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10 October 2004, 08:21 PM
Damon Shelton has entered the Grand Space Opera 3D.

Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Modeling: corinthe_wip (

hope you like it so far

10 October 2004, 12:59 AM
theme idea:

the land of Corinthe was inhabited by farmers and craftsmen. The villagers have lost touched with the high end technology that the settlers had when they travelled to this planet from Erithnea more than 5 centuries before, due to the dying of that planet from the excessive usage of the natural resources and the overwhelming destruction from war and technology. The occupants of Corinthe had lived for 3 centuries without war, in a time of peace, until the day the Plegians invaded trying to find a new planet to inhabit.
Lacking in weapons and strong technology, the Corinthes were overthrown in a fierce, surprising attack.

image idea 1:
I want to capture the moment the ships invaded catching the villagers unaware while they were going about their daily chores. (the Corinthes still have technology such as machines to help them in their chores but they re old and wornout)

image idea 2:
an uprising from rebels overthrowing a labor camp setup by the Plegians.

gonna work on sketches now, any feedback on these ideas would be very helpful and appreciated.


10 October 2004, 08:15 PM (

roughed out idea for the image layout

not final design on the ships or objects in scene

10 October 2004, 08:17 PM (

an idea for the look of the villagers

10 October 2004, 08:20 PM (

an idea for the alien world beasts of burden , it will be pulling some sort of plow, I am still designing it

10 October 2004, 10:34 PM
Great character design.

The "flying saucers" in the upper right corner,... well they look like flying saucers. Are you plaining something differnt, or are you going to try a variation of the arial frying pan???

I like how the "clouds" wrap around the UFO's. I was thinking of doing something similar but then realized it wouldnt be so easy as I imagined.

Well good luck, great start.

10 October 2004, 10:53 PM
I still need to do designs for the spaceships, just put in the big frisbee flying saucers for placeholder until i have time to work on the ships.

good luck to you as well.

10 October 2004, 01:35 AM (

working through some more ideas

10 October 2004, 01:37 AM
bah!! wrong image, oops, I think I need toget more sleep

10 October 2004, 01:48 AM
great character - makes me feel like modeling it :D
keep us posted!

10 October 2004, 02:08 AM
thanks Eli, I was going to post some more concepts but I sent the wrong images home, will post more tomorrow

10 October 2004, 02:12 AM
that characters really have feelings, keep updating!

10 October 2004, 04:10 AM
thanks plaquelord, I should have some ideas for the alien race at some point tomorrow

10 October 2004, 04:11 AM
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10 October 2004, 04:11 AM
duplicate post

10 October 2004, 05:19 AM
OK do it! it!
but no more thripple posts:D

10 October 2004, 06:27 AM
Wow, great concept you got there. i like the characters too much specially the way their heads were drawn, i also feeled like i'm modeling them.

keep going i'll check on your updates.

10 October 2004, 12:11 PM
skello: HA Ha Ha Ha, It's that new model smell...Do it! good stuff, yeah the infamous triple post that happened cause of a busy server

designer2: thanks man, I will be posting more soon, then on to the modeling


10 October 2004, 03:08 PM
i really like the idea for the picture composition ( the samll vignette showing the different protagonist )

and the beast of burden ist really cool .. like the dumb expression in here face ... mmmmmoooooohhhhhh

10 October 2004, 05:54 PM
thanks a lot Christophe. I should be putting up more designs this evening, and hopefully start modeling. Hopefully you can get your comp from germany soon, hoping to see more work from you.

10 October 2004, 03:17 AM (

okay here is the image I wanted to post last night, this is the idea for the Plegian race. alright time to model.

10 October 2004, 03:33 AM
nice concept!! and really cool idea!!

looking foward to see more! :D

good luck!

10 October 2004, 03:35 PM
thanks , I started modeling the corinthe alien last night should be able to finish the head out tonight, will post some images later on.

10 October 2004, 07:58 PM
c'mon .. time to post your first pass on the 3d object !! the maya head is looking sweet ..
how about the space ship ? can we see some concept ?

10 October 2004, 12:38 PM
hey u got soem really cure aliends over there... i liked all of them... keep it up buddy.. and post some more drawings of ur main concept... i'll b waitin for those... c ya

10 October 2004, 02:48 PM
thanks guys, yeah I will be mosting more early on next week, I am going out of town today and won't be able to work on this for a couple of days, but after that I will be posting some more concepts and some models I have been working on

10 October 2004, 02:59 AM (

haven't gotten too far, but here is what I got modeled on thursday night, I had to go out of town this weekend.

10 October 2004, 12:53 AM (

quick update, haven't gotten to work on it much, pretty busy at work

10 October 2004, 12:55 AM (

and yet another angle

10 October 2004, 12:59 AM
I really like your character design. They look so much like friendly villager types, and the wide eyes make them look vulnerable too! Brilliant... and can't wait to see the final model.

How are you going to portray the attack? I mean are you going to go for disturbingly realistic, with maimings and gore? or more of a suggestion of violence?

Looking forward to more stuff

10 October 2004, 01:18 AM
thanks, lardbros, actually I am capturing the moment of the first shot from one of the smaller ships, not going to show any gore, but I am thinking of putting in 3 little inset images at the bottom corner of the image, one is a close up of one of the farmers, another is a shot of a woman and child villager at a well, looking up, and the last is a frontal shot of the other alien inside his ship, adn will use some reflections of what is going on showing in their eyes. I hope it plays out as well as I hope it will.

