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RupertD
03-20-2008, 08:52 AM
Rupert Dolby is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/view_entries.php?challenger=14381)

Latest Update: Final Image: 'Final' Final Image
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RupertD
03-25-2008, 07:16 AM
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A quick marker sketch - the human character offering a drink to a just landed alien, supported by his chimp and dolphin friends

RupertD
03-25-2008, 07:27 AM
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Human, with uplifted fellow earthlings and various aliens, served by robots

RupertD
03-25-2008, 07:31 AM
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Human with dolphin and chimp exiting space ship and meeting with strange alien characters

RupertD
03-25-2008, 07:36 AM
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A possible suit the dolphin character could wear to provide mobility over land

RupertD
03-25-2008, 07:40 AM
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Some more sketches of a suit the dolphin character(s) could be wearing

Paul4wood
03-25-2008, 09:26 AM
You have some terrific concept sketches there. Good luck.

RupertD
03-25-2008, 03:13 PM
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They've arrived, now what do you feed them?

RupertD
03-26-2008, 09:52 AM
Thanks, this is my first time entering a challenge and I'm keen to learn from the other guys.

Pegahoul
03-26-2008, 11:39 AM
I like the banquet idea. Looks cool!

Paul4wood
03-26-2008, 03:55 PM
They've arrived, now what do you feed them?
Each other? :eek:

RupertD
03-26-2008, 06:35 PM
Heh heh thats a good idea!

girlart33
03-27-2008, 04:30 AM
Great sketches and idea/s. I enjoy all the activity and motion and I look forward to seeing more.

Great work!

FrankCSlimski
03-27-2008, 06:31 AM
I like the contrast of foreground vs background.

RupertD
03-28-2008, 12:52 PM
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Working up a tighter sketch - the server bots are serving starters; the guests are struggling with the cutlery and human etiquette. The neo chimp and gorilla wish they were back in the trees...

RupertD
03-28-2008, 02:13 PM
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Note Auto Banana feeder and chimp back scratcher. The human character has a neck like a giraffe! Need to fix that... Also not massively keen on that bat shaped spaceship in the background.

RupertD
03-30-2008, 06:30 AM
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I think the background will change from stars on black to an atmosphere, perhaps with a sunset.

RupertD
03-31-2008, 08:08 AM
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Continuing to push elements into the foreground and background, and roughing in the lighting.

RupertD
03-31-2008, 11:31 AM
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Painting in more details and looking forward to adding colour later.

Tranchefeux
03-31-2008, 12:09 PM
I like your composition and I make me dream awaits the continuation
good luck.

RupertD
03-31-2008, 12:48 PM
Thanks for the kind words and good luck with your image, its looking great.

RupertD
03-31-2008, 02:15 PM
Pegahoul

girlart33

FrankCSlimski

Thanks for the words of encouragement - much appreciated

morganvillette
03-31-2008, 07:52 PM
Looks very cool! Lot of details!
I find your scene very impressive!
I can not wait to see more...

Good luck!

RupertD
04-01-2008, 06:33 AM
Hey thanks a lot. I'm do have a few concerns that maybe there is too much detail and that I should rather zoom into a section and render that; but we'll see when I'm done with the underpainting...

RupertD
04-01-2008, 08:59 AM
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Added a bit of detail to the Neo Gorilla.

RupertD
04-01-2008, 09:05 AM
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Still slaving away at the details... phew!

RupertD
04-02-2008, 03:31 PM
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Closeup shot - underpainting detail - maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew... still a way to go.
The server bot now has wrists and ankles to stand on!
The human is beginning to look like that guy in that film who had no hand and a chainsaw? Maybe not.

joana
04-03-2008, 09:18 AM
Looking beautiful.

John Keates
04-03-2008, 09:56 AM
Some nice solid drawing and character designs there!

I think the busyness works for this composition. Maybe you could have cut the depth with a wall or something though?

One thing I noticed... although I don't know if it is a problem... but a lot of the characters are facing square on to the table... if you see what I mean. I think some of them could be rotated a bit or be twisting their heads a little. Difficult to describe... hope that makes sense.

