes are pretty stong, like the triangles the forarms with the staff make.
Runners up (in my mind)
@Dayle- beautiful image; very pretty rendering too. I think you need some way to get our attention off the less perfect details though; maybe blur or darken them. Details such as the sharp angle of the nose-cheek division, the front knee – how it connects to the lower leg. Then hands. Also, the wings don’t really connect to the body.
@Gragg- the is a great final render; but you kind of lost the brief. This just looks like an angel warrior. The balls and chains are cut from the image, and the metal around the hands look more like guard/ protection then restriction.
@Fusion Preditor- yeah; like I said before, I really think the torso/leg length is off. And there’s the hand that just isn’t right. It is a great image though.
@thumbs- lovely coloring and I really enjoy the drawing-like rendering. It’s a bit animish, and the things coming from her arms thoroughly confuse me. How far are they sticking in? the length and wounds suggest quite deep, but looking at the hands and forarms, they seem to end right at the palm. Are they welded on or something? You need to explain this visually as this is the main thing in the image.
@Homerid- I really like the pose and the overall atmosphere. This image does pose a lot of question that are left unanswered. What is he doing with his left hand? Is he holding that collar thing around his neck? How does that thing work? I can't figure that thing out in space. And I guess he’s leaning his foot on those skulls? That would have that thing on his crotch skewing to the side. But its not. That calls attention the line left of his torso, which is darkened quite a bit, but not quite right. Stuff Like that.
@quinn- such a beautiful illustration. I’m saying illustration because it doesn’t seem like a character design to me. More like an archetypical demon. I think having the blood run down the blade to near the end, then have the ‘ribbon’ thing flow down on the right side of the image would have made the thing more balanced.
@Jerome- the thing with the front leg not getting pulled forward with use of lighting still bothers me soo much. Especially against a background that suggests some more consistent lighting. It just look lighted this same way all over. No light source. I also have some problems with the composition of the pieced. The main diagonal of the piece- the weapon, just kind of flops down like a piece of rubber at the back. It would have been okay if it had grabbed back in space, but it doesn.t it just flows sideways.
thanks so much for the great round every1. anybody else wants a critique just ask. I dont mind doing it, butt there's sure are a lot of images here!
Homerid - you got my vote! The idea and pose are very solid, the spikes/tortured elements blend really nicely into the design and I really like how he is standing guard, ready to smash any intruder in a blow. As a crit, I think the gore / body damage could have been pushed just a bit further, his legs look pretty intact for someone living in a shit hole : ) , but again, great execution!
Moirae - I can tell a lot of work went into this, the character design is wicked and I liked your entry overall. Try and put a bit more thought into the light source and pose. the light seems pretty nice on the cannon but the character feels flat and also, for such a skinny girl lifting this giant weapon could not really be possible in that pose. see what type of girl can carry such weights and check out some references for the pose : http://www.dynamiccoresolutions.com/...-Squatting.jpg
quinn - almost got my vote, rendering is flawless and I really dig the demonic approch to your entry, the only thing that made me otherwize, is the legs...they felt short and the pose of the is very static compared to the rest of your concept. It would have been cool the see in him in movement kind of walking down those stairs.. anyways, very hard to find stuff to crit as its super well rendered. good job!
BlindLynx - great design! the best from this week's topic imo. I really dig those hellish shoulder pads, I think if you put just a bit more time rendering it out you would have had my vote. also I love how the demon is chained to those rock pillars, awesome idea!
Some crits (warning, I may contradict my own advice directly with what I posted for my final, I make mistakes so feel free to completely ignore what I write :v)
BlindLynx- Looking great. For critiques I think refining the wings a bit more would look better, maybe having them look more solid or using fewer individual strokes for each feather, right now I can misinterpret them as tree branches. The pauldrons seem to have the attention in terms of detail but the main contrast area and the center of the piece is the face, I think you should work on it a bit more and find a way to give it the care it needs as the point of interest. Good work.
