View Full Version : The Sideshow- character - gmoran

09-06-2003, 06:55 AM
Hi all,

Well this is my VERY FIRST challenge and I thought I'd do the 2d challenge as I've been working on my anatomy and drawing skills as of late.

My initial sideshow freak concept was to have something unsettling but surprisingly intriguing, of which I came up with my first initial sketch of this:

Jo Jo the Snake Boy.
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I've always been afraid of snakes so this would be a definate neat project to fiddle with.

Then later this evening while I was scanning in my illustration, I was checking out Tony DiTerlizzi's site (http://www.diterlizzi.com) of whom I admire greatly and take a lot of inspiration from his work. (And he's a really nice guy, along with Frank Rust (http://www.frankrust.com) )

Anyways in looking at Tony's ability to create an image, that is looking back at you with that look in its eye that it knows something you don't, I took my concept a little further in my head.

What about Jo Jo the snake boy, instead of the english coat, have a more snake charmer look, complete with musical instrument. And furthermore, as he (or she ;) ) is in fact the snake, he (or she ;) ) could be "charming" his tail.

To add a little bit of humour, I could place a snake sock-puppet on the end of his tail.

Will be working on the updated concept sketch and will be posting it soon!!! Please check back!!

Let me know what you think!

09-06-2003, 06:52 PM
Now after some detailed sketching, here's the actual drawing I'll use. I switched the character to female as I thought it suited the character more and added the other elements I mentioned before.

I tried to get the face looking very feminine, but tried to not make it so much "human" but more serpentine. I'm not sure if I got it right or not, but I guess I'll know better once I start colouring it.


Now on to the colouring!!!!

Danimation 3D
09-06-2003, 10:40 PM
I like the new drawing, its got a funny visual pun. Look forward to seeing the completed pic. Cheers :thumbsup:

09-07-2003, 01:15 AM
Yo Victoria!! :thumbsup:

Here's an update with just some flat colour put in. Still got the shading, texturing, and highlights to put in.


I'm not sure whether I should ink it or not, but I definately want to redraw the scales in more detail and sharpen the poster edge up at the top.

09-09-2003, 12:19 AM
whoooooooooooooooooooooooooow dude!

creativity refreshment!


09-09-2003, 12:26 AM
Cool idea...the sock puppet on the end of her tail is hilarious! One little crit I have is that the pinky finger on her right hand( the one closest to the puppet) looks really strange...maybe a little too exaggerated.
Good work...keep it coming!:beer:

09-09-2003, 01:23 AM
yeah, great concept!
When one sees it one goes "doh! Now why didnt I think of that..."

09-09-2003, 05:43 AM
Well here's an update:

Added more detail and texturing to the scene. Still more work to go!

09-09-2003, 05:56 AM
oh cool .... the snake skin is a very nice touch. :thumbsup:

I got a question tho, are those lights lit?

because it doesn't seem to be making shadows or light-rays.

looking good so far keep it up :beer:

09-09-2003, 08:57 AM
dont forget jo jo please...

09-09-2003, 09:12 AM
Wow! Really cool style. And all the things everybody else said :) looking forward to see the finished picture! :thumbsup:

09-09-2003, 06:39 PM
Thanks guys! Your feedback is great.

Thanks Rayz!:thumbsup: I do intend to have those lights lit up, but I'm not sure how I'm going to do the lighting. I might redo the shine on the snake skin to account for the bottom lighting as its right now showing as top-lighting.
All the lighting in general still needs to be done as I've just put in the texturing. I aim to have a cool backshadow casting against the wall so that it really reinforces that low-light circus tent look.

AND the poster at the back I'll be adding. I'll probably design it outside of the drawing and then add it in afterwards with some lighting and distortion.

Thanks for pointing out the pinky finger WildSheepChase. You'll notice I toned it down a bit in this latest one.

09-11-2003, 06:19 AM
Ok here's the latest update.

I'm just starting to work with the lighting. Any advice on how I could make it look better? What I probably should do is take a room in my place and setup exactly the same lighting and quickly sketch out all the shadows....

Still WIP. I think I might make the shadows not so strong and harden the line a little more to make it look more like raytrace.


Cheers! :beer:

09-28-2003, 08:16 AM
I'm either later by 18 minutes, or not, but here's the final update:


Re-worked the shadows and added the poster in back

09-29-2003, 07:50 AM
thats very cool man ..the idea is awesome and very funny........i like it a lot......what was the challenge though i think i missed that hole part of it...i mean what struck the idea?

09-29-2003, 05:48 PM
Hey RiffRaff (nice name BTW, loved the movie)

Thanks for the feedback!

To answer your question though, there are challenges offered every couple of months or so based on a given topic. This last one was "Sideshow freaks"
The challenge is broken down further into categories, such as 2D/Traditional, and 3D.

At the top of the challenge threads, you'll see a persistent posting describing the rules, deadlines, etc...

You can also see stuff at: http://www.cgchallenge.com ( another great site by CGNetworks)

Anyways, this last challenge seems to have been slightly mixed up, due to deadline and rule conflicts, so it's not a good example of how the challenges are usually run, so look for the next one to come! :thumbsup:

Either way, its a great way to keep those skills honed!

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