View Full Version : Machineflesh 2D Challenge Entry: corlen

05 May 2004, 07:18 PM
corlen has entered the Machineflesh 2D Challenge.

05 May 2004, 11:11 PM (

basically my whole idea with this piece, is to create tension and suspence.
the mechanical creature will be attempting to save the little girl from certain doom, the pics i have posted now is only the concepts and it will make more sence once i post the line drawing.
then basically you guys will be able to see all the pieces fit together, these are only my conceptual studies of the creature and the little girl.
good luck to everybody entering:)

05 May 2004, 11:16 PM (

playing around with some light and shadows on the machanical bits of the arm.

05 May 2004, 11:26 PM (

i was first thinking of the creature been nuclear powerd, but then i started with the idea of him been powerd by electricity, top right hand drawing, i think i am going to stick to the electrical powerd idea

05 May 2004, 11:31 PM (

this is the expresion i want her to have, basically fear, she has a similar head to the mechanical creature, both of them have these dome like brain bowls. this way i can link a similarity between them.

05 May 2004, 01:14 AM
WooOOooOo..........I like your sketches..................................................You have a very good hand..............yes.....yes...............We like it too..........badaboom.....This is a thread I tuned on Mister Corlinator !:bounce: :bounce:

05 May 2004, 01:17 AM
Really great....Oh I already said that ?...humpf.

05 May 2004, 03:57 AM
Awesome work dude, glad to have you here in the competition, I love your colour work and sketches. I look forward to seeing many more. goodluck.:thumbsup: :bounce: :bowdown: :beer:

05 May 2004, 05:26 AM
Really nice work - great combination of drawn and painted sketches

I look forward to seeing what you do next - great start


05 May 2004, 07:10 AM
Man those colored concept sketches are really excellent :thumbsup:

05 May 2004, 07:27 AM
thanks for all the positive remarks so far!, the line work should be up by the end of the weekend, then the real work starts.

05 May 2004, 08:17 AM
Damn dude so you can draw :p

Looks awesome man... I love the colouring on the girl's face...

Wicked concept so far....


Good luck :thumbsup:

05 May 2004, 01:08 AM
Awesome works!! i really like the way you color these pics. Do you use Painter? or Photoshop?

05 May 2004, 08:06 AM
Really nice painting tecnique you use Painter or Photoshop?

I really like the frankstein with the eletricity on the back.

Maybe he could be holding the stuffed animal... he just took it away from the girl you drew (frankie jr. ;) who starts crying, wanting it back...

whatever, you get the picture...
Bruno (

05 May 2004, 08:41 AM
well the idea behind the whole piece is, that the mechanical creature and the little girl are trying to escape from the lab where they were created, the lab will be buring down, and the girl is hanging off the edge of the roof, while the creature is trying to save her, from falling. i will post the composistion sketch soon.
oh and its all done in photoshop :)

05 May 2004, 12:21 PM
Hlo. I'm new here, and I just popped in to say that this is one of the numerous threads why this whole contest is so intimidating.

Besides being technically, er, intimidating, the idea is personal and so good that I'm, er, intimidated.

Sorry, I'd have praised you much higher, but it seems that I haven't any adjectives left to accomplish the job.

05 May 2004, 12:29 PM
Oooooh... sah-weet! Great drawings and awesome paint tests... damn you people for being so good! Well, at least I can learn alot from people like you, Corlinator... inspirational stuff! Keep it up, I wanna see more! :applause:

here's my machineflesh thread if you're interested:

good luck in the contest... I'll be keeping an eye out for your updates!


05 May 2004, 11:46 PM
Hoezit Corlin! I've decided to join the fun, your stuf is just so damn good, it makes me want to draw until I pass out. I like it all and can't wait to see more. Good luck to you.

06 June 2004, 03:13 PM
your work is incredible man love your colouring style do u mind sharing any tips

06 June 2004, 06:20 PM
Looks very cool dude,

You really have a good eye for feeling. Damn wish i could draw like you. I really like the idea that it's not just a drawing but a story, I think that's whats so cool about your idea.

