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04 April 2008, 12:49 PM
Raul Ovejero is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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04 April 2008, 12:56 PM (

Hello all:
I've no clue what to do for this next challenge, but I'll try to come up with something interesting though... fingers crossed!
In the mean time, my ideas go round some kind of "encounter of the 3rd kind". In this little sketch I play with the idea that we humans wouldn't look like some intelligent species for an alien visitor...we're some times too focus on absolute nothing to seem so.

Good luck everyone!

04 April 2008, 01:21 PM (

Hi again:
I've ditched the cartoony look and focus instead on something a bit more realistic. I'm going for something inspired by Stanislaw Lem's "Solaris", where it's not clear who's contacting who. To spice it up, humans have already a alien race in their side.
Let me know what you think... and thanks for dropping by!

04 April 2008, 12:58 PM (

WIP for the background. I like the reflective surface of the solaris-like alien form, but I'm not sure about the colours, don't know yet if the reflection should be somehow different in hues, or have some artifacts...

04 April 2008, 01:06 PM (

further progress in both background and characters... Again, my inspiration is Solaris and the alien-ness of aliens, here represented in the spherical intriguing presence that humans and already known aliens check out.
I'm beginning to feel funny about the colours of space suits and the composition itself, but I'll work it as I go.

04 April 2008, 01:25 PM
nice work so far man. remembers me a cactus i eat by mistake once :)
maybe the planet behind confuse a bit the feet of her be picky ;)

Keep it up!

04 April 2008, 03:21 PM
Nice coloring and idea, unique concept:thumbsup:
Good luck

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04 April 2008, 03:49 PM
Great entry and composition! Looking forward to it!

04 April 2008, 04:31 PM
I absolutely love it man! Muy bueno, si señor, me encanta. You have to reinforce the focus of the composition, the point where the fingers almost touch. Otherwise I think you have s very strong entry. I'll keep my eyes nailed to your thread.

04 April 2008, 06:33 PM
Hey Raul, really great concept my friend, I like a lot! :) The enviroment for your image is really great, a strong image for sure. The colours in this stage look working well . Perhaps a bit more spherical form on the reflection figures, but is a minor detail :D That is looking awesome! Again, great work and for sure following this thread :) Cheers my friend!! :beer: ( yes, time for some tequila and beers for inspiration :D) (Me gusta mucho tu concepto, tiene mucha fuerza y transmite mucho, vamos Raul!! a terminar y a festejar con unas buenas cañas bien frías :D)

04 April 2008, 08:46 AM (

I'm pretty much done with the background but still some work ahead to properly cut out shapes and add to the floaty feeling. And rework the mirrored image too...

04 April 2008, 08:46 AM
Hey Raul I don't see your thread before the idea of the reflection is wonderful and your colors too it's gonna be a beautiful piece .

04 April 2008, 08:58 AM
...and a big thank you! to all you folks to pop by and leave your feedback:
-Chilombiano: gracias! Not sure if I get the cactus simil but cheers for opening up the thread.
-Jopu & Pegahoul: Thanks mate... good luck to you too :)
-Ramón: I've brighten up the touch point just as you suggested and it's definetely working better. Still have to tweak it to add to the garishing effect, but so far so good. Muchas gracias! Superb entry yours, too...Cheers!
-Ferx: Last but not least... so many thanks for your kind words, mate...As you can read above I have to work on the reflection and will take your advice on this for sure. Rivers of tequila will follow the closure of this challenge granted! A tu salud, compadre!!

04 April 2008, 09:01 AM
and almost in real time ;) :
Eric: Thanks a lot for your feedback, mate! Amazing craftmanship yours in your aliens' designs. Will follow the thread for sure and join the chorus of jaw dropping fellows... thanks for watching!

04 April 2008, 10:21 AM
Pretty sweet. Watch out for girls right foot, seems a bit off.
Take care,

04 April 2008, 01:01 PM

great textures in there really strong composition!
i think you may have work the reflections a little as the angle would be slightly different ?

wicked piece! :D

04 April 2008, 07:31 PM
Good work you have here. I'm a bit puzzled about what's really going on in the picture. I imagine something terrible could happen, if they break through the mirror :curious:

04 April 2008, 01:17 PM (

Hi again:
some changes: the reflection has been worked afresh (spot on crits on that!) and position of the characters, plus some casted shadows. Close to closure now...

