Gareth Hinds|Concept Art|Characters|Historical|Photoshop
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Brett Hawkins/Concept Art/Characters/Fantasy/Painter
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POLL IS UP!
No cuts today, but a couple notes ::
Herr Oin: Please make sure your final and the wips are seperate images. It's not really supposed to be our job to crop them for you.
JanJager: Teeeechnically your piece broke the 3/4th rule, but I let it slide anyway, since you added a lot of other items in the work to get the character across. But because it's a character design contest, we generally prefer to see their second half.
Tommoy: Your wips are there, but your final isn't showing up? If you post it again I'll put it in the poll for you.
Tough call! This is tight... I voted for a couple in the end.
Devoid - Nice play with proportions! Loving the dreadlocks, it gives some interesting shapes to this guy
H4wk - Good lighting, dynamic posing, atmospheric smokes... all add up very nicely!!!!
Master.Mind - Liking the headgear design! Also the style you went for is executed very well!
Kaktuzlime - Simply love this one! Good weight to it and I like how you can read his attitude clearly.
Venger - Gets my vote for unique design and being well presented!
Parsakoira - Difficult angle but Im happy to see you try it! Turned out well!
Johann - A unique take on the topic that works out! The design of the helmet is especially tastey!!!!
Oh balls. I thought the deadline was at 5 PACIFIC. That's what I get for being a noob on the CHOW. T^T
Oh well. Here is my art anyway.
Just a note: I named the Celt, Esus of Gaul. Gaul is one of the Celtic countries (modern day France).
nice work all. here is my final
Lots of great stuff. In the end I voted for:
Bendragon - Love the outfit, the horse, the layout. Still looks a little unfinished, but very good.
Kaktuzlime - Great character, and he looks like my buddy Sean. I don't really like the way the background fades away in a fog; I probably would've preferred just seeing him on a flat white/color bg, but still one of my faves.
H4WK - Very nice design, believable, well-rendered. The composition could be more dramatic, and the left-side horse looks a bit odd. I love the hash marks inside the chariot. (same goes for Gemsie)
Johann de Venecia - I like your style. Very elegant.
Almost voted for:
Gerezon - That is a bad-ass boss-monster of a gladiator. Not sure if the Celtic thing is coming through, or if a two-handed sword is a good weapon for a charioteer, but he is definitely powerful.
Parsakoira - There's a lot I love about this, but ultimately I was bothered by his soft physique.
Jager - I love what you've done, but obviously this is an unfinished piece.
Here's why I don't do CHOW very often. It takes a lot of time to do my piece, and then almost as long again to crit everyone else's. Well, not quite, but it feels like it. I don't like to leave anyone out. Big congratulations to everyone who did CHOW for the 1st time! These crits are intended to highlight things to work on, not to bash anyone. We're all learning.
no toast - He's good, but the painting is very soft. I would try to establish more structure with your shading. Don't always round everything out. I almost like your first wip best.
Oniko - As realistic drawing this falls short, but it's a very strong composition, and I could see your style working well for picture books.
ImaGEEnation - Nice comic-style character, and I really like your abstract background. I don't think a charioteer would use that style of shield. I like the coloring except for the purple belt, which doesn't look like a color that would exist in the real world, especially ancient Rome. I can't tell where the flames/explosions are coming from.
Sillirien - I'm not sure I get the concept. He looks like he stepped out of an Asterix book to me (Gaul = France, no?) and he's in the woods. I would also try to unify your colors more -- there are various ways to approach that, such as using one color transparently for all the shadows.
z01ks - Good job getting in on time, and nice rendering on the armor. His skin looks a bit dull and yellowish, and the colors overall are a bit dark and muddy. The background is sufficiently unfinished that it's detracting from the impression of the character, so in the future you might consider leaving it out if you're pressed for time.
Veshkau - I like the bizarreness of this design and the rendering of the armor, sword, and beard. The anatomy is a little off in places. The obliques should be bigger, the right arm is bigger than the left, ribcage could be better defined. But excellent first CHOW.
B-Man - this is really nicely rendered and a great composition. I just didn't find him to be a very distinctive character.
Tommoy - I like your painting, and he certainly has unusual armor. I guess I just wasn't sure about the practicality of the armor, and his pose is pretty stiff. I'm also not sure why you turned him blue.
JanJager - Excellent scene. A bit too airbrushy for my taste. Lovely detail on the items they're holding over him.
Herr Oin - Nice sketches. Right now the finish doesn't feel finished, which is probably just a matter of getting comfortable with the paint and spending more time on it.
Venger - Very nice design, especially the chariot. The painting style reminds me a bit of the old TSR guys like Larry Elmore and Clyde Caldwell.
