Strange Behavior (Illustration) Entry: Yusuf Trevez


#121

Jeff! such nice colors! love the contrast,:arteest: it is a bit busy! but I love that! the option A was great! but I always like other things,:rolleyes: so I vote for C haha! well only beacuse the rainbow has some message for the composition as well! but showing the pain of mother nature, and their worst enemy! the ego of the human its such a nice thing to do! congratulations again for showing to the world theres art in true!:thumbsup:


#122

Hey Jeff, beautiful, amazing, awesome and great great details my friend, simply WOOOOOW !! :applause: The bumblebee is fantastic and superb!! :smiley: and the flys across the fart wahooo!! (:surprised"kamikaze flys" of course… hahahaha ) I really liked that detail, nice!!
Awesome work mate!! Visit your thread is a visual pleasure my friend!! :beer:


#123

Hey Jeff!!!
First. you’re a lucky guy, somehow you’re at the top of my 10th page now, who knows what the hell happened:shrug:

Second. Thanks for the nice closeups, you could take the all green one and hang it on a gallery wall any day, people would think of sweet grass fields at summer, that’d be funny.:smiley: I loved the detail on the wrench and flower and the guy’s lower lip.

Third. So glad to hear you are at the neverending final stage now, as you say it takes all of your time and energy, but is big fun too, so enjoy and be sure you made an outstanding work!

Cheers buddy!


#124

Here is the latest version of the full image… All c+c are welcome. I painted some fart, reins, played with lighting and glows, and general touch ups here and there…


#125

I’ve been wanting to add something to this bird’s collar. At last I’ve found one: “The evil eye”, or the “nazar bead” is believed to keep the bad spirits, bad attitude and bad luck away in some cultures. Turkish people are especially very fond of them, and they like to keep lots of those beads around their houses, in their bags etc…; moreover, about 99% of the people carry an evil eye bead inside their car :wink:


#126

Jeff, what a great details you have in your concept and awesome painting for that !! the cord is superb!! The “evil eye” is a cool touch for the “servant chicken of the all powerfull tech man” :smiley: (i love all the allegories on your illustration! :buttrock: ) I only can say: awesome painting my friend!! Cheers :beer:


#127

nethken - Thanks for coming by dude. I appreciate all your comments, thank you for your kind words. I have the man right there, because I wanted this picture to look like a snapshot, the last frame photographed before he leaves the frame. It’s for showing both that he is going full speed at the moment, and that he is not planning to slow down anytime soon, if you know what I mean :wink: Thanks a lot!

AxelAlonso - thank you for your comments and for your vote buddy, I think I’ll leave it out for this final entry, and then print a version like that for myself :smiley: Always a pleasure to have you here!

Ferx - what can i say? Thanks a lot, you know, you are the biggest supporter of everybody, and at the same time sketch more than anybody for your thread! I appreciate your participation to this challenge…

SteevieWoo - whatever I just said for ferx :smiley:


#128

Yor level of detail is insane!!! please take that in the best way you can imagine, that’s what I mean pal!:eek::thumbsup::applause:

The bead is a great detail, thanks for the cultural capsule.


#129

Excellent ! My favourite now !
Great humour and so much detail to see !
You can be proud of this picture ! This was not 30 days of painting for nothing !


#130

Hi Jeff,:wavey: This is looking so cool!:scream: The details wow! Love them, my only concern it’s that they might not show as much as I will like to, since the birdies are too small! Not that they must be changed though, just be sure to have it in a big cover of some famous book ok?

:thumbsup:
By the way, love that Turkish eye, but I think its not so glassy and luminous indigo blue, but the meaning of it adds even more value to the message you are going for! Great work:arteest:


#131

    Human Nature
     
  
    When I got out of the plane at the end of summer vacation in 2001, my roommate picked me up from the airport. Instead of going directly home, he first took me to the richest man's house that I've ever met in my life, for lunch. My friend's mother was an assistant to this individual, she took care of his house. During lunch, between his self-adapted commonly known jokes and arrogant suggestions towards my hometown, we had a short conversation about global warming. It was an issue on my mind since the first time I'd seen the juxtaposed photographs from the arctic. He burst out laughing and said: "Global warming is just a big lie! Plus, if there is any global warming, all they need to do is to add some kind of chemical inside the commercial jets' fuel. Then they'd fly all around like they normally do - while cooling the earth..."
      
