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10 October 2004, 02:11 PM
"Halloween is Coming..."

Posted Oct 18 10am EST

OK you know guys I like to experiment with the format now and then to avoid things getting too stale around here.

So, I want to try something different for today.
Let’s try to illustrate an image emulating the style of a famous painter (But it is OK if you want to ignore this rule.)

I have selected Norman Rockwell, who happens to be one of my personal heroes.
I love his work because I have always admired his strong illustration style, his great storytelling skills and his rock solid composition style.

If you have been told that his works had no merit, mostly because the man was a hard core optimist, look at it again. Especially the incredible work he did at the end of his long career supporting civil rights and space exploration.

Check out these links below for reference purposes:

If you are not interested in this participating in this little experiment, just do the usual.

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

PS To submit your topic ideas and suggestions go to this thread:
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10 October 2004, 02:31 PM
You want us to immulate the style of Norman Rockwell in a quick daily sketch?


A master like that can't be done justice in a half hour. :) But I get what your going for, so maybe I will find a solution.

10 October 2004, 02:44 PM
I know I know...
(Hey I could have gone with someone like Pollack)

But seriously, look at his work again.
Ignore what you have heard, and see it as pure illustration.
And as I said, you can ignore my suggestion.

To be honest I would not be surprised if we only get only one page today.


10 October 2004, 03:21 PM
actually the last topic reached only one page too. so it can't be worse :hmm:

10 October 2004, 03:25 PM
... great idea Roberto. norman rockwells work is really beautyful, though i have the dumb feeling, it'll get pretty hard to emulate his excellent creations...
but anyway, no risk - no fun... i'll give it a try...:)


10 October 2004, 03:26 PM
Ok I promise the next one will be cool.


10 October 2004, 04:04 PM
I apologise to all , for the savage murdering of a classic painting.

Sorry , should have added reference: 'The Gift'

10 October 2004, 04:12 PM just needs to be thought out a bit—I'm up for it. :thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 05:43 PM
I apologise too

my ref:

First sketch (so dont be too hard)! :D

captain chapo
10 October 2004, 06:36 PM
i like this...but yeh rockwell is daunting to say the least...bout 1 hour ps/wacom. i tried to show the fatherly figure, kinda like "everything is alright with dad around" reminds me when he used to take us trick or treatin'...:)

10 October 2004, 07:00 PM
I really have to work on my skills,
But, hey! Atleast it's alot of fun :)

here is my pic for today some time with wacom and ps:

10 October 2004, 08:29 PM
I am glad you posted references Roberto since I have no clue, who that guy is, but I will check out his name on the web too..
by the way, how do you guys like my new avatar ? :)

10 October 2004, 08:36 PM
Interesting challenge.
2h, ps.

10 October 2004, 08:52 PM

Omg Sampo!

10 October 2004, 09:13 PM
Sampo, that is classic! :thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 09:19 PM
Great one Sampo ! :)

10 October 2004, 09:19 PM
I am glad you posted references Roberto since I have no clue, who that guy is, but I will check out his name on the web too..
by the way, how do you guys like my new avatar ? :)
Your new Avatar ROCKS! I meant to tell you the other day when you changed it, that I like it alot. Keeps a lot of the old, with the new. Good job!

10 October 2004, 09:57 PM
right now SAMPO thats my sketch of the week!
you managed to use the style, roberto asked for (at least in my opinion) and made such an incredible picture :)
i so like it :D
cant find word - laughing my a** of ;)

captain chapo
10 October 2004, 10:00 PM
sampo that's crazy. absolutely fantastic!

10 October 2004, 10:01 PM
Testin my tablet .... 20 min, Open canvas + 1 min PS (nothing special...
but want to keep one pic a day ratio).


Great works and great idea. GL :)

PS: Sampo Your picture shocked me, but it's so GREAT ! :D

10 October 2004, 11:12 PM
Thank you Robin... I was starting to think no one had noticed :cry:

Im such a cry baby eh?

10 October 2004, 11:29 PM
No problem sagi_13. I know how you feel, sometimes its seems like there's nobody out there. :)

10 October 2004, 12:17 AM
Alright since I have missed the last few sketches (I do want to catch up later.. so busy), here is mine for the day.

Photoshop, mouse 1 hour.

10 October 2004, 12:25 AM
Good job sagi_13!
and yes Link is cool ;)

Sampo that is ... hahaha... sick... :thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 02:36 AM
"Going Out....on Halloween" - based on "Going Out" by Norman Rockwell
PS + Wacom 2 hrs.

And the original it is based on...

10 October 2004, 03:24 AM

About 3 hours while watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees :thumbsup:
No ref, just wanted to try something in Rockwell's style without all his talent getting in the way.

robinayles -- Great detail! The hair, the fabrics -- all very well done.
Sagi -- Nice composition -- reflections can be tough. Your shading is very nice and I like your new avatar, too.
Sampo -- Sick, funny and beautiful all at the same time.

Roberto, thanks for challenging us. This was fun!

