View Full Version : U.I.R. - EEKA!!! 10/13/03
10-13-2003, 09:46 PM
Startin' the ball.
I'm procrastinating, so I thought I'd review! Here goes nothing.
Oldies: Superman by localhero- Like the shadows.
The Man Of Steel by KAZ- I like it.
Hellboy:animated Gif by ali786- I love animated gifs. You should make a Gambit one. You think that was a request, soldier? Move, move, move! http://www.comics2film.com/UBB/wink.gif
Look Of The Oblivious by Razor- The edges need cleaning up.
The Flash! by Junfan- I'm not completely in love with the design, but the effects look great!
Orson Welles' 'the Bat-man' by Craig- Nice concept. I actually was thinking about something like this. Damn telepathic powers, lol. Pretty cool man!
Storm by bcat75- Her teeth and lips need to be recolored to make them pop out. Now it just looks like a white girl in dark lighting. Work on the skin tones.
Crush by crash- Nice recreation! Very accurate! I like it!
Press: Ym by kev_incal- This is completely awesome! Definately deserves the front page. This is so great and funny, I'm saving it to my harddrive. Click. Ok, it's saved so I can look at it all the time. Oh, how I love this pic!!!
Ghost Rider:the Movie by bkpark-OMG! I LOVE it! So cool! 'Nuff said!
Real Catwoman by transistor- Not much to say.
Transformers: The Movie by Oneiros- I was never a fan of transformers (I was more of a CareBear fan, myself) but your pic looks cool.
Starlet by morph- She looks all slanted. Did you scan this?
X-statix by D.K.Hood- Very nice! I like it. Group shots are so hard to do!
Tim Burton's Superman by Kombat Wombat- Oh, god, not Nick Cage!!!
Two Personalities by kracker_1985- Concept is nice.
[This message has been edited by Amy Karas (edited 10-13-2003).]
10-13-2003, 11:58 PM
I'll do a UIR in the morning but I had to pop in and give localhero a thumbs up for his Superman pic. The animated style looks so cool done that way. Great job.
10-14-2003, 09:32 AM
only gonna take the time to do 3. sorry.
Press: YM by Kev_Incal:
the body looks great. but the head doesn't quite fit. i think it should be lower and smaller. the design is nice and convincing though.
X-Statix by D.K. Hood:
cool. a pretty successful pic with a nice painterly effect. i would suggest more contrast between the orphan's butt and that fat guy's face. Also, the wolf guy(Vivisector?) gets kind of lost. I can't really read his face.
cool. very cute. not sure if the moving shadows on Hellboy's body are working. Mignola's light shifts would be more dramatic. the tentacles rock though!
10-14-2003, 12:07 PM
Damn it it erased my review of localhero. Sorry bud, I'll sum up.
Great pict. While the style is not my choice for panel work, as a peice of stand-alone art I think it's great. I picture it in a 60's silver aged diner with the goodies in Silevr frames and the baddies in black chrome. I think you balanced the blocky style well giving the picture character but not swamping it in detail. Allways nice to see some alternative work from you.
The man of steel
THis is the first manip of yours I've reveiwed (all though I did review one of your picts think.) There's a couple of things you can improve here. The first is to work on a larger sized image. If you can't find a big enough face shot, there are plenty of tutorials in the art school on smoothing skin. So just resize it and smooth it. Because it's small you've not go the opportunity to work in the sublties that make a good manip. Thus all i can make out is the face some blue and the shield and bracelets. A bigger size would allow for definition. Also, you might want to spend some time thinking about what your picture is for. This is something I've been having some trouble with lately too. Basically what purpose does the pict serve? Does it illustrate a scene? Does it show off a cool costume? With that in mind try to come up with a layout that will make things more interesting and draw the viewer in. So try adding a background, maybe some text or effects.
It's cool. The bright colours contrast with the stark dark shadows well, and the animation is fluid yet comical. The only thing I'd say is that there's some animation on Hellboy that should be cleaned up. Keep him completly static.
