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02 February 2006, 02:44 PM
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02 February 2006, 03:20 PM
Welcome aboard! Good luck to ya!

02 February 2006, 08:59 PM (

Some verry quick sketches for possible compostiions, and possible faces of the character.

every thing can still chance...

02 February 2006, 09:31 PM (

this is a verry quick sketch of a "person" standing on some kind of balcon wth a view over a city (witch might be alive or left empty)

i'm trying to look for a scene where-in a person starts an yourney to a place yet unknow but it most allso be a journey in wich the character tries to find himself or something else, so i will be making more sketches of a place wich is to be discovered and filled with "things" related to the character visiting it.

does that make any sence regarding my bad english :s

02 February 2006, 10:09 PM
Nice sketch. It does make sense. I feel a bit hesitation by the character that wants to start a journey but doesn't find the strenght of it. Yet, in the same time it feels that is also waiting for something or someone and that my not feel as the begining of something, but the end. Am i making sense now? :) hehe

03 March 2006, 09:59 AM
thx for the commentz loris.
I think your probebly right, so I allready started out some new ideas, bassed on this one, i will post them later, and see wath they might become :)

03 March 2006, 12:46 PM
the pose of the main character should be more dramatic to indicate some sort of begining of a journey. at the moment it feels like he has already arrived and just absorbing the atmosphere ....

03 March 2006, 01:03 PM
thx for the comment zachlost.

I desided to start a totally new painting, in wich we see a group of people sitting in some sort of cabinet wich is driven by a giant snail. as they are entering some kind of strange forest they look around, one will be looking like she/he doesn't care about the envirement, another one will look ahead to the future that is yet to come, wondering what lies ahead, the third one will look at the viewer with a strange look on his face wondering iff we are realy their and if we are some strange creature lurking around, the snail will be driven by some sort of tiny man who is doing his routine, giving the impresion that he does things like this often, the snail will be some sort of ""taxi''".
I will give the scene a central light (somewhere between the main characters) so that the rest of the scene looks more dark and unexplored, giving the suggestion of night, and maybe some frigting feeling. I allready have some skeches but I will post later, because I need to go to the dentist and after that i'll be rehersing with my band, and after that I might go out, so I wont be posting till tommorow I think...

I'll see u guys later (sry for my bad english)

03 March 2006, 02:24 PM
Hehe, nice to see you enter, like the concept. You kind of force me to enter to :p

Good Luck!

03 March 2006, 06:24 PM (

i'm starting all over, new idea
because somebody else who has entered is also doing something with a snail I thought i should do something else to prevent discusions about who did it first and so on,

so here is the idea, some strange foreing looking group of people are at the side of some place (maybe a strange wood, or a labyrint) they are looking with a "hmmm wats this" look on their face, and will go and search tro the place where they are,
but maybe their hides some great danger or something else n that place, u can fill that up for u're self, so let their yourney begin,

i will try to give all of the 3 characters a different expresion but still familiar with the other characters expresions so that they come out as one group of travellers.

I'm allso thinking about drawing a hint at wath might be waiting for the travellers...

03 March 2006, 06:31 PM (

so this are some quick sketches of wath might become the faces of the travellers, maybe some few adjudgments, i'm trying to gave them some ""maya/chinees/my own interpretation"" look for the foreign feeling.

ok now i'm going to really start on this challange...

03 March 2006, 06:40 PM
Oooo I really these character concepts. Beautiful work!!

Croes Brun(o)
03 March 2006, 11:21 PM
OK folks listen up, I'm having some problems with my other acount, i cant log in anymore on the challange forum , though i can login on the homepage, realy weird,

so i maded an other acount, under this name, and i will re-enter the challange, an post all of this again, I am verry sorry for this but I cant help it other wise :(

man this realy pisses me off

03 March 2006, 02:34 AM
OK folks listen up, I'm having some problems with my other acount, i cant log in anymore on the challange forum , though i can login on the homepage, realy weird,

so i maded an other acount, under this name, and i will re-enter the challange, an post all of this again, I am verry sorry for this but I cant help it other wise :(

man this realy pisses me off

Heya, it looks like you updated the email address in your profile. When you do that, it locks your account until you verify that the email address exists by clicking on a link that the system sends to that email address. If you didn't receive the email, it's because your email server is bouncing the email. I have manually reactivated it for you. There is no need to create new accounts - all you have to do is contact us if you have a problem. If you don't tell us there is a problem, we have no way of knowing ;)

