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10 October 2004, 06:09 PM
Jason Chan has entered the Grand Space Opera 2D.

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Here's my final image. I just did some very minor changes to the glow.

Over all, I'm very happy with how this piece came out. There's still stuff I could probably keep fixing, but I can always say that about a piece. I hope you guys like it.

10 October 2004, 06:26 PM
Now you're another one I would REALLY have missed, glad to see you're in here

10 October 2004, 05:42 PM
hey jason! nice see you too here, good luck!

10 October 2004, 03:18 AM
Hey guys, good to see ya :)

Let's get this thing going :D

10 October 2004, 04:24 AM (

Here's an idea I'm running through my head. The scene is an alien landscape. The princess's star ship has crashlanded on a beach after a fierce battle in space. A mysterious stranger appears and rescues her from the reckage and carries her to safety while debree rains down from the sky.

10 October 2004, 07:41 AM
Cool sketches. Two comments...
I think the middle sketch on the top row works best. The symmetrical composition really makes the figure stand out. And you can really give the spaceship a big scale (+ distance fog, as you have done).
There is only one thing that bothers me (perhaps this is too early to be talking about these aspects)...but if debris are falling from the sky, I think it would be more believable if the saviour was protecting the princess from the debris, hunching, while carrying her. And where do the debris come from? The remains of the galactic battle just fought?
Great start...

10 October 2004, 07:59 AM
I agree, the middle one on the top row looks best because it has lots of room around it, and brings out the sadness that I am assuming you are trying to protray. I like your story too, it would work. I was wondering when you would post something. :)

I like what you have

10 October 2004, 10:37 AM
Drawings are very beautiful, I awaits the continuation of your
search, good luck for this challenge.

10 October 2004, 10:47 AM
Those are wonderful sketchs - very loose and expressive - I especially respond to the sketch in the bottom left-hand corner - it has a particularly strong sense of pathos. In terms of overall composition the top-left with the subjects slightly off-centre works best imho.


10 October 2004, 12:12 PM
the middle sketch of the top gives a better idea of the action , and using the last sketch for the woman pose, it'll be great! But it think there is something to do with the top right corner sketch. I'm impatient to see the evolution, good luck

10 October 2004, 01:02 AM
Heya Gerbil, good to see you back into it again, i will definatley follow your progress, looks to me like your back in fine form. Have always loved your character sketches, very emotive. Cant wait to watch as you finely tune your piece, the last comp was great fun to watch. Goodluck.:thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 09:29 PM
I really do kind of like this the more I look at it, has a nice quiet/thoughtful sort of feeling.

just curious by the way, does she actually have a tail or is that part of the clothing ?

10 October 2004, 11:10 PM
Evil, your concept drawing looks good. I'm digging the idea. I haven't seen much of your work, but judging by your figure drawing skills, I'm expecting great things.

10 October 2004, 01:18 AM
Hi man ! Nice to see you there. Yur MF piece was excellent..I wonder what you gonna do this time...
I wish you the best.

10 October 2004, 01:40 AM
Great to see you again in the challenge, Jason.
I feel the top-center image captures the atmosphere rather well - feels really like the true aftermath of a titanic battle, with chuncks of debris raining down, and the sun obstructed. That her rescuer looks so calm (though strangely sad and melancholy), and otherwise unscathed by any of the falling debris adds to the mystery surrounding the stranger.

Will be waiting for more :D

10 October 2004, 05:47 PM
I like your sketches, have a very heroic touch. I'm watching this thread.

10 October 2004, 06:12 PM
Very nice, they guy looks a little like iron man but is good :thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 06:56 PM
Nice concept, sexy, romantic, and space related, what else could you ask for! Right now I am leaning towards #1 only because I know you will do a kick @ss job on the figures and I want to see all the detail.

Tommy Lee
10 October 2004, 07:20 PM

Good to see you in here... nice start on the sketches,... can't wait for the evolution of this image!



10 October 2004, 08:28 AM
I loved your picture for the "machineflesh challenge" and i find your new concept very interesting.
I hope that you'll do such a nice picture as in the past challenge.
I can't wait to see the final picture!
Go on and good luck.

10 October 2004, 10:08 AM
i love the mystery, peace and reserved solidarity surrounding the world 'stranger'. i hope you can capture something powerful in that character, and i will look forward to this piece.

10 October 2004, 10:34 AM
:thumbsup: Love the sketches - really fluid - drawing figures is not easy (well for me anyway) so to see such work is really inspiring. Good idea too...

I thought your MF entry was amazing, so I'll be watching to see how you progress...Good Luck!!! :applause:

11 November 2004, 06:33 PM
Cool sketches! Love the princess sketch in lower right corner. There's a lot of place for hi-tech details on her clothes.
I think you should avoid the stranger looking right at viewer, add more dramatism to the scene! Better make him looking a bit up/right (from his point of view) as if there was some danger, or even looking back at the ship (not really a good idea while carrying such a fragile body).

I wish you luck with this challenge! Looking forward for your work to be finished

11 November 2004, 06:38 PM
nice sketches so far jason. Your MF entry was wicked - I'm sure this will turn out great too.

11 November 2004, 08:33 PM
Very cool work. I reallly like your work a lot. I like seeing how loose your sketches can be, especially knowing how clean and tight your finals are. Thanks for sharing.

11 November 2004, 09:01 PM
I like the filling of the sketches. The man rescuing the princess fells calm and serine in all the chaos surrounding them, it gives him a god like attitude.

11 November 2004, 02:59 AM
Very nice. I think the contest theme entails some drama here, and it looks like you're going for an emotional scene. Keep the sketches coming...I'll be back.

11 November 2004, 04:10 AM (

Here's an idea I had of a group of resistance fighters taking a stand against enemy fighters while they try to buy time for the princess to escape.

11 November 2004, 04:12 AM (

Here's another sketch in the same storyline. This one has the runaway princess with the character that saved her in the first sketch I did. They are in the streets of a giant metropolis trying to blend in with the podestrians while evading the probes above.

11 November 2004, 04:16 AM (

Again, something from the same storyline. This is a climactic scene where the evil emperor has seemingly defeeted the hero and is choking the princess to death. However, the hero is not yet dead and sees a dagger within reach...

11 November 2004, 05:26 AM
cool concept sketch reminds me of Vash from trigun when he carries the rich girl from that blown up city.
-super cool
-swirly dust would look sweet
-or jaged iron rubble in the background


11 November 2004, 07:37 AM
nice pose, anatomy, linework, composition. i dont think it works on its own for this theme however, although im not convinced you were using it for that purpose anyway. awesome stuff!

11 November 2004, 11:07 AM
hey, jason! this is robin. glad you found your way over to this challenge, i was afraid you might have not noticed it. i really like the first two concepts, but the third one doesn't seem to connect to the theme as well (as mentioned earlier). the second one reminds me a lot of the FF12 promo poster we all love. i think the second one carries the most potential because it has some good storytelling elements and allows for a really nice coloring opportunity. keep us posted!

11 November 2004, 02:19 PM
Very nice pose and geometry :thumbsup: but the emperor looks really familiar to me, hmmm where have i seen it before? it strikes me as the guy from this video game GOD OF WAR and some others there but very good sketch.

11 November 2004, 02:29 PM
First off, I thought your MF piece was in the top 3. If that's anything to go by, then we're in for a treat this time.

Your drawing looks really good.


ps watch your dagger doesn't fall off the bottom of the page. Can I suggest a sneaky glance towards the emperor as he's reaching for the blade (head in same position)..........just a thought.

