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06 June 2004, 12:09 PM
Today's topic:

"Mexican UFO's" by Bupaje

Posted June 24: 8:00 US EST

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06 June 2004, 12:47 PM
Oh an by the way,
Next week I want to start an experiement.

I was thinking of now and then do
weeks with a common topic.

Next week I was thinking of
doing "Book Title" week.

The idea is that draw an image inspired by the book, or go in your own direction.

Some of the titles I was thinking are:
"A Tale of two Cities"
"The Stand"
"Fahrenheit 451"
"War of the Worlds"


To submit the tile your book titles and suggestions go to this thread:
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06 June 2004, 01:30 PM
I think that the book title idea is an EXCELENT Idea. Id love to see peoples interpritations of different classics in the Sci-Fi fantasy world!

06 June 2004, 01:34 PM
The only thing is, the images will probably be inspired by nothing else BUT the titles because theres no way to compose a list of books that everyone is familiar with and knows the story.

06 June 2004, 01:46 PM
thats true. I have read all but one of those novels. but I am very, very unusual in that I read a heck of alot of novels. I doubt most people would have heard of

A tale of two cities
Fahrenheit 451
I Robot ( the book not the movie.)

06 June 2004, 02:06 PM
I've heard of those titles, but I was never able to get my hands on them. The english part of our local library is very small, and I'm definately not buying them all... I don't think I'm the only one with this problem.

It would be cool, it's definately think it's a great idea, its just a bummer I can't get my hands on those titles

Scott Harris
06 June 2004, 02:08 PM
I thought "A Tale of Two Cities" was standard reading for grade school...

06 June 2004, 02:08 PM
i've heard of all of them but I have only a slight idea of "I, Robot" unless it has to do with the movie. i think most of those books are good because they are required reading in a lot of public schools.

Plus, we don't have to draw like the book depicts right? it can be a theme week and then just go off from there. like "burn out" yesterday... there were things that I didn't think had anything to do with the topic but then again it's up to your own interpretation.

all in all i think the book idea and the idea of kind of a theme for a week is a great idea.


06 June 2004, 02:09 PM
I'm sure people have heard of these titles. Plus Fahrenheit 451,1984 and I Robot have all been made into movies. I dont know about a tale of two cities, but anything charles dickens has probably already been made into a movie.

I think this sounds like a great idea Roberto!

06 June 2004, 02:35 PM
1 hour, PSP 7, wacom

06 June 2004, 03:54 PM
I thought "A Tale of Two Cities" was standard reading for grade school...Sure, in the US. But we've got artists from all over da place!:D

I'm all for themes -- books or whatever. As for not being familiar with a particular book, there's always online reviews for recent novels, or in the case of classics I found this site ( Kind of like Cliffs Notes -- gives breakdowns on plot, characters, symbollism, etc.

06 June 2004, 04:40 PM
well here is my day 2 entry into this daily contest! love this stuff!

some great stuff has been coming out of these threads! i love everyone's work!

I have posted both the regular sketch and my first attempt at photoshop coloring! yipppeee! i want a wacom in the worst way now.

1hr/pencil and photoshop! - i think you know where I was going with this.

06 June 2004, 04:43 PM
I like the idea. one wek book week the next something else..etc... I say lets go for it, if it does not work then we can just go back to the regular

06 June 2004, 04:49 PM
well i have been browsing this part of the forum the last few days, i think its fine as it is now. Making this to a weekly thing instead of a daily thing, will (imo) only result in less activety

i have only heard of 1984 and iRobot, but never read any of them, actually ive only read about 15 books in my spare time all my life(yes i know its possible to participate anyway)
just think it should stay as it is thats all :-)

06 June 2004, 04:51 PM
20 minutes with Painter 8, sadly I would estimate 18 of those minutes were spent on the scenery rather than the main subject....

