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09 September 2005, 05:32 PM
Simon Dominic Brewer is entered in the "Spectacular Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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09 September 2005, 05:35 PM
u show 'em baron! haha , have fun dude


09 September 2005, 05:39 PM
yeeeh barons back baby!

09 September 2005, 05:42 PM (

Greetings ye eager challengers. No idea what I am going to do for this challenge. At first I thought Spectacular could mean almost anything, but thinking about it, it is maybe not that open-ended, especially when you figure in the Iconic bit. Here are a few 5-minute thumbs I did whilst pondering this conundrum. Just thoughts, really.

Anyway, good luck to everyone.

(I keep getting SQL errors on submit, so please bear with me whilst I try again...)

Just found that it will not submit if you include any single / double quotes in the comments field, hence my weird grammar! :) Hope that is fixed soon.

09 September 2005, 05:46 PM
i luv 3 and 4 man!

09 September 2005, 05:50 PM
Cool!! I like 1 2 and 4. good luck hope all goes well with ur ideas! :D

09 September 2005, 06:01 PM
Oh no Where Doomed D:


Good luck ;)

09 September 2005, 06:01 PM
Thanks, people, loads more thumbs to come :) The more I think about this theme, the more difficult it appears.

09 September 2005, 06:07 PM
my my,all of them looks really nice,the colors for each of it are nicely schemed~i prefer the 1st 4:)

09 September 2005, 06:08 PM
wow, i love the colors ure using, its amazing.. looking foward this thread.. good luck

09 September 2005, 06:11 PM
You're too fast! :p But out of these, I like 5th best. There's just something about those colors, ya know?

09 September 2005, 06:12 PM
I love the colours on those thumbs. Pictures 1, 3 and 4 look really nice. Can't wait to see what your final concept will be like.

09 September 2005, 06:14 PM
i think u shud make ur pic out of 2 3 and 4 man! those are best!

09 September 2005, 07:58 PM
Good luck:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 08:07 PM
Hello Simon! :) Fab thumbnails! Heck of a lot of energy going on in them. I remember from the M and S challenge you saying you don't like to spend too long on an image... three months this time!!

09 September 2005, 08:09 PM
The Baron's on the case! :D

Ehm... I'll join in when I've thought of something interesting... ;)

I will of course keep an eye on your thread!

09 September 2005, 08:29 PM
Fantastic Thumbnails, Simon.

The more I think about this theme, the more difficult it appears.

I know what you mean!!

And it's great to see you back for another challenge!

09 September 2005, 08:30 PM
I like 4 and 6 ! Good Luck for the next steps ;)

09 September 2005, 09:05 PM
i can't really tell what is going on in your thumbnails but I like the colors in number 4. Also, are you really going to go with a square?

09 September 2005, 09:29 PM
i really like the first, and await the next stages

09 September 2005, 09:37 PM
Thanks, all, I'll post some more tomorrow. I've thought of an idea but what's the rush - 3 months is a long time :)

mybutterflyiris - "Also, are you really going to go with a square?"

:) Nope! It makes them easier to display is all. At this stage I'm just looking at colour and motion - composition and everything else comes later.

09 September 2005, 10:03 PM
Very spectacular colors!

Good luck!

09 September 2005, 10:12 PM
awesome thumbs! Love the color!

09 September 2005, 10:25 PM
I like number 1. It just has a more personal feel to it, I guess.

I've got to get started on mine....

09 September 2005, 10:44 PM
Gorgeous work! I just like the colors and the affect of the strokes. A lot of richness in concept and story.

09 September 2005, 11:26 PM (

Well, this is a test thumb for the general idea I have decided on. It depicts a historic moment in the (future) sport of extreme flower picking, when the reigning galactic champion (name to be decided) managed to gather a magic dozen poison star orchids within the alloted 300 seconds duration.

Each team is made up of two persons, one sits in the craft and the other hangs underneath by a harness. At speeds of around 200kph, the pilot must navigate the craft so that his team-mate skims low enough over the ground to pick the requisite flowers, the type of which differ depending on the level of competition, and the host planet, of course.

Full rules to follow ;) And a concept sketch too, of course.

09 September 2005, 11:34 PM

That hillarious!! great concept and spectacular colors!

09 September 2005, 12:01 AM
HAHA! Awesome! Keep it up!

09 September 2005, 12:05 AM
:thumbsup: Great work and love your style.....this is definitely one of the most original ideas...great stuff....looking forward to the next installment

Good Luck.. :applause:

09 September 2005, 01:32 AM
That's so twisted and unique. I love it!

I'll be looking forward to seeing this one shape up. :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 01:44 AM
Great originality for this piece! Insane!:D

09 September 2005, 02:03 AM
man u sure have wonderful ideas,looks spectacular already~keep em coming~;)

James Kei
09 September 2005, 03:02 AM
Wow, what a great idea on a sporting event, very strong start my man.... keep it up!


09 September 2005, 06:03 AM
Wow , just knew it would be great to have you around!!

sweet stuff


09 September 2005, 06:52 AM
Dramatic, inspiring and right on target! I like the last thumbnail sketch a lot!

09 September 2005, 09:08 AM
that sure is one original idea! Congratulations allready :D And those thumbs u posted, ur first submission.. damn, those r awesome! 5 minutes each? common, do 1000 of those and put it in one big piece of art, that would be spectacular :D good luck with the challenge! I'll be watching u!

09 September 2005, 09:26 AM
Thanks for the comments, everyone :) I went to bed last night (this morning!) with no more ideas and woke up with loads. Anyway, the title is going to be "The 12th Orchid" and I'll get some more stuff posted ASAP.

NinjaASSN - yeah, a whole image of thumbs, that would be cool (although I might not think so after the 500th! :D )

09 September 2005, 09:30 AM
Amazing as expected, just taking seat and enjoyin' the show. :D

best of luck and have loadsa fun Simon!:beer:

09 September 2005, 01:53 PM (

OK, done the basic background concept. Will add roughs of all the other stuff soon, and if it fits together OK I'll probably just size it up and use it as the start of the main image.

