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03 March 2008, 08:38 PM
Tiziano Baracchi is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Fatamorgana (

03 March 2008, 08:50 PM
Hello, everybody!

Here we go again, with another great topic to explore, best of luck to you all and, most of all, have fun!:arteest: :beer:

03 March 2008, 11:55 AM
Hey it's always great to see you in these challenges. I have no doubt you'll dazzle us with another superb entry. Good luck mate!

03 March 2008, 07:51 PM
Thank you so much for the vote of confidence and the well-wishes, my friend. :)

Please, tell me you are entering as well, it wouldn't be the same without you!

03 March 2008, 12:17 AM
Please, tell me you are entering as well, it wouldn't be the same without you!
You're very kind :)

I don't know. It depends on how much time (and also energy) I can spare. But I'll definitely be dropping by to watch

03 March 2008, 12:18 AM
*waves at Thaldir , I might have to give this one a shot

03 March 2008, 06:38 PM
Believe me, Mark I can relate fairly well, well, at the very least I'll hope for some of your always well thought advice, deal?

Waves back to Linda, Hey, just saw your thread, 'once more onto the breach, my friends!' ;)

03 March 2008, 06:39 PM (

Here I am with the fisrt alien's concept sketch...

If you think she looks somewhat familiar you are right, this lady is a Zeron, and you may have seen some of her people in my 'Alien Triad'(or my avatar ;) ) .
Zeron have kept me company, in my dreams, since I was a teen, and looks like they are changing and evolving with time.

03 March 2008, 07:22 PM
And the figure is pretty expressive. I wonder what is she wearing(or is she at all). Is it just her skin tone and armored body plates growing from it? Or this is some sophisticated costume for body protection?

03 March 2008, 07:44 PM
Great start, amazing detail for a concept sketch. Look forward to seeing more :)

03 March 2008, 09:10 PM
Hey Tiziano, nice to see you again in other challenge my friend :D Great initial concept. Like a lot the gesture and pose, cool. Cheers :beer:

03 March 2008, 10:30 PM
The color and atmosphere on her is great. Looking forward to finding out what type of situation she gets herself into.

03 March 2008, 10:35 PM
Its a novel concept really, concept pieces looking like actual finished pieces..Jeez i dunno :)..very sensuous figure, awesome start Tiziano :).


03 March 2008, 12:19 AM
Too sexy... the pose, the atmosphere but the head remind me a Predator-like alien...

03 March 2008, 02:22 AM
Great start! The scribbly texture across the skin is unexpected, and very effective. Your skills in figure drawing are always impressive

03 March 2008, 02:31 AM
Great sketch! I think sexy blue alien babes are a staple in any teenage boys daydreams...or they should be. I enjoy the sort of "iridescent" marbling texture along her body.

03 March 2008, 03:13 AM
whoot, is she sexy or what? Great sketch and very nice coloring.

03 March 2008, 03:35 AM
A sketch that is out of this world, so much is expressed and implied. Beautiful work so far.

03 March 2008, 06:43 PM
Well, thank you! I'm glad she meets with such approuval. :)

organnah you got it right at the first try, all her 'clothing' (helmet included) is really part of her body.

BaronImpossible, LightSovereign LOL! I I meant to do a simpler study, really, but I found I couldn't let her go until I got to this point...happy she intrigues you.

Ferx, SFedor Thank you so much! Hope you'll like what will follow.

Markphisto Really happy you see her this way, in fact Zeron are both seductive and predatory

mdavid, ScottC thank you! The texture is the main change from my previous interpretation of the Zeron, I'm happy you find it effective, they have a physical form but are also energy beings , so I tried to have some sort of 'inner energy' showing through.

grafixsuz, JuanManuel Thank you! Hope you'll follow the developments.

03 March 2008, 06:47 PM
good stuff,ur concept sketches look almost like a finish art,nice details:)

03 March 2008, 07:02 PM
Thank you Michael! I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll come up with, hope we both will have time to finish! :)

03 March 2008, 11:27 PM
Yay, Thaldir is here! Most awesome to see you in the challenge. Your aliens are always so delightful. :twisted: I will be keeping an eye on your work as usual, O great master! Good luck!

03 March 2008, 09:01 PM
Oh my, Bronwen! The confidence vote is really, really appreciated but I think I need still quite a bit of experience (CG-wise) before daring to think of such a title. :)

Feel free to drop by at any time :) , I'm finishing a commission but in a couple of days I'll be ready for an update here.

03 March 2008, 08:49 AM
Fascinating start ! I will definitely stay tuned ! :thumbsup:

03 March 2008, 10:59 AM
very sexy! the skin textures are really cool!

03 March 2008, 11:02 PM
Thank you, Peter & Arianna !

Now that I've finished the commission I was working on, I should be able to post an update soon. Another alien concept related to the Zeron but definitely less "sexy".:twisted:

03 March 2008, 12:58 AM
While your skills are impressive, I feel like the provocative female form has been done to death in sci-fi art. It's almost a cliché. You might want to try something else. Just my two cents.

03 March 2008, 04:25 AM
Looking forward to what you are going to show us next. :scream:

03 March 2008, 04:32 AM
looking very the colours and the textures...

03 March 2008, 11:50 AM
vmulligan thanks for the compliment, you are right, of course, about the babes (although I see them more as a 'classical' subject, like the hunky, loin-cloth clad barbarian), but keep in mind that this was just a body study with a pose I like. The mood won't be necessarily the same ( in fact it won't be the same at all).

Nekomouse, thank you! Just a bit more of patience...I'm working on it. :)

Cyberone Thank you! The texture was the main development from my previous Zeron version, looks like it's here to stay. ;).

