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Xibalba by gloomy-optimist Xibalba by gloomy-optimist
This was the final in my Character Design class--the prompt was to revamp a character from your childhood into something a bit more badass and mature. I chose Chel from The Road to El Dorado because she's a clever BAMF but most of the fanart you find for her is badly drawn porn.

I really tried to push the boundaries with this one with both dramatic perspective and lighting, and for the most part I think it paid off. There are a few things out of place, but that's how you learn, right?
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Africa2000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love Mayan culture. :D
jessrobley Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice perspective and shading! :thumbsup: The dress is cool too and fits right into the style of the movie!
I struggle with perspective like this but would like to try it. Do you have any tips? :)
gloomy-optimist Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
Tips on perspective...well, I think the main thing that helps is just doing it! Pushing perspective whenever you can, even though it's not great to begin with. I struggled a lot to get this piece to work out the way I wanted, and even looking at it now there are some things I feel like could be fixed. But that's okay--don't be afraid to change, tweak, or redo things. Looking up things on linear perspective helps to get a good base, especially two or three point perspective. Try to understand how the anatomy of a character works--the underlying shapes (such as a cylinder for the arm, another for the rib cage and hips, etc) can help guide how they would be foreshortened. Work from life for a while with foreshortening, preferably with shapes first then moving toward the human's kind of boring, but it's really helpful if you're mindful while you're working.
Sorry for the late reply, but I hope those tips help you! :)
jessrobley Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sorry for my late reply also!
Thanks very much for your tips.
Alrighty it's time I start putting in the practice hours :)
Lemon-bat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I reaaally like this piece. There's a sense of introspection and mystery, which I think is very fitting to the character. The lighting and colors are great (specially the fact her dress is purple; like she's in-between her world and the other). The perspective on the platform itself is a little off, though; the top edges are too open for the sort of perspective you were going for. For example, I think the lower edge should be hidden behind the top one. I'm no expert though, it's just my observation. It's a lovely piece overall!
gloomy-optimist Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yeah, the perspective is definitely a bit off in a few places--I was a bit overambitious! That platform was a pain from start to finish haha

Thank you for your kind words--I'm really glad you like it :)
salierifemme91 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE IT TO DEATH! Ur right about Chel "fanart" out there- that really pisses me off! ;P
moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Simply splendid!:clap:
phoenixoaks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Very beautiful image. It has a suggestion of substance and story behind it; a little haunting to. Although her face is quite peaceful. Badass and mature? Totally.
gloomy-optimist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks! Yeah, I wanted it to be a little stronger than just Chel being sexy somewhere, so I'm glad that reads :)
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