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03-20-2008, 05:50 PM
Laura Ballardini is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Twins (

03-20-2008, 06:17 PM
Ciao Laura in bocca al lupo, ti seguo.

Hi Laura, good luck...................follow.


03-20-2008, 06:28 PM
have fun, Laura :)

03-21-2008, 12:52 PM non ci credo.. una conterranea, il mondo sta diventando sempre pi strano..
in bocca al lupo!


03-21-2008, 12:58 PM
Thank you guys :)
I've still to think at the concept but I'll do soon.

Ciao Luca ... dalla romagna con furore! :)

03-21-2008, 04:24 PM (

just few lines for finding a first idea...
Friendships could start in pubs or bars, even if in deepspace :)

03-21-2008, 04:29 PM (

ok second idea..
a boy and a girl in a romantic place as Rome.. he has just parked his vehicle behind the corner and reached her for a drink ...

too much alcohol in these concepts :D

03-21-2008, 04:47 PM
I like your latest sketch. Keep it up!!

03-22-2008, 12:15 AM
Good... but the "boy" clothes seems to be too much human...

John Keates
03-22-2008, 01:36 PM
I like the cat. Did you put him there as a deleberate symbol? Cats often appear in these scenes.

03-23-2008, 12:39 AM (

another environment for Romeo and Juliet love story..
even if the balcony it's not easy to pass this time :)

03-23-2008, 12:46 AM
how many concept will you draw?:eek::bounce:
too much ideas and not able to choose one...?:)
keep it up!


03-23-2008, 08:15 AM
eehehe better more ideas than no ideas at all! ;)

03-23-2008, 11:09 AM
Ciao Laura! Seguo..... :scream:

03-23-2008, 11:16 AM
Hi Laura,
you never read The lovers by P.J.Farmer? (in italiano Gli amanti di Siddo). Your works would be perfect.. (perhaps too romantic..)


tutti all'opera anche il giorno di pasqua vedo..

03-23-2008, 11:32 AM
Such great ideas!
I think that my favourite is the lovers having coffee.
I can't wait to see what you do with these!

Good luck. :thumbsup:

03-23-2008, 12:02 PM
I like the cat. Did you put him there as a deleberate symbol? Cats often appear in these scenes.

For me cat is symbol of curiosity... he's there to look at this weird scene as if he wanna know how it will go on .. and definitely cats are nice :)

03-23-2008, 12:07 PM
Hi Laura,
you never read The lovers by P.J.Farmer? (in italiano Gli amanti di Siddo). Your works would be perfect.. (perhaps too romantic..)


tutti all'opera anche il giorno di pasqua vedo..

I've never read it, I should do it.. this cold rainy sunday of Easter invite to think and to draw.

@Neo-x : ciao bello! mi fa piacere che sei da queste parti ;)

03-24-2008, 09:23 PM (

This is another idea on what could be a relation between human and alien.. brotherhood.

03-24-2008, 11:43 PM
You have some good ideas but I think your last idea of the brothers in the womb is the best it has more of a impact than your other concepts. i'll be keeping watch on this thread,
good luck

03-25-2008, 12:51 AM
Okay, being pregnant myself I think the brotherhood one really hits home. Sometimes I swear there is an alien in my belly instead of a little girl. :D I would say run with this one!

04-05-2008, 01:07 AM
I'll try then with this solution.. thanks for your comments ;)
... and congratulations for your little girl :)

04-05-2008, 01:13 AM (

starting to define contours and the shades

04-05-2008, 11:54 AM (

Changed sizes and the position of the alien head, also the umbilical cord woven with the human one.

04-07-2008, 07:24 PM (

I'm proceeding slowly :(

04-07-2008, 09:17 PM (

enhancement of details

04-08-2008, 08:57 PM (

a bit of textures on the alien and a brand new arm for him (or her?) ... now I have to draw a foot at the human baby (argh)

04-09-2008, 04:32 PM

Nice decision about the concept you picked. Nice work so far, IMHO the only thing that is bothering me at the moment is the hair.

Good luck,


04-09-2008, 10:05 PM (

the size and shape of the baby head is not yet defined :P

04-09-2008, 10:09 PM

Nice decision about the concept you picked. Nice work so far, IMHO the only thing that is bothering me at the moment is the hair.

Good luck,


Thanks Felipe!
I've adjusted a bit the hair, indeed the strokes were too sharp, maybe now are a bit better.

04-09-2008, 10:53 PM
I think you should go with your second drawing and make your first drawing into a poster for the background. You could make it a political statement pro or anti alien human interaction with the poster. Great stuff!

04-11-2008, 07:35 PM (

a bit of detail more... it's a long process!

04-13-2008, 01:47 PM (

just few enhancements

04-14-2008, 06:09 PM (

For the background I've just added veins and a ghost hand behind.
I started to define better alien's legs.

04-14-2008, 06:47 PM
nice idea with the ghost hand, keep it up :)


04-14-2008, 10:22 PM (

Used a reference for drawing better feet.
I'm also trying some lighting effects.

