View Full Version : Machineflesh 2D Challenge Entry: Thomas Wendtner

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 05:22 PM
Thomas Wendtner has entered the Machineflesh 2D Challenge.

03 March 2004, 05:29 PM
Good luck, Tommy! Can't wait to see your twisted creation:twisted:

03 March 2004, 05:43 PM
Jeez, couldn't you have stayed in Taiwan for a couple of more months? I really need that Wacom monitor!

LOL just kidding buddy, good luck to you ;)

03 March 2004, 02:38 PM
Your real name is not tommy lee ???
:surprised :eek:


03 March 2004, 02:14 AM
Wow... Checked out your site TommyLee. Great stuff.
Can't wait to see what you have for us

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 02:01 PM
Thanks my friends:beer:

It will take a while till I show something,... my brain is a lil' slow this time of the year:lightbulb:


Tommy Lee

03 March 2004, 02:07 PM
Yes, that is because every thought in your head takes the scenic route along the deeper rings of hell. We know that and we forgive you. But please finish this challenge Tommy.

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 03:54 PM
@Jeroen: I will...promised!!!!:deal:

03 March 2004, 04:55 PM
So much noise around here... so i looked ur gallery.. now i know why :) I'll keep looking this thread. Good luck!

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 09:29 AM ( I go! I stay with the Madhatter and HumptyDumpty.
I did Illus with them befor, and who now me they fit very well for that theme.
Nothing much to explain... It's just an evil look on the land behind the lookingglas.

Here is the first bluepencil-sketch...
U can file it under torture... somehow:)

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 01:43 PM (

Re-fined the Sketch...

03 March 2004, 01:58 PM
I love the Mad Hatter.

The face has some great shapes and detail. The floating teapot base is a nice touch (and more interesting than the robot legs).

03 March 2004, 01:59 PM
Haha, I love it. Incredible work man. Such a lovely twist.

03 March 2004, 03:26 PM
I always had wondered what happend to Humpy Dumpy :) .

Love it!

03 March 2004, 04:03 PM
Hey Tommy Lee I like your design. The expressions on their faces look evil, esspecially the skinny guy in what looks like a broken strait jacket. Is that what I'm seeing? anyways :beer: I wanna see this concept through to the end, very curious how its gonna turn out.


03 March 2004, 04:24 PM
Well, finally someone is working on putting humpty dumty back together again!

03 March 2004, 01:34 AM
Fantastic Concept-

Don't wanna burst your bubble- but isn't this not orginally your idea?

It probably doesn't matter just figured I would mention it

03 March 2004, 02:11 AM
I love it. Much more interesting than a Mech-Destroyer-hunter-cyborg-from the future.

03 March 2004, 03:22 AM
Love the style, it suits the feel of those old creepy kid stories. :beer:

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 05:04 AM
Thanks for all the kind comments!

@Phugative: I don't know exactly what you mean...

@flyingP: Schoene Gruesse nach Deutschland!:wavey:


@duddlebug: Wohoooo...somebody recognized the teapot. I love u!!!!!

@Rkhon: Thanks dude!!!!

@crazybread: Yepp that is kinda straightjacket... Its the Madhatter, so put him in that jacket. Makes sense...huh?
Thanks dude!!!

@RLyons: Thanks dude!!! Thats what I wanna do... Scare kids...hehe!


Tommy Lee

03 March 2004, 05:54 AM
I think what Phugative means is that it's based upon characters from famous nursery rhymes or fairy tales. But, don't worry about it Tommy ... your entry is acceptable for the challenge.

The thing that makes it "OK" is that Tommy is putting his own design and twist to the characters. Which means that they do not closely resemble any adaptations of the characters previously done. They are unique to Tommy's sick-n-twisted style and undeniably his creations.

I hope that clears things up a bit.

Keep going Tommy, it's looking fantastic!

