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04 April 2008, 02:25 AM
Lisa Lee is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Of All the Gin Joints in Space (

04 April 2008, 12:09 AM (

Initial quick sketch/plans, including perspective study and initial character design. Theme is a hybrid of CASABLANCA and BLADE RUNNER with aliens instead of cyborgs.

04 April 2008, 05:41 PM
Here's my updated sketch with annotations (light source, character placemnt, etc.)

04 April 2008, 05:44 PM
BTW wanna say hi to everyone here who's in the competition. My very first competition in this forum, and I can see this is gonna be really big and tough, so many great artists to give me motivation to do the best I can.

Best of Luck, May the best artist win!

04 April 2008, 08:49 PM
Hey Lisa, like a lot your idea and concept ( and I love casablanca and Blade Runner, two of my favorites films, and a great source of inspiration :D) The first sketches looks nice :) Good luck and for sur looking forward for more updates !! Cheers!!

04 April 2008, 10:09 PM
Thanks! Hopefully I'll be able to finish it before the deadline. Good luck to you too!

04 April 2008, 01:32 AM (

Initial layout of the bg with Illustrator. Different color tones in each shape is to help determine the lighting.

04 April 2008, 04:15 AM (

Update 1 - Started rough paintover and texturing

04 April 2008, 10:54 PM (

More update. Started refining the characters.

04 April 2008, 09:28 PM (

Some more update, more work on the characters.

04 April 2008, 10:04 PM
Hey Lisa,

Lovely concept. I'm a gin fan so you have my vote. Great work in progress. Brad

John Keates
05 May 2008, 03:04 PM
I love the staging of this. It is quite clear what is going on. It is so right to have a many legged creature as a bar-man.

05 May 2008, 03:39 PM
Thank you ^^; I was starting to have second thoughts about the background but I suppose I can give it another chance. Just need to work on the lighting and the detailing I guess.

05 May 2008, 04:20 AM (

Close to calling it done. Added some colored lighting, adjustments with Hue/Sat and Curves, and more detailing where necessary. Still have 10 more days to go and I'm sure there will be some more adjustments and detailing needed. Can't say how it'll go considering the massive number of awesome entries, I'll be doing the best that I can.

05 May 2008, 04:24 PM (

I think I'm about close to calling it done. Done some adjusting to the figures, adjustments with color and lighting. I might find just few more areas for improvement.
Comments appreciated!

05 May 2008, 05:58 PM
Nice to see you enter :) I love the colors

05 May 2008, 05:14 AM
Very nice idea. If you would like, maybe create a cleaner outline to Her left hand, and 'seperate' the aliens face more from the bar lighting. And I agree, multi-handed barmen/women would be great for this planet :-)

05 May 2008, 05:24 AM
Really nice peice so far - great palette and a funny (albeit sad) set up. I really liked the right characters' expressions in your alst pencil sketch you posted (entry #3.) They had a lot of personality which helped tell the story. In rendering them out, you've lost that and they are more subdued. (The far left alien is so impassive that you can't read any expression on his face at all now.) I felt that the peice was stronger when the characters all had clearer emotions.

Good luck with the finishes!

05 May 2008, 04:26 PM
Michael - I see what you mean. I guess this is in part due to my struggle to make the characters look less anime-ish and trying to bring out the more realistic facial features, I tend to forget some things. I'm reworking the problem areas now and hopefully this time the characters have little more life. Thanks for the feedback!

Dragneye - I tried using different colors on the barman, but kept the sat lvl to minimun as to not try to pull all the attention to him.

Ivy - Nice to see you as well. I'm taking a big leap here entering this huge competition as I'm still in the novice stage. Your piece looks great so far, I wish you luck.

05 May 2008, 04:30 PM (

Update using the suggestions from above.

05 May 2008, 04:05 PM (

I'm submitting my final image now, as I won't have time after today to work on it some more, but I think I can be pretty satisfied with how this turned out. I had a great time with this and have seen many cool entries. I hope to enter more of this kind in the future! Best of luck to you all!

The story is inspired by CASABLANCA with a mood of BLADE RUNNER. If you are familiar with the famous Humphrey Bogart line: 'Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.' this is the story. A jilted man is drowning himself in gin and peanuts when he looks up and who should walk into the bar but his ex and her new 'beau'. The bartender sees the situation as he's always have and tries to console him the best way he can.

05 May 2008, 05:10 PM
looking good!

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