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06 June 2007, 07:16 PM
Juraj Molcak is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: THE BLOCK (

06 June 2007, 06:26 AM
I will be looking in this thread from time to time, because I know what your capable of!

Good luck on this challenge!

06 June 2007, 07:07 AM
@MVDB - nice to have you here. Well, this thread is going to run with connection to my animation 3D entry and I may finish it with some extra postproduction on it. But I will concentrate to the animation one. Good luck to you too :thumbsup:

06 June 2007, 10:46 PM (

something stretchy for the begining sketchy.

06 June 2007, 12:06 AM
Lovely start!Good luck mate and all the fun!:)

06 June 2007, 03:04 AM
That's a beautiful loose sketch to get things started. I like that a lot. I'll definitely be watching your animation thread because I remember the superb entry you did for Journey Begins

06 June 2007, 10:15 AM
yeah ! very nice !

06 June 2007, 10:28 AM
I REALLY dont get it, so its strange alright... love the sketch but what is the idea behind it?

06 June 2007, 02:34 PM (

Another mind stretching. This time more grounded.

06 June 2007, 02:46 PM
thanx for feedback folks!

@icedeyes - really nice, lol. Actually, idea/story is on the way. Those sketches are just kind of "language" tryouts. After the language is developed, I will start with storytelling :thumbsup:

06 June 2007, 10:02 AM
love your style... the building rocks... great idea

06 June 2007, 11:27 AM
Yeah that building is wonderful. Beautiful drawing style too

06 June 2007, 12:53 PM
very cool concept, I like the idea a lot.

06 June 2007, 07:12 PM
love the style of this

07 July 2007, 12:17 AM (

Had a lil time of sketching again. Playing and tweaking around "the house" idea.

07 July 2007, 12:22 AM
@ icedeyes, mdavid, mv, flyingP - thanx for cheering me up folks! Always good to hear such a words, as well as some critique...

07 July 2007, 02:11 PM (

So far it looks like I will need to animate/pose more than one character. Therefore I decided to find the way of universal character. Here are first sketches of him/her :) Tadaaaaa...

07 July 2007, 04:31 PM (

Under the block there is a canalization. Under the block there is an unwanted product.

07 July 2007, 11:52 PM (

"The Block" concept is growing. Here is the list of characters. First of all, I want to make a short story for animation category. I have plans to finish it till the end of september so I will have time to move this idea for the illustration still entry. Hope you like it. Comments are more than welcome. Cheers,

07 July 2007, 12:08 AM
I'm really loving this. That 'unwanted product' under the block is fantastic, and also very funny :thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 01:11 AM
great style. and i still remember your dragon from the journey begins challenge. good luck this time. all for the best.

07 July 2007, 03:23 AM
hi Oweron! what fantastic sketches mate! love the idea too..this will be great!

07 July 2007, 12:04 PM
Howdy folks!

@ mdavid - and which one, lol? "octopus" or "turtledile"?

@ JackZhang - yeah. Things changes from that time. Youīre now awarded and featured artist and I suppose to learn from you buddy :thumbsup: Are you going to set up your thread this time as well?

@ shakes - yeeeee hello shakes daddy! Howīs your baby? Keep watching and good luck!

07 July 2007, 07:20 AM
@ mdavid - and which one, lol? "octopus" or "turtledile"?"Turtledile" made me laugh when I saw it. Brilliant! But I love the look of your drawing style in general

07 July 2007, 12:02 AM (

blue print :)

07 July 2007, 01:49 AM
Another lovely sketch. I really like your background textures in these images so far - they add a lot of interest and 'value' to the illustrations

07 July 2007, 09:00 PM
Another lovely sketch. I really like your background textures in these images so far - they add a lot of interest and 'value' to the illustrations

lol, now this made me confused... are they going to be "empty" without those textures? :D

07 July 2007, 11:18 PM
@ JackZhang - yeah. Things changes from that time. Youīre now awarded and featured artist and I suppose to learn from you buddy :thumbsup: Are you going to set up your thread this time as well?

We all learn from each other no matter featured or not. I always like your sytle and the way you express it. Specially at this stage, your designs give me a lot of inspirations.
just watch out your theme here, no matter what you do, make sure it pronounces "behavoir" as much as possible. Good luck buddy.


