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02 February 2006, 09:13 AM
Kari Huttunen is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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02 February 2006, 09:20 AM
HilIpatAHEeeeei !!


03 March 2006, 08:40 AM (

Ok, here is my first sketch. Just testing ideas.

Idea was to make some kind of tree creature/monster-child starting a scary journey into the light - away from its home - dark, haunted forest. With pedal car, of course.

03 March 2006, 08:47 AM
Hi! Cool concept. I like the idea.

03 March 2006, 09:05 AM
Wow great skech!!

Good luck:)

03 March 2006, 09:10 AM
Well, I would be happy to have your sketching skills... Good luck and have fun... (you will, I see).

I didn`t notice the pedal car before you metnioned it, it seems a bit masked with the bushes.

I`d personally prefer a tricycle ;) But apart from joking, do you plan to use some Huorn/Ent-like creatures, or just grim-looking tree?

03 March 2006, 09:11 AM
sweeet sketch!
keep it up!

03 March 2006, 09:26 AM
Such a cool concept!
It would be cool if you could somehow display the emotions of Stickboy as he vetures out into the light. Perhaps he takes one last look at the dark forest..Just a suggestion of course.:)

03 March 2006, 09:49 AM
Diffa: Kiitos :)

Vedic kings: Thanks!

Silgrin: Thanks. Tricycle would be good idea since its easier to identify and its more "stylish" too.. I'll think about it..
I think I won't make any other creatures since I wanted stickboy to be alone with no one stopping him.

Matellis: Thanks!

zem: I was thinking that after I finished drawing. I want to add somekind of emotion since its one criteria wanted in challenge outlines - I was thinking compositing him closer but I really wanted him to look small and already on his way so I placed him further. We'll see what happens.. :)

03 March 2006, 09:57 AM
Great piece of concept work!

Theres a great twist in the idea too. When I first saw the image I thought it was a human child starting on journey into the dark woods. From your description, you are flipping this idea on its head though and doing the opposite!


03 March 2006, 10:51 AM
Nice sketch , more please....?

(:wise:Btw put a link in your sig, so people know you are a challenger....)

03 March 2006, 11:15 AM
Very good idea and nice sketch! Keep it up!

03 March 2006, 12:45 PM
The dark shaded trees really has the scary atmosphere. Have you consider putting colour onto the kid and its pedal car, maybe a sepia type of colour to bring the character to life. I think it would probably also represent heading home safe and sound. Already looking this good at an early stage, I'm sure there will be more of it. Keep up the good work.

03 March 2006, 12:46 PM
The sketch is really great ! :applause:

03 March 2006, 12:52 PM
I like the feel of this. It might look better if he was heading into the dark forest. At the moment the dark forest looks like the starting point.

03 March 2006, 01:06 PM
That is one pretty sweet concept sketch!

Good luck with the challenge...

03 March 2006, 01:24 PM
Pete2003: Thanks!

SergioKomic: Thanks for the help & comments :)

Loris_: Thanks!

ecura: Thanks mate! I didn't want to focus too much on the colors as I wanted to composition. I will add some subtle coloring but I want kinda graphical B&W feel to it.. we'll see.. :)

gpepper: Thank you sir!

I like the feel of this. It might look better if he was heading into the dark forest. At the moment the dark forest looks like the starting point.

Then I have done something right since it is the starting point :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 04:43 PM
Hey thanks for coming by and checking out my thread. I really like the atmosphere you're building here. :thumbsup: I can't wait to see more!

Matt :)

03 March 2006, 04:46 PM
Just lovely! If youre 3d skills are anywhere near as good as your drawing skills i think youre onto a winner here!

Sooo subscribing to this thread!

03 March 2006, 04:52 PM
The idea is cool- it is very orginal and has some fun inside. I'll be checking this.

Tak Tak
03 March 2006, 06:48 PM
I love that place... Where is it? In Finland? :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:08 PM
mmbenya: Thanks! :beer:

Selina42: Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you enjoy :)

ISurg: Thanks! Hope seeing you.

