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06 June 2008, 12:39 PM
( is my final version on the theme of A World in Crisis. I find myself preoccupied by current conditions in the world. Evidence of severe climate change. The threat of pandemics. Food grain shortages as bio-fuel crops proliferate. Sadly, I doubt we will get off this road to hell...

The color pallete was submitted earlier in the competition - in case there is confusion as to why there are two similar entries. Comments and critiques most welcome.

06 June 2008, 12:52 PM
Hi Lynda, a big congratulations from me! You finally got it done!!! It turned into a very beautiful visual play. I especially enjoyed the color palette that you have carefully chosen and the sophisticated concept and thoughts that you portrayed in your image with different symbolic elements. Fantastic job! :applause:

06 June 2008, 01:32 PM
Hi Donglu! Thank you so much for your encouragement throughout this challenge. You have really given me great critiques and motivated me to work through my tough times. Thank you!

06 June 2008, 01:56 PM
Nice job lynda :) ... like the story, mood and color palette

like it :)

Good luck


06 June 2008, 02:17 PM
Hi Ahmed,

Thank you for your encouragement!

06 June 2008, 04:10 PM
haha. This is brilliant. I love the black/grey vs red, suits very well with the chinese and korean letter. Best luck in judging Lynda.

06 June 2008, 04:34 PM
Hello Jack,

Thank you very much for your comments. I really appreciate the feedback.:wavey:

06 June 2008, 02:03 AM
this has a very earthy yet arty feel together :p my fav colors are there too .. ivory and red!!-( my most fav! )

06 June 2008, 05:28 PM
Hello Neville,

Thank you very much for your comments. Yes, I really wanted to create a piece with a textured organic quality. The overlapping and blending of different forms represents interactions and ideologies within our society which can be either harmonious or invasive.

06 June 2008, 04:49 PM
I love the texture. The color scheme works quite well. Nice job.

06 June 2008, 07:12 PM
Hello Ajani,

Thank you for looking at my work -- and for your positive comments!;)

06 June 2008, 05:38 PM
I would like to share some of the facets of my work. The 3D part was done with Maya and the image shows a composite of the geometry. (only rendered at 50 % because my Maya was constantly crashing!)

To really take advantage of "3D" I chose to work with multiple renders from different POV. This was great in Photoshop because I could manupulate the layers and create different effects. The next two renders were incorportated at full size (50% rez). The 'fingers' passed through Final Gather but I stopped the render before Mental Ray finished to achieve the ragged edges:

I included re-rendered sand structures from different POV:

Also shown (at right) are a custom brush and one of my photos that I used as a template for the background texture.

Comments and critiques are most welcome and appreciated.

06 June 2008, 01:45 PM
nice, i like the red, dark and 'bones' kind of feeling to this mysterious piece. i'm thinking abit more particles will help? anyways the details looks great be better if its 100% ( hope your com gets better!) anyways good luck! :)

06 June 2008, 08:14 PM
I liked it before, but now that I see some hi res close ups, I like it even more! Very nice details and cool concept. Well done.

06 June 2008, 08:54 AM
Thanks for comment........
I open your Entries is frist....
elemant in your work is " stumble"

06 June 2008, 12:50 PM
Dear Hongji, Trey and Akanong,

Thank you for your comments, interest and encouragement for my work.

Hongji: I did not use any particles for this piece (I do not yet know how to set that up) but I agree that would have helped to make the sand more convincing. As it was, I had to go "old school" and composited it in Photoshop on top of the displacement.

Kindest regards,


06 June 2008, 08:21 AM
Very nice work wid 3D elements and I really liked reds there..Nicely done..All the best..Cheers:)

06 June 2008, 12:31 PM
Thank you very much for taking a look, Hasan. I really appreciate your encouragement.

06 June 2008, 05:40 PM
interesting composition....................good luck

06 June 2008, 06:31 PM
Hello Siddhartha,

Thank you so much for your interest in my work!

Cheers! :beer:


08 August 2008, 03:24 PM
This look like when you think too much and see too many thing in your head very fast! I like the layers--can keep looking deeper and deeper. Does this writing have some meaning or just image?

08 August 2008, 04:14 PM
Hello Georges,

Thank you very much for your interest. Yes, I was trying to portray the speed at which we are moving towards destruction. I chose to use the clock pieces like gears of a great machine that we seem to be stuck in. The layers are meant to work like multiple points of view...of the same train wreck, if you will.

As for the writing, I chose characters and ideagrams that had important personal meaning. I used a lot of Asian and Indian script/characters/ideagrams because I believe these ancient cultures have witnessed potential destruction before and that we should listen to their teachings (Buddah came to mind for me). The 3D writings have been somewhat distorted (modeling lattices, etc.) to emphasize the decay of society and unwillingness to listen. I hope I have not change the meaning or offended anyone.

There are also Celtic and scientific symbols to represent ideas that we now find common---but shouldn't -- like "Biohazard".

I created a sort of 2-1/2D effect with geometry text planes that sliced through other elements.

I turned the Sanskrit writings into a texture. I included a front page from a newspaper because I liked the word play of famine and infamy and obviously, because it is evidence of how some people think that planned destruction in the form of terrorism is the solution. Pushing us further down the road towards armageddon.

08 August 2008, 06:38 AM
cool picture is final version also i like before version

08 August 2008, 01:48 PM
Dear racker103,
Thank you very much for taking the time to visit and your kind words of appreciation!:love:

Kindest regards,


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