03 March 2008, 08:03 PM
It looks great,looking forward to see more.

03 March 2008, 09:52 PM
wooohoooooooooooo! :eek: :bounce: hey bro!! :love: rockin, sexy, cool concept!! :love: me waiting to see this one evolve!! great to see you here bro! missed ya a lot! :cry:

03 March 2008, 02:07 PM (

And here comes the first sketch, a bit later than expected but RL has started intruding already.

As you can see I went for one of the 'classical' human-alien interactions of golden age SF. The two human maquis seems to be in for a nasty surprise...

...I did tell you that Zeron are shape-shifters, didn't I? ;)

I'd really appreciate your input, particularly composition-wise

03 March 2008, 02:11 PM
Nevs, pal, I'm sorry! I posted on your thread, then the forum started getting reaaallly slow and I didn't answer here... :(

Very, very happy to see you in the Challenge, you have been sorely missed. :)

03 March 2008, 02:22 PM
The composition's pretty good - the main focus on the left and the clustered secondary focus on the right. The main alien is just a bit close to the border left and top.

Slight problem with the pattern on the floor - wouldn't the tiles be square on to the column base?

03 March 2008, 02:40 PM
Whoa! This is getting really cool! She's shapeshifting on the sketch, right? Looks nice!

03 March 2008, 03:14 PM
BY witch software is this great sketch made?

I realy like this style of drawing.

03 March 2008, 03:28 PM
That is looking awesome! My only beef with the composition at the moment is that the standing man is very dark and that was the very first thing my eyes were drawn to, rather than the Zeron girl. If this is your intent that is cool. I don't know what colour scheme you are going for, but perhaps if the Zeron girl is in a warm colour it would draw attention to her first?

03 March 2008, 08:13 PM
a winning formula, Tiz :D bloody great a;ready, very photorealistic


03 March 2008, 08:26 PM
ya man i agree. this ls looking like it will be one of the top images in this contest.
I have to agree with Neko as well about the man in black being way too dark and
a bit distracting at the moment.
Im really digging that Female though :p hehe......
speaking of which i think i might make the boobs on my female character bigger now lol

03 March 2008, 09:19 PM
amazing concept and love the composition, can't wait to see the final

03 March 2008, 10:02 PM
This is looking fantastic. There's a real sense of story and intrigue about this image which draws the viewer into the scene. Oh yeah, and it's done beautifully too! I agree with Simon about the floor tiles being at an unusual angle against the bases of the columns. By the way, I really like your use of lighting, especially making use of the dark shaded bits for contrast - that adds a lot to the drama of the scene and perfectly matches that golden age sci fi look you describe. Bravo!

03 March 2008, 07:32 AM
Hey Tisiano you seems to be really inspired , the Zeron lady got beautiful colors and you already got your image . Good lusk my friend .

03 March 2008, 10:22 AM (

Thank you very very much for all your comments, suggestions and wonderful encouragement !

Here is the, slightly revised, sketch:

Baron, Mark I've given a bit more space to the main Zeron and changed the pattern on the floor.

Nekomouse and Dragot: I've toned down the standing maquis, hopefully he fits better (and yes, the Zeron will be warm, she's a red one).

Pegahoul, yes, she is 'shifting on the spot, I'm glad it reads right.

DonRallo thank you! It's Painter with a bit of detailing in Photoshop.

LightSovereign, Jupy, scala, thank you so much, happy you like!

03 March 2008, 11:42 AM
Wonderful stuff. The little changes are excellent. This is already a really cool illustration. By the way, I love the way you've done that little bit of shine on the foreground column :thumbsup:

03 March 2008, 12:10 PM
Definite improvement, looking really good so far :thumbsup:

03 March 2008, 04:33 PM
now thats neat:)nicely toned overall,i
* will fit in time to finish this for sure:)

03 March 2008, 05:44 PM
Actually... hmm. I think the guy was better shaded in #33. I think the reason he looked too dark was because the pillar beside him is too bright. He's meant to be secretive, merging into the shadows, and now it looks like he's standing out in the sunlight.

Just my thoughts, it's still coming on excellent :thumbsup:

03 March 2008, 07:03 PM
Thank you Michael. :)

Baron, thank you so much, that's extremely helpful. :)

03 March 2008, 07:13 PM (

Here comes the very first color study, nothing is set in stone right now color-wise, even though I do think that the Zeron girl will do well in red.

According to the Baron's suggestion I darkened a bit the central pillar (and the standing maquis with it) opinions?

03 March 2008, 09:16 PM
Looking like a photo there, Thaldir :O..loving the shading on the right pillar! yea..its a nice refreshing ambience from all the hyper colours of my work and others..

Great effort!


03 March 2008, 10:29 AM
Quite an interesting setting, great work on the shading, keep it up.

03 March 2008, 10:48 AM
Looking awesome Thaldir.
I do like her in red!

03 March 2008, 05:55 PM
LightSovereign, teq, Nekomouse thank you!

...hmmm, if no one objects, I think the color scheme could be this one, then :). Will do my very best not to lose in color anyone of the good points the sketch had, feel free to rap my knuckles if I do. :)

03 March 2008, 08:00 PM
I like this scene! Good viewing angle!...
I can not wait to see more!

Good luck!

03 March 2008, 09:32 PM
Yep, it's looking good. Some very natural poses and good composition.

One minor crit, I think the lighting is a little bright in places; the blue light on the left-most pillar especially. All I'll say now is look at the woman's right arm and also at the floor - that's the ambience and hue I think you should be aiming for.