FUZION- Love the personality and expression. The character himself looks like a horror movie killer that just got out of an insane asylum. My main critique would be the weapon, your sketches showed some research on torture and imprisonment devices, something along those lines would have fitted a lot better with the rest of his accessories.
Overall its a nice twisted interpretation and a very cool render.
Dayle- The piece has potential but its not there yet. Her head looks slightly detached from the body, the shadows cause this because it appears to be affected by a different light source coming from a different angle. At the same time the chest has barely any shadows which makes it look flat. The right forearm is really long, without indication of the wrist joint and the hand is smaller than the left.
Composition and design are working, some focus on the anatomy details can make it look a lot better.
Gragg- Your painting reminds me of those old heavy metal album covers with buffed barbarian dudes wielding axe shaped electric guitars and scantily clad women praising their awesomnes, that's a good thing by the way
A few crits; its not very clear how the weapon hurts his hands and his body doesn't show signs of imprisonment or mistreatment outside the pentagram on his pectoral. The highlights on his right side of the face look like they may be too detailed, facial muscles are generally not that prominent, but I understand if its a personal design decision. Rock on.
Jerome- The lighting is a bit confusing in here, you have the back lights to his sides, a frontal light on his arm and chest and an upward light from the ground affecting almost only his face. His left arm and weapon cast almost no shadows onto his body and make them look detached and floating (the weapon in particular). Legs could use a bit more volume definition. Hope it helps.
KMZ- I really like the texture you gave to the wings and the color palette of the piece. I think the character could use more cast shadows and warmer hues to integrate him more to the background. You mentioned some of Frazetta's works in your WIPs, that's an excellent choice to study and would certainly help you to take this one further.
jtendollar- Be careful with the rim lights, if you use them to contour too much it flattens the objects, think how the light affects their volume and how it would reflect to the position of the viewer. For example the columns of the gate and her legs have different shapes and are viewed from a different angle and distance yet they have the same rim lighting applied to them.
QuinnSimoes- Love that kind of alien presence you give to your characters. One thing I find slightly confusing is the partial shade on his head and shoulders, judging by the WIPs and the left arm I guess its the same skin (de)coloration but on the chest area looks like its something blocking the light source. The previous versions had a more spotted and diseased look which made it more readable.
Although his body build and gigantic horns make him look a little more like a demon to me, the design is concise and very expressive, overall I think its a badass piece and a very distinct interpretation, so just keep doing your thing
ashess- Thanks for the crits. You're right about the arm looking weird, my initial idea was of him trying to pull out the collar, but I wanted to make it so the chains on his arms had a relation to the weapons so I added them later and didn't change the initial position. The belt thing was a problem yeah, I pictured it as one of those broad metal fantasy belts that go up to almost stomach height but I messed up the length of the torso and the perspective so it looks like its lower and unaffected by the hip. Completely forgot to fix the shading on his left, I just left it like that from the previous WIPs
On your painting the position of the left arm looks strange, as if its bending in a dislocated position from his shoulder, from the viewer standpoint the upper arm should be covering about half of his head (with the biceps located right next to his ear)
You have the potential for a very nice scene with the cast shadows from the sword on his body and from the gate going over him, but the column on the left cuts about a fourth of the image and the contrast creates an unbalance in the composition. The wings also go outside of the arc but show no shadows on the floor behind.
wizo- You're right about the legs thing, had to finish some other works and kind of rushed posting it. I'm making some after-poll adjustments so thank you for the crits
I agree with Havok on your piece, some parts of the character needed more focus, working a bit more on her and the lighting could make for a very cool looking painting.
Thanks for the comments guys and apologies for any grammar horrors, great round!
WHAT. A. ROUND.
And the best is to look all this energy and times we all spended here, reading and watching and answering. Hope you all will be in for the next challange. I already said a lot in the wip for my crits. Just a thing, was hard choice for vote. I gave mine to Quinn Simoes, because its solidity and charisma. The red ribbon, was amazing for me, not a bad note, as my raw wings meant to be for my work. It was hard , and was near to vote Homerid, but than I had to choose =). So nice round ppl, push it forever! =D