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Screenblind
09-06-2005, 02:52 PM
Ben Hooley is entered in the "Spectacular Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/spectacular/view_entries.php?challenger=8198)

Latest Update: Final Image: Finito
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1133112832_medium.jpg (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=2858167#post2858167)

Screenblind
09-06-2005, 03:07 PM
In at the deep end I guess. Just stumbled apon the site today and have been thoroughly impressed with the work - I hope I can learn alot from all you fellow contributors. I've always veered a little toward the everything-in-a-last-minute-sleepless-night-rush working method and I hope that this challenge will help to cure me of it.

element5
09-07-2005, 11:23 PM
Hi Ben looking forward to what you come up with....and yes its all a big leaning curve...but fun

Screenblind
09-08-2005, 06:46 PM
*koff* - (edited for stupidity)

Screenblind
09-09-2005, 08:33 AM
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1126254811_medium.jpg (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1126254811_large.jpg)

The mention of '...future history...' in the instructions section, combined with the mention of '....or a young teenager participating in an "extreme sport".' have inspired the main character of the piece I have crudely scrawled out in pencil and scanned for you all.

A skater performing a breathtaking manouvre is always skull-crackingly-knee-scrapingly-exciting and given that the performer is spectacularly spritely for his age only adds to the awe experienced by his conventionally younger audience. (I'm always tickled in Brighton by the majority of skaters who seem to swan around with their boards under their arms rather than pulling off *ahem* gnarly tricks... not being a skater myself, I always somehow feel less encumbered when I see the species 'skater pedestrian')

No disrespect of course is intended to my mobile compañeros - I always feel lucky to witness those brave souls who seem happy to spread various layers of their skin over concrete until they pull off the trick they want.

This piece will be an offshoot of some work/comic/animation/yattayatta I've only just begun, WIP-entitled 'Look & Learn': a celebration of experience and world-weary enlightenment.

Interested though inept at typographical design:- I hope to feature some incredibly shonky grafitti as part of the back drop to the piece (hey! one of my characters painted it! - who cares if its' rubbish!), using the word 'SPECTACULAR!' as it is spelled out in the pronunciation - spk-tky-lr

Lacking Wacom - I'll be using Photoshop and my little round mouse. I hope also to borrow heavily from the talent clearly evident on these boards - of which I am very very happy to suddenly be a part.

of.

Cheerio!

ShichiFukujin
09-13-2005, 11:46 AM
lol! Great idea. Just love the expressions on the faces of the people watching. As a suggestion, maybe you can have the old dude pulling a judo air or christ air or something. I guess in the next 50 years there will be a whole generation of extreme geriatrics. Tony Hawk at 80!

Screenblind
09-13-2005, 01:31 PM
¡Cheers Shichi!

I plan to incorporate the character doing a few original moves involving his walking stick (walkingstick-plant at the edge of the ramp etc.) for the comic/project/thing - but definitely wanted him catching some air, so that I can keep this type of perspective: Looking down on the crowd below. I'm in the studio tonight, so more to follow imminently. I don't know much about skating, so I'll be googling those moves later - thanks again for the post - it wuz gettin lonely in here.

Vahn
09-13-2005, 03:24 PM
hehe i see a 720-denture-backflip :D

Screenblind
09-13-2005, 06:52 PM
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the main character - with a cheeky little leg kick

Rudeone
09-13-2005, 11:14 PM
LOL that's cool man!:applause:

Korline
09-13-2005, 11:56 PM
hehe i see a 720-denture-backflip :D
go with that man,
good luck
:thumbsup:

Ducklator
09-14-2005, 12:07 AM
hahaha... cool idea...

keep it up!:thumbsup:

Screenblind
09-14-2005, 09:07 PM
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A quick notation of some of the audience members - I want the spectacular element (aside form the main characters moves) to be shown largely by the reactions of the audience, so there should be a few more of these to come.

element5
09-15-2005, 02:40 AM
Go grand-dad Go and without all the safety gear, cool idea Ben :thumbsup: .

Screenblind
09-18-2005, 03:13 PM
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1127056430_medium.jpg (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1127056430_large.jpg)

WHat a difference a wacom makes!

Briefly borrowing my brothers drawing tablet has been pretty sweet. trying out some ideas for the whole composition of the piece with possible lighting.
totally straying into unknown territory here so much advice appreciated.

ihamid
09-18-2005, 03:20 PM
hey man! a very brilliant concept! :thumbsup: this will look cool when finished!
yup yup! cheers!

