View Full Version : Strange Behavior (Illustration) Entry: Matt Ellis

06-25-2007, 01:41 PM
Matt Ellis is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Strange Ambition (

06-25-2007, 02:35 PM
Good luck to you dude, hurry up and conceptualize!! :D

06-25-2007, 03:39 PM
thanks matt for telling me this,its a shame i didnt make it on the last challenge though,
i'll make sure i finish this one though i'll be bz from time to time.:thumbsup:good luck and all the best to ya!

06-25-2007, 04:04 PM
yay matt :D

good luck mate :D

lets brainstorm later on irc or so ;)

and go to bed :bounce:

06-27-2007, 03:04 AM (

Hey everyone!

Thought I would post up a quick 20 min sketch I did at work tonight. Still tons to work on thou. I will more then likely change the composition and the the pose of the baby.

The idea is a baby creating a great peice of art. I have some more ideas I want to do with this but I will save those for the next update :D


07-29-2007, 04:57 PM (

Hey everyone, this is my entry so far. :D

The idea is that this baby lives in an old broken down shed/outhouse and comes out everyday to build a huge city out of anything he can find laying around.

I still have much to fix and add to this but this is the concept so far. I will have some animals in the trees etc watching him build this grand city. As well a box of toys that are never used with grass and moss growing around and inside the box. And a few other things going on.


07-29-2007, 05:34 PM
concept is looking good.Looking forward for more.Best of luck:thumbsup:

09-30-2007, 06:16 PM (

Hey everyone :D

Here is an update. So the story with this image is that this baby lives out in the wild all alone. And instead of making his run down shack better he spends his time making a huge city out of mud. I am in the middle of designing some animals to put into the scene as well. They will all be sitting around the tree laughing and point at the baby.

Cheers! :D

10-03-2007, 08:41 PM
Nice. Maybe you could add a dark rainy cloud emerging in the background. That would surely be the end of that city! :twisted:

10-03-2007, 09:49 PM
HAHA Martin thats a great idea! I will try that out for sure , thanks a lot :D


10-07-2007, 01:57 AM
Martin is a joker hahaha, 'rainy cloud' that is funny :D I really like where this is so far Matt, I look forward to your update and those animals :bounce:

10-11-2007, 10:00 PM (

Hey everyone,

Just another update , Starting to detail out the background. :D

Kamal: thanks man , I just checked out your image earlier today and its looking pretty sweet.


10-11-2007, 11:32 PM
I can't stress how much I really really like this piece. It is really comfortable to stare at. Love it love it love it... more more more!:)

10-16-2007, 10:32 PM (

Hey everyone ,

Just another update , I started doing some more detailing as well as designing the raccons that will be hanging around :D


10-19-2007, 06:18 PM (

STartiing to do some more detailing to this painting now. Figuring out the lighting as well as the characters. Next I will start working on the baby and try and get the right expression. Hopefully that will help the read of this image much more.


10-28-2007, 08:21 PM (

Alright I finally have some time to work on this. So I hope to finish on time.

Right now I am starting to work on some detailing all around the image and moving a few things here and there to hopefully help the composition.

Any crits would be great!


10-30-2007, 02:51 PM (

Just another update.

I decided to add some flowers to bring in some of that sky color into the foreground.


10-30-2007, 04:25 PM
It coming along really well Matt!! :thumbsup: Happy to see you're still in it.

11-05-2007, 12:19 PM (

Just another update here :D

Starting to do some more color adjusting and small detailing.


11-05-2007, 02:27 PM
Lovely color adjusment, it's getting a lot richer!! :thumbsup:

11-10-2007, 09:46 AM (

Hey thanks for the comment Hiun:D

Here is just some more detailing , I hope to get the baby done very soon :D


11-11-2007, 08:55 PM
Hey Matellis! I really like your idea. It reminds me of Jim Hensons old 'storyteller' seiries where everything is a little bit magic and not quite what it seems! Nice color scheme!

11-12-2007, 01:44 AM
Hey thanks Brooke ,

I am glad you like my painting. Right now my main focus is making sure the idea reads well. I just hope it comes across easy. Thats why I put the broken down shack on the left side with a lot of contrast. Hoping that people see that first then the toddler building the city :D


11-13-2007, 09:54 AM (

Just doing more detailing. I will change some of the anatomy of the toddler soon :D


11-13-2007, 05:46 PM (

more detailing and color correcting going on now :D


11-16-2007, 04:02 AM (

Hey Everyone,
This is my entry for the Strange Behavior Challenge.
The idea behind this painting is that this toddler was left out in the woods all alone, with nothing but a run-down shack in which to live. But instead of fixing up this shack he needlessly builds a huge city out of mud while his little old shack is falling apart and confusing the local wilf life.
Thanks to everyone for all the great crits and advice!

Cheers :D

11-16-2007, 09:22 AM
Beautiful work Matt!

Congrats on a fantastic entry! :thumbsup:


12-21-2007, 10:03 AM
Congratulations for your Price Matt ! :thumbsup:

12-21-2007, 08:01 PM
Hah! You're really making this look easy bro... Congrats on yet another buttkicking served to us mere mortals:bowdown:

Love the final Matt, it has a real fantasy glow to it

12-22-2007, 12:00 AM
Congrats Matt on the MATTE award. Hahaha. I am not the least bit surprised, super job my friend!! :buttrock:

12-22-2007, 12:11 AM
Hey thanks guys!

I really wasnt expecting to win anything at all. I almost had to change my pants when I checked out the winners! hehe

I owe a big thanks to everyone that helped me out with all the great and honest crits during the process of this painting! THANK YOU!

Cheers everyone :D

12-22-2007, 10:27 AM
congratulations mate~wow~:thumbsup:

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