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02 February 2006, 07:43 AM
Marlon Kromodikoro is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: The Journey (

02 February 2006, 07:45 AM
good luck on your journey...

02 February 2006, 07:45 AM
The Journey, errrr... begins... hope I reach the end...

edit: Hahaha, Makaron, you're fast LOL. Thank you!

02 February 2006, 07:46 AM
Challenge this journey!
Good luck, Art2! :)

02 February 2006, 07:47 AM
Haha, you too Michael! Thanks buddy!

02 February 2006, 08:13 AM
Wassup, Marlon seem like it is gonna be alot of work for us both, good luck!:thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 08:17 AM
hey marlon :D

long time no see. but am really glad to see you in here too. best of luck and great inspiration too :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 08:25 AM
Go Bro!!! :bounce:***---***

02 February 2006, 08:33 AM
Yay Marlon *hugs* good luck!

02 February 2006, 08:50 AM
Have fun Marlon


02 February 2006, 09:17 AM
Marlon! Challenge buddy time!

This will sure be fun....and what a great theme, eh? What do you think you'll do for it?

Good luck & have fun! subscribing to this one...

02 February 2006, 10:55 AM
Hey Art2 - Good luck with the challenge - Looking forward to see what you come up with :thumbsup:

And have fun along the way :D

02 February 2006, 11:33 AM
Have fun dude!!!

02 February 2006, 12:04 PM
Hey there! good luck with the challenge! enjoy the ride!!! :D

02 February 2006, 12:16 PM
Marlooooooooonnnnnnn .

(emmm, good luck)

02 February 2006, 12:53 PM
happy challenge mate~and goodluck to ya~:thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 12:53 PM
good luck Marlon!:)

02 February 2006, 01:52 PM
whee! good luck:bounce::love:

02 February 2006, 02:21 PM
Can't wait to see your stuff. You can work remarkably fast (show your technique thread) when you want to and Im looking forward to your submission.

02 February 2006, 02:35 PM
Hi marlon :D good luck with the challenge . have fun will be watching :D

02 February 2006, 02:51 PM
good luck and have fun marlon :D

02 February 2006, 06:59 PM
Hey, thank you guys very much for the warm welcome and wishes :beer:!

OK, I've entered the first stage of brainstorming... I've scratched my head.
Tomorrow I'll scratch it a bit more :D and hopefully soon I can present you with some sketches :argh:

02 February 2006, 08:35 PM
I've scratched my head.
Tomorrow I'll scratch it a bit more :D and hopefully soon I can present you with some sketches :argh:

Or just some scratches...:argh::argh:

02 February 2006, 08:51 PM
As u see my friend your words are still in my signature. Wish u fun....i am waiting to see more cool stuff from u....have a great time!


02 February 2006, 08:52 PM
Good luck, Marlon. :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 09:17 PM
OK, I've entered the first stage of brainstorming... I've scratched my head.
Tomorrow I'll scratch it a bit more :D and hopefully soon I can present you with some sketches :argh:

Haha Im at the same point! Good luck, and hope to see something soon :)

02 February 2006, 09:37 PM
good luck marlon :)

03 March 2006, 12:31 AM
Everyone here just likes saying 'marlon'.

How does it feel having a name everyone likes to say?? lol.

Bring on the sketches, man!

03 March 2006, 10:14 AM
hooraay marlon! good you to see you here :D :wavey:

03 March 2006, 04:20 AM
Hey, thank you guys very much for the warm welcome and wishes :beer:!

OK, I've entered the first stage of brainstorming... I've scratched my head.
Tomorrow I'll scratch it a bit more :D and hopefully soon I can present you with some sketches :argh:

Keep scratching honey. You got time. I know you'll come up with some kick ass ideas.

