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CHOW 122: Red Sonja
Classic Character Redux!
Do your homework! This round is similar in nature to the "John Carter of Mars" round, so if you're interested in what way to go with this, go check out that round.
Red Haired Conan-era Warrior Woman!
Chow 123 :: The Blood Moon Monk
The Blood Moon Monk:
A strange figure with no particular religion or philosophy tied directly to him. He travels the world in search of knowledge - both of himself, and of the universe. To him, to be is to know, and only in knowing there is being.
He seems to only wander into populated areas just when there is someone who needs to be 'taken care' of. This be a young man who needs only to be set back on the right path, or someone - something - much more dangerous, for which only lethal force can be used. Somehow, this strange monk just seems to always be in the right place at the right time...
- He is almost a vigilante, but he has his own set of rigid rules and morals that he abides by - he is first and foremost a monk, second a man.
- We're looking for a more eastern/Asian feel on this one, but don't let this limit you.
- The Blood Moon is his emblem. You aren't required to use it, but keep it in mind.
CHOW 124: 24th Century Space Smuggler
Bahati ("Bad Bones") Lawrence is a Near Future (2400's) Jamaican-Japanese female ship pilot of a run-down merchant/smuggling/mercenary vessel for hire. She plows the space lanes with her alien co-pilot, a being from the Rim Worlds, looking for the next deal or Black Market shipment she can get to help make ends meet.
Off beat and punky with a penchant for bright colours, shiny things, fuzzy dice, and little statues of Hawaiin girls that shake in those dresses, plus all the other detritus of living for long periods of time between ports and avoiding the authorities, Bahati is an okay shot, but much better at high-tailing it out of a tight squeeze.
Her copilot is a non-human/non-terrestrial something. Be creative if you choose to include it, but it's not necessary.
Bahati is female and Jamacian-Japanese.
Her co-pilot is alien. If you include it and it looks like a human in a goon suit, you'll be automatically disqualified from the round.
Reference: Blade Runner, Alien, Tank Girl and Firefly.
Chow 125 :: Aztec Child Sacrifice to the Rain God Tláloc
A young child is preparing for the sacrifice to the Rain God. Between 5-10, boy or girl, and BEFORE the sacrifice, not during or after! (We don't want to see any gore, thank you very much!)
This is a bit of an open topic, but it IS a historic round. Feel free to play around with whatever ideas come to mind, but KEEP TO THE TIME PERIOD and the idea.
Congratulations on winning ten rounds!
Chow 126 :: Scheherazade
Heroine and teller of the 1001 tales in the "One Thousand and One Arabian Nights".
Read the attached for details on her story.
- Her character and the stories that she tells have been traced all over the ancient world - Persia/Arabia/Egypt/India - so feel free to experiment within the time period, but this IS in the ancient world. No Alien Arabian Nights, please!
- A strong woman, and an awesome story teller. Please keep in mind that she uses stories over seduction - your character should reflect that, and not just show off a skimpy outfit!
CHOW 127 :: The Little Mermaid
Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid'.
Please keep in mind that this is *not* the Disney version, and I don't want to see anything even remotely related to it.
We need Two Character Designs for this: her mermaid form, and her maiden form. You may want to do this more as a straight-forward, orthographic design, but you are not required to.
Last edited by S.C. Watson; October 6th, 2008 at 11:16 PM.
CHOW 128 :: The Clockwork Heart
"The creaking of floorboards and the sound of heavy footsteps in the hall dragged the boys mind back into the damp and dark living room he had been playing in. Someone was at the door. The boy glanced at the clock to check the time, but the clock had stopped working ever since his dad had thrown it against the wall years ago. The doorknob squeaked. The boy dragged the wooden locomotive, which missed a wheel since he could remember having it, back with him into the shade as he hastily crept back to his corner, a hiding spot behind the desk. A tin soldier was left behind in the middle of the bare floor but the boy did not dare leave his hiding place to go back and retrieve it. The door creaked and then slammed shut. The footsteps came closer, then suddenly stopped. The boy peeked around the desk and caught sight of a large silhouette of a man in the doorway, framed by the light coming from the hall. The figure turned its head towards the boy. Not daring to move, the boy stared wide-eyed back at the man. Daddy was home.
Without showing any sign of acknowledging his son, the man grunted and slowly took another step. With every step the man took, he seemed to slow down and become more and more unsteady. Finally he reached a flimsy wooden chair and sank down on it with a deep sigh, making it almost collapse under a weight is was never build for. The man’s breathing had become louder and heavier all the way towards the chair. With a tired sweep of his arm he took off his hat. Slowly he started to unbutton his heavy coat, and what at first was a faint ticking at the edge of hearing since he had entered now became the steady tick-tock like a clock. It seemed to come from inside the man’s clothes. The boy knew what was coming, but he remained hidden still.
