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03 March 2005, 02:02 AM
Allison Frink has entered the Master and Servant 2D.

Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Line Art: The Invasion (

It's been insane over here and will continue to be for the next week--I hate the end of the semester--but I'm determined to finish this brute!

Skimped out on the minions, I know, but I was afraid if I got too specific with the line art then I'd adhere slavishly to it during painting (which is an old bad habit I'm trying to break). Basic colors should be up soon; God knows I'll need a break from my animation hw.

04 April 2005, 01:32 AM (

This needs some serious refining--as in, there need to be GOBS more squirrels and the Mistress needs to look far far wilder. I'm not even sure if the little boy should be there, or if there's some better way to show that the invasion is starting in suburbia...GAH! *pulls hair over composition*

This is my first epic digital art undertaking, so any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!

04 April 2005, 02:49 AM
Squirrel Lady, hmm, very interesting. I would concentrate on her and the squirrels, cause after all this challenge explores the master and servant relationship. The rest of the picture takes away from the composition, in my opinion. If you do wanna keep the idea of a squirrel invation, maybe you can have them attacking someone (a fallen prey), but as a secondary element. Right now, the boy sitting there is too eyecatching and distracting.

Good luck!

04 April 2005, 04:38 AM (

More ideas! Part of me wants to stick with a sweeping epic feel, but the squirrelly girl seems to have more of a repoir with her minions right off the bat.

Edit: Hmm, that's a good point, there GaeasHerald; I think I let myself get caught up in having a narrative. *ponders how to show proper Master/Servant relationship*

04 April 2005, 05:44 AM
Squirrel Master...hehe...are those squirrel eyes in the trees?

Good Luck!

04 April 2005, 10:15 AM
i would take the epic-concept.. the composition looks interesting! but i agree with GaeasHerald that the boy sitting there is a little bit too eyecatching.. it leads the focus away from the master and servant relationship between the little ones and the lady..

squirrels invading a city.. this is a nice idea!

maybe.. if you could remove the boy and put a wall or something in the foreground.. very close.. with some cute + aggressive squirrels on it..seen from a very short distance... you know what i mean?
..wall between nature and civilisation.. one of them could turn his head looking back at the lady-master.. and i would keep the streetlamp to get some dramatic lights on them..

just some thoughts..:arteest: keep on posting! good luck :thumbsup:

THE Wizard
04 April 2005, 07:16 PM
behold, the squirrel lady!:) cute, and nice, i like it

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04 April 2005, 09:38 PM (

Completely different approach; this one has more of an obvious relationship between the Mistress and her minions.

This one's kinda funny with a slightly sinister undertone, since--I'm sure the sketch is too crappy for anyone to tell--the one squirrel has brought his mistress a ham and cheese sandwich from the lunchbox of the kid running screaming down on the ground (lower right). ^_^

There's one more Concept coming--an implementation of Benita's fabulous recommendation--and then I'll pick one and move on, I swear!

04 April 2005, 09:42 PM
Oh wow, I love your new approach much better! Queen of the squirrels!:twisted: I love that idea, dont stop what you do !

04 April 2005, 01:45 AM (

So it's down to these two compositions.

I love the epicness of the revised invasion one (thanks Benita!), but I like the intimacy of the cropped tree one (people can just wonder where the blazes the squirrels got a ham sandwich from)


04 April 2005, 10:12 AM
I agree with CoreyArtE, the 'epic' composition is better.

Great sketches (nice style)... can't wait to see more!

Oh, and Dib... pfffft! My garden gnomes will take care of... huh? WHA? AAAAARRRGGGH! COMPUTER! SECURITY BREECH!! GIR, QUICK... DEFENSE MODE!! (he salutes and jumps out the window and chases a squirrel). Dude, I love that show...LOL!


04 April 2005, 12:47 PM
hi imriela! i was so busy watching all these threads that i lost yours! :) comparing all the sketches i would say the epic one with the boy and the streetlamp still looks best... but needs more squirrels (as you said) the new one with the closeup on the wall is maybe a little bit too "easy" (simple? donīt know how to say that..)

i think the boy is holding some electronic gadget in his hand? maybe a mobile phone or something? that could add to the theme "nature invades the modern city" i like the fact that the citylights "find a mirror" in the glowing eyes of the squirrels (my english sucks, i hope you can understand what iīm trying to say :))

waiting for some updates!

