View Full Version : The Journey Begins Challenge (3D) Entry: Victor Marin

02 February 2006, 04:51 PM
Victor Marin is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Fear, fear away (a little freak adventure) (

02 February 2006, 04:54 PM
I wish you all the luck my friends, this will a great challenge :thumbsup: :bounce:

02 February 2006, 05:28 PM
Hi Victor - good luck! I hope to see some nice ZBwork here :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 06:49 PM
Hi man.

Greetings from Croatia,land of crows___made the last part up.:thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 06:52 PM
Good luck!

02 February 2006, 07:13 PM
welome to the challenge
wish you success !

02 February 2006, 08:06 PM
best of luck Victor!

I just registered at your forum by the way :thumbsup: por all nos vemos...

02 February 2006, 08:56 PM
Mucha suerte!

Translation: Jimmy Carter and the Press Information Technollogy...

02 February 2006, 09:22 PM
mosconariz, elmasfeo, adel3d, Vedic kings, A I R, Gunilla
Wuhuuuu, what a lot of friends here, thanks for your first words, i hope to make an original and good image (ill put all my efforts)

03 March 2006, 05:21 PM (

Well i think this is my concept for this challenge, im planning to make a cartoonish image for this project, some little monsters starting the long long journey from the tetric castle to the coooool super adventure park EuroDazzney (trademark for sure) heheh.

Hope you like the idea.


03 March 2006, 05:43 PM
ya! glad to see ya here! man, concept look cool and answer the theme very well , some thought is maybe you can find more dynamic camera angle , hehe still have a lot of time for experiment ! goodluck man!

03 March 2006, 05:50 PM
Hey Victor,

It is good to see you in the challenge again and your idea looks interesting so far. Look forward to your wip's on this.

03 March 2006, 06:11 PM
Hi ilusiondigital, nice concept u got there.
I m watching man..have fun

03 March 2006, 06:12 PM
curious to see what this will be?

03 March 2006, 05:31 PM (

I start the modeling of the freaks car, still in a very wip stage, but i think its cool for the scene

03 March 2006, 05:35 PM
Cool concept, I agree with monsit you need another angle, (a wormeye view perhaps?)


03 March 2006, 05:39 PM
Hey, Monsit thanks for your words, mate. Yep i think i have enought time to make test, but if you give ideas are welcomed heheh.

Mmoir, ya man, thanks ill put my eyes at your thread thumbs up

Micro26: Thanks MrM, yep i think is the most important thing having 3dfun, the same for you my friend
mttjss: Thanks mate, hope you like my final image

sergioKomic: Yep, i need to make tons of test to find a good angle view, but i have the scene in my mind, hope to can make it real, hehe. Thanks friend

03 March 2006, 06:01 PM
Ostia to! Buen avance!

Translation: Something about the economic forum in Mars...

03 March 2006, 08:16 AM
Hi Victor! Is glad to see you! :) Good start!
Good luck to you!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 12:40 AM (

A little update of the car, i put the wheels a little bit organical, jope you like it, and wait crits and suggestions

03 March 2006, 12:43 AM
Mosconariz, gracias tio por tu apoyo, pero lo mejor son tus traducciones, hahahahahaha

Lexle: Mate how are you my friend, a great surprise to see you in this challenge again.


03 March 2006, 12:01 PM (

Cars Update

03 March 2006, 12:28 PM
You will need very detailed terrain to pull this off. Keep going and good journey!:)

zia-Mercenary XIX:

03 March 2006, 01:32 PM
hi ilusiondigital!! nice idea, but you need to do your modeling more clearly. Good luck! :buttrock:

03 March 2006, 03:22 PM
Concept looks a bit wacky, in a good way. I think the visual style will really help this piece stand out:thumbsup: (eg organic wheels, strange, but cool!). The concept is full of movement and slanted lines which should work really well with the style.

You might need to put more background in however, the finished piece might look a bit empty back there from the current concept.

Nice start to the modelling, keep it up!

