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12 December 2004, 07:56 AM (

Title: Freakshow
Name: Romain Côte
Country: France
Software: Maya, mental ray, Photoshop


I've been of this picture quite a while during my evenings afer work, little by little.
I was inspired by a lot of stuff, mainly real old freakshows and films like "Elephant man" or "Freaks". Also old a global london/paris 1900 mood.

That's the first time I really use mental ray for a finished work with a traditionnal lighting.

I tried to get a "nice" mood, atmosphere.

Comments are welcome. Thanks for the feedback!

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12 December 2004, 04:02 PM
WOW!!! Excelent work, I like the style, very worked render yes. Congratulations.
Four stars for me.

12 December 2004, 04:03 PM
I love this! :D (front page plug for you)

I think you really captured the mood so well, and the intriguing idea of what lies beyond that "Freaks" sign. This little guy is suitably creepy yet endearing at the same time, and I really like the slightly stylised look you went for - it has a wonderful painterly look to it. Nice lighting and textures too.

Really lovely work - you should submit this for Expose' 3 :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 04:04 PM
Que dire? .... bravo!!

J'adore l'ambiance, la lumiere, le perso, le décor, le piaf...
Que du bon quoi...

Encore bravo

12 December 2004, 04:10 PM
Nice work, you did well with the atmosphere. Maybe you could push the expression on your character, specially his mouth could express a bit more dark mystirius feel. Also more inviting just as his whole body posture. For the rest it's great, really nice rendering too.
I wonder how you did your bird, it looks great, really nice hard feather feel to it.

12 December 2004, 04:16 PM
great work toce! :thumbsup:

superbe compo, lumieres, textures et modeling c'est vraiment bien maitrisé sur toutes les étapes bravo c'est assez rare
l'expression du perso est un peu vague par contre mais c'est peut-etre voulu
enfin c'est pour chipoter hein parcequ'elle dechire bien cette image!! :D

12 December 2004, 04:28 PM
good work Toce .

La home ! :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 04:30 PM
B R I L L I A N T!

12 December 2004, 04:32 PM
Salut Romain
je l'avais deja vu recment sur ton site.
bah comme tout le monde j'aime tout !!!
le design, le modeling, l'ambiance le rendu, les petits details qui vont bien....c'est une image qui fait plaisir :thumbsup:

...Nice Work

12 December 2004, 04:33 PM
great style and really nice artwork :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 04:40 PM
Nice mood, well done :applause:

12 December 2004, 04:44 PM
I'm not so much in love with the character, but the background, the overall mood of the rendering is great - nice work!

12 December 2004, 04:50 PM
Very nice work, i like the side lighting... that's what gives the great power of the image i think...

Nice details also, irregular shapes of the corrugated iron... c'est super, bravo :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 04:56 PM
dude, great job :thumbsup:

i like the dust texture around the lamp.. is that in maya or an after effects?

12 December 2004, 04:57 PM
Great mood and lighting. Nice and freeky

12 December 2004, 05:01 PM

Has a nice Victorian atmosphere.

12 December 2004, 05:05 PM
wow! beautiful work!

I love the themes you french and european guys pick for scenes.. always something original..


12 December 2004, 05:11 PM
Awesome work!

Did someone hack your site? Wanted to see more but, all I see is this message "
This site is defaced!!!

NeverEverNoSanity WebWorm generation 6.''

Hope its a joke...

12 December 2004, 05:15 PM
very great ambiance , small shiny speculars and "closet" mood .. hmmm :)

12 December 2004, 05:16 PM
nice modeling work, and lighting! :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 05:20 PM
Congratulation for your plug :)

Nice compo, texturing and lighting (some minor tweaks can improve the background
but you already know that).

12 December 2004, 05:22 PM
amazing job as usual :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 05:33 PM
Great work. Nice style and atmosphere to the piece.

