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11 November 2012, 06:26 PM
I just got some free time to enter the contest, so.. Iīm in! :thumbsup:
Playing with some ideas on my sick mind now..

11 November 2012, 12:15 PM

11 November 2012, 07:33 PM
Update on this character..

11 November 2012, 11:23 PM
"one site to rule them all.. "
This is my idea for the contest ;) Basically representing what cgsociety and 3d software is for me (and for other thousands of artists), a place to learn from, look for inspiration, stay tuned with latest news in the industry, etc and grouping the most important pieces of software which make our lifes easier day after day, or at least which helps us to make real our dreams.. So what I want to show is basically the "inside" of this concept I have from the cgsociety, a group of 10 pieces of main software ruled by the site .. hope it makes sense :D
Right now I m posing one of the 10 characters I want to include in the final render, so far itīs 75% modeled and unwrapped, so itīs time to pose him and move to the next one.. I will add the rest of details in textures, hope you like it so far ;)

11 November 2012, 08:25 AM
Nice progress!
All the best:)

11 November 2012, 01:25 PM
@adib: Thank you very much ;)

Here is my first wip on my character #2 for my scene, hope you like it ;)

11 November 2012, 07:01 PM
Update on the first character...

11 November 2012, 05:20 AM
Nice modelling. It seems to be coming together.

Only issue I see so far is the head and hair of the boy. The head seems off center- (maybe just the angle?) The hair seems unfinished and out of place, not like the hair of the other character, which is perfectly set to the model.

11 November 2012, 04:22 PM

nice design , i like much this character 2# looks so 80-90ties mtv style :)

11 November 2012, 02:34 AM
@grumposaur, @Staszek, Thank you very much for the feedback guys ;)

I ve finally closed some project works and will have much more time to dedicate to the contest :) I wasnīt really happy with the character studies I ve been doing, they didnīt match at all the style I m looking for my image, so I ve decided to move into another direction which I think will fit much better my goal.. I want some kind of stylized-cartoon characters, so I can add more detail to them, this is my start so far, I will finally move into this mood, hope you like it so far ;) Thanks.

11 November 2012, 02:28 PM
Here we go with some props and start of the hair I ve been doing today.. Once I have the scene setup will check if I proceed with modeled hair or simulation, hope you like how is going ;)

11 November 2012, 08:28 PM
I ve started painting the diffuse map on this guy, just some color so far, no sss or specular yet, ...

11 November 2012, 10:14 PM
The latest model looks spectacular. Can't wait to see him finished.

12 December 2012, 07:05 AM
fantastic model and textures so far, you've set yourself a lot of work with ten characters to finish, best of luck though, it will be great to see it come together!!

12 December 2012, 11:54 AM
@grumposaur, Thanks mate, me too :D
@Emptyshell, Thanks! yep, itīs going to be hard to finish everything as I want but will do my best ;)

Here is a new update, this morning I ve been moving things back to max and starting to work on the skin shader for this guy, still needs a lot of tweaks here and there (appart of course for the eyes and hair, which are missing right now), I post here some captures of the process in case anyone find them useful ;) .. This evening will start working on some of the other characters of the scene, which I ve been concepting during the weekend, so more later!

12 December 2012, 11:55 AM
Here are some vray parameters ...

12 December 2012, 08:29 PM
Here we go with character #2 Head, ready for the action ;)

12 December 2012, 07:38 PM
Some views of this model, I move to #3 , ...

12 December 2012, 04:15 PM
I ve started working on character #3, hope you like how is going ;)

12 December 2012, 06:38 PM
Here we go with 2 more characters ready to be posed ;)

12 December 2012, 02:30 AM
Nice character designs! I like the expression on character #3

12 December 2012, 05:56 PM
@KmCNamara: Thank you! Im glad you like them ;)

Here we go with char #4 ... As always, I hope you like it ;)

12 December 2012, 01:46 AM
love your character 4, impressive work!

12 December 2012, 05:03 PM
@Emptyshell: Thank you very much Jonah! I appreciate it ;)

Not much advance today due to a hard cold/flu/headache process :( these are the first steps on the character #5, hope tomorrow I feel better to advance a little bit more ...