03 March 2006, 04:27 AM
wheeee there you are Marlon :)

hope you are doing fine, havent seen you on irc or so in quite a while. hopefully scretching you head helps for sketching, but im sure it does. take your time though :)

will stick around here and see what you will be doing :thumbsup::bounce:

03 March 2006, 03:27 PM (
edit: click the pic for larger view.

First concept sketch.
I feel like using a dragon for this challenge... I know, I know, cliche etc. :D

This concept is about two children, chosen ones of course, who are to embark on their epic journey to defeat the evil ...(insert here the name of your most favorite evildoer)... and save the world.

More will follow, thanks for watching guys! :)

edit2: perspective sucks LOL

03 March 2006, 04:25 PM
Love the dragon and the kids, the background not quite so hot though. It would be cool if they were being chased by something big, hairy and mean...flying through the sky...wooo...

03 March 2006, 04:31 PM
Cool sketch, love the bird!
would be cool to see the bird close up (as you've done) and some people in the background..(as you've done). I'm just saying I like this concept..

Looking forward to updates ;)

03 March 2006, 04:39 PM
Love the dragon and the kids, the background not quite so hot though. It would be cool if they were being chased by something big, hairy and mean...flying through the sky...wooo...

Ah yeah, awesome idea Therry has, methinks :D

Looking great Marlon, as always ;) Was just wondering yesterday when we'd be seeing some sketches from you!

03 March 2006, 06:03 PM
Hi Marlon - you are off to a great start. I love the concept. Good Luck!


03 March 2006, 06:05 PM
Great concept bro! But I thought you promised not to kick my a**!!! :cry: :scream:

*runs to tell mom*

Cheers, :D


03 March 2006, 06:06 PM
saving the world... thats some journey... :bounce:

Like it :)

03 March 2006, 06:45 PM
Really nice and promising stuff, Marlon! The 'glasses' that the bird has on his head really rock! :scream::twisted: Also I like the fact you have children on the 'bird': you can give them some very nice and cute expressions! :)

Love the dragon and the kids, the background not quite so hot though. It would be cool if they were being chased by something big, hairy and mean...flying through the sky...wooo...From the one side I agree with this, but on the other side: the theme is 'journey' and not 'chase'... But still building in some very nasty hairy creature would be veery cool! :thumbsup:

Have fun! I'll be following the progress! :)

03 March 2006, 07:23 PM
if that perspective sucks I have a problem with what I consider good and bad perspective... :surprised

I love the head of that dragon.... great start Marlon, wish you the best!! :thumbsup:

I'll be keeping an eye around here mate!...

03 March 2006, 07:26 PM
Great sketh and composition. It's very dynamic. Good luck.

03 March 2006, 07:57 PM (

Another concept :)

This takes place before the first concept. Goodbye is hard, but somebody has to save the world from ...(insert here the name of your most favorite evildoer)...
The city waves their heroes goodbye, will they ever return? The boy holds a loveletter in his hand from his beautiful young girlfriend, his sister waves to their father and mother... confident that they'll return savely.

Theresa, err what Dutchman says heh...
Ailsa, I would love to make a chase, but err what Duthman says... :D
Michael, Gord, Makaron, Dutchman, Fernando, Pawlack glad you guys like it! Hope I can keep you glued :)
Becca, you know I have La Tourette... when I kick your mo*%$#$#in'@$$ it's not on purpose :D Woops I also have no control of the mo$%#***in'things I say... err, I better move on now...

03 March 2006, 08:01 PM
just love the pose on the dragon/bird... :bounce:

03 March 2006, 08:09 PM (

Another concept :)

This takes place before the first concept. Goodbye is hard, but somebody has to save the world from ...(insert here the name of your most favorite evildoer)...
The city waves their heroes goodbye, will they ever return? The boy holds a loveletter in his hand from his beautiful young girlfriend, his sister waves to their father and mother... confident that they'll return savely.

Theresa, err what Dutchman says heh...
Ailsa, I would love to make a chase, but err what Duthman says... :D
Michael, Gord, Makaron, Dutchman, Fernando, Pawlack glad you guys like it! Hope I can keep you glued :)
Becca, you know I have La Tourette... when I kick your mo*%$#$#in'@$$ it's not on purpose :D Woops I also have no control of the mo$%#***in'things I say... err, I better move on now...

