View Full Version : Steampunk Myths and Legends Entry: Donglu Yu

11-11-2008, 03:26 PM
Donglu Yu is entered in the "Steampunk Myths and Legends" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Hansel and Gretel (

11-11-2008, 09:58 PM
Hey :wavey: Good to see you back again :)

11-11-2008, 10:11 PM
Hey Donglu,

Cool that you enter in this, all the best and good luck! :D

11-11-2008, 10:25 PM
Welcome, Donglu :). One just finished, in another one, eh? ;)

Here's to a Challenge full of fun, with old and new friends. Looking forward to your ideas.

11-12-2008, 02:23 PM
Martin: So nice to see you here!!!

Ferx: Thanks man! All the best to you too!

Thaldir: Yup, hehe, guess we are the forever challenge addicted crew! :P

11-12-2008, 08:46 PM
yiipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! :scream: :bounce: welcome aboard donglu!! :wavey: we meet again :D
me looking forward to your entry!! :p all the best my dear friend! :thumbsup:

11-14-2008, 03:37 AM (

I had my inspiration from the old folklore Hansen and Gretel: it would be a candy/cake factory with the steampunk fashion in the forest.
I am just sketching up for now to get ideas running.

11-15-2008, 01:43 AM
Hi there,
This sketch looks fantastic, lots to explore in this wonderful town. The tale of Hansel and Gretel is a great source. Can't wait to see how it evolves!

11-15-2008, 03:19 AM
Hey Donglu,

Awesome sketch, love it ! :D and your idea sounds cool !! I cant wait to see the great mood and enviroment that you can achive with your concept :)

11-15-2008, 05:50 AM
Hello Donglu,

Great concept. I followed your uplift entry to the finish. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Best of luck.


11-15-2008, 10:04 AM
holy moly!! :eek: .. i can already imagine the brass .. gear .. steam work goin on!! very cool indeed! me waits for da color combo :bounce:
good luck dear! :thumbsup:

11-15-2008, 12:24 PM
You on the road! It looks very steam punky already.

11-16-2008, 05:15 PM
Nice to see you here , there , every where...

11-16-2008, 06:29 PM
Beautifull Sketch, with a lot of freedom and thousend goods ideas into.

11-16-2008, 08:14 PM
Very cool looking sketch Donglu! Good luck! I'm looking forward to seeing this progress.

11-17-2008, 05:13 PM
Kaparo: Thanks for the encouragement! Just noticed that you are from Toronto! Hehe, I miss the town, it triggers my craving for shopping! :p

Ferx: So glad that you liked it! I will post some funny creature sketches soon.

sasquatch70: Thanks for watching the uplift progress. Let's have fun again with this one!

Neville: Hehe, thanks! I really like the theme for this challenge. I will go for a more stylized image this time, can't wait to see you start the crazy rendering for your piece!

Martin: Thanks for dropping by and the warm support!

Scala: Hehe, I know, totally, I am everywhere. :blush: Nice to see you here too!

DeeVad: Thanks! I really want to develop those small steampunkish structures and have fun with them in the image.

RicoD: Thank you for the kind words! I will make an update soon. :)

11-17-2008, 06:15 PM
I like what I`am seeing here I seen some of ur older work and u actually Rock :applause: keep going :wip:

11-17-2008, 09:59 PM
Great concept! I like your complex structural designs :)
Good luck

11-17-2008, 10:03 PM
Hi Donglu - the sketch's really awesome - I love the unstable look of those buildings! Can't wait for more:buttrock:

11-18-2008, 01:46 PM
thebest: Thank you for the kind words! All the best for this challenge!
Jassar: Really glad you liked it! :)
Intervain: Thanks for the compliments! I will elaborate more on the structures soon! :)

11-18-2008, 05:06 PM (

I wanted to make some creatures designs to serve as guards/slaves of the sorceress's factory. Here are some of them.

11-18-2008, 06:10 PM
wow that is special. you have a very unique way of expression. interesting. I'll look forward to what you come up with. good luck

11-18-2008, 07:03 PM
Very cool little characters man, I like the way you created them, pretty cool.

11-18-2008, 07:14 PM
Hey Donglu,

Really nice designs on the creatures, like a lot the original designs on them! Cool work and love the gesture sketches :D

11-18-2008, 09:21 PM
Very skillfull sketches and cool creatures.
Will keep an eye on this thread.

11-18-2008, 10:44 PM
andreasng: Thanks for coming and all the kinds words.

subedei: Hi, thank you. I just have been trying to have some fun by doodling.

Ferx: Thanks! I really enjoy doing some mindless gesture drawings from time to time just to get things loose and free, they are about 20 seconds each.

Norberg: Thanks for dropping by. Really had some fun with those sketches. :)

11-18-2008, 10:51 PM
hello! your little guard are very cool :) specialy in color! i foward to seiing theirs in the final composition :)

11-18-2008, 11:14 PM
Hi Donglu,

Very nice and original Sketches.:thumbsup:

Keep it up and good luck.

11-19-2008, 01:43 PM
Raerk: Thanks for coming! all the best for the challenge. :)

Ataulfo: :wavey: Hi, I remember you from the last challenge! Good luck with one! :)

11-19-2008, 01:50 PM
i really like the city sketch
the characters are also really nice although they dont give away which direction they are going yet
hansel and gretel could be approaching the scene laying out screws and nuts to find the way back :p

11-19-2008, 02:45 PM
hehe. you really should send those alchemy characters to Andrew Jones. Maybe next time he will put you on his show!

11-19-2008, 11:07 PM
oneandonlyDiscoStu: Thanks! I really like the idea of the kids laying down the screws as hints to get back! it rocks! :cool:

Jack: Yeah, yeah, I know I have been playing a lot with Alchemy. Talking about Andrew Jones, I really want a guitar graphic tablet too! :D

11-20-2008, 05:19 AM (

Tried to throw in some colors and did few more studies on steampunk mechanics.

11-20-2008, 06:39 AM
Hey Donglu,

Like a lot the palette mood on your image, a bit on Moebius style, really cool. Maybe some crystal domes can create a nice contrast with the machinery ( again, only a wish :D) Beautiful work :)

11-20-2008, 06:47 AM
I love the colors you used for the building.

11-20-2008, 07:45 AM
Colors! :) Yes, keep going my little fish ;)

11-20-2008, 02:33 PM
Ferx, AlysonOctopus, Martin, really glad that you guys liked the colors so far. Personally I don't find them vibrant or saturated enough to portray a stylized cake/candy factory, howerver I still have to consider the dark, rusty side of steampunk aesthetics, so I am struggling a bit now.

Anyone has some suggestions? That would be greatly appreciated!

11-20-2008, 02:40 PM
Hey Donglu, this looks like it's going to be amazing. Love your past work so I'm really looking forward to this. Good luck

11-20-2008, 10:01 PM
Ferx, AlysonOctopus, Martin, really glad that you guys liked the colors so far. Personally I don't find them vibrant or saturated enough to portray a stylized cake/candy factory, howerver I still have to consider the dark, rusty side of steampunk aesthetics, so I am struggling a bit now.

Anyone has some suggestions? That would be greatly appreciated!

Maybe you could go with a vibrant teal, pink, red, or orange. Along with the faded rusty colors, to give it more of a cake/candy fun look.

11-21-2008, 01:50 AM
Your sketch kinda reminds me of what I submitted. Looks cool.

11-21-2008, 07:45 AM
AlysonOctopus speaks wisely here. Try teal, pink, red, or orange and holding down the rust a bit is a good starting point.

11-21-2008, 02:26 PM
AlysonOctopus, Martin: Thanks guys for the input on the color palette! I will definitely keep those points in mind when it comes the time to do the coloring part. :)

iDrift: Welcome to the challenge, all the best. :)

11-21-2008, 02:33 PM
awesome work donglu!! :bounce: you will pull this off! :cool:
an idea ... for a little depth and consistency ... you can do with more structures emitting steam in the background .. plus .. some fog ..
see how it works out :p ..
good luck dear! :thumbsup:

11-24-2008, 05:11 AM
Hi Neville, thanks a lot for the ideas. I love steam and fog, will definitely give a try! :D

11-24-2008, 05:13 AM (

I have been trying different angles for my final image, here is one of them.

11-24-2008, 08:13 AM
I like it :thumbsup: It looks like you really need to know your way around this place. So many doors... ;)

11-24-2008, 08:58 AM
they are a lot of details! i love your angle, it seems like a massive but small city :) good effect :applause:

11-24-2008, 02:43 PM
Hi Martin, really glad you like it! Had fun doing all those little pipes and houses. :)

Raerk: hehe, thank you! Wanted to try another kind of approach from the usual city/village scene. ;)

11-24-2008, 02:55 PM
Donglu-san! it's going great :arteest: beautiful ideas as usual - keep up the great work man! :buttrock:

11-24-2008, 07:32 PM
this is coming along really well, the angles you've sketched so far are really interesting, good luck with the rest, i'll be checking back regularly. Awesome job so far though

11-24-2008, 07:35 PM
I love the intricacy of the city, I think this angle is working well

11-25-2008, 05:15 AM
Kerem: So good to see you again!!! All the best for this challenge!

Rivenis: Thanks for the kind words!

Lah: Glad you like the angle, I am pretty satisfied with it too. Might try other ones just for fun. :)

11-25-2008, 05:17 AM (

I did some color/lighting test again to explore different possibilities.

11-25-2008, 06:21 AM
Ey! ey! Donglu!