12 December 2012, 06:04 PM
I ve finished #5 modeling today, letīs move to #6 .. ;)

12 December 2012, 01:32 PM
Today I want to give some background notes about the scene I m working on.. Basically I see the CgSociety as my everyday "must to visit" place, I enjoy my first coffee of the day reading interviews, news about the industry, watching videos and looking for inspiration with amazing works from other artists all around the globe,.. there are many places to look for this information but for me none as cgtalk and the society, one of the oldest and most complete sites for any artist. So, my scene will try to show this idea, the Society as a big and powerful kind of time machine and every of my 10 characters representing every of the most important softwares in the industry (I just chosed 10 of all them), the idea is to show that place where you can find awesome works done with them, and everything lit with a warm morning light .. Hope it makes sense :D

Here is a basic composition scheme I ve done with the first 3 characters unwrapped, posed and ready to be textured. It helps me too to plan the render layers I will need to render the final image of what is going to be a big scene (at least in terms of polygon numbers) ;)

12 December 2012, 05:52 PM
New update with the first 4 ready for the action ...

12 December 2012, 12:48 PM
Hi everyone, I ve started working on the Layer 1 or scenario layer, still a lot of work to be done, hope you like it so far ;)

12 December 2012, 02:49 AM
Update on render layer 1, still a lot of work to be done ...

12 December 2012, 07:50 AM
Looks great. Reminds me "Siberia" a lot.

12 December 2012, 11:33 PM
@Rkurczewski: Thank you very much! ;)

Ok, day 21 and the World isnīt ending yet :D so here is a new update, this time on Render Layer 2, which will basically contain "the vehicle", hope you like how it looks ;)

12 December 2012, 07:43 AM
Nice and clean Mario. I like it.

12 December 2012, 02:03 PM
@vancliff: Thank you very much! Gracias! ;)

Here are some more elements and tweaks on layer 1...
and a composition test of all the elements so far together ;)

12 December 2012, 07:22 PM
Today Ive started texturing the vehicle and painting the background layer, soon some images and updates, just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ;)

12 December 2012, 05:42 PM
I ve started combining first render passes and now itīs time to adjust things here and there, once I finish with this step I will invest all my time to finish the characters ;)

12 December 2012, 07:04 PM
Everything goes well.Nice progress! :thumbsup:

12 December 2012, 05:29 AM
mtd2004 it's so beautiful wip and i am so much like ur all characters.
best of luck..............go go

12 December 2012, 12:10 AM
@adlib: Thanks my friend! ;)
@suruj2d3d: Thank you very much! I need to continue working hard If I want to arrive on time to the deadline :P

Ok, here we go with the first "ready to be inserted into the scene" character.. Let me introduce you ... "MR. Vladimir Z" :D

A strong and powerful guy who is able to handle without effort millions of polys without effort, He wears a mechanic "lazy arm" which allows him to work with precission on the most intrincate tasks.. Itīs said he is in love with the misterious "dynamesh", his wife? .. his girlfriend?.. nobody knows ;)

Hope you like it ;)

12 December 2012, 12:24 AM
He's looking better now that he is coloured Mario. I can't wait to see it put all together!

12 December 2012, 05:47 PM
@Ragnar0: Thank you very much John ;) I m anxious to see them all finished too :D

"Monsieur Fluid" is a fanatic of fluids, heīs been studying itīs physics for years and has become the master of all kind of liquid and fluid simulations..

12 December 2012, 12:12 PM
A sculptor who likes the precission at work, Mr Z and him dedicate their time to the same tasks but they are not friends at all...

12 December 2012, 07:40 PM
And the last one for this year ;)

He is the master of escapism, a mysterious man able to deal with any kind of particles, smokes, fire or debris effects, his main problem is there are only few persons who understand him ...

Happy New Year everybody!! ;)

12 December 2012, 10:48 PM
loved the characters. Unique character design.

01 January 2013, 06:44 AM
Get in better and better.Really good progress! :applause:

01 January 2013, 12:42 PM
@ShakingTheMind: Thanks! Im glad you like the style mate! ;)
@adlib: Thank you very much my friend, final efforts to arrive on time to the deadline! ;)

Here is "Lady MEL-issa" Hope you like her ;)

01 January 2013, 05:05 AM
Oh how did I miss this! that's a lot of characters for the given time. Curious to see how they look in the final composition though.Good luck.

