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02 February 2006, 10:13 AM
Torsten Thuenen is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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02 February 2006, 10:15 AM
YEa! welcome torsten , have fun!


02 February 2006, 10:30 AM (

OK, I am in.
Here’s a first rough idea that came to my mind. Characters we be replaced by non-human ones.
Have fun,


02 February 2006, 07:43 PM
YEa! welcome torsten , have fun!


yeah, ditto :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 10:18 AM (

I just start modelling a little.
I have a rough picture in my head on how the characters should look like, but I haven’t made concept yet. I just know how the boots should look like ;-).
So here is a first WIP.


03 March 2006, 10:30 AM
dat's the spirit, first the boots then the concept :thumbsup:


03 March 2006, 01:46 PM
Modelling already, eh? Nice work!

The wrinkles look a bit strange on the boots, more like lumps, but of course judging by your concept the boots will be very small on the screen, so no big deal.

03 March 2006, 01:57 PM
You´re speedy, you already started modeling!
But I have to agree with burpy: don´t add too many details on the boots and don´t make them so high-poly, because you´ll hardly see them in the final render.
Be careful with the polycount! :wip:

03 March 2006, 02:25 PM
Thanks, for the comments.

You’re right with the wrinkles I will refine them. I am not sure about the camera angle jet. I think I will change it so that the mail character is very close to camera. So I will need him to be very detailed.

Btw. I am not using polygons. I am using Hash Animation:Master and all the models are spline based.


03 March 2006, 04:44 PM
wow. awsome shoe... very nice modeling :buttrock:

03 March 2006, 03:10 PM (

To have some fun, I modelled a belt which is for the main character.


03 March 2006, 04:44 PM
Again, nice clean modelling with the belt! I want to see the character though!

03 March 2006, 05:22 PM
Nice modeling!
No critics!

03 March 2006, 05:46 PM (

Finally a first glimpse on the main character. OK, OK it’s only his head, but it’s a start.


03 March 2006, 05:56 PM
Nice modeling!
But you still have to work a lot on that head!

03 March 2006, 04:35 PM (

I roughly put together the single parts that I have so far. All of them are still “under construction” especially the head, but this should give a better impression of how the character will look like.


03 March 2006, 04:38 PM
Nice start, keep messaging those polies :)

03 March 2006, 07:12 PM
Nice model, only crit is that the half of the vest without a pocket is way too straight, curve it up some like the other half.

03 March 2006, 04:14 AM
A parrot-headed pirate? Its all good, hahah, bring it on!

03 March 2006, 09:34 PM (

One more update.
Now with trousers. But still a lot CPs to shift around.


03 March 2006, 03:25 PM (

Here is a first WIP of the zeppelin. I changed concept little bit. Now it will become a little bit big bigger and powered by steam.


03 March 2006, 01:06 PM (

Just a small update for the steam engine.


03 March 2006, 02:33 PM
Cool models!

03 March 2006, 02:41 PM
Nice start, but i think the character is a liitle to flat for the moment..

But it's the beginning... wait and see :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 03:08 PM
Still great modelling on everything.:)

But I agree the character is looking a bit flat and could use more detail. After all, it's the main character!

Nice work, keep it up.

03 March 2006, 09:24 AM (

Here is the current modelling stage of the main character.
Problems with more details is the limitation of my machine.
I will put him aside now for a while and concentrate on his ship. But I will refine him later.


03 March 2006, 09:50 AM
Wow, really nice character! :thumbsup:
And the zeppelin is very nice as well!

03 March 2006, 09:03 PM (

I added the propellers for the zeppelin.
The details are already a challenge for my machine. I split the model in parts and put them together for rendering.


03 March 2006, 09:43 PM
Great work, look forward to more... your modeling, may need a little more imperfection. Mine too... CHeers!

03 March 2006, 05:14 AM
Nice work...good imagination...looking forward to seeing how this evolves. You might want to use a scuplting tool to slightly alter your models to make them more organic (for example, the duplicated fan blades...if a scuplt tool were used to pull out verts differently on each of the blades your model might look more interesting...likewise for the pipes, etc.). Good luck!

03 March 2006, 05:56 PM (

Zeppelin is growing.
Imperfections will come later. I will shift CPs when the model is complete.
The new version of Animation:Master now can do subpixel displacement. I will give it a try later.


03 March 2006, 06:04 PM
Love the style of the Zeppelin so far. I want to see more of it :cool:

03 March 2006, 08:21 PM
wow, some great modelling here- that zeppelin is really impressive. very original design!
good luck!

03 March 2006, 03:41 PM (

Thanks for the comments,

I just finished the body of the zeppelin. Now it’s time to concentrate on the ballon-part.


