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03 March 2004, 11:10 PM
Alexandre Simionescu has entered the Machineflesh 2D Challenge.

03 March 2004, 01:03 AM (

Hello everyone :)
First of all, good luck to all of you :)
Here's my first concept sketch. I'm planning to do a mechanically enhanced DJ, with (removable) connections from his head directly to beatboxes, effects, synths etc for live performance :)
Added him 2 extra robot arms too, for 3 decks mixing.
Now let's get back to work.. :)

03 March 2004, 01:45 AM
Oh man. I was thinking of doing a mecha DJ. You beat me to it. It looks really cool so far.

03 March 2004, 02:37 AM
Where is that club gonna be? He looks like he lays down some insane beats.

03 March 2004, 02:56 AM
I like the "angle" your using,
Would it not be great to have 4 arms ! ehe..
Good job, man this challenge is going to be fun!

03 March 2004, 03:32 AM
Pretty intence input and output capabilities, I could imagine longer sessions at the
I like it.

03 March 2004, 03:51 AM (

Snorthul: I'm sorry... :)

Rkhon: Hehehe he is indeed! The question is WHEN is there gonna be such a club? :)

Batmel: Thanks :) I think i'll make it even more dramatic than that.. later..

Element5: ..unless there's a power cut :)

Here's a sketch of the arm.. It has those blinking funky clubby lights, just for the show :)

03 March 2004, 06:09 AM
no problem. I didn't even realize that this was the 2d forum. I'm entering the 3d one so no harm done :beer:

03 March 2004, 01:05 AM (

Some more mechanical sketches, I rarely draw robotish stuff so I have to practise and experiment..
I think i'll look after some robot reference material to see the actual mechanism of robotic arms, my sketches are only based on suppositions.. and I feel a lot is missing :)
C&C is more than ever welcome :D

03 March 2004, 04:29 AM
nice sketch..:)
good luck :)

03 March 2004, 04:00 PM (

I'm thinking about completely changing the subject, doing something more cartoony :) here's a robotized bunny (I still have to add some more mechanical parts), I'm thinking of doing 2 or 3 characters, something like a 'special secret forces squad' from the year 2984 :) let me know what you think :)

03 March 2004, 05:49 PM (

Some more concepts...

03 March 2004, 08:22 PM (

Just some more concepts, trying to get an idea of what I could do :)

03 March 2004, 08:30 PM
NO! :)
You're blowing everything! :P
Get back to that COOL DJ! :>

03 March 2004, 09:10 PM
I like

I like your style, character is very funny (or bunny, like you want).
Are you a fan of Tex Avery Bugs Bunny, beep beep and coyote...?

Look forward, i want to see more !

:wip: :applause:

03 March 2004, 10:17 PM
bunny with attitude! I like your sketches they've got real character. Nice One!:thumbsup:

03 March 2004, 12:54 PM (

Logadin: I'm still hesitating between the dj and the toons, they are more fun to do :>

DaVee: Thanks :) No, I'm not a fan, although I like them :)

Zilla: Thanks :D

03 March 2004, 01:08 PM
the big bear's cool....

could do with some more 'machine' possibly? Although it looks like his hidden arm is machined-up...?

03 March 2004, 04:19 PM
when I saw your dj sketch I thaught that thats a cool idea and wished if you were to go ahead with it that you draw it as looking through a mad fisheye lens, you know all extra distorted. Then I came back and saw your robotized bunny, and I must say I like him more. I looking forward to seeing more of him! (love the bear too! perhaps you can do a squad or something .:bounce:

03 March 2004, 03:24 PM
Really refreshing style... I'll keep an eye on your progress!!!

03 March 2004, 11:47 PM (

thanks for your comments :)

duddlebug: I agree, they need more mechanical parts.. I tried experimenting more the characters, pose and proportions before adding all the mech stuff :)

crazybread: I'm experimenting the fisheye, but it doesn't come up right.. I've not yet decided with which concept to go on, but I still have plenty of time :)

Franky_mo: thanks :)

Here is another bunny concept:

Tommy Lee
03 March 2004, 05:26 AM
Damn.. I can't believe I didn't comment on this!!!:blush:

Great concepts and unique style u have going on here. I wait with what u'll end up.
No crits yet:thumbsup:


Tommy Lee

03 March 2004, 11:02 AM
It is so nice to see your work cause it is so different from the norm, exellent style.

good luck

03 March 2004, 04:31 PM
Cool pics!

Like the cartoon style stuff. Nice and differant.