Wildlifehoodoo
04-03-2008, 11:56 AM
Yes you seem to have loads to do (I don't envy you) but what i see so far is excellent! Keep it up

RupertD
04-03-2008, 01:37 PM
joana and Andy--Jones: Thanks a lot, I'm pushing on and luckily I still have plenty of time.

John Keates - Thanks for the advice - I think the busyness will recede somewhat after I put the colour in. I'm planning a hazy, subtle, golden-yellowy sunset in the background.
Square on characters - Originally I was thinking of quite a formal table setting so it doesn't bother me really that they are all staring forwards.
Maybe its the awkwardness of the situation that is making them stiff, combined with the lousy speech the Earth Commander is giving? :)

RupertD
04-04-2008, 07:10 AM
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Adding details and refining forms; this time I spent some time on the various kinds of food. What do you know, a miniature flautist has appeared from nowhere... too much coffee I think.

RupertD
04-06-2008, 06:49 PM
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Detail of the dolphin and alien characters. One of the aliens is made of jelly; you can see his internal bits and pieces...

RupertD
04-08-2008, 06:32 AM
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Continuing with the greyscale underpainting; detailing the alien craft.

chilombiano
04-08-2008, 06:40 AM
dude . that drawing looks awesome! Lovely.
Waiting to see color!

RupertD
04-08-2008, 07:55 AM
Me too, I would love to start the colour now but I've got to put in a little more effort on the underpainting.
Its killing me but hopefully it will be worth it.
I think my mistake was drawing it out on A3 paper and scanning in at 300dpi, then painting straight onto that.
The size is way too big.
Secondly I should have reconfigured the painting to have 1 main figure and a couple of secondary ones.
Instead I have a lot of stuff happening and a lot of work to do.
At least I can say it is epic in scale...

RupertD
04-09-2008, 08:04 AM
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Beginning to work up the machine-like wall, and adding more detail to the alien ships.

RupertD
04-10-2008, 12:19 PM
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I don't usually put heavy lines around everything, but in this case it seems to need it...

RupertD
04-10-2008, 03:17 PM
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and thats the whole thing so far...

kukart
04-11-2008, 01:31 PM
Great !-) really one of the best

plasteredcat
04-11-2008, 01:49 PM
It's coming together quite nicely, I love the idea of the stiffness in such a straight up dinner, like one of those tedious charity events in some films. I only miss a bit more of room at the bottom of the comp, maybe... Anyhow, great work so far. Looking forward to seeing the colouring!

Jassar
04-11-2008, 02:06 PM
I like it! nice detail and great concept :)
Good luck!

Jaba153
04-11-2008, 02:45 PM
hello rupert this a very nice thread!
i have only one crit i think your sketches are simply fantastic theres so much energy in it and i feel u loose that energy in the latest version ..if i can do a suggestion u sholuld bring nonsense in the lines ..less straight logic lines in perspective but keep this crazy dynamism u have in your sketches ..there 's an old school belgian comic drawer called "Franquin " he was a master to keep energy like ur sketches and come with a final render in the line...i know is easy to say and i also know that is maybe one of the most hardest things to do...anyway good luck rupert!

CartoonBox
04-11-2008, 03:04 PM
I like your style, keep it up

RupertD
04-12-2008, 12:46 PM
kukart: Many thanks.

harachte: Thank you, when I started the piece my idea was to draw a final line-drawing from a rough sketch and then stick to it rigidly. In the past I have tended to meander, pushing paint around endlessly, with no firm guidelines. I thought it best to do it this way for this highly detailed image. Anyway I got lazy at the end and didn't finish the linework perfectly.
I see what you mean about the bottom of the picture - will adds some more at the bottom if I have time.

Jassar: Thank you.

Jaba153: Thanks for the great advice - I had a look at some of Franquin's stuff and I see what you mean - absolutely agree with you the drawing is feeling quite stiff. Whether I can do something about it at this late stage is another question... I am hoping to give it that energy again when I paint in the colour...

