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06 June 2004, 03:28 PM
Today's topic:

"Oxymoron " by CreaticeM1nd

Posted June 26: 11:00 US EST

Welcome to the cgtalk sketch group.

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

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* 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.
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* 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.
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* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
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(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!
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06 June 2004, 04:21 PM
These are more than just a challenge to execute, they are also a challenge to envision! Today's topic is great, but beyond "jumbo shrimp," and "government intelligence," I was at a loss.
Here's ( a list I found that might help with subject matter suggestions...

06 June 2004, 04:30 PM ya go

06 June 2004, 04:39 PM
errr ahem... sorry what does oxymoron mean? english is not my first language, and there are some words I still do not know.:blush:

Oh, CyberGfx I tried looking at your link but it does not work.

edit: I checked the diccionary it says "contradictory terms are combined" so it would be like a saying that uses two words that contradict eachother like:
bad example brilliant fool? something like that?

06 June 2004, 05:12 PM
The big issue with oxymorons is that often when they are translated to other languages, they make absolutely no sense.

An oxymoron is a fairly common saying that is made up of two words the contradict each other. "airline food" for example, is considered an oxymoron because anything you are given to eat on a plane is generally very disgusting, and could hardly be considered food or nourishment. However you can't just make one up, like "That guy is totally fast slow" - they're sayings that have been in use by some group of people.

If you're having trouble getting an idea for it, I'd totally reccomend looking at the list that's linked to, it offers up most of the common ones you would hear in English.

06 June 2004, 05:50 PM
Little over an hour in photoshop 7.0

06 June 2004, 06:28 PM
first thing that popped into my head.
Let us hope OXY never takes this campaign approach :D

an hour in PS with wacom.


sagi_13: an oxymoron, by definition, is a pairing of contradictory words. the lists have some of the better ones (and some not so good ones). *edit* and because you asked in another thread: three layers.

background is a photo of OXY with some simple filters on it
then i draw in the gesture on a second layer
then i paint on a third layer
no fancy brushes or techniques; just a normal brush at "4"

Flatuloso: im not sure airline food qualifies as an oxymoron. the words dont contradict one another, rather pose an ironic instance.

06 June 2004, 07:25 PM
ok here's my day 3...

i had a better drawing in mind, but this was all that came out. I tried to paint again, getting better.

my oxymoron is : Computer Jock ... as in I am a..

1hr/pencil and photoshop

06 June 2004, 07:52 PM
Ahhh good topic, I wish I had time to make a sketch, but I don't; and tomorrow I'm leaving for eight days.. so I'll miss a bunch of stuff. Oh well... great stuff so far guys =).

06 June 2004, 08:27 PM

Great pose, and expression.

Your Oxy Hooligan also should try dipping himself in coppertone. 'Course, the combination of removing colored blemishes, and adding fake pigment might also me an oxymoron.


Great black and white, and very controlled coloring.

Aren't there professional computer jockey leagues? Isn't that what those nasty Professional Gamer Leagues categorize themselves as? Behold the great athleticism of staying seated! Observe the rapid thumb mashing! Hundreds of contestants all fidgeting for the grand prize -- a new mousepad and wall plaque. :bounce:

Anyway. here's my filthy sketch.

Two hours, while tyring to learn painter 8, which requires swatting many more paint-related buttons than photoshop.

I've depicted the miserable venial sin of slug licking (i.e., I had no idea what to do, so I scribbled a bit, and made up a subject to narrowly fit within these paramerters).

Very sad, but easily absolved from. Just give five Hail Mary's, and lick some salt. :hmm:

Perhaps I should be trying harder.

Or not nearly so much. :rolleyes:

06 June 2004, 09:02 PM
Ok i hope i got this right. the meaning of Oxymoron... thanks for the links guys cause I took my topic from there.

