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Rebeccak
07-13-2005, 11:12 AM
Guys,

This thread is for 2D / 3D TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS to post their best work.

Please post:

1. Your BEST WORK!
2. Medium used
3. Time spent to complete
4. A bit about your process and the project

Thanks in advance for your posts! :)

~Rebeccak

Solomon
07-14-2005, 02:37 PM
I will be the first to Post here.

Here are 2 sketches, illustrations:

Medium used: Hand Drawn - 2B pencil - Scanned, line Edited in Flash, Colored in Photoshop.
Time: Took about 2 Hours.


Scanned Sketch:

http://www.sowl.com/albums/Sketches/aal.jpg


Colored version in Photoshop.

http://www.sowl.com/albums/Illustration/aao.jpg

Rebeccak
07-14-2005, 02:40 PM
Solomon,

Cool, thanks for posting these! You have a real audience, so you'd better get crackin' ;).
Glad to see you on the forum. :)

~Rebeccak

Rudeone
07-14-2005, 03:14 PM
I never illustrated any children's books, but I think my M&S entry would qualify for this topic.
First I sketched it with pencil on paper, scanned it and coloured in Photoshop using a Wacom.
Don't really know how much time this took exactly, but I worked on it quite often during a period of 2 months.
I had a hard time painting the robot cause I never painted anything like it before,the process however was great cause it was for the challenge and a lot of people were watching and giving nice and usefull feedback.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v300/rudeone/TeaParty2205A.jpg

Before the challenge I was working on a piece about the tea party from Alice in wonderland, but I stopped working on it when I entered the challenge, haven't worked on it since.
I used the same technique as described above and it took me about 2 weeks I guess.
Anyway here's the latest version of the WIP:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v300/rudeone/alice.jpg

Solomon
07-14-2005, 03:19 PM
Beautiful Work Rudeone

Rebeccak
07-14-2005, 03:22 PM
Wow, coolness! Your M&S entry is hilarious, and I really like the direction you're headed in with the second piece ~ definitely continue to work on it!

I do think that the rendering could be a bit tighter on both pieces. I know how much effort it must take to get them to level at which they're at right now, but I feel that they could be rendered even more tightly for that illusionistic effect.

Also, you might want to soften some of your edges. They seem a bit to have the same consistency and feel, and what's nice about the painting medium (digital here) is that you can do so much in terms of varying soft and hard edges. I tend to go TOO blurry in my images (just a personal preference, I guess), but I think in your pieces, some of the items which are farther back in the picture plane could stand to be blurred a bit, and given an atmospheric (bluish) hue.

Good luck with the second piece ~ please continue to post your WIP!

Thanks for the posts! :)

~Rebeccak

EDIT: The robot's expression is awesome!

YeeWu
07-14-2005, 03:29 PM
Nice work everyone :) Good to see you, Solomon!

I did some animations and illustrations for an educational video:

http://www.effloresce.com/cgtalk/athletes_wave3.jpg

http://www.effloresce.com/cgtalk/oldmen_color.jpg

http://www.effloresce.com/cgtalk/zeus_color_test.jpg

Rebeccak
07-14-2005, 03:35 PM
I propose a CHALLENGE for Solomon, Rudeone, YeeWu, and anyone else who wants to throw down the lancet ~ CHALLENGE 2005 - WHO CAN DO THE BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK CHARACTER OF THE CRANKIEST OLD MAN OR WOMAN IN THE WORLD!

What say ye? :)

~Rebeccak

YeeWu
07-14-2005, 07:14 PM
Hehehe, I'm game! But can we do Crankiest Old Women as an alternative? ;)

http://www.effloresce.com/cgtalk/nanny.jpg

Uh, let's forget about her nonfunctional walker :P

By the way, is it just me, or are there two Children's Book Illustration threads?

Rebeccak
07-14-2005, 08:24 PM
YES, the CRANKIEST OLD MAN OR OLD WOMAN IN THE WORLD CHALLENGE IS ON! GENTLEPEOPLE, START YOUR...computers :bounce:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a35/rebeccak4/ANATOMY%20FORUM%20GENERAL/framed-old-man-2.jpg

GOOD LUCK!!!