You do a great job, like usual :thumbsup:

It's sure I'll keep an eye on your work and I can't wait to see your progress on it!

11-25-2008, 07:27 AM
Hey Donglu,

You achived a great atmosphere and mood on your test. Like a lot the giant trees on the forest, cool and magic touch!! :D Awesome work!!

11-25-2008, 07:34 AM
What a strong WIP you have going on there! Looking superb!

11-25-2008, 07:43 AM
Very nice color composition :thumbsup: You have really improved your skills.

11-25-2008, 02:26 PM
Ferx: Thanks for the positive comments. I was looking for a general misty mood with a strong highlight hitting on the spot of attention. Maybe I will try to place the light source differently too. :)

Jeromoo: Hi, so happy to see you here!!! Are you joining the challenge this time? Let's have fun again! :D

Martin: hehe, thanks for the warm words, you are always so supportive! :love:

11-25-2008, 02:45 PM
poke poke..little fish...

11-25-2008, 03:50 PM
wonderful.. what else?

all the best.

11-25-2008, 04:11 PM
I like the attention to detail in your concept, very cool, looking forward to see more of your beautyful work .
ah say helo to barontierry;) from me.

11-25-2008, 05:16 PM
Brilliant mood in that test, I really like the light moving down the sides of the buildings towards the camera

11-25-2008, 07:46 PM
Really nice work Donglu, like usual! ;)

Can't wait to see more! :bounce:

11-25-2008, 09:11 PM
very cool. i like the way you've refined the structure.

11-25-2008, 09:39 PM
WOW! Supergreat!
I love its look of an old book of tales for little boys.

11-25-2008, 10:32 PM
Lucar: Thanks! I remember you from Uplift, keep up the same energy for this one!

aliasfx: You are from Ubisoft Montreal? sure, I will say hello to Thierry for ya!

xtremepenguin: hehe, thank you! Really had fun to play with lighting.

Fardouin: Hi Francis! So happy to have you here! Say hello for me to the MVM crew!

AshCR24: Thank you for the kind words!

LAV: Very encouraging to have those feedbacks! Thanks! :)

11-25-2008, 11:44 PM
Yes! Hansel and Gretel!:bounce: Maybe have an array of confections and candied roofs on display? Because that would be completely awesome.

11-26-2008, 12:14 AM (

Jack and I have been playing with colors before supper, just to have fun. Here it is!

11-26-2008, 12:27 AM
:eek: ...<-I like this dude! ......Ok it's really cool ! And if you want my point of view , I will say that I like more the two blueish test that you made , because the scene look more creepy ,and I like creepy things :cool: .

Good luck Donglu!
And Good luck for your trip too!

11-26-2008, 12:33 AM

Really tough choice for me, they all work rather nicely. I'm liking the top two. If I had to go with one it'd be the first.
That's just one opinion and I'm sure you'll get many.

Best of luck to you.

-Mike Inscho

11-26-2008, 01:50 AM
Hmm, tough choice. In the end it depends on the mood you're shooting for. I like the first 2 myself, as I love the green/orange contrast. #4 works the least well for me - the red seems too disparate from the green atmosphere, and they contrast too much, imho. Good luck1

11-26-2008, 06:58 AM
very promising donglu!! :eek: i love the second one A LOT!! :buttrock: it's got a nice earthy, inviting feel to it! .. the green - orange combination works very well!
good luck with your final decision my friend! :thumbsup: i'm sure it'll be kickass!

11-26-2008, 07:28 AM
Hum, .. i really like your first color idea. Arfff, I really like the theird one too...But that's always depend of what type of ambiance you want to create. :

hope you understand a little bit of my words... loll
learning english is for me a constant work in progress XD

ciao miss!!

11-26-2008, 01:57 PM
Yes! Hansel and Gretel!:bounce: Maybe have an array of confections and candied roofs on display? Because that would be completely awesome.

Yeah, I wanted to try few designs of candied roof too, I guess the challenge is to put very organic shape (candies/confections) along with more mechanical shape (gears, pipes), it should be very fun to do a reasearch on that! I might also try to put signs and panels as indication that those are confections factories. Thanks, Lappisch, it was a very inspiring input! :)

11-26-2008, 02:13 PM
the four are very interresting but i prefer the top right, the green atsmopheric color is more "steampunk" and mechanical for me :)

11-26-2008, 02:20 PM
Aww man. It'll be awesome looking at your progress again. Good luck

11-26-2008, 02:45 PM
awesome colorings! I like the top right greenish/yellow one. Gives off both hot and cold lights.. awesome!:cool:

11-26-2008, 04:40 PM
fishy! Wake up! fishy wake up!
shake shake shake!

11-26-2008, 05:26 PM
Hi Jonathan, scho81, Walrus, Neville, Francis, Raerk, Gopez, ichitz, Thanks a lot for helping out to find the color palette! You guys totally rock! :D

I think the choice will be a mixture of the top 2 ones, I will give the buildings a more orangish tone and a green tone background for the forest ambiance. The light would be yellowish as a hint to the sun.

