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03-22-2005, 07:32 PM
Erik Fourie has entered the Master and Servant 2D.

Challenge Page (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/masterandservant/view_entries.php?challenger=6035)

Latest Update: Final Image: final
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yup, done

03-22-2005, 07:47 PM
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"For now I find this power gained is more unto a curse.
My spirit burns with every spell and each irreverent verse.
Despite this strength and knowledge earned, I have paid a heavy toll,
Never should've traded power for my own immortal soul."
- C. Vincent Metzen

Master: Necromancer.
Servant: Summoned dead.
Secondary Master: Death

He summons the dead to serve his purpose, he is their master, and they are his servants,
yet, as he summons them one by one, a part of his soul leaves him behind,
a part of humanity in him vanishes, and he becomes one of them,
the price for his addiction, is his life,
he cannot stop himself from these dark arts,
and so, his spirit and his flesh becomes dead,
and death becomes his new master.

03-22-2005, 07:52 PM
okay, this is my 1st try at a cg talk challenge, so im kinda figuring things out.

some more info on the necromancer in the concept sketch. in some places there will be flesh visible as these parts become undead. some of his fingers will only have bone left. the large hand on the right is a gigantic rock minion that he is summoning from the earth. it will be made out of rock.

oh yeah, i ran out of space on paper, so had to do pic over 3 a4 pages. haha. thats why its kinda got seams!

im really an amateur, and my main goal is just to be a little better than what i was at the start.

one question, only milestones have to be submitted. other pics we just post here ourselves, like when i make a small update? is that correct.

03-22-2005, 08:17 PM
This looks really cool. Very cool idea. I like both your ideas for 3d and 2d, you are very creative. Someone should consider hiring you. :)

03-22-2005, 08:50 PM
I like the idea so far. :)

As for your question about milestones.. hmm.. I guess you choose which one you send. Maybe very small changes can only be posted on your thread while bigger (but not necessarily less frequent) updates and changes can be submitted.

Your chocie i believe.. But keep in mind ''better safe than sorry'' :)

03-23-2005, 12:13 AM
The heart of challenge is to push the artist beyond their current skill level.

This is my first challenge as well so don't feel out of place. As long as you keep active then your on the right path.

Good luck

03-23-2005, 08:55 PM
this shouldnt be here. put a post here from the 2d section. im doing both, and got somewaht confuesed! hah.

03-23-2005, 09:18 PM
lille, thanks.

dyslexicdan, yeah, i guess we are both in the same boat. well good luck to you too!

03-24-2005, 08:51 AM
hey dude!

good luck
looks cool

03-24-2005, 09:18 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1111702686_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1111702686_large.jpg)

did a basic lineart today. the whole image at the moment is around 6000x5000, and im posting it in 800x600, so a lot of detail is lost. haha. anyway, im not entirely sure what the necr will be wearing. but ill start with the hand 1st, and then hopefully something will come to mind. also thinking about background, and maybe i will insert ghosts or spirits flying about. who knows? no me!

03-24-2005, 09:21 PM
interesting,lets see more!

03-24-2005, 09:22 PM
hey dude!

good luck
looks cool

haha, thx! cant wait to see your 3d.

03-24-2005, 09:24 PM
interesting,lets see more!

thanks! ill try to keep it coming!

03-26-2005, 08:41 PM
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ive decided to put the necro on the hand. this seems to create a more centralistic effect (if there is even such a word). now everything revolves around the necro and hand at the same time. previously it looked a bit off balace. also, the hand will be bound to his legs, and faces of previous souls who lost their life in the same way will be seen in the hand itself.

03-26-2005, 08:45 PM
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i looked for a colour for the hand, and also put in some details. there will be more places where the flesh will seen, also, im gonna make a finger or two show some bone. then thre will also be faces in the skin of the hand.

03-29-2005, 09:20 AM
Good work Mordalles, I'm looking forward to seeing the end result! Your painting skills are really good, miskien moet jy my bietjie leer,hehe! Praat later!

03-29-2005, 08:44 PM
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well, ive decided to do some basic colouring for the necro, for i finish the hand. helps me a bit with the overall image of what the hand should look like. i only did about the 2 legs of the necro in more detail. will still do rest. also, added some lost souls trapped in the hand, the necro's fate as well somewehre in the future. they are not blending in yet, still different layer.

