thank you kindly for the comments. This one was very interesting. Voted aeronik as well, great go man.
i thought iīd write something on both the ones i voted for and didnīt vote for, hope this helps in some way =)
i didnīt vote for:
Artofinca: i like your piece, i like the technique and the mood. But i see it a bit far from the topic, i donīt really feel the idea of the vagabond, the person who eats what they give them to eat, and sleeps where he can...it looks like wearing normal tribal cloths to me...i though it was an impotant aspect of the char but i canīt find it in your piece. Otherwise i think itīs a very cool interpretation. good job!
Invincible wombat: I think you are on topic, but i donīt feel much of a character in him. I donīt feel the difficulties he went through and the story behind what he does...he donīt really have much cool in him..i think...One thing for example. If you look at cognition_sbīs piece he also has a written text, but to me that one tells much more about the character than you does, it gives more depth to it..if you understand what i mean. Technically itīs ok i think it didnīt really impact my judgment as much as the concept did. Overall i think you did a nice job anyway!
Pixeltuner: I like him, really, his character shines through, and i think it fits the topic very well. But i really have problems with the bend in the torso...i know it adds gesture...but itīs realli innatural, iīm sorry =) Also lots of line make him look too furry to me at times, maybe his figure could have used some more polishing? or maybe it adds to the character...dunno =).. anyway i think itīs a good work overall!
Rodriguez: Uhm...there are some anathomical issues, and strange things happening with the lighting. The biceps showing through the jacket that way is really unlikely to happen, and the trousers look not too much like trousers. Try to make the cloths more cloths and less body...they donīt all wrap around the body like cellophane, some do, but most donīt. Also i think his face is a bit too old for that body...? Character wise..it looks a to me like a bunch of random stuff put together honestly...there probably is a logic..but i canīt find it, i understand that there might be cloths he found here and there, but still i donīt see them desribing his character in any particular way. The cloths should be just a reflection of his personality. Why does he have does clothes, why not other clothes? Maybe you can try thinking (if you donīt do it already) about the character first, defining who he is, what does he like, what is his purpose, and then find cloths and props that can help describing him...your final goal is to describe the character to the people without words, so once you have your character in mind, gesture, expression, clothes, mood etc, become your words...hope this helps!
YIIT: i like the rendering, missing some reflection between the rocks skin and water i think, and sometimes i think the brush strokes suggest weird planes, in the knee area for example, or in the legs. But it looks good. I love the extra care on the toes =) But i think itīs not really on topic, youīre missing the vagabond part. Not because she couldīt be a 21st century vagabond siren, but because there is nothing suggesting the idea of a vagabond =). Not much of the siren either actually, hadnīt you wrote it before the picture =) but i think rendering wise itīs very good, just the concept behind it is not really on target...
Hungryan: i like the touch the smiley gives him, but i think he still isnīt a strong character. Maybe the angle, or the fact that i canīt really see the face properly, there is something uncomfortable about him, but i canīt really get it, iīm sorry =§ Maybe the cloths...look a bit off to me...itīs like if an old guy, went in a bar with his old clothes and started to sing on stage...it doesnīt give me the idea of a vagabond, neither of a singer actually...uhm..but maybe itīs just me. Still i think that itīs hard to see the character, to understand him from this angle...i feel that way at-least...not much information comes across...i sense that you had a cool concept but i canīt grasp it...hope this makes sense.. =)
anatheme: apart from some anathomy issues (is he a demon? =) ), i find it hard to understand the character, it gives different ideas from the actor/storytellet, to some more classical theater thing, to a dark, punk person...not sure, but i think they donīt really work together that well as it is now. In what way is he fullfilling all these roles in his life? i donīt see and answer to this in the painting...and i think this is the important question when designing a character: imagine a character, a living person, and tell his story with his expression, clothing, gesture, and so on....in yours i donīt really understand much...=§ i know this can sound a bit abstract, if you think it could help you can pm me =) i like the rendering apart from the face...iīm not sure if he should look human.. maybe the teeth or some issues with proportions give him a more demonic look=)...apart from that is nice i think =)Welcome to ca.org btw!!
