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10 October 2004, 09:52 PM
Giocele vieira rocha has entered the Grand Space Opera 2D.

Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Vertical City (

boys and girls... finally "The End"!
The final image!!!

I would like to say: thanx everybody! You are wonderful people!
Itīs an honor to be here, learning and working with you!

thanx and good luck!

10 October 2004, 07:08 PM (

just sketch!

10 October 2004, 07:17 PM (

First idea for a soldier.

10 October 2004, 07:21 PM (

maybe a bomber.

10 October 2004, 07:36 PM
So far I think its looking good. What is your story and idea about? . I think the idea just as important as the final look of the image. The soldier concept would be better I think if he didnt have the guns on his back. I really don't think he could reach back there and take the weapons out that easily. Just a thought. OK good luck

10 October 2004, 08:16 PM
Yes, a story for the concept would be nice but it's a godd epic feeling in your first sketch and the bomber looks great. Hope you're intending to go for the blocky type of spaceships all over.

10 October 2004, 09:34 PM
I love your first concept design. It looks like everything is in motion. I can’t tell you what the sense of movement does for a battle scene. I would avoid stagnant poses like the soldier unless he’s reading a digital version of Tsun Tzu. Keep going. There are more ideas that you've yet to show us.

11 November 2004, 12:31 PM
Love your drawing style :thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 09:29 PM (

The main inspiration is the D-day (WWII Normandy invasion).
Thousands of soldiers and hundreds of ships. A massive attack.

To me, show the target is essential.
So, this time, the target is the 'Vertical City'.

*note the soldier sending YOU to the battle.

11 November 2004, 11:39 PM
Can't really see the target "vertical city," I'm interested in seeing your visualization for it. Good job with the convincing concept sketches.

Even if you don't have a set composition in mind for the final piece, you should start piecing together the elements of the story and image, as others have already said, that way you at least know 'what' it is you want to illustrate and 'why'. Those should be the beginnings of the concept. The 'how' is the process that we are all working on till january. As it progresses, everything will morph. But if you couple your strength in illustrating ideas with a solid storyline and purpose, your concepts will become a lot stronger and more meaningful.

But sometimes, if you just have a small bit of inspiration, there's nothing better than just sketching and seeing what evolves.

I'm anxious to see what you come up with.. I'm sure I'll have no problem following along with your imagery! good luck and take care

11 November 2004, 12:12 AM
Giocele - nice challenging perspective, I like it. Also, the idea of a vertical city is an interesting one, I imagine they'd have some pretty fierce defenses on the ground floor! How about using a portrait aspect ratio to really emphasise the verticality?:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 02:26 PM
Very nice designs. Very good job in the bomber design! I like the idea of perspective rotation, in your last concept sketch "vertical city".I hope to see your coloring.

Very interesting inspiration about the D-day!

good luck!:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 09:28 PM (

the side view of the vertical city. I'm not sure about this, but is a start.
In my mind, the vertical city is not a building or a tower, but a 'city'.
So, I imagine some chaos in the constrution. Nothing is much symmetrical. Many buildings over buildings over buildings...
Just like any big city. The only difference is that you don't have space between the buildings.

11 November 2004, 06:04 AM
more great drawings :thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 06:24 PM
thanx everybody!

speaky: Good ideas! very usefull.

Lluc: In some days, I will post something in color.

Element5: thanx for the nice words.


More to come!

11 November 2004, 11:21 AM (

the colors are coming!

Just a color test. It's ok for me.

That's it! No more sketchs. It's time to stop to play and start to work.
In some days I'll post a line art.

11 November 2004, 01:08 AM
I agree with you that your concept is ready !! i like your coloring style !can't wait to see it with the charactor! keep going!!

11 November 2004, 04:18 PM (

that's my line art.
The original size is 33x48cm (13x19 inches) and was made with 6H pencil.
The line is just a reference.
In the final image the line will disappear.

I'll put a lot of details in the coloring process, like windows, shots, searchlights, explosions...

11 November 2004, 04:23 PM (

the first problem to solve is the main colors:
*I change the line-layer to multiply (now I can see through the layer).

*In a layer under the line-layer, I colorize all the image with this basic color.

11 November 2004, 04:27 PM (

the next step is to find the other colors.
To do this, I make shapes (pen tool - Photoshop) to separate the levels of depth.
Now, I have a clear vision of the entire picture.

11 November 2004, 04:31 PM (

Now, I can start to work.

11 November 2004, 04:33 PM
nice line work. certainly dramatic. I like the way your building your image . . . it's like a tutorial. wicked! Will keep an eye on you sir!

11 November 2004, 04:40 PM
It's looking really nice :thumbsup: particularly this latest version. My only suggestion would be that nothing is overlapping the structure on the right. Maybe a foreshortened flying craft. Just a thought. It's looking great :thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 04:53 PM
I really like the way this is going and your use of perspective. Nice, dramatic angle. I'm looking forward to seeing how you are going to do that atmosphere in this pic. For some reason, my eye seems to want something in the forground on one of the sides, but maybe once the colouring starts, and the left starts fading into the backround my eye will be happy. Keep it up.

