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09 September 2004, 12:15 PM
"mysterious island"
By johweedee
Posted Sep 17, 3:00 am 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.
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* 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!
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09 September 2004, 01:46 PM

wacom in photoshop +- 20 min


09 September 2004, 02:17 PM
Very clever UnlikelyCorny! Thank you for the laugh.

09 September 2004, 02:21 PM
hey! I was going to paint an interrogation island as well... ok, I will make something different, I had more than one idea... good job, UnlikelyCorny

09 September 2004, 02:23 PM
painter - wacom - 1hour 15min

09 September 2004, 03:37 PM
Hi, this is my Island.
I'm not really happy with it. But I'm a beginner.
1h 20min on Photoshop using Pentagram Tablet

09 September 2004, 03:57 PM'smysterious%20island.jpg

My first one .. Hopefully i will get to keep doing more.. tell me what you think..
-- it took me 30 - 45mins--


captain chapo
09 September 2004, 05:34 PM
unlikelycorny - haha good idea!

andrewley - that's awesome...can you set the pressure in a wacom to the width of the stroke and the color? mines in the mail :D

mash100 - wow you did a good job with that ghost face...looks difficult.

zeroeefx - nice entry and welcome to DS!

maybe i'll do one later.

09 September 2004, 06:19 PM
For this one I forced myself to make it directly on the computer from the beggining, instead of scaning a pencil drawing and colouring it. I also used the tablet instead of the mouse, just to practice... I still find more comfortable the mouse, that's why I must practice with the tablet

- hmmm... This looks like a kinda funny island!

[edit: pic removed to keep bandwith low]

Photoshop, 1:30h

09 September 2004, 07:15 PM
For this one I forced myself to make it directly on the computer from the beggining, instead of scaning a pencil drawing and colouring it.
I started my Daily Sketches doing pencil drawings and coloring my scans as well. I found that if I drew it all on the computer, it was easier to focus on the colors and shading and I was much happier with the final product. Nicely done!

Good stuff, gents! I'll try to post something tonight if time allows.

09 September 2004, 07:20 PM
1 hr photoshop
Was playing with filters :P
If u can't see pls click the link below

09 September 2004, 07:29 PM
Nice work folks!

elmasfeo- nice humor, well done for your first all Wacom sketch! Its getting a bit easier for me as time goes on. I still find it easier to make smooth lines with pencil and paper. My digitally drawn lines are lots more bumpy. (Tips anyone?)

xeroeefx - nice drawing, eerie mood.

Mash1000 - you're a beginner?WOW! REally great work!

andrewley - nice monochromatic!

UnlikelyCorny - great humor, love it!

Linko - really nice!

09 September 2004, 07:39 PM
"My digitally drawn lines are lots more bumpy. (Tips anyone?)"

try zooming out when trying to draw long smooth lines

09 September 2004, 07:44 PM
I'll give it a try when I get home tonite...since I don't have any cool toys at my REAL job! <sigh>


09 September 2004, 07:47 PM
50 mins PSP wacom

09 September 2004, 08:16 PM
1hr / photoshop / wacom

Was trying to go for a deeper meaning with this one.

A ronin warrior, with no lord or clan, has become an Island himself. A mystery to those he passes in his wanderings.

09 September 2004, 08:32 PM
I really love this one MustardWash - love the mood and the thought behind it. You are my HERO! :)

09 September 2004, 08:55 PM
Great drawing, MustardWash!

Reminds me of the cover of my copy of James Clavell's "Shogun"
Story in 17th century feudal Japan, coincidence? :)

09 September 2004, 09:40 PM
about 1 hour, i s'pose. corel painter 8. (p.s. - damn, i lost a lotta details saving it as a jpg!)

09 September 2004, 09:44 PM
Thanks guys. I am happy with how this one turned out.

robinayles: Thank you!! I dont know about a HERO but that is sure nice of ya to say. Really glad you like it. :buttrock:

BAJAMAN: Thank you too!! As for inspiration, I have never heard of or seen James Clavell's "Shogun". I even did a google search and couldnt find the cover you are refering to. I would love to see it if you happen upon a copy on the net. I think my pic is kind of cliche' anyways, maybe derived from other images with a James Clavell / Shogun influence? :shrug:

I do have to give props to Goro and Andrewley. I was a bit inspired by a tutorial of Goros and the style of Andrewly. :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 10:05 PM
.:Mysterious Island:.
.:OpenCanvas:.:Wacom:.:1 Hour:.

...:Mustardwash: Great stuff, very moody. How is it an island though ; )
...:Cyanid: Nice one also very moody. It could do with a good focal point.
...:Linko: Red cross : (
...:Elmasfeo: Nice one. Reminds me of the seagulls in finding nemo. Mine! Mine!
...:Zeroeefx: Good one, though the difference between the stuff with the custom brush and the handdrawn stuff is a bit harsh.
...:Mash1000: I like the mood in this one. Floating islands in the sky always do it for me.
...:Andrewley: Yep nice one. The perspective of the bridge is kinda weird to me though.
...:UnlikelyCorny: Great concept and good execution. Good to see you around here as well : )

09 September 2004, 10:36 PM
Thx guys! I'm really happy that you like my work and I am really a begginer and its my first work at cg skretch, but I like it so I will do it more often. I had big problem with the face but the worst was the beard - it's look easy but for a guy like me it's not. It was to dark in one time and to big in the second time.