Merry xmas

12 December 2004, 05:45 PM
OOOOOOhhh!!! , je kiffais l'image , vant qu'elle soit finie , l'ambiance est au RDV !!!

j'adore, j'adore !!!

grit jaubeux !!! :p

12 December 2004, 05:49 PM
tres jolie, ya un ptit coté malsain que j'aime beaucoup, dommage que son expression ne suive pas.:)

12 December 2004, 05:54 PM
this is wicked! stunning, marvellous mood.

12 December 2004, 06:00 PM
Bravo Romain super beau boulot, rien a redire!

a si... un ptit peu de lumiere froide venant de la droite pour deboucher leeegerement tout ca ca serait perfecto ;)

12 December 2004, 06:07 PM
This is really nice picture. The modelling and texturing is very nice but I especially like the lighting. Great job! :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 06:10 PM
yes! ! !excellent,j'etais sur ton site hier et je me disais que je n'avais pas vu cette petite merveille sur cg :o .. . .arf j'aillais parler trop vite
as usuall , an excellent master production! ! big respect !! for the fine design and the great render :)

a une tres prochaine :)

12 December 2004, 06:39 PM

12 December 2004, 06:56 PM
wow.. you are good :thumbsup: k

12 December 2004, 07:12 PM
this is very good images i like it

12 December 2004, 07:36 PM
Wow, marvellous. I like it very much, especially the clothes.:thumbsup:


12 December 2004, 08:23 PM
the skewed perspective adds a freaky quality. I love the concept and execution - fantastic work :)

12 December 2004, 09:13 PM
This image should prompt a motion picture offer or at least a childrens animated TV movie. Wonderful!

12 December 2004, 09:47 PM

Thanks for all the enthusiastic replies! I'll try to answer all your questions..

Leigh >> wow, thank you lady, you really understood what I tried to put in that character.. some sort of ambiguity.. I'm glad you caught that :)

Roman >> I wanted to have something inbetween for the expression, so you can't really tell what he's thinking, not something too obvious, but slightly disturbing.
The bird model is quite simple: basic body shape, I modeled 2 or 3 kind of feather and I spread them over the body one by one (erg, who said I'm sick? ;) ) That's pretty boring but that s the best way to have good control on the overall feathers.

Dezz >> same as roman

sonn >> I ve a textured fog out of maya, but I added some more texture in photoshop, slightly...

Denizz >> I just went back home and my site seems to be working, but obviously it has been hacked during most of the day :S Damn... too bad that kind of things happen more and more often these days... I assume the problem were solved by my domain provider.. Sorry for that, it's working now!

michel >> hey dude, glad you like it. You know, I know you know that I know.. See you soon I hope. go back to work now! ;)

dareoner >> merci msieur :) Pour l'espression, comme je l'ai dit plus haut j'ai voulu quelque chose d'assez ambigue et leger, mais c'est vrai que je n'ai pas vraiment réussi à obtenir ce que j'avais précisement en tête... Avec un peu plus de temps passé dessus peut-être.. Mais faut savoir s'arrêter à un moment

pascal >> hey, it's always a great honor to get a crit from you, you know I've got a lot of respect for your work. En fait y a bien une lumiere bleuté qui vient de la droite mais de tres faible intensité (0.2 il me semble) je l'ai pas trop boustée parce que je voulais garder des zones assez sombres -mais lisibles- en fait tout depend aussi avec quel ecran on voit l'image, sur mon ecran pourri le coin en bas à droite est tout noir, sur un bon ecran, il laisse aparaitre quelques details... Tu n'es pas le premier à me faire la remarque, peut etre que j'aurais du appuyer plus cette lumiere, en effet.

ja3d, OZ, zuliban, and everyone.. >> Thank you all guys!

stipen, m@lonet >> ptit merci special à vous les gars, vous savez que j'adore votre boulot Au plaisir de voir vos prochains ptits chef d'oeuvres

Here is the character model: (more details to come if you re interested in)

and merry christmas and a happy new year everybody :D

12 December 2004, 09:50 PM
Great work,

as usual !

12 December 2004, 10:02 PM
Nice mood and awesome rendering !

12 December 2004, 10:09 PM
Awsome modelling :applause: the character is simply amazing :eek:
J'arrete pas de flasher sur c vêtement, c'est vraiment trop de la boulette !!!

Bravo Toce :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 10:59 PM
Simply beautiful, you really captured the mood and the overal look of 1900's London! Congrats man! from me for sure :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 11:01 PM
Good !!

Bien jouer Toce.

12 December 2004, 11:15 PM
Wow! Awesome atmosphere! It's just amazing...

Damn. Excellent work! :D

12 December 2004, 11:21 PM
Flawless flawless!

12 December 2004, 11:23 PM
Hey toce!
I have no crits, but it was reminded me, Samson, from Carnivàle!
Is there a "clin d'oeil" here?

12 December 2004, 11:26 PM
Very nice and refreshing work.
I'm not sure i like the yellow splotch in his right hand though, but other than that, can't find anything I don't like about it.

