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11 November 2008, 09:58 PM
Alexander Smolyakov is entered in the "Steampunk Myths and Legends" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Sphinx (

11 November 2008, 10:06 PM (

11 November 2008, 12:20 AM (

just think about color

11 November 2008, 02:47 AM (

The Sphinx guard the entrance to the world of steam.. the world of knowledge (as a symbol of knowledge she loves knowledge) and technologies.
She ask a riddle to obtain a passage, who can't solve the riddle will be eaten by..
the boy wants to enter the city.. he knows about riddles..and a bit scared by the Sphinx.

11 November 2008, 03:05 AM
Hi, I like the concept. But the Sphinx doesn't appear to look at the boy anymore and I think the boy should look a bit more scared. There doesn't seem to be much tension in his pose so he looks somewhat relaxed to me. Maybe if he would press the book against his chest it would work better, for me anyways.
Though I guess you want the question mark to be visible, maybe it could still be visible if it's placed on the spine of the book.

Looking forward to see more. :)

11 November 2008, 03:29 AM
I agree with Doomdragon. I think the boy looks pretty confident. To fit your concept for this image, I would recommend changing the pose of the Sphinx. To me, she looks quite playful, not at all imposing. Perhaps she could be sitting regally? Or crouched in the attitude of a hunting cat?

Good luck! :)

11 November 2008, 05:15 PM
**thanx for critics and for your opinion..
**I'll think about the pose of boy.. and I'll try to make it more active maybe.. more scared and doubtful.. ready to run away before Sphinx's riddles..
**about the *question mark* on the book... it is the book of riddles.. solve the riddles we take a knowledge [maybe like a symbol]
**about Sphinx pose.. yes she is a quite playful.. because she laughs about the boy.. she thinks that he is weak.. and she must be more attractive..

**luck for you too ^_^

11 November 2008, 02:26 PM
I like the idea of the sphinx looking like a playing cat: perhaps she could be bigger, so she would look more imposing.

11 November 2008, 02:27 PM
I like the mood, too: really "neverendig-story"-ish ;)

11 November 2008, 02:04 AM (

**thanx Sara Gioria

**I just don't know what kind of sphinx I really want.. There are a lot stories and a lot symbols conected with sphinx.. and all of them interesting.. and I try to decide what kind of symbol I can use in my story :)

11 November 2008, 02:30 AM
Great idea, your steampunk image style is quite different, almost a bit toony/childlike (meant in the most positive way) :)

Will there be shown more of the surroundings in the final image?

12 December 2008, 05:20 AM (

**thanx Daxtor.. I think about surroundings but first I want to work more on the Sphinx details..

12 December 2008, 06:08 AM
The composition here is awesome! And that creature is really freaky looking.

12 December 2008, 06:11 AM
Wow, a cool idea and a great POV! Would like to see more.

12 December 2008, 06:03 PM
I like this concept. It give you a since and feel of both magic and mythical essence.

12 December 2008, 09:36 AM (

**sarting to work on surround and the story a bit changed
**thanx to all

12 December 2008, 09:54 PM
Like a lot the wings of the character....also the pose!
cool colors!
Looking forward to the progress!

12 December 2008, 10:24 PM
This is coming along wonderfully, I really like it!

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12 December 2008, 04:13 PM
Alexander, this painting is enchanting!
I really love the atmosphere, and the colours...and the concept!
I whish you the best luck with the challenge...and with your art! :D

12 December 2008, 03:46 PM
**Alice.. thanx for comment and wishes..

**and certainly luck for you too..

12 December 2008, 06:25 PM
i like your color palette a lot! :)

01 January 2009, 12:15 AM (

**some updates...
**thanx Ronald...

01 January 2009, 04:03 PM (

Software: Painter,Photoshop

Knowledge in the hand of unskillful and clumsy man becomes a monster. It has the face of a woman as a symbol of beauty.It has wings to diffuse knowledge faster. And the name of a monster is Sphinx..
The Sphinx guard the entrance to the world of steam, the world of knowledge and technologies. She ask a riddle to obtain a passage [solve the riddles we take a knowledge] who can't solve the riddle will be eaten by..
The boy wants to enter the city.. he knows about riddles..but doubt and scared by the Sphinx..

**I want to say thanks to everyone who posting... for your opinion and feedbacks :)

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