Keep up the good work, it's on its way to being a winner!

04 April 2008, 03:43 PM
There's a nice sense of anticipation about this piece. Keep it going it's an interesting theme.

04 April 2008, 04:27 PM
morganvillette Thank you, :) working on it!

BaronImpossible thank you, Simon, will pay particular attention to the lights thank you for your keen eyes and support!

Pearlyking thank you so much! Glad the mood works for you. :)

04 April 2008, 10:32 PM
I like the layout overall, you have a nice diagonal line running from left top to bottom right. You do need a quarter inch more space on the left and the top or crop into the female character to perhaps create more presence of action. Unlike other comments, my eye first goes towards the kneeling guy he is the only one outside of the diagonal vision line. The girl is the last visual factor though, and as I believe you mean for her to be the focus, you might want to mix things up to refocus the eye.

04 April 2008, 01:18 AM
I can't offer any crits. Just wanted to say this is looking fantastic

04 April 2008, 11:59 AM
SFedor, thank you for the comment and the suggestions. :)
I'm working on colors right now, I think I'll wait until the whole colors are there to decide about 'focus' adjustments (for instance, the girl's red is likely to be stronger, and as such to change things a bit).

I've kept each character on a separate layer for now, so adjustments won't be a problem, even though done a bit later.

Mark, thank you my friend, it's always a pleasure to see you here. :love:

04 April 2008, 12:42 PM (

Since I'm really scared of messing up what good there was in the sketch, I'm going to post quite a lot of steps for the color passes, I think...

Here is the latest porogress, I've warmed a bit the light on the right-side pillar as per suggestions and I've worked on the far /middle background (up to the central pillar), defining and refining the shapes and the architectural elements.

Next will be the foreground, last the characters...

04 April 2008, 01:59 PM
ciao tiziano,
I like the situation you propose in this work.
It inspire diffidence cause no one look the same target :)
good challenge...

04 April 2008, 06:39 PM
Grazie, Salvo ! It is good to have another Italian on my tread !

In effetti, penso che una razza aliena mutaforma sia perfetta per un atmosfera da "non fidarti di nulla perchè nulla è come sembra...".

04 April 2008, 09:51 PM (

Some more work done, took me most of the evening to paint the central pillar but I'm rather happy with it...

04 April 2008, 09:55 PM
and a detail

04 April 2008, 10:04 PM
ever more relaistic, thaldir!~ just noticed the cloaked figures out the back there, they really add to the ambience especially!.

Sound progression!


04 April 2008, 08:15 AM
Very nice developement indeed ! :)

It is tense and dramatic ! What are the true intentions of the aliens ? What will happen to the poor humans ?

I am also very curious about the "lady" transformation and the way you wil rappresent it :bounce:

04 April 2008, 03:22 PM
Oh wow, that is amazing. I love the sheen on it. This is probably a really noob question but how do you get it so smooth (without the brushmarks), do you smudge it, or use smaller brushes, or something else?

04 April 2008, 05:32 PM
Marley, thank you! I'm trying to pay special attention to the ambience (together with composition), I'm really happy to know you like it.

Arianna, thank you! Yes, I tried to capture a sort of mid-point in the story, to have the viewers wonder and, possibly, make up their own developments.
The Zeron lady will be the last to be refined, hope you'll like my take on the transformation.

Bronwen, thanks! Well, on a different layer in screen mode I painted the the shiny parts with a soft brush using the pillar's lighter color, then I applied a slight gaussian blur and adjusted the opacity. That's it. :)

04 April 2008, 11:10 PM
I agree with badoero. Tense and dramatic. This image really inspires the imagination. You're going brilliantly

04 April 2008, 06:46 AM
Thanks, Mark ! Another update is coming, soon !

04 April 2008, 12:24 PM (

Here it is.

Now on with the characters

04 April 2008, 12:02 PM (

I've started working on the characters. Here is a more advanced (but still in need of refining of course) color pass on the red alien during her transition from human to zeron form.

04 April 2008, 12:20 PM
This is coming along great. The detail is excellent, especially the stone pillars :thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 01:16 PM
looking good ... looking forward for the next update .. keep it up :thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 02:17 PM
Just amazing. It just keeps getting better and better. The stone work texturing is superb. In fact all of your texturing is superb. I'm really enjoying the progress of this image

04 April 2008, 08:49 PM
Simon, thanks! Glad you approuve, thanks for the suggestion about the light.:)

Nightwoodwolf thank you! :) Working on her right now, that transformation isn't easy to pull off...

Mark :blush:, thank you! I've been focusing on textures recently, I'm really happy it shows. Hope you'll enjoy it till the end. :)

04 April 2008, 09:27 AM
liking the character design. scenes really coming together too! sweet.

04 April 2008, 12:48 PM
Thanks, Neubius ! :)

04 April 2008, 08:47 PM (

Still working on the red zeron and her transformation...

