I fully expect one of the big boys or girls who hasnt posted thier work here and just sent it in to compete will casually blow us all out of the water while we were sleeping.
Im very glad you like it though, thanks for taking the time to comment.
There will never, ever be anything that even remotely compares to coffee in the morning...but im glad you like it, and I really appreciate you saying so =)
Y'know most people only look at something for 15 seconds at the max if they really like something, the usual work gets 3-4 seconds. Getting people to stare is the holy grail, this compliment really meant a lot to me aaro_n, thank you.
All the best to you
Wish you the best Man;
As always it is very good!
Wow..this looks almost like a screenshot from a horror game on a next-gen console. Great work, and your execution blows my mind off! It's also interesting how you lead the audience's eye around the picture, while keeping what isn't the main focus still so sharply and beautifully rendered.
This image didn't help me sleep last night. It's brilliant work though.
Would love to see some wip or tutorials from you, I just don't understand how this is done in Photoshop.
I guess I couldnt resist, the topic is just TOO GOOD.
Whoever came up with it is a genius, my brain has been on fire with ideas since I saw the contest.
Anyway, heres the new submission.
Theres no way this will win, its too visceral I think.
I hope you guys dig it.
Completed from sketch to finish in Photoshop 7.
Kindly view it fullscreen on a black background.
[UPDATED: fixed wall texture beneath grafitti to be more believable]
Title: In the shadows of the mundane...
Last edited by Cryptcrawler; July 17th, 2009 at 09:06 PM.
nice update,i still prefer your first image,the mood and colors are better in my opinion
I just wanted to clarify that I don't think there is anything "effortless" about your work, I am a big fan and I probably expressed it wrong.Originally Posted by Michael Morisse
A great image, so well done. To make the process seem so effortless that is the hard part.
Thanks Michael, im glad you dig it.
You know I dunno if ive ever looked at anyones work and thought "it seems so effortless", I guess its because that art has always been all about blood, sweat, tears and confrontation for me - and thats just how I like it, its good for the soul.
I like to fight with things and then see what happens, see who's left standing and see whats lurking around down there.
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!
What I was trying to say is that when someone like yourself has worked and struggled extremely hard, they get to a level of expertise and control where they can make images that transcend all the problems, and become believable world of their own. Not held back by lack of drawing skill or painting ability.
Like when you listen to a great guitarist, you know how difficult and how much practice it takes, but if they are good you just hear great music.
I know that you put tremendous effort into your work
, so much so that I just see a great image.
I really try and shoot for that look: video games, movies etc and I work long and hard on these.
Thanks very much for the kind and flattering compliments!
Its done in photoshop using a lot of time and a willingness to work at 1200% magification - on a pixel by pixel basis - to tighten things up, if need be.
These take me a lot of time; usually in the nieghborhood of 8+ hours a day for about 3-4 days, so keeping a WIP file is really cluttering, distractive and impractical for me.
A video tutorial is in the worls, which will be a much more hands-free way I can show process in a meaningful and useful way for others.
I very much appreciate your kind words and wonderful compliments!
Thanks so much!
Gosh CryptCrawler. You certainly have a way with textures and lighting. Yep, it is rather 'visceral', but that's much more mainstream and acceptable than it used to be so don't write your chances off straight away. Who knows what the final criteria for picking a winner may be.
Yet, I too suspect that a certain amount of fence sitting may have to be involved when you look at the list of great sponsors - whom I am very grateful to for their support of such an event, whoever and whatever their decisions may lead to. Their money - their call. It's how the world works. We all gain just by taking part, as has been said many times by many peope before, and it's still a truism.
Please make sure that video tutorial gets announced somewhere when it's done ^_^ I think it would be very usefull ^_^
love the lighting a lot
I appreciate the compliments and glad you like the work!
Your compliments and approval mean a lot more to me than you may think. When someone tells me thier a "fan" of my work, I take it pretty seriously.
Im honestly just grateful that I had the opportunity to take part in the contest, its a great, great topic to riff on and I got really lucky by having some free time come my way for once - so either way, I get to win.
Like you said; thier money, thier call - I dont have a problem with that in the slightest and they have to choose whats going to suit their product the most and provide the widest appeal.
Im a pure capitalist at heart: sink or swim, the most relevant work should win and it should help push thier product.