11-26-2008, 09:57 PM (

I did some sketch/color study of the kind of trees I want to have in the woods.

11-26-2008, 11:34 PM
Simply wonderful work. Those pipes in the tree looks just great :)

11-27-2008, 12:18 AM
COOOL CONCEPT SO FAR! great stuff.

11-27-2008, 01:47 PM (

Continued on the line drawing of the foreground elements.

11-27-2008, 02:16 PM
Nice toonish style! Love the details and perspective. Goodluck!

11-27-2008, 07:16 PM
i'm very interested in seeing you increase the number of layers of depth. Hopefully we can see some result before next week.

11-27-2008, 07:24 PM
I agree with Jack here seeing an increase in the number of layers of depth will look really cool keep going :thumbsup:

11-27-2008, 10:10 PM
Martin: thank you for the constant support!
OZ: Are you joining the challenge this time? I still remember your big collection of alien creatures in Uplift, you should have lot of fun to model all kinds of mechanics too with this one!
Dodgeas3d: Thank you! It was very encouraging!
Jack: I will work hard, so, less movies :p
thebest: Thanks for all the kind words! :)

11-27-2008, 11:18 PM
Hey Donglu,

Really cool palette for your concept :) and like a lot your perspective sketch, cool touch with a house with cookies roof :D

About your color schemes, if you are going for a mist enviroment , think that No. 1 and No. 4 can work relly well ( Im thinking that mist was crawling over some ponds on the forest :D), but Im late on the voting issue :D

Great work !! and waiting for more updates !!

11-28-2008, 04:51 AM (

Tried integrating my last line drawing into the composition and colored it.

11-28-2008, 06:34 AM
This one is looking amazing - well done! I'm very interested in seeing your next steps. The line work has a very fresh feeling to it. :thumbsup:

11-28-2008, 08:53 AM
wow that is really cool :beer: keep going :wip:

11-28-2008, 02:32 PM
Ferx: Thanks for the voting. I do agree with what most people have said, the color choice really depends on the mood I am looking for, thus it becomes very subjective. Hehe, anyhow, it is never too hard to change colors with Photoshop, I can still play with them until the final stage, so your vote is not that late! :p

RupertD: Thanks for your positive comments, really appreciated!

Thebest: Thanks for your constant support! It keeps me filled of energy! :)

I still have few line drawings to complete for the structure parts. It is my first time to do a layered line drawing system like this, fairly experimental process for me. But it has the advantage of keeping my thinking and designing process clean. I am curious to see how it will turn out in the end.

11-28-2008, 03:40 PM
line work rocks. looks like we picked the right subject to study.

11-29-2008, 08:09 PM (

Re-cropped my image and added more structure. I am thinking about taking a break from the line drawing and sketch the characters out a bit.

11-30-2008, 05:22 PM
I like this new cropped version even more, the distracting elements at right are gone so the city completely surrounds me. Also your lighting-color scheme is great. There is a dense oniric atmosphere in those tones. I love it!

11-30-2008, 05:58 PM
Donglu-san rocks! :buttrock:

12-01-2008, 04:02 AM (

Did few character sketches, still have to explore more...

12-01-2008, 11:35 AM
Looks like you have a very solid style and technique, cant wait to see it all pulled together!

12-01-2008, 08:27 PM
Jack: Agreed on that, I learnt a lot during the process. :)

Kaparo: I am glad that you like the newly cropped version! Thanks for all the kind words.

natzuur: Hi! Not easy to put what I had in mind on the paper using the appropriate visual language, tried hard to pull that off. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

12-02-2008, 04:12 AM (

Sketched Gretel a bit.

12-02-2008, 02:36 PM
I personally prefer your first concept of the kids, which is letting them facing the houses. you don't really need to see their faces. i'm sure ppl can tell their gender and sex by their silhouette. the most important point is, there's a strong connection if they face the houses. I feel the connection breaks in the current update. The current pose of the girl, to me, feels like a little kid sitting there playing her toy, who cares nothing else but what's right in front of her. Translation, the background is totally irrelavent in her point of view.

anyway, my rusty humble two cents. you can refuse cooking for me or let me sleep on the sofa tonight if you disagree with me...o.o

12-02-2008, 03:21 PM
Woaw! nice style. Like the palette too. Hansel and Gretel is a nice and dark concept!.

12-02-2008, 05:13 PM
Yea i agree with JackZhang, i think the image works better with the children facing away from the camera. Might detract too much from the town.

12-02-2008, 09:25 PM
Yea i agree with JackZhang, i think the image works better with the children facing away from the camera. Might detract too much from the town.