10 October 2004, 04:20 AM
hope this isnt late...
edit:great job sampo

10 October 2004, 04:50 AM
3 hours/painter/no-ref (

10 October 2004, 05:11 AM
That wasn't so hard. Great job everyone. Wish I had more time to contribute.

FLX: I'm lovin that monster behind the wheel.

10 October 2004, 06:06 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments on the picture... I had no clue it would get all that attention.

10 October 2004, 07:59 AM
Ok, has anyone realized how FREAKING HARD it is to do something really in his style...this man was truely, truely good and I'm perfectly willing to embarress myself over mentioning that in case the art world disregards his skills AND/OR if I simply once again proof, that I have no freaking clue about art-history or names or artists or styles....I'm just doing what I can here...and I'm hellish impressed by his style, so I made a genuine new piece, which I tried to simply make as've learned even a lot, but I wished I had his grasp on anatomy...this boy may be very wrong, but then he is on so many levels...hehehe...have fun:

AT LEAST 3 hours/openCanvas1.1

10 October 2004, 09:58 AM
I first want to say, Long time forum watcher, First time daily sketcher:)
well this is the first time i have every really used photoshop as a painting tool, soo giving you heads up i aint that good. soo if there are any critiques would be awesome and very helpful.
2hour<I know thats slow pros like you guys>/ Mouse!!<I am goin to invest in a wacom now>/
ps/ and finally three smoke breaks cause if i had not i would have broken my mouse:)

10 October 2004, 12:35 PM
Great work everybody.
Sampo: That's classic!
Taron: Gross but good :)
FridayEve: Very good, if you would cleanup/sharpen her face a bit I think the image would be even better. Now all the attention goes to her boobs, unless you meant that to happen :)

10 October 2004, 12:38 PM
Hi guys, been away for the weekend - been missing lots of good stuff! :)

90 minutes, Photoshop + Wacom

Here's the original:

10 October 2004, 01:05 PM
well, I tried to capture the look, but failed miserably ... of course :scream:

Painter, photoshop

Monsters, hangings, pumpkinheads, witches, death, catwomen, etc... great job guys!

10 October 2004, 01:12 PM
Hi guys, been away for the weekend - been missing lots of good stuff! :)
90 minutes, Photoshop + Wacom

:thumbsup: :applause:

90 Minutes...unbelievable... :)

10 October 2004, 02:28 PM
You know..this whole thread just goes to show what a bunch of warped and sick minded people we all are! HA HA! :twisted: :thumbsup:

Especially you Taron333! Your sketches are always more like a finished piece of art, beautifully executed...but always deeply disturbing. Has anyone recommended that you should go for counseling? jk :)

Thanks for the compliment ilikesoup. I love the Mom's reaction in yours!
Really nice Art2..but I can't help that Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars?
vitriolic - that is really great, you really captured the style...and in 90 minutes? WOW!
digihelix - very funny, i like it!
FridayEve - really good one!
FLX - good choice, love the monster!
sagi_13 - I really like this one too, I almost used that same Rockwell painting.
J_Grieve - really good one! Love the choices you made!
TX-Snakebyte - I like this one a lot, I wish your foreground image wasn't so blurry tho.
Captain Chapo- I like the "seemingly normal" idea!
Fluffy - maybe the pumpkin should be the one with the knife since its so large!
Sampo- this one is CLASSIC! Great imitation of style with just the right amount of gore!:thumbsup:
pm_ceglowski ( vbmenu_register("postmenu_1649782", true); - not bad for a 20 min. sketch! I like the pumpkin head kid!

10 October 2004, 02:48 PM
> 90 Minutes...unbelievable... :)

Well, really more like 90 minutes +/- 30 minutes; I had a lunch break at one point and had to guesstimate how much time was actually spent painting. Might be a bit less than 90, but is more likely to be a bit more - time flys when you're having fun and all that! Will try to time things a bit better for the next one though. :)

In the meantime, lets say 120 minutes worst-case for this one.


10 October 2004, 02:57 PM
It would be really interesting to see how you work, Vitriolic. I'm lucky if I even have everything roughed in within 90 minutes! Really awesome!

10 October 2004, 03:17 PM
> It would be really interesting to see how you work, Vitriolic. I'm lucky if I even have everything roughed in within 90 minutes! Really awesome!

Well, still making things up as I go along! :) But for this one I kind of blocked in the shapes using flat colours (mostly the dark shadow tones), then did some black line-work to define things a bit better. After that it was just shade-o-rama time, adding in all the lighter tones and highlighting. Found that I had to go back and darken things up in certain places though - like the shadow behind the teacher (poor lady.) Plus I have a nasty habit of doing more linework after the fact, which makes things look a bit 'cartoony'.

For my part, I also want to see how everyone else does their thing! Maybe we should do some wip snapshots one time and all compare notes...