09 September 2005, 02:03 PM
haha super cool idea!! Great concept work so far, I look forward to seeing more! :)

09 September 2005, 02:56 PM
Nice concept, Baron sir. Original, colourful, compelling... good stuff.

So you'll have this piece finished by the end of next week, eh? ;)

09 September 2005, 02:59 PM
Excellent use of color. I'm still a little fuzzy on the narrative, however. Is this the extreme flower picking concept? What's the story?

09 September 2005, 03:29 PM
Nice to see you here, dominic, good Luck, holla!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 06:52 PM (

Did a bit more on the concept. Hmm, decided I don't like it much. Aaaaand for my next concept... ;) I'll probably revisit one of the original thumbs - No. 6, the one nobody liked (maybe one person did) cos I have a few ideas. This is fun :)

09 September 2005, 06:55 PM
hey was thinking like maybe jetpacks are way too fast and you should
use like helicopter type rotors, not as long blades though... like horizontal
twin WWII Spitfire rotors on the back for example ?


09 September 2005, 08:16 PM
hi baron!
:bounce: this is looking good! :bounce:

09 September 2005, 08:18 PM
looking lovely!

09 September 2005, 08:22 PM
wow nice work! I really like the colours in this one, looking forward to seeing what you come up with :)

09 September 2005, 09:36 PM (

A much simpler layout. Not sure what's it's all about yet, just playing with ideas.

09 September 2005, 04:11 AM
thats a nice composition for the last piece~love the color pallette too,it looks simple now but when all the details come,i'm sure it'll be a spectacular one!:)

09 September 2005, 04:16 AM
thats a nice composition for the last piece~love the color pallette too,it looks simple now but when all the details come,i'm sure it'll be a spectacular one!:)

09 September 2005, 04:22 AM
sorry,something went wrong with the site.posted only once and turn out 3~~jezz

09 September 2005, 06:16 AM
I love your choices in color palettes, I hope to see more from, you holla!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 07:24 AM
I love the colours in all your concepts so far, but there's a simplicity to this last one and a sense of scale and space in this last one that i think works beautifully. I know you'll carry on experimenting though....

But a great set of concepts!

09 September 2005, 08:03 AM
Yes... these are super thumbnails and concepts! You use Painter don't you Simon?

09 September 2005, 09:16 AM
Thanks for commenting, people.

sh@ke, duddlebug - I'm envisaging this last one as a simple composition with huge amounts of definition and detail to really get the idea of size across. It's my favourite so far but I'll keep on experimenting

Poshspice - Yep, Painter all the way! Well, until the colour correction right at the end, but I use Painter for everything else.

09 September 2005, 12:41 PM
Duplicate post

09 September 2005, 12:42 PM
Good luck baron and have fun!!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 12:43 PM (

Just messing about with ideas.

09 September 2005, 12:46 PM
cool concept Simon!! Both times!! ;)

Maybe not as 'conventionally' spectacular at first glance as some of the others, but loads of atmosphere!!

09 September 2005, 03:37 PM
Baron my man, my best wishes on this one.

09 September 2005, 03:50 PM
I really like the two last ones :)

keep it up ;)

09 September 2005, 03:54 PM
I am hip to the first concept that you have done, with the colorful pallet. But all 3 I like!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 03:55 PM
Wow, I can't beleive how many concets you already have. You are definitely one to watch.

09 September 2005, 04:28 PM
:D I like concept 3 and 4.

Good to see that you re participating again :D Good luck :D

09 September 2005, 05:01 PM (

No, I'm not going to do this one, just thought I'd post it anyway. I've always liked airships and cities and have never been able to paint either.

09 September 2005, 05:04 PM
burn it man burn it yeaaahh nice concept:thumbsup: I finished my concept part

09 September 2005, 05:11 PM
That's cool! Good Luck with this one Dominic!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 05:22 PM
Thanks for the encouragement. Only 88 days 7hrs left - not much time...

Ah no, wait...

09 September 2005, 05:31 PM
nice work man!

09 September 2005, 06:42 PM
Hi Simon, great to see you particpating again, your aster and Servant piece really blew my socks off, so I'd expect no different this time round! I really love the futruistic extreme sport picture, it has a lot of drama, but then you are a master at making even the serene seem potent, so I have no doubt whichever you do will be nothing short of spectacular!

09 September 2005, 07:30 PM
Hi Simon,

I like the current sketch very much. The perspectve angle looks promising. A lot of action... - could become a spectacular scene. But on the other hand its very nice to watch the vast space of sketch 3. Hmm.... difficult to choose.:) Be pleased > great sketches so far.


09 September 2005, 07:32 PM
It's getting the right shape. Already live the mood.

09 September 2005, 09:32 PM (

Another one. A mile-high fossil of an alien creature is discovered on a remote planet. It died shielding itself from attack but the question is... what attacked it? ;)

Can't really get an idea of scale without detail, but I'd want this guy to look really, really big!

09 September 2005, 09:35 PM
maybe sum dust or atmosphere between where the people are standing and the actually creature will make it seem even more huge,or maybe sum tiny buildings near the creature.

oh,did i mention WOWAGAGAGAGWOHOOOOOOOOOOOO! PHEW thats gud.

btw do u work small and then upscale later?

09 September 2005, 10:08 PM
Fantastic!! Every time i drop by your thread there's another beautiful concept. I like this big figure... or the fossilised remains of a figure...

My favourite yet!

09 September 2005, 10:14 PM
The last sketch looks the best to me so far. I hope to see another interesting image from you. Good luck!

09 September 2005, 10:38 PM
Beautiful Sketch simon,

and very impressive technique!

They all have very much potential and getting better and better with every sketch.


