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10 October 2004, 04:08 PM
Yaroslav has entered the Grand Space Opera 2D.

Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Coloring WIP: Setting sun 3 (

added space elements in the background and continued to refine the city.

statue in the forground on the way and then for the finishing touches :)

comments opinions and constructive crits are incouraged


10 October 2004, 09:27 PM (

hello to everyone.

my name is yaroslav kravchenko and i participated in the last challenge and i am back again for this one. Most of you probably have no idea who i am, i shall try to make this part of the image simple and brief... there are a few ideas forming most of which have to do with the whole galactic planet god

devil or god?... no one knows but one thing is certain the future... is not.

10 October 2004, 09:41 PM (

another page of ideas based on the same subject

i would love to hear what everyone thinks so i encourage everyone to speak up... whether it be comments crits or opinions, would love to hear everything everyone has to say about these ideas thus far.

thanks again. Yaroslav Kravchenko

10 October 2004, 10:30 PM
Hi Yaroslav,

I like your organic creatures a lot, something quite darwinian going on here I suspect! I think you need to elaborate a bit on where you're going with the idea though, I'd be interested to find out more. From the sketches you've done so far, it reminds me a bit of Rodney Matthews' artwork, quite a surreal and beautiful style, you should check him out ... I believe.

Keep it up, I like it so far. :thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 01:29 AM

another idea just a 2 hour sketch

speaky :: thanks for the link i actully idolised him for a really long time. he is an awsome artist and his art was a very big influence on me when i was 16 17 ... 4-5 years ago now.. but since i started really concentrating on my skills as an artist i tried to stay away from other poeples styles and develop my own... ill try to write a few paragraphs on what the story is behind my idea but its going to be a little later during the week for now i am going to work a bit more on the design of the creatures and ships ... they seems a bit ... no i lie ... they seem VERY sloppy to me @ this point in time.

but the jist of the idea is as follows

:: the devil created hell in 8 days in contrast to god creating the earth. and his most prized creation was this planet sized creature which raoms the relms of deeps space consuming the energy of stars so that it can one day quench its thirst for life and light...

but yea its a work in progress... so there you are folks that's all for today... good night.

10 October 2004, 04:47 PM
This looks like it should be a nice piece, though it's a little hard to read at the moment. Is that a ship circling the creature?

10 October 2004, 05:08 PM
Hi yaroslav, I also find your pic hard to read right now, however, it did remind me the old dune movie, the monster with the world going in or out of his mouth remind me of the navigators space folding....
I guess I've been reading/watching too much dune

10 October 2004, 08:21 PM
Creations are good I waits to see the continuation....

Good Luck!!!

10 October 2004, 11:58 PM
Really like your free flowing creature sketches, nice and organic and have a great ominous sense of mass (if you know what i mean). Its looking good so far bud, keep it up. I look forward to more.:thumbsup: subscription added, goodluck.

10 October 2004, 12:04 AM
A creature that consumes stars. What a cool idea. I can't wait to see howe this one develops. Nice one slav! :D


10 October 2004, 12:28 AM (

ChrisThatGuy : yes that's a ship of some kind ... since i didnt complete my designs yet there is no point in rendering out the ships as of right now... thanks muchly for the imput

Graphicnovel : perhaps your right but i must say that dune is a great flick.. and on top of that has a great story to back it up.. unless your talking about the books which where awsome as well. as for my pictures reading or lacking there of.. i am jotting down some ideas as of right now your going to have to bare with me and use your imagination :)

10 October 2004, 12:38 AM
Tranchefeux : thanks for stopping buy ... i hope my work is satisfactory thus far... ill try to not disappoint anyone :P

sketchfiend : hey mate thanks for your support, i was experimenting with more ideas perspectives and such ... but if you can explain a bit more what you mean by your post it would help me a great deal.. you see ill probably use this piture in my collage portfolio and and it would rock hard if i can get a few minor issues out of the way before i start attending. i admire the work you did on the machineflesh challenge and for sure will check with you on this one.

unitstudio : still my primery idea but i am exploring the whole "civilization" thing with a bunch of new sketches... confilict i have a great feeling is going tobe over done... well in a sence everything is already so ... i just hope i can create something unique enough for it to stand out. anywho thanks greatly hope you come back soon :)

10 October 2004, 09:22 PM (

warming up with some sketches. and design ideas.

