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Runner 5

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This is the product of 4am insomnia.

I'm a huge fan of the iPhone app 'Zombies, Run!' [link] As a chronic pain and fatigue sufferer anything that can make exercise bearable is wonderful, and this game actually makes me want to go out and, if not run, then walk really fast. I know that Runner 5 isn't necessarily female, since anyone playing is Runner 5, but this is what I ended up with.

I also wanted to practice using a limited colour palette. This isn't as limited as I'd like and I'll probably come back to it, but it's a start.

Model is *Kxhara the zombie hands were by `lockstock thank you ladies.
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ChiBurbsHobbyist General Artist
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As the others have covered most of this, I won't repeat their critiques. I agree with the skin tone comments, though.

On the running figure: She looks too posed and not in action. You should tilt her forward and down a wee bit, and bend her feet. Her left foot should bend at the toes, where she has contact with the ground. Her right foot should not be parallel to the ground. Bend it at the ankle.

On the trees in the background: they seem to suuddenly go sideways at the top. If that's supposed to be clouds, change the texture to something "softer" than the trees.

But for a 4 a.m.insomnia piece, this is great. Very nice.
clicketykeys's avatar
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I agree with Memilen on the use of color; I think you might be able to use peaches & reddish tones, pulling from the red hair, and still have it work. I love the bold orange accents and the way you've used them not only for the lettering but for the highlights on her outfit.

As a fellow Five, I do have a question about our Runner - should she have a backpack or a satchel of some sort, given that she'd be expected to pick up supplies (even if that wasn't the overall purpose of her run)?

I like the headset; the wide headband made me think of the comm unit in the Runner's Guide.

I like the grasping hands and the way the runner is just going right past them. Clearly this is a veteran! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

I do like the wee skull up at the top, though perhaps a decaying face would be more apropos?

And I love the palette overall - the bold orange and various shades of olive contrast nicely and it just WORKS.
phantoms-siren's avatar
phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to critique this for me, I really appreciate it :)

I think I was too focused on my limited colour palette to spot the issue with her grey skin so thank you for pointing that out, I'll try to rework it with a different colour.

I toyed with a backpack but I found it hard to stop it interfering with her lines. Maybe she's just running around the compound on a distraction mission? I like the satchel idea though.

Yes the skull was a last minute addition, I had intended to put the game logo in there but chickened out. I might put some skin over bits of him, maybe an eyeball :)

Thanks again!
clicketykeys's avatar
Um. I'm ... I'm going to reveal how much I adore this game, because I'm a freakin' idiot. XD

I always picture running with an open "hobo" style bag with a long single strap, worn bandolier-style. There's a loop on the strap that my axe goes through, hanging head-up down my back.

(And I might have a tiny crush on Sam. Just maybe.)

And thanks for drawing this! I really do love it! :D It actually inspired one of my "Radio Abel" submissions, so... THANKS. XD
phantoms-siren's avatar
phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
I am totally with you on Sam :D He's adorable!

Awesome! Let me know if you get onto Radio Abel :)
clicketykeys's avatar
I will! The deadline is tomorrow, but I don't know when we'll get to find out if we made the show. XD
Memilen's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
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I Love it! As a runner and as a "zombie-fan" it makes me want to tie on my shoes and go out running. It also makes me want to check out "Zombies, Run!" (But only after I read the text, before that I just thought it was a cool pic).

-Great how she looks so focused. Just like she is almost at the peak of runners high.
-I would perhaps make the runner a bit more alive, she is after all not a zombie.. And it would make her pop out a little bit more from the background. Perhaps make her skin tone more vivid and lively. (That would make me want to run (from zombies) even more).
-Also the angle of the headphones does not feel right.

But overall it's super! Very well composed and original!
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phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to critique this for me, I really appreciate it :)

I think I was too focused on my limited colours to spot the issue with her grey skin so thank you for pointing that out, I'll try to rework it with a different colour. The headphones were an attempt to reference the traditional Mucha headdresses, but I see what you mean, so I'll try to fix that too.

Thanks again!
Memilen's avatar
No no, thank you for such a great pic. :) I also missed giving you credit for the fact that you draw women with normal waists, and normal proportions. The other way around is a bit overrepresented here..
Peaceful-Child's avatar
Peaceful-ChildStudent General Artist
Love this game! Great pic!
DancingInTwilight's avatar
DancingInTwilightStudent General Artist
oh i miss my long hair <3 this would look like me too but with dark curls X3 anyway like everyone says, "Super Cool" 

Ive been so bad, I walk. Not run.  >.> I'll get you one day procrastination
wyvern713's avatar
So cool! It's kinda funny, the old Runner 5's name was Alice, mine's Allison. So close! And Runner 4 and I and Sam and I have some hobbies in common (knitting in the case of Runner 4, and playing Portal in Sam's case) :D
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animephoenixHobbyist Photographer
I am addicted to Zombies, Run! And I absolutely want this as a shirt. OH MAN.
agnam13's avatar
Awesome!
FlamingoVinyl's avatar
Ahh! Love this app! And my hair is that colour. And my name's Alice (as was the old runner 5). Instant fave
phantoms-siren's avatar
phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
ooooh you are Runner 5! Glad you like :glomp:
butterfly173173173's avatar
Happy to see a Zombies, Run! fan who decided to make some artwork about it! I love the colors you used and how the girl has normal-sized proportions. Also, I love the giant headphones because they look like the ones I use when I'm Runner 5! Could you do some artwork of Sam, Maxine, etc? That'd be so cool.
FallenValkyrja's avatar
I saw this over at the Zombies, Run blog site and fell in love with it. Great choice of colours and P.O.V.
phantoms-siren's avatar
phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for telling me! I didn't know it was on their site! Glad you like it!
monkanian's avatar
I love it! I typed in "runner 5" just to see if anyone had done it! Love it! And I love how they made it unisex... because I picture runner 5 as a male... lol
pookiewiggins's avatar
I absolutely love this artwork! Great job!
phantoms-siren's avatar
phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
HiddenRelevance's avatar
Oh man this is so much fun! Totally makes me want to join in the annual Zombie Run in San Marcos. You get to marathon while avoiding bystanders with a hankering for tasty brains lol
phantoms-siren's avatar
phantoms-sirenProfessional Digital Artist
I've seen those runs advertised, they look awesome. I would get grabbed immediately though :p
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