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09-07-2005, 03:00 PM
Jose Pardo is entered in the "Spectacular Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/spectacular/view_entries.php?challenger=8364)

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09-20-2005, 05:36 AM
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Into the fray once more!

09-20-2005, 05:42 AM
welcome to the challenge, Jose


09-22-2005, 03:52 AM
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Couldnt sleep last night. Came up with this concept. Comments welcome, Thanks for looking!

09-22-2005, 10:47 PM
Wow that can be cool !! Nice drawing ...

09-22-2005, 10:50 PM
Welcome, sketch looks good, will be intrested to see how it will prgress with color and more detail. Keep up the good work.

Good Luck

09-23-2005, 12:32 AM
Thanks Pierrick and Darksuit,
Still working on his outfit, it needs some more sinister elements, maybe a few more tricks? Thanks for the visits!

09-23-2005, 08:30 AM
Wassup, Jose, and welcome to the challenge, good luck to ya man, holla!:thumbsup:

09-23-2005, 12:09 PM
Thanks for the visit Bryce! Good Luck to you too!

09-23-2005, 12:17 PM
Wow- That's a sight I'd want to see. Good luck dude!

09-24-2005, 05:24 AM
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Cleaned up some detail, nastied up his outfit a bit, and some subtle shifts in size and placement. Color studies next.

09-25-2005, 05:25 AM
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I usually dive right into color, then swim for miles till I finally find land. I think I will make a tonal underpainting first this time and see if it eases the process for me.

09-25-2005, 10:54 AM
Looking good man! :) I wish I could stand on one finger:D

09-25-2005, 12:00 PM
Brilliant design and very powerful pose / composition! Great drawing skills, Jose. Looking forward to seeing you develop this one!


09-25-2005, 02:56 PM
Your drawing is very interesting! I can't wait to see it complite!

Good luck!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

09-25-2005, 05:46 PM
very nice creepy circus, well circus was always crepy to me, so I love it
very nice pencil work man,
good luck :thumbsup:

09-25-2005, 07:12 PM
Tyrus 88- Thanks, personally, I would settle for being able to stand on both hands, I am always amazed by gymnasts!

Artjunkie and Cyberarts, Thanks, I'll stop by and see what you guys are cooking up!

Korline- Circuses creep me out too. I was trying to think of the most spectacular thing I had ever seen was and a similar juggling scene from the Cat in the Hat came to mind. I just changed the setting a bit. It also has a lot of symbolism for me as far as my art and these challenges...

Thanks for looking!

09-25-2005, 07:26 PM
the sketch is very good to me, but be carefull, you may weigh down the composition...
....i'm interested about the colors

09-25-2005, 11:16 PM
You are right it looks bottom heavy now, I am going to add spiders and worms as confetti to balance it out.

09-29-2005, 01:03 PM
Absolutely amazing.

This will rock, will keep track.
Congratulationz, wish you good luck!


09-29-2005, 09:33 PM
what's new at the circus, :D
maybe it's a bit unbalanced, maybe you can work light a little more, I think strong contrast would help quite a bit, and make this even more creepy
cheers :twisted:

09-29-2005, 09:45 PM
Cool, Jose!

finaly decided to join. :thumbsup:
Fresh and interesting approach on the topic. The character drawing and the posing look very convincing.

Iīm looking forward to watch the progress .


09-29-2005, 11:49 PM
Thanks for the kind words Djampa!

Korline-True enough, actually I went back and tightened up my pencil work on the background characters and I feel better about the whole piece. I think instead of doing the grey underpainting I am going to work on a deep red canvas.

Thanks Fahrija, I was away on business when the challenge started, it is always a learning experience!

Thanks for looking!

09-30-2005, 12:06 AM
great concept..... keep it up!:thumbsup:

10-03-2005, 04:32 AM
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Finally starting to play with color.

10-03-2005, 11:20 PM
Nice going. Great evolution fom skecht.

Good luck !

10-04-2005, 12:38 AM
I start to get the feel of it. Keep up your good work!:thumbsup:

10-04-2005, 12:44 PM
Thanks for the visits gentlemen. I should have some time these next couple of nights to plow ahead.