Lovingly crafted piece for sure. Great work. :)

12 December 2004, 11:34 PM
Wonderful work! True craftmanship in modeling, texturing, lighting, composite- beautiful:)

12 December 2004, 11:48 PM
Undeniably great... If that's how to spell undeniably.

12 December 2004, 12:43 AM
Stunning work
I Love Your Camera Nook So Much


12 December 2004, 12:52 AM
It is so beautifully presented, Well Done :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 01:22 AM
:applause:It's f***ing awesome! ;-)

12 December 2004, 01:24 AM
the sense of mood is amazing, seems akin to the atmosphere of the book "wicked" by Gregory Maguire. I love it :love:

12 December 2004, 01:44 AM
Excellent work, great style. :)

12 December 2004, 02:01 AM

Riddick >> someone else already told me about "carnivale", but I don't know the show... So I guess it'spure coincidence :)

one detail for you.. The hand model:

12 December 2004, 03:10 AM
wow! amazing work.

12 December 2004, 05:38 AM
excellent work man very nice ...

12 December 2004, 06:32 AM
Bravo Romain!

Tres chouette ton perso:thumbsup:

See you !


12 December 2004, 07:05 AM
Awesome work!

Love your use of light, texture, and mood. :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 07:33 AM
Might be a silly question, but........

did you do this poly by poly?

Either way, AMAZING stuff, love the atmosphere, the model, the crow, lights skimming off th cobblestones......brilliant!
Keep up the great stuff!

12 December 2004, 10:07 AM

superbe ambiance

juste un ptit probleme avec le bec du piaf mais vraiment un tout petit

bravo !!

12 December 2004, 10:34 AM
Incredible render! Would like to see an untouched render. Wow! Modeling, lighting, composition, mood. . . you have much to be proud of here!

12 December 2004, 11:59 AM
It's a realy nice work and i love so much this image !!

Bravo ;)

12 December 2004, 12:31 PM
Excelent work, I like the style.the light is amazing:)

12 December 2004, 01:04 PM
Really nice picture, I love the lightning.

12 December 2004, 01:21 PM
great. give us more info i would love to have your skills in maya!

and happy christmas to everyone! :applause: :buttrock:

12 December 2004, 01:38 PM
Elève sérieux mais peut mieux faire !
Attends progrès pour le trimestre prochain.

Allé le toXe :p

12 December 2004, 02:54 PM
wow..looks like as if this 'freak' did exist.

12 December 2004, 03:49 PM
Excellent pic as usual... Bravo ! :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 05:41 PM
Outstanding work, inspiring to say the least. If it would be possible I would love to see a wire of the clothes.

12 December 2004, 05:59 PM
I love it.. the feeling it has.. very nice and the rawen or whatever is cool as well :D.. keep it up

12 December 2004, 06:20 PM
Salut Romain !,

j'aime beaucoup ton image, que de progrès fait depuis que j'ai vu les premières, beau rendu, belle eclairage... enfin je vais pas répéter images/icons/icon10.gif

Bonne continuation et vivement les images futur...


12 December 2004, 06:33 PM
Great mood and atmosphere! Will there be other images/animation with this character and the Freak show? Is there a story behind the image? I want to see more!

12 December 2004, 06:50 PM
Thank you for showing us the artwork. It's very nice, although it does suffer because of the dead expression on his face. The absolutely neutral position of all elements of the face, including the thousand-yard stare (eyes straight ahead seeming to peer at nothing) prevent it from becoming exceptional.

He's walking down steps, so why not tilt his head down slightly and aim his eyes down, too. Raise an eyebrow and add a smirk to create a sense of whimsy to his expression. If he's supposed to be greeting someone who is approaching the Freakshow, then give him a sense of action and purpose by leaning his body forward a touch, cock his head to the side a bit....

Basically, do something that helps to propel the character and the image's story forward.

An excellent start, but separate yourself from the 95% of character-based images and add more life to the already wonderfully modeled gentleman.

Keep it up, and show us more!


12 December 2004, 08:51 PM
Hey Romain,
Excellent modeling et beau rendu des matières…
L’oiseau est chelou mais j’imagine que c’est voulu :scream: ta composition manque un peu d’air a mon gout mais finalement l’ambiance est un peu claustrophobique ça colle plutot bien au theme du Freakshow

Donc Well done !! :thumbsup:

See you laitière..

And now in english, por favor :
Hey Romain, Excel modeling and beautiful returned matters...The bird is chelou but I imagine that it is desired and your composition misses a little air has my taste but finally environment is a little claustrophobic that sticks rather well to the topic of Freakshow; Thus Well done!! Dairy See you.

