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02 February 2006, 05:07 PM
Madalaine McCabe is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Coloring WIP: Colourwip 5 (

02 February 2006, 05:23 PM
Im first!! I see you've just entered, exiting isnt it! Seems to be more fuss about this one than the last! I wich you good luck and loads of fun!!! :)

02 February 2006, 05:25 PM
Hey Madalaine, best of luck to you! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with :)

02 February 2006, 05:30 PM
Good luck enialadam.:thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 05:34 PM
Hi Madalaine :)

Glad to see you again!
Good luck and have fun:bounce:

02 February 2006, 05:35 PM
Hey Madalaine !

Great to see you
Have a lots of fun and best of luck !

cheers ,


02 February 2006, 06:05 PM
hey Lady Madalaine, nice to have You here! *bows* :)


02 February 2006, 06:43 PM
Nice to see you again, Madalaine. Good luck. :)

02 February 2006, 06:48 PM
Can't. Keep. Up. With. All the entries. :argh:

Good to see you enter, enialadam. :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 07:29 PM
Best of luck to ya!
Hope you have a smooth journey! :thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 08:03 PM
Thanks everyone! :D hmmmm...I'm thinking...rats...

02 February 2006, 08:58 PM
Thanks everyone! :D hmmmm...I'm thinking...rats...
Rats as in, "Rats! I lost my train of thought!" or rats as in, "the ugly, black rodents"? :D

02 February 2006, 08:59 PM
Hey english woman welcome, hehe! Good luck with your entry!:thumbsup:

02 February 2006, 09:01 PM
Rats as in, "Rats! I lost my train of thought!" or rats as in, "the ugly, black rodents"? :D

hehe rats as in Rats! the beautiful inteligent creatures :p: hehe

03 March 2006, 10:01 AM
you did it... "too busy", my hat!

03 March 2006, 12:30 PM
you did it... "too busy", my hat!

:p well I'm entering whether I have time to come up with anything is another thing alltogether haha I hope you find time to enter :D

03 March 2006, 01:52 PM
subscribing :)
Good luck Mad!

03 March 2006, 02:15 PM
hie Madalaine,glad to see u here my friend~let the journey begins:)goodluck and best wishes to ya

03 March 2006, 04:02 PM
Hello there, thank you very much for checking out my thread. :) I'm looking forward to your entries, best of luck!

Matt :)

03 March 2006, 04:19 PM
hi madalaine! welcome and good luck! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

03 March 2006, 08:26 PM
Good luck mad!

03 March 2006, 09:05 PM (

My idea, I'm thinking along the lines of having creatures that are part robot. They are trying to escape from the wacky scientist who has been slicing and dicing them.

This is idea 1 for my colour scheme, as you can see it's very rough.

03 March 2006, 09:07 PM
Hi, so cool you're participating :) Good luck! :)))))

03 March 2006, 09:12 PM
Nice one Madalaine! Keep em coming... I will beat u if u don't finish! hehe!:p

03 March 2006, 09:15 PM
Lovely pastel shades there Madalaine, though IMHO the starkness of the browny black makes it look a little muddy - are you planning for a pastel toned image, or are those the highlights? Nice to see some sketchyness :)

03 March 2006, 09:38 PM
Katea: Thanks :D

beelow: :p haha I really hope I actually finish this one. I got lost in the last challenge, this seems to have more specifics to aim for :D

Elsie: Thanks :D I see what you mean about the brown, I was also worried about it looking muddy. I'm not sure if I'm going to stick with the pastel shades, I'll work more with the composition and try some more colour compositions as well.

Thanks for the support everyone, I truly appreciate it!

03 March 2006, 10:35 PM
just keep those dieas coming... you hit something... have fun

03 March 2006, 10:43 PM
Nice sketch :).. Make sure to finish this time :P, keep it up!! Ill check back for some more tomorrow, you better have something ready by then or i will.. haha(no pressure or anything)... later

03 March 2006, 11:40 PM
Soft sketches...I like It is)

03 March 2006, 02:44 AM
hey,the color looks pretty good~and yeah~finish this one no matter what~:scream:

03 March 2006, 02:47 AM
hey madeleine!

really nice colour scheme you have there, are you planning on keepnig it it in this pastel tones, maybe immitate a bit more aquarell feel? just some late night ideas. going to subscribe to see how this is turning around.

keep us posted :D

03 March 2006, 03:23 AM
Have a great journey Madaleine!

03 March 2006, 05:51 AM
Feels too pastel for me. When I look at it, I think the figure is a part of the mound. It definatley has a feeling of contemplation to go on a journey, but it doesn't quite evoke a sense of movement toward a goal just yet.