     I found his comments strange that day, very strange...
      
    Today, the metropols of the world are invaded by posters: On the street, in the subway, at the airport oil and energy companies are telling us how and why we should start conserving energy. I simply don't believe in their sincerity, I think this is just how the market and the political climate are forcing these corporations to act nowadays. It also turns out that the commercial planes are one of the biggest contributers to the greenhouse gases. 
      
    But why now? People with common sense, environmentalists, and scientists have been saying these for years. What turned on the switch, so that we are suddenly surrounded by mind opening commercials, news, documentaries within 1, only 1 year?! In the most shallow sense, I think it's because the rich couldn't find a place to ski last year. In a deeper sense, I think the policy makers and the extremely rich have more access to more crucial information than the general public, and they started freaking out on numbers so bad that the numbers on their bank accounts can't calm them down anymore. These are strange behaviors to me, but hey, that's how the world turns around, and I was only born into it.
      
    We all, are just born into this world of civilizations, thus following its various pre-settled consumption patterns: We like buying, using, and getting rid of things with the least amount of effort and attachment. We like them in all colors, sizes and shapes, we dig variety. We like buying everything, cramming them inside our garage, never using them once, and then selling them in a yard sale for 1% of their original price. We don't like electric cars, because they reach 60mph in 12 seconds, not 6. We don't switch off the unused lights in our houses, unless the bill is annoying. We like all kinds of shows, 24 hours of shows, shows of the shows; we like watching TV so much that at last we filled it with reality shows of which 90% is based on humiliating and disgusting activities; o we love watching people being humiliated on TV... Soon, paparazzies will be chasing more famous paparazzies, because we love making stars out of nothing, and then watching them endlessly.
      
    Am I against corporations, rich people, big media, variety, modernization, magazine, etc.? No! Not at all, I try to see things as they are, with their contributions and their consequences to the human race. I know there is the economy that needs a constant grow to avoid crisis, to invent, to drive technology and arts. I can see that the free-market economy with all its ads, promotions, and vicious capitalism is the best proven economic model so far. I understand the ever increasing consumption and advertisement is the driving force of that model. However, I get stuck at the part where the populations have to keep growing, to keep up with that model in order to complete the loop... Cause air won't grow, water won't grow and Earth simply won't grow, not at our rate. I don't want to live in a world where there are more people than there are trees. And for the Sci-Fi fans: Even if we inhabit another world(s) one day, I think we'd spend much of our time missing Earth and looking at old pictures. 
      
    Big corporations and politicians hold the power that can change our production standards, and our environment in general. They just lack the motive to better those aggressively. They should be leading the society, not following from behind like they are doing now. I'm talking about alternative energy sources; cage-free more humane animal farming; 2-way power delivery systems; switching to more organic ingredients and exploring their natural/clean power in chemistry and in biology; concentrating our production, innovation, labor and resources on more practical, crucial and urgent goods, instead of coming up with 50 different gadgets a year - just to come up with another all-in-one the next year; and if we are going to waste so much unused goods, then networks to navigate those goods to the poor before they turn into waste... It looks very strange when half of the world is dying of hunger and the other half is switching cellphones every other month. Individuals hold the other side of the power, because they are the majority, the consumer. We should start conserving water and energy as much as we can, not because we can't afford it, but because it's a strange behavior otherwise: excessive wasting is just pointless. We should demand cleaner, more natural products, we should encourage companies to improve those products to a better efficiency level than their old/artificial versions. We should stop buying things that we don't know why we buy and/or will never use. Lastly, I think we should be a little more aware of the millions of things that we consume everyday, try to think how they are made, how they got there, how they work and try to explore their magic, their history. Because we are human beings with a certain level of awareness superior to other animals, otherwise, there wouldn't be much difference between listening from an mp3 player and eating from a field...
      
    - Every species must consume in order to survive, though, it's the human that needs to consume in an odd way, just to feel alive...
      