The girl looks Awesome and is really coloured nicely.
Nice one!


06 June 2004, 06:51 PM
Oh I'm sorry! Did I just wet my pants with some spooge!! I did I did!! :)

I have just been Corlinated. These sketches are really really great Corrie Borrie. I love your new colouring style!!

When can we see some composition tests?

Rabbi and Teddy should have a celebrity death match :D



06 June 2004, 07:09 PM (

this is a colour rough of the main character, i call him frank, as you can see he has one huge mechanical arm, from the original sketches it wasnt going to be that huge, but i was experimenting with the idea, and it seems to have stuck. well now its on to the composistion that i have been working on!
good luck everybody, the work entering this competition is really amazing.

06 June 2004, 07:21 PM
:cool: you've got some real neat stuff going on here, I love your sketches :buttrock:

06 June 2004, 07:54 PM
HOLY F@#k!!! that is super sweet.... *poops a big one*


Damn dood if you don't win something then I will :cry:

I agree with ol' -frOogLe- on the story bit..... takes it away from being just a composition....


06 June 2004, 07:58 PM
WaAa.a.a.a.a....................I think that's going ot be...a wonderful piece....I like the way you are going...:bounce:

06 June 2004, 08:09 PM

Now this is totally awesome! Get your website up Toffie, so we can see more of your work. The lighting in your latest pick is super sweet dude. I think everyone's going to jizz in there pants like me and Speve-O did.

Keep it up man.


06 June 2004, 08:50 PM
thanks for all the positive remarks so far guys, i am glad that i can get you guys excited.
this has been alot of fun so far, now the real work lies ahead, i am currently working on the composistion and damn its mutch tougher than i thought, first off beacuse i am trying a whole new approach in the angle of the shot as well as the shading is also a new experience, beacuse now the light is from the bottom and the shading is at the top.
i am a sucker for punishment, but hey if we dont challenge ourselfs how will we ever be able to know just how far we can push it!

thanks to everyone that has visited my post sofar.

06 June 2004, 08:59 PM
Yeah, now THAT is lookin' mighty sweet. This is going to be a front runner in the contest for sure... can't wait to see more of the girl character!

Keep up the awesome painterly goodness!


06 June 2004, 09:57 PM
Ya-freakin HOOO! My daily dose of Corlination has just been recieved. Really nice work, give me more...:drool:

06 June 2004, 12:02 AM
Wonderful hope to be able to render that well in photoshop at some point.:bounce:

06 June 2004, 02:42 AM
Once again i am truely blown away by the quality of stuff here, makes me glad to be a part of this comp. otherwise i would have missed all this awesome work, and chatting with you guys.

I absolutely love what youve come up with. cant wait for the final composition. Beautiful colour work, i love those rays of light, looks fantastic. Your colour work must defianatley be easier with such great sketches i am truely in awe. Well done, love your style.:thumbsup: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bounce:


06 June 2004, 04:03 AM
worderful work man!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 08:34 AM
Impressive work seriously ! :bowdown:
I really like the lighting in the last concept already ! :buttrock:

06 June 2004, 07:34 PM (

just a super quick sketch i did of the little girl, she didnt have the robotic leg at first, but after one or two doodles i started to like the idea, thanks to mindrots idea, i am toying with the idea of her having some or other head brace, beacuse shes young her neck cant support the weight of the brain bowl.

06 June 2004, 07:48 PM

may be just me though but I feel she'd be better with slightly shorter legs.

06 June 2004, 08:00 PM
Oooh-yeah, you're realy enjoying this aren't you, good one Corlin, can't wait to see more.:wavey:

06 June 2004, 08:13 PM
very cute and nice style, I like it, keep ┬┤em coming dude!


06 June 2004, 11:13 PM
Looks really good. I agree that shorter legs could be nice. Is that bunny the one from Sam and Max, or is it just me....super cool!!

06 June 2004, 03:44 AM
It could just be the angle of the robotic leg but flying_P and Nathaniel make a good point. But for her body the legs seem right, its just that she doesnt seem to look as little as a little girl should, if you know what i mean.

