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03-02-2006, 12:24 AM
cory jespersen is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Coloring WIP: Mushroom Forest (

03-02-2006, 12:37 AM (

I want to creat a mushroom forest with little people. I want to have some kind of crazy Monster in the background. Im just going to run with it and see what happens. Good luck to all.

03-02-2006, 01:07 AM
looks like a great concept :)

03-02-2006, 01:18 AM
Welcome back dude! Good luck!:thumbsup:

03-02-2006, 02:15 AM
a great start mate.more mushrooms in the foreground would be even better:)goodluck wth the journey friend:thumbsup:

03-02-2006, 02:34 AM
Good start! I am curious to see what these little people look like :)

03-02-2006, 02:50 AM (

I did this at work shhhh don't tell my boss. Another idea.

03-02-2006, 02:54 AM
wow.... i like the second one, not that there is really something wrong with the first one but i really dig people who can do architectural environment settings which seem to fit cause im a total fraud at this.

what would be the thought behind this? where are the heroes that begin to travel and where are they planning to go? just a bit curious^^ hope you dont mind

keep up the good work and keep updating :)

03-02-2006, 05:42 AM (

Half man half elf. I don't know how this happend but it did. I think I will stay with the mushroom forest with little elf people. But this drawing is an idea of what the elfs will look like

03-02-2006, 02:55 PM (

I went back to my first concept. I think this will be alot cooler in the long run. I started painting in some forground and roughed out the chericter on the stump. Im just going to work in black and white so that I can concentrate on the charicters and detail and then bring in the color at the end. Let me know what you guys think.

03-02-2006, 03:27 PM
Great sketch, dude. Started right in PS?



03-02-2006, 03:39 PM
good concept! nice idea
" The forgotten world " Herbert George Wells?
It is class!

03-02-2006, 03:49 PM
Good Luck

Looks Like A Good Idea

03-03-2006, 12:19 AM
Holy chrysanthemum!

the mushroom forest concept is wonderful!


03-03-2006, 12:33 AM
Looking good. This concept has lots of interesting possibilities. Good luck!

03-03-2006, 12:34 AM
Lovely mushroom picture! Only crit is that there's not much suggestion of a journey, I would bring that element into it a bit more, while maintaining the great values and sketch that you have going there. :)

Keep it up. :thumbsup:

03-03-2006, 02:29 AM
Good to see you here again with the new challenge. Best of luck with it!

So far you are doing GREAT! I love the mushroom concept :)

03-03-2006, 04:54 PM
Good luck in next challenge friend! enjoy it :D

03-04-2006, 12:15 AM
definitely a promising start, keep it going.

03-07-2006, 05:10 AM (

I worked on this all weekend and I think I have it where I want it. The color work is going to take some time. If anyone knows how to make good tree limbs can you let me know I use alot of the smudge tool in photoshop alot and it's not working well on the tree in the background. Thanks

03-07-2006, 07:47 AM
I really love the sketch!! its my new desktop! keep it up :)

03-07-2006, 07:08 PM
Thank for the coments. I have to work on the hands a little and then start color I don't know if this will be the finnal art. In the last contest I had three ideas i was working on.

03-07-2006, 07:43 PM (

I have been working on the warm colors. I still need some cool blues in the shadows to make the painting ritcher.

03-07-2006, 07:51 PM
Really nice colors, Cory! Looking very good.
One thing that throws me for a loop is the scale. My first impression of the picture's characters was "Hey, why would leprechauns have modern backpacks and clothes?" But then I started to wonder if maybe the mushrooms were just huge. The rocks in the foreground could be any size, and the castle's far enough in the background that it too could be mamoth... or the size of a refridgerator but just large compared to these people. I think some more clues to the actual scale might help... or it might not be that important at all! :-)

Anyhow, coming along nicely...!


03-07-2006, 08:00 PM
Good point. I wanted the elfs to look human. The castle is in scale with the mushrooms. Almost as if they are in the land of giants. The rocks are small up front but I wanted the rocks to be more of a fine rock and durt. I can

03-07-2006, 08:14 PM
I love the lighting and colours. Great composition too. Nice work!

03-07-2006, 09:19 PM
very beautiful painting... nice lighting , nice color pallette,
a doubt are they supposed to be only on the mushrooms by any chance ? great going cory... go on... for the tree limbs u could use the brush as in normal painting or use custom brushes , hope it is of some help to u... ..go on... :thumbsup:

03-07-2006, 09:27 PM
juust dont rush it, one mushroom at a time:D lovin ur concept

03-07-2006, 09:29 PM
Looking good Cory! nice coloring and overal mood:thumbsup:

03-07-2006, 10:05 PM
Good idea and comp. The color looks nice. No critics.
Keep going!

