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10 October 2003, 03:18 AM
Tom Kerr has entered the ALIENWARE Challenge.

10 October 2003, 10:20 AM (

Just the first thought that came to mind so far. I kind of like the idea of these hovering organic towers withing a vast ocean. I will toy with this idea more, different towers and different landscapes.

10 October 2003, 10:30 AM
NIce start....:)

10 October 2003, 10:36 AM
Thanks man!

10 October 2003, 12:23 PM
Great Idea, have fun with it! ;)


10 October 2003, 01:45 PM (

I think I want these towers to be connected somehow... perhaps an organic "version" of a wooden bridge; this sketch is vague as to what they are. I figured the connecting "bridges" might hint at the possibility of a civilization.

I also included a detail of how the sections may connect; this is somewhat organic. I think i might want them to be more structural, but we'll see.

10 October 2003, 05:35 PM (

These are two details of how the "bridges" may connect to the towers. I also through in a quick sketch of another possibility for the towers themselves.

10 October 2003, 03:47 AM (

Here's the same idea, with photoshop color.

10 October 2003, 03:49 AM
One of the issues I'm considering right now is the "water". I'm thinking its consitency should make it look like not-water. Perhaps more gelatinous, or perhaps a sea of shards of something. I'm not sure.

edit: I also think perhaps I may add many more of these towers, at different levels. Perhaps also in different levels of corrosion. I'd like to have a feeling this could be the home of a civilization of some kind.

EDIT: All brutal critisicm is most welcome!:p

10 October 2003, 02:41 PM

Good works Zbgump your last report is very impressive , j'ai hâte de voir la suite.

10 October 2003, 02:55 PM (

Still playing with the same idea. I'm thinking these are power generators of some kind; power is created by the "water" flowing into these holes/vortices.

10 October 2003, 02:58 PM
Thanks alot Melco!

All comments and crit are most welcome!

10 October 2003, 05:50 AM (

Another variation. I change the composition and some other things. I have at least one more variation on these theme; perhaps more than one. I feel I'm gettin closer to something I like; I would really appreciate all comments and/or critique. Thanks alot!

10 October 2003, 10:58 AM
hey!!!, that's a good start dude!!! keep on.....

10 October 2003, 11:02 AM
Originally posted by future14
hey!!!, that's a good start dude!!! keep on.....

Thanks for the words of encouragement Fut! I appreciate it!

10 October 2003, 12:04 PM
yeah great start, think your one of the phew that take the challenge guidelines more seriously despite all the beautifull sketches around :thumbsup: Maybe need just need another cool terrascape element next to the 'pilars'

ps. thnx for giving so much support to all the folks here

10 October 2003, 12:24 PM
Thanks for the input Asteroth. Your idea is encouraging as that was what I was thinking as well! Perhaps some roads or pathways, I don't know yet.

I enjoy looking at everyone's take on this challenge. I know how much trouble I often have with nailing a concept down, so I want to give as much input as I can. After all, once we finalize our idea we all have lots of work to do to bring these ideas to 3d life; Its important that we get off to a solid start.

10 October 2003, 12:39 PM (

I'm not abandoning the towers, but I want to get some others going so I don't get tied to one idea this early on. I realize this drawing is a bit crowded and may be hard to make out; basically I'm thinking those "tree" forms are collecting from that stream of spheres. Could be eggs or some natural resource. They could be collecting for some civilization, or simply growing along the river to feed themselves.

10 October 2003, 12:42 PM
I like the look of some kind of liquid crashing against the pillars in your first concepts. gives a nice scense of unstability.:thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 01:36 PM
Originally posted by Powell
I like the look of some kind of liquid crashing against the pillars in your first concepts. gives a nice scense of unstability.:thumbsup:

Thanks Powell, I agree. I think in my next "towers" sketches I'll try to get some more motion into them.

10 October 2003, 03:04 PM
I think you must stay with thouse towers, like that idea that wind or smh blowing them around, so keep skechin :), mabe try one skech from ground(worm) point of view, that shuld look nice I guess :D

10 October 2003, 03:10 PM
I really like the last two "towers" pictures. I think the idea of gelatinous oceans powering these tower-generators is a cool idea.

You could play with the idea where each of those nodes that grabs into the one above it functions like a neuron or nerve know where each one gets it's info from the one below it and passes it on to the one above...but maybe they are transmitting energy rather than nervous system signals; all powered by the ocean.
Just a thought...

