The Journey Begins Challenge (3D) Entry: Eric Machmer

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  05 May 2006
come on eric hurry up with the final image!
  05 May 2006
Hi Eric!

Hope its all going ok! Cmon dont you do a me! Get that image up man! I'm still all touched by your post -and wanted to recipricate -so thought i'd come over to your page to do it! I think your image is seriously brilliant btw -and i'm not just saying that -when i was discussing favourite images with my XSI buddies this week we were trying to work out our top 6, and although we couldnt decide which exact order cos were a bit useless -you were up there! And thats 3 random strangers in agreement with me -so hope that puts your mind at rest about this image! So get your work up here! Its a brilliant, fun, exciting and unusual image and theres nothing quite like it! Also does anyone know how you can nominate people for the community awards? Cos i'd very much like to nominate you! (And MT Cup too! -Can you nominate someone who didnt actually enter the challenge?!)

Good luck!
  05 May 2006
Hey Eric, I just figured out how to view everyone's turntable and I'm glad I did! I'm so glad you did the ship! Please please please finish!
  05 May 2006
please finish...
just me... and my GP...
Sometimes life is at its cruelest just before it is its most kindest
  05 May 2006
Listening to Bic Runga, "Beautiful Collision". Come one Eric. I need a dose of pink.
  05 May 2006
Final Image: Final Image

Things to know before reading the “poetic” backstory (backstory to the backstory):

"Space X" is a real privately operated commercial space exploration company; Point Magoo is a satellite launch facility in Southern California. Boxx is a computer manufacturer sponsoring this CG Society Challenge (of course); Boxx makes an ultra-highend line of computers called Apexxes. Additional sponsors are the makers of the design tools: Maya, Z Brush, and Painter.

Meant to be read in Seussian-like anapestic tetrameter verse (or as close as possible given I wrote this without adaquate sleep...will update later):

From the cherry gardens of Kyoto,
to the launching pads of Point Magoo,
one hundred and twenty wise butterflies set off
to see what they could do!

They watched many Space X launches,
from here to Timbuktu;
on napkins, dried leaves, and blackboards,
outlandish concepts grew!

Optimistic with their hunches,
a little nutty too,
they joined CG Society,
to see their concepts through!

Studying design at breakfast,
dreaming of Apexxes at lunch,
they searched the world for sponsors:
Z Brush, Maya, Painter
with Boxx, the best of the bunch.

They were joined by little bees who could
Barb and Bob Woowhoo,
and set off on their journey
to Valbo, Hjo, and Manacapuru.

"Where do they come from?" people would say.
"I don't know -- but they've come a long way!"
Places you might know:
Brazil France and Sweden,
Örsundsbro Värnamo, Fitou Örebro.

Some say Saint-Cloud, others Chateauroux.
They spread their message joyfully
from Honolulu to Woolloomooloo,
from Nogent Le Retrou to Kalamazoo.

What do they sound like flying?
Can you say?
Like Talmudic pages turning,
in an old fashioned way.

What do they say when you hear them?
They say, "I wish,
I wish, I wish, I wish -- I wish I were a kish!

Tell people you love, you love them
before it is too late.
Set a date to tell them
to set the matter straight!"

This is something new!
I wish I were a kish too!!
I would spread lots of kishes
in Kathmandu and Xanadu
from Aracaçu to Pacaembu.
I would spread many kisses
for me
and also


Congratulate yourselves if you have done
something strange and extravagant and
broken the monotony of a decorous age.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

! :: C R E D I T S :: !

Very briefly...will write more after catching up on sleep...roughly in the order of your posts to this thread:

