The Journey Begins Challenge (2D) Entry: Jens Rasmussen

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Old 02 February 2006   #1
The Journey Begins Challenge (2D) Entry: Jens Rasmussen

Jens Rasmussen is entered in the "The Journey Begins Challenge" update: View Challenge Page

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Old 02 February 2006   #2
Goog luck Overchord! have fun!
Old 02 February 2006   #3
lol that was quick elmasfeo - first message in the time it took me to get to the thread from signing up Thank you very much - and good luck to you too!

Really excited about this one - I already have a stack of ideas in my head - but I learned from last challenge that I need to pick one and get on with it - had too many ideas last time and ended up not finishing
But THIS time I will definetly make a finished entry!!
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Old 02 February 2006   #4
ey good luck to u too man!

Old 02 February 2006   #5
Hey! GOOD LUCK!!! may this (just as mine) be a good learning experience! we can finish (aye guilty as charged here too)!!! lol

Old 02 February 2006   #6
Thanks Squib and oz!

The first idea that popped into my head is work related (Me being a marine biologsit'n all)
This little creature called a copepod - about the size of a grain of rice - sinks down to a depth of 1000-1500m in the ocean during winter. There it sits dormant untill spring-time. Then - on some unknown cue - it starts its journey to the surface where it arrives in time to start munching on all the stuff that has jsut started growing and then be the first ones to reproduce that spring.
The idea kinda keeps with the small scale-epic journey concept, but i'll have to think a bit about how to actually illustrate it - theres potentially just a lot of ocean and this little animal.
This is what the creature looks like close up:

Although they tend to have a little more colour when they are alive (mainly more reddish).
But its going to be tricky to depict a vertical journey over both space and time
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Old 03 March 2006   #7
Concept Sketch: Rough thumbnail

Well finally a little progress. This is just a very quick thumbnail depicting the idea. The concept is show a little person (perhaps a halfling or something along those lines), standing in fornt of the walls to a labyrinth.
Beyond the labyrinth is the Dark Forrest and the long climb to the tower where you can jsut glimpse the light from the top window where the mysterious proze awaits.
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Old 03 March 2006   #8
That was indeed a short-lived idea within 1 hour after I uploaded my thumbnail I found a fellow participant that had used the same idea, but way further ahead with it! So it's back to the drawing board.

I'm now thinking 3 youn boys all kitted up in their make-belief knight's armor that has to traverse the length of the garden to make it to the "castle" where mum has jsut poured col lemonade Will try and do a sketch for it once i get off work.
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Old 03 March 2006   #9
Concept Sketch: 4 thumbnail ideas

Well here's 4 new ideas:
1) two kids seeing the monsters that they are imagining in the long journey up the garden (probably need to make it seem longer)
2) A Fisherman setting out on a stormy sea while his family looks out from the peer.
3) The first "human" picking up a tool (i know its a really bad sketch made on the bus home form work)
4) A man starting the journey of knowledge in a gigantic library cracking the pages open of the first book :-)

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Old 03 March 2006   #10
Concept Sketch: concept#6

New idea. Vikings leaving the shores of their homes to seek out new lands. History tells us that these people crossed wild and daunting oceans in their little shallow-draught boats loaded with families, livestock and supplies.
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Old 03 March 2006   #11
Concept Sketch: Composition and workplab

I'm sticking with the ideas of the vikings setting out in the longboats, but to relocate rather than a war party. In order to portray the buildup and preparation going on before leaving familiar shores I've moved the scene to a bay where two boats are being made ready to make the journey. Around will be lots of people getting ready, carrying supplies, pushing livestock etc.
I have set up a sectioned workplan now illustrated by the boxes:
1) Set up the fullscale image by blocking in the colours
2) The Viking village in the background.
3)The trees and grounds around the village
4) The elders of the tribe staring out to sea and debating their plan for the journey
5) The two boats being loaded and readied.
6) The beach and the path between the village and the boats where people are carrying supplies down to the boats
7) Put the finishing touches on the picture as a whole, making sure that each of the above sections does not appear too compartmentalised.

So - there's the workplan - now I need to get going on sketches for each of the sections. The style will be deliberately toonish - I feel that it will help lift the mood of the illustration :-)
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Old 03 March 2006   #12
Concept Sketch: The Elders

This is the first sketch of the elders standing on the spit, discussing the beginning of the Journey.
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Old 03 March 2006   #13
Concept Sketch: Ores Men concept

These two guys will be in Area 6, carrying ores down to the boat while one gets distracted by a young viking lady picking berries :-)
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Old 03 March 2006   #14
wowz, u making one big pic eh? good luck dude

Old 03 March 2006   #15
Hehe Tanks - I'm going to need it

I'll need to get started on the overall map soon so I can get a clearer idea of how to fit the various characters in. Its probably a bit dangerous to keep churning out the character without having a clear aspect of where they would fit in.
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