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    First Live Birth- Final Entry

    First Live Birth


    The scientists at the Moseby Center for the Study of Artificial Life are very excited today, as the announcement of the first bio mechanical marine life form is finally giving birth. After many unsuccessful tries, the baby appears to be healthy and they are hoping to extract her today. "The implications, the experiments, we can't wait to see how she came out, what she's really made of!" one scientist said. There are reports of the "mother" of the mechanism lashing out and injuring scientists, as she has had over 300 miscarriages and is reported to be "unusually protective". Security at the Moseby Center assures that everything is under control.

    This was an incredibly long month, but a rewarding one. I think I'm ready to call it quits on this old girl, I learned so much from this contest and now my brain needs time to rest Thanks to everyone that offered advice, I can't wait to see how everyone's came out!
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    I like the idea. I think it could develop into a really nice image.

    As it stands right now, I think it needs a bit more implied in terms of narrative/story. When I look at it I get there is a strong emotion, perhaps something important happening, mechanical vs organic, etc. but I do not necessarily relate the image to the theme of birth/rebirth/new birth and whatever else goes around it.

    best of luck

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    You'll probably want to redraw the organism and character, as right now they're not in perspective.

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    Hey Guys, thanks for the constructive criticism!
    pauscorpi- thanks, I knew it wouldn't be very obvious right now, I have several ideas but I didn't want to just start scribbling all over my sketch. The sac that she's carrying is holding her babies, but I'm still thinking about how I want to do them.
    Liffey- yea unfortunately I drew the character first and then started thinking about perspective of the environment afterward. I honestly never understood how to draw a character like this in perspective, with everything twisting around. I'll figure it out This is in no way a final sketch though, I almost never bother with lineart.

    I did a bit more last night, exploring color. I'll put it up in a bit.

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    I have a real problem with posting progress work. But, I do have some saves so I'll put them up as well.

    First:

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    And last night I made some dramatic changes, after playing with the background perspective for like 2 hours:

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    Your values are wicked good, but I don't understand where the light source is coming from that is spilling on top of her.
    You nailed the reflective red light though,
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    Great eye-level and dramatic lighting ThinMint. I'm sure the lighting pattern will all make sense once we see a bit more. You can never go wrong with tentacles and a big glowing orb!
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    This is barely enough work to warrant a new post, but I'm avoiding moving on to the background sooo...
    Made some color adjustments because I thoguht it was falling a bit flat. Still not sure if I actually like these colors either but they'll work for now. I need to find a way to make the sac appear transparent, I've never done that before. Suggestions are always helpful!

    hala: thanks so much, I hope this one turns out good. I want to convey the feeling that she's trapped in either a sewer/well/something with a grate over it. And I've never done underwater so I need to figure out the depth and color.

    Nickillus: Thanks! I do feel like its a bit cliche' right now,actually. I'm hoping to break out of it, or at least make it look good enough so no one cares that its cliche', hah!

    Still working on it, will post more tonight.

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    oh i see it's gonna be underwater--that will be pretty kick ass I understand the light source now and where you're going with it--looking good!
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    So I've decided to move on to arts and crafts for the remainder of the evening, but here's what came of today:

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    So I left this alone for a while. I wasn't sure if I should come back to it, but when I reopened the image I started getting ideas again, so I returned to work last night. I'm having a bit of trouble on the values within the sac, I want it to look very pink but the newborn shouldn't entirely be. Maybe once I put some texture on it I'll figure it out.

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    this looks cool... what is the concept?

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    We had the day off from work today, so I decided to take another pass at this. I had hit a wall on the enviro- I had so many ideas, but I was having trouble with color and perspective. I'm getting really excited now though, I think its starting to show through.

    I didn't want to post the concept behind it, because I initially wanted to see how you guys interpreted it, and see if I was getting my idea across. But that's taking too long and I need constructive critique

    The scientists at the Moseby Center for Artificial Life are very excited today, as the announcement of the first bio mechanical marine life form is giving birth today. After many unsuccessful tries, the baby appears to be healthy and they are hoping to extract her today. "The implications, the experiments, we can't wait to see how she came out, what she's made of!" one scientist said. There are reports of the "mother" of the mechanism lashing out and injuring scientists, as she has had over 300 miscarriages. Security at the Moseby Center assures that everything is under control.


    It's a work in progress, even the story. Tell me what you think!

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    hey
    i really doubt those chains will stop her to escape,it's not believable enough
    it's obvious you've painted those around the tentacles and it would slip easally
    when it should grasp them with force...maybe something else would work better

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