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Shades of Gray
2011-01-29, 09:37 PM
This is a thread for hosting any particularly good art I do, as well as entries for the CHALLENGE.

I've been doing OOTS art for the better part of... four years now?

I hope you enjoy. Feel free to make requests, but as some might tell you, I am notoriously bad with schedules. I'm hoping to change that, and a public place for me to be yelled at seems like the best way.

Some of my art (In most recent to older):
Gwendolyn Price (Bleachitp Reborn)
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g15592.png
Eirene Klossner (Bleachitp Reborn)
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g19869-1.png
Generic Adventuring Party (For a short-lived custom setting)
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g6836-3.png
Iona (Curse Of Dust - Strawberryman)
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g21659.png
Eirene Klossner and Satoshi Tsukami (Bleachitp)
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g21213.png

This of course doesn't include everything, but it's a nice start.

About my art: I use InkScape. For some reason in the last year I have started tending towards more muted tones. I often look at a colour and say "needs more gray/brown." I usually draw female characters because they have more interesting outfits.

101jir
2011-01-30, 09:48 PM
Neat stuff. I might try that InkScape sometime if no one posts any trophies for my Spy Wars players. Would you do some please?

Szilard
2011-01-30, 11:48 PM
Well, whenever you're 17 we could have a 17-year-old high-five. :smalltongue: (Or just 17-year-old-five?)

Prime32
2011-01-31, 04:43 AM
I've said it before, your character designs are awesome.

But your "generic" adventuring party has nine members, one of whom is a warforged? :smalltongue:

Do you reuse hair? Because Gwendolyn's looks a lot like that monk's.


I usually draw female characters because they have more interesting outfits.This.

Shades of Gray
2011-01-31, 10:15 AM
But your "generic" adventuring party has nine members, one of whom is a warforged? :smalltongue:

Well the "generic" adventuring party is like that of Regdar, Lidda, etc. in the PHB, they were designed to show off the base classes/races of the setting.

Half-Elf sorcerer, Elf Ranger, Human Barbarian, Human Cleric, Human Bard, Warforged Paladin, Halfling Monk, Gnome Artificer, Fungal Elf Rogue.


Do you reuse hair? Because Gwendolyn's looks a lot like that monk's.

I do. Hair is a b**** to draw, so I reuse it when I can (with minor alterations)


Well, whenever you're 17 we could have a 17-year-old high-five. :smalltongue: (Or just 17-year-old-five?)

April 26th, broseph. :smallcool:

Halae
2011-01-31, 08:45 PM
That... that warforged is beautiful! *Crys from awesome*

seriously though, Very detailed warforged = excellent

Keveak
2011-02-01, 01:07 AM
That is beautiful, Shades.

Simply beautiful. Especially the hair, I can for some reason not get that right myself.

In fact it's so good it makes me want to join BleachITP, but that would require me to watch an entire Anime series. Not that I wouldn't but It'd take some time.

Kasanip
2011-02-01, 02:11 AM
I always like your avatars! You are very skillful at making these avatars :smallsmile: I think the clothes are interesting too. You have made me many avatars, so always thank you!

Ninjaman
2011-02-01, 03:30 PM
Those are goodyou should post something in IA.

Shades of Gray
2011-02-01, 04:43 PM
Thank you all for your kind words.


In fact it's so good it makes me want to join BleachITP, but that would require me to watch an entire Anime series. Not that I wouldn't but It'd take some time.

I have watched 3 episodes of Bleach. I have been in the Bleachitp RP for more than a year. Watching the anime is not by any means a prerequisite.

The Challenge - Week 1
Themes: Cannons, End of an Age, Pinned Down.

For the first piece I decided to go for a new character. Loosely translating cannons to muskets, I figured the punk movement is the end of an age in a sense: http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g24659.png?t=1296596467
Second verse, same as the first. A little bit maler and a little bit worse.
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g18947.png?t=1296684336
Third - Went for a bit more goth
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g18215.png?t=1296952252
Fourth- A bit more technoviking
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g22302.png?t=1296960717
Fifth- Hastily drawn punk sniper
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g26629.png?t=1296964052
Sixth- Young wounded soldier
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g19572.png?t=1297035923

billtodamax
2011-02-02, 04:03 AM
You're really good at this. o.o

I'm loving the flavour of the things you're producing, as well as your style.