10-04-2005, 01:13 PM
Great going Jose! and preety quick too!!.. very nice sketches here,...uhmmm:twisted: ..Satanic circus..lol..:eek: waiting to see it complete! Best of luck pal..:thumbsup:

10-05-2005, 04:26 AM
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Small update since I wont be able to touch this tomorrow. Added detail to the bkgd, still needs more. Thanks for looking!

10-07-2005, 04:39 AM
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A little more detail and definition in the bkgd figures, I always work bkgd to foreground. I dont like to drag out an image so much but its pointless to rush. I'm rambling... Nuff Said.

10-09-2005, 04:49 AM
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Jumped over to the main figure for a bit to keep myself amused.

10-09-2005, 05:38 AM
You put my Fool Card to shame!!! Awesome idea and your style is fab!!!

Can't wait to see the finished pic.

10-09-2005, 11:53 AM
Hi Jose Pardo. Looks so far COOL and the Idea i like it. Just one thing.
I know that you are going to work more on your project, but the colors doesn't work at all.

Give to your paint more cotrast. I thinks going to work much better. :shrug:

xbo :scream:

10-09-2005, 03:04 PM
remcv8- Thanks Sir!

2xbo- Thanks, yeah, I have a long way to go with the colors. I shade and alter as I go. Even the parts that look somewhat done are still in-progress and may change in hues and tones.

Thanks for looking!

10-09-2005, 05:13 PM
You have a very strong piece and comp keep at it, one the strongest in the competition, good luck!

10-09-2005, 07:38 PM
: ) Thanks for the vote of confidence! I hope the judges think so...

10-10-2005, 01:12 AM
It is getting better every time that I see your progress. Keep up your good work!:thumbsup:

10-10-2005, 02:36 AM
Hey Jose, just came to subscribe and wish you fun and best of luck. hehe crazy piece you doing here, wicked angle and very cool details. as for the composition, since the trone of the lord of hellfire is placed nicely on a piece of rox, an idea posps in my head, how about som crazy strairwys connecting pillars of rox to have an all over frame for the scene? that could add a nice aditional feel for the dephg. :)
keep up your great work, looking forward to your progress :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

10-10-2005, 12:37 PM
Thanks cyberarts! : )

the1st_angel- Thanks I appreciate it. Hmm, that is a good suggestion, I will have to play with that a bit.

10-10-2005, 01:10 PM
Niiice. I love the angle of this, it makes me want to hold my breath every time I look at it! The dancing girls in the background are great. Are you planning to add anything else into the background, or define it a tad more? Just curious, for some reason my eyes keep looking for glimpses of something beyond it. Theres such a great mood to this, I'm loving it ^_^ Look forward to more updates!

10-10-2005, 01:48 PM
Very good ! Nice colors..but i think that it needs more red in the main character

10-10-2005, 01:54 PM
This piece is coming along pretty nicely! :thumbsup: Redish colors I like!
Keep it up!

10-11-2005, 04:34 AM
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Still not done, but here is how the audience is coming along. It is going to be so small in the final I'm not sure if I should bother with too much more detail.

10-11-2005, 04:42 AM
Elsie- Thanks, I think I might try some spectral faces in the fire, I liked the idea of stairs (the1st angel) but there should not be a way to climb back out of hell. ; )

Maurodelia- More reds are coming, still working my way around the image.

Michael Motions- Thanks!

10-11-2005, 06:15 AM
very good, I think I just love those faces together, I think this conects the jester, and makes the point of intrest, I would defenetly work to pull this off as a whole thing,
detail is awsome, like that paper cut look, like the idea of the stairs, but I think was done before, like the floating stairways, so I would stick to this and maybe work the light, like everything is coming out of darkness, and you have glow of red somewhere in lower right,
to create the endless depth, just thinking out loud, it's very cool, keep working :thumbsup: :twisted:

10-11-2005, 12:23 PM
Thanks for the encouragement Korline, still have a long way to go and plenty of time to get there!

10-11-2005, 12:58 PM
wow! great pic and style! :eek:

I always thought that satan's pentagram was drawn with a corner ponting down... but now I've searched it in the net before posting here, and I found it both ways... (but I still think it looks better pointing down :D hehe)

10-11-2005, 03:43 PM
The hell is not so bad,haha.