03-08-2006, 02:06 AM
coming along real good here~great depth and got the sense of mood spotted right on,the mist/fog really added alot to the scene:)keep it coming mate

03-08-2006, 02:15 AM
That's some amazing progress. I don't want to give you any criticisms at this point, because the only thing that probably needs work is the background, which you're obviously gonna work on more. I'll be watching this, great work so far.

03-08-2006, 06:15 AM
Great work so far! Really nice. Good warm coloration. I'll be watching this!

03-08-2006, 10:59 AM
i like your pallete! composition looks good!:) it seems to me that you may put something on the foreground to make the composition "closed". but it is only in my eyes, in general everithing is good!:) good luck!

03-08-2006, 06:02 PM
Mushrooms ! I love it! You're quite an amazing painter. Can't wait to see how it turns out. (oh, and thanks for the post!)

03-08-2006, 06:06 PM
Already starting to develop pretty strong work dude! Compo is lovely, atmosphere is nice, I'll be waiting to see more, Good luck!:thumbsup:

03-08-2006, 06:08 PM
Last sketch has a lovely background.
Great atmoshere/mood!
Keep it up! :thumbsup:

03-09-2006, 08:51 AM
looks like the journey has begun already here.. and they're almost at the castle, which gives the impression that the castle is where they're going to, and that the journey is almost completed. You might want to mess around with that a bit so that it fits better to the theme (or mabe I don't just see everything that's going on or what's in your head)

03-09-2006, 10:05 AM
I very impressive at your sketch when i saw your concept sketch i feel like iI has been journey with it. :thumbsup:

03-09-2006, 12:05 PM
Great concept, the mood and colors are superb. Besides I always loved mushrooms. :thumbsup:

03-09-2006, 12:10 PM
composition and light is great!! :thumbsup:

03-09-2006, 03:40 PM (

What do you guys thing of my addition. It changes the composition of the art alot but I think it adds character. I need to work on the characters more to give them some life. Thanks for all your coments and advice keep it comming.

03-09-2006, 04:46 PM
i really like the bee-rider there, almost makes me wish that the other characters were somehow using bugs as well to get to their goal...

one small crit about the firgure that is being helped up the mushroom: i feel his right arm is somehow hanging down strangely, i think that maybe it would look better if he was "grabbing " the mushroom with that hand instead, kindof looking to get a grip so he can help getting up there a little. just a suggestion though;) keep rockin mate!

03-09-2006, 04:47 PM
i think the bee is a cool idea...but.... i actually liked it alot better with out it...
i think that is changes the story into something a little too complex and harder to read...

the composition is still fine..

i wanna ride a bee!!

03-09-2006, 05:17 PM
The arm is a little strange noe that I look at it. Maybe he should be pushing off another mushroom or grabing onto the mushroom. Thanks I will work that out

03-09-2006, 07:30 PM
I really like this sketch! Composition and colors are very good. And drawing, too. ;)
Good luck.. :)

03-09-2006, 09:12 PM
Hmmm, the bee is an interesting addition. It certainly sets the scale for the characters. Where do bee's wings attach to their bodies? Do they attach on the backs or sides? Or is the man being beaten upside the head by bee-wings at a rat of 130 times a second?

Compositionally, it feels like you could now open up the picture more on the right to give space around the Bee. Soemthing I learned once in a class long ago (by comic book artist John Byrne, who at the time was the bee's knees) was that if something is flying you shouldn't cut off one a side of the panel. Feels like you could also think about giving it some space at the bottom, too, so it's not sitting on these mushrooms/rocks in the lower right.

anyhow, nice to see the changes you're making. Good luck with it!


03-09-2006, 09:44 PM
ohhh lovely, I like very much the composition and atmosphere, It looks so much an aventure.
I would sugest that you decrease the left man leg, the one that is in the ground, I think it is too long.


03-09-2006, 09:56 PM
I think, the Up and down works better 4 this piece, I think it needs more air!:thumbsup:

Good looking stuff so far!

03-10-2006, 02:46 AM
Thanks guys! I will try to make these changes. I also want to make the rider on the look more crouched down. Thanks for the advice

Wayne jermaine
03-10-2006, 09:28 AM
this is a beautiful piece...good luck

Wayne jermaine
03-10-2006, 06:36 PM
wow wow!! awesome ...and i have to say it againn.. awesome!

03-17-2006, 09:23 PM
Hey friend! Fantastic working, so cool and interesting idea. Looking foward to see it finished, keep working :thumbsup:

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