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06 June 2007, 12:32 PM
Raul Ovejero Saiz is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Spring in Hell (

06 June 2007, 12:40 PM (

Hello everyone:
Here's my very first sketch on the subject.
My idea is to depict the Devil himself in love, and how being in love changes the hell in a more friendly environment for the ones around. Not sure if it's very original, so please, anyone notice me so if not...

06 June 2007, 12:45 PM
I forgot to mention that being a first timer, if I post something I should or in a way I shouldn't- or should have better- feel free to tell me!!

This challenge sounds like tons of fun!! woohooo...!!:scream:

06 June 2007, 02:01 PM
the idea is great.. depicting it on the other hand wont be so easy.. good luck on your first challenge

06 June 2007, 08:41 AM (

New sketch for this Devil in love. My inspiraton for him is Willie DeVille, or the looks of Iñigo Montoya in The Princes Bride. He seems to have seen an angel ;)

06 June 2007, 08:49 AM
Nice sketch, looks promishing. Love the expression of the Devil. Good Luck. :thumbsup:

06 June 2007, 09:05 AM
very good start indeed :) cupid had him well haha

06 June 2007, 09:49 AM
Excellent ! Can't wait to see how you'll enrich all this.

07 July 2007, 08:19 PM (

Here's my first "almost there" sketch+ color scheme on the task. The main subject is shaping up just fine, I think- but still needs lots of balancing, and the colors seem to work together but yet again lots to tweak and define until everything comes together nice and clean. Suggestions are very welcome!
Thanks for dropping by.

07 July 2007, 10:25 PM
IMHO, everything looks good. Characters poses are very theatrical but they work great. I am not sure if that Angel painting is necessary. Now I don't know what is more imported ... The Devil (who is obviously in love) or that Angle. Anyway ...its looks cool! :)

07 July 2007, 07:52 AM
wow this looks really nice.... the idea is hell-arious :D... u might wanna rethink the expression of the devil sidekicks... maybe a bit more sissy look with a big smile wud look interesting, cus davils r always angry looking, so why not reverse that too?.... just my 2 cents....

Keep up the good work... best of luck mate:thumbsup::buttrock:

07 July 2007, 01:39 AM
Hello there Raul,
Differently from Kaolin just above me, I have to say, I really like the two guys in the back. They are awesome. I like your little story, and so far so good, everything looks fine. I’ll be watching your progress with a sharp eye, if that means anything. Good Luck!!!

07 July 2007, 01:45 AM
heheh great poses and facial expressions! one suggestion: the hand of the guy in the back shouldnt overlap with the devil..would be better i think :)

07 July 2007, 08:23 AM
Nice to see you in the Challenge mate!
I love the idea, and the facial expresions and the poses are awesome :thumbsup:

Best of luck mate!

07 July 2007, 08:35 AM
Thanks for your feedback so far, all of you guys, very much appreciated.

I'll be re-sketching the whole comp trying to get rid of overlappings (thanks Vahn), and maybe trying a differente angle. I'm keeping for the time being the angry expressions for the Devil's minions (thanks for your input overcontrast and Uldferr) as the story goes they'd prefer Hell as it was, instead of an girly Ikea-lamp-lit version of it, but I'll see how it looks with different faces anyway. ;)
About the angel portrait (thanks Jakkas), I personally think is good to depic the subject for love for this Willie DeVille Devil to have a full-circle storytelling there.
Again thanks everyone! Keep c&c's coming!...

07 July 2007, 08:39 AM
i like it alot.. cant wait to see more

07 July 2007, 10:31 AM
love the bright colors so far :) great idea you have too

07 July 2007, 03:14 PM
I like your style a lot!...good luck with this

07 July 2007, 10:38 PM
pricelesss scene, looking forward to follow it 4 sure^^ best of luck and have fun :D

07 July 2007, 07:21 PM
Great idea! The little devils don't look too happy though... Hehe =)

Keep it up!