NinjaA55N
09-24-2005, 09:01 PM
hehe... funny idea :D keep going, it could be very spectacular!

mannix8
09-25-2005, 08:00 AM
this image reminds me of the words said by my fellow skateboarders many years ago that
"once a skater will always be a skater"

nice work

valenedian
10-01-2005, 07:49 AM
Hello,
excellent idea, the image sticks completely to the topic. :thumbsup:
It will be cool, if we can see Mamy in the crowd wearing this old clothes, and being completely exciting by the spectacle of his husband :rolleyes:

Screenblind
10-15-2005, 02:41 PM
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taking the scene back a step, in preparation for the spectacular event. More onlookers will be arriving sporadically.

MoonVisionStudio
10-18-2005, 12:51 PM
LOL! Very funny concept! and truly spectacular

FrozZT
10-18-2005, 01:48 PM
Hey! Awesome concept! Really spectacular..

I dont think you should continue with the last one.. Your first one is more spectacular!

Screenblind
10-18-2005, 08:36 PM
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1129667776_medium.jpg (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1129667776_large.jpg)

thanks for the comments compañeros. I think for a moment i'll stay with the moment of anticipation... to develop the characters, if nothing else.

evanfotis
10-21-2005, 12:13 PM
Really cool idea!:thumbsup:
I like your concept sketch with paps in the air.
Definetely your indulgence with the wacom on the background robs from the attention and the character is lost withing the fussy cityscape.
In the original sketch you have placed it better.
Lower the horizon line and let the action have the sky as bg, along with your nicely warped wide angle perspective of the skate ground.

Screenblind
10-22-2005, 10:46 AM
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1129978002_medium.jpg (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1129978002_large.jpg)

laying out area where more spectators will be placed and defining forground area (under a bridge, with space behind the skate ramp)

Screenblind
10-22-2005, 10:51 AM
Thanks very much for the encouragement and the advice. I'm persevering with both images, as I hope to use them both anyway - so I shall continue with the character development for now and move back to the action image after I've got the background/backstory to a point that I'm happy with.

walrus
10-22-2005, 12:46 PM
Well, that's good to hear. I thought That the scene itself, as opposed to the setup for the scene, made for a more dramatic picture. More action to it, and a stunningly dramatic camera angle.btw, I find the grafitti right behind the man to be very distracting. I know you will be doing a lot more coloring and shading, but for now, he shoiuld be the easiest to read, not the hardest.

Good luck with the rest of it!

-mike

Screenblind
10-22-2005, 02:52 PM
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1129992756_medium.jpg (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1129992756_large.jpg)

...this scene is evidently going to get busier.

Koekebakker
10-23-2005, 08:58 PM
Hehe, great idea, very funny. Cool to hear you'll go on with both images, they each have their own strength..As for the 'spectacular' part, I think the action image has the most potential within the lines of this contest.

Screenblind
10-25-2005, 09:26 PM
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.... ooh ****! can you smell bacon?

Screenblind
10-25-2005, 09:34 PM
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..oh ****! can you smell bacon?

Arctis
10-26-2005, 09:00 AM
Nice drawing style, remember french comiker Franquin. Very unusual around here...
About comp, this idea is good, but I think the foreground should be closer to us, like if we were at the place of the old man, in front of a huge crowd waiting. Right now every character are a bit at the same size, and there's no real crowd.
That's just my two cents...
Good luck : I'll keep an eye on it anyway.

SquishMe
10-26-2005, 03:47 PM
Hi there
Nice picture. I like your style. Your earlier sketches remind me of Quentin Blake's stuff. How many people will there be in the crowd? Any thoughts on background yet?

Good stuff, keep it up

P.S. I was living in Brighton last year. I kinda miss the place...

NinjaA55N
10-26-2005, 04:08 PM
Hi man! I think that ur first sketch and action was a bit more spectacular than the new one. But other than that, I still think its something special and unique in this challenge, so go on with it :)

Screenblind
10-30-2005, 10:43 AM
Arctis - Many thanks - I know Franquins' work, although never read any as a kid (was always in love with Uderzo :) ) - although at the moment, Frank Espinosas' style is really influencing me as to how I want to proceed with moving this forward into a comic - his new book 'ROcketo' (http://www.frankespinosa.com/) is fantastic

SquishMe - Quentin Blakes' autobiography is essential reading (and he used to teach illustration at Brighton!) - The crowd (eventually) is going to be packed - I've experimented with a few background ideas but some kind of city skyline I think is inevitable.

