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.
1st Place 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 the HYENA.
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.
Most excellent! A worthy creature indeed for drawing!!!
I started to work on my hyena. This is what I've got so far.
I had some time so I started to add some color on that fellow. Also made the head a little smaller.
Don't hesitate to write some C&C
Last edited by Paweu; September 5th, 2007 at 10:00 AM. Reason: moving forward
i realy need to try one of these
Still working on it, but here's mine for now.
Last edited by VirtualSurreality; September 6th, 2007 at 04:42 PM.
I live in Melbourne, and Platypus are the almost non existant, they are the hadest things to find. Echidnas on the other hand are easier out in the country. I love echidnas....but I can't eat a whole one.
Platypus would be better to draw I think.
dude, best entries to these chalenges EVER.
Einen, ScaryPotato, cakeypigdog - you all just blew me the hell away!..........
it`ll be a very very tough vote this time around.....
keep up the great work.
here`s a thingie:
just to be a good sport. not sure I`ll finish it this time.
really great work everyone.
Last edited by Chuck,mate.; September 18th, 2007 at 11:32 AM.
Thanks guys. Updated mine a bit above.
ScaryPotato: I like 'em both! And I see what you mean with the skull, had some similar ideas before. I probably prefer that one, but I'm not really sure.
cakeypigdog: Haha, I love your sketches. Can't you just make them all? I'd hate to see some of those go to waste.
gnahz: It's a cute one, but when it comes to that kind of lineart I've always preferred a harder type of shading. Still, that's just my personal opinion.
Chuck,mate.: You have no idea how much you inspire me, man. Just keep doing your thing. Hope you'll finish it!
Hyena:Put on the red shoes...
Last edited by woo4; September 22nd, 2007 at 09:32 AM.
einen - thanks dude. that`s good to know.
juan - those "trying trying..." sketches are great. the one with the kid is hilarious.... can`t wait to see what you`ll come up with next.
Chuck Mate, Suprise... i mean, you dont have to finish it. Give others the chance to win
Arrhenius, i should hate you, but i can't Your CROC is amazing and your Hyäne looks great, too.
I dont know if its okay, but here are my references from the NET.
I had some time today to work on my hyena. Here's the result. I don't really know what I'm doing, so if you guys have some comments I'll be more than happy to read them
And one more thing - the hyenas posted so far are incredible!
Juan Caruso - these are so cool! I especially love the third on top, the middle one in the right column and the one with the kid.
Chuck,mate. - you're probably tired of people telling you how amazing your work is so I'm not gonna
Einen - great stuff, man!
ScaryPotato - I really like the lighting on the skulled one, but I love the face on the first one.
woo4 - great ink, really cool!
gnahz - makes me smile every time I look at it. Good work!
Arrhenius - the face and pose - incredible
VirtualSurreality - very funny and great lighting on that fur.
cakeypigdog - great thumbs, can't wait to see something bigger.
Paweu, thank you. It's hard for me to stylised an animal. They looking always to "natural" for me. I try to give my Hyena more character but it do'snt working till now.
So i can't give you a hint what to do with your picture. But take a look at Chuck, mate.'s Hyena. The first picture i found not so amazing, not misunderstand me, it's much better then all i did, very stylish. But for me the background is the important thing in this picture. Yet it's not only stylish also its funny too. Again, it was a great suprise for me to saw this change from a "normal" stylished animal to a very funny picture.
I can learn much here, not only from Chuck, mate. There are so much incredible pictures in here that it's hard to decide in wich direction my own work should go.
woo4 i think your hyena has got a very stylized technique, dont make the mistake thinking stylized and characterised are the same thing, there is a slight difference
grenogs, thank you. I was realy not shure about the difference between stylizing and characterising. You and Pawue are saving me from sketching me to death, instead working on the ink.
But to late for this. Here is the result of 4 hours sketching a funny character.
made these in msn while chatting with a friend..
these are just doodles of course =)
this last was veryy speedpainted in ps