03-29-2005, 08:48 PM
Now that you've got the two parts together, it's not quite reading that the necro is standing on the flat pal of the hand. That part of the hand isn't reading as flat as it could: Perhaps some brighter light on the top of it might help? Or a different angle on the fingers? (When I look at my hans like that so that the palm is face-up flat, I see less of the first knuckle-section of the fingers, and they're curved more.) And shadows from the necro, which I know you just haven't got to yet, will also help. Good luck with it!


03-29-2005, 09:30 PM
Now that you've got the two parts together, it's not quite reading that the necro is standing on the flat pal of the hand. That part of the hand isn't reading as flat as it could: Perhaps some brighter light on the top of it might help? Or a different angle on the fingers? (When I look at my hans like that so that the palm is face-up flat, I see less of the first knuckle-section of the fingers, and they're curved more.) And shadows from the necro, which I know you just haven't got to yet, will also help. Good luck with it!


hmm, ill have to look into this! thanks for the advice. ill see what i can do. yeah, ill try fixing it with lights. the shadow of the necro will ce coming in last.
im not sure about the knuckle part, i kinda just took my hand in drew it. im left, so that made it easier to hold my right hand there, still, while i draw it. wait, i think i see what you mean. yeah, the fingers should change a bit, it seems. thanks again.
i think i can move the necro a tad up as well. since his left foot is crossing the base of the thumb area. that makes the angle of the hand just look completely wrong. thanks for bringing my attention to this Mike!!

03-30-2005, 06:20 AM
Mordalles, jy rokoff nogals met jou painting. Ek het 'n nuwe concept begin verf, geen sketse davoor nie mar check dit uit en gee suggestions asb! Jou werk is goed, die challenge is nogal lekker aangesien dit my eerste een is, nou moet ons net jou broer kry om deel te neem!

03-30-2005, 06:43 PM
pshygon, haha, ja, ek het n week vakansie, dus n beitjie extra tyd om the paint, maar volgende week skryf ons weer toets, en varsity begin, so dan gaan ek minder tyd he. dankie vir die comments!

03-31-2005, 06:08 AM
Jy beter jou handjies dan nou lam paint as jou vakansie amper klaar is! Het gehoor van julle game, kannie wag om dit te sien nie, klink baie cool!

03-31-2005, 07:38 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1112301524_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1112301524_large.jpg)

i started with the body of the necromancer. the face and neck is far from finished. also, still waiting for my desicion on lights, which will have an effect on the body. the leg can also seen a bit clearer now. the leg is only flesh, as the dead takes over his body.

03-31-2005, 07:41 PM
Jy beter jou handjies dan nou lam paint as jou vakansie amper klaar is! Het gehoor van julle game, kannie wag om dit te sien nie, klink baie cool!

haha, steeds in devoloping stages. maar regtig iets wat revolutionary kan wees!

03-31-2005, 09:16 PM
it looks tremendously outstanding. Good feel to it. Grrr - competition ...

04-01-2005, 11:39 AM
Hey, Mordalles! Really good work so far. Working hard in both disciplines I see :buttrock:.

So far, I think the colours you have used, work really well. I don't know what you have planned for the background though, but I would suggest keeping it darker than the areas that you already have. This way, one' s attention will be drawn more to the charcter and the Rock Demon's hand (Where you want it, right).

At this stage, the necromancer and the hand doesn't seem to be in the same scene. It looks like cut-outs. What you could do to correct this, is to create a shadow for your necromancer on the Rock Demon's hand. I don' t know what your lighting setup is like, but i really think you should add the shadow in somewhere.

I think your Necromancer's hands (Palm area) seem a tad bit too small. No need to go back and change it though, it will be far too much work.

Other than that, I think you have a stunning piece so far - although, I really liked you initial idea, even though it was quite similar to Golum's situation. I'm simply amazed at how much you have improved in both 2D and 3D. Good Job!:buttrock:

04-01-2005, 08:28 PM
At this stage, the necromancer and the hand doesn't seem to be in the same scene. It looks like cut-outs. What you could do to correct this, is to create a shadow for your necromancer on the Rock Demon's hand. I don' t know what your lighting setup is like, but i really think you should add the shadow in somewhere.

hello, a. great to see you around these parts. pity youre not entering. real pity. yeah, im actually gonna do the shadow last, when everythings in. also, i think a lot of the lineart is still showing through, which might give this feeling. but thatll change once i get to those areas.

but for the great advice and critique!