03 March 2006, 10:23 AM
man thank u verry verry VEEERRRRY much :bounce:
u just made my day

03 March 2006, 02:01 PM (

so thx to the people of the site i'm back at my first entry for the challange and i can re-use my acount (again THX U VERRY MUSH)

I allready posted this image, but i'm posting it again here, so that the progress page doesnt get mest up

Im going to give the character other poses so that they look more like they are departing to somewhere,
and off course some ellements will appear in the scene to make the story and journey feeling come more to live and gife it more depth

thx for the commentz

03 March 2006, 02:51 PM (

Im still searching for the right poses for the characters so that they look more like they are searching for something, more the feeling of the yourney, this one comes closer, but thing ae still missing,

commentz allways welcomen,

(ps: I will brief you guys in woth the story soon)

03 March 2006, 04:09 PM (

no big changes, just a few more threes here and there, verry little detail on the trees (really quick) and a bit more light towards the left top corner, to make clear that that is the way the characters will be going.

03 March 2006, 04:33 PM
I really like the composition. The only thing that I noticed straight away is that composition reminds me very much of the painting "these woods are cursed, they say" by Linda Bergkvist (her website Gallery then under Azure).

Just thought I should let ya know :)

03 March 2006, 05:00 PM
yeah i can see wath u mean,
i should change something before u guys get the wrong impresion here;

thx for letting me know :)

03 March 2006, 05:24 PM
I like the coloring. is going well. And teh character sare looking very good as well. This is a good idea you choose. Keep up.

03 March 2006, 05:33 PM (

I redone the background to prefent people thinking the wrong thing :)
and i did some detail on the faces, not much because they may change.

(again thanks for letting me know about the background)

03 March 2006, 05:39 PM
No problem Croes :)

I really like how this is coming along, I adore your character designs!

Keep it going 'subscribes' :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 05:57 PM
I really like here you're taking this, like the elves a lot!

keep it up mate

03 March 2006, 05:45 PM (

first and for all, this is a really quick version of a face of one of the travellers, to be presice this is the leader of the group looking a bit neutral because he's a bit moody about the situation they are in, that is not trully finding the right way on the map. I'm thinking about giving hime a few more personnal drawings on his face to make clear that he is the leader of the group.
(again i will post you the story in about a few days i'm still bringing ideas in the storry to give it more depth)

for the face itsels: it was done verry quick, i did it on my sisters G5 because my computer isn't fast enaugh, and hence i can only work half an hour per day on her computer i did it realy quick and slumsy.
and i can't work in the day because i have to go to school 5 days of the week :(.

but I"ll try to post as often as i can.

critz are allways welcome

03 March 2006, 06:25 PM
I like em, except his nose looks bit weird. Maybe its to much bent?
Like the pale skintone though!

03 March 2006, 07:36 PM (

some changes to the face, verry slumsy,
chanched the nose a bit, and gave the face a more female feeling, u see i told u earlier about the leader beeing a bit moody, well i was thinking wath can be more moody then women (though i love them more then anything else) but i think its better for the "total feeling" to make her a woman.

03 March 2006, 07:51 PM
Well Mr. Ladysman, I do like this one more, kinda looks androgynous now, elves are pansies anyway!:p

Just kidding mate, elves ar ethe best, keep em coming!

03 March 2006, 03:12 PM (

so here is how the painting looks now, still verry sketchy, but thal will change soon.

well i thought i should post the story to, though i'm not quit shure yet how to put this in words :):

this is a group of dell arco's starting on their journey to their friends the sagitario's, those people (the sagitario's) are half man half horses (u know). they are one of the neutral people in my fantisised world. the sagitario's will help the dell arco's search for a mythical chain ( u see her chain, yeah thats the one).
the mythical chain holds the legend that iff one culture has it in its position, the god of that culture will come down from that culture's heaven and will rule until the chain is in the hands of an other culture (you get it :p)
On this moment, it is beliefed that the chain is in the hands of the creul and macabre culture named the tyrll's, because of the dark and macabre look and feel that is hanging everywhere.

more parts story will follow soon :)

03 March 2006, 04:10 PM (

playing with the background,added some bushes to sustain the "wood" feeling

03 March 2006, 06:17 PM (

this is a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry quick idea sketch for the face of the centered person, i was thinking to put the red line around his eyes to give an accent on his "seeking on the map" function, i'm not shure if im going to keep it