RULES FOR THIS CHALLENGE:

1. YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS! ENTRIES DUE FRIDAY, JULY 29th!
2. THE WINNER WILL BE DETERMINED BY VOTE!
3. ENTRIES CAN BE 2D TRADITIONAL / DIGITAL MEDIUM OF YOUR CHOICE.
4. THE ENTRY MUST DEPICT THE CRANKIEST (MEANEST, UNHAPPIEST, WORST TEMPERED) MAN OR WOMAN IN THE WORLD!
5. ENTRIES MUST BE 600 pixels wide MAXIMUM x appropriate pixel height.
6. ENTRIES MUST BE ORIGINAL WORK DONE FOR THIS CHALLENGE!

GOOD LUCK ALL OF YE! :bounce:

Rudeone
07-14-2005, 08:52 PM
Thank you so much people:love: and Rebecca thanx for the advice to, I will work on it more in the near future.

Woohoo I'm up for a challenge anytime:bounce: , I guess I'm allready in the race with my Mad Hatter but I will see if I can come up with some other oldies

Leonardo Vega
07-14-2005, 09:34 PM
http://www.leonardovega.com/oldman19.jpg

Hello all!

Special thanks to Rudeone! If it wasn't for her I wouldn't have found this place :) And of course thanks to Rebeccak for creating this cool thread.

I used Painter IX (trial lol, I have 17 days left) for the entire project and my wacom intuos 2. So far it took me about 18 hrs to make and it still needs some work. My main process just involves using many layers to stay organized.

I've always thought about making illustrations for children's books, but never saw the pathway there. So this entry is a personal reward for me :D

Hope it was ok to post a WIP...

- Leo

Rebeccak
07-14-2005, 10:05 PM
AWESOMENESS!!!

My evil plan is taking place excellently! Great stuff, vegabros, this is PERFECT!!!

EDIT: My apologies, work must be original for this Challenge. Sorry :D Thanks for accepting mascottage and some free stocks and bonds for the trouble. :)

I hope you do pursue children's books...for what would the world be without pirate parrots on porches filled with ennui? I cannot bear to think!

Thanks for posting this! :)

~Rebeccak

EDIT: sorry, vegabros, entries for the CHALLENGE must be original for the thread ~ but it's AWESOME to see your work!!! :D

Rudeone
07-14-2005, 10:45 PM
Special thanks to Rudeone! If it wasn't for her I wouldn't have found this place :)


You're very welcome, but uhm...it's he:D it's cause of my Noodle avatar isn't it lol

nebezial
07-14-2005, 11:01 PM
oy since im under high fever right now my brain is acting up on me... could u define the term crankiest:D

Rebeccak
07-14-2005, 11:08 PM
No problem, nebezial!

Crankiest means: Meanest, most upset, angry, rude, unhappy and bad-tempered -
kind of like this:

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a35/rebeccak4/CG_Talk_Anatomy_Workshop_II_OPPOSING%20CURVES/FOR%20GENERAL%20REVIEW/cranky.jpg

This guy is cranky!

Hope this helps! :)

~Rebeccak

Leonardo Vega
07-14-2005, 11:10 PM
Sorry Rudeone! My mistake... The avatar through me off a bit.

- Leo

Rebeccak
07-14-2005, 11:19 PM
GUYS / GALS!

PLEASE SEE THE NEWLY POSTED RULES HERE: #10 (http://www.cgtalk.com/showpost.php?p=2463522&postcount=10)

NOTE THAT ENTRIES MUST BE ORIGINAL FOR THIS CHALLENGE AND THAT YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS!!

GOOD LUCK!!!

Forum leaders automatically win by proxy

:)

~Rebeccak

Kirt
07-15-2005, 07:33 AM
OK ... Rebecca threw me the gauntlet and smacked me in the face really hard. Ouch!

