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02 February 2006, 01:55 AM
michael see zheng xun is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: the journey begins -mood tweak

02 February 2006, 01:57 AM
man! your fast ,good luck , even thou you done need it :)

02 February 2006, 01:58 AM
Hi there! Good luck with this new challenge! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with this time your work in general!
Good luck and have fun!

subscribing... there are soo many people I know entering, it's almost a bit weird!

02 February 2006, 02:00 AM
another real fast enterer :) welcome onboard. am really looking forward to see your ideas on this one. really love your artwork.

have some fun and some great inspiration :)

02 February 2006, 02:02 AM
Ooooh, this is going to hurt! I hope you'll stop by now and then and give me some awesome tips! :thumbsup:


02 February 2006, 02:02 AM
Go Michael!!! This ought to be Spectacu~ I mean, this ought to be great! :D

Cheers, :)


02 February 2006, 02:14 AM
Hey, it's great to see you back, Michael. :)
All the best, mate.:thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 02:18 AM
good luck, n have fun sh@ke :D

02 February 2006, 02:57 AM
Good to see you here again!

Good Luck with the Challenge :)

02 February 2006, 03:03 AM
Hi ! glad to see you again! your spectacular is very suited for Jounrney challenge ! hehe , hope to see stunning image from you again!

02 February 2006, 03:30 AM
matt - hey thanks man~yeah i got in here when rudy told me that the challenge is on~haha good luck to u too~:D

paperclip - thanks mate~same goes to u~i'll be lurking into urs from tmie to time:)

lynna - thanks lynna.havent really thought of anything yet~haha,will try to come up with some sketches maybe later tonite

erilaz - thanks:scream:u have fun too my friend.haha i might need some tips from u though~

Rebeccak - hie becca~thanks dropping~i do hope that u have time for this~and atleast try to finish it~:D

ArtisticVisions - thanks mate~i'm hapy for ur support:)

RedSquirrel - same goes to u mate

Lync - same here~glad to see u here as well~:]

monsitj - hey there~u did fantastic stuff in the previous challenge too~haha yeah~spectacular fit perfectly in this one~lol.will come up with something else nevertheless~:D

02 February 2006, 03:35 AM
Sh@ke!!! good luck!!! OMG!

*stalks your thread*

02 February 2006, 04:35 AM
good luck mike! the wait is finally over eh? rock and roll man! :buttrock:

02 February 2006, 04:37 AM
hi mate,let's have fun.cheers bro:bounce:

02 February 2006, 04:37 AM
easy on the biscuits, dude

have fun :)


02 February 2006, 04:50 AM
I really enjoyed your entry for the Spectacular challenge and I'm looking forward to seeing your progress through this challenge. :)

Good luck!

02 February 2006, 04:51 AM
Good luck and have fun :)

02 February 2006, 05:00 AM
Hello Michael, stopping by to wish you good luck :)

02 February 2006, 05:03 AM
hi michael :D good luck with the challenge . definetely a thread to look . have fuuuuuun :D

02 February 2006, 05:17 AM
WOOHOO, i'm gonna see another great piece from you, i know that for sure. GOODLuck and i'm keeping an eye on you dude :bounce:

02 February 2006, 06:31 AM and fun we will have... good luck :)

02 February 2006, 06:40 AM
Welcome back Micheal! Good luck, hope to see something spectacular, let the Journey Begin!:D

02 February 2006, 06:58 AM
Hey Mike, welcome back !!let our journey begins,,the long and exciting journey ,hahaha
Waiting for ur brand new piece of journey bro:)

02 February 2006, 07:03 AM
haha shake you owning the forums like usual man, cant wait to see what you got cooking.


02 February 2006, 07:18 AM
oz - thanks man~i'll be stalking urs too:scream:

jose - haha~such a paint in the ass waiting for this.thanks bro~best of luck
xric7 - thanks bro~its gonna be fun~i can tell:bounce:

Squibbit - haha~yeah~might be doing biscuit for this journey challenge~:D

wildsheepchas - thanks alot~do ur very best too mate

keko,Queensoul- thanks,same goes to u

Agamemnwn - thanks mate~all the best to u too

Arc80 - thanks man~yeah!all the best to u too arc

makaron - its gonna be fun indeed~

beelow - my spectacular piece should be here for the challenge:Dthanks mate

Michael Chang - yeah!a brand new piece of the journey~seems like the journey piece i did for the spectacular is a mistake.haha,goodluck to ya as well and all the best

Slav - thanks man~its gonna be some biscuits running around,:scream:like what squib mentoned.goodluck to ya

02 February 2006, 07:23 AM
uhuh, yea look who's late now , where's your sketch buddy?

neeeenerrr :p


02 February 2006, 07:29 AM
squib - will come up with something tomorrow~too occupied with the biscuits now:scream:

02 February 2006, 07:30 AM
Hey sh@ke, best of luck to you!
Wanna see you do some great things with your pencils, I know you will..

02 February 2006, 07:31 AM
Good luck as well bro! :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 07:35 AM
Big fan here. Good luck, can't wait to see what you come with. :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 08:23 AM
hey mate,!

i wish u good luck, i liked ur previous entries! ;)

see you around!

cheers Kam.

02 February 2006, 08:35 AM
Christ Michael, three pages already! Am thrilled to see your entry ^^ and looking forward to seeing the results. Go kick ass, my friend ;)!

02 February 2006, 08:43 AM
Best of luck Michael... i acn't wait to see what you create for us!

02 February 2006, 09:51 AM
Hey Michael !!

have a lots of fun and best of luck my friend !!

cheers ,


02 February 2006, 09:52 AM
Christ Michael, three pages already! Am thrilled to see your entry ^^ and looking forward to seeing the results. Go kick ass, my friend ;)!

He's got fan's now, Spam away!:D

02 February 2006, 10:18 AM
Best of luck Mike :thumbsup:

Can't wait to see your smooth style, taking up a chair in the front row to see better cuz the show is about to start :D

02 February 2006, 11:14 AM
Yay Mike! glad you're in, looking forward to see what you come up with, good luck and have fun!!!

02 February 2006, 01:09 PM
Good luck for the challenge, even if you do not need luck :)

Show us some cool stuff soon!

02 February 2006, 01:26 PM
MichaelMotion - thanks michael~yeah,i'll work with pencil in the concept sketches stage:)
Mecha Hate Chimp - thanks my friend,same goes to u:]
LoTekK - thanx mate~
Kamjar Fadai - hey mate~thanks alot for dropping by,i like ur previous entry too~all the best to u and best of luck:thumbsup:

Elsie - thanks alot for being supportive elsie:)i'll try my best not to let u guys down
duddlebug - thanks johny,do ur best to alright~:)
Zapan - lots of fun too zapan~i'll stalk into urs very soon.thanks alot my friend:scream:

beelow - haha~i'm flattered~thanks dude

3dRaven - thanks raven~i'll do some brainstorming for the ideas later tonite.rather bz with the biscuits at the moment

Rudy - i wanna thank u for informing me~was so excited when u told me that.have fun too my friend.

