View Full Version : Escape Plan B, Michael Dashow (2D)

01-20-2009, 04:28 AM
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Title: Escape Plan B
Name: Michael Dashow
Country: USA
Software: 3ds max, Photoshop

Hi, all! I was inelligible to win any prizes in the Steampunk CGChallenge as I am a judge, but I worked on this piece for the challenge anyhow: I love getting feedback from folks and "hanging out with" friends during the Challenges, and who wouldn't want a steampunk piece in their portfolio?

I built some base geometry for the mechanical bits in 3DS Max, but did all of the paint and color-work in Photoshop.

Oh, and if anyone's interested in seeing the steps to the creation of this piece, you can follow the very long Challenge thread here: http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=278&t=697413&page=1&pp=50

01-20-2009, 07:20 PM
Well done! The banana peel gag just doesnt get old!

01-20-2009, 07:30 PM
well done :)

tho my first thought was: "where's the bloody monkey?" :D

01-20-2009, 07:52 PM
the sky, motorbike and that guys are outstanding rendered

whole nice piece!
well done!

01-20-2009, 08:56 PM
Glad you enjoyed the WIP phase. And I hope you enjoy the judging phase soon! (There's like what, 1000 entries to view? evil grin)

01-20-2009, 09:01 PM
Jack, why do you think I was in such a rush to finish this before the deadline when I wasn't submitting it? I'm going to be slammed with the judging for a while to come! :)

Anyhow, thanks to everyone for the kind words!

01-20-2009, 09:33 PM
Hi Walrus!
Very very very nice work!!!
Love composition, design, render colors...well done

Good luck for the challenge ;)

01-20-2009, 11:42 PM
nice work!!!

01-20-2009, 11:50 PM
Im sure the fact that you cant submit is of great relief to those who are aspiring to place in this contest.
SImply remarkable.

01-21-2009, 12:27 AM
I love this! Awesome composition and I really like how they are fending off a giant robot by throwing bananas! Shows that a sense of humor in paintings is always good.


01-21-2009, 01:17 AM
This one is money!

01-21-2009, 03:34 AM
:) Sweet :) love the bananas :)


01-21-2009, 03:46 AM
wow,its amazing how that girl manage to munch so many bananas,looks very good overall,the composition as well as the execution!good luck being one of the judge:)like what u have mention,i might do one of this steampunk piece in addition to my folio.

01-21-2009, 05:04 AM
Very nice illustration!

01-21-2009, 07:45 AM
ive been watching this piece since it started and yuve come up a long way to get to this phaze and rly made a fantastic job on this one :beer: :thumbsup:

01-21-2009, 09:25 AM
Fabulous work man! Love the style and details! Looks like something a really cool cartoon could be made out of.

01-21-2009, 05:30 PM
Wowzas! Lol, This image is awesome!:beer:

01-21-2009, 06:42 PM
Amazing work! Love the camera angle.

01-23-2009, 07:50 AM
Very Lovely illustration~!!!

01-23-2009, 07:55 AM
Nice job, plugged.

01-23-2009, 08:25 AM
Hah really made me smile, cheers for that. I like the implication that she has to eat all the bananas before throwing the skin.

01-23-2009, 08:26 AM
Excellent work Michael, really funny and well crafted! Yes, the WIP phase is the most enjoyable one :)

01-23-2009, 08:32 AM
Fantastic work !!!
Bravo !

01-23-2009, 08:36 AM
You're a remarkably talented chap Michael, not sure what else to say ;) Just a wonderful image - filled to the brim with points of interest, action, movement, great detail - 5* from me man.


01-23-2009, 08:38 AM
Oh, cool, I got plugged! Thanks, Per-Anders!
And thanks to everyone for the kind words and comments!

Lord McGoat - Yes, that's my wife and my favorite part of the piece, the unthinking assumption that if you're going to peel the bananas, you have to eat them. We would! But then it cracks me up thinking of her shoving bananas into her gullet as fast as she possibly can! :lol:

Anyhow, thanks, everyone!