07 July 2007, 11:11 PM
lol, now this made me confused... are they going to be "empty" without those textures? :D
I doubt it! The thing I like about your textures is that they add interest and value to your concept drawings. Even though they are just idea sketches and not final works, it's really nice to see them so well presented. Whether or not you think it's the best approach in your final work is something I can only guess at this early stage :)

07 July 2007, 01:04 PM
@ JackZhang - just take it as a joke Jack :D

@ mdavid - yeah, I have to work this way, sketeches are like child. And you just canīt let your child without clothes or food, lol

07 July 2007, 01:08 PM
This piece is really building up in an interetsing manner, its almost as if a little story is being written as you introduce each new character, it shows that strong characterisation is at the root of good storytelling.:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 11:35 PM (

howdy folks! I fired up my first polygons today. Head is here. Well, still wip but I think I will be able to move those characters into the third dimension.

07 July 2007, 03:27 AM
Great start. I'm really glad to see you keeping the unique look of your 2d drawings. Converting a 2D drawing style into 3D is not so easy. It's something I'm personally struggling with at the moment so it's encouraging to see someone managing it so well. I love the way you've done those ears!

07 July 2007, 08:05 AM
@ Vitreous - thank you. I am very happy that you can see growing story here. It is actually my goal for this challenge, to set up enviroment and characters for more than one story. Good luck!

@ mdavid - thatīs very nice to read such a thing from you. I am amazed with your spaceship and overall professional look of your entry, so I am proud to have you watching this lil world growing. Thanx.

07 July 2007, 12:36 AM (

Final male body wannabe. Just need to tweak a bit with fresh eyes and make the female out of it, than UVs... Comments and Crits are welcome as usual. Thanx

07 July 2007, 12:52 AM
Once again I can't suggest anything. Your style is very strong and I love the way your work is progressing just the way it is. Beautiful!

07 July 2007, 05:59 PM (

hope you like īem

07 July 2007, 06:11 PM (

here is lil overpaint to see how the characterisation will go.

07 July 2007, 07:05 AM
Beautiful! :thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 05:40 PM
@ mdavid - yo, thanx for your possitive feedback again. I am bit confused how much you seem to love this thread compared to lack of feedback from other folks. Maybe I took it too far from comunity style :arteest: lol, if youīll stop cheering me up, I will be in deep green slime.

07 July 2007, 09:56 PM (

BodyPaint UV edit. Next step is rigging and weighting setup.

07 July 2007, 10:03 PM
Really efficient texture map Oweron, maximum use of space, something i'm not very good at. Top marks from me.

Steve 8)

07 July 2007, 10:50 PM (

howdy folks! I decided to skip rigging setup and I am going to progress "the block" characters. Here's the first one sketchy. Comments are welcome. Enjoy.

07 July 2007, 02:10 AM
Your work is breathtaking - beautiful style, fresh imaginative characters! Keep on Rockin' :thumbsup:


07 July 2007, 09:48 PM (


07 July 2007, 10:02 PM
Like your ideas, sketches and models. Looks like allot of fun to make. Best of luck to you...don't think you need any though.

07 July 2007, 12:40 PM
I am bit confused how much you seem to love this thread compared to lack of feedback from other folks. Maybe I took it too far from comunity styleI'm also confused why this thread isn't getting a whole lot more attention. But between this thread and your animation one I know you've got some real fans here. As for your style being a bit different, in this challenge I'm seeing a whole lot of beautiful different styles of illustration so I don't think that's a problem, but even if it was too extreme for some, personally I think your style is one of your best strengths. Keep up the cool work! :thumbsup:

Your fashion designer update made me laugh out loud. That skeleton mannequin in the dress is very funny (and disturbingly similar to so many skinny fashion models!)

07 July 2007, 12:42 PM
Count me in as a subscribed fan, i think the whole concept and character design is wonderful, looking forward to your progress.

Steve 8)

07 July 2007, 05:43 PM
howdy strangers :)

@ handlebar - thanx for your "top marks" for my uv sets, I preferably use procedural textures and plain materials with vertex coloring so I am happy to read such a comment. Also, thanx for cheering me up with your subscribtion to this show.

@ Gord-MacDonald - Thank you! But letīs breath again. Keep watching :thumbsup:

@ Geteken - Yes, it is a lot of fun, agreed. But I will need that luck in oredr to finish this on time, heh. Really want to present my idea as I virtualy see it already. Thanx.

