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Old 09-20-2005, 07:16 PM   #1
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Spectacular 2D Entry: Eric Claeys

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Old 09-20-2005, 08:51 PM   #2
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welcome and good luck!!
Old 09-28-2005, 07:32 PM   #3
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Concept Sketch: Monkey

My concept is basically a mechanical monkey frantically trying to find a soul of his own - to become 'alive'. He swings through a lush, harshly lit jungle high above the ground. His hopes and dreams are but inches away. It's a bit of a modern pinnocio-like narrative.

I think the monkey needs to be a little more stretched and contorted - using every piston in his body to 'fly' through the tree branches. I also wanted to leave a bit of a wake in his path - snapped limbs, loose leaves, and a bit of motion blur as the limbs bend and recoil under his heavy chassis... we'll see if I can pull it off.
Old 09-28-2005, 08:25 PM   #4
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Hello Eric! good idea and good sketch!! good luck for the challenge! will come forward see your next update! see yaaaaaaaaaaaa
Old 09-28-2005, 09:08 PM   #5
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Cool idea, but I think it might look more "spectacular" if you changed the composition a bit, so that the monkey-bot and soul are speeding towards the camera (or look like they're going to miss it by only an arm's width) instead of passing perpendicular to the viewing angle like they are now. Looks neat.
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Old 09-29-2005, 05:20 AM   #6
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Concept Sketch: Inquisitive

...working on a related, but much darker concept...
The beauty of the dead bird's soul drifting upward is all that the immortal mechanical monkey sees. He is unable to comprehend death - innocently fascinated with what happens when you squish little fuzzy things.

The idea in my head takes place on the floor of a tall forest - sunlight peeking in only far above. The final image would be very verticle - perhaps showing other unfortunate souls rising higher into the canopy.

I really like this concept and will now experiment with composition and a more obvious expression of curiousity on the monkey's face.

I agree, this sketch and the previous one is much too profile and lacks depth and perspective.

Thanks for all your input!
Old 09-29-2005, 06:44 AM   #7
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I like the light very much,
coool pic, good luck
Old 09-29-2005, 06:54 AM   #8
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I love this!

This looks like a really interesting concept... kinda macabre with the dead birds and the blood on his hands, but 'spectacular' with the blue light and stuff. Is that the spirit of the birds? I prefer the more sedate composition. It looks like he's thinking about what he's doing.

A really interesting approach to the challenge... good luck!
Old 09-29-2005, 07:25 AM   #9
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Good concept,
lotta mood in that last sketch! Very interesting indeed!

Old 09-29-2005, 07:48 AM   #10
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thats a really cool concept, and so far you have also executed it very nicely. i'm looking forward to more progress.
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Old 09-29-2005, 09:49 AM   #11
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Now that's cruel, but really interesting and beautiful, very original, I'll be waiting to see how it will look in the final.
Old 09-29-2005, 10:35 AM   #12
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very cool and interesting concept, beautifull sketch, I think this will have a lot of potential.
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Old 09-29-2005, 11:48 AM   #13
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This is a lovely concept, and the mood of the last sketch is absolutely wonderful, I have to say I prefer it's quiet spectacularness to that all out action of the other sketch. The only thing I would say is that without the narrative you added to the pic, it would be difficult to pin down exactly what was going on, other than a robot looking at the bird's soul.

But then again... having written that, I wonder whether you need more than that? *shrugs* I like it as is actually, ignore that last comment. Keep up with work, can't wait to see it more detail.
Old 09-29-2005, 11:58 AM   #14
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thats really good mate.. I am leaning toward androids and robots for my spectacular entry though i ahvent doen much yet... looking great!
Old 09-29-2005, 01:46 PM   #15
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i loved this light! keep it going n good luck!
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