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11 November 2008, 11:03 AM
Jakob Eirich is entered in the "Steampunk Myths and Legends" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Blackbeard, ahoy! (

11 November 2008, 05:10 PM (

My first idea was do depic some pirat-legend-myth-ship-theme. After a short search in the net I found the legend of Davy Jones.
Seems to be interesting to me.

Well here's the placeholder :)

11 November 2008, 10:20 AM
Hoi yako!
Nice to see taking part, I expect some great entries. :)
Viel Glück!

11 November 2008, 10:21 AM
i like it a lot, especially the steam coming from his hat.

11 November 2008, 10:34 AM
haha, geiler sketch.. wünsch dir viel glück und n sauberes bild ;)

11 November 2008, 11:20 PM (

Here are some first thoughts had about the style, some gadgets and some crewmembers. I sorry for the bad quality but that was the best i could get out of the fotos.

I focused on Blackbeard 'couse he's the maincharakter i wanted to depict. In the final illustration i also want to show his crew, some pirate-steampunk-goodies and his ship. How i put this together isnt clear yet, but there are some ideas in my head.

One of the goodies is a lamp, as seen on the right side. After this traditional and normal design, i tried a flying version with a rotor inspired by helicopterrotors.
On his shoulder will be a steampowered parrot, but this design in the middle isnt the way its gonna look like. I'll try a more stylized look, just like the characters.

In the right top corner is the claw that will replace the traditional of Blackbeard. The leg will be springloaded(? dunno if this is the right word) with some mechanical parts.
And like all those steampunkcharacters Blackbeard will have a monocle and no pirateyepatch. But still dont know how it will look like.

I'll keep on sketching. :)

11 November 2008, 11:23 PM
Hi Jakob,
Very nice concepts.:)
Keep it up and good luck.

11 November 2008, 11:43 PM
Bloody lovely man!

11 November 2008, 12:42 AM
Hi there!
This pirate is a really strong image. I like his great beard and expression. I can't wait to see all the crew and devices around him. Cool! Good luck!

11 November 2008, 12:52 AM
Hi there!
This pirate is a really strong image. I like his great beard and expression. I can't wait to see all the crew and devices around him. Cool! Good luck!

I love pirates! I think the same as kaparo. I'm looking forward to the details!

Viele Grüße,


11 November 2008, 01:28 AM
hi there yakonusuke, i like your first drawing :P, hahahahaha,

well nice concept dude, i like the guy with the big cannon on the back, he looks furious hehehe, and nice style you've got there, good luck to you ;)

11 November 2008, 01:30 PM
SaphireS- thanks buddy! Are you in as well? Haven't seen your thread , yet.

ArturFast- Hihi, thanks and good luck to you ,too!

Ataulfo - Thank you, very apreciated!

Selina42- :)

kaparo, Niall, ChrisNoeth - Thanks for the nice words! Good Luck to you, too, guys !

11 November 2008, 01:41 PM
really nice concepts !
the hook needs more gears though :D

11 November 2008, 03:01 PM
Really nice character designs so far. It's not feeling very steampunk yet, except for a small section of his peg-leg... Blackbeard mostly looks traditional pirate-y. Have you thought about how to push the steampunk part of the theme more? But the character silhouettes are looking nice... good luck with the rest, and have fun!

11 November 2008, 03:30 PM
Yep Agree with Walrus.Maybe some more steampunk in the pirat.
Great sketches & lovely characters!Subscribed!
Good luck & have fun:-)

11 November 2008, 03:56 PM
Yeah, I agree with that. But its just the basement . Those few elements like the steampowered parrot on the shoulder, the hook/claw, monocle, and leg will increase the steampunk feeling , when I design and intergrate them well, I think. Also some parts of the outfit are still to empty and boring - for example the right shoulder and the pants.
But good to know what you think bout this so far. So I have more reason to work more on that.

