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03 March 2004, 12:41 PM
nicolas ferrand has entered the Machineflesh 2D Challenge.

03 March 2004, 01:01 PM
Y a pas à réfléchir plus
Je m'inscris.
Je nous souhaite bonne chance.


03 March 2004, 07:23 PM (

Hi ,

First concept is the apocalypse reporter

In the futur , in a world of media and war these men need to be equiped with the best for video and sound , but when they travel in dangerous countries , they also need the best for survival and infiltration.

03 March 2004, 07:25 PM (

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Hard Creation
03 March 2004, 08:29 PM
thats cool..
very bizarre.. i like it..


03 March 2004, 08:41 PM
wow you have a very interesting concept going here. i like the way you have a double set of hands going into the arms. this creature creatiuon is excellent! i look forward to seeing your progress :D

03 March 2004, 10:09 PM (

thx all , i need to work more on the flesh side !

03 March 2004, 12:15 AM
I like how it is evolving. Your most recent sketch seems to be going back towards a more human-like stance. I really like sketch 03 - the exaggerated proportions are cool, as is the hunched-over posture.

Man it's hard to keep track of who is doing what.

03 March 2004, 08:26 AM
That is a good idea to give him more flesh.
Good luck

03 March 2004, 03:26 PM
This is a great idea. I'm writing a novel and had a similar kind of reporter in the future except he was in the dangerous Urban Jungle of a society gone wild. Anyways, I'm quite interested to the fruition of your efforts. Great start. LOL you know reporters love to gibber jabber so I was thinking you might focus more on the mouth piece besides his survival capabilities. I love the video cameras being part of the eyes. Again great idea.

03 March 2004, 11:49 PM (

ye thanks all , yes i agree with you francis , in this new one i tried to work on the flesh side , with a huge carachter working for urban construction etc

03 March 2004, 12:12 AM
Fantastic sketch!!
That thing looks awesome!!!

03 March 2004, 10:31 AM
ooooh...lovely line work!!

And there's some really nice mark making (and texture in the last one). Lovely broad strokes. It's nice to see more interetsing marks than the usual airbrush or even the more expressive brush strokes you see a lot from Painter. Are these photoshop?

It's almost like print-making (Lino cuts or something?)

ANd there's a nice balance between the subjects and the space around them.


03 March 2004, 12:49 PM
impressive research works :applause:
I like that :thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 12:52 PM
i like the treatment of the right arm of your last post
there is a good opposition between edges and rounds very interesting !!

03 March 2004, 10:06 PM
yeah viag!
i love the last concept ( very gigantic cam or mic, no? Or what else? :] )

go go go o/

03 March 2004, 10:26 PM
Thx again

I worked on the last concept, adding lot of flesh and some mini town living on this flesh tank , a war machine eating corpse on the battleground.

see the post below (update)

Friedric P
03 March 2004, 11:07 PM
Wooh. I really like the concept of the mini Town. :thumbsup: I think you should go on in this way, it's pretty original. But the warmachine... It's more classic, I think, than the reporter or the carryer. :hmm: Maybe juste a kind of living town could be enough and more subtile.
BTW, good luck!! :)

03 March 2004, 02:22 AM

WOW! That is beautiful! :) :cry: Makes me wanna .... cry. Or something.

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 05:36 AM
Wow... original concept:beer:

Like that style!!!:thumbsup:


Tommy Lee

03 March 2004, 05:52 AM
This is really wonderful; its just incredible! Great work, I will definately keep an eye on this one as it developes.


03 March 2004, 06:47 AM (


03 March 2004, 07:09 AM
cool one Viag , cool one :applause: can't wait to see what you will come up with !

J'aurai peut-être vu l'observatoire un peu plus loin, genre sur les épaules, moins accessible par les tirs ennemis et plus stable suivant la façon dont le tank avance :)

Keep it going, this one rocks!

03 March 2004, 07:36 AM
very cool creature design...
And lots of expression in the strokes, It will be interesting to see this when it has colour.


03 March 2004, 07:47 AM
hi man ^^

i really love your style !!! :beer:

and good research as well !
cant wait to see more from your work !

03 March 2004, 10:05 AM
I love the mini-town idea!!

It suddenly has a grand scale about it.

I hope you can carry through some of the maks and textures. Is this the composition? Or are you gonna try it from different angles?

