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09 September 2004, 01:19 PM
"windy city"
By johweedee

Posted Sep 20, 3:00 am EST

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09 September 2004, 02:20 PM
"Popular myth has it that this nickname for the Chicago was coined by Charles Dana, the editor of the New York Sun, in 1893. Chicago was competing with New York to host the 1893 Columbian Exposition and Dana allegedly coined the name as a derogatory moniker. Supposedly the term is not a reference to the winds off Lake Michigan as one might suppose, but rather refers to the Chicagoan habit of rabid boosterism and shameless boasting. To a New Yorker like Dana, Chicago was full of hot air.

The story simply isn't true. The name dates to at least 1885, and clearly refers to the breezes off the lake. 1885 references include "city of winds" as well as "Windy City." This isn't new information either. Mathew's Dictionary of Americanisms, published some 50 years ago, includes an 1887 quotation of "Windy City, but the myth persists--largely due to newspaper reporters and editors who repeat the tale without checking the facts."

Here's the source link:

09 September 2004, 02:30 PM
hee if we go along with the commentary from yesterday's post about "literal vs deeper meaning" we could take "windy city" to mean "city of hot air" and all draw pictures of Washington DC.

For non-english speakers, if you are full of "hot air" you may be saying a lot of things, but nothing of substance, your words are just like "hot air"

09 September 2004, 02:33 PM

Could be Chicago... Didn't try to make any specific city, just a windy city.
40 min/Photoshop/Mouse

09 September 2004, 03:15 PM
Thanks Ilikesoup. After reading that explanation, I think I'll stick with the literal meaning. A city full of people farting :p

09 September 2004, 03:45 PM

photoshop 15 min

09 September 2004, 04:05 PM
I have a few ideas for this, if I have the time today, I'll do a few of them. Here's the first, and least obvious of my ideas... at least so far. ;)

09 September 2004, 04:31 PM
Thanks Ilikesoup. After reading that explanation, I think I'll stick with the literal meaning. A city full of people farting :p
Good one!...just remind me not to go to that city! :scream:

zem - BRR, that city looks COLD too! I think I'll take my 88 F degree day today instead!
UnlikelyCorny - now THAT is a windy city!
Dargon - that's pretty dang windy!

09 September 2004, 04:32 PM
Mediums: Painter, wacom
Time: 20m

09 September 2004, 05:18 PM
Open Canvas 1.1, 1h
Supposed to be some kind of wind driven aircraft in front of large wind-generators. I'm not very creative these days...

Little Tin Goddess
09 September 2004, 05:38 PM
Hi, I'm a constant lurker round here, and I thought it's about time I showed my face and joined in - first post in the daily sketch :) (Medium: Photoshop, Time: bout 10-15 minutes(?)

09 September 2004, 05:40 PM
Nice stuff peeps!

grafi - like the idea, a little saturate for my tastes though
romero - lookin good, and it's pretty original, no worries!

I did up a second one, really have to do some more proper work today...

For this one I'm taking a tiny bit of inspiration from the film "Tokyo Godfathers".

09 September 2004, 06:42 PM
Thanks Dargon, these kind words are what I needed in this mood of mine.:beer:Like your pics!

09 September 2004, 06:49 PM
r0mer0 - no man, that's really great and very creative! I really like it.
grafi - I like the concept, but agree that your colors are a bit saturated
Dargon - I don't know the film you reference, but really like this one! Nice mood and movement!

09 September 2004, 06:56 PM
well, i don't have a wacom now :(

so mouse, 35 minutes (i'm ashamed of how long it took me... /: ) in ps8
Aslo, the last time i made clouds was REALLY long ago, and was with a wacom, in my griffin drawing.. not too good i'm afraid..

09 September 2004, 06:58 PM
I had to do a quickie. And what a faker I am at that... Max, OpenCanvas & Photoshop.. hour.

Btw. I like the last one of yours a lot Dargon ;)

09 September 2004, 07:02 PM
-=1.25hrs ~ PS CS ~ Wacom=-

Well, another floating city pic. Honestly my first one though.
This seemed alot cooler in my head than it did on screen. Oh well... :shrug:

"Windy City"

09 September 2004, 07:03 PM
Windy City
OpenCanvas/Wacom/About 35 Minutes (added a little more time for some tweaking after some tips from Goro, thanks for that G.)