09 September 2005, 10:54 PM
Hey, im admiring your painting method, its really solid and purist, and your ability to render its just awsome, its going to be fun for to see once again your picture evolution. Good luck with the ideia, i guess thats really important, wish the best:D

09 September 2005, 11:16 PM
Thanks, people. Yeah, I might do some more on the last concept and maybe that'll be the one I go with.

NOOB - Mostly I do thumbs at between 300 and 1000px, then scale up to 4000 / 5000px and start refining from there.

09 September 2005, 11:54 PM (

Made the alien bigger. Can't be doing with these puny mile-high creatures - it's either two miles or nothing. Might size this up tomorrow and see what happens.

09 September 2005, 12:12 AM
getting better each time,a strong and heavy piece~massive creature.:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 04:59 AM
I love that you are taking your time to see what image will work in this competition, good looking sketches, I'll drop by tomorrow, holla!

09 September 2005, 05:45 AM
interesting sketches!
can't wait for more.:buttrock:

09 September 2005, 07:10 AM
thanks or answering my question,this really could work.

are the creatures hands place over its head? looks very dramatic.

09 September 2005, 11:19 AM
Interesting concepts. I really like the one with the planet and field. However the latest concept is also eye catching. Great to see you in the challenge again. Looking forward to your progress. :)

09 September 2005, 11:28 AM
Awesome concept and quite original too, I'm voting for this idea!
Looking forward to see this develope, good luck!

09 September 2005, 11:31 AM
Great sketch Simon,

Really like your rough style. :)

09 September 2005, 12:08 PM
starting to look nice, very good value and colors (though I personally would choose less painterly colors, just a question of styles)

09 September 2005, 01:54 PM (

Made a few changes to link foreground and background and therefore increase the impression of scale. Changed the theme a bit, it's now going to be centred around an entire city built in the fossilised hulk of a long-dead alien.

I reckon I'll go ahead with this one. I think I'd actually do better in the comp if I went with the hut / planet one, but this is more of a challenge for me so I'll stick with it.

09 September 2005, 02:00 PM
Hey good luck Baron!

09 September 2005, 03:05 PM
well i prefer the first one,sumthin about the people standing there at this deserted place just seemed more dramatic.

but bleh,up 2 is a *challenge* after all.

09 September 2005, 03:39 PM
That's really cool :) I like it!

09 September 2005, 03:40 PM
I like this one, Simon, it's a good choice. Very dramatic.

Only suggestion I'd make is about the camera and the perspective: This creature is HUGE, but the camera is placed to that we're looking at it straight on, in the eye(s) as it were, as if we're that large, too. Perhaps it would emphasize the scale more to bring the camera down some, to maybe a more human's-eye point of view?

Anyhow, just a suggestion. Good luck with it!


09 September 2005, 03:48 PM
Wow baron, quite impressive sketches! I have an idea: what if the city was built on top of a hill that nobody knew was a creature hibernating? Then, somehow, the creature wakes up, perhaps disturbed by some drilling... you get the picture!

09 September 2005, 05:33 PM (

Playing around with lighting and stuff. Changed it to some sort of pilgrimage (ah, who cares about the story ;) ) Looks a bit moodier now. Could have the inside of its mouth lit by torchlight or something.

09 September 2005, 06:19 PM
(ah, who cares about the story ;) )

hahahahaha! nice one..

really love your style: big-fat-longdead-alien-pilgrimage looks great! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

*waiting for the torchlights*

09 September 2005, 06:20 PM
lol i wud luv to see a movie version where it woke up and crushed the hell outta all of em.

nice work!

09 September 2005, 06:22 PM
This is just cool man. I can imagine myself actually being at the site of this alien carcass, and it's just amazing.

I think your first story adds up better, where a couple of space explorers finds this on some planet they're probing or something. If you build a city around it, or put a tour group in the picture, it just makes the idea seem like it's possible and practically normal to see these kind of things in the world you're portraying, kinda tones down the "spectacular" in it. Just an opinion though. Keep em' comin'!

09 September 2005, 06:49 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone :thumbsup: Some good ideas there. I'll keep on with it and see what happens.

09 September 2005, 09:51 PM (

Seeing as I don't do lineart I'll have to post this as the "line art" stage. I might still change my mind and do the planet one but... I might not. Hmm.

09 September 2005, 10:01 PM
Good work baron...

09 September 2005, 10:40 PM
nice bug :thumbsup:


09 September 2005, 11:33 PM

I like concept 3 and 5 but the earlier stage where it looked as if it were part of an archiologicalfind.

Great images so far :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 11:34 PM
wow, great looking concept.

09 September 2005, 12:12 AM
Very cool, great sense of scale. Still early and your's already is rockin.

09 September 2005, 12:32 AM

Your image is really coming along nicely! The idea of a pilgrimage to a long-dead entity/god is a little creepy to me but FAITH is a vastly spectacular thing, I think. I'm looking forward to seeing how your entry turns out!


09 September 2005, 02:33 AM
very cool play on scale. Maybe show some light from the inside from carved out windows? Like stained glass built into the carcass, thatd be cool.. Good luck man.

09 September 2005, 07:58 AM
Although i don't know how much of assistance i can be..i definitely follow this one. :bounce:

09 September 2005, 11:33 AM
awesome concept man! I think it looks really big, so no worries here. But I would consider about the croud down there. On previous sketche, where u had just 2 persons on the right side, worked better I think. The emotionals of the discovery were shown better that way. If u put too many ppl next to the bug, than it looks like it is a museum or something, and all the excitement goes away... it was already found and the moment of the surprice gone away long time ago. I hope it makes sence everything Im writing here, other wise just ignore my post :)

09 September 2005, 11:53 AM
Looks really intresting :D

I'm dieing to see the final result!

09 September 2005, 11:56 AM
Hi, the colors and the style announces a very good painting, really

09 September 2005, 11:56 AM
Thanks for the comments and ideas. I liked the "discovery" scenario a bit better too, the only problem with it is that there's nothing beside the alien (i.e. people) to give an idea of scale. Perhaps trees or rocks would do it... I'll have a think.