03 March 2004, 11:59 AM
Good work, and very very nice the way your concept has evolved! I think you've reached a very interesting idea. Pull it to the limits!!!!!!!

03 March 2004, 12:19 PM
Getting in a bit late here, but also just wanted to add a big :thumbsup: , as that really is indeed a very nice style, that and I rather like the concepts.

03 March 2004, 02:09 PM
Yeah, the micro-city is a nice, very nice idea! I think this concept is original enough to be pushed further than the classical war-machine thing.
T'as mis le doigt sur un bon truc là !!!
It's like a colony of very smart and evil fleas on a powerfull dog.
Your sketches are getting better and so each time, hope you'll go on!
Bravo mon pote !

03 March 2004, 03:03 PM
WOW! :thumbsup:

You could really made a novel about living in that mobile city. And imagine the colosal war that could happen when two of those city-bearers would fight.

Great concept!

03 March 2004, 08:21 PM
just great.. you really did capture the whole theme of this challenge.
good work!

:applause: :applause: :applause:

03 March 2004, 08:36 PM
beautiful style!!

03 March 2004, 08:50 PM
This reminds me of the trailer of Onimusha 3, where the hero attack a huge beast who hold a city ruled by a demon.

Good idea and great concept !

03 March 2004, 10:45 PM (

hey thx a lot all , yes i think the city concept is good , i will work on the integration of the town with mecanic and flesh now.

Here is just a little closeup of the head :)

03 March 2004, 10:53 PM
I'm also a fan of the concept. I especially love his huge arm with all those pistons. Will this be your final layout or are you gonna change his pose? ...just curious because I really like his tired resting look.

03 March 2004, 10:56 PM
oh no its just concept , the lineart will be in a environnment with a more 3dish position but with the same feeling :)

03 March 2004, 11:18 PM
but with the same feeling

The feeling is incredibly good!
My godness !!! :bounce: :buttrock:

The texture is incredible !
i hope we will see all oyour creatures
in you CG !!! i love them all !!!
I wouldn'tlike to met one of them in a corridor !!
i'll wait tomorrow morning for going to the toilet :).

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 05:33 AM
Getting better'n better:thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 08:45 PM

Scrolling through the challenges, I feel its a shame the 3D contestants get so many nice hardware prizes compared to the 2D category, as most the 2D entries, particularly yours, are so much more inventive and well-thought out.

And intimidating.

Which is one of the reasons so many more people have entered the 3D challenge.

You 2D is just plain scary, man.

I'm anxious for more of this excellent show!

03 March 2004, 09:08 PM
Great concept!!!:buttrock:

Wouldn't want to meet this guy at night in a dark alley.:eek:

03 March 2004, 05:39 AM
You are keeping the suspens viag
i'm sure the last update will be amazing
I put up your topic to put some pressure :)
lol :wip:

03 March 2004, 10:42 AM
Fat guy rules ~
I think the pose is cool , although I am thin . :blush:

03 March 2004, 03:40 PM
I like last picture , very good research and design

I hope to see the color picture :bounce:


04 April 2004, 10:32 AM
My god, all the Cafe arrive over here ! I didn't see you comming guys !
Very wonderful stuff, as usual I would say! Really nice, nothing to say ...
hum ...


04 April 2004, 07:30 AM
j'aime bien ton style c'est cool:wavey:

04 April 2004, 09:48 AM
Very dark and unique atmosphere

It fit the subject perfectly machineflesh you got it !

Do you work on concepts here or is it your final composition ?

04 April 2004, 10:02 AM
thx all

im working on the line art now with step by step pics

And the composition is different from before :)

04 April 2004, 10:07 AM (

here is the first step of my line , its very far from the end , i need to add lot of details and an environnment, but the shape is coming :)

the image is huge so u will see all the details in the final line .

Luiz Wilhelm
04 April 2004, 06:43 PM
its awesome nicolas,i adore your concept of robot !

keep it up and good luck :beer:

04 April 2004, 08:51 PM
Ben je vais devor redoubler d'effort mon salaud!!!Bien joué et que le meilleur gagne:beer:

04 April 2004, 08:58 PM (

thx shad and feerik !

here is a bigger pic to show more details
the town side , environnement and lot of details will come :)

04 April 2004, 09:23 PM
:beer: :buttrock:
Yesss Viag !!!
Very nice modifications :)

What could increase the emotion of the picture could put a close up of the left leg
as we could see windows with people inside! which could make understand bettre the gigantism of the Gig'Othic Creature!

