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02 February 2006, 08:05 AM
Nubian Greene is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Coloring WIP: detail (

02 February 2006, 08:06 AM
jus making a thread,probably won't actually be starting till late march.

02 February 2006, 08:07 AM
Wassup, slob on my NOOB!, glad to see u back Brah! Good luck dude!:thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 08:09 AM
Oi! Best of lucks Noob!!!

^_^ *subscribes to thread*


02 February 2006, 08:12 AM
Good luck! :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 08:19 AM
hey noob :)

up for another challenge eh? take all the time you need and let us see some crazy surreal stuff on this one :)

see you around

02 February 2006, 08:26 AM
Good Luck, NOOB!!! :bounce:***___***

02 February 2006, 08:48 AM
hi,enjoy thr journey.hehe:buttrock:
good luck.

02 February 2006, 08:49 AM
good luck NOOB!


02 February 2006, 08:53 AM
Good luck NOOB! and hope to see your final piece.:D

03 March 2006, 02:26 AM
I see you around a lot =p. Have fun and good luck.
03 March 2006, 03:21 AM
Good luck man :) this challenge will rock!

03 March 2006, 03:23 AM
Good luck man!!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 03:39 AM
goodluck noob and have fun.:)

03 March 2006, 05:27 AM
good luck mate... hope you fin. ahve fun

03 March 2006, 10:11 AM
yaaay! noobian :D

03 March 2006, 12:01 AM
NOOBZ in the houze :scream: Goodluck bro


03 March 2006, 12:48 AM
wheeee you're here too!! :D wellcome and good luck buddy:D

03 March 2006, 01:51 AM
hi noob! good to see you here! *waves* :bounce::bounce::bounce:

03 March 2006, 01:02 PM
get sketching mate!:bounce:

03 March 2006, 01:33 PM
awsome glad to see your joining! can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

03 March 2006, 01:37 PM

cant wait to see ya stuffs :)


03 March 2006, 07:54 PM
damm..haven't seen you in a while..nice to have you back..good luck!! cheeres:beer:

03 March 2006, 04:25 PM
Good luck Nubian!
Have fun!

03 March 2006, 10:53 PM (

I enjoy pie.

i also like art.

I probably wanna mess with the idea of the journey to heaven or hell,or both,these are sum early environmental concept sketches.

yummy,water and trees.

03 March 2006, 10:57 PM
eeeeewww whats this,people replying to my thread before art postage?

go away you sluts.meheh

I have a strong feelin about this challenge,i'm gunna win.......absolutely nothing :buttrock:

maybe if i sleep with one the judges.......
goddamnit,no women.

03 March 2006, 11:21 PM
maybe if i sleep with one the judges.......
goddamnit,no women.
wahahaa! :D

nice sketches :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:28 PM
haha yer I noticed that it was all men.

Right I like number 2 and 3 :D

Nice sketches :)

03 March 2006, 11:41 PM
#3 and #6 seem to have caught my eye the best (at least as far as the whole 'vastness' theme goes...)

I really like the way your doing your opening color sketches...

looks like it's going to turn out great!


03 March 2006, 01:56 AM
sweet sketches noob,4 and 5 clicks to me.keep them coming:)

03 March 2006, 08:44 AM
Wazzup NOOB! glad to see you around, have fun and...good luck! ;)

03 March 2006, 10:24 PM (

Thanks for taking the time out to reply guys,as i said in my first post,i won't be getting into this till the end of march,this will probably be my last post for a couple of weeks,i will get around to replying to everyones threads eventually,don't worry about it,i hate to see good art just drift away.

heres 7 ,8 and 9.i've gone water/lagoon crazy.

These are also my favourites of the 9 sketches.

my thoughts are....8 is the weakest of this bunch

I'm in love with 9 hehe,but infact,i don't want to use it for this challenge,i have a project goin at the moment that this would be perfect for.

7 is beautiful in my opinion,it has a wide setting,depth,i think it will be perfect for blowing up and refinement,if u stand up and look at it from a distance you will see what i mean.

All in all my faves are 2,3,7,8 and 9 (even though 9 won't be used)

I would appreciate your replies,and theres nothing wrong with disagreeing.


03 March 2006, 12:28 AM
yaaaay noob!! beautifull sketches i dont know which one to pick! they all have something special in it! :D cheers!

03 March 2006, 12:04 PM
they all have something special in it! :D cheers!

that was so cheesy hehehe,thanks lindaz:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 01:32 PM
Really like your color concepts!! I'm curious how this will be developed!! Keep up :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 01:37 PM
9 bro... you using painter now?

03 March 2006, 01:51 PM
Hey man! I hope you'll get time to finish this time.. NIce sketches, they feel really damp and wet.. Good luck and have fun! See you around..