04 April 2008, 12:10 AM
awesome colour work Tiz! :love: the crimson tone really works well here!
i wonder if she'll be sporting a metallic sheen?? :p really curious to see the next steps! :eek:
rock on bro! :beer:

04 April 2008, 01:55 AM
Hi, Thaldir. You seem to be on your way with this illustration. I was wondering about the point of view in your composition. Maybe it could be interesting to put the eye (or the camera as you wish :) ) just behind your main character, that could strenghten the impact of the picture. That could focus the line force of the perspective directly in the action. By this way the "main focus point" of your picture could be the same one for your characters and..for us :) (I don't know if I'm clear enough with my poor english)

04 April 2008, 06:48 AM
Okay here are my thoughts. I think this wonderfully painted as always. Composition is not bad. I think the Alien girl could have a weapon of some sort in her hand maybe and it she could be holding it up, like she is ready to merc someone. Those 2 shiny metal people, in my opinion is not interesting. I think you could add more to the story by having someone there of high importance walking away or walking towards us. Try to design this person in a way that he/she/it stands out. Maybe some guards to surround the character as well. Anything that can give these characters some love juice. I love the realism though pillars floor and background are painted nicely. Later dude. Hope anything I've said helps. :thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 06:55 AM
Always liked your avatar and I like the girl's design now, it must be great to be able to use the characters you have worked on and know well for the challenge!!
I think it's good that not much of her face is visble now, but maybe you could make the part covering that area a bit more transparent, fading, like the in 'ear circle', so you could get just a hint of her eye to show the human side of the transformation still there.

Great work so far, you're really ahead with it!:cool:

04 April 2008, 12:41 PM
Hey, Nevs, thank you, bro!
Not quite a metallic sheen, rather more like coleopter's sheen, those scales are hard but organic. Working, working...

Luter, thank you! :) I'm not really sure if I got what you meant (I'm not an English native speaker, either), but to change the whole point of view at this point would meant to restart from scratch, and given that I'm working a day-job and free-lancing in addition to doing the challenge it's something I've no way of doing this time. Will try to pay special attention to the focus though.

beelow, thanks for coming! :)
You are perfectly right on the secondary Zeron characters, at the moments those are there more or less as placeholders (and color checks), I hadn't thought about having one of them as a big dignitary, that's a great idea! I'll definitely use it, thank you so much!

SteevieWoo, Thanks, Steevie! Glad you like the Zeron, they've been keeping me company for a long while and this Challenge was perfect to define them properly, at long last. I'll certainly try out your suggestion, it's very important to have the transformation working right, and I'm in no hurry. :)

04 April 2008, 06:59 PM
Hi, Tiziano! Just stopping by to subscribe to your thread. The only thing I would have critiqued you on if I'd gotten here sooner is that I wish there was a little more breathing room around the edges of the canvas - especially at the top... It works as it is now, but I would have liked to see you play with it a little bit more to see if adding more space looked better. Anyway, enjoying your progress so far!

04 April 2008, 06:42 AM
Thanks, Nyrak ! It's good to see another "Portrait Adoption" member around here :wavey: .

Well, in the beginning (pencil, very rough sketch phase) I've played with the canvas size a lot for a long day of indecision between portrait and landscape, next between aspect ratios ending up (again) with a "wide screen" type one. Maybe I should have posted here that phase too. :blush:
Ok, next time, lady !

04 April 2008, 03:11 PM
The transformation is coming out nicely, good job!
Given the scene I see now, I think the canvas proportions are just good as they are: more space aroud could be distracting and move the attention of the observer away.

I concord with Beelow about the far group of aliens: a hint of some kind of action such as "patrolling the area" or "have you herd something ?" shoud improve the mood of the scene.

No weapon such a gun to the red one tough... too conventional. Maybe some sort of "natural" attack form like energy or lighting. Just my two cents.

Keep it up !

04 April 2008, 06:35 AM
Thanks, Arianna!
Yes, something more intense is definitely needed for the far alien group, I'll work on it.
I also agree with you that a 'simil-gun' weapon would be an anti-climax on her, will see if I can come out with something in character.:love:

04 April 2008, 10:24 AM

I really love your entry, the style is amazing and the color and texture feeling is really great!

Good luck!

04 April 2008, 04:47 PM
Thanks, SuperXCM ! Next update this weekend for sure :arteest: !

04 April 2008, 05:34 PM (

At last after juggling a bit of work I'm back on this one.

Some progress made on the red Zeron's shapeshifting, next in line are the other characters...

04 April 2008, 08:41 PM (

And here is the full scene. As suggested by Beelow and Badoero there are some 'new' Zeron (a bit more reactive ones) instead of the 'old' placeholders.


04 April 2008, 10:33 PM
hey bro!! :p :bounce: man! this has come a long way! :eek: if i'm not mistaken .. the two characters at the far end, right, they're in your portfolio as well ... alien triad :D
very creative indeed! love it! :love:

04 April 2008, 10:35 PM
it just clicked in my head .. maybe you can add more colour on the right side? in order to balance the image that way? ...

04 April 2008, 02:41 AM
Its all looking very swell, each individual element is rendered superbly. especially casting my eye onto the pillars..But my eye doesn't rest comfortably at the moment..just a bit too much fighting going on and its all the lighting..there is more importance to the rear characters than the mischievous humans..(realizing they are unfinished)..Id lighten the contrast of those rear characters a tad.

In any case very nice progress.


04 April 2008, 11:53 AM
Uhuh...conflicting advice...

Thanks for the comments Neville and Marley, tell you what? I'll bring the two humans to the same level of the Zeron (yes, Nevs, same species than those in Alien Triad) keeping in mind the color /contrast quandary and then it will be time to ponder on balance adjustments and other tweaks, it will probably be easier then, with all the characters at the same level of polish. :)

04 April 2008, 12:00 PM
Wow. I can't recommend anything. I love it. The texturing visible in the high-res version is wonderful

04 April 2008, 12:53 PM
The left part is already a beautiful piece ? I think you found something there . It's almost finished .Really interesting Tiziano .Your style is getting better and better .

04 April 2008, 06:04 PM
Well, Mark & Eric, THANKS ! I'd like to be a bit more articulate, but such straightforward praise has left me speechless, I just hope the finished piece will be up to your expectations.

