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03 March 2009, 12:51 PM
(! Finaly I finished this one! It was realy long 2 months.
The idea of my image is simple, so I hope you see it. When I was a child, sometimes I used my own hands instead of toys. It was funny to draw faces and figures on hands, composing my own story.
I tried to make some graphic style in my work (as pastels of Yerka) so I used std 1px brush and tiny strokes.
I hope you like it! And good luck to all participants.
Done in Photoshop, using Wacom tablet and a track "Petiatil Cx Htdui" by Aphex Tween playing in my headphones. It's like a soundtrack, you know. :)

03 March 2009, 12:58 PM
Wow !
Wonderful !
May I ask how did you achieve the incredible gentle shades?

03 March 2009, 01:02 PM
Here you can see the full resolution image (

And here some WIP images


Starting with sketches of my wife's hands

And some stroke layers.

03 March 2009, 01:05 PM
Wow !
Wonderful !
May I ask how did you achieve the incredible gentle shades?
Thank you!
All paited with brush. Just was sitting and stroking. Long long time.

03 March 2009, 01:34 PM
Wowww hallo...!!!Very skilled painting:eek:!!Congrats!:thumbsup:
Why the title is Making clouds , a was expecting more like something with hands.
But it doesnt matter enyways.
Good luck man this is awesome!!:bounce:

03 March 2009, 01:42 PM
this is amazing......very nice concept as well as work :)

03 March 2009, 01:47 PM
Wowww hallo...!!!Very skilled painting:eek:!!Congrats!:thumbsup:
Why the title is Making clouds , a was expecting more like something with hands.
But it doesnt matter enyways.
Good luck man this is awesome!!:bounce:
LefTerris and Unik, thank you.
The title tell us that this hand-snails are making clouds (the smoke from chemeny).
First I wanted to call it Nailed-Snailes. :)
Also I have a big trouble with my English.

03 March 2009, 01:51 PM
Wow! Great image! I like the idea and the story that goes with it; (using hands as toys). This could be an entire serie; hands as running horses, hand as a spider/crabs whatever, etc.
Great presentation too; I like watching the process slideshow as much as the finish picture...

03 March 2009, 02:02 PM
Very nice. I always like this classical moody light style.

03 March 2009, 02:05 PM
I like the idea behind it. You have skillfully created it.

03 March 2009, 02:10 PM
Incredible piece with a striking mood. You really did something with Yerka's style. Especially full-res is scary good...All those beautifully aligned thin lines must have been a lot of work.
Overall pretty much perfect in my opinion.

03 March 2009, 02:11 PM
Cool! Checking out your full res image was worth it...just to see the little finger tip eyes. --Especially those on the right looking over to the left! Funny. Good work!

03 March 2009, 02:14 PM
Thanks a lot! Glad to see you like it!

03 March 2009, 03:06 PM
Great picture:) One of my favorites for sure. Love how life-like you renderd the hands. Good luck in the competition

03 March 2009, 05:02 PM
very nice artwork... good luck :)

03 March 2009, 05:23 PM
Were you using default Photoshop brushes? How did you customize them...?

Thanks. Very inspiring....what I like MOST about your post, even more than the obvious artistic talent exhibited in your submission, is the time and effort you put into showing works in progress, sharing with us how this image was created. Thank you very much.

03 March 2009, 06:04 PM
Usually, I use only 2 brushes. The customized one (like chalk, for sketching) and the standart 1 pixel brush for stroking. The process is similiar to that.

03 March 2009, 08:25 PM
wow, great concept. I really like this one. good luck!

03 March 2009, 08:54 PM
Thank you!

03 March 2009, 09:31 PM
This is really great. That does look like it took a long time. I love the concept and your technique. It make my hand hurt just thinking about just using a 1 pixel brush.

03 March 2009, 09:36 PM
I like your piece. I wanted to add the nautilus to mine, but I couldn't find an appropriate place for it. Good job and good luck.

03 March 2009, 11:23 PM
"standart 1 pixel brush for stroking"

Wow, you mean the entire image is basically a chalk base covered with millions of one pixel strokes???? You build up an image with thousands of strokes, each only one pixel wide??

It is an interesting technique but seems like a heck of a lot of work...although I'm looking forward to trying it now.

Also, do you know if there is a way to keep a large color palette open in Photoshop after selecting a color? If laying down that many individual strokes it would seem useful to frequently switch hues and so on, to slightly vary the strokes as easily as possible. Do you move back to the color palette frequently, or layout a series of color splotches to pick with an eye dropper, or...have you found another way to pick and change colors quickly?

Thanks again! GREAT work...

03 March 2009, 11:47 PM
wooah!! great, didnt know its 2d until i saw the full res :D

03 March 2009, 01:56 AM
:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: ....speechless after viewing the full resolution of your master piece.

Thanks for sharing your work in progress.

03 March 2009, 03:06 AM
Amazing technical ability. I also checked out your Nils and Morten painting and I absolutely love your character design.