04-02-2005, 07:35 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1112474121_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1112474121_large.jpg)

i did a bit more of the necro, but he is still far from finished. i finished his hair, and also skin parts.

i also just did some basic colours for the background, just to get a feel, or mood. hehe. im gonna make the ground rocky, and the sky is gonna be clouds, dark clouds, since i want to add lightning and rain. the hole where the hand comes out of wil be a bit bigger than the line art, and im thinking of putting a yellow orange glow comgin out of it.

04-02-2005, 07:45 PM
looking very good!!

04-02-2005, 07:50 PM
thx, noob, not as good as yours though.

i think i must start saving my pics at better qualities. this was saved at 5. and around 68kb. limit is 150, so im gonna start making them a bit better quality.

04-02-2005, 08:01 PM
thx, noob, not as good as yours though.

i think i must start saving my pics at better qualities. this was saved at 5. and around 68kb. limit is 150, so im gonna start making them a bit better quality.

yeh i feel u,thats why i submit my images smaller in size*the actual pic size* instead of decreasing the image quality.

its really annoying.

but still keep it up,not as good as mine?? ..heh...right now i'm kinda dissapointed with mine,but glad ur likin.

04-02-2005, 08:16 PM
thx for the advice. im gonna try just decreasing pixel size from now on and see if it stays under limit.

04-02-2005, 08:48 PM
This looks really good. Go dude!

04-04-2005, 01:34 PM
I like, I like! Shaping up nicely! The hair is looking real good. Can I touch it?

I think the lineart for the hole in the ground looks fine. Please do not make it any bigger.

Could you try making the ground somewhat darker? This could really help you when you add the lighting that originates from the hole in the ground. It will create a nice contrast.

Not much further I can say at this stage.

Awaiting next update.

04-05-2005, 07:19 AM
Hey Mordy, Coming along nicely, jy vorder vinnig. ek sal nog in die week post as ek bietjie gevorder het. Het jou shading advice nodig! Keep it up! Jou idee rock!:buttrock:

04-05-2005, 08:51 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1112734301_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1112734301_large.jpg)

i decided that i wanna start on the background. so i did the lcouds today. this is the 1st time EVER that i try doing clouds in any format of art. i looked at a few tuts, but they didnt show what i wanted, so i just started on my own, and looked at what i could come up with. probably many mistakes with it, but i kinda like the look of it. i started on the mountains, with some clouds covering it. i still need to do the rest of the ground. i might add lightning somewhere along the line. i laready have rain added, but it is hidden for now.

the necro and hand are still far from finished, i just wanted a change of scenary. :)

one thing, i like doing my backgrounds in a more blurry effect, so that more emphasize is placed on my characters. thats just my style.

04-05-2005, 09:05 PM
I like, I like! Shaping up nicely! The hair is looking real good. Can I touch it?

I think the lineart for the hole in the ground looks fine. Please do not make it any bigger.

Could you try making the ground somewhat darker? This could really help you when you add the lighting that originates from the hole in the ground. It will create a nice contrast.

Not much further I can say at this stage.

Awaiting next update.

anim8or_7, thx on the comment on the hair. okay, ill keep the hole the size of the lineart, master. haha.
yeah, thx for the ground, i made it darker. it will create a really cool contrast with the hole and the light coming out of it.
pshygon, thx, im trying my best with the shading, but this is really all very new to me! i dont have a lot of experience.

oh ya, i also made the palm of his right hand a bit larger.

and any c&c on the clouds will be much appreciated, hehe.

04-06-2005, 06:57 AM
Hey Mordy, the background is cool, nothing wrong with blurring it just watch out for blurring too much! I think we could do with seeing the clouds just a litte bit more! But further you are coming along awesomely! Keep up the great work bubba!:buttrock: :bounce: :applause:

04-06-2005, 07:15 AM
Heh heh! This is cool! Hows a bout turning down the saturation on the big hand a little, and turning it up on the cuts in the flesh, so the muscle appears more vivid and fleshy?! :)

04-06-2005, 09:29 PM
pshygon, yeah, you got a point there. i think im gonna make it a bit more defined, but 1st i need to get some photo's of real thunder clouds somewhere, since i just did those out of my head, and im not even sure if that is how it ssuppose to look like. :D

poshspice, thanks for droppin in and cool comment!:buttrock: yeah, im definitely gonna do what you said about saturation and flesh, when i find out axactly how to do that! haha. but ill definitely do that! thanks! *goes to photoshop help* :hmm:

04-07-2005, 01:20 PM
*Pops on screen* Hi, Photoshop Help. How may I help you?
Just kidding. Poshspice really has a good point there. I am sure you will be able to figure out how to make those changes.