Love your ideas and the way your able to colour them up so well, so quickly, More updates pleeessse...:bowdown: :bounce: :bounce: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 08:58 AM
Looking good.... the little dress is a great idea.....

06 June 2004, 07:22 PM
thanks for the advice about the legs, after reading what you guys said, i realized she does look more older than what i intended her to be, due to her legs.

thanks for pointing this out especially to: flyingP,Nathaniel West and sketchfiend.

i am still working on the final sketch thanks to 0-2, he gave some really neat ideas about a angle problem i had in the drawing.
just have to sort this perspective and pose thing out then i will post the sketch.


06 June 2004, 12:03 PM
superb art work u bring tears to my eyes why am i in this competiton my skills are no where near any of the artist in here again u got some awsome works friend

06 June 2004, 08:21 PM (

at last i managed to get this composistion sorted, i thought i would never get this right, but here it is finally, what started out as a A3 drawing ended up A2 in size, it was the only way i could fit in all the details.
i did the basic shading in pencil as a rough guide, so when i colour this sucker it is going to make life a little easier.
cheers for now gotta start colouring!

06 June 2004, 08:45 PM
jeez... wow , amazing sketches , dude !

06 June 2004, 08:53 PM
Arg!!! Splendid !! :eek: :eek: :eek:

06 June 2004, 08:56 PM
basically whats happening in the picture is the wooden beam that "frank" was holding onto while trying to save juniors life has broken and they are both falling towards electrical power boxes.
the building in the background is the castle lab they are trying to escape from, i have tried to capture the moment between victory and disaster.


06 June 2004, 09:00 PM
This is just plain awesome. :bowdown:

One thing though!!! The expression on the girls face . . it seems less like a scream, and more like she just has her mouth open . . maybe once you start colouring the face up, you can experiment with really filling her face with terror!!!

I think you could even go one step further and make the monsters scream even more emotional.

You nailed the perspective . . . is the top of the tower crooked, or is it falling down? Looks a bit strange.

hehe, it reminds me of king kong a bit!! :)




06 June 2004, 09:06 PM
Nice style :-):)

06 June 2004, 09:18 PM
Frank looks amazing, I'm just not too sure about the girl, I can't quite put my finger on it, something is just not right. The rest is damn cool:bowdown:

06 June 2004, 10:01 PM
What ?!....Damn...I am Corlinated !!:D
Great sketch man!
I wait for the next chapiter !!! Go on this great great job !!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

It is QUALITY ! (in all senses...line, characters, sensibility...:) )


06 June 2004, 11:54 PM
Nice Corrie.. nice!!! Jou bliksem!!.. :)

Ek kan nou die shots check.. hehehee..

Oooobi Dooob...

06 June 2004, 04:51 AM
thanks guys for all the crits and coments, i will be repairing alot of the image when i do the digital painting bit, and with light and colour i hopefully will bring out more of the terror that our chracters face
cheers for now :bounce:

06 June 2004, 12:51 PM
Love your style ! Nice drawing.
Wanna see it in colour...


06 June 2004, 05:42 PM
Good stuff man.....

The angle of the girl's foot (the one in the foreground) seems a bit off and twisted.

Great work though....

PS: Get well..... :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 08:21 PM (

just started with the colouring still working out the lighting as i go along with the colouring process

06 June 2004, 08:26 PM (

this is a close up on the arm detail stil have to add stains and grime but i save that for last

06 June 2004, 09:19 PM
This is looking really awesome Corlen. The lighting is really sweet. Gives a cool moodiness to it. That GI technique is really showing and giving nice results too.

Dig the expression on the Dudes face. His arm is really coloured in nicely too.

Give us more!


06 June 2004, 09:21 PM
This is where things get realy interesting, hey Corlin. That arm looks stunning and it's not even done yet, aaargh BRILIANT!!!:bowdown:

06 June 2004, 10:13 PM
Really nice piece, i love your early drawings.....have you worked in comics before?

You have a style that's really in vogue at the moment.....of course your'e giving it a nice twist....i'm looking forward to seeing it develop in it's final stages.

