Cyfa's art challenges and other bits & bobs

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Cyfa, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. gazomg

    gazomg Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I am not sure if you are mental or a genius at times...or if there is a difference....lol
     
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  2. Cyfa

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    ^ I'm definitely not a genius, gazomg... :D
     
  3. Michael

    Michael Le modérateur de fanart Moderator

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    I vote ‘genius’. I really like the style of your artwork, @Cyfa. Do you have a background in fashion design or something similar?
     
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  4. gazomg

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    I was thinking the same myself
     
  5. Cyfa

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    Wow, thanks, M! No. No, fashion design background, although I've always enjoyed designing and drawing out-of-the-ordinary clothes - I'd hesitate to call my creations "fashion", though :lol:
    I loved art at school (it was my favourite subject), then I continued with it at college and dabbled with textiles, too. After college I went to art school and studied graphic design which put me right off! I didn't do anything remotely arty for years afterwards except (make and) decorate cakes for friends now and again. Then I got really into Star Trek and my creative side emerged once more - mainly by doodling & sketching starships (like many of us on the board), coming up with new or reimagined aliens, and designing the uniforms and clothes that they'd wear.

    Anyway, enough about me - Here's today's effort towards this month's Art Challenge: Beach Bolians (co-husbands and wife)

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  6. Cyfa

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    Arrrgh! After rushing home from work, I descended upon the beach armed with my cut-outs and camera. After a typical day of beautiful, bright sunshine while I was at work, as soon as I got home so did the clouds. Also, the tide was almost high, the wind threatened to blow everything away, and to top it all off I was hungry and impatient. Still, I managed to get a few photos that weren't completely awful. Here's one of those Bolians again:

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    (If you think the bottom of the photo looks weird - it is! I had to quickly cover up the cardboard stand using my hideous MS Paint abilities because I didn't bury it properly in the sand...)

    The weather forecast for the end of June is pretty grim - I don't think we'll be having any more sunny days here, so I may have to resort to photographing these figures in front of previous beach photos I've taken displayed on my monitor.
     
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  7. Cyfa

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    Despite what I said in the previous post, I didn't take any more photos as my monitor is too small and the figures too big. So, I made do with the photos I did take on the beach and came up with this as my submission to the June Art Challenge:

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    I've put some "making of" photos on my blog if anyone's interested, although they're not terribly different to what I've posted here. Having said that, I do like the one below for the splash of the wave above the couple's heads...

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  8. Cyfa

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    Inspired by @gazomg and M's early starts, I thought I'd also get something up and running for the July Art Challenge. From the 8th until this morning, all I'd done was jot down ideas - so many ideas - but most of them are going to require more time than I've actually got to complete. One of those ideas was to construct a golden Cardassian Hideki-class ship and give it an all-over livery reminiscent of Tutankhamun's mask, but a 3D cardboard model will take me ages to make (not least because of all the procrastinating I will do), so I thought I'd try a flat 2D one instead.

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    (The larger, detailed, half-Hideki was going to be the basis of a 3d golden card model)

    Now that I've cut out the shape, I don't like what I've imagined it will look like with the mask livery, and have pretty much abandoned it in favour of the goddess Wadjet (either in full-on snake form, or a more Trek-like Selay woman) in an Egyptian-style late 24th century dress uniform (the white one). Although we'll see if this comes to pass or not...

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  9. Michael

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    Two awesome ideas, @Cyfa! Definitely the kind of ideas I had in mind when I thought up the contest theme. The Cardassians would be a fantastic pick for a crossover with Egyptian aesthetic, because they already have some Egyptian influences in their design, specifically the pyramid on the Galor-class ships and the shape of those ships being reminiscent of an Ankh symbol. So yeah, I'd definitely be down for a Tutankhamun/Hideki design. But yeah, I can understand having ideas that would take too much time to finish. Actually, I'm not quite sure if I chose a too complicated idea myself for my entry.

    A Selay woman as Wadjet is a stroke of genius in my book. Go for it! :)
     
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  10. Cyfa

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    Thanks, M :) As well as the Selay, I'd intended to show a range of "crew" - A Caitian Bastet, an Aurelian Horus, a Gorn Sobek and a Bzzit Khaht Heqet - but we'll see if time allows these crew to board!
     
  11. fireproof78

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    I now want this so badly, it is not even funny.

    Also, can create that Star Trek/Stargate crossover.

    Quick, to fan fiction!
     
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  12. Cyfa

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    I've given up on the cardboard cut-outs as they're taking too long and need too much detail work to make the heads recognisable as Trek races/species, so I stuck with pencil and paper:

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    Here we have Maahes (a Caitian), Wadjet (a Selay), Horus (an Aurelian), Sobek (a Gorn), and Heqet (a Bzzit Khaht).

    This isn't finished (by a long shot), but it might end up being my challenge entry depending on how much free time I can muster between now and the 28th. Of course, it would help if I stopped fannying around with it :lol:
     
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  13. Michael

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    I love it, @Cyfa! I like that it's a very convincing emulation of the Egyptian art style and you can totally recognize the Trek aliens. Although, I'll be honest, I had to look up the Bzzit Khaht. :lol:
     
  14. Cyfa

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    Thanks, M. I love the frog-like Bzzit Khaht even though they were barely seen on screen in ST IV. However, that love turned to frustration when I could only find a head-on view of one online so had to try and extrapolate a profile view. After several unconvincing sketches, I gave up and just drew a frog! :D

    That picture above looks rather faded on screen, so here is a super contrasty one that I used before adding colour:
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    Then, here's the colour (added in Paint) which looks a little garish and childlike, but there is a reason...
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    And the reason is because I covered my monitor with gold tissue paper to give the picture an old, faded look (because I still haven't sorted out Photoshop or the like!) then took a photo, et voilà:
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    (It's a bit fuzzy at the top and bottom as the tissue paper wasn't stuck to the screen - I'll probably re-do it before Friday).
     
  15. fireproof78

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    Wow, I really like that effect and that piece. Took me a second to figure it out, but it worked very well.

    Not to be that guy (since i'm not an artist and my stick figures would proudly attest to that) but GIMP will allow you to create that effect on the computer.
     
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  16. Cyfa

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    Thanks, @fireproof78. And don't worry, I don't think you're that guy - the advice is welcome! Actually, I've just got a new PC (still in it's box, at the mo), so after some help from @BorgMan (first page of this thread), I'm going to download Photoshop CS2 and have a play around with it to see what it can do (it's got to be better than fart-arsing around taking photos of tissue-paper covered monitors :lol: )

    Anyway, this is what I've done with my picture (it wasn't the original intention, but it'll do for now):
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    (the PADD is from VGR: Dark Frontier)
    EDIT 18:39 - Hieroglyphs was spelled wrong, so I amended it - thanks @Laura Cynthia Chambers ;)
     
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  17. B.J.

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    Nice! I like the final result. (USS Moya? Been watching Farscape? ;) )
     
  18. Cyfa

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    Thanks @B.J. And I haven't seen Farscape in too long - It came up in conversation yesterday, so I've resolved to watch a few episodes as soon as I get the time...
     
  19. gazomg

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    good stuff cyfa
     
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  20. BorgMan

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    Nice. Once you've gigured out Photoshop, you can do that kind of thing in a heartbeat. Nice to see some progress!
     
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