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05 May 2004, 10:14 PM
Richard Dumont has entered the Machineflesh 2D Challenge.

06 June 2004, 12:52 AM (

Ok. Itís time to comment my work. I hope my english wonít be too badÖ ;) Any way, it will be a great practice!!! (think positive)

The first thing I did at the beginning of this project was to determine the function my creature would have to perform. After a while of thinking, Iíve made my mind on a human like creature who would have to hunt/fish in a kind of swamp for his tribe. Next, Iíve searched for informations on anything that concern hunt and swamp. I had more in mind something connected to the world of insect, instead of things concerning lion. Iíve quickly drawn on this page sketches of insects which I use as references. Iíve copied those from the movie ďMicrocosmos Ė Le Peuple de líHerbeĒ, documentary directed by Claude Nuridsany et Marie Perennou. Iím trying here to precise the main idea of the hunter (which can sound a little bit clichť and also over-used, doný,t you think:). In watching the movie, what has particularly interested me is an insect called in French ďpatineurĒ. This carnivorous insect has the ability to walk on the water. What I like most about it is its long legs, which have given me the idea of a waiting hunter placed at an high altitude. The image of the hunter is getting a little bit clearer.

06 June 2004, 12:54 AM (

Iím trying here to determine what kind of creature the hunter would have to hunt. This step is crucial because the abilities of this creature will determine, in a way, those of the hunter. So, Iíve decided that it will be an amphibian creature or maybe just a fish like creature. It will be also really fast, agile, dangerous, for those who disturb it, and should reflect a kind of intelligence (not just a dumb fish). I also wanted this creature to have an exotic look and to be 100% biologic. It is made of flesh, bones and shells. On his part, the human-hunter will be machine-flesh. The 4 sketches at the bottom have been copied on parts of photos taken on the internet. Iíve mainly searched for fossils and deep sea creatures.

06 June 2004, 12:56 AM (

Ok, thatís probably my final version of the hunter. The four legs maximise his stability and provide him with the capacity to stay a long time still, without losing balance or too much energy. The shape of the legs can be confound with the natural environment, which give him a good camouflage. The spine of the hunter is connected to an organic body (Star warsí ďYuuzan VongĒ style (read the ďNew Jedi orderĒ for more info)). Thereís a special mechanical weapon connected to its abdomen. Itís not working like a gun or anything throwing something. It has been created to suck mater and particules at very high speed and at a precise point. It doesnít need ammo and can be activated by the user very quickly (like a natural part of the body depending on reaction time). The cylinder of flesh and mater, taken on the target, is sucked by the weapon and pass threw the empty space at the centre of the weapon, without hurting him. The advantage of it is that this technology is a lot more powerful and resistant than any ammo. It is also lightweight compare to missile or rocket, and do a cleaner job (not spreading meat everywhere). It vacuum the hardest mater, whatever it is. The negative points are that it can only be fired in restricted angle and that it take long time for the energy to recharge. If it miss the creature, it gives it the opportunity to kill him.

The pose of the hunter, at the bottom, have been inspired by an anatomic drawing reproduction that was on my wall. I quite like the idea of the hunter taken his prey out of the water, providing his vulnerable backÖ I begin to have a scene in mind.

06 June 2004, 12:57 AM (

Iíve decided to create a composition that would be able to tell a story by itself. Thatís my goal! So, I have to decide how many characters and creatures would be necessary to understand a little bit better how they live. There will be 2 special hunters, one who will be taking his prey, the second defending the other. I also ask myself where will they put all their preys??? Iíve figured out that a transport or something will accompany them, providing supply and mechanical assistance, if necessary. Iíve try different layouts with all the characters, playing with their shape and their size, trying to make it work together. Iíve put here thumbnails of layouts Iíve made. The precision doesnít really matter for me at this point. I try to focus on the balance of the shapes, contrast and how the eye of the watcher will tend to move in it.

06 June 2004, 12:59 AM (

Iíve waited to put my previous research until I have done with this line art.
At this step, I use all I have done as references, and I try to make it all work together. Itís time for details! I try also to keep in mind the layout Iíve chosen before, thing Iíve learned to follow carefully (save time if itís respected). Iíve let myself opened for things that pop up during the execution of the drawing. I kind of like mistakes that work and are not foreseen. I use the line art as guide lines, so itís not necessary, to my opinion, to have the cleaner sketch in the world. But, itís certain that the more precise the line art is, the easier it will be to paint. For my part, the funniest part is on the computer. So the faster Iím done with it, the happier I am!

I can now attack the color! 17 days leftÖ Donít panic!!! ;)

06 June 2004, 01:05 AM (

Quick test for value.

06 June 2004, 01:07 AM (

Ok. I havenít really thought about the ambience that I would like to give to this piece. I always have difficulties when its time to choose a palette. Any suggestions or preferences??? I kind of prefer the blue one in the middleÖ Iíll sleep on it until week-end.

06 June 2004, 01:51 AM
Welcome to the challenge, im glad i saw your work because i have to tell you its awesome, i really, really like it. Your sketches and concept ideas have a really great style a sense of development. Youve got some great reference sketches too, its great to see where youre ideas are originating.