WOW! Mordalles, seriously, this is looking AWESOME. *Struggling to pop lower jaw back in*
Ouch!...uhh, where was I? Oh yes, those clouds look phenomenal. This definitely works with the image. Good job.

Can't wait to see next update.

04-07-2005, 10:01 PM
That's Awesome! Keep It Up Bro!

04-07-2005, 10:50 PM
arramor, thx, man!
anim8or_7, hehe, thx! oh, i figured out the whole saturation thingy, and it does look better. will update over weekend somewhere, hopefully. and once the lineart goes around the hand, itll look better i hope. thx for the advice, poshspice!

hehe, i just started a pic for someone at varsity, hehe, couldnt resist. now, more work between the tests, haha. funny thing is, the pic would also have fit in with this theme. maybe, ill post it here once im fin with it. but im not submitting it. hehe. :twisted:

04-08-2005, 08:52 AM
cool idea. i like!:)

04-09-2005, 10:38 PM
calisto, thx!

test stopped me from progressing much further. that and the fact that i started another pic! haha. here is a link to it. as you can see, its pretty much also master and servant. still in development stages. i think i need to get back to my cgentry. :wise: its kinda half anime, since the girl likes anime and tigers. her left arm needs work. im tryign to get that painted look that people on these forums get! haha. im used to making it look more digital. cant believe i havent been kicked out of this challenge yet, since there are so many good artist here, that i just drop the level! :sad: hehe.

http://img54.exs.cx/img54/9205/tigressprev6ih.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us/)

04-11-2005, 01:32 PM
doing great. interesting to see the fa. cheers man.

thanks for dropping by my wip.

04-11-2005, 01:38 PM
hmmm. i forgot to ask you if youre gonna get rid of the lineart? i think it would be better without it. tnx

04-11-2005, 08:07 PM
This new project looks promising!
Just a suggestion, put a thought on where your light comes from. Even if you don't try to tend to a realistic picture, it might placing rim light, shadows and all that sort of things:)

Since you are working with 3D, it sometimes help doing a quick modeling and rendering scene.

Keep it up :thumbsup:

04-11-2005, 09:34 PM
jugeras, thx for dropping in on my wip! and yeah, im gonna take all lineart out.
spacesnail, thx for the suggestion. one of my brilliant artist friends also told me to decide on a light source 1st. i must just remember to do it! however, i kinda like putting in exrta lights after the pic has been fin.

yeha, im sticking with my original pic. the other one im just doing for someone at varsity, just to learn this whole painting thing. hehe.

04-12-2005, 09:09 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1113340190_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1113340190_large.jpg)

hmm, i like where this pic is going, so maybe ill make this my entry? i have lineart and concept sketch for it, which ill post if ive decided to go through with it. just wanna know what you guys think?

i was thinking nice jungle in background. the fur on the back of the tiger is a bit scattered, and ill change that.

so, ill finish this anyway, but ill decide later on which pic will be my final entry. at the moment the necromancer is my main choice. this is just in case.

04-12-2005, 09:27 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1113341230_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1113341230_large.jpg)

finished some of the necromancer details some clothes and armour. also change the saturation of the hand and its flesh, like i was advised. less and less lineart is onw visible, which makes it look a little bit better, i think.

04-14-2005, 10:50 PM
well, i finished my tiger and girl, but decided that i wont be using that for my cgtalk challenge. im keeping to the necro image. i like the concept more. im gonna try a background later, after the cgtalk challenge. im now only gonna focus on my cgtalk entry. thats if another girl at varsity dont ask me to draw her again. :D

here is how it turned out, though:

http://img240.echo.cx/img240/376/tigressprev2hh.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us/)

04-14-2005, 11:35 PM
hi there,

there is some really cool ideas here, however i would seriously suggest you start looking at some reference images to help you with the general form of the objects you are trying to render. there seems to be great confusion with the hand in that particular angel and pose... also take into account the lighting. and shadow ... which both add to the mood of the image. keep up the great work and thanks alot for dropping by my thread. :thumbsup:

04-15-2005, 11:01 PM
Slay, thx for dropping by. yeah, thanks for the advice. i tend to just rush things, without really looking at good reference. ill definitely change that in the future. only being really doing art for about 6 months now.
abotu the shadows, ill will be adding them in once im sure where the lights are. haha. and the lights, well, er, i have atleast 2 light sources im sure of, which im gonna try adding in afterwards. haha. i know, its the wrong way around. and , yeah, i had some problems with the hand in the pose of the girl. but im pretty sure the tiger is accurate.

