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06 June 2007, 06:05 PM
Karisa Phillip is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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07 July 2007, 02:05 AM (

little huey is on his first day on the job as a cupid when he takes a tumble...this scene illustrates the devil (portrayed as an aged tormentor) coming to his aid to try and comfort him. satan offers him a candy bar (peeking from his pocket there'll be other candy as well) so as to placate his howling, however the devil is only too conscious of this act and hence the timid way in which he gives it and the furtive glances he casts over his shoulder, all to see if anyone is witnessing this out-of-character act. i intend to have peering from behind the clouds (on the opposite side of his glance) other angels (in the clouds above there'll be good angels and at the bottom towards the rear a few evil ones....)...alll with dumbfounded looks on their faces. (however, not too much to distract though :) ) ...i'm pretty excited about this challenge (being my first)...i love the theme....and my idea....i welcome any comments

Karisa :)

P.S. for the devil i wanted to portray as an old man firstly beacause he centuries old and also to give another dimension to the piece... he represents those cranky, people who have always been known as a scrooge, with a heart of ice but when they are old, and life have taken its toll, they become somewhat tender-hearted...though they go through great lengths to hide it.

07 July 2007, 02:46 AM
Lol this is funny..great concept! Are you planning to give it that renaissance-church like painting style--hahaha that would be hilarious..great start, keep it up!

07 July 2007, 01:15 PM
thanks Kei :) !.....great suggestion.....a renaissance flare yet with a humorous, somewhat cartoony approach will be cool!

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09 September 2007, 05:49 PM (

well,i had a change of heart about my pervious proposal :) yesterdy while i was doodling eyes, some how this idea evolved and i love it!....i wanted something more intimate and wimsical! :) so here i have a little girl who comes across this strange scene...a lady butterfly touching up her wardrobe (lol)...)in a way it is relative to how women put on make up and such)...also it can illustrate the ridiculous stories we are told as kids when we wonder why or how something came about, only to be told some outlandish reason (for example, the stork :)) .... so now suppose such a tale was proven to be true by a chance discovery.... How strange!!
(to us who believe its not possible i.e.)

sorry...because all lines are not heavily defined...:)

09 September 2007, 05:36 PM
Thought it was standing on her nose, couldn't figure out that there was a branch or sth. at the first look. But does the girl really need to be there? I mean the butterfly is the main character and it's behaviour is strange(to us) no matter if there is a human(other than us) watching it or not. Wouldn't it be better if you focus on the butterfly and develop the idea a little more, exaggerate it maybe?

09 September 2007, 08:18 PM
Hi Karisa good to see you!
I think the girl could be there but not necesarly right in front of the scene, she could be peeping from one side, like not wanting to disturb the butterfly, or fearing she would fly away. Anyway the girl is a good element and adds dept to the scene and the story behind it!

Good work!

09 September 2007, 11:10 PM (

thank you sadunkal and steeviewoo for you comments :) cool to have feedback....well i'm submitting another image of my wip so everyone can kinda see what i'm going for (a bit nervous)...note the face is no where near completed, but i was going crazy focusing on it alone so as to get a new perspective i had to jump to other lighting, i wanted the sky's glow behind her....yet i'm thinking for the foreground to have it darker (as its a kind of burrow with the twiggy bushes) with soft shafts of light filtering through....i'm really feeling the centered face as i intend to have her expressive eyes reflect a little of the scene...i'd love to hear any comments!

P.S. i'm really enjoying this competion...(my first)...and now my siblings just about ready to cripple me for hoarding the computer!...*very loud, evil cackle*

10 October 2007, 07:48 PM
Woow color was what it was lacking of, just that!!

I like it very much now, it has such a warm mood! and the hair is really well done already! my only crit would be that the color of the butterfly is not the best to contrast against the girl's face, you could make her blue or anything so she doesn't get lost.
Well, keep it like this Karisa, I wanna see more!:thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 08:49 PM
I do very much like this, and you have your composition figured out in your mind, only thing left is to execute :) I like the thought of having the reflections of the environment which we can't see, hinting in her eyes. This is a very fun image and I am sure you are having a blast!:bounce: This is my first CGChallenge also and I am estatic:D Take good care of this image and massage it until you are happy. I do agree with Gabriel (SteevieWoo) that the butterfly would need to stand out quie a bit from the skin of the girl, and the blue family of colors would certainly do the trick. Also could try the red family since red is a great attention grabber.

