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Character Of The Week: Vampyrist- Effigy

I originally wasn’t planning to do a COTW this week, I figured most people would be too busy with festive pursuits to have time to spare, especially considering its Friday. However, it would seem Vampyrist has other ideas. I nip on to the forums for a quick look, to see if anything has been posted whilst I was having my dinner and this is what I was created with.

Vampyrist is one of those classic ‘machiners (not a term I tend to throw around lightly) who have a style that is truly their own, much like AMS or dblade, you can try and copy it as much as you like, but you’ll never get it exactly right, it will never look as good as what he does. And this is as fine an example of the breed as I have ever seen.

If we just set the obvious aside for the moment, we’ll kick off with something that has always impressed me about Vampyrist’s work. He always seems to do very minimal shading at first glance, you notice a few sports of highlighting on the pants, the glow from the flames that is reflected off the leg, and you don’t really think too much more of it. Then you look again and you notice the very subtle shadowing on the left foot, then the chin and the stomach and then the arm and chest. His subtlety with shading on his characters always gets me. It shows you don’t have to use masses upon masses of light and shadow to get the result.

And now that that’s out of the way, we can move on to the obvious. Masking the skeleton onto the flame effect (*wheels out COTW slogan board*)- simple but so effective. Now this is where you use masses and masses of light and shadow to get the result. I’m not even going to bother trying to count the layers of colour here, it would be pointless, but you have to give Vamp massive props for how good this looks. The fire looks so real and alive, you can feel the heat, and the black, almost charcoal look, of the bones in the flames contrasts so wonderfully against the vivid colour engulfing them. Best examples, just look at the right hand. And that right eye looks positively evil (as I’m sure was the intent). If people are still umping and erring over what to nominate for the Hall Of Fame (nominations are still open btw), you could do a lot worse than to nominate this.

Note: Obviously there won’t be a COTW next week, I doubt much will be popping up on the forums next week and anyway, I’ll be too busy to write it. Though you can of course expect a review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special on Thursday.

No Open Critique Day This Week

Open Critique Day will return January 9th, 2015.

Happy Holidays!

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #56

Well folks, it is time for our weekly Heromachine caption contest  and this this week I want your best dialogue for the following image:

Superman Christmas

There are a few changes to the contest this week due to next week being Christmas. So instead of just one week, you will get two weeks to submit your entries as I will not being doing a contest next week. Secondly there are no limits this week, feel free to submit as many entries as you like. Be sure to submit your entries by 3 PM Eastern time December 30th. Of course I as always expect you to keep your entries no worse then PG-13 in nature and that you follow all the normal rules of the forum when writing your caption for the above image. That being said I wish you all Good luck!

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #55 – Results

Last week I asked you all for your best dialogue for the following image:

Bucky and Cap 1

 

Here are my top Five entries:

*****

punkjay

Buckey: Wait Cap It’s Christmas the mall is packed you’ll be trampled

Capt. America: Sorry Buckey but I must get the Batman TV DVD box set!

*****

TOOL 
Bucky: Please dont take it away, I promise I wont go sledding on your shield anymore!

Cap: That’s the last straw mister, I am gonna tell on you to Santa.

*****

Sabrina 
Bucky: Wait! I can’t go out in public like this!

Captain America: If Batman’s sidekick can wear the tights, boy, then so can you!

*****

redligerwing59 
Bucky: Cap, I’m sorry,but i did’nt know what else to do.!

Cap:Thats it, Bucky were through! I’ve told you and I’ve told you, My shield is not to be used as a pizza dish.

*****

leonides11 
B: But you promised!!!!

C: You can sit in Santa’s lap another time.

*****

And our winner is ……………………………..

 

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Geek Quiz ♯3

Ok, time for our next Quiz. As usual, 10 questions. You answer a question right, you get a point. 20 points are available and the person with the most points wins. The answers will be below a page break, so I’d advise viewing this post through the blog front page so as you don’t get spoiler when you view the later questions. And please refrain from posting answers in the comments. Anyway, lets get on with it.

1- What does Kamehameha translate into English as? (1 Point)

2- Which of these characters does not originate from the Street Fighter games series? (1 Point)

a)- Chun-Li

b)- Ryu

c)- Felicia

d)- Sagat

3- What is the name of the cocktail invented by Zaphod Beeblebrox that is described as “like having your brain smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick”? (1 Point)

4- Which of these TV shows has John de Lancie not guest starred in an episode of? (1 Point)

a) Breaking Bad

b) The West Wing

c) Torchwood

d) Star Trek: Enterprise

5- In Pre-Crisis On Infinite Earths continuity, Legion Of Superheroes foe Nemesis Kid only suffered three defeats in single combat, twice to the same opponent. Who were the Legionnaires who defeated him? (2 Points)