04 April 2005, 12:57 PM
What's up Allison,

good sketches. Interesting subject matter. Personally, i like the one with the girl lying down (the more intemate one), but i wouldn't crop it like that. I would just keep the composition that you had before (vertical shot kinda of), because it's a lot stronger and i think you can pull it off if you light it very well (hint: leaves casting shadows below). Keep it up.


04 April 2005, 07:46 PM
Well nice concept
I would prefer the girl lying over the tree with the kids far away below her.

Keep thhis cute spirit :thumbsup:


04 April 2005, 08:45 PM
I know you've narrowed it down to two others, but I just wanted to say that I really like this one. ( The composition of it works better in my opinion.

Good luck to you! It's a very different and interesting concept you have going!

04 April 2005, 03:55 AM (

BWA-AA-AAA! I think we have a winner, folks!

It finally occurred to me to combine the two best epic ideas but have her *crouching*--that way she seems more squirrel-like and the human-squirrel scale difference is slightly less pronounced (making for a better comp).

I think this one's it, as I liked it enough to draw masses of squirrels in, but I'm of course open to thoughts and opinions from you much-more-experienced folks!

04 April 2005, 04:09 AM
dunkelgold: Hmm, excellent points; does the new one balance out the two? (What are you talking about? Your English is fabulous--better than some native speakers I know!)

Arc80, Snail, and Einar: Thanks ever so much for the input, even if it did leave me more torn than ever! "Epic or cute?! GAH!"

04 April 2005, 01:42 PM
hahahahaha, supercool piece. evil squirells overrun the city... way cool. keep it up and have much fun! very funny piece! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: oh, and best luck by the way!

04 April 2005, 07:14 PM
hehe that looks really funny. I'm sure after this one you won't paint squirrels anymore...
One question. Is it a window or what is it in front?

Good luck on that!

04 April 2005, 10:58 PM
hi! they are all sooo cute! i like the new one but i also liked the 2 brown sketches.. decision.. decision.. decision.. :) what can i say?

keep posting! :thumbsup:

04 April 2005, 11:22 PM
That's Awesome. I love the concept and the composition of your latest sketch. Can't wait to see it progress :)

04 April 2005, 11:32 PM
Well, there you go! That one works really well. The gestures and layout are very good. Nice!

04 April 2005, 10:36 PM
Terribly enjoyably deliciously WICKED!

<3 (I am cooking at the moment- came online to find a recipe, but will come back laters for a more helpful critique)

04 April 2005, 11:15 PM
Hi, Allison. This is Scott from Illustration. I just wanted to wish you good luck. You have a very interesting idea and I'm looking forward to seeing it completed. This kinda reminds me of one of the stranger aspects of the Magic card game: squirrel mob ( "An army of squirrels is still an army". Oh, and how can I forget squirrel wrangler ( "Gnawed to death; bad way to go". :D

04 April 2005, 11:20 PM
In case no one's said it yet..."I...Like...Squirrels!!!" (if'n folks don't understand, it's old Tick cartoon reference when the new superheroes are training...)

And I'm loving the concept and layout =)


04 April 2005, 04:17 PM (

It's been insane over here and will continue to be for the next week--I hate the end of the semester--but I'm determined to finish this brute!

Skimped out on the minions, I know, but I was afraid if I got too specific with the line art then I'd adhere slavishly to it during painting (which is an old bad habit I'm trying to break). Basic colors should be up soon; God knows I'll need a break from my animation hw.

04 April 2005, 05:22 PM
[QUOTE=Imriela] (


This is my favorite composition you made thus far !

04 April 2005, 05:49 PM
HAhahaha funny idea^^
don't like the mistress face anyway...

but the comp is good and the angle of view really interesting .
I'll check forward for colors

04 April 2005, 08:49 PM
CoreyArtE: I really like that one too, and I'll probably do it sometime (or maybe even get frustrated and switch to it at the last second), but I think I'm going to stick with the epic invasion for now.

Neozoom: I don't like it either; I think was trying for something more domineering and failed miserably. She'll look different later.

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