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02 February 2006, 10:30 AM
Niklas Frostgård is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Coloring WIP: Coloring here and there... (

02 February 2006, 10:39 AM FrozZt

Let´s have a sunny and bright journey... good challenge luck :)

02 February 2006, 10:40 AM
Good luck to you :thumbsup: ... crazy dude ;)

02 February 2006, 11:28 AM
Hey dude, welcome and good luck Niklas!:thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 01:05 PM
You're the man, Niklas. :)

02 February 2006, 01:07 PM (

I didnt get an idea in my head right away.. I just had in mind that i wanted to do a more cute and happy image rather then the more dark/scary /sad ones ive done before.. So heres some character doodling to get started!

02 February 2006, 01:29 PM
Hey good luck my friend!

02 February 2006, 04:45 PM (

heres some more characters... I havent done anything like this before, totaly not my style.. but i love it, its soooo much fun!! :)

02 February 2006, 04:46 PM
edit: double post

02 February 2006, 04:57 PM
You started well froz! Good luck!

02 February 2006, 05:02 PM
edit: another double :p

02 February 2006, 05:02 PM
hej Niklas. Good luck with the challenge . Great concepts so far :D

02 February 2006, 05:20 PM
woohoo!! challenge time! These sketches are really cute, great work so far and good luck with the challenge!

02 February 2006, 05:23 PM
awww... look at those cuties.... you start well here... :bounce: intresting to see what this will be in the end... :) I love the face expression on the rabbit...

02 February 2006, 05:56 PM
I wish a good luck and lots of creative energy to all of my buddies from previous challenges :D Dont be mad coz I'll post the same first reply to all of u, but wishes r sincere.. I just wanna to sign up to ur thread. Once again best of luck!

02 February 2006, 06:32 PM (

Just some fun.. :P You dont want to be walking infront of a blind mole the whole journey! Its a pain in the ass!

02 February 2006, 07:47 PM (

Heres a sketch of some insects :)..

03 March 2006, 10:24 AM
yo frozzt .. your back :D hehe welcome & good luck :wavey:

love the mole or hedgehog or whatever you call that :)

03 March 2006, 12:07 PM
makaron ( Thanks alot :) Have fun!

CatsEye ( Thank you, good luck!

beelow ( Good luck you too :)

JulianHo ( No, your the man :P!

digital_bobert ( Thanks!

ZaKKoS ( Thank you! :)

Agamemnwn (! Thank you.. good luck!

enialadam ( Thanks, im exited too :).. I love doing these cute fellas! vbmenu_register

NinjaASSN ( Thanks! :)

Vahn ( Thank you! Theres both a hedgehog and a mole in the concepts..

Everyone: Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome! I really found inspiration yesterday making stuff that usually i dont do, and i loved it! I wish everyone good luck, a great learning experience and a lot of fun! :) This challenge is going to be great!

edit: some weird code showed in the post.. ? took it away

03 March 2006, 12:52 PM
Haha, so many cute animals. Can't wait too see them all togheter.

Good luck!:wavey:

03 March 2006, 04:34 PM (

Here is one more character concept.. Still no solid idea of a specific scene.

Oh and i fortgot to mention before, all crits are most welcome!

03 March 2006, 04:55 PM
nice work,the hedgehog & turtle are cool..& the bunny with huge ears,Good luck


03 March 2006, 08:21 PM (

Heres an environment sketch.. its not a scene or any thought on composition, its just a concept right now..

Hmm i wonder how i would blend my little cuties in that kind of environment.. :/

Crits are most welcome! :)

03 March 2006, 08:24 PM
nice enviroment niklas :D and i love the characters :D

03 March 2006, 08:25 PM
nice house for ya cuties... eager to see them move in there :p

03 March 2006, 10:43 PM
zem: ( Thanks for stoping by! :)

Stefan_Morrell ( Thanks you!

Agamemnwn ( Thank you, glad you like my characters! :)

makaron ( Thank you.. actually thats not a house lol, but now that you say so it kind of looks that way.. :p hope to make it clearer later..

Now i gotta run!


edit: those codes again..?

03 March 2006, 10:45 PM
Sweat update but it doesn't feel like the start of something. Now why do I feel like breaking out in song? Anyway, I know you can make this last update whatever you want so do a little more on it and let's see where it leads.

03 March 2006, 06:58 AM
Oh, I like the stone thingy. You could make the animals into an exploration team, heading into the unknown. Kind of like Indiana Jones and Lara Croft teaming up, but this time it's animals.:)

03 March 2006, 08:14 PM (

This bug is helping the mole find his way around like dogs usually helps blind persons.. Just another feature to the mole's character... Hope to be able to put togeather a scene soon :/!