DFekt: Nice moody pic, what parts did you use max for?
Opeth: Very well done, and with a mouse!
Dargon(2nd): Nice one, I like the washed out look.
Romero: Still good for something you dont think is creative. The generators somehow remind me of Sampan boats (
Grafi: Nice iconic pic.
Dargon (1st): Nice one, very photolike.
UnlikelyCorny: I like the sketchy look of it. Also portrays the theme very well.
Zem: Nice, a bit oversaturated imo, and perhaps the colors could have more depth.

edit: Mustardwash: Good pic, though the grey sky kinda distracts from it. I think you should put in a sky.

09 September 2004, 07:08 PM
hey folks, it's been a while. I'm drowning in my own appointments here. Hope I can hold on again in the future. I've followed you guys close tho, the avatar fight was great to see.

PS | bout 2.5 h

edit: hummm I forgot the wind. Trust me it's windy up there ;)

09 September 2004, 07:08 PM
some experimentation from me today... just got painter 8 yesterday and played with some oils and pastels. ended up bringing it back into alias sketchbook for some reflex hilighting and other touches (painter doesnt seem very responsive to my tablet... :shrug: )

Total time was around 1.5-2 hours

Supervleig: the idea i wanted to do was a tornado aftermath, but i couldnt think of how to execute it. nice job, it looks great :thumbsup:

Edit: took the image back into painter and softened some things up.. also made the entire piece look more 'dynamic' by giving the props some motion, and some more wind gusts on the ground below the helicopter. i also added the little guy and a door way since it seems like during an evacuation from a hostile area there would be somebody to help people into the chopper ;)

09 September 2004, 07:15 PM
Eldee: Thanks! I think you should give yourself more time with painter.
Garma: Good to see the man behind this mayhem back again! With a nice pic indeed!

09 September 2004, 07:16 PM
The towering statue of the Dragon Wind God, Fhkar-tuil, protects the holy city and people of Nelsbin from the violent wind storms that plague their lands...

Painter - Wacom - 1 hour

09 September 2004, 07:18 PM
Supervlieg! good one! hehe :)
thanks for the comment btw..

Dragon, ur first one is great. i really like the caustics...

Romero - very nice, remotely reminds me of the game Atlantis...
ach.. that game had excellent design and style.. really nice...

09 September 2004, 07:19 PM
andrewley... wouldn't that be a NON windy city then? ;)

good work lad. cheers.

Xanthan Gum
09 September 2004, 07:28 PM
Well.. It had to be a quickie..
~30 min./ Ps CS/ tablet..
Awsome entries:thumbsup: !! You guys rock!! :D

09 September 2004, 07:29 PM
Damn, Its only noon and there are so many kick ass!

OpenCanvas1.1 :: 1hr20min :: wacom
~ forgot to mention about 10 of those minutes were Photoshop Levels/ColorShifts and some Blur

09 September 2004, 07:29 PM
Supervlieg I used max for the shape. Actually, I started to make the intire image in 3d, only to discover I wasn't in the mood.
So a quick rendering and a speedy overpaint, et voila: One piece of crap ;)
-great idea with the tornado btw...

andrewley super! :D vbmenu_register("postmenu_1588704", true);

09 September 2004, 07:31 PM
Opeth - WOW! You are doing that with a MOUSE! Very nice. I wish though, that your city had as much detail as the old man wind!

DFeKt - love the dirigible

MustardWash - another floating city - but man, what a stark landscape otherwise!

Supervleig - that would be very windy indeed, reminds me of the tornado that tore up downtown Fort Worth, Texas a few years back

Garma- I like the monochromatic work, I'll take your word for it on the wind! :)

eldee - WOW! This one really ROCKS - however, I get the wind, but where is the city?

Andrewley - Oh man! you put us all to shame again. REALLY nice!

09 September 2004, 07:37 PM
hi guys long time no see glad to be back here!
The sketchgroup has grown in the last few weeks! Great sketches everyone
here is my entry.

2h ps+wacom

09 September 2004, 07:40 PM
Goro - OUTSTANDING! gj! excellent colors and use of them.
robinayles - thanks man :) i actually am alot better with characters so i enjoy it more so i put more effort into them :)
Meta_nerd - that is FANTASTIC. i love the colors and the sun and clouds are absolutely remarkable.

09 September 2004, 07:45 PM
Goro - That is a fabulous painting.

Very glad to have you back.

09 September 2004, 07:58 PM
eldee - WOW! This one really ROCKS - however, I get the wind, but where is the city?
thanks for the kind words- i was originally going to paint a skyline of some sort in the background, but it interfered with the overall composition, so i opted out of the 'city' thing. but on the other hand, vietnamese fringe-cities were hardly more than a few huts and plazas anyway, so i guess i'm still within the theme of this sketch :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 08:05 PM
This is my second attempt. The first one I felt was not that sharp, but the idea led to this one, which I am a bit more content with.

