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03-19-2008, 03:54 AM
Michael Wilson is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (http://features.cgsociety.org/challenge/uplift_universe/view_entries.php?challenger=14195)

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03-19-2008, 03:59 AM
Good luck mate!

03-20-2008, 06:21 AM
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Please ignore the crapiness of my sketch. I'm just searching for ideas.

03-20-2008, 11:51 AM
Hey Michael, your first sketch is getting you off to a great start. That suit and tie on the alien is excellent. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

And congratulations to you, for getting your surfing robot into Maxon's website on their Cinema 4D page! It looks brilliant!

03-20-2008, 06:54 PM
Thanks Mark. Are you getting in on this one?

03-21-2008, 12:31 AM
Thanks Mark. Are you getting in on this one?
I don't know. A lot depends on how much time I can put aside

03-21-2008, 12:40 AM
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Another concept sketch. I couldn't get this image out of my head last night.

03-21-2008, 01:27 AM
Beautiful concept sketch!

03-23-2008, 06:17 PM
Second concept looks great. :thumbsup:

Good luck with the challenge.


03-24-2008, 05:09 AM
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I've already started to model the human, but I thought I should upload my concept of him first.

03-25-2008, 12:21 AM
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Human model wip.

03-25-2008, 02:45 AM
It's great to see this much progress so soon. I like your human so far. So it looks like you're going with your second idea

03-25-2008, 05:12 AM
Yep, going with concept two. I know it's not really a winner when compared with some of the other fantastic work found in this challenge, but it will be something I can have fun with.

03-25-2008, 08:49 AM
Off to a flying start I see, Good luck Mike :thumbsup:

03-25-2008, 03:17 PM
Great start Mike, loved the second concept sketch.

03-25-2008, 04:09 PM
Gunilla, Handlebar - Glad you dropped by. Are either of you in on this one?

03-25-2008, 07:41 PM
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The Big alien model.

03-25-2008, 09:49 PM
Fantastic stuff. He looks like a handy friend to have when moving house

03-26-2008, 03:35 PM
I like it so far. Keep up the good work!

Quick question: So the mmm "hunchback" pose is the default pose... I think it will be interesting to see how the neck will be rigged...

03-26-2008, 05:21 PM
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Alien number 2. He obviously hasn't been rigged yet, so he should look more interesting when he's posed.

03-29-2008, 03:39 AM
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The human, textured and rigged.

03-29-2008, 07:49 AM
Nice modeling and texturing. May be you could ad a little more details to the belt.


03-29-2008, 10:45 AM
i like the textured human .. keep it coming

03-29-2008, 10:09 PM
I can't quite define it, but there's a hint of comic book style about your realism which gives your 3D work a really nice edge. These new figures look excellent. The human has got that classic hero look about him and the alien is, well there's no doubt he's alien. There's a lot of character in this stuff and I'm enjoying watching it take form. No crits from me

03-30-2008, 03:50 AM
Thanks for the comments and crits guy. More coming soon.

03-30-2008, 03:52 AM
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Now the big alien textured and rigged. I've also changed their uniforms up a bit.

03-30-2008, 03:54 AM
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And here is the small gooy alien.

03-30-2008, 03:57 AM
I can't quite define it, but there's a hint of comic book style about your realism which gives your 3D work a really nice edge.

Ya, I've noticed that about my work as well. I like it but, I really can't figure out either. It's probably just a lack of skill or something.

03-30-2008, 11:55 AM
Ya, I've noticed that about my work as well. I like it but, I really can't figure out either. It's probably just a lack of skill or something.
LOL! I sure wouldn't call it lack of skill. I really like it and I think it's a really cool quality in your work.

Gooey alien looks fantastic! :thumbsup:

03-30-2008, 10:21 PM
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I felt like painting some stars.
Following a method by Greg Martin.

03-30-2008, 10:32 PM
those stars are amazing! i love them, and your character design is great, very appealing characters!

03-31-2008, 01:56 PM
good designS!! & I like stars!

04-01-2008, 04:29 AM
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A cozy little camp fire. High tech indeed.

04-01-2008, 04:57 AM
Great so far.
Love that fire.
are you going to try and design it more like your characters?

04-01-2008, 05:37 AM
Kory, thanks for stopping by. Truely, it's an honor. But I'm not sure what you mean.

04-01-2008, 05:58 PM
I just mean that there is a level of playfullness that is in your sharacters that is missing in the realistic fire. I always think it's nice to see a graphic quality in the FX aswell as the characters and the environment.
it unifies the illustration.

just some thoughts. I am sure you know what you are shooting for.

