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Warmup_20121105 by Inkthinker Warmup_20121105 by Inkthinker
Getting back into the habit of drawing a warmup before I roll into the day's work. Drawing whatever I feel like drawing.

This turned into an armor design exercise over a pose that's not well-suited to armor. It was challenging to figure out how to make it feasibly flexible. Quick slap of tones for values, then a trio of Hue/Saturation Overlay adjustments for the color.

PS CS5.5 on Cintiq 21UX. About two hours, most of that spend dicking about with Hue/Sat masks.
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SraklasSpikedclub Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Very nice! 😸
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Amazing! 
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Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely design ^_^
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well done.
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely brilliant armor design
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist
I really like the helmet for some reason. You could play with a differnt idea than standard armor, the hinges are on the sides and the helmet opens like a double windw rather than a visor.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Then I'd have to split it in the middle though, and that would create a weak spot unless it was backed by a framework inside.

Though that does give me an idea for another design... thanks! :D
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist
how does it work at the moment? a seperate piece held in place by the straps on the side?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Something like that. The rings might be a quick-release mechanism.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I was asking about the helmet but I can also see that maybe working with the rest of the armor too.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
On the helmet as well as the rest (there's a ring on the lower strap). Though I have no idea how you'd set up a strap so that it would release if you pulled that, and I reckon that would be a weak point on the armor if someone else knew it (or if it just got caught on something during a melee) so ultimately that's probably an idea for the bin.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist
OK
guessI don't understand all the techinical aspects of armor
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, nobody should these days. I have really useful books that help me out.

Modern body armor is similar, but not the same. And this old stuff, it's really only interesting to fantasy nerds and SCA geeks and Rennies. All three of which, at one point or another, I am or have been. :D
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
i like the design of multiple small plates for the foot area
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Dieman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, as usual! Your armor is always so inspiring!
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jonyharry29 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
goooood i like it
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MrMillery Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
that is awesome
you drawing it out first do you do it all on the computer?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Entirely digital from top to bottom. Thanks!
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MrMillery Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Impressive
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Bohvey Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Good detail on the armor. Looks like it could actually be worn.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's the goal... it'd probably be way too heavy, what with all the layers, but it should look "realistic enough". :D
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Bohvey Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Sure but that's what plays so well into the typical role, right? Heavy armor makes you less agile, a bit slower but able to take more of a beating. You could turn this into an entire comic. She's been issued her armor, it's WAY too heavy for her. Start Montage! She's lifting weights, running, getting bulked up. End comic and she's running around the battle field slaying enemies. Mission Accomplished. :)
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dubdotherdain Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
digging it.
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tedark1 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Going with bad ass.
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BaadKarmah Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
So very nicely done!

I really like the semi-rigid armor of the waist and thighs. It reminds me of something I once saw at an SCA event.

Thanks for sharing.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The tricky areas are always the torso, the armpits and the groin. Those places need a lot of flex to allow full movement, and armor is a constant battle between mobility and defense.
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BaadKarmah Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Very true.
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8-bitAsher Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love the helm!
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shinmei Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think i'm i love with her helmet <3
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! It was a last-minute addition, and the design was totally spur-of-the-moment, but it came out much better than I expected!
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Kaptain-Karmel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
You always draw such natural feeling armor.
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narcoticdream Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
made of win and good!
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Doctor-Sloth Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha! I was just on your page thinking "Man, it's been a while since he's submitted anything" and then you go and submit this gem. I can't even imagine what a pain in the ass it had to be to design armor around such dynamic pose, but you really pulled it off. It looks natural, and feels like it's actually fitting around the characters' body. I've always loved your work, and this is no exception. Great job and thanks for sharing!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I've been keeping busy, but I've really slacked off on updating my friends online. It's something I expect I'll work on more in the coming weeks, and hopefully I'll be posting more work for people to check out.
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Aalder Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Always glad to see more stuff from you. :)
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