10 October 2004, 09:30 PM
Man that 3rd concept is insane... awesome

10 October 2004, 11:23 PM
Oh, I like the funky design in the last concept. Keep up the good work

10 October 2004, 11:29 PM
That spaceship in the last sketch is just awesome. I love it - and i'd love it even more in a proper scenario. Can't wait!

10 October 2004, 01:11 AM
Space creature consuming stars? Sweet.

10 October 2004, 01:30 AM
Oh these are nice...beatifully crsip concepts there. I think, looking at that sweet ship design in your sketches there, you'll definitely being something unique to the idea.

great work mate!

10 October 2004, 04:56 AM
I like the idea of the creature consuming stars but that car sketch cracks me up. It was totatly unexpected.

10 October 2004, 08:03 PM
specially your vechicles...keep it up! :thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 08:27 PM
hey good stuff u got there , the third sketch looked escpecially cool :thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 01:49 AM
Wow, I like these concepts. The ship looks nice, I love your use of thick and thin elements within it.

I like the giant squid using the energy of the star. I think that is really interesting, and for a pilot to fly by and witness such a sight would be very "grand" in the sense.

10 October 2004, 02:48 AM
The level of talent displayed in this contest continues to astound me. Keep it up.

10 October 2004, 03:29 AM
excellent vehicle concepts mate, cant wait to see more. By my last comment what i meant was the basically the creatures size/scale has a great feeling to it. I just didnt word it in the best way, sorry. In any case, keep it up.:thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 03:54 AM
mecha hate chimp :
so far i like it and the whole space port idea. i shall work on it more. thanks for the imput.

thanks alot it was a rather random idea. i dont know why i chose to draw some cars. i guess they where just a warm up i do before i start working on some more complex designs... which are no where as complex as they should be. :-\

still no clue as to what the final scene is going to be so i am guessing its going to be a space scene... but with me who knows. :) thanks and come back soon.

yep just a thought on something rather interesting with alot of movement and destortion of time space. fun stuff to illustrate.

such flattery from a fellow artist. i wish i had more friends like yourself. i shall try my best to not disapoint.

funny cars :) hope i can impress but i doubt its going to happen with the start consumption. oh well ... shall try.

thank you.

for some reason everyone seems to enjoy this idea... thanks mate.

yes its a more defined scene with scale as the main focus but i still need to work out a few things with space. the image look empty in some places and clustered in others.


thank you.

thanks alot i kind of figured you did but i read into these things too much. :)


the big question to all of you guys is ... should i use the initial idea and explore more perspectives with it... or continue with diffrent ideas?

10 October 2004, 05:55 AM
This is good! I'm really feeling the monster devouring the star concept, IMO go with that one, it's sure got an epic feel to it...

10 October 2004, 02:00 AM (

ship sketches

fighters and cargo ship.

10 October 2004, 02:01 AM
steelpixel: thanks mate i think ill try to work out some nice dynamic angles ... working on it.

10 October 2004, 09:50 AM
Wow, I'm digging all the vehicle sketches. Very cool!

10 October 2004, 11:30 AM
nice 'till now..what's with that chiken there in the first one?....nice creatures you have there......

11 November 2004, 01:02 AM (

getting closer to the final composition with every sketch. i made a few sketches and liked this one most of the bunch, so i took it into photoshop to develop a bit more. after an hour.

should i keep the space ships in the middle (they are supposed to be in the top left corner of the image but since i blew the whole thing up they stay'd where they where originally) but yes... perhaps a larger ship and a smaller fighter?


11 November 2004, 02:47 PM
Your sketches of search for ship makes my treat, I adore... :applause:

11 November 2004, 07:48 PM
Tranchefeux : i dont speak french but since i do live here in canada i can say this. merci beaucoup

11 November 2004, 10:10 PM
nice concept there slav. i like your style since i can't draw that good. i think keeping the ship in middle is less dramatic... top left corner will do fine, just a thought. keep going.:thumbsup:

Tommy Lee
11 November 2004, 10:15 PM
Awesome Sketches. If I had the choice: I love your first few, because I am a fanatic when it comes to twisted creatures.:twisted:

Keep going, looks good:thumbsup:


11 November 2004, 10:25 PM (

Feable speices must proclaim thier superiority against gods and forces of osolute power, or flee.