11 November 2008, 04:04 PM
by the looks of it your working on pure awesomeness!

11 November 2008, 05:08 PM
I agree, the bearded pirate definitely needs more steampunk influence, apart from his leg and forearm he's basically you're average pirate, so maybe you could play (designwise) some more with that, good start so far though, keeping my steampunk eye on this..

11 November 2008, 09:41 PM
And it begins.:D
Good thing I already subscribed to your thread.

Yes, I have a thread, but there's nothing to see...yet.

11 November 2008, 09:50 PM
Great concept, it will be a great final entry :)

11 November 2008, 10:03 PM
Love the concept, and it looks great, cant wait to see the rest.

Good luck ;)

11 November 2008, 06:01 PM
Jacob, Great Black Beard Drawing. Looking forward to more of this! ;)

11 November 2008, 09:53 PM (

Ok now its maybe the 403 kazillionth monkey in this challenge, but I also would like to have one in my crew :D .

Say Hello to the Bootybot!

11 November 2008, 10:04 PM
oneandonlyDiscoStu: Danke Schön :D

Justame2002: Yes, that way I should take. I did'nt make any changes, yet, but in the next update I will try to consider the critics!

SaphireS: Hehe thanks. Ok gib Gas Jung, das Thema macht doch schön Spass auch in 3D :)

AUMAKUA: I hope so ^^ Thank you!

Pharion, BUZZFX: Thank you very much, guys! :]

11 November 2008, 10:30 PM
A safe Steampunk, good idea and work Yakonusuke.

11 November 2008, 10:32 PM
Haha, I love it! Very nice concepts :)

11 November 2008, 06:30 AM
cool works , keepem commin!

11 November 2008, 08:00 AM
hehe, this Bootybot concept is funny and great :)

good luck!

11 November 2008, 07:19 PM
Too too cool!

Can't wait to see this one finished.

11 November 2008, 09:52 PM
Very nice concept!

12 December 2008, 12:12 AM (

Blackbeard ( beard made of smoke )

12 December 2008, 12:24 AM (

Here's a new concept for Blackbeard.
Now he is completely a machine, but with a human hand, leg and eye. The opposite of the stereotype pirate.
Add the smoke-beard from the last post to this sketch. :)


Thanks to


for droppin me a line!

12 December 2008, 12:32 AM
please delete double post

12 December 2008, 10:58 PM
Hey! Good concept you have here! Good luck for the contest!

12 December 2008, 04:44 PM
amazing idea. I love the smoke forming his beard and the light from his mouth kind of breaking through the thick smoke.

very cool

12 December 2008, 08:03 PM
Nice update on the pirate, the character design kinda reminds me of "Long John Silver" from the 2002 Walt Disney movie Treasure Planet

12 December 2008, 10:41 AM
Sweet detailing on the hat and mask :arteest:

12 December 2008, 03:25 AM
Very interesting character! Keep it up :buttrock:

12 December 2008, 08:54 AM
Hey Jakob, love your concepts, very stylized, keep them coming!

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12 December 2008, 04:28 PM
Hey, This bootybot is hilaroious! Awesome! Blackbeard looks terrific too. Congrats!

01 January 2009, 12:16 PM (

Thanks for the comments, guys!

I just wanted to show that I'm still in the game! :D

I've done a lot of sketches for the scene but wasn't very satisfied with them, thats why I did'nt show them. But now it's time to finish that piece, so here's the wip! 2 days left, phew... *rush*

01 January 2009, 08:55 PM (

Thanks balloontree ! I never give up! :D

So here is the update.

01 January 2009, 08:58 PM
Don't even think of giving up! It's going to be very interesting picture. You developed nice characters, good composition and funny scene. It needs "only" a little polishing :)

01 January 2009, 08:47 AM
Nice compo and colors. hurry up the finish line is here :)

01 January 2009, 09:13 AM
Fantastic Colors, Jakob ! Great Design! love it!

01 January 2009, 01:40 PM
jetzt aber schnell! :) Lustige Charaktere, gefällt mir! Die Kompo funzt auch sehr gut!

01 January 2009, 02:05 AM (

Next Step.