I'll do more later.
10-14-2003, 01:42 PM
by localhero </B>
The animated style looks so cool done that way. Great job.
<B> THE MAN OF STEEL
by KAZ </B>
Lens Flare! NOOOOOOO! Thatís just unnecessary. Also, you could have done more to make the emblem on his chest look less like a pencil drawing.
<B> HellBoy:Animated GIF
by ali786 </B>
I like it but I wish Hellboy was moving more or in some sort of defensive stance.
<B> Look of the Oblivious
by Razor </B>
Well Iíve never read Sandman so its hard to tell how accurate your depiction is. I donít see anything wrong with it except the image is kind of boring.
<B> The Flash!
by Junfan </B>
Very nice artwork here Junfan. The only problem I have with it is the choice of background. You canít have the Flash running through a desert without a cloud of dust trailing behind him.
<B> Orson Welles' 'The Bat-Man'
by Craig </B>
Except for the soft jaw I could picture Welles as Batman. He certainly had a voice that could put the fear of god into people. Not bad.
by bcat75 </B>
Perhaps dperceful will do a UIR for this one. This appears to be one of those images that really gets under his skin.
by crash </B>
First off, good choice for the model(hmmf hmmf hmmf). As for your costuming, I see the same problem here that I see with other photomanipulations. Thereís almost no depth to it. The drawing beside the model looks more 3 dimensional than your photomanipulation.
<B> Press: YM
by kev_incal </B>
Sheís a cutey. Nice design work for the magazine graphics. I kind of have the same problem here that I have with the Crush picture (see above).
<B> Ghost Rider:The Movie
by bkpark </B>
The Penance Stare has me. Good pic.
<B> REAL catwoman
by transistor </B>
Now I realize the costume sucks, but covering up Halleís body is not the way to go. Thumbs down.
<B> Transformers: The Movie
by Oneiros </B>
Judging by your artnotes you must be insaneÖwith GENIUS! I love it.
by morph </B>
Wow, sheís like 6ft tall. Not bad for a sketch but her face is skewed.
<B> Tim Burton's Superman
by Kombat Wombat </B>
And now I thank god this movie never happened. Its hard to make out the details of the image but it looks okay to me.
<B> Two Personalities
by kracker_1985 </B>
I think the character only has one personality, he just uses two personas. This image reminds me of Superman 2 when Clark became human inside the crystal chamber. This isnít bad but its not exactly good either.
As for my X-Statix picture Iíd like to make some comments. First, I apologize to Essex for not listing all the characters names in my artnotes. Although I was pretty sure he knew the characters already, remembering the names of 7 characters that havenít been around that long canít be easy (BTW ESSEX, YOU DIDNíT PUT ANARCHIST IN THE KEYWORDS). Second, Iíll give a brief breakdown of how this was done:
First I drew a sketch of how I wanted the characters positioned based on the cover of X-Statix #1 and scanned the drawing into photoshop. Then, to make the characters poses a little more dynamic I used Poser for some of them. Dead Girl, Orphan, Venus Dee Milo and Vivisector were all created using Poser for the bodies. Drawings were used for the faces of all the characters except Dead Girl. I used Natalie Portman for her. Anarchist, Phat and Doop were done entirely from scratch.
Edit: I have posted a larger version on my website.
[This message has been edited by D.K.HOOD (edited 10-14-2003).]