Luiz Wilhelm
04 April 2004, 09:37 PM
:drool: whow its being great alot nicolas :thumbsup:

im excited too see the final version:bowdown:


04 April 2004, 07:06 AM
These are wonderful beautiful concept sketches. I'll be watching you very closely. Keep up the creative work.

Good luck

04 April 2004, 08:10 AM
Very well rendered ! I like what you did with your idea

04 April 2004, 09:16 AM
Originally posted by harnelbe
Y a pas à réfléchir plus
Je m'inscris.
Je nous souhaite bonne chance.


Everything he said.......................;) Just kidding.

I think it looks very impressive.Beautiful designs and style..............I want to build this in 3D sometime,we can have it run through some set pieces i have created..............Smash everthing..................Now this would be a sight to see coming at you in the real World...............;)

Very nice work viag...................very nice............:beer:

04 April 2004, 11:17 AM
Really looking up for your updates!
just great

04 April 2004, 12:54 PM
Nice to see some original ideas. Everyone's doing great work but your idea is strong too.

04 April 2004, 03:34 PM
For first step is great ,
I want to see the environment and more details now.


04 April 2004, 05:07 PM (

thx for these comments

Enough of black and white for me , i think i have enough information and details line art is done , now its color time !
details of the environnment will come with the color :)

(click to enlarge the pic)

04 April 2004, 06:38 AM
Very nice, can't wait to see the colour

04 April 2004, 07:05 AM
Yah!! nice work! bring the colours!!!:thumbsup:

04 April 2004, 07:38 AM
Yeah I'm dying to see this in colour too. :thumbsup:

04 April 2004, 10:20 AM
Petunia VIAG !!!
Truc de ouf !

Comme Virtuoso si tu veux qu'on se
fasse une collab après le concours pour
faire une modélisation d'une de tes
créature, je suis partant !

As said by Virtuoso if you want to
collab together to modeling one of your
creatures, no problem ! i'm one of the
guys lol.

It's when you click on the picture to get
the biggest one that CG is amazing, in the
biggest size, it will be impressive !
keep it up !

04 April 2004, 10:45 AM
viag ...i know this thread ... yah, i stopped by a week or too ago ... could of swore i posted .. i think i even grabbed it for a wallpaper ... fabulous stuff's even better than when i last saw it

i love the sloppy skin action .. that unhealthy look it's got going for it :thumbsup:

i got this thread marked now .. i'll be back

thanks for the reminder:thumbsup: :applause:

Luiz Wilhelm
04 April 2004, 02:59 PM
:beer: whow nicolas:thumbsup: its awesome!

im excited too see the final version:beer:


04 April 2004, 03:45 PM
Wow impressive, your concept is fantastic:buttrock: I am waiting for new update keep it up:thumbsup:

Bonne chance, c'est très bien partis.

04 April 2004, 04:24 PM
...looks absolutely cool...very leviathan`ish, gargantaur`ish, and unearthly:)

04 April 2004, 08:41 AM
This is getting impressive. The details on the skin and the machine parts come along nicely. :buttrock:

But I regret just one thing: I don't feel this beast is as gigantic as on your previous pics (before you changed the point of view). I think it may come from the global perspective in the image. The edges in the background seem way too high to me, and the "sun" and the clouds way too big compared to the town.
Maybe you could leave some parts of the things out of frame too.
It should BE so HUGE, you know what I'm mean?

Okay, that's a lot of speaking (you know me buddy), hope it can help you in any way!

04 April 2004, 10:24 AM
I have to sign on that thread as well :) The concept is great, powerfull... I think that u should use a lot of details on that monster, to show the size of it. What colors will u use in this one???

04 April 2004, 10:49 AM
thx and "merci" all

Ye frood the gigantic feeling will come caus this is just a temporary environnment , i will work on this with the color ;)

ninjaAssn , i will use some colored grays and lot of complementary colors and maybe an extra fullbright color to show up some details
I need to work on the transparency side of the flesh too

04 April 2004, 10:58 AM (

Here is the start of the wip color , choosing a color scheme
To be continued ...

