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Chess Knight FROGandTOAD

I was just playing around with some alternative styles and came up with this.

I was inspired by the styles of :iconcodibear: & :iconsee-past-the-madness: before creating this. I've always wondered how exactly they did it so thought I'd give it a shot.

I used an old illustration which I think had too many details in the end, if I use this style again I'll be applying the 'less is more' technique which I'm rather fond of.

Anyway, I hope it makes someone smile :)


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Willemijn1991's avatar
This is the best thing!
FROG-and-TOAD's avatar
Thank you very much, and thanks for the fave too :)
Awake2dreaM's avatar
Mission accomplished. I think it's marvellous.

This summer I discovered games like Settlers of Catan for the first time, and was enchanted by the concept of wooden gaming pieces, which this style would suit amazingly well. Plastic became abhorrent to me. What a beautiful family heirloom type thing a full chess set in this style would make. A thing to be treasured, unlike the mass produced disposable off-the-shelf... things... that everyone buys without thought or emotion "these days".

If I had seen a chess set with figures like this when my kids were little I certainly would have bought it, and played with it until it fell to bits. I'm sure that if you took these designs into production, you would have a winner on your hands. Awesome.

Also play figures, castle, anything. The style is sooooo appealing.
Forget the kids! *I* would have mass battles with these! (BTW, I know it's a render, but in my head, it's already made of wood.)
FROG-and-TOAD's avatar
Lol, that would be a thumbs up then ;) I'm so pleased I've encouraged your imagination to take a little stroll. My brain is definately working on something in this style. I find it a quick way to tell a story with one image, and I'm keen to expand on it. Let's wait and see what the future brings. Thank you again for putting so much in to your comments.
Awake2dreaM's avatar
Yup. Once I've seen something I really like, I can never shut up about it! That's me alright. :D (Big Grin) 
Zoltan86's avatar
I really like that you gave it a textured background as opposed to you usual white. It makes it pop more and I like the change of style as well.
FROG-and-TOAD's avatar
Thank you. I'm afraid the white background will still be around for a while. It's part of another large project we're working on, and is necessary for the final look we're trying to achieve. But I was getting tunnel vision and needed to play with something new to stay fresh. Chess Knight was the result and I'm so happy with how popular it's been. Thanks again for your always valuable input Mr Zoltan, they will certainly be more like this in the future though ;)

See-past-the-madness's avatar
Lovely work! Really like the texture too :nod:
FROG-and-TOAD's avatar
Hi, I'm so glad you approve. It was along time ago I mentioned I'd like to try something like this and I finally got around to it. Thanks for the inspiration :) I have another idea currently in the works so keep your eyes peeled and keep your beautiful illustrations coming too. I've enjoyed the Dragon phase you seem to be going through ;)

theBeBopDevil's avatar
Yeah! I like it! i some resemblance of a certain 7 yr old we know ;) 
FROG-and-TOAD's avatar
Indeed, our inspiration we might say ;)
NamiAnArt's avatar
he is so cute^^
FROG-and-TOAD's avatar
Thank you kindly :)
mondspeer's avatar
Ah great, I love this new style as well. :clap: :clap:

The original chess knight was four your kid, wasn't he :iconsmiley-qu-plz:
FROG-and-TOAD's avatar
Thanks mondspeer :) Yep, I make him a special birthday card each year, and I thought I'd continue playing with the idea in a different style. There's a fews area's of imperfection but as a first attempt I'm really pleased :)
mondspeer's avatar
Yeah, it looks cool. And I really like that you strive for different styles. :D
Jackskeleton1987's avatar
C'est une belle image :-) :-)
FROG-and-TOAD's avatar
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Skeleton ;)
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SabakuNoShi's avatar
So pretty, great work :D
FROG-and-TOAD's avatar
Yippee, I guess I succeeded in making people smile. Thank you for the kind comment ;)
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