10-14-2003, 07:04 PM
i'm in a bad mood...i'll try and not let it influence my uir today.
oldies superman: nice animated look. i like the rigid look...the slight grey caused by the gradient is a nice touch.
man of steel: lens flares are overdone. i would like to see the image brightened...its funny how i can make out the face perfectly but any definition to the costume other than the "s" logo is void.
animated gif: i would guess the slight movement of the shadows on hellboy are not intentional as they are so very slight. what can i say....awesome gif. great work on the tentacles.
look of the oblivious: hmmmmmm. well i hate to be critical, because honestly you really didn't do much. your art notes are complete and detail what you did....you did it well. i would darken the bottom of the robe so it matches with the background more.
flash: favorite piece today. i like the design....the motion blur, the whole thing. the helmet is a great addition, as are the cervical collar and the pads. really great looking stuff here. i would maybe add one thing....a dust trail on the sand where he is running. great work.
batman: very interesting take on the character. i like the whole "colored" feel to the poster. the jokers smile could use some work...but for the most part nice job.
storm: okay. your new, and i have seen this before hand so i'll go easy. white hair...well it's hard...i've had my own problems with it. the problem with the hair is that it just doesn't seem to flow...it's kinda blobby. remember the old 80's cartoons like GI JOE and Transformers. The people never had flowing hair...it was just an outline with color (look at hawkgirl on the animated Justice League and you'll get a better idea). that works with cartoons, illustrations, and other stuff. but for a photomanip, it looks very unnatural...you obviously want to avoid that. the skill to avoid it will come in due time. the flesh color....well it has no warmth to it, even the lips....it's just a lowered contrast or brightness. okay...i just got done searching google and have no idea the true color of the model....my suggestion would be to use an actual light skinned to dark skinned model for storm (this model looks white....it's hard to tell though since the image has been reworked)....it's just how she has always been and it prevent you from having to correct the image. i made the same mistake with my first 2 storm pics and regretted it. again welcome to the dcg....please don't let anything i say make you feel discouraged...it is meant to help you as an artist.
crush: mmmmm...pretty flesh, did you have to rework the chest area...it appears as the breasts were worked on a bit (no jokes please). the blues of the costume blend in with the background a little much....i would change background colors or just make a better distinction. the boots could use some touch up...but they look pretty difficult and your attempt is probably better than i could do.
ym: nice work....very believable cover. you have layed out the text well as well as the model. it all works well. really no complaints.
ghost rider: okay what you did was well done...flames are nice. i just think a flaming skull is kinda well...i don't know not original. i'm not knocking your work...it looks fine....i just think a flaming skull for ghost rider is....well obvious. i think some moody text would do wonders for a ghost rider poster....if i can get out of this artists block i'll try and come up with a GR pic.
catwoman: good job on filling in the gaps. still think halle is all wrong for this.
transformers the movie: what 3d app did you use for this? looks very nice by the way...your decepticon piece is well done too. simple and a very believable teaser poster....i could see this being the actual poster. i also thought a newspaper headline with a blurry photo of and autobot or decepticon would be cool too.
starlet: interesting character...i would like to see the power in action...or at least portrayed in a pic.
x-statix: wow! what else can i say? okay we have a tie on my favorite pic of the day....sorry junfan, but you have to admit this is cool.
tim burtons superman: tim burton and superman....what a way to destroy an icon....you might as well hand over the property to joel silver. anyway...directing choices aside...this is well done. the atmosphere you want to achieve is there..."this ain't your daddy's superman." much darker...i would like to see some glowing red eyes....adds a little glitz to the image. nice work.
2 personalities: nice artistic interpretation of the identities. i just don't know though...the grey comes off too bright for me.
10-16-2003, 09:41 PM
Thanks to all for the kind words. I'm new to the forum and this severely delayed response will probably do little to win me friends. Nevertheless, I appreciate the feedback Amy, D.K. and dperceful.
In response to your question, dperceful, I found an image of the respective Transformers logos via Google's image search. Having performed a simple line-art trace of both in Illustrator, I imported them into 3D Studio Max (4 or 4.5 or 5...the version escapes me just now) and applied a simple extrude. Then I threw some Photoshop magic on top of the resulting 3D files and *viola*!
This was all done a couple months ago, before there was any industry talk of an HONEST-TO-GOD TRANSFORMERS MOVIE and I've gotta say that I think these pieces and the standard voodoo prayer magic that usually serves as an epilogue to most of my graphic design efforts contributed in no small part to making this movie a reality.
