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Old 09 September 2010   #1
Peter Popken, The making of: Mountain Pass

Peter Popken shows off some tricks and techniques in his tutorial 'The making of: Mountain Pass', an image which made Popken Master of Stortelling in EXPOSÉ 8.

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Old 09 September 2010   #2
Beautiful work Peter!

I really love everything about Mountain pass, it has so much character and old world charm

Thanks for the article

- Ty
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Old 09 September 2010   #3
thanks TyroneMaddams, I appreciate that. This image is part of a series and hopefully I have more to post on my blog soon. http://peterpopken.blogspot.com/
 
Old 09 September 2010   #4
weight?

Hi, It's a nice peice but You're missing weight in your machine. It looks like it's floating on the snow, not driving through it. Should it be so balanced for what must be a very heavy machine driving in the snow? Also you added ropes to the soldiers but there is not enough physical exhertion on their part [unless the emergency break is on - I guess that could be the case with the head horse man holding his arm up...]. Next, the wheels on your machine have no traction... can wheels like that go up a slope like that?

Some examples of what I'm trying to show/say: some show exhertion, some just reference of vehicles in ww1/winter, etc...

http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/900-3740
http://www.firstworldwar.com/featur...rgotten_mud.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...hnikov_1812.jpg
http://www.gwpda.org/photos/copperm...roops/01555.jpg
http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernirelan...ans/ford_ac.jpg
http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/318438-...+the+Raate+road
http://alh-research.tripod.com/Ligh...01769_1qaa1.jpg


I'm not trying to be a critique jerk, just trying to think of the poor painted dudes behind the armored car when it starts to slip backwards... and trying to think about details in art that help tell the story in the image and keep it grounded in semi reality.

Cheers,

mike
 
Old 09 September 2010   #5
Thumbs up good peter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JdS8e6qneA
 
Old 09 September 2010   #6
Originally Posted by mike33: Hi, It's a nice peice but You're missing weight in your machine. It looks like it's floating on the snow, not driving through it. Should it be so balanced for what must be a very heavy machine driving in the snow? Also you added ropes to the soldiers but there is not enough physical exhertion on their part [unless the emergency break is on - I guess that could be the case with the head horse man holding his arm up...]. Next, the wheels on your machine have no traction... can wheels like that go up a slope like that?

Some examples of what I'm trying to show/say: some show exhertion, some just reference of vehicles in ww1/winter, etc...

Cheers,

mike


hey Mike, you made a good point about the weight and design of the vehicle...and that reference of yours is just great. It could definitely add more drama to the composition if I had to illustrate just a close up of the soldiers. But considering the image as a whole I prefer them the way they are, as a straight line of action in contrast to the busy patterns in the background. It keeps the message simple and avoids confusion with too much secondary action going on. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I really appreciate the discussion and different views. p.
 
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