Good luck

11 November 2004, 02:51 PM
Hey... i somehow managed to miss this thread!!

Your Machineflesh image was top drawer!! SO i'm looking forward to this thread!!

Looking interesting so far... the last image could develop into a nice composition...

Good luck...

11 November 2004, 04:26 PM
I really like your most recent concept sketch.

11 November 2004, 04:56 PM
Thanks for all of the support so far, guys. I'm still not sure which concept to go with :shrug:
The last one I uploaded isn't done yet. I still have to add in the background. I was thinking either the interior of his flagship or palace. Either way, it would have large towering windows looking out either to a planet or the capital city. Also, the canvas would be larger to fit this stuff so the image won't seem so cramped.

Teknotek: Hey Robin! Yeah, time to try again :) I'm glad you like that second one. I don't know if I'm going to go with it or not... Can't choose! Are you going to enter anything?

Paul: Thanks! Your piece was awesome last round. Can't wait to see what you come up with for this contest. I agree with your point about the dagger. Don't worry, I plan on expanding the boundaries of the image. I might actually redraw it completely. I don't like any of the character designs and I'm not happy with the poses for the girl and the guy.

I'm having trouble making the girl look like she's being choked and held up by the neck. It doesn't look natural as it is and I can't really hold someone up like that as refference :D Does anyone have any suggestions?

11 November 2004, 05:01 PM
I think tipping her head back would help...?

get someone to put their hand around your neck... and you'll tip your head back and look down your face at them. It'sd be even more noticeable if you were lifted into the air....

Have a doodle and see if it makes a difference...?

11 November 2004, 05:08 PM
nice bit of reference.

Doesn't Vader do it to someone in one of the Star Wars movies? Might be worth sourcing that bit of footage to get an idea.......just a thought.


11 November 2004, 07:26 PM
oops. i meant the third one. the one with the extreme perspective. :D for the choking...hmmm just choke yourself in the mirror? or the bit at the end of matrix revolutions where smith is holding new up by the throat.

11 November 2004, 08:11 PM
very cool sketches man! luv the comic book style

11 November 2004, 04:34 AM (

I switched the guy and the girl characters and played with the characters some. I'm still not happy with the character designs, but I think I like the layout a little better. I still need to come up with a background.

11 November 2004, 04:38 AM
Thanks for the choking help guys. I think I got the upper bodies looking a little better in the choked possition, but the legs still need some work. Personally, I would probably kick the person choking me, but I don't think that would look so great compositionally. Maybe I should try drawing him limp/unconscious?

11 November 2004, 04:54 AM
Well if you're trying to emphasize the superiority of the larger character, then you can get away with showing the person being strangled as being limp/unconscious. But having a character look limp my make the scene look likes less of a struggle. I, personally think you've captured the gesture quite well with the victim. As far as the character kicking in retaliation--- Hmm..It depends on how drawn out this battle is. I would think it's prety drawn out seeing how the other character is already knocked down to the ground. So, therefore the character being strangled might be really pooped :sad:

I really prefer the pose of the large half naked man from the previous concept sketch that you posted. It makes him look more menacing and evil.

The character on the ground looks a lot like the girl in your Machineflesh entry (the ears!!). :p

Hope this helps, Jason :beer:

11 November 2004, 05:13 AM
First I would like to say, glad to see you here. Your concepts are great as usual, the latest one seem to be the one I like with the guy getting choked and the girl going for the weapon....Goodluck to you :thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 05:36 AM
Again, something from the same storyline. This is a climactic scene where the evil emperor has seemingly defeeted the hero and is choking the princess to death. However, the hero is not yet dead and sees a dagger within reach...

I really like this one, I'm biased for the most part when it comes to characterizations, I love the stuff. I'm not one for just painting ships. I would definatley tilt his head back and put more pull stress on his arms, he needs to resist more. I would put a blaster in front of her, because he is already weilding a hand weapon, and the blaster on the floor would feel like its the guys weapon that he dropped. Which would leave us wondering, will she blow off the Emporers head or miss and hit the guy....well thats the story I seen. Great work all the way around so far!

11 November 2004, 10:15 AM
Your evil guy before looked more powerful because it looked like throttling someone was done with much ease...........making him look more awesome and strong. The sketch of the girl in the top left corner of the latest sketch is perfect. I'd love to see a redraw of the earlier composition with the ammended girl........after all it's always cool to know that it'll be the bloke that grabs the dagger and saves the the drama you're developing here!


Tommy Lee
11 November 2004, 11:08 PM (

Here's another sketch in the same storyline. This one has the runaway princess with the character that saved her in the first sketch I did. They are in the streets of a giant metropolis trying to blend in with the podestrians while evading the probes above.
LOVE THIS ONE!:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 01:13 AM (

Here are some character sketches I did for the girl during class. I like the last idea the most.

11 November 2004, 01:16 AM (

Here are sketches I did for the main guy and villain characters. I'm fairly happy with how they look. I'll probably just make minor changes as I go along.

11 November 2004, 05:48 AM
loving the villain design!!:applause:

the two bottom designs for the female character reminds me a lot of rikku up from ffx/ffx-2.

11 November 2004, 12:59 PM
im loving ur concepts so far. very nice anatomy n sketches.not much advice i can offer yet since ur still in line-art/sketch mode :) i like it!

11 November 2004, 09:08 PM
The villain rocks!! looks almost like fish skin or somthing alike..
eagerly awaiting the development of this one!!

Tommy Lee
11 November 2004, 12:14 PM
The first thing on my mind, when I saw the villain in the last sketch, was the movie"The Cell" with J. "BigButt" Lo.

Love the design and keep em coming:applause:

11 November 2004, 01:37 PM
Glad you guys are liking the villain so far. He's my favorite design out of the three right now. I'm trying to think of a good composition in my head to incorporate more background and story telling. I'll try to post some idea sketches for that when I get a chance.

11 November 2004, 03:03 PM
Very good drawings! U really know how to do it. I dont have plenty of time right now, so thats just a short comment. I'll stop by soon and put down some more words. Keep up the good work! :)

11 November 2004, 04:19 PM
I like the way you are searching.Really nice drawings you got there!!!I prefer the runaway princess.Impatient to see the workout!

11 November 2004, 05:13 PM
nice sketches,I particulary like that evil guy, and the elfin girl gives a strong final fanatsy vibe. He does sort of look like that dude from the cell, but who cares - he was creepy as hell!

11 November 2004, 05:41 PM
It's all cool stuff. It's coming along nicely. Have you tried designing your character once you've worked out the composition. From an abstract point of view, the form of your anatomy in it's pose can suggest certain design element to be added to excentuate whatever movement or feeling you're after. Like in games and the movies, when you're designing characters they have to work from all a one-off Illustration it only has to look best from one angle.

Why I'm mentioning this, is in the past I've designed a character and very early on favoured a design element (chest plate on the armour for example) and it's stifled my final composition because I've limited myself to certain angles because I wanted to show off the 'chest plate.'

Everyone works this stuff out differently, but if you ever try it, it can have some great results.



11 November 2004, 12:20 AM (

Trying to flesh out the composition. Here's what I've come up with so far. I don't know if I'm going to go with this or not. I'm thinking of having a battle going on outside of the window in the distance. Comments welcome.