03 March 2009, 03:10 AM
Dude, so far yours is my absolute favorite. I think it's the most original, it captures Yerka's style, and at the same time has your personal essence. Wonderfully archived. If I were a judge you would be my Grand prize winner. :thumbsup:

03 March 2009, 08:38 AM
I liked this,very nice coloring!Cool work!:)

03 March 2009, 09:55 AM
For me it's the most oryginal image in the contest so far. Wish you good luck!

03 March 2009, 11:52 AM
Fantastic technique, it works really well for emulating yerkas style. I was thinking to myself how to get that pastely look in photoshop, you pulled it off with style.

I Love the detailing and patterns on the snail arms too. Great work :)

03 March 2009, 12:30 PM
I agree with baloontree.
I also like this image for it’s idea. It fits the bill for a surrealist theme. There were a lot of great ideas embodied in a lot of the other entries, but unfortunately the presentation and focus was lost due in large part to trying to display to many unrelated themes in one image. As they sometimes say “less is more”. You did a great job of presenting your idea here.
I would also say the only thing reminiscent of Yerka’s style here, IMO, is the board-work on the thatched barn, which you nailed spot on (pun intended :) ). The rest is in a beautifully executed style that doesn’t remind me of a Yerka piece.
–That said, I think your odds of winning top spot are quite high. Good luck. :thumbsup:

03 March 2009, 12:51 PM
Fantastic mood with authentic JY lighting :) Very nice. Good luck!

03 March 2009, 01:17 PM
Thanks to everybody!
Just want to say, that it wasn't a goal to draw with 1px brush. I just love detailing images.
In fact, anybody can make it. :)

03 March 2009, 02:18 PM
Wow, this is really great concept! Thank you for sharing process images as well.

03 March 2009, 07:20 PM
Those line strokes are great. It looks great even in the early process.
Good luck!

03 March 2009, 09:10 PM
This is beautiful.:applause:

03 March 2009, 11:08 PM
This is technically superb, very beautiful and also a solid concept - I dont think I need to wish you luck;)

03 March 2009, 12:18 AM
Wow, this is huge. very cool concept, so very Yerka, but yet very refreshing...
wonderful mood and colors, super style & technique. what can I say- looks like a winner to me.
good luck!:applause:

03 March 2009, 06:00 AM
Hi ;)))
Very good work ))

03 March 2009, 09:18 AM
Hi, man, that's just great :applause: Like your humour and concept and skills! :beer:

03 March 2009, 10:24 AM
Thank you, guys! I was trying! :buttrock:

03 March 2009, 05:54 PM
Beautiful work!
Good luck!

03 March 2009, 05:12 AM
After seeing you entry I went to view the rest of your work online. It is amazingly impressive the range reflected in every aspect of your work to the point where mentioning the use of a 1 px brush only makes sense.

Good job!

03 March 2009, 07:37 AM
imperioli, thank you!

mexfogel, yeah, thank you! I'm trying to make some curious story behind every image I'm working on.:) It is interesting for me to make, for example, an image that, even it looks funny, brings behind not so funny story.

03 March 2009, 09:00 PM
Didnt really had time to look thure all the work here been very busy but this one instantly catched my eye
Nice work man hope you win something, i think you deserve it.
Very nice color palette and the idea , also remainds me of good old Monthy Python cartoons

Good luck

03 March 2009, 02:56 PM
Really nice colors and work indeed..All the very best!

03 March 2009, 04:22 PM
Eye-catching, even in a thumbnail size! The colorite brings Bruegel to mind. Thumbs up!

03 March 2009, 11:17 PM
Thanks for your reply!

03 March 2009, 09:51 AM
wow,how you can finished so great work!i like it very much,good luck

03 March 2009, 09:34 AM
In my opinion its a simple concept and this contest is purely based on conceptual visualization concept marks are higher I guess in this contest.I really liked your palette colors and the combination of it is showing a good image

03 March 2009, 01:02 PM
songjiaru1980jarek, thank you so much!

Illuxion08, every person finds its own in artwork. :) Thanks for your reply!

04 April 2009, 06:46 PM
I always liked this one, excellent mood to it. Well done on the HM!

04 April 2009, 12:36 AM

04 April 2009, 07:00 AM
BaronImpossible, thank you! I'm glad to hear this words from you.
imperioli, Thank you very much!

04 April 2009, 10:57 AM
Congratulations on the HM.
Beside being a richly beautiful painting, it was also cleverly creative and very much, surreal.

04 April 2009, 01:24 PM
Congratulations!I´ve just saw your image and is great and original. I like it a lot ;)

04 April 2009, 06:12 PM
Quadart, thank you very much!

Gonzalo, I'm very glad to hear you like it! Thank you.

04 April 2009, 02:36 PM
awesome work man! - love the concept and the personal story behind it and colors :eek: - great work!!!

04 April 2009, 07:14 PM
daw, glad to hear you! :wavey: Thank you very much!

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