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ayant
04-14-2008, 08:52 PM
Aaron Yant is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/view_entries.php?challenger=15323)

Latest Update: Final Image: Blush Response, Alien Adoption
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ayant
04-18-2008, 03:30 AM
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Here are some initial thumbnails sketched in Painter.

I spent a little time brainstorming and listing some possible directions. The concepts that jumped out at me most involved closer relationships between a human and an alien. Near the top of the list was the relationship of a young child and an adult alien.

ayant
04-18-2008, 04:10 AM
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A thumbnail selected to develop further as a line drawing using Painter.

I decided to rotate the alien character somewhat in effort to engage the viewer. Seems like an improvement. I like the apparent intimacy between the characters at this stage. Do we see a Mother and child waiting for Father's return at a space port? Or maybe an alien nanny telling "one last bedtime story" about her home planet?

ayant
04-18-2008, 04:50 AM
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Some quick value studies before jumping in to primary painting. I maintain a limit of five shades of gray. Okay. Think I better take a break and come back with fresh eyes before making a choice. Then on to some painting!

miketche
04-18-2008, 04:57 AM
Nice concept you have here. I'd like to see how you develope this.

ayant
04-22-2008, 04:45 AM
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Working through my lighting and color considerations (in Photoshop). I often use a layer for writing down any ideas I have as I paint. I find it helpful for get back up-to-speed when returning the next day.

Mamlas
04-24-2008, 08:13 PM
Waau, I like it. Good theme. I'm looking forward to see next step :thumbsup:

ayant
04-29-2008, 03:45 AM
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An update of my progress so far. The reality of the impending deadline is beginning to sink in, so I hope to make some strides this week. I've really been enjoying this project so far. Good luck everyone!

llama-d
04-29-2008, 04:26 AM
This is a great concept, I think it's looking great too. My only crit would be that where the child and the arm/hand of the alien meet is kinda awkward, but it might just be to early to say that. Anyways, the face of the alien is looking beautiful!

sasquatch70
04-29-2008, 05:25 AM
Hey Aaron,

Very intimate piece. Cant wait to see further developments. Have fun.
Brad

ayant
05-05-2008, 05:02 AM
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Now a little attention given to the alien hands and the boy. Things are starting to get there. Thank you for all the encouragement and feedback, guys. It REALLY helps! How does the saying go? "Objectivity for your own work decreases geometrically in relationship to the time you spend working on it."

walrus
05-05-2008, 05:18 AM
Very nice and tender scene so far. I like the expression on her face. One thing that really bugs be about her, though, is that while the rest of her - her skin, her face - are clearly supposed to be alien, the ear is a perfectly-formed human ear. Unless she's some human/alien hybrid (which could be your aim) it seems odd that any alien race would happen to evolve eas in the exact same shape as ours. It's a really small nitpicky thing to comment on, sorry, but I just had to point it out.

(Oh, and speaking of ears, the boy's ear is too low on his head.)

Anyhow, good luck with the rest!

headtrip
05-06-2008, 03:11 AM
I really like the feel of this piece. The alien looks excellent, has a real tender quality to it.

The detail is starting to come through, looking forward to seeing the final image. Keep going you're almost there!

ayant
05-06-2008, 03:59 AM
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Experimenting with lighting and environment for the characters. Keeping it a little rough. I'll take a break for now and see if I'm happy with this direction in the morning.

ayant
05-07-2008, 05:34 AM
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Firstly, thanks for your all your kind feedback and the good suggestions! I'm REALLY enjoying this challenge. Ok, more experimentation. I am pretty happy with the way this is shaping. I need to develop things further but will probably keep a long lens on the background (soft focus). The environment is necessary to tell the story but still secondary to the characters in this case. More detailing of the alien should help draw appropriate attention as well. Keep it up guys!

ayant
05-13-2008, 04:46 AM
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"The most unlikely of companions" would be an apt description, but it would be a profound understatement as well. And to imagine this little one being announced before the community as a new member of ones family? Given today's political realities?! Unimaginable! Yet who could not at least acknowledge the affection, so genuine, between this mother and her adopted son? Perhaps the elders will find an exception could be made.

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