He agrees with me... does that mean I don't have to sleep on the sofa tonight? ><

12-03-2008, 01:26 PM
Jack: alright, ok, ok, kids would be facing the candy village, and you got the cooking and the bed. :p

chilombiano: Thanks! I loved this story when I was a kid, dreaming about all the confections that I would have. hehe.

xtremepenguin: Thanks for sharing your feedbacks. Really appreciate it. :)

12-03-2008, 02:48 PM (

I know that I should probably start the final color rendering, but I just can't help stopping doing those sketches cauz I am really having fun with them: just play with shapes and lines loosely without thinking how it would look in the end.

I just found Nathan Fowkes blog page last night on internet. He is doing visual development for Dreamworks. His way to mix colors and shapes just totally blew my mind off, no details, no 40 hours of tight rendering, but everything is there, in the colors and between the shapes.

Really want to share those inspiring artworks with you guys:

12-03-2008, 08:51 PM
the color and light training i received yesterday and today was so useful.

12-04-2008, 03:37 AM
The story is really kool! Can't wait to see that STEAMPUNK house and stuff...:cool:

12-04-2008, 04:57 AM
Hey Donglu,

I can se that you are having great fun with your concept :D Like a lot your creatures designs, really cutes., Love the guy infront of the character with the pipes on the back, great!!

Your last sketch is really nice, like the forms for the buildings, and thanks for share Nathan Fowkes blog, awesome works on it. Totally agree with you :) (like in animation, the "gestures" of the brushes says more than a tight rendering :D)

Again, really great work and waiting for more updates ! :)

12-04-2008, 07:54 AM
keep going :arteest:

12-04-2008, 01:39 PM (

I started to tighten up the colors, ahhhh, takes so much time, sigh... if I can just keep doing sketches forever. :P

12-04-2008, 03:30 PM (

I will say that I prefer this one , I think its the depth of it that I liked more ;)

12-04-2008, 08:47 PM
I really appreciate the last with much depth... maybe a bit too much... between the both...

...congratulations for your skills... really like your style... :bowdown:
best wishes for the continuation...

12-05-2008, 02:38 PM
been a lazy girl lately? Where's the update from yesterday?!

(Donglu pulls out a shark and show it off. "Here's the update!")

12-05-2008, 04:09 PM
Hey Donglu! I love your style concepts and image composition Im eager to see the final result!

Good luck with everything!

12-06-2008, 04:22 PM
Jack: I wish that I could have all those art trainings too! not fair! :twisted:

mrpeace: Thanks for the kind words!

Ferx: Yeah, I totally agree with you! You can read my mind for sure!:D

thebest: hehe, thx, I will.

inmaya: no worry, I will go on this composition, I was just having fun doing some other sketches.

Lemog: Thanks. :blush: Good luck with the rabbit!

Kevin: Congratulations for graduating! You are Jack's beloved student and you made so much impressive progress, you will go very far! :beer:

I have to admit that I have been pretty lazy for the past few days, too much DS...sigh.... didn't know that paying mortgage and getting bigger house is THAT addictive in Animal Crossing. :arteest:

12-06-2008, 10:12 PM (

Continued tightening up the colors and lighting. I wanted to make use of a strong sunlight to guide the eyes to a specific focused area in the image.

12-07-2008, 05:14 AM
This sketch looks fantastic

12-07-2008, 06:58 AM
Nice concept,

i love colours and composition.

Good luck to you!:)

12-07-2008, 01:36 PM
Lemog: Thanks. :blush: Good luck with the rabbit!
huhu... and if you have any suggestion about the next animals... I'm open :D

about the last post...
it's always very pleasant for eyes... but I'm afraid to see this image with a size not enough large... and in this case, the light range seem very hard... but of course, that seem perfect in the closer view...
...maybe it's possible to find something a bit more smooth...

...of course... it's just my personal thought... not more ;)

12-07-2008, 10:44 PM
Donglu, i love the composition, looking forward to all the details your going to put in there, its going to one top notch piece, cheers

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12-08-2008, 07:36 AM
looking good so far keep going :thumbsup:

12-08-2008, 08:17 AM
Still no crits from me. Everything seems to be right here :)

12-08-2008, 09:42 PM
vichar: Thanks, it was very kind of you.

djamadj: Thanks, good luck with your entry too!

Lemog: Thanks for the comments, I know I have to be careful with the colors that they won't turn out to be too overwhelming in the end, I will defenitely keep your words in mind during the coloring process.

Rupy: Thanks for the encouragement, makes me full of energy! :p

thebest: Hey, your "Keep going" is magical! thx!

Martin: Thanks a lot for dropping by! Looking forward to see your progress! :)

12-08-2008, 10:35 PM
Hey Donglu,

Really beautiful lighting mood !! Very evocative, I like that!! :D
All the best!