03 March 2006, 06:43 PM
very nice character design. good luck man.

03 March 2006, 07:55 PM
thx for the post mate,

i should shot some foto reference for the faces, so that they look more believeble, but it will all work out :)...

see you all soon

03 March 2006, 09:01 PM
Yeah, indeed the characters are looking good. I have no comments on them I like the color WIPs!! Keep up!! ;)

03 March 2006, 07:15 AM
hence I got to go to school again I won't be posting allot or anything at all for at least 2 or 3 days :'(,
school days are every day of the week 7 hours except in the weekend, but u probebly knew that.

oh I am going to make some few reference foto's to day, they might come in handy

see you folks later

03 March 2006, 03:59 PM (

just some changes to the faces, a bit more detailed bushes and so on, nothing big...

03 March 2006, 04:43 PM
nice looking sketch!!

i really like the people..i think the middle ones looking in a little bit or a strange direction..looking between the map and the other guy??

the story is very clear...
good stuffs :)

03 March 2006, 07:37 AM
yeah i figured that out to (about the guy in the middle, with his face beeing in a wrong angle or something) anyways thanks for the advice :)

03 March 2006, 01:05 AM
i did some few more quick changes, and i'll post them as soon as I can, but hence I am on an other computer far away in another galaxy I canot post anything till to morow, so just for to keep u guys on track :)

anyways just to say to you all, there is some really nifty stuff around here, so good luck to you all

03 March 2006, 01:38 PM (

this are the faces how they look right now, I made some minor changes, realy small, but they helped a bit, still got a lot of work to do on them, but it will turn out in rhe end, at least i hope so :)

03 March 2006, 06:40 PM (

well some details on the threse to make them look more tree like, its not the finalised version of them but they are gething close, they don't have to be to detail because i want to keep this mysty like wood, and more attention at the group of dell arco's...

03 March 2006, 07:02 PM
Progressing well! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:23 PM (

so updated her face, gave more detail and volume to it (especially in the hair)

03 March 2006, 04:21 PM (

again...some changes to the head, i'm really not satisfied with the look of it, I adjusted it so that it resambles the concept sketches of the heads more.
but still things are missing

03 March 2006, 05:04 PM (

ok the face is getting to a final stage still some tweaks here and there, but its comming closer.

i havent got the time to do the face in one time so thats why i post it so often, sry

03 March 2006, 05:21 PM (

OK we have a view of things, again; some changes to the faces, to the positions of the dell arco's, and to the poses.
some minor changes in the background, i'm thinking to put more vegitation into the seen, and some litte more collor variation, like green and purple,

well i'll see...

03 March 2006, 07:10 PM
Your concept is evolving quite nicely there bud, keep it up!
The characters are nice as well, cool design. i'll be monitoring your work from now on, be aware! :twisted:

Anyhows, keep posting, cant wait to see more.

03 March 2006, 04:53 PM (

some changes to the hair, but not inportant,
wath is inmportant is that i start cleaning up the background a bit, put more trees in their that point towards the light, also some new bushes, to ad depth to the compostition.

03 March 2006, 04:12 PM (

just working a bit on the pose and the hand, nothing special :-)

i'm trying to capture that "helloooooooo i'm waiting..." feeling or should i say the "when are we leeving, i'm bored" feeling...

03 March 2006, 05:49 PM
Like this one Brun, I think you were quite succesfull in capturing the bored, annoyed feeling. Good luck with the other ones!

03 March 2006, 07:11 AM
thank u for the reply faras, wath i noticed myself was that the hand is a bit the small, so i should make it bigger, or the head smaller, i'll try them both and see wath the compostion has to say about it :)

03 March 2006, 07:42 PM
i just want'a appolegies for not posting anything in a long time, I got a lot to do for my school, and hence I cant allways work on the computer I really can't post anything that is wort showing...

sry, i'll post soon

03 March 2006, 06:39 PM (

again an overview of the scene, did some small changes, on the clothes and stuff, and the hand, nothing big,

03 March 2006, 06:33 PM (

did some minor texture on the background, and some details on the dell arco's

03 March 2006, 07:23 PM (

this is a detail of the detail/textures i been doing on the tree, i(m kind of exited about doing this since I never did eny big details on a work of mine :)

03 March 2006, 08:59 PM (

so here is another detail on the bark of the trees
i workedoin the other part of the tree as well and puttet in a shot from a farther distance, hope u like the changes,

04 April 2006, 05:51 PM (

so i started to spread the detail all over the scene, it going slow but i'm trying to do it as good and fast as I can in the little time I have while working on this computer, :) i hope you can see where it is going, and hope to achief a better feeling of the world when the detail is done :)

04 April 2006, 07:23 PM
Going at it nicely bro, you've got ore disciploine than me :thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 09:30 PM (

soooooooooooo...i did some more detail, and painted some quick new ideas, like the stones on the ground which may serve as some kind of footpad??? also i added some contrasting red flowers in their to give the whole seen a somewhat more mysterious maybe even macabre feeling, i'm not shure iff i'm going to keep the flowers and the footpad, so your ideas whould be welcome thx...

