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Norfür's little bundle of stuff
« on: February 12, 2013, 11:59:43 AM »
Hey there. My first art post... so basically... I guess I'll post some of the stuff I've done, which is all using a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator, CS4 (since that's the best that my old dinosaur rig can handle, and even then, very slowly). I'll be grouping each piece of art according to project... so yeah. All done by mouse. I also used stuff from vector packs, so yeah... Suupertramp suggested I put this up, so that it can get some review, and so you can help me improve my work. I submit to your mastery and greater wisdom, Raiders!

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OUR PARADISE

Light Novel series I've been planning since... forever. An unusual take on the Garden of Eden story, as you will see in this art...

The Eye of Knowledge

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4
An avatar of the Waking God Maros-Brhan, who sits at the timeless Centre and created the Old Gods that rule the universe. It is said that the colours of the rainbow are a reflection of this attribute of his being, the seven-coloured eyes.

The Vexillum Imperialis

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4 (Laurels from vector pack)
The National standard of the Sanjuran Holy Empire. The Rising Phoenix (Phenix Orientis) is representative of the guardian of the tree of life, whom they worship. ETS stands for Eden Totum Super, "Eden above all", invoking the name of their patron goddess, who manifests as the tree of life around which the empire was built.

The Circle of Life

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4
The primary magical configuration used by the Sanjuran Imperial Church. It invokes the name of their patron deity Eden and allows the Church's clerics to use a unique form of magic known as Edithurgy, which empowers them to manipulate the life force of any living thing.

The Eternal Serpent

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4
The only recognisable use of symbology employed by the mysterious and hostile J'bieri Alliance. It takes the form of an ouroboros twisted into the familiar "infinity" symbol. More likely than not, it represents their patron deity, the eponymous J'bieres.

The Trademark

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4
The National emblem of the Feld Trade Republic. True to form, it symbolises their industrious nature, while at the same time, the monetary symbol at the centre represents their drive to make any deal as profitable as possible.

The Seven-Point Sword of Knowledge Piercing the Heavens

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4
The National emblem of the Tekgnos Federation. It takes a clear inspiration from a miraculous event 700 years ago that directly led to the founding of the Federation, when its Seven Elders simultaneously experienced a brief glimpse into the uncharted depths of supreme knowledge, made possible by the Eye of Knowledge.


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A game I'm aiming to dev. It aims to be a Total War-esque strategy game with Visual Novel elements. The setting is essentially "Magical Girls" meets "a toned-down 40K" (the latter isn't too obvious though), and revolves around five factions populating a geographic area known as the Alhazred Region.

Alhazred Region Territory Map

Campaign Cartographer 3 + Photoshop CS4
A map showing the "intersecting" area where all of the Five Powers can be seen collectively. This map shows which land belongs to what faction.

Alhazred Region "Fantasy" Map

Campaign Cartographer 3 + Photoshop CS4
Shows the geography in a cutesy, simplified form, as well as each faction's capital.

Flag of the Soleil Alliance

Photoshop CS4
The Soleil Alliance consists of nine nation-states that populate the Alhazred Region's Soleil Peninsula. The nine lesser points represent the nine states, and the three greater points, the Alliance's ideal of Unity, Liberty, and Excellence. Due to lacking much land to expand into, the Alliance has grown over the centuries into a maritime power, planting colonies on continents across the ocean. Because of its exposure to other cultures, it has an eclectic representation of official magical systems.

Soleilais Configuration - WIP

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4 (Yes, that's Madoka font)
It's a work in progress, so yeah...

Flag of the Seisenese Empire

Photoshop CS4 (Dragon from vector pack)
The Seisenese Empire see themselves as paragons that the rest of the world must follow, a paragon that inspires through peace and gentleness, but nevertheless very capable of defending themselves. One day, the sun and moon, heaven and earth, will be protected safely beneath the mighty wings of the Seisenese Empire. Because of their expansive territory, they focus on high mobility and air superiority. Their spells give their armies the ability perform week-long forced marches without losing stamina, and their aerial dragon cavalry are renowned the world over. They have something of a rivalry with the Bellan Republic.