@ mdavid - thanx buddy! Afterall I am not that confused. You are right, I already have nice group of fans. Speaking about "being a bit different" - I know how wide this challenge is, but I personally see ordinary approach as more atractive for cgtalkers. Of course, your thread is out of this general speach, lol. Itīs first time I am going with this stylisation īcoz I just canīt stay where I was last time, it is natural for me and maybe this often ending in my doubts. So, again thanx for your support. You almost spot my goal with those mannequin btw. It is up to designers, photographers, editors etc. why we have so many skinny girls out there. Well, maybe girls are too crazy to follow such a trends, but humanīs mentality is attacked so hard with this kind of things and it is hard to resist. My goal is to catch some of the sad-disturbing-funny-STRANGE behaviors with a bit of caricature of course ( donīt want to be too moody ). Hope you will enjoy my progress in this.

07 July 2007, 08:08 PM (

how strange is that?

07 July 2007, 09:04 PM (

another "the block" inhabitant :)

07 July 2007, 09:53 PM
These are wonderful Oweron, very consistant in style. I realy like the clown.

Steve 8)

07 July 2007, 12:05 AM
Yep, I agree with Steve. And there's a real sense of 'the block' developing now, with so many strange behaviors each happening in their own rooms

07 July 2007, 07:09 AM
very stylistic mate! each one has a different story to tell :p i like it! :bounce:

07 July 2007, 09:09 PM (

A cook and a plaster.

07 July 2007, 09:58 AM
Wow! I find that new illustration to be very powerful, despite the fact that I'm not sure what the story is. Is that turkey going into the bin? So the cook prepares a meal and then is not able to eat it? What is the story behind this one?

07 July 2007, 12:50 PM
My guess would be she's on a diet - have to through away all the goodies she makes. Right?
They are all fantastic personalities - it will be interesteing to see if you can maintain the same style with the 3d environment. I really like the mix with drawings and photos - really cool:thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 09:23 PM
now, this corner is pretty alive, thanx for nice feedback!

@ handlebar - yeah, clown is madly strange. But what I found very funny related to this image - there is "International Clown Hall of Fame" at the internet :D

@ nwiz25 - great to see you can read stories behind each character. This is going to be another crucial goal for me - to be very clear and stright in storytelling, however stories might be a bit open ended.

@ mdavid - as far as you can feel strangness behind that cookīs image you are right. Basicaly you can just see it as cook who canīt eat her own meal ( ie diet - as Gunnie said ). Maybe that bin is a bit disturbing but I think it works together with plaster on her mouth. Is there anything else what may make it not that clear?

@ Gunnie - thank you sis! It will be great if those personalities drive people discuss about their possible life. As I mentioned already, I want to have this piece not that far from our real world.

I can see so many connections with everyday news by looking back on my images I did for this challenge so far. They all want to make you laugh, but they are pretty sad on the other side. I feel shocked by sad news we all can read on this forum today. I am getting kind of gloomy mood so I decided to have a lil break of developing this entry today. I think I am closer to understand what should be important for us and I hopefuly will never take the place side by side with strange behaviour I am presenting in this thread. :beer:

07 July 2007, 09:53 PM (

hello folks! Me, back on the track :) Here is the last one of "the block" inhabitants. Enjoy

07 July 2007, 11:27 PM
I love your style :applause:

07 July 2007, 01:09 AM
Ah! Another lovely update. I'm glad you're including some science in your Block. There's plenty of strange behavior done in the name of science. You've got a really nice set of Block occupants now :thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 09:55 AM
@ Frooosty - thank you and welcome to the block :thumbsup:

@ mdavid - yeah, I wanted to have such a freak in from the begining. Also I want to have it related to that "unwanted product", you know. So he toxicated canalization like in old school big monsters movies, lol

07 July 2007, 11:00 PM
really great and funny characters the clown! looks like alotta work, but you're up to it!

07 July 2007, 07:15 AM
Also I want to have it related to that "unwanted product", you know. So he toxicated canalization like in old school big monsters movies, lolFantastic idea! I love it :thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 07:07 PM
@ shakes - yeah, alotta work for sure, but I will try to manage very simple yet effective art direction for this illustration/animation entry. You have some good experience with huge character set for one entry so I think you will agree its possible.

@ mdavid - ha ha, great you agreed :thumbsup: There want to be connection between all behaviours in line. Smthing like "clown - cook - fashion - bodybuilder - glamour - science - unwanted product"...