04 April 2008, 06:59 PM
Hey Tiziano, you've made a lot of amazing progress since I last stopped in. And I see that this is only the halfway mark, I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us. Great work man!

Matt :)

04 April 2008, 02:01 AM
Uhuh...conflicting advice...

Thanks for the comments Neville and Marley, tell you what? I'll bring the two humans to the same level of the Zeron (yes, Nevs, same species than those in Alien Triad) keeping in mind the color /contrast quandary and then it will be time to ponder on balance adjustments and other tweaks, it will probably be easier then, with all the characters at the same level of polish. :)

actually i didn't think so, we both homed in on the same area..try one or the other..but admit that neville's idea might be the answer.


04 April 2008, 03:30 AM
Wow! Fantastic work. I love the shapeshifting concept.The only thing that sticks out to me is the green alien chicks pose. It seems too posed, almost unatural compared to the rest of the characters. SHe seems like she's posing for the camera, or a photo shoot. That's my two cents worth. Fantastic job.


04 April 2008, 08:09 AM
Hi Tiziano,

I knew I will find you here :)!

Like very much your concept, specially the shape shifting. The foreground that is in the process of changing the shape is amazing!
I like the way you use colours: cool blues and greens on the background and worm colors on the foreground. It gives the image depth and dimension.
Another thing I like that you have placed humans between aliens... Like in the trap...
And like very much the details on the pillars, specially the one on the right side foreground!

Well, no less expected from you, Tiziano :scream:.

Good luck, my friend!

04 April 2008, 07:49 PM
LightSovereign: actually i didn't think so, we both homed in on the same area...

Sorry if my answer was unclear, Marley! I'll definitely work on that area, it was the 'lower contrast/add color' that I was referring to as (somewhat) conflicting advice, anyway, I'm sure to do something there before the next update. :)

sasquatch70: ciao! And thank you. :), I see your point with the green girl, will try and come out with something more natural for her.
musi Thank you my friend, always happy to see you!:love:I'm really, really glad that you like my attempt this much, hope I won't blunder at this stage... you're welcome to keep me in line, just in case ;)

04 April 2008, 07:55 PM
Hi, Tiziano, this is looking great! THe woman in teh foreground totally reads as a shape-shifter, so that part's working well. I was going to comment on the pose of the female Zeron, but Sasqutch just got there first. :) The only other crit I can think of is that it might be nice, when you get around to refining the humans, to give them more "science-fictiony" looking guns. But great rendering so far on everything you've touched - the front shape-shifter and the columns especially. Keep on going with it!


04 April 2008, 10:09 PM
Hey Thaldir. :) Your style is easy to spot. Superb work like always. Rock on :bowdown:

04 April 2008, 12:33 AM
Hey Tiziano, I only can say... awesome!! :) Really great image. Love the misterious feeling and atmosphere in your scene. You have a great touch to move te viewer imagination, that is really cool my friend, and this illustartion is not the exception :D Great work!! Cheers!! :beer:

04 April 2008, 12:35 AM
Ma che bello! :thumbsup:
Continua così!

04 April 2008, 12:03 PM
walrus: thank you, Mike, will do! :)

MartinNielsen :blush: thanks! (works even harder)

Ferx thank you! Great to see you around, Ferx, thanks for the warm words. :)

Neo-x: grazie, Manuel! Bello vedere dei compatrioti su CG Society. :)

04 April 2008, 03:07 PM
Outstanding job on the red alien "morph" ! One of the most original concepts I've seen here, Tiziano.

The lights are wonderful too !

The pose of the green alien, as it is, is good and dynamic, but... yes the feeling she is traing to look cool on porpouse is there. Maybe less dynamic and more natural ?

Keep it up, I'm watching you ! (as always).

04 April 2008, 04:31 PM
Amazing work :drool:

04 April 2008, 05:13 PM
nice to see you here my friend!
great concept and it's seems always a good and interesting story in your works!
sorry for have no time to join this challenge with you this time, ha..
and wish you all the best!



04 April 2008, 09:51 PM
Arianna, I've been missing you. :love: Thank you so much for the wonderful words.
Yes, the green Zeron will be re-worked in a different pose, stay tuned! :)

Sycar, thank you so much! :)

Alon, my friend, thank you so much for your kind words and well wishes! I am sorry that you are not competing this time, but being too busy is a positive reason for not being in. :)

I hope we all will see what you are busy with. :)

04 April 2008, 04:01 PM (

Working on the green Zeron I came up with a couple of possibilities.

I'd love opinions on this: A, B or I'm totally off? :)

04 April 2008, 04:10 PM
A is looking into the right direction. B is more dynamic. I think.

04 April 2008, 04:50 PM
I vote for B

04 April 2008, 08:29 PM
I think B gives the image as a whole more variety in poses

04 April 2008, 08:40 PM
option B its more balanced, it adds depth in the composition..

04 April 2008, 08:49 PM
I vote A. Second one just seems too posed. It does not seem like she is in action. She looks like she is in heels. First one feels more natural.

04 April 2008, 09:18 PM (

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. :-)

Here we go again: I'm trying to strike a balance between dynamism and a natural pose. I changed slightly the position in B, any better?

04 April 2008, 09:49 PM
hey bro! :p looking awesome as ever:p .. me vote for 'A' :bounce:

04 April 2008, 01:06 AM
In both cases, I wonder how 'A' can't see teh guy standing only barely concealed by the columns. 'B' is facing away and clearly can't see him, lending more to the feeling of ambush. So I think 'B' works better for your story.