Your line work for the composition is very interesting, it has a really dynamic feel, like a snap shot of a day in the life of these creatures.

As for your colour scheme i agree with your preference the blue version looks a lot more suitable. The creatures, based on your initial reference sketches are water based, and the blue aquatic feel of the images suits your idea very well. It looks almost like some sort of pond/river type of environment.

I love what you have created, well done, i will look forward to seeing more.:thumbsup: :bowdown: :beer: :bounce:

06 June 2004, 03:05 AM
damn it sketchfiend, you said all! :D

06 June 2004, 04:24 PM
also looking forward to seeing this one develop, you have a very nice sketch style :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 04:37 PM
And I'll do the same..:)

I stay tuned on your thread my dear ! Very good sketch and nice BG.

06 June 2004, 10:00 PM
I have to agree with everyone else....great work

I think I would also opt for the blue version, though I like the golden hues coming through in parts of the third version.

really interesting to see all the planning involved and how different people approach creating a piece of work.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 03:58 PM
i like a lot the blue version. It's more metalic...

06 June 2004, 12:02 AM
Thanks for all your comments!!!

06 June 2004, 12:04 AM
So, lets continue...:buttrock:

06 June 2004, 12:17 AM (

Ok. I can't really figure out for the moment what the final color will be, but I think the position of the lights and the shadows will do for the monent. I have added the underweater part at the bottom but... I like the idea, but I'm not sure yet if it works graphically. The curves and the fragmentaion it creates remind me of an aquarium... I'll see it later. Now, it's time for details!!!

06 June 2004, 12:25 AM

You have a global vision that i haven't. It's great, fresh and poetic.
I'm a fan !

06 June 2004, 12:33 AM
Great Work! I can't wait to see how this piece ends up. I love your color study paints and can tell the finished paint is gonna be amazing.:bowdown:

06 June 2004, 12:52 AM
just keeps looking better and better, keep it up. Love your colours very nice indeed.:thumbsup: :bowdown: :D :beer:

06 June 2004, 08:40 AM
Originally posted by Kraull
The curves and the fragmentaion it creates remind me of an aquarium...

could be an interesting twist that. :)

06 June 2004, 03:59 PM
Incredible! Very nice work.

06 June 2004, 10:30 PM
I begin to feel a little pressure here.... O_o' Feels great!!! :) Again, thanks for your support!!

06 June 2004, 10:48 PM
is what i said when i saw ur work it's great as concept and as sketchs .
i like the dynamic style u developped.
waiting for more!!!
vas y j'attend la suite


06 June 2004, 10:51 PM
That is looking preety good I like the desaturation of color, creates moodiness

06 June 2004, 01:06 AM
So far so good. By your amount of pre-planning, I can tell already this is going to turn out pretty nice. I'll keep coming by to check on your progress, so I have something more useful to say.

At the same time, I would appreciate some solid criticism on my entry. (before it's too late!). And don't be afraid to bash the crap out it.

Bruno (

06 June 2004, 01:25 AM (

Current state.

06 June 2004, 01:27 AM (

Since my last update, Iíve worked principally on the characters. I wanted to get the positions to feel real (who wouldnít want it for a realistic approach, anywayÖO_o) So, I used the best references I could getÖ i.e. myself!!! O_O The only problem using this trick is that you risk losing the shape of your original character. But for here, my skinny body has served me wellÖ ahumÖ So, Iíve painted the characters using these pictures of me playing the hunter with a dictionary. Also, during the week-end, Iíve added details on the background, and Iíve tried to redesign stuff that were quite foggy on the line art. There are things still weird in the image (unbalance stuff on the beast for exemple), but Iíll try to get through it later. For now, Iíll fix all the characters for Friday. I hopeÖ

06 June 2004, 01:42 AM
Sorry for the ? everywhere... :surprised Doesn't seem to like a certain touch on my computer!:surprised

06 June 2004, 01:45 AM
I absolutely loved your image form the start, and youve made it even better, id love to see a full version of the image. To see what the whole thing looks like atm. Great stuff keep it going.
:bowdown: :bounce: :thumbsup: :D :beer:

06 June 2004, 02:18 AM
You have a real talent...I don't know wich one I prefer...I like to see your sketch line with this aquarel touch...something make me thought to Brian Froud...but sorry it's only a comparision about the quality of your've got your very personnal style, please do not offense..

I really wait for your next update.


06 June 2004, 09:02 AM
Didn't saw this thread before : I love your style !! :eek:
Quel talent ! J'adore ce style, très artistique !

06 June 2004, 09:49 AM
Great job! :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 10:26 AM
Beautiful, the mood and atmosphere are perfect. It works very well as a whole image. Great stuff!

06 June 2004, 11:10 AM
Oh my:eek: No complaints from me. :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 03:39 PM
I really like your entry, great designs, great composition, and great colours / mood.

Keep it up, waiting to see it finished. I'm also with the insect like topic, but different aproach.

See u

06 June 2004, 05:59 PM
Hello Kraull................very professional, indeed. It's nice to see the methodical approach. Ironing out any possible problems before you commit to your overall design. But we all know what it's like when you can never be fully prepared for what 'doodle demon' is lurking about. You have an excellent approach....your mood pieces are have a nice sketch style (good line quality)

It looks like this will be a very well thought out piece.

Good luck


06 June 2004, 05:15 PM
Thanks again for all your comments guys! I'll try to update as soon as I have something a little bit more advanced.

Paul: You're dawn right about the 'doodle demon' :twisted: stuff... I'm facing little problems, already, that are eating a lot of my time... And I haven't begun the water yet... Feels good.

See ya everyone!!!


06 June 2004, 04:31 AM
that's just beautiful. great sensibilities...

good luck!

Bruno (

06 June 2004, 09:39 AM
Outstanding concepts and colors. I REALLY like it.

06 June 2004, 07:23 PM (

So, this is the present state of my image. I've thought rapidly about a schedule for the next 5 days. If all goes well, I would like to have finished the details and characters for monday, and take the rest of the time for setting the color and contrast, and working on special effects (haven't think a lot about this part yet). I'm presently stucked on the hunter in the background... I'm quite not sure about the position. Well, I think I'm gonna cry... :)

06 June 2004, 07:31 PM
I like it, whatelse can i say.

06 June 2004, 09:11 AM
Congrats for your splendid painting skills. and very personnal style. This is a beautiful picture.

06 June 2004, 12:03 PM
Kraull, that's just fenomenal work...

06 June 2004, 04:31 PM (

Here's the character that is giving me problems... O_o'

06 June 2004, 05:28 PM
Come to talk about art...this work is art...
Only thing i can say is: love it, i really do...what a mood

06 June 2004, 06:11 PM

maybe you won't have much of a problem if you keep the hunter loose and sugestive as is. if this character is not the main machineflesh characater, then I say treat him as part of the background...

It's indeed some nice piece of art. great color scheme and sensibilities.

Oh, and thanks for your comments on my entry. I know there isn't too much time left, but I could probably use some more reality check from you.

Bruno (

06 June 2004, 12:02 PM

Simply amazing work Kraull, i love your entry, i wish you the best. The whole set, environnment, character, colors...this is a master piece :arteest: :) I love your art man!

Take care, and keep it up! 4 days left!


06 June 2004, 05:27 PM
wow, cool ideas! I really like the overall feel and color scheme in the pieces as well. I think my fave is the character ou are having trouble with actually. It's too bad it is so small in the actual pic.


06 June 2004, 05:10 PM
Thanks again everyone for your nice comments! Sorry if I don't reply often, I'm kind of really busy and writing in english take me a lot of time...

Bruno: Thanks for your comment for my character. Treat it like a background element is surely the best way to get, but I really want to try to practice my skill to represent characters in different positions. Anyway, time is running fast, and maybe I'll let it fall if I can't get there in time... :)

06 June 2004, 09:53 PM
I love it! Great colors and composition!
thanks for sharing the details of the process :)


06 June 2004, 02:57 AM (

Finally....... O_O' It's done!!!

06 June 2004, 03:06 AM (

So, this the end of it... Thanks to all of you guys for your support and your great comments! It really has been a pleasure to go with you in this challenge! Good luke everyone!

See you

Richard Dumont

06 June 2004, 03:24 AM
:surprised Wacom shoud have provided at least 10 (ten)
of those Interactive Display Toyz cuz I do not see how is
it possible to have just one 2D winner???!!!......

Your art is amazing:bowdown:

06 June 2004, 03:42 AM
That is some excellent work, it's so clean and the colours are great. I love how you have the underwater portion at the bottom.
Good Luck In the contest.
Nick Clark:bowdown:

06 June 2004, 07:09 AM
OMG ! new world creator ... amazing ...:eek:

06 June 2004, 02:35 PM
cool man ....a like it.....

06 June 2004, 03:35 PM
Gorgeous , Awesome. eerything. character poses, characters, Environnment. Really Nice man! Definitely one of the best, competition is going to be hard, but you got my vote :D

Take care, you rock man, you have an awesome career ahead of you with your talent!

:bowdown: :buttrock:


06 June 2004, 03:40 PM
WOW!:eek: No words just WOW!:eek: :drool: :buttrock:

My MachineFlesh 2D final image (

06 June 2004, 04:07 PM
Congratulations! The final result is really good. Good luck in voting!

06 June 2004, 09:22 PM
Beutyfull....i love it:)
So much atsmosphere...

06 June 2004, 10:53 PM
Same thing than Vince !
And I like your "touch" too. Very professionnal. One of my favorites..

I wish you the best for the judging !


06 June 2004, 11:59 PM
Amzing work I have to say. Cool colours.:applause:

06 June 2004, 05:23 AM
The BEST !!!!!

06 June 2004, 10:06 AM
That's great , I really really love this !!!

07 July 2004, 02:11 PM
Great Job, your texturing, lighting and composition has the feel of an old painting. It's VERY GOOD!:scream:

08 August 2004, 07:04 PM
Your piece is definetly my favorite out of all the entries. I think the res makes it kind of hard to read. I wish there was a higher res version.


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