08 August 2007, 09:23 PM (

starting with characterisation of my universal mesh

08 August 2007, 10:14 PM (

cook in progress :)

08 August 2007, 01:28 PM
Nice start on the modeling Oweron. I personaly think that you could simplify things to keep them more in line with your wonderful drawings, cheek bones, eye sockets etc. just cast distracting shadows that make the model hard to read as a cartoon. You've already done the hard work with your drawings, don't be afraid to emulate them exactly, the strength is in their simplicity, a few simple shapes and textures is all that's needed. I think you're on the right track but you just need to stick closer to your drawings and try to avoid getting too detailed, harder than it sounds i know.

Steve 8)

08 August 2007, 01:37 PM
Excellent updates. I especially think the cook works well. Lovely funny stuff :thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 10:43 PM (

today's progress: universal mesh modified for fashion designer.

08 August 2007, 11:06 PM
@ handlebar - thank you for your constructive feedback. I absolutely understand what you mean but somehow I feel not very comfortable with idea of translating my sketches to 3D to mimic them exactly. However, I am not going to take all goodies of 3D tools to make it advanced but I want to stay with easy and rough feel of whole show. It was task of decesion to go with 2D or 3D and from my POV I did choose the right one. So afterall no worries buddy I am not afraid, lol :thumbsup: You hopefuly will be nicely surprised at the end of this progress.
BTW - you just want to infect me with your 2D fever you have this challenge, donīt you, ha ha ha :D

@ mdavid - cool, thanx!

08 August 2007, 08:58 AM
No worries Oweron, follow your own path. Feedback is there to be ignored, i do all the time if i don't think it enhances my vision. I'm sure your final results will be stunning, there's also a nice continuity with your characters that is more evident now you posted another. Keep up the great work.

Steve 8)

08 August 2007, 03:19 PM (

muscles and trophies, yeah!

08 August 2007, 08:05 AM
No worries Oweron, follow your own path. Feedback is there to be ignored, i do all the time if i don't think it enhances my vision.

Donīt want to call it "ignored" coz it has the value. I will keep it in mind when developing shaders and textures for them. I asked already myself if I am able to make it in 2D for animation entry to keep the style of sketches all the way, but I ended up with one possible way - to have their body parts as separated layers and move them in XY only. I say it may be fun for commercial or music video, but for a kind of short movie animation I better to make it in XYZ ( I say level up ) :thumbsup: Another direction I am thinking about is to have this illustration entry finished as sketchy 2D so I will completly make it in that style. However I do prefer to finish my animation entry and call this as follower.

08 August 2007, 08:30 PM (

ehm ehm... glamourous... ehm ehm... girl :D

08 August 2007, 09:00 PM
Hi Juraj! nice see you again. Funny start hehehehehe. Good luck too.

08 August 2007, 12:48 AM
It's great to see the cast of the block gradually take form in 3D. You're doing a great job at keeping the consistency in your style. I really like those 2D props you use too, like the trophies and wig mannequins. Are those 2D bits going to be part of the finished illustration? Because they do add a lot of value to the scenes

08 August 2007, 06:01 AM
great style.stick to it and best of luck .:thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 12:16 AM
howdy folks!

@ziriguidum - cool, glad you found this funny. Thanx. cya around!

@CUBISIS - Thank you and good luck to you too :thumbsup:

@mdavid - good you point those 2D photo props out. Yes, I want to use them or/and 3D realistic models as well for my finished entry. Main reason is to bring my caricature of everyday strangeness closer to real life as my characters are stylised. Want to keep it somewhere in the middle to stop and think about by a chance. Cool bananas!!!

08 August 2007, 08:55 PM (

Work on textures and shaders for whole bunch of "the block" characters is going to be my next step. Still long way to rig them and prepare the props, uff uff

08 August 2007, 11:43 PM
Watching your characters appear in this thread has been a little bit like following the release of a set of toys - it's always fun to see the latest new model released. Once again, this new character looks consistent in style while also noticeably different from the others. I like those lumps growing all over his skin. I'm glad your 2D props are going to stay around to the final too.

Lovely work again buddy

08 August 2007, 05:23 PM (

Male characters side by side. I may add few bodystyling differences to them depends on how their personalities will pop up once textured.

08 August 2007, 05:38 PM (

Female characters side by side. I have texturing in my schedule as next wip but for now : ITīS HOLIDAY TIME :) Cya folks in around two weeks!

08 August 2007, 11:16 AM (

howdy folks! I am back from me holiday already working on this madness :) Hereīs first textured character. Hope you like it! Cya l8r

08 August 2007, 12:26 AM
Fantastic! It's the small details that contribute so much to the success of this character. For example, the way that hair is cut/shaved at the back of his head is something I find really funny. And those shoes and socks are just perfect.