Share you thoughts and opinions! :)

03 March 2006, 09:35 PM
Cool sketch. Very different characters from the rest, I like the design. Lets see how they looks in a scene. :D

03 March 2006, 10:55 PM

Great sketch! This has a lot of possibilities...maybe a number of other bugs in foreground, middleground, and background, so it increases the sense of depth...really looking good! :thumbsup:

Cheers, :)


03 March 2006, 05:39 PM
JTD: Thanks :)! The stone is only an environment design.. only a small piece of the upcoming composition.

zem: Hi zem thanks for sharing your thoughts ! :)

snowan: Yes its going to ba a challenge to merge all of this together and give the piece one defined style so that the different elements will blend in well.. Thank you! :)

Rebaccak: Hi.. Thank you and glad you liked my sketch! :) Patience.. a scene is coming soon :p This was only to present the mole's helper..

Thanks everyone! This is going to be a great challenge full of fun! Now back to sketching on a composition.. vbmenu_register("postmenu_3296355", true);

03 March 2006, 06:19 PM
we want the scene... :bounce: we want the scene... :applause:

03 March 2006, 10:22 PM (

Heres a quick sketch of a composition.. im thinking of having my characters close up in the foreground.. I feel its a bit messy, i doont know!!? Im having some trouble figuring this out so i would love some crits and ideas on this one! I gotta run to work now, in a hurry..

Please crit this one! :)


03 March 2006, 09:42 AM
godmorgon Niklas,

I like the composition like that . u can more the characters in to respective are. like having the catterpillar on the top of the pillar looking att the main character. other characters going upon their jobs and creating a full of life enviroment that composition wise is drawn to the main character :D

03 March 2006, 06:53 PM
I think that this is a good comp :)

03 March 2006, 06:58 AM
If you make the characters look at eachother, displaying emotions of fear, happiness, curiousity and amazement, you could have most of them in the foreground.

I like the composition.

Keep em' coming

03 March 2006, 08:02 AM
i love those characters~:thumbsup:looks pretty good on the composition too

03 March 2006, 02:33 PM
makaron: Thanks makaron.. :) Im going to do some more work on this scene!

Agamemnwn: Glad you like it.. Thanks! Yea, the characters will probably make everything different, so i guess ill have to try and put them in there.

zem: Thats what i have in mind.. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

sh@ke: Thanks! Glad you like the characters! The scene still need some work.. Im on it!

Will try to have a final sketch ready soon, maybe some colors, so i can go on with line art and coloring.. I might present a new character aswell, possibly a villain! :p

03 March 2006, 02:01 PM
i really like the long eared rabbit character,great stuff so far man!

03 March 2006, 12:25 AM
looking great , keep it up!


03 March 2006, 12:48 PM
nice characters, nice know i like your style, have fun with the contest!!

03 March 2006, 06:48 PM (

Here is the previous sketch a little bit cleaned up.. Now im going to place my characters in there so that i can go on with my coloring!

Crits are most welcome! :)

03 March 2006, 07:16 PM
hey man you have really cool characters here :) i love them... maybe you can make it look like poster too, your characeters and mines make me remember a movie called bernardo and bianca.. not sure if you know it.. anyway is about little animals traveling :) see you later mate.. and good luck

03 March 2006, 08:18 PM
hmm! still no characters... are they lost in the forest? :bounce:

hope you show us soon, all those little cuties...

03 March 2006, 04:29 PM
Beautiful Landscape Frozzzt - the topleft hamster a few pics back is a goody and no mistake. Glad to see you.

03 March 2006, 06:00 PM (

Now i have put most of my characters in there.. I might add some more, possibly a bad guy too.. The front most character needs more work, yup.. and some adjustment needs to be made, then im gonna start coloring! :)

Crit away! :p

03 March 2006, 01:44 AM
Hi, the compo of the latest sketch looks graet, shows the depth of the environement,but I would like those character in more movement,shows the direction of their journey,haha thats only my personal suggetion

03 March 2006, 07:29 AM
you didn´t kid around when you said you wanna make a happy image this time...

I can almost hear those cuties sing a happy song, while they walk in joy... :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 02:22 PM
NOOB!: Thanks man..

Matellis: Thank you!

asparta: Thanks man, it means alot.. :)

Genesisa: Thanks! Yea i like those movies..

makaron: Im glad you found some happy thoughts in it.. Hope to bring some more along the way! Thank you! :)

Avatarist: Thanks man, glad you like it!

Michael Chang: I am glad that you like my compo, I kind of chose to show what they left behind instead of what lies before them. I am going to try to give hints about whats ahead of them by items they are carrying and stuff like that.. Thank your for your thoughts! :)

Thanks alot guys! It means alot to me... Now im gonna start coloring! :)

03 March 2006, 03:03 PM
wow! Awsome sketch, I love the composition and perspective. I think the rabbit should be a little smaller but other than that wow!!

