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05 May 2005, 01:47 PM
I thought it might be interesting to see people's abandoned work. I think we all start a project from time to time that we give up on for one reason or other. Some of these pictures, paintings, sculptures, models might lie unseen on the hard drive or wherever for years and years, and no one ever sees them. Who's to say that your abandoned piece isn't inspirational for someone else?

Also, the reasons behind the abandoning might be even more interesting than the pictures themselves. What happened, why did you reach that point of no return, and do you think you'll ever, ever, ever get back to it? Please, keep in mind, this isn't a WIP thread, it's a thread for stuff we just don't want to work more on.

I'll dig up some things from the dark recesses of my hd if you do!

05 May 2005, 03:31 PM
"The Bee in the basement" is not the title of this painting, an affectionate phrase my brother and I use in discussions to refer to anything that has the potential of going on endlessly and getting absolutely nowhere - its a reference to this painting, or more precisely the paintings endless process of going nowhere.
I did this painting over a period of - um well I don't want to say exactly - but along time (it been sitting in my garage for over 25 years). It was done eons ago in the basement of my parents which at the time served as my 'studio' yuk yuk.

It is not finished - and if I worked on it every day for the rest of my life it never would be finished. It is not about anything - except perhaps playing with paint - no focus - just a painting 'sandbox'. (Its about 4' square, the paint is at places 1" thick)

So to embarrass myself in front of everyone here is the one and only "bee in the basement" (do you have one in yours?) hehe


05 May 2005, 03:48 PM
Well. Here's one of mine.

It started out with me wanting to paint two of the gods from my Furiae world. The goddesses of sanity and insanity, chained to each other and abandoned somewhere in the arctic - because their gazes had the power of making anyone (including the other gods) go insane... and no one could tell the two of them apart.

Anyway, I started out trying to paint them in the snow. It looked awful. I couldn't get anything right. I had this idea of the skin tones being so pale that they glowed into white in places and this didn't work well with snow. So I dumped the snow idea, and went on to put them on a pillar in the dark. Painting the poses, now, I got lost in the anatomy and the details and before I knew it, I realised I hadn't exactly chained them down, and by then it was sort of too late. I had two nude chicks sitting on a pillar. It was pointless. I'd abandoned, throughout the painting process, everything that was essential to the painting. Not only that, but I ended up not liking the colours, not liking the pillar, and really not liking much at all about the piece. Almost done with it, I just dropped it. There was no way to salvage it - nothing of the good ideas with the picture actually remained. It never 'clicked' with me... all the pieces I'm somewhat pleased with always click at some stage and I know I'm heading in the right direction. This one never did. (it's about a year old now, by the by)

I think that's the danger of getting into the technical side of a painting. You'll get too fascinated with the colours, or perhaps the poses, or anything other than the thought behind the piece and you'll fall so far off track you won't even recognise your own work when it's done. Coincidentally, I hate this piece. I will never, ever work more on this piece, the more I tried to (I changed the colours, I have some four different variations) the more I disliked it. I will, however, go back to the idea some day and do an entirely new painting of it.

Awesome expression by the way, Gord. Bee in the basement. Maybe I should rename the thread? I also really like the piece - it's wonderfully vibrant.

05 May 2005, 04:01 PM
a figure study that I was going to pursue, but got busy with the M&S piece :sad:
the figure is fully imagined as a roman figure contrast between the musclerity and the gesture fragility

05 May 2005, 04:02 PM
btw linda...ur piece :eek:

05 May 2005, 04:05 PM
uurhh.. Linda, even your abandoned stuff is awesome ready paintings to me

the pillar looks fabulous

I so wish i could do something like that, but I couldn't see half of
it in my mind , let alone paint it :cry: ARRghĻ





05 May 2005, 04:14 PM
Well. Here's one of mine.

Awesome expression by the way, Gord. Bee in the basement. Maybe I should rename the thread? I also really like the piece - it's wonderfully vibrant.

WOW Enayla - before I was just embarrassed - now I'm really embarrassed:D Great work!

Im glad you like the phrase - I thought it would be too obscure a reference for others - but maybe not. Thanks for the kind comment about that creature (the painting). Sometimes when I am in the garage I pass by him, shake my head, laugh, and then point my finger at him as raise my voice and say out loud "YOU!!!" - "YOU!!!".

Enayla - if you do want to rename the thread its ok with me - I THINK THAT WOULD BE A HOOT! - either way :thumbsup:


05 May 2005, 05:12 PM

I made some different concept scetches for an animation I had in mind.
A gamefight placed in some sort of arena with different species playing this game.
The story provides some nice twists around this game and itīs characters and
was inspired a little by "battle angel alita" and "the juggers")

This supposed to be one of some different character ideas I made in this time.
I was very unsatisfied with nearly everything in it... Maybe because the image looks
very static and boring ... the posing is not very convincing.... I left this image in june last
year and didnīt touched it since then.....abandoned I would say.

though I still like the idea of this frogy kind of chreature which has no hands/feet and
uses energy to transform any kind of weapons and shields > delivered by the transformator
it is carrieng on the back side.

Unfortunatley I couldnīt convince some friends to start this project and for myself
this is to big to handle. I even canīt paint properly but my 3d know-how tends to zero. :shrug:


05 May 2005, 05:29 PM
Provocative subject! I have very few finished pieces, but am also somewhat ambivalent in my life. It might be because I'm very new to this, or something else, which I probably repress by not finishing. Inevitably the best works are the ones done with passion and diligence. Due to circumstances I have little time, so I need to take care. And since I'm new to arts there are a lot of practice runs on my hd.

In the end I'm an idea creature, I have so many that I've set some sort of guidance for myself:

An idea that I will enjoy working on, is an idea that keeps its appeal for an extended time. If I still find it interesting after a while, ie. a week later or maybe even months later. Then I will work on it.
in contradiction to the first, if an idea realises itself almost, I will work on it straight away. And usually, the outcome will be very differen from my expectations at first.
if the first 2 do not apply, I dump it and never return to it. But the first 2 are rather abstract so there are some unfinished pieces yes:rolleyes:

OK, abandoned stuff...

