View Full Version : Pigs Might Fly - Pig Adrift - I wandered lonely, etc etc
03-23-07, 10:39 AM
My latest piece ... new for me, the inclusion of a bit of Vue Landscape work.
There's still a few wee touches to do but it's as good as finished.
Thanks for looking.
Below is the new corrected version more in keeping with my pallette - the others were too dark.
Love the style. The ears flapping in the wind and the tired 'I cant be bothered' look. Also the background and the balloon/nut. Just cool stuff.
Thanks for the post. :tu:
03-23-07, 10:51 AM
As allways I love the style!! Great landscape. Thanks for sharing your work with us.
03-23-07, 11:56 AM
I can spot a Floozy-image from miles. Can't place a finger on why I like the style so much, but I do. :tu:
I do seem to feel that Mr. Pig needs just a tiny bit more light? His expression is so cool, but hard to see.
03-23-07, 11:59 AM
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Cmon Mark... there must be something dangling from the Anchor! Like a teddy bear, or a red hankie...
03-23-07, 12:02 PM
And nicely done basket! Keep'em coming, Flooze! 50.
03-23-07, 12:12 PM
Thanks folks - here's a lighter srgb jpeg for people viewing in Windows.
I've possibly made the initial image to Mac friendly and less PC.
Love your work as always. The style just makes me feel good. I think it's because it reminds me of the illustrations that were in many children's books growing up. That's what your style brings to mind, I think. Just very pleasing to the eye, not at all busy, and well composed with a soothing color palette.
Thanks again for sharing. If I had to say anything less than positive, I would suggest toning down the material on the pig and acorn, sort of flattening it. Maybe it's the specular value, not sure. But I think it would blend a bit better into the background, make it more cohesive.
Then again, maybe I'm nuts. It's just such a slight thing that I might not be seeing it correctly.
03-23-07, 01:09 PM
03-23-07, 01:19 PM
knocked out by your style as ever, you must be getting famous by now.
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03-23-07, 02:11 PM
nice and funny style! :)
03-23-07, 03:09 PM
I always love your style as well, in this image the pig is really not working for me, I feel like he is kind of a boring lump, everything else is perfect.:)
03-23-07, 03:14 PM
I agree. The background and everything else is near perfect but the pig is bringing down the image a bit. He is the right shade, but there is something a bit amature about him that i just cannot put my finger on.
But the rest of the image is stunning.
Do you have a WIP or tutorial that you have done to show your workflow on your backgrounds??
They are sick!!
03-23-07, 03:24 PM
Another great post Mark, and you have used vue well. I have vue myself but since discovering ZB I rarely fire it up now.
Still full marks:tu::tu::tu::tu:
03-23-07, 07:06 PM
Thanks again for the kind words - sorry for those that don't like Mr Pig. However you may be pleased to hear that he soared to a high altitude and jumped. His last words were a eery shreik of ...."philistines" before hurtling through the inky void to a better place.
He will always have a special place in my heart.
Yours on booze with spongey spidery legs
03-24-07, 01:01 AM
We were missing your art!!!!
Look so cool.
Didi you finally sell your last piece of art.
I keep been interested.
03-24-07, 03:22 AM
Booz, real nice image! I feel sorry for the pig, how easy you could make him some wings.
03-24-07, 06:40 AM
Arturo - thanks, yes I have been selling my prints but so far in the uk only. The cost of international shipping plus the greater chances of damage have made posting further afield less viable at my current prices.
Bas- wings, yes I toyed with that idea, also a noose around his neck, suicide bungee style - now that did look bleak.
03-24-07, 08:30 AM
Booz, how you painted those roads, in vue?
03-24-07, 09:06 AM
My wife demands that Mr.Pig comes back and wears a tiny propeller hat and a blue and white striped t-shirt which he loves so much. She knows by chance that Mr. Pig's first name is Hubert! And that you just made up his apparent suicide.
03-24-07, 12:16 PM
Bas - yes in Vue.
Lemo - your wife has good taste. I said to my wife do you think he should have a blue and white stripey t-shirt and she said, "no naked!"
03-24-07, 12:39 PM
Did your wife recognize that you were talking about the pig? :D
03-24-07, 03:10 PM
I like the pig. Despite beating the odds and making it aloft and being presented with a wonderful view, it seems his eyes look only inwards. And I'm sure he is scratching his bottom with his left hand.
Rumour has it that the pig's real name is Kevin and his flight originated from Baconfield Georgia.
03-24-07, 06:03 PM
Pride and Mr Bone thanks for the smiles.
Took a look at your site Pride - "Juvenile Curiosity" is hilarious. Fabulous work fella.
Well it turn's out they found the pig and .....
03-24-07, 08:07 PM
Ha, speachless. I'll show it to the misses tomorrow morning. I'm sure I have to make breakfast after that 8).
Boozie, I hope you don't think that I didn't like the pig...he's great. I just meant the spec on the material. Acorn and pig are flawless, as they completely fit the style of the piece. Have you ever considered illustrating a children's book? The other pic of yours, Lipstick On My Haggis, is also very illustrative.
On the other hand, I really am enjoying your tribute to the late Mr. Pig.
03-25-07, 07:36 AM
Mc Sloshy - no worries fella and your sensitivity is very kind.
The only way to learn is to try new things. I really should have posted wip with the image anyway as my intention is to come back to it at a later date with new vitality.
I know exactly what your driving at with the pig compared to the ground. Although there is zero specularity etc on the pig (except a touch on the balloon) the fact that the ground is so textured makes the comparison seem perhaps too smooth. It's as if the landscape was painted on canvas and the pig was painted on paper.
Blending this further should not be difficult as it just requires some careful application of some global noise in certain areas to unify the whole.
No indeed the more negative comments about the pig made me laugh - he is intended to look like he is suffering from ennui and at the mercy of the winds of fortune and so the lumpen passivity is a requirement - more detailed meshes were abandoned in the workflow precisely because they lacked that dumb je ne sais quoi.
I'm currently working on a new image to test further whether a more detailed background approach works for me and I'll post that soon.
on tea and buttery biscuits.
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