03 March 2006, 02:18 AM
Love the modeling on the zeplin body. You rock!

03 March 2006, 10:51 PM
Nice update with the zeppelin.. so impressive!!
Many details... i really like it :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 09:30 PM (

Thanks guys.

Here’s one more update for the zeppelin.
Almost done. Just have to add few more details.


03 March 2006, 11:19 AM (

Just a different angle.


03 March 2006, 01:23 PM
Fantastic modelling. Well done. This is one I'll be watching.

03 March 2006, 03:57 PM
The details on your characters are amazing! However the overall form of the birds head and body could use more attention. Its kind of hard to make out what is the forearms and upperarms on the character. Also the face is so simple compared to the clothing style.

03 March 2006, 07:29 PM
awsome work on the zepplin

03 March 2006, 07:30 PM
Wow man awesome work!

03 March 2006, 09:14 PM
superb work mate-lovely details and modelling. alot of thought has obviously gone into this. keep it up!

03 March 2006, 09:34 PM
Agree with the rest here - that is a fantastic looking zeppelin, well done :)

03 March 2006, 11:10 PM
The zeppelin is great, although i think the 'balloon' part could be a bit bigger - now it doesn't really look like it's able to lift the 'body'. Still, i like it a lot.

03 March 2006, 11:35 PM
wow u been updating like crazy and i haven't seen a thing!
keep it up dude, looks great! :bounce:


03 March 2006, 01:59 AM
Looking good :) I like it very much!

03 March 2006, 03:23 AM
impressive piece,I'd second making the balloon a bit bigger..but overall it's looking very good :)


03 March 2006, 04:55 AM
great work!
I like it.
thanks man... .. .

03 March 2006, 01:04 PM
Wow, one day away from the computer and so many replies. :bounce:

Thank you very much.

The character will get some more attention when I finished the other models. I hope that the head will look better than.

I will also check the size of the balloon once more to see if I can make it bigger.

Thanks for the comments.


03 March 2006, 02:42 PM
I really like your style! The airship is awesome and the character is looking very good.

03 March 2006, 02:59 PM
i like the airship. it looks very promissing... ;-)

03 March 2006, 03:29 PM
great work man! and nice detail too.:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 02:53 PM (

I just started to model the home. It’s still in the very beginning so not much to see right now. But anyway here it is:

03 March 2006, 11:07 AM
Torsten I think I've just become a fan of your work, absolutely love your visual style! Can't wait to see what u come up with next!

Keet Mun :buttrock:

03 March 2006, 12:39 PM
Hi, Russel! Your zeppelin-boat is great! Nice modeling! I have only one question : Why birds build flying boat? They can fly... :)

03 March 2006, 07:36 PM
I'm sure the home will look great like your zeppelin boat ! look forward to more.

03 March 2006, 04:52 PM (

Thanks everybody for your comments. I really appreciate them.
Here some update on the tree house.


03 March 2006, 05:34 PM
Very nice! I think you should model in the larger details of the tree, rather than rely on textures. This is really coming along nicely!

03 March 2006, 10:39 PM
I love the way you're building this scene. It all looks so believable. I know it's still early in the modelling stage but maybe the joint between the main branch and the trunk could be smoothed out a bit. I love the idea of a bird having a zepelin. Makes as much sense to me as why people (who can walk) prefer to get around in cars! Fantastic work - keep it up!

03 March 2006, 07:32 PM (

Thanks guys,

Here a WIP of the whole family. Mother and Father will stand at there house and wave goodbye to their son.

Before I’ll go on modelling I will first try to find the final layout to see which parts I have still to model and where I have to put more details.


03 March 2006, 04:45 AM
tree house is looking great- love your attention to detail!

03 March 2006, 07:47 PM (

Not really sure if this fits into the modeling section but anyway here is my first try to put some feathers on my main character.
I used the Hair feature of Animation:Master with the two painted feathers at the top right as emitter.


04 April 2006, 03:07 PM (

I started texturing the face of the main character.


04 April 2006, 11:34 AM (

I started testing the final layout.
Here are 3 different.
Tell me what you think.


04 April 2006, 11:40 AM
Hi, Russel! Great update! The first composition is better, from my point of view. And it'll be good to add some space to the top and to the bottom of a pic! Don't cut the zeppelin. :) Please visit to my post to view the displasment map for tree bark. I posted it specially for you!!!
Here it is:

04 April 2006, 03:25 AM
Gotta say that I like #3 better. I think it shows more action instead of a static scene. I almost want to lean as I look at the hot air baloon in anticipation of the turn.

Excellent modeling and detail.

04 April 2006, 04:31 AM
I like no3, but as Olga says, give it more height so you can see more of that lovely Zeppelin. looking great!

04 April 2006, 05:40 AM
i think that no 3 is the best of all, too. suggestioin of a start it's very clearly and have more dynamism.

