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Old 12-15-2004, 07:42 PM   #46
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Hrmm... I didn't know we were supposed to go for funny, never got that sense from the outline for the project. I have seen some comical takes on the concept in the competition but they all seem pretty straight-a-head classic Sci-fi.

Thanks for the kind words about my process / technique. I haven't drawn anything in about a year or so so I'm a little clumsy getting back into this. What can I say, a management type gig at a large Video Games company didn't give me any creative outlet. It feels GREAT to be back at it.

Anyhow, I have a new composition in the works that I've mentioned in a few posts. Let me know your thoughts when I get it posted... in the meantime, I think I have to re-read the directions to see if I have to "funny" this up!



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Old 12-19-2004, 11:56 PM   #47
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It looks great, I like your ship designs.
Your technique is very interesting but mabye is a little difficult the "mix" between the photo and the brush's draw.
Very cool!
 
Old 12-20-2004, 04:36 AM   #48
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Thanks ered dium!

Yah... Have to say I'm not happy with the comp at this point either.. .new composition / illustration / colour tests / sketches will be posted tomorrow.

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Old 12-21-2004, 07:38 PM   #49
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Concept Sketch: New comp (hopefuilly Final)



New Composition... I want the emphasis to be on the temple being destroyed with lots of ships flying around and an extreame up-angle on teh attacking Alien ship.

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Old 12-21-2004, 07:40 PM   #50
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Concept Sketch: Defender ship



Close to being final defender ship concept (in Blue). I wanted it to be lower tech than the attacking Alien ships so I went with Rotar propelled. More updates on this ship to come...

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Old 12-21-2004, 07:41 PM   #51
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Concept Sketch: Temple guardian statue



The sculptures around the base of the temple. (in Blue). I still need to design the two large column sculptures and the temple.
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Old 12-21-2004, 07:42 PM   #52
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Concept Sketch: Alien attack ship revisit



Modified Alien attack ship sketches.
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Old 12-21-2004, 07:44 PM   #53
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Concept Sketch: Alien attack ship (final concept)



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Finally settled on what the alien attack ships will look like. All of these most recent sketches were done using Verithin blue pencils over a few days.
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Old 12-23-2004, 08:01 AM   #54
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Concept Sketch: 3D perspective layout sketch



Created this in Maya.

Grabbed primitives and quickly sculpted them into representative objects.

Messed with camera angle to get desired perspective.

Modified objects to suite camera angle.

Added grid texture to aid me when I illustrate over this image in Photoshop.
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Old 12-23-2004, 08:07 AM   #55
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Concept Sketch: Overpaint layout mock-up



Here's the quick colour mock-up in Photoshop using some skewed versions of earlier sketches to round out the image a bit.

I'm going to tone down the palette a lot in this image, desaturate it etc. These bright colours won't stay but you get where I'm going with it.

The red on the cliff face will be lava spouts, which will give me some nice dramatic lighting for my FG elements. That entire cliff face will be covered in ornate sculpture, as it is the base of the temple. The temple itself will be pretty ornate leading into the mountain face.

There will be plenty of ships flying around in what configuration I'm not settled on yet. I do like the idea of having an enemy fighter flying "past camera" so that I can pull the viewer in a bit more.

Planetary defense squadrons will be attacking the Alien craft and its surface will be dotted with explosions as the battle rages around it.

I cannot wait to get painting this thing...

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concept fountain.

You seem to have run though many concepts.. and I have to adimt my 2D powers are ravaged by your prowess.

It is nice to see the progress of your thought in pictures. I think you've got a lot of natural skill in this area.

One thing I thought might pose a problem for you...I would try to make sure that there is a good division between the planet's attack and the enemy ship. There seems to be the possiblity of joining them in the mind.. but then again it might not...
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Old 12-23-2004, 09:43 AM   #57
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Thanks Radulan!

Yup... I've beaten this thing to death and I haven't even picked a palette yet! Let me tell you, not illustrating anything for a year and a bit takes its toll! I humbly suggest that nobody should do it... keep doodling everyone!

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I agree that enemy and defending ships could get lost together but I intend to make sure that their colour schemes set them apart. The smaller enemy fighters will have similar colours to their mother ship (which is blowin' the crap out of the temple) and the defending ships will have tones similar to the temple etc.

They also both have very distinct designs...

We'll see how it all works out.


I appreciate your thoughts on my convoluted, disjointed process… I have to admit I’ve been all over the place in my attempt to settle on a concept / POV but I’m happy with this one now.

Stay tuned…
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:23 PM   #58
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Hey Ken,

I like what I see so far, the winged ship and earthquake device look very nice. I like the view of the last concept too. Look forward to seeing more here.
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Old 12-30-2004, 01:01 AM   #59
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Thanks mmoir! Always good to hear from another Canadian!
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Old 12-31-2004, 08:22 AM   #60
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Concept Sketch: Final 3D sketch layout



I modified my 3D ref sketch in Maya to give it a more dynamic base. Modified the colours and placement of a few objects and played around with where I wanted the attacking ships.

I’m most likely still going to be modifying the alien mother ship… I want to make it feel like a giant spider hovering over the temple.
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