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Messages - Steven Denton

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Creative Common / Re: Rogue Trooper (and related G.I's) Fanzine
« on: 20 June, 2018, 04:31:46 pm »
Really nice! I like your style and you can draw a good head.

Criticism wise, I'm not really sure what's going on in the bottom let and I think Tor's eyepiece and scars are on the left side of his face

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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 20 June, 2018, 02:50:13 pm »
Conversely I think it’s a not great cover

1) the parts of her body seem incoherently exposed if emerging from a (flat lying) liquid.
2) the huge white areas just seem a waste of cover space, like the artist wasn’t bothered.
3) the face is weirdly expressionless and the skin colouring dead-like - zombie-red?
4) why are there no drips of liquid on the emerged parts - most notable the right hand gun?
5) what physical position would you be in to expose forehead, hands, breasts and thighs? Great core work out but most people emerge from liquid torso up first.

It sort of works if she’s coming thru a vertical plasma doorway / teleport but not at all from a horizontal liquid.

I don't really like the whatabout defence in much the same way I don't like 'it's only a comic' or it's only a drawing' an answer. Its not abstract expressionism and its not a symbolic stylised pinup and the fact other pictures exist isn't a particularly good reason not to criticise this one. 

Having said that the anatomy exposed from the liquid makes perfect sense. Red's left side is twisted forward, her shoulder is raised out of the blood and her left leg is raised out of the liquid (probably bent at the knee out of shot. he head is tilted forward, chin down. meaning her forehead would be out of the blood. The whole thing is not viewed directly from above but from head height as if standing at Reds feet.

In my opinion the face angel should be more dead on and less from a low angel as Reds head tilt would counter the viewing angel and the right arms angel wold mean it would be at an angle close 45 degrees as it came though the blood rather than strait up, with the hand position that would make the right hand gun partially submerged.


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General / Re: 2000 AD Art Stars Summer 2018 - Judge Dredd
« on: 13 June, 2018, 10:04:05 am »
Terry Kerns -- Dredd



It's odd, but I like it

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Creative Common / Re: All of my art competition entities in one place
« on: 13 June, 2018, 10:02:52 am »
Thanks Woolly, you would not believe how long I spend messing about with the background! 

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Creative Common / Re: All of my art competition entities in one place
« on: 12 June, 2018, 08:58:51 pm »
Unfortunately I meet the criteria for being too pro for the new 2000ad art stars competition.  this would have been my entry

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Creative Common / Re: Rogue Trooper (and related G.I's) Fanzine
« on: 12 June, 2018, 08:55:04 pm »
I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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General / Re: 2000AD fanwork legality?
« on: 12 June, 2018, 04:26:19 pm »
Hey guys - thanks for all your replies! I've come down a bit from my rather extended 2AM inspiration high, and now I'm sort of knuckling down and really realizing the scale of this project. Also starting to wonder who it is that would even want to see this, but then again sometimes it's enough to do things for yourself. Will keep all of this in mind as a to-do!

Thanks Denton - that info's pretty helpful in particular. Were you ever asked to change anything, or was that about it?

some of my ideas fell under the don'ts umbrella and had to be dropped. My entire contact was about 3 emails setting out ground rules. I would expect an arm's length approach. Rebellion, probably wisely, largely neither condone nor condemn fan projects. I suspect that approval would look like an endorsement and may even make things look a lot more official than they actually are.

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General / Re: 2000AD fanwork legality?
« on: 12 June, 2018, 02:19:42 pm »
Definitely ask. I asked when I started to get serious about producing a fanzine and I was sent a set of guidelines. Essentially a list of don'ts, none of which were anything less than reasonable.

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Tricky, for me the clear winner was...

1) Heath C Ackley "Drifter"

I find it really hard to chose between the rest, so I'm going to two passed on a complex points based marking system.

2) The Legendary Shark "Dare To Dream"
3) NapalmKev "Sweet Chrtstmas!"