Meanwhile loads of fantastic entries have been posted.
I do not feel worthy.

09 September 2004, 08:17 PM
Thanks for the comments guys.

Zem - nice feeling of isolation

UnlikleyCorny(1st and 2nd) - Nice loose sketches

Dargon (1st) - I like the way you handled the light on the water

Grafi - Nice idea

r0mer0 - I like the rendering of the sails

Dargon(2nd) - Nice to see a different stlye

Opeth - good for mousework dude - kudos!

DFekt - Nice concept

MustardWash - Nice idea - it deserves more time on it I think

SuperV - Destruction on a massive scale - nice!

Garma - Cool concept and nice colours

eldee - dramatic shot and colours - I like it

Xanthan Gum - lol - good cheat

Meta Nerd - Nice lighting - dreamlike

Goro - Very good use of your palette - i like it very much

09 September 2004, 08:34 PM
Wow, Goro, that is awsome!

I got lost a little... it started out as a painting of a flying city, but I couldn't get the thought of "Batavia's graveyard", a book I've read by Mike Dash out of my head. So I painted in the ship, as a "a city on it's own"... I dunno, I like it better like this anyway.

09 September 2004, 08:57 PM
...and for 5 minutes i thought i was being original...oh well...ANOTHER floating city in the clouds...
1.5 hrs in Phototshop CS, with a WACOM
EVEREYONE: awesome work!!

09 September 2004, 09:20 PM
Hello, this is what i came up with.. silly but it happens... oh do I know.. dam wind.
Anyways, photoshop 30 minutes and mouse.. i still wish i had a tablet.
I see a lot of peole make fur and hair look great here.. any ideas?

ok and now the comments.I dont do them all the time cause they take forever... but when i can:

zem- The pose of your person walking makes it look windy, by the way he is hiding his face into himself. Did you use a texture to create the surrounding? it looks more like rain than wind. but because of the direction of the lines it looks like rain in the wind so it works.
Unlikelycorny- I like the concept of the city being tilted by the wind. cool
Dargon- simple idea but beautifully done, I can almost touch those drops of water.
Grafi- This is the happiest so far, very colorful and just plain cute
Romero- I was not sure what it was until I read ur little explaniation.. flying ships!!! what kind of brushes do you use? this looks like its painited...I have never even seen open canvas is it similar to photoshop?
Little Tin Goddess that poor kids expression is great. is it because his cards fell or the smell??
Dargo hey over achiever two cool sketches!.. All this one needs is the tumbleweeds and we have ourselfs a cowboy movie.
Opeth A titled city, I likethat you included WIND as a character.. hm I hope he has good breath,.
DFeKT quickie? dam dude that is pretty cool for 30 minutes. At first I thought it was a submarine, then I saw the tree, What is cool is that if you take out the tree and put a fish instead it changes the location completely.
Mustardwash All my ideas look great in my head and never close to what i wanted on paper... but I must say I like urs.., where is it going?
[supervlieg] that was my city on Friday. we had tornado warnings all day and it was miserable, lucky my house was not hit! back to ur image, it is simply awesome.
Garma Hey ! welcome back, I was gone a while too, just in time for the avatar fight. I really like the stands where your city sits, could you tell me how you did the shadows for that? like the variation in color in the stands, it makes it look more 3d than flat.
edleethe pose of the soliders holding on to their helmets create the illusion of wind.
Maybe you couldhave made your helicopter fans look like they are spinning, by addings some less opaque blades between ur current blades.
andrewley ohh pretty dragon, i love dragons... The wings are AWESOME.
Xanthan Gum looks like he aleady arrived there.
meta_Nerd I like the idea.. but why is that cloud green. eww, polution.
GORO long time no see, hey look at the avatar fight club.. cgsketch 101, i fought u there. :) ur drawing here is Amazing, dam i envy ur skills.
UnlikelyCorny ohhhhhhhhhh so thats why its leaning!
jeroentje not a city but very cool, what brushes are u using? for the clouds and water? i love that ship, really nice.
Lopoly I just saw ur so i add my comment to it... I like the idea.. very unsual concept cool!