This story is somewhat relevant probably ;), I was working fulltime an attending school during the day full time to be able to pay for my equipment for 3d. I had one hour of time for myself each day. I drew this on a little piece of paper and continued on it over several breaks and downtime. Well, it's pretty much self explanatory.
Here's the state of it now. I felt I needed more positive imagery, but nowadays I'm not sure, but I'm not remaking it. At least not for now. (
close up in earlier stage(which I like better) (

And here's another, this was my first attempt at a character, it simply drained me after a while. And I'm not going back to it unless it's for something I need gemoetry for. Texturing practice maybe, I've done so before. The last of the three I added later to show deformation on the mesh. I was pretty pleased with the knees and the hips at one point. Luckily I can do better now. :rolleyes: ( ( (

and here's another I abandoned midway, I guess sometimes I find I can do more, and just go for it without finishing my last idea. Maybe that's stupid, since I have nothing to show for it now. :D (

05 May 2005, 05:45 PM
Gord, you have a weird method in that painting. All those colours seem to work with eachother, which I find weird when I look at it. LOL.

Linda, nice parabel(word?)...:surprised...gotta say it looks fine to me besides being unfinished. The colours are nice to me actually.

05 May 2005, 05:57 PM
Ick, I have many, many more but these are the only ones I can bear to show publically. :x
A speedpaint that I always intended to make into a proper picture...never happened. Everytime I tried to take it further, it looked like crap, so it'll stay forever unfinished. shame, too, because I love the pose and the colors and the way the cloth drapes, but... I just can't work on it anymore. Maybe I'll reuse the idea some later time... From Sept 2004.
Omg! Linda, this is from the Portrait thread on EK. DX I told Levi I'd paint him, and I started but I think I got distracted, frustrated, or both... from April 2003! D: good grief. I think was really made me abandon this was how I painted his face fine (well.. it was good for where I was at the time) but then I had no idea what else to put inthe picture, and I just kept doodling and mucking around but never settled on anything that looked right. So what we are left with is a mess of swirly crap. Wheee.
Aw... this was a fanart. Jakotsu of the anime InuYasha. I remember working so hard on this, between the anatomy and the colors, before I just gave up. It was my first time transforming anime into realism, and thus turned out horribly. I was also trying to be adventurous with the pose and colors and lighting (for where I was at the time) but nothing turned out right... gah, I hate this picture. March 2004

05 May 2005, 09:35 PM
Finally someplace I can feel okay about posting my work. :D I'm a first year art student and have been wanting for some time to post my work just to see what people think, but with every one of my projects I have to stop long before I feel done due to time constraints. I have lots and lots of scary unfinished work, but think this is the one that I cared most about and had the most potential: (
Feel free to point and laugh. :blush:

Thank you for creating this thread Linda! I can empathize with not liking something even when others say it's pretty good, I've always had that trouble with things I do. Just always know that whether you like your work or not, it's still amazing and far beyond what most are capable of.

05 May 2005, 12:11 AM

This is a shot from an unfinished slideshow/digital projection narrative experiment that went to grave kicking and screaming. The title of the story was "Baby Elephant Park." combination of PS paint, 3d interiors, and still photos of the characters. The death of this project felt like a nasty divorce. Okay. I'm gonna go cry again.

05 May 2005, 02:53 AM
This thread is becoming quite the confessional! :D

Well. Here's one of mine.
Coincidentally, I hate this piece. I will never, ever work more on this piece, the more I tried to (I changed the colours, I have some four different variations) the more I disliked it. I will, however, go back to the idea some day and do an entirely new painting of it.

I understand, and have experienced "hatred" of a piece of art. The artwork which disobeys us, forces us to stare our limitations in the face. We like to be in control, we like to assume the role of master - our work as subserviant. It is a rude and bitter awakening - to realize that we can "breath" life into our art, but that once that that artwork comes alive, that it may pull with all its' might in a direction that does not suite us. Perhaps at times it is necessary to look at such an artwork and say 'Adieu, Adieu, Adieu...'


05 May 2005, 04:16 AM
Linda my dear, you have NO idea what you're asking. I could fill PAGES with all the crap I have abandoned or left in perpetual WIP status. Be very afraid.

05 May 2005, 04:22 AM
I think thats what linda, and the rest of us, are looking for :scream:. By all means, then.....

05 May 2005, 05:02 PM
thats a cool thread, but i rather not post any of my abandoned concepts. I dont know if i've abandoned them yet - or are things I should shut my mouth about..

so, tohoo :P

05 May 2005, 05:28 PM
I love seeing things like this. Please, people, post more. Don't be shy.

Here's a piece of mine that I hate to have abandoned. I was, however, illustrating a character that has had major impact on me - Dorian Gray. I don't know but maybe some of you remember my Ladies of London piece. I've not had the opportunity to work on any of the other characters for that RPG campaign, but Dorian (or a version of him, he has another name he goes by) is one of the characters involved in the storyline (a much truer Dorian Gray than what that stupid movie The League tried to show him as, grrr).

It's just that the character is so deeply ingrained in me that I can't seem to be able to paint him. Whiiine. I've started on a picture of him, what, five or six times now for this storyline and I just can't seem to pull it off. I suppose I'll get there eventually - my latest idea is to put him into a high collared pearl grey suit with baby blue details, I'll see if I'll get around to it... rather than the drab brown thing I had dressed him in here. It was supposed to have lace and stuff but I started genuinely hating the face long before I got down to the details.

So this one's another bee in my cellar, ha ha.

Come on, Rob! You must post at least one! I want to see.

05 May 2005, 05:51 PM
I was, however, illustrating a character that has had major impact on me - Dorian Gray.
So this one's another bee in my cellar, ha ha.

Ah so Dorian Gray is in the attic, and the BEE is in the basement. :D


05 May 2005, 06:04 PM
Yeah Lunatique:scream:! Only true genious can bloom in defeat... Or was it the other way around again...:drool:

:surprised...can't be any worse than the pizza I just had anyway...:rolleyes:

05 May 2005, 06:08 PM
Here's an odd mutant thing I abandoned not too long ago. In general I'd say I have around 20 abandoned things for every single one that gets completed :shrug: and if I don't finish something while still being in "the zone", it most likely ends up a morgue file... just the way things work here.

05 May 2005, 06:24 PM
I think it's easier to do required work than self appointed work...

05 May 2005, 06:25 PM
...move along, nothing to see here...

05 May 2005, 06:26 PM
I think it's easier to do required work than self appointed work...
Agreed 100%

Guess one needs the pressure and all that....

05 May 2005, 06:28 PM
I agree, plus they give u the abstract and u bring it to reality...
btw...I still chuckle at ur avatar...:D

05 May 2005, 06:37 PM
I think it's easier to do required work than self appointed work...

hello no..
And I think clientwork is the worst thing on this planet..

05 May 2005, 06:54 PM
I forgot I even started this, I'm glad I stopped :eek:

05 May 2005, 07:04 PM
I looked around in my WIP folder and i found a little something which was abandoned
I was not satisfied the way this went, because it just looked like a space picture.. which wasnt what I wanted to do.. erm

However, I finished my pic later [link] ( I finally start paint something, which is not often, I feel that I must finish it.

05 May 2005, 07:42 PM
The "Favorite characters are the hardest to draw/paint" rule strikes again, I guess? Heh.

I don't really have 'abandoned' works, since my HDD crashed a while ago and all my works went 'boom'. Ironically, everything BUT my drawings was saved. Though it's kind of good, since I didn't like those works too much, but at the same time I didn't have the heart to erase them.

I might dig around and find something, though ;) Hehe.

05 May 2005, 08:39 PM
Wow, some of this stuff is better than my finished work. I think I'm going to go cry now. :p

I'll dig around later and see if I can find some of my abandoned stuff, although I went on a hard drive cleaning spree a couple weeks ago and most of it got deleted. I'm sure there will be plenty in the future, though.. I think I end up trashing more concepts than I actually finish.

05 May 2005, 08:52 PM
so this is where I post all my unfinished maya binaries... pretty boring, so I will leave them floating around my own HD.

great stuff you people have lying around!! keep them coming. ...and wow Im not the only one not finishing everything ;)

since I dont paint a lot other than textures, ill post one of my unfinished photographs... should be done anytime soon


05 May 2005, 09:42 PM
unfinished photographs... :applause:

05 May 2005, 03:26 AM
im sorry if its off topic


I am working on more, should be done by the week

05 May 2005, 06:38 AM
Ok, you guys asked for it. I'm feeling like purging past demons today, so I'm cleaning out the closet. All the squeamish kids--cover your eyes because this is going to get ugly. . ..

Oh, and it would really help if you guys can tell me which ones you want to see me finish the most. I have a hard time deciding because I'm too close to my own ideas to be objective.

Moonlight Lovers - I abandoned this one for well over a year. Now I'm going to finish it. I didn't dislike it--I just sort of moved on to other things. I have so many ideas that I get restless and can't make myself concentrate on just one. I guess this one is like a modern tribute to Shakespeare.

Tellurian Sky - This was my Grand Space Opera entry (from one of my epic sci-fi/fantasy screenplays), but I didn't finish it in time. It looks too busy, and I'm going to darken that blue guy by a lot so the values aren't so chaotic.

Fix My Broken Heart - This was my Machine Flesh entry, also didn't finish on time. I originally had the little girl's bicycle at the right hand top--all mangled from a car accident, with trail of blood--explaining what had happened to her and why her "father/inventor" is heartbroken and fixing her. But it seemed to be too heavy-handed so I took it out.

Foxglove Carries Out Assasination - From a spy story of mine. That silent moment before all hell breaks loose. I had all kinds of trouble with the perspective and scale on this one, and I'm still not entirely happy with it. But I think I'll paint it anyway.

05 May 2005, 06:39 AM
Till Death Do Us Part - Part of a series. The man and his wife are trying to protect their newborn daughter from demon stalkers. I've had this WIP for years, and just never got around to finishing it.

Fairwell Kiss - Part of the same series.

Angel Wars - I thought the composition was crap. I'll probably have to completely redo the composition if I'm going to paint it.

Sunday At the Shop - This is from a sci-fi drama story of mine. It's about a young woman who's from some backwater planet, but moves to a glamourous and cosmopolitan planet to chase her dreams. It's like a sci-fi version of the "girl from small town moves to big city" type story. I thought it'd be interesting to do a sci-fi story that isn't about action, but just simple human drama about a girl and her life. I started painting this one, but I really hated the colors. I might attempt it again later.

05 May 2005, 06:39 AM
Thunderdome - This was for one of the Thunderdome competitions between eatpoo and conceptart years ago. You can probably tell the subject matter isn't really my thing--and that's probably why I never took it further. This kind of stuff is just not my cup of tea.

Saucy - This one was supposed to be a collaboration between me and Bahn of eatpoo. But he kinda drifted out of it, and I ended up doing this on my own. I don't do tongue-in-cheek cheesecake much, but I really wanted to do this one. I might finish it.

Princess At the Landing - An earlier version for the GSO challenge. Also from the Tellurian Sky screenplay.

Synthetic Vanity - Another version of the Machine Flesh challenge. The idea was simply that in the future, brand-name body parts will become fashionable. (She's putting on a Gucci ear, not an earring. The other ear is in a box on the dresser)

Kissing An Angel - I cringe when I look at this one now--it was done years ago but never finished. The figure drawing on it is pretty bad. I don't know what I was thinking. The subject matter is a bit cheesy too. (She's fallen in love with a statue of a guardian angel)

War Games - A bunch of kids playing indians and cowboys in the middle of military base during the war. The real soldier are all wounded and solemn from the previous battle, but the kids are well-protected behind the lines so they don't understand how horrible the war actually is. It's supposed to be a stark contrast between the blithe joy of childhood and the harsh realities of adulthood. Maybe a bit heavy handed.

05 May 2005, 07:19 AM
sheees Lunatique thats alot of unfinished work, i thought i was bad :)

here is some of mine
above my "entry" for the middle earth challenge
another cgtalk challenge, don't remember which one
after doing those two challenges i deceided not to take part in them anymore
part of a city i was building

thats some of the stuff i started, nevermind all the ideas i got written down and stored in my head


05 May 2005, 07:38 AM
haha, YOU did 'Angel Wars'? I remember that from way back sometime, and from someplace i have no idea where....
i have that on my harddrive somewhere, im not sure why i originally saved it. I think it was because of the tatoos on her leg.

i suppose i should put something terrible up. this is from a modelling competition ( that i entered long ago and never finished, but i plan on maybe souping it up bigtime for my reel. maybe.

05 May 2005, 09:20 AM
Haha, that dog is so funny, wabbit!

So sorry to see all those contest entries in your
pile of unfinished pics, Lunatique, I wish better
luck to you in the future challenges

05 May 2005, 12:02 PM
wow,so many great stuff abandoned here.hehe,here's mine,though its unfinished but i hope i would get this done one day.enayla,the one u had in the 1st page was just awesome.same goes to everyone here:)

05 May 2005, 12:32 PM
another one i did while ago.a quick sketch.not really sure if its done.~

05 May 2005, 06:38 PM
some unfinished 3d - a little woodland creature...

and some teeth


05 May 2005, 06:58 PM
What's the big lump on the back of it's head?


05 May 2005, 07:08 PM
woodland creatures tend to swallow anvils by accident

05 May 2005, 07:19 PM


05 May 2005, 07:40 PM
Till Death Do Us Part - Part of a series. The man and his wife are trying to protect their newborn daughter from demon stalkers. I've had this WIP for years, and just never got around to finishing it.

Moonlight Lovers - I abandoned this one for well over a year. Now I'm going to finish it. I didn't dislike it--I just sort of moved on to other things. I have so many ideas that I get restless and can't make myself concentrate on just one. I guess this one is like a modern tribute to Shakespeare.

Hi Robert,

I would love to see one of those concepts finished. The first one because of itīs dynamic and tense. The second one because it conveys a beautiful mood. It almost canīt be left unfinished.


05 May 2005, 07:45 PM
Sorry Gord, :thumbsup:! Not doin' it again, promise...

and those are very nice teeth:wise:.

Hey Lunatique, that farewell kiss piece has some very beautiful lighting I think. You should finish it!

05 May 2005, 08:29 PM
What a great thread, I just know this thread is going to be just like that other "show a picture of yourself " thread.
I would say alot of people are going to start posting in here, you don't know what you have started ...
Gord, Enayla, Lunatique and others should finish all of them, but you probably won't...hahahaha.
Here's 2 of mine.......Is it wrong to feel vunerable now?
This is just a candle and a practice with painting light and radiosity etc and I really want to finish it but the light haunts me and I just can't get it to look the way I want, but some day.........?

Here is another one "The ferryman" I just got sick of working on this trying to get the light right and the cloak haunts me just like that fecking light, of that bloody candle.
I will get around to totally re-doing it........?

The light is coming from the top hook of the staff (not yet painted in of course)in case anyone is interested.

05 May 2005, 09:03 PM
wow even the unfinished pieces are works of art in their own right :)

Here is a painting I stopped working on a few weeks ago.
I got sick of the sight of it and I couldn't bare to work on it any longer. Although I began to hate this painting I am glad I did get this far with it, I have learnt a lot from this piece.

It was not only my first try at painting in a different style but my first try and combining a character with a more interesting and detailed setting.

05 May 2005, 12:08 AM
Okay, this is an abandoned project that was almost, almost finished. I stopped just short of the finishing line, in fact, dumped the piece and never went back to it. The picture had one saving grace - the face of the Goddess - the rest was absolutely awesome. Once again, I got too fascinated with the details and lost track of where I was heading. It turned out to be an awfully boring piece with a Goddess posing stiffly and stupidly as if she's some ordinary, oh, I don't know... street walker with a dagger. I just couldn't put up with it.

Perhaps it's because I'm never happy drawing nakedness in a picture - not because I'm a prude, but because it's so easy to make it look just cheap, an attention getter, etc. I'm determined to redraw Xaa, who happens to be the Goddess of Hatred, in a far more dignified pose, but with the same cute, strangely textured face. She'll sit in a throne, leaning back and glaring darkly at the viewer.

I almost cried when I'd reached this point of the piece and still couldn't stand looking at it due to her stupid pose, stupid look in her eyes, and my own failure to get anywhere near what I wanted to accomplish. So, buh-bye picture. You guys are the first ones to ever see this piece. I've pasted her head in over the skirt because I hadn't done anything more to it than basically block the colour in. Who knows, maybe I can use this just as a character design for the next piece I'll try to draw of her :/ Because I will get back to her. I just want to somehow finish a picture of her that I feel represents her better than this one did. Grr.

And, Rob - you have to finish that beautiful piece with the moonlit lovers. I love it.

05 May 2005, 12:21 AM


Well this is a wip i have, working on it when i have some free time. It isn't much, but i'm still a beginner. :)

05 May 2005, 12:33 AM
i was working on a girl sitting in a train .... i couldnt manage her eye so i drew her hair over it. Then i wasnt happy with the chin and face form and ended up cropping the image further and further till i couldnt stand it any more and abandoned it :shrug: (

05 May 2005, 02:28 AM
This early concept drawing for Grand Space Opera, was heavily influenced by Julie Taymors film rendition of Shakespeare's TITUS


05 May 2005, 03:38 AM
Great thread!
Here's a couple of mine:
I may have even posted this in the wip section before. I think I quit working on it because of anatomy and issues with making the fabric look realistic. I may get back to it at some point, but who knows.

Here's another:
At 5 a.m.(a few weeks ago)when I started this piece, it seemed like a great idea. The next morning it didn't...enough said.

05 May 2005, 12:14 PM
I really like this thread! Very interesting to look through.

Here are a couple of mine:

You can probably tell that I drew the figure and then had to try to fit a background to her. I knew what it was going to be, I just had terrible trouble matching its perspective with her. You can see a couple of earlier versions here ( I was all happy with my receding corridor until someone pointed out the perspective was all wrong... So I switched that layer off and started again, extending the canvas so I could draw guidelines in more easily (it's actually wider than what you see here). And then left it. Maybe sometime I'll start completely from scratch again, but it won't be soon.

This was partly a reaction to the one above - start with a background before you get to the foreground. I was going to have little mining figures or something as well, but never decided quite what scale I wanted the rocks to be. They were supposed to eventually look crystalline too, but I never got that far. I do like where I got with this, since backgrounds are still hard for me (I have a tendency to just stick in a mass of vague swirly colour) and take me a long time. This one is effectively abandoned, because while I always intended to go on and finish it, I haven't.

I'm playing in the DSG for the moment, and it's incredibly useful for me. Part of the reason these stalled was working on them over a long time, without the discipline to do something every day, so they got left for months and then I was reluctant to go back to them. So now I'm concentrating on "finishing" little couple-of-hours sketches every day or so and basically trying to expand my skills before I try another major piece. It also doesn't matter if the sketches go wrong :)

05 May 2005, 12:38 PM
"Morgentod" was abandoned by me last month; the story is about a young lawyer in Paris at the time of the French Revolution (1789/1794). One evening he went out into the forest after he drank excessively, then he slept in and never woke again. His frozen corpse was discovered by peasants the next morning. The reason was his desperate love to a boy age 16, whom he could not reach. At the moment when I painted the both persons' faces in the sky, I realized they looked horrible and actually the whole image was horrible. It looks so kitschy and hackneyed; the lawyer's pose is too stiff (even for a frozen dead body). I simply don't like it anymore.
"Autumn Carnation" is from October 2004, I think. The trees look unreal and the whole composition looks pointless; and I didn't want to have the woman look like a Goya princess, but like a Raphael Mary. So I cancelled painting this.
"A tale never told" is from October 2004 as well. I thought about shipwreck when I painted it, and my error was not to have a reference photo for the girl's pose, so she looks like a complete wreck herself and I didn't want to repaint it. But maybe I'll be doing something like this later, again. I still like the shipwreck concept with the glowing sun and the red torn flag.
"The Execution of Savonarola: 1498", an anime style image from Spring 2004 ^^; As you can see, it's still at the sketch stage, but there I realized that this wasn't the image I intended to paint. I wanted to make the death of Savonarola more dramatic, intense, as if an angel from heaven was condemned to eternal purgatory. Instead of this, I ended up with a crowded, unreal drawing with horrible figures, including one fanatic in the foreground about whom I don't even know if it's a man or a woman.

05 May 2005, 04:23 AM
Interesting work you guys!

Tellurian Sky - I thought this WAS finished :)
Till Death Do Us Part, Princess At the Landing, Farewell Kiss - would love to see all of these finished.

Do the spaceship! Do the spaceship! Do the spaceship!:bounce:


05 May 2005, 04:03 PM

Just recently i have been unable to produce anything of a reasonable standard !

05 May 2005, 12:57 AM
Hey! join the club! That's why the western world is all about progress! ;)

05 May 2005, 06:43 AM
nice going everyone~maidith,u have some really good stuff going,wildsheepchase:love the one with the red dress.i wish u could finish thatenayla:another great piece from u.the quality remains top notch even its abandoned.:thumbsup: here's a piece i did 3 years ago,its suppose to be a finish piece but seems like a rough sketch.this is actually one of my begining piece of work i did digitally using ps5 during college time. :)
another piece i did earliy last year,inspired by royo.thought of painting it but due to lack of time,i just left it aside.

05 May 2005, 06:44 AM
Here's my abandoned character and scene from an animation I was attempting to do, I was going to be half an hour long and the other character was a mutant sea cucumber. I finished him but can't find any evidence of ever doing it. This was about 8 years ago !

05 May 2005, 10:34 PM
God, Linda, even your abandoned stuff is awesome! :eek: :applause:
Well... here comes my crap. :rolleyes:
A 3D illustration based of Frank Herbert's God Emperor of Dune, created for a Design assignment in college. I really would've liked to have spent more time working on it (particularly the bodies and enviroment), but the deadline was tight and I had to render the entire image out at print resolution (2500x4500 pixels), so most of it was still WIP.
Don't know if I'll ever do another Dune piece (except I love the book and characters); I'd probably start from scratch if I did, though.
A character concept (might've been for Machineflesh, I think). It really didn't seem to be going anywhere for me (I didn't feel that it was really "unique", plus the machine aspect was poorly designed), so I scrapped it.

05 May 2005, 01:56 AM
Well. first I want to say that I'm new in this site, so I hope to meet people. I found this thread interesting so I'm showing something of mine that i never finished. Is a photoshop painting of a girl called Lorelei, I didn't have a story for her, I just wanted to paint something lol. I was getting fascinated with the face but I had problems with the body: first, the neck and arms skin tones were different of the face, I couldn't paint her hand and the hair looks flat, I did this with a mouse. Well, I need you to tell your opinion please, so my greetings to everybody. Bye.

05 May 2005, 05:04 AM
Maidith: you have a good taste of color.. :)

05 May 2005, 05:55 AM
Hey! join the club! That's why the western world is all about progress! ;)Hehe. Surely, when it is centre to left, but when it is centre to right it is about survival

05 May 2005, 02:51 PM was originally for a Daily Sketch topic -- CG Addict. I stopped because I didn't want to draw the keyboard. I'd start from scratch if I ever decided to revisit the concept.

05 May 2005, 04:17 PM
Some really good stuff not getting finished. hahah. Here is my most complete dud:

05 May 2005, 07:47 AM
@Lunatique: I sure would love to see all those WIP finished. But I vote you start with the moonlight lovers.

05 May 2005, 03:26 PM
Don't know for you but some your abandoned stuff guys deserve front page .... Impressiv work Enayla and Lunatique as always :eek:

Here are some wip i started a long time ago and never finished :

This one could fit also for my first digital painting thread, don't know if i'll find the time to finish it... i think it's also because of the idea, i don't exactly know where i go with this one :\
This one is quite old also (2 years) and need textures, environnement...

05 May 2005, 06:46 AM
one of those pieces where i didnt do enough planning before hand, and it just kinda fell flat.
i still like the concept and i might redo it completely but this one as it is, wont get any more love from me.

05 May 2005, 12:04 PM
Created this about 2 years ago. With sweet little time for side projects and the fact that it's just copying someone's else's concept I can't justify the time required to go any further for now.

05 May 2005, 02:10 PM
That's a really good model man! :D The features are in place and it just looks like him I'd say. :thumbsup:

06 June 2005, 03:34 PM
I'm a big abandoner, and in this tread i can see it's quite a normal thing :)
A lot of great stuff here! As newbie and self-teaching my wip are really some crappy wip..
i'll post one only.
I started this head before i was able to make one... i hadn't studied face anatomy at all. but I started to see something wrong, too many things wrong... then i thougt i would better be learning anatomy before searching for a good topology and abandoned this.

some early expression tests..

and the point of abandone.. bottle heads!

made in Blender.

Btw Chewey your model was awesome... why not to finish it?

06 June 2005, 03:38 PM
I make a big effort to finish everything i start, but these are the only things that got away

Both muscular characters too - hmm... i guess im only good for making curvy figures :)

06 June 2005, 09:59 PM
Btw Chewey your model was awesome... why not to finish it?

Thanks. I have absolutely no free time at the moment.
Maybe later on...

06 June 2005, 06:16 AM
Hah I could probably point you to atleast 5 or so seperate threads on Cgtalk I started and labelled as W.I.P's but never finished.

06 June 2005, 11:57 AM
yaaay so this is where we dump our unfinished cr... stuff lol well hows this for unfinished a 100 pages allmost done graphic novela and then dumped cause i decided to do one i started aeons ago lol, aand i dont feel sorry a bit... maybe... waaah i suck at finishing

06 June 2005, 09:54 AM
Hey, CGTalk newbie here...although I've been lurking for many months now.

This is something I did almost 8 months ago. Thing is, when I don't have any ideas coming to me I just start putting different colors everywhere, and then it just sort of ends up looking like buildings. I fleshed them out a bit this time instead of just closing Painter without saving changes (which happens more then I like). Then I think I just lost interest after an hour or so of little progress. Doubt I'll ever get back to this one--I do too many cities.

06 June 2005, 10:40 AM

I am very close of abandoning this one. just for the fact that it is - yet again - quite undynamic. I am getting seriously frustrated with my style but am kind of too scared to try out more dynamic things (just because I fear getting frustrated with trying..)

Another victim that falls into that category is my M&S Wip - same story. Got frustrated with the more then boring composition..

blah blah - I do have much more but they are so screwed up that I am not going to post them here :p. It's funny - almost every single piece in this thread made me wonder why people decided to not finish them..

06 June 2005, 11:39 AM
This might come off as a bit rude or something, but it could be that you just need to work more with the environment settings. When I think about it, characters truelly shine in context or their setting. A body's good or functional only in it's habitat and all that kind of blah-blah. Anyway, beautiful work.

06 June 2005, 02:39 PM
In general, I've tried to train myself to finish what I've started, but sometimes I lose the inspiration or realize that I've bitten off more than I can chew. Mostly these days I'm using my own time to work on 2D stuff, as I do plenty of 3D at the day job, which is why I never post 3D on this site. But several years back, I started this idea for a short film, modeled the entire main character, rigged him, created morph targets, started building the background, and even got 10 seconds of animation done... before I lost steam and never went back.

So here's the main character. He's what I consider finished, so maybe it's unfair to post him, but he's the only "survivor" of this long-since-abandoned animation project.

Of course, on the 2D side, there's also that WIP Thread ( that I started right before the latest CGTalk Challenge began, but I think I'll get back to that one... someday...



06 June 2005, 04:32 PM
thats a very good one kyena,u could complete that if u have time:)
here's a few of mine,its only sketches but i do hope that all these will be completed one day.
mononoke of my all time favourite anime by hayao miyazaki~

06 June 2005, 04:50 PM
:thumbsup: i loved mononoke, it was awesome.. and that looks really good :)
i have 1 unfinished wip thread on here...
and this at-st

and some other stuff somewhere... oh well.. i have 3 currently running so i hopefully will finish at least 1...

06 June 2005, 04:52 PM<---nebezial: this looks really cool...

got a few more pages to show?

06 June 2005, 08:42 PM
First of all, my english sucks, as always, sorry :D

I'm more an animator than an illustrator, so , as abandoned stuff, I mostly have shorts...

A short film about cars... 1998

SOUL... the sequel... I did an animation: but it was just the beginning of the story... Soul is about a couple that had a crash accident that let her in comma... (here finishes the animation I made) After searching lots of scientists, he found one that was trying to access human mind, so the guy entered the great mind world of her... it was too ambicious for a team made of 1 people, hehe, so I quited after watching The Cell, which was almost about that...

When my computer exploded, I was making a short-film about an old man trying to understand the reasons of Life itself... hehehe, I loose it all

El Anciano, this was a short film about a lonely old man... it took me a couple of months to get the first sequence...

I "invented" a trick for this... cause I was not good enough to model a decent old man, but the environment, I modeled and texturized the shape... then I rendered the outlines of the shape, printed them and painted them frame by frame with pencil colors, without adding any value, just color... then I scanned the drawings and used the shadows of the 3D model to add value to my animated 2D images... I haven't see this technique in another place, so I think is a cool abandoned stuff material... it was so hard to do that I stoped it, but I want to continue with the technique.

The story was about this old man in his old brown room, in his chair, balancing, in front, a sphere appears, it reflects exactly the same room, but white instead of brown, instead of he, an old woman... he gets up from his chair and goes walking to the sphere, he touches it, white cross fade to the old man and woman hugged together, the camera rotating, they portrayed in "all" of the painting styles since cavern times... then white cross fade to his eye, boom up, they are sketched in paper, they are both babies, growing while the camera goes backwards them, in the front, the sun, they get old and in an instant they become 2 grey spheres, and everything has thousands and millions of grey spheres, brighter, as they as closer to the white center which was the sun... The camera goes backwards everything ends in the sphere in the old brown room, the room is empty, the spheres hit the ground, fade-out

It would be cool to make this last short, but my 2 people company is a little time-consuming :shrug:

06 June 2005, 05:31 AM
that Mononoke sketch is awesome :D

06 June 2005, 09:58 AM
thank u kyena~ actually started the painting for the mononoke piece while ago,it was unfinished and left abandoned months ago ,about 30% to the complete piece.i'l try to finish that one when i got the time:)thanks again for liking it~

06 June 2005, 12:10 PM
I still like this one, but since my old PC went *boom*, i lost the original PSD-File. Of course, Anatomy, perspcetive etc. are bad as well, so i never went back to painting it.

This one is definetly gone and ever since that one i dislike doing monochrome artwork ~_~..

All the images were done in 2004, I have been improving a bit since then :)

06 June 2005, 05:58 AM
thats pretty nice kasuhaku~i like both ur piece,but ofcourse if u could finish it,even better~
here's more of mine,found it in another of my older folders.dont even remember i did these..
i'll try to apply colors when i have time.:)

06 June 2005, 09:11 AM<---nebezial: this looks really cool...

got a few more pages to show?

lol 90something pages of it, buut it was too turnerish to me... so i think ill end up changing a lot of it:D

06 June 2005, 05:00 PM
itīs a good image maybe donīt put color in it looks real good how it is

06 June 2005, 07:51 PM
Looks like Darkness & Witchblade sorta stuff, nebezial,
that looks just great... wanna sell some skill points ? :D


06 June 2005, 09:23 AM
yeah... i was a liiitleee biiit influenced in those ancient times lol:D

08 August 2005, 12:02 AM
Sorry to drag this topic all the way up again, but I thought I'd post a painting that was very, very, very nearly finished - but not quite.

The reason to why I suspect it never will be was that it was on the hard drive that was burned out, and even if I get it up and working again (crossing my fingers here), I have a feeling I won't be able to get back 'into' the picture and finish the last few details. This picture disappearing really irks me.

Not quite as much as my "The Pale Voice", but it still bugs me.

As for what I liked about it - well, I've never really painted any fabric patterns quite so complicated before. I was very happy with the colours (they followed my original idea quite well -- -- and I really liked painting the guy's face :/ Oh well. Maybe I'll get back to the idea one day, when I'm a better painter, and when I am clever enough to do backups, eh?

What I didn't like about it and was working on, was her expression (much too bland) and adding 'something' to the background and foreground. The picture was honestly just a fun painting, trying out something new, etc... but I still feel it was lacking something. I'll never know now though.

(CGsociety members might have seen it already as I was posting in progress stuff there, but this is the first time I show it to someone outside of it, I think)

08 August 2005, 12:14 AM
You're right about the faces not quite working, but the rest of the artwork is stunning to look at. The simplicity of the background really brings out the characters (and yes, the fabric ROCKS!) :D

08 August 2005, 03:27 AM day, when I'm a better painter...

Thanks - I spit my orange juice on my keyboard. I know what you mean by it, though ;)

I really like the idea in this piece, and how you paid attention to the lighting so well. Especially the behaviour and texture of the fabric. An amazing pattern, there, and very well executed.

But perhaps missing this image will give you further inspiration to carry this idea even further? Not sure exactly how, but for artists like you, no image is ever truly 'lost', it just may not be around for others to enjoy, at least not in the original form. It's still in there, just looking for a new way to be seen.

08 August 2005, 05:56 AM
Hey Linda :),

Great rendering on everything once again. :thumbsup:
I'm in a hurry right now so I'll just type it as it comes, so excuse me if it comes out garbled.
Looks like the expressions on her face aren't working together well enough, adding one could help, but then it wouldn't be her soul as obciously.

on the close up of her face her 'eye lobe muscle', you kow the bulge of fat at the outer sides of the eyes, seem very relaxed in a calm observing pose. Also her eye seems to be turned away distractedly either because of that or for the lack of strain in the eyelids themselves. It could even be that some tear or just more swollen vains for a more reddish tint on some parts in her face could help. I could probably think of some more things to try out, lol, but that's what I see here sort of.

What strikes me is that she's scheming to trick the guy into something and then sneers at him as she hasn't lost yet. But there's very little fear in her face. She knows what's coming, but seems rather calm and almost serenely sorrowful. That's also maybe something to look into.
Just my 2 cents.

Good luck wiht this one. I think it's really beautiful so far, not something to give up on. Glad you posted it here. :) Maybe somebody will give you some goo d ideas eventually.


08 August 2005, 06:21 AM
Interesting thread to read. Not only to see some of the great images that other artists have become frustrated with, but to read why they've abandoned thier images.

I've abandoned more than I could post here. But these are two that I should have finished.
This first one I started when Expose 1 was announced. Like many abandoned images at that time (until present) I became easily frustrated with working with my computer and wasn't satisfied with the results I was getting with my digital tools. I was a fairly new guy to digital arts a couple years ago, and I suppose I'm just more comfortable working with a pencil and paper.

This image just got more "suckage" as I worked on it and just felt it was better to start with something new. I tried working with it a couple times since then, but I've always given up in frustration.
Bunnies! This was originally done for a Poo weekly. I just had fun drawing the aviator bunny and the little kid-bunnies. I really liked this image, but felt that the composition wasn't working for it. This was pencil on paper and messing with it in Photoshop didn't even cross my mind.

This one I'll keep around and maybe pick up on it later. But, most probably I won't ... like hundreds of other sketches I have piled up in a corner of my work area. :D

08 August 2005, 06:54 AM
Both of those have a lot of potential Kirt. I would perhaps scratch the first one and start again, but the concept itself is very sweet.