BTW, everyone, when the contest is over I am going to have the alien characters available for download for personal use, been a while since I have put out any free models for people to use and it is hard to find good models out there for study and practice. I am going to try and have the first alien villager rigged with facial morphs for Maya 6 as well but that will take a little while, I am going to rig them for this shot but will revisit them and make more complex rigs for animating purposes. I know there are some really talented animators out there, that need some help when it comes to good models to animate. I will keep you all informed of the progress on that.


10 October 2004, 01:29 AM
You're character definitely has character , you just want to feel sorry for them. Nice modeling so far too.

10 October 2004, 10:46 AM
WOW, free model of your alien??? Put my name at the top of the list!! :)

Wish i was generous to give away my models! But then, i don't think anyone would have them anyway.

Sounds like a good idea having a single image split into a few substory type things. Hope it works out!

10 October 2004, 01:57 PM
BTW, everyone, when the contest is over I am going to have the alien characters available for download for personal use, been a while since I have put out any free models for people to use and it is hard to find good models out there for study and practice. I am going to try and have the first alien villager rigged with facial morphs for Maya 6 as well but that will take a little while, I am going to rig them for this shot but will revisit them and make more complex rigs for animating purposes. I know there are some really talented animators out there, that need some help when it comes to good models to animate. I will keep you all informed of the progress on that
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i waaaaaannnnnnnttttt
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seriously ,
nice to see how your small world is developing ,
show us more .. more ... more... mooooooooooorrrrr

can we see some attack space ship design ?

10 October 2004, 02:50 AM
lardbros: first off I really dig your signature, makes me laugh. I will keep everyone up to date on the releases of the models, I just want to help out the community, I see it grow stronger every day.

Christophe: I will be putting up ship designs , hopefully, this weekend, I am working out some final details for them before I post, want some stuff that will be as original as humanly possible especially when designing ships. BTW, you can have the models as well, not like you need them, but you can if you want them, anyone can.

10 October 2004, 02:51 AM (

here is a wireframe, I finished out the ears, now I am going to work on the eyeballs themselves, only have placeholders in right now

10 October 2004, 02:56 AM (

finished the ears, woohoo, I have the ears straightened out to make rigging them easier

10 October 2004, 02:58 AM (

a little closer shot of the face to show off the details

10 October 2004, 04:28 AM (

here are the eyeballs, let me know what you think, trying to keep the sad eyes going without having solid black spheres

10 October 2004, 04:32 AM (

and the eyes again, now on to modeling the body and clothes, still wondering about skin color, going to do some color passes before finally texturing him, the pinkish skin color is not final.

10 October 2004, 10:26 PM
I'm gonna be working on the body tonight, I will post some images later tonight. I've been crazy busy with work.


10 October 2004, 06:45 AM
okay no update tonight, had to work on a 3d model of an SGI indigo for a friend of mine, he is a big SGI fiend, heehhehe

10 October 2004, 03:10 AM
well my scanner is down I will try and scan the spaceship images at work on monday and post those, I am modeling out the body now so i should have something to post at some point this evening.

10 October 2004, 03:29 AM
okay no update tonight,
wwwwhhhhhaaaatttt ?? no update ??!!
you lazy b''tche

c'mon .. we want to see more

nice rendering by the way .. i really love the sadness felling in theyr eyes

11 November 2004, 03:19 PM (

managed to get a little work done last night, finally, should have the torso finished up tonight

11 November 2004, 03:21 PM (

here is a wireframe

11 November 2004, 03:22 PM (

here is the front view so far of the upper body, I am still cleaning up the mesh and detailing it (eg. fingernails...)

11 November 2004, 03:29 PM
thanks Christophe: I tried all weekend to work on it, but with halloween and all it didn't work out. How's that new computer working for ya?
I try to get in work on this project whenever I can, but not having Maya at home sucks. I have to manage out my time so that I am not away from home too often working on this. My wiife and the boys wouldn't be too pleased if I was always away. hehe

11 November 2004, 06:20 PM
new computer is working like a breez

nice update ...
do he dont have a little bit too much muscle definition ?
otherwise.. i really dig it

11 November 2004, 06:50 PM
he is a little bit more defined than he will be in the final version I am just mainly getting his body structure defined out in the loops for the muscles and underlying bone structure, oonce I finish the model I will then be able to smooth him out and detail him up to be the sad skinny villager he wias meant to be

11 November 2004, 08:29 PM
Your model is really cool! He has a lot of character, I like how this is going! I hope to see more soon!:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 08:43 PM
he's coming along great. i really like the look. very docile and agrarian. looking forward to seeing where you go with this.

11 November 2004, 01:32 AM
plaguelord, artemesia66: Thanks guys, I am hoping to have the rest of his body done tonight, actually have 2 nights in a row to work on it, woohoo!!!, then I am going to spend a while really detailing him out then it is texture time!!

btw, artemesia66, are you entered in the contest? you don't have a link to your entry 8(
well I will do a search.


11 November 2004, 02:12 PM
I didn't put my link up, because there's nothing there yet--just got back from holiday to discover the challenge in full swing. It's there now, and I'm working on concepts that I hope to have up later today.

11 November 2004, 12:50 AM
good luck on your challenge artemesia I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with

11 November 2004, 07:22 AM (

haven't been able to work on this in weeks but finally had a very good night of working tonight here is an update

11 November 2004, 07:24 AM (

hope you like it so far

11 November 2004, 08:00 AM
Very nice concept design and charachter looks great so far i really like him.
cant wait to see more keep it up:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 12:49 PM
Ah so it's done. great stuff! Very emotional character!


11 November 2004, 03:12 PM
thanks lelantos and keetmun!! not sure if I will be able to finish all of it but I will at least finish my characters I designed, hehe.

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