Ralf Stumpf

10-13-2005, 08:00 AM
Really interesting image, good luck.

10-13-2005, 12:23 PM
elmasfeo- Thanks, I didnt do any research on the pentagram, it probably has a purpose or meaning depending on its orientation. I wont have a chance to play with this image till the weekend, I'll see how it looks both ways.

wildwire- Not so bad till you piss the boss off! ; ) Besides, it cant be all gloom and doom, even he must have his good days? LOL

ilusiondigital- Thanks, I appreciate it. (Viva Espana!)

10-13-2005, 01:06 PM
Viva!!:D hehe good luck with your idea, interesting job. Iīll watch to your progress:)


10-13-2005, 04:34 PM
It's looking good, Jose. IO see you're already getting down into the smaller details. The devil and his "entourage" look good. Is there a light source from above? Shopuld they be more underlit? I'm not sure. My main suggestion would be on the jester himself: Perhaps another color aside from red on his sleeves would make him pop out from the background a bit more?
Anyhow, good luck with it, can't wait to see more.


10-14-2005, 02:28 AM
looking great so far~didnt see it coming and it amazed me.very interesting concept too~i like the colors here~having some amusement in the hell~cool stuff,~keep it coming jose!:scream:

10-18-2005, 05:00 AM
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I hoped I would get some time this weekend and of course it did not work out that way. Still tightening up the bkgd figures and the lost souls. This will probably be it for this area for a while. Next I will work on the dancing girls. I'm chomping at the bit to work on the main figure but I have to hold back. Thanks to all who visited, I'll check on your progress tomorrow.

10-18-2005, 05:38 AM
Nice stuff so far jose, nothing that I am noticing yet, great stuff so far!:thumbsup:

10-18-2005, 08:27 AM
Hell rocks.

10-18-2005, 12:21 PM
The very interesting idea! And I have one thought! It seems it would be creat if you try to add the piles of human bodies (like in the foreground) under the ground on which the devil are sitting. Excuse me for my English. I hope you understand me. :) Good luck!

10-18-2005, 12:49 PM
Gonzalo-Gracias Amigo!

Mike- Thanks Man, I always over challenge myself on the lighting. They probably could use some more emphasis on underlighting.

See- Thanks! that means a lot coming from you!

Bryce- Thanks, This one is taking an eternity (no pun intended)

Ben- Thanks, might as well if you are going to spend some time! ; )

Atris- That is a great idea, so good, I think it should be its own image. For that one I think I would do a more terrible looking satan though...

10-21-2005, 04:29 AM
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Working on the other side, the chains are a pain in the butt. You can see some of the lost souls I painted into the flames/smoke in the bkgd. Are they too obvious or subtle? It is starting to look better to me. Thanks to All.

10-21-2005, 08:14 PM
the woman on the left has a funky looking right breast. Flames with the souls are subtle not really noticable, great stuff so far!:thumbsup:

10-21-2005, 08:23 PM
Thanks Bryce,

I was trying to make it look squished by her arm but now that you mention it I can see I didnt get it right. I guess I have to look for reference! ; )

10-22-2005, 12:53 PM
nice anathomy there. Great work, this is turning to be a great ilustration !

10-23-2005, 05:23 PM
Man i still enjoy every thing on your work. I can't wait to see the final version. You are very talented!

Good luck again! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

10-23-2005, 06:36 PM
Thanks Mauro and Aline I appreciate the encouragement! I wont be able to work on this until Wilma passes, we shouldnt get the brunt of it, but that's what they said about Charlie! ; )

10-23-2005, 09:14 PM
Wow, looking good already. Great dynamic pose(s) and vibrant colors. Keep it up! :)

10-23-2005, 09:21 PM
Nice one! I find both the angle and the idea interesting, Although the bg in my opinion needs more work. You mentioned the lost souls on the background and I hadn't noticed them earlier so i think they're bit too subtle. Try to make few most important 'souls' more visible, not all of them necessarily.

Keep it up and good work!