Bonus Point- What planet does Nemesis Kid originate from? (1 Point)

6- What is the Elvish word for friend? (1 Point)

7- Name the 6 gems that make up the Infinity Guantlet. (1 Point each= 6 Points)

8- What was the name of the British anthology comic series that V For Vendetta originally appeared in between 1982 and 1985? (1 Point)

9- Which of these Simon Pegg/ Nick Frost films was Edgar Wright not director for? (1 Point)

a) Shaun Of The Dead

b) Hot Fuzz

c) Paul

d) World’s End

10- Name the animes from which these characters originate from? (1 point each- 4 Points)

a) Roy Mustang

b) Death The Kid

c) L Lawliet

d) Mikasa Ackerman

Answers below the jump, so no peaking.

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Another Thought

I’m sure some of you may remember a piece I did on this blog back in February titled: Just A Thought. If you don’t here’s a link- link. Back then it was in reaction to the suicide attempt of 11 year old Michael Morones, who tried to take his own life because he was bullied because he was a fan of My Little Pony. Well, it is with a heavy heart that I once again have to dust off the soapbox, because the world just doesn’t get the message.

This morning, I was doing my rounds of checking all my usual internet haunts (deviantart, the forums etc.) and this is the second story down on the MLP community website (for those of you who don’t know, I am a very avid Brony, and I really don’t care if you like it or not)- http://www.equestriadaily.com/2014/12/brony-takes-his-own-life-due-to-online.html

The page has a link to the original article as reported in the British tabloid press and the story goes something like this. 19 year old Brony, Adam Smith, was bullied online by internet trolls because of his fandom of MLP, the fan fiction he wrote of the show and his learning disability. He was accused of plagiarism for his story (I do not know if these claimed had any foundation, I haven’t read his story nor seen the comments thread of it on the website it was posted on). He later made a youtube video apologising to the people who accused him of plagiarism for any misunderstanding (again, I haven’t seen the video). He was then attacked in the comments section of the video by people laughing at his speech problems. A few days later, Adam Smith walked in front of a moving train.

Now we come to the point of todays missive, much like my Just A Thought had a point to it. When it comes to criticism, some people take it better than others, but verbally attacking someone and mocking them because of something completely out of their control, such as a disability, is not even justifiable. It is one of the lowest things a person can do. So never laugh at a person less fortunate than yourself, just think how that would feel. And when it comes to dealing with people who think that the best form of entertainment is making someone else feel like dirt, ignore them. Trolls like this thrive on attention, so starve them of it. Most, if not all, internet sites allow you to block users, that feature is there for a reason. Of course, if this is happening in real life, then you don’t have a block button, so tell someone, a teacher, a parent, a team manager if its happening at work. You have a right to feel comfortable with who you are and it is wrong for someone to try and make you feel uncomfortable with being yourself.

Criticism is welcome in this community, it’s an artistic community, it’s actively encouraged. But destructive criticism (“this sucks” and any variation there-in) is not welcome and will get you hit with sanctions as quickly as a moderator notices your comments. So if you are going to criticise, make sure its constructive. Tell the person how the can improve their work, what they could do differently, be encouraging, it feels so much better for all involved. Because trolling will get you shown the exit door, it’s that way and it only opens from the inside. Once you’re out, you’re out.

And as a final thought; really, it doesn’t matter what other people think in the end. Yeah bad comments and criticism can hurt at first, but they don’t really matter. As long as you enjoy what you’re doing, that is good enough. Be you, because you are awesome.

JR out.

Caption Contest Delayed

I had a last minute family outing to attend today and thus did not get around to judging or selecting a new image for this round of caption contest posts so I will get that done for you all some time tomorrow.

There’s No Place Like Chrome For The Holidays

While this has nothing really to do with superheroes, the pieces have a very cool Transformer/mech vibe. Also inspires us all to think outside the box.

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/ptolemy-elrington-hubcap-sculptures#.VJCi4TcHEQc.facebook

Happy Holidays all!

Character Building with JR19759

Sorry that the audio and video aren’t synched properly on this one guys. I think I might have cropped the audio clip a bit much, but it doesn’t make a huge difference, I’m still talking about all the right things in all the right places.

As I say in the video, next week is shading and it will also be the last video of the series. If you have any suggestions for future projects, if you want to see other video tutorials on stuff I haven’t covered in these videos, or if you want to see something different, leave you ideas down in the comments below.

Character Of The Year- Final

This poll will be open from now until Christmas Eve, so make sure you vote for your favourite lots during that time, because remember, whoever wins is going in the HOF.

Note: Poll 4 ended in a draw (nice and rhyme), so I have included both of the winners from that poll here for the sake of fairness (plus we usually have 5 entries in a poll, so it makes sense really).

Anyway, pop below the break for my run down of this years finalists.

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