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03-20-2008, 02:08 AM
Sida Chen is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Work In Progress: wip (

03-20-2008, 02:26 PM (

Just figuring out the colors here. Putting in the characters later, as soon as I figure out how I'm going to go about painting the landscape.

03-20-2008, 06:54 PM (

Trying to fit in the characters. Not sure about the design really.

03-20-2008, 08:16 PM
Beautiful. Looks like the painting is going to be amazing. The best of luck.

03-21-2008, 02:44 PM (

I decided to expand the back ground, but found I didn't like how the woman looked anymore. I decided to replace her with a little girl, with a less realistic style. I'm not sure if its an improvement, but I think the woman was too small and insignificant looking. The little girl stands out better.

03-21-2008, 02:46 PM
Looking very good! I'm looking forward to seeing more from you!!

03-21-2008, 03:50 PM
great starter man, keep it up!

03-21-2008, 04:01 PM
I really like the atmosphere and technique of the lastest wip. I keep on coming back to this thread.

03-22-2008, 08:14 PM
Just my opinion, but composition-wise, the girl seems to be too close to the edge of picture. Makes it seem that the landscape is the focus of the picture and not the two characters.

03-23-2008, 06:23 PM (

Another idea that popped up while I was taking a break. I doubt I'll use it, but you never know. The mood is much nicer in this one.

03-23-2008, 07:05 PM
I like this one better. It has a lot more feeling to it. Good work!

03-23-2008, 08:43 PM
I love this one :) Wonderful colours, nice idea :)

03-23-2008, 11:24 PM
Nice stuff! I also prefer the second concept sketch. The dog/alien reminds me of Yoda though. :scream: I'll keep an eye on this one and look forward to where you go next. Good luck!

03-24-2008, 12:03 AM (

All right, I'm saving the second sketch, seeing if anything spontanous comes to me, but I don't want to abandon my first idea. I shifted the canvas around and moved the two figures, though not completely to the center. I'm trying to make the light follow a path to the characters(still working on it...). The lighting is a lot lighter now, but I think it's good for a more hopeful mood. Used Michelangelo's statue of Giuliano(I think) for reference.

03-25-2008, 08:47 PM (

Adding details now. The cathedral in the background looks REALLY weird now. If it doesn't work out, I might just replace it with a tree or something. The background will have to wait, but any landscape suggestions are very welcome. Also, the statue looks like it's grown a beard.

03-25-2008, 10:37 PM
Interesting start, moody and atmospheric...

03-29-2008, 02:31 AM (

Yes, another one. Good thing there's plenty of time left.

03-29-2008, 06:14 PM (

I just got back from a trip to washington and saw the really pretty cherry blossoms there (perfect blooming time). I don't like the original painting anymore (or the concept, for that matter. Too dark), but now I've combined the first two, and I like how its truning out. I want the alien to look fierce, but cute. Kind of just contrasting the two characters. This ones also more focused on the figures, to make interaction clearer (and my life easier).

03-29-2008, 10:53 PM (

Figuring out the background. Again, haha.

04-06-2008, 06:28 PM (

I was unhappy with the 3rd concept, and have finally settled for this one. I hope. Funny thing is, this is really what I was originally going for. Bleh.

04-06-2008, 06:32 PM
Myself, I really liked your previous concept. It was cute and the relationship was very clear. With this new one, I can't actually tell what's going on: Are they friends? Enemies? Is she holding his paw to keep him from attacking her? Or perhaps you're going for that ambiguity. Or maybe you have a clear idea that will just become clearer to us as you progress... Good luck!

04-08-2008, 12:08 AM (

I got advice that maybe the previous concept didn't really show the friendship between the characters, and I think that's about right. I expanded the canvas, and made it a bit clearer.

04-09-2008, 01:01 AM (

Added a bridge/takeoff thing to the side. I think I might paint over the waterfall to the left.

04-14-2008, 01:12 AM (

The bridge was too close and distracting, and the waterfall was just ugly. Trying something more subtle, I guess?

04-14-2008, 02:52 AM
Hi Sida, I would suggest going for a simpler background to bring out the characters better. Having a nice suitable sky there will also help bring out the intended mood. Personally, I feel that the alien creature is too savage looking that it will tear the girl apart any minute. Perhaps you can try to make it look more friendly and calm around her as if it really likes the girl very much it will do anything to protect her from harm.

04-14-2008, 03:13 AM
I agree with jeromoo. I preffer your gorgeous concepts from earlier..ones that focused on the characters and suggested a backdrop with only a few soft there is too much attention for the environment..and i am thinking it doesn't need to be so important. it feels as if we are creeping into familiar territory.

I feel the portrait aspect ratio has more impact than landscape..the flat ground doen't really do it for me...appreciated that it is still early stages.

loving the colours regardless :D


04-15-2008, 12:22 AM
Background buildings looks great. The evolution of the work is very good

04-15-2008, 03:53 AM
Awesome work. One critique. I think if you moved the city to the left side of the canvas you might get a little more balance in your piece. Right now all the focus is to the right. Just a thought. I loved your color pallette and mood with the girl on the swing very warm and comforting. Great job!

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