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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Fan Artist

We'll continue with the preliminary recommendations for the Best Fan Artist category.

 






UPDATE: It appears Karezoid may be eligible for Best Professional Artist. If this proves to be the case, I will alter my recommendations for this category.


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55 Comments:

Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 February 02, 2016 8:04 AM  

Ok wow, all of that looks great! I'm obviously partial to the very beautiful elvish girl, but I'd have a hard time choosing between the rest.

That last one makes me think of you, VD. Only it needs horns.

Blogger Jeff Hendricks February 02, 2016 8:19 AM  

Stunning...

Blogger Salt February 02, 2016 8:20 AM  

#1 is a bizzare R2D2.

Blogger vfm4258 February 02, 2016 8:26 AM  

that's yolandi

love the tension in the troopers

Anonymous Anony February 02, 2016 8:35 AM  

First thing I see this morning over coffee is a post-apocalyptic St. Peters Basilica and I'm breathless. Then I se Mean Machine Angel and I can't help but smile from nosalgia. Love it all.

Blogger Desiderius February 02, 2016 8:41 AM  

I'm on Karezoid.

Thx for the recs.

Anonymous karsten February 02, 2016 8:55 AM  

That Karezoid image is impressive.

Anonymous Claymore February 02, 2016 9:42 AM  

Karezoid rocks!

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 02, 2016 9:50 AM  

Different techniques and very good ones.

I like Karezoid's best. The detail, light source. It all tells a story of ruin.

Callahan's is like a picture. I almost want to move, cover and shoot.

Darkcloud013's is eerie. That should be put on a 7 or 8 foot canvas, with proper focused lighting in a semi dark room. Ohhhhh. Put a candy box at the foot and dare kids to get a candy.

Blogger Nate February 02, 2016 9:59 AM  

dayum..

I'll take Karezoid.. but an argument could be made for any of them. helluva line up Vox.

Blogger Nate February 02, 2016 9:59 AM  

Matthew Callahan loses points for poor Clone Trooper trigger discipline.

Blogger SS February 02, 2016 10:20 AM  

The Matthew Callahan picture won't load for me on the front page or when I click into the article.

Anonymous paleopaleo February 02, 2016 10:34 AM  

Does it matter to you whether or not these images were created from scratch by the artist? Lots of amateurs use pre-made models and textures as well as light pre-sets - this generation tends to confuse manipulation for origination. Very different from someone who has created the model from scratch (vertex by vertex) and build custom texture/lighting algorithms.

Blogger CM February 02, 2016 10:38 AM  

I like the Karezoid the best.

The thigh gap on that elf is ridiculous.

And the Disse86 one makes me think of Tom K.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 02, 2016 10:39 AM  

They were ambushed by attack droids, Nate. He's freaked and sliding for cover. Discipline breakdown is portrayed. It would be cool to show an accidental discharge, but not in this pic.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 02, 2016 10:43 AM  

@13 No it does not matter. Most professional art is not rendered from scratch, either. Fan Art is exactly like it sounds: art devised by amateurs that looks cool.

Blogger Derrick Bonsell February 02, 2016 10:45 AM  

None of this should of course be considered an order, just the blog owner's opinion.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 02, 2016 10:48 AM  

Disse86 appears to be a portrayal of VFM #0234, #0324 or probably #1159 as he's just about to strike midnight.

Blogger Torial February 02, 2016 11:00 AM  

Much better than the fan artists that the puppy-kickers nominated last year.

Anonymous Athor Pel February 02, 2016 11:33 AM  

"14. Blogger CM February 02, 2016 10:38 AM
...
The thigh gap on that elf is ridiculous.
...
"


What thigh gap?
...
or...

you're imagining things to be jealous of in order to generate your daily quotient of indignation.

Blogger indpndnt February 02, 2016 11:43 AM  

The Callahan picture is making me miss the Republic Commandos game. Man, that had so much potential.

Blogger CM February 02, 2016 11:57 AM  

@ Athor -

It wasn't imagined.

While I don't have one myself (and genetics would keep me from one even in my best state), that doesn't negate the fact that the artist who did that elf cut out a triangle between the elf's thighs.

If it is true about the use of models, the original posed model probably didn't have a gap there (the posing would affect its visibility even if the model genuinely had one), there's no light shading at the bottom of the pubic bone (which is probably why you don't see it as the leotard white and the background white are just a shade off).

Also, the inner thigh lines and pubic line are to straight with none of the rounded softness that natural flesh and muscle possess.

Blogger CM February 02, 2016 12:03 PM  

Also, if the artist had spent more time in that region, it wouldn't look so odd. As it is, the entire hip and upper thigh look like flat vector art while the rest of the elf looks like she's about to pop off the page.

Anonymous Man of the Atom February 02, 2016 12:27 PM  

Karezoid for the win, with Darkcloud013 in second. rgus looks to be a Poser artist, though no idea if he is a model maker himself.

