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06 June 2007, 12:41 PM
Steven Bateman is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Happy ending (

06 June 2007, 12:47 PM
Good luck Steven - judging by your previous challenges this topic's right up your alley :D

06 June 2007, 01:35 PM
Hey Steve, it's great to see you in this one mate! I'll definitely be watching this thread

06 June 2007, 03:32 PM
Good luck Steven and have lots of fun!

06 June 2007, 04:39 PM
Hey Steven, this theme is perfect for you - looking forward to see what you'll do.
Have fun!

06 June 2007, 07:19 PM
Geez my fellow geek, what can I say.... Welcome home for the next 3 months mate;) I think this topic should suit you and your bent humour unlike any yet... Free range indeed

06 June 2007, 12:15 PM
Can't wait to see what you come up with during the coming months!


06 June 2007, 02:38 PM
Signing on. I'll be lurking around right here. Good Luck.

06 June 2007, 05:40 PM (

Well folks, here's my concept ' Mallard's Lament'

From being a world renound violin soloist Edward C Mallard now lives in a run down apartment.
The fame and fortune are gone and for the past six years his only companion has been a duck,
that he rescued from a park as a fledgeling.
Sadly, during the night, his trusty friend passed away. In a confused expression of grief he
manifests a 'strange behaviour', clinging the ducks limp body to his chest, he picks up his
violin bow and gently strokes it back and forth along the soft downy feathers of the duck.
It will be the last song he will ever play..........

06 June 2007, 06:09 PM
Poetic, sad and beautiful...
Have fun Steven !

06 June 2007, 08:27 PM
hi Steve! what a very sweet idea. this will look great with your modelling skills..can't wait!

06 June 2007, 08:39 PM
wow, that's really sad. Interesting idea.

06 June 2007, 09:52 PM
once again You got me 100%... I'm already hungry for this mate, lol free range indeed

Conratulations on a stirring concept

06 June 2007, 10:00 PM
oh, sad feeling, strange but also your concept exhales love.

Cool idea and good luck!:thumbsup:

06 June 2007, 10:31 PM
Thats really an inventive concept, and a sad and interesting story.
Keep it up!

06 June 2007, 02:53 PM
Perfect concept for your modeling style.

06 June 2007, 02:58 PM
Really nice story, a bit sad, but yet great! I loved the man's concept, perfectly fits the overall mood.

Looking forward to the next step.

06 June 2007, 10:18 PM
hiya handlebar ..nice and emotive concept ..:)

06 June 2007, 11:59 PM
Steve, that's one amazing idea. Your sketch suggests a lot of attention to detail around the face of that old man and that alone would have me looking forward to this. I can't wait to see this develop

06 June 2007, 07:47 AM
Avery sad but powerfull image... it had great impact on me... good luck

06 June 2007, 01:16 PM (

Thank you all for your comments, i will reply individually when i get some time.

Scene two 'The resting place'

Edward Mallard stored his precious violin in an old wooden case. A beautiful object inlayed with rare woods and mother of pearl with velvet padding.
In his mind he see's it as the safest place he can lay his trusty friend to rest.

Steve 8)

06 June 2007, 02:22 PM (

Scene three, the happy ending

The ritual is over, Edward Mallard has said goodby to his friend in the best way he knew how.
He sits down at his table and is ovrwhelmed by a feeling of warmth and freedom. In the corner of his eye he thinks he saw three china ducks that he has on his wall fly across the room

Steve 8)

06 June 2007, 03:33 PM
I think i'm going to take my first post and switch over to the illustration catagory, i think the image is strong enough to stand on it's own without the animation, i'm realy pushed for time atm and i want to enjoy the challenge. I'd rather do something less complicated but well other than rush things and produce something sub-standard. Good luck to you all.

Steve 8)

06 June 2007, 03:37 PM
yeah, that first scene is pretty strong and can stand all on his own.

06 June 2007, 07:47 PM
Wah:cry: we'll miss you mate...

Good luck over in the realms of the pixel H;)

knock em dead

06 June 2007, 03:01 AM
So sad, I like the concept very much. Who knew being chenille could give someone such peace as a moment of unpleasantness? Are you going to morph the duck into a violent during the time when the violinist plays the duck? Placing the duck in the violin case is a great touch, it adds even more sincerity to the piece. Great work so far, Iím going to keep an eye open on this one.

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