Nice topic, nice work, good luck everyone.
Nice topic, nice work, good luck everyone.
Little problems with the attachments manager on my computer ...sorry
Last edited by ThaDeus; June 1st, 2009 at 06:53 PM.
Lotsa great entries!!!
as always this was a great learning experience...thanks to everyone that commented and helped!
Great round everybody. I hope I'm not too late.
I tried to make all the changes you guys suggested. Thanks for everyone's help!! Everyone's entries look totally kick ass!
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Last edited by PuppyKitten; June 1st, 2009 at 05:13 PM.
'Cuz life is full of your regrets, and I should be one...
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I knew right away with this I wanted to contrast traditional feminine clues with dark weapons, grime and blood - like her boyfriend started turning at the wedding ceremony - and she went through complete hell getting to this place - thought about putting on a bridal veil - but liked this better.
So, yeah- Sawed off shotguns, because we all know that is the weapon of choice when fighting the undead Really like playing with the atmosphere -
As far as process, did a sketch from my mind. blocked out black and white values and started painting - spent a lot of time on the weapons - Couldn't get started till yesterday - been pretty much at it since - Really amazing entries - as per usual! - what a great exercise. Any and all feedback on how to improve is greatly appreciated.
I am pretty happy with it - the lighting and pose could be a little more dynamic - I never know how much to go standard front view or a more action oriented pose, and wish I had time to paint the boyfriend. Kind of hard for me to see right now - been staring at too long.
Great Job Everyone!
Last edited by cyc; June 1st, 2009 at 11:24 PM.
I was just editing comments - hope not a problem. Tried to give a few hour leeway. I really thought 5pm Eastern was the cutoff point - did I miss something? Anyway, really hope I get in.
Last edited by cyc; June 1st, 2009 at 04:56 PM.
Another rush job for me. Hope it's good enough.
Here she is on a quick shopping trip
There's going to be a slight delay in posting the poll. I'm on my own tonight, and the PC just crashed! Joy! I closed the poll an hour or so early as it's late here in the UK, which was unfair on those who expected it to close at 10 UK time, 5 EST. So those final submissions will be considered, but it also means I'll have to re-jig who's in and who's out.
Thank for your patience! And no further posts here till the poll is up, then those who are cut can tear me a new one...
If its too late thats cool... just now finished
Edit: Sorry, didn't see the no more submissions thing.
Last edited by sketchius; June 1st, 2009 at 06:34 PM.
Thanks Poshspice! I know this must be a ton of work - Hope I rate!
Now because this was such a popular ChOW we have had to make strict cuts. These cuts are based on following the brief, naming conventions and quality. I’ve said I don’t like making cuts, but because of limit on submissions we’ve had no choice. This is something we’re working on, but for now that’s the way it is. If those cut would like personal critiques, please feel free to email one of the ChOW organisers.
John Isaacson – As a character piece this doesn’t really work. Her face is totally obscured, and we're confused as to certain elements in the image.
Blau – This is full of energy and life, but there are some anatomy issues going on, particularly with the positioning of the head and the torso, but you were really close!
Hunkulus – This is a fun image, but the anatomy looks awkward rather than stylised. And she really doesn’t look 30.
Taimic – Sorry, but incorrectly named.
Jamesy – Nicely done, but she’s a child. Not 30!
Reymus – Incorrectly named. Sorry.
Sunroamer – Once again, wrong naming convention.
Missile – You’ve completely obscured her face. Maybe a second image showing it would have been appropriate.
Elliste – We were in two minds over yours, but there is so much obscured here by heavy shadow that as character piece it suffers.
Chance – We like it but this does feel rushed. The expression on the girl is fun, but with a bit more time it could have been much sharper.
Garth Cochrane – Garth, sorry, but wrong naming convention.
Tydal – A little rushed maybe. I like the composition with the back light, but I reckon a little more effort could have given us a better depth of character.
NZ0B1 – Anatomy again, but this twist here is really awkward, but I love the concept behind it.
Thadeus – Another I was in two minds about. We’re cutting this based on anatomy and character. Her pose is awkward and I think you could have done a bit more with expression.
MJAlcazar – I love your work but this isn’t your strongest piece. The anatomy is difficult in the pose, and I would really have loved to see more in her expression; a bit of attitude.
Dawnusllaw – You made the mistake of suggesting you might be cut anyway. But I like yours, and it came down to you or AngelintheUK, so Angel won only on the fact she looks more appropriate to her age.
Poshspice – Not really a zombie killer.
OK... I'm off to bed!
Last edited by Aly Fell; June 1st, 2009 at 07:05 PM.
Ahhh darn! I was working on this earlier in the week and found out about the contest on Saturday night, so I just threw a few zombies and blood in there hoping the age would work out, lol. I had fun doing this, so hopefully next time I'll follow directions! My vote goes to Cosmitron. Love the angle, 80's feeling, and story it's telling. You WIN.
So much awesomeness...
Good that it's a multiselection vote
I'll ponder all night then I'll vote tomorrow.
