View Full Version : Mountain Patrol, Michal Suchánek (3D)

12-01-2009, 12:40 AM (

Title: Mountain Patrol
Name: Michal Suchánek
Country: Czech Republic
Software: 3ds max, Photoshop, ZBrush

The two longtime companions patrol the border of Windy Mountains. They are looking out of their enemy, but nobody has shown up for a very long time.

12-01-2009, 11:40 AM
Wow. Front page stuff. You got my vote. :thumbsup:

12-01-2009, 11:49 AM
great work, very nice modeling and character design.
On the crit side, the big guys left arm is a little blocky and could have been more smooth and organic especially on the vein and skin fold between the forearm and biceps.
beautiful pic non the less

12-01-2009, 11:49 AM
Really a great work! I like it:thumbsup:

12-01-2009, 11:55 AM
Love your rosehip collecting guys! Excellent work! :thumbsup:

12-01-2009, 01:00 PM
Hi Mike,
Long time no see here :) Let me just tell you that your last two works are great and this picture is definitely worth the choice gallery.

I like the composition and the colors. Both of the characters got a very nice expresion in their face and I also have to give you some stars for the fur that you have done :). But mostly I appreciate that feeling of some motion in the picture. It's the feeling of the big guy chewing the dog-rose and the little one pulling his head back, like if he was saying "dont eat so much you f**ng lazy bast**d". And of course the flags moving in the light mountain breeze...Pure eye candy :)

I can see you was dealing with the mental ray skin shader and i think it works very well. Maybe you could force specular maps more. But other materials in the scene doesn't work that well imho. I'm mainly talking about the horns witch seems to me like they are only default material with bump and the dog-roses witch seems like they are copper. I am also having some problems with the anatomy of big guys the left arm. Perhaps its too stylised...

I am so glad that you gave us mortals some new picture to look on :)
And i cant wait to see what you are cooking for the future
Cheers man

12-01-2009, 01:40 PM
Very good! :thumbsup:

12-01-2009, 01:51 PM
Great stuff !:thumbsup:
realy cheerful work man :beer:

12-01-2009, 02:04 PM
This is great. I Like this a lot. The big guys face is full of character & its all very well modelled, textured, everything.

Good job!

12-01-2009, 03:01 PM
nice stuff and very funny expressions in their faces,
like it lot

12-01-2009, 03:17 PM
that's one hell of an artwork , the characters is so a live ,:scream:fantastic and awesome:scream:

12-01-2009, 03:19 PM
This is a really nice piece, nicely done. :)

12-01-2009, 03:34 PM
Wow, this is really impressive work, I like the softer elements in the ribbons and berries which help break up the ruggedness of the 2 main characters. Great Stuff!

12-01-2009, 05:14 PM
top quality work

12-01-2009, 05:23 PM
Excellent work! I love it! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

12-01-2009, 05:48 PM
Awesome work. The details are great, especially the body hair. Keep up the good work!

12-01-2009, 07:33 PM
Cool stuff! I like the characters and their expressions:thumbsup:

12-01-2009, 09:03 PM
absolutely incredible man! The detail is amazing :thumbsup:

12-01-2009, 09:54 PM
Top Row!!! 5*

12-01-2009, 11:06 PM
wow............ top score piceˇˇ

12-02-2009, 01:08 AM
good work with the modeling and material!!

my only critic would be that you need to improve your lighting, it almost look an indoor lighting, you can tell that by watching those black areas on the back of the red stripes or the back part of the big guy.

Which renderer did you used?

sorry for my english.

12-02-2009, 01:29 AM
Nice job, amazing!:surprised

12-02-2009, 06:08 AM
Very crisp and very cool. Great work.

12-02-2009, 06:15 AM
He looks like the alchemist in warcraft 3 game.

Very nice! congrats.

12-02-2009, 06:16 AM
Great work. My only concern is that the shadows seem too dark. With that background environment, I would expect to see more ambient light. Otherwise, cool idea.

