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    CHOW #359 :: The Fairy Racers

    CHOW #359 :: The Fairy Racers

    Character of the Week #359
    The Fairy Racers

    Deadline - Sunday, August 24th 10PM GMT



    In the world of the fairies, the Grand Herald Fairy Tournament is heald each year, to test the skills of its participants. The most popular and rewarding of all the events are the races! Speed, among the fairies, represents high status. To win, a participant must carry a small, red baton which grants passage through each checkpoint, and reach the finish line in the fastest time. If a fairy is the FASTEST in the tournament, they not only get the respect, but they earn a special token which can be used for anything the fairy desires, but with limitations. If they wanted to become king or queen of the fairies, they could, but only for one year or if they wanted to become a human, they could, but only for one year. Evil does not exist among them, but desires do. So there are many who train in order to gain their one desire.


    Design a Fairy Racer! You can show them as the winner of the race, in the middle of a race, before a race begins or how they train, etc... Think about speed! Also note, they fly with wings, so NO vehicles.


    The Guidelines:
    • Must be a fairy
    • Can be male or female
    • Must be carrying a RED baton
    • Must be wearing their racing gear
    • Background's Permitted, but don't forget what the focus is!

    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 (minimum from the knees up). No back views are allowed without a front please.
    • Only ONE character please, no multiple submissions.
    • 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. (UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE WITHIN THE WEEKLY BRIEF.)
    • 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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    FAIRIES!?!? Racing fairies?!?! Are you fricken kidding me? I'm in!
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    I'm loving this title. Just too much. Hopefully I'll actually be able to finish this one! Gonna crack on with it this afternoon. Good luck, team.

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    What a cool concept!! Really exciting and feels unexpected.


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    Here's my start. It's not obvious yet, but he's sitting on the third place podium and he isn't overjoyed about it.

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    I think I'd like to have a go at this one. Here are my ideas, I thought I'd want to do the mid-flight pose but I prefer the start line one now I've seen it.

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    The pose is really boring right now but just playing around with design ideas at the moment.
    edit: just realized I forgot the baton... Will fix that soon...
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    Here's a quick concept I whipped up. I added the dragonfly to give a sense of scale and, I'm not sure how, but I think I'm going to utilize in my final drawing.
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    Ok Im going to give this one a go too guys. Really interesting topic...very nice mix of archetypes.

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    I've named him Volo. Trying out some graphic elements on his racing suit. Not sure if I really like them yet though...
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    @Jackadelia

    : If you aren't liking, you should probably start over. This is a great opportunity to create something very dynamic. Challenge yourself, don't settle for what you are comfortable with.

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    mario fernandes - fairy racer 01 -wip

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    some thumbnails:

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    Awesome concept guys! Looking forward to more design ideas and of course the final pieces!

    Well here's a sketch of my fairy. Instead of putting wings on her back I put them on her feet? maybe a magic thing or real wings, my idea was to walk/run on air using those wings. I might not add the bugs with cams for finals if I think I won't make it haha since I'm going try doing my first COW too.

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    What an inspiring concept!

    So, I started out researching butterflies, and I found a desert butterfly that I really liked, the Marble Desert Butterfly, which got me on a desert fairies concept; hardy, kick butt, nomad fairies. This, in turn got me thinking about camel and horse races in Tunisia and Egypt, etc., as well as dirt bike races, Mad Max, Mint 400, La Playa, you get the idea. (I ended up finding about some pretty crazy foot races too http://www.livescience.com/30966-6-a...ert-races.html)

    So, the race I'm designing for is an endurance race, with lots of heat, dust, and sand, battling the elements and being resourceful. The gear is about protection and carrying things you need for a long haul, lots of layers. I like that the butterfly is a little ragged looking, and I want to stick with neutrals and whites, some of that green. Good times.

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    Very fun topic, I'm excited to see where everybody takes this one.

    @elinoree: Lot's of character in that face already.

    @dagreengo: I like the natural, hand-crafted look of the outfit. Do you think you'll push the insect or the plant aspect more?

    @Gritto: Great atmosphere already, I can't wait to see more.