04-18-2005, 01:37 PM
Wow! ...Wow! I can't over how cool that fur on the tiger looks. Brilliant stuff!

There is just one thing bothering me a bit though. The tiger's eyes seem to stand out quite a bit. You can solve this by adding in fur from the eyebrows and the areas around the eyes that obscure the eyes slightly. You could also add a light shadow at the top of the eyes. This wil soften that area nicely. Just my personal opinion.

As for the Necromancer...still awaiting updates. I know your busy at University...so,best of luck Mordalles.

04-18-2005, 02:03 PM
Great idea Mordalles and I like how you done it so far :)

I'd suggest, however, to define partially more sharper edges in the clouds to make them a bit more "distinctive" - (right now they appear more like mashed potatoes, sorry if that sounds too harsh ^^' )
Make different shape and sizes of clouds, this will make them appear more realistic ^_^

On the hand's index finger I didn't know what sort of thing the white was at first, then I saw it was the bone. To emphasize the effect of the ripped open skin, I would make the finger completely a bone finger first, then wrap the single skin shreds around it, as if they were a rag. Or you could make it look like a scratch in the skin, with shredded edges; in every case I would make it look more gore-ish so that everyone can 100% see this is an "open" finger ^^

Where is your light source? According to the highlights on the guy's armour and the shading on the hand, your light is coming from the front. Don't forget to make a shadow behind the guy on the hand, otherwise he'll look pasted on.

I hope it was helpful. Your work has potential and I wish you good luck :bounce:

04-18-2005, 09:11 PM
anim8or_7, hehe, the part i like the most about the tiger is the eyes! hehe., i know what you mean with some more fur over the brows, but i left that out, since its more an anime pic than realistic. more stylized. hehe. im not gonna use it, so it wont matter anyway. yeah, im pretty busy at varsity, will only get back to the 2d pic on saturday afternoon! :scream:

maidith, thx for dropping in! and thanks for the really great comments! yeah, i was thinking about making the clouds a bit more sharper and distinctive, but i 1st had to get some better reference than my imagination. hehe. ive been looking at clouds the previous 2 weeks, and lucklily it rained a lot. so now i have a bit better idea what to do.
about the bone finger. yeah, i just havent got round to deleteing the flesh behind it. i was planning on making the bone come out of the flesh. just like you said! but im still building confidence for it, since im scared of messing it up. hehe. ill also add some more cuts to the hand itself.
one lightsource will be coming out of the hole in the ground, and the other one will be lightning in the sky. where the lightning is, im still not sure. i want the 2 light source to be oposite sides of the necro, to have 2 shadows, one going each way, but the one a bit lighter than the other one. and the necro will be having some spell lights as he summons the undead.

as you can see, still lots to do! thanks for the great advice guys! im gonna try my best.

04-21-2005, 12:21 AM

I've just been to your 3d thread - you're really going for deep concepts! Cool!
And it doesn't look at all like you started art 6 months ago! In fact, I going to ask you if you do comics because of the way you draw.

I really dig the way you painted his clothes, they look so smooth.
I've only one suggestion right now - light the spirits faces a little more, so they look more ghostly.

And cool fur on the tiger! :thumbsup:

04-21-2005, 10:22 PM
SoniaNotRed, Thanks! that really means a lot! no, i havent done comics before, only about 4 issues of a comic manga for my university. nothing heavy. Thanks for the compliment! :D
Yeah, and making the faces ligther and more ghostly is a great idea! I'll definitely do that! Thanks! And thx for dropping by my 3d thread as well! and thx on the fur!

still studying for test, so ill get to pic on saturday, and ill try incorporating all of the new ideas!

04-22-2005, 09:09 PM
I like the eyes! I went and checked some references, they are great. Can't wait too see the eyes of the necro :)

04-23-2005, 11:18 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114298329_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114298329_large.jpg)

i finally finished the necromancer. i added some fur, skulls, mouth (with tongue), teeth and eyes, and nails. im kinda happy with how it turned out. he is currently summoning the undead, and is therefore reciting words of a spell, thats why his tongue is in that position.

