It is currently Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:44 am


Latest GIMP Scripts & Plug-ins

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:10 am  (#1) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Jun 25, 2011
Posts: 819
Location: Mount Olive, North Carolina
This started as a quick landscape practice, but I felt it needed a snake... and fire-breath.

Image
Image is link to bigger version on DA

Maybe that is its last fireball??


Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Orkut Share on Digg Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Technorati
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:53 am  (#2) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Aug 30, 2012
Posts: 2097
Very nice, like the way you have done the lighting from the fire across the body of the heroine.

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:01 am  (#3) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Aug 28, 2012
Posts: 1958
Location: Idk where I am.
I think the water is a little stiff, a little more lighting on it might make it a lil more lively imo.
Still nice work! :D

_________________
Image


Image
Doctor...! To muse and blabber, about a treasure map in from of *this* particular crew, displays a level of ineptitude, that borders on the imbecilic; And I mean that in a very caring way.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:28 am  (#4) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Aug 16, 2012
Posts: 3291
Location: Göteborg, Sweden
merrak: i seem to have missed this one! i'm a great fan of dragons and also of stoorworms and lindorms and all those gigantic serpents, so i liked this a lot :). i think moko has a point about the water, though, and i also think there's something strange about the points where the serpent disappears into the water, it looks out of perspective. i agree with he4rty that the light from the fire flame falling beautifully aross the heroine's body, i get jealous when i see work like that :).
quite apart from the points of beauty and technique of this i'm curious about something though: i've seen at least one more fantasy heroine of yours wearing similar clothes. to me they seem a bit out of context, they look like something a tight rope walker at a circus would wear and the material looks to be thick and rather plasticky - a bit futuristic (very unpractical stuff to wear when you're out slaying beasts too, of course, but i know fantasy heroines can't be too particular about that, it's sort of a rule of the genre :mrgreen: ). what are your thoughts about their clothes? do they all live in a world where this futuristic fashion is the rule? most fantasy clothing seems to reflect either medieval times or the antiques, so yours stand out, which can be a strength or a weakness. i'd really like to hear your thoughts on this!

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:12 am  (#5) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Mar 23, 2012
Posts: 5069
Location: Body in UK, heart in Göteborg
Beautiful work again. I love the fire breath.

_________________
Image



Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:39 am  (#6) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Jun 25, 2011
Posts: 819
Location: Mount Olive, North Carolina
Thanks for the comments :)

The water does sparkle a bit - but maybe it could sparkle more? (Around the serpent, too). Maybe that'd liven the water a bit. Maybe the perspective needs to be changed. The serpent enters the water at an angle and I'm not sure I got it right. Thanks for the tips!

@AnMal ~ There is a complex answer to this question :mrgreen:

Most of the drawings I've posted are illustrations of two books (one I've finished, another in progress), that are situated in the Roman era and Renaissance era respectively. It's part of a series about a hitchhiker telling a story to his driver. The context is not historical on purpose. I think it's more apparent on the structures than it is the character's costumes. The artwork is meant to reflect an altered reality. Whether it is that of the characters, the narrator telling the story, or the driver telling the story to -you- is a mystery left up to the reader.

Here's the same heroine in a different scene. (bigger version)

Image

With "futuristic" buildings. The heroine is of the second book. The drawing below is from the first book. The buildings are different, but still impossibly large.

Image

Maybe the costumes were more realistic from that first book. I can't seem to find the older threads where I've posted them to GC.

It just seemed more fun to do the artwork this way... call it a style choice I suppose.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:35 am  (#7) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Aug 16, 2012
Posts: 3291
Location: Göteborg, Sweden
merrak: that's so cool! i knew the answer would be interesting :). i loved the icicle city! now i'm really curious about that story, where can i find it?

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:28 am  (#8) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Jun 25, 2011
Posts: 819
Location: Mount Olive, North Carolina
AnMal wrote:
merrak: that's so cool! i knew the answer would be interesting :). i loved the icicle city! now i'm really curious about that story, where can i find it?


I'm still working on it :mrgreen:

The first book is called A Foundation in Wisdom. It has a website if you're interested in seeing what it's about. http://www.afoundationinwisdom.com/. It's almost completely finished.

The second book is called An Ember in the Wind. The manuscript is still under revision, then it needs to be sent to the editor - so it's a while out. It has a site, though! http://www.anemberinthewind.com/. There's some artwork there, but that's about it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:15 am  (#9) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Aug 16, 2012
Posts: 3291
Location: Göteborg, Sweden
merrak: it looks very promising! i think i could like these books.

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Slaying the Fire-Serpent
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:55 pm  (#10) 
Offline
GimpChat Member
User avatar

Joined: Apr 30, 2010
Posts: 1953
Location: Missouri
Hey! I like fire serpents! Next to rats they're my second favorite pet! There it was, minding its own business then out of nowhere comes this half dressed crazy girl with a knife and proceeded to attack it. I think someone should start a 'save the fire serpents' foundation. Poor thing.

_________________
Image
The last time I kept an open mind,
my brain fell out and the dog grabbed it.
Now it's full of dirt, toothmarks, and dog slobber.
No more open minds or dogs for me.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

* Login  

* Subscribe to Gimp Chat's RSS Feed    * Subscribe to Gimp Chat's Tutorial Feed    * Subscribe to Gimp Chat's G'MIC Feed


Powered by phpBB3 © phpBB Group