08 August 2007, 08:09 AM
Hey Oweron, wooww!! what can i say?? really awesome work!! :thumbsup: i like a lot your style, fantastic sketches and models man!! great!! I love all concept of your idea! :applause: I cant wait for the next update!

08 August 2007, 08:07 PM (

Here's textured "cook". Few parts could be touched up, but not now coz I am pretty out of my schedule already. Hope you like it anyway :)

08 August 2007, 08:31 PM
@ mdavid - yeah but those small bits killing my schedule a lot. Man I need one month extra to finish this the way I want, lol... those challenges are more and more time consuming. Thanx for nice feedback!

@ Ferx - Oh, what a feedback. Thatīs very nice, thank you. Hope you will like finished entry as well :thumbsup:

08 August 2007, 08:14 AM
Doubled post. Sorry.

08 August 2007, 08:32 AM (

OMG! Muscles Muscles Muscles!

08 August 2007, 11:31 PM
LOL! You've captured the ugly side of body-building perfectly! The cook looks wonderful too. No crits from me

08 August 2007, 08:26 PM
I uploaded "sickshadertest" for mad scientist character in my animation entry. Itīs not very relative to this category so I just dropping the link here. Check the video out:

09 September 2007, 12:15 PM
Verry funny :applause: I like your block idea... sounds a little like where I`m living... may strange people over here :D

I`m looking forward for your next hilarous updates :bounce:

09 September 2007, 11:22 AM
@ mdavid - Just cool to see you catch my aim again :thumbsup: Thanx...

@ Nomad - hey buddy! great to see you around. Yeah, we have lotīs of "strange behaving" inspiration around us :thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 05:49 PM (

Professor The Block. Well, not every experiment is successful...

09 September 2007, 06:59 PM
Hey Juraj, great and really funny model, hahahaha, great!!! :thumbsup: Bloody hell !!, the professor was drinking radioactive tequila??? :D Again, i like a lot your style mate!! great!! :beer:

09 September 2007, 07:44 PM
Another challenge, another great work of yours!

The professor is priceless! Fantastic!

Good luck my friend!

09 September 2007, 10:16 AM
@ Ferx - yeah, his very "unstable man", lol. Maybe his workdesk is messy and he missed coke by accident.

@ medunecer - Hello my friend! Great to see you around mate. I missed your thread somehow but will check it soon. You made it in inspirations this time, so your lil medical traveller is back and its great! Thanx and Good luck to you too :thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 02:47 PM
Hello! Nice work, very strange indeed! good luck with the competition!

09 September 2007, 01:32 AM
The scary thing about your 'Block' is how close it is to reality. The scientist is looking really good. Those little glowing bits are an inspired piece of texturing. In the real world he probably advises governments on environmental policy. Keep up the fantastic work buddy. I'm thoroughly enjoying the show

09 September 2007, 02:25 PM
@ nethken - hello! Thank you. Good luck to you too!

@ mdavid - yeah, reality! I bet I have few freaks around me in my block as well :) I think Iīll take a lil tour to check it out. Som kind of "knock, knock"... and wait whoīs going to open the door.

09 September 2007, 08:24 PM (

I am having lil break from characters developing. I decided to start working on enviroments so I will have more time to plan final look of this show. Basicaly, its going to be rough mixture of reality and caricature. Here is lil sneakpeek howīs my progress so far.

09 September 2007, 09:04 PM
Hey Juraj, really nice textures!!! :thumbsup: I like alot, specialy the the entrance wall of the clownīs apartment, really great!! I think the outside handle of the door is a bit small, only a coment :)
Like always great work mate!! :beer:

09 September 2007, 05:56 AM
Strange...we are sharing same creative frequency.

We are sharing same idea on our background image and color choices too.

09 September 2007, 07:28 AM
@ Ferx - Thanx for suggestion mate :thumbsup: So far I am working with proportions from real life (speaking about enviroment). It may be just the angle or perspective but I will try to do something about coz it really is looking kinda small. Thanx!

@ cabertevon - Ah, yeah, its hard to be original if you are getting inspirations from real life. Those colors are good looking ones, donīt you think? Overall, donīt worry coz outside scene isnīt going to be visible in my illustration entry. It will take its place in animation category so hopefuly it is not that disturbing. Nice idea in your entry BTW! Good luck.

