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03 March 2006, 02:01 AM
Pete Walklett is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Modeling: 3 Legged Desk! (

03 March 2006, 02:23 AM
Hi Everyone!

Ive admired the work created in these challenges for years now and thought it was about time I got around to entering one! I have already seen many of the usual faces entering the challenge and am looking forward to offering and receiving critique from other challengers.

Anyhoo, enough fluff....

The idea

In my concept 'the journey' exists only in the imagination of a child. I want to illustrate the innocence of a child who truly believes he can reach the stars in a rocket made from tyres, dustbins, parcel tape, cardboard boxes and other such items. In the concept sketch, the child is taking one last look at his 'accurate directions', before embarking on his journey.

At this stage, the concept sketch doesn't really represent the final composition -more an overview of some of the elements in the image.

Look out for another update tomorrow night! And good luck everyone!


03 March 2006, 02:29 AM
Hehe, cool. Much more personal than most concepts. Looking forward to seeing it modelled!

03 March 2006, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the comment flaming! Im going to start modelling some of the 'junk' for the rocket over the next couple of days. Its hard to resist jumping straight into the polygon pushing :)


03 March 2006, 10:22 PM
Update Time!

Modelling: Dustbin/Rocket Booster!

Jumping straight into modelling some of the items that are needed to 'construct' the child's make-believe spaceship, starting with this dustbin -Take the lid off and turn it upside down and its a rocket booster! :thumbsup:

Had a quick play around with Maya Fur to generate some grass, and pushed the glow on the highlights to give that 'magical aura' that I think will be very important in the final image.

On to modelling some car tyres next I think (Or should that be shock absorbers/meteorite deflectors)!


03 March 2006, 10:57 PM

03 March 2006, 11:15 PM
Great idea!

Maybe try adding some visions in the sky of what the boy is imagining. Comets flying, huge rings around the planets :)

Good stuff mate, keep at it!

03 March 2006, 11:38 PM
Good idea luur -I thought about having a 'Saturn planet' in the sky (which wont just be pitch black by the way, more a dusk setting where the night-sky details are just appearing). Thanks for the encouragement :thumbsup:


03 March 2006, 11:39 PM
Hehe, nice. Yeah, it is hard to resist jumping straight into modeling... so that's what I'm going to do too :D.

Nice work so far, keep it up!

03 March 2006, 12:23 AM
There's a lot of potential in this idea. Keep it up!

03 March 2006, 12:24 AM
Very original idea!

03 March 2006, 10:26 AM
Thanks for the comments guys, much appreciated!

I thought I'd make a list of the stuff that Im going to need to model, I'll update the list as and when I think of more things...

RocketShip (Remember the child has made this out of 'junk' he's found around the house, in the shed, in the garage etc...):

Car/Bike Tyres
Cardboard Boxes (Different Shapes/Sizes)
Tricyle/small go-kart (the rocketship even has a launchable 'moon-buggy'!)
Shelving/Old bits of wood
Traffic cones

Puppy (the kid's 'space companion' on his journey)

Map to the stars (Drawn in crayons)

Hmm, think thats enough for now :D If anyones got any other stuff they'd like to see added shout them out :thumbsup:


03 March 2006, 10:30 AM
Already in modeling step... good to see...

Of course, your project is very interesting and original for me... I really love that... and I'm so impatient to discover all theses pieces... of luck Pete :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 10:32 AM
flamingbs (http://member.php?u=119373): So I do, too! :) What`s even worse, I don`t see anything bad in it! After making some very rough sketch, I started box modeling.

Pete2003: But your one is great! From the atmo of your initial renders, I expect you create sth very fabulous. After looking at it I got into doubts if my one is close enough to the actual expectations... OK, is it or not, I like some works here and it will be a great fun to take part. So I wish to you! :)

...And I wish my English improved :P


Btw, I know what your child should take: Milk tubes (! What an astrtonaut wouldn`t have tubed food?!

