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06 June 2004, 10:18 AM
Today's topic:

"In the middle of nowhere" by ShieldMaiden

Posted Monday June 15TH 2004: 10:00US EST

Welcome to the cgtalk sketch group.

We will try to post one of these topics once a day for your enjoyment.

These are the rules:
* Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
* 640 x 480 or 480 x 640
* They can be done on any medium.
* If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
* Only original compositions. No "tributes" o plagiarizing.
* The topics will be posted every day between 10:00 - 12:00 am US EST.
* The artist also has to post total length of time it took (Thanks Clanger for the idea) and program used.
* Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
* The topics will be picked at random from the list on this thread
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
*You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them). NEW RULE!
* Ill post ANOTHER thread to quantify and track WHO has participated the most on these threads.

Good luck

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06 June 2004, 11:13 AM
two number 12s?

06 June 2004, 11:41 AM
if i have more free time, and energy later today, i'll most likely put more effort into it...

for now tho...

PS - 20min

06 June 2004, 01:00 PM
Painter — 30 mn

06 June 2004, 01:18 PM

55 min., ps and wacom. :)

06 June 2004, 02:08 PM
Al right first submission don't be too harsh :D
I didn't know if photography is accepted but i submitted it anyway...

06 June 2004, 02:14 PM
PS - 1/2 hour

06 June 2004, 02:29 PM

10mins, Painter and wacom

06 June 2004, 03:04 PM
following on the last topic...

Exploring the underground city

painter / 3hrs

Fantastic work to everyone so far. Pasto I too know the feeling!!!

iamintricate love the colours


Scott Harris
06 June 2004, 03:08 PM
Photoshop & wacom screen

13 seconds

(on sale at gallery X for $40,000 US)

06 June 2004, 03:15 PM
traditional pen and paper (too nice weather to sit indoors)
+ touch ups in alias sketchbook
1.5 hrs

06 June 2004, 03:20 PM
"bummer. wrong suitcase."

I am the kind of guy that loves to be in the middle of nowhere, nothing but a 40 pounds backpack and some buddies, nearest human being at least 3 days away, that feeling is immense. This topic was quite appealing to me.

1.30 H / PS

drawMonger: cool, very good colors
byteHawk: great idea

P.S. Roberto could you please change the sequence number, my store system doesn't work now :beer:

Scott Harris
06 June 2004, 03:31 PM
Ok, this is my real sketch...

photoshop & wacom screen
25 minutes

06 June 2004, 03:49 PM

06 June 2004, 04:13 PM
A big thank you to everyone who has been commenting my work, thanks again everyone. :)

45-50 minutes, photoshop.

"the knight is lost in the desert"

keep it up everyone

06 June 2004, 04:27 PM

Matthew-S that is truly beautiful work. You should be proud of yourself.


06 June 2004, 04:50 PM
15mins PS7 (though less than 5 probably were actual doing anything.. hehee I tend to get distracted).

I don't really like this one, and I have better ideas in my head, so if I can manage to stop being lazy I might do another one.

06 June 2004, 04:52 PM
Matthew..... that's awesome; and in 50 minutes? You're crazy, man.... Very nice work : ).

06 June 2004, 05:32 PM
Ahaha Omg.. :P These entires rock.

iamintricate: the high chroma really helps out in this image, altho im a bit ocnfused on that shadow on the ground, it is still very solid, the curving might fight against it though and gives a sense of depth rather than infinite (connotation for no where?) good stuff!

pasto: you getp oints for including a learning maya book :P lol love the line work (: very nice overall and nice coloring, simple and to the point. nice

pearblossom: thats a very nice image, and i can see the atmosphere you're aiming for. very nice, i think the washed out colors help it out a lot. what throws me off is the background o nthe left, wherei t feels a bit to oopen and it flattens the image.. - its a little distracting, but other than that good work (:

nicknitro: i dont know about using photographs, i tend to stick more to painting since it is a sketch forum :\ but nonetheless, great atmosphere and godo composition :)it feels a little awkard though, or the persepctive seems strange.. like it hsould be up more? hmm. good stuff (:

mbalestrini: AWESOME thats all i can say lol. soryr i love that painting style. tons of feel and form from simple shapes. hehe good work!

jay007: hehe cool idea (: maybe fix little lighting here or there or add a sun.. i just always get a bit confused in space drawings o_O..

drawMonger: ooh i can seew hat you're going for here! its very nice in deed, altho the bototm left it seems a bit odd in persepctive? i cant pinpoint it.. or maybe if on that blue you made it darker so we could see endless passage ways i guess? very cool nonetheless (: and godo use of color/atompshere here too!