09 September 2005, 12:29 PM
Yup, great sense of scale! I love your brushstrokes Simon.... I really am going to have to pick up Painter properly...

09 September 2005, 06:15 PM (

There comes a time in every challenge where it's necessary to consider white gorillas. So, here's mine.

I'm thinking it fits the challenge better than the alien, although it's so rough you probably can't see what it is yet (cue Rolf Harris impressions). I'll refine it and see what happens.

09 September 2005, 06:21 PM
i'm so jelous,its like u understand colour so well like that,its really shows in the thumbnail,i can imagine how this will looks finished.

excellent work so far...nice idea!

09 September 2005, 06:28 PM
I love that green in your color palette, with the gorilla as the dominant element, nice touch!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 06:36 PM
There is definitively some Franck Frazetta (hope am not mispelling here.. :D) spirit here! Really cool! Now - when you think about it, a white (albino) gorilla is surely spectacular but at the same time, why not even try another color ?! Or even something else than hair/fur ? Genetic mutation?? :) - Finally, your productivity is more than impressive!! Bravo!!

09 September 2005, 12:23 PM
There comes a time in every challenge where it's necessary to consider white gorillas

Oooh, yeh, good point. We're a week into the challenge and i haven't drawn one monkey yet. What am i thinking!?

The gorilla's great. Maybe not as spectacular as the big fossilized fella just yet, but i'm sure it could be. You seem to get the light and colours so right in these sketches.


09 September 2005, 01:49 PM
Baron, all your ideas seem to be pretty spectacular :) i'd like to see the discovery of the bug more than gorrila, just because it reminds me of nausicaa which is great and the gorrila reminds me of the film version of congo, which is crap!:)

09 September 2005, 01:50 PM (

I'll submit this as my line-art (bit arbitary really). I'm tempted to go with this rather than the alien just cos there are so many entries that are relying on sheer scale that I don't really want to add one of my own. Besides, you can't go wrong with a monkey (unless you're a hunter...)

09 September 2005, 01:51 PM
sum blood wud be nice,wud good contrast on the white fur heh.

looking so good man!!! very inspiring

09 September 2005, 01:54 PM
Thanks for the comments so far, appreciated. Yeah, the bug seems popular but I think I'm going to have to go against public opinion on this one! :) I will finish the bug, but as a separate piece away from this challenge. And I'll prob do the planet one as well. These challenges sure do force you to think :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 01:54 PM
nice work! The colours and textures are coming along great! :)

09 September 2005, 01:57 PM
duddlebug - Show me your monkey! I demand to see your monkey right now! :D

yAdam - Congo - yeah, I know what you mean :)

NOOB! - Ha, I just put some blood on then took it off again. Wasn't sure about it. I'll reconsider later.

enialadam - Thanks :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 01:58 PM
Now thats one spectacular monkey...great colours...:)

09 September 2005, 02:03 PM
very nice coloring!(or u call line-art:D )keep going.cheers.

09 September 2005, 02:03 PM
wow! the new gorrila looks awesome even if it does remind me of congo! I'm sure either this or the bug would look spectacular. is that guy with the sword going to try and kick its ass!?

09 September 2005, 02:38 PM
wow man realy nice sketch.. the pose of the man in the monkey hand seens to be wrong..
keep it upp !

c ya !

09 September 2005, 02:45 PM
just wondering if it´s a he or a she... :) hehe..

looks very good - i especially like the "harrison ford" guy, holding his hat - great sense of motion! :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 04:10 PM
Nothing to add Simon....great content - great technique.



09 September 2005, 04:15 PM
nice concept! will be a frightful white ape!!:eek:

09 September 2005, 04:20 PM (

Might as well submit this as my first colour WIP, I suppose. Just added a bit more detail and messed around with the colour (I tend to alter the thumbs' colour, not the main image, just to experiment, then only do the colour correction on the main image near the end).

Thanks for the comments and encouragement :)

09 September 2005, 04:24 PM
maybe have them trying to kill the gorilla,on top of that giant alien,hehehe...

he hehe heh

No? ok....


great piece!

what do,or are u gunna blend with?

09 September 2005, 04:26 PM
element5, xric7, Fahrija, Fahrija - Thanks :thumbsup:

yAdam - The guy with the sword is looking brave, but will leg it when our unhappy monkey turns around :)

gra7 - Thanks - which bit is wrong?

dunkelgold - Harrison Ford - Damn! :) You know, when I painted this guy I thought he reminded me of someone. I thought I was being all clever by not using reference and then I go and paint Harrison Ford! :sad: :D Raiders must have stuck in my subconscious since childhood...

09 September 2005, 04:27 PM
Thanks NOOB. Sorry, though, don't understand your question - blend with?

09 September 2005, 04:29 PM
ur using painter right?

don't you use any blenders?

09 September 2005, 04:32 PM
the man is to "hard".. try to make him more free.. just to look like he is going up by his shirt..:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 04:35 PM
The pict is promissing, but it would be more spectacular if you add a character very close to us, running away for ex. Right now there's too much distance between us and the action, and in consequence, the interaction between the scene and the spectator is weaker : the spectacular sensation comes precisely from this interaction.
Keep it up !

09 September 2005, 04:37 PM
NOOB! - Right, I get you. Yes, I'm using Painter. I probably won't use any blend tools for a while yet (just smaller and smaller brushes). When I do, it's just a normal (acrylic) brush on 0% resat, with varying opacity and loads of grain. Can't see me using it much here, other than on the ape's body before I put the fur on. Or is it hair? Anywhow... :)

gra7 - I understand what you're saying now. I might make the shirt "stretch" a bit more. His position... well, he's pretty tense, let me tell you :) Thanks for the crit, though, I'll take note and make some changes later.

