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03 March 2008, 04:41 PM
Bill Corbett is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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03 March 2008, 03:02 PM (

Stage one of a painted sketch. Just roughing out a palette, shapes etc etc. Not sure what will develop at this stage (might not develop at all). Trying to be proactive till something sparks!

03 March 2008, 05:38 PM
Welcome and good luck, Bill :D Starting with a strong palette - nice! I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with.

03 March 2008, 07:59 PM (

Stage 2 worked out a cloud formation for an interesting background. Thinking about the mid and foreground for now, and will probally revisit the background when I have something more to work on. Thanks for looking!

03 March 2008, 09:11 PM
Now that is a cloud and 3 quarts, Bill.. it looks like your going to shape them into figures?..Yea agreed, strong colours!..good to see you off the starting line :D


03 March 2008, 09:44 PM
Thanks Marley and Simon. I hope I can put out something to be proud of :)

03 March 2008, 09:50 PM (

Stage 3. I decided on a nice red planet for some human & alien interaction. Now that I've got the stage I'll need to work out the action! Once I've done that I can get on with some refinements. I'll give it a rest for today and crack on with it in the week sometime. Thanks for looking!

03 March 2008, 09:54 PM
gj bill, yea i really like the colors :P

03 March 2008, 10:03 AM
Thanks Eric, glad you like the colours :)

03 March 2008, 11:09 AM
lovely colors for the background! looking forward to it! ^^

03 March 2008, 03:51 PM
Bill this landscape is looking bloomin ace! I love those billowy clouds too. keep this up.

03 March 2008, 10:33 PM
Thanks Peter, Andy I certainly will try! :)

03 March 2008, 10:41 PM (

Stage 4 : I worked out some texture to the rocks on the right and gave the rocks to the left some more shape. A few touch ups here and there as well. I've got about four ideas I can develop into this landscape so once I've got more down I'll start experimenting with the figures I've got in mind.

Thanks for looking!

04 April 2008, 09:05 AM
Thanks for stopping by my thread!
I must say that your background is absolutely stunning! It is so interesting to watch how people work through different ways of coming to a finished painting. This one looks like it's gonna be a winner!

Best of luck and I'll be popping back soon.

04 April 2008, 09:28 AM
awsome peice!
loving your clouds.. having a bit trouble with mine! :)

what's the story ?

04 April 2008, 12:40 PM
Looks promising! Like the colours, keep it coming :)

04 April 2008, 03:34 PM
- Thankyou Nekomouse, I guess we all work differently. Some of the entries here have already opened my eyes to different techniques!

- Thanks Alwyn, I've got about four stories in my head for this one I'll try and fit in the one that works best with the landscape I think.

- Thanks Dimitrij. I certainly will.

John Keates
04 April 2008, 05:56 PM
I love the etheral quality in the clouds and the way that, at the same time, they take on some of the mountain-like quality of the rocks.

I am imagining the figures quite small on here. I think that could add to the grandness of the design.

04 April 2008, 06:10 PM
The colors looks pretty cool. I like the clouds alot, how you almost made it to look like mountains. Majestic feel yet calming scene. Keep it up and good luck!

04 April 2008, 09:54 PM (

Stage 5, I guess this is a WIP now! I've added a planet (which might be a little to prominent) and started working the rocks a bit more. I'm not sure about the rocks on the left at the moment they might change drastically at some point. I desaturated the rocks to the right a little and added more detail. I'm thinking of either a first encounter scenario unfolding or possibly a we-all-live-together kinda deal. I toyed with the idea of alien riding human, or human riding alien but there's a few like that already. Thanks for looking!

04 April 2008, 12:30 AM
fantastic, the moon adds plenty to the scene!..the colours are sublime..

Crits. Yes the left hand rocks seem to be a litle too uniform, i find them quite distracting..but this is without the characters..who knows, they may actually help the scene when you paint them in..I think you can vary the cumulus clouds aswell, My mind races at the possibilities you could do with them :)..

great work now, bill.


