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Poll: July challenge vote

Atto
1 20%
Valence
4 80%
Dragon6261
No votes 0%
Total number of voters: 5 ( Dragon6261, oaktree, Atto, Digital Dave, Valence )
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01 Jul 2017 18:35 - 14 Aug 2017 10:44 #16717 by Charlotte
Random II

Brief: This month you are to create an image using at least 3 of the randomly generated words listed below:
King
Guilty
Glass
Legend
Magic
Enter

Deadline: Monday 31st of July at midnight GMT Voting open until Friday the 11th

This is where you post your final entries. Works in Progress should be posted in the thread over here: cgartnexus.com/index.php/forums/challeng...-july-2017-random-ii

Challenge rules and guidelines:
challenge rules

Rules in brief:
  • All challenge entries must be your own work.
  • You should post at least two WIP images that are clearly different from your final entry and each other.
  • Your final entry should contain your image (inserted so it shows up full size) and at least two links to your WIP posts on the forum.
  • No chatter in the finals thread – if you have questions, post them in the WIP thread or PM an admin.
  • Feedback is allowed & encouraged together with the voting and in the WIP thread.
  • Deadline is given in UK time (midnight GMT) with a grace period of 5 minutes for getting the post sorted.
  • Each member may cast one vote
  • No cheating! Admins may decide to disqualify an entry that does not adhere to the above rules.

WINNER - Valence

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31 Jul 2017 09:05 - 31 Jul 2017 09:12 #17157 by Dragon6261
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31 Jul 2017 20:24 #17188 by Valence
This is a bit of a mess but it'll have to do. I wasted far too much time making and then remaking mistakes in a feedback loop of wrongness.

1: Something Wicked This Way Comes.
2: And when I say 'wicked' I mean that evil angle of the head!!!

And here's the 'final' of my Macbeth-inspired pic which I'd better post now because the deadline is tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. :)


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31 Jul 2017 21:38 #17189 by Atto
No time to spit and polish so here it is. Think I've just sold a print of this to an old friend who loves Bladerunner so I'll be having to finish it some time soon.

Wip 1

Wip 2

And the final:

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01 Aug 2017 10:25 - 01 Aug 2017 10:25 #17195 by Banj
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01 Aug 2017 15:02 #17208 by Valence
Voting time again?
And in there first! :woohoo:

Dragon:
I think you did a really good job combining all the different elements in your pic this month. This is another good pose, with the angled tension in the back and shoulders showing the energy flowing through the extended arms, and the lowered head expressing the concentration required.
The graduated cloud-filled sky is lovely and that offset moon does now set up the background for the ghostly figure without interefing with how the image reads.
The spectacular glow of the magic is a fantastic centre point of the picture but I think the fiery hair is not quite as successful, it distracts a bit too much from the expression of the head and face. I can see why you wanted to add more light around the figure and after thinking about it a bit more today it might have been better to do that by adding some blue highlights reflecting off the skin from the magic and the portal. And I do like that granular dissolve around the edge. It's an imaginative choice and one that I would never have thought of doing.

Atto:
Yep, I like a bit of Bladerunner too! ;)
And this story suits the selection of words nicely.
I think you've successfully managed to capture the style that you wanted. The bright saturated colours are handled very well and the contrasting muted tones of the figure give an effective sense of his mood and anguish, topped off with the little iconic details of the origami and the gun, with its wonderful foreshortening.
I also like the crop of the figure, cutting it off at the tilt of the head is visually interesting and creates a feeling of claustrophobia that traps the figure in his thoughts.
One minor thing that irks my eye a little is in the brighter areas where some of the circles are darker than the tones behind. Whenever you see these effects, whether it's a lens flare, glare, bokeh, or out of focus backscattered dust, the overlapping artifacts usually tend to brighten as they stack on top of each other. I always use a Screen layer when I'm trying that so that it automatically "adds" without me having to think about it too much. :)
Finally I do love the way you've added some of that brighter colour into the drink he's holding. It's a very clever device that links the two sides of the picture and helps to achieve the balance that I hoped you would get.

And for my vote… I'm gonna give it to Atto this time.
In addition to all the things I like about it (the colour, the composition and the fact it's Bladerunner) you've also sold it as a print too! Getting votes is good but having someone pay for it is even better … apparently. :lol: And you really can't argue against cold, hard cash. The customer is always right and when someone is right I try to agree with them. Don't spend it all at once. :)
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02 Aug 2017 16:50 #17223 by Atto
Firstly let me say that I didn't mention the fact that I'd sold a print in an attempt to garner more votes - personally I feel I've done better work before that no one seems interested in buying :?

As for the vote:
Dragon - love the fact you added that dispersion effect round the portal - it helps 'ground it in the image much better. I agree with Valence about the hair and with his alternative but wouldn't it have been nice if he'd thought of that a few days ago? ;)

Val - It's still freaking me out that I'm a ghost when I look at this. The addition of the candle and its associated rim light is very nice too providing that warm/cold lighting across our heroes(?) face. I also loved the aged look to the sword with all its nicks along the blade and its worn patina.
So this month my vote goes to Val.
Good work guys.

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14 Aug 2017 10:42 #17619 by Banj
Voting is over and Valence wins. Congratulations Valence.

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14 Aug 2017 10:47 #17620 by Charlotte
Congrats Val!

and nope, I did not totally forgot about this... nope nope nope :nope:
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