02 February 2006, 01:32 PM
hey mate.. loves your entry soo much last time.. reckon yours will be something special.. good luck.

02 February 2006, 01:52 PM
Hey best of luck to you my friend!

02 February 2006, 02:57 PM
I loved your spectacular! Wish you good luck and loads of fun!! :)

02 February 2006, 05:07 PM
Hey, Michael, good to see you back again, and looking forward to your new work. Have fun!


02 February 2006, 05:57 PM
I wish a good luck and lots of creative energy to all of my buddies from previous challenges :D Dont be mad coz I'll post the same first reply to all of u, but wishes r sincere.. I just wanna to sign up to ur thread. Once again best of luck!

02 February 2006, 08:10 PM
Michael, your Lantern pic was wonderful! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this time round. :)

02 February 2006, 08:28 PM
Good luck dude! :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 10:27 PM
Lookin forward to seeing your work. Good luck!


02 February 2006, 10:32 PM

03 March 2006, 02:23 AM
Hallo there! I'm a fan of your stuff so GOOD LUCK! =D

03 March 2006, 02:43 AM
Great to see you here mate! cant wait to see some sk8ces...!

03 March 2006, 05:36 AM
Good luck man :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:50 AM
wil - thanks man~my 'spectacular' piece seems like fitted best for this 'the journey begins' challenge~haha

digital_bobert - bob ,glad u drop by,many thanks my friend~like i mentioned,i'dlove to see ur sketches too~

FrozZT - thank u and enjoy the challenge too mate:)

walrus - thanks man~looking forward to urs as well

NinjaASSN - thank u blaz,dont mind at all,u have a great one too yah~i'll be lurking into urs soon.

Poshspice - hi aly,haha~was too excited for the challenge that i did 'the journey' piece for the previous challenge but not for this~what a mess:scream:thanks for dropping by,u have a great one going too.

sergioKomic - thanks mate:)same goes to u

Gord MacDonald - thanks buddy~u too

nebezial - yoo neb~was alil too bz for the biscuits commercial.u did great with the 1st 2 sketches man.

jjhei - thank u friend.:)have fun yeah

maranello55 - yeah~wouldnt miss any of this challenges.hehe,thanks mate

toledo - thanks~looking forward to see urs too

03 March 2006, 07:14 AM (

was alil late on working out the sketches~seeing everyone gets so energetic and been doing great with the entries,dont wanna miss that out myself~was too bz with the current jobs,since the deadline is on friday and had to rush it up for output material,spend 10 minutes in the office scribbling with pencil and here it goes

03 March 2006, 07:31 AM
Hi Shake! Interesting concept sketch!

Can't wait to see the progress! Good luck!


03 March 2006, 07:35 AM
Very good sketch Mr. sh@ke..
Love the little guy near the floor waving this fella of.

It's a mother, father, son-pic, right?
I know it's an early stage but don't forget about an emotion on the sons face
Looking strong .... again..... :)

03 March 2006, 07:44 AM
jsn - thank u,i'll do more soon.:)

michael - yeah ,hehe no problem~i'll focus on the emotion/expression of the main character~maybe i'll change him into a child,yeah~ur right,his parents are seeing him off,infact i wanna make the whole villagers seeing him off.havent really thought much of the story though~:scream:thanks again for the comment:)

03 March 2006, 07:50 AM
i like it very much michael . the way the stairway moves up and disapears :D its great:D great job as always :D

03 March 2006, 07:59 AM
great composition man , i love the idea!

03 March 2006, 08:14 AM
10 min ?#!? o_O Oh man, thats rather fast :buttrock:
The sketch reminds me indeed of a begining journey, similar to this really epic RPGs where
a young character leaves the hometown for his big adventure.
Like it!

03 March 2006, 08:18 AM
Awesome sketch! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 08:26 AM
well, Rebeccak just took the words out of my mouth.

FREAKIN AWESOME MAN!! this sketch rules. very nice.
can't wait to see more.

03 March 2006, 08:39 AM
great pencil!!?is'n it.gonna be great image.:thumbsup: :bounce: wana see more.:bounce:
cheers bros.

03 March 2006, 08:42 AM
Morning Michael! *bounces* That sketch is awesome as ever! I always have a hard time reading that they're 10 minutes - I'd have spent over an hour on something like that hehe. You are the master with a pencil :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 08:54 AM
wow Mike
Cool sketch so far,cant wait to see more,
you are really a quick drawer haha
it pressured me:)

03 March 2006, 08:59 AM
looking forward to this, man. the sketch has already captured the exciting atmosphere, just can't wait!

03 March 2006, 09:02 AM
hey man, love this sketch,

it looks like there is a great story behind this.
I love the cloths designs on the front characters really much.

to me this looks like it could be a winning entry if u manage to finnish it off nicely! :p
and its even one of your earlier sketches...

well it can only get better now... so , keep drawing :P!

cheers Kam. :bounce:

03 March 2006, 09:09 AM
Good sketch. Simple concept that reflects exactly that a journey begins... nice composition, can support a lot of interesting details like tha people in the background... and also good proportions of the set in relation with the characters. Me likes it :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 09:39 AM
yaay! sh@ke it baby! hehe i always enjoy your 10 minute - in - between - work - sketches :D

03 March 2006, 10:55 AM
Nice sketch - Looks very promising. Look forward to seeing where you take it...

03 March 2006, 11:16 AM
Looking good Mike, but be carefull that it doesn't look to much like your spectacular entry.
Of course there's a whole different theme going on here, I can see that (wich looks like a pretty solid concept I must say), but the whole setting does kinda reminds me of your spectacular entry.
Of course this is just an early sketch and a lot can be done with coloring it, just wanted to point that out to you.
I really like that idea you had of changing that guy into a small brave boy, it would be like those classic RPG's where a boy is the chosen one to save the planet or something, really like that idea!!! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:36 AM
Cool sketch Mike!

03 March 2006, 11:41 AM
Hi Friend,

Your concept his really great, really feeling of deep. I will follow your thread with attention , it's sure. Good luck !

03 March 2006, 11:49 AM
Great headstart mate, love your sketch!!! wish you a great Journey and have lots of fun!:scream: :beer::cool:

03 March 2006, 11:57 AM
With beginings like this one what can we do the rest of us. Fantastic concept, this sure is one of the threads to follow.