NinjaASSN - I completely agree, and as I'm running out of time on this; I've returned to the original pic

Thanks to all for the comments

Screenblind
10-30-2005, 10:49 AM
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taking it back to the original composition. I'm using this pic on my lightbox to fill in the gaps in the crowd before committing to a final piece of line-art that I can use to paint on. This is the workflow that I'm most used to, but if anyone has any variations or suggestions which they prefer I'd love to hear them - I'm not used to painting from scratch yet as my experience with a drawing tablet is really minimal - but hope to use that to paint the final piece. peace.

Shadow Seraph
10-30-2005, 03:34 PM
very cool, i love how you have a whole story going on here, you can almost see the event animated in your mind. your character style is very nice as well, great cartooning. hoping to see more detail come through and reall bring this together. also possibly a background scene as well ... something in the distance to bring the whole view together.

Screenblind
11-05-2005, 01:32 PM
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1131201155_medium.jpg (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1131201155_large.jpg)

crowdscene and background drawn out with tweaks to the main figures. wanna start painting on it now.

Screenblind
11-06-2005, 11:26 AM
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blocking in some colours with my little round mouse. The lighting in the piece is going to come predominantly from the searchlights flooding down from the police 'choppers' with a dirty orange urban night sky in the background. I'm hoping to use my brothers drawing tablet to 'hand'paint on top of the image once I've finished blocking it all in, but would welcome any suggestions for alternative working practice from all you experienced CGPainters out there.

GonzaloGolpe
11-06-2005, 11:54 AM
hehe it´s coming along cool!I think this work carries out with the rules of this challenge:) Perhaps I´d increase the feeling of height. You can paint the hole composition with flat colours including the light and shadows.
Love his left shoe getting out the foot,lol!
Good luck!:thumbsup:


Zalo

Screenblind
11-06-2005, 12:49 PM
thanks for the encouragement Shadow Seraph and you too GG, I know this piece hasn't quite got the same height as yours :D, but I hope the lighting and shadow should add to that a bit as it goes on - I'm saving a little addition for the last minute too, which should exaggerate the skaters' altitude. thanks again

Screenblind
11-07-2005, 06:56 PM
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1131393416_medium.jpg (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8198/8198_1131393416_large.jpg)

Hey skatefans!
Taken the bright colours down and begun the painting. Definitely going to get a drawing tablet! I feel like it's going to revolutionise my workflow (blocking colour in with a polygonal lassoo... too time consuming[/geek]).

Done a bit of 'overpainting' on a few of the characters - primary & secondary, in an effort to move it on apace - only 27 days left y'all ;-). It's rewarding how much I'm picking up from alot of you people out there and for that I thank you - as well as my brother for his wacom and his fantastic taste in music..

UKHipHop! - love music - Hate racism. www.aerosolikrecords.co.uk yaw!

MrFreeman
11-07-2005, 08:08 PM
:thumbsup: he he he...could be me in a few years time - it's about time I dug out me old skateboard and had a bit of fun....

Great concept and love the characters - very different and original (with the police / police helicopter, reminds me of where I used to live in Bristol...mmmm)

Looking forward to seeing how this develops :applause: :applause:

Screenblind
11-07-2005, 09:31 PM
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yeah, no problem - just bigging myself up.

Screenblind
11-07-2005, 09:57 PM
cheers MrFreeman.

Background? - oh yes. I'll give you background:

The place is Brighton, the time?.... not too far into the future and the revolution... *ahem*... oh yes the REVOLUTION is in progress. Two thirds of Britain; as well as many parts of the rest of the world, are attempting to throw off the shackles of the tiny proportion of humankind which holds the rest (of us?) in economic bondage (DAMN THEM!)...

This scene, and the majority of the storyline, is set in the part of Brighton still run by the 'state' - who have been reduced in stature, to the gang of armed uniformed thugs that they - but for the apathy of the working class in real life, currently are... (can you tell I'm a wage slave?)

Specific to England, the two thirds of the country currently revolting, are split into two definitive camps:

One half of the revolutionaries are adamant that the process of the REVOLUTION should be broadcast internationally; in order to further the cause of emancipation... the other half are staunch believers that the REVOLUTION should in no way be televised (http://www.chavezthefilm.com/html/home.htm). The policers of the third of Brighton still under state control; are determined to quell any demonstrations of freedom, any inspirational acts of resistance, and any gatherings of a subversive nature.

Hence, the attempt by the 'law-enforcers' in the picture, to break up the scene, and move the people on, in their usual heavy-handed manner.

