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02 February 2006, 06:12 PM
Jesse Speak is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Coloring WIP: Concept to work in progress? (

02 February 2006, 06:13 PM
'ello dere Speaky! 'bout time u showed up! :beer:


02 February 2006, 06:14 PM
Hey, Jesse, welcome back! Let me be among the first to welcome you... Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this time!
Have fun!


02 February 2006, 06:16 PM (

Woohoo! A new challenge, and what a great topic I must say.

I'm very busy at the moment, but I can't resist these challenges. I hope to be able to spend a bit more time on this one than the last one, but we'll have to see.

This is a quick 10 minute sketch in Painter. First idea to pop into my head was some miniature hero leaving his idyllic sunny village and crossing a bridge into ... the wastelands and beyond!!

I've done a quick colouring too... to follow...

02 February 2006, 06:17 PM
Welcome! Looking forward to see what you have in store.. Good luck and have fun! :)

02 February 2006, 06:25 PM (

Here I've splashed around a bit of colour.

I might go for a childrens book illustration style here - I like the cutesy mammoth type steed.

Anyway, I'm off on holiday for a couple of weeks now, so can't work any more on this until I get back!

But I wanted to submit something before I went :)

Good luck one and all!

02 February 2006, 06:30 PM
nice style.. welcome back mate... :bounce:

02 February 2006, 06:31 PM
LOL - Hi guys, Squibbit you posted the minute after I entered! You must live in this forum, man! I'm already looking forward to reading your thread ;)

Walrus - Hey, thanks for the welcome - good topic, eh? I can't wait to see what you're gonna do :)

FrozZT - Cheers! I hope to devote a bit more time to this challenge. Work and Dofus really ate into my spare time during the last one...

02 February 2006, 07:03 PM
Cool looking concept!
Style you chose, would look nice on this pic.
Enjoy yourself these coming weeks.
Be seeing you around! ;)

02 February 2006, 09:21 PM
Welcome back Speaky! good to see u have started fresh brand new, have fun most of all dude!:D

02 February 2006, 11:37 PM
Hi looks very cool, nice idea....keep going

03 March 2006, 05:31 AM
:scream:now thats a good one,cute stuff and i like it~

03 March 2006, 07:30 AM
Good start! I Like the Happy vs DoomGloom contrast - great potential. Good luck!


03 March 2006, 11:14 PM
That's so cute, very nice idea and image ^^
Good luck!

03 March 2006, 12:40 AM
The style is lovely and the contrast between the sunny village and the wasteland gives it that special something. It'll be nice seeing this pic evolve :)

03 March 2006, 05:58 PM
Hahaha! I love it!

03 March 2006, 08:42 PM
heheh cool .. welcome, have a nice holiday and come back soon to continue here :D :wip:

03 March 2006, 09:59 AM (

Thanks to everyone who left comments while I was on holiday! It was nice to come back and read them :)

Here's a bit of a reworking - started again from scratch, all very low resolution and rough.

I wanted to give the whole image more of a sweeping, rounded feel, with the landscape undulating away and some more interesting angles for the horizon and foreground. Not that the perspective makes much sense, but I'm going for a bit more of a cartoony / illustration thing here and I reckon I can use some artistic license...

03 March 2006, 10:28 AM
Yeah! this looks pretty good Jesse!

Love the perspective that you talk about and that's the beauty of cartoonstyle: anything is possible! Rounded, "the landscape undulating away" is very good..

Great piece so far


03 March 2006, 10:31 AM
you have a cute thing going on here... :applause: like the sunny colors on the hero and the dusty on the city

03 March 2006, 11:56 AM
Very nice and cute, made me smile. Like the colors and the idea is looking good as well. Looking forward for more. I'll be checking !! Good luck Jesse. :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 01:39 PM
:D This is really awsome. Great sketches :D I love the latest one!

03 March 2006, 08:47 AM
Really funny. I personnaly prfer the 1st version without skullhead in bg just the storm and more funny guy supporting them.
Excellent :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:32 PM
lol, we LOVE you :D:D

Lovely idea and sketch :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 12:43 AM
lol... looks great. loves the terrain design and esp the mammoth n warrior. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 03:23 AM
The mammoth and warrior have a certain cuteness to it, which it interesting to look at! I like this take on it alot!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:39 AM
lol, i like the sweetyfant :) very cute. have fun and keep it up mate :D

03 March 2006, 10:38 AM (

I thought the last concept sketch had enough potential to carry on and work on it a bit more!

More people bustling around celebrating the departure of their hero. The feeling I'm trying to convey is of this transition between a warm, familiar, idyllic country scene and a frightening, confusing, unfamiliar place.

Who knows what the hero is leaving for? Perhaps he's just picking up the mail? Or maybe something more traditional like going to rescue a local girl kidnapped by some evildoers?

One of the feelings I get from it at the moment is that the hero has been 'volunteered' by the rest of the village. He's bigger, tougher - the obvious choice, so he feels obliged to go through with it. But is he happy? Absolutely not!

03 March 2006, 12:18 PM
the characters are spot on here. great emotion in the main character. Composition wise, i'm a bit concerned that the journey looks a bit short. I'd push the castle into the distance more. i'd fade it a bit and add a few more hills in front of it. anyway, other than that, it's top notch!

03 March 2006, 08:19 PM
Ha, excellent, I missed this one. Superb characters. How about having a couple of them pushing on the beast's butt, trying to get it moving in a generally heroic direction.

03 March 2006, 11:50 PM
Hey Jesse, good to see you again. Really fun idea, love the humor in it.

03 March 2006, 12:27 AM
Very funny,good taste of humor. Especially i like this new "unvoluntarily hero"-Expression on his face :applause:

Since this is stated as a coloring wip i still donīt know about the colors though. The bright green of the gras bothers me a little and by and large i would say that the colors donīt go together that well. Hard to put the finger on, maybe you should just play around a little, checking out the possibilities.

04 April 2006, 05:21 PM
Woohoooo.. Great Concept!!! You are One of my Favorite!!! Im A Animal Lover,and I think its great the bye2 momment

along...haha we both make a story about Pet Ride (Don't Worry its Totally diferent)

can I give advice here? (or should I?) yes its Funky you make a Dramatic & Theatrical Background also and taking Camera from a Extreme Angles ...Well good luck Ihope you Win!

04 April 2006, 06:48 PM
I like your unique style, good job

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