12 December 2004, 09:55 PM
Woah excellent. I love the lighting and atmos of this piece. The character has great proportions. Sounds wierd but the bit i like th best is the detail on the hand. Well done Bud!

12 December 2004, 10:12 PM
clap clap amigo =)

12 December 2004, 11:08 PM
once again, thank you all!

Gentrifier >> thanks for the very good feedback and crits! I must say you are totaly right in what you said. even if I gave him down eyebrow, etc. I should have push it further...

Lorex >> merci, oui l'oiseau a un look particulier, mes references se situent plus pres des "corbeau" de la bande dessinée "Les gardiens du maser" que d'un veritable oiseau anatomiquement correct en fait. L'intention c'était d'avoir un oiseau de mauvaise augure, qui renvoie l'ambiance torturée, tordue, étrange...

madart >> I've no plan on this rght now but a lot of elements in this pictures are really "reccurent" in my own universe, what I like, what is inspiring me. So you might find some of it in future works. Keep your eyes wide open ;)

someone asked if I modeled it poly by poly? I don't really understand... what do you mean? the hand, the character, the whole scene? The character (including the hand) is full poly (except hairs) and yes it's modeled poly by poly (starting from primitives like a cube).

here you go for the clothes wire:

12 December 2004, 12:34 AM
Bien joué Toce !
j'avais vu ton screen sur ton site l'autre jour, on recent bien l'univers de FREAKS dans ton boulot!
clapclapclap :)
impressive work Toce.

12 December 2004, 02:01 AM
I love the feel of Your scene.
very gentle lighting I like it

12 December 2004, 06:55 AM
waw bravo msieur

12 December 2004, 09:08 AM
Hihihhi front page !!!
Bravo Toce !!!
Elle est tres jolie ton image et bourree de details tres fins !
Keep up the great work !!!

12 December 2004, 11:59 AM
I like the feel of the lighting

12 December 2004, 08:45 PM
Wow excelent job! I love the mood in this image, it has a very quaint type of creepyness to... I Think it is done very well and wopuld not change a thing.

May I ask how many hours did it take to complete?

in your sofa
12 December 2004, 10:25 PM
kinda reminds me of the creepy fat italian guy from pinoccio...but not really...

nice image!

12 December 2004, 01:32 AM
i kind of know what you mean, he does have a stromboli-esque feel to him but I personally feel that the whole scene reminds me SO MUCH of the movie the Elephant Man....which was one of the best movies i've ever seen. This guy is going to go far, if he hasn't already.

12 December 2004, 07:00 AM
Excellent work, I love the lighting, mental ray is powerful... your work motivates me to experiment :)

12 December 2004, 11:41 AM
alala c francais sont des prodije!! :p

12 December 2004, 08:22 AM
I like the feeling I get from the image, any "mini movie" soon ?

12 December 2004, 01:08 PM
very great mister Toce !!
;) tres reussi ton perso !!

Well done

12 December 2004, 05:40 PM
The detective photoplay shines on the Class

12 December 2004, 07:06 AM
good job,


12 December 2004, 06:16 AM
good!well done!

12 December 2004, 07:42 PM
"The freaks come out.." :)
Great concept! I really like it alot. It's amongst my latest favourite ones!

Just a few remarks, I think the textures could be worked out a little bit more, to add a more noisy and grungy effect, maybe add some more detailed bump maps, especially in the wooden caravan door and the guy's coat.
And I would also like to see some more detail -as far as geometry is concerned- in the bird's face. the mesh looks rather simplistic as it is now.

12 December 2004, 09:45 AM
Hey Toce, grosse progression. J'ai essaye de te joindre dernierement.
Passe moi un coup de fil.


12 December 2004, 01:48 PM
I realy like it,
excelent work


12 December 2004, 05:57 AM
overall very nicely done. intriguing to the last

12 December 2004, 10:33 AM
this is a wonderful piece of art~~
really well done~~
love it!:thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 11:53 AM
This is a Good job

12 December 2004, 05:19 AM
wow, I was really surprised when I saw that this was a 3D work. I really like the mood you set. Kudos:applause:

12 December 2004, 09:42 AM
This is such a great work mate! I hope some day I reach that level too!

Superb! very very well done!

