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Postby Leonardo812 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:45 pm

I think that this is the right thread.

I just drew a cartoony style version of Flynn, my battle captain.
I did it in MS Paint, although I added the text and some effects in Photoscape. I also did a sort of grainy texture which made the lines look kind of funky.

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Also, here is an actual picture of him marching down a corridor in search of some enemies.

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What do you think of the drawing? I need to work on my Lego hands - they didn't turn out to well. Also, I think that the head need to be more cylinder-like. I tried to bend it a little, and it didn't turn out to well, either. I think that the neck thingy was the hardest part, but it ended up looking all right.

MS Paint isn't exactly the greatest, but it's better than nothing. I'm looking up some other free software, but I haven't found a lot of good stuff.
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Postby Blitzen » Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:54 pm

For free programs, I've heard Gimp works pretty well, though I use Photoshop instead. As for the drawing itself, it's not that great, but that is to be expected. Try drawing it on paper if you have a scanner because I find it's a bunch easier than with a mouse. Compared to Mike's, your arms and legs are way smaller, and your hands could get enlarged too. The weapon's pretty good though.
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Postby Leonardo812 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:27 pm

I actually have used GIMP. It is quite nice, although not to good for drawing. I will work more with sketching on paper and then scanning that.

So you think that I should enlarge the legs as well as the hands and arms? I'll have to study Mike's stuff a lot more. His look great.
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Postby Blitzen » Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:37 pm

Yeah, the arms, legs and hands look like they need to be bigger. The length of arms is good, but thickening them up might help.
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Postby IVhorseman » Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:54 pm

i thought it was pretty good for drawing with a mouse. better than i can do anyways <_<

yeah, i'd go with thickening the arms and legs, along with fixing leg angles. you've got the correct shape of minifig legs down (personally i think that's the hardest part), but they're set apart at a funny angle like he's trying to do that cowboy walk. it just looks a bit unnatural

and how is his sword made? it looks great! i just can't tell cause it's dark in the actual photo
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Postby Blitzen » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:15 pm

It looks to me like a 1x1 with clip on a 4l rod with a 1x4 plate attached.

EDIT: Oh wait, no. It looks longer than that.
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Postby DarkWolf » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:18 pm

Yeah, it looks about 1x6 at the least. Also, kickass hero, and the artwork is way better than anything I can do. Can't think of any other suggestions beyond what has already be suggested.
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Postby Rayhawk » Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:32 pm

You pretty much have to distort minifigs one way or another if you want to get dramatic pictures of them. I've seen a lot of artists do it different ways, and I don't think there's any one right or wrong way in particular. Everyone pretty much develops a style over time that they're most comfortable with.
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Postby Leonardo812 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:19 pm

Here's a picture of the sword taken apart. It's actually quite simple- just four pieces, but I think that it looks cool.

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And here's another picture of my captain and another squad member.

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Postby EvilTobbacconist » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:35 pm

Damn, those are some cool looking figs (althrough it might have something to do with the lighting)
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Postby Leonardo812 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:27 pm

:) I brickfilm a lot, so I play around with lighting quite a bit. That shot was just a single halogen lamp reflected off of a piece of white paper.
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Postby IVhorseman » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:27 pm

yeah, i see how well your work is reflected into your photos.

yet another construction question beackons: the sword is stashed behind the minifig, but i see not how it is attatched. explain.
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Postby Jemulov » Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:05 am

I want to see pictures of the set you photographed your guys in.

Kudos on the lighting it makes them look 10 times cooler.
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Postby Leonardo812 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:32 am

I will try to upload a pic soon. It's actually a very small set.
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Postby Leonardo812 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:54 am

Ok. Here you go.

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As you can see, it's a very small, one-walled set. On the left you can see that I bounced light from my halogen lamp off of a plain sheet of white paper to create a nice dramatic lighting effect. I also turned on a dim overhead light to fill in the shadows just a little bit.

Notice the carnage from our last battle in the upper left.

EDIT: @ IVHorseman - He's holding it.
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