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03 March 2005, 03:13 AM
Kevin Maginnis has entered the Master and Servant 2D.

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Got a little progress done this weekend. Ended up uninstalling a new video game because it was distracting me too much from my art...curse you tactical shooters!! Working at the print res now so when i scaled this down to upload it is actually a little smaller than last post, but final image is a biggun..gonna be workin on this bad boy every lunch break and evening from now till underverse come.

03 March 2005, 03:16 AM

04 April 2005, 07:13 AM
so the idea is based on a story that I started while working in the library back in college. The idea is that the large thing in the back "The Sleeper" who is basically the intelligent force of the universe. Attached to him are "The Thinkers" which are his mouths and his filters. The man in the foreground is Mr. Steak. His planet collided with the planet that once housed the Sleeper. After that the sleeper was pseudo-exposed. So it enlisted the help of Mr. Steak as a line of defense against those who are adept enough to reach the Sleeper. Mr. Steak is the sole survivor of the planetary collision, but at a price. Half of his body is in one dimension while the other half in another. So basically he feels fine but we only see half of him at a time, with an easy view into his internal workings; guts, bones, brains, etc. His "ghost" half will be phasing away in a doppler effect. So basically the master is "The Sleeper" and the servant is "Mr. Steak" who is very insane from loneliness and having access to the knowledge of the universe.

04 April 2005, 07:30 AM (

Since doing this pic I've decided to push the Sleeper up and back in a more worm's eye perspective where his head will be in shadow and the Thinkers will be swooping down towards the camera to Mr. Steak.

04 April 2005, 07:36 AM
Good to see you have finally started this thing too! I mean, why the long wait? Its not like you are staying at work until 2:30 AM..... :)

Anyways, i like this sketch, i like where you are going. I would maybe add that tilt to Mr Steaks head like we were talking about and bring the puppets heads down a bit into the lower half of the illo.

Cant wait to see the next stage!

04 April 2005, 07:39 AM
Good stuff, I like the 'thinker' most of all, great style and drawing. I'm interested to see how you develop this.
The little baby thinker on the left seems to be out of place somewhat. Flip the drawing and you'll see what I mean.
It's just.....not right somehow. Too close to the sleeper or soemthing?
Apart from that, you're making great inroads.
Good luck and welcome to the challenge!

04 April 2005, 02:49 AM (

Still learning the cgtalk process...sorry:) A larger version of the concept

04 April 2005, 06:53 AM
Started blocking out the lighting, shapes of the whole image, flow, postures, etc. thanks to all you people in this contest cause it's definitely giving me a good kick in the pants to push myself. good times

04 April 2005, 06:57 AM
what's up dude,

Interesting, very interesting concept. The style is great too. Can't wait to see more.


04 April 2005, 07:06 AM
right after I posted it i started to notice an interruption in the "flow" of the whole thing, so i tweaked the Thinkers around a bit.kinda realized that if this were to take place in space only Mr. Steak would be insane enough to bother with gravity:)

04 April 2005, 07:25 AM (

brief change, the contrast of levels between my photoshop and painter is freakin me out

04 April 2005, 07:48 AM
man ur work is ssooo freaky and original, cant wait to see some colours...wish we could rate threads, it would be fun:thumbsup:

04 April 2005, 04:00 PM
I would be careful with that foot. It looks a little cartoony / too exaggerated. Maybe some ref would help out with that one.

Love the way the dudes head fades off into the background. Thats a very nice effect. It eliminates the possibility of his face being the focal point, which I imagine is the desired effect.

Looking really nice KEv! keep it up!

04 April 2005, 05:59 PM
hey thanks pally. the idea towards it's final version will be more cartoony as far as proportions and lines go. so i'm messing with making the foot pretty whacky proportionally speaking. expect to see a more stylized direction in later itterations.

04 April 2005, 07:36 PM
Very nice sketches (great character design... love the sleeper!). Looking forward to seeing this one progress! Cheers!

04 April 2005, 07:46 PM
Wow. I like your style and your concept a lot. Sounds like something Doug Adams could have written in his Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy. I'll keep an eye on this thread: utterly promising :thumbsup:

04 April 2005, 08:42 PM
crowley-thanks alot! I am a huge fan of Douglas Adams and every year or two I like to reread the hitchiker's series as a sort of comedic tradition. So needless to say that's a great compliment. I love your style by the way, you have great loose and confident lines there. Nice to see so many styles to compete with in this contest.

artjunkie-gracias, I look forward to my progress too:) let's see if my job will give me a free evnening to focus on it! I look forward to seeing where you go on your piece too. I love the background you've got up there especially, reminds me of my home in northern california:)

nebezial-thanks alot man, coming from someone who works in your skill level is a great compliment indeed, really helped keep me motivated.

muttonhead-I see you at work every day, and already gave you a go away:) kidding, i kid! thanks for the feedback, I'll be tackling what I want to do with mr. steak this weekend. He tends to be a bit of a hinderance in the image at the moment, we must make him one with it!

paperclip-just noticed I never gave you a direct response. Thanks for the feedback as well. Hopefully since the sketch you see that I've made efforts to integrate the left thinker more in to the image. I'm a big fan of your approach to the contest too, can't wait to see that clever piece come together:)

--i've officially abused smiley emoticons

04 April 2005, 03:16 AM (

a slightly different exploration in the composition. trying to bring things closer the camera. pushing the Sleeper further into the background.