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 06:06 AM
Thanks Kirt... Now I know whats going on.:beer:

Phew.... god bless my twisted

03 March 2004, 06:54 AM
really nice drawing , im waiting for the color :thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 07:05 AM
I still have an eye on this one... its great! I'll just lay back on the sofa, get some popcorn and cola, and watch the whole show around here :thumbsup:

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 07:29 AM (

Another conceptsketch... just doodling around...

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 08:23 AM (

Ok.. I stick with my 1st idea and started linework.

03 March 2004, 08:36 AM
i prefer this drawing to the second version...especially the Mad Hatter.

Looking Good...

03 March 2004, 10:37 AM
love the style man. i wish i could do line art like that!

great concept aswel, making wholesome nursery rhymes disturbing...

03 March 2004, 12:22 PM
I like your style Tommy!!! Really good start... I'll follow your next post.

Good Luck

03 March 2004, 12:22 PM
:thumbsup: Love it. Scrumptious, eggy surgery!

03 March 2004, 03:47 PM
Damn!! i LOve that fellow with the long legs...he could be so awesome:)

What a weird twisted head we have working here:thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 03:48 PM
Cool stuff, Tommy:thumbsup:

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 05:58 AM
Thanks to all for the comments. Update coming soon!!

@vincent_v: The long legs are to often used allready. And about the wierd and twisted mind: :twisted:



Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 07:16 AM (

Finished the lines... coming up next: colors!!!

03 March 2004, 07:19 AM
Beautiful lines Tommy. Looking forward to seeing your colors & what you decide to do with the background.

03 March 2004, 07:25 AM
i like very much your work Tommy, i can't wait to see the colours :)

P.S. I checked your web site , great work man ;)

03 March 2004, 10:06 AM
Great job!
keep working!!

03 March 2004, 10:44 AM
Well, I can honestly say I'm awestruck! It's really imaginative and very dark... and yeah. I like the floating tepot too. it adds a nice bit of humour into the neo-horror of the scene.

Inspirational. good luck Tommy

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the comments...:beer:

03 March 2004, 11:51 AM
Hiya dude....YOU ROCK!

I love the detail and your drawing technique, My kids would be horrified if they see this LOL.

Will be watching :thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 12:43 PM
Cool stuff! :scream:

Don't forget to do your background soon, it's usually hard to add one when the characters are already so detailed. Something wacky with floating stuff in creepy alice in wonderland style might be nice. There's enough wacky stuff in that book so i'm sure you'll think of something good :)

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 01:03 PM (

Started to color... little update!

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 01:07 PM
@element5: Thank u very much:blush:

@jawine: Thats such a thing with me. I never think about the background befor I finished the main chars. If you look at earlier wips from me u will find the same progress. All of my friends here will say the same. It's strange I know... but somehow it works:beer:
Thanks for you suggestions and comment!!!:thumbsup:


Tommy Lee

03 March 2004, 08:16 PM
Looking forward to seeing the finished version of this, coming along very nicely. :thumbsup:

Friedric P
03 March 2004, 08:27 PM
Yeah! Looks great!! :thumbsup:
That's a very disturbing concept ... :scream:

03 March 2004, 06:38 AM
I love the detail! Very original too!:buttrock:

03 March 2004, 07:38 AM
way cool concept man!


03 March 2004, 07:53 AM
Hey Tommy,

I found yah, great work! As stated before, awesome original concept. Keep it up mate, I see alot of potential in where this is going.


03 March 2004, 12:18 PM
It´s getting better every time I see!!

03 March 2004, 12:26 PM
Your work is great I really enjoy the detail in everything and think the twist on humpty is very clever

03 March 2004, 05:58 PM
I love your spirals Tommy !!:love: :bounce:

03 March 2004, 07:16 PM
The concept is very cool. Be careful on your approach, he is kind of resembling the American Mcgee Mad Hatter who was also mechanical. I guess twisted minds think alike .:buttrock:

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 07:35 AM (

A little update on the color.. hadn't much time the last 2 days!!!

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 07:38 AM
Thanks for all the coments!!!:beer:

@PSYCHON: I don't think it will be similar to American Mc Gees Madhatter. But thanks anyway...:thumbsup:


Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 09:28 AM (

Another little update...

