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Making Of 'Ascension: Cam De Leon Tribute' based on the image "Fishboys" by Cam de Leon

By Sean Langford
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Date Added: 25th February 2011
Software used:
3ds Max, ZBrush

For the final touches, I took an image of ink in water (Fig.09) and lightly screened it over the background. I didn't want to make the ink a part of the figures, but really added it to reflect the environment of Cam's original work ... more of just a faint echo than an actual element of the image. I also made a simple cloud of blurry spots, some bigger than others, which makes for a nice dust pass (see Fig.09) when screened on very lightly. This gave the final touch that tied everything together and gave a much needed sense of depth (Fig.10).

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Fig. 09



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Fig. 10

Conclusion

I know not everyone will like my work. I know that it may be that nobody ever likes anything I do. But that is not how I judge if a piece is successful. I finished it; I had fun; I tried something different and I learned something new ... so in my book, it is an awesome success. I think, to be a good artist, you don't have to always come up with the next new design. You don't always have to surpass everyone's work; you just have to keep trying to surpass yourself. I did not set out to shake the art community to its knees with this piece, I simply wanted to improve upon myself ... and great artists like Cam de Leon will always inspire me to keep pushing.

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Image by Sean Langford | Original Concept, 'Fishboys' © Cam de Leon




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(ID: 79720, pid: 0) Olly on Tue, 17 January 2012 7:36pm
This is really great stuff. Thanks for the insight.
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(ID: 37064, pid: 0) Obinna on Wed, 02 March 2011 8:07pm
...and you inspired me
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(ID: 36908, pid: 0) Paul on Mon, 28 February 2011 5:39pm
Rocks!! Really like this - great study, looks tight!
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(ID: 36887, pid: 0) Jack Ainscough on Mon, 28 February 2011 11:36am
excellent stuff, keep up the great work.
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