10 October 2004, 03:25 PM home at 2am from work dead tired. :sad: I'll try to catch up—on my sleep and sketches. Looks like despite the challenge everyone did a great job. Kudos Gang! :bounce:

10 October 2004, 04:03 PM
..but I can't help that Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars?
Hey come on! Give the little guy a break.
His friends call him JarJarBinks or BugsBunny, just to let him know he has short ears.
Halloween is the only time he can hide his face and dress like a little human boy.
The only time his ears look normal... (humans have small ears :D)

10 October 2004, 09:02 PM
I find it amazing the stuff you guys can come up with, really good. I'm afraid I'm lost completely with the subject.

10 October 2004, 11:11 PM
Watch out! It's the pumpkin patrol!

10 October 2004, 11:13 PM
Well it's taken me 3 hours, but I have finally done it...

You know RobinAyles, you were right about the sick and warped minds...!! :)

Taron, you were right too. It is FREAKING HARD to do anything near as good as him, even if you USE reference!! Awesome pic btw...

Anyway without further ado, here's my Halloween Rockwell...

Happy Scaring

The Ton

and of course the reference...

10 October 2004, 11:18 PM
hehe that is great Ton, you sick puppy :scream:

10 October 2004, 11:56 PM
What a load of old rubbash the ton (if that is indeed your real name). The woman looks like she has only one leg, i can't read the writing on the book, the person seems to be bleeding jelly and the whole thing reeks of inconsistency, plagiarism and amateurish crapulence that my 2 yr old niece could surpass in 2 seconds with one slap on papar with a paint filled hand!

Awful in the extreme.....please remove it less i stumble on it again and vomit....remove your hands while you are at it in case you are tempted to post elsewhere.

Moderators.....delete The Ton please.

10 October 2004, 11:58 PM
I just had a second look...its growing on me.

:D :thumbsup: :buttrock:

nice work mate. (The Ton)

10 October 2004, 09:12 AM
MVP, I'm guessing you must be friends with The Ton, cause only friends are that rude to each other! [unless that's just me... :)]

10 October 2004, 09:31 AM
thanks for the constructive criticism there MattyV... Have you ever considered a career in the Arts? You obviously have an excellent critical eye. (Or is it lazy eye...)

In fact, your criticism, constructive or otherwise, means nothing to me as I feel the piece is above criticism. The piece holds for me, a more poignant message. One of melancholy, or indeed of despair. The oppression of post-war middle-class america is oozing from the expression. Her actions merely accentuate her inner fear of helplessness teetering on the edge of sanity as a battered civilisation scrabbles at the dry, caked earth of reason searching in vain for the tiniest grubs of hope in order to satisy its aching hunger for progression.
The child, for me, represents the greed in which we all take solace. Closeting our more empathic responses in favour of defensive aggression and paranoia whilst our inner soul screams for salvation...

The "Jelly" as you see it, is your own interpretation of what i see as the dregs of society spilled into the streets in an uprising against the machine, liberating itself from the oppressive modus operandi of the civilised world.

On the other hand, I might just be a childish amateur who likes to draw gory stuff...!



10 October 2004, 10:09 AM
The Ton: yes, your piece is highly evocative of all these things and more. But why does the child have grey hair? Is he in fact an elderly midget?! If so, is the artist trying to imply that greed and age are inextricably intertwined, that these qualities are the strands that when twisted together form a unbreakable rope of self-serving narcissism? Intriguing work.

10 October 2004, 12:30 PM
Hmm, yes, hmmm, Vitriolic, as much as I enjoy your attempt at unravelling the fabric of my artists mind, I am afraid to reveal that the child has grey hair not, as you so diligently observe, as a simile for the intrinsic greed of our younger generation, but it is however due to a mere oversight by the matriachal figure forgetting to vacuum the floor after dousing herself with talc following her bath that morning...

10 October 2004, 01:01 PM
Rudeness geez,
Well The Ton I really like your piece, It made me go EWWW and also laugh out loud because it was such great interpretation of the original piece.
great JOB! :applause:

10 October 2004, 03:21 PM
Yes, well...The Ton...all I can say, I've already said before - warped, sick and twisted! But we like that in people here on CGTalk! :)

10 October 2004, 05:05 PM
3.5 h, pencil & paper, wacom, painter & photoshop

and the reference i used:

with kind and creepy regards
yours Salamander

10 October 2004, 06:14 PM
Salamander-- Oh great! Nightmares tonight. :scream: Damn, that little girl is creepy!

10 October 2004, 06:24 PM
Lovely work as always Salamander. :applause:

10 October 2004, 07:31 PM
thank you very much guys. it was a lot of fun doing this halloween special... :)
really stunning work in this thread. evereyone did an amazing job:applause:
it looks like Roberto was wrong with his presumption that we'll get only one page...
seems like everyone enjoyed to copy a grand master like norman....

with kind regards

10 October 2004, 08:53 PM
1 Hour Wacom/Painter

really tough this one, nice work everyone, liked Sampo, SalamanderCoral & The Ton
excellent work.


10 October 2004, 06:29 PM
Those are awesome esspecially the Ton's and SalamanderCoral's at the end there. Can anyone participate in these as long as you follow the rules? Or do you have to sign in some special way?

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