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Creative Common / Re: Rogue Trooper (and related G.I's) Fanzine
« on: 10 June, 2018, 10:21:54 am »
Warm up stuff. I did this story on a whim for the short story competition, then did a couple of illustrations on a whim too.



Tor Cyan's ambulance spun out of control, its circuits sparking and smoking; motors and coils burning from electrical overload. The orderly droids crackled as they burnt. They moved through a series of mechanical tests as their processors failed. Cyan briefly thought how much they looked like they were practising yoga positions whilst on fire. Androids have seldom looked as much like an absurd mockery of life.
 
A massive, radioactive electrical wave had hit the small spacecraft as it made its approach to the mining operation on the planet Magnus Hellenbeck. There had been an accident and thirteen seriously injured miners needed an evac to Mercy Heights. Hellenbeck was genealogically young; its surface was a constantly shifting jigsaw of soft rock and lava. Thousand mile an hour winds and thick pyroclastic clouds scoured its surface, creating massive electrical storms that lashed out into space. Cyan had flown right into one. It fried the android orderlies' minds and set their bodies alight; it shorted the ambulance's controls and superheated the electrics. It would have killed any human on board instantly; but Cyan was just in unimaginable pain. He thought of it as a wakeup call; space's way of saying "Don't get cocky".
 
The acrid smoke was getting so thick he could hardly see; something started beeping, then something else, then something else; systems were failing in a cacophony of urgent, shrill alarms. The smoke tasted like acid and smelled like a bonfire of arseholes. Cyan had always wondered why his sense of smell and taste were so acute when almost nothing could poison him. A much deeper beeping let him know that he had picked up the mining station's beacon. The beeps turned into a constant tone as he lined up the ambulance with the approach signal. He took one last unpleasant breath, then opened the airlock and switched off all power. The smoke drained into space instantly, and the fires went out. The temperature dropped to near absolute zero. He hoped the power would start again or he was going to hit the planet's surface at ten thousand miles per hour. The androids floated gracefully in the zero gravity. Cyan hit the start button a little harder than necessary and the craft kicked back into life.
 
Shields further up the shuttle were buffeted and burnt by the winds and the boiling ash, but Cyan arrived safely at the complex's hangar. The injured miners were there to meet him. Their confidence seemed to dip when Cyan tossed out the burnt droids. "Orderlies are broken. If you can't board under your own power, raise your hands and I'll haul your ass aboard."
 
The journey back to Merry Heights is far less eventful. Covered in blood and soot, Cyan delivers the injured and then heads straight for the bar. Lilla Ferro has been sitting by herself in one of the booths for an hour, nursing a drink and a headache. "Tor, you look like crap." Cyan stares at her. "It's been a tough shift," he says with a solemn expression. "I've been to Hellenbeck."




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General / Re: 2000 AD Art Stars Summer 2018 - Judge Dredd
« on: 07 June, 2018, 11:04:16 am »
I’ve not seem BMB’s stuff for a while and that’s fantastic! He keeps getting better.

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General / Re: SPRING Short Story Comp - OUT OF THIS WORLD
« on: 07 June, 2018, 09:28:54 am »
Tor Cyan
 
Tor Cyan's ambulance spun out of control, its circuits sparking and smoking; motors and coils burning from electrical overload. The orderly droids crackled as they burnt. They moved through a series of mechanical tests as their processors failed. Cyan briefly thought how much they looked like they were practising yoga positions whilst on fire. Androids have seldom looked as much like an absurd mockery of life.
 
A massive, radioactive electrical wave had hit the small spacecraft as it made its approach to the mining operation on the planet Magnus Hellenbeck. There had been an accident and thirteen seriously injured miners needed an evac to Mercy Heights. Hellenbeck was genealogically young; its surface was a constantly shifting jigsaw of soft rock and lava. Thousand mile an hour winds and thick pyroclastic clouds scoured its surface, creating massive electrical storms that lashed out into space. Cyan had flown right into one. It fried the android orderlies' minds and set their bodies alight; it shorted the ambulance's controls and superheated the electrics. It would have killed any human on board instantly; but Cyan was just in unimaginable pain. He thought of it as a wakeup call; space's way of saying "Don't get cocky".
 