12-09-2008, 10:29 AM
wow, the amount of detail in this one is already amazing...i prefer the warm color scheme as well, aslo love the little tree concept sketch.
godspeed with all this :thumbsup:

12-09-2008, 03:18 PM
Ferx: Thanks! I can also see how much energy you are having now with all your updates! keep it up!

jpedro: Thanks for all your kind words! :)

12-13-2008, 04:29 AM (

I will say that I prefer this one , I think its the depth of it that I liked more ;)

same here.

You have such a level of complexity on your piece, it's getting really nice, by the way I saw you detail on finished pieces I can't wait to see where this is going to ;)

My best wishes, good luck,

See ya

12-13-2008, 08:24 AM
The details are starting to look really amazing, Donglu. Are you planning to add some recognizable cake/candy flavour to it? Like roof being made from rock candies.

Sorry I have not been very active around here lately. I will try to be more involved in the next few weeks!

12-13-2008, 06:47 PM
thebest: Hey, your "Keep going" is magical!
hmmmmm:argh: since my last keep going nothing new is here I think they are magical alright but not in the required direction(no updates) :cry: I want updates

12-13-2008, 11:21 PM
Beautiful updates. Keep'em coming! :cool:

12-15-2008, 08:44 AM
hmmmmm:argh: since my last keep going nothing new is here I think they are magical alright but not in the required direction(no updates) :cry: I want updates
Also okay with Mister Keep Going... we need some updates :deal:

12-15-2008, 10:01 PM
Djampa: Thanks for your encouragement and all the kind words. :)

Jeromoo: Hi, I will definitely add confections here and there in the image. You are going to attack on your piece during holiday times?

Thebest: Hi Mr "Keepgoing"! Sorry, it remains magical, I just have been slacking off a little recently, this week is payback time. :p

Kerem: So nice to see you here, I want to see updates from you too!

Lemog: Je sais que je suis un peu paresseuse ces temps ci...:blush: I should be able to come up with updates very soon.

12-16-2008, 06:19 AM
Hey donglu...this is looking rad. I'm stoked on the colour choices you made. Already I feel a nice sense of depth. Looks great!


12-16-2008, 05:10 PM (

A colleague gave me some suggestions about the lighting and the colors, so I made some tweakings with the purpose of enhance a "misty" feeling.

12-16-2008, 06:03 PM
yeaaaaaa:bounce: have the honour to be the first one to reply hurrraayyyyyyy..... I think the misty feeling looks very cool indeed .....keep going :thumbsup:

12-16-2008, 06:10 PM
whoa that looks a ton better donglu. Yeah I'm reaally feeling the atmosphere now. Great!

12-16-2008, 07:59 PM
Excellent environment. I like the organized mess.

Jason Ogg
12-17-2008, 01:17 AM
You've achived the purpose. I my opinion.
I can feel the space.

12-17-2008, 05:28 PM
thebest: Hi "Mr Keepgoing"!!! Thanks for the continuous keep going! :p

domoarigato: Glad you like the atmosphere! I have to work on the characters now, not my strength...sigh.

authentic: Hehe, thanks! "the organized mess", it is perhaps the most original feedback I had so far. :p
Jason Ogg: Thanks for the kind comments! :)

12-17-2008, 08:10 PM
thebest: Hi "Mr Keepgoing"!!! Thanks for the continuous keep going! :p

lol.... you are welcome my lady :bowdown:

12-18-2008, 12:33 AM
So nice to see you here, I want to see updates from you too!

I love to keep it up.. But I'm stuck. After saw other works in progress, my train idea seems very simple and ordinary. I had a steampunk medusa or steampunk werewolf ideas - but never modeled a character and still learning it. So I have too much of doubts to continue... :curious:

btw I love the misty feeling - it gave a sweet depth feeling :bounce:

12-18-2008, 12:46 AM
This looks really great - Im curious about the progress!

12-18-2008, 12:50 AM
Hai, nice to meet u there. Mmm... Very interesting arrangement and composition. Keep it up!

12-18-2008, 02:27 AM
all are far you have done an amazing job! For the selection I say - TOP RIGHT!

Good Luck!:thumbsup:

12-18-2008, 07:02 AM
Hello... about the "misty" feeling... I don't know if it's the better way... now... "all" appear more in the same plan... with less DOF... more flat...

Why not with some touches of misy things and smoke or fog... especially around chimneys or engine or very steampunk things ?

with many levels of atmopsheres, that could enrich much the composition while adding many depth plans...

just my thought :cool:

12-18-2008, 07:56 AM
Donglu, this is great! I've been watching your progress and think this is a beautiful piece so far. I think the misty feel can be enhanced once you do more work on the foreground (colour-wise) which will help you to see the other areas to push bak and "mystify" us. Can't wait to c what's up next. All the best and keep up this greatness

01-02-2009, 04:16 AM
thebest, Kerem, fipo, tezseng, mrpeace, Lemog, kdot, thanks all for dropping me kind words and constructive comments! Happy new year to you all! :)

I have been slacking off a lot recently, I should be getting back to this piece during the weekend. :arteest:

01-03-2009, 09:34 AM
Glad to hear that some updates comes soon... just great...

while waiting, I wish you an happy new year 2009... with of course much great things for you... :thumbsup:

01-04-2009, 12:43 AM
Wishing Happy new year to u all also. Work hard~

01-05-2009, 01:28 PM (

Did some refinement and added few characters. I have been slacking off quite a lot, hope I can finish this on time.

01-05-2009, 01:52 PM
cool new update!! I like it so much , im happy that you continue your concept ! Happy new years by the way ! Cya!

01-05-2009, 02:55 PM
As for donglu's slacking off, I am here to take the blame. We were at my parents' place and I was using the only computer that can handle a full resolution PSD, which is donglu's pc tablet, for the entire holiday. If she can't make it, i will take the full responsibility.

01-05-2009, 03:14 PM
Sure you can finish this in time. You're so far :)

01-05-2009, 04:10 PM
You must finish in time... at this point... of course it's possible ! remember... you must :beer:

About the update... that comes great... good... certainly I prefer some more hot tones... but it's anyway very good... c'mon... courage :thumbsup:

01-05-2009, 04:40 PM
It's nice to see how this is coming all together. The detail is fantastic, and there are a lot of fun passages to explore - both literally for the children and figuratively for the viewer!

It might be nice to increase the contrast on the far foreground cliff and children so that they pop into the foreground more effectively. What if they were darker to help them read as in front of the main shaft of light in the scene... it feels too far forward to be obscuring it the way it appears now. Making that area darker might help it pop from the entrance on the lower right too... but you could always add more cool colors down there and maybe a hint of atmospheric perspective or fog to knock that area further back?

One last note: With everything else having a lot of depth and so well realized, the witch feels extremely flat, like a paper cutout. It's not because she's a silhouette, instead I think it's because of the perspective in the scene: From this camera angle, unless she were 2d and pressed up against the window, she might be down and to the left more to match the angle her house is at.

Anyhow, good luck with the last little bits! :thumbsup:

01-05-2009, 06:08 PM
As for donglu's slacking off, I am here to take the blame. We were at my parents' place and I was using the only computer that can handle a full resolution PSD, which is donglu's pc tablet, for the entire holiday. If she can't make it, i will take the full responsibility.

ZOMFG! Everyone will attack you if she can't make it! But you must know Kung-Fu so that wouldn't be a problem! :D

01-05-2009, 06:43 PM
ZOMFG! Everyone will attack you if she can't make it! But you must know Kung-Fu so that wouldn't be a problem! :D

ROFLMAO. no i don't know Kung-Fu.

I'm just a noodle-selling skinny panda who buys all the manikins of the great five and wishing that perhaps one day i can drop from the sky in front of a turtle, become a dragon warrior and win a BOXX from a challenge. As simple as that.

01-06-2009, 04:01 AM
donglu my friend .. i know i haven't been around to comment ... but all i want to say is ...
cross the finishing line! .. i wish you good luck! :thumbsup:

01-07-2009, 05:15 PM
Jonathan: Thanks for dropping by, happy new year!

Martin: I am trying my best to finish it!

Lemog: Merci! You think I should add more red tones on the roof especially or some specific spots?

Walrus: I really really appreciate all the inputs! They are helping so much! All the modifications should be on the next update.

Kerem, Jack: we should do a steampunk Kungfu Panda who is trying to catch mosquitos with chopsticks!

Neville: Thanks! I will try my best, good luck with yours too, you really should finish it!

01-07-2009, 06:28 PM
Kerem, Jack: we should do a steampunk Kungfu Panda who is trying to catch mosquitos with chopsticks!

LOL :D that's one hell of an idea! :beer:

01-07-2009, 07:54 PM
Beautiful mood Donglu, I love those kind of stylish works !

01-07-2009, 09:18 PM
Lemog: Merci! You think I should add more red tones on the roof especially or some specific spots?
yep... where is lightened... warm and hot tones... red... yellow reflections...
yellow-orange brillance (for pipes ?) to do more "steampunk"

that could contrast well with your dark parts... grey... grey-darkgreen... as corroded copper...

darkgreen + red... that could work ;)

01-08-2009, 12:02 AM
Kerem, Jack: we should do a steampunk Kungfu Panda who is trying to catch mosquitos with chopsticks!

sure. go tell the judges that you want the next challenge's theme to be "catch".

01-08-2009, 05:17 AM
Hey Donglu,

Cool update! Like a lot the characters on the image, the witch is really great. Love the mood on your image. Maybe Hansel and Gretel a bit bigger, taking more space on the forground. only a comment :) Hope you can finish this awesome concept. The best wishes for you :D

01-08-2009, 01:43 PM (

All the elements are there, I will work on it as much as I can until Saturday, mostly in terms of refining color tones. I am not going for a "sharp" polishing, because I enjoy this loose feel of the small brush strokes.