I title it "HEALTHY TAN"
All photoshop and mouse 2.5 hours, I spent a lot of time trying to make fire fire, and then half an hour trying ot make my pan metalic.. that was hard... i finally just added some brightness around the edges.


How I did it.
*12 layers- inside pan, outside pan, handle, wood handle, smoke, fire in front, fire in back, 2 texts, little burnt person, backround.
*fire-combination of red and yellow, some changes in oppacity, a lot of smudge tool.... used a little of filter Ocean ripple, but only like 2 intensity if not it looked like crap.
*pan- after I colored it, to make it look "metallic" used dodge tool, and then blurred it in, to add shinnyness.
*smoke-black brush, opacity 30% and smudge.
smudge tool has become my #1 favorite.

06 June 2004, 09:05 PM
Okay since I have no tablet i'm still posting photomanips...
So here it is:
Buffalow Wings :p
Had much fun with this one...
15 minutes with Photoshop

Goblin King
06 June 2004, 12:00 AM
2 hours, wacom & photoshop

06 June 2004, 01:10 AM
Nice one, Goblin King!

For not knowing english too well, you came up with a great topic, sagi_13!!

Here's mine, got the idea from that link that CybrGfx posted, but I thought I'd put a Magritte spin on it...

(Urban Cowboy)

Photoshop, photo reference used, wacom. 2.5 hours

06 June 2004, 01:53 AM
Here's mine, 25 min PS&Wacom

"Peace force"


06 June 2004, 01:56 AM
1 hr photoshop
oxymoron surfer girl

dragon, nice idea and nice sketch. Looked up margritte a few days ago too when I saw the sketch with the flying sombreros.

06 June 2004, 02:06 AM
Some really really nice posts so far. I never seem to manage to get comments...probably because the moderating around these parts is rather slow...anyways...1 hour with a mouse in photoshop - titled "oxyMORON" - or "Government Intelligence"

06 June 2004, 02:55 AM
Got this from that oxymoron URL - gracias for the ideas. I may do more if I stay home.

ps - 1/2hr (only thing not sketched was the SMALL type.)

06 June 2004, 03:05 AM
Wow we have some really great and diverse entries tonight.
Bytehawk thats really good but what kinda of brush did you use?
Telemaco-Great as always, love your style
Goblin king-simply amazing

Heres my go at this one.
5 min pencil + less then an hour in open canvas.
It is obviously buffalo wings.

06 June 2004, 03:41 AM
TeoM HA HA HA! that is the best! ladies and gentleman we have a winner!

I've got a caption: "uh...wait a brain is trying to tell me something..."

06 June 2004, 04:46 AM
Photoshop, 15mins.
Probably should've spent more time with this, but the mouse is frustrating. Need to get my tablet back from work, heh.

"Parting is such sweet sorrow"

06 June 2004, 06:01 AM
Goblin King, your sketch is absolutely incredible. I really dig it

Sooo mine wasn't clever at all. However, this is my second entry, and I'd have to say my fifth sketch using a tablet. I'm happy with this for what it's worth, I noticed improvements with my technique in some places.

The idea is that he's dealing with a zit, and he's clearly a moron, and ther eis some oxy-clean on his bathroom counter top. If you can't tell what's happening, he's just looking in a mirror, and the viewing angle is looking back at him. If that makes sense? At any rate, good topic, I had fun.

I used Adobe Photoshop, and a wacom G3 6x8.

It took about an hour and a half of sketching.

06 June 2004, 06:46 AM
TeoM: love everything about this drawing. great choice of words and nice character design to go along with it. nice execution on all accounts.

bawhabmw: nice line quality and your choice of colors adds to the feel of the room (though your character didnt really need it).

ravioli_rancher: hilarious. i dont know what it has to do with an oxymoron but i didnt really care... or where you implying something involving oxidation? whatever the case, i had a good laugh. your light source seems to be radiating from the slug (something about the lighting on the fingers is off) and it took a sec to figure out it was just one hand holding the slug.

sagi_13: excellent choice for your subject. the handle looks a little too plasticy and the pan reflections need reworking. id also throw in some more (i cant think of the actual word so we'll say) steamyness emmitted from inside the pan. add some grain to the handle, rework the lighting on the pan and, if you want to, add more "steamyness". i played with the IMAGE ( for a few minutes so you can get an idea of what i am talking about. that said, suburb job with your smoke. keep up the good work.