04 April 2008, 01:57 AM
Hi Tiziano, looks like I come in late! -A- looks like the green Zeron already spotted the man poorly hidden behind the pillar (They do that in the movies all the time! :D ). -B- works better. However, the male Zeron in both version looks like he already saw them both all along and is not reacting to it. As beelow has mentioned, the female in -A- has a more natural pose, so you can try to apply that to -B-.

Overall, the colour palette really fits the espionage mood and the setting is perfectly fitted. I am waiting to see you flesh out the 2 guys more. Keep up the great work and all the best!

04 April 2008, 07:54 AM
I vote for "B" or something similiar, i concord with Walrus: she works better for your story. And the white one could have been just warned telepatically by the red one or something like that, or simply have been hearing a suspect noise.

04 April 2008, 08:01 AM
I vote for A. The tension into the scene is more dense. Great image!:)

04 April 2008, 08:35 AM
I think B is the best of them. But in both cases it looks like they are already spotted.

04 April 2008, 08:46 AM
Hi for me there's more a circulation in the faces in the B .

04 April 2008, 09:25 PM
Thank you all for taking part in my little poll.

On the 'revised' one we have 2 votes for A and 5 for B (or similar), I think I'll follow the consensus and go with that one, maybe changing her a little bit (although she already looks more natural to me with only the right arm visible).

About the white one, yes, my idea was that either he was a 'knowing' bait and the whole setup is a trap or he has noticed/heard something and is about to react, I'm glad that his pose reads right (of course I had to complicate things for myself doing away with face expressions...).

If everything goes as planned , I'll have an update by Sunday night with at least one of the maquis at the same level of polish of the Zeron (maybe both).

*Warms up his wacom singing softly to himself: ' I'm just a slave, working, slaaaving away...'*

04 April 2008, 02:07 AM
Hey Tiziano, a bit late for voting... hahahahaha :D Ok, my vote is for "B" :D Think B work really great on your image story and atmosphere :) Cheers friend ! :beer:

04 April 2008, 08:14 AM
Thank You, Ferx ! Today I'll post an update with the "advanced color pass" of the standing human. Stay tuned !

04 April 2008, 05:19 PM (

Fixed the green alien, and here is a more refined version of the first of the two "poor humans".

04 April 2008, 07:11 PM
Almost forgot: I've also added a little device on the red alien right forearm ;) .

04 April 2008, 08:17 AM
Wow the human looks incredible. Your detailing is fantastic. Changing the green chick definately helped. I know it's a little late but I like her pose in A. She has that look like what the hells going on over there, or an alarmed suspicious look.I agee with some of the other critiques as in, you might want to slide the humans to the left a bit so their more concealed. Finish it up quick so you can help me with mine.LOl Excellent work.


04 April 2008, 08:24 AM
i totally agree! :p very realistic indeed bro! ... he's really got that assasin look thingy goin on ;)

04 April 2008, 04:12 PM
Thank you Brad and Neville! Advice followed and update posted. ;)

04 April 2008, 04:12 PM (

And now the second maquis has been worked on too, the standing one has been moved a bit more to the left, as suggested by Sasquatch70 (thank you!)

Unless more correction are needed, all that is left is the final refining...

04 April 2008, 07:15 AM
Yes, option "B" worked perfectly in my opinion and now that even the two humans are finished the composition is well balanced.

More refining you said ? What refining, the piece is gorgeous as it is and looks finished to me !

04 April 2008, 11:09 AM
Thanks, Arianna ! I'm happy to hear that composition is working: it's a very important point.

Some more refinement is needed but I'll try not too overdo it, promise ! ;)

04 April 2008, 09:44 PM
Hey Tiziano, your image really looks great!! Love the blue tones and light for the background zone. I think you need to put some blue lights over the zeron and the girl on the right part ( now you are working on the painting passes :D) Only a comment my friend :) Again, I really love great environment on your illustration!! Cheers !! :beer:

04 April 2008, 09:53 PM (

In my opinion, it is finished. Do you see anything that I missed?

And now the story.

After a long time the answer to 'Is there other sentient life in the universe?' has come, and Earth doesn't like the answer.

The Zeron are here, they are high energy, featureless shape-shifters. More than that, much like lichen they are the fusion of two species, to produce a new Zeron an 'energy seed' has to combine with another being, and humans have the highest compatibility.
Are they 'evil conquerors'? Would it be right to condemn them to extinction? Is there another solution?

These human maquis aren't concerned with
philosophical dilemmas, they believe they are fighting for human survival. Often, though, things aren't how they look.

04 April 2008, 10:12 PM
I can't see anything to crit :) It is beautiful Thaldir

04 April 2008, 10:17 PM
No crits from me :) Congrats :bounce: You did a fine piece (again).

04 April 2008, 12:40 AM
Looks great to me. I like your story too

04 April 2008, 05:04 AM
Hey Tiziano,
Theres only one thing that sticks out to me, and maybe it's because the resolution on the image is low right now. The tan guy with the helmet background right, it looks like a chunk from the square thing above him fell of and it's about to hit him ontop of his head. I hope that makes sense. Besides that wonderful piece. Brad

04 April 2008, 06:54 AM (

Thank you!
Fernando, I think we posted at the same you can see I had gone a slightly different way about light for the 'white/green'pair, hope that works for you.

Linda, Martin, Mark thank you my friends! :-)

Brad, you're perfectly right, it wasn't clear what the white thing was,the wall is in better shape now ;-) thank you!

04 April 2008, 09:24 AM
Hi Tiziano, I think maybe you should add a ray of light shining from the big window above the Zeron guy in the bg, similar to the one you have in your midground.