04 April 2008, 01:28 PM
Thanks all for your c&c's:

-Chupacabra: Thanks, you were right on the girl's foot postion, it had a funny angle. I've changed it already, I hope it works better now ;)
-Neubius: Cheers mate, glad you like it. As you can see the reflection's been changed and it works so much better now! Great...
-Martin: To be honest, I'm reverse engineering the story as I progress towards the image completion. It'll have to be with an alien-for both humans and aliens themselves- ancient entity in the roundabouts of the universe centre but I have to work out the details. I've changed the cracks as I didn't want to imply anything breaking there. Thanks for watching!

04 April 2008, 04:41 PM
Hey there, I missed this one till just now. Its looking really amazing. I think the crit about the foot helped alot. I have one small thing to add about the mans left arm. With the current anatomy of the bicep it appears his hand should be turned a little more outwords. Keep up the great work man, waiting on your updates!


04 April 2008, 10:16 PM
Wow as already said by the others... it´s a real unique idea and the composition works as well.

Your workflow of doing first the characters and stack them into a scene afterwards is very interesting. I like it alot!

Especially the first step as you worked them out in the monochromatic scheme (btw i recommend this for everyone to go this way, cuz it´s the best and also a fast technique to get shapes done) it seems to me very easy done for ya. :)

Keep the good work up! ;)

04 April 2008, 12:12 PM
you did a very good job on creating an outer space setting,overall image is looking good,,
good luck!:)

04 April 2008, 01:22 PM (

Almost there, now! Some more debris added and tweakings here and there, like corrections in some anatomy features... Let me know your comments on this, things you miss or will definitely change before called it done! And thanks for your c&c's so far, guys...

04 April 2008, 01:41 PM
Hi and thanks again you all for you comments:

-Ryan: I think you're right about the hand position, but I haven't changed it because... I had recently collapsed all the layers! (Argh!). But what I do have changed, though, and this I realilze because of your crit, is that the risen arm was anatomically different from the other... so I've tried to correct that in this new version. Thanks a lot!

Toby: Thanks for your comments, mate. I don't have a standar workflow for my pics, and in this case I had no idea- apart from not wanting another cartoony comp in my portfolio- on what to do. I wanted floatyness and a outer setting, but far from that...So no works whatsoever done on a proper overall composition (I honestly think is quite obvious that is not as good balanced as it should), but yes, beginning with a b&w sketch is quicker and easier most of the time... adding colour can be tricky sometimes, though. Cheers!

Reynan: Thanks for your kid words, mate, and good luck to you too!

04 April 2008, 02:06 PM
Hey Raul, your image is looking really great!! one of my favorites!! I think the first two planets looks on the same plane without deep. Your principal source of light is a back light, maybe you can make more darker and wit more contrast and shadow the first planet, the second a less darker, only a comment :) Again, awesome work my friend!! Cheers !! :beer:

04 April 2008, 02:24 PM
Great work, overall image is looking good, the alien hand (point to the force field) my opinion need more bulge (bicep)

04 April 2008, 12:31 PM (

Thanks for your comments guys:

Fernando: absolutely right, I've changed the contrast and lighting a bit so planets are a bit less in the same depth, and add some more light shafts so it helps with the perspective...Thanks mate!

Joko: I've bulked a bit the alien's bicep and it works better, so thanks a lot to you too ;)

Well, not far from completion now, I've made more obvious that red fog coming to the touch point and add some more debris here and there... I'll give it a rest for a couple of days, see if there are more critics and submit the final version maybe.

Thanks everyone who's dropped by so far...Cheers!

04 April 2008, 08:14 PM
Hey Raul. looks great!! like the change on the planets, the background planet looks awesome. Love the colors on your image, an amazing sci-fi enviroment, great feeling on it. My only comment is that you can experiment a bit with the size of your canvas, perhaps cut a bit the upper part and a bit the right, to put a bit closeup on your image (It is very difficult to cut what had been painted, but just to try some variations in the composition... but i like your composition :D) Again, superb work my friend! Cheers !! :beer:

04 April 2008, 08:39 PM
wow! nice work!

04 April 2008, 06:49 AM
i cant imagine what more you can do to it because it lookse awesome as it is. great work!

04 April 2008, 07:19 AM
Looks really amazing! the colors are very nice indeed.
Good luck

04 April 2008, 11:51 PM
Great concept! Very original mate. The first part to create a great image is a good concept and you have both of them now.

