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September 19th, 2007, 05:54 PM
EOW#66 The Swamp Forest of Skull Island
REquired elements include:
DUE Septemper 27th
Thanks to Davi for the topic
In honour or “Talk Like A Pirate Day!”
Winner of EOW 64 Forward base camp of a winter campaign
OOMGAWA a new face…GOOD JOB!
I will accept any medium.
September 19th, 2007, 05:56 PM
September 20th, 2007, 04:35 AM
September 20th, 2007, 11:01 AM
Speed entry :)
I would like to draw some pirates walking in the water carrying a treasure but have no time. Focused in light specially.
Hope you like it!
September 20th, 2007, 11:08 AM
nice speedy navarrot!! i imagined pretty much the same thing :P
might give it a go later on..
September 20th, 2007, 11:57 AM
Navarrot - Dead on. You might have it. Suggestion: Redesign the skull's jaw into a portal or maybe an entrance into a secret realm.
September 20th, 2007, 01:31 PM
trying to get something going on..nothing much yet, more of an experiment with composition..kinda like it but still not sure, any suggestion and critic very appreciated :P
September 20th, 2007, 09:05 PM
"We hiked for hours searching for unseen things, until finally. At the edge of the swamp lye the skull of a mammoth, its massive skull engulfed the swamp around it; it truly has a sight to see."
The prehistoric swamp lands of Skull Island were once the feeding grounds of some of the larges mammals to ever walk the earth. Many travelers enjoy hiking throw the swamp lands in search of such creatures.
September 21st, 2007, 01:31 AM
Great start to this one everybody!
I'm hoping I have enough time to get this finished. My motion graphics class is devouring my free time! But I'm gonna try my best to crank this one out being that it's my first EOW. :^^:
Still need to throw a skull in there :x , but here's the WIP:
September 21st, 2007, 03:45 AM
Navarrot - Dead on. You might have it. Suggestion: Redesign the skull's jaw into a portal or maybe an entrance into a secret realm.
Good suggetion, but I tryed not to draw something tipical. I prefered to show something more... Ow is difficult to express myself in english :^^;:
Anyway, thankx for commenting
September 21st, 2007, 07:11 AM
EOW # 66 Final
In Early this time as I am going on Holiday tomorrow.
We landed in a swamp, trekked for days; we could feel the savagery, the utter savagery, had closed in around us, all that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the swamp, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men.
'And this also,' said Marlow suddenly, 'has been one of the dark places of the earth.'
September 21st, 2007, 09:35 AM
navarrot : very nice speedy, tight execution.As a suggestion , it is not really necesarry , i will play a little more with the light and the atmosphere, maybe it can help you describe the space better
shardana: It is a very good habit to make a set of little thumbnail composition sketches before you actually start to draw the final lllustration.Now , in this sketch you have some elements : the 2 trees in the extreme left and right of your image, very similar in shilouette, size and they are in the same plane (that does not help you explain the space is like , in a conversation you say the same well understood phrase two times, repetition is good but with variation ) and the skull wich is situated very close to the center of image.I know that there is a general opinion that the symmetry is bad for a composition for a couple a good reasons.I partially agree, i only think that the symmetry is a very powerfull tool but very sharp and so very hard to use without cutting yourself :).So in this case you have two options , one is to proceed with the symmety but then you have to compensate the absence of "eye movement on the picture" lacke of dinamism and so on, with a very interesting subject to catch the eye so the composition per overall will not have boring feeling or you can try other composition solutions :) and decide after you have done this.
HFix:nice sketch , i think the tree closest to the viewer is not helping much your composition , it divides the canvas and stop the eye to "wonder" around.
Gaius: very nice work, i think it will help very much your work to play a little bit with the color variation the atmosphere and the light, it is so nice rendered till now :).
P.S:pls excuse my english
September 21st, 2007, 09:51 AM
navarrot- awesome speed painting. I like these colors and design.
Gaius - Amazing picture, very nice composition. I really like your image.