@11. Nate February 02, 2016 9:59 AM
"Matthew Callahan loses points for poor Clone Trooper trigger discipline."


We lose more damn clone troopers that way.

Blogger SS February 02, 2016 12:30 PM  

@Athor - triggered her like a pro

Anonymous Man of the Atom February 02, 2016 12:37 PM  

@22. CM February 02, 2016 11:57 AM
"... [t]he artist who did that elf cut out a triangle between the elf's thighs."


If it is a Poser/DAZ Studio model as I suspect, the models are *built* that way.

Example: DAZ 3D human models and clothing

Blogger tweell February 02, 2016 12:38 PM  

Karezoid and Darkcloud013 are more than worthy, in my humble opinion. I lean more towards Darkcloud013, but that may be my inner Catholic talking.

Anonymous Man of the Atom February 02, 2016 12:40 PM  

Side note: once you get some experience checking out Poser and DAZ Studio models, you begin to see that a number of independent authors use cover art featuring these models, sometimes in a mixed-media mashup. There are a number of very talented Poser/DAZ Studio artists out there in the wild.

Blogger mistaben February 02, 2016 12:46 PM  

There is no visible thigh gap. Doyle would see a thigh gap.

Don't be a Doyle.

Blogger VD February 02, 2016 12:48 PM  

As it is, the entire hip and upper thigh look like flat vector art while the rest of the elf looks like she's about to pop off the page.

Your eye is confused. She's wearing a flat white plate there. There is no thigh gap at all. It's a large triangle that matches the larger two.

Granted, the image would be better if those three white pieces were gold or silver, then the eye would not be fooled by the white background.

Blogger VD February 02, 2016 12:50 PM  

It wasn't imagined. While I don't have one myself (and genetics would keep me from one even in my best state), that doesn't negate the fact that the artist who did that elf cut out a triangle between the elf's thighs.

As I said, it was imagined, but understandably so. The problem is the background is the same color as the crotch armor, leading to the illusion of a weird thigh cutout.

Anonymous Man of the Atom February 02, 2016 12:55 PM  

@13. paleopaleo February 02, 2016 10:34 AM
"Does it matter to you whether or not these images were created from scratch by the artist? Lots of amateurs use pre-made models and textures as well as light pre-sets - this generation tends to confuse manipulation for origination. Very different from someone who has created the model from scratch (vertex by vertex) and build custom texture/lighting algorithms."


Once could argue that for each image here. While many are digital pictures using Photoshop or CorelDRAW (and a HOST of available plugins and filters over multilayer images), one is likely a digital rendering from 3D models (rgus), and one is photographing posed action figures (Callahan).

It's what you *DO WITH THE TOOLS* that makes the art.

Sturgeon's Law: sort the wheat from the chaff.

Blogger CM February 02, 2016 12:55 PM  

VD - yeah... i read some of the comments at the DA page.

While my eye is still having trouble seeing the illusion, I'll concede.

Blogger VD February 02, 2016 1:03 PM  

While my eye is still having trouble seeing the illusion, I'll concede.

No worries. I thought the same thing at first; it wasn't until I noticed the two other pieces that I realized it was outfit, not background. It's not his best piece, but it is a striking one.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 02, 2016 1:07 PM  

Now, the Battle of Elven Crotch Gap, did that come before or after Helm's Deep?

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 02, 2016 1:53 PM  

I like a lot this stuff.

Do they sell on Deviant?

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett February 02, 2016 3:09 PM  

@33

Look at the bottom of all 3 armor prices? See the tips at each bottom point?

At least, that's what I noticed while admiring some elf muff.

I still think only two reasons to notice a cartoon's crotch, and the other one is 'looking for offense'.

Blogger CM February 02, 2016 3:26 PM  

I still think only two reasons to notice a cartoon's crotch, and the other one is 'looking for offense'.

I like the lacework. I know its cg, but lace, sewing, and costuming are kinda my hobby. The detailed work was interesting. And that part of the work didn't look right to me. And because Athor was being an arse, I took a closer look.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau February 02, 2016 3:28 PM  

@36 Yes you can purchase many of the artists works on the site. There should be something on the page regarding pricing.

Anonymous balrog666 February 02, 2016 4:23 PM  

Matthew Callahan rocks!

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett February 02, 2016 4:46 PM  

@38

That's exactly what I tell my wife when I get caught.

Blogger CM February 02, 2016 5:03 PM  

That's exactly what I tell my wife when I get caught.

"...reminding me that female sexuality is a constantly moving target."
-HIMYM

Blogger SirHamster February 02, 2016 5:12 PM  

While my eye is still having trouble seeing the illusion, I'll concede.
--------------
No worries. I thought the same thing at first; it wasn't until I noticed the two other pieces that I realized it was outfit, not background. It's not his best piece, but it is a striking one.