03 March 2006, 08:15 PM
burpy: Yep, i need i will need tons of work (and hours) for make a huge background (i think i willl make an original terrain)

vincent1: Yes, mate, more or less i have the idea of the background, but need to make some test.

Thanks for the replies

03 March 2006, 08:25 PM
Oh Yeah! Your ride is far more stylin' than mine! And those Ben-Hur hubcaps! I dare a dog to lift a leg on your wheels!

03 March 2006, 08:59 PM
glenn23: Hehehe, yep Glenn, i need to make some romans and a few lions, hehehe. A great pleasure to see you here, take care my friend

S+ein: In first place sorry my friend, i donts see your post til today, i donts think i need a more detailed car, its a car cartoon, and with good textures it will be ok, i think at least. But still its a wip, thanks for your crit, buddy

03 March 2006, 09:13 PM (

Testing material, lights, camera view and textures over the car

03 March 2006, 09:42 PM
nice concept i,m looking for more
good luck!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 02:34 PM
Very funny scene. I like it. The same for the car. It's a funny one. Good luck

03 March 2006, 01:13 PM
For the nails, que carro ms "monstruoso"!

Nice wip & nice idea. Good luck!!!

03 March 2006, 09:06 PM
dgrauers: Mr Grauers, what a infinite pleasure, glad to see you again, im interesting about your concept my friend. Hugs, buddy

simovici: Thanks for your words, friend. Now im making testing (overall lit tests) hope you liked

coochaki: Huuuu, thanks mate, now i will nedd to make tons of crazy characters, hope you like my updates

Thanks all 4 viewing

03 March 2006, 09:10 PM (

Another lit test, and a question... its this a better camera angle????


03 March 2006, 08:32 PM (

Modeling one of the main characters, the headless

03 March 2006, 08:43 PM
The car has a lot of character. it reminds me of Grease a bit. Your style, combined with your concept will make a very enjoyable final image. I am looking forward for the rest of the characters.

03 March 2006, 09:11 AM
excellent designs ! And simple but I love it really. The headless is just perfect. I would just say maybe the bone a little bigger. And then 3 fingers or four I don't really know.
Great work :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 03:02 PM
Thats a cool concept friend:) . Excellent design amd models looks great:thumbsup: especially the car model. Keep going dude and all the best for this challenge:beer: :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 08:10 PM
madshooter: My dear friend, thanks for your always inspiring friendly words, youre the best mate

authentic: Thanks great praises from a great cartoon artist =), hope you liked my next steps

a-papantoniou: Heyyy Myth, thanks Antoniu, i hope to make cool and funny lil monstah =)))

03 March 2006, 10:48 AM (

Texturing the main character (the headless) i delete the neck bone too

03 March 2006, 07:46 PM (

Testing the shading and lights, i think this is the final illumination, and i put the main character posed too.

Crits are welcomed

03 March 2006, 12:28 PM
[QUOTE=ilusiondigital] (

Looks awesome:thumbsup: the glass seems to be burning too much, maybe you will fix that later.
More updates please:bounce:

03 March 2006, 10:48 PM
hello friend :D nice modeling, i like the car :D good luck

un abrazooo tio :D

03 March 2006, 10:24 AM
I think the picture is a little to overcontrasted (light too strong maybe).
I really like your design but I would have find the picture more funny without the head at his foot. JUst simple man without head.

03 March 2006, 07:06 PM (

Modeling the bat-vampire, i start the modeling in zbrush with zspheres and then import to max and tweaking, i will export to zbrush again to make the tex and some details (few, because its a cartoon style and dont want to do something too realistic =P)

03 March 2006, 04:01 PM (

Starting the modeling of the city props

03 March 2006, 04:51 PM
Oh - I haven't been around for some time and lot's of things happening here! I really like that headless character - so funny :thumbsup:
And the car is really cute - this is going great!

03 March 2006, 05:49 PM (

Thanks my dear Gun for your always warm words.

Lot of hugs

03 March 2006, 07:59 PM
Hey Victor... I've just discover today your participation in this new challenge... good news then...