CartoonBox: Thanks for the support.

asparta
04-12-2008, 12:56 PM
yeah...that's a great example of what the interaction between spieces can be.

chandro
04-12-2008, 01:43 PM
great work! this piece seem to have a certain classic look :-)

na
04-13-2008, 02:06 PM
It gets better and better each time I look. It looks great already, but I reckon it'll be a knockout when it's done. Looking forward to the colour stages now :)

Huggy
04-13-2008, 04:16 PM
Amazing!
My favourite one so far!
Can't wait to see the aliens in color :)

RupertD
04-13-2008, 07:19 PM
asparta, Pearlyking, Huggy; Thanks a lot guys your support is much appreciated!

chandro: Thanks a lot and yes you are right there is a classic look here, don't know how that crept in.
Could be the greyscale underpainting technique, although I'm now getting historical 'Last supper' cues.
I think it is in the pose of the human character. Maybe I'll change that. heh heh

RupertD
04-13-2008, 07:22 PM
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Worked and refined a some of the alien cratft and the cloudy sunset.

HornlessUnicorn
04-13-2008, 08:12 PM
Wow! Fascinating stuff, mate! Very interesting to follow how you go from simple sketches to ever more complex work. Can't wait to see more of this!

All the best and good luck!!!

Dimitrij.

RupertD
04-15-2008, 06:55 AM
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Not sure I like the colour yet but this is a start...

RupertD
04-15-2008, 11:30 AM
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The colour is getting better...slowly...

Paul4wood
04-15-2008, 11:45 AM
Amazing detail and inventiveness! Getting better all the time!

RupertD
04-15-2008, 03:33 PM
Paul, Dimitrij: Thanks guys. I thought it was looking a bit scary at the beginning of the colour painting. Hoping to bring it all together in the end! (If I have time heh heh)

RupertD
04-15-2008, 03:36 PM
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Brought in some hi tech blue light from the circle to the left. Hope I can make it work...

CartoonBox
04-15-2008, 04:19 PM
keep it up man keep it up!

RupertD
04-16-2008, 12:38 PM
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Playing around with the colour - maybe I will leave the chairs and rear wall black? Don't know. I do like the blue though and will definitely have blue light on the rear of the dolphin character.

chilombiano
04-16-2008, 01:55 PM
i think you dont even need to add color here..as an ink work is just awesome. really . the space ship you better get a patent before hollywood copies them.

one thing. no one is gonna be smoking?

RupertD
04-16-2008, 06:29 PM
Thanks chilombiano; I hadn't thought of a smoking character but I think that's a great idea - the chimp is a prime candidate to have a cigarette, maybe even a pipe. Also considering putting in some vapour trails in the sky from smaller unseen ships. Hell why not, more is more.

CartoonBox; Thanks I'm painting every spare moment I get!

theblahblah
04-16-2008, 06:44 PM
Hey man,
The colors are vibrant and work really well with all the little details you put into the scene. I think chilombiano has a point. A high-class dinner has to have a smoker or two.....and maybe you can give a monocle to the ape or the monkey. As for the seats i think a bit of texture to suggest there's foam or something comfortable to sit on would be nice cuz if u leave it like that they would look like extended toilet seats........not too high on the comfort scale imo. just my 2 cents.

Good luck though i doubt you'll need it

Rubira
04-16-2008, 07:59 PM
Great Idea Rupert! Beautiful drawings!

RupertD
04-17-2008, 10:22 AM
theblahblah: Thanks for the good advice - got to fix those loo seats asap. They have been problematic from the start. Dont know where they came from or what I was smoking...


Rubira: Thanks, got to push on and finish this thing now!

RupertD
04-17-2008, 10:27 AM
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I have decided to go with a charcoal grey colour scheme with red, orange, yellow and purple additions - quite vibrant - with fluorescent blue bounce light?Hope it works out...

pkneeshaw
04-17-2008, 12:16 PM
Nice... I really like the style.

RupertD
04-21-2008, 11:06 AM
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Trying to maintain some kind of grip over the colour without the painting turning into a fruit salad...

RupertD
04-21-2008, 07:41 PM
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Chairs / Extended loo seats are now furry... not sure that works yet. Not sure anything works yet... heh heh.

pkneeshaw
04-22-2008, 08:37 AM
Great work. I really like this style and characterisation.

RupertD
04-22-2008, 12:39 PM
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Working into the table detail; trying to unify the colours and wishing I had been a little less grand in scope!

