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To those of you from the Epics library that came here, I apologize for the delay in posting this; for those of you browsing the BBC forum, you shouldn't really care because you never heard me make the unkept promise to post this topic soon! http://www.bzpower.com/board/public/style_emoticons/default/tounge2.gif Anyway, these are my MOCs for a number of characters from my epic Lightfall. The central hub for Lightfall is the review topic. If you are just looking for some MOCs to critique, feel free to jump along as I have several MOCs here I could use critique on to improve my skills. If you have been following my epic, you can tell me how the characters shped up compared to your vision of what they might have looked like. Here they are.Tignioni: For those of you oblivious to my epic, he's a Toa of Fire who hails from the Southern Continent. He came out pretty much how I wanted him to. The weapon is one of my personal favorite parts of his construction, as is the accompanying scabbard on the back. Well, I suppose it isn't a scabbard if it doesn't slide in, but you get my train of thought.GalleryFrontBackWeapon sheathedWeapon sheathed - back viewPoseSwordEmeder: He's a Toa of Air from a small island off of the Northern Continent and who's haunted by his past. This one also came out how I meant for it to. Simple, straightforward, but with a custom body.GalleryFrontBackPosePose 2Interior of custom body. Avatoran torso, Vahki hips, Inika chestplate all together in one amalgam. This is the inside so you can see how it all got fit together.Imegna: This Toa of Psionics resides in the mountains of the Northern Continent. Highly customized body.IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE EPIC: Do NOT look at this first. Look at my artistic rendition HERE instead. This MOC did NOT come out how I intended for her to look and you will get this radically different vision stuck in your head if you look at it first.IF YOU ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE EPIC: Go straight ahead. Comment on how the MOC turned out as a MOC, but it isn't how I envisioned the character. Tell me what you think of the custom build.FOR EVERYONE: This is purely here for the purpose of critique so that my skill my be improved; it is a blatantly inaccurate representation of the character. Now for the MOC:GalleryFrontBackSidePoseCustom Build Close-up & DeconstructionRynekaad: This Toa of Magnetism has added external armor and much of his original armor coloration has faded due to exposure to corrosive chemicals in the place he goes. He's a mercenary, but he does not see himself as a freelancer. He feels that those that are on top of society have earned their position there and that if they can afford his services, their laws deserve to be enforced, whatever those laws are. The legs have interlocking kneecaps and I expect them to be a bit controversial - they are supposed to look bulky, but I don't know if it reached a point where it actually might be detracting from the MOC. Hopefully, not. His build is very assymetrical. Backside didn't come out too well, but this still is one of my favorites in retrospect.GalleryAngle 1Angle 2FrontBackInterlocking kneecapGorrellian Hound: These Rahi will appear in a sequence in Part 4 of Lightfall. I don't feel this is really a spoiler. I was not happy with how these came out, but I had to keep constrained to the limits imposed by my fanonical description and therefore settled on this. Tell me what you think. They aren't my best Rahi MOCs, but they will give all you readers out there a little teaser of what is to come.GalleryFrontBackStalking aroundI just threw a lot of MOCs at you and you probably look like this: Take a breather, and then tell let the reviews commence! :POnce again, if you are interested, the central hub for Lightfall is the review topic, linked up at the top here and in my sig.
To those of you coming here from the Epic Library where I introduced my epic Lightfall, I apologize for the delay. To those of you from General Art who found this browsing, you never heard me promise to put this up soon, so I don't think you care. http://www.bzpower.com/board/public/style_emoticons/default/tounge2.gif Wherever you hail from, let me explain what these are.I built MOCs of some of my characters from the epic Lightfall, but I realized not everything turned out how I meant for it to. Other things (like the modified Cordak blaster belonging to the Xian Guftivei) were impossible to reproduce with Bionicle components. Since I'm not bad with graphite, I took a Derwent graphic pencil, some drawing paper, and made a couple characters take shape on paper. The thought occured to me that I could also give computer-generated art a try. This is my first attempt. I'm quite adept with Photoshop for image-editing purposes, but I've never before tried make artwork in it. I chose to leave my sketches as line art and completely forgo any shading. Instead, I scanned them, put them in Adobe Photoshop and cleaned them up. Then I colorized them and shaded them in that CG environment.The first is Toa of Fire Tignioni. His MOC came out how it was supposed to, and I was both a little out of practice with my drawing skills and brand-new to CG artwork, so I did him first since I had an easy reference to go by. I also made it a straight on view, cheating by making it as easy as possible. It was a good starting point for all these rusty skills and new ideas. Hey, his Mahiki is actually a Great Mahiki now (not the Noble one on the MOC)!This is the original sketch.Here it is after being cleaned up in Photoshop.Here is the final image.Now, the Toa of Psionics Imegna was a train-wreck of a MOC. Well, the MOC wasn't badly made, it just didn't look anything like I meant for the character to look like. This was where it was necessary to use what I had learned from Tignioni to actually make a representation that was reminescent of the character in my head. A more complicated pose, little reference material, and similar things made this a more challenging task. Ironically, I feel it came out better. I guess my drawing of Tignioni served its purpose and got me back on track so I could actually make something more decent with this one. I am showing more intermediate steps on this image. Hey, her Suletu is actually a Suletu now (not that miserable Ruru on the MOC)!This is the original sketch.Here it is after being cleaned up in Photoshop.Here it is in color.Here it is after a filter.Here is the final image.I have a sketch and schematic diagram of the Xian Guftivei's modified Cordak blaster ready. Unfortunately, I haven't scanned it. I'll put it on Brickshelf and deep-link it tomorrow, but I don't have a scanner where I am today. Having some scanner difficulties after a reformat on the computer hooked up to it. I'll put it up...whenever I have a working solution for that problem.I have a sketch of Guftivei himself as well. This is the most ambitious yet. In-action pose, zero reference material, and with many body parts based off of hybridizations between existing Bionicle components. However, this has led to a drawback. I'm stuck on his legs. He is a wonderful but completely leg-less sketch . I'll get around to sorting that out eventually. When I do I'll scan and show you the sketch. Then I'll start my Photoshop work on him.I made this an art collection topic so I can put up more images later when I get around to drawing them. I hope you like what I have for now! And here's a little bonus treat for ready this massive opening post: a quick little (and terribly cheesy) comic I sketched in fifteen minutes one day. Thanks for stopping by!If you want to know more about Lightfall, my review topic is its central hub.