I don't need 2 weeks unless I want to add a background to this. :D
BRING IT ON REBECCA! WOOOOOOOT!!

http://kirt.cgcommunity.com/images/grandpa-is-desaturated.jpg

http://kirt.cgcommunity.com/images/grandpa-is-desaturated-WIP.jpg

Photoshop: 4 hours (maybe a bit longer ... lost track of time)
I started this with a quick gesture drawing I did in PS with the default charcoal flat brush. Then cleaned up my line drawing using a standard round brush. From there it was just paint, paint, paint. The shirt is actually a blown up photo of some guy's ugly shirt that I found on the net. I painted over this layer to add shadows that fit my character rather than the dorky guy in the pic that I used. :D

Eventually I dumped the line layer after I had all the colors down. Flipped the whole thing because it just looked better this way. Finally, because I kept the character's skin on a seperate layer I was able to easily desaturate him when I was done. Tada!

duddlebug
07-15-2005, 07:37 AM
hahah... nice one Kurt.... I like the poem. Is it the polynesian polyester that's making him so angry? ;)

A little girl i once knew asked me "if everything used to be black and white in the olden days?". She'd watched some black and white films and it had confused her!

paperclip
07-15-2005, 10:29 AM
What could be meaner than burning a little girl's doll?

Great work everyone so far!!
http://img323.imageshack.us/img323/6757/meaniepsd0ix.jpg

Rebeccak
07-15-2005, 10:57 AM
Kirt,

I have a six pack now from laughing so hard. :scream: Thank you.

Ah, it is good indeed to know that there are others out in there in the digital community with a similarly twisted framework of mind. Rock on, my slightly off-kilter brother! :thumbsup:

BTW:

Desaturated Grandpa Haiku
Like ripples outward
the sky
the lake
Nothingness
A pear
Bears!

paperclip,

At last! She emerges from the shadows! This piece rocks! Oh, I am having a most excellent morning. It is good to wake up to such cool dysfunctional funness! Desaturated Grandpas, Bonfire of the Dolls, oh my!

If you offer them a chance to express dysfunction...they will come... :) Thanks for joining the party, paperclip! :)

duddlebug,

Indeed it is fun to mess with little kids. J/K :)

Excellentage. This is going to be a good couple of weeks.

Kirt ~ I see your Desaturated Grandpa and I raise you *er, haven't thought of it yet*.

Ok, bye.

:)

~Rebeccak

Ilikesoup
07-15-2005, 07:01 PM
Hmm. . . now we have two "twisted children's book illustration" threads. :rolleyes:

Leonardo Vega
07-16-2005, 05:24 AM
Quick sketch... cranky old guy at a restaurant complaing about his soup being cold (when indeed its not)...

- Leo

http://www.leonardovega.com/cranky.jpg

Rebeccak
07-16-2005, 10:04 AM
vegabros,

That is AWESOME!!! Your ability to depict cranky old men ASTOUNDS!!! :)

Rockin'.

Ilikesoup,

Indeed. :)

~Rebeccak

Her0d
07-16-2005, 05:54 PM
He came out rather sleepy thank cranky... :/
http://herod.webd.pl/dsg/cranky.jpg

Rebeccak
07-16-2005, 07:39 PM
Her0d,

lol!!! His t-shirt KILLS me! I can just picture him saying "Meh...donuts...beer...meh!" :) AWESOME!!

Thanks for posting this! :scream:

~Rebeccak

nebezial
07-16-2005, 08:53 PM
my granny is still wip... but she knows KUNG FU

DoInferno
07-16-2005, 09:28 PM
http://www.carlosranna.com.br/cgtalk/crankiest_old_man01.jpg

Thanks for inviting me for the chalenge Rebeccak. This is my first try. Maybe iīll make another one later, itīs been very fun!

Leonardo Vega
07-17-2005, 02:27 AM
Can we post WIP's here or just our final entry?

- Leo

Leonardo Vega
07-17-2005, 04:15 AM
http://www.leonardovega.com/cranky-final.jpg

Here's my final entry! I didn't think this was possible Rebeccak (I kept telling her I didn't have time)! :D But I did this one in like 5 hours. I used Corel Painter IX trial.

This is a painting of a cranky old man and he hates it when people (especially kids) look at him!

- Leo

Leonardo Vega
07-17-2005, 04:17 AM
I accidentally posted twice... my internet connection has been acting up... you can delete this post if you want.

- Leo

Rebeccak
07-17-2005, 07:31 AM
vegabros!