01-23-2009, 08:48 AM
Amazing work !!!

I love all the colors and composition !!

Great Job as usual

Keep Rock


01-23-2009, 09:14 AM
Hey guys, could you plaese stop making my jaw drop on the floor all the time?please?As I'm getting older it's more and more hard to put it back, ok!
Amazing work again Mike!
Love the dynamic & storytelling as well as all of it ofcourse.5*

01-23-2009, 09:30 AM
The first thing that came to mind was: "Oh shucks, that corset will feel like a pain very soon.."

Beautiful piece Michael, as always great storytelling and I have always loved your way if using colors.

Hope all is well with the family too :)

01-23-2009, 09:49 AM
Hilarious - Hilarious!

01-23-2009, 09:59 AM
What did I say on your entry when I saw the final image ?
Front page !

Congrats again Michael ! ;)

01-23-2009, 11:31 AM
Inevitable front page! I didn' t know the woman was based on your wife. Is this a life story in disguise? Awesome work. One of my favorites of the contest.

01-23-2009, 12:21 PM
Fine sense of humor. This is one of the first works related to the competition that I saw and am glad to see it done. I think the best thing about this is the story and the way it carries out the "escape". There's "funny" written all over the picture... Great piece.

01-23-2009, 12:49 PM
Hey Michael, great Job as usual!
Love the style and details! Your Cartoon style is very cute!

01-23-2009, 01:11 PM
Oh, cool, I got plugged!

yes, you got plugged. welcome to the matrix. :P

01-23-2009, 03:11 PM
Fantastic !

Glad you could post and share it :)
Your work is awesome.


01-23-2009, 03:30 PM
I can't imagine anything less than masterpiece from you! :bowdown:

01-23-2009, 03:34 PM
I love your Ideas man. I love the blend of humor mixed with your awesome rendering skill.
I really like how this turned out.

01-23-2009, 03:56 PM
Great stuff! I think mt favorite part of this is the "face" on the machine. The monocle, mustache, and frowning grr are hilarious :D

01-23-2009, 04:31 PM
lol that's hilarious!

Great painting!

Josh - do you LIKE it? Or do you LOVE it? Make up your mind already! :P

01-23-2009, 04:39 PM
I didn' t know the woman was based on your wife. Is this a life story in disguise?

What? No! She is in no way based on my wife, aside from the fact that, were Talia in the same situation, she too would feel like she had to eat all the bananas before tossing the peels on the ground, as would I. She certainly helped with the piece, though: I knew from the start I wanted the woman, the monocycle, and a big walking mech. Talia and I were looking as my sketches and musing aloud, "How would you slow down a big walking robot?" There was a pause,, and then she just started to laugh. "I know," she said, and before she even told me, I started to laugh too because I knew exactly what she meant: "Banana peels!" she exclaimed. And I swear, it happened exactly like that. (Yes, life is just one rollicking psychic escapade after another at the Walrus household.)

Anyhow, thank you all for the kind words and comments! And thanks for letting me take part in the WIP part fo the Challenge!

01-23-2009, 05:32 PM
stop it walrus!...here and on gameart with your bunny...your work its great. I love your color palette,you always seem to have the best touch vibrance in your pieces.

01-23-2009, 08:55 PM

Well, you know how I feel (you should by now, anyway!)....congrats on the plug. Here you go, a http://forums.cgsociety.org/images/rating/rating_5.gif. Enjoy!

P.S- Tell Zack this story is about him. He'll be ALL about Daddy then. :D (Zack, this is YOU in the big robot, OOooh!)

01-23-2009, 09:09 PM
Well, the LAST Challenge entry (Adorable Alien) was, of course, about him. This one isn't be he likes looking at it anyhow. "Robot!' he says. It's so cute! He's not even 2 yet and he knows robots. That's my boy!

Oh, and thanks to everyone at CG Society for giving this piece a choice award!

01-23-2009, 09:51 PM
If this is plan B, then what was plan A?

