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    C.H.O.W 425 Mystic Gunslinger

    C.H.O.W 425 Mystic Gunslinger


    Character of the Week #425

    Mystic Gunslinger
    Deadline - Sunday, April 23rd 10PM GMT

    The winner of this C.H.O.W round will have their work featured on the C.H.O.W banner for the next five rounds.

    For this two week C.H.O.W we would like you to create a character sheet.


    Mining for gold in the frontiers of the Wild West was always fraught with danger, but now prospectors have unearthed an even greater threat. Driven by greed, digging deeper and deeper in the quest for gold a careless pickaxe blow has broken the enchanted seals to a dark and ancient prison that some think is older than humanity itself. Many strange and horrific creatures poured out the opening killing hundreds and causing chaos throughout the West. The monstrosities seem immune to regular bullets, and townsfolk across the frontier are calling out for brave gunmen to fight them. Combining powerful age-old magic with modern black powder weaponry many gunmen and women for hire are seeking their fortunes in answering the call to exterminate the hellish apparitions.



    - Male or female human
    - Carries a magically enhanced firearm from the Wild West era. (pistols / rifles / Gatling gun, etc)
    - Genre is Fantasy Western.
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    - One front and back view of your character.
    - One action pose / movement study
    - Detail of mystic weapon/s
    Optional extras: Facial expressions, alternative colour schemes.



    The Rules:

    - FINALS: Must post in finals thread before the deadline
    - KNEES UP: Must show at least 3/4 of the character, from at least the knees up.
    - FRONT VIEW: Must be able to see the front of design. No back views without a front.
    - WIPS: Must show at least 2 work in progress shots with final entry.
    - READABLE: Design must be readable, as in a 3D model could be made from your image.
    - ONLY ONE: May only submit one entry. No multiple submissions.
    - 3D: Must be originally created models, excluding primitives. 3D paint-overs permitted. If you choose to use 3D in whole or in part you must show a screenshot of the model in 3D software with final entry.
    - UNACCEPTABLE: These are not permitted: Photos, photo paint-overs, photobashing, pre-made or purchased 3D
    models, rushed works/ rough sketches.
    - NEW USERS: Must submit entries by 6pm GMT on due date, due to conceptart.org's moderation process: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...-up-yet/page24

    - DESIGN: Design your character for the brief, not your personal fetish. Nudes without some design are not permitted.
    - READ: Read through the threads; there may be answers to your questions already posted.
    - FUN: Have fun!


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    Here are my thoughts so far on my character. This is mostly building up the concepts for the attire and characterization of the face built for the basic front view. I still need to brainstorm on the gun and some of the accessories he would have for fighting off the magical baddies.
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    64% of all percentages are made up on the spot.

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    Was never big on era Westerns, just feeling out the gunslinger garb.

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    Idea for character is first generation to be born out of slavery, striking out West for a new life.
    Packs a seven chamber pistol; the number seven having superstitious history.
    Parts of the gun are reforged iron from the shackles of his parents. Themes of firearms keep freedom, but also has familial significance and a sort of blood magic. It uses paper-jacketed cartridges, and he uses pages from holy books as there is not a shortage of those to fight the baddies and the gribblies.

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    Don't forget the "mystic" angle can spread to his costume as well, so feel free to mix more occult / exorcist / mage elements all over his design and not necessarily just the gun. Just make sure there is enough cowboy in there to get the Wild West flavour to it.
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    Working abstract constellation and or leyline themes into the coat.
    I was trying to explore using other non-cowboy hats of the 19th century, but I don't think it's communicating Wild West.
    Feels more like sherlock holmes or Prohibition era...
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    Some gun ideas.

    Push your concepts people! Think "gun wizard" who happens to be in the Wild West.