06 June 2004, 05:09 PM
Nice entries so far.
bawhabmw-I love how you made it land on the fence.

Well i had a good idea but Just started hating it by the end and gave up.
I call it burrito invasion


06 June 2004, 05:53 PM
My one hope at the present is that by doing this long enough, I'll someday improve...

06 June 2004, 05:57 PM
not very original idea I guess. but what the heck, it's just for the fun...
1 and 1/2 hours with photoref for sundown in photoshop with a wacom.

the sparky
06 June 2004, 06:34 PM
I think the book title thing would be awesome, except maybe not so many scifi books. Maybe books with more evocitive titles. While all of those have very good material inside, "1984", "The Stand", and "Fahrenheit 451" (and even "I,Robot", althought that's better than those other three) don't seem like they'd really spawn good ideas soley from the title. But a title (also happens to be a line from Shakespeare) like "Something Wicked This Way Comes" really evokes images. "War of the Worlds" and "A Tale of Two Cities" work well I think.

Here are some titles that seem to have more imagry in them (to me anyway) - I haven't even read some of these books. hm... maybe this should go in a different thread.

Through the Looking Glass
Brave New World
Black Prince
Lord of the Flies (before I read this book, for some reason I thought it was about homeless kids in New York. I was way off...)
Giants in the Earth
Inherit the Wind
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Long Day's Journey into Night
Stranger in a Strange Land
A Wrinkle in Time

It looks like my ideas for this thread were completely unoriginal - I was planning to draw a sombraro... I'll have to keep thinking.

06 June 2004, 08:01 PM
So far there's some nice work today (as everyday). I wish I had more time to work on this...Oh well, its just a sketch.
About 1hr in Pixia.

06 June 2004, 08:11 PM
Wheeee, so this is mine. Hopefully I'll add shading when I get home.

Adobe Illustrator. 3 hours, on and off between doing intern work. Bleh, no more brochures, please!

"Taco Night"

BTW, 4saken, I really dug yours. Fan of Magritte's?

06 June 2004, 09:07 PM
Lol weird topic.
This is my mexican ufo
30 minutes Photoshop and mouse
I call it "TAKEN"

How I did this master piece :rolleyes: :
*A layer for each object.
*the ray just blue and white gradient Opacity 80% so you can see the cow.
*grass-the brush tool 3 layers different colors, brown, green, bright green top two opacity 50%
and thats that.
ShrayBun- how is it that we both thought of cows?
CybrGfx ( : YUP That is what I am here for too :)
Depius-FUNNY! :)

Scott Harris
06 June 2004, 09:29 PM
PS 7 & wacom screen 25 minutes

What is it?

Maybe it’s a superior life form coming to teach us about nutrition...

06 June 2004, 09:50 PM
You know this is kind of an interesting topic because if you follow UFO sightings (like I do.) you will find that Mexico has seen alot of UFO activity lately. and many, many mass sightings.

06 June 2004, 10:18 PM
Too many hours in Photoshop (~4), making custom brushes, learning about layer effects. . . Time flies as fast as a freshly abducted Chihuahua.

Taco Bell = Mexico.

This is the limit of my geographic knowledge on the subject.

Continued success for all, and anxiously awaiting Goro's sketch.

06 June 2004, 10:30 PM

1 Hour in Photoshop - crashed in the desert - "wtf!?!"

06 June 2004, 10:43 PM
ShrayBun, yours made me laugh when I read the caption. Very cute!
Ravioli Rancher, I really like the rendering and caricature of the chihuahua, well done!
This truly is a fun thing to do, and I enjoy seeing what the day's topic is, even though I am a fish outta water here. (Oooh, has anyone suggested that as a daily topic yet?)

Regarding book titles, here are a few that came to my mind:
Of Mice and Men
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Pride and Prejudice
Catcher in the Rye
Death of a Salesman

06 June 2004, 11:19 PM
Corel Painter 8, around two hours. I'm still sort of getting in to painting.
A homeless man in Mexico City suffers a crude awakening!

And ravioli_rancher, that picture is awesome!

06 June 2004, 11:53 PM
Uh folks ... post your book title suggestions in this thread ( I doubt Roberto is going to want to hunt through 2 separate threads for ideas.