I am cackling incessantly as I write this ~ Rockin' Piece!!! :scream: Ah...nothing like good humor on an early Sunday morn to waken the senses! Thanks a bunch for posting this! See ~ my diabolical plan is working, and NONE OF YOU WILL BE SPENDING TIME WITH YOUR FAMILIES!!! HA HA HA!!!

;)

~Rebeccak

Mirwen
07-17-2005, 01:22 PM
My initial character sketch and coposition sketch. He is the ONE he is the Robot slayer!

Kirt: sweet work:)

Her0d: ha ha seems like an old punk grandpa

http://www.m72.wz.cz/anatomie/a003.jpg

Rebeccak
07-17-2005, 03:05 PM
Ok, here is a sneak preview of my old woman...her main beef is that she's got boobages down to her ankles, a nuisance for any old lady who just wants to take a walk without tripping, for crying out loud!

Alrighty, be gentle... :)

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a35/rebeccak4/Childrens%20Book%20Illustrations/oldlady_withdrawn.jpg

Enjoy! I think :D
~Rebeccak

vikkie
07-17-2005, 03:49 PM
A woman that thinks her heart is under her left breast...well i guess she would stab herself on her knee if she wants to commit suicide.http://www.cgtalk.com/images/icons/icon11.gif

Rebeccak
07-17-2005, 03:50 PM
ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!

Good point... :)

~Rebeccak

Squibbit
07-17-2005, 04:01 PM
Kirt's so gonna win this, my humble opinion :)

what an annoying looking bastard he drew,hehe


yours is pretty cool too, vegabros :thumbsup:


.

Rebeccak
07-17-2005, 04:27 PM
Yeah, Kirt's entry still gives me a chuckle, even after multiple views! Ah, the magic of cheese...mmm...cheese...:scream:

BTW, feel free to post WIP, it's pretty darn entertaining that way...:)

~Rebeccak

walrus
07-17-2005, 07:43 PM
Yeah, great job, Kirt! I think that one's going to be pretty tough to top! :-)

Looks like I got here too late: I was all set to post some childrens' work I'd done, but now everyone has moved on to cranky old men, and my cute childrens pieces are no longer relevant. :sad:
Oh, well, next time the childrens' art topic comes around, I'll be ready...! :)

-mike

Rebeccak
07-17-2005, 07:48 PM
walrus!!!

Please post your children's book work!!! We would love to see it, even if it's in the midst of our challenge! mishmash :)

~Post! Post! Post! :)

~Rebeccak

walrus
07-18-2005, 04:14 AM
Well, okay then! Thanks for the invite!

I have two images to post, may favorite digital childrens' illo and my favorite watercolor illo. I'm especially excited about the watercolor, if only because I never thought I'd have the chance to show it on a site like this devoted to CG art. So I'll start there:

I start with a pencil sketch - or a dozen - and then scan them into Photoshop to tweak, rotate, rescale, scribble on top of, flip, and generally rework 'til I've got something that works.
http://www.michaeldashow.com/art/gorilla_pencils.jpg

Next I start throwing in color in Photoshop, usually on a lot of different layers so that I can change just one element - for example, maybe the sky - without a lot of work. Eventually I come up with a final palette, which I print out and use for reference in creating the final painting.
http://www.michaeldashow.com/art/gorilla_colors.jpg

I trace the pencil lines onto Fabriano 300lb hot press watercolor paper and go to work from there, using the print-out as a palette guide. Many of my watercolors end up a lot more intense than this one, but I was really happy with the soft and understated feel of this piece. It was done for a contest over at the Society for Childrens Book Writers and Iluustrators site, and came in second place for a contest there on depicting any scene from a zoo, circus or carnival. It took a few weeks of sporadic work, but I couldn't telly you an exact amount. It was around 7 hours of actual painting, I'd guess. The painting size is 9x13 inches.
http://www.michaeldashow.com/art/gorilla_large.jpg


Okay, so the second one, this time a digital piece. Thias one was done for a Valentines Day contest for the SCBWI. It took about 3 days total, but I've broken down the hours counts below. This time I have many more details on process:

1) Again, I start with a pencil sketch or ten and bring them into Photoshop to tweak and refine. When I'm done, I print it out and trace onto a sheet of 55lb 11x14-inch Tracing Vellum. I scan that back into Photoshop at 300dpi. This whole step took about 3 hours.

