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walrus
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

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

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

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

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

whole nice piece!
well done!
5

JackZhang
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)

walrus
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!

olive2d
01-20-2009, 09:33 PM
Hi Walrus!
Very very very nice work!!!
Love composition, design, render colors...well done
Congratzzz

Good luck for the challenge ;)

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

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

desmondwoot
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.

Nice!

wildcory1
01-21-2009, 01:17 AM
This one is money!

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



regards

MichaelZHsee
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.

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

acb12
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:

FRENZIEDmind
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.

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

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

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

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

LordMcGoat
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.

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

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

PMD
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.

Phil

walrus
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!

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


I love all the colors and composition !!

Great Job as usual

Keep Rock

wev

OKMER
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*

Kyena
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 :)

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

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

Congrats again Michael ! ;)

Womball
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.

NOTORIOUS-ro
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.

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,

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

GhostRider801
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.

scottimation
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

Ancient-Pig
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

walrus
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!

Zerafian
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.

paperclip
01-23-2009, 08:55 PM
:wavey:

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!)

walrus
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!

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

Great painting, made my day.

paperclip
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?

cgkrusty
01-24-2009, 06:18 AM
Walrus...

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!

:buttrock:

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

John-S
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:

Amirgdx5
01-24-2009, 10:36 AM
wohoooooooo :applause: god job ! :D

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

guterrez
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

JM-art
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...

Cheers!:beer:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nice mech.

walrus
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!

MartinNielsen
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.

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

Zeinin
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.

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

walrus
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:

http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/22/16497/16497_1229323329_large.jpg

http://assets.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/22/16497/16497_1230278458_medium.jpg

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

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

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

abynum
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.

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

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

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

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

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

skizzemann
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.

eonridr
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:

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

walrus
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:

http://www.michaeldashow.com/art/escapeplanb_large.jpg

Thank you for the suggestions!

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

sid3d
02-15-2009, 01:28 PM
:bounce:nice concept dude
great combination of 2d n 3d.

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

Subi3d
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:

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations

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

sungyongl
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.

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

taste
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

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

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