04 April 2008, 01:11 AM
This is looking great. Those clouds are superb - they add a lot of drama to the image.

I like how you've got different kinds of rocks on each side of the image - the rough, natural rocks on the right and the more sculpted piled-up ones on the left make a nice contrast and add real interest.

Wonderful stuff :thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 08:34 AM
Thanks John, yes when I started I was in half a mind to make the formation into a mountain, but it seemed to work better as a cloud formation when I started painting it.

Thanks Ben, I'll certainly try :)

Hey Marley! Thanks mate :) I agree about the those rocks on the left I will have to work something out with that area for sure. At least one large figure will shadow that area I think, but we'll see. I was thinking of revisitng the clouds later on when I've nailed down the whole composition in full so I reckon you must be reading my mind right now :D

Thanks Mark, yeah I wanted to get a cross a contrast in the textures especially where the rocks are concerned. At the moment I'm not sure how the left side will turn out as I'm toying with a largish figure in a lot of that space. I'm thinking the best thing to do is try and make it work more before I place the figure.. we'll see :)

04 April 2008, 04:48 PM
Your work is amazing! I'm really impressed ;)

04 April 2008, 08:13 PM
This has a great sense of scale! I can't wait to see whats going in the foreground!

04 April 2008, 12:55 AM
This is a great setting pearlyking. About the characters, have you considered flying aliens/humans? That way the sunlight could hit them, and you could paint then with really rich colors to fit with the landscape.
Anyway, beautiful pallette. Keep it up!

04 April 2008, 01:42 AM
I think you can give your clouds a bit variation and subdue some of the blue hues at the bottom of them. Try to lessen the contrast of that background as well. I agree with Marlin about the rocks try to get those rocks to feel the same as the other rock formations in the environment. get them consistent with each other. I am waiting to see how the figures will fit in this space. Keep painting on. Your doing good I will be back to check your progress.:thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 06:12 AM
I very much like your painterly style. The moon in the background doesn't quite fit with it, though, and it looks a bit too much like the Earth's moon. You might want to paint over it a bit, both to disguise it and to help it to match your excellent foreground work.

04 April 2008, 03:49 PM
Many thanks Maurizio

Thanks Frederick I'll get working on it soon :)

I think that you are right Gerardo. I reckon that my figures would be confined to a shaded foreground if I didn't get at least one or two up in the air. I think that would make the composition more interesting too. Thanks for the suggestion :)

You're given me some good advice Bryce, and I've acted on it already. Hopefully my next post will fix some of those issues. Many thanks!

I agree Vikram and I've taken care of that for my next post. Thanks for your advice :)

04 April 2008, 08:50 PM (

Stage 6, took on board some advice and made some more changes. Varied the cloud formation and lowered the contrast for the background. Painted the planet a bit more. Changed the rock formation on the left to have some semblance to the one on the right (still have a lot to do on these rocks). Re-painted the two distant rock formations. Will most probally add one or two flying aliens to take advantage of the lighting, and will more than likely add some flora and fauna to make the foreground more interesting.. Thanks for looking!

04 April 2008, 01:35 AM
Looks nice . clouds are hard!.

I guess you are leaving the alien-human relationship for last!

waiting for more>!

04 April 2008, 01:44 AM
Bill, It looks awesome. Keep it coming!

04 April 2008, 03:34 PM
Remember that clouds have depth as well. You want to make those clouds feel like they are going back into space. So painting some clouds closer with a bit more contrast from the ones that are way way back in background, that have little contrast. Here is another thing you want to consider as well. It is totally fine to paint the forground a little more saturated as well as the sky color. Go look outside for a minute and really study your surroundings. Look straight up then look straight foward. You will see the transition of color in the sky. More saturation more contrast to less saturation to less contrast. Look at clouds when the sun is setting. You will see that they are more red than the top of the clouds. Pull that look off. It just takes referencing things and seeing how it really works then applying what you've seen into your painting or drawing. Looks better though, more unified. Bounce some of the blue hues into the rocks. Do it subtly though, or better use descretion when adding the blue into those rocks. This will give it a bit more realism.

