View Full Version : The Journey Begins Challenge (3D) Entry: Ioan Dumitrescu

04 April 2006, 04:06 PM
Ioan Dumitrescu is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Shading (Textured and lit): face (

04 April 2006, 12:16 AM (

a try at getting the concept working:)
will start modelling soon.
C&C welcome:)
GL to every1 who's participating!

04 April 2006, 12:22 AM
Nice technical shading there ;)
What's the story behind your concept?

04 April 2006, 12:34 AM
Well the story is pretty straightforward(aparently:) )
at this time i was thinking of a epic journey from another point of view.As its pretty late ill just make it short :D.When some1 starts reading a book ,lets say with all kinds of adventures,and entertaining ,captivating things ,that person,doesnt matter if its a child or a grown up, enters the books universe and reading it he leaves the real world for an imaginary world,passes from non-fictional to fictional..profan to sacred and so on.I will be macking a boy embarcking on this epic quest,which can be seen as a journey from childhood to growing up:).
thats all going to sleep:)

04 April 2006, 05:12 PM (

started working and this is what i got so far of the "environment".alot more to be detailed,will try getting something nice:).will start macking the little boy and the plant-vine that will be growing out of the book:)

04 April 2006, 05:59 PM
I like the concept a lot and I think it has the potential to be great :bowdown: (
From the samples I can only imagine how the final image will turn up
Looking forward to it!!
All the best!!:thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 07:20 PM
ty Vady,hope so to:)
im working on the kids concept and overall design
will post as soon as i get the scetch scaned ,and modeled:S

04 April 2006, 09:10 AM
Mult noroc si bafta.:thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 08:52 PM
nice concept and good modeling . good luck !

04 April 2006, 04:29 PM
Wow that's quite a difficult concept to make an image out of! I like the modelling start so far, can't wait to see how you'll pull this off.:)

04 April 2006, 07:31 PM
heia ty for your comments
ill start posting again after Easter is over here:)

04 April 2006, 09:57 PM
Argh...Wish I had ur idea. Really has petential to look very nice. Looking good so far. No crits yet. Keep it up.

04 April 2006, 02:54 PM (

Hei all,back from the holidays with a quick conept of my boy^^and some accesories.

05 May 2006, 10:44 AM (

im back with some small updates.
a little render to give me a better idea on how to complete the scene.
btw sry for the low quality..i didnt see it when i saved:S(and didnt want to render it again:) )
More updates coming v soon.

05 May 2006, 01:04 PM (

Another update on the boys face(still need some tweaking at the mouth),his boots and backback,kinda raw,but adding the details as i go.
currently finishing the clothes,and working on the plant.
will post some textured and lit pics soon.
crits and comments welcome.

05 May 2006, 06:46 PM
nice modeling man.hope the textures will match it:)
looking forward to the finished img!
bafta multa!

05 May 2006, 08:45 PM
Hey Ioan! Great work...really like the expansive feel to your scene. The details, twists, and turns of the surfaces on your character's boots are great, very organic and real. Good luck!

05 May 2006, 12:59 PM (

small update on the plant,been busy finishing the trying to get best proportions for him:S
Suggestions,crits,comments are welcome:)

05 May 2006, 05:40 PM
Vady,Ocean, Thanks guys:)

05 May 2006, 07:26 PM
Hey Ioan! Really cool concept you have going here...looking forward to seeing the boy placed within the scene. Hope you have enough time to finish (and that you are going to join the next challenge when it starts so you'll be able to continue to exhibit your creative concepts)...will the vines interact with the boy in any way? Really like the effort you've made to detail everything, especially his boots and the books. Great drawing skills too. Good luck!

05 May 2006, 04:06 PM
hei again ocean!Thx for the nice comments mate,i appreciate it.
i hope ill finish it aswell:)
havent decided if the vines will interact with the kid,but probl wont(dont want to transform my img in to a clise hehe).I am almost happy with his pose and will post some updates soon:)

05 May 2006, 07:10 PM (

hei all,
I ve worked on the pose,wasnt very satisfyed and remade the whole thing:coat,arms,legs(which ill post soon)today(nice saturday i had:) )
So i think ill stay on this 1...the char walks along his universe with his backpack over his shoulder,admireing,thinking....
Did alot of scetching in PS to give me a better idea about the colors,atmosphere,composition.
Still thinking on what to do with the floor(what should it be..) and pilar(what textures to use)
Anyway,ill try posting more ,but kinda slow comp and i prefer modeling instead of waiting for a render hehe.
Crits,comment,suggestions are welcome!

