CHOW #91 - The Gangster and his Moll
Guest Host: Poshspice
CHOW #93 - The Apple Gatherer
Time period: Turn of the century (1900's England, Northern Europe or North East U.S.).
The Apple Gatherer is an outdoor bogeyman. Sublime, subtle, deceitful and malicious. He is known to keep company with goblins, kobolds, redcaps and other foul ferries. He is especially fond of children, small dogs, and farm cats.
Seen most frequently in apple orchards, he haunts only during the twilight hours, when he is most likely to catch a farmer's child lingering unawares.
Focus on the psychology and emotional impact of the character. He needs to be believable and frightening* - NOT just some monster slammed together.
CHOW #94 - Yin & Yang
Guest Host: JessiBean
In traditional eastern cultures and religions, the Yin and Yang are a system of cosmic balance, dark vs. light, good vs. evil, male vs. female, etc.
For this chow there need to be two characters who are polar opposites and yet, through their contrast and conflict, balance one another out. The yin-yang symbol does not have to be in the image unless you want it to, nor does this have to be Asian inspired. The emphasis WILL be on contrasting personalities and the relationship between the two. Be creative with your opposites!
CHOW #95 - Squirrel Mage
Cedartuft is the female lead in sword and sorcery Middle Grade Reader (ages 8-12) story of high adventure.
Cedarturft also happens to be a squirrel, a mage, and on a quest to save squirrel kind in her world.
She carries a small cedar staff (a stick to us), a gray green cloak, and has various pouches, satchels and tidbits associated with her craft.
Think of this as if it were for a book cover; so leave extra room at the top for a title, and show some action!
CHOW #96 - Farmer Thicket
Secondary or support character
Farmer Thicket lives out in the boonies, farming… well, no one in town is really sure what Farmer Thicket does farm, except crop circles these days, but they’re sure he’s a farmer. He’s got the truck and the gun racks to prove it.
A well known Alienophile, Farmer Thicket will tell anyone standing still long enough about how he was “Abicticated way back in ’59 by dem little grey guys wit’ their high-techy shinny ships.”
When not in town explaining the difference between saucer types, he spends his time attempting to recontact the extraterrestrials with his home made "telempathonicating enhancimator", whose parts include, but are not limited to, a colander, truck battery, and jumper cables.
Big hat, big boots, big buckle, big ears, little man. Farmer Thicket is just slightly spun.
CHOW #97 - Hippie Joe
Across the field from Farmer Thickets' Crop Circle farm is the local recycle, run by a friend of Thicket's, Hippie Joe. Nam vet (he was a corpsman), and ex-emergency room doctor in the inner city, Joe lives a quiet life recycling the local recyclables and pontificating upon the world's woes.
A little more than slightly reactionary, he is now the local peace activist, animal rights activist, aniti-war activist, Global Warming activist, Pro-Choice activist, and, just activist in general. Anal about what goes where in recycling (plastics are *never* mixed with glass, which is also, by the way separated into brown, green, and clear) cardboard goes over behind the dumpster but aluminum can go *in* so long as it's not tinfoil. All recyclables must be washed clean of food products.
And he's strict vegetarian. Eggs are okay, because they're "cackleberries."
Long reddish brown hair, tie dye shirt, torn jeans and a Jesus beard with beads, he's Hippie Joe.
CHOW #99 - Herald to the Queen
The End of an Era, Bring on the New Queen!
The Herald is a powerful member of the Queens' court, announcing her arrival and departure, and acts as her body guard and protector. A knight of unrivaled power, The Herald is the one who champions the Queen and all her ventures.
This character must be powerful. Watch your anatomy - we need a heroic, but believable character. This character needs to look the part - poised, strong, in control even in adverse situation.
The character needs to be executed in a more realistic manner - no cartoons or comic styles will be accepted.