09 September 2007, 05:47 PM (

It's been too long since I updated this thread,and I'm afraid I'm slipping behind! Now that the project it's almost over at work, I'll have plenty more time to shape up this illustration- fingers crossed. Here's a background blocking and an alternative version for the poses of both Devil and minions. Let me know what you think...and thanks in advance ;)

09 September 2007, 05:50 PM (

...and the alternative poses...

09 September 2007, 10:05 AM (

I'm still sketching to try to get the main subject right and balanced. I've changed Devil's pose as it looked slightly flat before from the side, added a jelous Fury and a howling Cerberus, and stuck one of the before sketched demons-I liked his face. I've began too to sketch the condemned happy faces and expanded the framing up. Looking forward your crits on the changes... :)

09 September 2007, 03:53 PM (

I'm afraid I'm slipping behind big time, but I cannot help it, too busy these days (and who's not?). Anyway, yet another change for the main character, but I'm reasonably happy with his pose this time, so the main subject will stay as it is from now on... Just have to polish everything up! Just.

09 September 2007, 08:22 PM
Great idea - this is coming along great - i like the blue light that is coming down - i also like the little disgusted demon on the left. The only thing that doesn't read well for me is the three headed dog.

Excellent worK!

10 October 2007, 07:48 AM
Thanks a lot for the feedback, Cliff... and yes, I'll have to do something with puppy Cerberus. Cheers:)

10 October 2007, 08:09 AM
Love the concept and idea!
Devil's last pose is very good. But I liked the single rose better then bouquet...
Nice work! :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 12:31 PM
Thanks Musi! I do like better the single rose too, as a pose... the thing is that I wanted petals falling over them, so I came up the bunch idea. At first, one of the devils was throwing them, but it got too in the main character way, I think... I might change the whole thing by the end, though ;)

10 October 2007, 02:02 PM
Excellent! This picture is just so funny!

10 October 2007, 09:26 AM (

further works on the Fury's body and pose and some of the shrine objects...lots of balancing ahead though.

10 October 2007, 09:29 AM
...and thanks Sophie for your kind comment! ;)

10 October 2007, 11:03 AM
I think flipping the whole thing helped a lot!
Good progress!

10 October 2007, 04:20 PM (

I've almost finished the shrine, Cerberus-lacking some motto in his badge still though, and the violin demon, although once the full main theme is completed it'll need balancing, but I'm leaving these to when I go for the background. I thought too to add some more jewellery on the Devil's chest, and a tattoo on his belly just like Kirk Hammett's.

10 October 2007, 04:30 PM
Hahaha. This is great!:thumbsup: Lovely painting:bounce:

10 October 2007, 12:23 PM (

I've begun with the background works. There are still some spots that need balancing in the main theme, I reckon. let me know what you think, and thanks for dropping by ;)

10 October 2007, 12:25 PM
Thanks Musi and Hiun for your comments! ;)

10 October 2007, 12:30 PM
hahaha... very cool idea Raul!

10 October 2007, 06:52 PM
Impressive! Like the lightning and the characters :-)
Like the stuff in your porfolio to!
Good luck!


10 October 2007, 07:01 PM
Awesome, truly spectacular, the idea and the painting Raul!

I can believe it! you're improving day by day!!! :applause:
Best of luck on the comp mate!


10 October 2007, 07:17 PM
that`s a great painting, cool details and idea
I really dig the characters and the composition

10 October 2007, 08:17 PM
Thanks a lot Bobby for your kind comments, and Peter and Mathias as well, very much appreciated guys.

Good to see you around Pere! Looking forward to having a peek to your new web site :)

10 October 2007, 06:20 AM
haha... very very nice!

10 October 2007, 07:30 AM
Awesome work man, love the lighting and the small details. Wish you the best of lucks my friend.