03 March 2006, 06:41 AM
cute rat. yeps, bit of an empty lookin image there at present, Lady Madalaine,
waiting for an update :)


03 March 2006, 10:10 AM
I'm changing my idea...I will reveal all when I have some sketches to show :p

sh@ke: hehe yeah, if I'm lying on the floor dying I will drag myself to the computer and finish this damn thing! haha I'm actually ill right now :( I have the worst cold ever...but on the bright side it means I don't have the energy for college therefore no excuse not to work on this haha!

V_Shane: Yep I agree cheers for the crit truly appreciated

Squibbit: Fear not kind sir! There will be more updates on the way!

03 March 2006, 12:53 PM (

I have an's probably too complicated for my level of *cough* skill.

It, time travel, a magic statue and...a little elf girl?? hmmm yeah. More sketches on the way...soon.

03 March 2006, 03:59 PM
hey how is it goin here... i liked the vastness of your others piece as opposed to this one but hell... its only the beginning. :P

03 March 2006, 04:01 PM
Very intriguing! Cant wait to see where you take this :)

03 March 2006, 04:28 PM
I really dig your concept, it's very unique. Can't wait to see more!

03 March 2006, 06:51 PM (

Haven't quite figured out the story yet but goes something like this:

Something was sealed long ago, something that has the strength to wipe out every race in the universe.

There have been plans to open this 'something'...

Ok so this elf comes from a line of time is her relatives who originally sealed the 'something' and now the elf (who has no name yet) needs to go back in time to find out how this 'something' was sealed.

Coming from a line of time travelers, she has the key to activate the statue (who also doesn't have a name yet), the music played by the statue calls forth the elf's soul taking the elf back in time, whilst her body stays in the present.

I hope that makes sense...

03 March 2006, 06:58 PM
Thats looking really cool.. I have a sketch which this reminded me of where an angel catches the soul of a person being shot.. I know your idea isnt the same but the visuals are very similar! Good job so far! keep it up!

03 March 2006, 09:32 PM
"There have been plans to open this 'something'..."

opening the pandora's box again? :D

03 March 2006, 09:34 PM
"There have been plans to open this 'something'..."

opening the pandora's box again? :D

Ahhhhhh I can't get away from it. LOL

*bangs head* I will not quit! I will NOT! lol...I have another idea, I think I need to spend more time on thinking of compositions...I'm just too dam excited to get to the final stage!

03 March 2006, 02:29 PM (

I'm chaning my idea...again.

New idea: Within the magical kingdom there are good and evil creatures. These two sides are balanced, where there is one evil deed there is a good one to balance it out. However, a demon has found his way into the magical kingdom and is bringing together all the forces of evil in order to make the magical kingdom and the human kingdom as one, creating havoc and destruction that will evetually lead to the death of all things that are pure and innocent.

One of the many psychics in the magical kingdom has a vision of the scenes fortold. They see that the only way to destroy the evil is to bring together the purest elements in the universe. Their combined powers will be strong enough to destroy The evil.

One of these elements is 'innocence', found in children who have not yet lost the power to see the unseen.

The images depicted here are of two children who have the purest of innocence, found by a fairy who takes them into the magical kingdom. I want to capture the amazement on their faces, whilst the fairy has an expression of distress.

now...which do you think will work best image A, B or C?

Thanks for your support in advance.

03 March 2006, 03:42 PM
B has more drama.

03 March 2006, 07:33 PM
HAHAHA, i guess you're are as bad as i am for being indecisive. Glad to know i'm not the only one :D

I really like idea4 B. My only suggestion for it would be to maybe tilt the camera more to the point that it is looking a bit up (so you can grab a bit of the sky) and use a wide screen for the composition. I think that would push the depth of it.