09 September 2005, 04:41 PM
Arctis - Thanks for the comment. Yeah, I did try that first off (though I never posted it). What I found was that the gorilla was being a little overshadowed when I really want it to be the focus. Maybe the positioning was wrong. Not sure ATM, I'll give it some thought. I appreciate the crit :)

09 September 2005, 05:22 PM (

Made a few changes, partly based on what people've said. Tilted the canvas (for added dynamism - I hope!), made Mr Looks-Like-Harrison-Ford-But-Isn't bigger, added more fallen tree-trunks leading into the picture, made the bloke in the air a bit less "posed", moved the guy on the ground.

There'll be some debris flying about later, too, although I don't know what precisely.

Better? Worse? Can't tell any difference?

agent bone
09 September 2005, 05:35 PM
Looks great. Might I suggest pushing the values now even more. Make the darks dark and the lights light. Can't wait to see this develop.

09 September 2005, 05:49 PM
Great progress matey :D

One thing though, The man the gorilla is holding looks a little peculiar. I can see the gorillas thumb next to the mans neck. But by the look of the man, the gorilla is holding more around his torso or the shoulder. I think the clothing garment should be more... pulled. er... we should see more of the mans back I think. And maybe he's torso should be more vertical. I think... not sure about this :S

Looking forward to the final result ;)

09 September 2005, 06:00 PM
Looks totally awesome! :thumbsup: Very nice compositon and feeling. Albino gorilla just rocks! No any constructive feedback, sorry.

09 September 2005, 06:16 PM
Amazing work so far! Your concepts are so unique! The gorilla is turning out amazing, can't wait to see more!

Shadow Seraph
09 September 2005, 06:19 PM
I greatly enjoy your coloring, your paintings are like wonderful watercolor sets, great strength and beautiful brilliance. Looking forward to what you do with detail!

09 September 2005, 06:27 PM
Thanks for the feedback all :thumbsup:

agent bone - Yep, I'll be sorting the colours as I go along, then again at the end

Lady Medusa - You're right, I will be doing something with his jacket soon

TeemuR, taurus_12, Shadow Seraph - Thanks :)

09 September 2005, 06:41 PM
just wanted to stop by and say :eek:

yet again.

09 September 2005, 06:44 PM
going to be one of masterpiece here i'm sure.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 07:19 PM
wow, you gots tons of great concepts here dude. The atmosphere in the "white gorilla" one is awesome. Have you settle on a concept yet? seems hard!!lol
rock on!!

09 September 2005, 07:24 PM
great image. you are very fast. maybe the guy in the foreground could be "hurrying" more.

Good luck!

09 September 2005, 07:45 PM
Honestly I like this one better than your other one... the perspective, movement, color, and overall composition is better in my opinion. Keep going... can't wait...very awesome :)

09 September 2005, 07:52 PM
Very nice ,very good idea ! :applause:

Good luck !:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 07:52 PM
NOOB!, xric7, mybutterflyiris - Thanks for the comments :)

bao - Cheers. Yep, I think I'll stick with the monkey!

birdybear - It should be more evident that he's hurring when I've defined him a bit better. Thanks.

09 September 2005, 07:53 PM
And thanks GutoSpósito too :)

09 September 2005, 09:47 PM
Man this starting to come along, really nice, You should probably move the character that monkey is holding up some more or above him a little, it would make the compo much more powerful, I think. Loving the development! I'll holla!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 10:04 PM
sweeet, cool poses and all..would it still be more spectaculer, if
the ape was bashing thru some huge iron gates , out of an ancient temple,
with these dudes running for their lives away from the temple?

also, at the same time the ape could be throwing one the explorers'
horses at the running dudes...



09 September 2005, 11:22 PM
Looks like most spectacular scene from some film. Beatiful work. You have great style. Im looking foward to see more

09 September 2005, 11:59 PM
Umm.. u think it'll cool the gorilla off? Very nice.
Just please don't look at my entry yet. Please?

09 September 2005, 01:12 AM
I like the gorilla, mybe push background a little back, and put him on a beer diet
very cool :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 03:31 AM
that's working out nicely, love the genre.

09 September 2005, 10:29 AM
beelow - Thanks, I need to do a bit of work on that guy anyway, so I'll see what happens

Squibbit - Temples? Flying horses? You don't ask much do you? :D

Pawlack - Thanks :)

Spin99 - I think he's past the stage where a banana would pacify him, but thanks anyway :) Right, I'm off to look at your entry! :twisted:

Korline - He's had plenty of beer already, as evidenced by his impressive belly

riki - Thanks :)

09 September 2005, 10:39 AM
Your Painting skills are enviable Simon. Great looking idea! The tilted 'camera' view works well too... what on earth have they done to upset him, or is he generally a grumpy ape? :)

09 September 2005, 10:41 AM
Wow! this is coming together nicely... great concept (I especially loved your colour thumbnails) and wonderful colours.

Can't wait to see more...


09 September 2005, 10:50 AM
Poshspice - Thanks v much. Ha, you'd laugh if you actually saw me work - it's like watching some retarded paint-by-numbers and I'm always amazed when something recognisable comes out in the end :) And he's grumpy because... *hastily makes up story* these hunters tracked him down and were attempting to make him into an ex-monkey before they realised that they'd taken on a bit more than they could chew.

artjunkie - Thanks, glad you like it :)

09 September 2005, 10:56 AM
Its refreshing to hear you say that about the way you paint.

Great concepts (how many do we get to enter?)

Good luck.


09 September 2005, 12:32 PM
Steve Iacopetti - Thanks for the comment. I think you can do as many concepts as you want as long as you only enter one final image, and have all the stages for that image.