03 March 2006, 12:10 PM
well there is nothing wrong with that at all.. spot on son.. keep it coming:cool:

03 March 2006, 01:02 PM
That's very cool and original. I can't wait for the next sketches !
Good luck =)

03 March 2006, 01:30 PM
Good Luck, Friend!

03 March 2006, 01:39 PM
man u like stairs running down a mountainside much ? :P


03 March 2006, 01:48 PM
haha no kidding.
Always love your sketches Michael - subscribing :)

03 March 2006, 02:22 PM
You concept is awesome, cant wait till you get the painting. Much luck to you.

03 March 2006, 03:00 PM
Terrific sketch - I absolutely love the details and composition of it. :thumbsup:
The idea was based of one of your Spectacular concepts, right? Seems to really work well for this new Challenge.

All the best. :)

03 March 2006, 03:38 PM
woohoo! hey Michael glad to see your entering again! THis is going to be so much fun I have loads of ideas already, just need to get them down on paper.

My best wishes to you! :bounce:

03 March 2006, 04:32 PM
Nice start, matey :)

Good luck and have loads o' fun :bounce:

03 March 2006, 04:34 PM
awww.. this is looking great already! welcome! :bounce:

03 March 2006, 06:28 PM
Hi mike, nice to see you around! good luck with the challenge ! *subscribes*

03 March 2006, 06:49 PM
wellcome mike!! :D great sketch! i love your works. good luck :D :D

03 March 2006, 06:54 PM
good... good...


03 March 2006, 07:09 PM
Great sketch, I like your idea. Looks like a real journey!

03 March 2006, 07:22 PM
Hey Michael! great sketch! cant wait for some more updates!

Cheers dude!

03 March 2006, 07:48 PM
Nice job on your first sketch Michael! Definitely works perfectly for this challenge. Awesome camera angle and the characters emotion should be easy to pull off. Looking forward to your coloring if you decide to stick with this sketch.

03 March 2006, 11:37 PM
I like the sketch mate. Looking good so far. Great start and good idea.
Waiting for you next move :)


03 March 2006, 11:47 PM
Wow, great start sh@ke I really like how you give the illusion of steepness in your sketch.

03 March 2006, 03:22 AM
It's good to see you in this one. Good job on the Spectacular Challenge.

03 March 2006, 05:57 AM
michael, thanks for the comment in my thread.

Your sketch is very well done,with great composition of camera angle, characters and details of cloths and background elements.

Very cool so far.

03 March 2006, 06:18 AM
Really nice sketch! it promises a wonderfull entry, I wish u the best in your journey and sure I'll be watching your progress!:)

03 March 2006, 06:50 AM
i'm soo happy that most of u love the sketch.i'll post a reply individually when i'm less occupied.
thank u guys very much in advance.i'll post another one soon

03 March 2006, 07:01 AM (

here's another one,spend another 10 minutes just now to sketch this out,i played alil bit on the composition,will see how thing goes~i'll keep the 1st one coz i might come back to that.

03 March 2006, 07:08 AM
Didn't think you could top that first sketch, but I guess you easily can..
This one's better I think, walking towards the viewer and still going for the path he'll follow.
Very nice composition.. impressed me again. Now you stop that will ya! :D

03 March 2006, 07:26 AM
Good luck for this new challenge. I like your concept very good draw

03 March 2006, 07:29 AM
awesome! i love the new sketch , definatly the best out of the 2!
Keep it up dude

03 March 2006, 07:32 AM
Your sketch is really amazing. So many beautiful details in it.
The only suggestion I would make is to maybe have the boy who is setting off on his journey a little more towards the foreground. I mean, it's still pretty obvious that he's the main character in the scene, but it might make the image a little more dramatic.

03 March 2006, 07:42 AM
goodmorning michael . I love the sketch and the feeling of anime :D the guy on the rock waving:D great stuff :D

03 March 2006, 07:42 AM
jannis and sheepfactory - thanks alot~

vyse_soa - thanks alot mate~i'll think of a story for it when i come to the lineart stage~10 mins it was,i ust spend another 10 mins on the new one

rebecca - thank u my friend~hope u wont do that just for fun~coz i wanna see it done:scream:

cr@sh - thanks man~yeah i just posted another one.

xric - u got it bro,i wana see ur 3d entry

elsie - thank u elsie~have to do it fast can i have to get it done unnotice~haha.

michael chang - thank u bro~will see what ya come up with the monalisa's

lingolas - thank u jennifer

kamjar - thank u my friend,i'm going with oriental approach again this time~gotta do some study on these ancient chinese costumes.will post a story on this when i go futher with it~:)

loris - thanks alot,i'll be focusing on the expression for the background characters as well

calisto - thank u so much,will be looking forward to urs

vahn - thanks man,yeah,its quite a risk to do this at work~i did that while i was rendering with my machine.

mythmaker - thanks alot my friend

rudy - yeah,thanks for pointing that out~was too excited to have completed the whole thing even b4 this challenge started~i will make sure this wont go the same as the one i did previously.:scream:

queensoul - thank u

deevad - i like urs too~thank u for dropping by

sacha - thanks buddy~keep urs rocking too yeah.:thumbsup:

ramitxon - thanks alot~glad u like it:]

wil - thanks,will keep the 1st one and develope more from there:>

elgenor - thanks mate~u got it and stay tune

tyin - thanks mate~i wish u join too,will u?

squib - i have a thing with stairs ,haha ,cant help it~:P thanks btw

natasha - thanks tasha~i'll keep'em coming.same goes to u my friend

george - thanks man~im looking forward to urs too

artisticvision - thank u,haha,nah,i didnt really base this on the spectacular concept~might look too similar for u to think that,i wish u the best of luck in ur 3d entry

enialadam - great thanks madelaine~i'll see what ya come up with all ur ideas:scream:

valentina - thanks alot friend.didnt know ur doing 3d as well

benita - thanks alot benita~i know u r gonna rock too

xillion - thanks mate~looking forward to urs

slav and snowan - thanks alot both of ya

matt - thanks,its updated.wll do more':scream:

mechahatechimp - thanks buddy`yeah i might come back to the 1st one ,wil work more on the composition.

arc80 - got it mate:)i'll check in on urs soon

redsquirrel - thank u so much.

wildcory - thanks man~u did greatly in the previous on too

schaal - great~thanks man.its good to see u in the challenge.

climax - thanks alot,i'll be watching urs too~great to have u here

michaelmotion - thanks man~i'll try to play around with both the composition and see what i can come up with mixing them together :scream:

mdn67 - thanks mate~same goes to ya

matt - thank u very much matt~i'll work more on it

rachel - thanks alot for the suggestion,i'll keep that in mind when i work on the next one:)

jannis - thanks again my friend and good morning to ya~

03 March 2006, 07:53 AM
very impresisve for a 10 minute scribble :)

I like both drawings a lot

good luck!