I really like this sketch and good concept. Only crit is the overly horizontal composition of the bird- if its neck curved down maybe to get food from the guy in the background it would set off the composition better. Aside from that, very cool and I can really see this one having a lot of potential with your style. Go with this one!

03 March 2006, 08:15 PM
Only crit is the overly horizontal composition of the bird- if its neck curved down maybe to get food from the guy in the background it would set off the composition better.

I kept it horizontal, because I took inspiration from dinosaurs. I can make the head bent down, but that would bring the head too close to the main character's head and leave a void in the sky. I can try different angles for the head and mouth tho making it less horizontal. Good call.

Thanks makaron!!

03 March 2006, 08:30 PM
ARGH!! I can't decide which one of the amazing sketches to howl at the most!! So I'll howl at both of them!!

wOOt wOOt wOOOOOOOOOOt! :thumbsup:

Amazing work! I like the dragon very much! Nice design!!

The last sketch has a bit more soul, but the first has more action and tempo... Hmmm...

Damn you!! Now I have to keep following your work to find out what you choose and how you progress!!! :buttrock: Keep rocking!!


03 March 2006, 08:34 PM
Maybe you could have the spine going up more, then bending down and dropping off where the bird's head is now, if that makes any sense?

03 March 2006, 08:47 AM
hey marlon, glad to see you're in the challenge...;)
you've two very nice concepts so far... although i think the first one is a bit more thrilling...!
good luck for your further journey and the best regards, mate!!!

03 March 2006, 08:55 AM
Wow! The bird is amazing :applause: I like the way you folded its wings and legs. The flying googles are funny, too. Very promising sketch. Ill be looking forward for colour developments.

03 March 2006, 08:11 PM
hey art2,

nice seeing you here!

Still have time to do multiple challenges? :eek:

good luck here :applause:

my 3d yourney entrance! (

03 March 2006, 03:46 PM
What's the deal with the distinct lack of sketches, gnarly marly?


Sorry, but I'm impatient to see progress here!" Challenge buddies n all that.

03 March 2006, 06:46 PM
Therry, yeah, sorry for the lack of updates :)
My son contracted Pneumonia (think you call it that...), well almost, and he's feeling really bad all week. So, I didn't have time to do anything else, but to take care of my poor kid.
He's also doing a great job of keeping me awake at night...

It's good to see that people still care for my little contribution despite the lack of updates :)

Zycho, Nigio, thank you guys. Glad you like the sketch. I have a couple more in my head, hope to sketch them out soon.

Hey, Salamander, always nice to see you buddy! Ah yeah, I still don't know which one to choose...

Nothingness, speaking of multiple challenges... Michele is gonna kill me! Eeeek!!

Thanks again fellas, hope to get this thing back on track real soon.

03 March 2006, 07:28 PM
Pneumonia! Poor fella, hope he gets better soon. Here's a theresa hug for him. :love: Is it very serious? Did he have to go the hospital/ doctor?

It's never fun when little kids are sick. I hope he'll recover quickly and help daddy pick out a nice concept sketch. :)

03 March 2006, 04:32 PM (

A small update :)

I think I'll go with this concept... what do you guys think? It's not the most original LOL...
I'll do some concepts for the dragon next.
I gave the dragon some arms (and some ears too :) ), I think I'm pleased with the rough dragon concept I have now.
There will be a huge castle and cliffs behind the dragon with the sea in the background.

Theresa, your hugs have helped him to recover! Today is the first day he's feeling well :)

03 March 2006, 05:30 PM
Is your linework improoving day by day or is it just me? :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:12 PM
So pleased to hear mini-marlon is feeling better now! Give him another hug, just to be on the safe side...

You should use him for ref for one of the boys on the pterodactyl, that would be great. :)

I LOVE the perspective on this, it's very swoopy and cool and will really suit your style, very vigorous!

Eagerly anticipating updates, yes sir!