Your project is very original... much fun here... your character with the car make me feel a little to Wallace and Gromit... but here, it's with your nice touches... best of luck for you my friend... and continue in your good way :thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 10:33 AM (

My dear friend L.A, thanks for the waord Lemog. Hope you like this update.

Hugs from Spain

04 April 2006, 07:35 PM (

An updated od the scene textures (put some trees too)

04 April 2006, 11:29 PM
Is that a map he's not looking at? They are going to be so lost!

Reminds me of my wife looking at a map. She looks but...
But then I refuse to ask for directions.

04 April 2006, 07:51 AM
This is looking really good. There's such a strong sense of realism, it almost looks like a stopmotion set photo.
I keep expecting them to start moving around.

04 April 2006, 08:16 PM
heya my friend !
here you too :D
cool work so far ! keep it up and good luck
see ya

04 April 2006, 12:54 PM (

Adding more characters

04 April 2006, 01:00 PM
Thanks for the replies my dear friends:

Glenn: Yep, friend, i have the same problem with my wife, hehehe, but i love to answer hehehe

Womgoose: A very good compliment, other people says the same, its an honour to hear that, thanks

drummer: Drum, drum drumer, heeeeyaaaaa my dear friend, how are you buddy??? Long time for sure, i hope we can resolve that, huuuugs

Lot of hugs 4 all, and thanks


05 May 2006, 11:04 AM
Yep Victor, your texturing is really sweet and clean... just take care with the contrast between different pieces... maybe that can be harder to read the picture... or maybe harder shadows can help you... as spanish shadows...
Good continuation in your way mate :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 02:25 PM (

A almost finished image, nned to work in the back street, and some details more.

Thanks Lem for your always nice and friendly suggestions, I hope you like this spanish shadows heheheh


05 May 2006, 03:00 PM
excellent Victor.
the point of view is great. feelings also. like the birds.
To crit a little :
I would say that the hand of the main character is not really readable. Indeed the white part of his arm is on the white part of a house and the brown part of his hand is on the dark car. MAybe play with lighting or maybe make another pose (he could read the maps, sitting on his case)
I think you could work more his little friend at the front of the car. I'm sure you can do better :D

There 's a wallace and gromit feel in your picture. really interessant. Godd luck

05 May 2006, 07:53 AM
Nice cartoony scene. :bounce:

05 May 2006, 08:03 AM
This kind of lighting is of course better, but as Vincent said, It's always a bit difficult to read... certainly the subject more in the foreground... really contrasted, with a large focal to increase the perspective, a DOF and a background less contrasted can help you...
...take care with the 2 light street exactly at the frame border... it's a bit disturbing... you can trick a little... the one of right with only the bulb visible... and the one of left more in the frame, more visible...
...that come mate :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 07:43 PM
Really cool!!! He's looking for his head?


05 May 2006, 08:56 PM (

Another step

Suggestions and crits are welcomed

05 May 2006, 09:37 PM
Yes I know, I often crit. Why you ? Because I love your picture so :

I really like the new car. very good.
But I don't understand the pose of your character. What is he doing ? call for a taxi, walk ?? Make it more clear. moreover the old car behing cut a little the silhouette of your character. More contrast onthe character maybe or just put off the car.
If the new car is the one of the guy, maybe open door or backdoor (coffre?) to suggest what he will do of his case.

05 May 2006, 08:24 AM
Vincent, thanks you are one of my great inspiration for this challenge, and love your suggestions, are so usefull for me.

I tell you 2 thinks, i need to model some parts of the new car, yes, you have the reason, its a taxi and the headless is calling it =)))

And im trying to put a light between the character and the old car for separate the headless from the background

Im waiting your news suggestions my friend

Hugs, Vincent

05 May 2006, 08:33 AM
simovici: Thanks a lot mate

Lemog: Your crits are helping me again =)))), many thanks Nut nut

dogmatico: Yep, the mystery of the hidden head heheheh, thanks

Thanks 4 viewing

05 May 2006, 09:40 AM
very nice style!

really cool!~

love it!

keep going...

best of luck to you in this challenge!:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 04:59 PM
Ahhh, this is just getting better and better! Is his head in the bag? So funny... and I really like the bleached colors you use for it - very nice style :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 08:32 AM
This is just excellent !
The modeling is great but texturing and lighting is amazing !
It looks like some kind of stop motion short in clay !
great,just great !

