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.
wyvern: surfduke: You should be able to post links to any files or images already on a website somewhere by just adding the URL when you set-up a post using the full "Create Post" Forum post editor (i.e. NOT the "Quick Reply" version).
May 27, 2020 10:20:28 GMT -9
wyvern: I've found Photos loading the first image slowly every time I've switched on the computer in recent times. It's been OK after that, but seems like it can't quite remember how to do it just after it's been woken up...
May 27, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -9
surfduke: Do you want a preview pdf of the Jupiter 2 here? If so how do I post it.
May 27, 2020 0:39:56 GMT -9
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9