09 September 2005, 03:30 PM
looking superfine mr baron, really liking the angle, a few foreground hanging vines and foliage would frame the composition realy well, that's about all i can see at this stage to possibly add, looking good

09 September 2005, 04:00 PM
amazing, scarry!!

09 September 2005, 04:49 PM (

Getting the main objects and lighting sorted out before I get onto the detail. A few more things to go in there, I just need to find out what explorers carry on trips to the jungle :)

09 September 2005, 04:53 PM
spyroteknik - Thanks. Yep, some foreground hanging stuff top right might add some depth

Gus_clifton - Cheers!

09 September 2005, 04:56 PM
Cool update! He's a big fella!

And i'm sure they wouldn't dream of a trip to the jungle without a jar of marmite! :)

09 September 2005, 04:57 PM
really scared... Good composition.

09 September 2005, 05:02 PM
About this latest concept:

I think it looks great, its interesting, the color and lighting are nice.. I think it could be a bit more interesting composition wise, if the guy in the foreground wasnt directly below the white ape. Instead if there were a guy being thrown off to the left foreground, it might help the composition break up, and give a bit more interesting action to the image.

Just a thought. Nice work

09 September 2005, 07:13 PM
duddlebug - If they'd have eaten their Marmite none of this would be happening. That'll teach 'em.

-tolga- - Thanks :D

MIKECORRIERO - Cheers for the comment. I see what you're saying, but I'm going for something a little different here, so we'll see if it works out. There is actually a guy lower left (you can't really see him yet) on the ground, so when I paint him in that should make a difference.

OK, no more updates for a couple of days. See you all mid-week :D

09 September 2005, 01:48 AM
this is coming along very nicely, I hope that you take into consideration what I have said previously, but this coming along really nice, good luck!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 02:02 AM
whoa~thats a huge change of ideas~this one looks great,like the way u design the yeti-gorilla like creature,just one lil comment,the guy infront/foreground seems to be really calm with his expresion,as if he's gonna take down that big fella with piece of cakes~:Du've got the direction mate~keep it coming.:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 12:41 PM
I see u changed ur concept.. its great but I must say that I prefer the one with the giant bug a bit more. The feeling I get there is more misterious and coz of that spectacular.
this one is also awesome, and knowing ur techniqe I believe it will be spectacular as well :) very dynamic and colrfull already.. I like it!

09 September 2005, 01:10 PM
Hey Simon, love the look of the latest concept. The ape really blasts ot from all the green. If you're sticking with this, I'd say the body language of the front, erm, hunter could maybe be a little more urgent, but you're obviously in the stages of working this sort of stuff out. The other guys are nicely posed though, especially the guy hanging from the ape. will you be adding all kinds of broken branches/leaves/ debris flying to the scene to add the impression that the ape has burst in on them?

Having said that, I do kinda agree with Ninja, I really loved the thumb you did with the bug husk, in particular the one where the cars were speeding past it. The contradiction between the two subjects was quite... spectacular, and also because my first impression was that this civilisation simply continued their everyday life around this amazing fossil without paying it any heed. There was something about that that made me stop and take a breath.

But either way, your paintings will be spectacular, can't wait to see where you go with it.

09 September 2005, 01:44 PM
Looks real good. That baby gorilla has some kind a beer belly.:)

09 September 2005, 01:45 PM
hey this is looking awesome.... i totally love that huge monster... cant wait to b the finished image... keep goin man :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 03:12 PM
argh, that's just too cool man! love the concept!

09 September 2005, 04:11 PM
Fast work man. You're coloring already? The color's looking pretty and all. But would you consider going for a darker pallete? I mean, since death's about to hit somebody in the face in this scene of yours, the friendly colors just doesnt seem to suit the mood. Just an opinion man! Keep it up :)

09 September 2005, 05:54 PM
Your gorilla scene is absolutely impressive & the progress so fast!...
One quick comment - and as someone else suggested it with a "beer belly" - I believe the light at the top of the belly is a little to bright and/or contrasted with the muscles above: it makes it look like the gorilla is a pregnant "she" :D

09 September 2005, 06:03 PM
I actually really like the image and concept.

I don't see anything wrong with the gorilla having a big belly.
Don't they all have one?
Maybe you could also start to look at gorilla anatomy as well.
Some muscles would look good too?

I'd also like to see your palette shift to more dramatic colours.
But I think it's still a very early stage?


09 September 2005, 06:18 PM
Spin99- not really, but I agree. I rather like the big belly. It makes him a little more unique :)

Lovely progress Baron
I specially like the head of the gorilla

09 September 2005, 10:33 PM (

Spent 2 / 3 more hours on it. Started to add some rough detail. The more I do of this the more I think I won't be entering it. I'll definitely finish it though. Still 80 days left ;)

09 September 2005, 10:41 PM
that's just amazing! unbelievable. im more jealous than usual. :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 10:44 PM
beelow - Thanks, I'll see what I can do ;)

sh@ke - Cheers. The guy's calm(-ish) expression is what I want to go for. Don't know if it'll work, but he's supposed to be a great white hunter, too mean to be afraid, just making a strategic withdrawl to fight another day.

NinjaASSN, BluePulse, overcontrast, Versiden, Lady Medusa - Cheers :D

Zepyhri - Thanks. I'll do the bug as well, probably. And maybe a couple more, then decide on the one I want at the end (maybe have a vote or something :) )

ahbeejieh - Thanks. Hopefully the contrast will come out better as I go along

rlapoele - Cheers. Me likes my monkeys fat.

Spin99 - Cheers. Me likes my monkeys weird-shaped, too ;)

Edit: Mordalles - Thanks too :)

09 September 2005, 02:03 AM
Hey Baron, great sketch! I dig it

09 September 2005, 05:26 AM
I would like to take the time to:bowdown: :bowdown: and give u a:deal: , Lol, jk! This is looking really hip, will check lata!