06 June 2004, 12:15 AM
... you people take to long to post your drawings.. common I want to see them :)

06 June 2004, 12:58 AM
I hour / Ps 7 and z brush.
Kirt, goro, locvio (awesome) and wow stevev thats phenomenal.

06 June 2004, 01:10 AM
let's say that if they had explained the us governement, they wouldn't have been classified as area51

06 June 2004, 01:13 AM
Es muuuy caliente, no?

Photoshop and wacom : about 1 hour...

06 June 2004, 03:04 AM
yey! taco bell!

Here is mine 1h photoshop+wacom

06 June 2004, 03:20 AM
great work everyone! Unfortunatly I wont be able to submit this weekend. ( I'll be outta town. ) but I cant wait for next weeks theme week!

06 June 2004, 04:02 AM

Yay space somberos!

Taco Bell needs to give away such chew toys will every order of Five tacos or more.

The human character in your sketch resembles the style achieved in the Gorillaz video 'Clint Eastwood'.

The little blue mites repelling from the saucer are a mix of Victor Navone's 'Alien Song', and athletically enhanced Teletubbies.

My favorite detail, of course, is the suspicious cloud of dust swirling out from his bum. Judging by his clenched fists, I'd say he'd been working on that one for a while. :eek: The aliens must be using him as a refueling station. :)

Anyway, impressive sketch once more, especially considering you manage everything in an hour or less.

06 June 2004, 05:16 AM
45 minute sketch. 1 hour coloring.

"Do not look directly AT the hovering taco!"

06 June 2004, 05:45 AM
Hey Roberto, how about "20000 leagues"? hehehe

06 June 2004, 06:06 AM
I wanted to give Mexico their props for something other than food and big hats, so here's a flying muscle car:

4th and final attempt with PS --felt like a lifetime, but forget how long.
The whole time I worked on this that Lowrider song was playing in my head. Sadly, I'm not ready for two point perspective yet. :sad:

06 June 2004, 06:38 AM
1/2 Hr freehand , 4 hrs PS..
Does anyone know how to achieve volumetric lighting in 2d? (any links, maybe?)
-Love the chuhuauah!!

06 June 2004, 07:26 AM
Painter - 45mins

06 June 2004, 08:48 AM
El Chavo del 8 abducted!

This is Mexico's most beloved character here in Chile, El Chavo del 8, a poor kid who lives in a barrel. The show has been on the air for 18 years at least.

Bawhabmn [nice style, good lines], Ravioli_Rancher [4 hours well spent], Goro [clever!], Locvio [holy cow, amazing idea and execution].


Sir Patroclo

06 June 2004, 09:16 AM
Here's my chlidlike entry -wish I could say it was deliberate. :) About 15 minute marker sketch and then colored for about 20 minutes in PSP. The only thing of interest here is that this was an event that actually happened in my wife's town in Mexico when she was a young girl. My wife, her mom and about a dozen neighbors saw it hovering just above their houses. Almost everyone was screaming -including my wife- except her mother was waving for them to come down. Said it followed her mom down the street, moved over to a vacant lot across the street and looked like it was going to land which had people running around screaming and then says it wobbled and zipped really fast into the distance and after a short while flew over head in formation with several more at a greater altitude. Hope the story makes up for my art. :)

06 June 2004, 09:45 AM
I can't see likesoups image, but I think we were on the same "UFO" wave length. I was playing "Lowrider" by WAR while I was drawing this, my first play with Alias Sketchbook Pro...2 hours of fun.

Mexican UFO.

06 June 2004, 09:50 AM
1/2 Hr freehand , 4 hrs PS..
Does anyone know how to achieve volumetric lighting in 2d? (any links, maybe?)
try very large standard round brushes (size of the beam or larger) with a very low opacity (5-10%) and turn the hardness all the way down. Don't forget to layer it and put foreground objects in front of the lighting and the rest behind it.

hope this helps :)

06 June 2004, 10:47 AM
No time to refine this or color at the moment. Maybe I'll get back to it sometime this weekend.
Pencil to Photoshop 30 minutes

I thought this was a strange topic ... I mean, if it's Mexican it can't really be unidentified right? (yeah, I know ... it's UFOs over Mexico) For my drawing I was thinking of some sort of catapult device that would launch Mexicans over the US border. Hence, they would be unidentified because the border patrol wouldn't think to look up.

