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02 February 2006, 09:38 AM
Jens Rasmussen is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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02 February 2006, 09:41 AM
Goog luck Overchord! have fun!

02 February 2006, 09:46 AM
lol that was quick elmasfeo - first message in the time it took me to get to the thread from signing up :D Thank you very much - and good luck to you too!

Really excited about this one - I already have a stack of ideas in my head - but I learned from last challenge that I need to pick one and get on with it - had too many ideas last time and ended up not finishing :shrug:
But THIS time I will definetly make a finished entry!!

02 February 2006, 10:11 AM
ey good luck to u too man!


02 February 2006, 10:38 AM
Hey! GOOD LUCK!!! may this (just as mine) be a good learning experience! we can finish (aye guilty as charged here too)!!! lol :buttrock:

02 February 2006, 11:15 AM
Thanks Squib and oz!

The first idea that popped into my head is work related :eek: (Me being a marine biologsit'n all)
This little creature called a copepod - about the size of a grain of rice - sinks down to a depth of 1000-1500m in the ocean during winter. There it sits dormant untill spring-time. Then - on some unknown cue - it starts its journey to the surface where it arrives in time to start munching on all the stuff that has jsut started growing and then be the first ones to reproduce that spring.
The idea kinda keeps with the small scale-epic journey concept, but i'll have to think a bit about how to actually illustrate it - theres potentially just a lot of ocean and this little animal.
This is what the creature looks like close up:
Although they tend to have a little more colour when they are alive (mainly more reddish).
But its going to be tricky to depict a vertical journey over both space and time :D

03 March 2006, 05:33 PM (

Well finally a little progress. This is just a very quick thumbnail depicting the idea. The concept is show a little person (perhaps a halfling or something along those lines), standing in fornt of the walls to a labyrinth.
Beyond the labyrinth is the Dark Forrest and the long climb to the tower where you can jsut glimpse the light from the top window where the mysterious proze awaits.

03 March 2006, 12:09 PM
That was indeed a short-lived idea :D within 1 hour after I uploaded my thumbnail I found a fellow participant that had used the same idea, but way further ahead with it! So it's back to the drawing board.

I'm now thinking 3 youn boys all kitted up in their make-belief knight's armor that has to traverse the length of the garden to make it to the "castle" where mum has jsut poured col lemonade :) Will try and do a sketch for it once i get off work.

03 March 2006, 06:09 PM (

Well here's 4 new ideas:
1) two kids seeing the monsters that they are imagining in the long journey up the garden (probably need to make it seem longer)
2) A Fisherman setting out on a stormy sea while his family looks out from the peer.
3) The first "human" picking up a tool (i know its a really bad sketch made on the bus home form work)
4) A man starting the journey of knowledge in a gigantic library cracking the pages open of the first book :-)

03 March 2006, 07:14 PM (

New idea. Vikings leaving the shores of their homes to seek out new lands. History tells us that these people crossed wild and daunting oceans in their little shallow-draught boats loaded with families, livestock and supplies.

03 March 2006, 07:55 PM (

I'm sticking with the ideas of the vikings setting out in the longboats, but to relocate rather than a war party. In order to portray the buildup and preparation going on before leaving familiar shores I've moved the scene to a bay where two boats are being made ready to make the journey. Around will be lots of people getting ready, carrying supplies, pushing livestock etc.
I have set up a sectioned workplan now illustrated by the boxes:
1) Set up the fullscale image by blocking in the colours
2) The Viking village in the background.
3)The trees and grounds around the village
4) The elders of the tribe staring out to sea and debating their plan for the journey
5) The two boats being loaded and readied.
6) The beach and the path between the village and the boats where people are carrying supplies down to the boats
7) Put the finishing touches on the picture as a whole, making sure that each of the above sections does not appear too compartmentalised.

So - there's the workplan - now I need to get going on sketches for each of the sections. The style will be deliberately toonish - I feel that it will help lift the mood of the illustration :-)

03 March 2006, 09:19 PM (

This is the first sketch of the elders standing on the spit, discussing the beginning of the Journey.

03 March 2006, 09:37 PM (

These two guys will be in Area 6, carrying ores down to the boat while one gets distracted by a young viking lady picking berries :-)

03 March 2006, 09:41 PM
wowz, u making one big pic eh? good luck dude :thumbsup:


03 March 2006, 09:38 AM
Hehe Tanks - I'm going to need it :D

I'll need to get started on the overall map soon so I can get a clearer idea of how to fit the various characters in. Its probably a bit dangerous to keep churning out the character without having a clear aspect of where they would fit in.

03 March 2006, 10:55 PM
big pic indeed!
as long as you keep all the perspective consistent and it doesn't look like a lot of images glued together, it could be great, with lots of interesting details to look at... (those two are the biggest dangers I think I could find if I did the image myself, that's why I mention it) best of luck to you again :thumbsup:
the image of the elders looks very good, and the other one is funny :scream:

03 March 2006, 11:28 PM
elmasfeo - You are very right, and I really need to focus on creating the backdrop now, before doing all the characters. But yeah the idea is to have lots of life in the pic. Thank you for your comments! I hope to get the landscape/large section set up on the weekend.

I should the be able to start planning where bits and pieces go and perhaps cut some bits out to use for proper scaling for the characters etc. - that is once i sit down and actually do it :D:arteest:

03 March 2006, 08:54 PM
Heh, nice idea doing some vinking-stuff! They did travel a whole lot! Very original, I like it!

Good job; - og tak i lige måde :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 05:53 PM (

Well started the lineart on the landscape. I've gotten a fair bit done, but its quite a large image - sp it'll take a wee while to get through it all and contain proper perspective jsut on the landscape bits.
I have gotten further than shown here, but this is a downscaled example of the spit in area #4.

03 March 2006, 05:56 PM (

A smaller section of area #4 where i jsut blocked in some basic colours. I will attempt to use the block colours as overlays on grey-tones, but I've been struggling with this method before - but I will give it a go again - if it falls apart I will prob revert to working directly on the base colour layers.

03 March 2006, 12:45 PM
Zycho - Thanks dude. Yes the travel of vikings is quite extensive so I thought it would be suitable.
Next I'll have to look at some references. Although I'm keeping it in a cartoonish style I'll try and maintain some resemblences with the acurate buildings, ships etc.

Still working on the lineart for the landscape though. It's essential that I get that set up ok first.

03 March 2006, 02:47 PM
wow. this is a very ambitious idea. i Like the characters and the general humour. and i can't see there being many marine biologists entering this contest! good luck with finishing this epic.

03 March 2006, 11:33 PM
domclubb - Thanks - yeah its a biggie :D - and true I haven't seen any other biologists around - I suppose i really should be spending my evenings writing scientific papers instead ;)

03 March 2006, 11:37 PM (

I'm expanding the landscape. I've actually got a bit further than shown here, but this is the probably the most "interesting" section jsut now. I Keep filling in the base colours as I move along as it is relatively diffiult to see the lineart purely on a b/w background at the moment. Once more foreground comes in, that will change of course.

03 March 2006, 10:05 PM (

Lineart for the landscape progressing slowly.

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