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Old 08 August 2004   #1
Talking ArmorChik

Well, testing out the forum. This is a concept design for a scifi/fantasy character a while back. Just want to know what you think of it, what needs to be improved, etc... The pose is kinda lame, but mostly trying to capture the costume.

And I dont remember how to make it so the picture shows up in the post; so here is link.
Old 08 August 2004   #2
Done in drafting pencil.
Old 08 August 2004   #3
Not bad for now my friend. Give her color... Give her life I'm trying to become involved with the sci/fi ad fantasy art myself. Where I'm a bit new to this I don't really think I can comment too much about the genre of your chik, but the overall draft looks good. Very decorative, the only part I have trouble is finding her right hand... (looking at the picture, my right her left) A bit cluttered, but I think if it had the color it'd stand out a bit better. Put her in an action pose maybe. Looking good so far though. Keep it up
Kyle Mitchell
3rd Year UMaine New Media Student
Old 08 August 2004   #4
This is simply incredible =) Good job on the concept, and like the guy before me cannot wait to see the final work!
Old 08 August 2004   #5

The concept here rocks and the drawing is pretty spot on as well. One thing that I would suggest needs some work is making it really pop. It's all the same grey tone, not enough contrast. One thing that could make it pop would be adding line weight. For some good examples-

if you don't want the obvious outlines, comic book look then I would suggest using a softer pencil, going in and darkening the darkest shadows. You lose a lot of the carefully crafted detail when it is that grey tone.

Just some thoughts.

Chris Smallfield
Freelance VFX Supervisor / Artist, Berlin
Old 08 August 2004   #6
Originally Posted by DeNyed: Done in drafting pencil.

Cheers! Gota love the drafting pencil! Grate job, are you going to color it?
"Buy marking stones, marking stones buy
Much profit in their use doth lie;
I've marking stones of colors red,
Passing good, or eles black lead."
Old 08 August 2004   #7
Yeah I am starting a version on the computer in Photoshop/illustrator, see what i can do. I am still not as good as I'd like in that program. Practice is key though. May put up the drafts for computer remake soon.

Thanks for contrast idea, i do need to work on that, I agree with you. I appreiciate the crits.

I am gonna try a more dynamic pose, show the hands well enough and add contast.
Old 08 August 2004   #8
Any suggestions for colors/scheme?? I am running a blank.
Old 08 August 2004   #9
color choices

Something I have started doing with my color is taking a painting in which I like the color intereactions and using a similar pallette on my appropriate picture. It's time tested and part of the work is already done for you.

Some may consider this a kind of stealing, but I say there is no cheating in art as long as the piece looks good and isn't a copy. Either way it gives you some inspiration and I find that it keeps me from going the saturated and obvious color route. Looking at your picture made me think of this image. I think similar shades of blue and yellow-brown could work nicely, but that is just my opinion.

Chris Smallfield
Freelance VFX Supervisor / Artist, Berlin
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