03 March 2006, 10:30 AM
GREAT sketch!

wonderfull drawing

03 March 2006, 10:44 AM
Hey michael. Very good sketch as well but I think I like the composition of the first one more. I like that you have in the foreground the characters that the main character is saying goodbye, and you cant see their faces, and also the viewer is able to see where the main character is heading towards to. Plus, I find the angle of view more dramatic!! Keep it up :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:06 AM
great concept sketches. you are very fast!! 10min to do this nice sketch.

Good luck for the contest, i'm awaiting to see more progress.

03 March 2006, 11:50 AM
On one hand I really liked the first sketch with it's busy city, a young boy/man setting out on an adventure into the city and beyond into the wild that was visible on the horizon. On the other hand, the second sketch is a more rustic version, country boy setting off to discover something (himself maybe heh) and they are both wonderfull... Can't really choose :sad: (although to be honest I'm leaning more towards the first since you have a wide range of scenery, city, forest, mountains and I'm a sucker for cityscapes ^^).

Anyway, I'm subscribing since I want to see where you take it. Can't wait for the next sketch :)

03 March 2006, 01:12 PM
Spot on man, I really like this second sketch.
Personally I like this composition better then the first one, to have a front view of the main character kinda gives the feeling your going with him and leaving the townspeople behind instead of staying behind and watch him leave, know what I mean?

03 March 2006, 01:19 PM
Your pencil work is quite beautiful. Have you considered increasing the scale of the main character to draw focus?

I look at the image and question whether your focus is where the main character is leaving, the main character himself, or the destination he is headed to (which is not visible)?

03 March 2006, 01:56 PM
I don't agree with zachlost about your focus. The contest is about the beginning of the journey, therefore no destination is required to be revealed. The contest is about the journey, which is multidimensional. A simple character drawing would just seem shallow and wouldn't encompass what this contest is about.

I love the sense of scale in your drawings! You have great world-building skills in which I can explore lots of nooks and crannies. I wish I had my own personal awning!

03 March 2006, 05:21 PM
cool sketch again
love ur pencil work
but i prefer the 1st one more haha
waiting for more:)

03 March 2006, 05:25 PM
Hello Michael, I'm not surprised to see you here. ;)

Just when I'm only mulling it over and thinking whether I'd MAKE the time and might enter this time round, you are already here with two sketches. As always, they look great so far!

But as you know, I'm useless at just getting on and doing things. :sad:

Keep up the good work...and best of luck! :D

03 March 2006, 09:19 PM
Both sketches are looking great :) is it there a chance you are giving free drawing lessons in your spare time ? :drool:

03 March 2006, 09:20 PM
nice start, good luck!

03 March 2006, 09:24 PM
Great start. This is really awesome sketh. I Wish you luck on your journey ;)

03 March 2006, 09:27 PM
you appear to be a very fast, very skilled sketcher! wow, is all I can

03 March 2006, 04:36 AM
Stefan_Morrell - thanks alot stefan:)glad u like both of them~
ThalitaDol - thanks mate

Loris_ - yeah~thats what i thought too~personally i like the 1st composition as well and at the same time,the 2nd sketch has its aesthetic and the a certain aspect to it,i'll try to develope more and will see how it goes from there.

budji - thanks alot,i wish the same goes to u:)

urgaffel - haha thanks mate~yeah,i get what u mean ,thats how i feel aswell,cant really choose from the 2.lke i mentioned above~will try to come up with another composition.

Rudeone - thanks rudy~u have a point there,perhaps i could make the characters position similar like the one on the 2nd sketch and the background of the 1st.couldnt really decide now,i'll skecth up another one later.hopefully i could get going with the colors on the weekends

zachlost - thanks for the suggestion mate~yeah~well actually i was trying to potray the character with an emotion,i'd make focus on the main character and with a soft defocus on the sub forground characters to create the contrast between them,on the other hand,the expression on the sub characters could also play a role in the story i thought the increasing of the scale or not wouldnt make much of a different,however,i'll take note of what u have mentioned.thanks for the comment my friend.:scream:

JTD - thanks for pointing that out mate,like i have replied for rudy's post,i might play around with both the sketches to enhance the composition:)

michael chang - thanks bro,i might base on the background for the 1st one but make alil changes on the position of the characters.looking forward to urs too

Xeophex - hey ralph~i do hope u'd join~:Dif u really wanna do it~u would.the deadline is like 3 months from now~so u stil have time to decide

xillion - thanks mate,haha~i'll try though

Ranath - thanks ranath

Pawlack - thank u so much.same goes to u

Lync - thanks lync.thats a sweet one:)

03 March 2006, 05:12 AM
What can i say?
The first one my favourite :bounce:
Good luck with the challenge :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:50 AM
Hey there, Mike. Wishing you all the best for this challenge and have fun!

03 March 2006, 07:28 AM
PSych - thanks alot~seems like many go for the 1st.:scream:

jerome - hey there~thanks alot friend,are u not joining this?i do hope u fit in sometime for this :)

03 March 2006, 07:57 AM (

here's another pencil sketch i did just while ago,took bout 15 minutes on this~

03 March 2006, 08:21 AM
You are something else man!. Fantistic Sketches. I like this one bettter then the second one, but I still prefer the first. You are capable of transmitting a whole idea with only a few pencil lines. Keep it up.

03 March 2006, 09:24 AM (

another 10 minutes sketch~

03 March 2006, 10:01 AM
Again, two great sketches :) What if you combined the epic scope of no.3 with the character from no.4? No.3 feels more epic but the character in no.4 feels more vurnerable (since he looks younger duh :)) so they might work well together?

03 March 2006, 10:51 AM
urgaffel - thanks for the comment my friend~after looking back at those sketches~i seem to prefer the 1st one most~tried combining the 2 together just now but it looks almost like the 4th.just a minor difference in comparison.i'll go with the 1st composition with that particular angle but i'll play around with the elements on the background as well as the design of the characters:)

03 March 2006, 11:14 AM
oh this one is wonderful, i like it already mate, i just love the sketchy look of stuff, like this one. im pretty sure ull handle it well from here onwards...:). all the best.

03 March 2006, 11:16 AM
I really like your first sketch the best I think. Is he heading up the mountain? Could you tell us a little about the story?

Beautiful line art! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:17 AM
love your line work.

03 March 2006, 11:18 AM
Love the lines. Beautiful! I like the epic scale of the detail in the background.

03 March 2006, 01:42 PM
Thus far I prefer either 1 or 4 best, I cant decided. The reason for this is because the character is nearer in the foreground, so appearing larger - which is better in this case, imo. :)

03 March 2006, 01:48 PM
Wheee *jumps on Michael* I am in love with this last sketch. I don't know why, theres just something in it that really touches me. You have so much talent my friend :D and very humble too. Checking back soon!