Flag of the Bellan Republic

Photoshop CS4
Because their land has the weakest levels of mana in the region, if not the world, the Bellans have developed a low maximum capacity for magic energy. As such, what little magic potential these people have, they invest in developing superior technology to even the odds against their enemies. The Legions of the Republic are clad in power armour that renders each legionary a formidable force all her own. And because of their use of technology in the field rather than magic, the Republic is the only "civilised" nation that fields men in its armed forces.

Clavis Solo

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4
The Clavis Solo ("Key to the Foundation") is an ancient configuration, which dates back to the era of the First Bellan Republic over a thousand years ago. It has survived unchanged through wars, dissolution, reunification, and the changes of governments. The Clavis Solo is more than just a magic circle. It is a symbol of the Bellan way of life.

Flag of the Zafieli Kingdom

Photoshop CS4 ("snowflake" from vector pack)
Those who dwell in the harsh deserts of Zafiel are a hardy people, a people who waste not, want not. But other than the mysterious and useful spice found amongst the sand dunes, the treasure that lies in their lands is not a physical one. No, the seemingly dead Zafieli Desert is rife with mana, an incredible, barely-tapped mana source, which the Kingdom has been struggling to control for thousands of years, in order to complete their part in a covenant with their god, YHL. The Zafieli people are masters of stealth and sabotage, and are truly one with the desert, as only they know the secrets of riding the giant sandworms of the wastes. The "snowflake" represents the Eye of YHL, who forever watches over his children, and the three stars representing the Three Great Houses of the Kingdom.

Sephirot - WIP

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4 ("Snowflake", Crown, and Flower from Vector Pack)
This configuration is said to represent the flow of power from YHL on top, to Kingship down below. The exact meaning of the Sephirot is a very well-guarded secret, and few, if any, outsiders truly comprehend what it embodies, beyond that cryptic, nondescript explanation.

Flag of the Kriegan Federation

Photoshop CS4 (Swirly thing and Flame from Vector pack)
Up north, straddling the border between the civilised world and chaotic barbarian tribes, stands the mighty Kriegan Federation. Originating as three [Germanic] nations that warred in the distant past, their feuding stopped and their warriors were focused further north as they were besieged by barbarian hordes that have yet to abate. This attempted invasion has gone on for centuries without ceasing, and thus the Kriegans have the smallest population in the region. This is however offset by their incredible magical potential, the greatest in the world. Each Kriegan soldier is easily worth more than a dozen barbarians, and a single spellcaster can obliterate hundreds. Indeed, the seventeen Knights of Grabacr is each said to be an army all to herself, bestowed with powers that allow her to single-handedly level an entire army of thousands, if unleashed.

Kriegerdreifaltigkeit

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4 (Yes, that's Tengwar font)
A hybrid configuration formed after the unification 400 years ago, which makes the Kriegan Trinity relatively young. Studying under this system allows a Kriegan to more easily learn elements from all three magic systems used in the Federation.

Essenstein Configuration

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4 (Bird and Flower from vector pack, and yes, more Tengwar font)
The configuration most commonly used in the Duchy of Essenstein. It calls upon Merciful Adela, and focuses on activities related to life, nutrition, healing, and such.

Föhrenmaarten Configuration

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4 (Horse from vector pack, and Tengwar font)
The configuration most commonly used in the Principality of Essenstein. It calls upon Industrious Emlin, and focuses on activities related to labour, trade, industry, and such.

Grabacr Configuration

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4 (Shield, wolf, rose, from vector pack, and Tengwar font)
The configuration most commonly used in the Kingdom of Grabacr. It calls upon Courageous Wolfram, and focuses on activities related to war, chivalry, protection, and such.

