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04 April 2011, 04:37 PM
Hey everyone.

I've been following Dominance War for a couple of years now and thought it was about time to join the ranks and give it a shot. I'm really excited to start despite it being so late into the event, and I'm sure there's a lot to learn from the all of these talented artists. So let's get to it!

My entry is the God of Agony. It was the first thing that popped in my head when I saw this year's theme so I stuck with it. I wasn't sure if I wanted to follow a more "physical" kind of pain or try to depict an "emotional" pain instead. After several years of sketching grotesque doodles on my math homework in high school, the clear choice was to make my god skinless and jam a rail through his chest.

He is the embodiment of pain, the source of it, and he hates it just as much as you or I. The biting winds burn his exposed body and he wears a heavy iron mask to cover his horrific features. Countless have fallen to his mighty axe, for he wishes to share his eternal pain with any unfortunate enough to meet him.

Now that that's over with, the images are on their way!

04 April 2011, 05:32 PM
So apparently most of my concept work wasn't saved when the power went out the other day so this is what was salvaged from the wreckage:

I've made several changes to this already and I guess this is just a simple starting point. I might do more sketches soon but in the meantime here are the basemeshes for the body and weapon:

And this is as far as I've gotten with ZBrush. Please excuse the crap BPR rendering, I only just now figured out what that button did:

And there you have it! Comments and critiques are more than welcome. This is my first time really posting anything and I have a lot to learn. Since my god is skinless, all of the muscle structure underneath is exposed and I'd like to make him anatomically correct to a degree. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you see anything glaringly wrong. Cheers!

04 April 2011, 07:46 PM
After a good night's sleep and a fresh look at this thing, I've decided to scrap it and give it some more thought. It's wicked generic and there's really nothing godlike about him. Hopefully I can settle on something soon. Until then I'll be posting concepts as I go.

04 April 2011, 08:12 PM
Yo FrogstarC,

Dont drop this design, lets work to improve the work that you have made here.

Let me see, those pointed sharp things coming out from his body hvce potential... indeed agony is around the feel that i receive.

Try to, why not, put more of that in the god, lets do the agony be in all the shape.

The sketched face looks promising in the first concept, have emotion, maybe applying the sharp stuff all over the body will give the right shape and feel ...

keep it up!

04 April 2011, 07:07 AM
There are many things to consider when trying to depict something like this... you want to convey an ethereal quality of anguish that couldn't possibly be known by mortal man. Which you can only go so far with on the grotesque route.... I like the idea of skinless, or maybe partly skinless, with bits being pulled by some creature or tacked up There are also other things to add like body contortion, or elephantiasis, or other disease related effects. But also, what is more anguishing than being completely and utterly alone, no communication with another being...generally that sits at the core of all human fears or anguish...maybe make him blind, mute, or have no senses at all. I say keep going with it, but try to think deeper about the concept of it... Good luck!

04 April 2011, 09:32 PM
Thanks for the support guys, those are all great suggestions. I guess I'll stick with this one and look a little deeper for some really agonizing details. I'll post concepts when I get the chance. I like the suggestion to alienate him. There are a couple sparks up in my head going off. Must...draw!

04 April 2011, 12:37 AM
Chucking something up here before I head out for a bit.

His horrific deformities repel people from him, hence the agony of a solitary existence. His heart is chained to his chest, exposing it to the elements. Thoughts?

04 April 2011, 07:28 PM
I thought about it some more and I think he's just turning into a creature rather than a god. The sketch on the right was meant to portray his longing to be part of something by reaching out to it but I'm not sure if it's 'godly'. Gods command some level of respect and awe and I think that even though the god of agony is tormented and alone he should display some form of regalness. In this concept he is standing straighter and wearing a banner to depict his lofty position in the universe. I'll think about it some more but for now this is my latest direction.

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