05 May 2006, 08:53 AM
Nice work. Reminds me of the street from monsters inc.

05 May 2006, 03:10 PM
InTerceptoV: Yep, pixar is an incredible inspiration for me, thanks for your words

gpepper: Thanks buddy, im trying to make a clay feel like the aardman studio (flushed away), i hope to make a good final image

Gunilla: Thanks honey, im thinking to put the head in an almost hidden place hehehe

coochaki: The best for you too friend, very glad you liked

05 May 2006, 06:00 PM (

the barber shop (yep i know is not an impressive modeling but is for the background) heheheh

05 May 2006, 08:53 AM (

What do you think bout this camera view?

05 May 2006, 07:10 PM (

newspaper vending machine

05 May 2006, 11:31 AM
Very strange place (town) you have created here. And I like it so much.:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 11:52 AM
The new angle is really better... :thumbsup: and the newpaper box a very good idea... continue like that Victor... good way...

05 May 2006, 02:55 PM
simovici and lemog: Thanks a lot, im proud you like the image, many many thanks =)))


05 May 2006, 04:34 PM (

Another character more, the "phantasmiko"

05 May 2006, 03:09 PM
Hola Victor,

divertida la idea y muy bien lograda al imagen. Me gusta la transparencia "fantasmal" del fantasmita.

Por si acaso, aunque no lo considero importante, creo que la noticia del peridico debera ser freaks strike (sin la ltima "s").

Buena suerte!


05 May 2006, 03:18 PM
Hahaha... very good the "Fantasmiko"... con que sabor ? :scream:

05 May 2006, 11:31 AM
fer3d: Me alegra que te guste Fer, la verdad es que me lo dijeron despues de hacerlo (mi lexico ingles no es muy boyante hehehe) a ver si tengo un momento y lo rectifico, un saludo y gracias

Nut nut: ehehehhahahaha what ca i say Lem, i cant believe you know the fantasmikos ahahahahaa, i think its a lemmon phantom hahaha


05 May 2006, 04:29 PM (

render passes and final composition in PS

05 May 2006, 11:06 PM
Keep dreaming, it looks great!

05 May 2006, 12:19 AM
Hi Victor...every thing looks cool...what seems a bit bizzare to me is only that i think u can make a bit better use of your occlusion pass render in your composition. I hope i make sence...Cool stuff. :)

05 May 2006, 05:15 AM
Maybe it's only due to the little size of the pic, but I think like Dimi about your occlusion pass... this pass appear very rich and interesting, but the final result seem less good than the basic rendering... but I repeat myself, it's a first feeling because the picture posted is small... I hope you understand my thought... come on Victor... near to be finished :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 07:00 AM
Hi Victor,
very good work, looks like they are about to move
Keep it up...:)

05 May 2006, 03:15 PM
Micro26: Hahah, glad you liked man, yep, i want to do an scene (like a frame of a film) not a static image

Lemog: I think you need to see the final image, i agree with you, in the almost thumbnail appears a little bit flat

DimitrisLiatsos: Hey Dim, my friend. Thanks for the compliments, still working in the final image, but i hope to do a good image =))

mazur: What can i say, my dear friend, thaaaaanks Bas!!

Thanks for viewing and good luck 4 all


05 May 2006, 04:37 PM
Lemog: I think you need to see the final image...
I'm okay with you... I must :thumbsup: !

05 May 2006, 05:04 PM
What do you think about this?? (

05 May 2006, 05:11 PM
Raflection on car.... hmmm...

05 May 2006, 05:41 PM
:rolleyes: hummmmmm hummmmm, in wich car????

05 May 2006, 05:51 PM
Looking good! What blend mode are you using for adding the AO pass? The reason I ask is that the result looks a little washed out. You might want to try adjusting the levels or using "multiply/soft light" for your layer blend mode to bring out some of the great shadows and lighting. Keep it up! :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 07:30 PM
:rolleyes: hummmmmm hummmmm, in wich car????
Yellow car. Crazy reflection in front glass.

