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02-28-2006, 09:56 AM
Martin Sen is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Modeling: gryphon almost done (

02-28-2006, 10:08 AM
is great to see u here again, Versiden :thumbsup:


02-28-2006, 10:10 AM
I loved your mech frog, best of luck with this one! :)

02-28-2006, 10:18 AM
Wassup Martin! Welcome and good luck!:thumbsup:

02-28-2006, 10:20 AM
Hey Martin !

Have a lots of fun and best of luck !!

cheers ,


02-28-2006, 10:20 AM
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02-28-2006, 10:22 AM
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I join this team !
Martin for president !
Have fun !

02-28-2006, 10:38 AM
Great to see you here Martin, loved your previous work, i'm sure i'm gonna enjoy this one, good luck ! :thumbsup:

02-28-2006, 10:43 AM
Hi Martin :)

Best of luck with your entry, time to push them polys to their limits again :D

02-28-2006, 10:54 AM
go martian go

or maybe you might remember this

forward forward forward grab grab grab forword forward

02-28-2006, 11:38 AM
I hope you have no crashes(and more time) this time!

(I ve got great expectations for you...):thumbsup:

02-28-2006, 12:29 PM
Sorry, but I already think this will rock!
Good luck..

02-28-2006, 02:59 PM
Hi martin ! good luck and please prepare your time for rendering pleasssee ! heheh :bounce:

02-28-2006, 03:04 PM
Hi martin . good luck with the challenge :D definetely a thread to look after :D

02-28-2006, 03:49 PM
Hi Martin, Glad to see u in, have tons of fun and let's rock the place one more time! :beer:

02-28-2006, 04:43 PM
I've loved your works in the two last challenges and i wish you to do the same wonderfull image ;)

02-28-2006, 04:58 PM
Itīs a great new see you here again MArtin, good luck buddy

02-28-2006, 06:15 PM
man this is soo cool, cant wait to see your character designs for this one! my best wishes friend! :buttrock::buttrock::applause:

02-28-2006, 06:41 PM
Subscribed. Best of luck. :thumbsup:

02-28-2006, 06:47 PM
Good luck!

03-01-2006, 08:49 PM (


still playing around with ideas, and warming up. I think this has alot of potential ;p

I think I'll want to swop out the human/pixie characters for insects instead (don't want to model another human from scratch)

comments and suggestions very welcome ;p

(more ideas to come)

03-01-2006, 10:13 PM
Hi Martin,

really nice start... I almost can smell the idea :)

03-01-2006, 10:29 PM
pretty cool, reminds me of bondage fairies :twisted:

good luck

03-02-2006, 12:33 AM
Hey, nice concept! :thumbsup:
The 3d version will be awsome!

03-02-2006, 12:48 AM
Hi Martin

Good to see you back.
Nice sketch.

be carefull with the bugs, they might mess with v-ray just like the frog, he he..
Good luck!

03-02-2006, 07:17 AM
hehe, thanks.. I guess I still have a week for more concepts, hope to come with more soon, it's a hectic weekend.

@theuni, Alberto_Ro - thanks guys

@dokturpotfor - bondage? kinky ;p

@3d-empire - huh? not sure what u mean with the vray thing...

03-02-2006, 07:32 AM

nice concept


03-02-2006, 07:43 AM
Great concept martin. On a journey and lost :D cant wait to see your models :D

03-02-2006, 08:33 AM
The sketch is cool and the idea seems interesting ...

03-02-2006, 09:16 AM
@3d-empire - huh? not sure what u mean with the vray thing...

He he,. sorry, if i'm not making any sense.
-You had some render trouble with the frogleg, some v-ray bug...
hmm, never mind.
Good to see your back..

03-02-2006, 10:29 AM
Hi Martin , !

One more , you're going with a splendid idea !!
Can wait to see the realisation of that baby !

cheers ,


03-02-2006, 10:41 AM
Yes pretty nice idea man, dunno if you're going to stay with this but it's a cool start anyway, looking forward for developpement :thumbsup:

03-02-2006, 11:46 AM (

a quick doodle, hope you can make out from the mess. It's a ship made of leaves and twigs ready to set out for a voyage. I'll refine the designs for the ship a bit more, but so far I'm liking this idea more. hmm, from the sketch the outer shell almost reminds of the Protoss carrier from Starcraft ... but it'll be more leafy

03-02-2006, 01:35 PM
I get it, but if I was you I d make something to show your CRAZY modelling skills!:thumbsup:

03-02-2006, 01:43 PM
Hey Martin,

Cool idea on your 2nd concept and nice sketch on your first concept. Look forward to your image coming together.