Enjoy Karisa! Happy painting!

10 October 2007, 02:15 AM (

i'm feeling the pressure now ....(school is killing me)...anyways, i'm working on the eyes now and i'm very pleased as to where it's going...i have this little mirror that i'm constantly checking my eyes here is where i am so far ...(i just did the sharp white highlight and lashes to get pespective.....some refining still to be done was well as the other eye :) ) P.S: i completed the skin ....
N.B: i was lazy, so i jus did a screen capture and called that George!

btw Steewiewoo...glad you saw what i'm going for :)

10 October 2007, 02:25 AM
thank you too Hiun for your positive enforcement:love: ....i, will too, do it justice!:thumbsup: .....yip this too is my first challenge.....wish you the best!:scream:


10 October 2007, 03:21 AM
hey that's a great skin texture! what arer you using? scatered brushes? it's getting good indeed...... Uh... I think the eyelashes are just too thin, maybe efect of the big eyes... I don't know...

Also take good care of the border of the face, you can really score high with it if you get a nice, peachy and round effect,....

Sweet work Karisa, I really enjoy it a lot!

10 October 2007, 04:57 AM
Wow! Your subtle rendering of the curved shapes of the head and the nose are so smooth, and your skin texture is so nice, when I first looked at this I thought it was a 3D render. Beautiful work on the hair and the eye too... in fact everything you have down so far is great... the only problem is that you still have a ways to go, what with 15 weeks down and just over one left to go. Hurry and get this finished! Good luck... :thumbsup:

10 October 2007, 10:58 AM
thanks steeviewoo and walrus:) !...well i started off using a scattered brush....however the effect wasn't random enough so (for such an up close view) so in the end i had to do individual stippling with a small fuzzy round one:scream: ....i will be thickening the lashes (that's just my outline you're seeing...:) ) peachy effect i gather you mean the fine hairs on her skin catching the light....oh yes, i'll be doing that final touch!:thumbsup: ....yeah walrus...i'm really putting in the hours now...(it's so hard with school and teachers are a menace!:twisted: ....anyways....will post soon, bye!


10 October 2007, 05:18 PM
i have this little mirror that i'm constantly checking my eyes in...I hope your eyes are less crossed !!! Maybe, you cross your eyes to see a stereoscopic picture of insect painter?
It’s a joke, of course…The little girl is very cute !

10 October 2007, 12:00 AM (

yay!, i've finished the girl!....however the eyes with the reflections will be done last when the foreground is done....i've blocked out the colors i'll be using for the wings etc...(took you suggestion steviewoo and changed the color of the's good huh? :) )....anyways hope you all like it!

Karisa :)

10 October 2007, 12:44 AM
Pink is good Karisa, but not the highest contrast, now is up to you to make it stand up with light and shadow work, and I think you will do it great!:applause:

10 October 2007, 01:51 AM
Wow.. your painting's really good.. the little girl looks like it's done in 3d. the texturing is just awesome. the rim light with the tiny hairs is very nicely done.. great job

10 October 2007, 07:13 AM
This is looking SO good! :thumbsup:
The way you painted the girl is amazing! She really looks like a 3D model, and a really good one, well shaded and rendered! And those hair are just lovely!
Nice work, admire people who can paint like this!

10 October 2007, 12:27 AM (

finished the butterfly!! ...(yay!)....decided to go with purple...:)...just wings and finishing touches to be done...(whew)

thank God....i'm on mid-semester break!! i'll be going till morning...again!,

Karisa :)

10 October 2007, 07:30 PM (

after going to bed @ 2 and then getting up @ 5 to kill off my entry....i nearly died from happiness when i got the email that the challenge was extended till the 15th of nov...i just have the eyes to do, however from now till then i don't know what else i might do me what you guys think!


10 October 2007, 08:31 PM
I love it! :love: For some reason though I think the depth of field focus that you have where you softened the tree branches closest to us is not really working well on the image. The branches aren't close enough to our view for it to be blurre dthat much. I think you could definately sharpen it up a lot. I hope thta is not to much trouble :sad: . I just think it's at that place in the image where detail is definately necessary, because it's not distracting, the composition is open and easy, but the softened branches are slightly taking away from the image.