Here is a list of what i must still do:
1. Shadow of Necromancer
2. Glowing Light out of hole in ground
3. Lips of Necromancer
4. More Cuts in Undead Hand
5. Define Clouds More, make larger
6. Paint ground behind and underneath hand.
7. Paint hole in ground.
8. Make souls merge with hand, and make them glow.
9. Ligths on hand and necromancer.
10. Glowing light that binds necro to hand.
11. Add ruble as hand moves out of earth.
12. Unhide Rain.
13. If time, add lightning in background.

04-25-2005, 08:58 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114462697_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114462697_large.jpg)

i added more cuts and flesh to the hand, and i also finished the bone of the finger without flesh. also did some minor adjustments on the souls.

List OF TO DO:

1. Shadow of Necromancer
2. Glowing Light out of hole in ground
3. Lips of Necromancer
4. Define Clouds More, make larger
5. Paint ground behind and underneath hand.
6. Paint hole in ground.
7. Ligths on hand and necromancer.
8. Glowing light that binds necro to hand.
9. Add ruble as hand moves out of earth.
10. Unhide Rain.
11. If time, add lightning in background.

ill be doing the rocky background now, after i get off the net. then the next 3 days ill be concentrating on 3d. since im lagging a bit behind there.

04-25-2005, 09:32 PM
WOW! Very good. Keep it up. I sure do like his expression. Great work.

04-26-2005, 09:14 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114550054_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114550054_large.jpg)

i made the basic guidelines of the rocky texture underneath hand, and i put some detail into the hole where the hand is coming out of. 1st time doing rocks.


1. Shadow of Necromancer
2. Glowing Light out of hole in ground
3. Lips of Necromancer
4. Define Clouds More, make larger
5. Paint ground behind and underneath hand.
6. Ligths on hand and necromancer.
7. Glowing light that binds necro to hand.
8. Add ruble as hand moves out of earth.
9. Unhide Rain.
10. Add lightning in background.

04-26-2005, 10:55 PM
I really like the hole. The rocks look great. And nice touch on the cracks on the edge.

04-27-2005, 12:05 AM
Good idea, chipping the bone like that. I was thinking that maybe you could make it paler, though. I don't know if its the color but it still reminds me of a full finger, somehow...

Keep them coming! :)

04-27-2005, 06:18 AM
I just love necromancer type characters,,when I play some rpg I allways choose one necro...
duno way.Lots of things to do in things to do list,,u better press it..nothing to crit in this phase :) :)

04-27-2005, 11:51 PM
Arramor, thanks.

SoniaNotRed, hehe, maybe youve still got the image in your head of the full finger behind the bone. i kinda like the yellow look, rather than pale. looks more old. thx on the chips!

AIR, thanks, man. Yeah, necromancers are one of my favourite types of characters as well. well, thats kinda obvious, since im doing one for the contest :). hmm, yeah, im kinda getting a bit worried about finishing, especially since i think of new stuff to bring in my pic everyday, like a spooky tree in the background. :scream:

04-28-2005, 03:39 AM
getting there :rolleyes: :bounce:

04-28-2005, 09:06 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114722388_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114722388_large.jpg)

i completely redid the clouds. their much darker now. i realised that stormy clouds are continous, and theres only darker or lighter clouds infront of each other. i like these clouds much more. the lightning still need a glow, and little effect on the clouds. i also added a tree.
im gonna put in an owl somewhere (probably on the tree) as a sign of death.

List OF TO DO:

1. Shadow of Necromancer
2. Glowing Light out of hole in ground
3. Lips of Necromancer
4. Paint ground behind and underneath hand.
5. Ligths on hand and necromancer.
6. Glowing light that binds necro to hand.
7. Add ruble as hand moves out of earth. (add motion blur to it)
8. Unhide Rain.
9. owl somewhere

04-28-2005, 09:37 PM
jugeras, yip, i feel much more confident that ill actually finish atleast the 2d, after i got a lot done the past few days.

04-30-2005, 10:09 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114898996_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1114898996_large.jpg)

just blocking out some rocks. will continue to work on it until i like it.

05-02-2005, 08:11 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1115064708_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1115064708_large.jpg)

finished the rocky texture, and added some rain. lights and shadows still missing.