03 March 2006, 08:52 PM (

Another piece of the rocketship jigsaw -Car tyres! Lots of uses -extra durability, shock absorbers for bumpy landings, deflecting wayward metereorites etc.

You can think of all of the textures at this stage as 'base textures' just to give a feel of the objects. The tyre tread in the pic is achieved with a very simple bumpmap and a gradient multiplied over the top procedurally in maya to 'wear away' the tread at the edges.

Must dash -plenty more to model... :bounce:


03 March 2006, 09:16 PM
great concept and your work so far is great too. So fast!

03 March 2006, 12:51 AM
Thanks Lync: Good luck with your challenges -You crazy fool! :)

Last progress report before I go bed. Basically just a composition of what Ive made so far. Im putting the objects together and they will form the right boosters...

Tomorrow I'll start modelling the lunchbox -I think it'd fit inside one of those tyres quite nicely :)


03 March 2006, 02:57 AM
Wow, quick progress. Keep it up!

And the journey continues...

03 March 2006, 11:49 AM (

Thought it was time for a couple more concept sketches to give me a better idea of the perspective and composition that will work for the final image.

My idea is to place the camera close to the ground at the same level as the child (going to have to think of a name for him!) associating him directly with the us, as well as giving his spacecraft far more 'presence', and giving us a good view of 'his journey to the stars' ahead of him.

03 March 2006, 12:19 PM
I like your idea and approach :thumbsup:

Good luck to you :bounce:

03 March 2006, 02:46 PM
Damn! Great concept/idéa!
This will be really cool, hehe. Can't wait! Good luck and keep up the good work!

Like your perspective in your sketch! It's going to be really cool!

03 March 2006, 03:50 PM
It will be a great fun, I see :) ! Maybe it will be a problem to show that the rocket was made by this child (from this perspective the child looks a bit "overwhelmed" by its presence). Looking fwd how you will solve this problem... Good luck!

03 March 2006, 04:52 PM
original concept and good start :) ! keep going !

03 March 2006, 05:03 PM
your concept is just so solid. a child building something out of found items resonates really well with me. your modeling is spot on too, so i don't think there's any way that this can fail. although it's not the way i think, i wish i'd thought of this!!


03 March 2006, 07:44 PM
Nomad: Thanks -Good luck to you as well!

Jonason: Thanks again -I just hope I can live up to everyones expectations! :) Glad you like the camera angle that Im going for.

Silgrin: You make a very good point and one that I have thought about. Maybe the child will be in a really overly confident and proud pose to try and emphasise his achievement. The perspective probably needs to be somewhere in between the 2 sketches that I posted.

Monks: ..And to you! I like the amount of 'life' in your concept sketches.

Cleveland: Your words are much appreciated! Im starting to feel the pressure already!

Thanks for all your replies guys. I hope that I can produce something that lives up to all your expectations :) Good luck to you all!


03 March 2006, 08:08 PM
Man, your working fast. I really like the concept. will be nice to see this one finished.
all the best and waiting to see more

03 March 2006, 09:42 PM
Lovely concept mate!I was just like that as a kid, always making cars and dens and things from boxes and stuff I could just find in the house or garden. I like the idea of the distorted perspective in your later skecthes but be careful not to over do it!

03 March 2006, 10:22 PM
Great concept. Love the idea.
Looks like your modeling it starting out strong a well. Are all the items going to be brand new, or will you take a more beat up approach? Old tires, used dust bins. :shrug:

03 March 2006, 10:40 PM
Cheers miketche, Crin and carlsden -Well as much as I kinda like those shiny bins, I think Im gonna have to dirty them up a bit :) Same goes for the tires and most other stuff. If 'spaceboy' has found all of these items lying around outside/in the garage etc theyre gonna be dusty, have splashes of paint and dirt etc.

Im also thinking of having some of the larger items graffitied and drawn on -Im sure all that rocketship building must have got a little boring sometimes and the child wouldnt be able to resist the urge to decorate with a few 'smileys' etc :) :)


03 March 2006, 11:46 PM (

Afraid its not much but I promised a lunchbox today so here it is!