The orange glow in the background of this piece will represent, in increasing detail, the fires of uprising, as well as the light-pollution which affects all us city-dwellers.

This 'REVOLUTIONARY' idea is the sole copywright of myself, and any people who are sharp enough to nick it, develop it and publish it before I manage to, will be subject to the full wrath of Capialist law..... as it stands today.

So much for the background. The actual plotline is about an aging fantasist who's wife is sinking into dementia.

I'm going to go home now and stop drinking cider.

peace.

GonzaloGolpe
11-07-2005, 10:07 PM
Good light!:thumbsup: hehe, and your work is on the same level than mine. It´s only a different technique of yours,but thanks for your words:beer:

Screenblind
11-07-2005, 10:38 PM
de nada :) dulces sueños.

Screenblind
11-14-2005, 08:53 PM
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really feeling time's pinch now. Got myself a wacom (hooray) and feel like I'm starting all over (boo?..nah probably hooray). painting on top of the whole pic but suddenly aware of how shambolic things can be when you're learning. My whole workflow has changed to incorporate the fine styles I'm observing by people I admire in this challenge: That's not to say I'm changing my style - truth is I don't really have one that I can identify.

ANYway - it's been a while since I did any painting - digital or otherwise, so I'm digging in; determined to render all the little characters I feel are necessary... not to mention the freakin' background too... what a hulabaloo.
Big up to all of you who are hanging in there - especially those who have to endure irrelevant day jobs, while you're dreaming of drawing. :) hah!

FrozZT
11-14-2005, 09:25 PM
Congrats on your wacom! Feels kinda good doesnt it? Got one myself during this challenge..
I know what you mean about changing path and style.. Im not that new to drawing but i am kind of new to painting, but im learning rapidly... This means i can improve during a process of a painting making me wanna redo alot of things.. Unless you just try to copy the style of another you wont escape your own style, i think its always there somewhere! And the further you go the more you will define it! :) too much pladering..

Good thing you went back to your previous scene! Grandpa is looking great! The pose and the calm in him look cool.. He sure is living up to "sk8 or die"! Hope you make it in time ;)!

lynch
11-15-2005, 03:41 AM
nice piece i kinda like the lighting on the shirt earlier it had nice luminance also very nice characters i haven't read much about this but it looks like he's escping from the cops while bussing the move , if thats it , good direction

please use less black to shade ,and i mean color not intensity shade with other dark colours

it gives it more depth

Screenblind
11-15-2005, 08:49 AM
Thanks for the empathy and the advice FrozZT and lynch - Using colour in this way (painting rather than much simpler selections) has made me realise how reliant I have become on Photoshop to edit poor colour choices while I work. Now that I'm essentially just painting on one layer, I'm finding it difficult to make good decisions as it obviously effects the composition as a whole. I predict this is all going to get murkier and then - with any luck (and a dose of inspiration from a muse from somewhere in the spectrum) - I'll hopefully freshen it all up again.

Screenblind
11-17-2005, 12:02 PM
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detail of characters in the crowd - WIPs

Screenblind
11-18-2005, 01:02 PM
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painty painty

Screenblind
11-18-2005, 01:04 PM
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getting murkier - must!...freshen...up!

GonzaloGolpe
11-18-2005, 01:13 PM
It´s coming along great!:thumbsup: hehe

Screenblind
11-20-2005, 01:43 AM
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...But I'm quite pleased with the main characters board. hmmpft. I need more sleep.

beelow
11-20-2005, 04:14 PM
Very, nice stuff, really funny, Good stuff, love the old guy, nice comp too! Good luck!;)

rawwad
11-20-2005, 09:11 PM
Great idea! I like it, old man on skateboard, this rocks! :)

Screenblind
11-21-2005, 08:39 PM
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Final Colouring - Pt. 1 :D

Getting there in places, but the whole piece still needs alot of work - and I have to go to a wedding next weekend.

9-5 is getting in the way of this endeavour... but at least I am back on familiar turf.

sleep? pah!

Screenblind
11-21-2005, 09:28 PM
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Yo. During the course of this challenge, I appear to have grown a spectacular beard. It is amazing. It insulates against the approaching Winter like duck-down, despite its' close resemblance in texture, to that of camel pubes.
It can hold about a pint of water, for up to a minute... handy if I need to put a fire out and my hands are inexplicably tied.
By the end of the next challenge I may have birds living in it, innit.

Anyway, this challenge has certainly put hairs on my cheeks...
Thanks CGSociety!