03 March 2006, 03:58 PM
nice sketches, digging #9 in particular.

keep it coming : )

03 March 2006, 05:25 PM
since you saving nr 9 for later... my vote goes to nr 7... like the green and the water as a comp. :) the highlight to the right and the redish tones to the left is really nice to the eye.

03 March 2006, 05:36 PM
I was wondering when you'd step up to the mic:D
Good concept. I kind of like No 7 a lot. :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:13 PM
Thankyou for your comment in my thread :D :bounce:

I really like 2,5, 7 and 9


03 March 2006, 06:17 PM
Hi Greene! goo luck on your journey, er....challenge!!lol

cya on the road!


03 March 2006, 06:19 PM
Number 9!!! :bounce: Why won't it be used? :)



03 March 2006, 06:25 PM (

Damnit i cudn't resist,challenge...too...addictive...

anywho,i basically had the idea of
sum nymphs flying down a river scattering rose petals to purify the river,a journey of purification if u will hehe... i blew up thumbnail number 7 and will basically refine if from here i already started on the rocks on the left cos i was bored.
i wanna add more figures,i just don't know where.

i'm quite confident in callin this my lineart.

feedback appreciated.

03 March 2006, 06:28 PM
hey noob good to hear from you again :D i really love the sketches, nice technique..
well have a good luck, and finish this one!!!

03 March 2006, 06:31 PM
noob my friend all i can say is you have matured in your art tremendously, awesome approach keep it up:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:34 PM
Oooo you just can't resist!! :P

Great work! I quite like the composition, and the idea sounds very intriguing!

More more!!

03 March 2006, 06:47 PM
You said the nymphs are purifying the river, so why not add some maliciously looking small pest who are defiling the river, kind of competitioners? ( to add figures )

Anyways, glad you're not keeping us waiting for a month to see your stuff. ^^

03 March 2006, 06:48 PM
Time for the ever so awkward individual replies....

Loris_ Glad to see a new name in my thread,thanks allot!

W!L i'm using painter and photoshop

FrozZT mmmmmmmm damp and wet,turns me on. :applause:

Neubius thanks,yeh me too,too bad i can't be using 9 hehe

makaron thanks,exactly what i thought!

Queensoul thanks oh queen of souls,can i have mine back yet?

enialadam no prob,i was on my way over anyway,nice to see familiar names ya know?

Gus_clifton hehe if i'm on this road to long i might run the f**k over...few oh the talent

Rebeccak heh because i decided to use it for another project,

ori@r.a.m damn,u caught me,i'm supposed to be doin animation right now *runs*

nebezial hehe thanks bro,must say the same for u,you sure think quicker than u did back in the m and s challenge

enialadam yeh i want more too,but sooooooo busy,thanks for replying yet again,it shows u care

03 March 2006, 06:49 PM
oh thanks faras,so i replied before seeing ur post hehe! sounds like a nice idea,but how would i do that without losing the beauty,i'll think of sumthin.


03 March 2006, 07:23 PM
hey mate,beautiful sketch.i love ur compos and ur nymphs.want to see more and more.:thumbsup: :arteest: :drool: cheers.

03 March 2006, 01:15 AM
Hey bud.

I just love the hole composition, it could turn a great concept, like the sketchy look brushes.

Keep going, wanna see more.. cheers

03 March 2006, 02:03 AM
hey n00b, i recently came across your thread. i sad i didnt earlier. none the less i must say that you have come soo far from MS and space opera... figures are great... background is vibrant ... :thumbsup: :wip: :wip:

03 March 2006, 04:00 AM
Good job capturing the mood

03 March 2006, 09:32 AM
This looks great man! I wouldn't worry about adding more characters, somethimes less is more you know. :)

You'r technique seems alot more solid, and it seems you have improved from you'r last challenge! Looking forward for more updates.

03 March 2006, 02:19 PM
I just stumbled across your thread and wanted to say that your work looks excellent so far. I can't wait to see more. ^_^

03 March 2006, 02:42 PM
hmm I think the composition is a bit weird (maybe because part isn't colored yet)

03 March 2006, 05:38 PM
Evil fish! O.o

nevermind that....

03 March 2006, 06:17 PM
Yeah, it seems u got the plague as well, cough*. It seems this competition is way addictive, and it just draws u in,hehe. Really nice approach to ur ideas dude. I have seen major improvement in ur work. Lets, see how ur final will turn out, good luck again my friend!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:20 PM
Hope to see this last sketch in it's final version!
This could be very beautiful..


03 March 2006, 06:25 PM
Nice one NOOB! Good luck! :)

03 March 2006, 07:17 PM
xric7 :buttrock: moe soon!

budji yeh i want to keep it quite painterly and strokish,i don't wanna make photo realstic really.

