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Posted on 12/08/22 07:48:34 AM
Ben Boardman
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OK I got bored, found 2 entries that I started but didn't finish or post (I did use part of 1 in a later Challenge.



Posted on 12/08/22 07:49:31 AM
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Posted on 13/08/22 11:17:10 PM
Mariner
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Excellent work everyone!


Posted on 13/08/22 11:41:44 PM
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Oh no! Steve is lost and by the look of that wheel also stuck in the burning pine forests of France!






Posted on 15/08/22 10:38:22 PM
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Things are getting hot for Steve!




Posted on 16/08/22 12:40:34 PM
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Tired of the Quad-bikes and to escape Michael's raging firestorms, Steve rents a Learjet and heads for home...




Posted on 16/08/22 1:12:43 PM
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Posted on 16/08/22 5:22:26 PM
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Pure silliness .........



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Posted on 16/08/22 8:44:34 PM
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They have found Steve and are currently rehydrating him.





Posted on 17/08/22 05:33:01 AM
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Re: Challenge 918: Summer holiday
On 25/11/05 Steve wrote:

Contest 73: Property development
I'm a real sucker for oak beams, and I spotted this Founding Fathers house on a trip to Boston earlier this year. This old barn would make a really good house.Assuming we could get the preservation order lifted, how might we make this old structure more habitable?






Posted on 19/08/22 08:31:11 AM
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First to fire up the quad bike was DavidMac, neatly inserting me into an Indian familyís outing. I seem to be going downhill rather more than the rest of them, but otherwise itís a good fit. I like the sand dune leap in the second entry, although you do need to muddy up those wheels to make them the same colour as the others. The toy quad in the third entry is splendid! The reflection is particularly impressive. The fourth entry is glorious - and you even managed to get Carol on the back! Fabulous. That MŲbius-like construction in the fifth entry must have been a nightmare to model - I canít even begin to imagine how youíd do it. But a really beautiful result: the shading is especially enjoyable. Iíve never seen a three-dimensional MŲbius strip before - although since the standard 2D twisted strip is of course a three-dimensional object, does that make this four-dimensional? Fascinating to see the schematic, too. And at last! Gnomes!

A rapid zoom-past from lwc, witnessed only by the parrot. The action is almost too fast to catch, but couldnít we do with some spraying sand? A very fine animation in the second entry, with good bike jiggle and a pleasing wobble of the head. So interesting how convincing that scrolling background can be. A bit of a tooquilos-like world tour in the third entry, with the quad scooting around three locations. I like how the pauses build anticipation. The fourth entry works really well, with the quad just visible in the distance before it nears us. It should get rather bigger in the final few frames, though. The Jurassic Park setting the fifth entry is fun, especially the animated T Rex. And the sixth entry - exit, pursued by flying saucer! The subtle motion of the Lear jet in the seventh entry is excellent, really giving it the sense of flying. Iím not sure the second jet is needed.

I like how Mariner has used a shot of the quayside at La Rochelle, with the quad fitting perfectly half on the road and half on the pavement (which explains its slight tilt). A well-judged shadow, too. I like the new treehouse in the revisit of the second entry, and rather wish Iíd built it along those lines - the original has now been reclaimed by nature. The merging of two Challenges from 2007 and 2008 in the third entry produces a great result: Joeís uniform is stunning. Have to say, though, thatís a really unappealing dress/shoe combination. The revisited Founding Fathers Challenge from 2005 in the fourth entry is a true masterpiece: perfect matching of characters and setting, excellent interaction between them, great shadows. As so often your colours are a little over-saturated, but Iíll forgive that for an entry as appealing as this.

An element of danger from Ben Boardman, who has placed the quad in a jungle setting. Itís neatly immersed in the surf, and fits perfectly into its surroundings. Perhaps a crocodile needed in the water to accentuate the sense of danger? Thereís something very touching about the revisited second entry, matching a Smurf with an entirely more animal-looking creature. And the robot Charlie Brown in the third entry is truly gorgeous.

A well-chosen sand dune setting from Vibeke, and the flurry of sand around the quad works really well. I like the extra quad at the back, giving it perspective. Interesting to see the map, but two and a half hours to go to the beach? That shows dedication.

Immaculate work from Frank, the quad looking perfect in its new setting, with just the right amount of flying dust and debris. The new T shirt is a great fit. Fantastic, Frank.

A monster truck from michael sinclair, using the two-framer concept to tremendous effect. I know youíve done a lot of these, Michael, but this one really stands out: those two frames give an impressive sense of continuous motion. Not sure about the square shadow, though. I like the rolling smoke in the second entry, and the subtly twisted front wheel. A fun animation in the third entry. Why do the flames in the fourth entry shrink after theyíve grown? I think these are a little misjudged, Although the flowing water is impressive.

I laughed at Ant Snellís entry, with a huge-wheeled quad landing on a car roof. Is that water spraying out under the car? If so, why? If not, why is it white? The hand is a neat addition, but Iím trying to work out what position the owner could have been in for it to stick out at that angle.

It looks like a desert setting from tooquilos, complete with flying dust. A great series of settings in the animated version - I particularly like the snowbound entries. Sticking my head on the live action footage half way through works really well, and I like the way youíve zoomed in on the bikes to avoid having to spin the wheels. Great Sphinx destruction, and the 3D tracking around the stationary bike is extraordinary. And I did like the Mad Max entry!

Itís Downton time for Josephine Harvatt, with my quad disrupting a peaceful afternoon tea setting. Ha! Good stuff.

Youíve all been productive in my absence!

Posted on 19/08/22 09:07:36 AM
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Re: Challenge 918: Summer holiday
Steve, I hope you had a good holiday.
Thanks for the excellent critique, I really enjoyed doing these three. As you say, the colours of the figures in the tavern are ovoer-saturated - it's just the way i like them. It makes the picture look more painterly

"...lthatís a really unappealing dress/shoe combination...."

The shoes are supposed to be glass slippers, they look ok to me. As for the dress, well, she was supposed to be a bit of a scrubber, wasn't she!?

Posted on 19/08/22 09:48:58 AM
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Hope you had a good time in France and have returned with a car full of potential 'curiaux' material. I suppose Brexit may have made importing them a bit harder.

I had fun with these Steve!

Completely missed the muddy wheels in the second. Silly of me.

I hope Carol does not mind the mockery. She looks like someone who would take it in good spirit. She's in the Chinese mall too. Since I only have the one picture (in which lower legs and hands are all missing - so not easy to use) I think she is fairly safe from further abuse.

The secret of modelling the mŲbius is isometric (orthogonal) projection. Although it has three dimensional axes it has no vanishing points and parallels do not converge. This means that things closer to 'camera' are the same size as things further away enabling me to join foreground to background in photoshop in a completely illegal manner. Strangely the simple looking schematic was far, far harder to produce than the image.



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Posted on 19/08/22 10:25:06 AM
Ben Boardman
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The crocodile is on your right Steve under the green fronds.

Posted on 19/08/22 10:45:50 AM
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Re: Challenge 918: Summer holiday
Thanks Steve, welcome back, was going to animate but not much time in the SHORT summer months - I'd rather be fishing.

Posted on 19/08/22 12:44:49 PM
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Steve Caplin wrote:
Iím not sure the second jet is needed.



I agree, it was mainly an exercise to learn how the new animation tool is used along with older versions.

Thanks Steve...



Posted on 21/08/22 00:00:17 AM
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Thanks Steve,

"two and a half hours to go to the beach? That shows dedication."

It's about the journey, not the destination. You would be crazy to go swimming there. For swimming, we have lovely safe beaches 10 minutes drive from home.

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