12-02-2009, 07:59 AM
great image and great humor!
my brother saw this image last night and said "man why do not you do such quality work!"
love it!

12-02-2009, 08:31 AM
awesome job man,congratz!!!

12-02-2009, 08:38 AM
cool work very good detalis , textures , modeling & light i like

good luck 4 ever :beer:

12-02-2009, 09:48 AM
wow!!! really nice job!!!:thumbsup:

12-03-2009, 01:12 AM
Great work!

12-03-2009, 01:40 AM
Orcs and goblins are blase until they are done superbly. :)

12-03-2009, 02:01 AM
Beautiful work !

Though The big guys free hand seems a little strange in the position, it draws the eye down and out of the frame,,,perhaps on the horn of his belt could better lead the eye around for harmony,,,

12-03-2009, 02:02 AM
or maybe grabbing the foot of the little guy,,,that would create a compositional circle :)

12-03-2009, 02:15 AM
good work!! congratulations for your front page!!

12-03-2009, 04:50 AM
Excellent Modeling !
well done.

12-03-2009, 05:18 AM
Whoa great stuff.

12-03-2009, 07:51 AM
Wow! Impressive work. Congratulations

12-03-2009, 07:54 AM
hehe nice characters, love it ! :)

12-03-2009, 08:01 AM
OMG! This is rlly awesome!

One of the best images i saw this year! Great work!

12-03-2009, 08:08 AM
great character!
congra on CG Choice!
imo, the light doesn't look like outdoor/exterior light
it needs more "bounces"/color bleeding

edit: pbx wrote here (

12-03-2009, 08:48 AM
Sick work man !!!

12-03-2009, 08:50 AM
congratulation on the CG Choice :thumbsup::applause::beer:

12-03-2009, 09:22 AM
great work :P

12-03-2009, 09:47 AM
Great work!

I want to add that I DONT have any problems with left arm, because even if it is not "anatomically standard" it does fit the big guy. I mean these are monsters from a different reality, I don't want the anatomy to be to human on fantasy creatures. It fits in this case and it was actually something I liked before reading the comments on it.

Well deserved front page!

12-03-2009, 10:22 AM
amazing stuff !

12-03-2009, 11:22 AM
Congratulations, very nice couple, your work rocks :applause:

12-03-2009, 11:44 AM
Wow. Pretty darn amazing. I would love to see these characters in a short or feature.

12-03-2009, 12:03 PM
Really nice work!!! Nice attention to detail!!!

12-03-2009, 01:36 PM
Nice character-modeling and shading. The textures look good.

now for the crits: if anyone can't stand straight words, then please don't read on ;)
no bashing intended, just my honest opinion

The lighting of the characters and the background don't match. Background has a light from a top-right direction, while the Characters get a lighting from top-left.
The Characters have subsurface scattering, the plants the big guy holds doesn't. Not a big deal, but it makes the plants look like they don't really fit into the scene.
Therefore, I don't think it really deserved a CG-Choice award.

And finally a personal thing: Orcs/Goblins :( don't want to see them boring.

12-03-2009, 02:00 PM
Cool work mate, congratulations :beer:

12-03-2009, 03:04 PM
Really nice work. Good job mate! :)

12-03-2009, 03:36 PM
Velice dobry chlape! Libi se mi to! :thumbsup:

12-03-2009, 04:59 PM
Awesome image - great work.

H13 - I think you're being a tad harsh saying it doesn't deserve a CG-Choice award. I can agree that orc type characters arn't all that original but I think there's more to it than just that. I think the main thing that makes this stand out is that it's interesting - all good art tells a "story", meaning there's more to it than just an orc character. It's technically impressive too - you've pointed out a few problems with it but these are minor so I think it is worthy of the award.

Besides, I just plain like it.

12-03-2009, 06:54 PM
stunning work!! i love it :applause:

12-03-2009, 07:53 PM
The image is really nice, but feels a bit flat to me.