Haus Weissteufel Coat of Arms

Photoshop CS4 (Shield, Bird, Sword, umm.... basically, everything except the circle and the text are from a vector pack)
The First Knight, represented by the One Circle, the One Sword, and the Eagle. She fights with the element of wind, and has the highest mana potential of any single human in the world. Her power and title are called one and the same, "König", the ruler whose mere presence inspires her soldiers to fight more valiantly, and remain steadfast and loyal, no matter the odds. When completely unsealed, she is capable of directly mind controlling anybody in her line of sight, a fitting ability for the leader of the Knights. Because she is used as a trump card against any knight who might rebel against the government, all members of House Weissteufel are from birth indoctrinated with absolute loyalty to the Federation.

Haus Rosendahl Coat of Arms

Photoshop CS4 (The "V" is mine... uhh... yeah. The rest are from vector packs.)
The Fourth Knight, represented by the four-coloured compass, and the Fertile Oak. Her power, Kompassrosen, has earned her the title of Universelsoldat, the warrior who can control all four cardinal elements. While it is "ordinary" compared to the abnormal extra abilities gifted to the other Knights, this power is nevertheless dangerously flexible, and allows her abilities that would still astound even the best normal soldier. Because of her "ordinariness", her family possesses an inferiority complex, and contrary to the usual Knight's tradition of limiting their offspring, produces many children in order to research a greater variety of spells to grow the family archives. Her seal is the same as the "ordinary" seals found on "normal" high-powered soldiers in the Föderalwehr, adding to her inferiority complex.

Haus Hardenberg Coat of Arms

Photoshop CS4 (The star is mine!)
The Tenth Knight, represented by the crimson dragon guarding a gate, and the ten-point star. She fights with the element of fire and possesses a mastery of a great many weapons. Unsealed, she is capable of turning the tide of battle with the injection of great numbers into the battlefield.

Haus Brauchitsch Coat of Arms

Photoshop CS4 (The 12-bladed dagger is mine)
The Twelfth Knight, represented by the vermilion falcon and the twelve-bladed dagger. She fights with the element of wind and strikes with the speed of lightning. This has earned her the title Blitzkampfer. Unleashed, she is akin to a little god, capable of manipulating with almost absolute impunity the realms of the little things that she has mastered.


Lambda Configuration

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4
The configuration found on most of the ancient Relics unearthed by the Five Powers. Until now, researchers have yet to discover the truth behind this mysterious symbol.

Sigma Configuration

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4
Theorised to be of the same ilk as the Lambda Configuration, if on a higher level. The few, rare Relics unearthed bearing this symbol are mysterious as they are powerful, and less than three have ever been used in the whole history of the Five Powers.

Omega Configuration

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4
This ominous black configuration with a foreboding dark glow has yet to be discovered. I'm just putting this out there.



FANART

Excalibur (Fate/Stay Night)

Illustrator + Photoshop CS4 (MORE TENGWAR! YAY!)
So it's not an exact replica. The handle is particularly jarring, and I've honestly been meaning to replace it with something closer to the real thing. Took me several days to complete it, and I saved it for last because... well... it's honestly the nicest thing I've ever drawn. So yeah.
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Re: Norfür's little bundle of stuff
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2013, 01:39:53 PM »
wow! i like the magic circles a lot, you expand beyond the basic shape and came up with some nice new shapes and patterns. i can see why you said its your strong point :P

the eagle one was also quite good.

perhaps at your level and current stuff i have seen, you might be best suited to working on menu buttons and backs, like interface stuff rather than characters at the moment.

otherwise good start so far, i cant wait to see your progress (and can i beta test your game :P)

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013, 08:43:18 PM »
wow! i like the magic circles a lot, you expand beyond the basic shape and came up with some nice new shapes and patterns. i can see why you said its your strong point :P

Thanks. And well, yeah, my first forays into art were indeed magic circles. Didn't need a pen or tablet, which was perfect for me at the time, since I didn't have a scanner then... and I obviously don't have a tablet. Plus, well, I figured the magic circles were going to be an important part of lore, being ubiquitous and all, while the characters are somewhat secondary (especially if you're going to just mention them once or twice in the background story).