04 April 2006, 04:24 PM (

this is a update on the path, didn't had much time, so i could do much but since its beeing quite some time since i posted, i thought it post this litle update

04 April 2006, 03:29 PM (

i made the pad tiles a little bit bigger and gave em a little bit more detail, the next step will be to finish the collors and thewhole painting I guess :)

04 April 2006, 04:41 PM (

i started on the map, its a important subject as it somehow points at the journey they are making, so, its not finished but hey it will be in about 30 days :)

05 May 2006, 04:57 PM (

i'm starting to do the finishing toushes, kinda slow thow, their is some more detail in the bushes and on the roadmap, even a bit on the faces but u'll prbely won't notice the difference, exept for the map and the bushes that is :) (25 days left wieieieieieie)

05 May 2006, 03:56 PM (

OK its been a stressy 2 weeks, i had a lot to do for my school so again i could do mush for the chalange, anyways i did some more detail in the leaves and the stones and the map. anyways, i hope i can finish this image on time, but i'll think it'll work :)

05 May 2006, 04:06 PM
good luck with finishing this. i know how slow detailing can be. i like the concept and it has a nice composition. the characters are cool too. i would maybe like to see more of the background through the trees. something slightly more epic but i guess this isnt that important. good luck.

05 May 2006, 07:13 PM (

so i did some details on the background as u suggested, its still sketchy but i'm working on it, and yes i find u where right, it gives a better overall feeling to the image :)

05 May 2006, 08:19 PM (

sooooooooooooooooo, again, some little slow progress update on the background, again i didn't had mush time, exams are comming so i got a lot to do, :)

05 May 2006, 05:36 PM (

so i'm trying to subtly ading more detail to the scene, not so much more work anymore know so, good luck to you all with finishing your work :)

05 May 2006, 05:58 PM (

more detail coming up sir...

05 May 2006, 04:29 PM (


Long ago, in acient times far away from the times in wich this stroy happens to be, their where 3 gods who created every thing that we know.
The 3 gods all had a different vision on how they wanted the world to be, so they desided that everything in there world should have an aspect that was thypical to their vision of that world.
One of them had a great vision, and thought that everything should be made to serve good things.
One of them thought that everything should be made to serve his evil plans.
And one of them thought shared both this visions but without deciding wich he liked the most, so he decided that everything should have the abillity to take the best from both visions, without choosing the bad or the good side...

After they desided that, they started on making their world.
It didnít take long for them and in less that 3 days they created their world acording to their visions.

Now that everything was created they shared a vision in wich they thought that their should be some sort of life in their world.
So they created different creatures with one of them beeing smarter and imore intellegent then all others.
These creatures where left the shoice of shoosing one of these gods as theire god.
And so their came 3 groups of these intelegent creatures, and every group had a different god that they would worship and serve.
The gods would use these creatures to make their vision be law in their world.
But it would be chaotic to let all their visions be at the same time.
So they created a divine chain that they would send to their world to be found by their inteligent creatures, and if a group of these creatures got its hands on the chaine, their god would rule for as long as the chain was in hands of his ďpeopleĒ...

Ages have passed since those days...
Wars for the chain have turbed the world in chaos and made the chain disapear...
For a long time everything has been quite, till one day on wich everything whent dark, light turned in to darkness and every object seemed to had a macabre feeling to it.
So it was beliefed that the chain was in hands of the group with the bad god.
The group that stayed neutral where called the dell arcoís, and it is they that are shown in the painting.
They started their journey to search for the chain and hope to put darkness to an end and lift it up to change to a world in wich both dark and bright are dominating so that their would be some sort of balance.
This is only the begining of their journey as they will withness lots of strange things to happen allong the journey

Let the journey begin....

(ps: sry for my english, Iím not to good at it, but iím learning)

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