Aw shucks, ma'am, no need for thanks...just doin' my duty http://www.comics2film.com/UBB/wink.gif
10-23-2003, 05:46 AM
See told you I'd do more.
Look Of the oblivious:
You've got the hang of recolouring, but remember that there's more to a god pict than that. The coat looks great, the colours all seem natrual, but the picture doesn't work for a few reasons. The book is a lot lighter than the rest of the picture (which has deep shadows). A quick way to fix this is to drop the brightness and up the contrast. Also the body seems very cut off from the background. A quick fix here is to put the body on a seperate layer, and then duplicate that layer. On the lower body-layer use the lasso to select around the edges of the body. Feather the selection a little and hit 'gaussian blur', with a smallish number. Now lower the transparency on the blurred layer and your picture should sit better. The actual composition is ok, thought it seems a little static. Maybe think about adding a border to give it a tarot look?
It's nice to see such a bright vibrant pictureat the dcg. I'm not too sure about the sketch. I think the reason it's not sitting right is that there's little shadding (in terms of shadows) just shading for muscle tone. But I'm not sure. The colouring is great, it's bright and funky and everything is withing the lines. http://www.comics2film.com/UBB/wink.gif The blur is nice (tho the bottom edge looks a little sharp) and the lightning is awesome. The costume redesign is also pretty cool. I'm not srure if I'd have him wear it all the time, but it sure beats 90% of his other costumes http://www.comics2film.com/UBB/smile.gif. Good work.
Orson Welles' 'The Bat-Man'
It's allwasy great to see something that's a little different. I think the layout and colouring is a great example of the style and era you were going for; showcasing all the 'talent' but giving Bats his due. The costuming looks great too, simple but effective, especially on catwoman. I have a few minor complaints, the text is jagged, the riddlers shoulder is too prominent and the joker's face could do with some smoothing, but it's too much fun for it to really matter.
Well as you're first go you've done quite well. It's good to see that you've tried to recreate hair rather than just fill in a rough area and call it hair. You did the white eyes well too. I can understand f you're disappointed, but don't worry, you'll improve real quick. And remember that you don't have to submit everything you do. Think of the first 5 or so as practice peices and only submit the ones you think are good. Make sure you check out the tutorials at the art school here, or at http://www.spikeor.com/DSN/ My advice would be to try do a full body pict. That way you will pick up a lot of tricks that will help with face shots, such as blurs, highlights, and layer work.
Crush by crash:
<I'll come back and do this tonite>
Press: by Kev Incal
In terms of layout and compostition, your pict is excellent as always. The text seems to lack a little impact, which I think is due to the colour scheme used in the manip. Something a little darker perhaps would have given it some extra kick. Perhaps just using a thick black border to the text would help. The costume is awesome, and what else should we expect. The colour change on the jacket is spectacular, tho the buttons could be darker. Having said that I like the costume though, something doesn't quite sit right. I think it might be because you've forced the arms of the jacket, but she seems in a very awkward pose which makes her top seem strange especially around her chest. She just seems sort of frozen in place. Great work overall though.
Ghost Rider:The Movie
Simple yet effective. Good blending of the skull, the flames look awesome, should've gone for 'The Spirit of Vengenance' (watch the capitals). Also the text cuts in the flame which is something you should fix. Have the flame round off at the bottom and it'll mirror the curves of the skull nicely. Great work on the flame, now try make a series keeping to the same style.
I'll do later.
It's a cool piture, but it's lacking. You clearly know your way around 3d programs but I think your sense of layout is what lets you down. This just reminds me of a 1970's computer, with the minimal layout. Add some horizontal lines shooting across, a little bit of a grid, and maybe overlay the smae shot but at 300% and we'll talk http://www.comics2film.com/UBB/wink.gif Seriously though, great work with the 3d but don't stop there. YOu've got a lot of nice touches that you should use photoshop or psp to highlight.
~who has to run to a lecture~
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