September 21st, 2007, 02:12 PM
If these are anything to go by this round is gonna be awsome!
navarrot: Love the feel of this...kind of tranquil despite the skull.
shardana: I like the figure out in the open, its a good start. I cant help feeling like its a little too open, though (of course I comment on the wip as is and not how its gonna be), are you going to put a few more trees in the middle?...[Oh I just read Dan's comment...that too;)]
HFix: I like the widescreen aspect but the colours feel a lil dull at the mo keep at it:)
Brandon I really like the low angle! feels like your so close to the water
Gaius: Freekin sweet..awsome angle and very cool colour combo, I can't help feeling that the upper left (as we see it) tooth is a little wonky...looks like it should be higher?...you've also made me realize my vines are a little to uniform, will have to go back to them later:P
September 21st, 2007, 04:00 PM
DAN: Thank you very much for all the suggestions you wrote. I really appreciate participating in conceptart.org because of people like you. We are here to learn, at least I see it this way :)
BRANDON: For me is very difficult to end an image without including all the important elements from the very beginning. I think is more complicated to include some elements when some others are very close to the end.
GAIUS: Love your entry. Just a question: Could you explain a bit why did you twist the hole composition? I think that the way is it adds dinamism to the viewer. Maybe putting it horizontal will transmit a more quiet an mistery scene.
September 21st, 2007, 04:19 PM
So, here´s my final:
"The monkeys are listening..."
Nothing really special, but i had some fun with it. It became just coincidentally a homage to a game which will always be in our hearts... ;P
September 21st, 2007, 05:07 PM
My first time posting in one of these, so please be gentle :)
The Queen of Skull Island
"Take off yer bleedin' hat, boy!" the captain hissed, slapping the youth on the back of the head.
"What for, sir?" asked the youth, whipping off his tricorn.
"Lad" The captain said, pointing up "If ye don' want trouble, ye show yer respect to the Queen of this here isle"
September 21st, 2007, 11:26 PM
This is what i got so far. I can never render it out to make it realistic. at the moment this is still cartoony and illustrative. I dont know how far i'll take it, I've kinda givin up on this one
September 22nd, 2007, 02:36 AM
Navarrot: Way to start things off strong! I really like your concept. And I do try and block in the basic shapes, but my workflow with this one has been quite messy (as you can see here). So I spared the madness since I'd spent some time on the trees, and they were really the only recognizable thing in there at the time.
Gaius: Way to take the trophy before we finish the race :wink: Beautiful concept!
Daveneale: Thank you! Although I must say yours has a much more interesting angle, haha. Great start!
So heres the update. Scribbles and madness included.:^^: Still MUCH to do! Great work so far everyone!
September 22nd, 2007, 03:39 AM
Gaius: Love ur color and mood !!
CeeJay: not a bad start... I guess ur trees are still rather rough but once u work them out, i am sure ur work will be awesome.
Here is mine... I am not intending to work towards a full color work becos i say to myself i am not going to touch color until i get my value study to a higher standard...!!
Legend of Skull Island
This legendary island is well-known throughout the Gydrial Sea as an island to avoid. People go in and never came out. So what fearsome monster live on this island, no one can verify. The name of the island has been passed down for generation, but the origin of the name has been lost. People think that the name came from the strange tree that made up the swampy forest on the island, trees that have crevices and spiny roots that make the tree look like vicious skulls. Little did they know that the name actually came from the skulls of human that the native collect in the crevices of the trees as trophies to offer to their gods....
September 22nd, 2007, 06:58 PM
Great work guys. Nice variety of designs and compositions.
I haven't yet started an actual WIP but instead sketched out a few ideas of what I might show to indicate that the island is called Skull Island.
If I can finish something for this challenge, It'll be my first entry into the EoW. :D
September 23rd, 2007, 03:52 AM
Updated mine up top...thanks for the crit, still have a ways to go...and more feedback is welcomed :confident
shardana: like your sketch, the tunnel of trees leading to the skull is a good composition i think.
Gaius: looking good love the color, and tilit camera.
daveneale: like the green colors starting its very dark...maybe thats just my monitor.
Vyse: i like your pirates, the skull is not working for me...more detail or move the flame infront of it more to the right.
Archangel3d: love the concept/story...and the trees and water are looking to be rendered nicely, should be a good peice. looking forward to the finish.
CeeJay: i like what you have started, hope to see it finished.
ace3: love your sketches, hope you finish!!