04 April 2008, 12:24 AM
Your images looking cool, just one suggestion the women boot is to square and like man boots, my suggestion isto make it more feminim (highheels). Just my suggestion, but overall looks cool

05 May 2008, 08:36 AM
never been here before...WHAT A MISS!!

about your image? :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

05 May 2008, 10:57 AM
Some really nice work here! Very impressive!

05 May 2008, 06:59 PM
Fernando:Thanks so much for the steady flow of constructive good ideas, my friend; truly appreciated. I've let the canvas as it is just because I tried several croppings- I even rotated 90 degrees- and they all look great! So just to be faithful with the original(lack of)composition, I think I'll leave it as it is. Anyhow,and again, thanks a lot for your support.

Marcos: Thanks, mate ;)

Slav: Thanks so much for the compliment.Cheers!

Jassar: ...and good luck to you too!Very good stuff in your thread, keep it coming!

André: Cheers mate, I wish I could have come with something more solid, though. The process has been a bit too patchy...

Joko: And thanks to you too for your crits! I'll pass on the high heels just because I prefer usability over beauty in this case, but I agree that them boots look a bit chunky!

Fabio: No words to thank you for your compliments, mate...:buttrock:

Mark: Thanks, mate, very appreciated!

05 May 2008, 07:43 PM (

At last, the final piece... and the story:

The sky was brighter than any other day had been since the dawn of time on planet Earth. Not one, but several emissaries from races throughout the cosmos had finally decided to break an age old silence and let us know we weren't alone. The universe wasn't lifeless after all.

We indeed learnt wonderful things and so did our new neighbours, but why? What could humans possibly offer that these races hadn't discovered long ago? confusing as it was for us, it couldn't be more obvious for them: we were afresh. We were asking the right questions, new questions, widening the perspective of our teachers. We were the eager apprentice that one day would surpass his master but we would learn to be better and wiser together, united in solidarity.
Lightvessel "Cibeles" Log book// Earth date: 13/03/2564// Location: outer rim of rdz-1406 cluster.

The primary function of a Lightvessel is to explore and set safe space travel coordinates for the rest of the scientific float.
We're in a journey to reach the furthest limits of an, as yet, unexplored region of the galaxy that we humans call the "Radiation Era Zone". Yesterday our VUhrtian instruments detected a rounded object static in space, a couple thousands pulses away, incredibly dense with no radiation traces at all. It doesn't react to our signals, but it did when Jake (our unpronounceable named Bahgg hull structure technician) had a little walk outside to do some repairs. The "Black Ball" had shone with a dazzling spark just for a second.
Jake and I have volunteered for approaching Black Ball for further investigation today to see what can we learn...

05 May 2008, 08:18 PM
Simply beautiful! If you don't mind, this is now my desktop wallpaper, to inspire me.

05 May 2008, 04:14 PM
A dynamic composition, indeed! It rings of a sci-fi novel like from the author of Ender's Game. Personally I feel it will feel more complete with the addition of a spaceship from whence they float out in the background. And tubes trailing out behind them to the ship.

The colour palette is great! Congratulations on finishing your work! Cheers!

05 May 2008, 03:54 AM
Nice job man. impressive stuff:)

05 May 2008, 07:11 PM
Thanks Mark, Jerome and Phillip for your kind words, very appreciated :)

05 May 2008, 09:20 PM
Nice final. Congrats :)

05 May 2008, 06:42 AM
congratulations my friend! :thumbsup: you're very talented! have to hand to your sense of imagination, when i saw your final entry, just two words in head .. 'reach out'

05 May 2008, 09:05 AM
Hey Raul you know something I like it from the beginning till the end .And what an illustration .

05 May 2008, 10:14 AM
wow fantastic!

...i'm jealous! you've finished! can't see an end to mine at the mo :(

haha :)

05 May 2008, 10:50 AM entry..sorta came out of nowhere for me...the first time i saw it it was finished...
cool sci-fi idea...

05 May 2008, 12:04 PM
Thanks a lot Neville, Eric, Alwyn and Simon for your kind comments, and all the best for your entries too.

05 May 2008, 08:15 PM
Congrats and good luck - I like the conceptual simplicity of this image and the painting and texture detail is fantastic. :beer:

05 May 2008, 12:19 PM
Thanks Rupert, and good luck to you too ;)

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