09 September 2007, 09:01 AM (

Howdy folks! Here is finished clownīs apartment. Itīs stright MR XSI render, so no postproduction yet. Room could be filled with a lot more objects to emphasize clownīs condition, but what I have now is IMHO enough to feel it. Hope you like it. I want to have all props and scenes finished till the end of this month, so I can focus on characters and final compositing in October. Sounds impossible, but what is important - I love this project! yo!

09 September 2007, 09:29 AM
Great environment Oweron. I like the mood. I just find the "legs" of the chair a little too tall.

09 September 2007, 07:17 AM
@ authentic - Yeah speaking about ordinary proportions, but if that is the only weird thing on that chair, than it is o.k. Afterall this is apartment of a clown :) Thanx for feedback!

09 September 2007, 11:05 AM
Whoah! I look away for a little while and when I return there's all sorts of cool stuff to see.

I agree with authentic - the mood of the clown's room is excellent. The rays of light, boarded-up windows and scattering of toys make a scene which is both beautiful and (in my opinion) tinged with sadness. All the details are working well to suggest a story. This is wonderful stuff :thumbsup:

09 September 2007, 04:33 PM
I like your mixture of reality and caricature. The apartments look great!

Really excited to see the final!

09 September 2007, 09:24 PM (

Howdy folks! Here is my lil update. Itīs apartment for Cook The Block character. Well, you might notice progressing is a bit slow around here. I thought this project is going to be heavy, finally I am sure itīs impossible to finish it the way my original idea was. I still want to make final submission for this challenge so here is what I want to do. I am leaving 3 characters ( fashion, glamour, turtledile ) for time after the challenge since I want to continue with "The Block" as my very personal project. I will be happy to submit final in 3D open category as lil flying camera sneakpeek. Also, I want to submit illustration showing a bit less than what I wanted but it could be fun as well. Okay, next week I am going to work on Body's appartment, so updating next weekend. Hope to finish it on time. Cheers,

09 September 2007, 12:27 AM
I can understand why this is too much work to finish in time. But I'm really glad you plan to keep going with it as a personal project. Good luck with the last month before deadline.

The cook's room is amazing and it matches the high standard you've managed in your other work so far. Your use of lighting in a beautiful cinematic way conveys a lot of rich atmosphere and mood. I like it a lot.

Once again I can't offer any crits

09 September 2007, 01:17 PM
cool update oweron. Maybe you can add a little more occlusion or shadow on the ground. I find the dust-bin is flying. On another way, maybe some little reflections could also make it more believable ?

10 October 2007, 07:32 AM
@ mdavid - thank you again for keeping this entry alive! To tell the truth, I was ready to copletly stop this project 'coz I really hate when things are running out of deadline. I already have plans for another personal project. But I did try a quick rig test on one of my characters and found pretty much in it. They are going to be funny and strange when acting for sure so I want to continue to the point I wanted to present originally in here. My gf is another fan of this so its also very strong argument to continue , ha ha. I definitelly will need "Good luck" for this month :thumbsup:

@ authentic - youīre right about flying bin. The thing I am using not advanced lighting and shading setup is because of rendering time. I want to keep it as short as possible but maybe just occlusion on the floor will keep it in limit. Thanx for crit anyway.

10 October 2007, 10:30 PM (

howdy folks! Here is lil composition preview. I am using very crashed perspective you may find bad and disturbing. Anyway, have fun.

10 October 2007, 11:35 PM
Man, i can't believe how much work you've put in this already... I gotta say I've been watching your progress, and I really admire your style. you are an excellent collage artist, and the distortions your work brings into perspective, texture and lighting are it's most delightful feature. I hope you'll have the time to animate this as you want, I'd love to see how those guys will move. good luck!

10 October 2007, 03:04 PM
@ Jeffparadox - Thanx mate! Thatīs very cool to read such a words from artist of your talent. I am currently rigging those characters but I think I will be able only to pose them in this scene. I will have something like week of evenings for animation what is pretty low...

10 October 2007, 09:34 PM
Hahah, funny stuff Oweron! I hope you have time to get close to finishing this one. These characters and models are really good. :-)

10 October 2007, 06:36 AM
Love the scene, Juraj! The perspective makes it look like a dolls house, very clever.
I'm glad you will be able to finish the still and hope to see it animated in the future :deal:

10 October 2007, 10:38 PM (

Clown The Block - back in the days of his fame :)

10 October 2007, 01:08 AM
Beautiful! That pose is just perfect in my opinion. Fantastic work :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 04:32 AM
Wow what a nice pose for the clown! I find him really expressive for a model with such narrow eyes...... I like him a lot!