Thanks for dropping by the way. I'll keep checking and see how you progress.

03 March 2006, 07:40 PM (

The final lineart? What do you think?

03 March 2006, 07:43 PM (

Working on the colours now, any tips?

03 March 2006, 07:45 PM
HAHAHA, i guess you're are as bad as i am for being indecisive. Glad to know i'm not the only one :D

I really like idea4 B. My only suggestion for it would be to maybe tilt the camera more to the point that it is looking a bit up (so you can grab a bit of the sky) and use a wide screen for the composition. I think that would push the depth of it.

Thanks for dropping by the way. I'll keep checking and see how you progress.

Thanks for the tips hmm widescreen, I might give that a try before I take this one any further. Thanks again!

03 March 2006, 07:50 PM
enialadam> Good luck with this, go the Brits:bounce:.

Colour's tough, I usually try and blag it by using greyscale first, get it working tonally, then overlay a colour layer (which can be changed at any point to alter the mood) and go from there... Hope that helps

03 March 2006, 07:51 PM
enialadam> Good luck with this, go the Brits:bounce:.

Colour's tough, I usually try and blag it by using greyscale first, get it working tonally, then overlay a colour layer (which can be changed at any point to alter the mood) and go from there... Hope that helps

Ahh yes greyscale! Good tip I didn't think of that :p

03 March 2006, 08:38 PM
Good layout so far Madalaine. Good luck.


03 March 2006, 09:13 PM
Work ur, values in so u can get a good transition from the foreground to the background, b4 u get in to detail, If ur unsure about it post it hear, I don't want to see u have failed attempt in the end, but sometimes it is good to fail, in order to succeed, but we don't want that do we? No! Good start so far. Strong contrast in the forground less in the back, usually light values! Good luck Madalaine! I will be keeping an eye on this thread! Yur heading in the right direction!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 09:18 PM
beelow: Thankyou soooo much! That's just the kinda crit I need, values it is! :D

03 March 2006, 11:39 PM
Hi. Very nice work so far. I think you selected the best thumnail - lots of potential to develop the character as well as the unfolding path of the journey. Good luck!


03 March 2006, 04:20 AM
I like your new idea, and the story of that, shows the path of journey more clearly
,and the sketch looks good so far,,,,,really wanna see how it turn out.
good luck dude:)

03 March 2006, 08:12 AM
I agree with the above posters re: values. It's the biggest 'gap' in your painting so far.

I like your concepts, you just need to play around with the composition and values to get something that does them justice. I liked A more though.

03 March 2006, 10:43 AM
I agree that the values can use a little tweaking but I like the composition - I think the long, tall format works well with the hole between the rocks. What I think it is - is the eyeline. It's not high and not low, so it doesn't really give that 'epic' feel - how about placing the viewer really high up, looking down at how small everything looks in comparision with this wall of rock, or looking up with it towering above them?

Great going so far :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:30 AM
Thanks guys for all the help!

I have another idea, one that makes me giggle lol...but I'm not going to let you guys know what it is just yet as I may decide not to go with know what I'm like.

For now I will continue to work on this one as well as my other idea :) Hopefully I i will have more updates to show later today.

Thanks again everyone your crit is really helping me push my idea/ideas :p further!!

03 March 2006, 07:42 AM
mmm looks promising:)

03 March 2006, 11:57 AM (

I have a second idea that I am working on. Just trying out some colour combinations. I used painter for these. I couldn't get the composition right in photoshop I don't know why, and yesterday I got soooo frustrated.

So today i thought I'd give painter a try and gosh I found the brushes so much better for this kind of sketch :)

03 March 2006, 03:47 PM (

I'm working on the composition a bit more now, and the colours.

I think I'm falling in love with painter hehe. Also listening to music really helps set the mood :)

03 March 2006, 03:50 PM
I like the one at the bottom to the right... It has more atmophere after my oppinion... I think the amount of warm colors suit the fantasy tale the best (dragons and such).