04 April 2008, 09:13 PM
I love the amount of detail you have put into the clouds and rock. It is looking great! You got any ideas for the subject yet?

04 April 2008, 03:05 PM
Thanks Daniel, clouds are hard especially without references! Yes the figures will go in last but I'll probally make a few concept sketches of how they'll look.

Many thanks Anthony!

Hi Bryce, I really appreciate the advice you're giving and I'm taking it all on board, hopefully you'll see the results of this in the finished article - thanks!

Hey Andy! Yes I think I have the right idea for this scene now, so I'll probally sketch out the alien I intend using very soon.

04 April 2008, 03:10 PM
This landscape is truely stunning! I look forward to seeing where this goes. Best of luck!!!

04 April 2008, 11:45 PM (

Stage 7. Ok so I've worked the rocks on both sides and added some colourful lifeforms to brighten the place up a bit. I also added a couple of rocket trail cloud formations with a bit more colour.I was hoping this might give the background a little more depth (not sure if this works at the moment). I 've also added a little work at the top of the picture. I've got a story ready now and an idea for human alien relations. So I'll work on this now that I've got the stage almost ready! Thanks for watching!!

04 April 2008, 11:48 PM
Thankyou so much Kenneth, it is very much appreciated :)

04 April 2008, 04:33 AM
It's amazing what a few life forms can do to a landscape! They look really good. I like what you've done to those rocks too :thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 07:24 AM
Wow! I like the way this is developing. Very cool style too. So have you thought about what'll happen in the foreground yet?

Good luck!


04 April 2008, 05:13 PM
Thanks Mark, I tried them out and liked them so I guess they stay :D The rocks I'd say are about 90% done now :)

Hi Dimitrij, yes I will post a little concept sketch and work I've been doing later. Thanks for dropping by :)

04 April 2008, 10:25 PM
Very dramatic lighting! I love the towering cloud formations and the planet/moon.

04 April 2008, 01:20 AM
you are still keeping us in the dark about what the alien and humans are gonna look like and all that! Get very curious now. The little plant things really look good against that rock. The rocks look great by the way!

04 April 2008, 03:08 AM
Excellent colour and composition. Love the style, reminds me of the old 70's science fiction paintings. Looking forward to seeing how this progresses.

04 April 2008, 10:54 AM
Wow, you've done a great job with this. You're really capturing the alien environment perfectly.

Matt :)

04 April 2008, 11:17 AM (

Stage 8, OK so I've started roughing out my main alien creature, but for the moment I leave the human interaction as a little bit of a mystery. On another note I've added a litle alien twist to why some of the clouds are so colourful (rear end)Thanks for looking!

04 April 2008, 11:26 AM
Paul - Thanks, glad you like it :)

Andy- Hopefully my latest update will lessen the mystery a little more :D thanks mate!

Andrew - Thanks v much, I appreciate the compliment about the 70's SF style.

Matt - Thankyou, I hoped by not using references I would keep the feel more off-worldly.

04 April 2008, 01:52 PM
Nice Bill! This does make complete sense with the background, and it makes the most out of the pallete. Good job!

04 April 2008, 03:40 PM
YAY we have giant fart propelled bug alien!!! What more could one ask for? brilliant explanation for the clouds! Wicked

04 April 2008, 06:16 AM
Ohhhh, now that's explains the strange reddish clouds I was about to point out before you posted that new update! I can almost feel the Starcaft game vibe here (damn, that sequel couldn't come soon enough)

I would like to point out another crit here: at the top edge of the painting (the sky area). It seems that there's a bluish 'line' which doesn't seem so natural to me. It is as if the bluish area is framing the top part of the painting too obviously. Perhaps you can paint the purple part of the sky to go beyond part of the bluish area. Or maybe the bluish part is too saturated?

Great progress here, Bill! :)

04 April 2008, 10:29 AM
god, can you imagine stepping on this new alien planet admiring the scenes when you hear this monster gently break wind into the distant horizon??.hehehe. We're not on the planet Uranus are we?...sorry, my bad..Puns can be dangerous.