04 April 2004, 11:50 AM
This last WIP makes me :drool:
Really rocking Nico, you're a master!!!

04 April 2004, 06:16 PM
nothing really to crit so I thought I'd just let this guy do the talking :buttrock:

04 April 2004, 06:28 PM
:thumbsup: :buttrock:
Impressive !
I love that ! miam !!!!!

04 April 2004, 06:33 PM
love those colors...very Gigerish...but also like those burned out colors u see in Da Vincis Drawings or maybe like some of Rembrandts lesser preserved paintings:)

04 April 2004, 09:29 AM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
that's all i want to say ...

04 April 2004, 09:42 AM
as usual, impressive work you've done Viag,
keep it up.

04 April 2004, 02:27 PM
i havent gone into the 2-d part, nice job, i should go check through them to see the greatness , more greatness, great job

04 April 2004, 05:37 PM
:wavey: :applause: :thumbsup: Super! Veru nais! C Englishem beda.Klassno poluchaetsy.I Razvitie ne ploxoe-fontaniruem!Izvini za ne otvet-ne nauchilas eshe.Udachi!

Luiz Wilhelm
04 April 2004, 07:30 PM
the color version its just awesome.....amazing....fantastic....
04 April 2004, 12:59 PM
Good concept !
French concept !
Ok I stop that.

Can't wait to see your final piece.

04 April 2004, 02:46 PM
Great work, i've seen your drawings in sijun and ca.... i like very much your first sketches, very dinamic.

keep it up!

04 April 2004, 08:25 PM
Yes! Man...coming along Awesome!!!

04 April 2004, 10:27 PM
oh...gotta visit Sijun:)
Same profilname?

04 April 2004, 11:51 PM
Really powerful black and white drawings! I like them a lot. Good style! :thumbsup:

04 April 2004, 07:05 AM
thx a lot guys

yes vincent_v i have the same nickname on sijun , but i didnt post since a long time , i need to comeback to the fabulous speedpainting thread :)

Color is coming , i need time to work on the environmment and the flesh material , but i will update soon :beer:

04 April 2004, 02:07 PM
Great idea!
Nicely drawn still has all the movement and energy! Fare play man!:buttrock:

04 April 2004, 10:26 PM
Nice drawings. I started at the last post of it and couldn't tell what it was so started moving back until I figured out that that was a city on top of him. Pretty cool concept. I would add something a little more recognizable as a certain size to help sell the scale of the thing.
cheers, Jared

04 April 2004, 10:40 AM
Hi viag,

thanks for your comments on my page.

I have to notice your name...your works here are wonderful. these drawings are excellent, and you have a very good balance between details and main proportions. This is a quite heavy thing and as I see you can hold this valuable tool in your hands...:bowdown:


04 April 2004, 10:50 AM
Thanks for your comment on my thread.
I like the palette color of your drawings.

My MachineFlesh (

04 April 2004, 06:46 AM
WOOAH !! pure style ! respect ! :drool:

04 April 2004, 01:34 PM
My congratulations for the inspiring work you are pumpin' .
Best wishes to you Nicolas...


Visit my 2D Machineflesh Thread (

04 April 2004, 10:05 PM (

thx for all these comments
Here is the next color wip

done with painter 7

comments and crit are welcome !

04 April 2004, 10:07 PM (

here is a bigger size for the pic :) (click on it for real size )

end is coming , i need to add one or two details :D

04 April 2004, 10:18 PM
GREAT update you have done [b]viag[b]!
home sweet home where i would like my personnal office, how much for a rent ?


04 April 2004, 10:35 PM
I don't think I would want to live there..............But a wild and action packed weekend would be fun once in a while..............very rich and detailed indepth colors........Just love the look of it all,one very nice piece of work Viag.......:buttrock: :beer:

04 April 2004, 10:47 PM
"I don't think I would want to live there.........."


me neither , buddy :)

04 April 2004, 11:24 PM


Yeahhh..........:buttrock: I love this.........:love:

04 April 2004, 05:46 AM
your images are fantastics, great job!:thumbsup:

04 April 2004, 06:30 AM
your work is great!:thumbsup:

04 April 2004, 12:00 PM
the color is powerfull , i like that , impressive details

Close up version please :wip: :wip: :bounce:

04 April 2004, 12:06 PM
it is terrible !

congratulation ! :thumbsup:

very nice work !