03 March 2006, 03:54 PM
Zycho: Thanks :D

I've probably confused people a little but (lol) I have two ideas I'm working on. The first one is the 'magical kingdom' and the second one is what these images are about. I will reveal more about it:

My idea is 'An artists journey to finding inspiration'. I've thought about all the things that inspire me, I adore forests, golds, and reds, I'm also hoping to have mountains in the distance. I'm going to paint and artist walking through the forest with her art materials in search for inspiration :)

03 March 2006, 04:06 PM
Great colour palette!
The idea is looking very cool.

03 March 2006, 07:29 PM (

Working on the values. I've added a figure, I want her to be walking through with enthusiasm, I'm also thinking of adding a small companion :)

The girl artist I guess is a reflection of me somehow, I know this is becoming a personal piece but I'm more interested in enjoying this challenge.

'An artists journey to finding inspiration'. I've thought about all the things that inspire me, I adore forests, golds, and reds, I'm also hoping to have mountains in the distance. To make it clear the girl is an artist she will be carrying art materials, perhaps a shoulder bag and a camera will be hanging over her shoulder.

03 March 2006, 08:44 PM
So, if I get it right (and I hope I do), the girl is an artist who sets out to find out - as my free arts teacher calls it - a paintingly adventure of colours.

p.s; like the small companion idea, and I'm glad you're just in for the fun of it:bounce:

03 March 2006, 09:14 PM
Good layout so far Madalaine. I like the color pallete .... :bounce:

03 March 2006, 09:20 PM
Bloody hell, i love those colour comps :thumbsup: :thumbsup: I especially like the first one (more green and good hints of reds or warm colours)
I'm definately interested to see you develop this new idea. Keep it up


03 March 2006, 09:30 PM
Hey Madalaine,
Your time traveling elf sketch was interesting but I like your last idea as well. Good luck with this and have fun with it.

03 March 2006, 09:40 PM
I think this last idea is just... :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:34 PM
Faras: "a paintingly adventure of colours." Oooo I love the that way of putting it. :D

triumphant: Thankyou!

Arc80: :bounce: awsome thanks for the support and input :)

mmoir: Thanks glad you like the idea!

makaron: weee thankyou. I'm really happy now, much more confident with pushing this one, it feels than the rest and I don't want to be painting something I'm not comfortable with. Thanks everyone!!

03 March 2006, 03:15 PM
Yay !

You've already made great sketches !
Love the mood !!

Looking forward to see where it goes !

cheers ,


03 March 2006, 08:54 AM
Mega masterously magnificant mood madalaine McCabe!!:buttrock:

03 March 2006, 10:10 PM (

Do you think...maybe I will actually finish the challenge this time?

Sorry for the lack of updates, things have been a bit busy.

I have added her companion (line art), a kitty cat, which you probably can't see very well. I'm going to run with this as my idea for now, and if it doesn't work I'll fall back on another idea. Thanks again for the support everyone! :)

03 March 2006, 10:35 PM
its only march,we have forever hehe,its looking real good.lets see sum colour!

03 March 2006, 12:51 AM
You pulled off a very dynamic composition, even at this early stage (but that's arguably the most important aspect of any image, isn't it?) Definitely looking forward to how this progresses, keep it up.

03 March 2006, 09:44 AM
set yourself a hard task there love. good luck... the bravery of the young...

ahh to be 18 again.. and a girl

03 March 2006, 03:16 PM
you know it would be kind of cool if your little cat/roadent thing was leading the figure, for example maybe if it was blind or something. anyways great image. i want to see more updates though :) :wip: :wip:

03 March 2006, 04:36 PM
:thumbsup: this is such a cool concept! can't wait to see what it with some color!

03 March 2006, 05:35 PM
Your using the cat! ^^ love the little pests. I think you should give try to have an interaction between them though, like Slav said.

dun worry bout not finishing though, we got loads of time:D

03 March 2006, 06:00 PM
Madalaine, that is a great concept! I'm really loving it :) very original too.

Your initial sketches are looking charming at the moment, very loose and free. Adoring the cat also! Can't wait to see this one more developed :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 02:11 PM
i like your concept sketches, i hope to see more detailed work of u soon :)

03 March 2006, 05:37 PM (

I'm working on the girl now. Just starting off with the values first.

I haven't had much time to work on my entry :( lots of assignments for my art course to be done.

I've tried several different poses, whether to have her running, skipping or walking through the forest. I've made my descision, will post more soon. Thanks for the support.