Glass Mouse
2011-02-02, 11:52 AM
These are great! I love the amount of detail you put into each one.

I'm personally a fan of earth tones - it makes everything fit better together, it's more pleasing for the eye, and it's the better choice if you wanna lurk around hiding before you stab your enemies.


For the first piece I decided to go for a new character. Loosely translating cannons to muskets, I figured the punk movement is the end of an age in a sense: http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g24659.png?t=1296596467

The design is really good (okay, maybe I'm a closet punk-lover, so what? :smalltongue:). The striped shirt is a very nice touch, and I can't believe the amount of detail you put into that gun.

Do you want constructive critique as well, or should I save myself the trouble of annoying you? :smallwink:

Shades of Gray
2011-02-02, 12:06 PM
Constructive Critique is always appreciated.

Glass Mouse
2011-02-02, 12:40 PM
Awesome!

I noticed that there's something off about the way the punk girl holds the gun. The centre of mass makes it seem like she would drop it.

On a more general level, your girls look a little (just a little) chubby. Now, I'm all for different body types in fiction, but I wasn't sure if it was intentional, so I thought I'd mention it.

It's minor stuff, but I hope it's useful anyway :smallsmile:

Shades of Gray
2011-02-02, 05:07 PM
It's not intentional... and to be honest I still can't see it. If I make the body thinner then the head is too big, and I can't make it thinner (it has to be pretty much perfectly circular) and I can't reduce the size, or it starts to look too small. It's a difficult balancing act.

I can't really see this chubbiness you are talking about...

EDIT: Piece #2 for THE CHALLENGE is up.

Glass Mouse
2011-02-03, 07:57 AM
Hmm.... Okay, I've been staring and comparing for quite some time now, and I'm still not entirely sure where I get the chubbiness from, but hey, I owe you at least a shot at explaining.

I'm used to Rich's stick figures, where there's a sway in the back, whereas you draw actual waists (this is a detail I really, really like, btw!)
But I think, maybe, the waist is a bit too high for it too look like an actual waist rather than the last thin point before the tummy starts bulging.

As I said, I'm not entirely sure if this is the reason, but it's the closest I've got. Man, it's frustrating having the what and not the why :smalltongue:

Edit: Oh, and really cool new art! I love the red patch of hair.

Vulkan
2011-02-05, 02:44 AM
Oh wow these are awesome

Shades of Gray
2011-02-05, 07:27 PM
Thank you.

Piece of Art #3 is up. I haven't had much time for art lately.

billtodamax
2011-02-05, 07:38 PM
Very, very nice. It looks a bit odd how she's holding the rocket launcher, though.

Shades of Gray
2011-02-05, 09:52 PM
That part was sort of rushed, sadly. I'll probably edit it for when I make the group picture.

Entry #4 done.

Ninjaman
2011-02-06, 04:22 AM
Those are nice. IA is something for you.

Shades of Gray
2011-02-06, 10:58 AM
While I appreciate the compliment, IA does not interest me in the slightest.

Ninjaman
2011-02-06, 11:04 AM
While I appreciate the compliment, IA does not interest me in the slightest.

:smallconfused:Why not?

Shades of Gray
2011-02-06, 11:12 AM
No particular reason. I have participated in the past, a long time ago, and I did not really care for it. Unless a certain theme really interests me I won't be taking part.

Shades of Gray
2011-02-07, 09:30 PM
The Challenge - Week 2

This week's theme is rag-tag teams.

Entry #1 - The first member of an all-new adventuring party, the paladin. Any suggestions for a name?
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g20962.png?t=1297132403

Entries 2-5: The full ensemble
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g19231.png?t=1297542131

Entry #6 - Something completely unrelated that I want to share
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g20913-6.png?t=1297542296

Halae
2011-02-07, 09:32 PM
The first name I thought of when I saw her was "Estellise"

billtodamax
2011-02-08, 12:45 AM
I like Sandra for her.

The art is, as always, fantastic.