03 March 2006, 01:49 PM
Hey sh@ke! That looks awsome! I like the second last one the most, thought. The one where you can see the traveller say goodbye to his family (I presume...). It has as a good mood, and so far i really love your composition! Keep 'em comming!!

I just hope I can get a good idea for my post soon... Though I don't think I'm gonna pose much of a thread to your skills :) ...

03 March 2006, 05:32 PM
Good luck, friend! Nice concept, very similar as in spectacular, continue in story. :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 05:43 PM
Great Drawing Sh@ke!

My only suggestion is to push or explore tha shapes in the characters a bit more. Right now they are a bit generic.
And watch out for the perspective. Everything is leaning a bit to the left. just tilt the left side in a bit and you will be good to go. You could probably do that in Photoshop or similar.
Also the main character is out of perspective.
Woops I just noticed you have two last drawings, I have been talking about the one where the boy is alone. In the other one the perspective has the opposite problem. The left side is leaning into fram a bit too much. I would also suggest moving the man and the boy to the left to frame them better. Right noe the are a tanget with the buildibgs directly behind them.
All that said, I really like where this is going.
Best of luck!

03 March 2006, 07:22 PM
Great dense of depth — and is only a sketch! I like what I see... can't wait to see you play with atmospherics and making that background come to life. Keep it up! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:46 PM
Man, I love your lineart sketches. It's so clean and full of details :) Welcome back man. Hope you got another winner here :)

03 March 2006, 09:30 PM
this one looks even better! man i so envy your sketching style ...its so beautifully clean and precise...:drool:

03 March 2006, 12:44 PM
wow! great work i like it all. Good luck in the challenges.:eek:

03 March 2006, 02:27 PM
Really good the last one, the compostion is really ok. At first I looked at the boy, after the parents, and at last I drew with eyes the way he will make ( stairway/bridges ).
So this one is easy reading for sure. I 'm impatient to see your colors. :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 04:29 PM
I really love your sketches! :) They tell epic stories for sure.. Eager to see what you will show us next! Have fun!


03 March 2006, 06:55 PM
Wow Micheal! :scream: I've been checking out your artwork more since I found your anatomythread, and I'm really to admire your style! Every time again you seem to want to go up in the sky (when talking about the design of your elements ;) ), and you give it a very 'pittoresk' feeling every time again! I've been thinking about compositions like the one of you (as painting those little details and place far in the background that would be awesome to 'just be there', is just 100% fun!), but I didn't find a way to intergrate such a concept with the team. But you seem to have find a nice way either! :thumbsup:

All the best luck! I'll be keeping an eye on this thread! :)

03 March 2006, 07:13 PM
Great updates mate! I prefer your 3th sketch, the little dude giving the traveler a gift to take with him just works really well IMO, I think you nailed it with this one.

03 March 2006, 10:25 AM
looking sexy mang. keep it comming.

03 March 2006, 10:43 AM
goodmorning Michael :D the sketches are amazing . i like 1 and 4 the most. the last one with the boy character is really great but is seams to me it lacks the excitment on starting the journey. Maybe a more dynamic pose on the boy and an excitment for the journey or a sadness and worrying looking att his parents?

03 March 2006, 03:14 AM
thanks alot guys~have been away on the weekends and i was amazed by the overwhelmed replies~was unable to update on the sketches since i was working on the weekends but i'll try to work it out base on the comments u guys have mentioned.thought of adding a creature for the main character,a phoenix perhaps as her guide and transport for his journey.

koryh - thanks for the comments on the perspective probs and all~those were only sketches of how the overall would be like,the composition havent been finalized,so no worries :)i'd probably come up with a new one later.thanks again.the comments are very much appreciated

rudeone,Zycho,Xeophex,Agamemnwn,DeeVad,Dutchman - thanks alot guys~i actually prefered the 1st compo but i'll try not to make their back face at the camera,will probably tilt alil bit on the angles and try to remain the emotion between the little dude and the main character

Slav,FrozZT,juniorlucky,calisto,ahbeejieh,cLos71,Elsie,erilaz,neubius,madalaine and waheed - thank everyone of u for the supportive comments~its greatly appreciated,stay tune ya:)
*madalaine - i'll write up the story soon,probably when i have settled with the concepts and started off the lineart stage.thank u:]

03 March 2006, 07:20 AM (

another 10 minutes sketch~

A lot of comments indeed.. weldeserved! :thumbsup:

This is the sketch I like the most, dunno how much there are coming tho? :D
character is great (little boy), a lot can be done here with the emotion/expression.
The cool thing is he's walking towards the viewer and then away from it, to follow these stairs, this is a strong aspect in your pic!

Hope you're ok with me telling what to go with, it's just an opinion. :shrug:
The way you enter your finals, makes every sketch great, so....

I'll wait for more to come..

03 March 2006, 07:22 AM
wow, love your work, i like the first one the most, it has the great rpg feel to it. It reminds me alot of the drawings for korean mmorpgs.

03 March 2006, 07:32 AM
nice, Good luck

03 March 2006, 11:05 AM
I really love this- only crit is that the composition makes it looking like he's going to go up the stairs, but he's heading in the 'wrong' direction... I would change the composition so that the stairs aren't a focal point in that triangular compo that you have going there, or maybe change the boy around....?

03 March 2006, 12:53 PM
michael motion and theresa - thank both of ya so much for the comments,i might not be going with the current composition~and i thought of having a phoenix with him as a transport.those stairs might or might not be there though but i'll play around with the elements on the background:D

LhongJohn and drifton - thnks mate~:)

will try to update tomorrow.thanks alot people

03 March 2006, 02:25 PM
I like your sketch and idea. Good Luck!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 03:19 PM
OMG this is so impressive ! Well I'm not surprised but still !

The most kickin' butt is probably the little number you put under the pic ... 15 min DANG :surprised

:applause: :bowdown:

cheers ,


03 March 2006, 02:28 AM (

okie~here's another one i did last nite~got home pretty late and felt rather tired to go with too much~just rough out a new composition and added the main character a phoenix~the lil dude remains and i'd probably be adding more characters into the scenes

zapan and nikolay - thank u both for the sweet comments;)

03 March 2006, 08:42 AM
this is excelent shake,i admire your penciling,can't wait to see it develop more,obviously in some parts,i can't tell where some things begin or end,but i know its just a sketch,so keep at it!