The father kept unbuttoning several layers of clothes, until he came to a leather chest piece held together by several belts. The ticking became louder. The boy dreaded this moment worse than any other time of the day, even worse than facing the other kids at school. With each belt that was unbuckled, the ticking seemed to become more aggressive and present. Finally, the leather chest piece came loose. The boy closed his eyes, but his mind could picture every detail of what he did not want to see. Roughly where the man’s heart should have been, a metal contraption was buried in his chest that ticked with the deafening punctuality of a clock. Moving parts where visible inside it, gears and flywheels and springs, all moving to the same beat. The boy opened his eyes, preparing for what was to come.
The man fumbled with the clamps that kept the contraption in place, then grabbed the clockwork heart with both hands and with a grunt of effort he pulled it out and slammed it on the table next to him. It kept on ticking, but now the table acted like an amplifier. The boy wanted to clasp his hands over his ears to keep the sound out, but knew it would only make his father angrier. Slowly he got up on his feet, dropping the toy train. With an impatient gesture his daddy motioned him to come closer. This movement seemed to cost him a lot of willpower, as his eyes rolled up to show only white for a moment and he gasped for breath. A hoarse whisper came out of his mouth: “rewind it, son…before mom comes home...”
The main character is the father. You may illustrate the son and the mother if you wish, but they are not necessary.
If you plan on participating in IDW as well, the Clockwork Heart must be included in a sidebar and be fully illustrated.
It may be easier to do an Ortho view of the Father for this round.
CHOW #130 :: Dr. Watson
Dr. Watson, friend, confidant, and biographer of Sherlock Holmes. Keep him to his period.
winner: Tom Garden
Last edited by daestwen; December 15th, 2008 at 01:59 AM.
Chow 133 :: Spike, the Dragon Dentist
Ike goes by "Spike" and he's a Dragon Dentist. So you dread getting your wisdom teeth pulled? Spike offers wisdom while pulling your teeth! Many used to gossip that Spike was a dragon "slayer" based on the tools in his possession. A wanderer by nature, he's never had or needed an office.
-Spike is a Dragon Dentist without an office, he travels the lands answering house calls (carries the tools he needs with him at all times) No pictures of a dentist in an room with a dragon in his chair please
-Spike is old and wise, something of an ancient legend himself
-Time period could vary from ancient fantasy to modern day, but nothing about Spike is ordinary.
-Spike is human.
Chow 134 :: The Eclectic, Eccentric Singer
Inspiration: Tom Waits "Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards"
Description: A man or woman who has been around for a long time, their age disguised by wrinkles and scars that the times have written on their face. A person of faith, but not necessarily of a religion, just a power of greater than their own. No man tells them what to do with their life, they are guided by winds and season. A drifter by day and a power of soul by night. They travel from town to town, playing in low-lit bars, drinking to drown out a regretful past. They sleeps when they can, eats what people give them. Their clothes are dated to a time before modern day technology i.e. a tattered suit with old snakeskin boots.
Their only goal in their memorable life is to sing about their life story, full of tragedy and despair. They has a good heart but life and appearance shows different.
In short, a vagabond.
Chow 135 :: Agetha, The Victorian Automaton
Witness the Miraculous Agetha! A realistic, full-size clock-work doll, Agetha is made of all British Empire materials, including genuine Indian Ivory, Canadian copper and bronze, and Pearls off the Australian Coast. Designed and built by master craftsmen Henry Dunnet, Agetha is fully capable of mimicking all human emotion. Wound by a secret form of steam technology, Agetha only requires one hour's wind up a day, and can do all your daily chores for you, with a happy smile and a spring in her step. You'll never want to go back to your old life, once Agetha is in it! Made to Order for a Limited Time, please contact Henry Dunnet for full details!
Scrawled at the bottom:
NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION. First Agetha failure. Set to be destroyed. Please pull ad from new week's newsletter. Henry Dunnet wanted by police for misconduct and endangering the Queen. Send all information to Col. Newcastle at Scotland Yard.
Chow 137 :: Goblin Boss
IF YOU PARTICIPATED LAST ROUND: Assume the goblin gunslinger you designed last round is the good guy. Now come up with the Goblin Boss for the world he occupies. The Boss has to make your goblin gunslinger look like a pansy.
IF YOU DID NOT PARTICIPATE LAST ROUND: Review the entries for round 136 and create a Boss Goblin that fits one of those worlds (include your inspiration pic so we know who's world you're working from - and it has to come from the finals thread to keep it consistent).
Ortho views required.