Neoriceisgood
2011-02-08, 10:08 AM
I'll suggest Tassel as a name;

Cool art, I always find it interesting when people take the general OOTS style and really twist it their own direction, love all the armour and designs you come up with. :smallsmile:

Shades of Gray
2011-02-12, 03:27 PM
CHALLENGE COMPLETED

Adventuring Party:

Solena, Human Paladin; but not a stick in the mud.
Estellise, Human Sorceress. Total ditz, former royalty.
Ruzena, Dryad Druid. Depressed ever since her forest burnt down. Carries around a bonsai tree.
Ito, Human Ninja. Thinks he's a badass.
Artie, Halfling Ranger. Tired of city folk and their flying machines.

billtodamax
2011-02-12, 10:43 PM
I love the style of entry 6. It's cute, and the flavour is just the right level of surrealism.

Glass Mouse
2011-02-13, 10:13 AM
Artie has me laughing. The rest are good-looking and all, but he's... brilliant! *snort*

As for the Whale Mountain Night thing... I'm not sure why, but I really like it. But I'm a sucker for twisted stuff like that.

Shades of Gray
2011-02-19, 04:13 PM
The CHALLENGE - Week 3

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g22344.png?t=1298149916

My interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood, sans Hood, as well as two iterations of a new character of mine for Callos DeTerran's campaign. The first was when she was going to be a duskblade, the second is her, now, as a spellthief.

Other Three Entries are PM'd to Glass Mouse, as they are for a secret project. Shhh.

Kasanip
2011-02-19, 11:28 PM
I like the center character :smallsmile:. Red is also cute I think. Maybe she is a little tall?

Ninjaman
2011-02-20, 03:07 AM
Which is dusk blade which is spell thief.

Shades of Gray
2011-02-20, 08:49 AM
The Duskblade is on the left, the Spellthief is in the middle.

And yes, the one on the far right is too tall and out of proportion. I rushed it. ><

Shades of Gray
2011-02-26, 02:15 PM
The CHALLENGE - Week 4

Entries 1-3 (Learn your LoLphabet)

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g28376.png

Entry 4 (For School)

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g21431.png?t=1298822322

Entry 5 (For School again)
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g24836.png

Entry 6 (Harrowed (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188148) by Lord Gareth)
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g25214.png?t=1298831514

Ninjaman
2011-02-26, 02:43 PM
The CHALLENGE - Week 4

Entries 1-4

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g28376.png

:smalleek:...... I have no coment what so ever.

Lord_Gareth
2011-02-27, 01:20 PM
I love the OotS-style Harrowed, Shades. Great job :D

Ninjaman
2011-02-27, 01:25 PM
Solena looks very confusing. It is hard to tell what is what and where what is.

Edit:
The Harrowed´s..mh... breasts look wrong, too round.

Shades of Gray
2011-02-27, 01:31 PM
Solena was rushed. I'll likely replace her as an entry with something else.

And the Harrowed... Well, her head is too round as well. Don't see you complaining about that. :smalltongue:

Ninjaman
2011-02-27, 01:40 PM
Solena was rushed. I'll likely replace her as an entry with something else.

And the Harrowed... Well, her head is too round as well. Don't see you complaining about that. :smalltongue:

http://www.giantitp.com/comics/images/6ieXuCKjOEhXHVsw3PX.gifNot nearly as round.

Shades of Gray
2011-02-27, 01:54 PM
Resounding meh.

Also, please spoiler that.

Ninjaman
2011-02-27, 02:24 PM
Resounding meh.

Also, please spoiler that.

Spoilered. My point is that it looks like silicone and i don´t think they got that in a fantasy universe.

Glass Mouse
2011-02-27, 02:38 PM
Spoilered. My point is that it looks like silicone and i don´t think they got that in a fantasy universe.

I'll actually second that (also, the wording made me smile).

The silicone trap is annoyingly easy to fall in, though. I got the same critism recently which irked me to no end, as I tend to generally rage over drawings with "horny fanboy" cupsizes :smallwink:
That was a weird following half-hour of research.