Scott Harris: you're evil :P

and the dot is too high.. too red, and to oround.

:P jk good idea tho (:

(what's scay is I've seen work liek that onsale at the Guggenhiem and other places ofr like 40k lol.. :P)

Bytehawk: beautiful man! although i'd want to go with more vivd colors personally on the flower, or maybe darker ones? my lcd makes a few problems with colors but it looks real good but i'd go for an extreme, personal prefence for me iguess no idea :P good work tho and awesome idea ! (;

Garma: haha :P lovely man, lovely :) i cant tell uc where the horizon is.. i guess thats a good thing tho, but icant tell hmm. awesome coloring tho!

Scott: lol, awesome I liek it ! :0

Cyro: nice evil drawing i like!

Matthew-S: you rock. thats it. I cant say anything else. like. im just amazed at that brush detail you've brought in in such little time (: awesome!

alriught now i gotta go draw :P

06 June 2004, 06:02 PM
Some truly great stuff on show again...I didnt have to much time today but I wanted to at least do something so here's mine..+- 15 minutes in Open Canvas...

"Jerry knew he had been wrong to trust that woman when he woke up in the middle of nowhere with no clothes on..."

See you all..

06 June 2004, 06:06 PM
Eep! First post. Hello, all... :)

30 minutes PS Elements.

The entries here and in other sketch threads are positively amazing! I don't really feel qualified...


06 June 2004, 06:32 PM
Alright here's my second one. Not much better... but oh well.

Photoshop/mouse. Between 1 and 2 hours.

06 June 2004, 06:35 PM

Well i got bored and decided to do another one.
I have to say some of the stuff on show is outstanding and really pushes me forward to learn more.

06 June 2004, 06:53 PM
Bleh! This is so annoying! I really want to do some of these sketches but I have...
1)A wacom tablet but lost the pen.:scream:
2)No scanner.:scream:
3)A digital camera but one of my bags with the USB cable was lost by Delta on the flight to L.A.:scream:

BTW, some really creative work being done here! Matthew, I love your style man.:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 06:57 PM
ohh good topic.... i have an idea for this since this is how I felt most of the time when I was on a ship for 3 months.... in the middle of nowhere..
anyways, I have decided to start self-teaching 3D cause if I wait for my school to do it'll take forever..... so I just bought this book Indroducing Maya 5 3d for begginers... it has the Maya Personal Learning Edition on it and everthing.... :bounce: :bounce: Yey I am excited!

06 June 2004, 07:26 PM
Hi - my first entry in the sketching board :hmm:

done with mouse - (Pffff, Wacom is expensive :() half hour - Photoshop

btw - Goro is master of this board.. omg his works are great every time! GJ !

06 June 2004, 07:38 PM

I kept thinking about wanting to be on vacation in the middle of nowhere.- this is what came to my head

smooth topic, first try using a wacom tablet- hard to get the hang of at first

Wacom photoshop 20 min.

this is amazing stuff I hope to improve my skills here

06 June 2004, 07:47 PM
Lost soldier :)

~45 min, painter

06 June 2004, 07:52 PM
Photoshop, Gerald, approximately 40 minutes

Wow, jaw-dropping entries once again.

Matthew-S : amazing picture :eek:
Scott Harris : I like the feeling of yours... Eh, of the second one that is. ;)
effstops : Don't say you're not qualified, cuz that makes me feel totally out of place here. :) I like your picture.
Andyman : I don't have the patience to try that with a mouse, nor the skills, You pulled it off nicely though.

All the others: Sorry for not commenting on everyone, but I liked each and every image I saw.

06 June 2004, 07:57 PM
Originally posted by Scott Harris
Photoshop & wacom screen

13 seconds

(on sale at gallery X for $40,000 US)

That has gotta be the most amazing painting i've ever seen!!!! If i had the money i definetely get it!

06 June 2004, 08:00 PM
This was me 2 months ago.... in the middle of nowhere... going everywhere. Abroad the SS.Universe Explorer.... man I miss that ship!
I do have some pirate in me after all....

15 minutes Photoshop.

06 June 2004, 08:36 PM
Nice topics thesedays!
Great work guys.

Here is my entry
Photoshop wacom 1 hour

06 June 2004, 08:38 PM
Here's mine. Pencil on Paper. Wish I had time (and skill) to paint it.

Goro you rock :)

06 June 2004, 08:38 PM
great one goro, again! :cry:

great skecthes today! :D hopefully mine will b up for it..

ps+dexxa 10mins

i love scott harris balloon and omfg mathew :arteest:

06 June 2004, 08:43 PM
wow goro love da style definetly one of my favourites along with Garma's, Scott harris's and Matthew-S.