I'll start on something a little more complex... :)


Ghost Enigma
03 March 2006, 11:57 PM
Fantastic idea. I love the belief that reality is what we make it.

03 March 2006, 01:50 PM
Great idea Pete, I think everyone can relate to this idea from their childhood.

Do you plan on making the image a hybrid between what the kid imagines and the reality or is it just going to be one or the other? Quite hard in a still image to show that transition if you decide to show both I suppose. Might be possible by making the foreground and him the reality and the background/sky etc the imaginary. That would kind of encapsulate the brief of the challenge for me, kind of shows the amazing journey he is about to set off on. I guess the trick would be not to make it look too disjointed. Our galaxy looks pretty impressive as it is but just thinking you could make this background even more fantastical for the sake of your image.

Will follow with interest

03 March 2006, 02:00 PM
Thanks Enigma and Cameo...

I think the final image will be 95% based in 'reality'. Because the time of day will be just after the sun has gone down and the night sky is just becoming visible, this will allow for a really vivid and colourful sky in itself. This should relate to the fantastic journey he 'thinks' he is about to embark on without me having to include imaginary elements in the actual image (which could be confusing). I think I will just 'hint' at the journey he is about to embark on by showing the 'Saturn planet' quite subtley.

The sky is going to be a real '2D challenge' in itself I think... but for now back to modelling :thumbsup:


03 March 2006, 04:28 PM
Hey Pete, great idea, I really like the perspective! The modeling is off to a great start, I like seeing your wires, very clean. :thumbsup:

Matt :)

03 March 2006, 09:02 PM (

Still working on this, but thought Id show the result of today's polygon pushing. Still need to add detail into the face and paws, and iron out some topology problems (think he's looking a little 'boxy' atm). Then on to sorting out the UVs and testing out some fur mapping.

Suggestions, as always, welcome :)


03 March 2006, 07:31 AM
Hey I like your idea....I'ts amazing how much your dog looks like my horse......only because I'm not very good at this of luck

03 March 2006, 04:48 PM
The dog's legs and paws look a bit under-sized for the body (and yet it's still better than I could do :D ). You might give him a quizzical tilt of his head as he looks at his young master's creation....

03 March 2006, 09:52 PM (

Just shy of 2000 polys in the base mesh and that should be all I need for for the size that he'll take up in the final image. So, unless anyone notices any glaring errors, I'll start unwrapping him :)

Oberon: The 'quizzical tilt' of the head sounds like it'll fit just right. After Ive rigged him Ill try out a few poses.


03 March 2006, 11:37 PM
A great idea! I'm looking forward to watching your progress.

03 March 2006, 11:13 PM (

A nice comfy mattress! If nothing else it'll make re-entry a little bit softer!

03 March 2006, 11:17 PM (

Well, not everything can be perfect in a rocketship made from old junk! This desk only has 3 legs but is still standing due to a cunning use of old boxes and books! Clever lad!

03 March 2006, 05:39 PM
Nice work Pete, I guess you're leaving all that lovely unwrapping till later? :bounce:

Any progress on the 3D block out?

03 March 2006, 07:02 PM
I like your models so far. I wish you luck on your uvmapping adventures! :scream:

04 April 2006, 10:23 PM
Hey there Pete, you've put a lot of fun detail into that three legged desk, great work! :D

Matt :)

04 April 2006, 03:01 PM
Hey thanks guys...

You might have guessed the challenge has taken a 'back seat' recently as I chose to prioritise getting my personal website up and running (blatant plug below :) )! However, Im still anxious to get this done so look out for updates shortly.


05 May 2006, 12:09 AM
I really look forward to seeing more, I love the 3rd leg on the desk.

Thank you for your advice on my thread.
I was gifted enough time to finish mine.
Check it out
But be sure to click parts of the image to zoom in to 100%(almost)

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