10-26-2005, 07:53 PM
hey jose, cool coloring... the girls looks great, but I would like to see a devil more 'diabolic':twisted:

I'll wait to see new updates:thumbsup:

10-26-2005, 10:31 PM
hey there,
it's getting better, hard to say about those souls without seeing the whole image, but I think that's great idea, you need to fix the breast on the one on the left they almost look reversed, and I think the chains could use more reflections, this could help with the depth,
would like to see some more :applause: :applause: :)

10-27-2005, 05:38 AM
nice work. I would work a little more detail in the chains at the top but its looking great man

11-01-2005, 05:02 AM
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Here is a peek at the whole image. Nearly done with the bkgd.

11-02-2005, 02:58 AM
Your work is lookin' better and better! I like it a lot so far! You have a good sence of perspective. It's not easy to draw a body with this position. you did a good job on that. I feel the depth of your scene very well. :)

So keep up!:thumbsup:

11-02-2005, 10:54 AM
Hi! It's looking great! I really like your colors! Keep it up! :)

11-02-2005, 01:16 PM
Koekebakker- Thanks, I appreciate it!

Anthriel- Thanks for the input, I will probably revisit that again.

Ducklator- Thanks, someone else had suggested something similar, but I think that should be a separate image, this one is more about the Jester's performance, not how creepy the Devil is.

Korline- Thank you!

Wildcory1- Thanks! I probably will go back in and tweak em before the end but they are pretty darn small in the whole image.

Cyberarts- Thanks for the support!

Artis- Thank You Sir!

11-02-2005, 03:00 PM
Really nice work Jose

11-03-2005, 01:57 PM
Hi, Jose; you launched out in installations really spectacular!!!
they is cool,
E.T :cool:

11-03-2005, 08:38 PM
This is coming together jose, great stuff so far!:thumbsup:

11-04-2005, 06:05 AM
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Thanks to Aritz, Eric, and Bryce for the encouragement!

Starting to work in some detail, probably should have done a close up, maybe next time. Still have a lot of detail to do, and then adjusting the colors for the environtment. As usual I am struggling to find the balance of painterly style and tight rendering.

11-04-2005, 06:21 AM

Your Making It Seem That Balancing Atop A Pole Of Dead Heads With One Finger, While Juggling Skulls With Your Legs Is....possible..nice Job On The Shift Of Weight.

Keep It Up

11-04-2005, 01:28 PM

Your Making It Seem That Balancing Atop A Pole Of Dead Heads With One Finger, While Juggling Skulls With Your Legs Is....possible..nice Job On The Shift Of Weight.

Keep It Up

Thanks Calvin! Dont forget the flaming hula-hoop, and balancing of the sharp dagger, that's what makes it Spectacular! ; )

11-04-2005, 02:30 PM
Wow, among all the challenge works I've seen so far yours has the most creative idea. Brilliant indeed, and very well drawn too. But I also feel that there's too much going on in the scene right now, as clarity of the composition in the concept sketch is now lost in the riot of colours and activities. Those flying skulls and an overflow of confetti really distracted my attention from the main character, and so did the naked dancers (but to a smaller extent because they're in the background and smaller).

11-04-2005, 03:27 PM
Giles- Thanks for the compliment and your input! The colors are not set in stone, neither is the confetti. I will still revisit a lot of areas of the image before I call it done.

11-04-2005, 05:23 PM
Wow! (subscribes)

:arteest: :bowdown:

11-05-2005, 05:35 AM
Hey Jose, its looking great ;)

Imagine if hell was really like this :D

11-05-2005, 04:34 PM
Sergio-Thanks! I will try and make it worth your while!

David-Fancy meeting you here! ; ) Thanks for the support! I appreciate it. I think they have a spot reserved for me already, I'll let you know if its like this at all! ; )

11-06-2005, 01:42 AM
I have been out of the loop for a while. Tonight I log in and whoa ó nice! Your piece is looking real sharp, keep it up bud! :bounce:

11-06-2005, 04:22 AM
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Thanks for the visit Carlos!

I adjusted the colors and opacities, trying to strengthen my focal point and have the color/lighting look more natural.