Critism ain't bad, Shades. It's what helps us grow as artists :smallsmile:

Ninjaman
2011-02-27, 03:06 PM
I'll actually second that (also, the wording made me smile).
.

Critism ain't bad, Shades. It's what helps us grow as artists :smallsmile:

Thank you:smallbiggrin:

Shades of Gray
2011-02-27, 03:20 PM
I'll try to fix it later somehow (when I can get back to my art computer.) I normally take constructive criticism well, when it is paired with saying what I did that works and whatnot.

Ninjaman
2011-02-27, 03:25 PM
I'll try to fix it later somehow (when I can get back to my art computer.) I normally take constructive criticism well, when it is paired with saying what I did that works and whatnot.

Oh just so you know it wasn´t badly meant. I love your work and your very special style. The breasts just looked wrong.

Shades of Gray
2011-02-27, 04:24 PM
Hopefully fixed:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g21680-1-3-7-7-7.png?t=1298841837

Ninjaman
2011-02-28, 01:07 AM
Hopefully fixed:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g21680-1-3-7-7-7.png?t=1298841837

Still a little too round IMHO, but much better.

Halae
2011-02-28, 01:18 AM
As soon as I saw the design for the Harrowed girl, I had to check that class out. Nice and inspiring image there :smallsmile:

Also, very sexy. I like it

Shades of Gray
2011-03-15, 10:39 PM
THE CHALLENGE - Week 5

Enties 1-5
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g28946.png?t=1300246650
Various things I've done in the past two weeks and haven't uploaded.

Entry 6
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g24330.png
Last piece of digital art for my school portfolio
Sidenote
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g27962.png
I'm working on my custom setting again: expanding the default class list.

Halae
2011-03-15, 11:02 PM
Am I right in assuming the fighter guy is a Half-Orc? In any case, he's my favorite of the bunch :smallbiggrin:

of course, I'm biased towards fighty characters. The ninja is a close second:smallredface:

Ninjaman
2011-03-16, 01:23 AM
I agree with harnel that orc is neat. And his armor is amazing. And for the "friend and girlfriend" try "fiend and girlfriend"
The class thing is cool but why is ninja a seperate class?

Halae
2011-03-16, 01:32 AM
I agree with harnel that orc is neat. And his armor is amazing. And for the "friend and girlfriend" try "fiend and girlfriend"those are trolls from MS Paint Adventures, not fiends.

The class thing is cool but why is ninja a seperate class?Take a look in the book complete adventurer. They introduced the ninja class there.

Ninjaman
2011-03-16, 09:41 AM
those are trolls from MS Paint Adventures, not fiends.
Oh man there goes my pun.

Take a look in the book complete adventurer. They introduced the ninja class there.
I don´t have that book.

Shades of Gray
2011-03-16, 09:55 AM
Actually it's a hobgoblin. >_>

Thanks for all the support though!

Zefir
2011-03-16, 10:08 AM
Just saw your Lol Alphabet and Yeah T is for Taric http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/Goldmann-andreas/Taric1.png

Shades of Gray
2011-03-26, 11:31 AM
THE CHALLENGE - Week 5

I've had a fever for the last week, only had enough time to make one picture.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g24945.png?t=1301157101

Ninjaman
2011-03-26, 12:14 PM
Looks quite nice.

Shades of Gray
2011-04-07, 08:01 PM
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g28819.png

Valerie Gunn, a character in a dragonmech (steampunk DnD) game I'm in.

Shades of Gray
2011-04-17, 01:30 PM
Potential villains for an upcoming campaign.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g29140-8.pnghttp://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g25769.png

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/Squiddly.gif

Drawing for a friend.

I am no longer doing the challenge, as I no longer really care about quantity.

Ninjaman
2011-04-17, 01:46 PM
is it you in the background :smalleek:

Shades of Gray
2011-04-17, 02:13 PM
Yes. Yes it is.

Ninjaman
2011-04-17, 04:36 PM
Yes. Yes it is.

Nooo (some) of the secret internet identety have been broken :smalleek:
Also why is th picture quality so wierd.

Shades of Gray
2011-04-24, 10:38 PM
Weird exportation things, I think I used a format with a low number of maximum colours.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g27308.png New Character for Narutoitp.

billtodamax
2011-04-25, 01:55 AM
Neat stuff. I especially like the notepad drawing.