03 March 2004, 09:51 AM
Have just been having a look at your site, mate there's some evil stuff in there...LOVE IT! . You've really given Humpy are hard time over the years by the looks of things though :D .
keep 'em coming. :thumbsup:

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 10:15 AM
Thanks flyingP!!!:beer:

And by the way: Schoene Gruesse nach Deutschland. Lebe zwar zurzeit in Taiwan, bin aber urspruenglich aus Oesterreich. Aus Wien um genau zu sein!!!:wavey:
Kann mit dem chinesischen keyboard keine Umlaute!!!:D


Tommy Lee

03 March 2004, 10:19 AM
Hope you don't mind me replying in English mate although I can speak and read German it just takes me ages to write, I actually originally come from the other side of the world... New Zealand.

Cheers :beer:

03 March 2004, 02:24 PM
It´s really good man!!! I like the colors!
keep working that way:thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 07:25 PM
Sweet! Well that's not the best word, hehe, but I am liking your style. I checked out your website and its awesome. You have a true feel for making horror out of innocent things. I like your play on Alice and Wonderland. Always been one of my favorite stories. I really hope this turns out to be an evil piece.

The idea of the MadHatter putting Humpty Dumpty back together is just wicked, and you just know the MadHunter is up to no good, no telling how he's altering Humpty's brain, hehe. This is such a fun contest, enjoying what everyone's coming up with.


03 March 2004, 11:22 PM
This is definitly the darkest and weirdest of all the concepts I saw here. And that's great! That skin is absolutly repugnant and even the ideea of playing around in someone's brain (even if this is Humpty Dumpty) is sick. Congrats! Great piece of work. Has a "Panzar" feeling in it.

03 March 2004, 02:56 AM
very cool work so far dude. keep it up.

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 08:03 AM (

And another little update...

And thanks for the comments,... they keep me going!!!!


03 March 2004, 08:27 AM
That is awsum! you were kind enough to respond to my entry so i had to check out yours and im glad i did!
How are you so good?

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 09:16 AM (

Ok.. I started roughing out Humpty!

03 March 2004, 09:22 AM
ahhh cool, I was wondering when you were going to get onto Humpty. :thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 10:14 AM
Your style is amasing really like the detail and texture of humpty.

Can't wait to see the final image

Great and Good luck

Fred Heys
03 March 2004, 11:19 AM
This work is really awsome and original im lloking foward to the output of this bad boy, keep it up!:thumbsup:

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 12:38 PM (

little Humpty update...

And thanks for the comments!!!

03 March 2004, 02:16 PM
Excellent stuff Tommy! Very little room for improvement :) Keep up the good work. :beer:

03 March 2004, 11:41 PM
Thats starting to look fantastic! do you have any idea what you want to put in the background?

03 March 2004, 01:55 AM
hey man, i like ur picture, the card in the hat is classic. Anyways you must of liked my bullshiit performance then, hahaha. Good luck

03 March 2004, 05:16 AM
hey tommy... the colouring is insane! That must have taken a fair while.

do you use just one layer to shade and highlight? and do you use a tablet?

Love it man!

03 March 2004, 08:13 AM
oooooh...the Hatter's looking nice...

not sure about all the coloured dots, though.... :)

Any thoughts on the background image yet?

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 08:13 AM (

More work done on Humpty...

03 March 2004, 08:13 AM
never mind the brain...he needs some dental work...

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 08:26 AM
@eupee: Thanks dude! About your questions:
- I use a Wacom Graphire 2 graphictablet
- I use the following Layers right now:
*Color Humpty
*Color Madhatter
*Color Mechanics
-I do the Highlights and Specialeffects in the endstage of my progress. I do them on seperate layers

@duddlebug: These colored dots are just my palette. I put them where I need it, thats a lil' chaotic but works just fine for me. And about the Background... I have a few rough ideas in the back of my head, but I let my thoughts float around till I finished the main characters. Thanks for your comments!!!