11-06-2005, 06:00 PM
your piece is progressing very well, could become poster for some new cirque du soleil show:)
i dont mind the confeti, what about some tarot cards.
are the tree skulls on the top suposed to be part of some action with your main caracter feets.
nice work overall, keep up refining it:)

11-06-2005, 08:23 PM
Good idea. :thumbsup: This stage really excites. But at the clown small problems with anatomy in area of a hip, a buttock and a waist. We as though look at them from the different points of view. And color is a little rather dirty (as a whole).
Good luck !

11-07-2005, 12:50 AM
wowzers, tough job huh?


11-07-2005, 02:07 AM
nice going mate~i see ur almost done with ur piece here,sergey was right about the colors,it seems alil muddy overall,it'll looks better alil more vibrant overal i think:)keep it going mate

11-07-2005, 02:08 AM
Stephan, Thanks, I like the Tarot card idea, I will try to make the time to add them in! He is juggling the skulls with his feet.

Sergey, Thanks, I didnt use any reference for the jester so it is quite possible. As for the colors, I have pretty much given up on having it look good on CGTalk, it looks great on my monitor at home, at work the colors look dull and dirty.

Panu, Thanks! It must be a pretty tough job, you dont want to disapoint the boss! It has a pretty high turnover too... ; )

11-07-2005, 05:29 AM
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Hi Michael, Thanks for the visit, see my previous post about color, I am baffled.

Getting close now, need to look closer at some areas, and design some Tarot cards! ; ) I'll be back soon.

11-07-2005, 11:35 AM
Here i am again.
Very , very good !! Love the light in the girls behind.

If was me i would put i little more light coming from the flaming bambole

11-07-2005, 03:46 PM
Nice work. A difficult idea well realised. Not massively cerebral but instantly makes you think 'spectacular', so also a very good concept. I'll check back for sure.

11-07-2005, 07:15 PM
I like the colors, see a very good... luck...:thumbsup:

11-08-2005, 11:31 AM
Ahhh.... getting better and better.... :drool:

The knife is clearer now but still needs some tweaks (but you knew that right?)


11-08-2005, 01:26 PM
Thanks- Mauro, Kiernan, Alejandro, and Sergio! Almost done, Need to find some Tarot cards so I can pick specific cards for the image, make some tweeks and it should be done soon. Thanks to all for the support, encouragement, and ideas!

11-10-2005, 05:58 AM
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Added some small tears to his outfit and some highlights on the metal, and an earring. I think it is pretty much done, except for the Tarot cards, which I hope to have done by the weekend. Oh, and I will probably blur some of the confetti.

Thanks to all for the visits and input!!

11-10-2005, 11:08 AM
I like your combination of colors. Everything look so contrasting and create really dynamical senсe. Atmosphere is nice, ouch it is hot like in hell :).

11-12-2005, 01:29 AM
Man, the further you go in your process, the more you amaze me with your talent! I have no crits to give on your work. I can't wait to see your scene finish!

good work! :applause:

11-12-2005, 08:39 AM
this piece of urs are seriously rocking.!:applause:

11-12-2005, 10:02 AM
thats some crazy crazy jazz... very colourful. very well painted.

11-12-2005, 11:51 AM
Hey Jose, what a great work, excellent ambient and colour palette and the idea is supercool

Good luck mate

11-12-2005, 12:51 PM
Paounka, Aline, Michael, Wil, and Victor, Thanks so much! I really appreciate the encouragement. Not sure if I can wrap this up this weekend, but I am very close now.

11-12-2005, 01:59 PM
very crazy...just dropin by to check out this again.....



11-12-2005, 04:31 PM
whats up man,
great coloring, :buttrock:
keep it up
cheers :applause: :cool:

11-12-2005, 04:33 PM
Amazing!!! :bounce:

11-12-2005, 07:11 PM
Great idea and style, I like colors very much too, Keep on rocking Jose :buttrock:

11-15-2005, 06:00 AM
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Many thanks to: Calvin, Jarek, Sergio, and Tibor for the recent visits.

Not a lot of time to work on this but the suggestion of Tarot cards really intrigued me, so here is a test. I did not spend much time designing or rendering them and I will have to go back and do that if enough of you say that they add enough to the piece to warrant the work. Right now I can take'm or leave'm. I like the "hidden" message in their meaning, but I am not sure they add anything substantial to the image, I dont want to distract from the Jester's "Spectacular" show.