03-02-2006, 02:07 PM
Nice start :thumbsup:

Good luck to you :bounce:

03-02-2006, 02:10 PM
Really nice idea. Waiting to see more of this... :applause:

Keep up the good work!!

03-02-2006, 02:23 PM
yes! with your modleing skill , I'm sure , it will turn out very well! and I love protoss carrier! :thumbsup:

03-02-2006, 02:42 PM
Hi Martin,

Nice to see you here. Your last entry with those frogs was one of my favorits. Hope u rock again! Best luck old friend!

let's rock!


03-02-2006, 02:48 PM
Hi Martin. Your frogs were really spectacular. Your image was one of my favs too. Good luck to you on this long journey.

03-02-2006, 08:59 PM
Very nice concept mate! Ship made of leaves... very poetic! I fancy those bugsy stuff from the times of BUGS LIFE the movie :love:

03-02-2006, 09:01 PM
I love your concept! It's so original. Good luck with developing your idea further.:)

03-02-2006, 09:30 PM
ahhh...nice idea Martin..very orignal..:cool:, waiting fo more updaes:bounce:

03-02-2006, 11:14 PM
Loved the frog. I'm anxious to see what you come up with. That second sketch is a little hard to make out but if I were your boss I would trust you. BUT, like it was mentioned earlier, please leave room for rendering. Please, please, please, please!!! :bounce:

03-03-2006, 03:30 AM
Looking good Martin. The ship looks intriguing; I can’t wait to see more.:)

03-03-2006, 03:33 AM
Hehe the old notebook paper eh? Good luck Martin I am interested in see what u do with this, I really like what u did in the Spectacular challenge!:thumbsup:

03-03-2006, 07:50 AM
nice sketch martin . very nice touch with the ship'smade of leaves :D

03-03-2006, 07:56 AM
Hi martin,

Some interesting concepts ,I'm sure you'll do a great job no matter which one you choose.

The leaf ship sound interesting.

Good luck.

03-03-2006, 08:37 AM
yeah martin~its great that u join.i dig ur last challenge.wish u luck mate:thumbsup:looking forward to ur next progress

03-03-2006, 11:15 AM
Hi, both concepts are nice:), look forward to more...

03-03-2006, 11:32 AM
Hey Martin! Cool concept! Good luck! :)

03-06-2006, 02:36 AM
Hey Martin, loved the frog you did for spectacular, even though I missed the thread! I'll be in on this one for sure..the leaf boat is an interesting idea-could be quite a visual treat.
look forward to more.

03-06-2006, 04:23 PM
beautiful concept, looks really dynamic, have fun and good luck ;)

03-06-2006, 06:30 PM (

still trying to find ideas.

third concept of elven hippogryph riders migrating by air to find a new home. In the background they're pulling their flying vessel to pick up speed.

03-06-2006, 07:05 PM
Love the composition and energy of this latest sketch! And theres something about flying ships that always makes me "Wooo!!!"

03-06-2006, 07:07 PM
This looks excellent so far, really like the angle and composition of this sketch too

03-06-2006, 07:45 PM
Your last sketch is really great martin ! The composition is very dynamic ! this should be a great picture !

03-06-2006, 08:18 PM
man this one is also nice!...i like this idea...with your quality this can really rock!..
and well i also liked the leaves ship idea. so what ever u choose i think will be great

03-06-2006, 09:45 PM
Concept #3 kicks the boot! :thumbsup:

03-06-2006, 10:07 PM
Nice 3rd concept, it's my fav so far, what would you choose for environnement, landscape, only a sky ?

Looking forward :)

03-06-2006, 10:41 PM
looking forward to whatever you choose, but i like the other leaf ship better. i thought it looked a little more original


03-07-2006, 08:38 AM
Nice sketch ... again :D

03-07-2006, 10:08 AM
I would say go with the third one. It seems more active and is more interesting to the eye. :D

03-07-2006, 12:10 PM
I love this Elven theme you've got going, you're comming up with some great ideas. Don't want to suggest anything, jsut want to see what you come up with... good luck :)

03-07-2006, 12:39 PM
argh.. lol, im pulling out my feathers ;p

I've searched everywhere, but can't find a method of rendering realistic looking feathers... sometimes I hate the technical aspect of 3d!

tried the pluck script, but it's tedious...