Also is it based on the miles teves sculpture?

12-03-2009, 08:23 PM
ooooo perfect:)

12-04-2009, 12:24 AM
kinda reminds me of photos u take at the mall with a fake backdrop. the photo background just totally ruins it for me. besides not matching the scene, there's no mid ground its just the characters and the mountains a mile away. i like the modeling, but presentation falls short imo. very harsh shadows for an outdoor scene (should probably be more blue than black) and the lighting doesn't really match up. textures feel a little monochromatic and flat (big guy is all pink, little guy is all green). not saying it isn't a good piece, but i dont agree with some of the choices made

12-04-2009, 12:47 AM
Nice render for the most part, but feel that the poses could do with a lot more work - they look very stiff, with not much thought put into actually how a character would perform the actions they are performing (even in still pose form).

That doesn't look like how any creature with four fingers and a thumb would hold a telescope (looks awkward). I think it's predominantly due to all his fingers (not including the pinky) being in a perfect straight line. Try holding something of that diameter up to your eye (and of significant weight just like a brass telescope) - I'll wager that your fingers splay out and rotate differently. The telescope guy's clavicle doesn't appear to have moved even though he's raised his arm. He doesn't appear to actually be in the process of steering the ogre, so wouldn't he look more natural resting his arm on his leg (it would be tiring holding the reins up in the air like that for an extended period of time). And the ogre's hands look very stiff (fingers all lined up etc).

The poses just don't look natural.

12-04-2009, 01:10 AM
This is a great piece and those nit picking need to re-think, can you do better? I love the modelling, the texturing and the composition, and I think as a piece of art its very engaging. Great job with the hair too its a bitch to get right!

Oh and the little guy is my favourite! :)

12-04-2009, 03:06 AM
This is a great piece and those nit picking need to re-think, can you do better?Assuming you included me in those you feel are nit picking:

I am constructively critiquing the work. Plain and simple. Nit picking, perhaps. But that's what is going to help the artist get even better.

It really doesn't have any bearing on whether the one critiquing could do any better, it only matters whether the one critiquing has a good eye. I do.

12-04-2009, 10:08 AM
very nice


12-04-2009, 10:24 AM
very nice job, and the fur-hair is really well done, perhaps you could make a little explanation of the creation of fur :arteest::arteest::arteest:

12-04-2009, 10:38 AM
Awesome image - great work.

H13 - I think you're being a tad harsh saying it doesn't deserve a CG-Choice award. I can agree that orc type characters arn't all that original but I think there's more to it than just that. I think the main thing that makes this stand out is that it's interesting - all good art tells a "story", meaning there's more to it than just an orc character. It's technically impressive too - you've pointed out a few problems with it but these are minor so I think it is worthy of the award.

Besides, I just plain like it.

well, you got a point there. But as I said, just my personal opinion. No harm intended ;)

12-04-2009, 11:13 AM
hey man nice work the orcs look it a straight render from zbrush??

12-04-2009, 11:37 AM
great work !

12-04-2009, 03:12 PM
Inspiring work indeed , Loved the characters, expressions and the overall composition !

12-05-2009, 09:16 AM
nice work on those arms

12-05-2009, 05:08 PM
OMG- THIS IS THE BOMB! great composition, lighting, modeling, color, and on. This is very NICE! *****

12-05-2009, 11:50 PM
very nice and very inspiring, :)thanx and 5 stars

12-06-2009, 01:45 PM
great work!

12-07-2009, 07:57 AM
Great work! I really liked the theme/story. The characters do tell a lot! Congrats!

12-07-2009, 12:22 PM
Really Nice of using subsurface scattering effect, really cool!

12-07-2009, 04:19 PM
Really great work! Very funny expressions in their faces! :D

12-07-2009, 07:43 PM
The background feels very disconnected from the characters in the foreground. It seems like a last minute thing to me. It is photo-real while the characters are quite something different. I am having a hard time enjoying your great character work because of that one simple fact.