Amaliax: i like the overall feeling, i think it fits the topic, even though i donīt really find something cool in her...maybe something really particular that expressed more her personality would have helped. The rendering is a bit dirty, wich can be ok inside the shape but it gives a sense of unfinished if when the edges are not sharp. There are some issues with forshortening in the arms, and the way the guitar is held. hoe this helps =)
Relic: nice rendering and concept, but it didnīt suit the topic in my opinion. It lacks the vagabond part wich i thought was an important part of the whole concept.
i voted for:
Equality72521: wow i love the mood, and the character that just from his expression. I can feel the vibes fly through the paper, i really really like it! It well rendered (maybe some form issues on his left arm), but the gesture and the expression really tell his story...The composition also, he is inside the music, inside his soul, itīs a very powerfull image, very inspiring!!
Aeronik yes! itīs him! probalby =) well rendered, great mood, outstanding espression, it really tells everything you need to know about him, but leaves mistery and questions thus making it really interesting. Amazingly well done, probably my favourite!
MJ_Alcazar iīm loving her, really, the texture the pose, the clothing, really work together to create an amazing character, i can imagine her in a film very easily. Itīs a great character i think, BUT there are some things you need to work on, because they are holding you back i think. The face is the major problem in my opinion, itīs wonky, the eyes are erased and the planes are a bit off, i presume that working with pen, you had problems working over it, so there wasnīt much to do, but maybe you could have gone over with tracing paper over a white piece of paper to hide the face, and redraw it...(the first idea that came to my mind)..i think the piece looses much of itīs potential with this face..=( The pose also becomes weird on the bottom half i think, the feet especially donīt really link her tothe ground in a stable way...Apart from that i think it is really nice, the care for hands, materials and background really pay off in my opinion, very nice, keep it up!!
Edriss: i think you gave him an interesting interpretation, fun and well thought. I like the concept and the rendering, but i think itīs lacking character, especially in the expression...it doesnīt really tell me who he is...it doesnīt say much of his personality to me...but i liked it =) i would have liked it very very much with a more expressive face though =)
Buckster: lovely illustrations, nice composition and mood, really nice. Love the colors and the unperfect face really adds to the character. I think you characterized her very well, and you managed to get that character to the viewer...to me atleast =) Love the ribbon xD i think it makes her come to life =)
Cognition_sb: ahah really nice, i love her. i think the contrast works very well and the way you used the colours to accentate it is amazing =) the written paper really adds to the character i think, even though she is quite strong by herself. yes!
vorace well done, nice characterization on both the instrument and the person. I donīt get too much of a vagabond feeling, but i guess itīs because of the lack of more clothing. i like it overall =)
Fenster: heh, yes, i like it. I like the idea and the style really adds to it. It has lots of rythm and action to it, nice pose and gesture, very well done. Design wise it could use some more characterization in my opinion, right now apart from the pose and the face there is nothing that really really makes him unique i think...most of the props donīt stand out, they add to the character a bit, but donīt characterize it really. still i like it very much =)
truly outstanding work everyone, this place always amazes me at the talent people have here. I think what has been said about everyone's piece has been said, but just to reiterate: Buckster, Edriss, cognition.sb, Fenster, Aeronik, and MJ really captured the mood of the brief, far beyond any expectations.
On a side note, Vorace's piece is wickedly awesome, more vagabond-ish than soulful singer, though
Props to everyone whp put time into this weeks CHOW, I'll be seeing you around.
Thanks Pepps for writing a kinda detailed description of why you didn't choose my stuff. I think I start to understand what I'm lacking in these challenges, I should spend more time with thinking about the character and concepting it. I was more here to practice my figure drawing/digital painting so far, because it's a great way to be forced to do that. Unfortunately I'm lazy if nothing pushes me.
i voted for aeronik too, good work!
there's lots of good pieces here, good work everyone...