RupertD
04-22-2008, 12:43 PM
pkneeshaw - thanks a lot, next time I enter I think I will do something loose, sketchy and painterly with no detail except for a couple of white blobs. And half the painting will be a dark silhoutte! :)

RupertD
04-22-2008, 03:19 PM
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Putting in some fluorescent tubes and detailing sipping alien.

skater
04-22-2008, 03:41 PM
wowwww;)!!!
i like very much your pic and your colours;)!!!
nice nice!!!

Pegahoul
04-22-2008, 04:27 PM
This is getting really good! Cool design all over and great variety of colors!

RupertD
04-23-2008, 01:58 PM
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Painted in the foreground chairs - lots of blue bounce light to get the detail in. Beginning to paint in the left hand side background, not sure how to fix the wall though...

HornlessUnicorn
04-23-2008, 03:41 PM
It's realy coming alive now. Brilliant work :) Can't wait to see more.

Keep up the great work! This is going to be awesome.:applause:

Cheers,

Dimitrij.

walrus
04-23-2008, 07:55 PM
This is looking nice so far. You have really fanciful, interesting aliens in a greeat setting. And you have a whole lot of bright vibrant colors, everywhere. There's little break anywhere from the colors, and every single part of the canvas is equally intense, all fighting for the eye's attention. It makes it hard for the eyes to rest anywhere, or help from being pulled somewhere else. One thing that could help your composition is to vary the values and saturation levels more: The table is obviously the main focal point so what if it were the most intensely colored thing on the page and other less important areas (like the sky) were less saturated and trying to grab your attention less? Or if you focused on having more warm hues in the foreground and cooler colors in the background? Or vise versa, to provide some warm/cool contrast between front and back?

Anyhow, just some ideas. Great work so far, and terrific details! :thumbsup:

Azagthoth
04-23-2008, 08:12 PM
I like the gestures of each creature.
The banquet seems very tasty, who is the cheff? :)
good luck,

plasteredcat
04-24-2008, 01:59 PM
I dig the strong colours so far... I'd play though a bit with the contrast to loose the background a bit so it doesn't stick to the main subject. It's coming along very nicely!:thumbsup:

RupertD
04-24-2008, 02:49 PM
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Trying to get away from the fruit salad look by desaturating some of the less important areas.

RupertD
04-24-2008, 02:49 PM
HornlessUnicorn - Thanks a lot for the support. Still slaving away here. heh heh

Walrus - Thanks for the great advice. I agree with your sentiments exactly, which was why I was calling it a fruit salad a while ago. I have toned down the background quite substantially and desaturated a couple of foreground elements. I definitely think its better now.

Azagthoth - Thanks a lot. The chef is the lion character who used to sit next to the gorilla, but was needed in the kitchen as the uplifted warthogs needed supervision! Maybe he had to have a bite of one? (You can see him in some of the earlier pics)

harachte - Thanks and thanks for the advice - I think I have basically done just that - toned the background down and kept the foreground quite vibrant. Although it definitely seems to be more vibrant in photoshop as opposed to on the web?

nwiz25
04-24-2008, 04:02 PM
yikes! :eek: i missed a lot over here! :( incredible details i must say! regarding the colours .. sure looks sweet to me :p .. but on the other hand, if you ever want to play around .. why not visit www.colorblender.com (http://www.colorblender.com) .. i'm sure (hope) you'll love it! :p
good luck dude! .. this could be a sure win! :bounce:

sasquatch70
04-25-2008, 10:45 PM
Hey Rupert, Fantastic job! I love the little helper guys running around everywhere, especially the one on the cake. The closer you look the more there is to see. Awesome work. Brad

Spin99
04-25-2008, 10:51 PM
Hey there from Jo'burg (not for long..)

I like your work with the nice technique and intricate details.
Some real digital skills there imho
Only thing is the one comment that figures look rigid looking forward,
and there really doesn't seem to be a lot happening in terms of actual movement.