11 November 2004, 12:34 AM
Paul: Thanks for the advice about designing after composing. You have a good point. I have a habbit of designing characters as if they'll be used over and over even in this kind of one shot illustration. I did this last time around too. Well, I'm moving back into working on the composition now and I'm not affraid to adjust the designs for the sake of the overall piece. I guess I just like to play with my design options without having to redraw the composition. Although, I guess if I did the composition roughs digitally I wouldn't have to worry about that :P

Tommy: I've actually never watched the Cell... Maybe I'll check it out. If I can remember from the commercials, it had a kind of blood red color scheme, right? I think my inspiration for the villain came more from Brom.My original intention was to go with black clothing and white skin on him, so hopefully it won't look too much like the guy from the Cell :P

Blackarts: The girl does kind of look like a Final Fantasy XI character... I'll try to make sure it doesn't look out of place in the image.

11 November 2004, 12:39 AM
Really like this as now you;ve got the epic spacewide battle thing going on combined with the personal conflict.
Seem to be saying this to alot of entries and same to you -lovely colors.

11 November 2004, 12:17 PM
great work man!!! I think...that's the way, the characters in the foreground and the battle of spaceships on the back. Its make more "iconic image". Lookingo foward to see your progress!!
keep it!:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 01:06 PM
i think a pale orange light sourde from the lower left will really help balance out all the blue. and watch how much pure black you use, you sort of want to go easy on it and use different blacks with colors added in or layering. thats all if you choose to stick with this image.

good job and good luck!

11 November 2004, 02:12 PM
hello again, jason. i'm really enjoying the verticality of this composition. everything is looking really nice, but i would like to suggest that you make the bad guy look like more of an imposing threat. maybe have the arm with the sword raised or have it starting to rise as if he's going to kill her. it'll look good either way. :p

11 November 2004, 05:59 AM
YES! i see you are coming along nicely.... :bounce: looking forward to more fleshing out.

11 November 2004, 06:16 PM
Beautiful images, but I think you need a few more story elements to really make this sing.

Why the big guy he killing/choking her? Implies hatred above and beyond typical warfare. Are they blood enemies? Is she an unfaithful lover? Is this a family squabble? Perhaps patches on uniforms would indicate who's on what team.
If the guy on the floor reaches the knife, is he a match for the big guy with a long sword? Somebody mentioned a gun. What if he were reaching for a doomsday device that's set to explode? Would the big guy prevent him from shutting it off? Would he be so preoccupied with choking the girl that he would forget all about it?

IMO details like this are needed to make the story "epic", making it bigger than just three characters in a fight. Feel free to use any ideas if you like them. I'm looking forward to see this as it develops. Good luck!

11 November 2004, 09:43 PM
the drawing class began... and I arrived late! :)
the work is really slender " a great frozen moment in the painting "
I like the sketch! will you maintain the current concept?
Brom is a great reference and I appreciate a lot! :thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 09:53 PM
Looking good Jason. I'll keep an eye on this one. Paul had good advice. Your drawings are really solid. Good luck! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 05:09 PM
The picture itself looks really promising, but i just dont have that grand feeling watching it. hmmmm... It could be just me, so dont bother about that, and its a really different way to aproach grand space opera theme (not just spaceships and planets flying around), but i just told my opinion. Keep up the good work!

Tommy Lee
11 November 2004, 06:12 PM
Tommy: I've actually never watched the Cell... Maybe I'll check it out. If I can remember from the commercials, it had a kind of blood red color scheme, right? I think my inspiration for the villain came more from Brom.My original intention was to go with black clothing and white skin on him, so hopefully it won't look too much like the guy from the Cell :P
Nonono... Looking good. Don't worry!:thumbsup:
It just reminded me on that guy... Keep going. Love that direction.

11 November 2004, 09:05 PM
hey that man is evil.
but remember that the concept have tobe galactic not medieval.
but that image is good keep working:eek:

11 November 2004, 10:43 PM
I agree with ilikesoup - I can't tell who is on what side with all of them wearing black

She could be anything from his unfaithful wife to a traitor to his cause, but we can't tell. If they are on the same side, maybe some kind of insignia...and maybe make the man in front have different color clothing. If she is on a different side than the big guy, she should be wearing a different color I think.

Someone suggested an orange light or glow, that's not a bad idea - you have an awful lot of black going on here.

Your idea for the space battle outside the window is excellent. I think you should go with that.

Overall, the drama in the scene is very nice! Keep going, dude!!:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 09:50 PM (

I decided to develope another one of my ideas a little more and see if I like it. The image is still very rough. Basically what is happening is that the two characters in the front are trying to escape undetected from the authorities that are after them. However, they have to be fast because there are enemy patrols both on the streets and in the air searching for them. I'm thinking of taking it into the direction that the city is controlled by a currupt government and the two characters in the front have discovered/taken something of importance to a powerful figure in that government. I'll flesh it out a little more when i get further into the image.

11 November 2004, 10:32 PM (

Refining the sketch a little more. The character on the left is wounded and is being supported by the female character on the left who is also holding a glowing pendant. Perhaps someone of power is looking for this pendant and will go to any cost to retrieve it...

11 November 2004, 10:50 PM
Why not you try to put some people between "camera" and main characters? To give to the spectator the sense that is in that place, in front of the characters, immersed in action.

11 November 2004, 01:24 AM
very much better from the previous post! i think you can increase size of spaceship for more grand feel! good work , keep goin!

11 November 2004, 03:12 AM
I like the point of you of your scene. They seem to be in trouble...! Nice work so far!

11 November 2004, 04:31 AM
Glad you're furthering this composition, Jason. I don't have anything to suggest, yet. But keep on going! :D

11 November 2004, 08:21 AM
Heya Jason, diggin' on the new concept and compo~ This one definitely has a lot more pace and you feel like you're right in the middle of this enormous saga. You're not sure how much you've missed and how much is yet to come, whereas your previous one felt like a story winding down. You know the it's almost over, and you can make guesses on how it ends. This one feels more epic to me.

11 November 2004, 09:27 AM
have to admit this concept is also my preference, has a nice suspenseful feeling IMO. :thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 01:11 PM
I like what I've seen so far. I loved your machineflesh artwork so I aspect to see something at least as great as that one. About your two main compositions, have you thought combining those two in one? Like take the top with the nice patrol ships and add on the bottom the other scene. I think those two complete each other. What do you think?

Team Freefall
11 November 2004, 04:01 PM

it is great to see you making a comeback for this challenge. your entry for machineflesh was inspirational with a great colour palette (especially in the main figures hands) and it was disappointing to see you not up there in the top three.

the sketches are looking really promising. the changes in the direction of your piece are avoiding the common pitfalls of sci-fi cliche, something your previous composition looked to be walking straight into.

The dash of orange in the skin areas brings out the characters nicely and is reminiscent of a Craig Mullin's work in regards to colour usage.

The rim lighting across the characters shoulders and head from the light source at the top of the image are tying the fish eye lense composition together really effectively.

It is difficult to say at such an early stage due to lack of detail but would it be worth off centering the main figures and bringing them forward and left. then bring the character to the viewers right more hunched to really emphasize the relationship between the two characters (it appears the character on the left is protecting the character on the right) and then emphasize the face of the left figure looking back slightly over his shoulder and getting some nice facial detail as the lighting from the top source trickles over the left side of the face, leaving a shadowed right side with a dab of local colour, mainly in the orange tones already used. it might strengthen the passage of the viewer's eye, while retaining the background figures over the hunched figure.

It's looking promising either way.


Team Freefall

P.S nice site. great tutorials.

11 November 2004, 04:58 PM
I really like this new composition you're working with. The camera angle and perspective are really amazing! I like how you're slowly refinig the colors too. It's not looking totally 'epic' yet, but i know it's a work in progress. Anyhow, no real C&C to add, just wanted to say that i like where you're going with it. Good luck!