05 May 2006, 06:59 PM (

back with a quick update...for now i think im gonna stick to this pose.
Still not sure about the light.
Crits,comments,suggestions are welcome!

05 May 2006, 06:51 PM
Hei all
gonna update tomorrow
finished the boy's hand + some last details on him and im gonna let this baby render tonight the turntable+ some textures!yeah!:D
hope comp wont crash till i wake up,wish me luck:D

05 May 2006, 11:42 AM
Nice, beautiful si de ce nu, frumos!

But hurry up, there are only 10 days t othe final.


05 May 2006, 06:31 PM (

Hi all,long time no update...
was about to quit this 1...problems with comp made me loose all my work on textures and some lighting tests(which i didnt think of saving on my usb as i did with the others..:( ) But i sayd what the heak and after a break i restarted working on them today and atm im rendering the turntable...hopeing for a miracol to finish in time hehe.

05 May 2006, 06:45 PM
Thx simovici for the nice words:)
yeah hope ill manage to finish it...
Multa bafta si tie!!

05 May 2006, 09:48 AM (

this is gonna be the final scene..ofc with some more books,details etc...

05 May 2006, 10:14 AM
I really love this concept. Personally, it means a lot to me. I would love to see you finish this.

05 May 2006, 11:32 AM
Nice modelig. I like the clothes. I'll be looking forward to see more.

05 May 2006, 07:27 PM
MT Cup :thx,ill sure try to finish it:)
deltaindigo :thx alot ,bafta multa!:)

05 May 2006, 07:31 PM
finaly my turntable was submited! check it out:p Turntable (
working on the textures ...more updates in the weekend!
still dunno what to do with the floor....
suggestions,crits,comments are welcome!

05 May 2006, 09:10 PM
Great modeling skills

05 May 2006, 10:21 AM
ilusiondigital : hei and thx for the kind words:D
GL with your jorney its looking good:D!
salutari din romania!

05 May 2006, 04:10 PM (

had the time to leave it and render out something which i wont change hehe.
still working on others to fit the mood i imagined..more updates tomorrow.
C&C welcome

05 May 2006, 12:37 AM
bigger update coming tomorrow!

05 May 2006, 08:17 PM (

update on the bookcase.made it a bit lighter in this render ...but in the final 1 it will go along with the books,be more dark.

05 May 2006, 08:46 PM
Getting there... :)

05 May 2006, 07:31 PM (

update on the pillar.
School is macking it harder to do much atm:(

05 May 2006, 03:33 PM (

small update on the scene,did alot of test renders(thats because i have to study for my final programming test,which is this thursday,and i found out on monday:D)
still dunno what to do with the floor.
crits,suggestions,anything is most welcome!!

05 May 2006, 03:39 PM
Very nice updates! :thumbsup: Almost there.

05 May 2006, 06:09 PM
MT Cup: Thanks alot for the encouregment,means alot:D cheers

05 May 2006, 06:35 AM
Nice upates.

But only one suggestion and it's only my personal opinion. Maybe you should make those books and woods so clean, oyu should put more dust there.

good luck

05 May 2006, 09:25 AM
hei simovici
thx for the crit,but the final scene is going to be at night so its gonna be hard to notice dust and things on the books ,but will do some details and things with it,somewhere more noticable.
keep the crits coming!

05 May 2006, 04:07 PM
nice work!
hope it turns out how u want to,and that u finish:D
bafta multa;)!

05 May 2006, 02:36 PM
vady:thx mate,hope i finish to:D
merci pt comments:D

05 May 2006, 09:21 AM
Great Idea and sketches, you are a grate drawer.

best regards and Good Luck

05 May 2006, 10:02 AM (

hei all,back after getting my programming degree(woooot:D),eyes hurt ,so i just had some rough lighting tests.kinda decided on what it will be.couldnt let it have a nice render..would have taken to long,and i intend to finish this,so had to make it quick:)

05 May 2006, 12:45 PM
tredistudio: heia thx for stoping by,and thx for the nice words:)
GL with your image aswell,its great!

05 May 2006, 06:20 PM
Oh l like this dark moody lighting. Might be just a bit too dark, hard to tell without the character there, but I really do like it. :thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 07:53 PM (

another rough render(no gi,no postprod),just to get an better idea of whats needed.
C&C most welcome

P.S: turntable up

05 May 2006, 08:06 PM
You do need to light your character a little better. You've got a very dramatic and moody feel, but we're losing the wonderful details you have put in here. Perhaps you'd consider a small soft light from the foreground?