04 April 2006, 06:52 AM
I'd say "yes" to 2nd and 3rd compositions. Because there's a feeling of "going away and departure" feel in them, which the challange suggests :) Most participants miss that point. but which one I'll pick, it all depends on story, background, and characters.

Second composition will let you show a large background, and it will make your foreground characters more visible, more on focus. The final picture will be less crowded, easier to read and more manageable both for you and viewer (us :)). In addition to this, background may suggest us the destination of the journey, so it can add alot to narration. on the other hand, this composition may have a disadventage: although we may see passangers' emotions, those who're at the dock/bay we'll turn away from us. (you may consider zooming in the camera, and blurring the dock, thus putting passangers on focus again)

The third one is almost the opposite of the second :) large background again, but it will show the departure point instead of destination, so maybe you should consider narrating "why they are leaving" instead of "what they are looking for". this time passangers will be turning away from us, they would be waving to those at the bay, but no facial expression. The key element becomes the people at the dock. there may be a captain looking towards us though.

I don't know, I'm speculating here and discuss the possibilities :) it all depends on what you want to do, and what you imagine to do.

04 April 2006, 02:42 PM
Thank you very much for your posts :bounce:

Right now I tend to use layout no. 2, because as loverdose said I can show the destination of the journey.

There will be only three character in the pic. The one with the hat (actually the son of the other two character) will drive the ship. He is starting a quest for the blue moon-leaf-flower, because it is urgently needed for a medicine to heal the forest they all live in from a deadly illness.

I have rendered a 360° view of the airship. You can find them here: (
4.8MB (
720 kb

Thanks once again for your wonderful support.


04 April 2006, 07:02 PM (

I think I will go for layout no.2.
I added a possible backgroud in Photoshop.


04 April 2006, 06:33 AM
great progress. i liked layout number 3

04 April 2006, 07:08 PM
hey wait, I'm sending my ship over for a landing...give me the coordinates

(great work!)

04 April 2006, 09:19 PM
thanks for the Quicktime turntable..great stuff! layout's looking good-look forward to more.

04 April 2006, 01:58 PM (

Some update for the main character. Now without boots.


04 April 2006, 02:42 PM
I love the modelling of all the wood planks for the airship and walkway - great detail! The last character render reminds me of the muppets,:) were you going for that in any way?

04 April 2006, 03:43 PM
Coool character and sweet color scheme! Hehe your shoes are much better than mine,
(Occlusion pic), and the belt too!
This is gonna be a great thread!
Good luck!

05 May 2006, 01:40 PM (

Thanks a lot for your replies.

Here a WIP of the current texturing status.

You can click on the image to get a higher resoloution.


05 May 2006, 05:21 AM
Wow congratulations on such a well done turntable! I really love the ship -- and, you have laid out all of your elements very well. It's easy to see details in the ship yet you have managed to fit everything well into the scene. Looking forward to seeing the final image! Good luck!

05 May 2006, 11:00 PM
It's looking wonderful, Russel. I know you say it's only a texturing WIP but my suggestion would be to desaturate the light green grass that's visible under the tree. Because it is very bright at the moment the grass tends to attract too much attention. The island in the distance is looking excellent too. Are you planning on putting in some distance haze for the final?

05 May 2006, 12:29 PM
Thanks a lot.

The "grass" was nothing else than a green color. Meanwhile it looks a little bit more grasslike.
You can find an updated version here:

Link (


05 May 2006, 06:18 PM
hi, it's been a long time since i got near a pc but from what i c u've made great progress.
now for my crits-
1. the island lacks... doesn't look apealing enough to travel there. maybe if u'd add a city or somthing on it.

2. the green thing thats suppose to be the mountion,well i'm sure you add details to it later.

3. the big ocean, maybe add some boats ( fishing boats or smth. it would add life to it.)

beyond that-amazing work!

05 May 2006, 07:17 PM (

Thanks for your comments.

Here's the current status. Unfortunately I will not be able to use the latest version of Animation:Master. My trial has expired and I can't afford the update right now. So no sub-pixel displacement. I had to use bump for the tree instead.


P.S. Here you'll find a hi-res version of the pic. (

05 May 2006, 10:08 PM
Great update. That's a shame about the lack of SPD but the bump is working fine and you can always do some post work in Photoshop if you want. The colouring is working much better now too. It was great to see the hi-res too. Wonderful stuff

05 May 2006, 09:26 AM (

I finished rendering the different layers.
Final resolution will be 4096 x 1742.

Next step: Adding post effects in Photoshop

05 May 2006, 09:16 AM (

Here the current status.


05 May 2006, 09:36 AM
Well done, Torsten! Almost there now and you have managed to overcome the limitations of your hardware imaginatively. Good luck in the final!