I shut up now...

11-15-2005, 09:10 PM
Well, my friend...yes, this is spectacular. This is really spectacular. Great piece. Congrats.

11-16-2005, 12:25 AM
I think that you are awesome.
You always show solid work.
Congrats on the consistent output!

Some Suggestions:

Maybe the confetti and some of the other flammable things could start to ignite as they descend further into hell.


I donít know how to phrase this... I never really thought about it, but...

Does fire cast a shadow? If so, maybe you can darken the areas between the earthy columns that Satanís throne is on and the wall of fire in front of it. It seems to be hovering. Maybe this suggestion would ground it (Also the dancers columns) .

Just my 2 cents.

Any tutorials or "Making of" stuff from you floating around?

11-16-2005, 04:27 AM
Marco- Thanks! I stopped by your 3d entry and laughed my butt off, Great Job!

Joseph- Thanks, much appreciated! I dont think fire can cast a shadow, but I will look at that area again.

I think I will remove the Tarot cards, they are too distracting IMO. I like your idea of having the confetti catch fire, I will work on that!

I dont have any tutorials, there are folks out there way more talented, that have put out some outstanding tutorials. Check out: Nibbledpencil.com, furiae.com, and Stahlberg's site (cant remember the name), just to name a few.

Thanks to all who have dropped by!

11-17-2005, 01:39 AM
Wow! I just noticed this. What a cool piece! For what its worth I like the tarot cards

11-18-2005, 08:01 PM
Goodness Jose! Why have you put a question mark at the end of your link to this thread? Spectacular? Too right. I've been away from the challenge for so long I've missed all this. Looking graet! Do you flip your artwork? Vertically as well as horizontally to see how it looks from all angles and to work on awkward bits? Just curious, because of the upsidedownyness of much of this.

11-18-2005, 08:09 PM
wow.. this is turning out great! :thumbsup:

11-19-2005, 03:30 AM
zpapageo-Thanks, I like the idea behind them, but I'm afraid they will go with the next update. He probably should have been doing something with them, not have them falling with the confetti, but it's too late for that.

Aly- Thanks so much! I dont normally flip my sketches, but for the main figure on this one, I started him upside down, flipped the drawing over somewhere in the middle and finished it upside down.

I put the question mark behind it because we have seen so much in both reality and the movies I found the topic really difficult. Ultimately, I went back to a show type of spectacle, with due credit to "The Cat in the Hat" book.

Daniel- Thanks, I appreciate it!

11-20-2005, 02:08 PM
bravo jose! this image is comin' really spectacular

11-20-2005, 05:59 PM
Your almost finished good luck Jose, no crits!:D

11-21-2005, 02:54 PM
I love this pic!!! I have to wonder though, Why do you have a penticle over the devil? It makes him look almost like the King of Penticles card. To me, it can be misinterpreted. Peops who don't know about paganism usually associate it as Devil worship.

I like the cards that you put into place in this pic. The lighting is superb, and the colors are amazing. I just now noticed the blood tears on the Fools brow, or were his eyes taken out?

This is definately spectacular!!!

11-22-2005, 04:48 AM
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8364/8364_1132634878_medium.jpg (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8364/8364_1132634878_large.jpg)

A few final tweaks and it is done, as done as time will allow right now... ; )

Mathieu- Thanks!
Bryce- Thanks for all the support and advice through it all!
Robert- I dont know much about paganism, I guess I am one of those people that make the association. Sorry, I had to take the cards out. I dont have the time to do them right, and they were too big a distraction for me. As to his eyes, I leave that to the individual viewer.

Thanks to all who have visited and posted! Good Luck to all!
See ya in the next challenge!

11-22-2005, 05:29 AM
http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8364/8364_1132637351_medium.jpg (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/entries/10/8364/8364_1132637351_large.jpg)

It was difficult for me to wrap my mind around the theme of this challenge. After all, we have seen so many Spectacular things both terrible and wonderful, in real life and in the entertainment industry.