11 November 2004, 07:18 PM
VEry interesting angel. IT has a very "grand" feeling to it, so congrates on that. I am curious to know which compositino you will go with in the end :)

11 November 2004, 08:23 PM
Oh yeah! That's really cool. Nice lighting scheme. It really captures the feeling I think you're trying to get. Dig it!

11 November 2004, 11:29 PM
hey jason, good stuff so far. i like your direction so far. i think you could still push your concepts more though. your machineflesh was amazing and it dealt with a more emotional point. you could really feel what the elf goddess was going through. if you could apply something along those lines to create a scene we could feel, it would push your concepts more. good luck

11 November 2004, 02:45 PM
Thanks for all of the support and great ideas, guys! I deffinitely like this one more than my previous one, but I'm still not sure if I'll stick with it. I still have one more idea I want to try before I start going into the next phases... I better decide soon though or I'll run out of time :shrug:

Team Freefall: Thanks, but I hardly think I'm anywhere near Craig Mullins :) I'll think about bringing them forward and left if I do more work on this concept. That would allow me to put some more detail in the other pedestrians, which I kind of wanted to do anyway. The hard part is finding the right ballance of everything composition-wise.

e22: I'm trying hard to make sure it feels like a shot from a movie or something. My normal work doesn't have much storytelling in it so it's fun to do this kind of stuff.

monsitj: I agree about increasing the size of the ship. I was thinking of making the one on the left much larger and more of a cruiser while the other ones would be more like hover platforms with soldiers standing on them.

LuisNCT: That's something I'm really thinking about. I'm torn between having that sense of immersion versus showing the people in the background... I guess I could play around with it and see.

Anyway, I have a bunch of sketches for another idea I should upload. I'll let you guys see what you think about that one...

11 November 2004, 02:53 PM (

Ok, this one is going in a much more action oriented direction.

11 November 2004, 02:59 PM (

Basically what I have here is the heroes, the woman and the big robot, are fighting off a horde of alien monsters. They need no army, because they are a legendary duo... I don\'t have names and such yet. I was either thinking that they should be in a city that is now overrun by these creatures or they were exploring some ruins in a forgotten planet and were suddenly ambushed by primitive alien monsters. I\'m currently working on a tighter sketch of this. I also played with the idea that they actually found and took some kind of artifact which unleashed this horde and now they are trying to escape, but that might be a little cleche.

11 November 2004, 03:21 PM
really i like your Concept Sketch it remind me alot of your MF entry

11 November 2004, 07:16 PM
Hey Jason. As awesome as this concept is, I think this concept is a bit too reminiscint of your Machineflesh piece. Not sure if it was intentional, but the familiarities are there (mostly the giant robot and the incoming fist-sandwich!). But those poses are just awesome! CFD3 must be really fun for you :p

11 November 2004, 07:20 PM
Yeh, so those li'l gestures are hot. I <3. I'm with robin tho, this one reminds me a lot of the MF thingy, and doesn't feel as GSO'ish as the second one. But I'm a sucker for those kinds of things.

11 November 2004, 08:25 PM
:thumbsup: Looking great so your style - especially comp 2..great use of light - even in this simple state....thought your work on the MF Challenge was a winner and can't wait to see how this turns out...keep the WIPs coming :applause: :applause:

11 November 2004, 03:39 PM
Your last concept is without doubt the more I like

11 November 2004, 01:34 AM (

Tightened up that last composition a little bit... I have the girl standing ontop of a car and the setting is like a slightly futuristic earth city being attacked by these aliens.

I'm still not sure which idea to go with. I'm liking the second and third concepts more than the first one... Any thoughts would be appreciated.

11 November 2004, 01:39 AM
Hey guys, thanks for the comments.

I'm still not sure if I'm going to do this one or the last image of the people in the city. I want to surpass my MF piece this time around. I'm trying to make sure that the robot doesn't look too much like my MF monster. I think if I do this piece, I'll try to give it a sleeker look.

11 November 2004, 10:13 AM
Love the composition of the last one. Far more action than the earlier sketches.

Can't wait to see the end as I'm a big fan

Good luck

11 November 2004, 07:02 PM
One of my reasons to join this challange is to take advices from the professionals like you!

11 November 2004, 07:24 PM
nice composition and very 'active', but i thimk the scale of the robot negates the sense of depth that the rougher version had(IMO,IMO)

Tommy Lee
11 November 2004, 12:31 AM
I really like the last concept. The only thing I would do is highten the canvas more and put also something in the far distant to support the forground and take away that tight feeling I have right now. It also would make a nice compositionflow and the scene much grander.

Good work:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 09:53 PM
I like your sketches a lot.There is certainly action inside!Good work:)

11 November 2004, 12:43 AM
These are just awesome Jason. I'm waiting for you to color your composition. I know it's going to be great. I'm keeping an eye on this thread. Keep them coming!

11 November 2004, 03:18 AM (

I developed that last image a lot further with color. I'm starting to like this one a lot. Basically there are a bunch of aliens invading the planet and the humans are trying to put up a resistance. I'll put together a more detailed story later.

11 November 2004, 03:24 AM
As always, thanks for the comments guys.

giza-di: I tried to push the robot back a little to give more space between the girl and the robot. Hopefully this helps to bring the depth back into the image.

Tommy Lee: Thanks for the suggestion. I took your advice and really opened up the image. I was able to add alot more to the background and even in the foreground. I think it works much better this way. Thanks :thumbsup:

Also, you guys may have noticed I gave the robot a weapon. Originally I was trying to make it look like the robot was hitting a bunch of the smaller aliens, but then I thought it would be cool to arm it and set it against a massive alien :twisted: I'm not happy with the large alien's design at this point, so it will most likely look a lot different later.

11 November 2004, 05:30 PM
Bringing some distance between the girl and her robot, for me also lessened that really strong compositional link present in the sketch, which looks more iconic and comicy (is that an actual word? I hope you are able to follow me :shrug:). Maybe you could give them some kind of similar gadget or other visual link to tie them together.

Apart from this I really love your style and concept so far. Lookin forward to your next sketch.

Nice touch giving the robot a weapon. Goes very well with his medieval looking armor.

11 November 2004, 06:39 PM
I think this is looking great Jason.

I can't find much to critique at this early stage, but I like the overall idea. Good compostion, lots of action....right up my alley. I did the like the idea though of having the robot really big, as in your previous sketches. It does have a strong half-life 2 vibe (not sure if you've played it), but the buildings in the BG, the chick, her large pet robot, and the oranges and greys all remind me of that game. Obviously it's all going to change, but that was my first gut reaction when I saw this. Anwyays, strong work!

11 November 2004, 07:54 PM (

I'm starting to develope this image a little more... The woman's outfit won't stay that color.

11 November 2004, 01:46 AM
awsome work!

Personaly i'd liek to see masses and masses of alien guys surounding their platform trying to get to them. Then it would look like a "last stand hopeless battle" sort of thing. but it has been done with the DOOM cover and in the movie Alien vs Predator. so mabie not.

realy nice comp. cant wait to see it finished!

11 November 2004, 04:35 AM
Great work Jason; it’s really progressing nicely. My only suggestions would be to make sure that both figure silhouettes work independently from each other since the girl’s silhouette is contained with the larger figure. It's working now, just a reminder as you goes along. I'm sure you had that in mind :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 12:24 AM
It's going well on your side I see!:) I really like the lighting of your scene so far. Not too saturated, how I like it!!

11 November 2004, 12:59 AM
Man, this is lookin' awesome! I have no critiques or comments other than I certainly look forward to how it progresses. This thread = subscribed!

