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Wenlock and Mandeville

By TysonTan
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Mascot Mania Series
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This is a fanart of The 2012 London Olympic mascots: Wenlock and Mandeville. [link] I changed their design to best-fit my own drawing style in this picture, and more importantly, look more sporty. I totally turned them into robotic creatures, which should not be a problem because they are originally two pieces of iron statues,

Some of you might think I wasn't going to draw them because of they are not animal based characters, but well... challenge is always welcome! I did never draw cyclops so it was interesting trying for the first time.

Other pictures from this series

Software used:
Krita [link] on Ubuntu [link] .
I thank for all open source developers and community that make this possible.
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fAvoRiTexcandy's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

First of all I have to say that this is my first critique, but I got requested to do this so I'll try!

1. First impression: This is way better and way more "attractive" than the original. These look modern, young, fresh, light and somehow sportive. It fits very well to the slogan of the olympics <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

2. Characters: I like how the orange one looks male (pose and bodyline) and the blue one female (feet!). It's the thing with the mascots that they got just on eye, what makes them look creepy in original, but here it looks more "natural".

3. THE EYES: I often focus on the eyes if the characters, and so for here they look "made not grown" in the image, it won't stuck in my head with an emotion, just as a picture.

4. Background: the London Olympics logo, matching to the colors of the mascots. Nice. Well, the shadows irritated me for first, but maybe the picture would look too seperated in orange-left and blue-right if the shadows "matched".

5. Personal Opinion: Like written in the other critique, I would hang a poster of this on my wall. It could really be the official poster of the london olympics, great job!
MagnetoHydroDynamics's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Impact

First of all, the composition is well-tried and works. When presenting a character design like this, it is often better not to explore more exotic poses. The actual character design is put up front, showcasing as much as possible without being a reference sheet.

The lines and colouring style works well with the strangely abstract background and conveys a clean-futuristic environment at a glance. It sets the viewer up for an experience, or primes their imagination with anticipation for something akin to the world of OZ in Summer Wars.

The presentation is very well done.

The actual issues lie in the anatomy and some of the detail work.

Watch out for the arms. I myself have trouble keeping arm-lengths consistent, especially in perspective, but the error is very noticeable in high-detail still-image art. The arms also seem disproportionately thin compared to the size of the hands and leg girth.

The eyes appear more to be liquid filled glass than opaque spheres, but that might be intentional.

The connections at the hips look messy and unattractive, as does the torso-design. You are led away from these (by the looks of your effor intended to be) spatially interesting parts, by the sheer fact that they are small, and the contrast is somewhat muddled. Either revise or enlarge those parts is my advice.

That the characters have tails isn't immediately apparent either.

Overall the pair definitely has potential, they are immediately recognizable, have readily distinguishable silhouettes and are kinda cute. With the appropriate catch phrases and well-written dialogue they could very well go viral.

Very well done. Would hang a poster with these on a wall.
Zadimortis's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

First off, if I could give you eighty stars for originality, I would. You took such a strange and, frankly, derpy concept with a flimsy backstory (seriously, the story of the characters is kind of weird) and turned them into an incredibly appealing robotic design, while still keeping the playful integrity of the characters there. As far as design goes, this is absolutely fantastic. (I guess I have a bias because I am already a fan of your character style, but this is just over-the-top amazing for me.)

My primary points of critique lie, as you might expect, in the pose and artistic design. I love that you incorporated subtle anatomic differences that are recognizable even in creatures as alien as these. You can immediately tell which one is the boy and which one is the girl, even though they lack any 'traditional' defining features of those genders. (The colors kind of give it away, I know, but I'm speaking outside those.) I'm particularly drawn to how different the legs are between the two of them - taken separately, they look like two almost completely different styles, but they work well in this duo together.

