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09-01-2004, 12:53 PM
"The road not taken"
By Akocan
Posted Sep 1:40 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 / 480 x 640 OR 800 x 600 /600 x 800
* 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" or 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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09-01-2004, 02:02 PM
Hmm.. I must be dumb or something, or just Finnish enough not to get the point of this topic. What does it mean in non-poemic way? :)

09-01-2004, 02:18 PM
2 main ways I see to take it:

1. Walking down a path, it forks (goes in 2 directions) you choose left, it refers to right, the one you didn't take.

2. Same thing, but a metaphor. Choices you've made in life, what things may of been like if you had chosen differently. IE, instead of becoming a 3d Artist, you had become a Doctor... what would that be like?

09-01-2004, 02:34 PM
Oooo... :eek:

Thanks, Dargon.

09-01-2004, 03:58 PM
The road not taken
OpenCanvas, PhotoShop/Wacom/1 Hour and a little

The picture is more a metaphor for a road not taken. Not that I made up a background story for it or anything. I just like to suggest a story with the picture.

09-01-2004, 04:02 PM
Great colors Supervlieg!! :D

09-01-2004, 05:32 PM
Here is my entry 45 min sketch (ended up doing it twice) 15 min color in PS

You can obviously inturpret this subject any way you want but if you are curious where it came from, a famous poem you've probably read before by Robert Frost. Here it is if you wanted to read it.

pretty cool eh? I would think most artists can relate.

09-01-2004, 07:14 PM

Alternate version (

10min sketch, 40mins photoshop. This reminded me of beetlyjuice the cartoon.

09-01-2004, 07:28 PM
I read the Poem by Frost to and let me inspire a bit by it...I tried to work on my coloring a bit more in order to set the general mood instead of sketching it all out before this time, done in Painter 8 in approx 1.5hr...

Supervlieg, I really like your work (again :)) colors are awesome...

09-01-2004, 08:10 PM
I love it bigxer! I loved the beetlejuice cartoon too. Looks like "Dali : The animated series" to me.

To avoid confusion "Dali : The animated series" isn't a real cartoon, it was just a very bad joke.


09-01-2004, 09:04 PM
i hope this doesn't turn out a double or triple post... its the third time i'm trying to post this... :(
supervlieg_ love the oversaturated colors
PaulZ_ love the mood
csmallfield_ tough path to walk on
the bigxer_ reminds me of sam n max game :) i like it

ps+wacom 40mins

The road not taken

09-01-2004, 09:32 PM
here is a actual sketch from me, just doodling around, havnt posted in a whil sence i cant make good colord paintings like u guys ill just keep 2 the black and white

15mins wacom photoshop

if i could do this more serious i would try 2 set the mood of lighting and dark stormy weather for the person struggling in his religous road not taken. (lil story or mood setting for u =P)

09-01-2004, 09:39 PM
"here is a actual sketch from me, just doodling around, havnt posted in a whil sence i cant make good colord paintings like u guys ill just keep 2 the black and white "

You should try it anyways, im not great but im making small improvements here and there and practice makes perfect.

09-01-2004, 09:51 PM
WOW! All that previous posts are masterpieces! Really great stuff...! Especially that of Supervlieg! :)

Maybe I run this great thread with my silly work, but I unless post it ;) :

Photoshop 7.0
20 minutes
Idea behind: Lot's of people here have not taken all the roads eccepting that of the '3D world...'.


09-01-2004, 10:02 PM
15 Minutes
Linux / Gimp 1.2.5 / Wacom

09-01-2004, 10:07 PM
You should try it anyways, im not great but im making small improvements here and there and practice makes perfect.
thats tru, but its most times i really cant come up with a good orignal view on the topic that i want and the adding of color usally just throws me off a lot, like this one, if i tried 2 color this simple thing it would have ben xtremely worse then what i was attempting

i just need 2 find myself a style and workflow i like

thx for the comment tho, i do plane on geting into the daily sketches 2 improve

09-01-2004, 10:20 PM
Just practicing my anatomy. :shrug: ...
alright, so I like mens asses! ... ;P

Supervlieg: very nice composition.

09-01-2004, 10:30 PM
Great work as alaways Rasdasa!

09-01-2004, 10:46 PM
Great work as alaways Rasdasa! I couldn't say it better :D

PaulZ: your pic is very appealing :)
Supervlieg: great work too and sweet colors!

Here's mine.. the road not taken: djing :/
1h, photoshop. not very satisfied with the result.. (and sorry for the ugly black lateral borders)

09-01-2004, 11:35 PM
Chris, I really like your little's kick ass! I used openCanvas on that one and manage to NAIL the time to minute! Excellent! :bounce:

So here's the first filewatched openCanvas sketch of mine: 16:05:59 - 16:42:02

The Other Road

09-01-2004, 11:43 PM
Good stuff guys! I particularily like Supervlieg's, great mood!

Here's mine, for some reason it just had a role playing feel to today's topic.
Photoshop for like 2.5 hours. Wacom for most, but mouse for some.

09-01-2004, 11:55 PM
dargon - hahaha that was funny.. great job btw :)

same with everyone else!

I cant find any inspiration for this one... I had a good idea for door #3 and death from above but I couldnt draw them :/

Anyways, great job guys!

09-02-2004, 12:00 AM
Hi all! First time my topic has been chosen; woohoo! ;)
I did a colorful one. I hope you like it.

1.30 hours, PS/wacom

By the way, great spin drumwhore. Also I love the way PaulZ used the colors! congrats!


09-02-2004, 12:36 AM
45 min PS7 + Wacom
Inspired by (Hed)PE music and a videoclip of Linkin Park (Don't know which one it was).
Anyway.. I'm not happy with the result.
The road not taken; the road to a rock star!