Love the bunny! maybe only have the one leg robotic (lucky rabit foot and all)

Well it looks cool

03 March 2004, 07:32 PM
I think getting the character right is important. Especially on this challenge. It'd be easy to get bogged down in mechanical detail and not develop the character(s) fully. Detail and the nitty-gritty of the mechanics can come later.

And as you've said....we've got plenty of time!! for now!!

And it's great that you've continued with the cartoon style...

04 April 2004, 12:42 AM (

Tommy Lee, dloots, SigFire: Thanks :) Stay tuned!

duddlebug: That's right :) And I prefer goin on with characters which are fun to paint.. To be honest, painting all the knobs and stuff of the DJ would have made me sick :)

I'm now working on the composition.. Trying to figure out how and where to put the big bear (I'm thinking about switching the bear with a panda).

04 April 2004, 05:33 AM
merci d'avoir jeté un coup d euile sur mes travaux, super ton dj "défoul toi man":beer:

04 April 2004, 11:34 PM (

wilfrid: y'a pas de quoi :)

here's the composition i'm planning to go on with :) I'll start the lineart tomorrow, if you have any suggestion or if there's something to change, I'd be glad to hear it! :) thanks :)

04 April 2004, 09:13 AM
Very dynamic compo !

Very funny style :)

It could be a good start for a jack&daxter like videogame, I think

04 April 2004, 02:26 PM
you must have been sitting in a cup of soul, you got some nice shapes here, no crit just waiting to see the outcome, keep it greazy..

04 April 2004, 08:27 PM
i like your bunny alot, cant think of anything wrong with it, its perfect, it is a cooler idea than the dj as well...


04 April 2004, 11:16 PM (

Thanks for your comments :)

I started fine tuning the sketch, to get a better idea of the details before really starting the lineart.. here's how the cat should look like :)

04 April 2004, 09:53 PM (

same thing as above but with the bunny :)

04 April 2004, 06:12 AM
hahaha.. 5 starts cartoon style!

04 April 2004, 01:45 PM (

Russo: thanks :D

I think I finished the first step of the lineart, now I gotta go hi-res, and carefully trace the final lineart :)

04 April 2004, 02:21 PM
smooth , clean , neat stuff :thumbsup:

04 April 2004, 04:46 PM
Nice lineart, you kept the great attitudes you had in the sketches ! Great step to start a good coloring

04 April 2004, 12:37 AM
Nice Work I really like the way you trace your lines. :thumbsup:
Good work

04 April 2004, 12:58 AM
hey drumwhore, looking good.........

04 April 2004, 06:05 PM
very cool :buttrock:
i like all your cartoon design

04 April 2004, 10:28 PM (

thanks for the comments :D I appreciate :)
just finished the lineart of the cat.. 2 more characters to go :)

04 April 2004, 04:44 AM
Hey i really like your style.

What do you use for the outline?



04 April 2004, 03:08 PM
Thanks :D

90% of the lineart was made with a default hard brush, and 10% vectorial for the larger areas like the stomach, feet, tail, it's easier to keep the stroke regular... :)

04 April 2004, 07:07 PM
I love the cartoon style! all the characters are cool :applause:

What have you thought about the background? :D

04 April 2004, 11:43 PM

I like the posing its very Charlies Angels....:)

When pets go wild and kick ass.....:thumbsup:

looking forward to colour.

04 April 2004, 12:39 PM (

Ok i'm finally done with the bunny.. One more to go..

04 April 2004, 12:44 PM
element5: thanks :D

adrixwha: thank you :) I did not think about the background yet, maybe i'll do something simple, or maybe something like an apocalyptical city environment.. Anyway thanks for reminding me about the bg, I should think about it before starting coloring, especially for the lighting..