September 23rd, 2007, 08:22 AM
just a quicky to work out composition
September 23rd, 2007, 04:59 PM
Aye Captain... I´m in ;) (groso post)!
September 23rd, 2007, 10:15 PM
September 24th, 2007, 03:19 AM
wow some nice enviro's here. am planning to join yah guys in the future. have to work on my environment skills more. don't know if i can do something for this one though. i'll try.
September 24th, 2007, 06:09 AM
gotta figure out what to do with that black space on the right...otherwise i'm happy.
September 24th, 2007, 06:21 AM
llothcat its looking a bit dark on the right, add a few more light gaps to represents trees, becouse even in the darkest of forests there is still some kind of light effect going on.
September 24th, 2007, 08:24 PM
here's my final:
In the heart of the island nothing lives but the mosquitoes, swarms of them that bite rellentlessly whenever life is near. The air is so humid that your can taste the moisture - dirty, damp, cloying, it stalls your breath.
Here is where the island gets its name... a 30ft high rock carving. Clearly an idol to a death God from some long forgotten tribe. There are similarites to the Easter Island style but much, much darker...
September 24th, 2007, 08:26 PM
Pencil sketches to start
start painting tonite!
Headquarters for the Bearded Skull band of egalitarian pirates is Skull Island. It has a small inlet which leads deep into the swamp where the pirates live their egalitarian lives in peace funded by their bearded pirate booty. The entrance and shoreline are decorated in old sails ripped to resemble skulls and the inlet is guarded by the docking tree where the ships are stopped and unloaded by a lower-back saving pulley system.
September 24th, 2007, 09:22 PM
Dear Chaos! Could you tell us please where is the scull?
September 24th, 2007, 10:58 PM
you can't see it?
September 25th, 2007, 02:13 AM
think i killed the other thread:(
September 25th, 2007, 02:14 AM
Nice speed paintings everyone, especially Navarrot for it kicking off. This will be my first EOW and hope I can make a good showing in the next few days. Well here's my attempt at a speedy, not quite as far as wanted to get but what'cha gonna do. I decided to go for a reverse angle of you in the skull looking out, not sure if it reads right yet.
Probably won't have anymore time to work on it so it's a Final for me. Will post this in the burning thread when it's up. Good luck everyone.
September 25th, 2007, 03:24 AM
Ok guys here's what i came up with last nite.
September 25th, 2007, 09:59 AM
Hi J Strutz,
I like your WIP so far and starting with the traditional media. Are you planning on working digital over your oils? Interested in seeing your progression, best of luck.
September 25th, 2007, 03:53 PM
I do some painting and color corrections, maybe some special effects when it gets to the computer, but i try to do most of the work in paint.
at work now, more painting tonite.
September 25th, 2007, 08:43 PM
"... there it was, exactly as the friar Viccezzi's text had described. A massive cypress, rotting in the middle of a swamp sixteen leagues inland from the shore. The proportions and distance were correct. He had failed, however, to mention the natives..."
-Exerpt from the Diary of the Renegade Don Carlo de Vincente, recovered 1571, Amazon River, Brasil.
September 26th, 2007, 02:29 AM
Hah, sweet Corrick. Reminds me a bit of King Kong, which is rad.
September 26th, 2007, 06:21 AM
externally hosted now
blurbage:This forest was once the domain of blackbeard, and is now a national park. The "skull" rock formation remains as it was orginally found
September 26th, 2007, 01:33 PM
Had some time available and made an attemp this afternoon. Lots of good stuff on this thread, and I just loved this theme!
I tried adding color to it but it didn't look nearly as good.
Hope you like it.
EDIT: Ops, forgot the story!
Freelance pirate John Flatfeet was the only survivor to the shipwreck of cozy and compact caravel Nina. After managing to steal one of the boats from the ship, Flatfeet oars through the storm only to find himself ashore a deserted island. Going into the island through a small river, the pirate gets lost in a swamp that stretches as far as the eye can see - and apparently, inhabited by hostile monstrous beasts.