@all the others: Thanks alot for the encouraging words!!!:thumbsup:


Tommy Lee

03 March 2004, 09:00 AM

yeh... i guessed they were your palette. A good idea actually. playing with your palette in the dead space.

I've always worked in Photoshop, but i'm thinking of learning Painter for this challenge. It looks like a lot of fun.

Keep up the good work...

03 March 2004, 09:25 AM
Really love the tooth ~ very evil and crazy style .
You have great skill , hope to see more marvelous works .

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 09:27 AM
Originally posted by duddlebug
I've always worked in Photoshop, but i'm thinking of learning Painter for this challenge. It looks like a lot of fun.

I don't know if I understand u correctly, but I am working with Photoshop:D

@ufotung: Thank u very much and I will do my best:beer:

03 March 2004, 01:24 AM
Awesome dude. That's the creepiest Humpty Dumpty I've ever seen. LOL I hope no little girls fall into your Wonder Land, lol. Very twisted. Love it!

03 March 2004, 03:12 AM
Yo tommy, I just realized, I came to a Gun fight with a crappy ball mouse, and mspaint....AHAHA, but I think I am gonna get my supplies soon. Good news, I am getting people to join in, cause I really only know you on this site. Allright, keep goin, I said YESSSSSSSS Peace Out

03 March 2004, 03:42 AM
man this just keeps looking better and better every time. Keep up the great work, can't wait to see this finished.

03 March 2004, 05:20 AM
hey tommy, really nice stuff your doing. Your one of my favorite artists on cgtalk and your progress always is amazing :eek: .

Can't wait to see more :thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 05:48 AM
Tommy Dude, your colouring job is starting to freak me out. You should put a PG rating on your thread :) J/K

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 07:53 AM (

Getting closer to finish the rough coloring of the main characters...

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 07:59 AM
Thanks everyone... I finally get to the stage to finish the rough coloring on Humpty and the Madhatter.
Next Stage after this will be refining, highlightning and the first sketches for the background.
And sorry for the blur, bout the compression kills the image...
Next I will show closeups again.

@grafi: U make me blush you know:blush: .. thanks man:beer:

@AirbORn: What is PG???:D :beer:

03 March 2004, 08:30 AM
Cool painting skills dude!

03 March 2004, 09:03 AM
one of the greatest idea so far !

I love the characters, very twisted.

But I think that you're loosing lot's of details with your coloring, which is very "black burned" perhaps if you add more light source, perhaps a green one coming from the left you could add light and details to your color

03 March 2004, 09:13 AM
you know it's getting really hard eating an egg for breakfast without thinking of this picture :scream:

It's nice to see the whole picture again, lookin good :thumbsup:

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 09:32 AM (

Anoyher little update...
Want to post as much as possible that people who are interested can follow my steps...

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 09:36 AM
Originally posted by bonestudio
one of the greatest idea so far !

I love the characters, very twisted.

But I think that you're loosing lot's of details with your coloring, which is very "black burned" perhaps if you add more light source, perhaps a green one coming from the left you could add light and details to your color

Thank u very much and as I mentioned in a reply abough: The Highlits and other lightsources(Special FX) come in another layer after refining the rough color. Now there is just a subtle lightsource to give it a feeling of depth:beer:

@flyingP: lol:D

@creativer: Thnaks man:thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 10:06 AM
:buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock:

I am gonna let these little guys say it for me.

03 March 2004, 10:09 AM
really loved seeing this design from the start.

The colour is really starting to look nice, dark and sinister, don't think you should over do the high lights though as it could loose that, but i have a feeling you know that better than me, nice.

03 March 2004, 12:22 PM
Tommy Lee, amazing concept and great design. Your work blows me away. I like your colors. Schöne Grüsse aus München!

