Yes ,I like the hand drawn style as well. Your designs have a lot of action to them ,they look like they are moving with purpose. I hope to inspire you to create and army of them! JIM
A couple of things I learned a long time ago to impart motion to a figure:
1. The only times in my life when I have stood with my weight evenly distributed on both feet was in the Navy when we were either at "attention" or at "parade rest." People almost always have most of their weight on one leg, which tilts the pelvic girdle up on that side and forms a gentle curve in the spine with the shoulders sloping in the opposite direction, and
2. A figure in motion will never have both feet flat against the ground.
I wanted these orcs, when formed in mass, to give the impression that the whole regiment was advancing, so I lifted both heels off the ground. Nobody can stand still for very long that way, so the mind interprets the figure as being in mid-stride. The forward lean also makes the observer feel that the orc had better bring its back leg forward quickly, or it will fall over.
Have fun! I've got a final at 7:40 tomorrow morning. Steve
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I'm sure you have seen this, but I just recently picked up the Tolkien Bestiary. After reading through this, I have a whole new respect for the man and his imagination. I liked how he fit fantasy beasts into a real world setting, where people clashed over culture as much as race and just general evil. I tend to go with the flashy cartoony, what's different is cool, but I am finding I like this down to earth style of monsters and creatures. I'm going to try to incorporate this style into my designs as I do more armies and more creatures.
This is the style your art reminds me of, a jovial representation of Tolkien's work. I would live to see your interpretations of Hobbits. JIM
Your sense of color and style are just great. And really befitting this genre. I'd also love to see a completed set of these. Oh and I second the idea of seeing your interperetation of F.Baggins and possibly Samwise. Oh and maybe the old ranngy, grey-bearded and meddlesome John Huston-err Gandalf.
They'd be great as an encounter set for say a Minas Morgul set. Complete with decrepid ruins, a tower-keep and brutish orcs. Done in a set like the old HeritageUSA pnp sets like Crypt of the Sorcerer or Caverns of Doom.
...shakes off heavy waves of nostalgia... and heady thoughts of epic & perilous journeys to Smog's Lair. And digging through the tome that was the Red Book DnD.
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9