View Full Version : Adam Richards : Atlantis : The Light

07 July 2006, 02:14 AM


My first idea:

my better idea: I thought I'd have a deap sea diver on the right side of the frame discovering a single light on in the desolate ruins of atlantis. Im probably going with some sort of variation of this one as i think its a far better narative and a more interesting concept.

07 July 2006, 04:22 AM
did a few more roughs, and one new little concept on the bottom right.

07 July 2006, 04:55 PM
wow adam your composition skills are really great I like a lot of them, good luck on the challenge, I know you will finish with a great image, I'm looking forward to see your wip's

07 July 2006, 08:51 PM
great concepts so far:thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 09:35 PM
I agree with Jaime, strong composition in all concepts. I'll be definitely following this thread.

07 July 2006, 05:36 AM
Great stuff man I love watching the progression of your thumbnails.

07 July 2006, 10:49 PM
Concur, nice compositional sketches. I have a feeling you'll end up with something great :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 12:03 AM
hey CodeNothing, thanks for the suggestion in my thread, and wow~ your work just amazing man! really cool concepts! i like the buttom right one very much, can't wait to see when it's finish. best luck for you!


07 July 2006, 02:28 AM
Great stuff here man. I, like the others, am pushing for the bottom right one on your 4 smaller studies. I think that one has the strongest composition.

07 July 2006, 07:11 AM
Thanks for the comments and encouragment everyone!

Ive started work on the final. I decided on my first underwater concept. While i agree the bottom right was a far more dynamic composition, i kind of liked the simple mystery this one had. and in all honesty, with my schedule being the way it is, the more complex piece probably would have put me over budget on time and I'd end up with an incomplete work.

so anyway, heres my progress so far. I used about 8 different buildings to put together this structure. The sand and rocks are actualy snow and rocks with a soft light layer of desert pebbles on top. It still looks a bit too much like snow, so im going to work on it a bit and break it up a bit more with coral and sea plants. The depth isnt perfect yet, Ill need to go back and put some atmosphere in front of the building later, but ill wait till i have most the image finished,

07 July 2006, 07:14 AM
CodeNothing: this is looking really really good, the best composition by the way , I like it !:

07 July 2006, 10:20 AM
Thatīs great man!This last oneīs very cool. Go for it!:thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 11:32 AM
This is coming along great! One of my fav entries so far.

07 July 2006, 01:17 PM
nice compositions, I would have gone for either one of the two on left, the ones on right seem somehow cluttered. The one that you have at the moment works well too, I can see a lot of potential in those ruins. Good luck!

07 July 2006, 02:30 PM
wow.. thts great man....
good luck...

07 July 2006, 09:13 PM
found a few minutes to work on this, added a railing next to the building, started 'weathering' the structure. also added some new sand and rocks on the bottom right.

07 July 2006, 01:06 AM
Hi CodeNothing its really cool to see the Daily Sketches such as yourself, Art2, SweD and Rawwad doing some really cool Mattes.
Good luck,


07 July 2006, 03:11 AM
some structure work i did last night. Im working much higher rez than this. This is 35% i believe.

07 July 2006, 06:24 AM
slowly bringing it all together. Ive used a little over 30 photographs now. I have some gaps to fill here and there, but It's geting there. Ive changed the mood a bit. i was never realy happy with how bright it used to be.

07 July 2006, 06:33 AM
Good work. I wish to see continuation. Good luck!

07 July 2006, 04:09 PM
good deatils on this one, maybe some bubbles, or caustics or fishes would help a lot

07 July 2006, 08:41 PM
Hey that is looking great adam , no crits from me , just cant wait to see the background you make :D

07 July 2006, 09:58 PM
looking absolutely fantastic, what tools are you using to make this? a tablet?

07 July 2006, 10:12 PM
jamesvfx: Yea i plan on puting in some fish, bubbles, floating specs and such at the end most likely. :)

Cat-mad23: Im using a tablet, photoshop cs, and a whole bunch of resorce photos. Im taking regular progress pics as i go along, im thinking of making a tutorial with them.

wish i had more time to work on this, its mostly just been 20 or 30 minutes here and there after work. :shrug: thanks for all the comments! :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 10:15 PM
A tutorial would be fantastic! I love these pictures but I have very little experience making them, seeing how you do it would be really helpfull and inspiring, even if it was just a little comment with each photo explaining how you did it in a bit of detail, and maybe some of the resource photo's?

do you, put the resource photo's in? or just look at them to help you paint it?

07 July 2006, 10:24 PM
its a little of both, though as a painter I'd say this is mostly photo. I painted all the original roughs completely in photoshop. From then on i was cuting pieces of photo, puting them together, adjusting the perspective, fixing the value and colors, and using layer masks to make everything blend well and achieve lighting effects.

Its far from just simply cuting and pasting pictures, but i also wouldent call it 'painting'. Its something in the middle. Just about everything i do i learned on Dylan Cole's Gnomon DVD's. I highly recomend them.

07 July 2006, 10:26 PM
oh i see, thanks very much =)

07 July 2006, 12:05 AM
Damn! It looks fantastic! Textured part is very realistic, also I love idea. Keep working mate :thumbsup:

07 July 2006, 07:59 AM
it's going great!

07 July 2006, 08:33 PM
Just great man!:thumbsup: And what if you put some curtains floating into the water on the foreground house?hehe


07 July 2006, 11:41 PM
I like where this is going. It really has alot of potential. So keep to it and don't let it fall by the wayside.

07 July 2006, 09:39 AM
It's very nice and very curious concept to depict atlantis with colonial (i believe) houses.

07 July 2006, 06:08 PM
actualy all the resorces i used were of art Nouveau style architecture. :) Though i can see how with the two pillars and all the growth it ended up looking a little colonial. Ill probably have more nouveau stuff in the background before its through. Like streetlamps and things.

08 August 2006, 04:12 AM
whew! the week is almost over! heres my latest progress, i may be finished, I'll look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow.

08 August 2006, 01:12 PM
Looks great, Adam! but, the foreground house seems to be a little out of the hole composition, less underwater. Good luck, coming along great!:thumbsup:

08 August 2006, 10:47 PM
Hey Adam, some more contrast would help your painting alot. Very nice composition. good luck.

08 August 2006, 12:14 AM
Donīt know why but now I like your composition more haha. I wish you good luck again, sure youīll be success in the challenge:)

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