Other than that, really solid work! Congratulations!

04 April 2008, 12:26 PM
The drop of light onto the rear characters has made the image nicely!!, Beautiful work :)

A snapshot of Tiziano's mind :D



04 April 2008, 01:11 PM
Sorry I haven't dropped by in a while, Tiziano. I've had family visiting and been really busy. You've done a great job finishing this up. It looks terrfic!

As for crits, I agree with Jerome's suggestion of a sunbeam coming through the rear window like the one we see in the mid-ground. I also happen to think that the shadows on the midground figures - especially the green Zeron - feel too washed out and light for the rest of the peice. The foreground characters have nice dark shadows, but the clincher for me is the blue lady in the far background, even she looks nice and heavily shadowed. By contrast, the green lady feels like she's just getting too much bvounced light on her backside.

One other idea, not a crit per se but something that I think would look great: You have that strong hilight on the left by the shape-shifter's face and left shoulder. What about some light bloom there, a bit of a glow outside the boundeary of the sculpture? I think that would look great!

But the whole thing already looks great. Nice work! Now it's back to work for me...

04 April 2008, 05:54 PM (

Thank you Jerome, Marley and Mike, really appreciated. :-)

I've added the light on the blue one, as per general suggestion, worked a bit on the shadows in the middle ground and toned down the lights on the green, I've also added a bit of halo on the stone-head as you suggested, Mike (It's great to see you here, but please, don't feel bad about not commenting, I know how busy life can get).

Anything else, something overdone? :-)

One thing...I'll need a title and I haven't the foggiest, 'Ambush' is already taken...

04 April 2008, 06:40 PM
Beautiful artpiece Thaldir. The only thing I can say is, that window; dunno. Maybe rethink that shape; maybe change the hue of the 'sky' light. Maybe its the resolution, the actual pic being even more perfect; maybe its just me. - But really, a very nice piece of art.

04 April 2008, 08:41 PM (

Thank you, Drew.
The first idea was to imply/represent a certain level of damage to the building, but all in all it was limited to the breaching of the window and not really needed. Window has been repaired :-)
Also I've eliminated the statue that was just behind the red one's visor, I think it reads better now.

...And I'm still looking for a title.

04 April 2008, 07:35 AM
I think the fine tuning is over. The piece is finished and it's gorgeous ! You could rest now.

Colour palette, athmosphear, storytelling, composition: all works perfectly ! :thumbsup:

I concord with BaronImpossible: a winner !

04 April 2008, 04:30 PM
Hi Tiziano

sorry I am late!

it's really a great work,
so it' s very hard to give you some crit,
but only my personal opinion:

I think every thing is too clear here,
you can make some thing more further or not too eye-catching,
i divide some area,

1: area 1, can be more dark and blur, like cover a slight fog for
make it more further and reduce the contrast,

2:area 2, the back fo the pillars can be more
dark a little, now it's too clear, it can give it a slight fog too,
maybe reduce the reflection of it.
just a bit for viewers can more focus on the main characters,

3: you can give the left girl some shadow for separate her and the head sculpture,
and in the right side, maybe give it a slightly spot light will help the mood and make focus.

4: then it can give the two man some lighting in this area, because they are in the
dark area, some bright will enhance the focus,

that's only my think of, however, you did a great job!
cheers, hope you all the best in this challenge!
good luck mate!


04 April 2008, 04:33 PM
wow, I see you have done the spot light,
that's as the same as what I think,
great !


04 April 2008, 06:36 PM
Beautifull, I really like the way that you have combined the more clasical elements of the structures with the futuristic characters.

04 April 2008, 09:44 PM (

Andreas, thank you! I love the athmosphere that comes from mixing history with SF, I'm glad you appreciate it too. :-).

Alon, thank you so much for taking the time to come and give me such good advice, most of what you have suggested has been done (a couple of small things were done already thanks to some other precious advice) and I really like the result, here it is.

Given that the original story was posted a few versions back I think it is better to re-post it, here it comes:


After a long time the answer to 'Is there other sentient life in the universe?' has come, and Earth doesn't like the answer.

The Zeron are here, they are high energy, featureless shape-shifters. More than that, much like lichen they are the fusion of two species, to produce a new Zeron an 'energy seed' has to combine with another being, and humans have the highest compatibility.
Are they 'evil conquerors'? Would it be right to condemn them to extinction? Is there another solution?

These human maquis aren't concerned with
philosophical dilemmas, they believe they are fighting for human survival. Often, though, things aren't how they look.

04 April 2008, 04:33 PM
sensational finale Tiz!! :bounce: :p :love: even my senior at work had a good gawking session :D :D you really outdone yourself this time! :p all the best to you bro! congratulations! :thumbsup: :applause:

04 April 2008, 04:50 PM
Congratulations Tiziano Wonderful piece.

04 April 2008, 06:15 PM


04 April 2008, 08:34 PM
Hey Tiziano, really cool work! Great enviroment on your image with a great lighting mood! I really like that "mysterious" atmosphere feeling! Congrats on your finale!! And now is time for some ( or much :D ) cold beers!! Cheers mate!! :beer:

04 April 2008, 08:58 PM
Good work :thumbsup:
The concept's great, the composition's great but what I like most is your texture work it's brilliant.
good luck I think this could be a winner

04 April 2008, 09:35 AM
Thank you Nevs! And now I want to see your entry finished :arteest:

Merci bien, Eric! And yours too, m'sieur. ;)

Thank you, Arias! Anymore of your great concepts coming?
Beer is exactly what I need now, Fernando. :beer: , maybe with some nice music from your alien-human band in the background?