Oh ... for those who care to know. You can really see how rough I sketch in this one. I can't draw a straight or solid line for the life of me. So, for those who think they can't sketch ... look! Neither can I :D

06 June 2004, 11:30 AM
I hope i'm not too late for this one. I keep forgetting the time difference being on the other side of the world and stuff. And coming up with an original take on this topic is quite hard.
Anyway here's my entry. Drawn in pencil (20 min) then coloured in PS (30 min).
As for the book week idea i think it's alright provided you don't have to sketch according to the book contents. Otherwise those who haven't read the book will not have any idea of what to produce.

06 June 2004, 12:39 PM
well heres my entry, just bought a wacom graphire, and i like it :-)

2,5 hours wacom + photoshop 7

Goblin King
06 June 2004, 01:18 PM
2 hours, wacom & photoshop

kind of a tough topic... good sketches everyone! Very creative minds.

06 June 2004, 03:14 PM
well, since there isn't a new topic yet I decided to do this one. I didn't really have time yesterday.

I tried to go for style..

PS | 1H

06 June 2004, 03:37 PM
1 hour painter photoshop

06 June 2004, 04:02 PM
Jose and Manuel
not original, but a bit of fun ;)

painter / 45min with WB Looney Tunes reference:

06 June 2004, 04:03 PM
As I worked on my piece I was aiming for one of Kirt's cars hurtling toward me in mid air in dramatic 2-point perspective with Bumskee's mountains in the background. The driver with white knuckles, hunched over the steering wheel and his buddy with arms thrust like he's on a 6-Flags roller coaster. And maybe a burro at the side of the road. I missed. . .

Kirt - Any insight about how you do your vehicles? Do you use reference photos or do you just know the subject well? BTW, your picture is hilarious.

bawhabmw - Great work. After seeing your pic I was inspired to do mine (so you have to accept some of the blame :rolleyes: ).

SteveV - That's a sweet machine and a very cool alien. I can just hear "La Cucaracha" playing when he beeps the horn.

bupaje - I love your characters. One grabs a machete, one has her Rosary beads and Mom yells, "Take me! Take me!" Thanks for the BG story.

locvio - I love it. Reminds me of a Miller beer commercial. A guy goes into a Mexican restaurant and orders Mariachis. "I'll have dos of those."

Depingus - I thought they put the worms in at the Tequila factory. . . ? j/k

Teg - Very original.

jeroentje - I especially like the foliage in this pic. I thought of doing a Mayan pic, but my mind started wandering toward Maya software (which I know nothing about) and the poor thing (my mind) got lost.

I really enjoyed this topic since it forced me to do some research, and enjoyed Sir Petroclo's and bupaje's insights and explanations. I think a world culture theme would be worth considering for a future topic.

As always, great job everybody! :applause:

06 June 2004, 04:48 PM

The crew of SouthPark waited many years before bothering with two point perspective, so it seems audiences will tolerate profile views for many episodes, just so long as you don't charge people to see your sketches. :)


You sketch better than most published cartoonists draw. And seem to have a better sense of humor. This sketch is equal in quality to many 'editorial' cartoons, lampooning capital hill and all its wicked imps.

The Daily Sketch is about the goofiest, and yet most motivating thing going on the net right now. Great work from all. :applause:

06 June 2004, 04:55 PM
1/2 Hr freehand , 4 hrs PS..
Does anyone know how to achieve volumetric lighting in 2d? (any links, maybe?)
-Love the chuhuauah!!

06 June 2004, 05:24 PM
thank you ilikesoup and thebigxer for your comments. I always look forward to your stuff.

and Kirt... please man... your sketches rock! i wish i could sketch like that!

and thank you Sir Patroclo for your comment as well. i wish I could draw with some of your style.