Nicknitro: nice concept. are they your own images or found images?

Goblin King: sah wheat! excellent idea and well executed. just nitpicks here: make the devil more ominous and looming over the viewer and maybe push he's left arm at the viewer a little more (its greta foreshortening and id like to see a little more of it).

Dargon: i dont quite get it but it looks amazing all the same. great lighting. work on that left hand :thumbsup:

Telemaco: hilarious, thought provoking and beautifully drawn as always. id like to see your gesture and colors on seperate layers sometime (if you wouldnt mind)

Bytehawk: wonderful painterly style. the stark contrast of the silouette on the background is a bit jarring. i dont have any pointer on fixing this though.

iamintricate: too funny.

thebigxer: cartoon buffalos with wings. you draw them well :)

Annuostivix: i was positive no one else would use OXY brand in their drawing. i was wrong and my hat goes off to you. like the detail in the head, bring it to the rest of the drawing.

well done everyone.


06 June 2004, 07:53 AM
I read the link Bonzo provided (thanks!) and liked "Family Vacation" as a topic:

PS, about 2.5 hours
Granny's right forearm may be unnaturally long. If so, don't make fun of her, just help her put some sunblock on her back.

06 June 2004, 08:13 AM
this is what i like to call "clean trash"
sketch\photoshop - took about an hour

oh, an i don't have a clue what that guy drinks ... looks like blood more then red wine ... or a breezer of somekind ...

06 June 2004, 10:38 AM
thanks vinylequinox and thebixer

about the contrast. I have been thinking adding a backlight kinda highlight to it but time was short. Didn't want to spend more time on it, I guess a layer duplicate and slight blur on that layer might have helped or a layer style. I might update it and improve that aspect for my personal gallery though, like the idea.

the brush is a custom made brush in photoshop with shape dynamics, smoothing and strength jitter. That brush was used with the smudge tool to get the nice colour variations. First tried this in artrage but the brushes in artrage didn't give me enough control to define the cloud shapes.

Dargon, really like yours.
Kflitch, nice style

I 'm really fond of this forum, discovered it by accident - decided to stay. Am having a blast and my skills/confidence is improving with every sketch I make.

cheers y'all

06 June 2004, 11:06 AM
Sad Clown.

Photoshop CS, Painter 8.1
2,5 hrs

Goblin King: Very good.
Telemaco: You amaze me every time.

06 June 2004, 01:19 PM
All Photoshop. About an hour. I worked a long time trying to get some interesting textures since I didn't actually draw anything for this one.

Title: Small/Tall

06 June 2004, 01:26 PM
//EDIT: Spent another 30 minutes on it, turned out like this...
old picture: //

hmm buzzz3d I think we were thinking the same way...
well your sketch just rocks man...

here's mine: 45 min | photoshop | wacom

Serious clown

06 June 2004, 01:28 PM
here's mine

"primitive technology"

approx. 3H | PS.

redid a lot of things and had trouble with perspective.

buzzz3D: kick ass picture!

06 June 2004, 02:18 PM
Heres another one I was working on. 15 minute sketch. 45 minutes coloring.

Title: "Pretty Ugly"

I liked it black and white because it looked like it could be an old photograph of somebody's old girlfriend. But I actually made the piece in color.


06 June 2004, 02:23 PM

I prefer it black & white...


06 June 2004, 02:33 PM
zzacmann - that's great! I'd go with the B&W, but it might help it to sit on a colour table, to emphasize the fact it's an old picture. A sepia tone treatment might work nice as well!