10 October 2007, 08:18 AM
Hey Raul, that is an awesome work !! I like a lot, cool concept!! The lighting is great and the character design its superb!! :thumbsup: Perhaps the left head of "cancerberus" a bit side and down to note more the guard dog of inferno :D , only a comment. :) Again great work mate! Cheers! :beer:

10 October 2007, 08:56 AM
Thanks very much for your c&c´s, Marlon, Ramón and Fernando... :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 12:59 PM (

Almost there!! (panting)

Now I need your c&c´s more than ever... Let me know if there´s something that doesn´t fit, if it looks too crowded, too contrasted, unbalanced, anything that bothers you... and thanks in advance!

10 October 2007, 01:05 PM
I like this picture more and more :D
Just lovely musicians, and like what you started on the background.
Just a note: this particular devil has his heart in the right side of the chest :scream:
Great work!

10 October 2007, 03:32 PM
hahaha.. this image turned out really great :D Love the expressions on their faces and all those little details that sink the viewer deeper into the image. Strange, but my favorite character is a 3 headed dog :D love it!

10 October 2007, 08:27 PM
Good to see you back again here, Sasha and Blaz, and very pleased you like the pic so far. I have to flip it, though, so his heart is where it should ;)

10 October 2007, 08:59 PM
Wow! I LOVE this Raul!:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 10:29 PM
damn! i know i kept sayin it a couple of times ... but i must mention it again .. i seriously missed a lot of talent here! amazing work! :eek: especially when its spring time in hell! :twisted::D
you really paid a lot of attention to detail! clearly my fav! :p

cheers dude! :beer: best of luck with the judging! :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 12:13 PM (

One day, one of many in the endless boredom of managing Hell, a deafening sound quietened down the usual shrieks and teeth grinding. Up there, right above where His Evil Majesty's throne is, an enormous shaft of pure light came down through a massive crack in hell's dome, probably the result of neverending widening works to cope with the huge stream of sinful souls steadily making their way downward.
His Majesty first looked sceptical, almost in denial - "How in heaven's could such thing have happened in his dominion?!"- looking for the cause or who might be responsible for this unexpected event. Gazing through the giant breach above Him suddenly His eyes went wide open. His heart stopped before jolting back into beat, pounding like a war drum, goosebumps all over his skin. Through the broken dome, someone was looking at the mess with similar disbelief, and, just for the briefest of seconds, looked him deep in the eye before fading away, probably to inform someone wiser about the event.

That someone was She: The Blond Angel.

It hasn't been long since that day, but Hell is not the same place it was before. Something's changed inside Its Lord: He's not evil anymore. He's kind, and generous and caring... He's even lowered the heat of the lava so it's more like a hot bath than a scolding cauldron. Some say he's just grown old and tired of being evil all the time; others, that a boulder hit Him in the head and that it'll be worse once he comes back to his senses. Just a few old, poor romantic souls smile quietly and say that he'll never be the same again...

10 October 2007, 12:16 PM
Thank you Kamal and Neville for your kind words... :)

10 October 2007, 12:50 PM
crazy and beautifull image!
Im not sure if the flip of the image makes it better.
cerbero kills me!! great!

10 October 2007, 07:30 PM
Im not sure if the flip of the image makes it better.

I agree!
I also liked the slightly warmer tone of your previous version.

Still very much like this piece though :)

10 October 2007, 07:51 PM
Hi Fabio, Marlon, thanks very much for your feedback on the last image guys... I agree it somehow reads better the other way round, I only flipped it to be true with the original and because it was planned for having the devil gripping on his chest right where the heart is... mmm...That said, it's the Devil! so it migh have it on the other side, who knows.

I desaturated it a bit as it looked a bit too bright in my monitors, and that's why it's lost a bit of warmth feeling, not sure now if for good.

That last one is the "final image" post, but new as I am in this challenges, I ignore if you can ammend it or keep on posting final images if new crits come on. Does any one know? Could I submit a second final image? Is it worth it?