The deadlineextension is a blessing. Now I can say for sure that can finish this. :)

authentic,Raybender, Hideyoshi - Thanks guys!

01 January 2009, 11:35 PM (

Today I mostly worked on the background.
Nothing more to say bout that.

01 January 2009, 02:17 AM
Very nice art style. Reminds me a lot of LeChuck from Monkey Island. :)

01 January 2009, 03:00 AM
this looks really great! good luck with the rest :)

01 January 2009, 12:10 AM (

Fagolas: Yeah it is one of my inspirations. Love that game. :)

jPedro: Thanks man!

01 January 2009, 09:04 AM
JUST COOL!! cant wait for the final image! I love pirates! and more...steampunk pirates!! so..keep it up! :bounce:

01 January 2009, 09:23 AM
Looks great! Love the palette and Blackbeard is awesome!

01 January 2009, 08:09 PM
Hey NuSuke,

super Ding!

Kleiner Tipp, um es zu vervollkommnen:

Schau mal, ob du auf den Ausdruck der Hauptfigur noch eine deutlichere Emotion zaubern kannst. Das würde ihn kraftvoller machen und seinen Charakter klarer.

Viel Erfolg!

01 January 2009, 12:36 AM (

Next Update. I've widend the canvas and added as usual more details. Still need to paint those characters in the background to fill the space.
Tell me what you thing. :)

OZ, Nigel-Q and Dekartdek: Thanks guys! I really appreciate that!

Artdek: Das ist ein guter Punkt. Ich hab schon mehrmals dr?ber nachgedacht und kam auf keine L?sung die keine v?llige umgestaltung des Gesichtes bedarf. Ich hab auch noch heute mal was ausprobiert und es zu kl?ren, aber das war nix. Auf der anderen Seite fand ich den Gedanken ganz interessant, dass Blackbeard so mysteri?s und durch sein Aussehen nicht sofort charakterisierbar ist.

Sorry for writing in german, here's the short version:
The main point is the face of blackbeard which doesn't show any characteristics or intention. but I like that somehow mysterious look of him. What do you thing bout that?

01 January 2009, 01:10 AM
This one is starting to look great! =D Love the idea and the composition.
and wow, I really admire your rendering skills! I had to go and look at your CGportfolio..
Some really beautifull work you have done!

good luck with this one :beer:

01 January 2009, 01:32 AM
Donglu and I wish you finish on time. It's such a wonderful piece!

01 January 2009, 08:23 AM
man when I see this I wish there`d be a new Monkey Island part
looks great so far, you never disappoint in any challenge you participate

I don`t think you have to redo his complete face if you want some emotion of Blackbeard in there; eyebrows ( even when they`re mechanical) and a mouth would be enough (Denk an den schrecklichen Sven bei Wickie...)

and the claw arm needs some more love, claw itself is cool though

have fun, I know it will turn out great in the end!

01 January 2009, 10:24 PM (

Update: Lots of tweeks and some new details. It slowly becomes that what I initialy wanted to achieve.

Comlock: Hey thank you for the nice words!

JackZhang: Thanks to both of you, I won't disappoint you!

guterrez: And also thanks to you Mathias. Yeah I'll will definitly add more details and love all over the image, but first the rough work has to be done. There will also be more details and ornaments on the bressparts of his body.
For the facial-matter I will maybe make some sketches and add them to the final if the work for me.

01 January 2009, 12:42 PM

vllt. tuts eine Art Mund, wie bei Bender (aus Futurama), bei dem es zwischen den Zähnen glüht (wie aus einem Ofen).
Vllt. geht es sogar, wenn die Hutkrempe, wie eine Augenbraue ein wenig nach zur Nase hin wellt.
Vllt. reicht auch schon eine Art leuchtpunkt bzw. Glanzpunkt in den Augen, die seine Blickrichtung, und damit seine Intention verdeutlichen.