04 April 2004, 05:53 PM
You're one of my top3 ( or 4 :p ).
Your characters are great.
If I may give you my opinion , a background would be good (and great lightning).
Most of your other challenge's camarade will have strong atmospheres in their images.
And having just the characters , even if they have strong personnality, seems like "empty" or "light" to me , if no environment.
I don't want to be rude.
(I 'm not even in the competition !)
Just my opinion.
So if you want to compete...

:wip: to reach the top !

04 April 2004, 01:20 AM
Love it man. Your lineart is so smooth. Are you using a digital program to "ink" the drawing or are you going traditional?

Anyway I think these characters are awesome. Can't wait to see it with colour and a background.


04 April 2004, 02:11 AM
Great job until now!!! Keep up!
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

04 April 2004, 07:36 AM
Reminds me of JazzJackRabbit.

04 April 2004, 11:14 PM (

I did some modifications to the panda, I didn't like how the old one integrated in the pic.. his shoulders were too large, and he looked too symmetrical.. he contrasted with the 2 other characters. let me know what you think about this one :)

04 April 2004, 11:46 PM Thanks :D I completely agree with you, even if the background is not required, I think it will definately play a role in the mood (especially the lighting), and the rendering will also look better than a normal lighting.. I just have to find some ideas :)

cuppacam: Thanks! I'm using photoshop for the inking. Default hard brush and eraser, and lots of CTRL-Z :D

BloodTaster & MorteR: Thank you guys for your support :)

04 April 2004, 01:56 AM
disturbing but cute. R you planning on painting realistically or cartoonish too?

04 April 2004, 07:02 PM
Diggin the bunny:thumbsup:

05 May 2004, 02:25 PM
Its cool to see something comic, and different from the realistic that so many other artists have adopted. U've suceeded in giving personality to u're characters. Keep it up.

06 June 2004, 03:04 PM (

I just realized that there is smething like 1 week left for the challenge :) Haven't updated this thread for a while, but I'm still planning to finish this illustartion before deadline. Maybe I'll get rid of the panda.. :)
c&c welcome :)

06 June 2004, 03:12 PM
Wow!!! :eek: I like your style!! :thumbsup:
Goodluck with the rest of the image. :buttrock:

06 June 2004, 04:02 PM
I loved the DJ!!:cry:

Tum tss Tum tss Tum tss TAH tss
Tum tss Tum tss Tum tss TAH tss TAH
Tum tss Tum tss Tum tss TAH tss...


well, the funny bunny is very cool too!:thumbsup:



"Del pecado de mi pueblo comen, y en su maldad levantan su alma..." (

06 June 2004, 09:10 AM
Very good coloring ! And the posture of the animal is very cool, like some sort of super hero or secret agent. Great ! :buttrock:

06 June 2004, 09:23 AM
:thumbsup: Looking good...Really great characters and linework...

looking forward to seeing all the elements combined and in colour.

good Luck and keep posting those WIPs:applause: :)

06 June 2004, 11:52 AM (

Thanks for your comments :)
Just some more details to add, then the cat will be done.
Hope you like :)

06 June 2004, 03:19 PM
Oh yes ! I like it !

I love cats and i love this one !


I wish you the best !


06 June 2004, 09:38 AM (

Thanks goli :)
Part 1 of the coloring of the bunny..

06 June 2004, 10:33 AM
i love your style man. so bold and standout

06 June 2004, 12:10 PM
I like the cat... and obviously I like the rabbit! :bounce:

06 June 2004, 02:56 PM (

just a little update..

06 June 2004, 08:15 PM (

OK, i'm starting to see the end now.. here is the scene I'm planning to go on with. Just some more details to paint on the characters, the background, and fine tuning some colors and it's gonna be done!

06 June 2004, 10:58 PM
Thats some naughty little fellas :))
Would be nice to see them in action in a comic strip....

06 June 2004, 01:43 AM
I'm sorry that I missed this thread earlier. Looking really good.:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 07:00 AM

I like your drawing, Your two characters are well done.
May be rabbit shadow could be change, i think, or it's my eyes, the perspective's not right around left foot.