09 September 2004, 09:45 PM
Ahh damn...all good ideas are taken :). It's more sketchy this time - some really windy city. About 30 minutes :: phsp :: wacom

meta_Nerd and Goro: Breathtaking (literally) ;) !
jeroentje: interesting colors

Edit: updated colors

09 September 2004, 11:14 PM
Congratulations everyone! Great Concept Lopoly!

09 September 2004, 11:15 PM
I see a lot of peole make fur and hair look great here.. any ideas?

Here is my little tip, hope it will be in undestendable english:

Bad news are that without tablet it will be really painfull if not imposible, but maybe U will find a way :/

Below are layers from my phsp file - You could download full res .psd here (

I'm using standard round brush with [Other Dynamics] -> [Flow Jitter] and/or [Opacity Jitter] controlled by pen presure (it it the catch). Shape Dynamics could be turn on or off depend what I need. I'm using small size brush with 90% opacity to paint strands of hairs and large sized ~10% opacity for shading entire haircut. Basically I just changing colors and brush sizes/opacity and let the hairs build up slowly until I like effect.

For a fur I'm using "natural" shaped brushes called in photoshop spatters with same settings as above and paint with short strokes rather than long ones.

hope it will be helpfull

09 September 2004, 11:45 PM
30-40min Phshop.

09 September 2004, 11:50 PM
Wow great entries! Too bad my computer's down so I can't really do some painting. :( Keep it up everybody! :D

sagi_13: I used smudge at 100% strength with pressure control for strength at around 1 px size.. and just smudge it to give it a fur look. :D Easy way without having to change colors, etc. If you want, I could make a semi-tutorial for you when my computer's back up that is?

09 September 2004, 12:01 AM
Wow great entries! Too bad my computer's down so I can't really do some painting
but.... do you post?

09 September 2004, 12:06 AM
Hey. I havent been around in a while. Good to be back. Great work everyone. Photoshop+Wacom 1 hr.

09 September 2004, 12:20 AM
jeroentje, really nice colours and composition, you must have an eye for colour and good foresight of what you want a peice to look like.

09 September 2004, 12:33 AM
Lopoly -thank you.. hm no tablet here so I will have to do what I can I guess...

DreamMaster- semitutorial? yes please! Whenever you could that would be really nice. :)

Little Tin Goddess
09 September 2004, 12:34 AM
wow so many amazing posts already! :bounce: great job everyone!!

Sagi_13: thanx :) ... and it's both

09 September 2004, 01:22 AM
"Genius in Madness" right!

Geniuses in Madness!!! What the....beautiful work everyone, oh my....what a thread....what's left to contribute....hmmm...shiii....well....well.....I dunno....
...Congratulations everyone! That's left to add for sure! :bounce: :applause: :buttrock:

ok here....
and about 0.5h doodling around in Photoshop
(I'm not on the top of my game today either...but it's been fun!)


09 September 2004, 03:08 AM
grafi - I really like the feeling I get from this one... It is very fresh and alive.
romero - Man, I really like this one, I don't think you need to describe so much. Sometimes it ruins the viewers Idea of the piece. Very Gentle feeling.
dargon - Feels like chicago to me...even though I've only been there once.
dfekt - Man I just watched 20,000 leagues under the sea last night. It has much the same feel, I really like the fog. Really cool.
supervlieg - Great concept ... nice and negative. I really like this one too.
garma - very sureal.
eldee - Another great and unpredictable concept. I like the textures. Thank god for painter.
andrewlley - For some reason when I see dragons I usually just skip right over them, but this time I am glad I didn't. Also this is a perfect situation where writing down what you were trying to convey really helped the piece. You win Best concept vote from me. Very gracious mood.
meta_nerd - you are so dreamy, I want to get your phone number....... (JK its me)
goro - I have no problem saying it again.... "SUPERB" "EXCELLENT" Amazing.
Unlikelycorny - for how simple you drew the leaning tower, the lighting really feels like marble....Impressive.
jeroentje - I love this kind of painting. You pulled it off masterfully. Excellent work. Very original style.
lopoly - I really think that the way you paint, you should try OpenCanvas1.1 (besides I think it's free). The layers can be confusing, but I think you could push this stuff out so fast. You really know your stuff.
art2 - Perfect ... I don't know why but all of the negative destructive force ones make me laugh. Great original thinking.
fnote - Great excecution, You pulled it off great. especially for 1hr.
Taron - that blows..... ;?)

09 September 2004, 04:13 AM
Thrown together really quick just to get a sketch in for the day. About 40 minutes in PS with Wacom.

09 September 2004, 04:23 AM
Incredible work everyone. Im so glad to be back in the sketch group.

09 September 2004, 04:36 AM
robinayles: is that reunion tower i spy? :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 05:05 AM
UH OH SORRY....I totally forgot: WELCOME BACK GORO!!!
Man...I'm glad now that you will be able to witness how your fans worship you by the many times they put the monkey into their work...hahaha...ha....awesome!

