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09-05-2005, 06:14 AM
Greg Petchkovsky is entered in the "Spectacular Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: final v02 (

09-05-2005, 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.

09-05-2005, 06:52 AM
Good Luck:thumbsup:

09-05-2005, 06:55 AM
Hi Greg... I just wish you good luck... and another time, I'm very curious to discover your next masterpiece :thumbsup:

09-05-2005, 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

09-05-2005, 07:18 AM
Nice :) looking forward for your progress !

09-05-2005, 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 !


09-05-2005, 07:45 AM
good luck gjpetch

09-05-2005, 08:10 AM
Oh dear.. now this is gona be spectacular! :buttrock:

Good luck Greg!

09-05-2005, 08:12 AM
Best luck and have loadsa fun, this is goin to be great!:thumbsup:

09-05-2005, 08:14 AM
This should get interesting - hope you'll find the time to work on this :thumbsup:

09-05-2005, 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 !

09-05-2005, 11:41 AM
gpetch!, cant wit to see your image for this, im sure it will look awsome..
dimi , im afraid of this guy!... ;)

09-05-2005, 12:59 PM
Woo~ you're doing this challenge, I really look forward to what you come up with this time. Good luck :thumbsup:

09-05-2005, 01:14 PM
..dimi , im afraid of this guy!... ;)

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

09-05-2005, 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;)

09-14-2005, 05:43 AM
Looking forward to see what you come up with Greg! I'll keep an eye on this one. Good luck :D

09-15-2005, 10:28 AM
waiting for updates!!!

09-20-2005, 06:25 AM (

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

09-20-2005, 06:56 AM (

And some quick blocking out with cubes.

09-20-2005, 07:57 AM (

And some not-very-elucidating sketches.

11-08-2005, 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.

11-08-2005, 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.

11-10-2005, 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.

11-10-2005, 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:

11-11-2005, 06:20 AM (

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

11-11-2005, 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!

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

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

11-13-2005, 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:

11-14-2005, 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:

11-14-2005, 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.

11-14-2005, 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:

11-14-2005, 10:24 AM
I like it a lot, very nice pyro effects, good work.

11-14-2005, 11:42 AM
Stunning start! and cheers for the explaination:thumbsup: Good luck battling the clock;)

11-14-2005, 12:32 PM
Great job is coming !

11-14-2005, 02:38 PM
Just WOW !!! :eek:

11-14-2005, 02:59 PM
Those clouds look really sweet. Nice light distribution and volume. You mind if I ask how you did them?

11-18-2005, 03:15 AM
Wow, truly amazing effect you have there on the clouds. SSS ?

11-18-2005, 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:

11-18-2005, 08:15 PM
Nice work man... good technique for the clouds:thumbsup:

11-22-2005, 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.

11-22-2005, 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.

11-23-2005, 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.

11-23-2005, 01:50 PM
That's fine, I like pretention! :thumbsup:

11-23-2005, 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.


12-01-2005, 11:44 AM (

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

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

12-01-2005, 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

12-01-2005, 09:39 PM
sydney australia my favourite place in a few years i am gonna setle there definately see u buddy .great work.chill............

12-01-2005, 11:52 PM
Spooky, wierd, very cool!

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

12-02-2005, 06:39 AM
Wow thats a really cool peice! It's kind of creepy but cool. Good Job

12-02-2005, 07:39 AM (

Closeup time......

12-02-2005, 07:42 AM (

the feet

12-02-2005, 07:43 AM (


12-02-2005, 07:46 AM (

rocks, and a little figure in the background:

12-02-2005, 07:47 AM (

splashing water:

12-02-2005, 07:49 AM (


12-02-2005, 08:07 AM
I love this piece and your work...makes me think of Odd Nerdrum + Giger. Great artistic sensibility!



12-02-2005, 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.

12-02-2005, 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.).

12-02-2005, 09:10 AM
Very interesting concept and beautiful image, like the colors a lot.
Maybe too much falloff for the skin shader.

12-02-2005, 11:03 AM
Great! My favorite image.

12-02-2005, 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:)

12-02-2005, 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: (

12-02-2005, 12:45 PM
very nice work.I like the range of colors:)

12-02-2005, 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:

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

12-02-2005, 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.


12-02-2005, 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 !

12-02-2005, 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.

12-02-2005, 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.

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hope that helps.


12-03-2005, 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 :)

12-03-2005, 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!

12-03-2005, 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. :)



12-03-2005, 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!!

12-04-2005, 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!

12-04-2005, 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).

12-05-2005, 07:41 AM (

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

12-05-2005, 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:

12-05-2005, 08:00 AM
And I've uploaded the new super high rez image here: (
(3500*5600, 1.8M)

12-05-2005, 08:00 AM
Haunting surrealism mate;) Love the palette and the overall atmosphere you've achieved...

Rock on Greg!:buttrock:

12-05-2005, 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:

12-05-2005, 04:28 PM
I hate you.... its a joke friend, this is outstanding, simply a masterpiece, well done.

PS: Im surprised

12-05-2005, 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:

12-06-2005, 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.

12-06-2005, 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.

12-06-2005, 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!

12-06-2005, 11:58 AM
Viva Dal!:p hehe, good job and good luck to you!!:thumbsup:

12-07-2005, 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!

12-07-2005, 09:00 AM

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



:beer: Alex

12-07-2005, 10:12 AM
well a very unique and powerfull work... :thumbsup: congratulations !

12-07-2005, 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.

12-07-2005, 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
12-13-2005, 05:46 AM
that is totally tripped out and beautiful...

very spectacular :wise:

12-13-2005, 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.

12-13-2005, 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.

12-13-2005, 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.

12-17-2005, 04:13 PM
realy cool and original idea.great model. congratulations.good luck.:thumbsup:

12-20-2005, 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.


12-21-2005, 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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