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09 September 2005, 05:43 PM
Veera Luhtala is entered in the "Spectacular Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Concept Sketch: Immediate spotting of idiocy (

09 September 2005, 05:49 PM
hyvä Suomi :scream:

Good luck!

09 September 2005, 05:53 PM (

Ahem. This thing might be a bit hard to decipher. The big blob is a kind of a zeppelin, the squiggle on the 'foreground' (lower left corner) is a character on a bicycle-like vehicle. And there's some explosion-type action there too.

09 September 2005, 05:56 PM
Kiitos kiitos, samat sanat takaisin vaan ;)

That's some quick posting there, Ranath.

09 September 2005, 08:16 PM (

This would be another tall image then. The dark rectangles are there to help me figure out the image proportions.

I noted that there are quite a lot of zeppelins floating around in the challenge. Well, originality is overrated, though seeing as mine is so very cruddy in comparison, I may yet have to come up with another idea.

But I'd like to point out in my defence that this particular zeppelin has been floating in my brain for a few years now. It and the cyclist are a part of a (hopefully) future project that I just haven't yet committed to paper or pixels. The challenge is an excellent excuse for starting.

09 September 2005, 08:38 PM
Double post weirdness here.

09 September 2005, 09:14 AM
Absolutely brilliant composition. Completely in the theme of the challenge.
I will follow your thread.

09 September 2005, 07:21 PM
Great idea, I love the little fellow on the bike. Have fun in the challenge and may the muse be with you!

Thanks for the heads up on my thread.

09 September 2005, 02:18 PM
authentic: Absolutely brilliant, you say? Well, I hope it will get better yet :D

Euphrosyne: glad that my nutty post in your thread wasn't too nutty ;)

09 September 2005, 02:29 PM
Hi! The idea is good and the composition works, so it's a good start. :) I'll follow this..

09 September 2005, 02:33 PM (

I don't know if you can tell from the image, but I kind of have a thing for uniform-like clothing and knickerbockers... Though uniforms are the thing in this alternative future; No It-boy or -girl would be caught dead without one.

I rather like the clothes, but I also doubt they would be very practical for riding a bike - even if the bike was the ingenious half electric, half self navigating piece of machinery I'm thinking of. But I think I'll go for stylish in stead of practical: biker spandex is hardly a very appealing look.

I'm in two minds about the style of this character: I keep having these visions of a very nearly manga-like style, but then I feel that I shouldn't go that way. I'm not exactly a manga enthusiast (though I hardly am an enthusiast of any other style either). Oh well, I'll just have to see where this is headed.

09 September 2005, 02:39 PM
Hi! The idea is good and the composition works, so it's a good start. :) I'll follow this..
Man, thanks for the kind words, and may I just add that I love your Desert Rocks! (A web-based graphic novel, for those not yet in the know: Googling "Desert Rocks" should get you there.)

09 September 2005, 03:05 PM
Man, thanks for the kind words, and may I just add that I love your Desert Rocks! (A web-based graphic novel, for those not yet in the know: Googling "Desert Rocks" should get you there.)

Ah, thanks, so you know some of my work. :)

Anyway, cool design for the clothes.. IMO that uniform somehow has a very Russian feel to it. A futuristic cossack uniform. The character looks cute too. Reminds me of Kino.. of Kino no Tabi, if you know.

09 September 2005, 03:31 PM
Yeh, you definitely got the point: cossack jackets being buttoned on one side in order to reduce wind chill -> a kind of a justification for the oh-so-cool-though-impractical design.

Had to google Kino. Crud. I knew those button eyes weren't exactly one-of-a-kind, but still...

09 September 2005, 12:13 PM (

I've been racking my brain, thinking about zeppelins. How on earth did they steer those things?

Well, apparently there was the propeller and then they had those, er, fins. (Not the proper word here I assume, but I'm thinking of those flap-thingies they have in airplanes as well.)

What puzzles me is how did the zeppelins ever keep even a semblance of a schedule, what with the immense size and the very real possibility of contrary winds and such? I shouldn't probably think of it as a ferryboat of the skies, but more of a sailing ship. But still...

To cut to the chase: here's my solution to the problem - a harpoon-gun. They must've had some sort of anchors in the zeppelins as they were, but something like this would enable faster maneuvers. The idea is that the crew could launch any of the several harpoons positioned on the open upper deck between the ship and the actual gas-balloon, depending on the desired direction.

The harpoon would then have some kind of an explosive, to release it from the ground when the desired position was reached. A pretty nifty idea, I'd like to think, though I figure that without adding lift to the airship, this harpoon tugging would not make for very level progress.

09 September 2005, 12:27 PM (

You wouldn't want to shoot the cable coil with an explosive harpoon, right?

09 September 2005, 01:20 PM
Haha, clever idea:thumbsup:

09 September 2005, 10:28 PM
Zepplin wow that's origanal, that's another idea I didn't think of, very cool :scream:
like that shot it's almost like taken out of the movie, good luck, check back later :twisted:

09 September 2005, 08:26 AM
I like the composition and the character and the whole thing.. but IMO it still needs something to make it more spectacular. I'd like to see you stick to the cartoony style, whether it's a manga-ish style or something else.

09 September 2005, 09:04 AM
Thanks guys.

It's all still consept stuff - though the courier-with-exploding-zeppelin is kind of what I'm heading for. We're talking about spectacular, right? Explosions = spectacular, right?


I did mention this is also concept stuff for a half-hour animation idea I'm toying with? I think I did. Anyway, I must admit that the explosion=spectacular equation's getting a bit old, but there is an explosion there, in the script. Well, in my head there is.

09 September 2005, 10:21 AM
Very good idea.Zeppelins are always spectacular :) .Good luck!

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