No, I've been waiting to see your daily sketches the day you brought me here and felt like I saw not nearly enough to be satisfied...hehehe....another great inspirator back in the game. Plus now you can see what you've done to me for real..... :argh:


09 September 2004, 05:31 AM
10 mins - photoshop.

Excellent entries today as always.

09 September 2004, 05:48 AM
I tried but failed... shame on me maybe ill give it another go later tonight.

09 September 2004, 05:58 AM 00:30 after working on another one like 2:00 and not being able to finish it...

09 September 2004, 06:05 AM

122mins, painter

just about everyone came out for this topic, and came strong. :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 06:06 AM
robinayles>> Yeah, I'll take a warm city any day. It's been raining for a week over here.

Supervlieg>> Thanks. Not good at depth. But I accually saturated the image for some sort of effect.

andrewley>> Cool! I was accually going for isolation. Like cold, wet and alone. Thanks.

sagi_13>> Thanks. It is rain. It's a bit sloppy. I just made a white layer and put some noise on it. Then I put some wind on it a couple of times. After that I changed the properties for the layer so the white became seethrough. Don't know what it's called in english. (Have a swedish version of Photoshop.)

Great entries everyone, I'll give some individual cred when I have more time.

09 September 2004, 08:35 AM
Mustardwash, I like the idea of the City floating out of the frame. Somehow the hight doesn't show, dunno why.:shrug: Maybe some aircraft or surrounding citys dangeling in the frame could help to get the seize?
Supervlieg: This is great, the wet ground under the street lamps look great, this is nasty weather. Could you share Goro's tips?
Romero: Still good for something you dont think is creative. The generators somehow remind me of Sampan boats ( Funny, I thought of them shortly bevor I startet to draw! The shape must have stuck. And thank you, still good suits me today! :D
Garma, cool fantasy pic. The distant, er, mountains could gain from a little fog I think.
meta_nerd, I like your pic, reminds me of Tarons style a little... colors mainly. Do you know each other? (I mean, like, apart from this forum?)
Goro - Cool!
andrewley - Thats some BIG dragon, man... Cool pic!
jeroentje, a ship as city of it's own, thats a good idea. I love the colors and the style. I once had a copy of "Mutiny on the Bounty" that had the same style and colors, but a totaly different perspective of the ship.
Sagi_13, you should definitely try to get hold of a tablet, I think you can improve a lot with a tablet! Why not try eBay?
Open Canvas is not like PS at all, actually it is just a verry small app with very limited features, but that way you can just draw, and wont get stuck with filters, layers, masks, etc. Oh, and version 1.1 is even free! :D

OK, have to leave, later more...

'm back, here it comes:

Sagi_13, there are only 2 different brushes in Open Canvas, one is the 'Pencil' and one the 'Brush', each with some sliders to vary how they work. For sketching I use the pencil set to verry tiny (1px or less) size variation via pressure is off, transparency variation is on. Thats almost like a real pointed pencil. For the 'oil' I use a BIG pencil to apply the colour in large roug chunks, and then use a Brush with soft edges, the colored sliders red and green set to full, blue is off, and 'smear' gradients. Can't tell what the sliders are intended for, the app is partly japanese... (Maybe Taron knows, he's always good in reengeniring software interfaces. Thaught himself how 3d apps work by using he writes his own renderers...a real da Vinci!)
You pick the color your curser is over by just hitting shift, or control shift if you want the color on you current layer. Thats about all there is to this app... except... you can save your work as a file called 'wpe' and play back what you did, and you can network with someone on the same pic - and thats absolutely cool! :thumbsup:

Taron: Ah, you're no fun anymore! How can you do this?:banghead: This is awesome! :buttrock:
Except, it doesn't look windy, it looks like a nuclear shokwave, like in Terminator, Sarah's dream sequence behind the fence at the playground.:D

09 September 2004, 09:02 AM
Opeth: Thnx glad you like it!
meta_Nerd: Many thnx! I appreciate your nice words!
andrewley: Thnx man!
jeroen: Thnx love your entry! Interesting use of colors!
Sagi13: Hi Sagi! I just checked the avatar fight club! That's freakin' hilarious!! I'll have my revenge
Lopoly: Thnx!
Taron: Yeah! I'm really glad to be back here and I'm even more glad to see you here posting
every day! Your stuff rocks!
Sir Pato: Nice new style! keep on experimenting!
rOmerO: thnx man!

09 September 2004, 10:08 AM
there are some really good images today!!!

here is mine... about 2-3 hours photoshop...

