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06 June 2004, 12:27 PM
Today's topic:

"Stranger in a Strange Land" by the sparky

Posted June 30: 10:00 US 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, 01:27 PM
Interesting synopsis. I haven't read the book. but anything that has to do with Mars can't be bad at all!

06 June 2004, 02:30 PM
Here is my attempt, a 15min chalk drawing with photo manipulation done on photshop/15min.

I imagine that a true Sage would be a stranger in this world(and this world is strange:see springer show), so I tried for that feel with this image.

06 June 2004, 02:51 PM
About an hour in corel painter.

I have neither read the book nor seen any movie version of it, so I just went with the title.

06 June 2004, 03:36 PM
Not read the book, this was the first thing what came up in my mind...
1.5 hours, psp + wacom
'...and when he returned to his own country after all those years, he was a stranger in a strange place...'

06 June 2004, 03:42 PM
hmm .. i just went the the title .... i know .. im a noob .. n i envy u guys
.... about 50min ... wacom .. ps 5

06 June 2004, 03:43 PM
"Stranger in a strange land" is a fantastic book, had me gripped from the first page to the last.
How to sketch it though? Going to require some thought.

06 June 2004, 05:09 PM
Found some info on the book ( here with a good summary


Edit Fixed link, oops.

06 June 2004, 05:12 PM
here is another link to some information on the book:

06 June 2004, 05:44 PM
I know nothing of the book so I did my own interpretation of it.


edit :: ahem.. almost forgot... nearly two hours with Painter

06 June 2004, 06:26 PM
20 minutes Photoshop

OMG! I just saw that all my subitions are not showing, I went to my site where I upload my pictures and someone Deleted all my files! I can believe this! Dam I must of forgotten to log off at school, but why would someone be so mean and delete all my stuff?
Grrr I am pissed off right now. Real pissed.:scream:
Anyway, I have my work saved at school, so I will upload them again then..

06 June 2004, 07:08 PM
It appears as if not many people have read this book (myself included). That doesn't have to be a bad makes for many different interpretations of the title. Here's mine, I look forward to seeing the rest.
About 01:45hr in PS

06 June 2004, 09:11 PM
OK, I read the synopsis of the book after I did my sketch, so you'll see that it has nothing to do with the book. Just my take on the feeling of being alone in an unknown environment.

Pencil sketch, PS7 detail, roughly 1 hr.

06 June 2004, 09:19 PM
PS7 + Wacom, 1 Hour

06 June 2004, 09:26 PM
20 Min Photoshop

06 June 2004, 09:39 PM
Hey, I did this one in about an hour.

Wacom, PS


06 June 2004, 10:34 PM

First off all congratulations for everybody who makes this place very pleasant and unvaluable. This is my first try at here, not to show my habilities (wich is none), but to participate in a so coooool community like this one.....

best regards,

ops.... done in Photoshop+Wacon Digitizer II - 1:30 hours.

06 June 2004, 10:37 PM
Mine for today.
PS & penpointer 1 H 40 min,40.jpg

06 June 2004, 10:52 PM
Very nice BiPed. Nice technique and it's good for a larf. :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 10:56 PM
35mins Painter/Wacom

I tried to do it as if was a book cover, enjoyed this topic, needs more work but hey its just a sketch. Check this link ( I came across, has a few of the original book covers done for it. Interesting to see how they change over the decades.


06 June 2004, 11:12 PM
That's amazing Kieronh, my copy of Stranger in a Strange Land has different cover art again from any of those.

07 July 2004, 12:05 AM
Here's mine :D
2 hours in photoshop
I don't know nothing about the book... just draw about concept :shrug: (sorry for my english please)

07 July 2004, 12:06 AM
Wacom + painter c 45mins

07 July 2004, 12:28 AM
jiasaer- Very nice! I really like your style!

07 July 2004, 12:30 AM
Biped Nice sketch!
Great work so far!

Here is my entry.
I need some sleep now.
ps+wacom 1h

07 July 2004, 01:33 AM
Around an hour as well.

07 July 2004, 02:01 AM
Hi guys!
I am new to this.
so here is my idea ...

wacom 4x5, Painter

07 July 2004, 02:10 AM
I'm just using geocities, so I can't link directly to the image as far as I know. Anyway it's here:

10-15 min, Illustrator and a stoopid mouse.

Nice to meet you all, I've bin lurkin for a while. :)

07 July 2004, 02:11 AM
hey everyone, heres my go at todays topic...
I dont know what i was thinkin haha

07 July 2004, 03:01 AM
Well here's my entry, about 1 and a half hours or so on photoshop. Haven't read the book.

07 July 2004, 03:17 AM
Lovin' it squee, lovin' it. :buttrock:

07 July 2004, 03:47 AM
Some really cool entries coming in for this one.

I realy stink at digital paintings >_<, i guess its cause i never learned to paint in real life.

Anyways this was like a 10 min sketch plus 40 mins in photoshop.

07 July 2004, 04:21 AM
Feels like college all over again. Read the Sparkynotes then cobbled this together:

I guess it's the ascension of Christ as witnessed by Keith Haring.
Actually, I just didn't want to paint all the soldiers and hippies that I was planning on putting in there. About an hour in Photoshop.