If you click the picture and enlarge it to its normal size, it becomes clearer that it's a part of the clothing, not the white background behind her.

It is easy to confuse at the reduced size.

Anonymous Droopy Crotch February 02, 2016 5:25 PM  

Wow CM you think this figure's crotch is halfway to her knees? What female wears stocking/leggings up to their crotch? Look at the belly button.

It is not armor just three accents points

Blogger CM February 02, 2016 5:43 PM  

What female wears stocking/leggings up to their crotch?

Do you really want to be educated on female fashion or are you just enjoying beating the dead horse?

Anonymous Anatomically Incorrect February 02, 2016 6:26 PM  

Hopefully your fashion sense exceeds your anatomical sense.

Anonymous paleopaleo February 02, 2016 7:04 PM  

@32
It's what you *DO WITH THE TOOLS* that makes the art.
Fine.
The question to my mind was, are these pre-modeled Poser/Daz 3d or are they original Maya/ZBrush works created from the artist's own imagination?

Musicians versus DJs, I suppose.

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett February 02, 2016 7:07 PM  

@42

Regardless whether you're confessing to an oddly disturbing elf fantasy, or insinuating my wife has odd taste, either way I must say 'jolly good show!'

Love. This. Blog!

Blogger JCclimber February 02, 2016 8:02 PM  

Considering how bloody awful the fan art was just two years ago, any one of the listed artists would be a worthy choice.

The previous few year's fan was not up to snuff.

Anonymous Man of the Atom February 02, 2016 9:29 PM  

@47. paleopaleo February 02, 2016 7:04 PM
"The question to my mind was, are these pre-modeled Poser/Daz 3d or are they original Maya/ZBrush works created from the artist's own imagination?

Musicians versus DJs, I suppose."


More like photographers versus painters.

Poser was designed to replace an artist's model for his sketching/painting/sculpting, etc. It caught on as something of a photography composition replacement. You are essentially rendering a 2D image of the 3D scene that you compose with characters, clothing, set pieces, and backgrounds, which you then light, with atmospheric effects if you so choose. So, more akin to photography.

Unless you are a Poser purist, you'll attend to the rendered image with Photoshop to add effects and other edits.

Just because the models aren't hewn from raw electrons by the creator of the piece, doesn't make it somehow a less valid piece of art. Critique it and judge it as you would a photograph -- lighting, posing, composition, etc. If it fails, so be it.

Blogger Groot February 03, 2016 1:37 AM  

@45. CM:

This is a funny reversal. Usually, the men come at a topic all cerebral, with the women all feelz. Here, you're all expertise, and the men are all tumescence. White elves is sexy. Those crotch gaps do happen. We're baying at the moon, while you're working the sextant. Relish the reversal, wench. Ha! CM, welcome to the dark side.

Blogger Tim February 03, 2016 10:02 AM  

I love the rugs pic. What I saw first was the alienness of the elf. Beautiful yes. Alluring yes. But mostly alien. Which is perfect for an elf. Great art!

Anonymous Athor Pel February 03, 2016 2:02 PM  

"51. Blogger Groot February 03, 2016 1:37 AM
@45. CM:

This is a funny reversal. Usually, the men come at a topic all cerebral, with the women all feelz. Here, you're all expertise, and the men are all tumescence. White elves is sexy. Those crotch gaps do happen. We're baying at the moon, while you're working the sextant. Relish the reversal, wench. Ha! CM, welcome to the dark side.
"



I didn't see gap. And I like gap. I saw draped fabric with a weight holding it flat.

When CM got triggered by the straight lines and a pubic floor that's inches too low for human or elf anatomy, if you mistake draped fabric for closely worn, I looked at the picture again and sat there scratching my head.

I saw no gap. I think I was sad because I missed seeing gap, gap that apparently someone else saw.



"45. Blogger CM February 02, 2016 5:43 PM
What female wears stocking/leggings up to their crotch?

Do you really want to be educated on female fashion or are you just enjoying beating the dead horse?"



Did someone say dead horse? We have a couple of those around here. We can show you the stains. They're pretty big. And flat. We... crushed all the bones too... With hammers. That's why the stains have that texture. Kind of like grip tape.

Like I said above, "...a pubic floor that's inches too low for human or elf anatomy...". This should have been your first clue.

But of course men spend way more time and brain space inspecting female anatomy than women. Even guys that don't do figure drawing could probably draw a crude representation of a female body utterly correct in it's relative proportions if not finer details or artistic merit and do so completely from memory.

Blogger Groot February 03, 2016 11:27 PM  

@53. Athor Pel:

My condolences on your vision problems. I see the gap through that apron-y flap just as clearly as I see her nipples and what she looks like walking away. Very good art.

Blogger Doctor Science March 12, 2016 1:38 PM  

Only one of these images is from 2015 -- Michael Callahan. Best [X] Artist is for body of work in the year under consideration.

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