03 March 2006, 07:21 PM
NOOB!: haha I think last time I messed up because I had a lot of college work going on so I didn't time to sort my idea out, this is kind of why I've jumped in this time to get my composition sorted. (I've had loads of work on this week again :S which has slowed me down) Thanks for the support :D

slickgreekgeo:Weee thankyou! :bounce:

W!L: haha a hard task?? hmm most probably yes :D but alas I expect so much of my feeble skills.

you know it would be kind of cool if your little cat/roadent thing was leading the figure, for example maybe if it was blind or something. anyways great image. i want to see more updates though :) :wip: :wip:

I like your 'blind' idea I may use this somehow. Thanks :D

mutedOracle: yer I want colour too, perhaps soon! :D

Faras: Thankyou!

Elsie: Ailsa thankyou!!

Brun(o) Croes: Thanks! :D

03 March 2006, 07:25 PM
I really like the idea of a woman walking through the huge valley of flowers. I'm curious as to how this one will turn out. Let's see some more refined color concepts!

P.S- How rendered is this going to be? Stalk by stalk? :D

03 March 2006, 01:50 AM
yo man,nice to see you start with the characters,I think I have to see more b4 give u any comment, by the way the character looks good so far,haha you are still finding inspiration?

03 March 2006, 12:24 PM
Beautiful character. I like the little cat in the previous concept sketch! Great pose!

03 March 2006, 01:06 PM (

Working on the foliage now. I'm swapping between the character design and the environment so that they build together.

Using painter and photoshop for the foliage.

03 March 2006, 01:50 PM
this background is gonna be lovely to the character :)

03 March 2006, 05:04 PM (

More work on the girl :) I'm quite happy with the pose, I have a few ideas in mind of what's going to happen around her.

Does anyone know any good brushes in painter for painting foliage?

Thanks again everyone!

03 March 2006, 09:04 PM (

DETAILS! Gosh there is so much I need to do on this so many details...So here's the start. close up on the right.

Thanks again for the support.

03 March 2006, 09:31 PM
The saturated colours look good, although you may have to lighten up the foreground with a little reflected light to avoid having your characters back-lit. Can't advise you on foliage brushes, I'm afraid, I tediously paint bit-by-bit.

03 March 2006, 11:30 PM
Very nice, I have to admit I think you're very brave to do all that foliage :p
Like the way the red coulours jump out of the more darker ones.

Keep it up and seeya!:wavey:

03 March 2006, 02:41 PM
hi madalaine, interesting idea. :thumbsup:
im waiting for more updates

good luck

03 March 2006, 06:53 PM
u have guts! i'm sure painting all that foliage will take a while, but the detail will be well worth it.

its looking really great! keep those updates coming. :scream:

03 March 2006, 07:47 PM
Hi !! I love your sketch :)

I will wait ta see your next work.

03 March 2006, 07:51 PM
hello i wish you the best of luck

and i am looking froward to see your work getting details

the idea seams to work

keep up the good work

03 March 2006, 11:06 AM
:) Hi mate, The direction of your light and color is interesting. Good job

03 March 2006, 02:08 PM
I really like the use of bold saturated colours and i see you started working on some details. Looking good so far.
Just a question about your character, is she a young girl or a teenager?
Oh and about her anatomy, her neck is a bit too thick compare to her body. Plus i'm not sure if you are doing it intentionally, but her head is on a side view, but here body is on a full 3 quarter view... I know its just a sketch at the moment so you can ignore me for saying it, hehehe :P

be back again

03 March 2006, 02:56 PM
Hi Madalaine! Nice to see your work getting better on each update! I like your colors on that plants, and details. The girl is looking good too!

best luck!

03 March 2006, 02:25 PM
Hi Madalaine, Great idea for the journey! I love the fantasy aspect and the big bold and colourful background you've proposed will be look great behind the characters. There's going to be tons of detail in your painting it looks like but it will look really good once finished I think. Lots of trees and foliage to paint!