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    This my first post here, and obviously my first entry. I'm a beginner, so be gentle! Name:  garrett_priest.jpg
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    This is my attempt so far, I'm not sure if it'll match up to the other great works so far X3 so far, the idea with mine is a rifle/sniper mystic gunslinger. Using bright energies from the markings on his right shoulder that channel a burning magic into each shot of his rifle (i.e fires the trigger with his right hand) I'm not sure if the gun is period correct, I'll leave it for now until I get some clarfication on that and work on making the body and clothes.

    With the markings, I intent to have it faintly glow through thin clothing while also showing off an alternative clothes that include a overcoat styled piece and a wide brim hat.
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    FredJohnson: The gun looks similar to wild west designs, especially the stock, but the barrel just seems to be one long uninterrupted tube. Try looking up some images of carbines, Winchester rifles, etc to get some of the details down. You don't have to make an exact copy, your welcome to adapt it to your own magical interpretation of course. (see my earlier image "Necromancer's friend" that's copied from an old carbine, there is a mix of wood and brass bits with clasps and all sorts.) Maybe have some of the markings on his shoulder flowing into / across the gun as well to show they are connected?

    Muddlebox: There isn't much "mystical" going on with this at the moment. Are those tanks filled with holy water or demon blood or something? Give some indication of what is in there, deck him out in crosses / demonic symbols and try to visually tell the story of your character, don't leave your viewer guessing!

    InfernoKing: I think the hat is the main thing that screams cowboy, so I'd keep that and concentrate on being creative with the rest of the outfit.

    Some initial ideas from me. I'm trying to combine wizard robes with a duster coat. I also got bored with that and tried out a topless tattooed guy.

    Comments welcome.

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    Moirae: Thanks for the feedback, I'll probably make a bit where he's holding the gun and have the swirls traveling into it cx

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    I think it's going well, I've settled a good base for the body and such, just need to finish the gun, tidy up and do some other parts to add to it and spice it up.
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    The stitching on the shirt is to show the near explosiveness of his powers, as he's just recently used his magic to beat someone in a brawl and the coursing energy burst his sleeve apart.

    Any thoughts or advice?

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    Hey everyone. Cool designs here especially yours Moirae I like what direction you're going in. I love the 'worn' feel of your designs. I did some silhouettes to start with I'm not sure which one I like yet for they all have some interesting quality. If I had to pick though I'd probably pick C and A. What do you guys think?

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    Trying to tighten up the lines a bit and figure out what I'm doing here. The gun is just a placeholder until I figure out what its going to look like.

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    New here. The requirements are for a character sheet that shows both front and back of the character. Does the character sheet have to be fully rendered, or can it be rough sketches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scot Jones View Post
    New here. The requirements are for a character sheet that shows both front and back of the character. Does the character sheet have to be fully rendered, or can it be rough sketches?
    Scot Jones:The front, back, action pose and weapon detail should be of finished quality, you also need to provide at least two works in progress with your final entry, those can be rough sketches showing how you developed your design.

    Gary Bedell: I really do like B, but it's probably a bit awkward for this and doesn't read wild west enough. E looks good to me though. Is C a nun?
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    Hey Moirae, Thanks for the feedback. With B and C the women are wearing prairie style dresses (C has a bonnet).
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    FredJohnson: Another way to show the explosiveness of his power would be to have the sleeve still torn to pieces, rather than show it after it's been sewn back up. I'd recommend finding some reference of cowboy boots too, the shape of his are close but not quite there -- think about how the slight upward curve of the toe or the slightly raised heel give them their distinctive shape apart from normal work boots. Pentagram spurs are really smart

    GaryBedell: Really really drawn to E! I'm not sure if it's exaggerated perspective or if he can actually grow the size of his hand/pistol with magic, but the latter seems really clever.

    muddlebox: Like the idea of holy hand grenades as a sub weapon. Maybe he chucks them into the air and shoots them, causing whatever's inside to rain down on enemies.