2) I paint the whole thing in greyscale. ~4 hours

3) Local color: On all seperate layers, I fill in basic, solid color for every part of the picture. As they're all on different layers, I can make a lot of changes after I'm done... And I do! What you're seeing here is the final colors I ended up with, but it took a while to get there. (I'll explain a bit more on step 5.) Anyhow, this is about 3 hours of work.

4) I use my greyscale image only to come up with two new layers: One a neutral purple for just shadows, and this layer is set to Multiply. A second layer, a pale yellow, is for the hilights, and is set to Overlay. Here you're seeing both layers at the same time on a transparent background. ~2 hours.

5) Now at this point, I have local colors seperate from hilights and shadows, so I can make any changes I want to the colors of the fur, background, trees, foliage, sky, fog, or anything else, and it still could look good. #5 is an example of an entirely different color scheme I arrived at by fooling around with the Hue/Saturation settings (command-U) on all of the layers seperately. I even color-shifted the shadows layer to give the piece cooler shadows. It reads well, but wasn't warm enough for the Valentines Day theme I was doing, but it's literally a matter or 5-10 minutes to get a drastically different - and sometimes improved! - color scheme for a painting in progress.

6) Once I'm happy with the colors - the warm version - I flatten it all into just a few layers - foreground, middle-ground, and back - and really start painting in the detail. This capture was taken when it was about half done, but the whole process is where the love really comes in. ~8 hours.

http://www.michaeldashow.com/forum_art/valentinesbears_process.jpg

And here we have the final piece:

http://www.michaeldashow.com/art/valentinebears_large.jpg

Anyhow, if you want to see more finished work, you can check it out on my web site's Childrens Art page (http://www.michaeldashow.com/childrens.html). Thanks for letting me share all of this, Rebecca!

-mike

nebezial
07-18-2005, 10:56 PM
well i see people are sending prewiews...well im allmost over but here my prewiew of granny...but beware, GRANNY KNOWS KUNG FU!

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a9/stjepan/granny-knows-kung-fu3.jpg

Ilikesoup
07-19-2005, 04:51 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/ilikesoup2/Grumpy.jpg

Well, here's mine. I know I could make this much more presentable, but I kind of like the rough look. Reminds me of a block print. :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/ilikesoup2/Grumpy12.jpg
Here are a couple of steps I took -- his body is sketched out in squares and rectangles because I wanted to focus more than usual on perspective and the volume of the old man's body. There's a background layer (green), the outline layer (blue) and the coloring layer is between the other two. I added the cat at the end rubbing against his leg -- cats seem drawn to the one person in the room who either hates cats or is allergic to them.

Any and all crits are welcome. :thumbsup:

walrus -- Those are amazing! The bears are my new wallpaper. :)

thetrianglekid
07-19-2005, 06:41 AM
amazing work guys!

ceresz
07-19-2005, 10:32 AM
Yo nebz, nice one:D
That one made me laugh:D
The others are great too.
Great work guys! *thumbs up*

Rudeone
07-19-2005, 11:08 AM
Whaaahaaa Nebz that rocks :buttrock: :applause:

DoInferno
07-19-2005, 08:55 PM
Did a fast one in about 10 min. Donīt know if i should keep working on this concept or if i should create another...

http://www.carlosranna.com.br/cgtalk/crankiest_old_man02.jpg

Rebeccak
07-20-2005, 07:29 PM
DoInferno,

I think that if you refine this one, it could be pretty darn funny!!! I like the man boobs...Mmm...man boobs... ;)

~Rebeccak

YeeWu
07-21-2005, 03:11 PM
I wish I had more time...So busy with other things! Anyway, I'm hoping to have *something* posted over the weekend!

ShadowWolf
07-24-2005, 04:54 AM
wip old man higgens.

http://www.mektek.net/shadowwolf/oldmanhiggens.jpg

Gord-MacDonald
07-24-2005, 07:29 PM
Quick sketch... cranky old guy at a restaurant complaing about his soup being cold (when indeed its not)...

