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blakeo
04-03-2008, 09:44 PM
Alan Tinsley is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/view_entries.php?challenger=15142)

Latest Update: Final Image: Bantis Fight
http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/20/15142/15142_1210663545_medium.jpg (http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=5147211#post5147211)

blakeo
04-03-2008, 11:35 PM
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Hi, this is my initial concept sketch. Never entered a challenge here before so hopefully will have time to develop this idea...

The view is split at the wall between a the arrival of armed human forces under alien command at the sanctuary of another alien race...

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blakeo
04-05-2008, 01:12 PM
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Development of the dominant alien race character's upper half...

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blakeo
04-07-2008, 08:54 PM
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First idea for the Human Force. It's seems just a tad generic for my liking a the moment though, so I might rethink this.

There's so much talent round these parts, it's scary :)

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blakeo
04-08-2008, 12:02 AM
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A quick test of the scene for composition with initial poses for characters. Not happy with the composition yet but wanted to get some idea of how it will work in 3D.

No modelling yet - the chars are 'crazy bob' from trueSpace used as placeholders :)

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blakeo
04-24-2008, 12:09 AM
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Been a while getting this first model started - learning XSI as I go! This is the basis of the dominant alien in the piece, needs a bit more work still, but I'm happy with how it's going now.

Any C&C welcome.

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blakeo
05-06-2008, 11:14 PM
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This is the development of the Human forces for the scene. I used a combination of my concept sketches and the Male Character supplied with XSI as references for building the armour and parts of the body that are visible.

I'm hoping to get this scene finished - but time is against me :(

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blakeo
05-07-2008, 11:31 PM
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Quick concpet sketches for the second Alien. I've decided to try something a little different from the original concept for the alien in it's sanctuary.

Model on the way.

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blakeo
05-07-2008, 11:34 PM
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This is the modelling so far on the 2nd Alien... I'm going for something with a few more legs than originally :)

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blakeo
05-13-2008, 07:25 AM
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"Come take on the Bantis! Defeat the Galaxy's fiercest fighter to win 50000 Credits! If you dare..."

As you can see, I changed my original concept into something a bit more fun. Two reasons for this:

1. I ran out of time, so much so that I didn't even have time to texture the original Dominant alien I spent so long modelling. In this new idea, that alien is the referee! But no time to include him :(

2. I was having trouble with my original concept of Humans, begrudgingly under the control of a dominant alien, arriving to take down a peacful, spiritul race. Although I liked the implicit inner conflicts that must exist in such situations, making it an interesting theme, I couldn't reconcile the feeling that I was betraying my own kind by making us humans the lapdogs of another race :) :) ... and I ran out of time.

Anyway, some credits: The background image is the very_old_storage HDR file from RealTexture HDR that was included on the 3D World CD101. It is also the source of the lighting in the scene. The bantis skin uses the leopard texture from textures.forrest.cz

Inspiration for the original concept was drawn from a few places - Star Wars (storm troopers), Babylon 5 (kosh), Fifth Element (the tiny appartment living quarters thing). I didn't get to read any Uplift Universe stuff tho :( but the concept of races 'uplifting' inspired the ideas of races controlling other races for their own purposes. And, of course, the excellent artists round here can be pretty inspiring. ;)

Also, my final image is far from finished. It turned out as a rough'n'ready re-think, but there you go.

Good luck everyone.
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