CHOW #138 :: COUNTESS ELIZABETH BATHORY
Countess Elizabeth Báthory 16th century countess who was rumored to bath in the blood of blue blooded girls to prolong her youth.
She is supposed to be the inspiration of Dracula and vampires, but Vlad the Impaler was used as the visual form.
Thanks to Adele for the suggestion!
Chow 139: Jiao-Long, Velociraptor
Jiao-Long is no ordinary pet. Found deep in the jungles of a far off land, the all-powerful Emperor had the great beast brought to the Forbidden City as both a prize for China, and as a symbol of greatness to his people.
Jiao-Long is a velociraptor, a vicious predator made half-tame by numerous handlers and a life-time of pampering. He is the last of his kind - a bizarre accident - somehow millions of years from where science expected him to be. He is fed only the freshest food, and the rarest - baboons, tigers, elephant, brought from all over the world. He has presents lavished upon him both by the Emperor himself, as well as all who wish to please the emperor. Though he has been known to kill handlers when he is displeased, he shows a remarkable amount of intelligence and cunning, and the Emperor lists him among his 'most cherished advisers'. Whether this is true, remains to be seen.
He is, however, revered at almost an iconic status - seen as being kin to the dragons of legend and the ultimate symbol of the Ming Dynasty's Power.
Chow 141 :: The Ghosts of Christmas
This is a two-week Chow for the holidays! Because you have some extra time, you are asked to do three characters this year. For those of you familiar with Dicken's the Christmas Carol, you'll recognize all three: The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
Please feel free to go wild with these designs - you don't need to stay exactly true to the description in the novel, just to the spirit! There have been plenty awesome designs of these characters over the years, so take a look for some inspiration!
winner: Jeremy Hoffman
Chow 142 :: Knights of the Round Table
Choose one or more of the Knights of the Round Table. If you do more than one, please keep the designs consistent so they work in the same universe!
Please give some visual clues as to which knights you are illustrating - I don't want just random knights, I want designs based off of the particular stories of the characters you are trying to illustrate.
Some of the more popular knights in particular:
Other figures from the Arthurian legends who are knights, but not necessarily knights of the round, I will also allow, as long as you ask about them in particular first. (ie, the Green Knight, King Pellinore, etc.)
winner: Matt Dixon
Chow 143 :: Cheshire Cat/Caterpillar
Take the Cheshire Cat and/or the Caterpillar anywhere you like. Long as we can still tell their character, I don't care what species, genre or period they are from.
Based from the characters in Alice in Wonderland.
Chow 144 :: The Siamese Twins
It's year 55 P.A. - Post apocalypse. The nuclear war, and the devastation it caused afterward, led to a huge increase in the number of abnormal births - at least in those populations that survived. In the pockets of the planet that are still relatively untouched, civilization is trying to find a fledgling grip on itself again.
Outside those, however, is chaos.
The Siamese twins are rarely known as anything else. Cold and rational, these two not-so-individuals have learned to survive in a world set almost entirely against them.
Working as "protectionists" for those who wish to cross the wild, they are part mercenary, part guide, part shaman, part extortionist.
Notes on this round:
-the twins can be either male or female, but they should both be the same gender
-post apocalyptic, but the amount of technology they have available is entirely up to you
Chow 145 :: Supervillain Self Portrait
Kind of a different round for CHOW this week. Totally open, just a self-portrait of yourself as a supervillain. (I mashed together a couple different ideas from the suggestion thread. )
Make sure that along with the design, you get across what your powers/super evil weaponry/death glare is!
Chow 146 :: Queen Titania
Titania, Queen of the Faeries.
Don't have to keep to the Shakespearian view of her, feel free to interpret faeries how you will.
Chow 147 :: Baba Yaga - IDW Crossover
Baba Yaga, notoriously evil witch of legend.
For recent renditions, I suggest 'Hellboy' and 'Fables'.
Again, like Titania, free to interpret, though a sci-fi baba yaga might be a little out of place. :]
Chow 148: E.G. Brownstone, P.I.
Edmund G. Brownstone, Private Investigator... of the Paranormal!
Mr. Brownstone specializes in paranormal mysteries - and the occasional adultery case (though they frequently overlap).
Time Period Open.
winner: FAST ART
Chow 149 :: Female Sith Lord
Pretty much exactly as it says. A female Sith Lord for the Star Wars universe (read: the movies).
Pretty open, but a description is required. Just one or two lines is fine.
Chow 150 :: Queen's Consort
Well guys, we've made it! 150 rounds of Chow!
This round is open. Basically, this is a lead-up to Round 200 and our new queen. Every Queen needs a consort... who will yours be?
winner: Mark Winters