Thanks, SBWoodside! I’m sorry I didn’t respond earlier, but I didn’t get an email that there was a fresh reply… I just had to find it out myself!
I’m very happy to hear you respect my work so well! I’m far from happy with the piece, but there are some little detail that I’m quite pleased with (mainly some of those ‘close-ups’).
Is there any explanation for how this image derives from the book, or is it just a work of creative genius?
Well, 2 years ago, on the (good old ) ‘Machineflesh’ challenge (see my thread here), I had a very cliché concept at first, so someone responded (Jawine) and said that I should try something more creative and ‘different’. I think that was the reply that really changed a bit of my life, because I got the insight that it’s better to try it in a different way. Also I’ve been watching a bunch of interesting movies that days (mainly interesting were the ones from Burton and Jeunett), that gave me lots of inspiration. These days I’m in fact more focussing on film containing (surreal) visual effects. Something I created that way last year (directed by Maarten de Vugt, a friend on artcollege - I did the vfx and postproduction), based on the painting ‘Golconde’ from René Margritte. See it here.
I’ve always been interested in combining the 3D with the 2D medium. I’ve always been quite 3D focussed (on previous challenges), and I did the last challenge (‘The Journey Begins’) in 2D, but with a very complex process, which I didn’t like in the end. So I practiced my 2D painting, and planned to do this with a mix of both things. Also I learned allot of composition in this challenge, as I really tried to ballance it out.
The reason that my image doesn’t really fit with the theme, is that I just began sketching without knowing very much of the story. I only looked at work of some of the other entrants and readed some of the keywords. I also choosed quite early to base my work on the ‘Sixth Chamber’. Most of the elements are more symbolic. For instance: my original idea was to have an octopus playing with a puppet, who conducted the ‘weird-wet-creatures’, so that they began to sweat, and feeded the octopus. It would be a sort of ‘complex circle of life’, which is based on the ‘complex circle of life’ in the ‘Sixth Chamber’ (with the idea of raining etc). At the end the idea of an octopus was removed, and the conductor became a spaceman (so the circle wasn’t complete anymore…) The bulbs were just… some idea that could look nice (and I think they do ), and in the end the combination with the empty lampholders looks quite funny?
That ‘necklace’ is in fact his arm on this side, but I painted if very, very bad. It just should seem he conducts the weird, wet creatures. My problem keeps being that I work too close to the deadline. I’ve allready in mind to do my next challenge only as 2D ór 3D (I think 2D, as I quite enjoy that the last times), and focus on one character or so (a portret). Keeping it simple that way, I can really focus on the details and quality, plus, I can have a stress-less night before the deadline! (as I sended the final entry only about 2 minutes before deadline!)
I think you’re right that I need to entry it to more general art competions or galleries. The point is that I’ve never yet made something that I’m really proud of (which is meanly because of the high standards here on CGT: I know my goal-quality ), so I don’t promote this as ‘my ultimate quality’.
I hope I’ve answered your questions! :wip: I was very happy to see that you like it, and to get such an interesting opion and questions!
All the best! :wavey: