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Welcome to the Stylized Animal Monthly Challenge, sponsored by Zoo Publishing Magazines and 3DTotal. Please post all images & questions in this thread.
What is this challenge all about?
Each month we will select an animal and post some images as reference. All you have to do is create a 2D Painting of this creature in a stylized/abstact/cartoon style whilst keeping your creature instantly recongnizable. We wanted to publish some content in 2DArtist Magazine on how to create stylized animals such as you see in the many feature films and cartoon galleries. We thought this regular competition might bring in just theimages/making ofs we need whilst giving away great prizes and exposure. If it's a success we will start to boost the prizes up as much as possible!
What are we looking for?
Funny and humourous entries which break the animal down to its most recognizable components, enphasize these in whichever ways you think best and render your stylized/abstact/cartoon masterpiece.
Timeframes and requirements?
The rules are pretty laid back, please submit 1 2D Final Image. If you want to have a background, include some graphical elements or text on your image its up to you. Image posts should be around 800 pixels across, but please work at a much higher res as the top 10 will be featured in. 2DArtist Magazine . There will be 1 comp per month, with the deadline being the end of the month GMT. For a valid entry, just make sure your final image is posted in the main competition thread before this time.We require the top 3 winners to submit 'making of' overview articles that will be shown on either 3DTotal or 2DArtist Magazine , these need to show the stages of your creation, different elements and some brief explanation text, of why and how you did what you did. We will format this
into some nice looking pages to give you some great exposure and us some quality content.
Posting Works in Progress?
Each competition will have one thread that starts with this info and the brief at the top. This is where all entrants post all WIPs give feedback and generally laugh at the crazy ideas that are emerging each month. Please dont start any new threads!, Just reply to this one already set up.
Any 3 items from the 3DTotal Shop. We sell lots of items these days such as our book, Design Studio Press books,textureCDs, Shorts DVDs,Lots of training DVDs and 12 month subscriptions to 3DCreative Magazine and 2DArtist Magazine .
Any 2 items from the 3DTotal Shop.
Any 1 item from the 3DTotal Shop.
We do unfortunately have to limit prizes to 1 book per winner per competition due to high postage costs for heavier items.
Everyone who entered can cast a vote of their top 3 in order, we will award 3pts for a 1st place vote, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd. Then we will add them up and ship out your prizes!
This month we have chosen a member of the repitle family, the mighty Crocodile.
Here are a selection of Images to give you some good references.
Dont start new threads, all design sketches, WIP's, feedback to go in this thread. Final Images will be added to the Voting thread which will be created later in the month ready for Voting.
I enjoy the fact that the "Mighty Crocodile" pictured above is an amputee
I'm soooo goin to enter this!!!
-Ive already been doin some sketches which i'll show soon.
There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
No one complains about life drawing,
so take a photo.
its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
I'm pretty happy with how this guy has turned out at this point, so I'm going to call it done! This was a really good excercise for me to do as I haven't done any digital stuff in such a long time. To have a topic light-hearted like this was really nice to see, and I'm already looking forward to see what next month's is
Last edited by ScaryPotato; August 16th, 2007 at 01:13 AM. Reason: I like the ellipses and had to put them back in!
Very cool. Look forward to seeing the finished piece.
Chuck,Mate: Looking sweet as always man!
Here is a quick WIP...
EDIT: Updated WIP - not sure if I'm liking it overall....Crits and comments are welcome!
Last edited by Act.Appalled; August 8th, 2007 at 01:08 PM.
Down Boy Down.
My crocodile and his dentist...
And steps Gif...
More entries, yes!
Chuck,mate. Methinks you might be starting a trend with your step-by-step composites
I'm racking my brain trying to get scales that suit the style of my guy right now, but should have something up tonight or tomorrow.
Umm..Chuckmate did his works in a second, I cannot paint like him, So I decided to come with style. Here's my entry~!! "Kroko Family"
M y S k e t c h b o o k
hello... i am a new man here ^^ hope all you guy like my staff
My try 4 these month...
Good Luck folks!
Last edited by Juan Caruso; August 11th, 2007 at 05:55 PM.
wow great works guys
Chuck - i love it
Juan Caruso - nice one
Arrhenius - nice start i really like it
Last edited by Alex Alexandrov; August 16th, 2007 at 06:08 AM.
Here is my crocodile
shaping up to be another sweet round, awsome stuff so far!!!
Scarypotato: Looks like it shoud go right in some cool animation-sweet character
chuck mate: what can I say, rocking, awsome crock-he looks like he wouldnt hurt a, urm, bee
Juan Caruso: great work-also love the graphic presentation
Arrhenius:quality so far, lookin forward to the final
whiteeeeee...yours isnt showing up at the mo but I saw it eariler and I remember great things
good work one and all
Last edited by daveneale; August 16th, 2007 at 03:51 PM.
I think it's almost finished.
Man, those gifs are cool! You rule Chuck,mate (and so does your crocodile)!
Here's mine, hope you like it.
Last edited by Paweu; August 18th, 2007 at 08:58 AM. Reason: Almost done
WOW awsome entries so far guys
this is my go, there will be a phirana in there chasing him, ive done a pic of the fish on my sketchbook if anybodies interested?
now, that`s an absolutely sweet design work right there, Dan. I love it,great croc, mate.
the whole composition seem to be a bit styfled, though.
perhaps you might concider opening your canvas a bit.
looking good. keep it up.