05 May 2006, 08:17 PM
MT Cup : heia ,first wanna thnak you for the constant support and encouregment:).cheers!
yeah i am thinking of how to make some details appear,and did some region tests with GI and most of them do show up,but i will for sure put an extra light on the char and ajust the others so he doesnt seem out of place or that its the only thing receiving light.
Keep the crits coming pls!:D

P.S: turntable up

05 May 2006, 07:28 AM (

another rough,render
still alot to be textured,and need something to fill the back.
C&C most welcomed!

P.S turntable up

05 May 2006, 11:24 AM
You could put another bookcase in the back to close it off. Personally, the way it is currently gives the illusion of an endless corridor of shelves. I really think that's in keeping with your image, unless you want to put a very faint outline of a door with light behind it in the very distant back. :shrug: I like the feel of it as is. Just a bit more tweaking of the light. I'd say you are very close to finished.

05 May 2006, 11:35 AM
MT Cup : yeah,i think im gonna keep that endless corrdor,but will put some small lights in the bookcases to give some interesting tints on the books
yes im working as im writing this ,on the light on the char(want the folds and some details to show up more).
Thanks alot for the crits!keep them coming ,they are helping me alot!cheers

05 May 2006, 01:41 PM (

working at full speed to have time to render:)
did the face texture today.
C&C welcome!!

05 May 2006, 01:45 PM
:thumbsup: Keep going!

05 May 2006, 04:22 PM
and now im on the last 50m:scream:
started i wait:):bounce:
MT Cup :thx man for standing around my thread!(u ve been really helpfull!,both moraly and with the crits:) cheers!)

05 May 2006, 04:37 PM
Glad I could help at least a little. ;) It'll be great to see you wrap this up!

05 May 2006, 07:51 PM
hei guys,wanted to say there wont be any final pic:(
comp couldnt handle the render,max crashed twice about a quarter way,and im sure even if i try rendering again it wont finish it before the deadline:(but atleast the parts i saw were looking as i wanted and had the right feel and most fited into the scene.Im sry i couldnt get it done earlyer but RL was as always a bitch,and it was pretty hard to study for my exams(last highschool year:S) and finish this,even tho i believed i would ,till the 2 max crash.It was great participating on this journey,learned alot!Anyway ill try my luck next competition,and till then ill try working more on my texturing,rendering,lighting skills(in the holiday to come:) )
Thanks alot to the ppl that were constantly supporting me with ideas,crits,encoureging p.m's
THANKS GUYS!,sry if i ve let u down,hard for me aswell,really liked how it was turning out in the last render:(
Special thx to MT Cup,and oceanbluesky. /bow
CYA all take care:)

05 May 2006, 01:41 PM
Sorry to hear that. :sad: I was so looking forward to seeing this completed. Have you tried just rendering it in sections and then compositing in something like photoshop or gimp?

Either way, best of luck to you! I really enjoyed this scene.

05 May 2006, 06:16 PM
i did try ,but those 2 crashes took alot of valuable time,and there was none left for a other try:(
After im done with my exams,im getting a new comp,will refine my image render it out,and post it on cgtalk along with some other work:)
take care MT,i hope u will also be in the next challange:D and come up with something great!

05 May 2006, 09:37 PM
Thanks and good luck with the new computer. I'm looking forward to seeing more from you.

05 May 2006, 02:20 AM
Hey Ioan! (Good luck with your final exams!) Looking forward to seeing this image completed -- it really works in the partial renders you have posted. Very high-quality work. Hope to see more of your artwork in a future challenge (and from your new computer!)...cheers!

06 June 2006, 09:18 AM


06 June 2006, 03:22 PM
Hello Ioan!

Just dropping in so you know I'm still interested in seeing you move this forward when you have a chance and the computer to do it with.

Hope your exams went well.

Take care!

06 June 2006, 08:02 PM
hei MT!
2 tests are done(got max grade:D on them)
4 to go in the coming weeks(working my ass of to get them right)
thx again for the nice words mate!
atm kinda no time for 3d:( just made some drawings which came out cool,warcraftish:) will scan em and maybe put them on cg and send them at blizz fan artwork:twisted: :)
take care!:thumbsup:

06 June 2006, 11:53 PM
I'll have to go take a peek. I love to do 2d a lot too. Sometimes it's just good therapy.

06 June 2006, 05:29 PM
well i uploaded them in my portofolio
hope u like them:)
gonna make a thread (if i should dare:) )

EDIT: made the thread :)

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