But it somewhat makes up with all the details and nice characters you created.
I particularly like the tiny "table people" and can't possibly figure what they're up to..
Nice colours (triad?) good going for sure :buttrock:

RupertD
04-30-2008, 02:39 PM
nwiz25 - Hey thanks a lot for the support and the great colorblender tip - since then I think I have made some progress in nailing down the colours?

sasquatch70 - Thanks a lot Brad - wish I had made it a little simpler though. To separate all the different elements I have resorted to putting black lines around everything; probably a fatal mistake but its too late now...heh heh.

Spin99 - Hey Spin99 from Joburg, nice to see some local guys here. Thanks for the support. Yes I agree the figures are a bit stiff but I think I can get away with that as its quite a formal setting. Colours were supposed to be a base charcoal grey with red and yellow and gold accents but they went a bit wild!?

RupertD
05-01-2008, 04:49 AM
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I have decided to go back to the original background - a starscape. The sunset was making the composition way too wild... The eye now has an area of calm to rest in, and the composition has a focal point, the table.

Cyberone
05-01-2008, 07:35 AM
thats made the pic alot eaiser to look at i think. :)
the black spacy part is cool.

RupertD
05-02-2008, 09:24 AM
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Heres a closeup of the human character. I still would like to fix him up a bit. The red fur on the chairs is driving me crazy as its looks quite lame. In general the image is far too tight but its a lesson well learnt...

Spin99
05-02-2008, 11:00 AM
Hey Rupert,

Fur looks fine. New background the resting place you were talking about.
Also been a learning curve for me. Colours always go wild?
And so much for being local, it looks like I'm packing to the beach past the border again.
Wonder where I'll go after that :beer:

Cheerio.

RupertD
05-03-2008, 04:22 AM
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Starting to loosen up the background detail and paint in some highlights...

RupertD
05-03-2008, 04:29 AM
Cyberone - Thanks a lot, I agree definitely becoming easier to read.

Spinn99 - Thanks dude - good luck on the beach. now back to wrestling with those colours...

RupertD
05-04-2008, 11:10 AM
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I have been fiddling around with the background like a dog gnawing on a bone- trying to make it recede, and trying to loosen up the brushwork. I took some elements out too as I'm running out of time and they didn't add much. (meaning I'm sick of the picture now) heh heh

RoGreg
05-04-2008, 11:28 AM
hi,

I like what I see here. But you still have to play around with those vibrant colours
to guide the viewers eye.
The toned down version was the best thus far imo.


keep rockin :D

Paul4wood
05-04-2008, 11:48 AM
Wow, Rupert! This piece has matured so much. I love it!

RupertD
05-05-2008, 11:16 AM
http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1209986209_medium.jpg (http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1209986209_large.jpg)

Busy subduing the colour; I've changed the tablecloth colour too. I've calmed the chairs down, and thrown out the red fur once more! Hope I don't see it again. I need to put back some highlight on the chairs though.

RupertD
05-05-2008, 11:24 AM
RoGreg - yes I agree I've got to tone those colours down and I think I have made some progress here... :) Thanks for the support!

Paul4wood - Thanks a lot - getting sick and tired of this piece now but I've got to push it just a little further. :wip:

MartinNielsen
05-05-2008, 06:11 PM
Great work :) I think the piece is close to completion now. Then you can leave it in peace ;)

RupertD
05-06-2008, 08:27 PM
http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1210105646_medium.jpg (http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1210105646_large.jpg)

The heads of the ancient alien races have finally arrived in earth orbit, having travelled for months at faster than light speed to attend this the first summit on alien relations. That evening, after the first round of turbulent talks, the supreme commander of the earth races invites his new found friends to a sumptuous banquet. Only the finest delicacies from a thousand light years away will be served.

He turns to his trusted uplifted advisors: "I want you all on your best behaviour - first impressions are everything. That means no swinging on the chairs, and try to keep the screeching down. Our friends have come a long way to see us."

Unfortunately things do not go quite as well as planned...

The guests struggle to understand the earthly cutlery and to most of them, manners are 'alien'.

The carving bot has mistaken the Grand Emissary of Wirrrvthhtrr as a piece of rolled roast beef and proceeds menacingly.

The pesky little steel men from Fruuuth are running all over the place and destroying the ambiance.

The jelly lightfish pudding is feeling depressed at the thought of being eaten, and Huuuze the four legged flautist is tormenting everybody with his dreadful harmonies and foot tapping.