01 January 2013, 06:43 PM
@redCigarette: Thank you very much! Yeah itīs a true challenge because I started with a month of delay and decided to try to create a complex scene with the given time, I hope I arrive to the deadline :P

Here is a new character to the team, his name is ... "Mad MAX" hehe, he is able to solve any problem using the plugins he carries on his "heavy box", and of course, he loves tea ;)

Hope you like it, please any feedback with the models so far will be very useful! Thanks!

01 January 2013, 11:40 PM
Todayīs character is obsessed with construction, plans and maths, ... hope you know who I m talking about ;)

01 January 2013, 02:39 AM
You are almost there.Good luck man! :)

01 January 2013, 10:43 AM
Very nice work Mario!

The Characters are great :)
Im so nosy how this looks all put together!

01 January 2013, 11:03 AM
@adib, @arcaneg : Thank you very much guys!! Itīs going to be an insane hard work week but I have to arrive to the endline! ;)

Here we go with the queen of motion, motion capture is her passion and she is always willing to help their mates to keep their shape and move in a realistic and natural way ;)

01 January 2013, 08:09 PM
Working on some props while finishing the two remaining characters of my scene ...

01 January 2013, 07:07 AM
looking awesome! very cool stuff :D

01 January 2013, 02:44 PM
@Emptyshell: Thank you very much Jonah!

Here we go with character #9, as the title says he is the 2d painter, using latest technology and his abilities to catch reality and mood he is able to render out awesome pieces of art, ...
(he is inspired directly on me this time althought I donīt have his skills ;)

01 January 2013, 07:12 PM
Some more props...

01 January 2013, 02:06 AM

This is just a general message to everybody in the forums to remember to upload their deliverables to the Challenge engine ( Only 2 days to go!

Please ignore this message if you already have. :)

Good luck, Mike

01 January 2013, 06:50 AM
Thanks for the remind Mike, I didnīt forgot it ;) Working hard here with 2 deadlines for tomorrow (one of course is the contest!) Good luck everyone!!

01 January 2013, 02:45 PM
Cool characters! 1 day to go! all the best!

01 January 2013, 06:15 PM
@Oz: Thanks Fabio!! Yeah my friend, working hard here dude :D

Ok letīs go with the last update before the final image, time for the last character of the collection :D This is ... "The admin" of the "site" ;) , He doesnīt represent any software this time, he is just the one who takes care of the site and that everything is working properly and on time, ...

01 January 2013, 03:14 PM
YEAH! I did it guys! :D I finally arrived on time after a looong journey of hard work. I would like to say THANKS to everyone who followed my wips and gave me some great comments and useful feedback through all the process, I hope you all arrive on time to the deadline and I m glad to know such great artists from around the planet as you are! Best luck to everyone!!
When is the next contest starting? hahaha :D

Here is my explanation on each character, or who is each of them representing:
1.- The 2d artist
2.- The admin of the site
3.- Mudbox
4.- Motion Builder
5.- 3ds Max
6.- Maya
7.- Autocad
8.- Zbrush
9.- Realflow
10.- Houdini
On the final image you can read about my background or main idea I ve used to create this image, Hope you like it! ;)

01 January 2013, 03:15 PM
You can watch the final image at the competition site, hope you like how it ended up!

01 January 2013, 03:22 PM
You didn t submit your final image?
I can t see it on the entries.

01 January 2013, 03:25 PM
Now I see it.
Wonderful work!

All the best :)

01 January 2013, 03:26 PM
Yeah adib, Itīs been posted in the official forum my friend, you can take a look in the link I attached to last post, problem of the "last submited entries" section is that is running too fast today :D 3 mins ago it was the 6th one, please let me know if you find it, hope itīs properly uploaded..

01 January 2013, 03:27 PM
Oh ok, we were writting at the same time lol THANK you very much! Good luck to you too mate ;)

01 January 2013, 06:45 PM
I ve done some tweaks and adjustments on levels and exposure correction, I wanted to make the characters the center of focus and did it by playing with saturation and tones between them and the background, hope it looks better now ;)

01 January 2013, 08:54 PM
Hey, your last tweaks did imrove your already great image. Great job and good luck.

01 January 2013, 10:42 PM
Thank you very much Mike, I really appreciate your words man ;)

01 January 2013, 01:44 PM
Does anybody know when the winners will be announced? Fantastic final pieces around mates! Good luck all! ;)

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