01-08-2009, 04:39 PM
sweet jesus! Not meant to be discouraging, great image but are you sure you can finish this in time?? Cos I just saw tons of details there that needs to be worked...

01-08-2009, 06:57 PM
I sense the first wave of blaming-Jack is coming...

01-10-2009, 02:30 PM (

This is the remake of the folklore Hansel and Gretel with the steampunk aesthetics.
The kids are in a total state of wonder, excitingly observing the village ruled by the witch. Little animal creatures are the servants and the habitants of this villages: busy constructing the roofs with confections, running on the pipes to have fun, or guard the village with their vigilance.

Thanks to everyone in the forum who gave me support and suggestions for this challenge and my colleague Joel who gave me great input for the characters!

Of course, Jack is always there to push me working hard on every single of my pieces, thanks, sweetheart. :)

Good luck to every participant for the challenge!

01-10-2009, 05:37 PM
Don`t tell me that u won`t finish this.....please keep going :wip:

I sense the first wave of blaming-Jack is coming...
yup u can be sure of that :hmm:

01-10-2009, 09:40 PM (

Software: Photoshop

This is the remake of the folklore Hansel and Gretel with the steampunk aesthetics.

The kids are in a total state of wonder, excitingly observing the village ruled by the witch. Little animal creatures are the servants and the habitants of this villages: busy constructing the roofs with confections, running on the pipes to have fun, or guard the village with their vigilance.

01-11-2009, 07:27 AM
yeaaa the first to say congrats ..... I guess we won`t blame jack after all :arteest: u did it :scream: I like it alot :thumbsup: congrats again

01-11-2009, 09:00 AM
Amazing...the concept of vines hanging above, darkened foreground characters, colour palattes...all are remarkable. Well done!:thumbsup:

01-11-2009, 10:59 AM
Nice final. I think you can be happy with this one :)

01-11-2009, 11:48 AM
:thumbsup: Beautiful piece and great final, Donglu! Congratulations, and fingers crossed for the judging. :cool:

01-11-2009, 12:02 PM
This just looks fantastic

01-11-2009, 01:07 PM
congrats on finishing! This has a unique atmosphere and style to it that will make it stand out, good luck!

01-11-2009, 10:05 PM
Congratulations Donglu... really like the final image... really well made... and well focused...

the story is here, and the originality is here too... that give us a particulary good image... you must be proud... that works very well... :thumbsup:


01-13-2009, 04:36 PM
Hi Donglu. Congratulatiuons on your image. It has an incredible mood and atmosphere. The intricate details of the town are amazing.
My only concern is with the kids. I think they get a little lost in the middle of it. I think they need more detail and contrast, darker shadows and some glow on the edges, something that enhace them a little. It's just a little push on the image to make it perfect and now that the deadline has been extended maybe you could do it.
Good luck and congratulatiosn once again!

01-14-2009, 10:39 AM
Wow, that town is amazing, well done!

01-17-2009, 07:30 PM
Hi Donglu!

This is such a CUTE concept! The details are so intricate and as usual the execution is flawless! Good luck!


01-17-2009, 11:47 PM
Really like the style. Feels like this could be a book cover. :D

01-19-2009, 04:33 PM
Congrats dear! Great work! :beer:

01-19-2009, 05:03 PM
The best: All the "keep going" you gave during the challenge really made a difference for me! Thanks for the continuous support!

Mrpeace: Thanks!

Martin: Thanks for being there during the challenge. What makes me happy the most with the challenges is not really the final result, but rather how they helped me to learn more about my strengths and weaknesses. It is always a pleasure to be part of a tight artistic community, sharing a great experience with each other.

Thaldir: Thanks for dropping by! It is really sad to see you not finishing up the entry. We will still all join for the next one, right? Btw, good luck with your new commissions!

Idrift: Thanks, glad you liked it!

Rivenis: Thanks you, really appreciate your kind words!

Lemog: Merci! I am eager to see you finishing up the video entry!!! The animal are simply lovely! Keep your energu up!

Kaparo: Thanks! I agree with you about the kids. I was in Shanghai for the entire last week and didn't have time to retouch the image. Everytime I look at my image from different screens, the contrast and the colors can be so different from each other, it is the first time that I have this problem with my work, maybe the color variations are too subtle...I am really not sure why. But anyways, it is done!

Themightym: Thanks!

Lynda: Thanks for the sweet compliments! I finally realized how much I enjoy to make CUTE concepts! :P

Unit 11: Hehe, thank you, maybe I should try to make cover illustration for children book when the opportunity comes.

Kerem: Thanks, buddy! :beer:

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