05 May 2006, 09:50 AM
stormnight: Totally agree with you, crazy crazy reflection hehehe

safe05: If i can be honest i cant remenmber, one pass of occlusion in multuply mode and another one in soft light, but im not sure, you know tons of test i did and the final images is with the layer accoplied

Heres the almost finished hi-res version (


05 May 2006, 09:59 AM
I have to agree on the washed out feeling. You have shadows that indicate the lighting is not bright hot high noon, yet the over feel of the scene is that you are under a blazing bright noon sun. Honestly, I think Dimi and lemog's first assessment is correct, your original render has a richer lighting and feel.

05 May 2006, 10:54 AM
Same feeling about the washed tones... maybe you can arrange that in photoshop... whille keeping this kind of sweet tones for the background, and to contrast more the foreground's subjects...

Check you PM...

05 May 2006, 08:59 PM
MT Cup: I agree with you, i still making test

Lemog: Ill try to do it, thanks for the incredible support

Thanks thanks =))

05 May 2006, 12:17 AM
I really want you to pull this off. Your characters and scene are just so crazy and cool. :thumbsup: I just love your headless dude.

05 May 2006, 01:12 AM
I've definitely lost track of layers myself. :) Here's a pic showing what I was referring to. (sorry for modifying your images) The bottom image has the AO pass multiplied at 20% and has another copy of that same AO layer applied at 80% but it was also tinted brown. Also, the depth map was slapped on with a "soft light" mode to brighting the foreground and dim the background a little. I'm not suggesting your image should look like this, but just wanted to show how the shadows can still survive while keeping all the great work you've already done. Keep up the great work! :)

05 May 2006, 03:36 AM
I dunno how I missed this one! Love the headless guy and the cartoony style combined with realism.

05 May 2006, 05:16 PM
Womball: Thanks for your words, are a gift for my ears =)))))

safe05: No my friend, its a pleasure see your test =), thanks, i think today i will submit my final image, i have headache with this image hehehe

MT Cup: Im so happy for this, thanks for the compliments

05 May 2006, 07:38 PM
My good friend...very nice image.
Have good luck!!
your best friend.


05 May 2006, 06:38 AM
Hi there.

I like the tweaked image. In fact i like the entire concept.

I would change the transparency of the ghost. I would increase the transparency of it.


05 May 2006, 08:27 AM (


Use your brain and run to the lonhest journey never started, says the headless man called Jonah. With no car, no ship, no... noooo TAXI TAXI, screams Jonah. I need to go to Fearland!!!
Fearlansd 10,000 km but its the most incredible adventure park, with tons of games to make the stupid humans scream till dawn.
I think this will a greatjourney with the best place for my lonely golden hollidays.
Alone for few days (I supose) my wife (the barbed hump woman), is now with our 4 freaks in another terrific park.... EUROJOBLAND (of TAX Enterprises), I love my chidrens, Greg the Insane, Gary the horned, Trycia the three headed and my favourite, Manoloh keeper of the blasphemy and the headless junior (its pretty his NoHead).
Well, now its time for me...... now my JOURNEY BEGINS.

PS: Will be cold?? Shit!! I forgot my hat


I want to give tons of thanks to all the people that help me in this wonderfull challenge, overall my dear french friend Lemog, thanks dude, you are the best.

Good luck for all the good CGtalkers


05 May 2006, 10:10 AM
Alex!! my best friend, thanks for your kindly words, 100000 hugs hehehe ciaoooo bambinoooo

simovici: Totally agree with you Simo, but i think its too late, today i submited my final image, a great new for me, because im hating this scene, hehehehehe, bad for my heart and brain

Thanks friends

05 May 2006, 01:32 PM
Hey, Victor, Don't hate the scene. It is fantastic!!! I love your style, is very diferent and very very cool! A lot of beautiful details! Congratulations!