09 September 2004, 10:33 AM
Working late night in the windy city.

1hr flash.

09 September 2004, 11:08 AM
UnlikelyCorny vbmenu_register("postmenu_1588199", true); >> I really like rough sketches, so this is right up my alley. Nice!
Dargon >> A storm in a waterglass. Like it.
grafi >> I like the colors.
r0mer0 vbmenu_register("postmenu_1588431", true); >> Sweet! A futuristic look I so much enjoy.
Little Tin Goddess >> Was waiting for the fart joke. :thumbsup:
Dargon (Second)>> Inspired by "Tokyo Godfathers". Is that an anime, because that's what it feels like in the image? really like the composition.
Opeth >> 35 min and ashamed! Come on.
DFeKT >> Cool city. Wouldn't want to live there though.
MustardWash >> Has a 'dust empire' feel to it. Cool.
Supervlieg >> Pretty sweet! Like it.
Garma >> You always make such great skies, with, what it looks like, a few simple strokes. It's great.
eldee >> Nice colors
andrewley >> Superb entry!
Xanthan Gum >> Smart alternative.
meta_Nerd >> I love everything about that image.
Goro>> Welcome back. Good to see you haven't lost your touch. :) Great image!
UnlikelyCorny >>Don't know if it was made as a funny one, but it maked me smile.
jeroentje >> Great clouds. Cartoony sort of.
berice>> Wow, looks like an originally drawn sketch. Real paper I mean. Cool.
sagi_13>> Marilyn Monroe has a few things to say about that too. Although she seemed to like it. Nice one.
Lopoly >>Maby this is the future. Living in the windpower plants. Looks cool
Art2 vbmenu_register("postmenu_1589381", true); >> I really like the simplicity in this. Great use of shapes and color
Fnote>> Love that water!
Taron333>> Great as always. Don't know what to say except that.
robinayles>> Very colorful
MVP>> A great 10 min sketch.
Sir Patroclo >>Testing a new style? I like it.
Phade>> The blurriness causes some sort of 'camera' movement. Like it.
Ch3>> I really like the 'flash' look on this.
DirJ >> Like the shadowwork on the green guy.

Hope that was everyone.

09 September 2004, 11:09 AM
Adobe Illustrator CS : 1.5 hour : Mouse

09 September 2004, 11:10 AM
A quick sketch with pencil. 10-15 mins.

After a long break, it's good to be here again :)

09 September 2004, 11:38 AM
UnlikelyCorny >>Don't know if it was made as a funny one, but it maked me smile.That was what I was hoping for. Thanx for the nice comments.

Same goes for Meta_nerd. Thanks for that.

09 September 2004, 11:45 AM
ant2: nice nuklear blast :)
Fnote: looks like storyboard from "Day after toomorow", nice
Taron333: outstanding!! I love the colors, I love this oil paint style, and especially I love the hand on the barier , I love it all:)
meta_Nerd: thx, I noticed that many of peoples here are using OpenCanvas, probably I'll take a look at it soon.
robinayles: Oh I don't want to be in that plane :)
sir Patroclo: very nice technique, what software it is? Painter?
Phade: Yes, it was my immediate thought, colors are nice but the blur, well not really.
immerzeelpictures: You know, I'm begining to like vector gfx:), great idea!
augustus: oh my goodess, another briliant artist

09 September 2004, 12:24 PM
I can't believe the talent in this group!!

Didn't want to miss another topic, so here's a quickie...

painter 10min / ps 5min

09 September 2004, 01:46 PM

Combustion / 1hr

09 September 2004, 01:59 PM
Dargon (Second)>> Inspired by "Tokyo Godfathers". Is that an anime, because that's what it feels like in the image? really like the composition.
Yes it is:

Tokyo godfathers official site (

I highly recommend everybody to see this. Whether your a fan of anime or not, it makes no difference, it's not a terribly "typical" anime, in that there's no funny symbols above their heads, no robots, no magic.

It's about 3 homeless people who find and rescue a baby, and have all sorts of trouble trying to get her back to her mother. Hilarious, touching. Best film I managed to see at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

P.S. Thanks for all the compliments on my work! It's quite a chore to try and stand out among all this talent!