Ich glaube, der Wunsch, in seinem Gesicht lesen zu können, kommt daher, dass er - obwohl ein metallischens Wesen - einen organischen Bart hat. Dadurch erzeut er eine gewissen Erwartung, die ein Betrachter zu organischen Figuren hat.

Die Idee eines Gesichtsausdruck ist doch die, dass ein Betrachter sich in die Figur hineinversetzen kann. Wenn aber Körpersprache nicht mir Gesichtsausdruck übereinstimmen, dann entsteht eine Irritation. Man fragt sich: "Hat die Figur eine Seele? Ein Eigenleben? Oder ist sie ferngesteuert? Untot wie ein Zombie?" Die Entscheidung solltest du, denke ich, treffen und dementsprechend ausführen. Wichtig ist aber am meisten, dass du auf dein Gefühl dabei hörst. Mache nichts, um einem Publikum zu gefallen, sondern mache nur, was dem Inhalt des Bildes und seiner Intention zu Gute kommt.

"Ein mächtiger metallener Piraten-Captain entert erfolgreich ein aristokratisches Luftschiff." - ist, was ich zur Zeit drin sehe, ohne die einzelnen Elemente interpretieren zu wollen.
In der Wahl der Attribute, die du zu den Bildobjekten auswählst, findest du die Lösung für dein Problem.

01 January 2009, 02:27 AM (

Yeah, thank you Artdek. I think you are absolutly right, so I added some personality to his face.
I turned the mysterious, unreadable Blackbeard into the raving lunatic Blackbeard! :)

01 January 2009, 12:46 PM
Wow i loved it!:wip:
That's my favourite now =)

01 January 2009, 02:01 PM
I love you so much your style !!!

01 January 2009, 05:21 PM
Almost speechless.
great concept process and final piece the mood and your style are incredible. I'm trying to do something about the same subject, but I love more your work, I'll be pending of your entry.

01 January 2009, 06:45 PM
great work especially on the characters and the little details. I hope this makes it in time

01 January 2009, 08:11 PM
wow wow wow, I love every single pixel... it smells like adventures... the composition looks great Jakob, sorry that I can't give any useful feedback, heh ...great work :thumbsup:

01 January 2009, 03:33 PM (

Software: Photoshop

Legend tells of the most dreaded captain in the history of skyshipping. Blackbeard. But he was also nuts to the core.
As he realized that his humanbody has got weaker after long years of piracy, he decided to transform nearly all parts of it into a steampowered machine.
So he was able to keep the seven skys for hundreds of years under his control.

It was real fun to convert this theme and this character into the steampunk universe.
I hope you guys enjoyed my progress and this final. Thanks to all who helped me to develop and finish that image or just dropped by and leave a comment! Thank you!
I wish lots of luck to all of my combatants !

Best regards

01 January 2009, 03:43 PM
Hello Jakob
some very cool concept, super character design- (the pirate is just brilliant), pro render & color choise... and you get good chance for a finalist.
The bg battle ship is a bit foggy for my taste, but nothing can ruin the party the going around in this piece,
Good luck

01 January 2009, 03:46 PM
man, you've made it! congratulations!!!

01 January 2009, 07:01 PM
Love the cartoony feel of the piece. I think it was a very good choice going with Blackbeard, especially for this kind of comic scene. Nice style, great colour and great composition. :) Good luck!

01 January 2009, 08:25 AM
just one word: wonderful!!

01 January 2009, 07:38 PM
This is great work! Maaaan, I love all the details, the style and the mood and ... just everything.

01 January 2009, 04:59 AM
cool...I like the 'smile' on the face of the steam-punk style captain...nice composition!

01 January 2009, 05:19 AM
Very nice piece, the design of blakcbeard is just awesome.
my favorite picture so far.
I still think they should have separate categories for 2D and 3D...
superb work.

01 January 2009, 09:17 AM

01 January 2009, 11:14 AM
A big thanks to all of you! I haven't expected such a great response! :D

01 January 2009, 03:06 AM
Very Dynamic...nice style and use of colors...:buttrock:

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