And unfortunately Dolph the Neo dolphin can't sit, so instead he hangs excitedly around the table chattering and whistling. The Neo primates are wondering whether it would not have been better to remain in the trees...

Other than that it is the perfect dinner party.

Thanks to everyone for all the support in finishing (and starting) this painting. Enjoy.

Rupert

Paul4wood
05-06-2008, 09:10 PM
A wonderful piece, Rupert! Congratulations on beating the deadline and turning out a very sharp and imaginative image. Very impressive! Best of luck with the judges.

GaeasHerald
05-07-2008, 02:51 AM
Amazing job Rupert! Sorry I didn't post here earlier. I like how the blue fill colour ties everything together, giving you the chance to play with a wide range of hues and high saturation. Truly masterful!

chilombiano
05-07-2008, 03:45 AM
ey. agree. one of my favorites. This paint would look really good printed !
good luck, you made a beautiful piece

nwiz25
05-07-2008, 04:54 AM
simply fabulous Rupert! very fresh and vibrant! :applause: love the color division (dark n light) the ambience! even the aliens have been given a nice personal touch!
congratulations dude! i wish you good luck! :thumbsup:

RupertD
05-08-2008, 06:49 AM
MartinNielsen, Paul4wood, GaeasHerald, chilombiano, nwiz25 Thanks guys you are way, way too kind!

I had a great time painting this (and I am still tweaking here and there)
I made quite a few basic mistakes - my main mistake was starting to paint at the final hi res and not upsizing as I went along. Wow that was dumb... :cry:

Next I didn't bother to do any small colour studies before I leapt into the colour so it got way out of hand and I had to fight to get it back under control (I think) :banghead:

And I painted it on two layers, foreground and background, and used masks to separate the areas so when I changed the position of any element I had a mismatching mask... :p

So my next one will be small and painterly! Heh heh

Thanks again and good luck. ;)
Rupert

HornlessUnicorn
05-08-2008, 07:50 AM
Awesome work, Rupert! So many details to explore. Very enjoyable - thank you :)
I'm totaly amazed by the amount of talent on this contest - so many great entries! Wow :)

Cheers,

Dimitrij.

plasteredcat
05-08-2008, 09:04 AM
Great entry indeed...! Very nicely done and very enjoyable thread. Congratulations on finishing!;)

artizakO
05-08-2008, 09:29 AM
nice job of capturing a mood of festivity, so much little details that are fun to look at.. congrats on you're final image! good luck.:thumbsup:

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MartinNielsen
05-08-2008, 09:50 AM
Great final. Good luck :)

Ivy00
05-08-2008, 10:16 AM
This rocks, details are awesome :)

Azagthoth
05-08-2008, 03:24 PM
the new background is great!

..." Waiter, check please... I finished"...

cheers!

dustbin1uk
05-08-2008, 07:52 PM
I love this! The style, the colours! Terrific! Well done!

RupertD
05-09-2008, 07:57 AM
HornlessUnicorn, harachte, artizakO, MartinNielsen, Ivy00, Azagthoth, dustbin1uk - Thanks a lot guys - much appreciated.

I have tweaked the image again slightly. :wip: Hope you can see the changes..! :hmm:

To help I have supplied two closeups. So for my 'Final' Final here goes. :beer:

RupertD
05-09-2008, 07:59 AM
http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1210319967_medium.jpg (http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1210319967_large.jpg)

Note: The green alien is see-through...

RupertD
05-09-2008, 08:02 AM
http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1210320141_medium.jpg (http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1210320141_large.jpg)

More detail...

RupertD
05-09-2008, 08:05 AM
http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1210320302_medium.jpg (http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/14381/14381_1210320302_large.jpg)

The heads of the ancient alien races have finally arrived in earth orbit, having travelled for months at faster than light speed to attend this the first summit on alien relations. That evening, after the first round of turbulent talks, the supreme commander of the earth races invites his new found friends to a sumptuous banquet. Only the finest delicacies from a thousand light years away will be served.

He turns to his trusted uplifted advisors: "I want you all on your best behaviour - first impressions are everything. That means no swinging on the chairs, and try to keep the screeching down. Our friends have come a long way to see us."