03-07-2006, 12:44 PM
Damn... I'm late here Martin... but at time for the best sketch... this latest one is really the better... really brillant... receive all my wishes for your creation my friend... and GOOooooo :bounce:

03-07-2006, 08:36 PM
nice new concept..I think that's my favourite..good luck with the feathers! bitmap/ alphas wouldn't be a copout.

03-07-2006, 11:38 PM
hello man...x
i did a little research and find som threads on the thopic...i hope they work for u: (

03-07-2006, 11:40 PM
also this one:

check out the lidragon post.:thumbsup:

Oh noooo! seems like the file isnt there no was a n interesting zip file...maybe u can ask Him to upload again..:shrug:

03-07-2006, 11:55 PM
Yay...U go on latest concept?...this is veeery has ..feathers in... :argh: ..a lot... :bounce:

Cool concept... :bounce:

03-08-2006, 12:42 AM
the last sketch is very nice, but it might say action more than a journey beginning,.
but what the ****, as long as it looks briliant.
Feathers will be a nightmare.
Hamid made a nice bird in the last challange, maybe some ideas in his spectacular thread..

03-08-2006, 09:05 AM
awesome ;p

thanks rattlesnake! a few of those links I didn't find.. good read. I think at this stage I'll go for the 3rd concept. Things are a bit mad over here preparing for volleyball tournament and training, so if I spend another week on concept I'm screwed.

Hamid's thread is great, tho he's using maya so the script he used won't work for me.. interesting non the less.

03-08-2006, 11:16 AM
Hi martin. I didn't saw you were on this challenge. Glad to see you here. I really like your last picture. Your concept seems good.
Good luck.

03-09-2006, 11:46 PM
Hello Martin!! :wavey:

Good new that you're on this challenge too, i love your last entry for Spectacular, was my favorite, and i can't wait to see what you'll do in this one!! :bounce:

Like the first and third concept, perhaps a little more the third, but the compo disturb me, i think it's not the final.
Keep posting!!!

Have fun and good luck for challenge!! :beer:

03-10-2006, 06:51 AM
Great drawings, all cocept is great, my favorite must be nr 3. i think ??
see you and :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

03-11-2006, 05:41 PM (

Time to get the ball rolling - started on the head. it looks kinda weird since it's featherless... a lot of trial and error over the next few days/weeks to get it right


03-11-2006, 05:50 PM
Nice modeling on that brid!

Keep it up!

03-11-2006, 08:24 PM (

modelled the talons...

crits welcome

03-11-2006, 09:09 PM
Hey Martin!
love the modeling so far... can't wait for more.. ;)

03-12-2006, 02:46 AM
nice model as always man ! can't wait to see the whole body!

03-12-2006, 10:17 PM
very nice modelling so far Martin..look forward to more.

03-13-2006, 07:58 AM
hmm, I feel like going back to the first concept now...

03-13-2006, 08:06 AM
hi ...youre doing a great job on the modeling here, great details..:buttrock:no crits on my side:arteest:

03-13-2006, 08:23 AM
Nice begining :)

03-13-2006, 01:43 PM
Your idea is laid out in balanced compostion, and you have a lot of action. goodluck! :applause:

03-14-2006, 05:31 PM
Hi martin nice models...i finally found you, i was looking for you, now i have you jajajajajaja:twisted:

03-15-2006, 10:26 AM
Hey Martin !

stunning character as always man !
can't wait for the whole body !

cheers ,


03-15-2006, 10:50 AM
The third concept looks great.Nice modelling on the bird.

03-16-2006, 08:47 AM
Hi MArtin, hey found you, finally! Good luck on this new challenge, I expect some fire on your pages, it's a great start already:thumbsup: . Subscribing for the rest to come. Have great fun!

See ya!

03-16-2006, 10:12 AM
Hey nice looking bird, looks a perfect start, nothing to crit :)

03-16-2006, 11:16 AM
heya, thx for the input guys

haven't had anytime to work on the challenge, hope to get back to it soon and I'll post some updates


03-16-2006, 11:47 AM
concepts are looking very good to me. well, i like the bird one. you should work on this. it is more dynamic... ;)

03-16-2006, 01:52 PM
I have to agree with the other friends here...very clean mesh . I too can't wait to see this finished. :)

03-16-2006, 07:42 PM (

update on the arms, don't want to go too detailed on the shoulders and upper arm as it's going to covered in feathers.

more updates to come...

03-16-2006, 09:01 PM
Hey, Martin! Modeling looks very nice, as always! Super clear modeling! Cant wait to see it textured! :)

03-17-2006, 08:42 AM
I must agree... clear and clean :thumbsup: ...

03-17-2006, 09:22 AM
I third the motion.

