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04-20-2010, 03:10 PM
('s my final entry for Big Red. It's a futuristic, otherworldly widget transporter. We don't know quite what those widgets are, and we likely wouldn't understand them if we did, but suffice it to say they have to be transported to their destination in a timely manner whilst being protected from the attentions of snouted desert creatures.

04-20-2010, 03:21 PM
Holy ...! Very nice, Baron!
The clouds are a bit heavy and the composition doesn't feel well balanced, but the rendering is awesome and the design is quite sweet!
Good luck mate! I'll probably throw something in the challenge too... would love to do some vehicle design for a change.

edit:... nah forget that about the composition, I'm not sure bout this. :D

04-20-2010, 03:59 PM
Pretty impressive!

04-20-2010, 05:34 PM
Nice vehicle! The reflections in exaustion pipes and the front of the vehicle are superb!

04-20-2010, 11:16 PM
that turned out uber smooth in the end simon. I love bringing up the large version to study your technique. is it the usual artrage/painter combo?

great work


04-21-2010, 05:40 AM
love all the outcome on this.. ;) good luck!!!

04-21-2010, 10:46 AM
yakonusuke - Cheers, look forward to seeing your entry! The composition is busy in this one, I tried to make it like some of Syd's but it's harder than it looks :)

tlaiho - Thanks!

carlossilvapb - Cheers :) It took me a while to figure out all the reflections so I'm glad it looks OK

LightSovereign - Thanks, Marley! The initial sketch was in ArtRage and the rest of it in Painter. The original I worked on was 5000px so I could get the detail in. I find ArtRage excels at accurate natural media simulation and sketching whilst Painter is better for fine detail and definition.

cgdigi - Thanks v much

Good luck to everyone too, of course

04-21-2010, 11:39 AM
This really is a great image, I think its my favourite so far. Good luck mate :)

04-21-2010, 01:01 PM
Beautiful work. I love how you captured the feeling of 1950/60's illustration style. Congratulations and good luck!

04-21-2010, 03:08 PM
TMunro - Thanks, great to hear that

dodgeOrBURN - Cheers, and happy you like it

04-22-2010, 10:37 AM
Looks great, Simon!

Something tells me that with two months to go we’ll be seeing another entry or two from you.? ;)

04-22-2010, 01:47 PM
Cheers, Bill! Yep, I might be considering another entry, just need a bit of time first to forget how damn difficult this one was :)

04-23-2010, 06:13 AM
This is amazing! I like the proportions of the vehicle and I wish I could take a ride with it :)
You are one of my favorite artists!

04-23-2010, 11:10 AM
galeon - Thanks, that's a great compliment

04-23-2010, 02:09 PM
This really turned out great! and it's in a style of Syd! For some reason there is a total lack of submissions so far in the competition that are trying for his style. Too much 3D so far but I'm sure as the days go by that will change...

04-23-2010, 03:22 PM
Lovely piece...really reminds me of Syd Mead's earlier work back when he did concepts for US Steel...I actually prefer some of the work from that period as much of it had a feel that reflected contemporary vehicle styling of the time.

Anyway great work, I feel I have a tough act to follow from such a strong submission.

04-23-2010, 05:06 PM
amscime - Thanks, that's what I'm aiming for. As you say I bet there'll be a lot of entries in a couple of months or so, many 100s I think, and there will be some surprises in there! It was like that with the Surreal "Jacek Yerka" challenge.

olbertus - Cheers, I'm happy it's reminding people of Syd's stuff, even if the style is not exact. The test, of course, is will it remind Syd of Syd's stuff? :)

04-24-2010, 12:43 AM
Always a treat seeing your artwork. Followed your thread on the other nvart challege too. Hope you win this one too!

04-24-2010, 01:38 PM
Thanks! I think this one will be really tough and I'm expecting loads of interesting entries soon

04-27-2010, 09:37 AM
Wow! This is a great piece.

I love the way you can see the rest of the vehicle trailing off into the background, didn't notice that at first. The design is nice and original as well.

Good luck with the comp.

04-27-2010, 03:39 PM
Yeah I really like this one and I can't figure out why. It's good enough if it was a book cover I'd buy just for the picture. The shape of the vehicle (to my eye's at least) seems very original and just fun. The clouds might be a little heavy but I don't think they hurt the piece enough to really worry about it. Love the background too. So is that anouther one in the background or is that the end of the main one?

04-27-2010, 04:30 PM
chrisskinner78 - Thanks, Chris, happy you're liking it

LostTraveler - I guess I need to think of a novel to go with it then :) Yep, it's the same vehicle you can see in the background, with another engine running in reverse. There are probably other engines along the length too. Thanks for the comments!

04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Beautiful render and design, my favorite so far, the only thing that looks a bit weird imo are the clouds, they seem to be a bit too opaque. Good luck

04-27-2010, 06:12 PM
NicholasCaruana - Thanks for the comment, appreciated!