CHOW 101 - The Spanish High Inquisitor
Spanish High Inquisitor Father Domingo Cristobal
“The Society of Jesus was established by the papacy in 1540 as a very special "fighting unit" at the total and exclusive disposal of the Roman Pope -- whoever he might be. From their beginnings, the Jesuits were conceived in a military mode. Soldiers of Christ, they were given only two purposes: to propagate the religious doctrine and the moral law of the Roman Catholic Church as proposed and taught by the Roman Pope, and to defend the rights and prerogatives of that same Roman Pope. Purely spiritual and supernatural purposes. And specifically Roman Catholic.”
--From The Jesuits, by Malachi Martin
Father Domingo Cristobal’s faith has never failed him. Years of Jesuit training has made him a stoic man, stern but loving with his order, loyal to his superiors and an unrelenting pursuer of the heretical Protestants. He is used to applying any method necessary unflinchingly in purging the world of sins of the flesh, mind and soul. There is no question about God’s Will.
And yet… a shadow lurks in the back of his mind. Unanswered, unrecognized, quietly probing, and exploring – what if Holy See is wrong?
CHOW 102 - The Italian Plague Doctor
Historical Fiction II
The Italian Plague Doctor
Coming out of the East, the Black Death reached the shores of Italy in the spring of 1348 unleashing a rampage of death across Europe unprecedented in recorded history. By the time the epidemic played itself out three years later, anywhere between 25% and 50% of Europe's population had fallen victim to the pestilence.
--Eyewitness to History (www.eyewitnesstohistory.com)
“My name is Gabriella. My father was a doctor, and I learned from him how to treat various maladies and to set bones and which herbs and mixtures and such would treat this illness or that.
“My father, he died two months ago from the Black Death. I did not know what to do, so I donned his mask, gown, his boots and stick and gloves, and try to care for those I can.
“I try to help. But they die anyway. So many. I bring the flowers and perfumes, the hot drinks, the blessed artifacts, leeches – I even smoke like a man now to ward the Death away from me! The laxatives do not seem to work, and I hate covering the poor souls in mercury and placing them in ovens to burn the disease out. They scream so….
“May god have mercy on our souls, for I do not believe anyone shall survive…”
CHOW 103 - Evil Genie
FANTASY - OPEN ENDED
Evil female genie.
This is NOT to be a boob show. Focus on the character, give it a Middle Eastern spin. Be creative, not lecherous.
Thanks to -Food] for the topic
CHOW 104 - The Four Brothers
OFF THE DECK
The Four Brothers
Choose at least 2 of the Four to illustrate
The Four Jacks – brothers all – but like most royals, bitter bickering and hatred sours their relationships with each other.
Jack of Clubs is the Brute, and wounded on the inside – and can’t stand the site of blood.
Jack of Spades is suave, sophisticated, and self centered.
Jack of Diamonds is as gay as the day is long, and just avoids it all.
Jack of Hearts doesn’t fight for himself, but for the people!
To say they hate each other is akin to saying the sun rises in the morning. Their wars across the city are pitiless and brutal, each claiming a district decorated in their colors and code of arms and regalia. Elaborate duels, vile deceptions, and daring deeds are the duty for the day. But for all of their posturing, daredevil deeds, verbal salvos, and machismo – none can sword fight worth a whit.
CHOW 105 - Amaterasu
Amaterasu, Japanese Goddess of the Sun.
This round is mostly open to interpretation, but do your homework and pull your design from the original mythology. You're welcome to do a fictional restyling, just make sure you can justify your reasoning.
Here's some links to get you started:
CHOW 106 - Lady of Shalott
The Lady of Shalott
Try to keep it traditional - but feel free to be creative. So, to totally confuse you: try to keep within the parameters of the poem and character, but if you want to throw a twist on it, go for it.
CHOW 107 - Steampunk Penguin Professor
Steampunk Penguin Professor
He's a penguin. And a professor. And he's steampunk.
Currently, he's on an expedition to the arctic with his assistant.
Illustrate both. The assistant is totally open to whatever you make of it - but remember that it's the supporting character. He/She/It should not outshine our Prof. Penguin.
CHOW 109: Extraterrestrial Immigrant
Imagine that it’s 1000 years from now on earth and extraterrestrial species are now inhabiting the planet. Paint what one of those immigrants would look like.