Tak Tak: Kiitos, You never know... :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:12 PM
Fantastic sketch and idea :thumbsup:


03 March 2006, 07:16 PM (

Ok.. here is a rough sketch what stickboy might look like.

I still have to think about his face and what is the best way to show expressions since I want to show his face somehow.

I also tried him with tricycle since it's way cooler ;) (thanks Silgrin)

03 March 2006, 07:22 PM
love the dark mood.


03 March 2006, 07:36 PM
Great start! I like the idea that a creature of darkness would be afraid of the light and it really makes for a great composition.
Maybe he has a bark dog (not a dog bark) that wants none of that light stuff.

03 March 2006, 10:36 PM
Great concept, looking forward to watching the progress :)

03 March 2006, 11:04 PM
I must come back to watch your progress. I like the style so far. As long as you stay true to the sketch's feel, I think this will be a very cool image indeed. :)

03 March 2006, 11:14 PM
The idea of the dark character heading into the light/not dark and scary world is really cool and original, You might get a greater contrast by showing parts of the actual not scary/dark world instead of just the light, maybe some happy things full of color. Totally opposite of the dark desaturated forest from which he is leaving. Still keep the light though just add some colorful happy details.

03 March 2006, 11:40 PM

I found this picture and thought you might be able to use it for inspiration. :)

03 March 2006, 11:49 PM
Your style is amazing, you should make a short film!

03 March 2006, 02:40 AM
wow awesome concept.

03 March 2006, 03:25 AM
Nice concept, I hope u enjoy modeling trees! Good luck!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 03:35 AM
love the sketch keep it up ;)

03 March 2006, 03:54 AM
very nice concept! I think it'll look very dramatic when finished.:thumbsup: Although you've got to drop some more clues as to the fact he's scared of the light. It's a little difficult to tell that he is worried about it, although right now I don't really have any suggestions other than being careful with his pose. Sorry!

But very nice looking concept sketch and lighting. Have fun with it!

03 March 2006, 07:26 AM
wow, this thread gonna be really artistic :thumbsup: Fantastic sketches here!!! I`ll keep watching this... In first place I though about something with fire the Stick Boy will travel to... something which will make his journey look insuperable... just a humble opinion. Great work... keep going!!!

03 March 2006, 07:26 AM
Hey, Kari, another great sketch ! I reallu like your character design !

03 March 2006, 08:17 AM
hi Kari !

very very nice concept .

good like .

03 March 2006, 08:58 AM
original concept :) ! good luck !

03 March 2006, 09:23 AM
Looking good. I like the character and the idea of the bicycle better!!

03 March 2006, 09:53 AM
Hey your good I even like your roughs....:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 09:59 AM
Kyan: Thanks!

glenn23: Thanks mate! uuh.. whats that bark dog you mentioned? :blush:

kary: Thanks, I'll be seeing you :)

se7enthcin: Thanks bro, one can never have enough reference. Really nice trees too. :thumbsup:

glennyP: Yeah, I was thinking that too. Possibly path ahead could be nice, warm and bright greens.. I don't want it to make too "childrenbook-illustrative" because I want the light to be bright so you can get the feeling what stickboy is feeling/seeing. I have to balance it somehow. Good point. Thanks. :thumbsup:

mosconariz: Thanks!! I'll keep that in mind. maybe someday.. ;)

animator@large: Thanks mate!

beelow: Thank you sir! I hope so too.. hehe

Kris.s32: Thanks!

burpy: Thanks! First sketch doesn't have enough clues, thats for sure. I'm thinking how to express his emotions better with and without showing his face. I guess it is in challenge outlines that you should show characters face - or is it just suggestion??

I think I'll try couple of things _I have in mind:
A) He is sitting on his tricycle and watching to hanted forest maybe with little bit a sorrow in his eyes
B) He is standing behind the tree lurking curiosly to light with bicycle on the trail
C) He is sitting on his tricycle and bending over curiously but little bit scared to see the light

Problem is that his face isnšt that much expressive, so this Bending/lurking could be best way to show his curiosity and that he is a bit scared too.