List OF TO DO:

1. Shadow of Necromancer
2. Glowing Light out of hole in ground
3. Ligths on hand and necromancer.
4. Glowing light that binds necro to hand.
5. fix finger

05-02-2005, 08:20 PM
great image dude!

05-02-2005, 08:27 PM
NOOB!, thx! just checked yours, looks great.

05-03-2005, 08:17 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1115151452_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1115151452_large.jpg)

hmm, i insert lights where i thought they should be. maybe ill work some more on the glow coming out of the hole in the ground.

List OF TO DO:

1. Shadows!!
2. fix finger
3. clean up where necessary.

05-03-2005, 09:11 PM
Thanks for dropping by dude. You got a nice thread going on here. I dig your piece. I'm a big fan of dark, creepy, and gorey stuff, hehehe. The style you have is also cool and different.

Critz, if it's raining, i'd expect some puddles and wet areas and dripping water in some of the areas in the hand. I would definately increase the glow of the hole in the ground and bounce of the warm colour lighting on your master. You can also use the lighting to create shadows on certian areas. Everything else is looking good dude. Keep it coming. will check back again.

cheers and goodluck

05-03-2005, 09:18 PM
Arc80, thx for the great advice! ill definitely use it. yeah, some wet areas, great idea. and ill increase the glow out of the hole. i have some light bouncing of the necro, but i releasie its far too light, almost invisible. hehe. ill definitely work on that. and i was also thinking of rain bouncing. and rain dripping. thx again!

05-03-2005, 09:47 PM
the light looks good. Looks like he is coming from a fiery earth

05-04-2005, 02:03 AM
youre painting is coming along.

tip: you can use color dodge mode when painting with a brush OR create a separate layer set to color dodge to create more convincing glows. id also put the glows on a different layer.

color wise, since its night time most of the elements should have a bluish cast on all of them, which can be achieved by just adding an adjustment layer (then put the lighting effects like glows, rain and lightning over.

my two cents worth - fingers bend into 3 segments (generally) with the knuckles much angular. for me the pinky and the ring finger(?) is a bit off.

all of these are just my opinions. thanks for passing by too. ill be back :bounce: :thumbsup:

05-04-2005, 05:47 AM
Looking good, Mordalles!

No critique at this stage, since everyone else have already said what has been on my mind.

The rain, bouncing off of the Necromancer's head, simply looks awesome. It also creates a nice bit of rim-lighting as well.

Really good job so far. Keep it up - only two more weeks to go!
Good luck!

05-05-2005, 09:16 PM
arramor, thanks! fiery indeed!

jugeras, always nice to see such a good artist lurking around mortals' threads like mine. hehe. thanks! thanks for the color dodge tip. im gonna try it when i get off the net. yeah, i also have problems with the fingers, and i was planning on fixing that, if you check out my to do list a few posts up. hehe. i dont know about the blueish glow, since i dont think it is night. it is just very dark due to the weather conditions. but actually daytime. :D thanks for the advice!

anim8or_7, thanks man!

i have done most of the shadows, but ill update it with these new advice on saturday or 2morow.

05-07-2005, 08:32 AM
amazing idea and art work!!:bounce:
love the way u make the rain.:thumbsup:
can't wait for more.

05-07-2005, 07:52 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1115495542_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1115495542_large.jpg)

well, my final colouring is done. there is some room for more improvements, so ill just wait before i submit the final image. i have to get to the 3d now, since there is still too much to do there. so, thats why i wont have any more time to spend on the 2d.

i really like the way it came out. thanks to everyone who gave such wonderful advice. it helped my so much!
now i cant wait for the next challenge, to try new things. ive learned so much in the past 6 months.

05-07-2005, 08:05 PM
xric7, thanks, man! :D just saw yours, and its brilliant! i feel honoured!

so, this was my 1st challenge, and it was loads of fun. thanks for all the great advice! this background was the second background i ever painted. the 1st was like a week before the challenge, just to practise. haha. i really learned a lot. and im just glad they havent kicked me off yet, due to the quality of my work. hehe.. the organizers must have missed my pic. luckily theres so many good artists here who drew all the attention of mine. muhahaha.

05-07-2005, 08:22 PM
Your work is very good, actually if, as you say, its one of your first pieces then its flaming brilliant mate. Dont be so hard on yourself, from looking at your thread its obvious that you have learned lots, but most importantly you've really enjoyed yourself!!