06 June 2004, 02:50 PM
Thanks guys. I was rushing just to finish this thing because I thought the cut off time was 10:00. But now I see that its 11:00, so changed the background a little bit.

I like the background better like this. And I like the black and white photo better too. Feels more nostalgic.

06 June 2004, 02:51 PM
Hey FordHimself! You were looking for some crits?

as far as the techniquie goes its nice. I think that there should be more contrast in his face and suit to really bring out the details. use a smaller brush on a seperate layer and make those details really dark. then you can change the opacity till they look right.

as far as the subject matter goes....Well, I can think of an oxymoron myself: Informed Citizen.

(wow. that gives me an idea...hold on I gotta find a sketchbook...)

06 June 2004, 03:35 PM
first of, wow, zzacmann, that's a real beauty :thumbsup:
buzzz3d and kflich, vey nice, I like it alot.

mine took about 30 min with a pen and a paper.

(Ohh, it's a famous boxer btw....)

06 June 2004, 05:11 PM
Sagi - Nice concept and picture. As far as painting fire is concerned I think of the temperature scale in terms of color, white/yellow/orange/red in order of hottest to coolest. Fire will be hottest nearest to the wood and coolest on the edges where the air cools it. I start by painting the flames in a very light yellow, then tint the outside orange in a new layer, then orange red on the tips. Goblin King did a really nice job with his. As for smoke, I still haven't figured that one out. :shrug:

kflich - Your pic reminds me of another oxymoron I saw, "good sh!t" judging by the bottle (ripple?). Great style. I like the tree air freshener dangling from his neck.

zzacmann - Got her number? She's pretty. . . ugly! Haven't heard that joke since about 5th grade. The b/w photo on the colored table was a great suggestion.

Garma - Your best yet! Tough perspective and you nailed the shading. Looks like something that would have been tried when 1900 was considered "the future".

Dargon - Very clever. Magritte would have chuckled.

In researching the topic I stumbled upon a new oxymoron, "rap Muzak". Was intending to do a picture of Biggie Smalls (rapper also known as Notorious B.I.G.). He was murdered a few years ago because West Coast rappers are deathly afraid of oxymorons. I found a few Notorious B.I.G. audio files online, but all the lyrics had been replaced by that cheap synthesizer music that plays in elevators and waiting rooms. Anyway, I've rambled enough. Good job, peoples!

06 June 2004, 07:20 PM
PaemrI: Very good. I could tell immediately who it was.

zzacmann: LOL. I like the grayscale version best.

Garma: Wow, you're really flying. Maybe a few sharp highlights would give the image an extra punch.

Cyanid: Hehe, that can happen. I always try to not look at other entries before I post. Good work, I like the closeup. Adds a sense of drama.

Cheers everybody.

06 June 2004, 07:23 PM
vinylequinox and Ilikesoup, thanks for the comments.
Vinylequinox, I liked your fixing of my pan... how did you make the wood handle look like that? and what did you do for the "smokeyness" inside the pan? just smudge? thanks!

06 June 2004, 08:41 PM
Lots of different interpretations for the topic. Each of the examples of oxymorons can be a DS topic in itself!
I didn't think i'd have time to submit for this one since i'm swamped with work but i just couldn't resist! At least it's a quick one. The hardest part was coming up with the idea. Anyway i submit my humble entry for dissection.
PS and Intuos2. 20 minutes.

I guess i'll do my shoutouts for all the incredible artwork hereabouts at the roundup. Too too busy and too too many great stuff to pick from :(

Edit: Darn i didn't realise i was late silly me :((

06 June 2004, 01:03 AM
blacksun is quite a classic oxymoron.
Quite a pretext for me to try photoshop brusches.
40mn photoshop/intuos 2.

06 June 2004, 10:58 PM
2 hours, wacom & photoshop
Wow! I love the style of this digital art/ painting.. amazing!

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