Bugger. I did ask if the helmet would be allowed but nobody replied. =(
Anyway my votes go to Pixeltuner: Most eye-catching image to me, despite the relatively normal clothing it captures a nice feeling for the character that is both a little insane and violent, and a little bit silly. Wonderful lighting too. & Darklogik: Felt this was the most unique character design. Subtly a little futuristic, a nice unconventional weapon, good image overall.
bangalore_mokey: Thanks for your advice on my image. Your image fits the brief very well. In particular, I like the background. I also like that you didn't draw her as some post-apocalyptic punk warrior. She can fight zombies without degenerating into a cliche. Yay!
emerging: Looove her face/expression. The running mascara adds loads of drama to the piece (along with the terrific lighting). Also, you and I both seem to have a weakness for girls in panties.
Chance: It seems a bit unfinished. Empty maybe. Flat colors are okay if that's your style, but I would have liked to see a more detailed background. You had the right idea with the zombies in the window. Also, her fiancee's corpse looks awesome like that!
Migsta: Great colors and movement. It seems like the zombies are drawn in a different style than Erica though... It's not a big deal. Still looks great.
Tommoy: Love the wedding dress idea. She looks pissed. The colors are great and the lighting is awesome. She does look like she's about to fall out of her top any second now (in fact, it looks like she already did, hehehe). But I won't complain.
Pahavasa: Like the black and white. You've got some interesting textures details in there. Really neat!
Ghostbrush: Love the way you handled her hair and tattered dress. It really adds a lot to this image. The glowing zombie eyes really bring this to a whole new level. That looks way creepy. What technique did you use? Color dodge or something?
squidmonk3j: I already told you in the chatroom how much I like your piece, even if she is a bit stiff. The zombie and the colors are my favorite bits.
Sekino: Thanks for your help on my piece earlier. Yours is totally cute. Like something right out of a magazine. A lot of movement. I love the bg and the wine glass (hahaha, it took me a minute to even notice it).
Grandmassa Mr. Spect: You're so sweet. Always encouraging others. Thank you for the sweet comment you made about my image. It made me feel much less insecure about myself. As for yours, I looove the style. The rough brushwork looks totally pro, and the colors are dead on. Haha, is she stabbing him with a fork? That's hilarious!
darklogik: The street sign is brilliant, and very well painted.Some people might say she looks a bit young, but living in OC, I've seen lots of women older than her in a similar outfit with a similar face. I think you nailed it.
Sulk_Sal: Oooh, neat style you've got. Love the bg in particular. And her thick lips. I love thick lips.
Phuzion: Colors, design, and mood are all terrific. Plus I love a girl in a scarf. She actually looks JUST like my mom, which is a bit unsettling. Hehehe.
John_Isaacson: Seems a bit unfinished. I like where it's going, but right now the gun is more detailed than anything else. I would have loved to see her face. Her outfit is really cool, though.
Marcusthebarbarian: I really like the setting and her attitude. I also dig that she's a little chubby and homely. It gives her loads of character.
Meon: I dunno if I've seen your work before. I really love her. She looks so dignified and a little peeved about her life right now. One of the best faces in the competition, for sure.
Hunkulus: I like the intensity and the blood. Reminds me of when Tarantino goes overboard with putting sprays of blood in his movies. I'm not sure the primary colors are all working together though...
lkjhgfdsa: Very pretty colors. I think you nailed the design of the character too. Not much else to say. Good job!!
Auren: Okay, I love the angle. Was it hard? I like the fact that the colors are subtle, but very effective. I'm a sucker for that sort of thing.
quantumrat: Love the muted palette and the splash of red. Her gun in particular is awesome. The bg seems a little empty. Why'd you crop it so far over? (just curious)
NickTrip: Yay! More girls in a t-shirt and panties. I will never get tired of that combination. She looks like she's gonna kick some serious ass. Very intense.
Sidharth_Chaturvedi: Simple, effective, and very pretty. I have a feeling some people will think she's young looking, but I think she looks totally fine. Wonderful job.
Taimic: Neat style. I love the heavy black and white paired with just a bit of flash and blood colors.
Jamesy: Oh my lord she is adooorable!! I don't care that she looks young. I love her. I have her outfit too.
Cosmitron: It's all already been said. This looks great. The colors and the details are terrific.
artofinca: Very emotional and pretty. It's a little hard to see the actual character, but it still makes for a really pretty painting.
Crowsrock: Great expression. The composition is a little straight-forward, but that's standard in character design. I think the green, blue, and yellow seem like they clash a bit. I'd tone down one or two of them maybe... Otherwise, great!
Phaethon: She looks bad ass. Totally bad ass. I just realized we both gave our zombies reddish glowing eyes. Great minds, eh? Anyway, the dynamic pose and intense expression really make this a great drawing.
Poshspice: I seriously just don't know how you do it. Your WIPS and your final are all just one big awesome-overload.
hungryan: Too funny! This is adorable. I like the graphic-style too.
