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02 Dec 2017 11:00 #19434 by Banj
ELVES! :rock:

Brief: Paint some elves doing elf stuff. (proper little Christmassy elves, not them snobby Tolkein ones)

Deadline: December the 31st at minight GMT (Note that because of the New Year the voting may be a little delayed)

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03 Dec 2017 17:42 #19448 by Valence
When I saw the title my first thought was, "Oooh I think I'll do one of those pompous, snobby Elves from Tolkien."
But now I've actually read the post, I guess I won't. :lol:

Always read the brief before starting. :)

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13 Dec 2017 21:46 #19589 by Valence
This is a tough one.
Usually when I don't get an idea straight away I spend some time on Google images looking for inspiration or reference or mood. But with this, whenever you google Christmas Elves the only thing (the ONLY thing) it displays ... is that God-awful Elf On The Shelf thing.
Every single picture is that terrible little monstrosity!
I hate it!!!!

Anyway with that rant over I'll calmly add that I think I do have an idea now and have started a sketch that hasn't been immediately ditched. Not enough to post yet but I'll see how it goes.

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14 Dec 2017 16:24 #19590 by Charlotte
Google adapts their search results for the user, don't they? They must think you really NEED that elf on the shelf. I only get a few pics of it when searching for "christmas elf". When I search for "santas helper" I get women in masquerade costumes... Google has weird ideas about us...

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15 Dec 2017 21:22 - 15 Dec 2017 21:26 #19597 by Valence
Ok, here goes.
I thought I'd try and do something like a children's book cover for this, complete with a silly little story. I call it "The Mystery Gift and the Curious Elf."
The story is that an orphaned elf (there are far too many orphans in kids stories!) has finished helping Santa deliver presents when he finds one enormous gift-wrapped box left over.
Excited by his discovery he opens it only to find another wrapped present inside but this one is obviously recognisable as it's shaped like a big teddy bear. Liking the idea of the cuddly toy he opens it and finds no teddy bear. Instead there's another wrapped gift inside and again it looks obvious from its shape.
This keeps repeating, each new gift looks like a toy but only reveals another wrapped gift; a bike, a ball, a model car, etc. each getting smaller until right at the end when he's left with none of the toys he thought he'd find. Instead he has one tiny wrapped box.
He opens that last one and finds not a toy or a game but the promise of an intangible gift, the one he always wanted... Friendship. Hope for the future. A loving family he can call his own! Or perhaps some other insufferably trite nonsense. :sick: :lol:







It does look a bit sparse in places but I wanted to keep it simple with time vanishing over Christmas. I may add some more details if I get chance. One thing I'll definitely be doing is extending the canvas vertically to add the necessary text for the book title. (Oh, and hands too, I suppose. :dry: )
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15 Dec 2017 22:59 #19599 by Digital Dave
Have to admit, I'd never heard of the 'Elf on the shelf' stuff myself. But after a quick google, and a couple quick articles, I see some are going over-board with it. But that's pretty much how humans handle most things. :)

Looking good, Valence. Only thing I might mention, is that's a pretty small tag for such a large present. One would think the tag would be somewhat bigger from POV.

I get sketchy around pencils! ...=D

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16 Dec 2017 08:41 #19603 by Charlotte
an orphan baby elf kitten he can raise as his own!
"oh by oh boy oh boy" (I can see that's what he's saying!)

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19 Dec 2017 17:10 #19652 by Mindbender
Great idea, Valence. Well done :)

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31 Dec 2017 20:42 #19709 by Charlotte
Well, with only three days to go I decided to not let Val win by Walk-Over again... I didn't have time to finish but I'll post anyway... WIP 1 & 2




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31 Dec 2017 20:43 #19710 by Charlotte
and WIP 3

I probably shouldn't have chosen such a crowded scene... but I still think the idfea is kind of fun...


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