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Istebrak-Art Instructor/Freelance Artist
Istebrak-Art Instructor/Freelance Artist

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For those who missed the PortraitStudio sale, there will be another sale come December, starting the 1st of December and into the new year. There will also be a PortraitStudio update soon which includes on screen buttons to rotate, zoom and pan as well as tablet accessibility, added save prompts and a histogram. The Mac release for PortraitStudio is also imminent, keep an eye out! Thank you!

Welcome to this month’s design challenges!

Creepy Creature Design

Design a creature in their natural habitat, the kicker here is to keep it creepy while designing the creature to reflect their natural habitat. Be it a swamp, cave or forest habitat, design your wicked creature to reflect the needs, climate and evolution of their habitat with their anatomy and design. Try connecting your creature to an already existing anatomy group and branching out from there, with added magical elements, such as a magical bio-luminescence or an added fog element, as we see in the Dementors design. The due date for this challenge will be the 30th of October.

Character/Environment Integration

The winner of the Character/Environment integration challenge will be offered my brush sets, a free copy of PortraitStudio, private-tutoring sessions and art supplies and much more!

The design theme will be centered on integrating an environment with it's character. The theme is “pole-vaulting”.

The assignment is to design an environment for a character wherein the only form of transportation is a form of pole-vaulting.

This assignment is aimed more as an environment illustration than a character design, so 70% or more of your illustration should be environment content—foliage, rocks, sky, climate, altitude, geological landscape, etc. However, the character must still reflect cultural, religious and environmental queues with the surrounding environment, as well as the characters athletic build and chosen climate-gear.

Because the character will be taking up a smaller amount of space in the illustration, gestural significance will take center stage as no portraiture or fine detail can carry the reigns of the character’s read in-canvas.

Because so many aspects of the illustration are integrating into each other in synergy, experimental work is expected, such as mood boards, gesture studies, environment and rock-formation studies, costume and light environment planning and more. Please also include at least three grey-scale environment thumbnails experimenting with different ideas or ‘floor-plans’ for the environment, as well as different camera angles.

Aim for a completely rendered illustration, corner to corner. Please also provide a full collection of inspirational and reference images, handed in along with your final illustration. Attached to this post you will find some inspirational screenshots that may help you envision the goal for this challenge.

Other moving references may help you develop a better idea of the kind of gestures expected for this challenge, such as:

https://imgur.com/gallery/sroDUWv

*The characters can be humanoids, no animal/alien anatomy please! There is no resource pack for this challenge, so you have free reign over the age/culture/history of the concepts.*

And that’s it! Have fun, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask me through Facebook or the G+ Community.

The challenge is due Thursday, October 25th, after which we will have our "Creepy Creature" design challenge critique hour.

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Critique Hour! Skin tones! Yellows, blues, greys, pinks and more!
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Critique Hour! Live at 5:00 PM EST!
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Critique Hour! Form studies and their purpose!
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Critique Hour! Live at 5:30 PM EST
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Critique Hour! How to work without reference + Mac release update!
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Critique Hour! Live at 5 PM EST! Big af announcements!
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Please be aware: today I WILL NOT choose work from this wall. I will be choosing work from the Reddit wall linked on the announcement pinned at the top of this community. If you posted work here and not on Reddit, it will not be considered in today's CritiqueHour queue.

-I

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Critique Hour! Working from reference - color, forms and more!
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PLEASE MOVE TO REDDIT! G+ WILL SHUT DOWN SOON!

https://www.reddit.com/r/istebrak/

G+ will shut down sometime before April, and it could happen sooner than expected. In order to keep this community alive, we have to begin our migration as soon as possible so the community can shift over into Reddit and resume CritiqueHour seamlessly. Henceforth, I will no longer look at pieces from this community wall. I will only look at work at the Reddit community.

I am sorry for the loss of G+, it was convenient and easy to use, but with some patience you and I will get the hang of Reddit. If you can, I recommend you double post your work on the G+ community as well as Reddit, so I can have a backlog once we centralize into Reddit permanently.

Nothing is lost, the community is made up of us, not G+. Where we go is where the community will be. Your friends will still be there, as well me and the critiques and all events pertaining to the community.

Love you all lots!

-I

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