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10 October 2004, 04:14 PM
Ales Horak has entered the Grand Space Opera 2D.

10 October 2004, 06:07 PM (

So boys and girls, there is great example of amateur sketching and poor coloring ;)
But, it is only for polishing of the basic idea about the second genesis of human race in my mind. Simply - concept sketch.

10 October 2004, 12:58 PM
considering your last work i've seen in cgtalk gallery, this sketch should be the first step of an amazing final :) I'll wait for the development! Good luck Artie

10 October 2004, 03:53 PM
Any new developments concept developments?

10 October 2004, 05:36 PM
Not yet. I am refining the main idea - adding some conflict to the picture, which won't be looking so pathetic ;)

10 October 2004, 06:35 PM
I really like the way you have the foreground and background setup. It should look great once finely detailed.

10 October 2004, 07:01 PM
heh, dont worry about the quality of your sketch. Heck I barely put any effort into mine, always save my energy for the real canvas.
Concept layout is great though, should be a great piece :)

10 October 2004, 04:52 PM (

Well, here is second sketch. It's a war, ladies. Shoot or be shot! ;)

10 October 2004, 08:36 PM
Nice update. I would resize the format a bit... so it would be not so usual A4-like. I think it will give a whole new feeling to the pic, make it less ordinary.
Of course i dont doubt about an exelent final result, seeing ur previously made pictures :)

10 October 2004, 10:15 AM
I agree, format is not very artistic, but practical. Hmm... i will see :)
Thanks for confidence ;)

10 October 2004, 01:16 PM has a life in it

10 October 2004, 07:51 PM (

I am not entirely sure about soldiers - what a weapon I should to give them? Decent semi-real weapons or really BIG guns? What do you think, boys? :)

10 October 2004, 09:21 PM
This is a great concept with a gritty color palette that I like, but….

I am disturbed by the woman holding her hand up in pep-rally-style victory while her brother-in-arms struggles with his mortality on his hands and knees. To me, it looks unnatural. There is too much of a schism between the two subjects that it almost looks like they aren’t in the same place. If there was more of a connection between the two it would blend the composition together. For example, maybe she could be kneeling beside him with her arm on his back, either looking at him or looking at the battle. Or put one of his arms on the flag and have him half-kneeling as if he’d just been shot—although that would assume that the spiders are using guns. I don’t know. I just don’t feel right about grouping them together in complete opposite reactions. Keep going, it’s great so far. Oh, and I'm with the "smaller guns" crowd. Yeah, there are about three of us.

idiot box
10 October 2004, 09:52 PM
Nice start, I like it, JTD does have a poitn, but you may have your own explanation. Nonetheless keep up the good work!

10 October 2004, 01:23 AM
You can NEVER go wrong with BFG's.

On a more serious note this is a refreashingly striking image. I think it very well fullfils the concepts of a epic dramatic sci-fi illustration. I can tell that you have a good vocabulary of sci-fi; I can see bits of STARSHIP TROOPERS, SOLIDER, TERMINATOR 2, RED STAR, BATTLEFIELD EARTH, DOOM and UNREAL.

Colorwise I think that you have choosen a perfect range of gamma to protary human warfare.

On the topic of the composition, I would say that some work should be done. Principly I would say that the main femal firgure is not imposing engouh, she seems tucked away of in some corner and it makes her stand lose some of its power. Also there appears to be a disharmony between the top and bottom of your image,... the comp. lines just dont flow freely between the two. Also, try and define a more preceptable "line of action". All the elements in the comp. seem like sepearte entities, and the line of action just simply do not flow from one theme into the next.

Overall this is a great epic work, and has alot of potencial.

Buena suerte amigo.

10 October 2004, 02:05 AM
nice work Horak! The scene is well laid out, as far as the guns go, nothin wrong with a good old 12 gauge slug to put a hole in....well pretty much anything, i'd have to choose D for my weapon of choice.

10 October 2004, 07:54 AM
newcenturydsn: If do you want to use my first name, use correct one please. But thanks... ;)
jtd, ibox, wazar: I wanted make the hero like demi-god, unrelated with soldiers and their "problems". But you're right, looks too static and it is hard to seize - I repaint some parts.
Thanks for the suggestions, there is still too many things what I must to learn :)

10 October 2004, 11:29 PM
From what have u shown, i suggest a C weapon. But i think u can do better thatn this. I think it will be a nice touch putting something familliar to Aliens (Alien2 - the one with marines) weapons. Not the same but somethink looking alike.

10 October 2004, 10:15 AM
Ofcourse, this is fast concept sketch only. Thanks for opinion :)

10 October 2004, 11:28 AM
nice so far,..but why are they naked......what is the story?...cheers

11 November 2004, 08:41 PM
Because sketch ;) I think that good picture need not background story. Picture itself must be the story. I have only some sketchy background ideas in my mind, but story must be in the result, in my opinion.

11 November 2004, 08:44 PM (

Something like final sketch/lineart.... ehm ;)

11 November 2004, 08:49 PM
Good colors and better composition in the last one. I agree with you about the picture telling the story… but a synopsis would do you nothing but good.


11 November 2004, 09:43 PM
Final sketch? Line out? It looks more like coloring process to me ;) joke... it looks great and everytime more and more promesing! Keep up the good work!

11 November 2004, 11:20 PM
I see you've really captured the mood of a iconic image... you just have to tough up the details, to hit the bulls-eye :) keep it up

11 November 2004, 09:29 AM
Thanks, boys ;)

ninja: Yep. When I am sketching, I am thinking about colors too. It is hard to define into this competition categories. Simply, something like lineart ;)

11 November 2004, 09:22 AM
Very nice work dude!
I love the lightning mood. I think there is too much space left empty on the top left part of your picture (maybe some space ships more would be nice).

Keep on working hard and good luck to you for the contest!

11 November 2004, 11:46 AM
A very nice start indeed, The colour, the composition....everything looks great :scream:

11 November 2004, 06:40 PM
nice drawing...keep it the composition

11 November 2004, 05:19 PM
yes composition is working nicely!

11 November 2004, 08:15 AM
Thanks for the opinions, boys :)

starbuck: I agree, we have the same idea. See in the next wip picture (If I beat my laziness) ;)

11 November 2004, 08:11 PM
Artie -

Really nice work so far. I really dig the colors that you are using, and I like the strong characters in the foreground. I think it works a lot better with the woman firing rather than just being a standard-bearer, it adds a nice feeling of action. Why sis you choose to add the large beam in the middle of the picture? I'm not sure that it's working as well as it could for you. Right now it breaks up the composition some and sort of pushes the crashed spaceship - which I thought was really neat - off the page. Ditto the ships in the sky. I also like the feel of them being in a more desolate place in the earlier concepts and this new element sort of makes it look moe like an urban setting, but you could also push the furthest bparts of the background more to develop this theme. Anyhow, great work and best of luck with it!


11 November 2004, 06:47 PM
Wow, you really take our suggestions seriously. I definitely like this piece. I can feel the emotion in the fallen man and I love how she is protecting him. My only crit now is that I’m not sure who she is shooting at but that in no way takes anything from this work of yours. This art piece can only get better. Great job, Artie.

12 December 2004, 08:33 AM
So, boys. It is sad, but I have no time to finish the picture. Maybe next time :/

Good luck to all! :)

12 December 2004, 10:16 AM
damn... so many great artists cant finish this challenge.. so many good artworks will be gone :( other time than. Good luck!

Freefall Alpha
12 December 2004, 11:43 PM
i say weapon c

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