     ***
      
     In my illustration "Human Nature" I tried to depict a scene that reflects my feelings and thoughts mentioned above: 
      
    "It's a beautiful day, birds are flying with joy and every creature is enjoying the cool summer breeze. Suddenly they see this elegant, sharp looking creature coming spinning in the air, twirling and doing all kinds of amazing tricks, almost like music he is (the reins actually looked like the musical clef sign a little, which was unintentional.) Birds decide to tag along for a fly-by next to this supreme leader, until they start choking, and burning from what he leaves behind. He is going full speed, and he is not thinking about slowing down anytime soon..."
      
    This image represents an automobile ride, that had started with horse rides, carriages, thousands of years ago. The flower he is smelling stands for the natural resources we, animals and our machines need to operate, like oil, food, air, and water. His 'car' is a bird, to show that before the engines, we relied on animals for great power. Environmental degradation is taking place related to his ignorant consumption. His mouth is filled with juice, his eyes are closed with joy, and he is blind to anything else when he is at full speed. He is wearing his tool belt, because he would be all naked without his only excuse: Technology. Poor bee is a key element of our eco-system, in particular of our agriculture; lady bug is believed to bring luck in some cultures, so I wanted to save those two from destruction. Distant fires, and droughts are reaching to our water resources in the picture, which is the last standing barrier between inhabitants and effects of global warming. An 'evil eye bead' or 'nazar bead' is attached to the collar of the car-bird, because it is believed to keep the bad spirits/bad luck away in some cultures; people hang them inside their houses, to their precious belongings, and especially inside their cars as a protector. Finally, fart is symbolizing our excessive waste...
      
    The "Strange Behavior" in my illustration is: How come such an able and intelligent creature can destroy the only environment it has, with such indifference, ignorance, greed and elegance at the same time? Like they say: "Don't fart where you eat" 
      
    During painting, I made a lot of weird things myself: I just kept doing strange faces and awkward dances on my chair. Random hysterical screams and spassy behavior mixed with constant detuned whistling to the music. And of course, I farted more than one could imagine... Though these weren't for the challenge, I do them anyway.
      
    I used PhotoShop to paint Human Nature. It took me roughly 2 months, spending roughly 20 hours a week. It's 27.5x13 inches at 300 dpi. I could not finish this picture, at least not at this level, without the support of everyone who visited and replied my thread, especially the regulars like SteevieWoo, Ferx, Mdavid, AxelAlonso, Demitsuri, Slav, Nwiz25, and a few others I forgot to mention, I really appreciate it guys! Working under the constant partnership of caring, honest and successful artists, cannot be compared painting an image alone with the c&c of only family and friends. Lastly, I'd like to thank CG Society for expanding my vision, helping me at my projects, teaching me for free, and being there with the mission o fart and only art. I'd like to thank greatly to the organizers of this superb challenge, and to you, my friend, who read this too long essay patiently...
      
     I wish the best of luck to everyone in this challenge.
      
     Jeff Treves

#132

Here is a hi-res version. I’ve been posting the other details overtime already. Thanks to all visitors of this thread, numbers gave me courage to finish this illustration…

This one is 100%

So is this one…


#133

wow, what a read! and may I add: what a cool image! kudus to your theme :thumbsup:

What I loved most is the message your image holds, and I hope someone , at least one, will be effected by it, and that’s vectory my friend :slight_smile:

Cheers and good luck with the voting…


#134

What an image! Congratulations, very very good final submission, and thank u for uplouding a bit bigger size as well, so we can drool on details (Im a sucker for looking at high res images, to see how they were painted). Im a bit sorry for not participating in this thread more often, but with lack of time I have at the moment, Im hardly participating at mine :slight_smile:
I really love the vivid colors u used, they make this image stands out from the rest, the wacky topic u portray is strange as it should be and than there r those small details, eye candies which makes u come back for another look.
All in all I think u made a great job and I wish u all the best in the judging system!


#135

Congratulations on the final image, beautifully crafted and a poignant message. Strange behaviour indeed and captured in such a wonderful way.

Steve 8)


#136

Hey Jeff, my friend that was awesome, and I’m talking about your final words for your final image. I realize that you are conscientious not only of the problem of the global warming - that is the effect but of the authentic cause, the human behavior, strangest of the behaviors.

In one of the posts I commented to you that your character was the egocentric man, maybe the other creatures they see us thus, only living for us, but, after read your words accompanied with your illustration, I realized that “egocentric” is a light, very light adjective.The human being is egoistic, envious and destructive, “Homo homini lupus” (Man is wolf to man) and sadly this human condition is used to maintain economic models, until as terrible ends as the war.
Jeff, you used your amazing art to express your ideas with courage and with great sarcastic humor, and that is something that truely respect and I admire.