03 March 2006, 08:53 AM
I really like you'r dragon design! however I think you'r latest concept doesn't have a strong enough silhouette versus the earlier ones. If you mark out his silhoutte in black you will notice the lack of shape, and missing arms/legs. Keep developing this further! I think it will be great. :)

*EDIT* might want to put down that horizon abit aswell?

03 March 2006, 09:01 AM
great composition sketches marlon . i love the last one most of all with the extreme perspective looks great :D

03 March 2006, 08:17 PM





03 March 2006, 08:24 PM

The party will continue next week (I hope) my little impatient Irish lass :D

03 March 2006, 10:04 PM
great shot of an action scene! I love that dragon character and his pose. Im waiting for more :) keep up the great work!

04 April 2006, 06:09 PM
Looking forward to see where this is going.I like your drawing technic very much.your lines are great and the camera angle is cool too. keep going. They call me ROoMa and I ama a new commer so please take a look at my humble work as I could use your comments. All the best.

04 April 2006, 08:33 AM
*Settles down with a cup of coffee...*

Let's see that party become know..the one you promised us??

04 April 2006, 08:50 AM
Whahaha... you are a mean little girl :D
I actually have some other ideas I played with the last weeks... but I'm not sure how to make them come to life...

04 April 2006, 09:32 AM
Yes, I like your art. Is that so wrong? :cry:

At least you gave us a forgiveable excuse, so...I you! But don't be slackin' too long, you hear me?!

from your
challenge buddy/fangirl/fellow exquisite art admirer.

04 April 2006, 08:59 PM (

Finally an update :)
Not a big one I'm afraid.
I think with this concept the silhouette of the dragon will stand out more.
I hope I can move on to the line art next :)

Thanks for watching!

04 April 2006, 10:04 PM
Woohoo Marlon, you've got a great start to this one. I kind of liked the old comp better, it was more dynamic. However, this new one is starting to grow on me. Maybe I just need to give it more time?

In either case, I think you did a fabulous job with the dragon. The foreshortening work is quite amazing. Keep it comming!

05 May 2006, 02:39 PM (

I'm working on the lineart.
Cleaning up things and finalize designs.

Hey bleumoon, thanks for the visit buddy!

05 May 2006, 05:55 PM (

Here's the final line art.
Changed some things in the background, hope it's for the better :)
I will retreat to a nearby cave to meditate for a few days, before I start the coloring wip... need to focus... I have 20 days left.

05 May 2006, 09:31 PM
Hey Man this is realy nice work i like this huge creature and its pose the hands look so natural and its dimensions are well done, looking forword to see colors.:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 10:03 PM
Your "flying creature" is very impresive, i like the angle of vision. I wait the begin of the coloring, great job

05 May 2006, 11:45 PM
Wow Marlon! This is fabulous! I love the perspective on the beastie, he's amazing, particularly in the way he's holding his hands. And the triumphant gestures of his riders is a nice touch too. Only thing that doesn't seem to fit is the flat on perspective of the castle. I cn't help but feel if that had even a teeny bit of 3d-ness to it, this image would be amazing. Other than that, no crits, just some encouragement to get going with the colour!

05 May 2006, 03:43 AM
Really wonderful line art! Extremely the sense of motion...your dragon's perspective works very well. Good luck

05 May 2006, 05:24 PM



your fangirl says.... looking really, really good! I would put the buildings a little higher up, think about how the perspective is tilted, make the horizon quite high up?

05 May 2006, 12:15 PM (

FlaminGlow, MDN67, oceanbluesky, thank you very much for the nice comments!

Zephyri, you're right. I've slightly added some perspective to the castle and background. That flat on perspective was my first intention, but I think it looks better this way. Thanks.

Theresa, I decided not to add a horizon. I want the castle and the rest of the pic surrounded by the sky. Hope this adds a bit to the mystery and strangeness of the landscape...

LOL, those pompoms look deadly!

05 May 2006, 01:42 PM
I love the birds flying with him- maybe add to them, so it looks like they're all just setting off on a fun journey together- like he's the 'odd one out' on their journey? What a cool concept!