07 July 2004, 05:08 AM

QKind of a quickie, 45 mins in photoshop (:

07 July 2004, 05:27 AM
Being raised on classic SF, I've read the book and love it. Regardless, I decided to go with this unspecific reflection on the title.
1 hour 20 minutes in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet.

nilk narf
07 July 2004, 06:32 AM
STRANGER IN A STRANGE PLACE; about an hour; Adobe Illustrator and PS:

07 July 2004, 06:34 AM
Excellent Nilky!

Nice painter looking thing happening there.

nilk narf
07 July 2004, 06:44 AM
Thanks Steve!! :) I used the Film Grain and the Paint Daubs filters in PS for that. The basic drawing was done in Illustrator though.

07 July 2004, 06:49 AM
Nice one Nilkie. No nightmares this time. :)

07 July 2004, 09:16 AM
This is Bono from U2, but I think I was subconsciously inspired by that A-ha video "Take on Me"! :)

Anyway, I'm not overly happy with this but I have been lurking a lot in here and started a few sketches that I never posted, so I wanted to just get one in here to get me kick started on the way to doing more! (happy or not!)

About an hour and a half in Photoshop with Wacom. Took that long cause I coloured the whole thing then decided to delete out all colour other than Bono.

3 reasons for it:

1) U2 have a song called Stranger in a Strange Land (On the October album)

2) The video still ref I used was from U2's concert at Red Rocks in Colorado in 1983. That was pretty much when they made it big and moved to the U.S. so they were really strangers in a strange land.

3) I had the thought of a how an up and coming band suddenly playing to these huge audiences must feel very much like they are SIASL! Hence the isolation of Bono from his surroundings.

This forum has been really inspiring me to create and improve. Thanks everyone!

(and it's great to see so many of my buddys from "the forum we can't talk about" in here!!! :thumbsup:)

Goblin King
07 July 2004, 10:14 AM
3 hours, photoshop & wacom

07 July 2004, 10:47 AM
nice work all :thumbsup:

My longest effort so far painter / photoshop / 3hr30 (used a skull ref)

07 July 2004, 12:30 PM

Ohw, was the title from a book then? O_o
I'm glad I didn't read it, because then i probably ended up thinking too much of the book and not getting any original ideas :)

Well, mine here, a tourist who's very very lost...
Uniball pen, textures and effects in photoshop, about an hour. Yup, I too fell for the "using a texture to fill up your drawing a bit" effect. :P
What i did is kinda emulating working on textured paper with black/white paint :)

07 July 2004, 01:06 PM
yes, jawine, you did exactly that. almost like grayscale watercolor, excellent job! i think i'll try that for my next sketch.

there are some nice ones guys, keep it up.

unfortunately, i haven't been able to upload mine to my server, so you will all have to wait..

i really like, squee, goro, jiasaer, kieronh, TeoM, Cyanid, kalas84, powerchild, agentJ, knivel, goblin king, drawMonger,

nice, clean sketch biped; LEEBLEEB, a more dramatic pose would suit this sketch; nice idea stephan.s; Dirj, a little more roundedness to the cup/pencil holder would have been awesome. I like the way the cord is just lieing there, waiting its turn :)

our level of commitiment is really showing these days. unlike me who hasn't posted in a couple of days.. eek


07 July 2004, 01:31 PM
I know, I know,

Im not quite original with this one, but I thought of the link: stange > surreal > magritte

done in photoshop with wacom in about an hour (during my work phonecalls)

07 July 2004, 01:55 PM
ouch, just took a closer look at the rules, no tributes!
sorry folks, it won't happen again.
It's my first contribution in the daily sketch forum, so don't be too hard :P



07 July 2004, 04:02 PM
jawine - Great linework and composition. Quite a different style from what you've posted in the past. Sketch reminds me of Gulliver's Travels.

nilk narf and Goblin King - Funny that you both went off on the same tangent. Nice work from both o' y'all.

CBAS - I don't think you broke any rules. Mine owes a bit to Renaissance paintings of the Ascension (the main character is apparently a Christ figure).

Biped - Nekkid blue aliens in purple party hats? Who's the "stranger" here? Love the farmer's expression.

Cool stuff!

Flee Elf
07 July 2004, 04:28 PM
Well, this is a tad late; a typical newb mistake... but not only that, it has to moderated as well [with an upward limit of 24 hours, as you all will know]; so apologies to all for being, and the reprocussions of being a newbie. Still, this was fun, as was my gratuitous use of a forgein toungue. Kept to the title though.
As for the image, I spent a while with a larger background depicting a blue shoreline. Had the photo reference all lined up of some rather glorious cliffs and everything, but I couldn't get it to look right so gave up and shrunk the focus onto our friend. May try doing a full of this one, it was quite fun.

nilk narf
07 July 2004, 06:59 PM
Thanks Ilikesoup! :) I guess Alice In Wonderland is a classic stranger in a strange place theme. :)

nilk narf
07 July 2004, 07:27 PM
Thanks Fool. :) No more nightmares!

07 July 2004, 09:10 PM
ouch, I'm a bit late.

here's mine: PS 1H

there's some really great work in this thread.

goro, your painting remind me the film alien. nice work.



07 July 2004, 09:22 PM
Obi-one: I'm even more late. And yours is better.

Allright, I got half an hour left so I did this:

actually they are strangerS

45 M | PS

07 July 2004, 10:43 PM
Garma, I'll do one even worse.. this is 17 days late!!!!!

yowsa. I don't even know if anyone will see this! haha

I could not get the computer with sketches on it to work on the network, so i could not upload anything.. oops.

well.. here's a mars landscape stranger, i think it was an hour in photoshop

thanks for viewing


07 July 2004, 11:03 PM least I saw it! :) Nice~

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