I Really appreciate how well you've rendered those gorgeous.

Such fine progress!!


04 April 2008, 10:34 AM
Hello Bill!

Don't get discouraged by the critics - I like your approach. But there are some small points that I would change:

1 - I know it's not intended but it looks as if there are clouds behind the planet or moon (?) I think the dark side of the planet should have aproximately the same value as the sky, I might be wrong but there was something about how moons look when viewed through an atmosphere...

2 - I would spread the conus of smoke emerging from the behind of the ship in the front a bit more.

I'm sure you'll change a lot anyway, since it's still WIP, but I thought I'd point some things out.

Keep it up!



04 April 2008, 11:55 AM
looking great, you've really addressed the depth of field.

i would agree that the darkest part of the planet should be the same as the sky colour. also maybe rotationg your moon so the light angle matches with the clouds.. i might be wrong :)

crazy creatures! on a mad gas powered migration! ace. though i'm sure it dosen't smell to good :D !
looking forward to updates, really working man :D

04 April 2008, 01:28 PM
Gerardo - Thanks v much I appreciate it.

Andy - hehe I like the idea too although I guess it can be seen as either fun or not really :D

Jerome - That's a good call, I only seem to see the line on my second screen so I think I might need to calibrate my screen a little better. I'll be revisiting this part of the picture when I merge in the planet a little more later on. I'll take care of it then. Thanks for bringing my attention to it :)

Marley - lol, the lengths I go to to explain a redish cloud!! Thanks mate :)

Dimitrij - Critiques are no problem for me. It's like having a third eye and it helps to get as many perspectives as possible when you're working on something new :) You are right about the planet and it was already on my to-do list. My original clouds splashed over a bit where the moon/planet sits over it. I like the idea of spreading the smoke I will try it out at some point. Thanks for dropping by and for your helpful advice :)

Alwyn - Thanks, I shall be getting to that moon pretty soon and now you mention it. I might have to review my lighting on the moon in relation to the clouds as well, it looks a little out, although that might change when the moon has more distance to it. I'll see how it looks after I work it a bit up there.

04 April 2008, 02:05 PM (

Stage 9, Spent some time detailing the alien getting things ready for the human interaction. Once the human element has been added I'll go round and tidy things up. Getting near the end now.. Thanks for looking!

04 April 2008, 06:50 PM
Hey, Bill. Nothing to crit from me, I'm just thoroughly enjoying this and wanted to subscribe so as not to miss any of your updates! Love the humorous way the aliens use 'thrust'. LOL.

04 April 2008, 12:17 PM (

Stage 10, I've added the human element to my human & alien interaction, but they will need a little more refinement. I think you should get the gist of what they're up to. I changed the far background to recede the planet a bit more, painted out the purple haze and did some work on the constellations (not sure if it works yet). Will now start to refine a little more here and there till I'm bored with it. Thanks for looking!!

04 April 2008, 02:42 PM
Wonderfull job on the rocks treatment, I really like your idea. More poetic than realistic.

04 April 2008, 06:09 PM
Looks like a lot of fun Bill and the planet looks far better now. Maybe you could add another guy on top of the rock formation waiting to jump over the bug; it would read very well against the light coulds and would be good for storytelling purspouses as well.

04 April 2008, 07:30 PM
Great start, Bill! I whish I could paint clouds and mountains like you do!

Good luck fellow!

04 April 2008, 08:15 PM
Great work, Bill! Love the rocks and the clouds and the planet now looks great!:thumbsup:

So what are these people doing? Taking a joy ride?



04 April 2008, 09:06 PM
I like the atmosphere. and your steam-insect :) looks really great.
I interrested to see what's next.


04 April 2008, 12:44 AM
Hehehe... I like it, you worked a lot in the background and it ended up just great, the blue sky stands up really nice.... Now I haven't read all the posts , so, is the alien some kind of transportation? if so I love it! but people would need to look more acustomed to hanging from tentacles home. it looks dangerous the way they do it.. Also the other aliens are maybe too small, I missed them for a while before I noticed them there.. but that could be just me :D

Anyway I like the result a lot! Cheeers!! !!