The particular branches I am referring to (just in case) are the 2 largest ones... the one on the far left and the one on the far right. Too soft for such a detailed image.

10 October 2007, 11:13 PM
With this resolution it's a little hard to look at (and figure out) that paint-basket-thing behind the butterfly. Generally I think it could be a little darker or desaturated except for the center. But maybe it has to do with my monitor or with my eyes being tired, dunno... But really nice work, I liked the details, well painted.

10 October 2007, 05:28 AM
Hey Karisa, It amazes me how you actually finished it on the former deadline , you were fast...
as for a comment I can tell you to make more clear the feet area, since they are brown too and the legs are so close together, it gets a little confusing there, maybe you could make her wear little shoes and use other color for them.

So take it easy now... as I see it you did just great and on time too:D

go crazy with those eye details, have in mind the surrounding colors and shapes,You can really get a lot from them!

10 October 2007, 07:15 AM
I love the light reflection in the eyes and the close up shot.

10 October 2007, 10:42 AM
HE HE HE HE nice idea! he he he and super cute! very nice work and hi quality image!
looks like u know to use (virtual) brush too!;)

10 October 2007, 03:41 PM
I love the skin texture and composition. nice work.

11 November 2007, 04:00 AM
the skin of the girl is really good, I love it.

and nice idea, good luck!

11 November 2007, 06:17 AM
wow! this has come out so well! :love: very colourful and eye catching! :eek: i most certainly agree with AlonChou & Abronxl.. love the specularity on her skin! waiting to see the final image! cheers! :beer: and good luck to you! :thumsbup:

11 November 2007, 07:30 AM
Wow.. great progress.The butterfly looks really good.However, I agree with Hiun about the 2 big branches.. It looks a little funky. Maybe you can solve it by darken it, to push it further to the foreground, coz right now they seem to have the same value as the other branches. I also agree with steviewoo regarding the feet.. they're blending with the tree branch.. other than that.. I think the painting is spectacular:thumbsup:

11 November 2007, 04:42 PM
Good idea! I like that... It might be so awsome if ants could drawing :)))

11 November 2007, 04:01 AM (

First, it should be known, that when I was in primary school it was the sole mission of your teacher to encode on your DNA this here poem, so that you could rattle it off by heart…and in your sleep too! Though it wasn’t my muse, during the progress of this piece I realized that it suited it just perfectly! It goes like this...

I wonder why the grass is green,
And why the wind is never seen
Who taught the birds to build a nest,
And told the trees to take a rest?
And when the moon is not quite round,
Where can the missing bit be found?
Who lights the stars, when they blow out,
And makes the lightning flash about?
Who paints the rainbow in the sky,
And hangs the fluffy clouds so high?
Why is it now, do you suppose,
That Dad won’t tell me if he knows?
I Wonder, by Jeannie Kirby

Perhaps some of us can still remember when we were kids and we too were overcome with these “BIG” questions. Of course there was always the playground hearsay for these important issues, but somehow, it was always the grown-ups in our lives whom we felt would give us the spot-on answers…or so we would have liked to think.
Unfortunately however, either because they don’t know themselves or just couldn’t be bothered with the finer points, adults wove the most spectacular, convoluted and outlandish tales, thinking that justice have been served to the topic! Yet, for the child a more acceptable reason couldn’t have been given; hence we fell for it hook, line and sinker!
Here we see little Phoebe, a girl fascinated with butterflies (as most little girls are), making a discovery that actually confirms the explanation she was given in answer to her question, “How do butterflies have such pretty wings?” Even so, as we too share this moment with her, (our beginner’s biology under our belts), we can’t help but think….How Strange!

11 November 2007, 01:42 AM
Sweet work Karisa! this was a great dysplay of talent, I'm really glad you made it on time because the finished work and the story behind it are a great treat to look at! YOU HAVE A GREAT EYE FOR DETAIL AND I STILL LOVE HOW FINE THE HAIR LOOKS!

Hope we'll meet again in the challenges, and tanks for the support! I will submit the 'After rain' for CG forums very soon ! thanks!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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