Devoid - I like this a lot. His stance is a little funny, and I'm not sure I like the giant padded armor on his right arm, but he's a great character.
Orion9282 - Very nice painting. His hand seems big, and overall the colors are pretty dark, but mostly the only problem is that I don't get that special "Celtic charioteer" feeling from him.
Sailormooninite - Congrats! I already gave you most of my comments. It does look brighter with the sky painted in. I would try using harder-edge brushes next time, and do a simpler composition so you can really focus on the main character.
Quinn Simoes - Lovely painting, great helmet. Maybe a little generic, despite the cool helmet and arm guard.
l.sheridan - I like the armor a lot. The character himself seems kind of wistful and sensitive for a gladiator, but maybe that's what makes him unusual. I think your colors got a bit muddy, and I'd like to see more structure on the bare arm.
saa - Fun. Simple and well-painted. Makes me think of the Grey Mouser. Maybe needs a bit more armor or something to make it clear he's a gladiator?
cjuzzz - Now that's a serious chariot! Your painting technique is quite messy, but it will improve with practice I'm sure.
Gemsie - I like the way this came out. There's still some strangeness with the proportions, though it's better. Next time maybe pose yourself with a camera for ref.
dashinvaine - You did a good job on a very complicated background, so it's no surprise that you didn't have time to bring this all to a consistent finish. Maybe next time try for a simpler composition so you can really go to town on the main character.
Reymus - He's cool, but some of the shapes seem awkward, like the big rectangular pieces hanging down from his belt, and the arm guard looks like it weighs a ton. The shading is a little dark too.
Sinnerman - As before, the rendering on the armor is really great, but the anatomy of the arms and legs is off. Arms short, skin dull, thighs too cylindrical and featureless. Love that armor though.
hauteclere - I like his face and hair. I think you should check the proportions at the drawing stage; his waist is very low, and his arms and legs are shaped strangely. Get more exact reference and figure out all those anatomical details, especially the feet.
ognjen - Nice design. The shadows go maybe a little too blue on his skin, and the painting is a bit rough, but I imagine you would've fixed those issues if you had time.
master.mind - I love the looseness. I think you need some stronger highlights on his left arm. He doesn't really read as a gladiator to me, but I like him anyway. He'd be right at home in a Mad Max film. Or a slasher mash-up of Midsummer Night's Dream :-)
Deastwen, I've made some last minute changes and wanted to post it yesterday but apparently something went wrong, no biggy though. Nice round btw.
Bendragon, apart from some anatomical issues this drawing has a really nice atmosphere.
Quinn Simoes, extravagant design, still a very believable gladiator, although probably from another world. Slick execution.
Jager, superb helmet design, wish I could jump out of the box so far. Pitty it looks unfinished. I liked the arm in your first drawing the most.
Gerezon, horror gladiator, this guy can really do some damage, nice.
ORION9282 --->VOTED FOR YOU, its bit clean, it could have some aging on the dress. really liked it.
Parsakoira --->VOTED FOR YOU
Devoid --->VOTED FOR YOU i liked your style
Oh shit! i have missed the deadline ?
WOW!! Really impressive round everyone! For my first ChOW I am just happy to be in the poll ~ but OMG the skill and speed exhibited here is amazing!
hehe, really)) a need to be more carefully when I read description) And I always thought about Asterix too...(
But anyway I think that it was wonderful experience!)
I know I'm not skilled enought.
I vote for:
Devoid (he is so cute! He is super ^^)
Quinn Simoes (because of his style and this beautiful shining)
JanJager (eh! very interesting scene. It's more than scene, it is really history!))
and Venger (your picture reminds me Clyde Cadwell! I like this style...)
There are many super pictures here, but these are best for me)
lovely design, great silhouette and I love the size of his sword and arms compared to himself. And the Micheline-man-arm thing he has going on, sweet stuff.
This just kicks ass! Nice and clean style. I like his massive head. The skull on his belt has a little Aztec feel to it almost but I quite like it. Great sketches too. (all though I feel u went overboard with the blood stains)
Great expression and I love the guy's armor. He does look a bit clean for a bad ass Celt though. I'm guessing this is before his battle .
My fav entry this round. His mask is just marvelous! Great job!
First of all, I´d like to say that I think that everyone who contributed to this week´s Chow is a winner.
Masters Mind, My vote is yours. Truly a wonderful picture, suberbly excecuted. He feels believable, and real, yet with that awesome helmet you manage to give him a unique silhouette. Cool design. Sweet autumny colours and good materials. He´s buff =) I would however have liked to see a chariot somewhere in there... I think you could have worked further on getting the pose to feel more unified. Currently, I think that raised arm feels a bit pasted, and that the rest of the pose doesn´t quite support that particular action. Finally I´m having a hard time reading his attitude. I think he looks a bit confused. Still, great entry!