04 April 2008, 12:56 AM
haha...nice concept and great image. I like this kind of interaction. The humans seems to geting some kind of ride, it looks to me like a transportation system.

04 April 2008, 08:18 AM
Karyn - Thanks for watching :)

David - Thanks very much, yes I think I prefer an 'unreal' type of twist to the interaction :)

Gerardo - That's a really good idea! and it will work into the line of the composition perfectly. I will more than likely try that out at some point. Thanks!

Marco - Thanks very much, I'm quite pleased I managed to do them out of my head which hopefully gives them a more alien quality :)

Dimitrij - That's exactly what they're doing! I just think that it's quite typical of human beings to exploit something like this for their own amusement! Thanks for the feedback :)

David - Thanks very much, There's not much going to happen now, perhaps one more figure and a few more ground life forms.

Gabriel - I guess they're joyriding and yes in typical human fashion these guys are risking their lifes for the mere thrill of it :D Thanks for the feedback on the smaller lifeforms too I'll see if I can make them standout a little more when I'm refining. Thanks again I appreciate it :)

Asparuh - Yes they're taking advantage of a phenomena of this planet and in typical human fashion are exploiting it to the max! Thanks for looking :)

04 April 2008, 10:05 AM
awesome work Bill, it gets better and better .... good luck :)

04 April 2008, 11:28 AM
yay ace. it's like some kind of extreme sport ! gas bug dangling! where do i sign up ? :Dgreat work man.


04 April 2008, 01:21 PM
nice work so far mate I like the idea too it is so unique keep going :scream:

04 April 2008, 06:50 PM
Bill, It is coming along very nicely since I last looked. I really like how your composition flows and your sense of humor is spot on for me! Excellent! I'm looking forward to your future installments:)

04 April 2008, 08:02 PM
Very nice Pearlyking. It's comin' along nicely. May I suggest, you can better size the 'stars' on the ground to create a better feel of depth. The star in the lowest right might be even bigger?

04 April 2008, 10:34 PM
I think the issue I see right now is that your most saturated colours are in the background, and your foreground is too greyed out. For a better sense of depth maybe you could try reversing that.

04 April 2008, 10:28 AM
Yusuf - Thanks v much :)

Alwyn - lol, thanks man!

Antone - Thankyou!

Anthony - Thanks very much, it's almost done now so there might only be a couple more installments.

Drew - Thanks, I've enlarged that star by about 50% for my next update. Good call!

Kevin - I kinda agree, I actually saturated the front rocks on my last painting session to give the path more of a leading in motion. Hopefully you're see that on my next update. Thanks for the suggestion.

04 April 2008, 11:57 AM
hah they sort of remind me of people trying to keep hold of a runaway hot air balloon and not having any luck. Excellent concept.

04 April 2008, 02:22 PM (

Here's the background story : They say the cloud bugs of Ross 154 excrete a potent hallucinogen if you stimulated their tentacles for any prolonged amount of time. I guess that's why gas-riders have the highest mortality rate in the 'extreme' sports groups.

Stage 11, OK so I've saturated the front a little, refined the rocks a bit more and tidied up the humans. I added a little guy on the rock and enlarged the star life-form at the front. I also up'd the saturation and lightness by about 9% for the whole image (see if that works). At this stage I'm not sure there's anything more I can do without over working it. So I'll take a rest and call it 'finished for now'. Thanks as ever for looking - viewing size is larger this time!

04 April 2008, 04:03 PM
Hey! This is getting better and better! And sooo funny!! I love the guy who stands on the cliff ready to catch the tentacle LOL...

The change in saturation (foreground - background) was also a very good tip, and it looks great now.

Thanks for the fun, mate!


