Whiz Bang presents the winning items from Poll #001. Ocean Master Helmet (well, it's kind of masky if you ask me) and Ant Man Helmet. You can find Ocean Master in Headgear/Fantasy and the Ant Man Helmet in Headgear/Military. I also created some ears using the Ocean Master artwork. These can be found in Ears/Standard. In addition I made a bishop hat (perfect for evil priest concepts), a crown-like headpiece ( I designed this for my villain character, Sovereign), and another piece that reminds me of an eraser head (I'm sure the Machinists will find some use for it). The bishop hat and crown piece can be found in Headgear/Fantasy and the eraser/stump hat can be found in Headgear/Modern. I've also included the Japanese mask that I made for Weilyn. I hadn't pointed out that this had gone live when I first uploaded it weeks ago so I included it with this post. It can be found in Headgear/Mask.
It's been awhile. I know. I want to get back into item creation and my favorite thing to do is make polls and let the Machinists decide what I create next. I'm not sure what kind of schedule I'm going to follow but I'm thinking every other week to get started.
"But you choose what goes in the poll, so really you are choosing from your choices and we Machinists are choosing one of the choices you have already chosen. It seems a bit deceptive to say that we Machinists have a real choice in the matter."
What!?!? Who said that? (smoke bomb)
Poll is closed! Antman Helmet and Ocean Master Helmet were so close during the poll vote that I decided to do them both. Here is a preview of the art pieces! Antman Helmet will be three pieces and I made additional ears from the Ocean Master artwork.
Some prize winners from the past. Vectorman316's prize request was the boots. These can be found in FootRight/MaleTech and Legwear/Kneepads. And Yautja's prize request was the belt/suspenders/pouch which can be found in Belt/Military.
I hope you don't mind but I got really swoll so I could model these items properly.
download instruction links: Cover, wallpaper (warning clicking on characters in the poster/ wallpaper after following these links will result in rapid explosion of your skull, please make sure to wear a helmet before attempting. Oh and make sure you download the Zip file containing all the covers).
I have to say, MadJack seriously knocked this one not only out of the park, but possibly into orbit. Show him much love in the comments people. Also, I have to give a big hand to everyone who got themselves on the poster, everyones work looks incredible. Sorry that a few of you had to die during the creation of the poster, but just know that your sacrifice was not in vain and you shall be avenged.
We will of course be doing another one next year, so long as someone is brave enough to try and follow this, so if you didn't make it on to this years poster, make sure you're here next year.
But with that, once again thanks to MadJack for his work, and JR out.
You know, sometimes my own rules do kinda get in the way in terms of this post. The rule about not including entries for current CDC's was included because I didn't want to sway the votes at all, but this week the one image I wanted to feature was an entry for the current contest. But, I don't want to remove it from the contest (despite the creator giving me their permission to do so) because it will probably win. So instead let's have a look at another piece which, while I don't have as much to say about it, is just as good.
Last week, I mentioned about how certain 'machiners have their own styles that make them stand out. Well this is another case in point. All of Al's signatures are present and correct, dynamic pose, moody background with gradient effect sky and awesome energy effect. I will say, the bottom of the character is rather hard to make out against the background, but it doesn't make the pose any less striking.
The colour coordination really works as well and is a good example of defining layers in a picture. You have the dark colours of the character, which comprise the first layer, which merge with the colours of the third layer, being the background. Now if it were just those two layers, the picture would be very dark, dreary and dull, despite the posing prowess. But then you have the vibrant greens and blues of the energy effect, the second layer, that sits in-between these two layers and spaces them out, adding depth to the image and breaking up the dark hues. And then it's tops off with the back-most layer, the sky, which has a light colour at its lowest point, the point where it meets the layer in front and then becomes darker at its highest point, the point where it diverges from the forward layer. I must also say, I love the neon lines that Al has included in the background layer to break up the black. I love how on the floor they change from purple to green at random points and are then blue for the background . Apart from breaking up the black, they also provide a really interesting eye-catch, and complement the energy effects quite nicely as well.
Mod Note: Quick question you guys. When it comes to this post, are you actually interested in what I have to say about the art? Because sometimes it's quite hard to write these posts because I feel like I'm just repeating myself. I always talk about the same things. And the intros are horrible to write. So do you guys want me to keep the text part of the post, or would you mind if I just showcased the pictures instead?