05 May 2006, 09:51 AM
You've done a marvelous job! :applause: I really like your mist in the distance. Well done!

05 May 2006, 06:35 PM (

Thanks everybody for your comments.

I decieded to add some more birds in my final scene. This time some flying ones.

Two of them will be next to the ship and some more I'll put in the background.


05 May 2006, 12:10 PM (

Ok, almost there.

Tell me what you think.

Here you can find a higher resolution:

Journey 2048 x 871 (


05 May 2006, 08:56 AM
hi russel, compozition looks very good, I only have a problm with the sea, should have a little color variaton, somthing like brighter close to shore and darker far
at a second look the tree semms too flat, in rest, looks great man:thumbsup:


05 May 2006, 05:28 PM (

Since his early childhood Jonathan dreams to fly.
Every evening his grandma told him stories of the former times, when birds of their kind still had wings to fly. Every morning he ran outside to watch the paradise birds leaving their trees and flying to the open sea. Jonathan so much wished he could join them.
As soon as he was able to hold a pencil Jonathan starts drawing all different kinds of flying machines. Unfortunately he never had the chance to build one of his inventions.
One day when he was out in the forest, climbing on the huge trees, he realised tiny blue spots on the bark and when he stepped on a branch which was covered all over with this blue spots the branch suddenly breaks and Jonathan managed to grab a vein in the very last second to stop him from falling to dead. Once again he wished he could fly.
Later when he told his grandma from his adventure she got very excited and ask Jonathan to bring her a piece of the bark with the blue spots.
Jonathan who saw the fear in his grandma’s eyes ran as fast as he could to get a piece of the bark.
When he gave it to his grandma she starts to shiver and had to sit down. It took a while until she was able to speak again. Than she told Jonathan what this blue spots are.
The blue spots are the first sign of a very serious illness which affects the trees. It starts quite slow, but when not stopped in early stages it will affect the whole wood and kill all the trees in it. There is only one way to save the trees. A medicine made from the Blue Moon Leaf Flower, which was quite common is the old days but now had vanished totally from the wood.
There is only on person who knows where the flower can still be found. The old hermit on stone-bridge island. But there is no other way to get there than flying and we lost this ability long time ago.
Now it was Jonathan’s time to get very excited. He said to his grandma that they may not be able to fly by themselves but that he could build a machine which can do. He would just need the material which he could not afford till now.
Grandma agreed with Jonathan and both went to see the tree committee to give a report of what they have discovered and asked them to help build Jonathans flying machine. It didn’t take long to persuade the committee and shortly after the work on Jonathans machine started.
After three weeks of hard work the airship was finally finished. Jonathan named it after the nickname of his Grandma. It referred to the time when her feathers where still black as the night and she was know through out the wood as the “Dark Lady”.
The next day, when all things Jonathan would need were brought on board

The Journey Begins.

05 May 2006, 06:02 PM
So, this is it. Finally it’s finished.

Thanks to everybody who supports me during this time. It was really fun and I learned a lot.

Some specs:

Final resolution: 4096 x 1742

Software used: Hash Animation:Master and Adobe Photoshop

Total amount of layers rendered: 8

Total rendering time: about 20 hours

Here you can find a higher resolution image: 2048 x 871 (


05 May 2006, 11:00 PM
big congrats on finishing Russel- it looks great! I love all the fantastic ship details on the high res.good luck, and see you at the next challenge!

05 May 2006, 01:34 PM
congrats on finishing the pic, nice story


05 May 2006, 04:05 PM
Congratulations on your Final Image, Torsten, Nice Story, good job I wish you luck :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 04:47 PM
Hey Torsten! Enjoyed following your work from the beginning -- you've really captured a sense of wonder and perspective with your camera angle and lighting...showing off your cool ship! Great work! Hope to see more in future Challenges! Cheers!

05 May 2006, 11:29 PM
Congratulations. It looks fantastic. I really like those final touches - the birds flying, the tree texture and the atmospheric effects and colours of the shallow water. All very beautiful and very much pointing to a journey. The story is excellent too. I sure hope to see you in another challenge

05 May 2006, 11:56 AM
Shakes: Thank you very much. I really love your entry. Can't wait to see you entering the next challenge.

Squibbit: Without your support I wouldn't made it this far. Thank you very much.

Climax: Thank you very much. Wish you good luck for your 5D entry as well.

oceanbluesky: I am really glad you like my entry. Yours was amazing to follow as well. Cu in the next challenge.

mdavid: Thanks a lot. I really hope to see you in the next challenge. I learned a lot from your thread.

05 May 2006, 09:27 PM
Well congrats on your piece Mr. Nash. Looks pretty cool.
I'm new at this so I have no idea how long the voting process takes. Good luck.

05 May 2006, 07:28 PM
Congratulations on finishing this piece! I'm very impressed with the amount of detail in this piece! Good luck!

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