04-02-2008, 02:15 AM
I love that starry sky. That will make a superb backdrop.

Re: Kory's comment about the fire looking more realistic than the rest of the scene, maybe you could simplify the rock textures a bit - make them less gritty and also less rough and therefore more 'friendly looking' and also ever so slightly cartoony. Just a suggestion because I don't know if that would work and I don't want to waste your time...

04-02-2008, 04:53 AM
Thanks guys. I appreciate the feed back. I think I'll see how things look together as I start to assemble the scene.

04-02-2008, 05:07 AM
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A new quick little alien. My idea is developing a bit more.

04-02-2008, 08:53 AM
That is possibly the cutest alien I've seen ... adorable!

04-02-2008, 09:52 AM
ohhhh...thats cute...i want one!!

04-02-2008, 02:15 PM
The models look great, I especially like the gelatine alien guy. very cool, looking forward to seeing it all come together. Good luck.

04-02-2008, 02:21 PM
The models look great, I especially like the gelatine alien guy. very cool, looking forward to seeing it all come together. Good luck.

04-04-2008, 04:49 AM
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Setting up the scene.

04-05-2008, 06:55 AM
That looks great. :bounce:


04-05-2008, 11:43 AM
Wow Mike, your scene is realy coming together, i like the relaxed poses you've given your characters, especially the giant alian.

04-06-2008, 01:12 AM
I agree. Really nice relaxed posing of the characters. That composition should work well with that sky background you did earlier. This is impressive progress

04-06-2008, 03:29 AM
Thanks guys. I've playing around with the composition a bit moving the camera here and there. Things might still change up a bit before I'm done.

04-11-2008, 05:14 AM
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Ok, as I was working on my first idea I just wasn't getting that WOW sensation I would like. So I'm going to try and change direction here mid stream and see if I can come up with something a bit more dynamic.

I may still finish my other idea just for fun sometime.

04-12-2008, 06:46 AM
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Along with the new direction I'm taking this image, I'm also creating a new alien that I think will better fit visually.

04-13-2008, 06:13 AM
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A little bit more done. Still a few things left to do.

Any impressions?

04-13-2008, 06:49 AM
The big guy is awesome. I love the campfire scene, very relaxed, and very appealing. Great stuff man. Woodscross? Is that woodscross Utah?

04-14-2008, 01:30 PM
Well, you've sure managed an eye-catching scene/composition! Great stuff. The alien looks a little bit like he's at risk of toppling over the cliff edge too, but I guess that adds to the drama

04-15-2008, 10:49 AM
Nice progress mike, the change of concept is more dramatic, i like the POV

04-15-2008, 06:30 PM
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Ok, seeing as how we still have about 20 or so days left, I am considering doing a complete overhaul of my characters to something more like this guy I did for the Daily Sketch forum.

The uniforms they are in now don't seem to quite fit the situation they are in. I'd of course leave the helmet off.

Any thoughts?

04-16-2008, 07:36 PM
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Here is my redesigned Human. The alien should also be wearing the same uniform.

04-19-2008, 05:01 AM
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Here it is, the final image. Hope it's not too dark on most monitors.

I hope the image speaks for itself.

04-20-2008, 06:28 AM
Finished already! Quite a twist in direction since my last visit but I think this works really well. The angle and the coloring makes it dramatic - and looks fine on my monitor.
Great work!

04-20-2008, 10:15 AM
Congrats on your final Mike, great camera angle, very dramatic. Good luck buddy.

04-21-2008, 09:09 AM
That's a real eye-catcher! I really like the fireside scene but this is a lot more dynamic. Good luck to you and well done on finishing :)

04-21-2008, 01:50 PM
Congrats mate, great work. The camera is really fantastic!

04-22-2008, 12:51 AM
Congratulations Michael. That's a fun, powerful image, with a superb camera angle. It looks great on my monitor too

04-26-2008, 03:28 AM
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Here is my new Final image. I changed the explosions in the background and tweeked the pose of the alien a bit.

04-26-2008, 03:35 AM
Hey Michael, incredible work!! really great image with a great action mood and enviroment " a la Flash Gordon sci fi style", simply cool!! Congrats for this great artwork! And time for a well deserved cold beers and a lot of tequila shots!! Cheers mate!! :beer: + :beer:

05-07-2008, 12:34 PM
Congratulation on finishing your entry. I like it very much. :thumbsup:

Good luck with the voting.


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