11 November 2004, 03:18 AM
Thanks for the comments :)

CodeNothing: I was thinking the masses of aliens in the beginning as well, but I want to keep this different than what other people are doing. I think if I made the masses of aliens too thick it might look too much like Daryl's :P I guess we'll see how it goes as I continue fleshing things out.

SideAche: Don't worry, I'm keeping an eye on the girl and robot. I'm trying hard to make sure that she's still readable. I'm a little scared about having the pole of the robot's weapon passing through her head... I have to be careful not to make a bad tangent there and mess everything up.

Kraull: I'm glad you like my lighting. For some reason on both this contest and the last one I chose really cold and stark color schemes... Most likely it will stay fairly similar to this, but you never know...

11 November 2004, 04:24 AM (

Started fleshing out the robot some more. I'm considering making the robot darker and then making the girl light...

Tommy Lee
11 November 2004, 05:17 AM
Awesome... Nothing to crit right now. You are on the right track:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 09:10 AM
Oh wow, I hope you win! I've been watching your pieces recently, and your machineflesh one blew me away! My vote is for you =D Keep it up!

11 November 2004, 03:47 PM
looks very dynamic! If were me, I'd keep the front darker, and teh background lighter. Really adds to teh feeling of depth. I guess that means teh girl ends up being a sort of midtone... anyway, look forward to more

11 November 2004, 03:19 AM
I'm really glad you chose to expand on the dimensions of the canvas. I can definetely see some HL2 influence going on (RAD!). I'm really curious as to what the foreground sign says (CHAN?) Keep on trucking.

11 November 2004, 10:57 PM
Maybe the background will work better with a grey a little more blue

12 December 2004, 12:21 AM
somehow that robot reminds me of "dog" from Half Life 2, which is a good thing :) great composition, looking forward to more :)

12 December 2004, 09:05 AM
:thumbsup: I can see already this is going to be a good one, love the composition and colouring so crits from me

12 December 2004, 02:37 PM
great compo, and designs. I want some updates :)

12 December 2004, 11:27 PM
Looking good Jason, we seem to have similar taste, willl be watching to see how it turns out, keep on kicking arse.

12 December 2004, 07:50 PM (

I took a long break from my Space Opera piece for finals... Now that I'm back, I don't like what I have anymore... So I went back and I came up with another idea.

It's going to be a shot of some kind of dark army lead by their commander. They'll be walking through the ruins of their latest conquest.

12 December 2004, 08:08 PM
this is the one!! i think it's the best one so far. make it a VAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAST army! i don't care how long it takes you! third thumbnail is top drawer! :D

EDIT- One thing you might want to add to this composition is maybe a planet or some gargantuous buildings in the background. it doesnt read so much as a grand space opera as well as it reads grand fantasy opera.

12 December 2004, 09:24 PM
I totally agree with Teknotek83 : the idea is more interesting, I think.
I prefer the 3rd sketch, where the chief is taller than anybody.
Good luck !

Freefall Omega
12 December 2004, 06:33 PM
hello jason.

im just commenting because THE FINALS HAVE POISONED YOUR MIND, MAN!!. although im sure that whatever image you go for will be developed to an impeccable standard, i think that your existing composition is quite amazing. the potential for some great arcitecture and an all too immense lighitng scheme,(as already imlpemented) is a great foundation.

i can only hope you'll carry on with it because it really is fantastic.

still the evil gerbil king should not be questioned and so let the conquest continue.

Regards from across the pond, mike

12 December 2004, 02:59 AM

You're too young to draw this good! Your pencils have a John Buscema feel to 'em... Can't wait to see what you solidify as your final concept.

12 December 2004, 08:01 PM
hey jason i finally joined. I gotta get in on this competition, but i like your new idea. The top one appeals to me, with the V-shaped composition ans opposed to the upside down V. Anyway ill be posting my roughs after i get back from vaction on the 5th. See ya next semester.

- Derek

12 December 2004, 10:26 PM
scratch that - i think the upward view is better

12 December 2004, 10:08 AM
very nice concept paints and compositions. I always prefered blocking in shapes over line sketching

01 January 2005, 12:00 AM (

Ok, here are some lines I put together to better flesh out the piece. I'm also going to put in a ruined cityscape and probably an armada of ships.

01 January 2005, 12:26 AM
Ok, I really have to stick to this idea now that time is starting to run out. Hopefully I don't get penalized for taking this long to get to this point :sad:

teknotek83: I hope this is a vast enough army for you. It's going to be tough painting all of these characters, but I think it'll be fun. I made it more interesting for myself by making them all different in design. Imagine that they continue back in space :)

Freefall Omega: I'm glad that you liked my older idea, but I just couldn't bring myself to work on it anymore. I had areas that were unresolved that I couldn't get to look the way I wanted and it was just proving to be more of a headache than anything else. Maybe I'll go back to that image one day.

deviousderek: Hey, glad to see you on the boards! Wow, you better get cracking - you only have 10 days after you get back to finish this up!

J. Nieuwland: I ended up doing lines for the characters anyway... I was stuck at home during the holidays so I just drew up this three-page spread for scanning when I got back. I can still paint freely for the background though.

01 January 2005, 12:33 AM
Superb anatomy on these guys. Have you thought about a dramatic
background of some sort ? I would love to see a giant monolith spaceship
behind these characters, as if they just left the landed ship.

In the distance there could be another "squadron" of isanely big transporters
getting ready to deploy their masses of mercenaries. Yay, another world to
plunder and r**e !

01 January 2005, 01:36 AM (

Starting to color the image. I'm probably going to work from back to front. Just starting the sky right now.

01 January 2005, 08:14 AM
hey great work man....glad to see you in big shape...good luck with the contest

01 January 2005, 01:34 PM
Can't wait to see your finished piece. I'm a fan of your work. I think you're one of the brightest rising young stars in the CG world. I've been keeping an eye on your progress for a few years now, and you just keep getting better.

01 January 2005, 05:23 PM (

I've gotten more work done on the sky. I think this will be good for now. The next step for me now will be blocking in the buildings in the background.

01 January 2005, 08:09 PM (

I've started adding some architecture and statues into the background. I've decided that the race that has just been conquered was a peaceful race that focussed their energies on the persuit of knowledge and the creation of art.

01 January 2005, 08:45 PM
LOoks very promising! I really like the work you produce, it is very unique. The character designs look cool too :)

I look forward to more updates and the final as well :)

01 January 2005, 11:07 PM
Frickin' bee-U-tiful!

Can't wait to see this evolve...

01 January 2005, 12:30 AM (

I've finished puting in most of the architectural elements. I'm now starting to work on the characters.

01 January 2005, 09:25 AM
Probably not a piece that I would say its mega grand but it is surly turning out as an impressive work. The slick style you have on the characters brings out its form. Well done.

01 January 2005, 02:59 PM
great work man....I think you're gonna reedit the Machineflesh cool work......good luck

01 January 2005, 03:42 PM
Hi Jason,

I very much like the composition of your picture. The mood and look of the destroyed city looks very convincing and gives a good impression of the culture the habitants had. Though it doesn´t look grand at first view - I think it is a very fresh view in terms of the topic. Great work.

It would be nice to adept something of the habitants. Maybe some convicts trailed in chains by the conquerors. But this might be a big cut for the composition a that time.


01 January 2005, 04:03 PM
ecura and Fahrija: You guys may be right. I like how the picture itself is coming along, but as a Grand Space Opera, it needs something more... I'm going to play with the composition a little and see if I can come up with something... Right now I'm thinking of changing this into a verticle piece and just adding a lot more. Maybe some patroling ships, taller structers, some kind of slave transport...