Good luck


06 June 2004, 10:19 PM
Love the colour scheme you are going for. You've got a really nice colour quality with this new techinique you are using. I like it very very much. :)

More we need more, the deadline is less than two weeks away!!! Dr, get this man some coffee.



06 June 2004, 06:32 AM
amazing:buttrock: :drool:

06 June 2004, 09:34 AM
Teach me ol' wise one in the ways of "piant skill":bowdown: , bud, youre stuff is sweet....i mean youre not even done, youre on youre way there....for sure and your work still looks freaking amazing...I wish i knew how to do it, it would make life so much easier at this point.
My line work is getting there but im at the point where im like..."HOW THE F&#K!!! am i going to do this".:cry:... enough rambling...

I love the close up of the arm detail, everything shows up nicely from highlights to showdows and scratchy details in the metal texture.

Awesome work mate, keep the updates coming. :beer: :thumbsup: :D

06 June 2004, 09:42 AM
Like the detail in this one , scary but excellent

:applause: would love to see this guy in action though...

06 June 2004, 08:26 AM (

started out on the tower added in deatils to the stone work etc

06 June 2004, 08:29 AM (

close up on the tower details aaarrrggghh!!! time is a running out

06 June 2004, 08:40 AM
thanks for all the compliments guys, huh! i dont know what else to say?
oh yeah, sketchfiend hang in there brother dont give up, you stuff is looking sweet.
anyways back to the art work, still have so mutch to do :cry:

06 June 2004, 08:47 AM
:applause: I really love your artwork....really dynamic composition and superb style....really really one of the best I've seen in this challenge.....

Well done and good luck finishing this...if only we had a bit more time

Post more soon:drool: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 08:48 AM
wow! impressive... great job man i love the colors, sweet. I'm impatient to see your final image soon:beer:

06 June 2004, 09:42 AM
Incredible! :eek:
:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

06 June 2004, 12:17 PM
Wow! really impressive work! really, really good. congratulations!:applause: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 04:49 PM
Great work my friend..Color harmony is very good..........the mood give an impressive dimension, light coming from bottom and the other coming from the outside blue moon..............great.........shadows gonna be very important in this piece, they will be, i think very pleasant to realise...(sorry for english, this forum is a good training for that too.:) ).

Have a good work, i wish you the best..



06 June 2004, 05:44 PM
Wow, this is really coming along! Your colors are really creating a great over all mood in your image. I agree that you should make junior's expression more terrafied, though. Maybe if you tilted and turned it away from the electrical boxes and had the eyes fixed downward. Right now the eyes seem to just stare out into space.

Can't wait to see this piece finished though. It's going to be awesome!

06 June 2004, 06:43 PM
yeah, indeed.. the colors are blending very sweeeeet :)


06 June 2004, 06:45 PM
thanks for all the comments and suggestions especially from goli and evil gerbil i am going to try what you suggested by turning the head away a bit more and try to play with the expressions.
and i am already discovering how the shadow are effecting this as i go along, thanks for pointing this out goli, you have forseen the future:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 07:00 PM (

been working on the body of the creature and on his face

06 June 2004, 07:04 PM (

close up on the face and a bit of the body

06 June 2004, 07:54 PM
This is trully outstanding. It is coming very nicely. I'm gonna keep me eye in this thread.

I have a favor to ask you. Would you be so kind as to divuldge your process for creating those realistic rust textures on the metal? I would be much indepted to you if you would share.

06 June 2004, 07:54 PM
Wow . . . the colouring has a wonderful soft quality. :thumbsup:

This is going to be very very cool once its complete.

The clock is ticking Corlinator . . . time to get into overdrive mode!! :scream:



06 June 2004, 01:40 AM
man....nothing to say!:drool:
just wonderful

06 June 2004, 03:18 AM
Originally posted by illustr8r

I have a favor to ask you. Would you be so kind as to divuldge your process for creating those realistic rust textures on the metal? I would be much indepted to you if you would share.