Great painting, made my day.

01-24-2009, 12:54 AM
Well, the LAST Challenge entry (Adorable Alien) was, of course, about him. This one isn't be he likes looking at it anyhow. "Robot!' he says. It's so cute! He's not even 2 yet and he knows robots. That's my boy!

Oh, and thanks to everyone at CG Society for giving this piece a choice award!

He's a true walrus, alright. :D So cute...

Congrats on the choice award, by the way!! :deal: :arteest: You're building up a real collection now, aren'tcha?

01-24-2009, 06:18 AM

Kudos, as always, too finishing another signature work... some great elements throughout! I don't think it's one of your best and it does feel a bit rushed BUT, your compositional talents and colour work pull it off.

I wonder... have you ever thought of adding motion blur to your work? I know it goes against the cartoony look / feel you have established BUT I think it would really add some much needed movement to the image.

Again Kudos... you continue to set a high standard for work ethic, quality and imagination.

Yer a credit to yer kind sir!


01-24-2009, 07:02 AM
Very Intresting, great job.:thumbsup:

01-24-2009, 07:38 AM
Fantastic! I love the fact that it looks like they are about to drive out of my monitor :cool:

01-24-2009, 10:36 AM
wohoooooooo :applause: god job ! :D

01-24-2009, 11:18 AM
I love it, especially the bananas!

01-24-2009, 04:05 PM
hey Mike, grats for frontpage and award, you definitively deserve it as you are an inspiring example for all us lazy bastards that didn`t finish this time and for your constant encouragement in this challenge
well done

01-25-2009, 12:49 AM
Walrus, your entries are always at the top. I´m a fan of your work, it´s always original, fun, with realy nice characters...the compositions are always excelent and also the rendering. Critics?...my only wish would be that you could deliver one of your pieces per day:cool: ! Your work realy inspire me...


01-25-2009, 02:54 AM
just fine,u have to make more imagination about how to run away from that monster.

01-25-2009, 09:27 AM
nice work!!!

01-26-2009, 09:25 AM
Lovely idea :) i like it alot!

01-26-2009, 04:06 PM
very nice work!

01-26-2009, 06:24 PM
Exellent as always Michael :bounce:well done!

01-26-2009, 07:01 PM
Steam punk forever.

Nice mech.

01-26-2009, 07:57 PM
Hi, all. Thanks for the comments and kind words... Glad you like it!

Ken - Good to hear from you! How've things been going? Yes, parts are definitely rushed: It's harder to carve out as much time as I used to when you have a kid at home, as I'm sure you well know! :) As for blur, I'm never sure how much blur meshes with my cartoony style, and am ever hesitant to obscure work that I've polished with motion blur. I did it on the monocycle wheel and a little on the background building. I tried it a bit on the whole monocycle and didn't like it that much. Someone else pointed out that the gatling gun should have blur from spinning also, but I love how the gun looks so much, I didn't want to obscure it!

JMart - Thanks, wish i could work that fast, too! (If I could, I'd need a brain that could come up with these wacky ideas just as rapidly.)

Anyhow, thanks to everyone for dropping by!

01-26-2009, 08:17 PM
Congrats on another award :thumbsup: Everything you touch seem to turn to gold :) It's good to see so many of the steampunk entries in the these galleries already.

01-27-2009, 11:07 PM
Mike, just a big congratulations from me. A public thank you for your generosity over at the challenge.

01-28-2009, 03:11 AM
I love it, especially the bananas!

For sure!

I just love the look of the characters! this would be such a fun story to write.

01-28-2009, 04:55 PM
Wich programe did you use for writting that?

01-28-2009, 08:47 PM
I modeled the mech and the monocycle in 3DS Max, but I didn't do any texturing in 3D. I used greyscale renders as an under-painting for all of the color work, which was done in Photoshop. Here are what the models looked like:



Cheers, and thanks to everyone for the comments! :)

01-30-2009, 12:23 AM
Flipping sweet, love those bananas. Nice work. 5*

01-30-2009, 08:32 PM
Excellent piece. Love the bananas. :-)

01-30-2009, 09:06 PM
A giant robot with a monocle and bananas; so many levels of awesome. A really fun work of art.