01 January 2005, 05:27 PM (

Ok, I went ahead and tried this with a verticle format. Now you can really see the legions of soldiers. I've also added the idea that the mother ships that they use to attack the planet appear by opening worm holes in the sky and just dropping in for surprise attacks. Also, I have spider mechs in the croud that have cages for bodies that are used to transport prisoners/slaves.

Do you guys think that these are good changes or should I just stick with the original simpler horizontal format? Any feedback would be helpful since I need to really get working on this if I want to finish in time.

01 January 2005, 05:41 PM
I'm liking where you're going with the vertical format. The only drawback is you characters aren't quite as epic. The action becomes the more dominant feature. Works for me either way you go. Nice work...

01 January 2005, 05:48 PM
Great style, love the characters.

I like the vertical format, only problem is that the statue is drawing a lot of attention.
I would leave the statue as it is now, but give the Mothership humongous proportions, filling half the sky. One bad ass Mothership dropping out of a wormhole... yeah, that would be cool :)

01 January 2005, 05:59 PM
Well you can think of this as 2 edged knife.

Its pretty obvious you will lose the characters if your going for portrait, but in exchange that you will control vertical plane which is source of all grand. So you will be opening up new doorways to new ideas.
Also space becomes evident. Lot more space for things that fly. That statue will be able to hold the picture. It looks cool already.

As for landscape.
You will be able to let people see huge band of brothers. But it will more likely be in the direction of braveheart or lords of the rings.

Stay in the landscape mode, but you can cut more room for spacestuff.. just go for typical computer screen size. You will be able to add plenty of stuff to it. Since youre are mostly in panoramic view.

Did this made any sense? I think not:sad:
Good luck! looks cool!

01 January 2005, 06:09 PM
Looks great :) I see taht your composition once again change for the better. Keep it up.

01 January 2005, 06:28 PM
personally I kind of liked the cinematic feeling of your previous update. The central figure with his red cape made a really strong statement that now feels diluted. It still looks pretty cool though, I think either way will work out - just follow your instincts and do what you do best. It's going to rock.

01 January 2005, 06:36 PM
Thanks for your help, guys.

Okay, so basically, the new stuff is good, but losing the intimacy with the characters is bad. I think I'll try Falcor's idea and make something a little bit in between the two version I have now. Hopefully that will work a little better.

01 January 2005, 07:00 PM (

Ok, another composition. I didn't include the vast army or wormholes, but the composition is a little more balanced, in my opinion. I'm also thinking it might be cool to have the ships kind of emerging from behind the clouds and the clouds go swirling off the sides of the ships.

Tell me what you guys think.

01 January 2005, 07:12 PM
hey very nice new fan of your work ...i think youre an extraordinary artist!! ill be here waiting to see this master piece finished!!

01 January 2005, 07:20 PM (

Ok, here's another layout. I think I like this one the most. I found that by cutting off the top of the giant mothership, it no longer reads as a focal point and fades back into the background bringing the attention back to the characters.

What do you think?

01 January 2005, 07:30 PM
This is great Jason. Love the mood in this illustration. Bravo.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: I like how you've cropped in, however I might think about shifting the large BG shape to the right just a tad bit.

01 January 2005, 07:42 PM
Great looking image. I really like the lighting you've given it. Also, the statues on the buildings really add to the image's impact.

[edit:] ... and the new cropping works well too. It helps draw the eye to the characters.

01 January 2005, 10:12 PM
Nice colors and nice mood in the last composition! Great work! :)

ered dium
01 January 2005, 12:14 AM
It looks cool, the colors and buildings are great. You are right, now all the characters looks like the most important element in the image. :thumbsup:

Grand Space Opera ( - Leo Calv

01 January 2005, 01:03 AM
Very cool, this is coming together nicely. I knew it would. Getting near the end, keep it up.

01 January 2005, 01:35 AM (

I've tightened up the ship some more. I think it looks like a flying fortress at this point. I decided to make it partially hidden in the clouds to make it more a part of the background. Plus it just looks bigger that way.

01 January 2005, 01:57 AM
very nice!!

01 January 2005, 02:17 AM
That's what I ment with big bad ass Mothership :thumbsup:

01 January 2005, 03:46 AM
I like the addition of the Mother ship. My only concern is that the entire composition feels very straight ahead, one point perspective and all, very symmetrical. I'm sure once the characters are rendered this impression will fade.

Beautiful work!


01 January 2005, 04:59 AM (

Added more detail to the flying fortress. I'm probably going to work on the clouds a little more as well.

01 January 2005, 05:12 AM
very good work and solid composition. that sculpture -with the look like alien welcome- is like levitating, is very highligted, like front plane, not for the second plane where is placed. very dramatic atmosphere there and good light control. kepp going.

01 January 2005, 06:12 AM
Unbelievable beautiful looking work! Forgive me if I'm being redundant but what program are you using to create this illustration? Painter? Photoshop? Just curious. Anyway, can't wait to see more. Keep up the good work.


01 January 2005, 07:10 AM
Amazing work!

I love the ship design, layout and colorwork. Your painting style is amazing, I look forward to seeing how this one progresses.

01 January 2005, 07:11 AM
Hi, Your image takes form quickly and I can only like with dimensions
the antique that you gives him, the appearance of the vessel in the
clouds is really cool. :thumbsup:

01 January 2005, 11:48 AM
Hi EvilGerbil,

very good solution to make it more grand without any loss as regards the composition.
Great work.


01 January 2005, 11:53 AM
One of the best entries is coming to reise!
I really like ur concept and how u r looking for the right canvas size, adding more and more elements, details. Im sure this will be one of the best here.. no doubt... u r the master, I'll try learn as much as posible from this thread :)

01 January 2005, 12:54 PM
goog good good work, like always, the graphic quality is very good, i like the atmosphere and the disposition of the mother ship, very good work i wait witk impatience??? IN FRENCH? THE FINISH OF YOUR IMAGE

01 January 2005, 02:43 PM
Amazing as usual Jason _ I am a big fan of your work. Its cool to see how many diferent concpets that you went through on the way here. I honestly leved what you did in concept 3 with the giant robot behind the girl. For some reason when you did the color comp you changed the perspective and scale and it just didn't hit me the same. I love where this final image is going, love the mood, scale, drame, etc but you really should go back and finish concept 3 at some point after the contest.

Can't wait to see the final details on this bad boy : )

01 January 2005, 05:58 PM
Thanks for all of the support guys. At the beginning of this contest I was having a lot of trouble finding a composition that I really wanted to work on. Now with less than half a month left I finally think I've found it :scream: I wish I had come up with this earlier so I can work longer on the details, but too late for that now.

As for those other compositions that I abandoned on the way... Who knows, maybe I'll pick them back up later on.

Okay, back to work!

01 January 2005, 05:52 AM (

I've been working on the central figure of the piece. I still have a little ways to go, but you get the idea. I think I spent too much time in the face. I can even zoom in some more and the detail will get even clearer, but there's no real point to that since the image as a whole is much bigger than this. Oh well, I love doing characters :p

01 January 2005, 07:00 AM
Well it shows! Cripes... looking cool...

01 January 2005, 07:25 AM
Wow great characters, composition and palette! This feels very cinematic.

01 January 2005, 09:05 AM
Just popping in to see how it's going. You've hit the jackpot with this one, mate. You should have enough time to get those details in (my Machineflesh image was done in two weeks, if i can do it, you can!)

The atmosphere works really well.........I can see it as an opening shot in a movie.