Reymus: I like the angle, and her pet zombie. Her mohawk seems a little off-kilter at that angle, but maybe it's my imagination...
Arthemis IX: So pretty. Love her expression and the gritty background with all the zombies. Her outfit is one of my favorites in this whole competition.
englishduke: Haha. This one is pretty cute. I crack up just looking at her fiancee/zombie.
nightblue: Love the way she looks. Her pose and colors are really pretty. And don't ask me why but that zombie in the very bg keeps drawing my eye. I love the way he looks just lying all limp like that.
icemoon: Great rendering on her clothing and the bits of zombie goo. The overall design is really pretty, with just a touch of gore. I like it!!
SunRoamer: Yours is the creepiest piece here. Her expression and the ironing board. Ooh boy, gives me the willies. Great job.
S.C. Watson: Thank you for all your help with my image. I tried, I really did. Oh well. Yours looks totally epic. The background colors and the detail on the zombies keep drawing my eyes. I love the little joke with Robert and his heart. Haha. Priceless...
Missile: Very interesting design. Reminds me of... Um, Grindhouse I think it was called. I see you went through a lot of different ideas for this, I'm surprised you even had time to finish!
elliste: Great idea, I love the pose. It seems a bit messy, I think if you had polished her face and his face a tad more it would have been nice. Still looks good though!
AvisNocturna: Preeeettty. Such amazingly beautiful colors. She looks like a cute french girl. I love it to bits!!
Tydal: I like the dark colors and the rim lighting. The zombies in the foreground seem a tad sloppy, but maybe that was intentional?
Angel_Intheuk: Your style took a few minutes to grow on me, but I really like it. The colors and lines work well with your brushstrokes. Great job!
blau: Lots of movement in this one. Love her red hair against the greenish outfit. She looks like she *might* fall over though. Maybe.
DIMAGYAN: I can tell this one will do really well. It looks totally cute.
Rodimus: Wow, I love the mood and setting. This seems really epic, like it's right out of a movie. Terrific!
MJ_Alcazar: Yay! You finished this time!! Looove the subtle colors, and you did a beautiful job with the face. You're getting really good, really fast!
Pierropod: Oh, I like her design. I also like how you made her crouching from a horde of zombies. I can tell any minute now she's going to jump out and shoot the hell out of them
Ostrander: Really well painted. She is enjoying herself waaaay too much. Remind me not to piss her off. D:
dawnusllaw: Is this in photoshop or graphite? It looks really pretty, I love your shading technique.
Beastmaster_Fred: Love the composition and poses. The gritty texture looks great also.
JailHouseRock2: Oh my gosh, what a cute style! No crits, this is just really neat looking.
Desmayado: Love her outfit and the colors. Her weapons look awesome too.
Matt Smith: Smooth and gorgeous. She looks perfect.
Pixeltuner: You always draw such pretty hair. I love the lighting and the dude on fire in the bg. Ha! That's great.
dirkvandulmen: She looks quite sassy. She fits the brief perfectly too. Good job!
NZOB1: I like where you were going with this! The pose looks a little bitter in the sketch I think. But still good.
revenebo: The anatomy is a little off, but I wouldn't have noticed if you didn't say so. The painting, however, is totally great!
Matthew_Campbell: Very classy and simple. I love your style. It doesn't scream "zombie slayer" to me. She could easily be an assassin or bank robber or something. But who cares, she's beautiful!
Ranarh: I really like her design. Her lips don't seem to quite sit on her face right, but otherwise she looks great. Good job!
ThaDeus: Veeery pretty. I love her little weapon-thingy. Haha. She sure did a number on that zombie dude.
KuGu: What a tough angle to take on. You really pulled it off well. Your image looks totally great!
Garth_Cochrane: She looks pissed, but still totally adorable. The zombies in the foreground look really well painted too.
leuparaleu: I like the sun dress paired with the leather boots and jackets. It works really well for the character.
PuppyKitten: You fail at life. I hope you die.
CYC: Very moody atmosphere. Terrific. I wish I could paint a bg like that.
openanewworld: Must have taken forever. Great job!! I love the faces of the zombies.
ianthegeek: Very cute idea. I love the attention to detail. I think it could have been rendered a bit more cleanly in areas, but you probably ran out of time just like the rest of us. Haha. Good job.
Culture_Vulture: Really pretty image. Did you use a ref? I'd love to see it... The girl is quite cute.
sketchius: Lots of people making red-heads this round. I think you did a nice job with the colors and a great job with the texture in this. Thanks for posting.
'Cuz life is full of your regrets, and I should be one...
Fantastic work Poshspice, Cheers!
And great work by everyone, really impressive round!
Some of my favs would have to be-
Haven't voted yet, will think about it and vote/crit later,
And Posh, good of you to take your piece out of the poll, but I would have voted for it for sure! Love it, and just for the record... I liked the glasses.
Posh, you need to stop taking your own images out of the poll!
You're too talented to be the martyr all the time!!
'Cuz life is full of your regrets, and I should be one...
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