10 October 2007, 09:47 AM
Hey, I love this clown. Nice colors and lighting. :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 04:35 PM
I agree, very nice pose and expression. Also what a lighting! oh it works great, he is a star! Too bad this won't be animated, but who knows, maybe you'll decide to animate it in the future and share it with us... waiting for more...

10 October 2007, 08:10 PM
Hey Juraj, awesome and superb work mate !! All the details and props on the apartaments are amazing ( the rocking chair of the clownīs apartment is a great and funny detail ! ). And what can i say about the clown?? i love the pose, the gesture, the expresion... really awesome!!
Incredible work mate !! Cheers! :beer:

10 October 2007, 06:30 AM
I love the render ! Great job again Juraj !

10 October 2007, 09:40 AM (

Hey, what's cookin'...

10 October 2007, 12:30 AM
Fantastic. Perhaps the steam coming off the food could be more brightly lit or thicker over the food, but then I also want to say that the steam effect looks amazing! Your characters are funny and beautifully done, but there is also sadness in them - that makes for quite a poetic image

10 October 2007, 07:30 AM
hey mark :thumbsup: That steam isnīt big deal really. It is there just for lil effect and probably not going to be in final composition (at least not in that way). Just quick composition of several smokes and unfortunatelly its brightness depends strongly on lcd/crt gamma shiness. Its pretty strong on second crt I have here for example. Anyway, thanx for (I guess first) crit from you, yo!

10 October 2007, 01:27 PM (

6 days to go?! hahaha... anyway, I am still working on this

10 October 2007, 11:03 AM i undestand why you talk me about originality!!! BECAUSE U ARE AMAZING ORIGINAL!!!
original about the ideas! about style! about colours and model! well man...i got to say this : Ya'Rock'n'Rolling hard here! great stuff! i like E V E R Y THING!

10 October 2007, 05:50 PM (

I have finally 4 out of 7 planned charcaters finished. Thatīs not bad. Now the real challenge...

10 October 2007, 08:41 AM
like this last character OWERON. Great job.

10 October 2007, 08:48 AM
Vincent, dude... Melkao is different artist with his own entry. How is that possible? :thumbsup: LOL!

10 October 2007, 11:47 AM
Oups :scream:
The message was for you but I was looking for many images at a time. I think my brain is too much near the explosion with all the things to do for finishing the challenge.

10 October 2007, 01:39 PM (

howdy folks! I have enough ingredients to finish this but I am happy happy happy to see deadline time extension. So, it is good time to play more in postproduction stage. Here is lil sneak peek as a Building The Block wip.

11 November 2007, 04:19 PM (

Body The Block closeUp

11 November 2007, 04:23 PM (

Cook The Block closeUp

11 November 2007, 04:24 PM (

Prof The Block CloseUp

11 November 2007, 04:25 PM (

Clown The Block CloseUp

11 November 2007, 05:09 PM
Hey Juraj! The final images look great, there's so much nice details. Also the block idea is superb. Congratulations for this piece which is full great effort! Good luck Juraj!

11 November 2007, 01:11 AM (

howdy folks!

here is my finished strange behavior illustration entry called "The Block". Idea behind is kind of simple. Generally, my goal was to capture strange behavior you may find allaround in real life. And since the enviroment of "blocks" is very familiar to me, I did choose such a form of presentation. Of course, the style of my image is not stright realistic what is just natural for me. I am using a mixture of realistic elements with caricature to catch the mood of parody (comedy) instead. However, as few people already said, there is a bit of sedness in it as well.
In depth, I started this project as animation short wannabe. Block of apartments full of residents with strange behaving on their daily routine poped up as nice base for more than one short. Well, its also pretty huge project so I finished just this promo part of it. Characters are developed as human caricatures all besed on one universal mesh for man and one for woman. As already mentioned, inspiration for their characterisation is not out of this world. Itīs just in your newspaper or TV box everyday. My main apps I did use to create this show are Softimage XSI 5.11 Foundation, BodyPaint R3 and AfterEffects 6.5 Standard. All rendered with MentalRay.
This image definitely is not very thumbnail friendly and I am afraid limited 150k upload canīt give you important "walk around" comfort. I already uploaded closeups and you can download 1/2 full resolution from here:


11 November 2007, 01:42 AM
ow yeah, this challenge really kicked my ass. I am getting old or something, but I feel tired as never before. What is much important, I get also great lesson out of this challenge, learned amount of new production things and all challengeīs goodies!