03-17-2006, 06:54 PM
hey man nice model and very scary claws!:eek:

03-21-2006, 10:37 AM
great sketch martin and the modelling looks awesome :D

03-22-2006, 07:27 PM
man u must be one of the best modellers around,..really like the precise modeling u do...we need :


03-22-2006, 09:33 PM (

haven't been very good with updates lately, been a bit busy ;(

I've done the legs and torso, not final yet and alot to be tweaked. Still working on the head and need to add ears, then finally the wings.

comments and crits welcome

03-22-2006, 10:03 PM
That looks pretty interesting.
You've got a good and smooth transition between the different species that looks very convincing.
Looks cool.

03-22-2006, 10:49 PM
Wow! it looks like the "imposible creatures" game...good work!:thumbsup:

03-23-2006, 12:37 AM
Wow i like so much, the sketch going to be a nice final imagine seeing what you have done in past challenges...Have fun!

03-23-2006, 01:02 AM
Nice griffin. I really like the proportions you have there, much better than many others I've seen.

03-23-2006, 01:44 AM
nice update! very nicely modelled, and great bizzare character.

03-23-2006, 08:14 AM
Superb modeling sofar Martin! I like it a lot! Good luck with the rest, will be back!:thumbsup:

03-23-2006, 05:19 PM
Very nice and awesome model! great work:thumbsup:

03-23-2006, 05:39 PM
have no crits friend..the modeling is pefect so far:applause:

03-25-2006, 10:18 AM (

added the ears and tweaked the head shape, I think it looks better than before ;p

Started on the wings, feathers to come

03-25-2006, 10:51 AM
The modeling is really good :)

03-25-2006, 10:51 AM
Very nice modeling, nothing to crit man, keep it up :)

03-25-2006, 07:01 PM
more more more!! :thumbsup::bounce:

03-25-2006, 07:08 PM
I enjoy watching you model. Keep going! :thumbsup:

03-25-2006, 08:56 PM
I think he could use some muscle definition in 'wing shoulder' area (heh don't know the proper anathomical name ;) ), and lower neck - Since the wings are supposed to be able to lift the whole creature, it should be muscled quite well. I like the way you did the rest of the body.

03-25-2006, 10:35 PM
thanks for the feedback guys

azazel - valid points, thanks. I'm still thinking if it's worth adding the detail for the neck and wing area if it's covered in down/contour feathers, I'll see how it goes but I'll probably add it ;p

03-25-2006, 10:37 PM (

progress on the feather layout so far, I'm using a planes approach for the wing feathers, the rest of the body I'll play around with feather geometry hair.

03-25-2006, 10:52 PM
Is going to be every time better...Keep on in this way:bowdown:

03-26-2006, 01:10 AM
Hey nice creature and vry good job with the feathers!:thumbsup:

03-27-2006, 08:13 AM
The wings are promising. Impatient to see more.

03-27-2006, 09:10 AM
nice creature !
looking for great work here.
good luck man... .. .

03-27-2006, 11:55 AM
very good work :) and good idea ! nice modeling too :)

03-27-2006, 01:17 PM
Very cool creature:thumbsup:

Nice modeling,.
good luck with the feathers!

03-27-2006, 01:31 PM
huge amount of work here with the feathers... your wings will look grate shaded, best wishes

03-27-2006, 01:42 PM
thanks guys, appreciate the encouragement, will post an update hopefully tonight

03-27-2006, 01:45 PM
Hey, Martin! Your creature looks very cool! Waiting for updates! :thumbsup:

03-27-2006, 01:45 PM
Coming along nicely! :) You have a lot of work for you with them feathers. Good luck.

03-27-2006, 08:09 PM (


03-27-2006, 08:12 PM (

I think i'm done with the main mesh. I'll be concentrating more on the feathers this week and getting it right.

comments / improvements welcome ;p

03-28-2006, 06:45 AM
Wow man, very nice modeling! Your character is looking great and the feathers are awesome!.

Keep it up man:thumbsup:

03-28-2006, 06:49 AM
nice work on the feathers..looks like a tedious job!!

03-28-2006, 08:13 AM
That comes to be really impressive Martin... the design of this pet is vzery original... nice work and very clean modeling :thumbsup:

03-28-2006, 08:17 AM
Dig the feathers man, nice job. :)

03-28-2006, 08:56 AM
Very nice looking griffen dude.Keep it up.

03-28-2006, 09:13 AM
Wow ! splendid progress on that griffen !