Thank you, Kieran. I don't really hope in a placement, but it would be a wonderful surprise...;)

04 April 2008, 07:26 PM
As a finishing touch, a few details (about 30-40 % of the working size, depending on which detail).

Ladies first ;)

The humans are definitely caught in between.

I heard something...

04 April 2008, 08:19 PM
Stunning work in every detail :thumbsup:

04 April 2008, 08:49 PM
OMG.:bounce: So delicately !Awesome work.

04 April 2008, 08:51 PM
I think you're close to finish now. :) By the way, are your still using your hot (or "average" as you call her) wife as reference?

04 April 2008, 01:51 AM
Just amazing. You've produced an image as beautiful as it is intriguing. Your use of dramatic light and shadows reminds me of the best of cinematographic lighting. This is a really strong entry in this challenge and I wish you all the best of luck in the judging

04 April 2008, 12:22 PM
Kerem, Arias thank you so much! lots of detail got lost posting the bigger image, I thought it could be good to show some of them :)

Martin, lol! My wife has been the critic audience (she is quite nitpicking and, most often than not, also right ) and the photographer (I posed for the two maquis, although I must say that I look nothing like either of them ;) ).

David, I think this is the highest praise I've ever received :blush:... A whole lot of the merit goes to the wonderful people who have followed my progress with suggestions, constructive criticism, encouragments and strong specific advice.

I don't know how this challenge will go, and one always harbors some hope in a competition, but the highest reason for me to take part in a Challenge (and take part I will every time, barring disasters), is the community: the great people I met, starting from the very beginning when I was a total newbie both to digital and to CGSociety, who freely and helpfully shared and keep sharing their knowledge and experience.

Thank you to all that crossed my Challenge path!

04 April 2008, 03:37 PM
Wonderful tension, wonderful drawing, wonderful light - OK - it's justwonderful, Tiziano.

04 April 2008, 08:58 PM
... and wonderful praise ! Thank You Nick ! :)

04 April 2008, 07:21 AM
Thanks for posting bigger "hotspots" of the scene ! As always your detailing is great. Really, it could be a movie shot, I can almost hear the heavy breath of the humans...

BTW, what is the actual size of the image ?

04 April 2008, 12:43 PM
Thank YOU, Arianna ! The original image size is 5200 X 2955 pixels, 300 DPI.

04 April 2008, 03:14 PM
nice image and nice textures. Good luck with your entry Tiz. Adding atmosphere really gave this image more drama to it. later.

04 April 2008, 08:48 PM
Congratulations Tiziano! it's really a masterpiece :)

04 April 2008, 04:53 AM
I can see a lot of work and passion has gone into this image, great detail and lighting!

Well done Tiziano!

04 April 2008, 11:56 AM
beelow, lauranonce, headtrip, thank you very much ! :love:

05 May 2008, 05:02 AM
nice color layout.beautiful work:)
and thank you posting my thread;)

05 May 2008, 12:27 PM
Tank You very much, notec ! :wavey:

05 May 2008, 01:32 PM
ya know , I can't remember if I posted after your last update :P This is fantastic work my friend. :)

05 May 2008, 05:59 PM
Thanks, Linda ! Always a pleasure to see you on my threads. :)

05 May 2008, 04:47 AM
Tiziano was a pleasure to follow your Wip . And I was sure at the moment I saw your First Alien Concept . :bounce:

05 May 2008, 10:40 AM
Thanks, Eric ! I'm honored. :)

05 May 2008, 10:01 PM
Yessai Tiziano!Great entry man!
Like that character in the foreground!
Hope I can be in with you guys next time again.
Good luck and all the best to you buddy!:beer:


05 May 2008, 11:09 AM
Thank you, Remko ! DW III has been a very demanding run !
I really hope to see you in the next challenge. :wavey:

05 May 2008, 12:04 PM
great work mate and good luck!

see you on the next one :)


05 May 2008, 05:22 PM
Thanks, Neubius ! Fingers crossed. :) Until the next one, then ! But I hope to see you around in CG Talk.:wavey:

05 May 2008, 01:28 AM
really good WIP and final indeed.
your image is so strong ! Thaldir
congratulations! : )

05 May 2008, 11:00 AM
Thank you, Arias ! :)

05 May 2008, 04:23 PM
excellent final result...
i feel the forground and background contrast could have been pushed a little more but its reall no prob...
would make a cool sci-fi book cover

05 May 2008, 06:25 AM
Thanks, Cyberone. I've tweaked and played with contrast a lot with many results and many different opinions, at the end I had to chose one, and, at least on my monitor, this option seemed to work best.

05 May 2008, 10:30 AM
Wow, such a situation we have here ! I'm very glad to see that you have included elements of our histotical traditon in the location of the scene, tweaking the atmosphere to give the right drama like a movie director. Ben fatto ! :applause:

05 May 2008, 12:26 PM
Grazie, Antenore!

The location (rather tweaked) is, in fact our San Zeno church, a wonderful example of Middle Ages architecture, IMO.

In my opinion, since we are lucky enough to have such artistic traditions in our continent it is both beautiful and somehow due to recognize them and build upon them, I'm really happy that you share this point of view. :)

Thanks for the great compliment, the road is long, but I try to keep making progress...

06 June 2008, 03:16 AM
This ended up a real nice pic. Should also have been up there. Congrats is in order regardless.

06 June 2008, 09:02 PM
Thank you so much for the vote of confidence ! There is always next time...

08 August 2008, 04:34 PM
When I saw your works,I know you just got a great picture!

08 August 2008, 04:44 PM
Thank you so much, 谢谢你!

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