Is your superPets are decided to do justice in "pets world". :) ;) :) ?

Very good pets. :bounce: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 07:16 AM
This is great! Reminds me of those old Bloom COunty books with the cartoony drawing and realistic shaded painting for the color.

What happened to the Panda though? He was my fave of the three! Did he get scrapped cuz of time?


06 June 2004, 12:31 PM
For the cartoon ones, my favourite.

06 June 2004, 01:49 PM (

Thank you all for your kind comments :)
Sorry about the panda, but I didn't have time to redo it completely.. I wasn't happy with his look, next to these 2 other guys :)
Well, if anybody has suggestions for the background, it would be nice to share them with me.. I'll start detailing it tonight, and I hope to upload the final pic tomorrow evening..
Thanks again!

06 June 2004, 04:03 PM
This rocks! Great job on the character designs.

06 June 2004, 09:09 PM
Really cool and funny characters. I love the concept! Very nice

06 June 2004, 09:46 PM
Congratulations!!! Simply excellent!! I like your style and the well balanced weights combined with clear colors and line art!

06 June 2004, 11:04 PM (

thanks! :)
I finished painting the clouds.. now let's start the buildings!

06 June 2004, 11:18 PM
Mmm, peachy cream clouds, soft and fluffy.
Hope you keep the hazy look to the buildings.

06 June 2004, 11:39 PM
Love the style.........plenty of attitude....great form!

Good luck


06 June 2004, 04:26 AM

loving it!!!

06 June 2004, 04:36 PM (

Thanks for the comments! :)
I'm not really satisfied with how the buildings turned out, so suggestions of alternatives would be helpful..
I was thinking about working more on their design, but I don't have time enough, and according to the rules of the contest, the background is optional anyway.. So i prefer not spending too long on it, but having something decent..

06 June 2004, 05:35 PM
I'm diggin' the the cloudy smoke...I really like the scenic could blur out the background heavily to give the appearance of a city in the background or drop in some flat color design shapes behind the characters.:bounce:

06 June 2004, 09:36 PM
You dont need to change a thing its looking awesome.

This has really come along way.

Right from the begining it had loads of promise and I thought it was really cool then.

Well its lived up to its promise and kicks ass.

Good Luck

06 June 2004, 09:46 PM (

Snotblow: yes, but then it will ruin the fluffy clouds which took ages to paint :)

Sigfire: Thanks :) But I just finished the new background.. Did you prefer the old one?

Anyway, some more tweaking and then final image will be upped..

06 June 2004, 09:49 PM (

Forgot to enable the layer with the fog on prevous submission..

06 June 2004, 12:04 AM (

Decided not to wait till last minute for uploading all this, so here i go..

06 June 2004, 12:06 AM (

Thanks again for your support and good luck to all of you! :)

06 June 2004, 11:35 AM
I like the addition of the dome shape buildings, makes it more other worldly and the silhouette appearance suites your style.

06 June 2004, 12:13 PM

Very funny work!:applause:

Wish you luck!:wavey:

My MachineFlesh 2D Final image (

06 June 2004, 04:40 PM
:drool: oooooooooooooo nice finish....:drool:

06 June 2004, 08:33 AM
Hey i really like your cartoon characters man. They've got the attitude! hehe Nice beer bellies too!! Great job and good luck dude! :beer:

06 June 2004, 08:46 AM
woooooow..great work man from the start.....nice going..super tare

06 June 2004, 10:25 AM
Hehe thanks for the comments :)
I really appreciate!

06 June 2004, 04:29 PM
Fantastic this, funny i didnt se this trhead during making of wips:)

06 June 2004, 01:09 AM
This'll win something other than applause and comments!
I like it,very cool.

07 July 2004, 10:57 AM
Sweet Final Image.

Enjoyed watching your progress with this.

I voted for you so good luck

07 July 2004, 09:31 AM
Hehe thanks for the kind words and for your vote, I really appreciate!! :D

07 July 2004, 01:55 PM
i have been keeping tabs on and off on this thread. the ideas are cool. good work and good luck :)

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