Eon (Illustration) Entry: Chuck Wadey

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  12 December 2006
Thanks for the comments

Since this is a sharing / learning forum, I thought I should drop in a quick note about how I work. Though I paint in Photoshop, I like to work as flat as possible. This isn't to say that I don't use layers, I just use them when I need them and then flatten them back down so that I'm never lost in a huge stack. Working this way keeps the file very light so that it's easy to flip or spray over large areas and it's seems a little more akin to traditional acrylic and board. You could say that I took a lot away from the Ryan Church Gnomon DVDs. If you're interested in more detail, I have an online tutorial here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=79449

bandro: Thanks! The story has some humans from the future and some humans from 2005 (last year). So I can't make the lady up front look much more futuristic because she's one of us. However, I am trying to push it with Olmy the homomorph standing next to her.

icedeyes: Thanks, I'm glad you find the frant interesting. Just don't ask me to put pants on it (like I've read in other threads), they don't wear any.

Hideyoshi: Yes, atmospheric perspective is one of the funniest things to do in painting. It usually comes later for me because of the way I build up my illustrations. I'm going to have to think about how to use it in this one because I want to keep the flaw maintenance vehicle a deep black so that it really punches out (as per Walrus's comment).

RaresHalmagean: Sorry that you liked the earlier stuff better, but I've gotta push ahead to finish. My decision was that the story aspect would be better served by illustrating a complete scene as it happened, rather than collaging up a movie poster. I hoping to address some of the use of space issues with picted graphics (projected holographics) later.

OKMER: Thanks! Probably the watercolory feel of my first color pass. It's probably dissipating now that the rest of my paint is building up, nothing against European comics.

walrus: Thanks, you were right. The flaw maintenance vehicle has it's darker values back now.

idyeaah: Thanks Raffy.

ICHOMA: Sweet. Me too.
  12 December 2006
hey dude! wishing u and ur family a very merry christmas!


> simply stunning work man! loved it to the core! cant wait to c the final draw! good luck mate!
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  12 December 2006
Chuck - Hey, looking good. The bug-maintentance ship really stands out now. Whatever you did, it works... now you may want to think about where else to do the same thing. One thing you may want to consider trying is a test: turn your image into a greyscale and see what pops out (or doesn't.) I'm assuming you'd like the main characters in the foreground to realy read strongly. Taking out the color and just looking at the values might help you see where you can punch up the values to make it read more clearly.
Anyhow, just an idea. Hope it helps...
Keep on coming along with it, and good luck!

Michael Dashow
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  12 December 2006
Good job. I think you captured the essence.

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  12 December 2006
Thumbs up Excelent

Excellente coloring technique.

good luck!
  12 December 2006
Initial color pass or textured and lit model: Almost there

Most things are in place now. In future uploads I'm going to do a new background out the window top left, give Patricia a new head, and tweak values and saturation overall for a cleaner read.
  12 December 2006
Very good style Chuk, I like the colors a lot, the composition looks very good and it sure be improved if you change the saturation values but there is one thing I think you could improve, the main characters are in the first plane but there is no interaction whit anything else in they composition, the look like if they were just put over there... maybe if you add an element over them or something could improve it, also frant is in a very wear perspective and the shape lower part of the leg looks like a feet to me, i feel like frant is flying or like he stands in the bottom end of the composition. Just my opinion, hope this critics will help you.

Good luck mate!
  01 January 2007
Final composite and colour timing: New heads - just about finished

This post is more or less the final image, minus a little tuning. I've posted it larger this time with higher compression. The biggest difference since the last update is that I shot photo reference for repainting some of the heads. Patricia's original head was pushing the whole image in a cartoony direction that I didn't like. Any suggestions on this final stage will be greatly appreciated as I prepair to turn in the assignment. Thanks for all the comments thus far.
  01 January 2007
This is really awesome. Everytime, when I look at this image I find new details. You have a great style. It reminds me a little bit of the illustrations from Alfred Kelsner or Johnny Bruck.

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  01 January 2007
ahh, its very very detail intensive already!. awesome vehicle design!. At this stage i think Olmy needs a little more work (specifically his head), since much work has gone into patricia, it would be nice to get his flesh tones more accurate aswell, you can see the different levels if you know what i mean. otherwise, great work done in a short space of time.





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  01 January 2007

Excellent work budy.
I thin Patricia looks better with this new angle on her face.
I love your technique, hope I can learn some day.

  01 January 2007
gorgeous changes! Love the new head, love the detail madness and just everything!
  01 January 2007
It's shaping up nicely. Good job.
  01 January 2007

The new heads look perfect to me.
  01 January 2007
wow so many new design elemets! youv'e really got an eye for detail, especially the design of the main ship, very cool stuff, the new update, #38, was a huge improvement. Just a suggestion here: if its glass that Patricia and the gang are looking through maybe try adding some subtle reflections; It looks like you started to do that with the Eon sign down in the right corner... maybe a slight glare coming from the light above the main ship or something. Anyway fantastic job thus far! Best of luck to you

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