Well done........great work as usual


01 January 2005, 10:25 AM
This is looking better by the minute. Great work...It would be a shame if you didn't finish it on time, but you will surely do it.

You'll surely make it to one of the top places...

01 January 2005, 10:33 AM
What an Impressive production!
No use in telling you that i love your way of drawing (i think i'm not the first to tell you such).
Very good last picture (especialy in the color palette used). I love the framing and aspect ratio too (very cinematographic).
I think your on the good way for winning.

Good luck dude!

01 January 2005, 10:45 AM
Hi Evil Gerbil,

I loved to know how you made the eyes. Can you post a close-up view of your characters face?


01 January 2005, 12:39 PM
I definitelly fan of your work, i see your machineflesh challenge, very great and for me if you continued this picture will be the same quality, good works and i think you will be in the firts places

01 January 2005, 04:03 PM
Thanks for the support, guys.

I thought it was about time to work on the actual characters :)

Paul Davidson and andreasrocha: I'm fairly confident that I can finish on time. I only started coloring this on Monday or Tuesday, so it's actually coming along fairly quickly.

Fahrija: I'll post up a closer shot of his face for you.

01 January 2005, 04:05 PM (

Here's a closeup of his face. It was all done in Photoshop with the airbrush/paintbrush tool. A little smudging was used with the hair.

01 January 2005, 04:09 PM
Great progress! THe facial details are coming out very well. I love the texture you have created thus far.

01 January 2005, 04:27 PM
Thats pretty accurate for a guy who is strugling with the deadline.

Anyway how strong are you going with the heros red cape and the woman character red hood.
Will you be letting the red flow in as ambient color? Will you emphasize it? Or just muffle it under blue?

01 January 2005, 05:10 PM
Hi, Super the head, good blow of brushes.

01 January 2005, 05:18 PM
Thanks for the comments.

Falcor : Right now I'm not really sure how vibrant the red will be. Most likely it'll be fairly muted with the exception of a few areas where I want to pop it out. I'll just have to see how it looks and work from there. Let me know if you have any thoughts on that.

01 January 2005, 05:30 PM
About the red hue.

Well i can offer you 2 ideas

First: triangular red ambience from the spaceship to chest plane of the characters.
ambience must be very subtle.

Second: two horizontal boxes. One for space ship plane. One for character chest plane.
Stronger red hilites. Less ambience.

Conclusion is open. I have no definite better solution to offer this time.

01 January 2005, 07:06 PM
:D good character painting.:buttrock:

Would you like to see ? ( 2d Challenge )

01 January 2005, 10:05 PM (

I\'ve pretty much finished up this guy for now. Now only a million other ones to go... Later I might add some blood splatter on him and his weapon. I\'ll save that for last.

01 January 2005, 10:12 PM

monkey syrup
01 January 2005, 10:18 PM
It's looking great!

01 January 2005, 10:55 PM
oh boy, oh jaw just dropped

01 January 2005, 10:57 PM
Beautiful head, good work !

01 January 2005, 11:03 PM
great head... but the eyes dont seem to point in the same direction...the right (his right) eye seems to point away from the other a little.... dunno if that just me... or am i being too critical :P

01 January 2005, 11:34 PM
Dude, awesome. Once again you pull off amazing work. I really like your colors.

01 January 2005, 11:48 PM
Man i think the signature "Silent but Deadly" u have does u Justice......Awesome work ...and i totally love your Main Character....:thumbsup:

01 January 2005, 11:56 PM
it's looking great, jason. i think this should be submitted to spectrum. deadline is around the end of january, i hear. haul ass! :p

01 January 2005, 12:00 AM (

Now I'm slowly bringing all of those soldiers in. I'm just quickly establishing them before I go in and fine tune them individually some more.

01 January 2005, 05:40 AM (

I'm working on the female right now. This is what I have right now.

Just a side note. I got season 3 of "24" for X-mas and I just finished watching it. For some reason this character ended up looking a little like Kim...

01 January 2005, 05:45 AM
you 24 addict :p yes, elisha cuthbert is hot and i do see a subtle resemblance between her and your female character! one thing i forgot to mention in my previous comment is that i love the variety of character designs you've got in this piece. they're all post-apocalyptic based, but they all have a different story to them. good stuffs!

01 January 2005, 08:17 AM
now that's a real space opera ! amazin colours , mood , and character designs. :thumbsup: I'm sure you're gonna win a prize. and I hope. congrats.

01 January 2005, 09:16 AM
I love the darkness of your style Jason. Keep at it. Great work!

01 January 2005, 11:30 AM
cool stuff.....mood, drama,'s all that and more....amazing work!

01 January 2005, 07:24 PM (

I'm finishing up this female soldier. I'll probably leave her as is until I get into doing final touches on the whole image.

01 January 2005, 07:29 PM
Beautiful EG, Simply Beautiful :thumbsup:

01 January 2005, 07:53 PM
wow... this is completely awesome, and what amazes me the most is that you are going to make it in .... 2 weeks? less maybe?:eek:'s a mistery to me, incredible, WOW!... good luck man

01 January 2005, 07:59 PM
Very professional work! The look you gave her is fantastic, specially being overshadowed by her hood. The clothes and overall body are great. I would suggest, however, changing her left hand by placing the sword in the middle of her fingers, or better, by placing it between her fourth finger (don't know what you call it in English) and her thumb.

I really envy your technique!

Anxiously waiting for more!

01 January 2005, 08:10 PM
Inredible!:) this is becoming a pure master piece to be admired !:thumbsup:

great work Evil Gerbil.

01 January 2005, 08:37 PM
i really like your coloring style so much , and your entry is very nice , no crits here! good luck

01 January 2005, 11:29 PM
Evil Gerbil, it's amazing. Well done indeed! If I had to come up with a crit it would be that the composition is a bit simple and central. But even so, it works very well, very filmic and certainly fits the GSO theme like a glove. Inspirational.

01 January 2005, 05:50 AM
Thanks for all of the support guys! To tell you the truth, for a while there I wasn't sure if this project was ever going to start coming together. Now that I have a few weeks off before school, I can really sit down and work on this. And, it feels like it's paying off.

Speaky: I was thinking about that as well. Out of all the compositions I came up wtih for this contest, this one is the most simple and symetrical. However, I like it more than all of those other ones... Maybe it's its simplicity that makes it work for me.

andreasrocha: Yeah, I'm not totally happy with her hand either. I was trying to think how a person would rest their hand if they had a sword on their hip. Maybe I will have to get some refference.

teknotek83: Thanks :) I think having all of these different character designs is very important. If I had to paint the same uniform over and over and over... blah :rolleyes: The variety keeps me interested.

01 January 2005, 07:13 AM
Speaky: I was thinking about that as well. Out of all the compositions I came up wtih for this contest, this one is the most simple and symetrical. However, I like it more than all of those other ones... Maybe it's its simplicity that makes it work for me.

I'm totally the same way. People always tell me my compostion/camera angles are too straight on and boring, but it's not like I don't know how to do dynamic stuff--I just always end up preferring a simpler one.

I actually have a theory about why we have that kind of a preference. I think it has to do with the fact that iconic shapes are the most powerful, ever since the beginning of civilization. We respond visually to iconic shapes because it's the most primitive, identifiable, and creates powerful silhouettes--something that animators understand instinctively, as does concept designers.

01 January 2005, 07:18 AM
Great work on each soldier, and I like the war-torn feel of the piece.

01 January 2005, 08:48 PM
I'm totally the same way. People always tell me my compostion/camera angles are too straight on and boring, but it's not like I don't know how to do dynamic stuff--I just always end up preferring a simpler one.

