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03-18-2003, 12:29 AM
http://www.cgnetworks.com/galleryimages/46/tortosaur_color_medium.jpg (http://www.cgnetworks.com/galleryimages/46/tortosaur_color.jpg)

Here is character concept that I finished coloring with Photoshop. Pretty much a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle on major steroids and a big stick!! :)

Tortosaur (http://www.cgnetworks.com/galleryimages/46/tortosaur_color.jpg)

Hope you all enjoy!!!

Nick Z. :P

03-18-2003, 12:51 AM
Hi Nickz

The image is great. How have you done it? It's painted or modeled? I like it :beer:

The only thing to say... why the halo? I think it could be more great if you add a dark environment.

Go on that way :D

03-18-2003, 02:57 AM
That is an incredible character, and painting.:eek:
Everything about it is cool, I will remember this one for a while.:)
If he is reptilian, its strange for him to have nipples, but sometimes you gotta forget about logic. Bookmarked your website too, inspirational.

03-18-2003, 03:17 AM
Thanks for the props guys.

The glow thing is just something that I did to separate the character from the black BKG. I'm doing a series of images so I want them to have a consistent feel.

And yeah he is amphibious, and yes he does have nipples. I've started to notice I put the damn things on all of my creatures. Oh well, just call it a flaw or my weird art style... whatever that's just the way these things come out. I dunno??? Hope it's not too disturbing!

Here is another character from the series:

Keeper (http://www.pinwire.com/nickz/LR_Version_3/html/art_html/art/concept/hi_res/portfolio_finished/keeper_color.jpg)


Nick Z. :P

03-18-2003, 03:25 AM
Actually the nipples look kinda cool on the character! Sure wish I could produce art like that. Would you consider making a tutorial on your painting technique? The Keeper character is great as well.:buttrock:

03-18-2003, 04:13 AM
his legs look like they're positioned a little awkwardly, other than that i think it's brilliant!

03-18-2003, 04:37 AM
not bad, i like the style

03-18-2003, 04:41 AM
Awesome concept :D

03-18-2003, 05:04 AM
nickz, I love your work here, NIce character disign,
Hey. I found those bee in that hole of the stick . :surprised

Keep post more.


03-18-2003, 05:10 AM
nick, congrats on the front page, cool stuff.

watch out on the hands of your "keeper" one is smaller than the other and also holding the sythe at a different angle.

03-18-2003, 05:13 AM
Wow, amazing work, man! You should bust out a 3d version now.:D

03-18-2003, 05:15 AM
aaaaagh looks like the black outline epidemic struck again. :\

the anatomy and all that looks great. the texturing on the shoulder looks flat compared to maybe the forearms or the inner thigh. the glow stinks.. it'd be cool to see him in a leafy environment. gj tho

03-18-2003, 05:21 AM
very impressive

03-18-2003, 05:31 AM
I like the painting style of the character and its skin.
Not sure tho about the orange glow. But I guess it does help pop it out from the background since it is a concept.

Nice design :)

Mangled Poly
03-18-2003, 05:35 AM
Freaking nice!:beer:

03-18-2003, 05:49 AM
Whoo Hoo! I love this kind of stuff. Great job. The texture on the skin is amazing.

03-18-2003, 06:33 AM
Wow, good skill and new concerpt....welldone:drool:

03-18-2003, 07:36 AM
I'm not seeing the pic, I guess the link is down.


03-18-2003, 07:43 AM
Link gives 404 error:shrug:

Edit: Correct link (http://www.pinwire.com/nickz/LR_Version_3/html/art_html/art/concept/hi_res/portfolio_finished/tortosaur_color.jpg) ;)

Very good indeed.:thumbsup:

03-18-2003, 08:11 AM
oh damn, the texture of this is BANANAS... lovely.
:drool: :drool: :drool:

03-18-2003, 09:19 AM
great textures! love the fireflies in the log.. nice detail.
awesome execution and great style :thumbsup:

03-18-2003, 06:21 PM
Yeah no link, no image. BAAHH!!!!

03-18-2003, 07:09 PM
pretty good drawing. I like the texturing.


03-18-2003, 07:31 PM
Hello everyone!!

Cool, I made it on the front page...yeah!!!!! Well here is a little info on how I'm making my illustrations. I'm drawing with a blue lead pencil and then going over it with a regular pencil for the real dark lines, then I'm scanning it in to the computer and painting it with Photoshop. I'm trying to keep everything on layers that can be adjusted with hue/sat adjustment layers. I'm hoping this will allow me to go back and play with different color combinations for character variants! I'll try to post some examples of that soon!

Everybody thanks for the critiques, the bad thing is that I consider these things to be done at this point. I do plan on building these in 3D some day so I'll be fixing things at that stage, just wanted to get the idea out of my head and get some color on the drawings!