- Leo



LOL - years ago I worked as a bartender in a resuraunt. There was one old couple that came in every week - your drawing nails them! (although they were a "cranky couple")

Gord

Leonardo Vega
07-25-2005, 02:24 AM
Thanks Gord! I've been to a few restaurants where there's been old people complaining that their food is too cold. When I thought of an ideal cranky oldman, to me, it had to be someone complaining... who's never satisfied... something is always wrong lol.

- Leo

Goro
07-25-2005, 08:18 AM
nice illustrations guys!

walrus:
is that me or what!? hehe great concepts! lovely!

nebezial:
Sick skintones....you just know how to do it right! Rocks!!

2501
07-25-2005, 10:04 AM
hey doods,wasup.
plz be gentle,my first post.
someone told me its too creepy for kids.
it does evoke the right emotions tho.:scream:

Rebeccak
07-25-2005, 06:02 PM
I like Ilikesoup's style, it's adorable!

ShadowWolf,

If you color this, it will be awesome!! :)

Goro,

I LOVE the new avatar! Tho I really liked the wacky gorilla, too... :)

2501,

Great to have you here! Yes, some of the work here is wacky (it's because artists are ALL wacky!) but there are lots of gold nuggets if you just keep digging :).

Hope to see you post your work soon! :)

~Rebeccak

nebezial
07-25-2005, 07:41 PM
well here she is, cranky and ready to kick butts, granny knows kung fu

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a9/stjepan/granny-knows-kung-fhggzgigigigu3.jpg

NOOB!
07-25-2005, 07:45 PM
excellent nebz!

ceresz
07-25-2005, 07:45 PM
Nice one nebz, that's awesome, now...go post some tutorials!:P

nebezial
07-25-2005, 07:47 PM
NOOB! thanx
Skurai... wow... talk about a one tracked mind...hahahaha:D

Rebeccak
07-25-2005, 07:51 PM
Holy Crap! I fold! :buttrock:

My mini-light saber is useless against the mighty Croatian!!! :)

~Rebeccak

KOryH
07-26-2005, 02:04 AM
http://features.cgsociety.org/galleryimages/785/KOryH.jpgTheses are pretty old. I have some others from the series, but the project pretty much stopped.
Work and life and kids and what not.


Mostly 3D and some PS tweaks. I would love to get them even more illustrative, now that my technical skills have progressed.
I have a soft spot for these. I'll get back to them eventually.

Rebeccak
07-26-2005, 05:05 PM
KOryH,

WOW! These are awesome!!! Definitely post more of your work on this forum! :)

~Rebeccak

Rebeccak
07-29-2005, 03:53 PM
Guys, unfortunately because I'm just flat out of time, the judging for the CRANKIEST OLD MAN OR WOMAN IN THE WORLD!!! Competition will have to wait until after August 5th when I get back from SIGGRAPH. But thanks to all of you talented artists who submitted fantastic work for the competition and generally made this thread a really lively place to be! Looking forward to seeing the results of the voting when I get back! :)

~Rebeccak

lhiondaig
07-29-2005, 04:24 PM
I recentely stumbled over this thread and thought I ll share one of mine - I made it for a fairy tale book which will be released at the end of the year I think. Done in Open Canvas with a few tweak in PS- this was also my very first try on doing a children book illustration

Solomon
08-02-2005, 01:39 PM
so Who is the winner of the Challenge? and what does the winner get? a lap dance from you know who?

birdybear
08-02-2005, 06:20 PM
Oh my goodness! I can't believe I went on vacation when this cropped up... :cry:

This is my "thing"...

Great entries although some of the better illustrations aren't geared towards children. Maybe teenagers...

The ape with the girl is my favorite although I prefer a bit of a wilder color scheme for a childrens book series... great nonetheless...


anyway can someone please tell me if there will be more????

Kirt
08-04-2005, 01:03 AM
Solomon & birdybear - I believe rebeccak is off enjoying the fun at SIGGRAPH so you still have time to post something if you'd like. Her last post said she wouldn't be back until after Aug 5th.