11 November 2004, 05:47 PM
Hi Giocele! Your pic is coming along nicely, good range of distance, from the closeups of the soldiers to the grand structure itself. It's quite orange, but I'm sure you'll temper this saturation and colour a bit later! One thing, in the colour sketch you have the building getting darker toward the top. I'd imagine it going the other way, dark below and fading towards the colour of the sky the higher up it got. You could lighten the lower levels again if there were street level lights affecting its downward facing surfaces. Looking very promising though, love the sense of scale!

PS - You used the pen tool? Oof, woud have taken me ages! I'd recommend saving a selection as a new channel, much quicker in my opinion. Maybe it's because the pen tool seems clunky to me.

11 November 2004, 10:44 PM
Hi giocele,
I like the point of view you've chosen : I really am inside the action !
I'll be watching your tread, keep on !!!

My space opera (

11 November 2004, 03:47 AM
dramatic view no crits here :)

11 November 2004, 03:01 PM
looking dramatic, in midst of battle sort of thing, I think the fighter would ned to angle more towards the bottom righthand to fit the composition. anyway, good luck,

11 November 2004, 05:56 PM
speaky - thanx for the tips. always usefull and always welcome.
Yes. I like this tool the pen tool.
itīs very accurate.

thanx for everyone's comments.

12 December 2004, 04:59 PM (

I had to disappear for a few days, but I am back.

I decided to start with the first-plane-soldier.
My process is relatively simple:
Brush Tool and smudge tool.
In the brush tool, I like to turn off the "size jitter", and turn "pen pressure" to opacity jitter and flow jitter.

12 December 2004, 05:02 PM (

Brush Tool and smudge tool...
Brush Tool and smudge tool...
Brush Tool and smudge tool...
Brush Tool and smudge tool...
Brush Tool and smudge tool...
Brush Tool and ...

12 December 2004, 05:43 PM (

Other area of the picture.
the process here is not much different from the soldiers: brush and smudge over a basic color.

12 December 2004, 11:16 AM (

More details in the ship.

12 December 2004, 03:47 PM (

some modifications and new details.
it's better now...

12 December 2004, 11:34 AM (

All pieces together.
until now.

12 December 2004, 11:40 PM
I like the smoke effects. I am sure you'll add details to that later, but if I may suggest, I think it needs to be blurred around some edges. You could have more denser consistency around some edges and still blur them a bit.

12 December 2004, 11:00 AM
thanx man!
very usefull!

I hope you come back later.

12 December 2004, 12:38 PM
giocele.... I am really liking your image. colouring is great, composition is very powerful....:thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 07:26 PM (

More soldiers are joining to the army...
I canīt wait to see this picture finished...

12 December 2004, 10:40 PM
Nice point of view : it reminds me some scene of a French author, Philippe Druillet, who illustrated the siege of Carthage in his book "Salambo".
Good luck !

12 December 2004, 04:08 PM (

Some new things: the cannon shooting, the wall details and the ships.

12 December 2004, 10:38 PM
Hey nice work on the image so far, I really like the POV and the color. Looking forward to seeing it all filled out. Good luck.

12 December 2004, 08:23 AM
I love your approach on this image and how crisp everything looks against the BG.. .makes the atmosphere feel very barren...

When you're finished with the piece, becuase you're creating and polishing area by area... you need to do an AfterEffects time-lapse comp of the images creation.


Can't wait to see more progress... looking great so far!

12 December 2004, 03:49 PM (

more soldiers... more soldiers...

12 December 2004, 04:05 PM
sorry, no crits, its looking awesome though great vibrant colours and the positioning and body language of the soldiers is superb, cant wait for more details

12 December 2004, 11:48 AM (

I think the soldiers are ready.
Now, I have to concentrate in the buildings.
many things to do, but now, the process is more quickly.

12 December 2004, 12:08 PM
sweet , already this looks really good , the action in the lower part looks great , and
the gun firing into the crowd (or over their heads) looks real nasty

12 December 2004, 03:54 PM (

Windows, windows, windows...

more to come.

12 December 2004, 04:13 PM
great colors and great scene you got there!!!Excellent!

MAybe some ladders(some kind of elevators brought t the walls to climb them by the enemies could be cool.

My Grand SpaceBra 2d:

12 December 2004, 12:57 PM
Hi Giocele,

I like the color and the perspective view very much. Great work.
I hope youīll get this one finished right in time.


12 December 2004, 01:18 PM
I really like Your composition and perspective. Looks good so far. Good luck!

01 January 2005, 11:25 AM
thanx guys.
I'm worry about the time, but I believe that I can do it until january - 17.

I'm always thinking:"yes, you can...yes, you can..." :)

01 January 2005, 04:07 PM (

the main structure is almost finished.