The acrid smoke was getting so thick he could hardly see; something started beeping, then something else, then something else; systems were failing in a cacophony of urgent, shrill alarms. The smoke tasted like acid and smelled like a bonfire of arseholes. Cyan had always wondered why his sense of smell and taste were so acute when almost nothing could poison him. A much deeper beeping let him know that he had picked up the mining station's beacon. The beeps turned into a constant tone as he lined up the ambulance with the approach signal. He took one last unpleasant breath, then opened the airlock and switched off all power. The smoke drained into space instantly, and the fires went out. The temperature dropped to near absolute zero. He hoped the power would start again or he was going to hit the planet's surface at ten thousand miles per hour. The androids floated gracefully in the zero gravity. Cyan hit the start button a little harder than necessary and the craft kicked back into life.
 
Shields further up the shuttle were buffeted and burnt by the winds and the boiling ash, but Cyan arrived safely at the complex's hangar. The injured miners were there to meet him. Their confidence seemed to dip when Cyan tossed out the burnt droids. "Orderlies are broken. If you can't board under your own power, raise your hands and I'll haul your ass aboard."
 
The journey back to Merry Heights is far less eventful. Covered in blood and soot, Cyan delivers the injured and then heads straight for the bar. Lilla Ferro has been sitting by herself in one of the booths for an hour, nursing a drink and a headache. "Tor, you look like crap." Cyan stares at her. "It's been a tough shift," he says with a solemn expression. "I've been to Hellenbeck."
 
THE END
 
 

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News / Re: Rogue Trooper Short
« on: 23 May, 2018, 09:44:13 am »
The Behind the scenes video was nice to see. It's hard to watch that and not think this is a film made by fans having a great time making their childhood dreams come true for a moment.

It's easy to be critical about fan films if you are holding them up against narrative storytelling but it's also easy to forget that fan films are an ode to something people love and not a cinematic calling card.

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Creative Common / Re: New to painting, request for feedback.
« on: 15 May, 2018, 09:36:28 am »
Blending or not is very much personal choice. Wither you want to be able to see the strokes or the blends to super smooth, or a mixture of the two is an astatic choice. Your strokes are perfectly good, chunky for the most part brush stroked that describe the shapes pretty well.  Your proportioning seems good, lighting looks consistent, I’m assuming photo referenced?

Colour: there isn’t really a lot to say about colour as for the most part the pictures are monotone (you have added some cool to the shadows and warmth to the highlights. Which always works well, but you've not really pushed it)

Contrast: you have plenty of contrast.

There isn’t really a lot to say except these are perfectly good, if simple, monotone digital paintings of heads. You could try adding detail and colour. Maybe spend an hour or two working one up into something more finished? The advantage of working something up is where you get away with the blocky nose on the red one at this loose stage you would not if you rendered it further.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD ART STARS – enter now!
« on: 14 May, 2018, 02:53:51 pm »
All very true, thanks CFM. I thought it'd be a big ask due to the numbers, but don't ask don't get :)
True about people not taking feedback well too, which is a shame because IMHO it's the only way to improve. I post work on deviant art and Instagram and ask for feedback but never get it... Which I find frustrating.

I've been thinking about getting into small press anyway, once I'm confident that my work is consistent enough. I'll take that route once I have a portfolio I'm willing to submit. Thanks for the recommendation :)

You can also post in the creative common here and ask for advice. You'll probably find that for best results you should ask for feedback/advice in specific areas. things like 'looking for advice on anatomy/story telling/inking/composition' things like that.

Getting involved in the small press is good advice. if you are not ready for strips then art compactions and teamed draw offs/blogs are also a good place to start.

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