Your Final Image is awesome :applause: , I simply love it (and is my new wallpaper :smiley: ) Incredible painting, amazing details, is a totally eye candy my friend!! :bowdown: Congratulations Jeff you can be really proud of your work!! It was a great experience and learning to have been present in the development of your concept, really enjoys it… and now is time for some beers and ‘tequila’ !!! Cheers my friend!! :beer:


#137

Hey Jeff, congratulations to you buddy. Your final image is a triumph. There’s just so much that I love about it.

The colours are fantastic. The details are fantastic. It depicts so much of the beauty of nature! I was looking at one of your close-up details showing some distant hills and I kind of got lost in the picture. Just wonderful. It works at both high resolution and at low resolution. And it makes an important statement.

Oh yeah, and the title ‘Human Nature’ is very clever too!

Good luck in the voting!


#138

Congratulations Jeff! That’s good to know someone like you, talented and who has humanity and precision. Hope everyone could be patient to read that affective, hearty article. Everything is so clear in your image, no need to read about it anyway. Best of luck, wishes and Good luck to you in the voting!
Ellerine ve aklına sağlık, hayatta başarılar!


#139

I’m honored, and extremely humbled by the sincere and generous comments of everyone. Hearing these from you, and feeling like I’ve done a good job, is much more important than any prize this image could win…

gpepper - Thank you so much my friend. I’m honored you feel like that, and wish the jury will share your feelings. thanks for coming by!

Jassar - Don’t know what to say. I really appriciate it buddy, I’m very happy/hopeful that the message is getting through the way you’ve described it. Thanks to you!

NinjaA55N - No problem at all buddy, you know, when people with CG awards visit once it counts as two :stuck_out_tongue: I really appreciate the interest you’ve shown to this thread, and best of luck to you with your superb entry my friend…

handlebar - Thank you very much Steve, thank you for your kind words and your support!

Ferx - Hehehe, dude, I love reading your replies, they are full of ideas besides your extremely kind words. I really appreciate you taking the time to write me these long replies, they were surely fun to read, and I don’t know what to say about you making the image your wallpaper already, that’s just one of the highest awards to me, and I’m for real about that. Thanks for all your support, and I’ll try to match that in your thread…

mdavid - Thank you very much for your extremely positive feedback, and thank you for visiting regularly buddy, it means a lot!

ashiataka - Sevgili kardesim, don’t know what to say, I’m humbled by your warm reply, it felt just like home :smiley: I really appreciate all your visits to this thread, moreover, your own entry to this challenge which brings supreme style with precision. All I want to say is the best of luck to you in everything you do my friend. Tesekkurler!

It took me slightly longer to write that essay in my head than to paint the actual image. I was very impatient during that time, it was hard to keep all that in, but I didn’t want to bring them out to daylight before they got mature. All these replies are making me extatic, and telling me that I was at least fairly succesful in getting through those ideas - hopefully without offending anyone, or pointing fingers. I tried to avoid giving names and places in order to avoid generalizations, and tried to compact the millions of thoughts into this virtually not so compact composition. I feel like it is really paying off now, and it’s only because of the ractions I’m getting so far. I thank greatly to everyone!!!


#140

holy cow! :eek: a big congratulations:applause::scream::thumbsup::buttrock: to you jeff! looks like i missed a LOT!
but came in time to see your final work! which i must say is ‘straight from your heart!’ :love: im very happy you reached the finishing line and yes! literally with ‘flying colours!’ :smiley:
your work speaks for itself in many ways … right from the start, your art captured my attention with all its colour and flow! the expression and balance that it carries is simply astounding! a clear winner i must say!
i’m glad and most thankful i met a great artist one who looks at the world through a larger window and feels what he feels …
i hope to see more crazy and super duper works from you jeff! im really sorry i’ve not been around for comments n all … lot of work pressure back here … reaching home late in the evening … very tiring indeed :frowning: … but i’ll be back in a day or two and finish what i started off … :stuck_out_tongue:
do take care bro! once again … congratulations on your grand finale!
god bless ya jeff!
cheers to you! :beer: