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09 September 2005, 06:14 AM
Greg Petchkovsky is entered in the "Spectacular Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: final v02 (

09 September 2005, 06:16 AM
Pretty busy at the moment, but I still want to enter just to force myself to do some 3d outside of work.

09 September 2005, 06:52 AM
Good Luck:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 06:55 AM
Hi Greg... I just wish you good luck... and another time, I'm very curious to discover your next masterpiece :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 07:02 AM
Good luck greg.... I really loved your machineflesh entry man... Spectacular.... Heh...That's the theme... You could use that image.. LOL

09 September 2005, 07:18 AM
Nice :) looking forward for your progress !

09 September 2005, 07:20 AM
Hey ! Welcome, again, gjpetch ( vbmenu_register("postmenu_2602764", true); !

I'm sure U will give us some cool stuff ! Have fun with us !


09 September 2005, 07:45 AM
good luck gjpetch

09 September 2005, 08:10 AM
Oh dear.. now this is gona be spectacular! :buttrock:

Good luck Greg!

09 September 2005, 08:12 AM
Best luck and have loadsa fun, this is goin to be great!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 08:14 AM
This should get interesting - hope you'll find the time to work on this :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 08:48 AM
Ohh ..he will find time..and i mostly have the suspicion that he will eventually kick our butts...but ....we are not afraid...are we? :bounce:

Have fun man...waiting to see what u will make this time !

09 September 2005, 11:41 AM
gpetch!, cant wit to see your image for this, im sure it will look awsome..
dimi , im afraid of this guy!... ;)

09 September 2005, 12:59 PM
Woo~ you're doing this challenge, I really look forward to what you come up with this time. Good luck :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 01:14 PM
..dimi , im afraid of this guy!... ;)

Hi stripe..u are not the only one ..hahahahahah

09 September 2005, 08:57 PM
Hi Greg, I hope you can make the time mate, I'd really like to see where you go... Good luck! I'll be a local here mate;)

09 September 2005, 05:43 AM
Looking forward to see what you come up with Greg! I'll keep an eye on this one. Good luck :D

09 September 2005, 10:28 AM
waiting for updates!!!

09 September 2005, 06:25 AM (

just 40 mins or so of doodling around in 3d so far.

09 September 2005, 06:56 AM (

And some quick blocking out with cubes.

09 September 2005, 07:57 AM (

And some not-very-elucidating sketches.

11 November 2005, 03:44 AM (

I haven't had much spare time since the start of the competition, and I'm not sure how much spare time I'm going to have before it ends. So, I'm going to have to pull back the complexity of what I was first imagining.... basically its a giant figure, but now I'll probably just do the head, and I'll avoid building much of an environment.

11 November 2005, 07:37 AM (

This is (kind of) what I'm thinking of right now, I'll probably have to simplify thing even more by focusing on the face, and leaving out much of the environment.

11 November 2005, 08:05 AM (

Looks like thats the end of my time to work on this, 3 days isn't enough.. :(
I might be able to come up with something if I sacrifice every weekend and evening till the deadline.

11 November 2005, 09:17 AM
Looks like thats the end of my time to work on this, 3 days isn't enough.. :(
I might be able to come up with something if I sacrifice every weekend and evening till the deadline.

It is a pity. ( very good model!:thumbsup:

11 November 2005, 06:20 AM (

just a quick test comp of some 3d clouds that I set up yesterday.

11 November 2005, 09:34 AM
Oh - this is just great work! The clouds are to dream about... like a Renaissance painting - awesome :drool:
And it looks like the landscape will be in the same style - really looking forward to see it!

11 November 2005, 02:23 PM
Lookin Great Greg! love the clouds.

11 November 2005, 07:27 PM
looking great. it really looks like a good painting... :thumbsup:

11 November 2005, 10:50 PM
Wow cool updates, i love the colours in the clouds and the the unique idea you got, always got nice subtle details, i like the way it going, i totally agree that it's had to find time i hope you can finish though, good luck:thumbsup:

11 November 2005, 06:29 AM
Incredible clouds mate... no words to describe my feeling front of them... just speechless... I adore :applause:

just if you can to explain more about their realization will be kind... very interested by that :wip:

11 November 2005, 07:54 AM

Re. making the clouds:
Some of this is probably specific to max....
I started with blobby metaparticles, and I used a plugin called "mesher" to turn this into a mesh, which I then displaced with a procedural cellular map. To get the clouds nice and puffy I actually displaced them twice with the same map. I rendered the clouds in vray with glossy refraction, and a very bright environment. I had a little bit of fog turned on in the vray material, so the clouds are darker where they have more thickness. I rendered a seperate pass for depth, and an extra pass for soft diffuse lighting, then composited together in digital fusion.
That probably makes no sense to anyone but me...:p...sorry. If you want I can explain some more specifics.

11 November 2005, 08:38 AM
The same way is not very easy with other software... but I understand well the global idea and the realization... thanks for explanation Greg... that works very good for me :thumbsup:

11 November 2005, 10:24 AM
I like it a lot, very nice pyro effects, good work.

11 November 2005, 11:42 AM
Stunning start! and cheers for the explaination:thumbsup: Good luck battling the clock;)

11 November 2005, 12:32 PM
Great job is coming !

11 November 2005, 02:38 PM
Just WOW !!! :eek:

11 November 2005, 02:59 PM
Those clouds look really sweet. Nice light distribution and volume. You mind if I ask how you did them?

11 November 2005, 03:15 AM
Wow, truly amazing effect you have there on the clouds. SSS ?

11 November 2005, 06:59 PM
just a quick test

WoW, It looks fantastic, mabye best 3D clouds I ever seen. Yours skills are very great!
Keep working! :applause:

11 November 2005, 08:15 PM
Nice work man... good technique for the clouds:thumbsup:

11 November 2005, 11:26 AM
Hi, I really like what you have done for your cloud, wondering how did you do that? and what software did you use?:cool: cheers mate.

11 November 2005, 12:08 PM
alvin_cgi, DaddyMack, gpepper, MadnesS, RyanKingwood, dvelasco, rawwad, Maxter, & alvin_cgi, many thanks.
The clouds are rendered with vray, I didn't use vray translucency, but rather blurry refraction, with the IOR set to 1.0, and a bit of absorption (fog). See here ( for a tutorial about some of this stuff.

11 November 2005, 01:47 PM (

I have a horrible sinking feeling that my entry is going to turn out to be unspeakably pretentious...... I hope not.
This is a mockup, the foreground is just pasted together from opengl screen captures, but the clouds and horizon are quite finished.

11 November 2005, 01:50 PM
That's fine, I like pretention! :thumbsup:

11 November 2005, 02:05 PM
I have a horrible sinking feeling that my entry is going to turn out to be unspeakably pretentious...... I hope not.

Hehe, I can already hear the angelic choir singing loudly as the sky opens :D

Nah, seriously, it looks good, and the clouds seem particularly cool to me - realistic yet unrealistic at the same time, all in all it gives me some sort of modernised renaissance feel... which is pretty neat.


12 December 2005, 11:44 AM (

A few tweaks and fixes yet to go, but this will basically be what I come up with, I think...

12 December 2005, 01:08 PM
It's breathtaking! My heart is binbin......haha:buttrock:

12 December 2005, 01:22 PM
Wow I missed such great thread!! I love the style of your image . I think you only need to work on the sky & rays from it -rest is perfect. I wish you good luck

12 December 2005, 09:39 PM
sydney australia my favourite place in a few years i am gonna setle there definately see u buddy .great work.chill............

12 December 2005, 11:52 PM
Spooky, wierd, very cool!

i agree on the light rays from the clouds, maybe they should streach a bit longer.

12 December 2005, 06:39 AM
Wow thats a really cool peice! It's kind of creepy but cool. Good Job

12 December 2005, 07:39 AM (

Closeup time......

12 December 2005, 07:42 AM (

the feet

12 December 2005, 07:43 AM (


12 December 2005, 07:46 AM (

rocks, and a little figure in the background:

12 December 2005, 07:47 AM (

splashing water:

12 December 2005, 07:49 AM (


12 December 2005, 08:07 AM
I love this piece and your work...makes me think of Odd Nerdrum + Giger. Great artistic sensibility!



12 December 2005, 08:16 AM (

I don't know quite what to say about the story of this picture; I'm not even particularly happy with how it turned out. I've been very busy with work, and I've not really had the time to do as much as I first imagined.
Many, many ideas have gone into the picture; but I'd prefer to let the picture speak for itself than to rave on about concepts that are most likely barly apparent in the final image. Essentially I meant it to be cathartic; and to me it does feel very cathartic and personal, hopefully its not too personal to be of any interest to anyone else.

12 December 2005, 08:50 AM
craig simmons (member.php?u=131250), JamesMK (member.php?u=27885), Dbeyond (member.php?u=188312), thanks.
immortalx (member.php?u=192598), Yeah, its pretty nice here, but a bit hot at the moment.
the_fgdf (member.php?u=143261), 3d-empire (member.php?u=79888), the sky seems a bit empty to me, perhaps I'll add something in there, or do some more colour correcting. The rays probably should be longer, but I don't want them to be too distracting.
gwhite206 (member.php?u=123124), cheers.
Rebeccak (member.php?u=148587), Thanks very much. Wow, I'd never heard of Odd Nerdrum, his work looks awsome. The picture was definatly heavily inspires by many artists, particularly Beksinski (a pinting of his featuring what looks like a giant bath tub inspired the look of the sky), and Rodin (his croutching woman, hand of god, etc.).

12 December 2005, 09:10 AM
Very interesting concept and beautiful image, like the colors a lot.
Maybe too much falloff for the skin shader.

12 December 2005, 11:03 AM
Great! My favorite image.

12 December 2005, 11:14 AM
Wow, I really love your picture. Very personnal and artistic I think. Maybe one of my favorite arround here:thumbsup: Great good giant spectacular work:)

12 December 2005, 12:33 PM
I've uploaded the full resolution image for anyone interested. Be warned, it is VERY big, (3500*5600 pixels, 1.78 MB)
Get it here: (

12 December 2005, 12:45 PM
very nice work.I like the range of colors:)

12 December 2005, 01:45 PM
Greg... I've just watching the hi-res picture... and it's really a great pleasure to discover at this size all these incredibles small but perfect details....

CONGRATULATIONS... you can be proud of your quality, your subject, and your result... :bowdown:

...a result disturbing, but SPECTACULAR of course :thumbsup:

12 December 2005, 02:21 PM
:drool: that' s a wonderful piece~ love the body modell and the color~ good luck~Greg:scream:

12 December 2005, 02:29 PM
I like the image however the sky needs more work but as you said it's probably because you have no more time to dedicate to it. Somehow I feel like I've seen something like that before... weird.


12 December 2005, 02:31 PM
I've no words... I watching and I find it a very interesting work, really strong image. :applause: the sky is wonderful !

12 December 2005, 10:44 PM
Thanks guys. Its interesting that so many people suggest I work on the sky; I've been looking at it long enough to lose objectivity, could someone give any more specific crits or ideas on how I could improve the sky? There may still be time for some final tweaks.

12 December 2005, 11:28 PM
Well the clouds don't really look like clouds, they are too blobby. The little blobs are too well defined making a recognizable pattern, looks more like billowing smoke, maybe a pass with the nudge and blur tool would help. Stormy clouds tend to have a "flat" bottom as in this sample.

clouds (

hope that helps.


12 December 2005, 12:40 AM
This image is very pleasing to see - think I'll print out the big version and stick it on my wall. It really is stunning art! The clouds may be unrealistic, but they look in-place. Details are great too.

Good work and you're definedly amougnst my favorites in this challenge :)

12 December 2005, 04:59 PM
Wonderful work - and I love that sky! Don't change it - it's stunning as it is :thumbsup:

Good luck with the jury!

12 December 2005, 05:11 PM

Someone had shown me this site before, it was awesome! But I didn't recall the name of the artist, so thanks! :thumbsup:

I'll be adding this to the Favorite Figurative Artists - Links ( in the Anatomy Forum. :)



12 December 2005, 06:44 PM
On full size one can see the power of this image. Awasome details .like I said one of my favorites. Good luck with jury!! ( The sky is ok now nothing to add - perfect mood) -beer men!!

12 December 2005, 12:39 AM
Oh my, Greg, didn't even see you continued working on the challenge until now:o

totally amazing picture man... the light... the sense of scale, colors... details.. and the whole is just great. Good job!

12 December 2005, 09:48 AM
Vary good work. I like the technique & Clouds( tha looks Like inside body).

I saw 2 pages works & your work is best on those pages.( at least you r best in 2 pages for me).

12 December 2005, 07:41 AM (

A quick attempt at making the picture a bit more interesting:

12 December 2005, 07:51 AM (

My thoughts on the story/descripotion are pretty much already covered in the last "final image" submission.
The empty space in the sky bothered me, and I was looking for last minute ways of making the picture a bit more interesting, so I made this addition:

12 December 2005, 08:00 AM
And I've uploaded the new super high rez image here: (
(3500*5600, 1.8M)

12 December 2005, 08:00 AM
Haunting surrealism mate;) Love the palette and the overall atmosphere you've achieved...

Rock on Greg!:buttrock:

12 December 2005, 08:04 AM
Nice finishing... new addition increase again much more your masterpiece impact... just more that perfect... SPECTACULAR then...

If it's really the end and the final pic... CONGRATULATIONS and BEST WISHES with judging :thumbsup:

12 December 2005, 04:28 PM
I hate you.... its a joke friend, this is outstanding, simply a masterpiece, well done.

PS: Im surprised

12 December 2005, 05:12 PM
Brrr I generally don`t like this kind of mood but I admire your technique and imagination... great work :thumbsup:

Good luck for the final voting :bounce:

12 December 2005, 06:39 AM
SNoWs (member.php?u=62565), I agree about the clouds, I don't mind too much though because I actually wanted a slightly unnatural, cloud tank type look. But, they do look much more uniform and blobby than I would have liked. I've already broken up the edges of the clouds vey slightly by mapping the rendered image onto particles and then moving the particles a bit; this helped soften them, but yeah, they could probably do with a bit more breaking up.

The Parrot (member.php?u=69507), Thanks man, if you do print out a big version then send me a photo, I'd like to see how it looks.

Gunilla (member.php?u=78228), thanks.

Rebeccak (member.php?u=148587), your welcome, Beksinskis work is awsome.

the_fgdf (member.php?u=143261), thanks very much.

m@. (member.php?u=8074), I keep expecting people to tell me they hate the picture, so its nice to get such kind compliments, thanks man.

bahman (member.php?u=76939), It never occurred to me that the clouds look like the inside of a body, but your right......gross! Thanks man.

DaddyMack (member.php?u=85530), cheers man, "haunting surrealism" is definatly what I was after.

Lemog (member.php?u=60815), thanks again.

ilusiondigital (member.php?u=155104), Hehe, thanks very much.

Nomad (member.php?u=8750), I knowingly made a picture that isn't very palatable; I don't even like its mood very much myself, so I don't blame you at all.

12 December 2005, 06:54 AM
Amazing feeling around this picture ! This strange birth is puzzling us !
We love it or we hate it, maybe both, but the most important is that this picture makes us feel something !
Great job Greg, again !
The highres let us know the cool work and all the details you've done.

12 December 2005, 11:14 AM
Hi Greg, its a really beautiful peice...I am just not sure if the addition off the egg was too much. The fetal pose which you have the girl in and the expressiveness says a lot to start with, before you had the egg in their I had thought that it was symbolising some kind of birth. The egg though it looks nice I think offsets the composition I would have thought maybe the egg could be shattered around the hands and running down them... I still really love this one, i guess it just makes me think more... WHICH ISNT A BAD THING! :D

Nice work!

12 December 2005, 11:58 AM
Viva Dal!:p hehe, good job and good luck to you!!:thumbsup:

12 December 2005, 02:38 AM
Always been a fan of your stuff, nice work for your entry, although you were busy most the time i think you did pretty good. Love the mood, detaila nd colours. Congratualtions on your final and best of luck!

12 December 2005, 09:00 AM

Im a great fan of "Dali" and somehow your art reminds me a bit on his works



:beer: Alex

12 December 2005, 10:12 AM
well a very unique and powerfull work... :thumbsup: congratulations !

12 December 2005, 09:06 PM
That is lovely sick and twisted man, incredible :thumbsup: wish to see some images like that more often :) .
Congrats and best luck for you man.

12 December 2005, 09:23 PM
Congratulations for your entry :thumbsup:
It invites for stay and watch and think about it !

Very unique work with a excellent feeling for colors :applause:

Roman /Grin3d

kuma cub
12 December 2005, 05:46 AM
that is totally tripped out and beautiful...

very spectacular :wise:

12 December 2005, 02:29 PM
I simply have to ask about your light & shaders setup ;). Everything has a certain look, i'm curious about how you achieved that.

12 December 2005, 10:09 PM
azazel, the lighting comes from vray area lights, plus a HDRI map. The shading on the figure comes from a vray material with glossy fresnel reflections. The look also comes from the post work, I adjusted the color curves, so the hue is slightly different in the shadows and the highlights. Finally, some grain and offseting the green channel by a few pixels gives a subtle photographic quality.

12 December 2005, 10:35 PM
I was suspecting some of that, though i wouldn't guess about the green channel, and i'd probably not even consider using glossy reflections because of rendertimes - but i think i'll try it sometime ;) Thanks for the tips.

12 December 2005, 04:13 PM
realy cool and original idea.great model. congratulations.good luck.:thumbsup:

12 December 2005, 11:59 PM
I wasn't even aware you were competing in this challenge Greg, M@ just told me.

Just wanna let you know how impressed I am, this is the best entry I've seen in a lot of challenges.

Excellent work.


12 December 2005, 03:42 PM
Same as Kwak, i didn't know you were in! And i'm glad to have find your entry!
All i can say is ... Great entry , congrats to finish it ! And good luck for the final vote :thumbsup:

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