I tried to think of the most spectacular thing I ever saw. A lot of things went through my mind, from the births of my children, to September 11th, to some of my favorite epic movies. But I wanted to do something different. For some reason, in the midst of a sleepless night "The Cat in the Hat" book scene where he is bouncing on the ball, balancing all the objects, came to my mind. (I really dont know why I have not read Dr Seuss to my children in years) But I had to take it to a Fantasy/SciFi environment for my own enjoyment. I must have been in a fairly dark mood because the title Satan's Jester came to mind immediately.

I figured he has seen so much... what would it take to impress him. Since I certainly dont know, I drew the most insane act of human acrobatics that I could muster, then drew Satan almost completely unimpressed.

So is it Spectacular? I dont really know. I do hope that the judges will be a little more impressed than the audience in my image.

Many thanks again to all who visited and posted!

11-22-2005, 06:30 AM
Hi! When I look at your image I have some visual metamorphosises. It seems to me I see some characters. But when I look closely I see that there aren't they there. It's great! :) Congratulations on completion of your work! I wish you good luck! :)

11-22-2005, 09:02 AM
...on finishing your image. It indeed looks Spectacular to me. As you very well said, either good and bright or dark and sinister, there are plenty or spectacular approaches to this challenge. I must say that yours is one of them!

Best of luck! :beer:

11-22-2005, 02:00 PM
Beautiful work, very good colors... I like such shades of colors. Good luck:thumbsup:

11-22-2005, 04:24 PM
I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY love this on man !!

The surrealism in this on is awesome.

Like Atris (member.php?u=191407) already said, there is some really weird stuff going on in there;

I love the relaxed sitting devil dude, the posing chicks with chains swinging around, the expressions on their faces, AWESOME!!

The faces in the smoke in the background, the Pillar with the heads and the Clown dude. The nice pentagram on the chair.

The only thing I would comment on is the fire. I think itís a bit too linear, if you ask me there should be some more size variety in the flames. But then again thatís just me.

Other than that I think the piece is MIGHTY !! youíve got my vote man.

11-22-2005, 07:38 PM
Nice to see that you have finished, good luck jose, on a spectacular image!:applause: :applause:

11-22-2005, 07:42 PM
"So is it Spectacular? I dont really know. I do hope that the judges will be a little more impressed than the audience in my image."
Probably yes!

11-23-2005, 01:27 AM
Sergey-Thanks! That means a lot to me! Now, go finish yours up, I cant wait to see the final!

Carlos-Thanks! :beer: Anytime you are in Orlando, FL!

Nikolay-Thanks Man!

Michael- Thanks! I see what you mean about the flames but I already submitted the final tiff and I have other projects that need my time!

Bryce-Thanks again, Yours has a ton of potential (no pun intended) Hurry up and finish! :buttrock:

Oskar-Thanks, I hope so!

Good Luck to all!

11-23-2005, 01:34 AM
The last time I was in Orlando was probably 5 yrs ago, hm, lets see. This December I'm heading to Puerto Rico for a month, I can't wait. Next year I have a Mediterranean Cruise planned, but I will let you know if Orlando my be one of my stops for next year.

Same to you if you stop by "la gran manzana" :beer:

11-23-2005, 01:39 AM
wow... spectacular final image...:thumbsup:

can you post some close ups? in special the girls?:twisted:

Good luck with the judge...:deal:

11-23-2005, 09:34 PM
congratulations on uf finished piece man! I must say that I love ur pic and I consider it as one of my fovarites here in this challenge. best of luck to u in the voting process!

11-24-2005, 12:03 AM
Carlos-It's a deal then!

Adrian-Thank You! I tried to attach some closeups to this post and it did not take, but page 4 of the thread has some, they are missing some detail I added later, but they give the general flavor.

Blaz- Thank You Sir! I really appreciate that! Good Luck to you also, you have an excellent concept and painting going on!

I wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

11-24-2005, 04:30 AM
this is good ,you should try bringing up your midtones with bright oranges it will really help the
the lighthing

11-27-2005, 06:04 PM
Hi Jose, :)
hey man like where you've took this, very powerfull image dynamic composition :thumbsup:
one thing that maybe you cuold check are the flames in the right bottom corner, the seem to similar I mean it's almost like the patern, and I think they should be random, and the shapes hardly repeat themselfs, it's minor detail but i think could have great impact on overall mood :)
seeya, cheers :beer:

11-30-2005, 10:43 PM
This looks amazing. The overall dynamism and mix of colours is really effective. My only crit would be to make the flames a bit more fierce. Good luck!