04-14-2008, 10:32 PM
Nice Idea, nice message. Human Baby is naked when the alien seems to be dressed mainly on the chest.

however, Great Idea. :)


04-14-2008, 10:37 PM
@Squibbit : thanks Squib :)

@DaVee : oh you're right, the alien seems to wear something... I'll try to change something on neck and chest to avoid this effect. Thanks for your comment !

04-15-2008, 12:07 AM
This holding-hands pose is beautiful ... :)

04-16-2008, 06:55 PM (

I added a brand new heart to the alien... and a bit of atmosphere inside the scene.

04-17-2008, 11:57 PM (

some level adjustment for having more depth of colours

04-19-2008, 12:33 PM (

some layers for defining the liquid matter and for the SSS effect on the bodies.
I love all these colours... and you? :)

04-20-2008, 04:10 PM (

new hair for the human baby

04-20-2008, 04:27 PM
Beautiful work Laura! The baby is amazing! I don't like so much the veins on alien's body... but it's a great work! :)

04-21-2008, 10:25 PM
Brava Laura, seguo il tuo lavoro con interesse... :thumbsup:
Good Luck!

ciao :)

04-22-2008, 03:52 AM
finalmente mi arrivata una notifica dalla tua discussione :) la pelle sulla testa dell'alieno mi piace tantissimo, anche il bimbo umano venuto molto bene :thumbsup:

04-22-2008, 07:15 PM
Thanks folks :)

04-22-2008, 07:56 PM (

Now the surface behind the twins is darker, was added more red..

04-23-2008, 11:16 PM (

Other few retouchments here and there...

04-26-2008, 01:07 PM (

I've corrected the seams of the texture that I've rendered in luxology modo and applied as multiply layer to my environment that surround the babies.
Some veins were added.

04-26-2008, 01:12 PM
Hi Laura,

Wow...great work! It seems you will get it done way before the deadline!!

keep it up !


04-28-2008, 08:20 PM
Thanks Felipe!

04-29-2008, 07:01 PM (

here we go with the last wip upload...
it has been hard but beautiful and I'm almost satisfied of what I've painted (never to be too much sure of it!!)
If you have comments or critiques I'll be glad to read them.

05-01-2008, 08:13 AM
Great image! shoking but delicate...
Si devo dire che la trovavo scioccante ad un primo bastato il dettaglio delle due mani dei piccoli che si tengono,per farmi leggere l'immagine con tutto un altro cuore.
Bel lavoro...sia tecnicamente che a livello di idea.

05-01-2008, 04:48 PM
I'm glad to know that the message's arrived :)

Many thanks OZ!

05-01-2008, 10:54 PM
Nice evolution since i come there. I lke textures and colors.

Marvelous picture you get there.


05-02-2008, 09:16 AM (

She's holding in her hands two new lives that are growing in her womb...
Smiling to his beloved husband she's trying to imagine how they look like, if they are similar to her or if they will have father's eyes.
She knows that these children are part of a big future for humanity and they will love each other for the rest of their lives because they are brothers and that's the important thing.

05-03-2008, 09:44 AM
Lovely details and great style overall, this keeps looking better and better, I wish you the best of luck bella bambina, I'll keep an eye for your entry. I wish I could participate as well but I've been very busy making animatics.

It's great to know that you had a nice time in Mexico.
Hugs and kisses.

I'll keep checking your thread !!

05-03-2008, 03:24 PM
Brava Laura, ho visto che hai gi postato l'immagine finale.
Un'immagine molto originale e suggestiva, bella poi la scelta cromatica.
In bocca al lupo!


05-03-2008, 04:43 PM
Thanks Betito :)
my mind is still in Playa Paraso Tulum... and in some cute restaurant in Playa del Carmen :D

Thanks Michela !
good luck for your entry too, nice and clean modelling !

05-03-2008, 05:06 PM
Hey Laura!
Very nice illustration, I like the concept is original.
nice textures, the details of both characters are seen very well, I even see the blood that circulates along the veins of the human fetus.
excellente work, it is one of my favorites, the best! congratulations!.

05-04-2008, 03:29 PM
thanx dalerepi!
you're very kind :)

05-05-2008, 08:33 PM
This turned out very nice, I love the colors. Congrats on finishing your image, good luck :)

05-05-2008, 08:33 PM (

I've changed the hand of the alien that wasn't convincing me...
This should be the very last final image :)

05-05-2008, 10:36 PM
Why don't you be convinced by the hand? it's well positioned in the last image. You remade it very well.



05-05-2008, 11:36 PM
Nice work I really like the idea and your final image looks great. It was a good choice to change the hand it looks a lot better now.
Good luck :thumbsup:

05-06-2008, 05:38 PM
Thanks Ivy :)
Davee and DyingArt, the old hand was too flat indeed, now instead seams to hold the human hand better, I'm happy you like it :)

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