Oh and I dont think anybody will disagree with me when I say that your work, your views and your comments are very highly valued bro. This forum appreciates all its members, so enjoy it. Keep painting, and keep giving us your views.

Check out mine and let me know what you think :
http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=234420 (http://showthread.php/?t=234420)

All feedback very appreciated!!

05-07-2005, 08:38 PM
demonicoz, thanks for the kind words! ill definitely keep painting!

05-07-2005, 09:23 PM
very good. You must always compete in upcoming challenges.

05-07-2005, 10:59 PM
That is looking a lot better dude. Maybe just add a couple of those stones in the foreground to strenghten the coming out of that hand on the ground. Keep on painting dude and goodluck on your 3D entry too.


05-09-2005, 05:55 PM
Nice pic man! I suggest u, for the last thing u do, equalize the colors a bit. I mean with that, that u flatten an image and play a bit with colors over all image, so the ambient light become one. Right now it seems that u have some white light, some yellow one, a red and blue.. elements on the pic r because of that splited. I hope I was clear about my thoughts :) somethimes i found it difficuld to express.. hehe.

05-09-2005, 08:25 PM
Arc80, thx man, if i have time ill put in some more.

NinjaASSN, yeah, okay, i think i know what you mean. the different parts dont blend into one another enough. ill see if i can equalize it more. im not sure if i actually know how. but ill try for the final image. thanks for the advice.

05-09-2005, 09:05 PM
Very good. I do like it. Can't wait see how much you improve over next challenges.

05-10-2005, 08:59 PM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1115758773_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1115758773_large.jpg)

so, i took the advice, and tried equalizing, and the image looks much more vivid to me. i like it much more now. the colours dont seem so boring anymore!

05-13-2005, 10:22 AM
Congratulations, Mordalles! Your first challenge is complete and what a brilliant entry it is! When one looks back on what you started out with, it becomes pretty apparent just how much you have learned while taking part in this challenge. By no means am I implying that your work was bad to start off with - it was already quite good.

Looking forward to your final 3D piece. I'm sure it will turn out even better than this one - if that is possible:thumbsup: . Anyways, best of luck for the last couple of days. Cheers man!:buttrock:

05-14-2005, 08:49 PM
Thanks a lot, anim8or_7! haha, yeah, ive learned a lot, thanks to all the great advice all the brilliant artists around here gave me. yeah, having time problems finishing the 3d one, since i have tests, so the quality wont be what i would like it to be. haha, ive been uploading the final image for ages now. i think i need to upload it on a faster connection, mine is just too slow.

05-15-2005, 06:58 PM
Hey man, nice work on your entry! Good luck to you!

I thought I'd try to help you on submitting your work. In the "upload final image" page, you need to copy the text "challenge.cgnetworks.com" and put it in your address bar. But before you go there you need to put "ftp://" in font of it so it reads...ftp://challenge.cgnetworks.com. This will take you to the ftp page. Then you will have to click on the link for the "beginners to ftp" page. When there you need to scroll to the bottom and download a version of the ftp. You'll want to read the page to understand why you are doing this. After you get the ftp installed a message box appears where you'll have to enter your user name and password.

You'll be taken to window where you can browse to your file and add it to the window on the right. In that window on the right, it won't show you a folder, you'll have to look at the info at the bottom of that window which will tell if it transfered or not.

Make sure you zip file is the exact same name as the one they gave you and also make sure that in your image there are no extra alpha channels or paths other than rgb. You then need to refresh your "upload final image" page to see if a thumbnail appears with your correct image. If a cropped desaturated version shows up then you probably still have a channel in your image you need to get rid of.

I hope this helps, it took me a few times to figure this out because the instructions are not very specific.

Good luck to you!:D

05-15-2005, 07:00 PM
great man,congrats,looks great.seeya on the next challenge!

05-15-2005, 07:52 PM
NOOB!, thx! yeah, see u there!

fensterer, oh! THANKS! thanks for telling me what to do. i would never have figured it out! thanks! yeah, i have no idea how u worked it out, but i would never have worked it out! thx!

05-16-2005, 05:40 AM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1116222015_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/challenge/entries/8/6035/6035_1116222015_large.jpg)

yup, done

05-18-2005, 08:55 PM
Hi Mordalles, I just wanted to quickly say thx for your comment in my thread during the challenge... Cheers, :) <- Lutz

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