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March 19th, 2007 #1
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THE BLACK QUEEN
Originally Posted by cakeypigdog
The year is 2025. The Black Queen is the figure-head of the British- Japanese empire known as the GBNR.
The GBNR are one of 3 super-states at constant warfare with each other. It is the hundredth year since the forming of these states. Our queen is a divine leader as well as a military commander.
Her appearance should bring together Victorian and traditional Japanese aesthetics but also take into account the 100 years that have passed since the joining of these two cultures.
1 = divine leader
2 = military commander
3 = victorian&japanese mix 100 years later.
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March 19th, 2007 #3
The queen of funk.
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March 19th, 2007 #5
hmm interesting challenge.. very interesting combinatoin of fashions also.. - JAG
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March 19th, 2007 #6
I'm in. Probably.
March 19th, 2007 #7
Think I might be as well... been a long time away...
Edit: First rough... She's going to have a lot of art nouveau detailing mixed in with the Japanese stuff. Lots of tightening up to do yet, mainly on the the legs, which look a bit poo... It's a bit rude at the moment, but I shall alter her costume to cover her modesty as befitting a queen. Girls with swords huh? There's a step outside the comfort zone...
A bit of colour, to get a mood... I feel I'm missing the Victorian element a bit too much at the moment...
Final pic. I'd love to work on this further and if I get a chance I will, but time is against me for now. Crits and advice very welcome! Some amazing entries this round, and I really look forward to peoples finals! Edit: Altered the face abit more... and gave her a cleavage!
Worship me with fire and blood; worship me with swords and with spears. Let the woman be girt with a sword before me: let blood flow to my name. Trample down the Heathen; be upon them, o warrior, I will give you of their flesh to eat!
Last edited by Aly Fell; March 25th, 2007 at 06:22 PM.
March 19th, 2007 #8
But what does GBNR stand for? Great Britain Nippon Republic xP
March 19th, 2007 #9Registered User
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ha, scrawny white sketchbook ring is taking over the topics! and i love, amazing topic yet again mate!
March 19th, 2007 #10
PC's fixed now - I'm in!
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March 19th, 2007 #11
I'm in! Sounds neat!
Thumbnail time! Just a couple ideas. I like the one on the right more. The asymmetry is neat. I ultimately want to make the outfit to look like it is REALLY uncomfortable to wear. I started thinking about Victorian and Geisha outfits and how painful they seem. Anyways, crits are welcome and encouraged.
UPDATE: Added rough pencils. Much better ideas coming through here but now I have a bit more Japanese and want a little more Victorian. OH, and yeah, the proportions are off. :-P Starting on the final pencils soon.
NOW...WITH SOME COLOR! Unfortunately, this is as far as I am going to be able to go at the moment. I will finish this up later this week but I have some other things I need to take care of. So I would love some comments on it, especially the color. It has been a long while since I have used colored pencils and I like them but I think I may need to learn to paint digitally, the work some of you guys are doing in the computer is blowing my mind!
Last edited by Rogzilla; March 25th, 2007 at 06:50 PM.
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Good evening everyone, I'm new here,and I'm in, two of my favorite era's combined, sweet. I was going to post for eow this week, but didnt start my pic till this last sunday, rushed, and i didn't like it, so didn't post.
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March 19th, 2007 #14
Here are some thumbnails, i think i like the one all the way to left the best
open to any comments
Last edited by Howie; March 21st, 2007 at 05:08 PM.
March 19th, 2007 #15Originally Posted by Chuck Wadey
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Hmm, I would have figured on a more "feminine" figure, but you could go with a burly Eastern-European type. The one on the very left and the very right are clearly the best, keep developing!
March 19th, 2007 #17
Oh, what a swell topic! I might just have to finish my EOW early and join in! Yay for whom ever came up with the topic!
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March 19th, 2007 #18
Oooh! All I can say is, Oohh! Such a neat idea. I'm not promising anything, but I'd like to give it a try this week.
March 19th, 2007 #19
so if its 2025, and the GBNR has been around 100 years, does that mean we are taking a hypothetical situation that britain and japan got together before 1925 and then extrapolating that 100 years? or did you mean 2125?
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March 19th, 2007 #21abysmal horror
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I like the topic and never make it on the first page so im gunna try right here right now
March 20th, 2007 #22
WOowie I am in. DId some sketching but I think this oens complicated , and thats why I am loving it.so we can use references right ? for the victorian costumes and all.hmm the fact that 100 years the cultures have merged makes this one even mroe intriguing. BEst of luck everyone.
March 20th, 2007 #23
Here's what I've got so far. I've combined a furisode gown with a Victorian-style high-necked collar ( something to make it nearly impossible to tilt her head down), and threw on some braided epaulets for a more martial feel. Much like Rogzilla, I want this outfit to be excruciating to wear and have it show. I know the ox horn hairstyle is more Chinese, but it reminds me a little of Queen Victoria, so I think it stays. I'm looking forward to inserting a whole bunch of military background. I'm looking to make this look like a propaganda poster.
Update: OK, then. I've started sketching the underdrawing. I'm wondering if I've bitten off more than I can chew with the phalanx of soldiers in the background, but given my overall satisfaction with the project so far, I consider it a challenge instead of a problem. Still, it's kind of making me want to splash out for a nice shiny tablet and take a stab at digital painting ( until they start making poster paints with an UNDO function).
Update again: Started painting. Flag and sky done in watercolor. I think I'll want to go back in and do it again in poster paint; I don't like the look of the paper texture complicating the image. Other than that, I like where this is going. Great job everyone!
OK. All done.
Last edited by gtgauvin; March 25th, 2007 at 08:49 PM.
March 20th, 2007 #24
Sweet concept Cakeypigdog! Also Gtgauvin cool start, digin the flag! I'll see if I can pull my finger out and scrap together something!
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March 20th, 2007 #26
Definitely count me in on this one! I've been watching CHOW and COW for awhile... was kind of afraid to try. Tried last week, but couldn't quite get my head around the bear thingy. So anyway... I've already got some rough sketches going and ideas popping around in my head for this one Should be a fun one. Mine so far is more a direct blending of both cultures together. And I was also wondering... Cyberpunk is allowed right?
That seems to be my speciality ;D
March 20th, 2007 #27
Form: yes, consider it an alternate earth where japan and britain united 100 years ago.
gtauvin: love the attitude you have achieved in the head/ neck area!
Malakai SinClair: yes mate cyberpunk is fine if that is your inclination.
Last edited by cakeypigdog; March 24th, 2007 at 07:04 PM.
March 20th, 2007 #28
For some reason I keep seeing peony embroidered fluffy dresses... can't stop the visions!
Edit: dudu dudu du carack that wip
Updated with some paint still a little more... juuuust a little
Last edited by troylikestomakestuff; March 23rd, 2007 at 04:14 AM.
March 20th, 2007 #29
Love the concept!! I'm in. Hope I can devote enough time to make it worthy of the idea.
Gtgauvin > The face is great! Maybe you could add a few millitary elements like armor to make her also a leader in war ?
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I don't think I'm gonna do a real entry though because I doubt I'd be able to get a certain fashion show from last season out of my head :o
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