Anyway, thanks everyone for your crits and comments, really appreciated.

10 October 2007, 08:27 PM
Hey Raul, really great work mate!! Cool concept and great execution !! Wonderful and amazing details on your painting, cool and fun details !! (like the skulls on the lava and the happy monkeys! :DThe jealous "medusa" is an awesome character and an awesome touch on the concept !! The musicians are fabulous and the devil himself, all the characteres are awesome.
Congratulation for this funny and cool concept Raul , bravo!! :applause: And best of luck with your great entry!! Cheers!! :beer: ( for sure time for a pair of cold beers :D )


10 October 2007, 09:35 PM
..because it was planned for having the devil gripping on his chest right where the heart is... mmm...That said, it's the Devil! so it migh have it on the other side, who knows.

It doesn't bother me, he could just grab his chest.
The overall pic just reads better flipped like it was, I think.

You can always contact Mibus about your Final piece, if you have any questions.
I don't think it's that strict since you finished before the deadline :shrug:

10 October 2007, 11:07 PM
fantastic piece and so much detial! I really like the expression on the deamon that is sitting down's face! geat :)

10 October 2007, 11:18 PM
Ditto on positive comments.

10 October 2007, 12:46 PM (

First amend to the final image! Thanks very much you all for your kind comments and spot on criticisms, by the way... hope it looks better now.
(for story, look for the last pic posted)

10 October 2007, 01:00 PM
Salud, Fernando, I'll have a cold one with tequila on your behalf...thanks for your crits, mate ;)

Marlon, I did as you suggested and contacted Mibus: It seems that as far as the challenge is open, one can keep on posting final images if amends are necessary, which makes perfect sense... Thanks a lot for your true crits, priceless...:thumbsup:

Thanks a lot Brooke and Ralph for your kind c&c's, thanks for popping by. :)

10 October 2007, 01:21 PM
Congratulations on finishing! This is a really lovely painting. It's really my kind of piece: l'm really into all those small details you added. I could spend a lot longer looking at it and still be finding new things and funny jokes in there. I'm only sorry I didn't pop in sooner in the progress. (So many threads, youy know?) Anyhow, terrific characters, and nice work with the lighting too. Nice work!

10 October 2007, 04:23 PM
Congratulations for your realization small the objects are one levels
for my eyes,
Good luck.

10 October 2007, 12:13 AM
Such a well handled story. It was a pleasure to watch this one, I think you've done an excellent job with absolute precision.

Your composition, and lighting just works right to me. The distribution of refining and sktchyness has a great balance all around the canvas. I love all of your characters, their expressions are well thought out, and they simply belong that world and story. Moreover, you are a writer as much as you are a painter! One of the strongest pieces in the challenge...

Best of luck to you! :beer:

10 October 2007, 08:19 AM
Thank you all for your nice comments.:thumbsup:

Michael: thanks mate, and no worries about popping in before, to be honest it's my same case and now that I'm done (fingers crossed) I'll have more time to roam around and see more ot all the talented pieces out there.

Eric:Thanks for your kind words, very appreciated ;)

Jeff: Cheers mate, truly flattered by your kind compliments; I always try to work out a background for my little pics so they make more sense, but rarely include it with the picture itself as it's slightly daunting finding a huge text below any piece- and most people doesn't read it :D Glad you like it, anyway.

10 October 2007, 09:19 PM
Oooo looks cool Raul! !! Love all the details in this piece--and the characters are hilarious! Very well done!:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 01:01 AM
Wow Raul: this is just amazing work! Very nice mood, incredibly detailed, nice composition - just... very cool! :applause: In my eyes this is one perfect image for a printed poster, as it has nice colors and allot details. :)

Congratulations on finishing it - now you can take a well deserved rest! ;)

10 October 2007, 07:56 AM
Love is in the air :love:
Wonderful final image, Raul!
Just love those musicians, their expressions, poses, those little ballet dresses :scream:
And then that little green Medusa - I bet she is herself in love with Devil!
Congrats, on finishing! Lovely work!