My special thanx go to my family and very special one to my lovely girlfriend
Ludka :love:Zoldakova
Thanx for all your support and thanx to everybody who left me an important feedback in words...

mdavid 24 (special bold for you buddy. thanx!)
handlebar 5
authentic 5
Ferx 4
JackZhang 2
Jeffparadox 2
icedeyes 2
Gunilla 2
shakes 2
medunecer 2
OZ 1
Frooosty 1
SteevieWoo 1
Vitreous 1
nethken 1
Geteken 1
Steampunk 1
gpepper 1
Nomad 1
ziriguidum 1
Gord-MacDonald 1
nwiz25 1
ashiataka 1
cabertevon 1
flyingP 1
soapy 1
mv 1


11 November 2007, 07:02 AM
Hey Juraj, this is simply awesome my friend!! I really love your wonderful style. The individual strange behaviors for the persons on the block are captured in an incredible way. The atmosphere and textures are superb! I really love the sad and depressed clown. That image is really amazing!

Congratulations Juraj for this superb art work!! Best of luck mate!! And now is time for cold beers and a big bottle of tequila!! Cheers! :beer:

11 November 2007, 08:08 AM
Ahhh - this turned out just fantastic.... and it's been a real treat to follow your work both here and in the animation section. I agree that you have plenty here to continue work with - a series of shorts, one for each character, would be awesome.
I hope to see more of this in the future - and now, some well deserved rest and good luck with the jury :thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 08:25 AM
Congratulations my friend! Your piece is amazing! Love your style and the characters. All is great and a great inspiration to me. Good luck Juraj!
Meet you in the next challenge!

11 November 2007, 01:06 PM
HAha very funny characters! Real caricatures. And you made a nice job by adding details to the rooms. What a neighbourhood! Good luck!

11 November 2007, 10:31 AM
@Ferx - hehe, today is the beer time for sure. thanx!

@Gunilla - thank you my sista! It will be better to see your finished entry as well, but I guess thatīs the way our life goes and I hope to see you around next time. You are great fellow challenger and I just had a chance to check out my very first challenge with your great support. Well, that time I thought you are my bro, lol!

@medunecer - yeah, see you next challenge. Thanx for your support again!

@Nemesix - Glad you like it. Thanx

Feel free to check out this camera fly I submited as model-render-animation entry to dive in The Block world even more:

11 November 2007, 06:30 PM
hi Juraj

Great piece man. I've mentioned what I think about your work before, and this time I just want to emphasize it once more. It was a pleasure to watch your progress, and learn how you combine different techniques with skill, hard-wrok, professionalism and spirit. It's just such a different mood that this illustration emits. Authenticity may be a myth itself, but if there is such a thing, this image gets really really close to it. I'll be following your art from now on. Great to know an artist like yourself...

Best of luck with the voting!

11 November 2007, 10:47 PM
Hi Juraj,
Great neighbours you got in there! Very funny all the meanings and details! So much work! Congratulations! Your animation was great to see it as well! I wish the best! :thumbsup::applause:

11 November 2007, 03:11 AM
I'm really glad you got this final image across the finish. It's an amazing illustration that definitely rewards close inspection. When you focus down into each part of the scene there is just so much mood and atmosphere and poetry to be found that it's a bit difficult to sum it up with one comment. I'm amazed at the level of detail too: the chipped edges of the cutaway concrete wall, those pigeons on the ledge and all that amazing texturing - a real feast for the eyes, and consistently rich in detail right across the canvas.

Congratulation on making this illustration happen. It's a wonderful piece of work. Oh and that was really nice of you to give me special mention in your comments too! Thanks for that. :)

11 November 2007, 07:42 AM
You did it in two challenges, excellent !
Sorry not to have been on the illustration forum morethan in the animation one but your work is amazing crazy, I love it !
Thanks for breathing this style on us ! ;)

11 November 2007, 11:55 PM
@ Jeffparadox - so great to see this image catch you to become interested in my work. Hope you will like my future projects.

@ AxelAlonso - glad you like my entries. Yeah, definitelly much of work in this one. So far my biggest personal project I believe.

@ mdavid - and finally my biggest supporter in this thread is back again! I am happy that you like finished image. Very proud about it because of this :thumbsup: Thanx!

@gpepper - haha, you donīt need to be sorry really. You are great supporter and I feel a bit ashamed that I wasnīt so active this time. I have to pick a bit lighter concept in future in order to find more sparetime to talk.

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