UPDATE: Venom Contest (Done and Submitted)

  • @chip-valecek Not knowing the story at all, who is Riot? "as one of five symbiotes who are effectively the "children" of Venom" from a ScreenReant Article.


    Anyways "symbiotic" came up as well. Maybe develop in your work how Riot came into being along with battling. An extension from human/Spider man to Venom and from Venom the "child" Riot. As I said I don't know the stroy very well, but even if others are not doing it, but it has been asked to include it, do take their suggestion to heart if you feel you are capable of pulling it off!

    🙂 Heather B.

  • @heather-boyd the symbiote is basically an alien that attaches itself to a host to survive. For the sake of the movie the symbiote Venom has Eddie Brock (spiderman was originally the first to have it) and Riot has the head of the Life Foundation. There are other symbiotes like Carnage being my favorite, and I have a feeling he might be a hidden character in the movie. But now my nerd is showing and getting off topic LOL.

    I will sketch out a new idea and post it tonight. If I have time I might as well finish the one I started above and submit both.

  • @chip-valecek like in Stargate SG 1 🙂 symbiotic

  • @chip-valecek You can't go wrong with a fight scene. More characters equals a more dynamic illustration which equals a higher level of difficulty. That will help you help you stand out especially if others are not doing it.

  • Here is sketch 2 with both characters. Again, i want to keep the background simple to focus on the characters. How does the flow feel with this?


  • Same sketch, changed to vertical layout with them closer together. Added in the Title to see how placement would work. Thoughts?


    This is my first go below, which I really like and will try to do as well.


  • @chip-valecek I don't think this necessarily need to be a fight scene. I'm actually working on a piece for this contest as well. Maybe instead of having venom show up twice have venom in the foreground and Riot in the background.

  • @rajsolankiart I am seeing a lot that are just copies of other pieces. There have been a few good submissions but most are not a fight scene. But I keep going back to this "show us the best battle scene you can capture" and I feel they are looking for some sort of action. Either way I plan on doing both pieces.

  • @chip-valecek Yes, I followed the link and it does seem that they are specifying a fight scene.

  • I would suggest C.

    Not only does the gesture capture more of the feeling of Venom (he was pretty aggressive), but if this piece might be used as part of promotion, I can see more places that they can put type and other graphic elements in 'C' than I can see in 'A' without messing with the focus of the image.

    Looks like a fun piece!

  • First of all I would like to thank you all for your input. I am feeling really good with my progress so far. Here is where I am right now.

    Cleaned sketch:


    Local Color and masks on characters:


    Background (keeping it simple but wanted hits of a city back there):


    I am looking forward to working on the shadows and lighting. Going to be a busy day today so I hope to work on that later or tomorrow and then onto the fun part of rendering out the characters. Please let me know what you think so far.

  • @chip-valecek This is looking exciting! Love how the title looks metallic. Make sure to bring a feeling of mass or weight to the figures. Perhaps when you begin defining the muscles and tendons, it will achieve this. Looking at Google images of Venom, it seems that his body parts are massive and exaggerated.

  • @johanna-kim I can't take credit on the logo text, that was supplied for the contest. I will see if i can enlarge his body a little more.

  • I made a few adjustments to body size, thanks for pointing that out @Johanna-Kim. I started finish up some of the details on Venom. I will move onto Riot now. How does Venom look so far?


  • @chip-valecek I like the cob web like saliva, that's creepy and cool!


  • @chip-valecek This is better, and I like his face, mouth, teeth, tongue and squid-like tendrils coming off him, but I think you can bring even more weight and powerful force to Venom's body. When I look at images of Venom, he looks taut, from head to toe, with potential destructive power. Perhaps the muscles could be even more accentuated with highlights. The tendons/veins could feel more integrated with the muscles; right now they look as if they're lying on top of the muscles. My eyes are also drawn to his feet and white toe claws, which look relaxed/passive. How would you draw the feet so that even they feel just about to spring into action? Consider making the toe nails black and more pointy, like the teeth. Same with the finger nails; pointy, jet black nails.

  • @johanna-kim @Chip-Valecek you could splay the toes a bit. That would make them look spring-loaded for action. The muscles might need more definition if you want to be in keeping with the modern day taste in ultra-cut exaggerated muscles of supers.

  • Here is where I am at with Venom so far. Going to take a few days off on it while I work on my "Music" piece. Then this weekend I will work on Riot.


  • @chip-valecek I like c but I feel you need to show tension in his hands also

  • @chip-valecek I like the ooze on it. The chest and upper arms need reworked. Too much mass and the chest area needs reworked. You are also missing a back leg. I feel the pose is too dog like.

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