06 June 2004, 05:38 PM
Kirt - Any insight about how you do your vehicles? Do you use reference photos or do you just know the subject well? BTW, your picture is hilarious.
It seems I've been doing a lot of cars lately huh? OK here's a breif insight.
The Mustang in 'middle of nowhere' ... I own a '65. So, that was from memory - no ref pics used. The corevette from 'burn out' ... I used a 1:32 scale die cast car that I have on my computer desk (I actually have a large collection of toy cars in 1:18 scale - great for any angle ref). And the jeep in 'mexican UFO' I also did without ref. (I used to own a Jeep Wrangler about 10 years ago).

The perspective and other technical hints I'll leave to the pros. I do perspective freehand and wildly - "if it looks good, it's probably pretty close." I used to draw cartoon cars all of the time. It was one of my first passions when I found out that I could draw. Members from the states might remember a magazine from Peterson Press called CARtoons ... I had my first published pieces in this mag.

06 June 2004, 06:19 PM
Well, upon seeing everyone else's ideas... Mine seemed like it wasn't really original enough to be worthy of finishing up. So here's what I got in 1.5 hours using Photoshop 7 and a Wacom tablet.

06 June 2004, 07:32 PM
Sir Patroclo - thanks a lot for your comment. I'm sure El Chavo's abduction
will be a great loss for Mexico and Chile.. great piece!

Garma - Thanks for the hint! Tried it.. Your method definitely gives a very good impression of projector lights...

llikesoup - thanks for your comment! -- (I should've done a better job on
the motion blur -- meant to show the Mariarchi being abducted, not "deposited" which from your description sounds like what happened in the miller commercial.. :)..

blue magic - thanks for the link/comment. The cloud tutorial looks great, will give it a shot..

4saken - very nice mood in your picture.. The sombreros look very ominous...

06 June 2004, 08:53 PM
"Lost mayan refuge"

PS & Wacom, 3h


06 June 2004, 09:14 PM
Telemaco, Jeroentje - both of you, great work, and you both went for the Mayan connection as well, something I wanted to work on...

I remembered some sensationalistic program about evedence of aliens landing in our past, and one of the connections was a relief sculpture by the Mayans that depicted what the reporters said was an astronaut in his spaceship. Thought I'd do similar, but make it much more obvious. ;)

Photoshop 5.0, Wacom.

06 June 2004, 09:53 PM
Telemaco, Jeroentje - both of you, great work, and you both went for the Mayan connection as well, something I wanted to work on...

I remembered some sensationalistic program about evedence of aliens landing in our past, and one of the connections was a relief sculpture by the Mayans that depicted what the reporters said was an astronaut in his spaceship. Thought I'd do similar, but make it much more obvious. ;)

Photoshop 5.0, Wacom.

Same thing with the Incas of south america... they depicted an astrounaut... and they have also south of Peru the Nazca people have the famous Nazca lines.

06 June 2004, 10:20 PM
Dont forget how scary and accurate that Mayan calendar is. And don't forget how scary it is that the Mayans knew way to much about the way things like our planet, and space worked.

Goblin King
06 June 2004, 12:12 AM
edited to correct accidental double post, oops :shrug:

06 June 2004, 12:41 AM
45 min in Photoshop CS with Intro2 tablet

Just experimented with soft light layer to give it a texture look.. more completed look. I think I like that technique. :D Oh I know that it has been past the deadline, but I couldn't do it earlier because I was on vacation in Nevada! :D

06 June 2004, 12:47 AM
awesome dargon

looks beautiful.. just perfect sense of style



06 June 2004, 08:43 AM
I thought I was being really original but I can see that the idea has been already explored, for those who havent heard of the theories put forward by the book 'Cariots of the Gods' I will give a quick low down,
The theory claims that some achient cultures woshiped living gods and these living gos were in fact Extra Terrestrials.
So I lamly copied a Mayan artifact.
15min chalk/10 min photoshop
My Fav is Dargons I have seen the stone artifact that is based on, and think your rendition is clever and well done.

nilk narf
06 June 2004, 09:12 PM

Less than an hour; Adobe Illustrator

06 June 2004, 09:54 PM
Nice work guys. I especially like the Inca tie-ins. That's the route I was thinking, but I decided to focus my energies on newer topics (I'm late to the game).

nilk narf
06 June 2004, 10:57 PM

nilk narf
06 June 2004, 11:47 PM

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