I'll admit that for the yellow triangle, I borrowed the general shape from the shield of the trinity here: (links removed) which I thought fit perfectly with the idea, and took design elements from this triangle used in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:

The "little" triangles were easy to do though, and they give something of a six-point-star appearance.

The Sephirot is... well it's something from Jewish Kabbalah mysticism. I totally ripped it off, haha.

The only "unusual" shape I can really claim to be mine is the green square.

I'll probably do some other shapes just for practice, though I'd prefer giving each a story... each circle I've done here has a story, and well, I guess that's what motivates me.

the eagle one was also quite good.

You mean the Sanjuran one? Yeah, it's my first bird. I'm proud of it, haha.

perhaps at your level and current stuff i have seen, you might be best suited to working on menu buttons and backs, like interface stuff rather than characters at the moment.

Yeah, I've been... thinking about me doing the interfaces for a while... Problem is I can't imagine it just yet, haha. ^.^;

otherwise good start so far, i cant wait to see your progress (and can i beta test your game :P)

Thanks. That beta will probably take a while, though.

I know they say to stick to your strengths.... and I certainly still have a long way to go before being real good at circles, but I already have some characters in the works (thanks to that stalled webnovel), and I'd like to learn how to draw them myself. I hope this doesn't come off as being too arrogant or something.

Thanks for the review!
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2013, 04:18:40 PM »
may i recommend looking at the alchemy circles used in full metal alchemist? they are quite cool and mostly rely on geometric shapes, something you could use as reference....?

a simple way to start designing interfaces is think what controls do i want to give the user, then group these controls into type etc. also include spaces for information like health or money. if you are interested  i can scan in some of my sketches to give you some ideas, this is one of my strong points (interface design) believe it or not :P

nah its not arrogant at all :P
we ALL have characters we want to be able to draw, just look at how many active threads we have for members manga and manga art :P

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2013, 09:08:33 PM »
may i recommend looking at the alchemy circles used in full metal alchemist? they are quite cool and mostly rely on geometric shapes, something you could use as reference....?

An excellent suggestion! I love FMA. ^^ Do you know of an already existing collection of circles/shapes, or should I just google it up? That said, I've actually put together an in-universe glossary of sorts, on the anatomy of my magic circles. With this further study, I should be able to expand on it... well unless it was a broad enough glossary, or something... I've had a friend look it over, and he says it checks out for consistency. I guess I'll have him check it again after some practise. XD

a simple way to start designing interfaces is think what controls do i want to give the user, then group these controls into type etc. also include spaces for information like health or money. if you are interested  i can scan in some of my sketches to give you some ideas, this is one of my strong points (interface design) believe it or not :P

I'd love to see them! Please do show it! Just a quick aside, should I start with a paper sketch, or would it be fine to begin the process in Illustrator/Photoshop? I don't have any experience in design, really.

nah its not arrogant at all :P
we ALL have characters we want to be able to draw, just look at how many active threads we have for members manga and manga art :P

Yep! I've been looking around, and it looks like some senior members have recommended Mark Crilley. He does look like a good starting point, especially with regards to raising awareness of, and advice to avoiding that "almost, but kind of off" look. I think I'll start with his book, and... well, where would you recommend I go from there?

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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 12:05:33 AM »
Hey, I had to remove your links. No links until you have 25 posts.

Really neat stuff you have here! It makes me think of FMA a little, and those awesome tattoo conventions. lol I really like the way you made them look like they are glowing. 
http://forums.mangaraiders.com/index.php/topic,8367.0.html

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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 03:18:10 AM »
Hey, I had to remove your links. No links until you have 25 posts.

Oh, I'm terribly sorry about the links. I'll keep that in mind in the future!