11-30-2005, 10:55 PM
Good luck Jose!:thumbsup:

12-01-2005, 02:48 AM
great!came by to congratulate u upon completing the challenge.a fantastic progress from the begining and the result of the final piece is simply awesome:thumbsup:wish the the best of luck and god speed to u in the finals:)

12-01-2005, 04:48 AM
your art still my favorite...something's tell me that you have a good chance here!

I wish you my best good luck! you deserv to be select.

Congratulation again! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

12-01-2005, 04:52 AM
your art still my favorite...something's tell me that you have a good chance here!

I wish you my best good luck! you deserv to be select.

Congratulation again! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

12-01-2005, 06:14 AM
Thanks to all for visiting. I really dont have the time to mess with this right now. Too many projects too little time, but that is not a complaint!

Lynch- It already looks pretty orangy on my display at home, plus no time to experiment.

Korline- Thanks, again, no time to experiment.

Baron- Thanks for the compliment. Still kind of bumbed that you wont submit your image. But I really respect you for sticking to your gut (and your skills).

Gonzalo- Gracias!

sh@ke-Thank You! I love how magical your entry is looking, really spectacular lighting!

cyberarts- Thanks! I really appreciate it!

Thanks to all for your thoughtful input, I wish I had more time to implement them.

Good Luck to all!

12-01-2005, 06:17 AM
Hey, congrats, Jose! Glad you made it. And it looks great. I think the judges will no doubt be impressed. :-)


12-01-2005, 11:46 AM
Nice idea and great concept of clown. Very realistic look. Good work.

12-01-2005, 02:14 PM
Congratulations to your final image, looks fantastic. Good luck! :thumbsup:

12-01-2005, 02:15 PM
Well done Jose - Excellent image, detail - spectacular!

12-01-2005, 07:31 PM
hey man, it's a great image, I love this concept :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
cheers :twisted:

12-01-2005, 09:24 PM
Lovely work..
made yourself a masterpiece. The overall look and colors are great!
Best of luck to you.. :applause:

12-06-2005, 04:11 PM
Hi Jose, congratulations for your image final, really cool,
good luck.
E.T :cool:

12-06-2005, 06:49 PM
congrats, jose! this really looks "spectacular" :thumbsup:

the moment i saw the devil on the right side of the picture i had to smile - the way he seems to be rather bored than amused is sooo funny! :)

good luck with the judges and i hope to see you next time! :bounce:

12-07-2005, 08:21 AM
:applause: Sorry, jose been a while since I have been here. Congrats on this image again, just got mines in earlier thanx to robert, he is the man! Best of luck to you in the judging, holla!:wavey:

12-07-2005, 06:18 PM
as I said... excellent work mate:thumbsup: good luck on the judging:bounce:

12-08-2005, 01:20 AM
Walrus, Weedlog, Rawwad, Avatarist, Korline, Michael Motion, Tranchefeux, Dunkengold, Beelow, Ducklator, My heartfelt appreciation for all your support and encouragemnet. I wish you all success and a little luck in the judging. I hope to see you all in the next one!

12-08-2005, 01:48 AM
Hey Jose, congratulations on finishing a fantastic piece! Good luck to you!

12-08-2005, 01:56 AM
you can bet on that! see you next contest dude!:thumbsup:

12-08-2005, 06:30 AM
hey Jose,
see you around :bounce: :bounce:
good luck with your fine piece of art :buttrock:
cheers man :twisted:

12-11-2005, 03:17 AM
congrats jose on getting the image finished, and impressive work at that :)

12-18-2005, 05:16 PM
Hi,Jose ,thank u to drop my thread and gave me a good link ,hehe ,u r so nice ,keep the good works up~!thank u~by the way ,I like ur cool desing ,so amazing ,hehe ~

01-19-2006, 04:02 AM
That illustration is simply a marvelous piece of art, congratulations man.

01-19-2006, 04:40 AM
Thanks Victor, and the rest of the guys, for your support! Always appreciated!

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