Andromeda, the Chained Princess
Andromeda, the Chained Princess
Here's my take on Andromeda and the sea monster (a sort of gigantic eel).
I've tweaked it a LOT in the last hours, thanks to the new dead line.
I would be grateful for any critics, as usual.
Last edited by LeoListens; June 20th, 2010 at 07:27 PM.
Something came up and I really don't have time to do this first, so the poll will have to wait until tonight. Feel free to tweak your pieces. I don't know how long this is going to take me, but probably at least 3 to 4 hours. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Last edited by daestwen; June 20th, 2010 at 03:40 PM.
Got caught up in the father's day festivities and didn't think I'd be able to finish. Thanks for the deadline extension.
I think this is all I have time for.
And just for wednesday... COME ON ENGLAND (and portugual. Just for the other half. Bless)
actually somewhat finished a CHOW for once...
*wheeze* Here's my final. In time I think? Hawaii time messes me up.
Wasn't able to finish because lots going on now in life. Would love critics! No ref used.
Nice, can't upload any attachments cuz this bogus ass attachment uploader is shit. missed the deadline anyways. didnt have time to color. great submissions tho!
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Lovely work, everyone! <:D
some critics & comments
leckronium: on the quick first pass I thought you hadn't included the monster, then scrolled down to the wips and saw it, very cool! just keep in mind that sometimes things are going to be so subtle that they may not be read immediatly, so it has to be done with purpose. This time it totally works for me.
lodin: its a very nice image, very nicely rendered, and while the warm centered light looks good in the image, it doesn't make sense to me, with the rest of the lighting. Maybe adding some other warm highlights would help? Also the front part of the monster (snakelike) doesn't make sense to me with his body, kindda makes me want to see him whole. Still, I like the composition a lot.
Evil comrad: it seems to me that the light is quite inconsitant. She's lightened from the overcast sky, but the monster has some hard shadows on some surfaces facing upwards? I think you're using directly a photo for the water? if you are, you'll learn more if you try doing your own rendering with some abstract shapes, and the pic will be more "yours".
Pinback: Very lovely shapes and composition! I'd like to see more control of the attention, either by rendering certain parts or by better composing the values. I'm just nitpicking, the overall image has a good effect.
staticpen: I saw your linework in the wips thread and it was amazing. Your final is a great image, but I think it looses something, compared to the linework I saw. I like the mood a lot.
fdisk: Its a good idea, but you have the same contrasts all over the image, so its hard to read what is going on. If you pushed the monster and water to a similar dark value, reserving the highlights to the foreground I think it would work better.
posichrvey: I enjoyed very much the mood, and the monster design. I think more rendering on her, especially her face, would help the pic a lot. Her face is the center of attention, give it more love.
rumpenstilzkin: I liked your character design the most, but the composition looks too contrived. I think you could either have a more natural composition, or keep the contrived design but play more with the the abstract shapes that make the image, to help sell the composition.
dashinvaine: Very nice oils! But why do you have them both looking at the relatively boring dark clouds? there's obviously something out of the frame, but you don't give enough clues to sell the storytelling
Rusty: just.... duuuude!!
I voted Carnifex, Pinback, Rusty and Sakuranym, focussing mostly on character design and originality, as opposed to rendering and execution.
Thanks for a great round, guys!
Thanks for the critique Blau I really appreciate it! And thanks to whoever just gave me my first CHOW vote! Awesome round; there's a ton of quality in the entries; an auspicious debut for the new mods!
Some excellent work this round! Nice new start chaps, but I guess I personally would like to have seen more re-interpretations of the myth. You know... ride above the half naked chick and snake (penis) monster cliché a bit. It would have been cool so see Andromeda kicking a little monster butt herself, or maybe an ironic 'take' on the subject. Turn it into a pulp cover or something... But hey ho...
How very Fruedian, thanks Aly Fell.
Blau, thanks for the comment. I suppose Andromida and Aly's toothsome willy from the deep must be looking up at Perseus, who maybe I should add in with his winged shoes... I did a little more to the painting this morning and the results can be seen on my blog and on DA. No sign of our hero yet though.
I'm not pointing fingers at anyone specifically Dash, it is merely an observation. But Freudian? Of course it could be seen so, but you don't really need Freud to realise the obviousness of a long snaky monster about to eat a naked woman. It's like a Whitesnake cover! Yes the Andromeda story lends itself to this realisation all to obviously but I guess it is the prerogative of the artist to step outside the box a bit. This is ChoW, so it would be good to see a bit of character development other than the realisation of an archetype, otherwise this becomes a rendering contest.
That said, you're right of course. There's more to Andromeda than a (half)naked woman and a snaky monster.
The inclusion of the monster requirement totally threw me. This was my first time doing one of these and I completely lost sight of the CH in ChoW. What I ended up making had zero character design, and was a blatantly Freudian, run-of-the-mill interpretation to boot. But I'm not gonna beat myself up too much: I'll try harder to step outside the box next time.
Glad to know my comments are good for something. When I re-read them, some seem like pointless ramblings...
But what I meant was a bit more variation and purpose in the rendering and values of the shapes.
I had to go for Sakuranym first, simply because I love style and it focused on the character first. That was the point of this challenge. Second goes to Rusty and Pinback. Great developed styles, respectively. Wonderful images.