Luiz Wilhelm
04 April 2004, 04:33 PM
nicola you are very gifted! that final version its awesome!

you know how too play with colors my friend!

hope:thumbsup: with you win some prize!:applause:


04 April 2004, 06:33 PM
its really cool.
what a mindwarp it would be living in a place like that!


04 April 2004, 06:50 PM
awesome, original :eek: I like the colors!

Good luck! :applause:

05 May 2004, 09:50 PM
thx a lot all ! what can i say , just thats i really enjoyed to work on this challenge :beer:

05 May 2004, 12:22 AM
:surprised ..Really great job,man!!!There's only 2 things(little things:D )that i like a little bit less(sorry,it's been a long time since i've talking(writing)english:blush: )
It's that orange spots(spotlikes)in the sky,or maybe the missing of blur in the sky(floodness or flowness:hmm: ,don't know sorry).And the second thing is that i feel like there are missing some highlight's,or is it the shadow that's a little bit to clear for my feelings,i don't know.
Anyway these are really very little things,because your work rock's really hard man!!!!!!!
congratulions,man very impressive!!!

05 May 2004, 10:35 AM
Merci Viag pour les encouragments :)
je te souhaites aussi bonne chance (bien qu'avec ce que j'ai vu dans ton thread tu n'en a pas vraiment besoin :drool: :applause: )

05 May 2004, 01:15 PM
Congratulations Nico!
As Nuro, I'd like to see some close up asap!
:applause: :applause: :applause:

05 May 2004, 02:30 PM
wow! what a great piece, colors, everything.... I learned a lot from u, your WIP works, so thank u!

06 June 2004, 10:42 PM (

little update and final color with a better quality jpeg

thx to cgtalk for this nice contest and thx for the replys all !:beer:

06 June 2004, 02:02 AM
I'm happy you've finished it!
Great concept and beautiful image!!!

06 June 2004, 09:41 PM
final image looks fantastis love all the detail, great piece to just sit and explore:drool:

06 June 2004, 11:14 PM
Another great entry here! I love the mood.
Good luck, man :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 08:07 AM
Congratulation for your final image... I discover this piece of art only now...I'm confuse... but I like it so much... very impressive...

Chapeau l'artiste :applause:

06 June 2004, 03:26 PM
WOW you got skills :thumbsup: impressive work man :buttrock: I wish you the best with that fantastic image

Cya :wavey:

06 June 2004, 05:52 PM
Really beatifull colours, I like the mood, good work! :thumbsup: Good luck!!!

06 June 2004, 05:54 PM
i think the craziest of this image is the tiny head that at
first didn't even see before Falcor_ pointed it out to me

o yea n it's a neat pic :)

06 June 2004, 12:10 PM
Hey dude !!!
Great work you've done !!!
i'm waiting for the nest close-up of your piece of art !
Amazing sense of lighting man !

06 June 2004, 01:02 PM
lookin good!!

I haven't posted in your thread since quite early on... sorry about that. But the final image looks great. And i'd agree with some of the other posts.... the colour is really nice... i reckon you made the right choices when you were thinking about the palette.
How about some close ups...?

06 June 2004, 05:22 PM
Thx a lot harnelbe and duddlebug , yes i forgot to post closeups

here we go , enjoy ! :D

06 June 2004, 06:05 PM
i love that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It extremly show your skills ! I like the materials renders !!!
Great Creation Viag !!!

06 June 2004, 09:13 PM
Top 10.Another of my favorites right here.Deep and dark.:twisted: And cool.:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 09:35 PM
Too much exceptionnel... Thanks for these close-up... I see better... I understand better... big is beautiful, and beautiful is your artwork :bowdown:

06 June 2004, 10:36 PM
Uhhh...Lovely...close ups really makes everything so much voting high:)

06 June 2004, 08:09 AM
ouaou trop fort les details , avec des couleurs bien personnel

doblé robota

06 June 2004, 08:20 PM
:thumbsup: Your final piece was more than worth the wait...

Great concept - really unusual and those textures and style are really something special....

One of my favourites -

Congratulations on your entry and good luck!!! :applause: :applause: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 09:21 PM
Hei Viag

First of all, thanks for the gentle words in my project!


Your textures, explosion and colors... ArGh!!!! I love this!!!!:scream:

superb. its realy a superb work.

I love your textures. The final image is very impressive. and the closes... HELL! amazing!!!!


and FORCE!


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