Efcharisto! Antonis Papantoniou
Danke schön Torsten Thuenen!
Khawp khun! Kanokporn Mahaek!
Thanks Andrew Kinabrew!
Thanks Selina Moore!
Gracias Mario Antonini!
Tack så mycket Gunie Elam!
Thank you Adrienne Donatelli! (MT Cup whoowhoo!)
Merci Michel Cavro!
Danke schön Matt Benya!
Lee Niven, thanks!
Dank je Nico Strobbe!
Mark David! Thanks mate!
Thanks Jacques Pena!
Hey Michael Burburan thanks mate!
Tesekkür ederim, Ozan Çivit!
Muchas Gracias Jorge Lescale!
Thanks Matt Jones!
Takk Mathias!
Thanks Alvin!
Terima kasih banyak-banyak, Vincent Wan!
Thanks Grant Warwick!
Merci, Mamnoon! Mohammad Coochaki!
Tack så mycket Mona Eriksson!
Thanks John Shakespeare!
Merci Thierry Schiel!
Takk Per Trystad!
Dank je Job v Linden vd Heuvell!
Hey Alex Voznesenski, thanks mate!
Muchas gracias Richard Suarez!
Thanks Nathan S (or NDS)!
Thanks Glenn Dean!
Merci Derferic!
Gracias Omar Carias!
Efcharisto! Dimitris Liatsos!
Hey Paul Riess, thanks mate!
Thanks Debbie Overstreet!
Grazie Marco Fantechi!
Gracias Giovanni Castro!
Doh je! Kreuz Chang!
Merci Olivier Ponsonnet!
Obrigado Carlos Bernardo Junior!
Dakujem ti Juraj Molcak!
Doh je! Qian Jin!
Mnogo blagodarya Sergio Ghazarian!
Gracias Omar Carias!
Hey thanks James H. Genius!
Thanks Mike Moir!
Gracias Fernando Aracena!
Thanks Jack zhang!
Merci, Mamnoon! Ali Jalali!
Thanks Eric Maslowski!
Sayol Timur Kiryashov!
Thanks Ed Parkinson!
Thanks to you and your hot fairy Mauro Bonelli!
Merci Laurent Antoine Lemog!
Multumesc Ioan Dumitrescu!
Tesekkür ederim Berkay Dincman!
Mark Endre Seljan Hungary
Gracias Stéphane Chasseloup!
Hey thanks David Russell!
Tesekkür ederim Soner Yurtseven!

Thanks to all who participated in this Challenge and enabled the CG Society to thrive as a
community of support, learning, and wonder (in addition to being a generous purveyour of BoxxTech goodies!) Nice meeting you all! Such a wonderful supportive creative bunch of is humbling and breathtaking to have conversed with and learned from you! Have a good summer!

Last edited by oceanbluesky : 05 May 2006 at 03:06 AM. Reason: Sleeplessness induced spelling errors!
  05 May 2006
wowzer! You finished! Very nice image, interesting format too. Very poetic image too.
  05 May 2006
Are you kidding me? That "thank you list" is just crazy... ok ok... Your image is crazy too. I really love that tiny point light up there... I need to print your story... and read carefuly... again and again and again...

Thanx for your support Good luck!

  05 May 2006
Oh, oh, oh! I'm speechless! It's great! I love it. LOL and you pulled the story off. Eric, I am your number one fan. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this trip with you and I thank you so much for allowing me to tag along.

I dread the thought, but hopefully I will go head to head against you in a challenge. I'm looking forward to it.

  05 May 2006
The image is still 7970x10908 pixels (and takes over a half our to save as a 700+ layer .psd) so the original "March" scene (now in the lower right corner) is at its initial resolution (and slightly improved...I hope....).

I'll post close-ups soon -- will the Challenge pages be closed in a few hours? If close-ups are posted to the Challenge page would that knock the Final Image from this thread's splash?

It would be cool to continue to show the progression of this image in the Challenge section...maybe I'll stay awake to do that.

--Thank you so much everyone for your most recent encouragement -- it meant a lot! Looking forward to responding more thoroughly after catching up on sleep!! Hope you are having a good weekend!!
  05 May 2006
Hey Eric,

Yes, if you post the details, it will bump your final from the front. You can always repost the final again, though. Again, congratulations!
  05 May 2006
Eric..Congratulations on the final! You've put an unbeliveable mass of thoughts inside this work. It was a fun to follow. hope to see ya next time! Bests,
  05 May 2006
Hi, Eric,

Congratulations!!! Your image is so beautiful!! Really a piece of art!!! The colours are fantastic!! And the design is very poetical! Please share with us a hi-res image! =D

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  05 May 2006
I agree, a high res pic of the finished article is in order.
  05 May 2006
that story rocks... and the image is a dream to look at... well done Eric...
just me... and my GP...
Sometimes life is at its cruelest just before it is its most kindest
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