I actually have a theory about why we have that kind of a preference. I think it has to do with the fact that iconic shapes are the most powerful, ever since the beginning of civilization. We respond visually to iconic shapes because it's the most primitive, identifiable, and creates powerful silhouettes--something that animators understand instinctively, as does concept designers.
Very true. Especially during this contest, I tried various concepts that had your eye flowing from one element to another trying to tell a story in a semi-complex composition, but it just wasn't working for me. Then one day I was like "what if I just had this big army walking straight at you?" At first I thought, no it's too simple and bland, but I ran it by my girlfriend and she thought it was a good idea. She doesn't have traditional art training, so when I show her this straight forward composition next to my other complex compositions where I try to use the Golden Rule, blah blah, and she picks the simple one, I just have to trust her instinct. Some time art training gets in the way :P

01 January 2005, 09:19 PM
Some time art training gets in the way :P

depends a lot on the teachers...and of course how seriously you take it, not sure if 'rules' really belong in an 'artistic' world

like the new piece by the way :)

01 January 2005, 09:22 PM
I like it more and more with every update. And i agree with Your girlfriend about composition:)

01 January 2005, 11:16 PM
depends a lot on the teachers...and of course how seriously you take it, not sure if 'rules' really belong in an 'artistic' world

like the new piece by the way :)
I'm not saying that art education is worthless, of course. I've learned an incredible amount. But like you said, rules are to be broken :) If something that goes against the "rules" looks better, how can I argue?

01 January 2005, 12:35 AM (

Working on this guy now. Also went back and adjusted the girls gun. It's better than it was, but I'm still not really happy with it.

01 January 2005, 12:55 AM
Great job man. I love your style. Very, very nice! Keep at it!

01 January 2005, 02:24 AM
It's just looking great! You've really changed a lot your scene as I can see. This new compositon is defenitely more grandiose. I've no comment for now except that maybe it could be a little bit less centered. But that just my opinion. Good luck with the deadline with all those characters to render! But you seem quite rapid on this field, so I'm not worried for you!:)

01 January 2005, 02:32 AM
Maybe orange lights for his visor...?
Everything else is blue.
Never the less sweeeeeeet!!!

01 January 2005, 02:34 AM
very good painting.I like your style.

01 January 2005, 03:46 AM (

Here's the whole image so far. It's coming along slowly, but surely. Probably a few more days of characters and then I can get into doing finishing touches on everything.

01 January 2005, 03:50 AM
Just a thought:

This is to address the centeredness of my piece. What if I were to make it so the huge flying fortress was coming out of the clouds from the right instead of the middle? Also, I would have it facing at an angle instead of straight on. I'd like to hear people's thoughts on this idea.

01 January 2005, 04:37 AM
I dont think the issue is trying not to keep the spaceship at the center of the pic. The reason it might be looking so straight oriented is the orientation of the spaceship.

But adjusting direction of the spaceship is not easy. Specially in 2D artwork.

If the ship would be seen sideways nobody would think that the composition is straight forward.

Just by tilting the heading will probably hit the problem straight on. Rather than trying to move to ship to the side.

I dont know really. If you have time you can try out stuff, but you dont have any! Less than week. Dont listen to me. Good luck! :thumbsup:

01 January 2005, 05:46 AM
I dont think the issue is trying not to keep the spaceship at the center of the pic. The reason it might be looking so straight oriented is the orientation of the spaceship.

But adjusting direction of the spaceship is not easy. Specially in 2D artwork.

If the ship would be seen sideways nobody would think that the composition is straight forward.

Just by tilting the heading will probably hit the problem straight on. Rather than trying to move to ship to the side.

I dont know really. If you have time you can try out stuff, but you dont have any! Less than week. Dont listen to me. Good luck! :thumbsup:
That could also work. But you're right, I need to finish everything else first before I do anything like that and end up unfinished by the deadline. Thanks for the input.

01 January 2005, 06:10 AM
Excellent work Jason. Your progress is coming along quite well. I think your doing a fantastic job. Keep it up!

01 January 2005, 07:37 AM
Like Falcor said, I think you should also keep it coming straight forward. The upward tilting of the front due to perspective would work great, I think. Also try defining some more legs. If you create depth above and below the characters it will work well, I believe. Keep it up!

01 January 2005, 07:49 AM
Wow man that is hot. I would love to get a full res copy of this when you are done, nice work. Sorry I don't have anything useful to add...

01 January 2005, 07:49 AM
Great painting so far! I think some color variation on the buildings and background would help tie the figures to the rest of the piece though. Keep it up, it's coming along very nicely.

01 January 2005, 08:56 AM
Hi EvilGerbil,

Oh boy, looks just beautiful. When I see this picture in terms of the atmosphere it sometimes reminds me of those horror movies I´ve seen long time ago > e.g. "Cabal".


01 January 2005, 09:12 AM
Like Falcor said, I think you should also keep it coming straight forward. The upward tilting of the front due to perspective would work great, I think.
Listen to andreasrocha ;)
It's in your face now, let's keep it that way.

01 January 2005, 09:15 AM
I think you should leave the ship as it is, as well. It really emphasizes the gargantuous size and scale of the ship compared to ruined city and the soldiers walking through it. Although, there seems to be some minor symmetrical issues. I'm sure you've already caught them, though. Work furiously on this, Jason. But please make time for 24!! :p

01 January 2005, 09:41 AM
I'm not a favour for centre piece focus work but what you have there really makes me think twice about my thoughts. You have it dead on correct there. The message you are trying to get across is the main characters and the flying fortess right, then I believe that message is already very powerful. They act as first element to see then the second would be the surrounding environment along with the least common characters standing in the dark. If you let the fortress sit on the right, it would probably lose that strong flow and bond between the main characters. You could probably try out your idea though do note that the deadline is coming close by. Anyhow it looks excellent as it is.

01 January 2005, 10:18 PM
Always good work, your style of painting for the charatcers, is like,...Enki Bilal, i like that, very good work, no critics, the ambiance of the pice is terrible, and the look of the characters is very good

01 January 2005, 10:35 PM
Thanks for all of the comments, guys. Ok, I guess I'll leave it pretty much as is for now. When it comes down to doing the final touches, I'll probably go back and try to make that ship look a bit more believable and symetrical. Also, I will be continuing with the soldiers and try to put as many feet in as I can.

01 January 2005, 11:58 PM
Hey man, this is looking awesome. I really like the ship back there. It feel immense and huge. Nice work.

01 January 2005, 01:09 AM
This might be my favorite pieces in this contest. I'm suprised you don't have a website, would love to see more of your work.
Well done.

01 January 2005, 02:25 AM
His website is

01 January 2005, 03:38 AM (

I'm still working on these soldiers...

Tommy Lee
01 January 2005, 04:41 AM
Just a thought:

This is to address the centeredness of my piece. What if I were to make it so the huge flying fortress was coming out of the clouds from the right instead of the middle? Also, I would have it facing at an angle instead of straight on. I'd like to hear people's thoughts on this idea.
I love it how it is.. Great mood:thumbsup:
I wouldn't change a thing...

01 January 2005, 07:07 PM (

Still working on these soldiers...

01 January 2005, 07:12 PM
absolutely love your character designs:love:

01 January 2005, 08:05 PM
we should all give up - I think you have this one in the bank : )

01 January 2005, 08:31 PM
man, u rock :buttrock:

01 January 2005, 09:35 PM
soldier with the huge hammer and the soldier on the far left with the cross mask are awesome! you should re-use some of these characters sometime!