The Journey Begins Challenge (2D) Entry: Clint Cearley

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  05 May 2006
Some steps missing but the final is great!

I wish you the best!
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  05 May 2006
Nice colours! Reminds me of those Max Payne graphic novel inside the game! The clocks hanging under the hot-air balloon? What are they supposed to be for? I think you don't have to put them there.

Really like the mood and atmosphere! All the best!
  05 May 2006
Originally Posted by thePoet: ...I removed a number of the balloons and directed them more at the horizon. Think it's better or maybe a little more? I did the simplist thing possible to give the impression the kids were going up; I made the climbing boy's head look up. I tried having an arm reaching down to help him but it look cut off and odd. Still not enough?

Hey, Poet! I'm glad my feedback was of help. I think the boy climbing to the ballon is a definite improvement.

The removal of ballons does help a bit, but is not as effective. Maybe having some kind of loose alingment between the balloons so that the viewer's eyes can easily jump from one to the other until they settle on the horizon is a way to tell the viewer that that's where the baloons are headed. Of course, you don't want the ballons in a row, just enough of a visual connection for the viewer to move from one to the other in the direction you want. Gustav Klimt's work is much more abstract than this, but if you look at his work, he was constantly "weaving" design elements or patters in this fashion.

Again, great job! and Good Luck!
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  05 May 2006
definitely fresh!

good job. now i want to see more work from you but there's no website?? D_;
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  05 May 2006
Final Image: Final

Once upon a time there was a package, small and wrapped in brown paper with a white bow. The package was carried a very long way by a man with a tall black hat and shiny black shoes. His name was never learned but some of the children that were by the second story window agree that they definitely saw a man with a tall black hat and shiny black shoes and he was the one that left the package on the orphanage’s doorstep that Christmas Eve night. They hurried down to meet the man once seeing him approach but he was already gone into the darkness when they reached the door. Only the little packaged remained there which had a small tag with gold writing on it that read, “For the Children.” They put the package with the few others under their tree for the next morning. Amid the festive cheer the following morning a dark-headed little girl unwrapped the package and in her hands laid an old book. It had no title, no author and indeed no words at all anywhere on it. She puzzled over the book for a short while before deciding to leave it on her bed stand and return to the festivities.
That night however, when she idly picked up the book to look at it again before bed, she was astonished to find that the book was filled with words! She gathered other children to show them the book and crowded on the little bed, they began to read it. They read of the City of Books that sits abandoned and in never ending twilight. Of it’s great stacks of books as tall as the tallest buildings and it’s libraries that held more stories than have ever been told. They read of hot air balloons that visit the city every night to see if any of the books had brought children from afar. Late into the night the children sat on the bed and read of the adventures that the balloons took those children on. Great journeys through the stars, fierce battles against teacup soldiers and perilous quests across hot desert dunes. Night’s calling though could not be ignored and slowly the children drifted to sleep.
They awoke not to the morning but to find themselves at the top of an incredible stack of books. Mighty gusts of wind blew a curtain of snow all around them and in the distance the children could see hot air balloons like great lanterns floating towards them...
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  05 May 2006
Thumbs up

Beautiful image! I love the colors.Great lighting.
  05 May 2006
Just remembered I needed to put in a little background info. Let's see, this was created entirely in PS7 at 4k wide, my inspirations were primarly the story of Peter Pan, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the work of the master, Craig Mullins. Like about everyone else, if I had to do it again I could do it better but I'm pleased with how it turned out under the timeframe.

A big thanks to everyone who commented, I appreciated every kudos and seriously considered every suggestion!! Hats off to you!

  05 May 2006
very welldone mate,a lovely final image,i love the way u lit the entire scene with such mood,the lighting looks almost 3d,definitely love the magical taste in it and the hovering balloons gave a great sense of depth to the image.good luck mate and all the best in the final judgement
  05 May 2006
Congratulations, you made it!!
This is a great, great, great image!!
  06 June 2006
Nothing much to say here, really great work!
  06 June 2006
This looks amazing! The atmosphere and colour is perfect, even parts of the characters could be mistaken for a photo at first glance. Good luck with judging!
  06 June 2006
everybody missed that but that's excellent.congrats
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  06 June 2006
SideAche - thanks!

Riddick - yeah, I didn't do such a great job of providing steps but the final came out well and best of luck to you too!

jeromoo - Can't say I'm familiar with the Max Payne graphic novels but I'm sure they're cool The pocketwatches have a little relevence to the story but really are unnecassary, it's one of the times I added something for my own pleasure. Thanks for the comments man!

werepumpkin - I keeped looking at the journey direction issue and decided to try and resolve it without using the balloons anymore. I put in some streams that lead to the focal point on the horizon and intensified the light there to resemble a sunrise. I appreciate hearing your thoughts and best of luck to you!

RasselTassel - no, no website but I plan to put up some pieces on here later

MichaelZHsee - It seems the longer you're looking at a piece the less qualified you become to judge whether things work or not so it's wonderful to hear that the image comes across that way. All the best to you as well!

tuck - yeah, made it with a couple of hours to spare!

reiv - thanks for the comment and best to you in the final!

burpy - thanks man!

cgoz - appreciate it!
  06 June 2006
Poet, this is amazingly gorgeous and very photo-realistic. Definitely a top candidate.

My only complaint, is that I wish you would have posted more updates. Perhaps there's a reason or I'm missed a page, the transitions seems rather dramatic. I would have loved to seen more subtle stages of the children's development (close-ups, roughs and such)

In any case, superb work.
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Last edited by danielh68 : 06 June 2006 at 06:21 PM.
  07 July 2006
Clint, this great and very atmosphere picture. I think about my dream, and my children room, about my children garden, this image to need think about it. Very enigmatically. My congratulation!!!
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