12-08-2009, 12:28 PM
Coool, work man, i really like the fantasy approach to this image but i m agree with OneFuzzyBrain abt the background.other then that great work.

12-08-2009, 04:48 PM
Inspirational models. Great work on both of them. I'd love to see more of the process.

12-13-2009, 03:45 PM
give me some tips yaar:banghead:

12-14-2009, 01:09 PM
love the smooth touch

12-14-2009, 01:36 PM
i like the foot very much :)
very nice work!:thumbsup:

12-19-2009, 04:34 PM
Great characters... fab work all round
They really look like great buddies! :thumbsup:


12-26-2009, 11:06 AM
Great stuff indeed :)

12-30-2009, 07:58 AM

i like that..

it's like an ogre..!!!

01-02-2010, 03:57 PM
That IS an amazing Piece of Art... AmaZing Job.

01-04-2010, 10:09 PM
I loved characteres, always, very funny

01-10-2010, 06:54 PM
Nice work, they look diligent, but still very bored.

01-12-2010, 11:07 AM
Love your work!

01-15-2010, 12:52 PM
Very nice work.

Ogre... Hmmm Good:)

01-16-2010, 12:45 PM
im a new to 3dsmax, but alot of people told me better learn maya because maya is the future.
May i know the model by 3dsmax with finish mapping and rigged can be use in maya? or hv to reset the map and the ...?

01-26-2010, 01:38 PM
This Work Is Great

01-27-2010, 08:15 PM
Sweet;] hairs looks great.

02-02-2010, 01:21 PM
Love the detail & subtle humour between the characters. Epic!

02-05-2010, 07:09 PM
Top notch work!

02-09-2010, 06:11 AM
[QUOTE=Suchanek] I perfer comedies to tragedies.and u have done a nice work!!! It makes me to think a artistic conception^ ......a story ......a little monster is a master of the big one...the big who has some flowers in his hand is the embodiment of his romantic emotional appeal....very intereting ...and this is just my image....

02-18-2010, 01:19 PM
oh ,tow sexy boy

02-26-2010, 01:01 AM
Engaging characters and detail--this clearly goes beyond a nice image and enters the realm of story telling. Congratulations on making the cover of Post mag!

03-10-2010, 11:47 PM
Really well done on this. Love everything about it.

03-17-2010, 10:37 PM
Well, they didn't find any enemy which is good, but they have find some wild-rose fruits which is also good, and they can just make some tea and enjoy the view!

04-14-2010, 02:25 PM
Top notch work! Keep it up.

04-19-2010, 05:39 AM
I love how you have posed the characters... Surely I can imagine a nice story for these two guys! The modeling is well done... love the muscle details.

Keep it up !

05-05-2010, 07:21 PM
Great characters. Nice.

05-22-2010, 11:04 AM
Good work...

07-06-2010, 07:53 PM

I love this, I could help but enjoy view this piece, Great work!

07-11-2010, 08:24 AM
Very nice concept love it, love the modeling , texturing alot also use of hair nice work

thumbs up

09-10-2010, 12:38 PM
Excellent work! I love it! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

The flower is in his hand

10-03-2010, 11:40 AM
wo~w....Great stuff !

10-29-2010, 10:39 PM
This looks great!

08-30-2011, 05:22 PM
Just discovered this from a link on the banner.

10-16-2011, 08:48 AM
just creative

03-23-2012, 06:22 PM
A good looking ogre!

04-17-2012, 05:36 PM
Amazing, detail on hands are awesome!

08-23-2012, 05:01 PM
Amazing piece of work....Great job done!! congrats Michal :beer:

03-26-2013, 08:11 PM
Good Job. At first I thought the larger ogre had flowers in his hands and was going on a date until I read the description.

09-03-2013, 10:11 AM
wow! It is very great work!

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