Slav why sad u weren't here earlier,sumthin u wanted to suggest?

wildcory1 thanks,mood is most important in this

am7 yeh sum times less is more indeed,we'll see

Feimi good too see a new name,thanks!

yoitisi i don't really know what to say to this,maybe be a bit more specific on what is *wierd*


beelow yeh can't wait to see how it turns out

MichaelMotion thanks man,i will finish this time round

Katea thanks for stopping by

i'll update in the next couple of weeks guys,gotta get back to other work right now...

03 March 2006, 09:03 PM
add some violets and purples it would work great in ur color scheme

03 March 2006, 09:24 PM
looking attractice mate... you have progressed alot it seems from when i lats saw your work cant wait for detailing

03 March 2006, 10:34 PM
niceeeee colours!!!:drool:

03 March 2006, 10:50 PM
I'm gonna whinge a little background is as a writer so I can't help looking at things that way. I'm wondering: how are nymphs, purifying a river, on a journey?

Maybe they do it only once a year? Purify all earths rivers in one long journey? Or maybe they're like migrating salmon, they purify till they reach home, then die? Anyway you get my drift. I would like to see something like that in the picture to make it convey a journey more.

I love all your backgrounds, am amazed at the way you make an interesting landscape with few brushstrokes. And the whole atmosphere is beautiful too. I'm subscribing! Hope you don't mind my crit.

03 March 2006, 10:57 PM
:) nebezial that actually sounds like a good idea,i'll stuff sum purps in there probably on the right .

wil n cal thanks!

Maladie,yes! exactly actually about that once a year thing,how did u know? hehe,i understand your point,its something i was thinking about too,but its not something i can put in without blatently putting a sign up in there saying *nymphs purify these waters once a year* haha

its quite difficult,if u have any suggestions on how i could put that across more clearly i'm happy to take notes.

and theres no problem criting :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 12:25 AM
haha na man your pic is awesome. no crits from here. just keep pumping out the wips :D

btw sorry for being incoherent, i typed that after just having woken up.

03 March 2006, 12:39 AM
Maybe the purification each year could be linked to the seasons of a year. Like when winter passes and spring begins, a cyclus that is sure to repeat itself (lets hope, damn global warming ). If so , you could work with cold, harsch coulours and more warm, frivolous colours where the fairies have passed.

Dun really know if it would give more impression of a journey, but I think it solves the 1 year thing. Anywho, hope to see what you come up with ^^

03 March 2006, 01:55 AM
It looks like you created a good sense of movement with your line sketch, very good. Keep it coming, should come together quite good.

03 March 2006, 07:19 AM
a little bit early but the colors seems good:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 08:57 AM
interesting, I'm not sure what's going on at the moment but colors seem pretty nice

03 March 2006, 12:22 PM
Faras has a good point there. Maybe you could have them visibly turn winter into spring. Though that may be a bit corny:)...

Also when a once a year-event takes place, it comes in a very ritualised form. You could have some beings/folks on the side cheer them on, one fairy with a ceremonious-looking bowl of flowerleaves flying in the front, them all wearing the same ceremonial dress etc etc. Make it look like an ancient ritual. But maybe that would spoil the beautiful simplicity of your lines and image. Your perspective already conveys a journey, by the way. It's up to you!:)

Thanks very much for visiting my WIP-thread. I know I have to work on all the things you said, but I have decided to do it in the form of an (for me) interesting scene. I sketch in a dummy too (but no scanner) but practising everything in a 'dry' form just makes me want to cry:scream:. Especially perspective and comping, because that's just a brick wall to me at this point.

If I may ask, how did you learn to do such interesting thumbnails? Read a lot of art books?

03 March 2006, 01:11 PM
You all have given very helpfull thoughts,i think the only one i can consider however is the cheering people,or even waving, ordinary people in the will give the impression of a kinda festivally atmosphere.i really like the others ideas,but the cold colour thing,i just don't wanna mess around with the colours and screw up a good thing ,i have the tendacy to do that.

Maladie,thumbnails was a new thing i was trying actually,it was half inspired by baron impossibles work flow (check out his challenge thread if u can find it) i would find some ref images and basicallly take something i like from each of em and stuff them into a composition.i think i had like 10 seperate ref images for this,water,rocks,trees etc. just to get the feeling i wanted realistic.

when i say reference,i don't mean copying exactly from an image,i mean using it as exactly what it is....a reference,for example this image below inspired the water ,and the rocks on the right side of the image...

the colours of this photo really drew me in.

just gotta find where it works best.

03 March 2006, 01:27 PM
Yaay, you have started, looking good so far, rock on NOOB! :D

03 March 2006, 02:11 PM
Thanks for the tip! I can see how that could help me, because my problem is I never looked around enough when in natural environment:).

I looked at your lineart again and the big far-off rock on the right could perfectly host a vague distant crowd of people, without it getting too crowded imo. Makes me think of the end of marathons. I hope the fairies don't puke with exhaustion, or pee their pants:).

03 March 2006, 03:54 AM
Oy, again, i missed a lot on this thread too.
I like the idea of nymphs flying. it definately has the dreamlike quality to it. If you're going to add more people, then i would suggest to add a bit more space on the top of your digital canvas, so it wont feel contrap or clostophobic... unless that's what you're aiming for :D

i shall return

03 March 2006, 09:39 AM
I realy like the concept paintings you've made. Love the colours!
Same with you last image with the nymphs. I like the composition and the painting technique you used.

Good luck Nubian. This will turn out great


03 March 2006, 09:57 AM
looking cool dude :)

sorta hase an nice old school painterly feel as it is at the moment :)

and yummy colours too :)

03 March 2006, 04:18 PM
nice start! lol

How are ya? what's new. nice to challenge again with you and nebezial etc! ;)
World domination team!

03 March 2006, 04:24 PM
Quite like your colours, they're varied but it looks like they'll work. I'd try out a few quick compositions to get an idea of where you want the different elements. Hope to see an update soon ;)

03 March 2006, 03:24 AM
Wassup, slob on my NOOB!
um are you immitating the Mike Jones song Slob On My Nob? cause if you are...hahaha what a funny song!:scream:

03 March 2006, 11:49 AM
I'm not sure the journey aspect is strong enough yet in the backstory - its a nice idea, but doesn't quite fit the brief to me. Now if you got the group of fairies/nymphs sitting around a fire, chowing down on some big bad old glo-in-th-dark mushrooms.... maybe then I might realise they were off on a trip....

Nice brush work, keep it dirty.

I'll be back ... crazy man.

03 March 2006, 08:32 AM
Hi Noob! Finally have some time to browse more on the 2D part, wish you luck and fun on that piece. Cool subject, I like it:thumbsup: , but how about having a central character detaching itself from all the others on the front, maybe a smaller one like suggested in the challenge definition.
Anyway, keep that brush brushing and that arm moving hehe, will drop back for more later!

03 March 2006, 11:37 PM
This is looking pretty good! I agree about pushing the characters around. They shoudln't all be in the same plane. I would have a few figures very close to the exit at the center of the page.

05 May 2006, 10:35 AM (

heres a close up of what i've been working on

05 May 2006, 10:38 AM (

heres yet another close up of what i've been working on

05 May 2006, 10:39 AM (

sorry its been a while guys,heres what the bg is looking like so far...

*yawn* still not even 20% done lol.

05 May 2006, 11:34 AM (

hmmm wierd,saving out from painter shows more detail...

05 May 2006, 12:53 PM
Originally Posted by Nubian (
i wanna add more figures,i just don't know where

Couldn't help but be as annoying as I traditionally have been to you with your entries til date.

I like the way you have plotted most the activity along the tablo... but you just may want to move the nymph on the paintings left wing to seem a little bit bigger and outstretched.
And to pull the one at the end to sort of have a triangulated depth between the tree so far on again the paintings left side.

I did this excuse of an example to better illustrate what I mean;'sThingy.jpg

This may or may not add to your composition to your liking... as a result this is just typically me again.
But it actually may help you access some more key area's to place Nymphs as you had wished to.

I am also not too sure if I liked all of the brush stroke effects... but mmm I am sure you know what you are doing and will find a way to have them better participate in it all. There is yet a lot to be worked on.

Good luck! And hope you have it in time!


05 May 2006, 08:58 AM
Hey Nubian, it's great you're back! I thought your journey had come to a standstill:). I think you are so good with colours, they emanate (?) peace and springtime. Did you work in traditional media for that? I think I see slabs of paint?

Btw it's so cool you're an animator and an illustrator. How on earth can you combine the two? It's exactly the sort of combination I want, only I've only been going for a few months.

Anyway keep this up! I think you don't want it crowded with fairies so much as have a feeling of a big event, which you might get across if you add more 'hustle and bustle' vaguely in the background - like a crowd or more fairies (but just not in the foreground).

05 May 2006, 04:08 PM
Welcome back, my nub, good luck with this, waiting for more updates!:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 10:50 PM
Hey Noob! Great to see you here... shame on me for not finding this thread earlier. Very interesting idea, not seen much in the way of more 'traditional' paintings from you. Will you still be adding some of those Noob surrealist touches to the image, or are you going for high fantasy?

Looking good so far... I have to say I was fond of thumb 3 for the enviroment, but I think this works nicely as a journey, with more story. Looking forward to updates.. not long left!

05 May 2006, 03:59 AM
Hey Noob, love the textures in your image. Lookin' forward to seeing the final. Good luck!

05 May 2006, 03:55 PM
Nice work on your entry.:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 02:03 PM
:rolleyes: oh well,looks like another challenge i'll be unable to finish thanks to college

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