06 June 2004, 09:06 PM
Get into the groove, boys!
Marker and Illustrator
20 mins.

06 June 2004, 09:12 PM
Originally posted by Goro
Nice topics thesedays!
Great work guys.

Here is my entry
Photoshop wacom 1 hour

One hour!? Should I cry now or later? Beautiful.

06 June 2004, 09:51 PM
some of you really came up w/ some good stuff..

matthew-s and goro - need i say more?

06 June 2004, 09:55 PM
Originally posted by pluckylump
One hour!? Should I cry now or later? Beautiful.

lests cry together....

iamintricate-scary are those vultures..


permblossom-cool sketch, i need a wacom.

nicknitro- I dont think photos are allowed, but welcome to the daily sketch .

mbalestrini- i like how u made the scribbles into people, nice.

oh i have a comment for everyone, but ill post later... must go now.

06 June 2004, 10:37 PM
1 hour:
Hope no one's offended by nakedness but nude woman floating in the void popped into my head and I couldn't push it away (Not that I tried too hard)

06 June 2004, 10:58 PM
15 mins, wacom+photoshop..... went camping with about 7 freinds about 3 weeks ago, got lil "tipsy" and was taking nature hikes on random pathes, no one was around for miles and miles but us.

in the mountians with a High power blue/white bulbed flash light, like the ones in the new cool car lights

06 June 2004, 11:15 PM

1 1/2 hour photoshop and wacom :p

06 June 2004, 11:24 PM
Dont ask me. I just draw what the voices in my head tell me to draw. 15 minute sketch. 2 hours coloring.

06 June 2004, 11:49 PM
Man there are some good ones today. I almost get too embarassed to post mine sometimes.
I especially enjoy zzacmann and goro's today. Nice work guys.

Heres my bit.
20 min / Ball Point + PS

06 June 2004, 11:50 PM
Vector, Freehand MX, 20 minutes.

06 June 2004, 12:32 AM
Originally posted by Matthew-S
A big thank you to everyone who has been commenting my work, thanks again everyone. :)

45-50 minutes, photoshop.

"the knight is lost in the desert"

keep it up everyone

what brushes are you using?

06 June 2004, 01:05 AM
I decided to have a go on this one...
1:30' ps

nice idea > animation angel

06 June 2004, 01:15 AM
Here's mine PS 5min. Great work everyone!

06 June 2004, 01:41 AM
I saw Goro's beautiful rocky stuff and then I decided I had to try something with sticky rocks myselve..I obviously have to learn a lot about fantasy landscapes but it was great fun to work on...Great stuff again from everyone btw.:beer:

made with a wacom in Open Canvas, +- 35 mins ..

06 June 2004, 01:51 AM
Lookin' pretty good, PaulZ; better than I could do, probably.

06 June 2004, 03:30 AM
I sketched this with Freehand in 10 mins


06 June 2004, 03:45 AM
wonderful work everybody

26min pencil to paper, 4mins random strokes of color in photoshop -

06 June 2004, 04:42 AM

coming in late here

this one took a while, and became more of a painting then a speed paint :\ i ended up takign a big break to help out dad and fam rip part of patio out (shh rebuilding roofs are fun! >_<) but i came back and finished it.

Although I usethat word tenatively since it really isnt finished as I dont like it at all :\ leia's face came out horrible but im just going in circles and i need another break from it to rest.. I may return to this one soon

hope you guys like (:

06 June 2004, 05:18 AM

After 3 hours in photoshop I don't think this will get any better.
Bed now. Study car interiors in the morning.

Nice job everyone!

Note: It seems "The middle of nowhere" is where my image is. Photobucket is having issues right now. :rolleyes:

06 June 2004, 06:23 AM
agentJ I could recognise the scene have portrayed Luke very well. Leia threw me a little...given the red tones I assume that Luke is having a force fed vision of her in the carbon chamber? good job :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 06:34 AM
This is an image I did in acrylic it took me about 2 hours, I spent about 15 min in Photoshop cleaning up and messing with it.
It is supposed to be a metaphorical and symbolic account of depression, which fits in with the in the middle of nowhere theme.
I haven't got a tablet unfortunately, but I am definitely going to get one now I see the look and quality of everybody's work on this site.