    @Jackadelia: Nice colors in your initial sketch, they really say "fairy". I feel like you're losing a bit of that in your updated picture because the colors are getting really saturated.

    @Graph:
    I like the directionality you're going for in the pose. I would push the horizontal composition as you go forward; the sketch is really boxed in, and that could really stifle the energy.

    @mariofernandes: Very cool thumbnails. They all have that sleek insectoid exoskeleton feel.

    @Dayle: I like your idea to do a timeline of before during after. It leaves a lot of room to show personality in your character.

    @SumitKullu: Great silhouette already. It reminds me a bit of that new luchador/hawk pokemon; very action-y and badass for a fairy.

    @flamjr: Tons of personality already, and nice line work already. Keep up the good work.

    I did a few brainstorming sketches of my own. Not 100% sure of the tone I'm going to go with it yet, so I'm open to comments and critiques.

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    I redid the pose because the old one had no depth. Something about it seems off to me, I got the idea from this iron man photo but the left foot and both arms seem anatomically wrong.Click image for larger version. 

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    Did a little bit of costume work. Pretty excited, this is my first actual attempt at concept art.Click image for larger version. 

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    The Colorado Kid: Thank you! your sketches are cool as well, liking the right most female fairy and the sparkling female fairy on the left side.

    Graph: Hmmm I think the left hand can use adjustments in terms of length, a bit more so that it's proportioned with the right arm, you can use a line to check if the points of the fists and elbows are in good perspective or already okay for your taste. For the left leg, I think it's also a matter of length, lesser length and smaller feet means the legs are splitting away from each other, if you look closely at iron man's feet the heels are almost the same length, try drawing a line connecting each heel and you can use that as a guide for yours. Another way is to lower the left leg and instead let it be seen on lower area rather than the upper area, letting the whole left leg be tilted down as the upper body is already leaning towards the left, but that in my own preference is a less dynamic pose than what you have. These are all just my opinion though! Hope I helped somehow!

    Here's another wip, maybe going for these colors for now, add and erase stuff as I go. Looking good guys!


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    @fllamjr : I like the idea, however you should ask yourself, what makes a fairy? There are qualities which identify them as being fairies. Size is one and wings on their back is another. Right now this reads as an elf with special shoes. And since there is nothing in the image that we can really compare her size to, it makes it that much less convincing.

    And not that it matters too much, but I also feel like you went too modern with the outfit design; modern pads, helmet, and goggles. I suggest reworking them to look a little more fantasy.

    Again, just a suggestion, not a requirement.

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    Havok Reed: Thank you for your suggestion! However that was actually my intention, a type of fairy with no wings on the back and wearing modern human protection gear thingie, ofcourse fairy size haha I'll be adding bugs with cams so as to emphasize her size, if I have the time.

    I'm currently enjoying working on this concept but if you think it's a no-go for the finals, I'll try to work on a new one following your suggestion if I still have time (after working on my COW and this current concept, hope I can make that). What do you think?

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    Im going in with something like this

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    Started over with some thumbnails. I like the twisting pose so I'll probably use that for the rendered image and combine some of these designs.
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    I feel like I'm spamming a bit but I finished the rough sketch... >_< Changed he to a badass she and the baton is behind her back. It's going to have a glowing streak to show it's there. Had a lot of insect influence with the boots, the leaves that act kind of like a shell, and the butterfly antenna like thing on the ears. Definitely much more excited about this design and pose.
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    @Jackadelia: At least part of the baton needs to be visible. So perhaps just the tip of it poking out from behind her would be fine. But hiding it all together, even with a red glow, will not qualify.

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    Haven't had a lot of time on this one... And I'm not sure what happened but I kind of ended up with an F1 sci-fi fairy...

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    Love this prompt Here are some of them sketches
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    In the end I decided to go with this one. Didn't want to go too buff with racing suit so I tried to keep it al light as possible while keeping it aerodynamic. As for batoon it the kind that is being passed by being dropped mid air, so it looks a bit like a weight and it's fancy looking...as in "The Royal Batoon" xD
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    First sketches.
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