03 March 2006, 08:53 AM
Absolutely astounding! Fantastic Sketch. I like thois one better than the others, the only thing I do'nt see clear is the position of the parents. I am not sure if it is necessary for them to be in the composition, now they are too near to the border of the image and distract the attention, unless of course that is your intention, and besides the final coloring makes the ddifference. It depends on how you treat them. Nevertheless the sketch is fantastic man!.
Don't forget to keep us updated.

03 March 2006, 09:13 AM
bro, you ve done many sketches, this one is as good as usual..........hard to choose....but the phenix looks really great, keep it up:buttrock:

03 March 2006, 09:42 AM
loving the new composition!
the wings and the bridge frame the character beautifully.

03 March 2006, 09:55 AM
Love the new sketch Michael , you got a style all your own bro , no crits as usually just keep rocking the tablet! keep on workalerkin

03 March 2006, 11:25 AM
good idea, excelent drawing, I am impatient to see the color

03 March 2006, 11:37 AM
Ooh great new aproach Mike! you nailed it bro.

03 March 2006, 02:22 PM
crazy amount of detail you have there. i bet it will look amazing once you light it. Are you going to try out some variations on this composition?

03 March 2006, 02:54 PM
Good luck buddy! cool sequence of sketches!


03 March 2006, 03:28 PM
you are so fast! love the idea of the phoenix, it gives the impression that it's not just a short trip but a really loooong distant journey! good going! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 03:41 PM
Yes, i think the phoenix-idea is much better. Adds more adventure and imagination into the scene.
I don´t like however the way the wings copy the shape of the mountains, but i´m sure you´re up to fix that anyway.
This is going to be impressive, way to go!

03 March 2006, 04:17 PM
Wow, Michael, That's a really cool idea! I love how the wings frame the center of the pic and really focus your eyes on the center with all of the radial composition lines. It really works with all of the tall mountains in that, once you have wings, the logical path of a journey is up. (Just as someone (duracel) pointed out in my thread that once you have a creature with legs, the logical path for the journey is across, so I should focus on a landscpe composition.) I hand't thought about it before, but in retrospect, that was something that was not quite working with your tall composition with boy on foot. But now that you've added the phoenix, the vertical composition is just right!

Keep 'em coming, and nice work! :)


03 March 2006, 06:20 PM
That concept is really intresting!

03 March 2006, 06:58 PM
this phoenix is the one I wanna see progress :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:48 PM
the latest update is so awesome!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:wanna see it in color.cheers.:wip:

only pony
03 March 2006, 08:59 PM
awesome sketches! cya

03 March 2006, 11:00 PM
fantastic sketches! last one rocks!

03 March 2006, 02:18 AM
Your most recent concept is definitely the most impressive; The composition, perspective, everything is top notch work. Now get to the painting right away :D

03 March 2006, 02:19 AM
turning up the heat huh?

color it :D :wip: :wip: :beer:

03 March 2006, 03:52 AM
This drawing is really good. Very dinamice and great composition. You also do some great painting. I look forward to watching you complete this

03 March 2006, 06:45 AM
Great start Micheal man.....pheonix is a great theme...! Its a dangerous place to fly man....but hey..thats where the fun begins...subscribing!!

03 March 2006, 06:55 AM
Really, nice Micheal! Had to pull out the pencil hehe! Composition is really interesting in this one a lot more than the previous sketch of this. Keep it coming!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 08:40 AM
*gasp* This is wonderful!!! I adore the composition, wonderful new elements. Great work!!

03 March 2006, 02:17 AM
very detail sketch and nice composition! can't wait to see the colored work, wish u the best bro!

03 March 2006, 08:39 AM
noob - thanks alot noob~yeah,i'll work it out when it comes to the coloring.:)

ramitxon - thank u mate,yeah~i could try and reposition the parents,i'll try it out wit the colors soon.thanks for pointing that out~i might be creating another composition,hopeflly by tonite

michael chang - hehe,thanks bro~i'll see what ya up with ur monalisa's:scream:

neubius and matt - thanks alot mates

grobouk - thanks alot and yeah~the colors~gotta figure out what sort of mood to fit this scene

rudy - thanks~i'll keep this one for now:)

falseye - yup,i'll do another variation on this tonite,hopefully i could leave home earlier haha,thanks man

gus - thans mate:D

benita - yup,thats what i thought.looking forward to urs too and thanks alot for the comments

artvandeley - thanks alot mate~i'll follow up with the comment u have given:]

michael - thank u very much mike,yeah~i supposed the composition works better with the portrait format since i made him a seems alil cluttered in the sketch for now but i'd probably lay down with colors to create the depths between the background and the forground.

valentina and mona - thanks alot my friends:D will keep ya updated

xric - thanks bro~hows urs going mate,i'd be sure to check in urs soon

only pony,jpedro,Slav - thank u guys:scream:

slickgreekgeo - yeah ,will stick to this for now,i'll still be coming up with another variation for this but if that doenst work out well then i'll come back to this,thank u so much for the comments

wildcory1 - hie there~thans alot ,i like ur mushroom city concept too.keep it up ya:)

maranello55 - thanks mate

beelow - thank u,i wanna do the colors soon,dang was too bz with the works.biscuits,rabbit,beans and milk~:argh:

enialadam and gary - thanks alot both of ya

03 March 2006, 09:20 AM
Yippee Michael, this is looking great! I love seeing sketches from you, depressing and inspiring how your work looks great even from the first sketch. Now, about them colours...:D

03 March 2006, 09:44 AM
Wow! what a drawing! I can´t wait to see the colour. How much time did it takes to you?

03 March 2006, 09:59 AM
Hi ! love your drawing and I also like your work has a story in it a lot.

Have a luck :)

03 March 2006, 01:25 PM
I can see you have very well composed figures here...again..
...have fun with the contest !!

03 March 2006, 09:31 PM
OMG!!this looks soooo amazing!! very spectacular with the wings and everything! i love it!!!:drool: :love: :D:D

03 March 2006, 02:18 AM (

here's another variation.:)

03 March 2006, 02:26 AM
nice sketch again bro, haha you did too much sketch, harder to choose ,but I do enjoy seeing these, but really wanna see ur colour works

I dun mean to push you hard,but haha thats what I ve been waiting for:)

03 March 2006, 02:41 AM
elsie - thank u,yeah~everyone has started their coloring wip's,i'm slacking way back at the moment~:scream:i'll render some colors soon

Nigio - thank u,that took me about 15 minutes.i'm loosing my speed~:scream:

SINAD - thank u so much~looking forward to urs too

asparta - hey mate~thanks alot~wish the same goes to u too

calisto - thanks alot linda~

Michael Chang - i think this should be the last,i'll start laying down some colors soon,thanks bro,i have to catch up now:)

03 March 2006, 05:43 AM
Glad to hear that u are doing color, cool update!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 05:52 AM
Now sorta see the path of the pheonix's journey....make that vast mate...make it very vast. Hehehheh:thumbsup:

Great line art usual

03 March 2006, 11:44 PM
Hi Michael.

There are too many to choose from! I prefer the two with the phoenix in, as I think it adds more depth to the story. Also, I can foresee some nice colour in the phoenix. ;)

I like both the latest two and it's really hard to choose between them. If I HAD to pick one, I'd say to go for the latest (concept sketch 6). :)

You really are superb at drawing. :bowdown: Looking forward to seeing some colour/tonal values now. Keep up the great progress. :D

03 March 2006, 11:47 PM
Your line art is great. I'd go with the latest one, it has so much depth and already has a feeling of space and distance.