I really dig your so clean and accurate modeling !
Can't wait for more !

cheers ,


03-28-2006, 09:21 AM
Great job dude.
It looks awesome... I like the model itself as much as the design.
the muscle is very clean and accurate. I'll check u out again.

03-28-2006, 10:18 AM
Neat :) But i have one more crit - the wing's forearm/elbow part looks very thin and fragile, and bit too short. Or maybe it just sticks out due to color variation of feathers and the body, as the silhouette looks about right.

03-28-2006, 10:27 AM
thx for the feedback everyone ;p

@azazel - heya, the wing mesh actually extends beyond the feather region with the feathers over it, and as you said, the colour contrast makes it look thinner. With all the feathers/hair in place it should look smoother (in theory, hehhe)

03-28-2006, 11:08 AM
The gryphon is fantastic. Has to be one of the best I've ever seen, and it's not textured, yet! Excellent work.

03-28-2006, 11:38 AM
Yup...sweet stuff as always....:bounce:

03-28-2006, 11:05 PM
Jeah Martin It's really great! Maybe the pose is "rigid", but the character's proportions are smooth and well thought. :thumbsup:

03-28-2006, 11:30 PM
Very good work Martin!

The feathers worked out very nicely.
Did you map them before all the copying around?

03-29-2006, 07:15 AM
y0y0, thx guys

to answer some questions -

@Tremoside - it's not rigged yet ;p

@dannyfalch - no maps applied to the feathers yet, just shaped planes

03-29-2006, 07:42 AM
@dannyfalch - no maps applied to the feathers yet, just shaped planes

Ok,. it will take som map/texture work to get the wings done then, if no uvw was applied before copying,.
Good luck.

03-29-2006, 12:14 PM
Very impresive as always Martin... Your modelling (and texturing) skills never ceaze to amaze me...:drool:

03-29-2006, 01:58 PM
Hey, Martin! Cool creature! I like your attention to clear modeling! :thumbsup:

03-30-2006, 03:12 PM
Hey Martin,

I am really glad that you posted in my thread, otherwise I would have missed this!
Really nice and clean modeling. Hope you will have a good hand at texturing (escecially the feathers!)
Keep it up!

03-30-2006, 06:39 PM
great result so far man..feathers are looking cool from here,:applause::bowdown:

03-30-2006, 08:25 PM
great work here!
looking forward to see more... .. .

04-02-2006, 02:50 PM
I like your idea :) and nice modelling, i hope more update :)

04-03-2006, 11:29 PM
Welll done Martin, the modeling is really good, specially the head and muscle, you've done a great job, i'm following to see more... update!!! :beer:

04-20-2006, 01:57 PM
great model... could you show us a screensaver for the IK-wings setup?...

04-20-2006, 02:59 PM
This is the most beautiful creature. I'm not gonna crit on anything, that would only imply that I know more than you...which I clearly don't. I can't wait to see all the elements together and not to mention, the amazing texture on that creature...Griffin? - I'm sure you won't dissapoint.

04-20-2006, 08:23 PM
Hey's been a while since you updated. We want to see more! :D

04-21-2006, 07:00 AM
howsit guys

sorry for not updating in 3 weeks, alot has been going outside of 3d work and I haven't been able to really get this project going smoothly.

It seems that I probably won't be able to finish, which is a real shame and I hate not finishing what I start. Over the next month I'll be learning XSI to prepare for a new career in animation.

till then guys, I'll be watching on from the sidelines - goodluck!

05-05-2006, 03:12 PM
great modelling, man!

congrats, keep it up

05-05-2006, 03:14 PM
Sorry we won't see this finish, it was a great piece. I love that griffin. Best of luck to you in your new endevour. :thumbsup:

05-05-2006, 08:47 PM
sorry to hear that, but life happens! maybe next one eh? now you can enjoy watching us panic!

05-05-2006, 11:33 PM
Sorry to see that u can't finish :cry: , but i wish you good luck in your new animation career, and waiting to see some of your new stuff!! :thumbsup:

05-06-2006, 09:07 AM
howsit guys

sorry for not updating in 3 weeks, alot has been going outside of 3d work and I haven't been able to really get this project going smoothly.

It seems that I probably won't be able to finish, which is a real shame and I hate not finishing what I start. Over the next month I'll be learning XSI to prepare for a new career in animation.

till then guys, I'll be watching on from the sidelines - goodluck!

oh man suddenly i feel a bit sad:sad:, i was expecting to see an other great master piece on this one, but well im happy to see youre learning some new weapons, that means that ull be back stronger to kick some butts!:applause:, my best wishes on your projects bro!:)

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