Horror - while more accepted these days - still is a left of center genre and not as likely to get picked, at least I dont think its as likely; but that doesnt factor into what my heart tells me to create.
Like I said; sink or swim - but some of us like to lurk around in the bottom, in the darkness.
Thanks for your compliments, I appreciate them Nick.
Thanks for the great comments, all - take care!
Love your first submission. They're both technically superb but the first is a lot more interesting. Great works!
Yep, you're a master of texture all right. Detail work, if combined with solid ability, always pays off and it's motivating to see someone take it to the next level, as it were. Sounds like you're a pretty fast worker too, only a few days for something like that would be beyond me, I think.
I wouldn't worry too much about the subject matter for the cover (you're not, I know). I think what might happen is that the winner will go on the text-free subscriber-only cover, which is what happened to mine on a previous comp, and therefore the issue of potential buyers being put off due to the lack of a semi-naked buxom wench is avoided. Still, I don't know what the plans are this time so I might be talking out of my ass, not for the first time either.
you are an incredible artist. I really like your work and would love to see a video of your whole process.
I do have a slight critique for the second entry, i think the back wall with the graffiti is not currently right... it looks flat somehow...
i dont really know how or why, its just how it looks to me. If you see it great if you think i am nuts then i understand that too, either way, both entries are far and away two of my favorites in this contest.
Oh, wow. That is just... wow. This gives me chills without question. Awesome as usual! Some areas I think might need some shadow love, like maybe a shadow of the creature on the wall... it can be subtle, but I think it would help break that somewhat digital-y feel that it has a little bit now. I would also love to see a bit more drippiness and slick sheen.
I think the first image is still my fav, but this one rocks the town as well.
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awesome painting's, both of them, of the two the first one's the gets me the most. all the dark shadows, the way you rendered the egg, even small details like those moths or whatever they are flying around & on the walls. the trash bag looks really great in the second image, what the heck everything's great. i find it hard to draw horror scenes, maybe i'll try something when the contest's over. thanks for the inspiration
I think your right, the first one has more impact, the second doesnt have that oomph, but its ok - you just cant win em all.
I appreciate your compliments a lot, Baron.
I dont think ive mastered texture, but to know ive motivated another artist, and a skilled one at that, is whats important to me. You would be surprised what you could do if you decided to really, really push yourself - and I mean make it hurt.
For whatever reason, I need to feel that; which is why I thrive on deadline pressures I suppose, the fight to produce your best despite not enough time to do it in always seems to be a satisfying challenge for me.
Thanks for your time.
I appreciate your keen eye. A video tutrorial is in the works, thanks for the interest!
Thanks to all for your time!
You second piece looks great, Cryptcrawler. The graffiti looks more better now but I believe with much more practice, you can make a really believable textures for it. Keep it up and I really respect your passion in pushing one self.
Now back to work for my second entry piece.
Whoa thie piece it's my favourite! Great atmosphere, color, light and simple idea!
awesome! lighting and textures seems just perfect! and i really love the atmosphere! impressive and inspiring! thanks!
No crits from me. Both pics rock! I love the crispness of the second one and the creepy angle of the first. Both have a wealth of textured details which I love.
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Thats exactly what I was shooting for!
I appreciate the compliments.
Y'know your right about the back wall, since then ive gone in and fixed the texture so it doesnt look so velvety - I think its an improvement, let me know what you think.
As for more gore and blood? I thought about it, but it really would obscure the detail of the creature and I made a conscious decision not to put more in, as well as a shadow on the wall, since the light source is single and from above.
Im really excited you got chills though! I work hard for reactions like that.
All the best and keep knockin em dead with the work.
Yeah, horror can be a challenge, which is why I like it so much - among other reasons. You always walk a fine line between producing goofy fun-house sillyness and hopefully tapping into something truely chilling. Body language and expression are front and center in horror, things I love to try and capture in art.
All the best to you!
I do love - and thrive - on pushing myself, I want to know my limits.
I know im going to fall down, its getting back up and trying a different direction that im more concerned with exploring.
All the best to you and best of luck in the contest!
Nothing to say but… P-E-R-F-E-C-T
But the first one is better. It seems, you have spent more time on that one…
Keep on the good work...