09 September 2004, 02:13 PM
Oh, Tiki...I laughed my A** off at that one!! :)
drawMonger and Augustus - love those pencil sketches - beautiful!!
immerzeelpictures - great execution, the same basic idea came to me, but I couldn't figure out how to make it work, great job!
Taron333 - really great and REALLY disturbing!
MVP - good one...makes me think, "just let go of the string, man...let go of the string!"
Goro - That Rocks! Welcome back!
Dirj - I always wanted to fly!
ch3 - really gorgeous! love the colors!
jeroentje - that is so perfect, the colors, the mood...makes me think of the old Conquistadors
lopoly - really imaginative, love that they live on the windmills -- you don't want to ride in the windy plane? guts, no glory! :)
art2 - Is that the city we will find on Mars?
Fnote - powerful and amazing, great work!
zem - feel free to come visit me in sunny Texas any time you like!
Dargon - since you are in Edinburgh I started to do a tribute to your kinsmen with men in kilts on a windy day...but nobody really wants to see what they wear (or don't) under their kilts, right? :eek:

eldee - you betcha! That's Reunion Tower, also LOVE what you did to change yours, stunning!!

09 September 2004, 02:24 PM
Tiki, that's a great one, big laugh from me, for sure.

09 September 2004, 04:15 PM
meta_nerd, I like your pic, reminds me of Tarons style a little... colors mainly. Do you know each other? (I mean, like, apart from this forum?)
What a compliment...

Yes, Taron and I have worked and sketched with each other for the past 2 years. He actually sparked my interests in this forum. Actually in lots of things ...Thanks Taron.

09 September 2004, 04:34 PM


09 September 2004, 05:05 PM
art2 - Is that the city we will find on Mars?
No it's a city here on earth, blasted away by a nuclear expolsion.
Inspired by The Terminator (the movie :) )

Hey, thanks for the comments guys! Thumbs up to you all!

09 September 2004, 07:37 PM
but.... do you post?
Good question.. let me explain.. my dad's computer has internet.. and this computer is full of junks and no tablet...

And it's not mine.

I have my own computer downstairs.. I call it my digital art center... but it has no internet access (dad refuses to let me have the internet access on my own computer cuz it's "poisious" to me.. and I'm 19.. turning 20 soon. :P ) Right now my dad is setting up something.. I have no idea.. now it's down so I can't really use it to paint, etc. I could try painting with mouse, but... I have carpal tunnel sym. Using that mouse would kill me if I tried to paint with it.

Now does that make sense? :D

09 September 2004, 07:38 PM
DreamMaster- semitutorial? yes please! Whenever you could that would be really nice. :)
Ok I'll try to do it as soon as my computer's back up ok? :) Just remind me please if I appear to forget about it when my computer's back up ok? (I can forget a lot of things :P lol)

09 September 2004, 07:43 PM
Thanks for the words zem & Lopoly
Regarding the blur; it was a last minute "should I?" type of deal, decided I should. Seemed too "dead" without it.

09 September 2004, 07:45 PM
Supervlieg: This is great, the wet ground under the street lamps look great, this is nasty weather. Could you share Goro's tips?

Sure, I dont remember the exact words. But it was about adjusting your values with distance. Things that are far away tend to dissolve into the sky color. So I went back to the picture and lightened up the buildings in front to create more depth. Goro also said it was a good idea to stick something on the foreground to make the depth effect more. So I made the lampposts and the road to get more perspective working. So there you go!

09 September 2004, 08:20 PM
What a compliment...

Yes, Taron and I have worked and sketched with each other for the past 2 years. He actually sparked my interests in this forum. Actually in lots of things ...Thanks Taron.

That could turn on us so viciously! HAHAHA! Another time of my life! We're not done, yet! :D

09 September 2004, 08:52 PM

I was typing a looong reply with my comments and feelings about each posted pics. I was almost done when Firefox crashed. :sad:

Sorry but I haven't the courage to rewrite the text so here is a sort of summary : Great pics everyone, nice ideas and great styles (as usual). :thumbsup:

captain chapo
09 September 2004, 09:44 PM
oh wow. i'm in complete has produced some fantastic works. i made this yesterday, even uploaded it, but forgot to post it, haha. i don't recall how long it took, prolly around 30mins. omg in the middle of posting this i just found out that by left clicking while in the brush you can change the brush size...aHhhhhh, why didn't anyone tell me? haha, does anyone have other little tips/tricks that they use that makes drawing quicker/flow better???

09 September 2004, 09:48 PM
omg in the middle of posting this i just found out that by left clicking while in the brush you can change the brush size...aHhhhhh, why didn't anyone tell me? haha, does anyone have other little tips/tricks that they use that makes drawing quicker/flow better???