06 June 2004, 06:39 AM

10minutes, photoshop, trackball mouse

just for fun :-D

06 June 2004, 07:12 AM

20 minutes
Wacom and Photoshop

06 June 2004, 07:39 AM
Eek, this kinda sucks, but it's my first try without my trusty wacom. The design is bad too but whatever. I guess it's not really "nowhere," but it's kind of exploring that isolation theme.

PS 7 and mouse, 'bout 25 minutes.

06 June 2004, 08:30 AM
Love Matthew-S's picture could easily grace and do justice to the front of a Conan Novel.
good stuff :buttrock:

06 June 2004, 08:37 AM

Photoshop 2 hours

Sorry, no time for comments right now. I'll update this post later after I get some sleep.

06 June 2004, 08:48 AM
oh I didn't think my pic is that good :blush:

I wanna thank everyone of you guys u are very kind, and good works in here so keep up the good work guys. :)

iamintricate, The texture and brushes is a tecnique that Craig Mullins have been experimenting with and a tecnique some guys in the speedy in Sijun started to fool around with aswell including me too.
First of all u are doing a speed sketch with the original brush which after u are adding an old painting above it to give texture, after that there is a lot of things that can be experimented with. The layers adjustment settings is one of them and with those settings u can change the whole of the picture.
Some guys are just using soft light in the layer but all of layers can be used if it is something special u are looking for in the picture.

This tecnique is also explained in wasssup's tutorial which I find to be a very good tutorial.

I guess at first this kind of tecnique can seem to be cheapish but it really helps with speeding things up and give it a more of a finished look. I hope my explanation helps here.

have a nice day

06 June 2004, 10:26 AM
running a bit late :P

GORO!!! you monster, excellent colours dude.

Matthew, awsome great style.

agent J, beautiful mood and nice lighting.

kirt! great concept.

my entry !! PS 45 mins. I don't really like it though..hmmp....

06 June 2004, 11:00 AM
thanks matthew-s .. it's always fun to learn new techniques. :D

06 June 2004, 11:27 AM
hey this is my first submit to this new thing hopefully not the last
about 15mins all up
basically a kid alone in his own space of thought which happens to be at this cliff face ova the ocean all alone in the middle of nowhere:)

06 June 2004, 11:42 AM
Nice work everyone!

Here's my entry. Painter8 & PS7, 1hour 20min.

06 June 2004, 01:56 PM
I'm so sorry posting this in here alongside such great artists/artwork.

This was my first time using photoshop (and MS mouse) for artwork other than basic image editing.

Plz, any feedback would be great feedback.

PS 7.0, MS Mouse, about 60 minutes.

06 June 2004, 02:21 PM
Shotty... there's nothing to be sorry for. Sure there's alot of people here that are incredibly awesome at painting, but none have stopped learning new things. The only thing you'd have to be sorry for is if you didn't care to improve.

Not that I'm one to critique, but for a first, your image isn't bad. 'Sides, this is a .sketch. group... not a 'final render group.' Keep workin at it man... you don't get better unless you try. Most people started out coloring outside of the lines in a coloring book.

06 June 2004, 03:27 PM
That's fantastic, Kirt! Great concept and execution.

06 June 2004, 03:35 PM
Here's mine, 1 hour and a half, PS & Wacom

"My friend Jia Saer"

Now I'll take a look on the other's work



06 June 2004, 04:16 PM
thnx guys!

Kirt you have really dynamic perspectives in your sketches!
That's awesome! Nice work!

I like your way of using colors! The blueish gray with the warm
brown tones works pretty well!
The composition is lagging a bit. The guy is way too big
in relation to the rocks. The rocks look really huge.
But anyways I see great painting skills in your sketches!

I simply love your style!!

Great work everyone! The sketches are getting better and better!


06 June 2004, 05:26 PM
I now pray to the Sketching Gods known as Goro, zzacmann and Telemaco. Now hiring for various demi-god positions. Apply within.

btw I really like the different way that each interpreted "In the middle of nowhere".
Goro's scene is barren and his character looks like he was placed there and his survival isn't guaranteed.
zzacmann's boy is also alone under a shady tree on a lush hill. The hill looks steep, but it looks like the start of an adventure.
Telemaco's man looks like he wants for nothing.

Awesome job, guys.

06 June 2004, 09:48 PM
bit of a late entry & just had time for a super quick sketch...this guy is trying to find nowhere but brought a map this time.

great work guys :)


06 June 2004, 05:39 AM
GORO, thanks for the comment! yeah you are too right about those things..i am trying to learn to paint these days and it sure is friggen hard!!! so much to learn and's good these daily sketches are happening though..


06 June 2004, 08:46 AM
here's mine, 20 minutes photoshop.

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