The Journey Begins Challenge (2D) Entry: Steven Stahlberg

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  03 March 2006
Hi stahlberg !
Big fan here, The composition here seems strange, but I 'm sure you'll get a great final picture.
Colors and atmosphere are already great, but I think you should try a more original angle of view with impressive contrasts etc.
You knwo as you others great picture, try to think "epic" and "narrative".

good luck. I'll check later.
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  03 March 2006
welcome mr. stahlberg

colors and bg comp are pretty cool ... just cant get friendly with the position of the character
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  03 March 2006
Another noob, when are we going to get some competition around here?...

That sketch is so simple yet very effective.
 
  03 March 2006
concept??? o crap. were all doomed.


love the colours in this.. was actually staring at it and getting lossed in it.. sounds cheesy but its true!
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  03 March 2006
Coloring WIP: Moving down the highway



Thanks guys! :)
Here's a more worked version... still not happy with it though, it's still boring. Yeah, I agree about the composition, but the more basic problem is the idea. I'll sketch some more ideas, see what develops.

 
  03 March 2006
For some reason I can't help but imagine a fella on the top of that hill with a skateboard and a look on his face.
 
  03 March 2006
Stahlberg..this is not boring, that´s my opinion, I liked very much. Waiting for more ideas
Best luck!
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  03 March 2006
Originally Posted by Stahlberg: it's still boring


still i couldn't help being a bit impressed. great feelin of depth, nice colors too


ps. good one , 'clip


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  03 March 2006
How could you do this fantastic piece of art in just a moment? And you say it's boring?
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  03 March 2006
Welcome to the contest steven, it is an honor to see u enter this contest, good luck, mate!
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  03 March 2006
Thanks!
Quote: How could you do this fantastic piece of art in just a moment? And you say it's boring?

Oh, no, not a moment, it took hours and hours.
And when I say boring, I don't want to give the wrong impression... I'm not playing with false humility. What I mean is, the picture is pretty, and I know I can make it even prettier, and it does speak to me on a certain level... (when I was a kid I dreamed of a situation like this, just walking walking to a far horizon, to see what was around the corner, experiencing new sights, emotions and adventures every few miles, in a glorious Swedish summer climate...) But I feel like it's not enough. It's a bit too "sweet" if you know what I mean. There's no salt or spice in this dish. Perhaps it needs a different light, not high noon but morning or afternoon... perhaps it needs a dark tower in the middle distance... or perhaps there's nothing to be done about it, and I might be better off going with a new idea. I'll think about this some more.
 
  03 March 2006
I think you should keep the landscape for sure, maybe play around with the people somewhat, get some interesting characters going that will spice up the pic? A motley crew?


May I ask how exactly do you get such great color harmony going? Do you have a technique or is it intuitive?
 
  03 March 2006
lovely coloring of those last two colWIPs!
the landscapes of yellow, reminds me of Van Gogh..

Good stuff!
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  03 March 2006
I like the use of colour - it has a relaxing, almost dream-like quality... as if you could float across the landscape...

Nice to have you in the contest - I look forward to watching this progress
 
  03 March 2006
The colors are amazing, I really like them. The bg is has still some undefined spots, but then there still like 70 days left

I think the reason it looks a bit boring as you say it is that the foreground is somewhat empty I think. Putting in another character would help, or an overshadowing tree or something (or a broken down gateway of stone or whatever ) A big character holding the girls hand or something.
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