What soft do you use?

captain chapo
09 September 2004, 10:30 PM
Photoshop CS, when i get my tablet will it make a difference which i use? does one work better with wacoms?

oh and i want to see your .wpe from when hamsters attack...but i don't know what runs it :D

09 September 2004, 10:51 PM
One tip for a photoshop workflow. Use the numeric keys to change the opacity of your brush. If you just type one number it changes in steps of ten. So 3 would be 30% opacity, 8 would be 80% opacity. If you type two numbers it changes both digits. So typing 56 would change the opacity to 56%.

Change brush sizes with "[" for smaller brush and "]" for bigger brush.
I think all photoshop work well with wacoms.

You can view the wpe with OpenCanvas 1.1 (, use import to play the .wpe

Edit: Oh yeah, check this thread ( for more .wpe fun

captain chapo
09 September 2004, 11:13 PM
wow that's neat! thanks supervlieg!!! oh and the .wpe is fantastic...neat to see you do that.

09 September 2004, 12:48 AM
...I havn't been fully sketching in photoshop for a while, so I played around with it last night and made another sketch....noodle a little today and ended up having spend something in the same ballpark like the other one but stretched over a night and a day...

So this is probably an equivalent to 3 to 4 hours I think...experimenting with new brushes, too! Great stuff those brushes...

OH and thanx r0mer0 for the idea with the mountains in the background!
Anyway... "The Monk" -photoshop, 3-4h

09 September 2004, 11:47 AM
Hope not to be too late
ps + wacom//about 3hours

09 September 2004, 03:43 PM
2.5 h, pencil & paper, wacom, painter + ps
it's inspired by a comicbook-illustration i saw a few years ago. couldn't finish the pic, it took me too much time....

best wishes

ps: @mustard & berice: i beg your pardon for doing such a similar concept... it was not my intention to copy your ideas...

09 September 2004, 03:56 PM
this is actualy the scrappy version, i dont know why, it turned out good. so i colored it a bit. 10 minute sketch, 25 minutes or so of photoshopping.

took inspiration from goro - on drawing a city (not very well did i took it, too)
and zeroeefx on the wind element - very strong - great drawings, guys!

and of course a callout to each and every other sketch which is also great. seriously, there is some quality stuff here.

09 September 2004, 05:54 PM
Hope not to be too late

-Andy- I really like that a lot!!! Wicked! :thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 05:57 PM

really love goro and Tarons paintings...really beutifull stuff dudes....also like dfekt and dargons, really nice stuff there also.

im new to the wacom, really really hate / get frustraited with it...i spose the more you use it the better you get, i didn't feel i was in control :sad:

i'm going to try a new aproach in a bit, but heres my one for the moment. 60 minutes with 2B pencil, toilet roll and photoshop 7.

09 September 2004, 06:01 PM
-Andy- I really like that a lot!!! Wicked! :thumbsup:
Thanks a lot man.
I love your sketches a lot (expecially the way you render light) and hope to learn at least something from you!!:thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 07:09 PM
i'm going to try a new aproach in a bit, but heres my one for the moment. 60 minutes with 2B pencil, toilet roll and photoshop 7.

Hey nice style. Toilet roll eh. I dont think I know this technique. Sounds... interesting.

09 September 2004, 08:32 PM
Hello all! My 4th attempt at painting something. Still not too good, but hey, at least I'm getting some practice. :)

Photoshop, 1 h 55 min.

Edit: Forgot the damn pic!!! XD
Edit 2: Fixed a minor thing to do with one of the flags' lighting. This is now the final pic.

09 September 2004, 04:39 AM
nice painting dude,

Originally Posted by Supervlieg
Hey nice style. Toilet roll eh. I dont think I know this technique. Sounds... interesting.hehe, thanks man

yep the toilet roll is great for smudging and building up layers.

--lord dowswell

09 September 2004, 04:29 PM
calzoncillos, (

Thats really really nice man, never underestimate yourself. Very well done.

09 September 2004, 09:47 PM
Thanks, Fnote! :) Well, sorry if I sounded too harsh on myself, hehe. Not intended. I'm glad you like the picture, (I do too! Hehe) but I'm still learning, at the bottom of the stair, and it's long, very long, hehe.

Don't worry, though! I'll try to improve by painting as much as I can. :) Maybe someday I can stop painting quick-sketches and have a try at a proper illustration. We'll see. :D

Thanks again!

10 October 2004, 03:13 PM
i'm going to try a new aproach in a bit, but heres my one for the moment. 60 minutes with 2B pencil, toilet roll and photoshop 7.

Great pic, but I don't want to know how you got those deep browns using the toilet roll :)

10 October 2004, 07:37 AM
i really like them all.. man great work here :D... hehe

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