Unfortunately things do not go quite as well as planned...

The guests struggle to understand the earthly cutlery and to most of them, manners are 'alien'.

The carving bot has mistaken the Grand Emissary of Wirrrvthhtrr as a piece of rolled roast beef and proceeds menacingly.

The pesky little steel men from Fruuuth are running all over the place and destroying the ambiance.

The jelly lightfish pudding is feeling depressed at the thought of being eaten, and Huuuze the four legged flautist is tormenting everybody with his dreadful harmonies and foot tapping.

And unfortunately Dolph the Neo dolphin can't sit, so instead he hangs excitedly around the table chattering and whistling. The Neo primates are wondering whether it would not have been better to remain in the trees...

Other than that it is the perfect dinner party.

chilombiano
05-10-2008, 07:29 PM
good luck with the challenge. One of my favs.! love the lines. :thumbsup:

Banjavor
05-11-2008, 09:24 PM
I'm hungry as Neodoplhin when i see this open table with great drawed titbites from whole space. Good luck

Paul4wood
05-13-2008, 12:21 PM
Congratulations on finishing, Rupert, and on producing a very clean and interesting image with lots of imagination and a wide palette. Very well done!

:beer:

HornlessUnicorn
05-13-2008, 12:37 PM
Once again - congratulations - wonderfull work! The details are amazing :) Awesome!

MartinNielsen
05-13-2008, 01:27 PM
Great, good, super duper... well you already know my feelings for this piece :)

RupertD
05-14-2008, 11:18 AM
chilombiano, Banjavor, Paul4wood, HornlessUnicorn, MartinNielsen: Thanks for the support guys. Looking around there is a wealth of really good entries. :drool: So to everyone good luck with the judging (when this happens who knows?) ;)

walrus
05-14-2008, 01:06 PM
Huh, I thought I had posted since you made the sweeping background changes but I guess I didn't. Congratulations on finishing this piece. It came out terrific! I really like everything with the darker sky, as it really focuses the attention on the characters well. And the characters - and all of the details on the table - look wonderful. The aliens, the earth-creatures, the food... and I especially love the little mini-jug-shaped robot in the front. Nice work!

As for judging times, don't hold your breath. It always takes a long time - there are a LOT of entries, a lot of good entries - and only 2 big awards - and in this case the video competition is still going on for another month. I think we have a long while to wait! :)

RupertD
05-16-2008, 06:39 AM
Hey Walrus thanks for stopping by and thanks for the compliments!

I had a big battle with the colour which in retrospect could have been averted by a simple couple of colour roughs in the beginning, but you have to learn sometime :banghead: . I still think the colour could be more subtle but I think I just gave up and got too tired of looking at the same thing so often.

I think ultimately I'm happy with the way it turned out, the only thing I don't like is the style of paint application - if you zoom into the details its not a pretty sight :cry: . But I think in future with use of the smudge tool and perhaps using painter, I could get more life into the painting style.

I had a look at your Walrus Droppings blog - (awesome stuff, your Dominance War guy is a winner :bowdown: ) I really enjoyed your working process. One question - once you have gone through your process do you flatten the image and then paint in the final details? Or do you paint the final small detail changes back into each layer?

Its a nice smooth workflow that reminds me of how a neo-classical painter would approach a work.

Anyway thanks and best of luck, :beer:

Rupert

asparta
05-16-2008, 09:43 AM
This is a great intereaction indeed. You've shown meticulous sense for detail. I like the tiny creatures that moves on the table. congratulations.

Ferx
05-16-2008, 08:29 PM
Hey Rupert, really great image! Like a lot the whole detailing on your image, really invites to explore all the elements on your image, cool!! :thumbsup: And great atmosphere and colors!! Congratulations for this great image!! Best of luck!! And time for a well deserved cold beer!! Cheers mate!! :beer:

RupertD
05-21-2008, 09:01 AM
asparta - Thanks dude and good luck with your piece - :bounce: some pretty groovy rocking going on there. :beer:

Ferx - Thanks a lot mate - and lets make it a Mexican beer ;) Best of luck to you for the judging! :beer:

morganvillette
06-09-2008, 01:09 PM
I like this draw style! Lots of details! Very good!

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