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01 January 2003, 02:32 PM
Hello again!

Just wanted to make something for the 2003-section of my portfolio.
This little scene was the result

what do you think?
c+c very welcome;)

01 January 2003, 02:39 PM
bloo00p blo00p


i see the one worm isn't on the hook, is it supposed to be like that?
and the bubbles on the left need some work, maybe just soften them a little?

nice though


01 January 2003, 04:27 PM
more than 1 worms aren't on the hooks.....

but It's a very cool scene like it very much :thumbsup:

01 January 2003, 05:04 PM
OBSTOLOGY R00LEZ :applause:

01 January 2003, 05:24 PM
Very funny, good job:thumbsup:

01 January 2003, 04:39 AM
tried to fix some critics i've got...
Hope i've been successfull:rolleyes:

c+c still welcome:beer:

01 January 2003, 04:57 AM
Very nice, but remember:

It's not how deep you fish, it's how you wiggle your worm.

01 January 2003, 05:57 AM

01 January 2003, 07:34 AM
great style

01 January 2003, 12:39 PM
GREAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:applause: :applause: :applause:

01 January 2003, 01:07 PM
I luv it :love:

Frank Dodd
01 January 2003, 01:18 PM
Very nice! I love the expression on the fish. The whole picture has great character. Well done.

01 January 2003, 01:21 PM
nice and funny !!:bounce:

but ... I prefer your first render

Enrique Gato
01 January 2003, 01:25 PM
Reeeally nice stile, I love it! I agree derzen, I prefer your first render... Anyway both of them are nice.

01 January 2003, 04:35 PM
I thought that fish looked familiar before, and now it hit me that he looks a lot like Alfred Hitchcock!

01 January 2003, 05:14 PM
really neat, ive already seen that at

(I hate that Stammgast-System ^^)

01 January 2003, 06:41 PM
as a "Stammgast" i love it :D

01 January 2003, 07:22 PM
Great charicaturization in the fish, if thats a word. I prefer the first render, since it is a cartoon, there is no need for realistic details like worm hook placement and correct fleshy worm color.

01 January 2003, 01:30 PM
THX for all the nice comments:applause:

free beer for everybody:beer:

01 January 2003, 01:39 PM
i hope it's becks

01 January 2003, 02:31 PM
Looks really good! And I agree, it looks just like Mr. Hitchcock!

One question:
How'd you get the light effect on the fish's back? is it just a light projecting an image?
Oh, and does the light effect animate?

01 January 2003, 02:40 PM
Great work! I love this image....great character!

01 January 2003, 02:42 PM
BF: I dunno what software he's using (maybe he told us, but I'm to lazy to read) but I've seen that Mental Ray can do stuff like this....think it's called Caustics or something...

anyways, great job Obsti! I really dig the cartoon style :)
One thing though...isn't the worms supposed to have the hook through their body? 'cause I see atleast one that looks like it hangs up over the hook...

01 January 2003, 02:44 PM
I think it's Max....but could be wrong....I went to his site and saw more cool stuff....

01 January 2003, 02:53 PM
I like it!

May I suggest using a neat comicbook trick? Try having the bubbles from the fish's mouth trail behind it. This would strengthen the feeling that it swam through all that stuff. Excellent! Gosh I wish Rhino could do this...blasted textures. *sigh* One day I 'll make something as cool as what you've made!

01 January 2003, 03:06 PM
that s brilliant!!

only the bubbles could have their opacity turn down a bit I think...

01 January 2003, 03:08 PM
Oh, and as an looks more like Brando than Hitchcock in my opinion. ;)

01 January 2003, 03:09 PM
Cool Image,,, very Pixar like!

01 January 2003, 03:09 PM
Sloppy but naiiiiis.

But really, exept for the way the worms are floating
around, the image is neat.

Kick Popo delicious eigener Style.



P.S: Also, compared to your 2002 work, a big improvement.
I´m neidisch.

01 January 2003, 03:13 PM
very cool hehe :D

reminds me a lot of Pixar's Finding Nemo heheh..

01 January 2003, 03:27 PM

Cool fish. Love the whole scene, but I do agree that the bubbles could blend in more.

01 January 2003, 03:29 PM
Cool... and "finding Nemo" is arriving !

01 January 2003, 03:42 PM
COOL ,COOl...he he he just cool!!

01 January 2003, 03:42 PM
I love it once again great style, I prefer the second render it seems more together to me, however I do agree, try softening the bubles a bit, actually no dont, I think it will destroy the depth of feild thing. Good Job

01 January 2003, 03:43 PM
Model and environment look great. I would suggest not having the fish dead center in the picture though. Makes for a compositionally bland render. Just an idea. Look'n good.