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 12:48 PM

@olidale: Thank you and I'll try my best not to go nuts with the highlights:beer:

@Locusta::D Dankeschoen und schoene Gruesse aus Taiwan.(Translation for the others: Thanks and greetings from Taiwan)

03 March 2004, 01:03 PM
I like this consept very much!:thumbsup:
I offer to rename Wanderland into Madland!:surprised
Two questions:
1. What Madhatter has made with the rabbit?
2. Have Alice come yet? :D

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 01:24 PM
Originally posted by arden_rey
1. What Madhatter has made with the rabbit?
2. Have Alice come yet? :D

Thanks man!!!!
To your questions:
1: I am not sure yet, will be uncoverd in one of my next works I guess!!!!:twisted:
2: I have to say that dude, be strong now! Don't!!!!:D

But to keep u guys interrested in my painting,.. I think there will be another sick character in the Background, watching...hehe!


Tommy Lee

03 March 2004, 01:26 PM
With one word... amaizing! The ambient is perfect even now, dark colors, nice and original details (teapot, valves, the 666 card...), style rocks,... Really cant wait to see the finished version. This piece is definitely going to my privat collection on hard disk. :buttrock:

03 March 2004, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by Tommy Lee
But to keep u guys interrested in my painting,.. I think there will be another sick character in the Background, watching...hehe!

Well I was interested before, but that's got me curious.

03 March 2004, 05:07 PM

PG = Parental Guidence

lol :beer:

03 March 2004, 07:40 PM
Your style has guts like Dumpty. Impresses. But when Mad has drilled his brain to his satisfaction, what next? ......

Dumpty is gonna be one helluva demented EGG wandrin' round Wonderland - or wonderin' roun' Wanderland......

Only part one methinx

03 March 2004, 08:53 PM
Love seeing the painting process dude! (just got back from the beach;-) Great work! unique and good visually story telling. I love character design, but I like it even better when people tell a story with their character images which this does. Keep rockin bro-ham.

Tommy Lee
04 April 2004, 10:56 AM (

Here is the first sketch of a background element, positioned in the left top corner...

Tommy Lee
04 April 2004, 11:01 AM
Thank ya all very much for the comments...:beer:
As u see I started to sketch out the first Background element.
More to come soon,.. so stay tuned:wip:

04 April 2004, 11:05 AM
Yes, yes superb... but what about this other sick character? :bounce: me wants to know!!!! :D

Tommy Lee
04 April 2004, 01:49 PM (

...and the lines for that backgroundelement.

Tommy Lee
04 April 2004, 01:51 PM
Originally posted by flyingP
Yes, yes superb... but what about this other sick character? :bounce: me wants to know!!!! :D

Pations my friend...:beer:

04 April 2004, 11:23 AM
I'm hoping it's Cheshire

Tommy Lee
04 April 2004, 11:56 AM (

Started to color the 1st Backgroundelement...

04 April 2004, 12:01 PM
This is going to be sweet :drool:
Excellent style, really twisted and wierd :thumbsup:

04 April 2004, 02:14 PM
yea , strangely calm image to me .. great idea .. well done

04 April 2004, 03:51 PM
i like this pic alot, it just keeps on getting better, your skills at digital painting are genius my only critism is that it seems very close to american mgees alice game, it had a similar looking mad hatter. i really love the floating tea pot!:beer:

04 April 2004, 04:00 PM
Originally posted by Tommy Lee
Pations my friend...:beer:

is this a carrot ??? :D

aber was sollst, nette update :thumbsup:

04 April 2004, 05:26 PM
This ones going to be hard to beat.
I was wondering if you could add some juice. Maybe when you do your lighting, just make the brain and other parts look really wet and nasty.



04 April 2004, 10:35 PM
This is definetly going to be a master peice.:bounce:

04 April 2004, 04:54 AM
Most Excellent work dude-mon! You are going to be tough to beat. I'm sure having fun trying to come in second:D

04 April 2004, 10:08 PM

Hey tommy!!!!

Great job! It Rocks!!!!

Go ahead!!!!!

04 April 2004, 10:22 PM
Hi there again!

I have to say that its not so convincing that WIP coloring... for NOW! Its 2 flat, not sharp enough...
But hey, what u did with madhatter its just amaizing, so I dont doubt about this one will be great as well... just dont forget to make it all more organic, wet and... sick ofcourse :bounce:
Make textures on this one believable!

