View Full Version : CgTalk Daily Sketch 643 THE 30 MINUTE SKETCH: "Ferry to the dark lands"

03 March 2006, 01:11 PM
OK we are going to do AN EXPERIMENT starting today.

You have 30, (count them 30!) minutes to do your sketch. The idea is that at the end of those 30 minutes you have to post your sketch in whatever form it is.
So bring out your sketcbook, and your watch, ill be watching you!

The idea of this exercise is to build up speed m so you may post as many DIFFERENT sketches as you want.

"Ferry to the Dark Lands"


We will try to post one of these topics once a day for your enjoyment.

These are the rules:
* Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
* RESOLUTION : The image can have any aspect ratio up to 800 x 600
* They can be done on any medium.
* If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
* Only original compositions. No "tributes" or plagiarizing, unless is it an integral part of the challenge.
* The topics will be posted every day between 10:00 - 12:00 am US EST.
* The artist also has to post total length of time it took (Thanks Clanger for the idea) and program used.
* Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
* The topics will be picked at random from the list on this thread
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
*You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them). NEW RULE!
* Ill post ANOTHER thread to quantify and track WHO has participated the most on these threads.

Good luck

PS To submit your topic ideas and suggestions go to this thread:
>>Link<< (http://showthread.php/?t=145003)

03 March 2006, 01:37 PM
Just a little hint to those of you who might get confused or mentally "stressed" when taking time the classical way (constantly looking at the clock/timer); Set your alarm on.
It might seem a little logical, but... I had to get that suggested... so yeah, just in case ^^

03 March 2006, 01:49 PM
Thirty minutes exactly, PS:

03 March 2006, 01:58 PM
Wow, Martin, beautiful work! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 02:00 PM
nice and scary.

The Branch
03 March 2006, 03:15 PM
Hey all,

I **love** this idea. I think we should continue to spice things up by giving time limits periodically.

Anyway, here's mine (took exactly 30 minutes- from concept to final image):

The Branch.

03 March 2006, 03:29 PM
Here's my entries... (2) 1/2 hr. sketches... i like this fast pace drawing...

SBP2/I3 6x8

03 March 2006, 06:29 PM
My damn wacom kept loosing its connection with the pen so I went past the deadline by about 5-10 minutes..

03 March 2006, 09:11 PM
Hi there, didn't do a daily sketch in quite some time.
Photoshop Elements
Had to realize that 30 minutes can be very short.:)

03 March 2006, 10:36 PM
This was great! What a wonderful idea! Wow you guys have made some really nice 30 minute sketches.... I went the simple route as I was concerned I wouldn't finish anything.

the topic made me think of the Mists of Avalon

Painter + a hair under 30min.

03 March 2006, 10:55 PM
Wanted to try the other kind of ferry, the fairy, Evil Tink Fairy to the Darklands!
Artrage and mouse 31min
I took 1 extra minute to add on my signature, sorry

03 March 2006, 11:45 PM
That was fun! I enjoyed having a set time, although I didn't enjoy the outcome so much :D
But its a good exercise in forcing yourself to build the image up faster - good fun!


03 March 2006, 12:40 AM
Here's my contribution

03 March 2006, 12:52 AM
I like the time-limit idea. :)
Haha Zyrinx :D

The Vux
03 March 2006, 01:37 AM
Hello there thought I'd try out this time limited daily sketch

wacom - PS CS - 29:43.5

03 March 2006, 02:20 AM
This speed thing had the opposite outcome than I thought. Usually I take WAY too much time on everything, and going fast was sort of freeing and more natural. Anyways, because this goes so fast, I'll probably do another one soon.

The clouds probably took the longest. I have the hardest time making convincing clouds.

ProCreate Painter Classic + Wacom + 31 min. (I checked the time a minute late)

03 March 2006, 02:37 AM
BURN!....I think i went ovet a couple of minutes burning it....



03 March 2006, 02:55 AM
Cool stuff everyone.
Figured I'd do another. Besides I kind of cheated on the first one.
Artrage/mouse 25 min

Drone2222 - Good clouds, amazing waves.

freshvirus - Really cool look, love the reflections and burning crap in the water!

03 March 2006, 03:58 AM
30 minutes really goes fast. I like the time limit though, it means I don't feel pressured to do a good/finished sketch :)

I almost didn't get the ferry in, but managed in the 28th minute. Really nice work everyone.

edit : almost forgot - GIMP / Tablet / 31min and 20sec

03 March 2006, 05:51 AM
Well, first actual digi painting with my wacom.

Corel Painter 2 / Wacom / 20 minutes.

Not exactly a ferry, but it fits into the whole idea.

03 March 2006, 05:56 AM
grrr 30mins.. grr - might try again....

03 March 2006, 06:55 AM
grr - I dont like these 30 min ones - I feel all stressed :argh:

03 March 2006, 09:03 AM
Here's the same ferry as before, this time nearing the dark lands. I must say, I don't like this one as much as the first one.

ProCreate Painter Classic, Wacom, 33 min. (I realized I didn't have a ferry at 27 minutes in).

03 March 2006, 01:00 PM
Great entries everyone! :)

Here's my attempt, didn't spend enough time on the ferry though...

PS+Wacom, 30 mins (

03 March 2006, 03:13 PM
Man, I feel stupid. I saw only the topic and rushed to PS, thus missing the 30 min timeframe. This one went ~40 mins. PS + Wacom A6.

I reworked it, (hopes it's better now)

the old one (
Now I'm totally offtopic...

03 March 2006, 01:29 AM
Exactly 30 minutes, testing out my newly created textured brushes for artweaver. Never been so happy about a result in my attempts at DSG sketches.

Awesome idea again, Roberto!

03 March 2006, 03:58 AM
This is my pic for "Ferry to the dark lands"
I used Photoshop, Wacom.
Exactly 30 minutes and im happy with it. :D

03 March 2006, 12:43 PM
Exactly 30 mins (timed)

03 March 2006, 06:04 PM
12mins sketch
but like 40min+ just to connect to the lagging internet:argh:

03 March 2006, 07:09 PM
too much fiddling and false starts - very evocative topic!


03 March 2006, 02:45 AM

30 Minutes

Used a mouse with Photoshop.

Hope you like it. :)

03 March 2006, 05:06 PM
YAY!! Great thread everyone! I think its fantastic seeing the quality that people are still able to put in with only 30 minutes!

Good idea, Roberto!


03 March 2006, 05:06 PM
A really exciting thread!
It was fun to do : photoshop, a mouse , 30 min
Hope there are many propositions from others!

03 March 2006, 02:19 AM
A really exciting thread!
It was fun to do : photoshop, a mouse , 30 min
Hope there are many propositions from others!

Ohhh, pretty. Nice work. :)

03 March 2006, 02:59 AM
Heres another.

The Branch
03 March 2006, 03:12 AM
ARNOCOB - gorgeous work!


03 March 2006, 03:05 PM
Thanks a lot for your replies.
Here is another one...perspective is a bit of, but I haven't enough time to change it...
Dark lands are here white lands...
30 min, photoshop, and a mouse

03 March 2006, 03:46 PM
Another one...
Hope you like.
mouse photoshop 30 min

03 March 2006, 05:53 PM
Very Nice Arnocob :)

03 March 2006, 08:06 PM
A really exciting thread!
It was fun to do : photoshop, a mouse , 30 min
Hope there are many propositions from others!

Arnocob - beautiful mark making with a mouse!. Seriously get a drawing tablet... I've been kicking myself for the last 3 months, because I didn't get one when they were invented!

Also - many thanks for replying to my thread and your advice on hosting images... A bientot. Beno

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