03 March 2006, 03:14 AM
Guess i missed a lot huh. Sorry, been busy with other projects.
I prefer this last sketch as well. The angle works very well with the scene. The only thing i can suggest is to watch out for the birds wings, because they are pretty close to the edge of the page, which might create a wierd tangency. Either shorten it a bit or lift it up a bit.

Other than that, looking forward to the colour comps :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:27 AM
The latest one! Awsome! I adore your sketches but hey I want some colour haha! You have many possibilities to choose from, I'd go for this one, as BaronImpossible said, this one has more depth.

Looking forward to seeing those colours! hehe

03 March 2006, 11:30 AM
I love all you're consept sketches in this thread!
So much detail, and so easy to just start on with the painting right away
Keep it up :thumbsup:
Cant wait to see it in colours

03 March 2006, 11:17 AM
Yup yup, nice to see you sh@king a leg - plenty of mountain ranges are bound to crop up in this challenge and I shall defieitely be back here to check up on how you develop yours :)

all the best

03 March 2006, 04:12 PM
Wow, that last sketch is very impressive... Really looking forward to some colours :)

03 March 2006, 07:19 PM
woah that concept is wonderful. i really like the idea.
best of luck with it


03 March 2006, 10:54 PM
Hey Michael,

Loving your sketches, they're very nice indeed. You capture quite a bit with a minimal amount of lines, very cool. Your latest image from the top of the roof definitely fits the concept the best I think, it shows nice scale as well as gives the feeling of looking away from the village, about to leave on a journey. I personally think it's a good thing with this specific concept to show what lies ahead, as thats all part of the journey, even though some of your other drawings really capture the village nicely. Can't wait to see more.


03 March 2006, 01:30 AM
*stumping the table*

Color! Color! Color!


03 March 2006, 05:56 AM
Your 3 last sketches are simply amasing, you have the intuition of a good spacial composition. I wait some good colors now :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:03 AM
Really nice work. I love your drawings. If I was to add any suggestion, it would be to loosen up the waving man's left arm. It is very stiff and doesn't appear to have a natural gesture. Maybe bend it slightly. I know that is a nit-pick considering that this is an outstanding drawing

03 March 2006, 04:24 PM
Hey Michael,

I think you are almost there with the last sketch.
Great concept, looking forward for color.

03 March 2006, 09:23 PM
very great draws!
i'm very impatient to see the following of yor work!

03 March 2006, 04:00 AM (

i'm still working on a new composition~too much jobs at hand and couldnt do much for the challenge~here i just spend alil time doodling on the character design.

will post again later:)

03 March 2006, 04:21 AM
BaronImpossible,arc80,ralph,and beelow
guys~thanks alot for all the comments~i'll go through each and everyone of it and follow up with the crits,comments and suggestion given~i'm glad most of u like the latest comp,however i had another one in my mind~still working on it.
thanks again everyone.u guys rocks!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 09:12 AM (

made this an hour ago,just design the basic look of the character as well as the phoenix,'m working on another one now,hopefully i could post it later tonite:)

03 March 2006, 09:16 AM
man u should make it more fine and put it in 2d gallery haha, love ur mood and the phoenix alot, is that a boy or girl riding it?

03 March 2006, 09:25 AM
nice pic dude :thumbsup:


03 March 2006, 09:29 AM
The phoenix is amazing, great concept. In my opinion only I would make it brighter, after all the bird's relation with fire is essential. Love the mood of the concept. You are brilliant mate.

03 March 2006, 10:13 AM
mmm...looks like the rider has asbestos butts! :)
Or is it a special saddle that keeps the hero cool ?
Looking great anyway :D

03 March 2006, 12:15 PM
great concept, the phoenix is with an excellent appearance. :buttrock:

03 March 2006, 12:15 PM
Hey man, great! Cool looking this phoenix, I like your concept. Also beautiful atmosphere in this sketch. Want to see more :)

03 March 2006, 12:34 PM
crazy. augh, i might have to go sleep before you post again D: the backlighting on the phoenix feathers looks so good. i always envy your ability to create such dramatic lighting in your pictures.

03 March 2006, 02:16 PM
gotta :love: this Phoenix...

03 March 2006, 02:55 PM
Love your new phoenix concept - a riding mount really adds to the feel of beginning a journey. :)

Don't know if just my imagination playing tricks on me, but when I looked at your last character concept (the one in the lower right-corner), part of his backpack changes the hair style giving the character the appearance of a girl (in fact, I thought it was a girl at first). Just some food for thought. :D

03 March 2006, 02:55 PM
nice work. your creature doesn't look too different from the drawing to the painting.. were you going to add more stuff to it? Interesting colour scheme... I wonder if you'll go with this type of palette for the final.

03 March 2006, 03:08 PM
Hi Shake! I´m sorry about just reply your posts now. I have to tell you that I like all the sketches you´ve draw. About the last post, of coloring wip, I like the color palette you´ve choose, specially on the feather´s edges, giving some translucency. That is dude! good luck



03 March 2006, 07:59 PM
damn man all this line art has got me really looking forward to seeing your final... :beer: :arteest:

03 March 2006, 08:02 PM
beautifull phoenix!! sthe sketch is amazing! :bowdown:

03 March 2006, 09:26 PM
keep up hard~~~~zheng xun ~~~~~~~:bounce: :bounce: ~~~~~

03 March 2006, 09:29 PM
cool phoenix/gryphon design, going asian eh? (seeing the kid's backpack)

03 March 2006, 09:29 PM
Awsome work!!

03 March 2006, 02:19 AM
michael chang - thanks alot bro~this is just a conceptual rendering~i might go with a different approach of the phoenix later?haha,nah cant post this in finished gallery since its only a rough,it took me an hour + to complete this.