04 April 2005, 12:15 PM
Whoa! You totally changed the composition..... Are you settled on this? i kind of liked some of the stuff that was going on in the original composition, with the 2 or 3 heads instead of just the one...... Also, Mr. Meat is now turned away from us..... not sure if that is the right choice..... but i could be convinced with the proper motivation....


04 April 2005, 01:42 PM
it's Mr. Steak! not Mr. Meat...geez after all the time we've known eachother too:) anyhow this is an experimental composition. After some brainstorming with some of our more creative coworkers I think I know where I'm gonna go with it. So no this isn't the final composition just an experiment to get some feedback. Thanks though Mutton.

04 April 2005, 03:50 AM (

Man so many distractions! anyhow what's new:) I took a week of free time (late evenings) to do a crazy character to warm up for this piece. here he is

So here's the lineart I'm more or less settled on, going to let the painting process reveal to me what other ideas the picture has for itself.

04 April 2005, 05:19 PM (

Finished up some lineart last night, slept on it and decided I didn't like how open it was. So here is a better laid out version of the final lineart, start painting this bad boy tonite.

04 April 2005, 08:52 PM
NOW we're talkin. This is an awesome composition. Me likey.

Only thing: Now we can't see that Herr Sausage-Loaf is chopped in half....... can he be flipped?


04 April 2005, 03:30 AM (

Started up general color layout, lighting, etc.

04 April 2005, 06:58 PM
That's quite a change since the last time i was here. The design got a lot better. I like the composition on this one too and the gesture of the characters. Good start on the colours. Can't wait to see more updates.

cheers :thumbsup:

04 April 2005, 07:25 PM
Love the style and colours, one of the most unique pieces yet in the competition. And the story....well i'll have some of what you are smoking mate :)
Very nice , can't wait to see the finished piece, I hope it retains the almost dreamy & soft quality, Good Luck!!

04 April 2005, 07:35 PM
Really neat rendering and coloring style, very atmospheric... i like it! Not sure exactly what's going on, but it's cool. One note, if you don't mid: The single eye on the right-most creature may not be matching the erspective on the cylinder itself... It also feel like it's mounted on a plane, not a cylinder... But anyhow, good luck with it! Look forward to seeing how you refine everything...


04 April 2005, 12:24 AM
hey thanks folks. i was just talking about the eye thing walrus when you busted me on it. it should be all fixed up next post. and yes demonicoz it will retain the dreamy quality, more so near it's final iteration. glad you're keeping tabs on it Arc80, I need someone to make sure I don't get lazy:)

04 April 2005, 12:33 AM
looks great especially the creature ,good continuation:)

04 April 2005, 07:24 AM (

Got a little more progress in on the paintjob. Put in a rough of what the other half of Mr. Steak looks like thanks to the complaints of muttonhead. Lookin forward to getting some serious painting time in this weekend.

04 April 2005, 07:53 AM
Nice, that is looking great and i like the concept of the story. Very good choice of angle. It definately gives a kick to your piece (i didn't notice it before until you put that huge master). Can't wait for the more detail update of this dude. I really like where the focal point is, but i would desaturate the blue just a little bit. It's taking too much attention. Maybe mix it with the green colour you have. Looking really good dude. :thumbsup:

Thanks for dropping by me thread laddy :argh:


04 April 2005, 08:10 AM
Very nice start I'm looking foward to see what you will do this weekend, wonderful work so far. :thumbsup:

05 May 2005, 05:39 AM (

Got a little progress done this weekend. Ended up uninstalling a new video game because it was distracting me too much from my art...curse you tactical shooters!!

05 May 2005, 08:13 AM
Looking nice dude. The colour pallete is definately working with the style. What video game are you talking about?


05 May 2005, 12:22 AM
aww crap. not going to be finishing this one. got some contract work this week that's gonna be eating up the time. need the moolah. anyhow good luck to everyone else, be glad you no longer have to face my fearsome, pastelly art prowess:)

arc. it was swat 4, the damn game that was killin me

05 May 2005, 06:07 AM
Nooooo... :cry: I wanted to see this finish...why?...why?... :p

All good bro. I hope you finish it later and post it at the regular 2D forum. Keep in touch and GoodLuck to your contract work :thumbsup:

btw, i haven't played that game yet.


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