I SECOND THAT!!!! man it just keeps getting better and better...We have been weighed, measured and CORLINATED!! hehehe

Sweet job mate, keep it coming!!!:thumbsup: :bowdown: :D :beer:

06 June 2004, 04:46 PM
I must reply to this!

Wonderful cartoony artwork there Corlinator! Better than what would be possible for me!


Ive been too jealous to reply... But i think there is one confusing aspect in your artwork.. The way that big monster is carrying that child is confusing it took me a long time to understand what was part of the boy and what was part of the big monster arm.

Thats only thing i can say about critic wise. I think you would have made it more visible with colors. Just thought you would have wanted to know about it :)

Comment wise this is
:bowdown: :bowdown: Great!

06 June 2004, 06:19 PM (

okay here it is
sorry i only replied now on this, but i have been real busy at work.
step1 - give the line work a base coat colour, it should not be to dark and also not to light find a middle colour.
step2 - i use photographs of metal textures that i overlay in photoshop
step3 - basically depending on how mutch grit you want on your texture keep adding the textures, i use either overlay or softlight in photoshop.
step4 - paint over the layers adding my shadows and light details.

thays it in a nut shell i hope this will do it, sorry about the late reply

06 June 2004, 06:24 PM (

been working on the legs and "franks"
huge arm,things are starting to come together, cant wait to finishing all the painted bits so that i can get stuck into the lighting efx

06 June 2004, 06:44 PM
WaoOow ! Nice work mister Corlinator ! I like this style, between real and toon, you do that very very well, it's a pleasure to explore your picture, really. The final will be spectacular ! It's a good composition...perspective...with cables coming to us...curve and opposite curve...well done..great.
Your textures....yup, nothing to say.

So, keep up (:) ) this "high tech king-kong" !!

Best regards


06 June 2004, 08:10 PM
thanks for all the kind words goli, just trying to get though the
painting so that i can start playing with some light effects
back to work:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 08:17 PM (

just finished off the back power rods
fixed his arm thats " letting go of the broken wooden beam", as goli put high tech king kong ( i like that )

06 June 2004, 12:18 PM
WOOOW!!! :eek: :drool:
thank you to share your technique! :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 07:25 PM (

a few more bits that has to be painted in then the lighting efx and i am finished

06 June 2004, 07:31 PM

I love how this piece is developing... great, dynamic upshot and the characters (beautifully designed, BTW) pose really enhance the tension / action. Oh, and I really find your metal texture tutorial very useful... it's so awesome to see how people work and achieve different looks in their artwork. :D

Keep it up, bro... the end is at hand! Good luck!


06 June 2004, 07:46 PM (

detail on the character changed the fist hand that was holding the soft toy to a more open frightned hand, gave the character more of a scarred expression

06 June 2004, 09:55 PM
That's great my friend, i like it a lot....quick time you know:D ...but i like it ....colors feels !
Have a good painting, i wish you the best !

see you...very soon...
"go back to my tablet...

06 June 2004, 06:56 AM
thanks goli, just working like mad to get finished almost there

06 June 2004, 09:02 AM
Great work man......

Are you going to have the green glow from the brain area glow/refelct on some of the areas close to the head?

keep going man.... the clock doth ticketh.... :bounce:

06 June 2004, 02:02 PM (

finally done added my lighting effects

06 June 2004, 02:09 PM
dam man this is:drool: go0t some deadly skills:applause: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 02:29 PM
Really good work going on here!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 05:22 PM
This really coming together. Good luck and thanks for sharing your process on the rust incorporate it well.

06 June 2004, 05:31 PM
Damn Corlen... or should that be Corlinator!!!! :scream: This is awesome. Great work and good luck


06 June 2004, 08:47 PM (

finally done i hope,
HELP, is there anybody that understands how the final artwork must be submitted, beacuse the way that i figured it out is that the judges will let us know via email when to upload the final hi- res images. please let me know if this is right
thanks to all, and GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE

06 June 2004, 09:01 PM
go to this link....i've had the same confusion.....they sent me this.
It should help.


my entry.....coming to the same situation as you

06 June 2004, 09:03 PM

last one was wrong...go to this one for advice on final submission


06 June 2004, 09:05 PM
argwow ! sadcool ! skillfully displayed tragedy !

:applause: :cry:



