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  03 March 2006
The Journey Begins Challenge (2D) Entry: Kevin Soderlund

Kevin Soderlund is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page

Latest Update: Final Image: Journey Into War

The date is December 11, 1969. A young soldier, fresh out of boot camp, takes his first steps down from a chopper and into the jungles of Vietnam. At that very moment, the innocence of youth is stripped away forever, replaced with the life-and-death struggle of instantaneous manhood. Amid the magenta-colored fog of war, our hero assesses his new predicament, and the dangerous journey ahead of him. He pauses for a moment as the true realization hits him with brutal force – and everything familiar he has known throughout his life disappears on the wind; fading like the whir of rotors from the departing choppers, leaving with their cargo of wounded and fallen comrades…

Last edited by jevinart : 05 May 2006 at 03:24 AM.
  03 March 2006
Concept Sketch: Journey into War

the date is december 11, 1969, and a young soldier, fresh out of training, has just stepped down from a chopper and into his first glimpse of war.

the journey begins as his boots crunch the moist soil of a foreign land -- everything safe and familiar is suddenly behind him. in the split-second of disorientation and throat-clenching fear that takes hold -- mixed with the realization that every decision he makes from this moment forward could mean the difference between life or death -- the young boy becomes a man. a long road of horror and bloodshed lay before him, masked by the dangerous undergrowth and tropical foliage of vietnam....

Last edited by jevinart : 03 March 2006 at 05:28 PM.
  03 March 2006
Line Art: Journey into War

the concept sketch and line art are one in the same -- created in a single sitting (this is how i work).... next step is to add a color wash.

Last edited by jevinart : 03 March 2006 at 10:41 PM.
  03 March 2006
Talking looks good

Nice line work ....

good perspective....

Good emotion on the face of the Character...

Looks like the start of a winner too me...

  03 March 2006
excelent and done very well.
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  03 March 2006
many thanks! your comments are greatly appreciated!
  03 March 2006
The facial expression is wonderful. That tense uncertainty, combined with a soldier-like stoicism. Beautiful.
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  03 March 2006
many thanks! I was particularly struck by the expression on this young soldier (am using real vietnam war footage, composited together, for my reference material) -- he had such a powerful aura about him; his face told the story i was looking for....

am in the color phase now (was a very long day yesterday, but got a lot accomplished!). The final will have a very overcast, bleak look to it, with muted muddy colors and a hazy atmosphere...
  03 March 2006
I agree, the soldier expression is great, and the drawing is nice. I like the theme. I'll be looking forward for the colour work.
  03 March 2006
appreciate it! the color work is underway, and i should be posting an update soon. thanks for the excellent comment!
  03 March 2006
Coloring WIP: Soldier Detail -- Color Comp

this is a color WIP of the soldier's face (close-up detail).
  03 March 2006
It's good to see something different, but fits into the challenge perfectly. Good work so far, your concept is great.
  03 March 2006
Wow, very cool coloring you got there. I love how you've included alot of colors in his skin. Keep it up!

  03 March 2006
thanks, peeps! i wanted to really think outside the box on this one, and go back in time to a real, pivotal moment in someone's life at the beginning of their own personal journey....

as far as the colors go -- just gettin' started. really appreciate the feedback!
  03 March 2006

full metal sketchbook.

love the expression, will be watching
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