11 November 2004, 10:30 PM
uwil: yea i completely agree i just got a bit lazy... ill work on the foreground when i get there. :) you can see the idea of the foreground in concept 5 or 6 i dont remember which one it is. its the one witht he funny character that looks kind of humpty dumpty. the smaller image on the page with the space firghter craft on it, is kind of an idea i have for the image.

Tommy Lee: alot of achitecture in this contest. ... maybe i am going in the wrong direction... but i like it... hope its "epic" enough :)

tell me what you think of the new one.

11 November 2004, 01:05 PM
Good work so far! I am aware its just a sketch, but i think a colored nebula (search google images: nebula) in the background rather than plain stars would be more interesting. also it would be cool to see what kind of planet you could invent, the one in the middle-ground (right side) here is too much like earth, even if you want to be dealing with earth at a different time, it might not be the same color. good luck!

11 November 2004, 03:27 PM
excellent start . .. like thewhole organic thing rather than mech. could be a great final piece. I will be watching . .. And dragon type creatures. Can't go wrong with dragons my friend.

12 December 2004, 01:13 PM
Interesting idea, good colors...)))

Tommy Lee
12 December 2004, 10:38 PM
I like it so far:thumbsup:

Keep it up!

12 December 2004, 03:34 PM
Hillartsympho: yes it probably going to have some kind of value and color in the star field area

Nikolay: thanks for your support, much thanks again.

Tommy Lee: thanks i cant wait to post my final composition been working on it for a month... hope its good.

yes i have been trying to carve out a decent illustration and i think i have done just that i am satisfied of how its turning out and as soon as i am done ill post it... expect updates in a day or 2 :)

thanks again for all of your support.

12 December 2004, 08:27 AM (

Advances in civilization have made the human race self sufficient and with the development of perpetual motion and ionic combustion engines they where able to power their most massively constructed project in outer space. However expansion comes at a price... once lived in ignorance now we must take notice of the fact that there are far superior creatures to our selves, where even the most advanced human technologies are still lagging behind the biological evolution of space. We shall rise… and prevail, we are


12 December 2004, 07:02 PM (

color mochup, i am not too sure if its reading well at this point but hell... that what you get after i have been tinkering with the color for 12 hours.

anywho i will make it read more with following wips.

cheers :)

12 December 2004, 04:16 PM
really love the colours and style. great idea. can not wait to see how it all comes together...!

12 December 2004, 07:12 PM
W!L: thanks for the support mate!

12 December 2004, 07:24 PM
very ınteresting view

Tommy Lee
12 December 2004, 09:42 AM
Yeah Baby!!!:thumbsup: That was absolutly worth the waiting.

Now I am "waiting" how it comes together. Great piece and very different. No crits at this point...

12 December 2004, 05:00 PM
much work still ahead. i am probably going to redo some things ... i have introduced a few things already... will post another color wip tonight or tomorrow morning. thanks for your support Tommy

12 December 2004, 05:11 PM
Interesting your last station, I waits to see good road more.

12 December 2004, 10:40 PM
Looks good so far. I like the colors for the most part and like how you put the upside down trees in there. I'm not too sure yet what I'm looking at but I'll be checking in to find out. Keep up the good work!

12 December 2004, 04:47 PM (

another update ... i am having a little trouble deciding what kind of archetecture to place ... any suggestions would be nice.

12 December 2004, 04:49 PM
Tranchefeux :: thanks for the support mate

Nathaniel West :: trying to make things look nice. :)

12 December 2004, 12:08 AM (

added space elements in the background and continued to refine the city.

statue in the forground on the way and then for the finishing touches :)

comments opinions and constructive crits are incouraged


12 December 2004, 11:50 PM
I`ve got a crit - "incouraged" starts with an "e" - encouraged :]
On the pic specificly you may add some don`t know... tentacles maybe at the
breach point- do you get my idea. The creature from outside bashing through the walls
and grabbing a skyscraper or two :] my lamest post ever anyway keep up the good work
P.S. i`ve got to show some respect to the guy sailing over there in the bottom so...

12 December 2004, 02:31 AM
Ganthu :: hi, thanks for the comment and i have to add and point i out i guess the concept of that idea i think i tried in my early sketches some of which i dont think i posted but if you look at the line art which is a general mochup of the image i am making there is a beam or lightning or energy that strikes the cityship... i guess i waned the creature to be planet sized its important that he doesnt come too close to the ship, as it may offset the scale... but yea definatly awsome advice. thanks. :)

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