Squibbit - hey squib~thanks mate!the concept man :scream:

Ramitxon - thanks mate~yeah,actually,this is only to show the design of the phoenix and the character~the mood and all hasnt been fix~i do all my painting to be in a certain atmostphere and mood,so this is not excluded:)

xillion- thanks:]

vader - thanks mate

rawwad - thanks,this has nothing to go with the overall composition,looking forward to urs too

moonlantern - thanks my friend.will keep ya updating

makaron - thank u ,glad u like it:D

ArtisticVisions - thanks alot friend~haha yeah~now i notice after u mentioned this,i could go with a girl concept maybe~

bwong - thank u,i'm not sure if i'm going with this palette in the finals~still playing around with the mood.will see how it goes:)as for the phoenix sketch,its just a concept sketch,nothing to do with the actual composition.

Gus_clifton - its alright mate~thanks for dropping by,yeah~i wanted to have the wings to have this translucent feel but it doents seem too much like it:Di might not be going with the palette,will see how it goes.i'll besure to drop by to urs soon

slav - did u awesome work in ur challenge too mate~thanks for the post:)

calisto - hie,thanks for the comment my friend,stay tune ya~more coming

minminxu - great to see u here minminxu~thanks and i will

kevinhyshen - thanks~yup,its gonna be oriental approach here.

enialadam - thanks madalaine~i'm looking forward to see more from u

03 March 2006, 02:39 AM
You have an awesome talent Michael. Your pencil work makes me jealous.:)
Your concept is great and I wish you the best of luck.:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:46 AM (

i roughed out the colors of how the 4th sketch to look as for the overal,bare in mind that this might not be the palette and the composition to go with since its only a test.i'll come up with another 2 soon hopefully:) thanks alot for the support guys

03 March 2006, 06:54 AM
Lovely how the redish bird stands out from the rest
The tail's on fire, right? Lovely stuff sh@ke
another masterpiece is born :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:05 AM
i really hope u can keep doing this pice, is good and shows begining ofr journey well,haha but everything is depends on u :)

03 March 2006, 07:23 AM
i really hope u can keep doing this piece, is good and shows begining ofr journey well,haha but everything is depends on u :)

03 March 2006, 07:45 AM
I like this one, it's very beautiful and it holds potential to become even more beautiful. Those wings are very good, how they direct our attention to the focus of the image, the rider and the passenger... the tail seems too bright though, composition-wise it competes and seems to want to become the main focus... also maybe you could darken the sky and background a bit, not full white anyway, so those wonderful wings can really shine. :)

03 March 2006, 09:38 AM
Hi sh@ke,

I love your Phoenix. All together very good work and mood! One of my favorite picture here.
(But I am not safe whether in the background is it a bridge or is it the roof to be from the saddle.
That is not a criticism, only my thoughts. But it is still a sketch, therefore I will waiting how it looks later.)


03 March 2006, 10:59 AM
not baad, still needs more bg, the white wont do..heheheh u probably know that urself im just poking you to work:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:15 AM
Looking great man!
I do think you should show more environment, more architecture, more people.
I kinda like the white sky, it looks foggy and emhasises the feeling it's taking place somewhere high up in the mountains.
Keep it up dude! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:18 AM
Looks really good michael! keep it up! very good composition! and yeah get ride of that white background hehe , looks sweet so far :)

03 March 2006, 12:19 PM
cool environment dude! wainting for the final choice to your work!


03 March 2006, 01:24 PM
wow nice piece man!
draws , colors... promize a great great picture
i'll keep a look on u.

03 March 2006, 01:28 PM
hey man. great concept but maybe it looks a bit too much like a few other pieces... at least in my honest opinion. :) but good stuff none the less.

03 March 2006, 03:14 PM
love the feel of this one

03 March 2006, 03:31 PM
I don't know about changing the colors. The muted colors of the background really bring out the Phoenix! Seriously fascinating.

03 March 2006, 04:13 PM
Shake that's looking amazing my friend, you're gonna win for sure. I think your gonna sweep this site by storm soon, something inside is just telling me that.

03 March 2006, 05:32 PM
Really nice oriental style of fantasy . Your sketch rocks , man . Show the world Malaysia boleh! Hehe....

03 March 2006, 07:58 PM
hey mike,great coloring.i love ur wingy thing and environment.i'll wait to see how it go.cheers mate.:bounce: :thumbsup: :buttrock:

03 March 2006, 05:28 AM
michael - thanks bro,i'll keep this piece,but at the moment~i have another one coming,keep it coming bro~urs are potentially a winning piece:scream:

Stahlberg - thanks alot for the comment steven,its very much appreciated,this is only a test,color sketch,i might not be going with the current palette,hav always prefer something darker :)

Ravena - thanks for pointing that out my friend,it wasnt a mere suggestion~i'll alter what u have mentioned when i come back to this particular piece,will post another update but its a totally different composition~,just anoher try out:D

nebezial - thanks neb,u got it man~no worries~its only a sketch~i dont normally used white and black in my paintings.keep on rocking with ur thread dude

Rudeone - thanks rudy~the white background will not stay in this piece,might go with a darker mood but i'll keep the foggy effects

Matellis - thanks matt~:scream:

Gus_clifton - thanks alot~haha,its still far from the final piece.but i'll make sure i complete this challenge

Alouette - thank u:)

Slav - thanks man,yeah,it seems like that~i'll keep playing around with the composition.:)

Shaggy - thanks

JTD - thanks alot mate~u have a point there,i'll try to keep the phoenix vibrant even if i were to go with a darker mood

CoreyArtE - thanks alot corey~that is a big compliments,everyone is doing very good here,i enjoy the progress and the journey of the challenge more than just to win

shinryushou - hey there~thanks alot my felow malaysian mate.i'll keep up hard

xric7 - thanks bro~do ur best too and dont u dare not to finish this challenge:D

03 March 2006, 05:46 AM
Really Nice, dude, get to it now! More, more More!!!:wip:

03 March 2006, 06:26 AM
Your latest concept is amazing, although it might be a bit cliche.

03 March 2006, 06:27 AM
very nice mate, but to be honest i loved the simplicisety of your pheonix "standalone sketch" the composition is a bit busy yet, in the other hand, i know this is early stage so thigns wil change a lot. keep on goin, looks great :)

03 March 2006, 06:47 AM (

here's another try out.a color sketch though but it looks alil too 'finished'.
thanks fellow chalengers and friends who've commented and helped me out in my entry:)i'll keep it coming

03 March 2006, 06:51 AM
freakin awesome and tonsa more power. the mood is much mopre poserful now and i love the epic dimensions it gained.

03 March 2006, 06:53 AM
Last sketch is pretty strong dude, keep it up! I really like the lighting, U haven't lost a thing from the last sketch! Waiting for more progress!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:55 AM
how can i said,, this one looks great too,but i will prefer the last one You did

shows more in begins of journey:)

03 March 2006, 08:32 AM
now you're talkin, this looks great!