01 January 2003, 03:44 PM
that's a really great pic!

lemme think...'ja hoilands sackzement, ned amol dei selige ruh hosch dahonda'....just playing a lil around with the swabian dialect;) ..hehe

01 January 2003, 04:03 PM
I love it! I don't see the style as Pixar either. Yours is more edgy.

01 January 2003, 04:39 PM
Great Job,
Wondering what software you used
to get this look.
I think it is hitchccok and not brando though.

01 January 2003, 04:47 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
wuhuuuuuhaaaaa... i'm on the frontpage...

sing:"im so excited... and i just can't hide it..." :beer:

for those who asked:

i'm using Max5 and rendered the whole thing with brazil.
The caustics are faked (procedural smoke-map in the mainlights projector-slot).

so... gimme moremoremore... i luv u all:love:

01 January 2003, 04:51 PM
Actually, the hook with the worm will not sink. It will float on the surface... but, God damn, who cares? :D
The image look great and I partculary like the Fish itself :)

come to Memelburg for beer, German guys! ;)

01 January 2003, 04:59 PM
:scream: nice , fat fish :) i really love this kind of pictures .........

greetings cabal

Dr. Bang
01 January 2003, 05:40 PM
most original picture ever. you won

01 January 2003, 05:55 PM
like those and these and them all say... think this is great, the worm should eat the fish tho.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


01 January 2003, 06:50 PM
nice... the only comment I gots is that the worms seem to be... cloned? they all look the same... move them round a bit more, and it would look a little better :D

01 January 2003, 06:57 PM
Great image!!
Some suggestions to consider though:

Some previous posts mentioned to off-center the fish more. This is ver yimportant and will really improve you composition and make it more pleasiing to the eye.
Another mentioned trailing the bubbles. Also a great suggestion.

For my imput, I would suggest playing with the lighting of your backround to create more contrast and imbalance. Think of how you can use light and colour to draw attention to your subject.
The use of light and dark colour can make for a very dynamic image.
Disney will create background paintings that are more light where the character is doing their business to help focus the viewer's attention. It's subtle but very effective.
It's a very busy scene with all the hooks, so maybe think of your arrangement of the fishing lines to draw the viewers focus to where you want it!
Great stuff. Love the character!!! :applause:


01 January 2003, 07:44 PM
Love the style. Nice pastel colors. Do I hear: New show on Cartoon Network?
Great job.

01 January 2003, 08:37 PM
oh i think it's a blind fish :)

or maybe a bored fish

very cool picture, bravo

01 January 2003, 08:48 PM
Nice one :thumbsup:

That fish looks tired but determined. Makes me wonder where he's going. He probably already had lunch too.

01 January 2003, 08:51 PM
So cool, RELAXING, inspiring :D

Really sommin to look at :D

01 January 2003, 09:27 PM
Obsti, Extreem good style :eek:
Could you post some wireframe views ???:applause: :applause:

01 January 2003, 10:43 PM
I agree the, worms look a little bit cloned, maybe you could stretch some longer and skinnier, wrap a couple around the hook a little better..

Overall great job htough.

01 January 2003, 11:06 PM
Nice work!!... like a Finding Nemo Pixar film!

01 January 2003, 02:37 AM
The only thing I would suggest (because you said you wanted a crit) is don't put the fish in the center. The composition is interesting but doesn't have much visual flow. I think the bubble; fish are a little too separated.

A little tweaking would make the whole composition much better.

The 3d skill is superb.


01 January 2003, 03:29 AM

Cool job Obsti! Could we get some wire and a nice wallpaper to? This would be awesome!:thumbsup:
Show us some more angles or close shots???

Keep going I like your style so far!


01 January 2003, 04:12 AM
Great pic and character! Congrats on getting the front page!!!

Ha....he IS Marlon Brando!...uh, plus Hitchcock!

I think a cool follow-up render that would fit his character in my mind would be a shot with the fishy facing the camera, still keeping that same tired expression on his face, but him peering out of the corner of his eyes at one of the "OK...this is just RIDICULOUS. Like I'm really gonna bite..." An animation could just simply be his eyes slowly darting from one worm to the other, and once in awhile the corner of his mouth twitches up like in one of the great Chuck Jones' Wile E. Coyote or Daffy Duck cartoons.

Lovin' it!! :thumbsup: :applause:

01 January 2003, 04:36 AM
I am genuinely surprised that this got so much attention. Nice Piece!

01 January 2003, 03:12 PM
For those who are interested:

i also rendered a poster-sized version (6k x 3k)

you can download it here (rightclick save as)

have fun!;)

01 January 2003, 10:01 AM
wow, thats very nice of you. thanks :)


01 January 2003, 12:25 AM
fanta$stic! :applause:

Would love to an animation of it!!:thumbsup:

01 January 2003, 02:33 AM
Great style...
You should post some more images.
Diff angles, do a series of exressions.


01 January 2003, 08:41 AM
I love the colors, great work.:thumbsup:

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