It must be a species entirely from your imagination. You can not paint any existing species or a species with a visual representation (in art, movies, etc.). Also it must be in a realistic style. Make believe that this is for a movie that requires ultimate realism like Star Wars. The immigrant can be any place on our planet as you want.
Thanks to Jake Kobrin
winner: Tom Garden
CHOW 110: Historical Gender Bender
HISTORICAL GENDER BENDER
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
You must take one real historical figure from any period in history (up until 1950), and recreate that person in the opposite gender. You may place them in a different time period, a different planet, an alternative universe, -whatever you like - BUT you must make it recognizable as the person you are attempting to portray, using either costume, props, facial characteristics, whatever you can think of.
You can do this in whatever style you like, just again, make the historical figure clear and recognizable.
This is a research topic. Therefore, you must provide at least one link and three pictures (whether they be pictures, paintings, etc) of the historical figure you are portraying when you submit for the final burning. Anyone missing any of these will be disqualified!
(If you're having trouble finding reference, don't hesitate to pm me, and I'll try to help you out.)
CHOW 111: Sam Smythe and the Scurvy Skalliwags
Main Character(s) for the Children's Story (age 7-10): Sam Smythe and the Scurvy Skalliwags.
Choose one, two, three or all four characters:
Sam Sheridan Smythe lives in Smithtown, which as a small matter of note, has been inundated with Skypirates of late. Big, scary, overly hairy, absolutely barbaric, and simply rude Sky Pirates. Only Sam knows why.
Cynthia Sandleburg, Sam's neighbor and best friend, and the only one who knows how to get rid of the Sky Pirates and send them back to the Cloud Cove.
Spot, the most worthless watchdog that ever cowered beneath the back porch, and Cynthia's terrified terrier.
Captain Saunder Sunder Skinner, the evilist, scarriest, scummiest, surliest Sky Pirate that ever flew the unfriendly skies and pillaged the unwitting suburban towns of the Southwest, and leader of the Scurvy Skalliwages, Inc.
This is a fairly open topic, and designed to have some fun with. See what you can you do - but keep in mind what it's for: you're creating characters for a children's book - not full blown illustrations this time around. Include character studies - expressions, stances, costume and artifacts, etc. You don't need to do an orthographic, but you want to get a real feeling for who these people are. We want something silly and fun, so no hard realism this time around. Artwork needs to finished, not sketchy.
Winner: Chate Noire
CHOW 112: Grandma The Serial Killer
Grandma took up a new hobby, and it ain't needlepoint. She's a sweet old lady, we swear, she just has an insatiable hunger for human lives. But she bakes great cookies!
Key to this week's character is to get the point across without excessive use of gore. Extra points if there's no blood at all!
CHOW 113: Shapeshifter
This round is a little more open than the last few. The guidelines are thus:
1 human form, male or female,
and 1 shape-shifted form, either an animal, creature, monster, ect. (For example, a werewolf = human to wolf monster, or a selkie = woman to a seal, etc.)
This is an illustrative ChOW, but you've got freedom with how you decide to give your character story. We should be able to tell that there is more to them than just being able to turn into something else - give them a time period, a home, a reason for existing. Both forms must be in some way shown in the image.
You're very welcome to write a little side story to go along with your image, but we encourage you to make your illustration readable enough to not need it!
CHOW 114: The Beast
Re envision a contemporary Beast from the classic fairy tale Beauty and Beast. You may need to do some research for this one. Wikipedia is an acceptable source, however, expand your horizons a little bit and perhaps go to a library instead of the web.
Okay, what I meant by "Re envision a contemporary Beast from the classic fairy tale" was to take the general theme, the idea of the beast, and come up with something more contemporary - I did not mean for you to do the boar-guy in a suit. Be creative - make him creepy, or frightening, in a contemporary sense. Don't like fur? Fine. Give him scales, or wet skin, or feathers - it doesn't matter. Keep the theme, but be creative with your design.