Other entries I enjoyed were:
Bendragon: Splendid armour design. Would benefit from a more celtic look and a less static pose.
Quinn Simones: Excellent technical execution. All those reflected lights and colours are very yummy! Again, doesn´t feel at all celtic, and where´s that chariot?
Venger: Wonderful finish. Great lighting. Cool Chariot. I think the design is a bit conventional. I think this is very subjective, but I would have liked to see some more play with the outfit. Also, in my opinion, the pose feels static, and posed. Not like a real person, but more like a model, or rather, a model in a photo. He looks proud however, which is great =)
Parsakoira: Nice anatomy and good cameraangle. I would have loved to see this at a more finished level.
Orion9282: Beautiful technical execution. I would have liked to see a more celtic appearance and some sort of hint at a chariot. Also, I think the pose is dead, as it really doesn´t do anything more than display the design. I like seeing verbs more than I do seeing nouns
B-Man: Lots of great stuff going on here. Great pose, fine values, good anatomy. I think you could have amped the design a few notches. I´d love to see this fully rendered.
Johann De Venecia: Nice fluid motion. Good design! He´s super cool =) I think if you had rendered this without keeping the lineart it would have been a far more appealing image.
Finally, Clochette, your vote is far more meaningful to me than winning any competition . I respect you and your art endlessly.
Take care y'all! =D
Last edited by kaktuzlime; February 10th, 2010 at 06:51 PM.
I'm a bit ambivalent on this one. On the one hand the brief clearly states that : "The Celt remembers very little of his homeland any more. Though he was fifteen when he was captured and sold into slavery, his memories of his time before Rome are so few and so fleeting that he wonders sometimes if he merely dreamed them." So to me this clearly points to a character that should be garbed in roman-made and roman-inspired clothes, armour, weapons etc. Which would mean that although I see some great art in this ChoW, those who have given their characters a Gaulish-look (other than the biology of this guy, red hair for instance) have failed to interpret the character
On the other hand you could argue that the gladiator classes took elements (at least in name) of conquered peoples, and so maybe the Essedari could coincidentally have some Gaul flare to their gear (the myrmillon is supposed to represent the Gaul for instance if I'm not mistaken ?). I could sort of buy this, but it seems a little stretched in m opinion.
For instance I quite liked how Master Mind took the Gaul symbol of the wild boar and converted it into some sort of roman-gladiatorial-vernacular (big cumbersome helmet). Nicely done but -after checking out all the entries and finally returning to the brief- in my opinion out of context. Which is why I liked Quinn Simoes "Celt" the most : it looks like roman gladiator armour (althouh slightly unconventional). Perhaps a tattoo or two under the clothes might have helped bring out the character with regards to his gladiatorial class though.
And extra points to all those who worked in the chariot. It might not have been essential to do so, but given the description I think it was a good decision.
Kaktuzlime : I don't often go for cartoonsy illos, but I was sold on this one
Orion 9282 : Although I rather liked your rendition, I find it blends in too well with the gladiator get-ups we're familiar with. In this respect it the concept is a success, but it just didn't set him apart enough for me.
B-man : like the values, how the hand goes black to pop out from the white Swish !! hehe I think it might have helped us appreciate the character/class if you thought up some extra clothes/armour to him though.
Johann : the helmet really drew me right in. Detailed, obscuring most of his vision. Unfortunately the rest of him doesn't seem quite as interesting though.
I understand that he remembered little. I think my motivation for incorporating a few stray elements of Gaullic elements was that the Romans, as entertainers would play up his origins. Also, Gaul was - for a time - ruled by the Romans and there was a definite mix of Rome into the culture of the Gauls (such as Gauls in Roman attire...)
But I definitely get what you're saying.
Actually in my head I had the idea that they'd probably play up his origins too, especially if they called him the Celt.
I'm more amused how people did the Celt = Gaul thing, which isn't so true. I guess there were celts in Gaul, but I was thinking more northern britain near Hadrian's Wall...
Since I didn't say that specifically, though, I suppose I can't complain!
What is also important to consider is that the Celts were pushed out of their lands (or culture) by Germanic migrations and their languages and culture was replaced. However, the insular Celts on the British Isles retained their culture and language far longer. Things have changed a lot since the Roman Empire screwed around with their neighbors, and so have the peoples.
Anyway...sorry about that! I'm a history geek.
Last edited by RedPen; February 17th, 2010 at 06:23 AM.