04 April 2004, 09:07 AM
Your piece is getting more and more intense, great job

04 April 2004, 08:39 PM
WOW your piece is comming along really nicelly. :thumbsup:

...will be interesting to see the final!


04 April 2004, 10:49 AM
Hey Tommy, looking evil good man! hehe

04 April 2004, 01:07 PM
Great work! :buttrock:
Love your attention for detail!

Update! Now now now now now now now!!! ;)


04 April 2004, 01:10 PM
i find ur work great
i love the colors u use and i'm waiting for ur next post.
go on
and post soooooooooon:bounce:

04 April 2004, 02:46 PM
Tommy youre a wonderfully creepy human being. Love the peice here. The only thing is that I would like to a touch more color saturation....only a touch. Too much would kill the style.

04 April 2004, 01:22 AM
I wanna see your next step soo badly.

Your stuff is so.... Wonderfull :buttrock:

04 April 2004, 06:18 AM
...well? ;)

04 April 2004, 08:32 AM
OK Tommy, how's about an UPDATE! :wip:


04 April 2004, 11:15 AM
A submission a submission ^^
I m a great fan of your art !!^^

Tommy Lee
04 April 2004, 02:12 PM
Thanks for all the comments.
Sorry, but I had alot to do beside that piece...
I will going for an update soon. I also needed a break from it to get my perspective straight again:beer:

Cheerz and soon...

Tommy Lee

04 April 2004, 01:32 AM
Your painting is really shaping together really nicely. Your putting some nice detail in. I'm also glad you improved the overall layout of the piece. It was kinda bothering when one of the characters bled off the page. Looking forward to seeing it more finished.

04 April 2004, 01:37 AM
Thomas...................Now that's how Wonderland should be re-created.........Wicked nice work,eyecandy central..........:buttrock: :beer:

04 April 2004, 05:40 AM
I may be telling you something someone has already mentioned...but I am saying this without reading the entire thread. ..and I wanted to get this in before I called it a night.

I am not sure what stage you are at in you process..but I was thinking your foreground elemnts are so heavy in black..that it may be a good idea to have light cast from below ..somewhere in the middle ground. That way you could develop a soft bounce of reflected light ..or a even a harder rim light.. It would add shape and detail to the dark areas ..and make it feel more tangible....
anyway..something to think about....

great work...can't wait to see it finished.


04 April 2004, 03:56 PM
yo dude, hey i had an idea, cause I think you like the sicker the better, i was thinking when your finishing up the peice, you can add a slimy look to the brain, and have saliva coming out of humpty's mouth, i dont know, maybe you already had that in mind, but it seems like this peice needs to have a kind of slimy look to it, wel allright, its tight man, peace out

things can always get more disturbing, there is always room for more disfunction

05 May 2004, 10:26 PM
what , we forgot the help thing ? I brought this up cause
like if he thinks he can finish the image for the contest in time
it would be cool if we got gathered a few bucks for Tommy for the
electric bill and stuff , so he don't have to worry about money
for the next month or so ...

06 June 2004, 12:45 AM
.............................................:drool: ................................................

I love this thread.

..............................................:cool: .................................................

06 June 2004, 01:30 AM
Im sorry i havent seen this thread before, i LOVE your gruesome twist on the whole nursery rhyme story. Its what the shrek and other kids cartoons should have been if some psychotic cyber punk killer was the production designer.

Very cool indeed, cant wait for your next update, would love to see what you do with the background, you started on.

Keep it coming.:bounce: :thumbsup: :D :beer:

06 June 2004, 12:15 AM
oh man I LOVE IT!! :thumbsup: :drool:

06 June 2004, 09:06 PM
/me taps the wristwatch.
Better not be late again young man!



06 June 2004, 08:36 AM
how could I miss this image?! :eek:
one of most beautiful than I saw! :applause:

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