September 26th, 2007, 03:10 PM
Concept: A pirate captain murders his crew to keep the treasure's location a secret and buries the bodies beneath the nearby trees. In the years that follow the trees are nourished by the dead crewman and developed a taste for human flesh. Upon the captain's return he is in turn killed by the trees leaving the treasure still buried where the skulls lay thickest.
September 26th, 2007, 09:22 PM
I felt compelled... here is a wip, just a couple of touch ups. Nothing really. Chaos don't worry i will post my final image correctly.
September 27th, 2007, 05:19 AM
nice work corrik
J.Mack: i like the mood in your piece i hope you will finnish it, in fact i just have seen your sketchbook, really cool stuff.
September 27th, 2007, 11:09 AM
Rit Rat and Rut are cheese finders, sombebody sold them a treasure map and 3 t shirts with the pi simbol(Stock tshirts used to promove the arenofskies film)
Well,the map talk about a big gold cheddar´s piece..hummmmmm. slurp...
This treasure is locates 20 feeds northwest from the mickeymouse skull..Rit rat and rut are afraid but they are nearrr...near....near....
September 27th, 2007, 11:59 AM
I heard the chants of the syrens and I had the urge to join in... so here is my
PD: Edujante, you are MaCHEESimooo!
September 27th, 2007, 12:10 PM
Hi all! Here is my first concept entry(hopefully one of many) to this site.
This was created in Painter with a bit of Photoshop.
The story: The last rays of light fall through into the swamp forest illuminating the path that leads to the mouth of the skull, the entrance to Skull Island.
September 27th, 2007, 03:18 PM
My attempt at the subject. Greetz!
September 28th, 2007, 01:33 AM
Heres my final.
Swampland, it continued all the way as far as the eye could see, a desolate place with a lone skull, nothing inside, nothing around, only the mountains and their reflections in the distance.
It's my first ever digital painting since I have gotten my tablet, any critiques would be highly appreciated
September 28th, 2007, 03:13 AM
Am I late??
Nothing original, just trying to paint something in less than an hour...
Reknown for its hot water springs, Skull Mountain is the favoured destination of retired pirates. At least for those who succeed in passing the deadly swamps surrounding it...
September 28th, 2007, 03:33 AM
Hey folks, been a while since I've posted anything here. I need to bone up on my enviros so I figured I'd give this one a shot.
As the Global Protection Agency began enforcing it's strict anti-poaching laws of 2089, poachers felt the pressure to find even more remote locations to do thier dirty work. Unclaimed by any government organizations, Skull Island remains unprotected by these laws, leaving it ripe for the picking.
September 28th, 2007, 08:10 AM
I am late, but I gave it a shot anyway...
If you've got crits, or think of ways I can improve it, I'd be very glad to read you.
artozi : I love your one
September 28th, 2007, 09:27 AM
All Right Peoples
You Got 12 Hours To:
Mark "final" "finished" Done"
And Be Sure Your Image Is Not A Ca Attachment... Outside Host Please.
Im Running A Little Late So You Get A Littel Wiggle Room
Please Edit Your Original Image To Say Final If You Are Done With It
If It Say "speedie" But Not "final" Or Wip Or Sketch Or Any Of Those I Will Not Take It To Poll.
Thank You And This Is A Very Exciting Round!
I Will Have A New Topic Posted Shortly.
September 28th, 2007, 10:21 AM
This is a special island where skulls of fallen warriors are brought to honor there sacrifice. At night you can see the glow of the skulls collection at this patch of trees in the center, no one knows why but they always seem to gravitate towards this one point and glow more intensely, until the touch the trees. Then the sky begins to glow brighter with each touch.
September 28th, 2007, 10:47 AM
ups... the time is flying!!! hope i can make my enter in time...
Thanks for all Chaos!
September 28th, 2007, 05:01 PM
September 28th, 2007, 05:21 PM
September 28th, 2007, 09:08 PM
“Deep in the island forest he stumbled across a colossal monument in the shape of skull speaking to the heavens. How creepy! he thought to himself.”
September 29th, 2007, 04:27 AM
wont get mine finished on time for this, been a buisy weekend,
some really nice images here so far
September 30th, 2007, 07:13 PM
ufff.... i really feel sorry about... my excuses to all, and congrats for the greats works! Hopefuly in the next i´ll be there!