Screenblind
11-21-2005, 10:18 PM
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Not sure what to do with the building behind this pair of spectators (one kid who was kind enough to hold the old dude's coat).

I did promise the fires of revolution somewhere in the backstory - but I'm not sure I've time to make anything on fire...

I might have to settle for some smoke.

But...

You know what they say...

Screenblind
11-22-2005, 12:11 AM
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and a bit more detail on the buildings. I want to post it bigger and get some picky advice on the detail, but not sure how.

kboss
11-22-2005, 12:08 PM
Nice one for the comment on my piece mate. Yours is looking pretty sweet too, love the drawing style. Maybe the old dude should have a PG Tips motif on his board? Rocking the tea ish.

Oh yes, UK hiphop runs tings. Braintax for president.

NinjaA55N
11-23-2005, 08:36 PM
hehe, its great :D I wont bother much about the details, coz the pic as it is now works really fine.. I mean that rough style. just keep going in that way till the finish :)

Screenblind
11-25-2005, 09:47 PM
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Peace be with all of you at this revolutionary time. I hope you're all finishing up soon.

Screenblind
11-27-2005, 04:33 PM
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I am Avatarist (http://www.benovision.co.uk/CGS/avatarist-spectacular.jpg)/Ben Hooley,

Illustrator and Wage Slave.

I designed too many characters for this spectacular, but I believe that including so many individuals within one piece, was a reaction to the thriving community I had discovered here.

For me, the opportunity to execute this piece of work has had manifold repercussions. I shall use the image itself in various ways; but primarily as a 'swatch-pad' of characters to use in the comic I want to develop.

Some of the cast:

Bernard Mernardson (http://www.benovision.co.uk/CGS/BernardMernardson.jpg) ~ The Hero of the piece

Andy Staxis (http://www.benovision.co.uk/CGS/AndyStaxis.jpg) ~ The aging Greek Don of Brighton surrounded by his most trusted bodyguards. The previous November, his fleet of JCBs and Limousines speeded the Revolution. With his backing, the Twilight Scooter Angels continue to perpetrate their aged and wizzened-vigilante brand of justice apon the parts of the City which still belong to the state.

Sgt. Reed (http://www.benovision.co.uk/CGS/FarmersBRBSgtReed.jpg) of the East Sussex Police Corps. unwittingly confronts Ed Blunt, Head of the Farmers Union, and Brenda Blue, Commander of the covert revolutionary Blue Rinse Brigade.

The Backstory:

The place is Brighton, the time?.... not too far into the future and the revolution... *ahem*... oh yes the REVOLUTION is in progress. Two thirds of Britain; as well as many parts of the rest of the world, are attempting to throw off the shackles of the tiny proportion of humankind which holds the rest (of us?) in economic bondage (DAMN THEM!)...

This scene, and the majority of the storyline, is set in the part of Brighton still run by the 'state' - who have been reduced in stature, to the gang of armed uniformed thugs that they - but for the apathy of the working class in real life, currently are.

Specific to England, the two thirds of the country currently revolting, are split into two definitive camps:

One half of the revolutionaries are adamant that the process of the REVOLUTION should be broadcast internationally; in order to further the cause of emancipation... the other half are staunch believers that the REVOLUTION should in no way be televised. The policers of the third of Brighton still under state control; are determined to quell any demonstrations of freedom, any inspirational acts of resistance, and any gatherings of a subversive nature.

Hence, the attempt by the 'law-enforcers' in the picture, to break up the scene, and move the people on, in their usual heavy-handed manner.

This 'REVOLUTIONARY' idea is the sole copywright of myself, and any people who are sharp enough to nick it, develop it and publish it before I manage to, will be subject to the full wrath of Capialist law..... as it stands today.

So much for the background. The actual plotline of the comic is about an aging skater who's wife is sinking into dementia.

I hope you all like the piece - I am very grateful to have been able to participate and see some amazing work, and grateful to the 'Drawn' (http://drawn.ca/) blog for pointing me in the direction of this challenge on the day it began!

Sincerely knackered,

Ben Hooley

My Spectacular Challenge Thread (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=274310&page=1&pp=15)

27th November 2005

PSych
11-29-2005, 09:11 PM
Woow
Great work:applause:
Man, that's cool, I like your characters the most :bounce: :applause:

Screenblind
11-29-2005, 09:13 PM
Cheers Buddy.