PS.: The lost head is in the can, near of little black cat?


05 May 2006, 03:48 PM
Congrats on finishing! I like how it turned out. Having it finished is quite liberating isn't it? :) Again, nice job!

05 May 2006, 04:29 PM
very cool work man!

i like it very much!
best wishes to you!

05 May 2006, 04:54 PM
Hey Victor! Big congrats for your final :thumbsup: Really freaky and funny, I like the story too :D
For me, this one shows a new side of your skills - very cool. Good luck and looking forward to see you in another challenge :)

05 May 2006, 09:08 AM
Hi Victor! and congrats for finishing this funny and strange(in a good way) picture!:) All my best for the voting of course! and see you in the next challenge. (Sorry my limited time didn't allow me to support you much this time, hopefully on the next one more time will be on my side...)

05 May 2006, 08:09 PM
thierry2005: Thanks my friend for all the compliments, i have the same "problem" like you, hope to see you in the next challenge with more time =)

Gunilla: This will be a great pleasure for me, ill be waiting you in the next challenge for sure =)))

coochaki: All my best wishes for you too, thanks

safe05: Buf.... you know friend, sooooo liberating, now i think i can rest for few days

dogmatico: Thanks, sooo glad for your reaction, my best wishes for IU

Gooood luck 4 all


05 May 2006, 08:18 PM
Now this is cazy!! Very well done, everything looks great!!

Congratulations man!!:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 11:08 AM
love it, i relly like your "cartoon" style! well done:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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05 May 2006, 01:31 PM
Hey Victor ,

You did a great job on this:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: and the story is very creative and wild . The modeling of everything has great style and the overall image fits your story very well. Good luck

05 May 2006, 10:47 PM
wished I'd followed this one more closely! really fantastic funny image, and top lighting and render..the story is mad and hilarious..very original idea. congrats Victor, and good luck with judging!

05 May 2006, 09:49 AM
shakes: John, thanks friend, hope to see your fantastics images in the next challenge, im so proud you liked it.

mmoir: Thankssssss Mike, yes, now im so happy because now i can get a little peoce of mind hehehehee

alvin_cgi: Thanks alvin, its not usual in me , make this type of scene, but i can tell you...... now i love the cartoon =))))


05 May 2006, 12:29 AM
heya friend !!

very nice ! I wish you good luck :)

se ya bro

05 May 2006, 06:10 AM
Hey my dear italian friend, hey ya. Thanks marco


05 May 2006, 06:17 AM
did he found his hat? :p

a funny story and a really funny picture with lovely colors... well done Victor :applause:

05 May 2006, 07:14 AM
Great image.
I like the humor and execution. The lighting turned out quite well. It looks like he next street over from the one the characters lived on in Monsters Inc.

Best of luck

05 May 2006, 07:20 AM
Hey Victor... I really like the final image... good blend between luminosity and contrast... perfect...
...and much fun with your story.

Now it's finish, I can wish you good luck for the end... but you can already be proud of the work realized in your image... bravo y buena suerte amigo mio :beer:

05 May 2006, 08:43 PM
Lemog: One one my best fountain of good suggestions for this challenge, heheh tons of my best wishes

KOryH: Hehehe, i think i been influenced by Pixar in indistrial amounts hehehe

makaron: funny history and crazy I think, hahahaha, and take an outlook to the newspaper vending machine (inside is a little surprise for the headless man) ahahaha

Really want to say ..... thanks friends.

This has been a great great challenge... thanks again

05 May 2006, 08:48 PM
haha.. funny and crazy is the right word... and now I see the suprice too... :thumbsup:

06 June 2006, 09:55 PM
thanks thanks thanks thanks makaron my friend

06 June 2006, 08:00 AM
:) to fearland! cool job, it reminds me videogame "grim fandango"

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