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08-06-2004, 12:08 PM (

Title: The Nightmare Factory
Name: Philip Straub
Country: Usa

A concept painting for a book project I'm working on. This image evolved from the daily sketches I've been doing as of late. I was very conscious of mantaining a controlled color palette and defining the scale. I really wanted the "nightmare factory" to appear massive withn the canyon. The images was mostly painted in Painter 8 with a little Photoshop mixed in and generally 1-2 layers throughout the process.
Critiques welcome. Thanks

08-06-2004, 01:47 PM
Atmosphere and depth sensation. I like it.Great work:thumbsup:

08-06-2004, 02:32 PM
Thanks OLI!

Lovin your paintings as well.

08-06-2004, 03:05 PM
Another good work, with a lovecraft's atmosphere...

Lord Cauthon
08-06-2004, 09:28 PM
Freekin' awesome ! I love it. The sheer size of it is mind-blowing.:buttrock:

08-06-2004, 10:32 PM
Hey...thanks again guys!!

08-08-2004, 05:55 AM
I can't believe there aren't more replies, thats a work of fycking art.

- m

08-08-2004, 06:29 AM
Very nice atmosphere. I can't help thinking about the Machine world in the Matrix Revolutions.

08-08-2004, 11:37 AM
Magicman: Thanks! I will admit I was surprised at the lack of comments here too. The piece took front page on and they can be brutal over there with crits. Truth is I am happy to post the work and share it with the world....comments are simply a nice bonus:)

jeremoo: now that you mention it does kinda have that Matrix feel in an organic way. Thanks man!


08-09-2004, 05:57 AM
grreat work!!!

08-09-2004, 08:17 AM
really nice work buddy !!!"


08-09-2004, 08:24 AM
Great work, though It's more a tree then a factory.

08-09-2004, 09:15 AM
great painting! great atmosphere!
show us some better resolutions :bounce:

The Dreamer
08-09-2004, 05:58 PM
Wow....Phil..this is amazing.

As a writer/director, I dream upon stumbling across a piece of work that conveys so much story, so much depth, and just an incredibly imaginative mood and setting that conjures up all sorts of thoughts and ideas.



08-09-2004, 09:56 PM
You've really captured a nice atmosphere on this.
Any chance you could post a larger image?

08-10-2004, 08:47 AM
very attractive work ...

08-10-2004, 07:16 PM
Hi Philip!

once again u amazed me with ur skills of painting, color scheme and lightnening. I have to learn from u :)

08-16-2004, 12:27 AM
Hey all!

Thanks so much for the kind words on the piece...I really do appreciate it. I haven't been able to reply becuase I was stuck in LA for Siggraph awaiting Hurricane's Charley's exit so I could return to Orlando. I am sure glad to be back!

I see a few people would like to see a high resolution version of the image. I'll post one tomorrow...gonna rest now.

Home sweet home.


08-17-2004, 05:27 AM
hey Phillip, nice painting. i love the atmosphere. very spine-tingling and nerve rattling. I love the blue light from the inside of the tree. awesome stuff. btw, this is Guillermo from the convention last week.(the long haired freaky guy) thanks again for the autograph. i wanted to stick around to show you my portfolio but i think Leonard was talking to you while Linda was signing my book and i had work in an hour. anyways, great work as usual. keep on drawin' =)

08-17-2004, 12:25 PM
Hey Guillermo! Thanks for the kind words on the painting.

Yeh man...Siggraph was kinda crazy, very busy, very fun! Sorry I missed viewing your portfolio...I would've liked to have seen it. Do you have a website, I'd be more than happy to give you some insights.

You're very welcome for the autograph...I hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for stopping by the booth!


08-17-2004, 10:47 PM
no problem man. your guys' booth was one of the three places i went to siggraph for. the link in my sig is my site. stop by when you get a chance =) peace peace

08-18-2004, 01:39 AM
I hope you like:)

08-18-2004, 02:04 AM
I really like it, great job! How was it done?



08-18-2004, 02:58 AM
Alright Phil, now you are really starting to fill me with jealousy! <shakes fist>
Your work is always stunning, this piece is no exception. Wow.

It was great finally meeting you in person at Siggraph this year. You are as cool as your artwork for sure. You gave a really nice presentation at the Gnomon/CGNetworks booth, it made me want your D'artist book even more...

I can't wait to see the hundreds of pieces of art that you have been doing but aren't permited to show because of your NDA. You keep on improving and that's saying something..

08-18-2004, 04:04 AM
zegritch: The painting was done primarily with Painter with a few finishing touches in Photoshop. Pretty much one layer for the whole process but the piece changed pretty dramatically quite a few times.

meats: thanks so much for all the kind words man! I always say, you're only as good as your last piece. Keeps me on my toes.

Really great to meet you as I said those animations of yours were amazingly impressive, I sure wish I had those skills. The Zbrush stuff was pretty amazing as well....I think I'll be hitting you up with some tips:) I sure wish I could make it one of your classes out there on the west coast.

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing you focus again on your personal work. Post away my friend!

Beers at E3 for sure.


08-18-2004, 04:46 AM
Very nice man, the spikes on the side really give it a nice sense of perspective looking up. The birds are a nice touch too. You mentioned going for a sense of size and magnitude, which is done well. The only thing I can think of that might be taking away from this slightly is the canyon walls surrounding it. The percieved size of something is always going to be smaller if you put larger or taller objects next to it. But it seems the canyon is part of the backstory so probably unavoidable. Even considering this tho, you did a nice job of keeping it sepparate from the background (the canyon walls) with the change in contrast.

08-18-2004, 06:42 AM
sweetness. i'm starting to see a face in them thar tree over there. i kinda see a cthulu monster in there of some sort. i dunno, maybe it's just me. hehe. the blue light in the center looks like the mouth/beak of an octopus and the red lights all look like eyes o.O scary ~

08-18-2004, 09:28 AM
wow, great concept.

i can really feel the oppressive mood, the dry air.....

08-18-2004, 11:26 AM
Nice "gravity perspective"

08-18-2004, 12:26 PM
DeepGreenJungle: Nice detailed crit...thanks.

character: he cool imaginative visuals you've got goin on there. Nice site by the way.

MFTituS, Darkone2652: Thanks guys

08-18-2004, 06:50 PM
Absolutely stunning work

08-18-2004, 08:21 PM
thanks deelopez

08-18-2004, 10:16 PM
I vote for 5 stars
Again, Great job .



08-19-2004, 12:41 AM
Hey Zegritch: thanks for the 5 stars man.

08-19-2004, 02:06 AM
this is really neat looking

08-20-2004, 01:34 AM
I'll take "neat" as a compliment...thanks oxyg3n

08-30-2004, 11:58 AM
for some clarification...this image and the "The Hive" are two paintings that are associated with the "book project" I mentioned in "The Hive" thread.

09-27-2004, 06:29 PM
I... I ... just feel it crawl up my neck, making me shiver... hearing the sounds of this image. Its a bit too sentimental, but i am about to cry... this is perfect. It is most beautiful horror, a childhood-memory gone wrong, the childhood-nightmares, that really came from places like this.

I will work very hard to one time recieve a level like this. the idea is so enormous, so deeply draining....


10-01-2004, 12:53 PM
nice one Philip,awesome work you the chromatics

12-03-2004, 08:34 PM
Definitely a favourite! :bounce:

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