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June 17th, 2009 #1
cutesy/creepy neo natal ward
CURRENT WIP SHOT - Updates at the end:
Thought i would start up a thread for the other piece im working on.
my base idea is an alien Neo Natal ward, with weird robotic arms lifting newborns up so that their expecting parents can view them through a kind of viewing deck.
hope to have the central focus as an oddly creepy and cute looking alien baby with tentacles and slime etc, being lifted out by some kind of robotic midmife...with multiple arms (to handle all the tentacles)
the tricky part will be getting the composition right so that you can also see the expecting parents behind glass waiting for the midwife to bring forward their baby.
anyway - an odd concept, hope to upload my base rough mockup soonish :-)
Last edited by lincoln.renall; July 28th, 2009 at 05:16 AM.
Hide this ad by registering as a memberJune 18th, 2009 #2
image start - WIP
heres some initial roughs- very much a WIP:
have started in reverse, looking at the focal point first....trying to flesh out how this robotic spider-like midwife might work, hope to use the glowing eyes to bounce light down to illuminate the creepy/cutesy newborn.
if i get the view point right want to show some mecghanical arms and tracks on the cieling...might have to model the room in sketchup once i have a better feel for its design.
and then starting to look at the background: just very much roughed in for now, trying to get a feel for where the observation widows will look best.
eventually want to add other robots holding different alien babys up to the glass in the background. floor might have some kind of chamber with a trail of slime leading to the foreground baby....thats the idea for now - lots will probably change as i work on this one i think.
June 18th, 2009 #3
It's looking solid so far, the idea of the mechanical midwife is great
Since you said the bg is just rough and you plan on changing it I won't crit at this point.
But I totally dig it so far.
June 18th, 2009 #4
I like the expression on the newborn - like it's totally bewildered with this new world. The 'face' of the robot is pretty good too.
June 18th, 2009 #5
cheers guys - yeah, the background is quite ugly at the moment - really just a placeholder while i think about composition.
thanks black spot - im hoping to make this baby's face area a primary focal point, then have a secondary focal area in behind where you can see the parents at the window with some excited or adoring type of expressions, so its good to know that the baby's face is starting to look goodly.
lots to do still though
June 18th, 2009 #6
June 18th, 2009 #7
thanks for that Nick :-)
I was checking out you portfolio....niiiiice, Im pretty sure Ive seen a lot of your work before - I have a few copies of Imaginefx Issues, so probably from there. Its now bookmarked !
Cheers for the comments
June 19th, 2009 #8
just some more progress shots:
started messing about with a base idea for the room/environment made quickly in sketchup, mainly so i can use the lines to help out with perspective:
idea being large sheet glass viewing windows tilted forward.
then a first stage integration:
not fully happy with the way these diagonal lines are going to work at this stage, and also wanted to have a darker mood with some blueish light:
considering changing the window design to be more of a curved shape, to eliminate those distracting diagonals, probably going to have some top lit lighting coming from the upper centre area.
anyway that's where im at for now...pretty close to nailing down the composition before i start into the proper painting.
June 19th, 2009 #9
I really like the lighting in that image and yeah I think a curved window would look better or maybe even just a single long narrow window as the as yeah the diagonals in the horizontal composition are a little distracting for now. Very promising start!
June 21st, 2009 #10
"i think he has your eyes honey"
yeah i did away with the diagonals - were adding too much confusion.
heres an update......started playing about with the pending parents...getting the first look at their new baby/son/daughter/squid thingy :-)
plan to add more waiting "aliens" in the distant windows etc.
also there will be some kind of overlay for the glass - at the moment they pop out a little too much - possibly will change the lighting in the viewing room a lot, might add some lighting near the glass.
and a little closer in view:
Have also been playing with the vertical comp....having more levels to the 'facility' instead of a floor - so the baby is being carried over a void - but not sure which version i like yet -welcome any thoughts....heres the alternative background:
June 21st, 2009 #11
June 21st, 2009 #12
damn thats one hell of an idea @_@ well done
June 28th, 2009 #13
I like that I couldn't help but go aww at this and feel guilty that I find the aliens bodies kind of repulsive because they look like loving parents. I like the newborn's expression too. I'm watching this one develop.
June 28th, 2009 #14
The parents really make this piece. Nice work so far.
June 30th, 2009 #15
it definitely is cutesy creepy. Go tentacles! I like your idea to get more depth in there, start thinking about your background too. Are there more structures outside? Or just the open sea? It'd be cool to get some scale in there, like a giant humpback in the background. I think the overhang outside the window is hindering you a bit, it looks like its supposed to follow the curve of the ward, but then it looks like a horizon line or something in the middle. One last thing (sorry!) you should bring some more light into this. There's not much in the way of shadows now, and its flattening your otherwise awesome painting Your robot is wicked! Ok I'm done now. Can't wait to see how it comes out!
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