04 April 2008, 04:13 PM

loving the details / story :)


04 April 2008, 04:47 AM
surely one of my favs! :p :love: i can find many things here ;
depth, colour, story, style, detail ..
since you've added a lot of detail to the cliff on lower right, somehow it's a little faint, maybe increasing the contrast will enhance that area some more..
me can't wait to see the final image! :eek: :bounce:
cheers my friend! :beer:

04 April 2008, 12:28 PM
Andy - Thanks mate!

Dimitrij - Thanks man, I think I'm almost done now :)

Alwyn - Thanks v much, most appreciated :)

Neville - Thanks! I really appreciate it. I think you have a good point about the rocks to the right hand side, and especially I'm thinking making them more consistant with the rocks on the other side. I think that will do it and I can call it finished. Thanks again :)

04 April 2008, 02:56 PM
I :bowdown: your painting skill and like your style, it reminds me of illustrations I used to admire on SF-novels as a kid in the 80s. Cool and original tentacled "alien-torpedo" you developed. Good luck and :thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 08:57 PM
Awesome dude. This is frog-licking taken to an extreme. lol.
Now go take a well deserved rest ;).

04 April 2008, 10:25 AM
Vastroslav - Thanks very much, I guess I'm very much a child of the seventies and eighties myself :)

Gerardo - Lol, I was gonna mention frog licking in my little story line but I thought it was pretty self explanitory :D Thanks for your suggestions throughout they've been really helpful. One more update and I'll give it a rest :)

04 April 2008, 06:26 PM
Hi Pearlyking

Very fun concept. Good colours, above all the alien bug texture. I like it a lot.

Best wishes for you.

04 April 2008, 08:42 PM
awesome! really nice color palette ,the green dude is just perfect! all the small changes in saturation makes the image betterit' s really almost done..if i can suggest will be justa bit of hazy brightness in the far horizon sky and mountain just under the orange shirt justa bit goin to the color u have in the highlights of the rock ..anyway very very good!

04 April 2008, 08:38 AM (

Story: They say the cloud bugs of Ross 154 excrete a potent hallucinogen if you stimulated their tentacles for any prolonged amount of time. I guess that's why gas-riders have the highest mortality rate in the 'extreme' sports groups

Background: I guess I have a cynical view of humanity. Once I had thought about an alien enviroment and the creatures that live there I only had to think about how we would exploit that!

Update: Detailed the right hand rocks and added a little haze behing them to finish.

04 April 2008, 09:12 AM
Hey, how about adding some spectators running along the path down there to watch? This way, we could have some cool depth of field using the humans as a visual aid, from foreground to background.

Some of them could be climbing up the rock mounds to join in the fun as well. We still have plenty of time left! :)

04 April 2008, 12:24 PM
That's a wild, exciting image. I love it!

04 April 2008, 12:42 PM
looks really cool and I agree with mdavid I love it

04 April 2008, 01:13 PM
Iban - Thanks v much :)

Matthieu - Thanks very much. I followed your suggestion slightly whilst I was refining the rocks on the right. I think it does help the overall perception.

Jerome - I really like your suggestion. I kinda did the perspective without guides so I will try it out and see if it works. It may well be that this isn't the last picture, but I will be taking a break from it for a little while :) Thanks for your input :)

Mark - Thankyou so much :)

Antone - Thanks, I really appreciate your words :)

04 April 2008, 07:02 PM
Wow, this is an excellent image, I really like the alien atmosphere you've created here! Congratulations on the final image. :thumbsup:

Matt :)

04 April 2008, 11:40 AM
Well done! I love all the motion going on in this image and the mood that you have captured with your palette.
So you have finished with four weeks remaining until the deadline. :surprised
I have to get my skates on!

Good luck!

04 April 2008, 09:54 AM
Matt - Thanks v much, I appreciate all the support you've given me through this :)

Paul - Thanks, I still have 4 weeks to change it if the mood comes over me I guess :)

04 April 2008, 02:17 PM
you made it. those clouds and ground very hard indeed. love those guys hanging. one of my favorites. great scale as well.!

good luck !

