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11-11-2008, 12:19 PM
Kamen Anev is entered in the "Steampunk Myths and Legends" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: King Midas (

11-24-2008, 02:51 PM (

I'm sure you all know the story of king Midas. He turned everything he touched into gold (or something else :)

These are my first thumbnails just to get a pitcure about the feeling of the final image...

11-25-2008, 11:03 AM (

King Midas - composition analysis

11-25-2008, 12:29 PM (

second thumbnail - after composition fixes

11-25-2008, 08:40 PM (

I decided to open up the space in the background, so I had to design a colum that fits to the world, but it can keep the background quite 'clean'...

11-27-2008, 02:26 AM (

well... the opend up background with the columns... time to do something with the main theme...

11-27-2008, 02:20 PM
good luck and good work.
hajrá hajrá;)

11-28-2008, 01:17 PM (

a little figure-research...

12-01-2008, 09:35 PM (

I didn't find the composition ballanced enough in the pitcure, so I decided to change a bit in the camera angle... Therefore I designed the basics in 3D. If I use a camera angle like this, every minor mistake becomes really visible...

12-02-2008, 12:09 PM (

composition, figue and structure fixes...

12-02-2008, 02:52 PM (

colour research

12-02-2008, 03:30 PM
hey. that is a really nice idea you have there. and the development as well. i can already imaging it looking awesome. The Prussian helmet (?) looks better

12-02-2008, 04:31 PM
Great stuff! The angle really is good...good luck!

12-02-2008, 04:53 PM
THX! I'm trying, I'm trying... :)

12-02-2008, 05:20 PM
That green-blue color looks splendid, with the golden metal of the gears it could
do very good contrast. nice composition also. keep it in!

12-04-2008, 06:54 AM (

work in progress - color, lighting....
It's not easy if I have two so different lightsources and a material that reflects both of them...

12-08-2008, 08:36 PM (

work in progress - new colors and elements...

12-08-2008, 10:32 PM
Hey Kamen,

Very original idea and like a lot your concept sketches :D Your WIP´s are looking really great, the composition is very nice and really cool lighting mood. Good luck and looking forward for more updates! Cheers !!

12-08-2008, 10:47 PM
Well thanks Fernando, I'll try to do my best... I wish good luck for you too! :)

12-08-2008, 11:10 PM
Very nice work. The secondary figures look a bit too static though, shouldnt they be at least reacting to what they're seeing? Some are fleeing, and maybe one or two actually caught up and being transformed.

12-08-2008, 11:22 PM
well... I should admit, it is not yet obvious enough, but they are the gods watching what king Midas wished for himself.. That's why the rules of light(ning) and space doesn't really "touch" them.. I hope It will be more obvious later on :)

12-18-2008, 04:32 PM (

still lot to do....

12-19-2008, 06:43 PM (

I decided to change the colors once again....

12-20-2008, 09:33 AM
Not sure I like this new scheme. There's very little contrast in colours, and the ones that do are still heavily towards the red side of the spectrum.

12-20-2008, 10:05 AM
well... I should say you're right... something is really bad with the lightning... maybe I should put the whole scene to an open field, to get some natural light...

12-20-2008, 10:30 AM
Well in the previous two I think you had the right idea. The gears are throwing off the brightest colours, and you have secondary colours for the background and unaffected areas, and the uniforms and decorations threw in more splashes that helped bring the image out.

The only problem with your latest is that it looks monotonous.

12-24-2008, 02:43 PM (

After a long-long suffering :) I decided to change the whole image... I keep the story, I keep the subject, but I change almost everything else... there were lots and lots of problems with the previous images... no freshness, bad colours, too much details etc.

So here we are now...

12-24-2008, 02:44 PM (

and the picture right now..

12-25-2008, 12:13 PM (

midas - new work in progress
Color changes, first detailing...

12-25-2008, 08:59 PM
this is great O_O

12-27-2008, 07:45 PM (

The composition had some ballance - problems, so I had to change it a bit...

12-27-2008, 07:50 PM
and I forgot... Thanks Kevin!! :)

12-27-2008, 08:03 PM
hey kam! much better than the previous one! keep on pushin`!

12-28-2008, 06:53 PM (

some advanced environment and machine detailing...

12-30-2008, 07:39 PM (

trying out a different composition...

01-03-2009, 02:28 AM (

advanced environment and lightning...

01-03-2009, 08:33 AM
I like landscape here the most,it's really detailed and well rendered.Character seems still need a little bit light on the other hand,maybe a sharp light from back could bring him more to the front.Great work :)

01-03-2009, 09:48 AM
You're picture is interesting but, maybe because I don't know the story, I had a problem of relation size between character and environment. Are these huge mountains like it seems to me ? In this case he's a giant ? Or is it more classical snow at the size of a human and in this case, I find it too detailled to understand that size.
Great work anyway, with nice details

01-03-2009, 12:25 PM (

yes... Vincent, maybe you're right... I tried to "deconstruct" the background a bit.. now it's time to finalize the figure...

01-04-2009, 02:31 PM (

updated details and colors

01-04-2009, 03:36 PM
I must admit I have a thing for snow environments, and that means I really like this! :) Looking at environment compared with the character, I would say that he is a giant.

01-04-2009, 03:43 PM
Thanks! :) maybe a giant, maybe not... For me it was only important that I show the isolation of the character in a fictional, but clean environment. On the other hand, as I planed the composition I tried to choose a wanishing line that makes the character look like a building, so it wasn't 100 percently an accident...

01-04-2009, 05:26 PM (

I decided to get rid of the background elements to keep the composition clean...

01-07-2009, 03:32 PM (

So.... the story:

Midas wished something bad from the gods... he turns everything he touches into gold... well... black gold. He is a "one-man oil company", but he doesn't want to do this job anymore.

01-10-2009, 06:24 AM (

some changes on the background...

01-10-2009, 11:31 AM (

Software: Photoshop

Midas wished something bad from the gods... he turns everything he touches into gold... well... black gold. He is a "one-man oil company", but he doesn't want to do this job anymore.

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