The main problem that I see in this piece is the eyes - I think you maybe are used to customary shading of eyes, where the shading takes over a vast majority of the surface area of the eye - but in a case like this, where the eye is the predominant entity of the face, shading from the rest of the face would only be present on a very small part of the eye. You have the entire top and middle of each of their eyeballs shaded, which gave to me the illusion of two big white cavities in their head instead of what should be two eyeballs bulging out of the head. Those eyes should only receive very minimal shading, be much more affected from the ambient and direct outside light sources than the shadow-casting elements of the face, and (at least in your style) be super shiny. A big, white, gelatinous orb in the middle of the character's face should REALLY stand out to the viewer. Placement-wise and proportion-wise, they're fine - it's just the light is wrong.

My only other issue is the arms - Wenlock's right upper arm (viewer's left) is slightly long, and Mandeville's right upper arm (viewer's left) is a bit short. It almost works in the context of the design of the characters, but it makes them look fluid, when the rest of the body appears to be solid, metal, and robotic (the sweeping curves you use to define the various anatomic parts accomplish this quite well - something else I love about your style). But because of the disproportionality, it draws a contrast between the arms and the rest of the figures. It's a small detail, I know, but it's something that stood out to me.

Everything else about it looks awesome to me. The one part I haven't mentioned, the background, accomplishes its job quite nicely, though (and this is purely a personal opinion) the gray on the top is a little tiny bit overpowering, and would perhaps be better as a smaller gradient to the two outside colors. There's also a bit of a contrast that sticks out to me - the blue in the background matches Mandeville's blue perfectly, but the yellow on the left isn't really found in Wenlock - it's similar, and it definitely complements his palette, but it's a bit weak when compared with how strong the blues of Mandeville and the shapes directly behind her blend. Either lightening Mandeville's background - maybe adding some of the green on her) or reddening the background behind Wenlock would blend it better. But again, it's a very small detail! It does not detract much at all from the piece. You've reached such a high level of artistic talent that it's all about just fine-tuning tiny details to perfect your works, as I'm sure you know.

Altogether, a fantastic interpretation of the 2012 mascots. I'd take these over the originals any day. :3
MyrkSuki's avatar
Ah I see the gender. It's in the hair.
Zadimortis's avatar
Aye, that and the torso structure and legs.
MyrkSuki's avatar
And I see what you mean about the arm as well.
TysonTan's avatar
Thank you for your review on my picture! It's very detailed and I'm glad to know you like them. ^^
Zadimortis's avatar
But of course! I always feel really guilty critiquing your work because I admire your style so much, but I can't resist giving feedback when asked :3
TheMaskedInkyz's avatar
I love this so much
Irene-P's avatar
maybe you cloud draw the pyeongchang 2018 mascots
Nickquoland's avatar
Seriously, I love them!!!!
They're my favorite Olympic mascots!!!
(Along with Vinicius and Tom from Rio 2016)
Lexi-churro's avatar
 Mandeville looks Awesome!!!
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Katrina20Lin10's avatar
Hey pal! You think that you might draw the 2016 mascots some time in the future? 
Nickquoland's avatar
Yeah, please!!! I want a Vinicius & Tom fanart, too!!!

(I'm really obsessed with Vinicius) LOL :3
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Laharl234's avatar
Wow, you actually made them look cute and endearing instead of evil.
TysonTan's avatar
They look cute enough originally. Maybe a little odd to the taste of common people, I think. ^^b
Laharl234's avatar
Opinion was very divided on their original designs. Some people thought they were cute, others thought they looked creepy and evil, and it seems like it was a fairly 50/50 split. But one of the critiques you got on this picture was from someone who apparently thought they were creepy and thinks your design made them cute. And I'm another one, so you've managed to win over some people who weren't won over by the originals.
TysonTan's avatar
That's interesting to know! Thank you for the info! :)
DevastorDaArtist's avatar
Hey, Tyson... I've noticed something.

You just can't help but draw those bellybuttons, can you. :P
TysonTan's avatar
Those are nice decorations XD
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