04-29-2010, 12:00 AM
I saw your original sketch of this, and knew right at that moment that this was a winning concept. Honestly I don't think any other entry will be beating this one, it's SPOT ON in every way, and you'd think Syd himself created such an image.

I'd be utterly surprised if this DOESN'T win.

04-29-2010, 11:01 AM
darkshark - Thanks, that's a great compliment :) Watch, though, there are already some seriously impressive entries coming through and I think towards the end there will be some monsters. It was like that in the last NVArt challenge, suddenly it was like "Ohhh sh*t.....!!" :)

04-30-2010, 11:10 AM
Beautiful image, great concept and colors.

04-30-2010, 07:40 PM
Thanks! :)

05-05-2010, 01:06 AM
Great vehicle design. I love the independent wheels and the reflections are great. Good luck

05-05-2010, 04:06 AM
This is a fantastic rendering. :)

05-05-2010, 10:15 AM
buzz001 - Cheers! Yep, the wheels were fun to do, or not :)

SciFibrow - Thanks!

05-12-2010, 04:04 PM
man.. i really love this one... everything is just so balanced. And the color mood is just perfect!
wishing you best of Luck!

05-12-2010, 04:25 PM
adeel - Thanks, much appreciated! :)

BTW, for those who are interested - I've just started on another image, 'Party Pods', which will be my second and final submission. I'm hoping it will achieve a closer resemblence to Syd Mead's style, and also there will be a lot more going on. I'll post it when I'm done :)

05-12-2010, 09:39 PM
Excellent image.

05-13-2010, 03:48 PM
JFVerissimo - Thanks :)

06-08-2010, 12:14 AM
I've looked over every current entry so far, I still think you're going to win this. There are very few that adhere to the "Syd standard" and out of those few, yours still shines.

06-08-2010, 04:23 AM
Agreed, My money's on the Barron and CGDigi so far.

06-08-2010, 10:49 AM
darkshark, TMunro - Thanks for the encouragement, guys. Like all my stuff I can find fault with this but it would be great if I could place somewhere in the final bunch :)

06-08-2010, 06:03 PM
I would absolutely love to see a timelapse video of ANY of your pieces Baron. Your 2d work beats a lot of 3d work out there, which impresses me to no end.

06-08-2010, 06:39 PM
Cheers, glad you think so :) I haven't any vids of my Painter pieces I'm afraid. I do have a workshop and time-lapse vid in this month's ImagineFX (iss 58 I think), but I had to use 100% ArtRage so it isn't as polished as my normal pieces (can't beat Painter for details).

06-08-2010, 09:38 PM
"(can't beat Painter for details)"

Really ? For me it's kinda hard to get details right in Painter... Especially with artist oils, because you need a high resolution or else the brush isn't able to put color on canvas ( maybe you know what I mean ) . Which resolution do you use for your big artworks? And what are your favorit painting tools? Hope you don't mind me asking that. :)
Or maybe you got some other hints for painting details.

06-09-2010, 01:26 AM
Baron impossible i wish you best of lucks. It is looking awesome and as always a very fresh work you show.

06-09-2010, 12:14 PM
yakonusuke - I usually work quite big - 5120 for this one, and use Artists Oils most of the time. I guess the small AO brush I use is 6px otherwise as you say they don't work well. For very fine detail I'll use a small round brush with pressure-depedent opacity, down to about 2px. And a blender - very useful when trying (and failing!) to imitate Syd! :)

chilombiano - Thanks v much :)

06-09-2010, 01:48 PM
Ah thank you, these are also my favorite brushes plus a big soft airbrush. Interresting stuff, thanks man!

06-29-2010, 09:56 AM
One of my faves. The guy looks like me when my mrs is telling me off. :beer:

06-29-2010, 10:10 AM
Heh! :) Thanks, glad you like it

06-30-2010, 01:23 AM
I like how the action is frozen. I can spend a lot of time looking at the picture wondering what the people are doing.

06-30-2010, 02:28 AM
I like how the action is frozen. I can spend a lot of time looking at the picture wondering what the people are doing.
Yup...i love the composition. And the far background like the straight clouds are mesmerising.

06-30-2010, 11:10 AM
zarich - Thanks, that was my intention so it's great you say that :)

Nazirull - Thanks v much!

06-30-2010, 11:33 AM
this is cute - 'big red' caterpillar =) there's a lot of furiuos, seriuos and other stuff.., but this one is sweet and cozy to say at least :bounce: flawless rendition :bowdown:

07-01-2010, 10:46 AM
Cheers, glad you think so :D

07-01-2010, 11:23 AM
Really sweet. The background, those wheels up on that hill and those chrome exhaust pipes really make this thing pop. Your style of rendering is pretty awesome it's almost like one could reach out and touch it.

07-01-2010, 01:58 PM
Thanks! I had to think a bit about the reflections in those pipes, good that you think it's worked out.

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