Shades of Gray
2011-05-08, 10:24 PM
New Character for a game run by Callos:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g31786.png
Birthday Picture for Kasanip:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g27010.png

Ninjaman
2011-05-09, 12:15 AM
Nice. Love your style.

Bobmufin52
2011-05-09, 01:09 AM
I just wanted to say I love your work!

I particularly like the Dragonmech character, I think her look fits the theme of the setting perfectly.
Do you have a drawing of any other character from that game? I would love to see you do a steamborg character!

Shades of Gray
2011-08-28, 04:35 PM
Wow, been a while since I posted anything.

Anyway, art for a new character of mine. She's a medusa (gorgon, stupid metal cows)

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g35941.pnghttp://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g34877.png

Halae
2011-08-28, 04:37 PM
You see, this is exactly why when I DM a game, I eliminate the metal cows from the world and call the snake-haired people what they're supposed to be called

Ninjaman
2011-08-30, 02:35 PM
You see, this is exactly why when I DM a game, I eliminate the metal cows from the world and call the snake-haired people what they're supposed to be called

They´re supposed to be called medusas, they are based on the gorgons, and medusa was the most famous one. It also sound a lot cooler.

Halae
2011-08-30, 03:03 PM
I have to disagree, but let's not get into an argument. This is shade's art thread, not a place for us to argue semantic :smallsmile:

Shades of Gray
2011-09-11, 10:05 PM
A bunch of NPCs I've been working on for a new setting. Cowboys and Cavaliers.
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g29915.png

A Scout, Samurai, Artificer, and Ranger.

Random Doodle:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/rect3822-7-1.png.

Shades of Gray
2011-09-17, 01:51 PM
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g30162.png

Trying something new with the style of arms and legs. Thoughts?

Ninjaman
2011-09-18, 04:10 AM
Looks cool:smallsmile:

Shades of Gray
2011-09-24, 06:13 PM
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g34603.png

Further experiments with style.

Ninjaman
2011-09-25, 02:45 AM
I like it, could you mayby make a combat scene? With this new style.

billtodamax
2011-09-25, 06:27 AM
I really like the new arms, but the hands are odd. I dunno what it is about them.

Shades of Gray
2011-09-25, 07:56 AM
Ah, the hands are way too small; a holdover from OOTS style.

A combat scene may be hard to do, but I think I might be able to do it eventually. Right now I'm trying to get a female template working.

Shades of Gray
2011-10-07, 08:21 PM
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g31662.png

Five Riders of The Bloody Basin, for my new PbP game.

Savannah
2011-10-08, 08:13 PM
I really like the new arms, but the hands are odd. I dunno what it is about them.

They're backwards. The thumb should be on the other side when the hand is hanging by the side. Otherwise, I really like the art!

billtodamax
2011-10-09, 05:53 PM
They're backwards. The thumb should be on the other side when the hand is hanging by the side. Otherwise, I really like the art!

Yes! That's it!

Shades of Gray
2011-10-09, 06:12 PM
Things were so much simpler when people had three fingers. :|

Shades of Gray
2012-04-08, 07:01 PM
Been a while since I've drawn everything. My senior year has me scrambling a bit. I've also been experimenting with drawing styles.

The Challenge - Week 1
Entry 1
Standard
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g7798.png
New
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g6505.png

Already seeing some thing I want to change. Thicker arms, bigger hands, longer neck, etc.

Shades of Gray
2012-04-09, 08:04 PM
Entry 2

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g5716.png

Entry 3

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g7050.png

Shades of Gray
2012-04-12, 08:09 PM
Entry 4

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa279/oliver426/g9130.png

Halae
2012-04-14, 07:28 AM
I particularly like entry 3 there :smallredface:

Shades of Gray
2012-04-14, 09:24 PM
Thanks!

Entry 5 - T-shirt Design

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg337/scaled.php?server=337&filename=g82305.png&res=landing

Entry 6 - Poster I did for my school's screening of a movie

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg214/scaled.php?server=214&filename=rect3860.png&res=landing