Korline
11-29-2005, 11:16 PM
that's pretty cool, just read your story, :thumbsup:
you have some neat characters in this,
I like this very much :applause:
cheers :twisted:

Vahn
11-30-2005, 12:10 AM
haha grats ... this piece has a lot of character(s) ... good job :D :thumbsup:

BaronImpossible
11-30-2005, 12:45 PM
That is cool, love the concept and the colouring works well - difficult to do when you've got a lot of variety. For some reason it reminds me of those Fungus the Bogeyman comic-strips I used to read when I was a kid, maybe something to do with the dark city in the background.

Screenblind
11-30-2005, 12:54 PM
Wow! thats another comparison with a former Brighton-Illustration tutor... two in one thread - and its where I'm living! - spooky. Thanks for having a look Baron.

duddlebug
11-30-2005, 01:03 PM
cool image... nice idea... tons of characters!? Blimey!

Love the old fella and his bubbly pipe...

(And i'm quite jealous that you get to live by the seaside)

And thanks for the link to the 'drawn' blog. There's some great stuff there!

GonzaloGolpe
11-30-2005, 02:04 PM
Wonderful image man, I think you´ve reflected the rules of this challenge:) Love the bubbles again haha.GOOD LUCK!!And thanks for your words in my post:thumbsup:

Screenblind
11-30-2005, 02:38 PM
Duddle - thanks man, means alot coming from you - i love your Romanus piece - I'm going to have to pick your brains over photoshop geekery at some point - and yeah Drawn (http://drawn.ca/) is great innit... it got me this far anyway :)

Gonz'o - Gracias Compañero, its been a pleasure keeping up with your thread.

MichaelZHsee
12-01-2005, 05:57 AM
that is hilirious~yet spectacular,gosh having thing old man doing stunt like this!:thumbsup:goodluck and all the best mate!

Slav
12-01-2005, 12:49 PM
hehe go grandpa! dont break a hip now.

good luck man.

MoonVisionStudio
12-01-2005, 03:14 PM
Good Concept. I like your technique!

walrus
12-01-2005, 04:12 PM
Great work, Ben... A wealth of interesting characters and homor as well... my kind of piece! Good job with it. And good luck with your comic too!

-mike

Nikolay
12-01-2005, 04:18 PM
Very interesting plot, magnificent idea.... I like your work!)

Atris
12-01-2005, 05:18 PM
Hi! The very funny image! The really great characters! I like it very much! I wish you good luck! :)

ivoryK
12-02-2005, 08:43 AM
funny concept,ilike it

zpapageo
12-02-2005, 11:50 AM
Excellent image, Ben. All those characters are great. There is so much going on. I love that youve built a whole cast of characters. Your technique is solid. Congrats.

cLos71
12-03-2005, 09:32 AM
Bravo signore! I hope when I get to that age and have the agility to do that -- and also look cool doing it. Nice going bud, best of luck :thumbsup:

Screenblind
12-05-2005, 03:49 PM
Sh@ke, Slav, Jose, Walrus, Nikolay, Atris, IvoryK & cLos71 - thanks very much for commenting on the piece - I've really enjoyed my first challenge and the advice and encouragement has helped immensely. I hope I can have more criticism from you in the future.

Zpapageo - I can't believe how quickly you got your Amazoniad together! it looks great - thanks very much for the comments - they mean a lot.

Fish-KAart
12-08-2005, 12:36 PM
:thumbsup: Its Fan!
Senks! I lake it! Good lake! :)

HamsterFly
12-08-2005, 12:56 PM
Wow ! thats awesome ! very cool idea and realisation !
Good luck man !

Screenblind
12-08-2005, 07:36 PM
Fish-KAart - I love your Joan of Arc.

Hamsterfly - means alot buddy - for the record, my favourite of your hamsters is the Spanish-looking one :D

NinjaA55N
12-09-2005, 12:43 PM
really well done man! I especially admire all those bubbles :D I love them! nice detail to the pic, so good luck in the voting process!

GonzaloGolpe
01-13-2006, 12:28 PM
I think your image´s original Ben. And if we talking about the rules, I´d give you an award. Yeah, some images are very detail and well - done, but your work is good and funny, from my point of view. :thumbsup:

carlsden
02-03-2006, 09:17 AM
I think this image is just sooooooooooo good. It's more down to earth than some of the stuff i've see around and its very funny. The expressions on the spectators as well are done very nicely. I think this one deserves an award................

Brilliant man....................... :thumbsup:

Screenblind
02-03-2006, 12:06 PM
Thanks very much for the additional words of support. I'll certainly try to make my next challenge as funny as people seem to think this one is :)

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