Really neat stuff you have here! It makes me think of FMA a little, and those awesome tattoo conventions. lol I really like the way you made them look like they are glowing. 

Thanks! And yes, FMA contributed to my love of magic circles. And yes. Though these are actually just a "passive" glow, if you would. There's a separate graphic for when they're "activated" i.e. someone is running mana through them. I figured it'd be redundant to upload those too, though, ahah. ^^;

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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2013, 07:11:11 AM »
what you want to do next depends on what you want to do next. if you feel that you want to get good at drawing manga, then yes mark crilley is a good start. i personally dont use any books or stuff much to learn, there is a huge page of tutorials here which some are very useful. once you get used to basic proportions and stuff, you will probably start to find how you learn and create your own program or exercises to improve as you learn what you personally need to do.

iill just find some good pages to upload of my own designs, these are done on paper, i think its a good idea to start on paper and just doodle around until you find something that works for you. of course a lot of people sketch if they have a tablet on the computer, so its up to you. paper is probably the most easiest, but everyone's different. ill pop them in a spoiler cos they will take up a lot of space :p

btw my game design folder is the only thing which rivals my manga folder for size :P

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hope some of that helps, you can use any ideas you get from it, i dont mind :P
oh and sorry if you cant read any of the writing, i cant read it either :P
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2013, 07:54:46 AM »
Thanks! This list is... it's got so much stuff I think I'm drowning in resources, haha!

Wow, you really do a lot of sketching here... I'm gonna have to review these over the weekend... Hehe...

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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 08:33:52 AM »
lol i went through quite a few books to find those :P
normally my game design is somewhat completely random stuff, those ones i posted are the few pages that are vaguely understandable :P
good you can find them useful, if you get stuck on anything let me know and i'd be glad to help since i am quite familiar with the game design area of stuff. i just found a load of levels i designed for a game when i must have been like 10 lol

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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2013, 08:37:51 AM »
Ten? I was still playing Starcraft I when I was ten. Most I got at the time was... Terran Interface = Junky, Zerg = Gooey, Protoss = Shiny. XD

That kind of dedication is really admirable, I'll tell ya that. :D

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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2013, 10:57:33 AM »
well its more that its basically part of my personality, because at 10 i didnt know anything about making a game but i kept designing them with my friends or on my own. then at 11 or 12 i tried to learn C++ which is basically the hardest language out there. i kinda got it, but it was like they took way too long to do something simple. by about 14 i had learnt several coding languages because i wanted to properly make my own game. ive been designing ever since :P
ive never properly made anything though, heres my game site which i randomly put stuff on http://supertramp.freehostia.com/

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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2013, 11:57:26 AM »
Yeah, there is something realllllly neat about the transmutation circles. (And really I might like looking at these more lol) I would lovwe a tattoo that looked like one of these.
http://forums.mangaraiders.com/index.php/topic,8367.0.html

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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2013, 08:22:32 PM »
well its more that its basically part of my personality, because at 10 i didnt know anything about making a game but i kept designing them with my friends or on my own. then at 11 or 12 i tried to learn C++ which is basically the hardest language out there. i kinda got it, but it was like they took way too long to do something simple. by about 14 i had learnt several coding languages because i wanted to properly make my own game. ive been designing ever since :P
ive never properly made anything though, heres my game site which i randomly put stuff on http://supertramp.freehostia.com/

These are pretty cute! I remember... back in college where I had to make a snake game in Java. Can't remember any of that now... I feel so old...

Yeah, there is something realllllly neat about the transmutation circles. (And really I might like looking at these more lol) I would lovwe a tattoo that looked like one of these.

Must be because of their intricacies. The amount of thought that goes into them is what gets me. :3

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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2013, 09:52:41 AM »
lol thanks first time someones called them cute :P

ive never tried to draw a magic circle, i just assumed i would be able to do it, but they do get really complicated the good ones, probably takes some practise to do them good. although once you have drawn it once, you can paste it and rotate it into other drawings to save time i guess :P