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03 March 2008, 07:31 AM (

Title: To be continued... Next season
Name: Gabriel Vera
Country: Mexico
Software: Painter

This pic was made for "It's art" mag's winter challenge. I didn't want to do snow, so I went for the beautiful Iced branches I saw in some pictures a while ago. I've never seen such a thing live (not even snow for that matter), and they're so crystal clear and neat I came up with an excuse to paint them (the little rats) and went for a good time. It ended up first place.
Done in Painter, It took six nights to complete.
As always, all comments are welcome, I'm still working a bit on the colors :).
Hope you like it.

03 March 2008, 08:49 AM
Really cool man, love that lightning :)

03 March 2008, 09:06 AM
Really awesome!

03 March 2008, 10:18 AM
:)) smiling..

03 March 2008, 12:09 PM
Incredible rendering of the ice, really good job.

03 March 2008, 02:52 AM
Hey pal

you have a absolutely beautiful piece here ..... well deserved 1st place :thumbsup:.

03 March 2008, 05:07 AM
lol i love how angry the little rats are.

03 March 2008, 04:33 PM
Are you a Redwall fan at all? This would definitely fit in that world.

03 March 2008, 07:46 AM
Hi everyone, Thanks a lot! so glad you liked the pic, it was made just to be fun, so I like to hear opinions about it a lot, and yes, SEIF: their angry faces were the funniest part of it, at first I was thinking of making them all cute, with big pupil eyes and such, but over time I prefered for them to be silly, and to upscale the ridiculous situation I went for the fierce look.

Ron: I didn't know much about the Redwall Stories. I looked it up and you're right, it would fit well there, even when this ones are not so classy (judging by the covers I saw) :D
I had in mind 'Wind in the willows' too.

Tomorrow I'll post some close ups and middle stages.

Thank you very much indeed.

03 March 2008, 05:09 AM
Hi! here are some steps...

Some close-up's, Yay!

This is my infamous red version of the pic. I like it a LOT, but everybody said it looked like the ice was melting already and 'not so chilly'. Well. I stil want to show it to you. Let me know what you think ;)

03 March 2008, 06:53 AM
Hi Gabriel,:D

:thumbsup: Hey! Those close ups look like another illustration my friend! Total eye candy! Great details, I like the red version as well adds more value to the cold and chilly colors, but like they said; it might take off the main idea for winter…and the whole melting point I wouldn’t care I mean it has to melt one day of this…and the winter its there already for the clearly icy state they are in! Poor guys! :D I am so amazed every time of your work, for the great execution of history, art, and color you developed to show so well done! Great idea and concept Gabriel Congratulation I know you win already so HURRAY!:applause:

03 March 2008, 06:59 AM
Hey Gabriel, I love this image. You captured in an incredible way the "freeze moment" over the warrior rats. I can feel the dynamic action, and want to stay to see when ice meltdown :D The atmosphere and composition are really cool !! and the render for the ice is awesome. The rats are simply an appealing characters.

I´m feel a bit guilt because I´m one of the people that bother you with a more cold look for the background :D, and now see the redish image in an other perspective, but i like the more colder background :D
Thanks fore share the process in this image my friend and congratulations for your first place on the "Its Art" Challenge. That deserve a big tequila bottle, of course. Cheers!! :beer:

03 March 2008, 07:10 AM
Thanks Pals! good to see you around! It certainly calls for some Tequilita and lime.

And remenber everyone: it's the year of the rat! so get yourself one of those wacky fellas as a friend and have good luck!


03 March 2008, 07:55 AM
What's up my friend? Looks like you've been busy! I love this image, great colors and the story is much fun :D Seems like the latin artists are into icy concepts these days ;) Anyway, I just couldn'd pass by without dropping a few words to my good old pal. Hope we'll be seeing some more mate, I myself am very busy these days illustrating 'Barbie' books, can't wait to go back to my personal stuff! You know, painting so much for Barbie makes you want to slap Ken. hehehehehhehe

take care Gabriel, keep in touch!

03 March 2008, 07:21 PM
i love the red version! it reflects the heat of the battle between the two unfortunate rodents :) really good work!

03 March 2008, 03:42 PM
hey, Gabriel, great image again!

I like it a lot, and I find it kind of challenging the fact that you had never seen this frozen branches (or snow) in real life! wow, you're really a good artist mate! :D

here you have some well deserved chelas my friend :beer::beer:

03 March 2008, 04:25 PM
Sweet! I love your style!

11 November 2008, 11:49 PM
I'm a personal fan of pictures that tell some sort of story and this has story written all over it. The amount of character and posing you've managed to inject has only managed to add to the image and not detracted from the terrific work on the Ice. The method of layering using painter is something that I've been avoiding, as photoshop has always sufficed, but you've really changed my mind after viewing this image and your other illustrations.
While I agree that the blue lighting underlines the aspect of the ice being cold, it also depicts the scene as "OVER", as having the ice solid and the cold air surrounding them doesn't increase the interest or contrast as much as the red lighting. I say that, because the red lighting tells the viewer that the story isn't over, as the ice will eventually then melt and the characters can continue thier epic battle ect... So, the red lighting is my prefered picture, as it not only tells the story of what was occuring "Before"the freeze....but what is going to happen "AFTER" the melt.
Great illustration. Is your world taking the form of a storybook soon? Here's hoping.


11 November 2008, 09:19 AM
very nice work


07 July 2009, 01:59 PM
It is a great illustration! Ice floes are a past, and say that these refined color? I think they have mastered.:applause:

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