Strange Behavior (Illustration) Entry: Mark David


Wooow mark, great,great finish buddy!!!Love it!Sad could not be in here with you some more but hey…;next challenge…:grin:!!!
Great, great work man!Love it, one of my fav’s!
Hope to see you in the next challenge and all the very best of luck to you Mark!


YEA! feels good. but yea. i completely agree with you. no guessing who is going to win. but to be honest i dont even bother guessing who’s going to win. most important thing is that we are done! :smiley: YEA! :beer:



Thank you Tiziano. Much appreciated! Yep, I needed to finish this piece to get ready for the next thing. Hahaha, it never stops does it? I hope things are going well with your own big workload

Hey Remko, many thanks for that! It’s been great having you dropping in along the way - your feedback has always been much valued! I love the fun you bring to these challenges

Yep, definitely time to chill out and enjoy the show while it’s still going :thumbsup:


CONGRATULATIONS BRO! :applause: one of my fav entries right from the very start! :love::deal::buttrock: details to the extreme! totally respect you for that! :bowdown: its always a pleasure catching up with your work ( on the contrary … me havent been around lately :frowning: really sorry bro :frowning: )
i wish you the very best of luck with the judging! :thumbsup: u deserve the best! cheers bro! :beer:


Hey Mark, I just want to thank all the support that you gave me throughout the challenge and your words to my final concept. For me it was an honor to have shared this challenge with a great artist and a great person like you!.

And your concept really rock my friend !! :buttrock: Cheers my friend!! :beer:



Like Fernando I wish to thank you for your comments and support and wish you all the best


Mark I am glad to comment your finished entry finally! This one is such a great illustration. You have to be proud of yourself and happy with it, with all those details and textures. So do you see yourself in the future this way? Catching some supernova tan?
Thanx foe all your great support, gotta say your replies was my energy booster. Cya you next time around.
Good luck :beer:


Hey thanks matey. It was great having you in this challenge from start to finish. I’m sorry to hear about your injury to your foot and hope you’re recovering fully and quickly. Good luck with your own entry - you totally showed us 3D artists how to do 3D - and you did it all in Photoshop!!!

Hey Fernando buddy, it was a real pleasure sharing ideas between your thread and mine. Thank you for all your insights and support and suggestions along the way. I sure hope I’ll be seeing you around here again

Hey it was great to see you in this challenge matey. Your amazing artwork final image was a delight to see. Good luck

Hey Juraj, thank you very much :slight_smile: I sure hope to see you next time too buddy

[I]Just before this thread began
I thought (if I could find the time)
I’d put aside my usual plan
And write my comments all in rhyme.

A wiser man than me would say
A plan like that was doomed to fail
And senseless spending half a day
To find a rhyme for Sub-poly-displacement.

So now my entry’s done and closed,
With 40 pages in my thread
I’m glad I stuck with normal prose
And spent my time on art instead.

I’ll finish off with one last thing,
Before I fully lose my block,
For all the help your comments bring
I’m mighty grateful. You guys rock![/I]

  • Mark


Hey Mark, you are a cool poet!! greatl!! Really nice!! Ok, more beers and more tequila!! yeaaa :smiley: Cheers!! :beer: ( I´m reading your verses with Hendrix music, ultra cool!! hahaha :applause: )


[i]Inspired by this hippy beat,
following you was such a treat
your final ended ultra cool
in one word, Mark - you really rule



Hey thanks Fernando. Much appreciated. Cheers to you too buddy!

LOL! Hey Gunilla - now that’s another example of that amazing Gunilla mind working. Thanks for that wonderful response


WOW! :bounce:

what a funny pic Mark… love the guy and the pink sunburn he have…
and for the ship and all those details… find not word enough to describe it…

your hard work really paid off… :applause:


Yep, well one more time, jsut to say thanks again for all your support and congratz again on a huge pic man!Hope well meet up again next time and in the meantime I say “CHEERSSS MArk!!!”)


Hey Mona, thank you very much! I always appreciate your comments around here! I hope the next challenge has its share of GPs or some other form of Mona artistry

Remko it’s great fun and totally inspiring having someone as talented as you in these challenges. Thanks for all your support matey


Hi mark

I can’t believe the amount of work that has gone into this piece…you know even though this piece is 100 percent has the quality of something you might find in final fantasy 7…yea, it holds that form of recognition for me…Im really impressed…LOVE the slingshot…fantastic effort mate…Im still sure the “Eon” entry was inspiration for this comp. :slight_smile:

have a good one mark…



Well who would have thought an illustration with Orks and Bunnies would win this thing

Just goes to show this thing is controlled by the man and his hideous henchmen I say!

Well never mind. In my book you are the winner Mark!:thumbsup:


Hey Marley, that is very kind of you. Thank you mate! :slight_smile:

LOL! You are very kind too. Yeah, I’m very much aware that some of us here are swimming against the tide. There is a certain style - my friends call it the ‘cg society look’ and mine aint it. Hahaha! Never will be! But based on the fantastic number of comments on this thread - it seems to have received the most comments out of all the threads in the challenge - I’ve been made to feel very welcome here and that’s really nice. I’m not disappointed that I didn’t win anything. Far from it. And I thought the winners were a deserving bunch who did great work. But I guess what does disappoint me is the fact that my real heros here, the ones I see taking the big risks and therefore taking the field forward the most in exciting new ways (which other people will then most likely follow), are constantly overlooked and have eventually stopped entering the challenges.

A good jeweler will recognise that each gem is unique, and cut it and polish it in a way that accentuates its strengths. So polishing is an important part of that process, sure, but if you polish everything too much you just end up with a bunch of identical round stones and you kill the very uniqueness that gave that gemstone its real value. Sure they will look faultlessly clean and polished, but they’ll all look the same and probably look like they were all done by the same jeweler. A gem can get too much polishing.

I think it’s like that with other types of art too. For a while, musicians over-produced their recordings and after a while they realised that every bit of pop music sounded the same (many would argue they still do!) People wanted to hear something a bit more raw, even if it meant they heard some faults. So producers pulled back on their production values and I think the music benefited from that. It got back some of that original spark that seemed to happen in a live performance but which got lost in all that production.

I’m hugely impressed by the high standards of work I see around here, but I have no intentions of adopting that same level of polish. Because if I did I know my work would lose the very thing that some people find appealing (which I know is the same thing most people find limiting and annoying about it!)

So I don’t know how long I’ll keep plugging away at my own stuff here. I admit that it can be tiring to swim against the tide. As long as a few other loonies share a similar goal by taking their own personal journeys and risks then I know I’ll continue enjoying myself and continue to get inspiration here. Or maybe I’ll head off somewhere else. I don’t know. But I’m grateful for the fun time I’ve had here and for the generous support and help I’ve had along the way. And the friendships I’ve made too. The friends are the best bit


Hello Mark.

Many wise words, I couldn’t have put it in a better way myself.

Ill gladly swim with you upstream buddy. Even though you are a frog (which clearly are better swimmers than old trolls). The best part of these challenges have been all the good people one gets to know in the process. For me who have worked much in an artistic vacuum this place have been heaven sent. Though lately I have been too busy to participate it is still great to follow and participate in other peoples treads. It’s been great following your challenge Mark.


I put my signature under every line you’ve said up there to Try, Mark. This is just one of those rare moments for me, where someone else can explain me what I feel - better than myself. Thanks for your wisdom, and the fellowship I feel from your words.

And thanks to Cg Society, for being a platform where we can talk about these freely


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