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02 February 2006, 07:11 AM
Gregg Meissner is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Frankenstein 2010: Birth of Madness (

02 February 2006, 07:17 AM
I dunno what it is, but I saw this challenge, and finally decided, "okay, I'm gonna sign up for this one, and I'm gonna go from start to finish... or maybe halfway..."

After reading over the description a few times and filtering through the rush of ideas in my head, I've come to a concept I already like, I'll see if I stick to it. Working on the concept sketch, I'll post that shortly. My initial idea is "Modern Frankenstein."

02 February 2006, 07:50 AM (

Here's the first drawing I've got so far. The emotion I want to convey in the doctor is madness, with his creation coming to life in the background. As this evolves I would like to give the monster a look of innocence and the doctor a look of evil. The Journey in this context being "creating life" or "playing god."

02 February 2006, 09:50 AM (

This image has me too hooked. Basically just adding detail to what was already there. Building a better foundation for filling things in later. Cant wait to see where I can take this, and there's so much time to play with it!

02 February 2006, 07:42 PM (

I feel like I'm going too much too fast on this single idea, but I'm enjoying it regardless. Lots of freetime since I first signed onto the contest, so I've been playing with this thing nonstop. the only changes here are on the front character and the lightning.


03 March 2006, 11:17 PM
I can see the journey you're trying to convey. The coloring has some elements that are throwing me off but this is only an intermediate step so keep going. I actually like your stylized anatomy so don't let folks tell you that this muscle goes here and that one goes there. You're the artist man so rock on.

03 March 2006, 09:16 AM (

Mostly refining the two characters. The Doctor in the foreground is much more the way I want him now, but I still want to do more with the creature. As the title suggests, the progress shown here is mostly use of filters, adjustment layers, painting extra texture to the doctor, and repainting the creature.

03 March 2006, 09:25 AM
i really like teh texture brushes you are using on the sky and right behind the frankenstien. my suggestions on teh chracters would be to pay more attention to their anatomy/perspective. the head of frankenstien is a bit squished, and it doesnt really flow into the neck. the chin on the scientist seems a bit narrow as well. great job so far!!! keep going :)

03 March 2006, 09:41 AM
the head of frankenstien is a bit squished, and it doesnt really flow into the neck. the chin on the scientist seems a bit narrow as well. great job so far!!! keep going :)

thanks, I agree on the monster being a bit odd in perspective and such. its been more a matter of figuring out how I want him to look; which usually ends in getting impatient and working on something else. I also see what you mean with the doctor's chin. On top of that, his nose was bugging me, and I fixed that just now, but it was hardly worth uploading a new progress shot just for that.

The coloring has some elements that are throwing me off. . . .
You're the artist man so rock on.

I totally understand how the color could throw you off, thus my newest changes. :thumbsup: I still plan on keeping the semi-clash of the blues versus reds.

Thanks for the comments!

03 March 2006, 02:22 PM
my suggestions on teh chracters would be to pay more attention to their anatomy/perspective. the head of frankenstien is a bit squished, and it doesnt really flow into the neck. the chin on the scientist seems a bit narrow as well.


03 March 2006, 09:57 AM (

got the tube colored up and such, also fleshing out the background a bit. mostly the same processes as the last update - adjustment layers, filters, and painting.

03 March 2006, 12:58 PM
I love the texture and the feel of the overall image - but the situation in context sort of throws me off. To tell the truth, I'd be very much lost if the story behind the image wasn't provided.

For one thing, what is the "scientist" doing in the bottom left hand corner? Is he just flexing his biceps? :p Maybe extending the canvas a little more to the left just enough to show the extension of the cords in his hands.

It is true that one could say everything is a journey - everything has a beginning, middle, and end. Perhaps you may want to develop that concept more clearly somehow into your image. But then again, you seem to be still early in your WIP stage.

Keep up the great work! :)

03 March 2006, 08:35 PM
I kind of see now how this image can't quite stand alone yet without some story, so I think I'll need to work it up a bit more to convey that the lightning is feeding power into the creature. And now that you mention it, the scientist does look a little silly at this stage, flexing for some reason that isn't quite illustrated.

thanks for the comment!

03 March 2006, 08:47 PM
cool concept! I'd like to see this developed a little more, so don't give up :)

03 March 2006, 10:21 AM (

I moved him closer inwards, and lowered him a bit, more towards the lower third division. The rest is detail work; the power switch exists now, the cords and monitors are fleshing out, and the tube was calmed down to softer colors.

not a colossal update, but I am still enjoying this piece a lot.

03 March 2006, 04:30 PM
i like the idea of this but as an image i'm a bit confused as to the story it's trying to tell. Maybe a row of tubes with the first one a foetus, the second one a child, and the last a man. This would give a sense of evolution or journey. Maybe the final specimen could be coming to life to symbolise the beginning of life/journey. Just an idea though. Keep it up, its looking good.

03 March 2006, 07:13 PM
hmm, that is an interesting suggestion. I'll play around with it, because there were some other things I was going to change around as well, including maybe turning his head to face more towards the right side of the picture.

04 April 2006, 11:03 PM (

fixed the glasses, which I was starting to hate...- by removing them. I feel like the eyes could still be improved, but its better than the glasses. Everything else in this update is just kind of fleshing things out. The walls, the floor, etc.

I got rid of the static noise on the screens in the background, I felt like it was too much of a distraction. I also exacted the kind of surreal power going through the large cord between Frankenstein and his monster.

Enough talk, its a pretty small update; though I'm happier with it as it is going.

04 April 2006, 08:14 PM (

just trying something that popped in my head; adding a more abstracted and visual madness to the evil doctor. So, I'm hoping for some opinion here. Does it work? Am I overusing this simple layered texture brush technique or does it actually look cool to other people, too? Does it abstract him too much from the rest of the picture? not enough?

05 May 2006, 08:10 PM (

Lightning strikes, flip the switch, madness reaches its apex; his monster is born.

here's the full image, as its been for about a week now. I don't think I'm going to do any major changes on it at this point.

05 May 2006, 07:45 AM (

A morbid genius plays god. In an instant his obsession becomes reality.

As previously stated, this picture is the moment of truth, the birth of the beast. I was trying to make it visually apparent that Dr. Frankenstein is insane, maddened and evil in his quest, while the monster is pitiful and dark. Extra inspiration from the Iced Earth song "Frankenstein." I have done the last touches on the color and I think I'm satisfied with it as it is.

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