We'll see.. :)

theuni: Thanks!! Fire is also good idea, I'll have to keep that in mind too.

gpepper: Thanks! :)

inskipp: Thank you!

monks: Thanks!!

Loris_: Thanks, I like it too. Tricycle has more "character" and suits better this theme. Gives more timeless feeling than pedal car.
sergioKomic: Hehe.. Thanks bro. :beer:

03 March 2006, 10:12 AM
HI, very nice concept (why not in 2D ?), i'm fan

03 March 2006, 10:20 AM
Aaargh... That bicycle... Why is it so plant-like?! It`s a small disaster to me, I`m just about to finish a project with a very similar thing. I even considered using such an idea for this challenge. Anyway, don`t think I`ve stolen your idea, please:D:)

Btw, using such a bike in this project looks a bit unclear for me... Does it mean fear of the child that "even my old good bike is against me" or sth like that? Anyway, I`m glad you found this idea useful:)

03 March 2006, 10:23 AM
wow, great concept work. It would definetly make a great animation.
Reminds me of the metz ads about the judder man.

03 March 2006, 11:09 AM
Loving the concept and the sketches you made, especially the one with the environnement all around, nice mood, keep it up :wip:

03 March 2006, 11:12 AM
Hey robobot, this is the best concept I found until now... and I like very much your character. Good luck.

03 March 2006, 12:08 PM
Hi, I like the idea of the journey of two creatures towards a world thay don't belong to, it's dramatic and moving.


03 March 2006, 12:35 PM
I've bookmarked a few entries, this is one of 'em. Very promising.

03 March 2006, 04:14 PM
A) He is sitting on his tricycle and watching to hanted forest maybe with little bit a sorrow in his eyes

I like that idea,
& I love the bike your doing,the idea of things growing like trees is very cool..I'm thinking The Cathedral ( by Platige would be good inspiration on lighting such a scene


03 March 2006, 10:11 AM
grobouk: Thank you!! :)
I was thinking which challenge i'll participate but I think myself more as an 3D artist as 2D so thats why. Also, I think its more challenging for me to do it in 3D.
I'll just hope I will get the image as good as possible. :)

Aaargh... That bicycle... Why is it so plant-like?! It`s a small disaster to me, I`m just about to finish a project with a very similar thing. I even considered using such an idea for this challenge. Anyway, don`t think I`ve stolen your idea, please:D:)

Silgrin: Hehe, you were the one who mentioned it so ofcourse not. :thumbsup:
I used this bike/car to support and show the fact that stickboy is a child since its not that clear by his appearence. I also wanted him to have somekind of "vehicle"

mike_t_3d: Thanks! I haven't seen these metz ads.. Do you have a link or something?

cipher: Thanks!! I try my best to transfer it to 3d.. :)

claudio_jordao: Thank you very much!! Luck is surely needed with this company! :thumbsup:

monica.ta: Thanks!

hobo: Ok, Thanks! I try to keep it interesting. ;)

Stefan_Morrell: Thanks! Yes, Cathedral is awesome and will make a really good reference!

03 March 2006, 12:14 PM
i'm look forward to see your next move, so I can start my critiques, witch by the way, might help you.
i'm gonna keep my eyes on you.
have fun!

03 March 2006, 01:37 PM
Good luck:thumbsup: ... looks great

keep it up the good work

03 March 2006, 01:53 PM
nice style! good luck! ;)

03 March 2006, 02:05 PM
Very nice! :) Good luck!

03 March 2006, 02:18 PM
Wow ! Great Sketch :) Hoping to see more !

03 March 2006, 03:40 PM
Wow Kari! That's some awesome stuff you sketched out yet! :scream: Good to see that I'm not the only one who likes your sketches and style! :twisted:

I like the idea that you are going for 'something different' (at least: it seems like you're doing). I'm also often aiming for a more 'original' view on the theme than 'the others'. Things like some surrealism, absurd things and extreme styles always interest me allot, with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Miyasaki and Burton being the kings of that world! :scream:

Let's wish you lots of fun and luck! I'll be checking for updates regulary! :beer:

03 March 2006, 05:15 PM
:) Nice! Good luck !

03 March 2006, 05:27 PM
great idea man!

03 March 2006, 11:30 PM
Your concept drawing really grabbed me! Love it! :argh:
Can't wait for some modelling...Keep it up!