04 April 2008, 07:18 PM
Great final image, mate! Congratulations! Love the whole idea :):thumbsup:


04 April 2008, 03:41 PM
Daniel - Thanks v much :)
Dimitrij - Thanks mate :)

04 April 2008, 03:46 PM
bravo Bill well done! congrats on this very trippy image !very very nice one:beer:

04 April 2008, 02:01 AM
Hi Bill ! :wavey:
Thanks so much for the support! About your entry the color's development are done in a great level of professionalism! I really like all the people and alien concepts you have done, the flowers that look like starfish are awesome! I am sure you got all your ideas together since the Final does look as it! , Iíll be here to support you for sure if there's a change in your mind, or mood as you mentioned, hope you wonít because this looks so from other world! Excellent!:scream: And sorry for dropping by to your thread so late! :sad:

04 April 2008, 01:56 PM
WOW! When i look the very first time at your image (5 mins ago)...i asked myself what damn meaning have that cool scene..
Something reminds me some sort of extreme experience...then i read the story...
in one word...great.
After reading i felt that "already" a good idea makes good images...
ur stuff are well designed and very well coloured also.
COol coOL StufF!

04 April 2008, 09:16 AM
Mathieu - Thanks very much, I guess trippy is the perfect description :D

Axel - Thankyou I very much appreciate your words :)

Fabio - I'm really glad you like my idea and my rendering :) Thanks, it's most appreciated.

John Keates
04 April 2008, 10:15 AM
Really nice!! I love the concept and the excecution is great too. You 2d guys are making me wonder why I am bothering with all this 3D nonsense.

04 April 2008, 12:27 AM
This is such a fantastic image, not only I do love the concept, but also the colour choice and composition. It has a real classic Sci -fi illustation look about it, it reminds me of the golden age of sci-fi illustation (the 70's). Superb!:thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 12:33 PM
Yea, agreed, it really does feel lik ea classic illustration of old.

Bloody dumbasses after their next fix..The bane of civilization :wip:

gratz on your entry bill..One of my favourites


04 April 2008, 04:33 PM
Whoa, what did that bug eat? Cool concept with great execution!

04 April 2008, 07:48 PM
Great entry Pearlyking. I agree with a previous poster... a real nice trippy pic :-) - Great style also. Good Luck with this bud.

04 April 2008, 09:23 AM
John - Thanks v much, it's funny I wish I could do the 3d thing but I'm really crap at it!

Andrew - I appreciate that very much I do love retro styles when it comes to fantasy and sci-fi :) Thanks!

Marley - Hey, you hit the nail on the head. It's typical of human beings to exploit any opportunity for a free high! Thanks mate!

Peter - I was thinking that they eat the toxic gases and 'fart' out non toxic ones :D Thanks for coming back for another look!

Drew - Cheers I appreciate that v much!

04 April 2008, 03:30 PM
Your entry is one of my favorites for this contest. The scene is great. Now for the critique,
you need to really take the the characters and bring out their emotions, actions, and story.. etc.. The landscape is telling the story, not the characters. look forward to seeing htis one finished.

04 April 2008, 08:55 PM
Very nice story and great image.
You tried to apply the sharp filter?
perhaps the result is interesting.

04 April 2008, 08:09 AM
Brian - Thanks for your input! I'm still scratching my chin about adding another character to the mix to balance the landscape, so far I haven't come up with much :( There might be another update left in me though. Did you have something in mind?

Marcos - The full size image is pretty sharp, but maybe I should use the unsharpen mask a few times and see what happens. Thanks for the suggestion!

05 May 2008, 02:54 AM
Hey Bill, love that image!! Really great!! Awesome enviroment and light for the whole painting, great feeling and style on it!! :thumbsup: Congratulations for this awesome artwork!! Cheers mate!! Time for a really well deserved cold beers!! :beer:

05 May 2008, 08:43 AM
hey man! great image
been a pleasure workng along side you :)

best of luck mate,


05 May 2008, 01:38 PM
Fernando - Thanks man! I will have a few cold ones I think :)

Alywn - The pleasures mine too. I've enjoyed every second of this challenge, especially watching all the progress of all the other entrants :)

06 June 2008, 03:18 AM
This turned out real nice. Congrats man.

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