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05-18-2006, 07:23 AM
Andrew Domachowski is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/journey_begins/view_entries.php?challenger=11593)

Latest Update: Final Image: Journey To Find Humanity
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05-18-2006, 07:52 AM
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Okay first off i want to point out that I'm not that terrible of an artist. Haha. It was late when I discovered the contest and I was so eager I wanted to whip something up before I went to bed. Essentially I wanted to create a very emotive painting about a boy who has been raised by wolves since birth finally making the decision to leave home. Maybe to find others like him? He's seen clutching his "mother" as the pack gazes at the pair. The setting I haven't really thought of yet. All I know is that i want it set against a beautiful sunset.
Any comments or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks a lot everyone!!

05-18-2006, 08:43 AM
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Hope this paints a better picture of what I'm trying to achieve. This is the general mood I want for the piece.

05-18-2006, 06:33 PM
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a concept sketch for the wolf-boy in the story. I'm thinking that there'll be wolf-boy twins? Stay tuned!

05-18-2006, 10:40 PM
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This is what I had in mind for the layout of the scene as well as the placement of the characters. Any crit would be very much appreciated! Thanks a lot guys!

05-19-2006, 01:34 AM
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This image was supposed to be for the line art milestone. whoops my bad! Hopefully I'll be able to change that.

05-19-2006, 01:37 AM
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I hope this conveys the mood I'm trying to achieve. Stay tuned for higher detailed colouring!

05-19-2006, 08:40 AM
Nice work, iam waiting for more details :) Good Luck

05-19-2006, 05:28 PM
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Work in progress of one of the wolfboys saying his last goodbye to his other "brother". His mother is to his right.

05-19-2006, 09:02 PM
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More detail added. haha...I guess thats all I can say about that. Stay tuned to see if I can actually finish this thing!

05-20-2006, 02:47 AM
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The other background was looking a little cartoony. The colours were too vibrant and it wasn't exactly the mood I was trying to achieve. So this time I used a little ref and got the desired look. Now onto detailing!

05-20-2006, 04:52 AM
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I'm starting to work in layers now. YAY! adjusting brightness and lighting here. I'm going to reposition some of the mg and fg elements as I progress. If any of you have ideas for a really cool foreground element...let me know. Thanks!

05-20-2006, 10:22 AM
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As I said before I wanted to go for a less cartoony look and more of a classical one. The wolfs face is due to change as well as the rest of his coat.

05-21-2006, 06:09 AM
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Starting to render the other characters to the left.

05-21-2006, 06:15 AM
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The scene how it looks so far with all Ive got. Everythings on differnt layers so stay tuned for a mother wolf and maybe more wolves in the background.

05-21-2006, 03:38 PM
This is looking like a really good start. Very nice rendering style, and I really like that you chose an emotional moment to capture. I know you said you're going to rework it, but I really like the style the fur is done in right now. I hope you don't mind some constructive criticism even though there's not a lot of time to respond to or act on it...

The main character feels like he might have a really, really short right upper-arm. With his head and forearm that close together, it feels as though there's no room for where his upper arm should be, unless it's really short. I find the sleeping roll also reads as a pole they happen to be standing in front of, it's a bit of an awkward placement. Have you considerred tilting it more so that it's not so vertical? Or making it shorter? Or removing it? (Your poses make it clear that they're saying goodbye, even without the bedroll, imho.)

The placement of the other 2 characters is a tad awkward, too: There's this whole horizontal frame to place them in, but they're right on top of each other, one growing right out of the other. How would it look it you offset them?

Anyhow, you've left yourself very little time for crits and feedback, so i hope you don't mind that I gave some, and hope you have time to get this polished to your satisfaction. Good luck! :)


05-21-2006, 06:55 PM
Hey Walrus, thanks a lot for the crit really. All of that makes perfect sense. As for the other 2 characters, I kind of felt that the placement was a bit awkward so Ill get on that immediately. It's nice to get a crit even though time is running out! Thanks again and let me know if you spot any other mistakes!

05-23-2006, 12:17 AM
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some grass and more wolves. Next up: the background. Some crits (even considering time is dire) are always welcome!!

05-23-2006, 01:38 AM
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so if any of you guys have advice on the waterfall that would truly be awesome! thanks

05-23-2006, 02:44 AM
dramatic! great job man, i see the wolves at the rightside also showing some sadness,the coloring is so nice, if i were you il just draw one boy so at least theres one focus only and the rest is just like a supporting elements for the likes of those wolves.this is just my only opinion
but its up to u my friend whats in ur mind..u did a good job gudluck:thumbsup:

05-23-2006, 07:17 AM
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YAY!! another wolf. I dunno if this works. Is it just me or does the dude on the right look awkward? Anyone? haha no thats cool Ill just keep on posted without responses. (sigh) hehe. stay tuned!

05-23-2006, 01:32 PM
Well, to tell you the truth, the reason you're not getting many crits is not because your picture is bad, just your timing. We're in the last few days of the Challenge. At this point in time
a) everyone's in a mad rush to finish their own pieces
b) everyone's posting a lot so no piece stays on the front page very long
c) after 3 months solid a lot of people are burned out on giving feedback, and
d) many people just write off the folks who join the challenge this late in the game because they don't have the time to make their pieces as good as those who have been getting feedback and steadily polishing theirs for 3 months straight.
So don't take it personally... But maybe next time, join the Challenge earlier and you'll have time to be a contender and to get input from people! :)

The wolf in the lower left is renderred well (except i don't get the eyes? Are they closed, or have you not pained them in yet?) but I think that the fact that it's not facing the main action like all of the others distracts from the action. However, you're right in thinking you do need something down there, compositionally.

The waterfall? I can take it or leave it. Not doing anything special for me, so I have no crits one way or another.

As for the "dude" in the background, I half thought it was a "dudette." Dark lips, long hair, some sort of bikini top on... I can see that you intended it to be a boy, now that I look at him more carefully.

One other thing to watch out for is cramming everything into your picture so tightly that there's not room to breath. There are a lot of things on tangents with other things right now... For example, the wolf being hugged "patting" the ear of the wolf in the foreground. Or his back rim light on a tangent with the wolf on the far left.

And by the way, I do like the changes in the main character's back gear, I think it reads a lot more cleanly now. Hope you're happy with the change...
Anyhow, good luck in your rush to finish this off!


05-23-2006, 10:48 PM
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as the title says...Ive flattened everything on one layer so now I'm just going old school on this thing. The composition was really bugging me before but I think Its working better here, no? Everything from here on will be touchups. Cool? cool. Until later then.

05-24-2006, 12:53 AM
whats that dry leaf's doin on the middle of ur canvas'? c'mon men u can do more tricks than that' i see u have alot of energy to make great artwork.u can do it ohyeah baby! :bounce: even if u flattened ur layers theres no worrying trust the tools man

05-25-2006, 02:13 AM
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Starting just tighten everything up. The trees still need a ton of work

05-25-2006, 02:28 AM

05-28-2006, 12:06 AM
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So the story goes...two twins abandoned some years ago were taken up by a pack of wolves. As children they always knew they didn't quite fit in with the rest of the pack. Although the twins loved the wolves dearly, they knew that one day their time would come to leave the pack. Dreams of their mother, whispers of another land had finally convinced the pair of young boys that it was time. Gathering spears for the hunt and animal skin for warmth they began to set out to find others like them. They set out to find humanity. And they did not expect to return any time soon. The parting was very hard for the wolves and the twins, but they all knew that they would never forget the time they had shared.

05-28-2006, 10:09 AM
beautiful and emation packed image...
i really like the rendering on the fur...just amazing...

best of luck :)

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