MustardWash - super work - I love it.
Supervlieg- I think that you should add more detalils. The idea is very good and drawing too but to less in the paint. Island should it better.

09 September 2004, 11:25 PM

about an hour in photoshop.

09 September 2004, 12:04 AM
UnlikelyCorny: Haha... good idea.
andrewley: nice. a very desolate looking place.
mash1000: Im a floating island fan too. Very nice. Looks great for a "beginner". The only thing that bothers me is how well defined the nostrils of the nose are compared to the rest of the face. That is where I immediatley look and draws too much attention from the beauty of the piece.
zeroeefx: I like B&W. Good job on the textures.
elmasfeo: Now that is funny. Reminds me of the Nemo seagulls too.
Linko: Nice contrast and colors.
Cyanid: Now that is defenitely mysterious.
catbert: Great texture. I like the little guy.
Supervlieg: Good tone. I like the blue, but has a kind of somber, sad, lonely feel. Your text is pretty cool today too. :thumbsup:
Ch3: What is so mysterious about that island? j/k great pic, funny.

09 September 2004, 01:16 AM
Here's mine... 30 min in photoshop cs. mysterious island in the sky :P originally I thought about altantia (sp?) island.. but when i painted.. it turned out very much different. :P

09 September 2004, 01:55 AM

This was fun... but if I had photoshop again... sigh.

.5 hr flash.

09 September 2004, 04:20 AM
I lost track of time trying to watch the season opener of Third Watch while working on I'll guess and say 2 hours in Photoshop with Wacom.

09 September 2004, 05:52 AM
Hi, this is my first post to cgtalk. I've got to say i really enjoy the thought of a daily inspiration to sketch from- great idea! So here is my first submission, it took about 2ish hours with Alias Sketchbook and a wacom Intuos³. I'm pretty new to cg art, so please feel free to give crits or comments. thanks.

by the way.. my post will apparently be quite delayed since it's my first post :shrug:

09 September 2004, 07:19 AM
DreamMaster - I like your idea. It's very "mysterious". I'm only regret that you didn't draw more details. I know that is a skretch....but I am regret :)))

09 September 2004, 08:45 AM

81mins painter

09 September 2004, 09:05 AM
MustardWash: check your PM's ;)

The rest: great work

09 September 2004, 09:26 AM
OpenCanvas1.1 :: 2hrs :: wacom

09 September 2004, 09:43 AM

Sweet, Chris! That's awesome! Good to see you back in action! ;)

09 September 2004, 10:13 AM
25 min photoshop, trackball
Just a quick one for me this time.

Xanthan Gum
09 September 2004, 10:22 AM
"The attack on the Mysterious Island!!!"
PhotoshopCS 'bout 2-3 h.
Hope Im not too late... =/
Hope you like it! :D

09 September 2004, 10:39 AM
no questions please :)

edit: errr! i keep forgetting to post specs: 25 minutes, ps, wacom.

09 September 2004, 10:40 AM
Dawnwrdspiral - I see that we had the same idea for that project ;p nice

09 September 2004, 10:52 AM
Wow, great to see so many contributions with such varried ideas.

Xanthan Gum:Nice one, I like the casualness of the drawing.
Downwrdspiral:I would never have come up with a floating Island, but it is def a good idea.
Taron333: Now that's great, good idea, original and very nicely done as well.
meta_Nerd:The footsteps really work.
Phade:Nice impressionistic style.
robinayles:Menhirs and stuff allways work for me.
Dirj:I'm a bit lost on the idea, but don't give up on flash, looks funky.
DreamMaster:Well, with a name like that, this is an obvious choice, well done.
Ch3:I just had to laugh, great concept. like the absurdisticness of it.
Supervlieg:That's scary and achived in such a simple way. Klasse!
Catbert: you're right about the details, that's a pitty
Mustardwash:I like the eastern concept, nice composition as well.
Cyanid:eiry, very.
Linko:it's not there, link?
Zeroeefx:Great atmosphere and nice composition, top notch.
Mash1000:Great pic for a first, the floaty island alone would have done it allready.
Andrewley:Big fan of your style, mystery at once!

09 September 2004, 11:28 AM
META NERD and DREAM MASTER espically caught my eye, though ive been pretty much just flipping quickly - they are all good this time!

(oh, and thanx for whoever saw mine:))

09 September 2004, 11:48 AM
Catbert dude, are u trying to blind us?

its rather hard reading that black text mate :)

09 September 2004, 12:14 PM

painter / 1hr30

09 September 2004, 01:35 PM
Drawmonger - Nice - a very different take...sort of reminds me of Don Quixote, but then - where are the windmills? :)

Opeth - ok, I won't ask..but my brother-in-law, the golf freak would love it!

Downwardspiral - nice work - I just love the floating island ones!

Taron333 - WOW! Kickass as usual!