12 December 2004, 11:03 AM
Good gracious that's creepy...... I like it. Fantastic textures and the odd angle really adds to the already sinister mood. :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 12:49 PM
I LOVE it I LOVE it I LOVE it I LOVE it I LOVE it I LOVE it !!
Your works just give me new ideas for my work ~!! THX So MUCH and pls Keep making good
works ! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

12 December 2004, 06:40 AM
it's amezing....keep working.

12 December 2004, 01:13 PM
Really really cool! I love it!

12 December 2004, 11:29 AM
well done rendering!!!

01 January 2005, 07:59 PM
Overall image is very nice, except the road tiles, thay look a bit flat, ang JUST CLONED, maybe some noise will help, and the reflection down is a bit strange.


01 January 2005, 11:28 PM
Oh, belle image M'sieur Romain !

01 January 2005, 06:22 AM
heh the midget's face resembles your chicken avatar quite a bit

yann moalic
01 January 2005, 09:12 AM
Ambience dreadful, a lot of details,

:)Great compo!:)

01 January 2005, 05:35 PM

Absoulutely amazing! I think your attention to detail, and great scene framing is what truely makes the rendering. Your textures and lighting are almost flawless. The only critique I could give has already been given. Maybe there sould be more of an evil and ezaggerated expression on the mans face. Maybe an evil grin with the moutn slightly open and pursed.

Still absolutely amazing!

01 January 2005, 02:31 AM
Very nice render. I love the freakshow attitude.

This still looks very...what am I thinking...Clay Figure...The render attributes remind me of stop motion clay stuff...very cool.


01 January 2005, 06:24 AM
That is awsome man very cool got kinda a creepy feel to the composition but is very cool none the less keep it up:thumbsup:

01 January 2005, 05:40 PM
very well done!! very creepy too. im not going in that wagon!!!

01 January 2005, 07:17 PM
crap that is so well done. Very nice...

01 January 2005, 08:53 AM
The atmosphere is so thick. I could look at this image for a long time, I think that
is a real accomplishment.

As I look, I can almost hear a slightly warped squeeze box playing carnival music in the

Would love to see it animated.

01 January 2005, 10:35 AM
Wonderful image! Love the texturing :)

01 January 2005, 11:00 AM
Very nice! I always wished the music videos from the Residents album "Freak Show" looked something like this.

01 January 2005, 01:26 PM
Yop!!! :bounce:
Good work!!! I like much the environment which out of spring... Good continuation!!!...:buttrock:

01 January 2005, 12:49 PM
Great work! :eek:
I like the mood and the lightning! Awesome!

01 January 2005, 03:14 AM
beautiful render. love the character and the atmosphere!
did you model all teh jackt folds, or is it a motion plugin that formed the folds when you move the arm?

keep it up buddy! :bounce: (i love this thing)

01 January 2005, 04:15 PM
Freakshow:thumbsup: Nice freaky dude love the image very good work here.

02 February 2005, 06:31 PM
Great subject matter and fantastic textures... excellent work.

02 February 2005, 03:01 PM
nice work and great side lighting

02 February 2005, 11:39 PM
wow.... you have done something.... Look at you... :)
I love lighting you setup... it added 200% of the value of your works....

02 February 2005, 03:33 PM
Hi i have been learning MAYA for past 1 month and could not beleive that you have made it by using MAYA . Could you give me some tips on MAYA about its use as i have just started learning it.

02 February 2005, 03:46 PM
Nice work.:thumbsup:

02 February 2005, 03:18 AM
I want to see the freaks now. A convincing image.Good stuff.

02 February 2005, 02:48 PM
it is really good...:eek:

04 April 2005, 02:16 PM
Brilliant piece of work. Great composition [the subject title "Freakshow" is wonderfully enhanced by clever use of tilt on the final camera angle - well done]. I love the background. Just enough to tell the viewer this might be Paris or it could be London...or round the corner from your house [very clever illusion]. The man and the bird [is it a raven?] both being darkly comic add greatly to just how freaky the show inside the caravan will be. And then the van itself - what a beautiful piece of work. I love ornate work like this and it must have taken you ages to model, assemble, paint and get just right. Best of all is definitely the coaching lamp. Fabulous stuff. Such a clever composition. I don't think you need to change the position of the man at all. The wares he has on show inside the caravan will be seedy, badly lit and definitely iffy...his slightly hesitant stance shouts all of this to perfection and yet we still want to see inside - and that lamp is so bright it's doing the inviting all on its own.

Fabulous stuff. * * * * * :applause:

Can we have a look inside now please ? ? ? ?

09 September 2005, 06:04 AM
Nice mood, well done!
Great style and really nice artwork!

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