10 October 2007, 08:17 AM
Sorry that was a double post :)

Good luck with judges!

10 October 2007, 09:00 AM
This is amazing!

Great job!

10 October 2007, 07:53 PM
Hi Raul... You have a great imagination for this concept
Congrats on the final image:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 08:33 PM
Great piece. The details and colors are wonderful! I like the story and the final result is superb. Well done and Good Luck!

10 October 2007, 05:34 PM
Thanks a lot guys for your attention and kind comments.

Kei: I´m very glad you like it.... Thanks!:thumbsup:
Gijs: I haven´t done any printing out of it, but it´s a idea! Anyway thanks for your kind c&c´s!
Alexandra:Thanks for popping by...twice!:) You´re right, Medusa (she´s a Fury or Eumenide to be true with the mythology) it´s sooo jelous! I just wanted the love story to be as rich as possible, as you can imagine. You have an eye for sub-stories... ;) Best of luck in return for your challenge piece!
Marco: thanks, mate! :thumbsup:
Fabio: thank you for your kind words :)
Zara: Muchas gracias, Zara. All the best.

10 October 2007, 01:58 PM
wow! fantastic rendering and i love the idea, well done! So much detail!!!

Best of luck to you!

10 October 2007, 12:51 PM
Thanks Kenneth, very glad you like it! Cheers... ;)

11 November 2007, 05:16 AM
who would've even dreamt of a concept like this .. but you man!! :eek: each and every details has something to say or show for that matter! :eek: very personal and downright funny! one of my fav entries! :love: i wish you the very best of luck buddy! :thumbsup: cheers to you! :beer:

11 November 2007, 05:25 PM
Thanks so much for your kind words, Neville! All the best...:thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 04:38 PM
I love this one!!! Emotive characters! That's really huge and good work ;) Good luck!

11 November 2007, 09:47 AM
Raul, let me say once again that this piece is AMAZING! Hell and a satirical look at it, is one of my favourite topic and your idead, characters and execution are perfect. Good luck and congrats for your final piece!

11 November 2007, 10:12 AM
Thanks so much for your comments, Liuba and Marco. All the best... :)

11 November 2007, 01:03 AM
Hey Raul, i love your first final, but this second final :D is really cool my friend and i love too! and i love "medusa" ... she has a superb jealous experssion, really great!! Your image have many a wonderful details ( hahahaha the teddy bear is incredible!! :D and the flames tattoo on Lucifer is a cool touch!) Again, really awesome art work my friend, and one of my favs! Best of luck!! and, why not?:D , more cold beers and more tequila, yeaaaaa!!:D Cheers my friend! :beer:

11 November 2007, 12:01 PM
Muchas gracias por el apoyo, Fernando, y encantado de que te guste la ilustración, flipeada o no :D Se lee mejor de esta manera, parece, pero bueno... Mucha suerte para tí tambien con tu divertidísima entrada! Un saludo!:thumbsup:

"Thanks a lot for your support, Fernando, glad you like this illustration, flipped or not :D It seems it´s better read this way, anyway... All the best for your hilarious entry too! Greetings! :thumbsup:"

11 November 2007, 09:46 AM
awesome image harachte, definatley among my favorites for this challenge
great storytelling/characters/mood, very well done
best of luck to you,

11 November 2007, 12:14 PM
Thanks, Mathias, very much appreciated comments :)

11 November 2007, 11:41 PM
your work has a great atmosphere and it´s very funny, haha. Well-done!

good luck!:thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 10:12 AM
Muchas gracias Gonzalo! ;)


And thanks a lot to everybody who's popped in, specially for those who've contributed with comments and crits (this pic is yours as much as mine). Thank you so much ,guys.:thumbsup:

All the best.


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