05 May 2006, 02:00 PM (

I was inspired by this artbook I've bought recently :)
I decided to change the setting a bit making it more Oriental. I'll adjust the design of the characters too as I go along. Not that drastically though.

Blocked in some colors. Started work on the background. The dragon will be next. It'll be fun coming up with a colour scheme, probably inspired by the desert.

Theresa, my idea was to make the birds like seagulls flying alongside a sailship. Your idea is a cool one though... maybe I should give them little backpacks LOL.

05 May 2006, 02:12 PM
wow. cool perspective on the flying think and great design. I would like to see more perspective in the backgound as it looks a bit flat in comparison. good stuff though. Keep it up!

05 May 2006, 05:54 PM (

Hey domclubb, thank you for your comment!
I've changed the background a bit, hope it looks better now.

05 May 2006, 09:29 AM (

I've put some more work into the castle and tried out a colorscheme for the dragonbeast. I'll work on the background some more (castle, clouds etc) and have that close to final as possible before I move to the characters and dragon. Saving the fun part for last :)

Thanks for watching!

05 May 2006, 09:40 AM
hey marlon :)

youre really disciplined to do the backgorund first and not doing the fun part instead (like me eg^^).

maybe you should seperate the colorscheme of the beast and the background textures a bit. they are looking quite similar, maybe that would a bit of extra depth.

hope youre doing ok and will finish in time :)

update soon! :bounce:

05 May 2006, 09:44 AM
Yeah, Britta... I'm still thinking about that colourscheme.
I have decided the beast is from those parts (the desert/orient), but you are right.
I'll experiment some more.

05 May 2006, 09:48 AM
Looking good. Composition is nice but I guess with the coluring more extemes of light, dark and depth of field will make it come more alive... enjoy it!

05 May 2006, 10:14 AM
Lways a good work with very nices colors, perhaps a little more texture on the wall of the build

05 May 2006, 01:37 PM
I love the design of that building, so cool! It really does look oriental. You should put in some carvings around the doors and suchlike. I agree about the colour schemes, maybe a little too similar, but I love that colour, it's so marlon-like. Possibly make the beast a little more yellowish? Like he's weather beaten, but just had a bucket of water poured over him to make him more comfortable?

Hey, just an idea from your fangirl! Keep it going, marly!

05 May 2006, 12:14 AM (

Some more work on the castle.

Quills, thank you very much for the helpful comments! Cranked up the contrast/darker shadows, cos of the bright sun.

Laurent, yup added textures. Not too much thou, cos the building is at a considerable distance. Hope it looks better.

Theresa, I was thining the same thing. More yellow for the beast and very weather beaten. Oooh, I have cool ideas for the armour, heh...

05 May 2006, 12:17 AM
Here's a close up of the castle:

LOL... that dome doesn't look right. I'll correct it tomorrow :D

05 May 2006, 03:19 AM
oh! what a fun image. if you know me, im a huge dino fan, so this one made me giggle. the castle looks really nice, clean and smooth. i havent ever seen your work before, but its definetly a must look at =) im gunna check it out..good work bud.

05 May 2006, 03:29 AM
fantastic updates mate~i've been away for awhile and the latest one u got here looks really good especially the design for the creature.keepi it coming!:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 09:32 PM (

I added some minor detail to the castle and completely repainted the rocks to the left. I wanted the rocks to look like they've been eroded by the wind over time, giving them a more rounded look. Still heavy whipping :D

Adonihs, thanks man, glad my work made you giggle. Dino's are cool :)

Hey Michael, thanks for the visit. I have to keep it coming, I have less than 2 weeks :)

05 May 2006, 09:33 PM
Close up of the castle and the rocks:

05 May 2006, 11:52 AM
Hi Marlon :)

I looove the colouring in this piece, so wonderfully softly done. The colour are great too - really hope you will get this one finished. Pray for me here in offline land *weeps*

05 May 2006, 02:06 PM
i think that the rocks need a little darker colour to match the other elements of the background...

but i really like the picture as a whole...i really like that the charecters are not "in your face" in terms of the cmaera..but the thing they are riding is....very cool :)

keep at it...cant wait to see more...

cyb :)

05 May 2006, 02:58 PM (

Hey Ailsa, how're you doing girl. We miss you here in online land :) It's good to see you picking up your Journey.

Cyberone, thank you. I'll tweak the shadows once I'm happy with the entire background. I'd like to push the dome a bit more into the background aswell.

I've been adding some people, making it a bit more lively :)

05 May 2006, 03:00 PM
Here's a closer up:

05 May 2006, 07:49 PM
Looking good Art2. Your draftsmanship is good. the pencils are great. Color and value wise your canvas is a little flat. Are you planning to add any depth? This reminds me of some of Mobieus's stuff. Good job so far. :)

05 May 2006, 08:38 PM
very nice image. i like the creature. but i guess if i could suggest anything is that you could make the background a little bit more intereting to the eye. it looks kind of flat atm. :)

05 May 2006, 01:03 AM
Maybe some clouds and/or distant mountains? I love the green banners by the way, very Marlonish!

Great updates....keep going! only something like 12 days left isn't it ? :argh:

05 May 2006, 08:17 AM
anticz, thanks for the helpful comments! You are right, I should add some more color variation. At this size I guess all the strokes are somewhat eliminated. I wanted to adjust the value and depth once I got all background elements in place. I still have to work on the sky.

Slav, many thanks for you comments. Yeah that flatness, I guess I have to get that value working. I haven't touched the sky yet, only did those sketchy clouds. Maybe I should put in more color too, more yellowish brown... seen that on many desert pics.

Hey 'soon to be a gold' Clippy :D! I thought about distant mountains and I think I have those in my concept sketches, but I wanted to have only some elements and lots of sky. The challenge will be, as Slav said, to make the background and sky interesting to the eye... :scream:
And the green/white is inspired by Arabian flags, like the Saudi. First thing that popped into my mind.
I don't know if you noticed, but the writing on the banners are of different style (still don't know bout that right writingstyle) . I want this castle to be a home for different cultures (something like medieval Jerusalem)... maybe I should make it more obvious LOL. If you look closely you can see different styles of soldiers, Arab and Western influences.

I'll try to finish the background and sky next and get that value and depth working :scream::scream:

05 May 2006, 04:19 PM
I made some quick adjustments, trying to add more depth.
Sorry for the file size. It's a before and after pic.
It still needs a lot of work, but I think it's looking better.

05 May 2006, 10:14 PM (

Added some clouds and gave the crowd some color. I also added the moon, don't know if I'll keep it. I'll work a bit more on the sky next and try to find a final colorscheme for the dragonbeast.

05 May 2006, 10:16 PM
Here's a close up of the crowd:

05 May 2006, 10:22 PM
I like the pinkish tone of the back building and I say keep the moon! You're coming along marvellously, the only thing that seems somehow wrong is the texture of the dragon. Maybe play around with that a bit more?

05 May 2006, 10:41 PM
hey Theresa, I haven't done any work yet on the beast, except for some flat colors.
And the colorscheme isn't final either. Hope I can finalize that colorconcept tomorrow, cos I can already see the deadline :D
Thanks Clippy, for your eternal support :love:

05 May 2006, 01:45 AM
Marlon, I'm your number one fangirl always! :love:

The background looks fantastic, save for maybe the dome, it looks a little flat. You're coming along splendidly and it's already miles ahead of mine. :D You :buttrock:.

05 May 2006, 12:21 PM

F*ck yeah! I hate the castle though, it looks like a very simple 3d rendering. But you're so much more than that.

Rock on, i'll vote for you brother.


05 May 2006, 01:41 PM (

Wonderfull..i like your design on this and color very much ...u NUT!....keep going...and don't i am still alive.. :)

05 May 2006, 01:27 PM (

Added some more detail to the castle and I did some quick flat coloring of the beast.
The beast is more like a dino/pterodactyle instead of the usual fantasy dragon. So no shiny scales, just leathery skin and desert camo. (I'm not saying that pterodactyles were scaleless, cos I don't know, LOL )

Theresa, you're right about the dome. I'll work on it some more in the final coloring stage. Thanks. As for being ahead of you... I have my own deadline, next wednesday I'm going on holidays. So I hope I can finish it in time :)

Hey Chups, thanks buddy!
Haha, I'm sorry that you hate the castle :) I want the design of the castle to be simple (maybe it's too simple). Just a simple desert sand castle. I'll add more detail in the final coloring stage though.

Dimi, glad to see you're still alive :D
Hmmm... maybe I should add your little dino pet and dwarf in my background somewhere... :D

05 May 2006, 09:56 AM
its really great nice colors and must be a great journey good luck man

05 May 2006, 10:44 AM
hey Marlon, good luck in these last days, (how can you work so fast and so good?! aarg)
it's looking great, I love those patterns in the dino armor...

05 May 2006, 10:49 AM
nice! the bird's perspective it's amazing.

Good luck:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 10:55 AM
:thumbsup: I agree. Awesome perspective and wonderful color palette.

05 May 2006, 02:28 PM
tourajkh, so far it's been a wonderful journey. I really have a good time working on this piece.

Hey Fernando! I work fast, eh... on the contrary, I think I'm a bit slow LOL. That simple looking castle took me too long :scream::scream:

notpill, thank you very much!

Queenie! :love::love:

Tonight I'll pick it up again and I'll try to finish it next Tuesday, cos Wednesday I'll be heading towards the sun :D

Thanks again everyone for watching.

05 May 2006, 05:15 PM
It's coming along great, I love the texture on the head, it'd look cool if you used more of that pinkish beige colour in the body and particularly the claws. That beige complements the sky colour really well!

Also, the area immediately below the bird is rather empty, that tiny flock of birds ain't enough! I think you should put some more birds like the one above the ptero, but have them swooping a bit along with him, like dolphins beside a ship. :D

05 May 2006, 05:28 PM
Cool idea Theresa! :love:
Birds... or maybe I'll just put back those balloons...

05 May 2006, 07:45 PM
completing a 3-month challenge in less than one month is fast enough for me...

...anyway I'm comparing it with myself, and I really am slow, hehehe....

and I agree with paperclip comments... good eye!

05 May 2006, 10:31 AM (

Been working on the heroes. Determining design and adding flat color.

05 May 2006, 11:41 AM
Cool work man I am really impressed with the idea :thumbsup: keep going .. looking forward to see the final image ..

by the way nice try in creating an Arabic text ....

05 May 2006, 11:56 AM
Woo! I love the fella on the left. The fella on the right is cool too, but I think you should give him cooler armor though. The perspective on his arm seems slightly off, but you could leave it the way it is, it's really not that bad at all. I really like that turban!

I also like the caption. :D

05 May 2006, 01:03 PM
saint-max, thank you. The Arabic text I used for the caption is some font I found on the web. Just some lil joke :D
The text you see on the banner is from my hand though. Hope it doesn't say anything I'll regret... probably not, cos I made those up :)

The fella on the right was at first a girl... maybe she still is...
She wears armour, chainmail sleeves. I haven't detailed it yet. Yup not that exiting:shrug:... anyway, I want her to be more Western instead of oriental.

More updates tonight.

05 May 2006, 09:41 AM (

Flat shaded the dragonbeast. I also added some belly armour (against those pesky archers :D )
Next, more work on the lighting and detailing of the beast and the heroes.
I'll take care of the birds when I go along.
I don't know if I'll add something in the open space in the middle under the beast. I think it'll disturb the comp. We'll see...

05 May 2006, 11:12 AM
This is turning out wonderfully colourful! My piece seems so depressing beside it- next time I'm doing a bright one!

I love the texture you've introduced into the body. You seem quite close to finishing, yay marlon!

05 May 2006, 11:56 AM
Hey ! great compostition and clean use of color , i get a "prince of persia" vibe from it

05 May 2006, 12:02 AM (

I've been working on the armour... now I'm tired... Luckily my personal dead line is moved with 1 day :)

Theresa, next time I'll do a less colourful one :D
Quite close to the finish, eh?... yesss.
Thursday it will be finished :)

Hey Jim, hope that's a good vibe :D
Thank you very much for the kind words.

05 May 2006, 08:12 AM
I like the recessed areas of the armour! How did you make that?

05 May 2006, 08:18 AM
hey this looks great Marlon! :thumbsup:


05 May 2006, 03:56 PM (

I worked on the heroes and props.
Here's a close up.

Theresa, I have this gif lying around, I don't know if this is helpful.
It's from some older work.
Also take a look at Coloring WIP: 09

Squib buddy, thanks. I'm very glad you like it!

Aghkk, I still have to do the birds!!

05 May 2006, 03:59 PM
love that dragon and those colors... this is turning out great... :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 08:23 AM (

I didn't use any ref for the birds, because I had no time to look for them...
Hope they look a bit like birds :argh:

I have a few hours left to finish this pic
:eek: :eek:
Finalizing the dragonbirdbeast next.

Thank you very much Mona!

05 May 2006, 08:33 AM
It's going fantastically! Keep going! Thanks for the mini-tut by the way. :love:

05 May 2006, 05:09 PM (

Your welcome Theresa!

The final colours!

My time is up, it's vacation time and the family is getting impatient LOL.
Any mistakes you see, I say sorry in advance, cause it was a bit of a rush job to get this finished.

The finished pic will follow shortly.

05 May 2006, 05:10 PM
It looks great! Way to go Marlon! I love this piece, so I do! I'm envious you got it done so quickly and still produced a masterpiece. :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 05:42 PM (

Two children from the Desert Palace, the young prince Salahidin and Stella, a young girl not from royal blood, were chosen to fly out with the dragon knight Abduhella to face the unknown thread from the South.
Their Journey begins hopeful and goes with lots of joy, because the Legend says that two children, one royalty and one common, will save the World one day on the back of a dragon Lord and they will bring home riches and peace.
Their joy will soon disappear, once they fly across the border to the South...

05 May 2006, 05:44 PM
congrats on finishing , the pic looks great :thumbsup:


05 May 2006, 07:04 PM
Excellent angle and the light just sings in the purity of colour.
Answers the theme relly well too.

Nice one.


05 May 2006, 08:59 PM
Where was I the whole time you were working on this? It's the first time I see this image, and it is just stunning. I missed the whole process. I'll have to come back to see the process carefully.

I love it! Great job!

05 May 2006, 09:31 PM

and now...enjoy your holidays!

05 May 2006, 02:06 AM
welldone art2,i love the crisp looking rendering and the design of teh flying creature.awesome and congrates on finishing:thumbsup:good luck in the final judging mate

05 May 2006, 07:21 PM

Whoa, that was awkward. Great piece man...amazing prespective. best of luck.

06 June 2006, 09:34 AM
Very nice image! Love the creature. Good luck on judging!

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06 June 2006, 09:54 AM
I had to leave in a hurry after I finished this pic, I had no time to thank the people who commented and supported me. I had to come up with a story too in a hurry... :scream:
To all of you thank you very much. I had a great time working on this pic. I wish everyone best of luck with the judging.

Squib, thanks buddy. It was a bit of a rush job in the end and I see a lot of things I could do better if I had more time... meh, I'll just leave it alone :)

Nickillus, thank you. Glad you like the colorful colors!

werepumpkin, Thank you. I'm just glad you visited afterwards and left some friendly words. Cheers!

elmasfeo, hey buddy. Vacation was shorter than expected, cos the Italian weather was baaaad :cry:

Michael, thanks and good luck to you too!

sean-a-murray, I'm glad it's awkward in a good way :D Thanks!

komsa, thank you and good luck to you too!

Here's some closeups. Sorry for the filesize :blush:

06 June 2006, 09:56 AM
and a bigger pic (again sorry for the file size :blush: )

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