    Thought it might be fun give the gunslinger an alias, sort of like 'Billy the Kid', etc. Hippo's always a little drunk and nobody really understands what he's sayin', but I'll be derned if he ain't the finest sharpshooter 'round town.
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    Just a quick sketch of what I was thinking. I'll try and make it a bit more mystical, buy to be honest I haven't drawn many mystical things. Really like where you're going moirae.
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    Going with a voodoo priestess/gunslinger character. Started with a very rough draft in pencil at work and am now working on it with the computer. Name:  Image (2).jpg
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    Added some color.

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    Getting there.

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    easyasbro: Whoa, really like the idea that the gun is like an extension of the guy (Does it fire his tears as bullets?). You can really go in a lot of directions for how he uses the gun to see and maybe has some other hidden means of offense.

    ScotJones: Smart combination, looking forward to seeing where it goes. Really hoping to see an elaborate sort of design for the firearm

    muddlebox: It's a little hard to see the glyph on his bandanna. Even though glowing lines/shapes are kinda a cliche way to represent the supernatural, I think punching up the brightness actually might help in this case. Also consider giving the floating grenade a bit of a perspective tilt, that might help sell the idea that it's defying gravity more than just having perfect horizontal balance like it does now.

    Moirae: Really like how the gun's barrel looks perfectly normal on one end and becomes insane on the other side lol. Like how you snuck the shape of a noose into the strap. Clever

    Now, Goldie -- poor thing's been cursed since she was a li'l tater tot. Her Daddy was a prospector, but she always had her nose in some godforsaken book on some forbidden alchemy-what's-it. Everything she touches turns into a bona fide 24 karat beauty -- including her immediate relatives. Only thing she loves more'n slayin' varmints is hoarding as much of the shiny stuff as she can.
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    Don't know if Ill be able to finish my design this week but decided to share what I have anyway
    My idea was to have a Native American gunslinger to go with the whole "Cowboys and Indians" western thing. While their gun is specially made to slay the rising dead, most of their power would come from their strong belief in the spiritual energy that guides life.

    So far here are a couple poses, a face design and a gun design I have came up with.

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    Hey! How's it going in here? Just thought I'd drop a bit of feedback...

    muddlebox: At this stage I think the main things are pushing your values to give more definition to the form and lighting, and also to help describe variations in texture properties e.g. the shinyness of metal items.

    Moirae: Looks like a complicated design to illustrate - should be a good one if you can balance it. I think maybe the legs need some work - double check the proportions, and perhaps spread the stance more to sell the weight of the gun (if that's what your aiming for).

    Noun: I love both those designs - so full of character! I think Hippo is my favourite, but both are solid choices. I like your simple tones and pallete choices, but I also get the urge to paint them up in a more three-dimentional style!

    StevenyJames: I've been exploring something very similar but with a male native - I even sketched a pistol with metal ornament design! You've got a solid start here so I hope you can do some more with it. Pose 3 has lots of attitude - just take your time to nail the anatomy.

    Keep it up everyone - 3 days left!

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    Oh man I've been away too long. I love the prompt. Very late to the party, my apologies. Here's my thumbnails. I'd love any input. Gave myself little phrases on each character to help flesh out what they are. Love everything I'm seeing too!

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    Just asking does the action pose have to a separate piece from the front and back views? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by easyasbro View Post
    Just asking does the action pose have to a separate piece from the front and back views? Thanks
    Yes, separate images. The front and back views should be clear "just standing there" poses so as to best show all the details of the design, action poses might hide a large part of the design, for instance if they are crouching down a lot of the torso detail would be obscured, so those three elements need to be separate.
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    Trying to catch up...
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    Inkbookerdrawdraw: Liking E,F and G myself.

    Progress then. Moved around the legs a little. Not sure I'm keen on the body tattoos anymore...

    Oh and if anyone is tired of being sane I suggest drawing a Gatling gun in perspective.

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    Hey moirae just to clear things up would this be a front view or an action pose.

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