09 September 2005, 03:24 PM

Great work! I am amazed at your prolific amount of work. It is of such high quality too! I really like your albino image, even if you choose not to use it. In any case, I am sure (based on what I've seen) that you will produce an awesome image! Keep up the great work!:thumbsup:


09 September 2005, 05:00 PM
digital_bobert, beelow, TMArtist - Thanks muchly :)

09 September 2005, 05:02 PM
pretty cool stuff, baron


09 September 2005, 09:17 PM (

Er, a bit more scribble. I love drawing jungle and foliage - it's just total scribble, can't go wrong :D Hopefully I'll have a bit of time this weekend to do some proper work on it.

09 September 2005, 11:27 PM
You are right....this can´t go every sense.

In this thread grows a very strong piece of artwork. :thumbsup:



09 September 2005, 12:45 AM
cool....strong composition and awesome colouring....:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 07:05 AM
great painting!!very nice detail.:eek:
good luck.:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 09:42 AM
GReat ideas in your sketches, and very nice color in the gorilla one, good luck!


09 September 2005, 12:09 PM
Squibbit, Fahrija, element5, xric7, p4b10 - Thanks all :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 12:41 PM
Hey Simon!

Seems to be coming on just fine - composition, lighting and drama are great, and the idea is interesting.

I wonder if it would have been better painted at a lower angle - so the Gorilla would be towering above the viewer - maybe partially in shadow - silhouetted against the sky/canopy...

Ehm... I guess that's not much help now... I was just trying to think how it might be tackled differently...

..maybe I should just shut up and let you get on with it... ;)

09 September 2005, 08:21 PM
very good, especially the dude in foreground. Maybe you could add a bit space between the monster and the foreground guy, to give more depth to this pic?

09 September 2005, 08:41 PM (

Behold, more scribble.

09 September 2005, 08:47 PM
Mythmaker - hey to you too. I did mess about with a lower angle but the gorilla's head always ended up as just a huge mouth - this was the lowest angle I could get whilst still showing its eyes and nose. Thanks for dropping by :)

Ranath - I know what you mean, but I purposely went for a cramped look to try and give the impression of the ape being right there on top of everyone, to add a sense of urgency. Maybe it didn't work too well :D Thanks for commenting.

09 September 2005, 09:10 PM
it's very impressive pic, good work i wait the suite

09 September 2005, 11:09 PM
This is looking really brilliant - both the idea and the quality of work :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 12:23 AM
One thing that I am starting to notice is that the pose of the character in the middle is not very convincing! He looks like he is just climbin' over stuff, rather than escaping the brute ape, Maybe if you have leaping over the root rather than have it look the way it is, I would like to see more action in him that is all if it is not already too late or you just want it to look like that, no?:shrug:

09 September 2005, 09:55 AM
wow! Beautifully painted. This is coming along great! So many details :) nice work!

09 September 2005, 10:10 AM
It's incredible...nono... something else... spectacular? yes! It's Spectacular! :D

09 September 2005, 06:32 PM (

More scribble

09 September 2005, 06:38 PM
MDN67, Overchord, enialadam, ogar555 - Thanks :)

beelow - Thanks for the comment. Well, he's just jumped over the log (that's why he's holding his hat :) ). Maybe he could do with a bit more movement. What I'll probably do is finish off the detail next week, leave it a couple of months whilst I do some other concepts and then come back to it.

09 September 2005, 07:20 PM
heyy simon this is my favourite work... Very good painting

09 September 2005, 07:30 PM
yes, very good painting!

09 September 2005, 07:35 PM
Now thats what I call a Mecha Hate Chimp! Angry gotta love'em!

Awesome sketch:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 08:50 PM
I really like where this is heading. The composition is dynamic, yet you could work out the overall values some more, it could get a bit muddy. The idea behind this is brilliant, I totally dig the albino design and the whole athmosphere. Keep up the great work.

09 September 2005, 08:55 PM
That's cool, I admire your push to continue some more stuff for this contest, I can't wait to see it finished! I enjoy your work, good stuff man hopefully you go back to this, if not I will be seeing some new work from you, will drop by lata!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 09:22 PM
-tolga- - Thanks for that praise :)

renderwhite - Thanks :thumbsup:

Mecha Hate Chimp - For sure, any monkey-based painting is fine by me. If only one of the prizes could be a monkey, oh, I'd be so happy! Cheers.

beelow - Thanks. Yep, I intend to do at least two more images after this, from concept to completion, then choose which one to submit right at the end. (Still got about 4 or 5 hours left on this yet, though)

09 September 2005, 11:17 PM
Run awaaay or the big white will eat U!!:D
How fast U create that, Good luck.

09 September 2005, 05:07 PM
Nicolai - Thanks. Yep, I'll get the colours sorted as I go on, especially with the highlights and shadows

bahman - Thanks

09 September 2005, 05:56 PM
[REPEAT MODE: ON] Great artwork:thumbsup: and great painting style [REPEAT MODE: OFF] :)

I have the impression the scene needs some more "atmosphere" > I mean something like haze or humidity cause it looks too clean dry for a rainforest scene currently.
Maybe the image has a bit too much the same illumination in the whole forest. You could add more mysterious/adventuresome touch in showing unbalanced lightning coming through the trees above. Just some suggestions.



09 September 2005, 10:15 PM
The thing about spectacular isnt the subject its how the subject is presented. Even the most mundane thing in life becomes spectacular from the right view point. We see a simple thing like a tree in the front yard and we go oh, its just a tree. But for a baby new to the world looking up from the ground at a giant green growth from the ground it crawls upon this tree is spectacular. So in my oppinion making something spectacular is just about re-introducing something so interestingly that it seems as if we, the viewers, have just been born. Which brings me to my point about your gorilla image. It is spectacular- almost- in my humble oppinion. What it needs is to make the man in the foreground show an emotion that helps us identify with him. He needs to be so dynamic in his pose and facial expression that we too feel as if this is a frighteningly new experience. Thats all your beautiful image needs to be truly spectacular. Again, just my oppinion. Hope whichever image you finally choose to use, it turns out at least as great as this one.