CHOW 115: Near future East African Gang Leader/Warlord
Time for some CHOW badassery:
Near future East African Gang Leader/Warlord. Keep it real - Near future as in within the next eighteen months to three years, not fifty. In other words, no sci-fi.
Character can be male or female. They should be battle hardened from a life time of living in a world that most in the west can not imagine. Refer to to the reference provided - character needs to be able to fit into the world in a believable manner. This character also has a pet of a singularly nasty nature - a savage, harnessed beast, used only as a means to induce fear in his enemies. Pet at your own risk.
Stay away from cartoony characterizations this round.
CHOW 116: The Host
The Host - Many things are described as "the Host", angelic choires, fae armies. One of the defining points of the Host is that on an individual level, they are also called "the Host". Research material can be found on wikipedia and monstropedia ( http://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Sluagh sluagh means "host"). This is an open ended topic. "the Host" can be many differen things: Angels, Demons, Faerie creatures. Your job is to depict ONE of them.
Angel, Warrior Angel, Sluagh, Host. Sithra Akhra
Thanks to Studio Colrouphobia for the suggestion!
CHOW 117: Smaug
“Smaug should not be "the Dragon in the Hobbit movie" as if it was just "another" creature in a Bestiary. Smaug should be "The DRAGON" for all movies past and present. The shadow he cast and the greed he comes to embody- the "need to own" casts its long shadow and creates a thematic / dramatic continuity of sorts that articulates the story throughout-
"In that respect, Smaug the CHARACTER is as important, if not more important, than the design. The character will emerge form the writing- and in that the Magnificent arrogance, intelligence, sophistication and greed of Smaug shine through- One of the main mistakes with talking dragons is to shape the mouth like a snub Simian one in order to achieve a dubious lip-synch. .. A point which eluded me particularly in Eragon, since their link is a psychic one.
"To me, Smaug is the perfect example of a great creature defined by its look and design, yes, but also, very importantly, by his movement and -One little hint- its environment - Think about it... the way he is scaled, moves and is lit, limited or enhanced by his location, weather conditions, light conditions, time of the year, etc. That's all I can say without spoilers but, if you keep this curious little summary you'll realize several years form now that those things I had in my mind ever since doodling the character as a kid had solidified waaay before starting the shoot of the film ...”
-- Guillermo del Toro on Smaug.
Winner: Matt Dixon
CHOW 120: Dark Knight Villians
THIS IS AN OPEN ROUND
Pick up to three* villains from the Batman series to set in the Dark Knight world - They must fit with Christian Bale's Batman and Heath Ledger's Joker.
DO NOT PICK A VILLAIN THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN SEEN IN THE DARK KNIGHT MOVIES.
Think edgy, gritty ... ah, hell, just go watch the movie again
*You can one, two or three characters depending on what you feel comfortable doing for the week.
CHOW 121: Icarus
Icarus! HOWEVER, can be any version of Icarus *except* the original Greek Mythology version.
Feel free to play around to make things interesting, but make sure to stay true to the original idea!
No, I does not have to be a literal retelling. Aka, you don't *need* to have wings. But you WILL want it to read as belonging to the same story/moral. For example, the soldier one is probably too vague - could relate to absolutely anything, there's nothing 'Icarus' about it in particular. The one with the boy on the edge of the cliff is much closer to what I mean. (But I think I will still have wings in mine anyway. ) Keep in mind that if *I* can't see the Icarus in it, or Oreg can't, it won't be going to poll. I know it's a tough order, folks, but I also know you can do it!
Yes, He has to be male. Sorry! I love love love gender-switching and all that, but Icarus is pretty specifically male.
No, the image does not have to involve the fall. Necessarily, anyway. But his fall *is* the most obviously recognizable story-point, and if you're diverging far from the subject matter, you'll want to keep as many cues as possible. If you were, however, taking Icarus literally and putting him simply in a different period, you could even just having him standing around - other visual cues will give us a clue to who he is.
Open topics like this are always hard because you have to figure out your interpretation yourself, and if you have any specific questions about your piece that you don't want to ask here, feel free to PM me or Oreg.
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