So far it looks really promising. Great work :thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 03:20 PM
>>Monster . I agree that the towers should be in a more dynamic pose, get some more motion in there.

>>Zr0-1 . Hmm, nuerons... thats very interesting. I think I'll look up some scientific reference images to inspire me.

Thanks a million for all the comments and crit! I really appreciate them.

Damn, you guys are making me want to drop all the work I have to do and get back to this challenge!!! :scream:

10 October 2003, 02:21 AM
Originally posted by zbgump
Hmm, nuerons... thats very interesting. I think I'll look up some scientific reference images to inspire me.

Ha! Something about neurons just seems "alien" doesn't it? The weird vortex-thingy in my comps... It's based on neurons. :) If you haven't found any cool images yet I've got about a dozen I could zip up and send to you.

And for critiques - I like the latest sketch you put up. Lots of possibilities there. However - what I really like is one of your earlier sketchs that looked like some organic matter (plants?) was fastened together by metal rings... As if the inhabitants had tried to staple together their decaying planet... Mmmm... that concept gives me all sorts of ideas.

Now put down that work and get busy on this challenge!:D

10 October 2003, 05:10 AM
I'm afraid I don't have any criticism for you. I will however suggest you go with the tower connections you showed in the 3rd sketch. There was something powerful about the way the towers gripped each other. Like a hand, but not even close to being humanoid. It really added that creep sci-fi element. I would be interested in seeing it developed. Good luck and all that.

10 October 2003, 12:16 PM
I liked previous version. Most recent one is somehow unbalanced in terms of colours- previous one has been set on firm contrast with some distractions and that was good... IMHO of course.

10 October 2003, 12:47 PM
from the beginning till now your work is full of imagination, just try to figure out hat u really want 2 do before u lost your mind:eek: ... i realy like the crop collectors...keep it up...good work...

10 October 2003, 10:41 AM
for me the last proposal is more abstract , too many elements make confuse to read the scene.

The previous one is the best for me, I imagine it in movement with far dephts and strange colours.

My two cents.

10 October 2003, 12:02 PM
The generators concept is the best!!! I like the colours,and the shape of the big columns!Keep it up!:thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 12:16 PM
your first concept was quite leaning tower of piza-ish, but since then youve let it take on a more organic feel, one that i particularly like. Good luck...

11 November 2003, 07:47 AM
Very interesting concepts thus far.

IMO - I think your original idea of the tumultuous ocean was attention grabbing. It might be a possible to follow some of the concepts in your most recent concept – about them linking together and picking eggs – but have the bottom half submerged or something and the water clear enough to see below the surface. The eggs could be under water, or floating. I like the ideas about the trees connecting like mangroves to survive the windy watery conditions.

Really like what you got.

Rock on!

11 November 2003, 01:45 PM
I'm really enjoying looking at this thread & the way it's changing & advancing. Yours is definately one of the more original ideas so far & there seems to be alot of thought behind it. Though the way some artist's concepts are executed is amazing, we're seeing alot of the same ideas repeating themselves (I'm not exempt from this!), which is really pretty interesting in itself. Myself, I'm struggling with the part of the brief that says that there are no lifeforms around, but the landscape itself could be alive...
Looking forward to seeing your ideas modelled.

11 November 2003, 02:42 AM (

Ok, I finally found some time to get back to this challenge. I think I'm going to go with the towers; roughed out some geometry.

11 November 2003, 11:38 PM
Thanks to all for the comments and encouragement!

I haven't been around for a bit; I had some other work that I had to do (and its not done yet. :annoyed: )

I'm going to try some more updates done ASAP!

11 November 2003, 09:53 AM
Il ike the structures (volcans?) Is the floor water?
Good starting!!!:thumbsup:

01 January 2004, 12:20 AM
This small elements, and the repetition of it makes it very interesting. And the whole concept is very good.
Best:bounce: :wavey:

01 January 2004, 01:09 AM
Thanks for the recent comments folks!

I've been quite busy with a lot of things; Unfortunatley I'm quite certain that I won't have time to put any real work into this challenge before the deadline.

Hopefully I'll have some free time to work on fun stuff like this real soon! If I do, I'll be sure and move this over to the WIP forum.

Good Luck all!!!

01 January 2004, 01:50 AM
Great work! Are you using max? if so here's a great tutorial for making fire.

01 January 2004, 02:32 AM
oooh... looking great, huge and alien! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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