09 September 2005, 11:02 PM
I haven't read all the post, so this may be apologies.

First off, you work is amazing and it definitely stands out; however (crit), is the ape pregnant? The stomach seems excessively bulbous, like he's about to burst. Besides that, this is one of my favorite pieces. Great Work!

09 September 2005, 12:33 PM
Looking great, keep it up!

09 September 2005, 12:48 PM
Looking great, keep it up!

yeps :thumbsup:


09 September 2005, 01:08 PM
*gulp* This rocks a little too hard in my opinion. The gorilla(thing)s face is awesome and im loving the foliage. You say this is going to be one of many?!... Can i have your handmedowns?

09 September 2005, 05:32 PM
Fahrija - Thanks. Yep, I'll work on the sunlight and textures :thumbsup:

Ste7en - Cheers for the in-depth comments. I do see what you mean, but I think I'm going to stick with this guy, the fearless white hunter. Also, it is strange but if you look at photos of real disasters (or freeze-frame them on TV - yes, I'm sad like that) it's amazing how unafraid people look, and how different their stance is to what you'd expect. I always find that blatant expressions end up too cartoony, which is why I tend mostly to go for raised eyebrows or gritted teeth (and when I don't, like in a recent one, I don't like the result). Thanks again :)

danielh68 - You're right, he is a fat bastard. I might reduce his belly later. On the other hand, fat monkeys are great, aren't they?

Lady Medusa - Cheers! I haven't looked at this for a while, hopefully I'll get around to it later this week.

Squibbit - :thumbsup::)

kboss - Ha! :D Yeah, I very much doubt I'll use this, but I'll finish it off and probably stick it in my gallery. Loads of time left yet...

09 September 2005, 05:51 PM
*shivers* that monkey scares me... *shivers some more*
it's great! :thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 09:45 PM (

Managed to spend another couple of hours on it. The first thing I did was overwrite the last PSD with a small JPG (doh!) so spent most of the time redoing stuff. I'm tempted to just tidy it up a bit now, slap my sig on and get started on the next one. All good fun :)

09 September 2005, 09:51 PM
ogar555 - Cheers :)

09 September 2005, 09:55 PM
Nice paint! He looks kinda angry :p... He reminds me of the monster in my spectacular :), im gonna try to make mine even more angry, wonder if i succeed :/.

Great work! Amazing how fast you did it..

09 September 2005, 11:21 PM
looking awesome dude, i love the colors... and you puting great details there...maybe you can put another of those beast on the background like watching : ) jejeje . great job

09 September 2005, 07:07 AM
Wow!!! Great! Exelent paiting :thumbsup: Good luck

09 September 2005, 12:49 PM
Looking Great (as usual) Simon! my only suggestion is a little more tonal variety in the jungle for depth. (It may have been suggested already but these threads are getting too darn long) Keep it Up!

09 September 2005, 01:07 PM
cool, but the snake looks terrible :/

09 September 2005, 04:05 PM
wow. What is going on? gr8

09 September 2005, 05:15 PM
Ooooh! Just dropped here and... a killer Copito de Nieve? Amazing!! :bounce:

09 September 2005, 06:50 PM
incredible detail!!:eek:
:drool: :drool: :drool: love it a lot.

09 September 2005, 08:09 PM
Hey there :)
I still really like your theme. Its looking good also.

I'd rather see you doing a lot of layer work,
really getting into your painting, and taking it really far.
What about the wonderful translucent stuff you can do with photoshop,
and all the vivid colours?
Why not keep going until its photo realistic? Don't give up on it?

That's my bit anyway.


09 September 2005, 09:40 PM (

Did a bit of recolouring

09 September 2005, 09:49 PM
FrozZT, Genesisa, Hof, stefan, 9mmParavalerium, xric7 - Thanks :)

Jose Pardo - Yep, it's looking a bit flat. Hopefully my last update sorted that? :)

Drakula - You'd look terrible too with a 10 foot monkey on your tail ;)

Spin99 - Thanks for the comment. I'm not really a layer person but I did experiment with some more daring colours. I will put some more detail in but there's not much more I want to do now, seeing as this probably won't be my entry. BTW - I'm using Painter, not PS :)

09 September 2005, 12:22 AM
Great concept. Something tells me this will be the challenge of giant raging animals. :)

09 September 2005, 01:50 AM
Simon this is looking great...loving the detail.

I have one suggestion, I think the chest maybe needs some skin with the hair being finer in that area....maybe some nipple.

Also maybe the hair on top of the head sticking know like a cats hair on its back when they are angry....gggrrr :)

:arteest: am enjoying your process

09 September 2005, 08:48 AM
The change saturation of that glowing orange really helped out, great stuff so far!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 07:03 PM
ChrisThatGuy - Well, my next pic's a calm one - no animals in sight (maybe) :)

element5 - I'll see what I can do regarding the monkey's tits :eek: Thanks!

beelow - Why thank you good sir

09 September 2005, 07:14 PM
very nice progress! I especially dig the warm color light in the right side of the pic. Really nice contrast to the left side. I really dont have much to say here, except that I'd really love to see a slightly bigger version and maybe some more life around (bugs and birds.. u know, all that chaos must scared them away). Just a suggestion :) otherwise looks very cool!

09 September 2005, 08:33 PM
NinjaASSN - Thanks for the support. Yeah, a couple of birds or something might look good. I'll give it a go this weekend.

OK, I'm only spending another hour or so on this, then onto my next one.

09 September 2005, 03:55 PM
I think the machete one of the guys is holding looks way to big... or is it a sword?

Otherwise this image is amazing!:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 07:33 PM
sorry, I did not mean to post, thought you had a different update, stupid me!:banghead:

09 September 2005, 07:43 PM
Yes I much prefer the new colours.

I think you maybe introduced some complimentaries,
which definitely adds more drama imo :)

Also another thing you could try is look at the desaturated version,
and look at contrast.
Since the theme is spectacular I really think contrast,
both light/dark and colours can only add to the final results.