Cyfa's art challenges and other bits & bobs

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

  1. Cyfa

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    Because the round ones are Vulcan coins :vulcan: Actually, all four of the round ones have Vulcan script rather craply scored into them, but you have to look carefully for it because I didn't score hard enough and didn't get the angle of light quite right. As to the square ones - I have no idea which civilisation they come from. Possibly Andorian because the holes in the bottom one look like a stylised upside-down Andorian head? :lol:
     
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    Well I figured but I wasn't sure. :D
     
  3. Cyfa

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    I have finally got around to doing something about July's Art Challenge! Thank you @Starscape for extending the deadline. While I had an idea and an extremely rough sketch around the middle of July, I hadn't actually done anything more because of the dratted weather. Like many places, the UK is basking in above average sunshine and temperatures which makes anything but flinging one's self into the sea at any opportunity (rather than, say, sitting at a desk and drawing) quite absurd.
    Anyway, I have made a start:
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    I thought I'd better post this work-in-progress so you can see that I am actually doing something, and because it will instil a sense of pressure for me to finish it (or at least make it less unfinished, after all, the weather forecast is only getting better over the next couple of days...).
    It's probably not immediately obvious which "Unseen Scene" this is - Can anyone guess?
     
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  4. Admiral2

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    Well, you've got me thoroughly stumped. The closest I can figure it's Trelayne after "The Squire of Gothos" sulking in his room while being accosted by...what looks like B5's Vorlons without their encounter suits.

    (Yeah, I know, but I can only go by what I'm seeing...:shrug:)

    Still, after going through the rest of your art I expect whatever this turns out to be will be fantastic, so I'll just wait and see.
     
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  5. Cyfa

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    Ha! Great interpretation, @Admiral2 :lol: However, you're about a hundred years out...
    For July's Art Challenge, I chose to illustrate a scene of Jake Sisko baby-sitting Vilix'Pran's budlings, as mentioned in the DS9 episode "Business As Usual". I don't know why I asked if anyone could guess what the above sketch was as the only vague clue (I think) are the hastily drawn (and rather shoddy) viewports!
    Anyway, here's the very rushed coloured version:
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    I was going to call this "Adventures in Babysitting" after the film (and even labelled it as such), but I haven't seen the film so I didn't really think it was appropriate. Jake's wearing his outfit from "The Reckoning" which, I think, is one of his least objectionable, but his face (at least the lower half) looks more like Old Man Jake's from "The Visitor" (I drew him with his hand over his eyes as I'm rubbish at faces).
    As for Vilix'Pran and his twin budlings, the design is close to what I had in mind, but it's not quite there yet. I need to spend more time thinking through his biology etc. Also, the things that look like heads aren't - they're pseudo-heads. Just like starfish, Vilix'Pran's species have eyes at the end of their tentacles, and a scary-looking mouth in the centre of their underside.

    And my final entry (title shamelessly nabbed from Bill Watterson's 5th Calvin and Hobbes collection):
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    I see that now. Figures. I'm a TOS baby at heart, so even though I've seen and loved all of DS9 it didn't even occur to me that's where the scene came from.

    And, yeah, it's fantastic, just like I thought. I love the detail and color. Excellent work.
     
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  7. Cyfa

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    Rather uncharacteristically, I've made a start on this month's art challenge well before the last minute! I've only cut out a few bits of coloured paper/card that fit together to make a couple of Starfleet officers, so far, but I know what I'm going to do with them.

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    I've chosen a Chandir ("Tailhead") and an Andorian, and dressed them in a version of my alternate universe 2373 Starfleet uniform for February's Art Challenge (as modelled by T'Cael & Ry'iak up there in the top right, with influences from my Starfleet Occult Operations design, bottom left). Once I've stuck them together and tidied them up a bit, they'll be ready for their away mission :)
     
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  8. gazomg

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    you have a unique style.

    not many do the traditional arts and crafts style for a computer comp
     
  9. Cyfa

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    - Thanks, gazomg. While I'm somewhat envious of those of you who can conjure up computer generated images and models, I'm going to stick with my old-school methods (for now) as I can't be bothered to learn anything new :lol:

    Below, my Chandir and Andorian subjects have escaped their paper prison (despite being unfinished!) and made it out into the garden. As I hadn't yet got around to furnishing them with tricorders and communicators, they have availed themselves of a divining rod and crystal ball (it's amazing what one can find laying about in a witch's garden) to aid in their bid for freedom...
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  10. gazomg

    gazomg Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    can understand your logic in not wanting to try the conventional method.

    With photoshop I am self taught, and one of my brothers saw me doing stuff and asked why I went about things the way I do and told me there was easier ways and tricks, but rather than learn the original ways I stick to what I know and prefer.

    Stubborness ? maybe, but know what you mean about changing and possibly killing your buzz.
     
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  11. BorgMan

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    I get you man. I absolutely love SketchUp, but then again, I've been working with it for upwards of 10 years. I know Max amd Blender can get better results, but this works and for me, it works well.

    Nice going Cyfa. Great art style!
     
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  12. gazomg

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    my thoughts are if it aint broken dont fix it.
    Besides some of the stuff I do is better than i thought I could do , as traditional art wise I am utterly useless with pencils, brushes etc.
    and the wife knows the hours i spend on the computer in the evening keeps me out of the pub...lol
     
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  13. Cyfa

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    Thanks @gazomg and @BorgMan :) I keep meaning to have a go at SketchUp or Photoshop (as you suggested, BorgMan), but I never seem to find (or make) the time.

    This morning, I obscured myself and surreptitiously followed Lieutenant Commander Koromandis (the Chandir) and Lieutenant th'Thanticar (the Andorian) down the cliff to the beach where they were attempting to use the appropriated crystal ball and divining rod (as well as a staff that they must have picked up on the way) to find a way off this planet. I took some photos as evidence:

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  14. gazomg

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    always good to be near the coast.
    what part of the world you in ?
     
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    Are those actually in the scenes? They almost look like they were inserted in Photoshop or something! :eek:
     
  17. Cyfa

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    - I'm on the North Norfolk coast. I took it for granted until I moved inland, away from home, but a few years ago, I moved back and spend a *lot* of time on the beach! Are you a coastal dweller too, gazomg?

    - Thanks, Laura.

    - Heh! Yes. I haven't been lying all this time about being rubbish with computer art manipulation programs :lol: They really are bits of coloured card dotted around the English countryside (well, cliffside, anyway)!
     
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  18. gazomg

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    no, am inland , i am in the outskirts of cork city,.
    only a ten minute walk to the river and harbour, or a 20 minute drive to the beaches and coast
     
  19. Cyfa

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    Cork looks like a beautiful city, @gazomg. The different coloured buildings surrounding the harbour, with the cathedral behind, them reminds me of my home town of Cromer as seen from the pier. We don't have anything like Blackrock Castle, though!

    While I work on my final entry for August's art challenge, here are a few more photos of Koromandis and th'Thanticar:

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    In this last image, the two Occult Operations Officers are so intent on their work that they miss the shuttle back to their ship!
     
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  20. BorgMan

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    That last one is awesome. Even though it's less obvious that we're dealing with Trek there, the distance to the lense creates a more immersive atmosphere.
     
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