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02-28-2006, 09:10 PM
Pawel Zgierski is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Coloring WIP: some lightning... (

02-28-2006, 09:22 PM
Hi all, and welcome to my battle thread ;)

I don't have any concrete idea for the challenge. I've tried to "invent" sth, but I don't have any interesting thing that I could paint. For now I've got three conceptions for the Challenge theme explication:

1) Space-shuttle start (hmm... too normal? )
2) Pirate ship loading
3) Moment of death - woman laying dead on a bed ( :D ), and a spirit leaving the body. Prapobly side-wiev.

I'd really like to make sth wicked, so I'll try to think about other idea.

Wish me luck ;)

02-28-2006, 09:52 PM
Hi Pawel :)

Nice conceptions

I am looking forward to seeing more of your work
Good luck and have fun:thumbsup:
(trzecia moze byc porazajaca, hehe, tez o tym myslalem - powodzenia)

03-02-2006, 04:15 PM (

First Line art. I've changed my conception to a snail looking for some food. Few centimeters is not a big distance for human, but it means some hours of "walking" for a snail.

Hope you'll like it ;)

03-02-2006, 06:25 PM (

Some color. I'm not happy of the effect at all, so I'll try to change perspective soon. Especially foreground will change.

03-02-2006, 06:28 PM
nice. different from rest.. will watch your progress

03-03-2006, 05:01 AM
luv it.

i want to see more of what's catching his eye. until i saw the diagram i took it as a more wistful staring into space thing. is this his untimate destination or a goal on the way?

great idea for a character,

03-03-2006, 05:25 AM
Nice concept!
My snails are happy that they are not alone!
Snails race start :)
Good luck with your idea:thumbsup:

03-03-2006, 01:00 PM (

Another camera view. I think that I will stay on this. I've used some referals found on google and, but many things will change at all.

anzibon - propably it is the ultimate destination. But, who knows? maybe snail is hungrier than he looks ? :D

03-03-2006, 02:04 PM (

And some colors. Final image will look like this, but it will have muuuuuuuch more details 8)

Hope you like it ;)

03-03-2006, 02:41 PM
:D I love the lighting...

he looks evil :D

03-03-2006, 05:58 PM
Great light and warm atmosphere. Keep us updated. I'll be watching You. ;)

03-04-2006, 03:20 PM (

I've decided to not paint branch. Everything will be placed on the ground. Snail will leave tasty grass to find out how mushrooms taste. Maybe I'll add some snail-opponent on the mushroom, or a mushroom-picker hand going to pick up snails dinner.

comments are welcome.

hah, second challenge, and a mushroom! again! :D

03-04-2006, 04:52 PM
Just remember sticking to the topic ;)

03-04-2006, 05:01 PM
wooooow!! amazing sketches!!! ill be watchin!! i love the snail! he is so cuuute!!!:love:

03-04-2006, 07:19 PM
Snail power ! I laught a lot after your message in my thread about snails, your is awesome ! Good luck :thumbsup:

03-04-2006, 08:09 PM
hi drakula :)
great sketches , good luck :)

03-05-2006, 12:32 PM
Nice to see you, mate. Love colours- great palette (as always should I say). Good luck and two thubs up.

03-05-2006, 03:22 PM (

I've added some foliage and initial lightning. Soon I'll start to texture snail 8)

03-06-2006, 01:44 AM
snail power!
Good start, keep the great work going on. Good luck :thumbsup:

03-09-2006, 02:13 PM (

I've decided, that a snail doesn't fit to the "journey begin" conception at all.

I've got new idea - little girl looks into the mirror and sees other world (just like Alice :D ) - she is so fascinated with the colours, that she decides to visit this weird place.

nothing special, but I'll try to redress it with colours and details.

03-09-2006, 03:23 PM (

and some more detailed work 8)

comments are welcome.

03-10-2006, 04:10 PM (

I've added some initial color. I'd like to finish this painting as soon as it's possible, because I don't have much free time :/

looking for comments ;)

03-10-2006, 04:20 PM
cool idea...

i hope you keep the mossy and damp feel...

cant wait to see how it progresses


03-10-2006, 06:57 PM (

Some details and lights added (especially on the trees) :)

03-11-2006, 12:05 PM (

I' still fighting with trees. Bark is the most haten forest/foliage thing for me :D I think that whole image will take more work that I tought :/

Hope that next update will give much more changes :) Keep thumbs for me ;)

03-13-2006, 09:17 AM
Hehe, another mirror concept! :D. This looks great man, I like you'r textures - what kind of brush are you using?

03-13-2006, 01:19 PM
This is not only a brush. It's some kind of technique, which gives me a textured-brush effect. How I did it? It's quite simple ;)

1) I made a "foliage brush". Just like this:

2) In use of this brush I made some mossy texture (it was made for underwater plants at all, but it seems that it's universal ;))

(it's only a piece of a whole testure. It looks better when you will colorize and brighten it)

3) I've defined this texture as a pattern. Then I've made a textured layer (pattern overlay in layer style).

4) Whole effect is taken by painting in use of this brush:

5) Example effect:

nothing special ;)

03-13-2006, 06:06 PM (

Additional details :> I've also changed contrast. I think it's more realistic now.

Soon more updates ;)

03-13-2006, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the "how-to". :) Your forest is superbly detailed.

03-23-2006, 12:21 PM

mhmmm it's very similar and I don't know if it's a matter of chance, but well I hope you didn't dare copying the original one

03-23-2006, 01:08 PM
lol, you're trying to disqualificate me, or what ? :shrug:

It is similar to Mime's picture, because I'm using it as a ref. I really want to get similar mood, but I'm not copying it. LoL, how could you think like that ? :D

My image will be done in the same style, with similar mood and lightning - but just because I love this picture. Don't forget, that I'm going to make sth like a forest in the "Alice in the wonderworld", so there will be some flowers also.

I really don't know what were you trying to reach by this post ;)

03-23-2006, 01:56 PM
dont worry Drakula i think its doesnt look anything like the other picture...its like 100% problems!

and by the way im loving the new details in the back of the picture...its given it a little more depth...a little for for your guy to explore...great work on the textures too...

its really turing into a great painting!!

03-23-2006, 03:51 PM (

And some dirty planning.

I decided to change tree placement. Hope it will be better ;)

Red ribbon added for a test. I think it will make this picture more mysterious and bouncing. Red firm fits to everything ;)

03-23-2006, 08:30 PM
It starts looking interesting to me. Powodzenia!

03-26-2006, 07:15 AM
nice background

03-31-2006, 05:12 PM (

Hmm.. I decided to change camera view. I promise this will be the last change of view in this challenge ;)

hope you'll like it. Comments are welcome.

03-31-2006, 05:55 PM
very impressing the way you use textures.

IŽd like to see the two last concepts combined. I like the rocks but you loose much of the depth and atmosphere with a wall covering the whole canvas.

Good luck

03-31-2006, 06:56 PM
I'm diggin' the rock dark, yet so accurate! Awesome work...can hardly wait to see it finished.

04-01-2006, 08:52 AM (

Some lightning added. Kid based on a reference taken from google.

04-01-2006, 09:56 AM
Nice I like this alot more than the previous concept keep rocking it!:thumbsup:

04-05-2006, 01:08 PM
i like them both but the second its i have to admit alot more dynamic and interesting :)
the rocks were a really good idea to add some interest to the picture and as everybody is saying the textures are really cool :0

the new lighting is also a really good start :)

cant wait to see more on this version.

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