Meta_Nerd - FANTASTIC!! Very tranquil and mysterious, love it!

UnlikelyCorny - Thanks, glad you liked it.

09 September 2004, 01:52 PM
Great pic meta_nerd!

09 September 2004, 09:19 PM
DreamMaster - I like your idea. It's very "mysterious". I'm only regret that you didn't draw more details. I know that is a skretch....but I am regret :)))
I know.. I regretted it too, but I didn't have a lot of time.. but.. hey.. better than nothing right? :)

09 September 2004, 10:09 PM
1.5 h, pencil & paper, wacom, painter and ps...

kind regards

09 September 2004, 10:14 PM
Nice one, SalamanderCoral, original and Drawmonger..I like the graphic style. Funny one, Opeth.

09 September 2004, 10:15 PM
Respect, Salamander! Great colors. the circles are a little bit over the top imo. But great nevertheless.

09 September 2004, 10:27 PM
thank you very much guys, i'm very honoured...
I agree with you, Supervlieg... i overshooted the mark a little bit...:) the circles are too much...
it's a really nice topic with great entries...

09 September 2004, 11:07 PM
Everything posted here is beautiful.. great work everybody.
Salamander: your entry is very compelling.. the 'circles' add a nice touch and are non intrusive. to be honest, i didnt even see them until someone pointed it out! your painting blends very well.

09 September 2004, 12:21 PM
thank you, eldee!
i'm very pleased that you like my pic...:)

so long

09 September 2004, 02:06 PM
Finally found some free time to sketch.This time i've tried using a lot hard brushes.
ps+wacom 30/40 mins (used ref for the ship)

09 September 2004, 04:14 PM
Nice work Andy, love the mood!

09 September 2004, 05:10 PM
i love the lighting on the ship, and the reflections of it in the water. nice job :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 09:51 PM
thank you guys, I really appreciate your support!:)

09 September 2004, 02:42 AM
Hey, im new to the daily sketchings, and I'm planning on doing more
Heres mine, 1h 30m:

09 September 2004, 08:28 AM

Adobe Illustrator CS : ~ 1 hour : Mouse

09 September 2004, 10:06 AM
hey, what a nice pic, immerzeelpictures! :)
i like your simple and clean style very much. i'm looking forward to see more of your work soon.

best wishes

09 September 2004, 12:56 PM
yeah i know it is super late, but I dont have a computer to work on during the weekends, so I try to squeeze fri-sat-sun on monday.
Anyways Photoshop and mouse, 15 minutes.... I tried a different style more in the dark side, started with black and used grays and whites to "earse" the image out.

09 September 2004, 10:31 PM
... hope I'm not late... 2h and a bit Painter & Phshop.

09 September 2004, 10:11 PM

hope this isn't too late for entry, using the painter oils. I did do a boat in the foreground but took it out as I just couldn't get the scale right, felt like a little model boat going past ;)

Art2 - really nice guys in the foreground, island gets a little lost
immerzeelpictures - like the idea of a snow globe
grafi - kinda looks like a huge submerged shark?
alamanderCoral - nice idea & I like the tired look on its face
Taron333 - like the feel of this & the ambiguous scale
meta_Nerd - nice colours
DreamMaster - love the colours & light on this


09 September 2004, 10:40 PM
hey Kieron thanks, like the clouds in your piece mate.

Yeah, the island. I wanted it to be covered by fog. Making it hard to see
and add some suspence for the Vikings in the foreground.
Hmm... maybe I used a bit too much fog.

09 September 2004, 03:36 AM
Kieronh, Art2 and Sagi -- y'all might be late, but I'm the latest!:applause:
I was pretty proud of my clouds in the background until I saw Kieronh's. Great job, K!
About 1.5 hrs, wacom + ps
My sky is too blue and the water's too calm. Must experiment. . .
edit: darkened the sky, messed with the clouds and gave the water a bit of motion.
Crits would be much appreciated.

09 September 2004, 02:44 PM
Kieronh (member.php?u=5546): Yeah, a whale shark

09 September 2004, 07:27 PM
Kieronh ( thanks for your comment. your sketch is also very nice. i like the way you painted the clouded sky... (i have a weakness for such dramatic backgrounds)
and i wish i would be able to sketch as fast as you and a few of the other guys... 40 mins! respect! as a matter of fact, i'm a quite tardy sketcher.... :)

so long

09 September 2004, 11:31 PM
Hey thanks for the nice comments guys!

I noticed I'd saved one version earlier thought I'd show you if you're interested...
Basically I blocked out the sky & sea with a big brush then lowered the opacity down & did some blending of other colours to get the overall feel right. Then I used a much smaller brush back at 100% opacity & started to block the island in over the sky, then I blended in a white horizon haze with a 10% larger brush on top of the island. I had a few reference images of clouds I liked & used those to start thinking & blocking in the forms but switching opacities to blend sharp & soft edges of the clouds which helps give them the right look. I was going pretty quick but was glad I stopped when I did, its so easy to start over working things.

Hope that's of some help or makes some sense at least??


[Edit] Found this page on painting clouds ( by Steven Stahlberg, pretty cool :thumbsup:

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