02-01-2009, 06:52 AM
Very nice work...:applause:

02-02-2009, 02:37 AM
Excellent work… Keep it up!

02-02-2009, 05:24 AM
what a wonderful work it is,but the fat guy with no hair??

02-02-2009, 05:26 PM
oops, sorry, wrong thread....

02-04-2009, 03:42 PM
cool designe lovely

02-07-2009, 01:34 AM
First of all this piece is magnificent, I love it. I came to this thread late… very late. Today I received my CG Society update email and saw your link. The last comment was posted in mid-January so I doubt if you’ll even read this, but I have 2 observations. While scrolling thru the thread there was something about the gal’s head that bothered me, but couldn’t say what. Finally I downloaded the image to Photoshop and blew your heroine’s head up about 300% and then I saw what was nagging at me. The gal’s face is in rendered in profile but her mouth is just slightly past profile to show the glob of banana – not ¾ , only about 5/8s – not much but enough to be disturbing. The 2nd observation is nitpicking (as the 1st may well be) – your gal’s left hand is still cocked in pre throw, when because of the arms position, it should be bent down in follow thru. I feel changing the position of the hand will give more force and movement to the throw and the flying banana. I took the liberty of sketching over your art in Photoshop to illustrate my points.

Again, terrific piece.

02-09-2009, 04:18 PM
Hi Michael, This is another amazing work of yours, I love all your previous works and looking through ur work in progress, I thought could just be one of the most straightforward, clear and open-minded one. I can always feel your passion for your works and heart that put in even when u're not going to be competitive. My Respect goes to you! :bowdown:

02-11-2009, 01:05 PM
whole nice piece!
well done!

02-13-2009, 04:51 AM
Thank you, everyone, for the kind comments... but especially thank you to Michael, for taking the time to think through some of the subtler points of what was working and what wasn't, and even to do a sketch-over. I really appreciate it! I finally had time tonight to see what I thought of how it all worked. The hand idea was great - it definitely looks like she's following through with her throw. As for the face, I agree with your assessment that the mouth was a bit mismatched from the upper part of the face, but not with your solution. I tried it, but then it really didn't look like she was looking anywhere near the walking mech at all. So I took the easier solution and changed the mouth to be more of a side view. Here's how it looks:


Thank you for the suggestions!

02-13-2009, 10:03 AM
Like very much~ha ha…………

02-15-2009, 01:28 PM
:bounce:nice concept dude
great combination of 2d n 3d.

02-17-2009, 02:02 AM
wooO man ... I love it

02-19-2009, 01:53 PM
What a unique style..!!

Your character are really good..Especially that man(driver)God..He made me laugh..!! :applause:

02-24-2009, 10:14 PM
What a neat concept and execution.

02-24-2009, 11:14 PM
I like the way how the clouds are painted

03-06-2009, 05:44 PM
Great concept, walrus! And wonderful illustration.

03-17-2009, 10:26 PM
Brilliant work! 5 stars from me! :thumbsup:

03-18-2009, 08:25 PM
Cool job. The driver is really funny.


03-31-2009, 01:58 PM
As always ... masterful!

03-31-2009, 08:37 PM
is it only me who feels the main characters and the background is a bit too different in color? i think it is intended to be so, but to me it looks too alienated from the background as if two different artists drew each on its own.

04-08-2009, 08:26 PM
This Illustration is crazy. I love it.
Look at those banana peels. LOL
Congratulations. Nice work you made. :)

04-15-2009, 03:53 AM
hey walrus, this entry really made my day but i'm not sure if it's a freudian thing, i initially thought the leg of the bot closest to the foreground looked more like an extention of a slightlier sensitive but elongatable organ of the human body:P

01-28-2010, 08:33 AM
I love steampunk and you did a good job ... as usual ;)

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