I can't wait for the colours!

03 March 2006, 03:19 PM
Hi dude! =) haha like so much your line art. The rabbit has huge ears!:surprised heheh good luck and I´ll watch to your progress!!


03 March 2006, 01:33 AM
wow I like all the expressions on the animals, and the trees in the distance are killer. the depth in that sketch great. I love it :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 05:38 AM
All the details are so cute in your line art :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 09:01 AM
Man this looks great, could go straight into a childrens book! I love that twirl of the tree, keep it up!

03 March 2006, 09:09 AM
very funny idea and picture

03 March 2006, 01:18 AM
enialadam: Thank you so much! Im very glad you like it! I'll look into the rabbit thing.. hes supposed to be a little bit bigger but maybe the environment around him doesnt really show where hes standing right now..

Gonzalo Golpe: Hi! Im glad you like it! Thank you!

trevul: Thanks! Yea.. lots of happy expressions! :)

DeeVad: Thank you!

am7: Thank you for the appriciation!

grobouk: Thanks you!

I started coloring in PS at 6000/4500 pixels but it froze all the time so i pulled it down a bit.. It still keep freezing :(, so now i have developed a habbit of saving every 10 min :p... I've lost almost 3 hours already... I had the same problem with my spectacular so i guess ill be allright! :) Ill try to post something in color as soon as i can! Thanks fo the support guys! Later...

03 March 2006, 01:34 AM
very unique style, cool design and perspective on the building!

03 March 2006, 03:19 PM
I don't like everything in the characters but your environnement rocks.

03 March 2006, 06:48 PM
the mouse (or whatever it is) at the front and the hedgehog with the other small mouse are the best characters imo, their expressions are suiting the topic perfectly, and the environment is great, very imaginative... it looks like a funny journey :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 05:01 PM (

Here is the mess of colors that i made so far.. Just to let you know im not being lazy! The colors will probably change alot from what they are now..

03 March 2006, 05:59 PM
very nice work man, i like this bilding it reminds historical magic riddles...:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:08 PM
Nice concept compo is dynamic, with that structure in the middle. I would put those cliffs in 3 point perspective, because the structure in the center is doing that. B4 u go into detail figure out ur lighting situation, is it evening or is it night, based on that u will light ur characters based on that! Remember that the characters are the most important part of the piece so focus on them!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 09:55 AM
Tjena Niklas,

great lineart i a like the coloring so far of the image :D

03 March 2006, 05:40 PM

I recognize your style from the last challenge! Looking good so far.
About the lighting. To me it looks like a shadowed deep canyon in broad light. but you could allway give them a torch or something if you´d like a more distinct lighting.
Good luck!

04 April 2006, 11:10 AM
kevinhyshen: Thank you, glad you find id cool... :)

authentic: Glad you like my envrionment.. Is there something specific about the characters you dont like? Maybe they just dont fit your taste.. Thanks

elmasfeo: Thank you, glad you like it.. Ill try to make it as fun as possible!

FlaminGlow: Thanks man.. I wanted to give the structures an ancient feel, hope i succeded..

beelow: Hey man.. Judging from what you wrote i think you missed my real compo sketch/lineart, this last one is just a fragment.. The structure is in a more extreme third point becouse its in a leaning hill(hard to see from the last one)..
The mountains will be in third point but not extreme at all.. Thanks for giving it some thought! :)

Agamemnwn: Hej! Thanks for the support! :)

Norberg: Thanks you! I think i have the lighting figured out.. It'll be clearer soon..

I havent worked anything on this now for almost a month.. Had lots of other stuff to do. Now that im done with that other stuff im going to pick this up again! Hope to give you something new soon!

04 April 2006, 12:46 PM
Hi Niklas! Glad to see you in the challenge too! :) I really like all you've done already, especially the structures with great texture. Only one, it seems to me the characters look too ordinary compared with your weasels in 'Element of suprise' image. I'm looking forward to seeing the next stage. Good luck! :)

04 April 2006, 09:04 PM (

Here we go.. This has been resting for a month and now i have started splashing color all over. :p The lighting will show as i progress with the image.. bright daylight is the idea and working with the shadows and light to attract attention!

Crits and comments are most welcome! :)

04 April 2006, 10:19 AM
it looks very nice to me. Although I would put all the characters more to the left. Two reasons... one is that most of the ppl starts reading image from the left, so its easier for them to go thru the all piece than (otherwise they just might stopped on the right side of the pic in ur occasion and miss something thats in the left). Other reason is that ur pic already has something heavy on the right (that building statue) and with characters on that side as well, the balance of the compoosition isnt the best. Best regards and keep up the good work buddy! :)

05 May 2006, 02:23 PM
He? Come back and poste times WIP. I WAIT for it. Looks nice. I hope you have time to finish it. Good luck.

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