06 June 2004, 09:29 PM
Hehe! love this one! Your piece has very good feeling.. :D

06 June 2004, 09:53 PM
Paul Davidson thanks a stack for the info
really helped me out there bud!!

06 June 2004, 10:03 PM
the only thing that has been bugging me in my submissions, is that the jpeg compression really destroyes all the detail, i am going to post a few detail shots of the final.
evil jpeg:cry:

06 June 2004, 10:09 PM (

close up on the face, showing the detail of the fear and all the other goodies

06 June 2004, 10:13 PM (

detail of the electro rods, try to get the electricity to look like its emmitting electrical heat, if you can call it that?

06 June 2004, 10:14 PM
now i am showing that jpeg compression whos boss:buttrock:
"sad", i know

06 June 2004, 10:19 PM
going to have to go sleep now, tommorow is work aaarrgghh!!,
oh well it pays the bill for internet, so i shouldnt complain.
anyways to all the rest out there slaving away at thier challenges, GOOOD LUCK, i have seen some pretty awsome work, there is alot of super talented people out there, you know who you are!
that was my going to bed speech,well enough of me hogging up

06 June 2004, 10:43 PM
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this fantastic work? A top runner in the competition for sure! Great job!

Oh, and thx for the suggestion on my thread. I'm so thankful I have great artists to look to for input on this forum.

Again, congrats! It's one beautiful piece, bro.


06 June 2004, 07:03 PM
hmmm.. the only thing I┤d point out would be the children┤s foot perspective, everything else, specially the colors looks superb! :buttrock:


06 June 2004, 07:13 PM
Looks great Corrie. Well done on beating the deadline with a stick. :D

Good Luck! :bounce:



06 June 2004, 07:21 PM (

just adjusted the contrast, and created a little more depth in the image, i think the contrast helped in setting the mood that i was aiming for.
let me know what you guys think

06 June 2004, 07:50 PM

Im really lost for words! This is absolutly brilliant.

Well done. A great piece of art.

Its great to see all these finished pieces.

Good luck

06 June 2004, 08:44 PM
Really nice work! Nice use of light and color, great composition.:thumbsup:

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06 June 2004, 09:04 PM
thanks to everybody for all the great comments and constructive crits,it all helped alot in the shaping of this image.
so thanks to everyone, and i wish everybody the best of luck in this competition, it was alot of fun, and a great learning experience....................

06 June 2004, 07:31 PM (

just submitting my final jpeg image to make sure i have done everything.

06 June 2004, 06:17 AM

06 June 2004, 09:23 AM
KICKASS!!!.. Corlen!.. Almost looks rendered!.. :) Sweeet lighting!.. Dig dig dig it!!!

06 June 2004, 10:32 AM
:drool: I love this....great composition - great perspective and lovely style. The characters have a lot of emotion and the lighting just adds that extra something.....

Up there at the top...great work Corlinator...good luck in the next stage (not that you'll need it with such a wicked entry) :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :applause: :applause:

06 June 2004, 07:57 AM
hiya great work man! Really nice show of expression and great use of colors! Your lighting for the image really adds to the atmosphere too!! Great!!! :beer:!

06 June 2004, 11:02 AM
Excellent work ! it's funny ~

06 June 2004, 04:33 PM
Hi Corlinator

I've only just come across this thread browsing entries... i don't know how i missed it!!

A great piece of work... love the painting technique and the lighting...

Good luck!!

06 June 2004, 04:40 PM

it going to be so freakking hard putting ones wote...
Actually i hope we vill get more then one and first secon an third place to put in or something....

07 July 2004, 05:35 PM
This is excellent work, I have not been here for a while and it is nice to see
more and more great artist showing off their work

07 July 2004, 01:57 PM
very eye catching work ... i dont like the faces too much be technically i cannot complain flawless work. good luck to you.

07 July 2004, 10:13 PM
I just want to wish you luck, and say that I love your lighting, dynamic movement and detail work! Cool job :)

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