Great start so far :)

03 March 2006, 04:57 PM
oh yay, arent florels like this so FUN? :| i have to do this for mine too, and im already dreading it, it looks like you got the hang of it though, I did this one technique in one of my earlier pics and it turned out really nice! good thing I forgot it..sigh...but awesome job, I like the lush colors, it reminds me of a garden I used to go to with my mom when I was smaller.

nice :)

03 March 2006, 05:10 PM
looks fantastic. the re's 2 ways to light up dark area on plants, first reflecion usually lets plants have blueish (or whatever sky reflects on the surface) highlights,

since those leafs are wet u can well see that its the sky reflecting on them

or yellowish transluscency (or whatever sunlight shines trough the leafs) and causes inner bounces, a so called subsurface scattering, in short sss. this is what causes ears in a backlitten situation for example to glow red :)

in this case you see both colormixes.

hope that helps :)

03 March 2006, 08:09 PM
BaronImpossible: Thanks for the support!! :D

Faras: hehe thanks! It's going to take me forever, but all fun! haha

vader: I've been itching all week to work on this but I haven't had the time :(

mutedOracle: :P thanks!

SINAD: thanks very much I hope I will be able to update soon. I have a two week holiday coming soon (we break up for easter) so I will make time for the for certain!

LostPen: Thankyou!

ppook: Cheers!

Arc80: thanks for the anatomy tips! I think she will be a young teenager :)

gusss: thanks :)

Amerasu: :D yep sooo much detail haha it's going to be a killer, but fun at the same time I hope

adonihs: thankyou! I'm really glad you can relate to this piece. Foliage is pretty fun to paint, you can play with all kinds of brushes, it's painstaking at times but fun haha. I'll be sure to check your thread out!!

Sacha: woot! Thankyou so much, thos images will help me loads, I did a quick search on google and some stock sites for images but none as good as these, thanks so much!!

03 March 2006, 07:11 AM
nice pics sacha.

looking forward for those wonderful details now :bounce:
keep the good work going on madalaine. :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 01:55 PM (

Not many changes here. I'm still working on the environment. I have also changed the girls pose I found a great reference here:

Sorry for the slow updates, It's a busy time of year for me, my art course ends in July which means we are busy finishing off units and such, so a little crazy right now.

Thanks everyone for the support :)

03 March 2006, 02:05 PM
The pose fits the scene well. Still a bit dark in the foreground, but looking good.

03 March 2006, 04:30 PM
Agreed. Very pretty colors in the setting, but the woman is getting a bit lost in there. Maybe a strong rim light from all that sun at some point...? Good luck, with the piece and coursework.


03 March 2006, 04:21 AM
wow nice update madalaine. yeah it is a lil dark in here in the foreground , the girl doesnt show out ..., looking forward for ur update though... good work madalaine. :thumbsup:
Do well at the art course too :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 08:07 AM
like others saidnjust a light needs fixing a bit.... is there going to be something way of n the distance that she will be traveling too.....? looks like you have left a gap to do something with trough the trees.. you have probably siad but i dont have time to read back... goodwork so far

03 March 2006, 09:19 AM

Reminds me of my early days, running through the fields with high grass..

Best regards and big respect

Khan alias Chupacabra

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04 April 2006, 08:47 PM (

I'm still building up the forest, gradually lightening the forgroud.

I hope to have some sunlight breaking through the trees eventually.

I'm also working on the character from time to time. Unnfortunatly I have been short for time recently, as I mentioned, lots of college work haha. I have two weeks off now, easter holidays woot! So I'm going to try to find time to work on this.

04 April 2006, 08:55 PM
BaronImpossible: It's wonderful to have a master's advice. Thanks for the tips, I really appreciate them!

walrus: Thanks! I'm hoping to gradually have the light pouring through , so the girl will eventually be better lit.

triumphant: weee thankyou for the support! :bounce:

W-I-L: Yep I have started working on some sort of mountain in the distance, it's hard to see right now. I'm hoping to have something more there to give a better 'journey' feel. Thanks! :)

Chupacabra: Thankyou! It's wonderful to have people being able to relate to this somehow. Thanks! :)

04 April 2006, 10:48 PM
I really like it. The foliage has such energy, I hope you can keep this energy and dynamism as you continue to refine and detail it. I also love the array of natural colours. :thumbsup:

I prefer the foreground being lighter as it is in your latest update; however I also prefer the image flipped the other way, as it was in previous stages (e.g. COLOURwip3).