09-02-2004, 12:57 AM
2 hours - Painter - wacom

09-02-2004, 01:22 AM
adrewley, very nice man simple yet graceful good job

09-02-2004, 01:45 AM
...looks like the cloud city stuff has brought some new energy into the pit. What a fun! This thread is already building up a great collection! I'm so enjoying it....just thought I mention! Congrats.....and now we know what drumwhore really wanted to make a living with (kinda figures)....what dragon is really all about (hmm...curious!)....Jimmy had it already in his name(not too far a stretch)....andrewley really enjoys LOTR...Rasdasa still tries to become content with his choices(you're an artist, you're doing the right thing!)....PaulZ's longing(yeah, that would be something for a while!)....and finally akocan has either a migraine issue or really needs to ease up on his LSD consumption....hehehe

Kick butt possible insights on everybody... :applause:
...who cares how wrong I am, I'm enjoying the quick guessing! :wip:


09-02-2004, 01:50 AM
90 minutes
Photopaint 10

Cool stuff everyone.

09-02-2004, 01:55 AM
Cheers Geta-Ve

Taron333 - spot on man :) (I'm so transparent)

balistic - cool - looks like its being viewed from a moving vehicle

09-02-2004, 02:43 AM
Painter 8/Almost 2 hours/wacom

09-02-2004, 03:15 AM
Supervlieg - I really like the tones; and your character makes me think of The Last Samurai. Nice job.
csmallfield - Looks good to me. For some odd reason I really like those boards.
thebigxer - Reminds me of a funky kid's book. Good job. What does the sign say though?
PaulZ - This would make a great piece of art if you spent more time on it. It already is, but you know what I mean... I like it.
made in uterus - It makes me think of that scene from the Lion King. I'm likin' it, good job.
Fire2257 - There's no shame in plain 'ole black and white. Looks good to me. You've got good ideas - just practice, man. That's how it comes. None of these other guys were painting well the day they came home from the hospital. At least, not that I know of =p.
Dutchman - The gaussian blur throws me off a bit, but I like your idea : ).
block01cube - Looks like an etching - good effort, man.
Rasdasa - Nice pencil as always. I always love your perspective.
Drumwhore - I'm not sure I could do that pose so well. Nice job - I like the drool hehee.
Taron333 - Beautiful mood. A more effective camera angle might be the rear/up view instead of front/down, but that doesn't matter. I like the rocks.
Akocan - Wow nice colors =). I like the 'round' effect alot, and I love that airplane =p.
JimmY-Digital - Nice sense of motion you have there. Great job.
andrewley - Niiice. Makes me think of a LOTR book illustration. Very nice form as well - simple, but solid.
balistic - OoOo cool idea. I really like the mountain and the view from the moving car.
majofo - Good job; not a wasted two hours. I like your road.

I hope I didn't forget anyone... great job all! : ) I haven't submitted one yet... no time and lack of ideas I guess. Oh well...

I'm so excited! Tonight I ordered a Wacom Graphire3 6x8 tablet (with all the accessories of course), with two day shipping from My total (product/tax/shipping) came out to $213.35. Not bad I guess.... but at least it's coming! W00t w00t... no more painting with a mouse for me. O : )

09-02-2004, 03:39 AM
Drumwhore, what are you talking about! That looks fly!

Dargon, made me chuckle. Well done though, looks much like the real thing.

Taron, well put together concept, and nice composition.

Ballistic, very calming and sort of surreal.

Andyman, here's to no shipping problems ;P

09-02-2004, 03:52 AM
Hah, yeah.... : ). Seeing how I ordered it from, I don't think it includes Painter Classic like the one from does (correct?); but it does come with a $30 rebate so.. that's kinda nice I guess.

09-02-2004, 04:14 AM
As far as I know Andy, every wacom comes with a copy of Painter classic, they have as far back as I can remember (at least 8 years)

09-02-2004, 04:37 AM
Do they? Dell mentioned something about Adobe Illustrator demo or something like that, but nothing about Painter. Thank you for the encouragement though - we'll find out soon enough =).

09-02-2004, 05:01 AM
just a quick little sketch for today...
1 hr - Sketchbook Pro

09-02-2004, 05:33 AM painter

so many great interpretaions today.
:applause: Andyman + Wacom :applause:

09-02-2004, 06:07 AM
I've been on 2 airplanes today and am totally worn out. Just wanted to post my concept Idea.

painter 8
28 min


09-02-2004, 06:13 AM
1 hour painter 7 wacom

09-02-2004, 06:53 AM
"... no more painting with a mouse for me. O : )"- Andyman.
LUCKY BAST*RD ;). Just kiddin', but I think we'll see soem experiments with it wont we, maybe your work will even improve :D.
WHat some silly hardware can do for ya eh? :P

Maybe I'll also buy one some day....
(*dreams off and reaslizes he has to go to school 5 minutes later*)

09-02-2004, 12:23 PM
Love your picture nopancakemix, great concepta nd great execution! One thing I might change would be to make the background blend together more, as it stands it looks more like two pictures next to each other instead of too roads at the same intersection. Just a thought, unless you were going for the division down the center.

09-03-2004, 08:00 PM
I'm so soryy, this must be the latest, worst and most tedious post ever...
Open Canvas 1.1, 6h. (No, that aint no joke... I'm so embarressed!)

09-03-2004, 08:51 PM
oh well, wish I had the talent to convey what I mean.
So many roads not many taken and regretted but nonetheless, life goes on.
opencanvas and painter 1.5 hours

09-03-2004, 11:40 PM
meta_Nerd, that concept is whhicked, and a very nice composition of colours, especially the body colors.

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