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    CHOW 433 Pestilence knight

    CHOW 433 Pestilence knight


    Character of the Week #433
    Pestilence Knight
    Deadline - Sunday, August 13th 10PM GMT

    In the dark times when Albion is under the pall of disease order breaks down as many become desperate and delirious as death nears the afflicted. Infected zones are all but abandoned by the local barons, which become rife with violence and looting as the unaffected risk their health to steal from the weak before the barons move in again.

    The only hope is the pestilence knights, once proud warriors they too have been stricken with disease, and so wander these plague zones cutting down bandits where other knights fear to tread. Exiled,the knight’s armour is rusted and pitted, their swords drip with foul disease that pours down from their own broken flesh. To the infected these warriors are saviours, but to those outside they are death incarnate, whose beaklike helmets (modelled after plague doctors) strike fear into those who shun their dying brethren.

    Please note this is not a warhammer fan art contest, any followers of the Dreadfather Nurgle won’t be disqualified, but please don’t feel constrained by a particular fantasy universe and try to be completely creative and original with your designs.



    • Male or female human
    • Visibly diseased.
    • Knight armour (heavily worn)
    • Wears a beaked plague doctor mask (may be a shaped helmet, etc)
    • Genre is fantasy horror

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    Cool topic! Here's a rough sketch of my knight.

    Might add or remove stuff or even change the proportions, we'll see.
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    I was just about to post when i remembered they have to be diseased. I'll try and add it in. Anyways, here is what i've come up with.
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    I have a lot of doodles for this one already, but I can't really figure out which direction I want to take him. There's so many details up in the air still and what kind of style I want to put him in.
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    How do you figure out what features and style you end up going with? Am i just too indecisive?

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    I came up with this idea, gonna do some changes in the overall design into something more ~ dark to
    show his disease in some way and work on his "Heavily worn armour"
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    @flamjr That looks awesome !!!I can really see it like a final boss of some video game.

    Here is my moodboard and reference images
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    Initial sketch done only from imagination.
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    Unfortunately it looks so boring that I am thinking I am gonna have to change everything, probably gonna change the pose gesture to one where he is standing with most weight on only one leg, and bent it a little more.
    Also I wanted him to be standing in front of an entrance, maybe an old church or a some portal, not sure yet.
    Probably gonna do some more studies and sketches on traditional and then move to digital

    EDIT 1: also he looks really 2D, gotta work on structure
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    @vanvanmar great moodboard! Cant wait for your final sketch

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    @vanvanmar thank you!

    Here's my wip update, changed proportions and added stuff for overall design
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    Quote Originally Posted by SgtCostello View Post
    How do you figure out what features and style you end up going with? Am i just too indecisive?
    SgtCostello: I think you have to decide more of the character's background and what you want him to be. Is he loyal and brave, staunchly defending the infected, or is he bitter and jaded after being afflicted and is lashing out at the healthy? Is he strong with only physical symptoms (boils, etc) or frail and debilitated?

    Vanvanmar: Don't forget this is a character competition, be sure not to spend ages painting a beautiful doorway/ entrance for him to stand in front of and then have to rush the knight himself as deadline looms. Only worry about setting if your'e sure you have the time.

    Fllamjr: Minor niggle but the mace looks strange to me held backwards like that.
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    This what im working with so far probably gonna mess with the pose more was having alota issues i fear i built upon a bad base
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    @Hubian thank you very much ! I also really liked so I hope I will have the chance to do the full illustration, not only the character later
    @Moirae I will keep that in mind, thank you. Probably gonna work on the character with a gray plain background from now.

    Did some studies again, which only prove that the previous ones were done poorly and without much planning.
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    Then another sketch from imagination
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    I think it loos better now but it still has this "plain" feeling to it, which I suppose I am not gonna get rid off until I actually create something from my head, not only using information that is already there. Thinking about changing his armor a bit to look more like crown.
    Also I can`t believed I keep the same gesture that I had already decided would not be a great fit. Gotta make him lean forward more.

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    After some thinking i decided that the previous drawing didnt fit the challenge well so i've decided think about somethin different
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    @Hubian the pose now looks a lot better !!

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    Gotta study more about the light, decided to go with a soft light coming from up left.

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    I think I might go with his skin being burned off or something. Here is something. I've been working on some more designs, will update soon. Everybody is looking great, especially like where yours is going Vanvanmar
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    This is pretty much where I'm landing on right now. I feel like it's too bland or uninteresting and I'm not sure if it's the design, pose, or maybe just lack of good form/depth?
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