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    cow entry rocks. great stuff here!!


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    Your sketches get the ideas across with decent anatomy but a large ammount of your digital paintings are very general and soft....

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    Lovely colors and nice composition on the last one!

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    this last piece is really good. the lighing and values are great. Cant wait to see the latest inspirational piece.
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    Hey Tom. On your last one (the 75tons COW entry) it seems like with as bright as the sun is behind the dragons head, that the head should be almost completely blacked out. Other than that, our textures look really good on your creature concepts. I'd love to see some of your pencil work.
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    spudstudios - Thanks!

    Rabid Peanut - Thanks for the feedback. It sounds like my style doesn't match something you are looking for...hmmm..could you link me some samples of work that show this harder edged, sharper definition you are thinking I should go for? Would love more specifics please.

    Alice - Thank you so much!

    Envisor - Thanks! I am thrilled to inspire someone!

    Sepulverture - I thought if I had darkened the head too much it would throw off the hazy look. I wanted the atmosphere to look thick. What I did to achieve that was desaturate and drop details and contrast with distance from the viewer. I thought I had achieved my goal but I guess not if people are seeing it as a lightsource conflict...I know in real life on a hazy day or through heavy air that this is what I see when I look towards lightsources.

    Just got out of the hospital..went in with a kidneystone on saturday and got out on monday feeling even worse. Fortunately I had posted my cow entry for dungeon cleaner friday night...I had been contemplating holding it till sunday but I just decided to post it soon as I finished. This is what I got.
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    I went with a simple creature but I used some viniettes to show it in action...I thought a lot of creatures in this weeks cow ended up quite interesting but really didn't show them in action. I didn't feel to well while working on this so I know I didn't give it the attention I gave the previous couple entries.

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    Hey Tom. That cow entry looks good, but one problem I see with it is it's difficult to get an idea of their actual size. The only real size comparison you're giving us to work with is the alligator thing, but the alligator makes them look really tiny, then in the last frame where the tentacles are coming under the door it looks huge.
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    Here is my glue maker entry for COW 77

    The California Dew Frog...
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    I used a different technique on this piece. I detailed out a greyscale image to a finished state then masked the elements of the image apart to different layers to color and add some final lighting effects. I also kept my brushes at full opacity, where I usually have opacity set to pressure sensitive on my stylus. This got me a look I liked...a bit harder edged and more contrasty. Hope everyone likes this look more than what I have been doing so far, its a good technique which I aim to develop further. Right now its a good addition to the skills I am building regardless.
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    First off, I love the progression in your SB!
    Secondly post #68 is my fave of yours
    Thirdly the Cow dungeon cleaner entry gives me the heebie jeebies!

    more!
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    HEY!, thats false advertisment..i want naked dragons...i dont see no "nude" dragons here?!?.........lol well setting that aside, those latests c.o.w. frogs are sw-heeeeeeett(with an h for emphasis). they are acctuly pretty life like only crits are that the wya the tail is wrapped round doesnt make sense, it goes up around and out on the same side instead of going in a twirl around it..?, and the "glue ball" in the tail on foreground frog could be more realistic. apart from that v.v.nice.


    p.s: the half naked frog doesnt count as naked dragon. and see u in c.o.w polls
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    Hey Tom.

    Good work on this latest COW. Some things I see wrong with it (and this may just be me being nitpicky, but oh well) are that the frog in the foreground doesn't seem to be putting any weight on the leaf, and that is taking away from the illusion of it actually making contact with a solid surface. Also the due drops look more like energy balls than water. I'd suggest googling up some images of things like due drops on leaves. water drops in general, etc., etc.. Also, you gotta get some sort of scale in there. Right now I'm getting the impression that the frogs are about the size of my fist, and holding massive globules of water.

    Good work otherwise, and thanks for the comment about my recent tower environ (I've got a thing for towers, you might notice that after a while ).
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    Hey there Tom..loving the dew frog!
    You mentioned a layer setup for the image.
    Would you mind posting a screen shot of this image's layer setup?
    And they lived happily ever after..until Snow White got hit by a car.

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    dtran - thanks a ton! I really like that dragon beastie too...guess the competition was just too tough on that cow though. And that dungeon cleaner gives me the heebie jeebies too...I love that beastie too


    Life on the sofa, Sepulerture
    - thanks for the feedback...I reworked the image, played with some details and my shadows on their feet and the dew drops got a major overhaul. As far as the size goes I think the impression you have is close enough.

    Mattbyng - thanks! I took a screenshot of the layers from an earlier stage before I had flattened out too much. I broke out the frogs and the close leaves and the dew drops from the background and made each piece a mask so that I could make global changes to each major element in turn....worked out well but just breaking the pieces apart from the initial greyscale painting was a big job.
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    Here's my sketch for cow 78, Heart Harvester...I need to get a sketchbook with harder, smoother paper. My lines come out all grainy and textured.
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    I used a light soft purple colored pencil, a number 2, and a black colored pencil...I have no idea where the purple pencil came from but its erasable and has a really nice feel against the paper so I like sketching with it. I dropped in the darker shading quickly just to see some lighting options so I am not sure yet how I am going to light the scene...colors are going to make a big difference. First step in the digital process is going to be seperating the creature and the victims from the background.
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    A bit further along now...I have broken it out into layers and quickly painted in the background (2 hours). I am not a speed painter but I don't want to spend too much time on the background because the focus will be the critters. Also I know my time will be limited this week to work on this. I also made the main creature and the foreground figure bigger and overlapped things a bit for perspective. I have issues with the ground and the far tentacles of the main creature...those are next on my list to correct before I really dive in to rendering it out as deliciously as I can.
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