03 March 2006, 12:17 AM
Great concept mate. Can't wait for first models- honestly speaking I would not dream about modeling something THAT complicated so I am in awe

03 March 2006, 10:38 PM (

Started modelling tricycle.

03 March 2006, 10:55 PM
Great tricycle:thumbsup: I'm looking forward to following this.

03 March 2006, 10:57 PM
Cool tricycle:)

03 March 2006, 10:59 PM
vfxluc: Thanks, looking forward to get your C&C :)

anostudio: Thanks! :thumbsup:

S+tein: Thank you!

BobbEr: Thanks!

Storytelling Tree: Thanks! I'll be seeing you. :)

Dutchman: Thank you! :beer:

Sergey Banityuk: Thank you!

SheepFactory: Thank you sir!!

Jonason: Thanks! Keep checking! :)

_RK_: Thanks mate! I'm planning to use ZBrush on trees, might make things a bit easier. Lots of modelling anyway. We'll see how it goes.. :)

Kjello: Thanks!

03 March 2006, 11:00 PM
Definitely cool stuff :thumbsup: .

03 March 2006, 12:41 AM
Great scketch and nice modeling. It seems very fresh , realy like it . I Keep it up . I know there is lot to be done, but i hope you give the same feeling of the scketch to the final render (that dark and thick atmosphere ...., is nice)

03 March 2006, 10:20 AM
glad to see you starting modeling, it goes nicely, keep it up :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 01:48 PM
Great modeling. Happy you decide to make a tricycle :thumbsup: Good luck with making... er... growing it...

03 March 2006, 01:02 AM
Beutiful start on the modeling man. No crits just yet but If you keep going this direction, I see a winner :buttrock:

03 March 2006, 01:19 AM
Perfect start from the sketch :)

03 March 2006, 09:38 AM
The bicycle looks very good!! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:06 PM
Hey Kari really awesome work modeling, the bike looks :twisted:.

Matt :)

03 March 2006, 10:10 AM
Wow, great! :bounce:

Can't wait to see more.


03 March 2006, 09:00 AM
Don't stop :sad:

I want an update!

03 March 2006, 01:36 PM
Don't stop :sad:

I want an update!

me too, more please !!

03 March 2006, 09:01 AM
Hi all,

I'm sorry I haven't been updating - I've been quite busy with work and personal life.

No need to worry thou.. I'll update as soon as I can - I really want to finish this one.. :bounce:

_ _ _

sergage: Thanks!

Great scketch and nice modeling. It seems very fresh , realy like it . I Keep it up . I know there is lot to be done, but i hope you give the same feeling of the scketch to the final render (that dark and thick atmosphere ...., is nice)

Thanks mate, I'll definately try.. :)

cipher: Thanks! :thumbsup:

Silgrin: Thanks bro, We'll see how it grows..

se7enthcin: Hehe, thanks! :) ...and don't worry, I won't :thumbsup:

kary: Thanks!

Loris_: Thank you, It's coming out pretty much how it should.. we'll see :)

mmbenya: Thanks mate!

Russel-Nash: Thanks! :)

hobo: Thanks, I'll be updating soon. ;)

03 March 2006, 12:42 PM
Pretty good,but i think u should add more details.
Keep modelling :)
Best of luck to u!

03 March 2006, 07:52 AM
Good deal. My girlfriend fears I'm not spending enough time with her because of this challenge. :sad:

04 April 2006, 02:40 PM
Nice to hear that updates will come.:thumbsup:

Waiting impatiently form them.


04 April 2006, 03:55 AM
hey where are you? this thread has so much potential I hope you are working hard! Don't let us down, please.....

05 May 2006, 07:40 AM
Hi all,

Well, it seems I didn't have time to finish after all.. :sad:
Too much to do in work & personal life.

Anyways, I'll finish my image later and wish everyone good luck!!!
Great final images here.. The Judges will have a hard job to find the winner.



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