And even then, I'm sure that we'd all love to see more fantastic illustrations. Post em if you got em! :thumbsup:

Llynna
08-04-2005, 09:23 AM
well, i made this illustration in memory of a german fairy tail named "Frau Holle" (sorry, i wasnt able to find out wether there is an english translation oder specific name) by the Grim brothers. It is a very old tale, so it is not quite so polished as the childrens storys from today, it is scary and full of hidden morals (well, i always thought she is scary).

i hope you like it.


http://666kb.com/i/10ndvbjawesjk.jpg

i used schminke aquarell colours and white acryl for this one. the approximate time spent on it is round about 4 hours and 1 hour of colour adjustment in photoshop because the scanner didn`t get the colours right at first.

tatiana
08-04-2005, 02:29 PM
well, i made this illustration in memory of a german fairy tail named "Frau Holle" (sorry, i wasnt able to find out wether there is an english translation oder specific name) by the Grim brothers.

I believe that in English, the Grimm brother's fairy tale is usually titled "Mother Holle".
Interesting illustration!

t

Llynna
08-05-2005, 02:12 PM
@tatiana: ah thank you, you are right it is mother holle! at first try i found none of the grim brothers tales in english.

if anyone is interested in reading the tale

Mother Holle (http://www.paralumun.com/grimmmother.htm)

Rebeccak
08-08-2005, 02:40 PM
hagarun,

What charming work!

Solomon,

You mean that you are offering lapdances? How curious! :scream:

birdybear,

We'll definitely have more competitions. I hope you can participate!! :)

Llynna,

What a cool illustration! It needs some refining, particularly around the arms, but the concept and technique is really cool! Keep up the good work! :)

Great stuff, guys!!! Keep it up!!! :thumbsup:

~Rebeccak

Llynna
08-08-2005, 02:46 PM
thank you rebecca for your reply. i am really unhappy about the arms too, but since its not digital..... and i only had limited time, because i can only do traditional work at my parents.... just don't try acryl or so in a 12 mē student flat *gg*.

Rebeccak
08-08-2005, 03:00 PM
Llynna,

Wow, I had not even realized that the work was not digital! Kudos for getting acrylics to work for, and not against you!! Acrylics are a notoriously difficult medium with which to work, and space limitations can indeed make the process that much harder!! I experienced a lot of frustration with traditional painting - some successes, many more failures - until I discovered the joy of Photoshop, a Wacom pen, and that fabulous shortcut, Ctrl + Z / Undo. However, I think I am much the better for having gone through the traditional route and experienced all of those failures along the way - it makes digital work that much easier and more rewarding. Too often, I think people jump into digital work with the expectation that the tools will do the work for them. This is definitely not the case!!! I have slaved away with charcoal, acrylics, oils, oil pastels, etc., and it all equates to good experience.

Hope to see more of your work! :)

~Rebeccak

Rebeccak
08-08-2005, 03:38 PM
Please vote for:



THE CRANKIEST OLD MAN OR OLD WOMAN IN THE WORLD CHALLENGE! Winner!
You have one week to vote!!!
The Contenders:

9 YeeWu (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2463344&postcount=9)
19 Kirt (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2464861&postcount=19)
21 paperclip (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2465157&postcount=21)
26 Her0d (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2468510&postcount=26)
29 DoInferno (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2468922&postcount=29)
31 vegabros (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2469601&postcount=31)
34 Mirwen (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2470200&postcount=34)
44 Ilikesoup (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2474690&postcount=44)
51 ShadowWolf (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2487802&postcount=51)
57 nebezial (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2491534&postcount=57)

To vote, just Reply to this Topic and copy and paste who YOU think the winner should be! You have one week! VOTE!!! :)

~Rebeccak

LadyMedusa
08-08-2005, 04:05 PM
My vote goes to 57 nebezial (showpost.php?p=2491534&postcount=57)! I just love that long nose and those nails, and not to speak of the way its done :D

(I'm so going to submit some sketches here when I start my fairytale project)

Rebeccak
08-08-2005, 04:20 PM
While I really loved seeing everyone's work, my vote has to go to 19 Kirt (showpost.php?p=2464861&postcount=19) because everytime I look at desaturated Grandpa, I just crack up. Kudos, Kirt!! :)

~Rebeccak

Llynna
08-08-2005, 04:25 PM
i also vote for 57 nebezial (showpost.php?p=2491534&postcount=57) .

go ninja gran :D


@rebecca: i just love my wacom too, but i get a bit carried away with perfection when painting digital.... and i found my start in painting with photoshop even harder than with the most traditional media. i started with silk painting when i was very young^^.and the keep up the good work definetly goes to you ;).