01 January 2005, 08:10 PM
Just stunning style and also amazing composition! Just amazing work around here...! I like the 'orange' feeling of the painting, it gives it something special! :arteest:

I will keep following this, its really inspirating! :)

Greetz & happy newyear (bit late ;) ),

01 January 2005, 04:29 PM (

Just more details in the city.
I believe that the city will be completed tomorrow.
And then, I will concentrate in the wall, the sky and some details...

I am almost there! :D

01 January 2005, 09:02 PM
Looks cool. I can't wait to see more updates. My tastebuds are beginning to water. :)

01 January 2005, 04:07 PM (

the city is ready (maybe need just more little details, but...)and now I'm working in the sky.

01 January 2005, 07:59 PM
Very nice...the perspective is awesome and works very well. Just the leftmost turret's perspective doesn't seem quite right. But perhaps it's too late now to change that.

Well done! By the way, are your portuguese?

01 January 2005, 08:12 PM
thanx man!

YES: I agree with you about the perspective, but is really too late to make big changes...
NO: I'm not portuguese, I'm from Brasil. E por aqui a gente fala portuguęs também.:)

Thanx again.
You are always welcome!

01 January 2005, 09:45 PM
Insane detail and scale in this. Cant wait to see the sky.
Before you finish though, I want to mention- the face on the guy at the bottom should probably be worked on- probably the eyes. It looks just a little too comical.

01 January 2005, 11:43 AM
Hey you're right!
I didn't see this detail.

And now, I don't know if the "comic look" is because the low resolution or if it's really there!
Anyway I will fix before finished.


And the sky... I want to keep it simple! I don't want to make "heavy clouds" or something. My work is already with too many elements and the "dramatical sky" will don't contribute.
But... it's not finished yet.

Wait to see.

**Almost there...:bounce: Almost there...**

01 January 2005, 12:18 PM
Great work, i like the structure and the paint of your tower and of your ship, my only critics is for me, there are so the same color the orange is beautifull but an other color for the balance met valor of the project with more contrast, good work

01 January 2005, 05:58 PM (

I believe that itīs the end.
Critics are welcome.

If you have something to say... tell me now.
Itīs your last chance!

01 January 2005, 06:40 PM
Hehe, just the character looked comical, in the sense that he looked more like something from a graphic novel than a real scene- again, 'cause his pupils are a little too small. Cant really tell at this resolution though.
I cant honestly say it detracts much though, it still fits. The new touches to the drawing are great- nothing to criticize here.

01 January 2005, 07:19 PM (

I really made some little changes in the eyes, and now, I think itīs ok.

I donīt wanted to make big changes, I like that "big eye".
But, with the changes itīs become better.

I really donīt care if looks like a "graphic novel", because if you look the high resolution picture you will see other areas (windows,etc) that arenīt so realistic.

I like that way. Itīs my style.

but, many thanx. The changes in the eye make big difference.

see the pic. it's 100% zoom.

01 January 2005, 07:51 PM
wow, it's looking great! I really like the amount of details it has, and some things like the big explosion at the left
my sugerence would be to make the tower darker at the top, iluminated from the bottom, and maybe change a bit the color of the sky, as MDN already said, to add a little more variation...nothing necesarily too big, maybe a bit of hue variation, or the lightness...I don't know
you did a good job with it, good luck!

01 January 2005, 08:22 PM (

boys and girls... finally "The End"!
The final image!!!

I would like to say: thanx everybody! You are wonderful people!
Itīs an honor to be here, learning and working with you!

thanx and good luck!

01 January 2005, 10:11 PM
Well done Giocele! It's looking very good. I'd agree with Elmasfeo in that a slight variation of hue might well add something to it, a cooler colour in the distance near the top perhaps. But I love orange (predominantly used in my pic) and your pic has an intense, hot and violent feel to it. :thumbsup:

01 January 2005, 07:40 PM
I think that it needs a little contrast and more detail, but the image is very good.


01 January 2005, 05:11 AM
Hi Giocele

because of the great amount of work in this challenge I havent seen yours till now. Great work! I like the idea a lot. The big fortress, the unique door, there is a story behind and I like that. There are many works here that have lots of action lines because of the laser beams in the battles and I realize that in yours it enhance the compositon very well. There is only one thing to criticize: the main character, the one who is pointing his arm to the door, have a similar brush texture in his arm that in the back pack so, for a moment I though it both where the same thing. Sorry to talk about so late, but as I said I have find your work till now. Good luck!

01 January 2005, 12:17 PM
Hi Kaparo.

thanx for the suggestion.

And I have to agree. The arm is really seemed to the back pack.
but... unfortunately, thereīs nothing i can do now...

so... itīs ok!
now itīs part of the image. :)

thanx again.
**I saw your space opera and I like very much.**

02 February 2005, 06:34 PM
I really would have liked this to get at least an honorary mention,
probably was again one of the 16th places that just got left out :D

see u in the next one dude :thumbsup:

Tommy Lee
02 February 2005, 06:40 PM
Congrats anyway and see you next time!:thumbsup:


02 February 2005, 07:24 PM
Squibbit and Tommy Lee: Thanx a lot!

see you on the next challenge! :thumbsup:

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