Nick Z :)

Tortosaur (http://www.pinwire.com/nickz/LR_Version_3/html/art_html/art/concept/hi_res/portfolio_finished/tortosaur_color.jpg)

Keeper (http://www.pinwire.com/nickz/LR_Version_3/html/art_html/art/concept/hi_res/portfolio_finished/keeper_color.jpg)

Worla (http://www.pinwire.com/nickz/LR_Version_3/html/art_html/art/concept/hi_res/portfolio_finished/worla_color.jpg)

03-18-2003, 08:06 PM
ohh!!! good lord... thats nice
how many hours have been working of this piece, to get it finished.
would it be possible for us to see the sketch?

03-18-2003, 08:09 PM
G R E A T style!
:eek: :eek: :eek:

03-18-2003, 08:12 PM
Love the character. I checked out your website and really like the sculpture too.

03-18-2003, 09:03 PM
that is ace, man. :applause: i love everything about it, except maybe the nipples are a bit odd on him. other than that, fantastic job.

03-18-2003, 10:30 PM
freakin awesome, man. i love how you achieved the musclemass but still had room for the loose webbing here and there in the design.

drop me a line sometime, man! we gotta catch up on crap :D

03-18-2003, 11:40 PM
I love the skin texture, it makes the picture so much more alive... Would you mind telling us how you did it? I think that's what everyone is dying to know.

Rabid pitbull
03-18-2003, 11:47 PM
Excellent drawings! as many have said great style. My favorite is the tortosaur.:thumbsup:

03-19-2003, 01:12 AM
Here is how I made the Tortosaur skin.

Tortosaur skin example (http://www.pinwire.com/nickz/forums/tortosaur_skin_1.jpg)

In the image above you can see at the beginning that I created a black and white repeating pattern in Photoshop of some turtle like scales. I then used this map with the emboss filter to produce a bump map. I then created a color greenish color layer. Create a layer above that and set it to screen, now paint with the black and white pattern and you will see that everywhere you have white in the pattern it will lighten the layer below. Now create a layer above that and set it to overlay and start painting with the grayscale bump pattern that you created this will bring out the shape of the scales more and make them pop. The last thing I did was filled a channel with the black and white pattern then used this channel as a selection and then on a new layer started painting dirt onto the scales.

Hope this makes sense!!


Nick Z.

03-19-2003, 01:56 AM
you make it sound almost easy. :)

(not a 2d artist here)

03-19-2003, 02:01 AM
Nice trick. I actually use a different method everytime i make a new skin or texture for any of my works. Most of the times i do not rememebr what the steps were. Mostly becoz is always adding/substracting something that i thing it needs to look different.

03-19-2003, 03:44 AM
Been a fan of your work for awhile man, and now that I see you're adding color to those wonderful sketches I'm in awe! I love the textures, the nipple does look odd but hell it's well done! heh

Thx for the mini-tut btw ;)

You have received the CGtalk choice award .Please feel free to display this image anywhere you like! Incredible work.

upon receiving this award, it guarantees you a spot in the cgtalk gallery hall of fame (http://gallery.cgtalk.com) - which you are now placed


P.S. Please email me @ tito@cgnetworks.com for the award .psd file


03-19-2003, 08:50 PM
First off thanks lil' dragon! I'm very proud of my award!! Now like I said in a previous post I do plan on building this creature in 3d some day. Recently I've become very interested in doing rational sculptures using super sculpey. This is a lot of fun and I've been learning a lot form the forums over @ http://pub76.ezboard.com/fplbbmemberssitefrm17 this is the Sculpting with the Shiflett Brothers forums and they rock!! Some of the work over there is just simply amazing! Any who I did a sculpt of the Tortosaur's head and I'd like to show it. I plan on using the pictures I took of the sculpture as a templates in Maya to build a 3D version in the computer. Guess I'll get going on that this weekend.

Hope you enjoy!

Nick Z :P

03-19-2003, 08:53 PM
Here is a hi res version of the image above if you have the time to down load!

Tortosaur head sculpture hi res (http://www.pinwire.com/nickz/forums/tortosaur_sculpture/tortosaur_f_r_l_t_hi_1.jpg)


Nick Z. :P

03-20-2003, 06:43 AM
Hello there again,

Well I just wanted to show an example of how you can paint in Photoshop with layers and use hue/sat adjustment layers to quickly make color variations of your original. Just look at the above Tortosaur skin example for a brief explanation on how to set up the layers. Now just take the base (green tones) layer and desaturate that layer and add a hue/saturation adjustment layer to it. Now you should easily be able to change colors on the bottom layer without effecting the scales and bumps on top.



11-17-2005, 04:14 PM
It's been a looong time since I've posted to this thread but I just wanted to add a link to the 3d version of the Tortosaur that I have been workingon in Maya and Zbrush.



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