Squibbit
08-08-2005, 05:51 PM
Kirt




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Samanthie
08-08-2005, 05:54 PM
Thought they were all terrific. My vote goes to 19 Kirt (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2464861&postcount=19). :)

Squibbit
08-08-2005, 05:59 PM
I also gotta say wow, Mike those bears n stuff , just great stuff ,colors, details,
ideas, style , everything.. :thumbsup:


.

lhiondaig
08-08-2005, 06:45 PM
nebezial- felt in love with kung fu granny

Solomon
08-09-2005, 03:49 PM
My vote goes to Kirt.

enjoy it while it lasts - my cranky old man was too tired to wake up :)

Rebeccak
08-09-2005, 03:52 PM
Yay! Solomon voted! :)

~Rebeccak

Rebeccak
08-09-2005, 03:56 PM
Announcement for Solomon and everyone:

Look for the "Open Figure Drawing Workshop" COMING SOON!!!

My friend Hong Ly just sent me images to post for the new "Open Figure Drawing Workshop" to begin soon ~ I would set it up now were it not for the fact that I am at work, and posting nude pictures might get me fired, no matter how tasteful. :)

The new "Open Figure Drawing Workshop" will be like the DRAWING WORKSHOP 001: Copying the Work of Rubens (showthread.php?t=262607) except with photographs of models provided on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (depending on the number of available photographs). Thanks to my good friend Hong Ly for providing us with these photographs! :)

Stay tuned! :)

vikkie
08-15-2005, 06:33 PM
kirt and nebezial are both winners here i guess, but i know i have to pick one. ShadowWolf, i really wish that you finished this piece. well...57 nebezial (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=2491534&postcount=57) (not just because he writes us tutorials i bet he did thin in an hour or so)

Kirt your character is well designed and i loved the poem. but neb'z character is more aerodynamic, better feel of driving and faster reflexes to hit us with her stick.

birdybear
08-15-2005, 11:20 PM
Opps, I guess I should have subscribed to this thread to keep up to date with it. Should we have another contest? Or is this thread still as the title claims: "post your best childrens art?". Perhaps you guys should start a thread that goes along with the latest http://www.scbwi.org/ contest? It's the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators contest. I believe Walrus got in the tops there in the last contest for a picture of a gorilla and girl. The topic this time is "Illustrator Contest #14 - Old School, New Year

Here's the info posted on the site: I encourage all to enter it!

"By the time this contest ends, the school year will be starting up again for many children and teens. They might start thinking about what they want to accomplish in the next year....

Illustrate a scene showing a child or teen getting ready for the new school year. This is a kid with BIG PLANS for the new term. You decide what the plans are and show his or her preparations."

catamount
08-29-2005, 11:11 PM
1. kirt
2. vegabros
3. nebezial

PatternRecognition
08-30-2005, 11:36 AM
Kirt cuz his cracks me up more with that lil rhyming thingy.

LadyMedusa
12-03-2005, 06:09 PM
well, I just finished this, and found it fitting :) Delete this post if it doesn't

(by the way, who won the contest?)

Lunch Break
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/vrd/LunchBreak-small.jpg
Photoshop + Wacom
Around 3,5-5 weeks. On an off :D

I wanted to make something childrensbookish to spiff up my portofolio, while trying to get rid of my layer whoring habit, that slows down saving and speeding up. I'm happy whit the result, I even managed to keep my personal deadline :).
Hope anyone else likes it :)

(I might post a bigger ver. whit closeups in the CG gallery one day)

Rebeccak
12-03-2005, 06:31 PM
LadyM,

This is a FANTASTIC piece, and your best to date, I do believe! Thanks for posting it, and you should definitely post it to the Gallery! :thumbsup:

Kirt won, btw. ;)

Hope to see you back on the 15 MS thread soon! :)

Cheers,

~Rk

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