The bunnies rock. It should be finished. :D

08 August 2005, 08:34 AM
Sorry to drag this topic all the way up again...
Bah, I liked this one... :(

10 October 2005, 08:54 PM
Mkay... sorry dragging this post up again, by the way...

This is a fanart of American McGee's Alice. I was crazy about the game at the time. I worked on this at home and at school, but then one day I came home from school and didn't work on it. And never have again. I love it, but i can't work on it anymore... I think I screwed up her face, for one... oh well. Not nearly as good as Enayla or... like anybody, but hey, here you go...

10 October 2005, 05:35 PM
I don't believe it. The very first two pieces I'm going to post here are unfinished morgue items.

*Sigh* here they are.

10 October 2005, 08:31 AM
What a great idea for a thread Enayla!

I was poking around on my HD and realized that I have a plethora of unfinished work. It's actually quite scary and made me realize I dont finish most of the stuff I start.

This is an old 3d scene I was working on for awhile. The idea was based off a short story I wrote about political power in france being decided over who had the biggest moustache. I was trying to make an animation of a scene from the short story, but the model and textures just really started bothering me. I realized half way through that I had learned so much in doing it, that I felt I could execute it much better if I did it over. This version just wasn't doing my idea justice so I scrapped it.

This is a Bouguereau master copy I started working on for a class last year and got completely overwhelmed. I only had a week to finish it and ended up becoming more obsessed with looking at the original and realizing what an amazing painting it was then working on my own, so I eneded up abandoning it. Whats funny is I had it sitting in a corner at an art show to explain my process of painting to people who were interested and someone ended up buying it. In fact, I think it was the only thing I sold...go figure.

I started this portrait of my upstairs neighbor Spencer who is one of the most interesting and eccentric individuals I have ever met. Its a bad photo, but I actually really like this painting. I just stopped working on it one day and havent picked it up since. Once again, i think im just scared that im going to ruin it, which I have to get over and just start painting on it again.

A portrait of my ex-girlfriend that I also gave up on. I have been meaning to get back to it for a year now, but im always affraid im going to ruin what I have since im not in the same state of mind about it. I initially put it away because I felt the tones in her face were getting too saturated and her hair was headed in the wrong direction.

10 October 2005, 02:13 PM
Rustbucket, I actually really like the one of your neighbor... spencer was it? I think if you leave it like it is, it looks great. I love the red/yellow combination, and how its slightly out of focus.

But I know how it is... it may look great as is, but what if you go further with it?? I also know what you mean about not wanting to ruin it... but for the picture of Spencer, I think its wonderful as it is... simple, but it definitely stands out

10 October 2005, 06:36 PM
Thanks for the kind words Dragon! In regards to the spencer painting, I like the general feel of it right now, there are just a few parts that dont read (i.e. the glass he is holding and his shirt). Ill get back to it someday and it finish it up.

10 October 2005, 07:17 PM
I find this thread really funny... it's like looking at lost puppies in the pound... poor little abandoned
Anyways, I have some too

This is a a project that I still love the concept of. The theme was space, time, and matter. I was thinking it would be a triptic with 3 symbolic figures in each. Space: length, width, depth, Time: past, present, future and Matter: solid, liquid, gas. This one was Matter. I will still probably due something similar one of these days, it just won't be this image. I abandoned it when I had worked on it many many many hours, didn't save it *hits head on table* and then my computer crashed and I lost all that work.

This is one of the first things that I did when I got my tablet a year a go. I was working with a tiny brush and it was taking forever, and so I just set it aside... had every intention of going back to it... oh, and it's a portrait of my brother ...or should I say, 1/2 a brother lol

11 November 2005, 08:19 PM

Rustbucket: Your pieces, especially the last one, are gorgeous!


I have far, far more scrapped pieces than finished ones... *tear*

This is a piece I worked on I think aound last January-February... i think. I was pretty damned proud of it too, I may finish it someday.

This is also a piece from around that time. The large ugly looking lines are from the original thumbnail sketch. I have a layer of super thin detail lines over it that are nearly invisible in this size.

This piece... I can't even remember when I started it. I still like it though and I may finish it sometime far in the future. Maybe...

This is my entry for Spectacular 2D. I had so much inspiration for it. I think I messed up the composition though. I really really want to finish it but every time I open up the file I just sigh. I think it also has to do with the fact that it's in 500 dpi at 8000 by 6400 pixels so working on it also means quite a bit of lag. I wanted my contest piece to be highly detailed and in great quality, but I may just bring it down to 400 dpi or something. Meh. *frustrated*


This is a piece I did with the intention of practicing hair techniques with the advice from Linda Bergkvist's hair tutorial... but somewhere along I just stopped and got distracted again... Meh.

I really love the eyes and lips I painted on this piece. I was practiving a new technique that i believe is not working out all that well but I seem to be stuck with it. I also realized that the lips were to low on the face to I used free transform to move them. Hence the large purplish gap. Woot... Meh. I also have a lot of trouble with necks.

This is a painting I was working on because I was inspired by a photograph. I don't quite know why I stopped but I did. Wee.

This is probably my most recent painting. It is based off of a dress design I did inspired by Valentino (I love that designer, as well as Versaci, Gucci, BCBG, many, many more). I love this piece. I hope to finish it eventually. I think I scrapped it to do a doodle that turned out quite awful. I think I am going to try to finish my Spectacular 2D piece before I try anything else.

Closeup of the face:

This is a piece I did based off of an ad for Guess (I like their designs). I loved the feel of the actuall photograph but I am pretty sure I messed up the painting pretty bad. Oh well.

02 February 2006, 08:49 PM
Lol, i have almost never finished a work, i know that sucks, but i am too perfectionist!! Its like a curse, when im almost finishing a work im never happy, and i forget about it. Or when im finishing something i like, suddenly a project or a hard homework comes up and takes my inspiration away.... howerver ill post my unfinishid work here soon, i hope so....

02 February 2006, 01:29 PM
Here's some work that's not quite finished, and it'll probably stay that way...

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