Coincidentally, I'll be catching a train for Weymouth tomorrow morning, for a little 3-day mini holiday thingy. :D

04 April 2006, 03:04 AM
You've made quite a lot of progress since I visited here. Madaleine those colors are to die for and definitely should inspire any artist. I am about to visit Paradisio here , a place am told should inspire any artist. Keep going :)

04 April 2006, 11:32 PM (

Skin tones are hard, especially on arms!!

So here is another update, only small. I have changed the girl...again, wasn't happy with her other pose. Still haven't done more on the kitty hehe.

This seems to be taking me forever, I keep coming across lots of gaps in my skills.

Any crit, tips or thoughts are welcome Thanks so much! :)

ramy badie
04 April 2006, 11:34 PM
I really love the colors you are using and the light, Although her expression isn't fully defined, the girl looks like she is looking very curiously at something, I wonder if there is going to be something special at the spot where she is looking :)

04 April 2006, 01:49 AM
COol. very nice colours :thumbsup: and the character's gesture is getting a lot better. I'm liking the grass detailing so far too.

About the character, maybe its just me, but i feel that she's not relating very well with the environment that she's in. Your environment feels more like a very enchanting, secret garden kind of feel to it, because of the colours that you are using and she feels more like a modern person wearing a t shirt and pants... i dont know... maybe i just need to learn more about the story. So its probably just me, hehehe.

be back again mate.

04 April 2006, 09:58 AM
Xeophex: Thanks!! :D Hope you had fun in Weymouth hehe

Queensoul: Hiya! Thanks for stopping bye :) I'm really glad you like this so far. I hope you are having/had fun on your trip!

ramy badie: Thanks Ramy! I'm glad you like her expression, I've been finding it difficult.

Arc80: I'm glad you like the grass and pose.

She is wearing 'normal' clothes because she is jsut a regular artist, who is in search for inspiration, I wanted there to be a contrast between her being normal and the magical-ness of her environment, if that makes sense?

I considered putting her in a skirt (because it seems nowaways girls generally wear pretty skirts in paintings, plus they are easier to paint IMO), but when I go walking through forests and over hills, I don't wear skirts hehe and I don't suppose many other girls do.

This artist is set and ready to find inspiration, and she will be taking all that will help her find it.

Thanks again Arc80 ;)

Thanks for the support everyone!

04 April 2006, 08:05 PM
Oh okay, now i get it. Then you should check out the movie "what dreams may come"... you know, the one with robin williams going inside his wife's painting and whatnot. I think your idea has a pretty similar feeling to it. Plus there are some really good imagery that might inspire you as well :D

check back again.

04 April 2006, 01:18 PM
Hi Madalaine

Nice work so far:)
Good luck

04 April 2006, 02:05 PM
Wow, those colour are stunning. :) (Yes, i'm HERE.)
I love the golds and greens, the cat is cute. And I think you can tell, i'm obcessed with cats right now. How big is the original?

04 April 2006, 04:21 PM
aaaa~~~~I like this one too~~~~I expect you update it ~~~~~enialadam~~~~keep at it~~~~~~~good luck~~~~~~~~:bounce: :bounce:

04 April 2006, 08:21 PM
Thanks everyone for the support!! I truly appreciate it.

As much as I enjoy these challenges, right now I just don't have the time to work on my entry. I also wish to use the free time I have to work on some of my weaknesses.

so I guess this is kind of me saying that I'm pulling out, it's not definate but right now I can't see myself finishing this piece.

Thanks again everyone!!


05 May 2006, 05:43 AM
Hey Madalaine love the colors in this comp...also enjoy the portraits in your portfolio. Coming from 3D it is hard to believe it only took a few hours to do the one of Emma (interesting approach to coloring too). Best of luck!

05 May 2006, 05:44 AM
Hey Madalaine love the colors in this comp...also enjoy the portraits in your portfolio. Coming from 3D it is hard to believe it only took a few hours to do the one of Emma (interesting approach to coloring too). Hope you are able to find the time -- perhaps just a few hours! -- to pull something togther...the palette of this image has so much potential. Best of luck!

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