View Full Version : Wolves at the door

04-16-2008, 02:10 PM
Here's an illo I've just done for a magazine for the UK legal profession. It is to illustrate an article about how big companies are always threatening to take over smaller companies. The client's brief was the verbal expression of "wolves lurking outside business premises".
It is largely constructed, textured and rendered in 3D (using mainly Vue 6 Infinite, some modelling done in Carrara 6 Pro) with the people and wolves poses being done in Poser, but the wolves were "textured" in Photoshop using photographic reference.


04-16-2008, 02:32 PM
Very nice work! Did you happen to break into PNeal's personal stock of hair brushes for this? hehe j/k. Simply amazing. Always a treat to look at your work.

04-16-2008, 02:36 PM
Great work Barry, you really managed to create an ominous feeling to the composite, like the wolves are just about to close in for the kill!

04-16-2008, 02:42 PM
Thanks Whubee... no, no PNeal brushes were hurt in the making of this image! :lol

Thanks Ry, the client was also really happy with the mood. How are you going with your 3D, by the way?

04-16-2008, 03:57 PM
:)You are welcome Barry. My 3-D learning hasn't even started I am ashamed to say, I will definitely make a start on this soon though.

04-16-2008, 05:46 PM
wow, nice illustration.

great brush work indeed.

04-16-2008, 06:00 PM
The only thing that bothers me with this image is the amount of drool coming from the wolf's mouth. It by all means looks great but there is too much for my liking. However, it does convey the point you are trying to achieve, which is it hunger to take over the little person.

04-16-2008, 07:55 PM
whubee you obviously haven't seen my dog drool over a cooked chicken :-)

04-16-2008, 07:57 PM
wow, great concept, all from scratch eh? uff!. you re improving fast! hehe

04-16-2008, 10:21 PM
Hello, it makes me think and dream of doing something like that, it is awsome. I love it! But I wonder when I will be able to do something like that? Congrats!

04-17-2008, 01:49 AM
And he does it again :)

I really like the concept here!

I'm not going to comment on the brush work, just because I think you're trying to put me out of work. (Just kidding :lol)

04-17-2008, 05:36 AM
I hate to disappoint you guys, but there isn't that much brush work... I used a stock photograph of a wolf in a similar pose, and cloned and toned photographic source to get the effect. Sorry! In the original post, I mentioned "photographic reference" which I guess everyone took to mean that I looked at a photograph, and brushed what I saw... nope, I actually lift areas I need, and layer them on. Boy, I feel so inadequate now!:lol

Phil, your brush work technique is safe... for now! :lol

Whubee... I think you're probably right, although we did want to overexaggerate a bit. Besides, I was having fun drooling in the mirror to see what it looked like!:lol

Ryan... you cook chicken!!!!! :o:mad:

04-17-2008, 10:50 AM
Opps, sorry Barry I forgot that you was a vegetarian. I also didn't see your avatar

04-17-2008, 02:47 PM
:o didnt knew your into 3d aswell looks awesome

04-17-2008, 03:37 PM
Originally posted by w@rtistic
:o didnt knew your into 3d aswell looks awesome

Thanks... yep, I've been diving into the 3D pond for a while now. Quite a learning curve, but I think I'm starting to get somewhere. It's already been really useful for a couple of projects, and I see it's benefits increasing as I get better at it.

04-17-2008, 03:38 PM
hey sir.

heads off to ur wolves before they bite mine off, I would give it to u on my own accord :P

brilliant stuff as usual. i'm panting trying to catch you sir.

04-17-2008, 05:51 PM
this is amazing. wolves are very realistic.

04-17-2008, 06:31 PM
Its awesome work and i really like the symbolism here, there is quite serious narrative involved, to me its a story of the greed. Btw how do you like Vue6? I am pretty interesting about it and i have been thinking to buy one;)

mike rai
04-17-2008, 08:41 PM
just one word... CORKER!

04-17-2008, 11:00 PM
:cheers Very nice.

04-18-2008, 02:45 AM
Excellent piece...

04-18-2008, 05:40 AM
Thanks for the comments all.

Jusu, I'm using Vue Infinite 6 more and more. It has some irritating quirks, but I really like its materials functions, as well as it's rendering capabilities. You might remember that visual of the Orangina bus I posted? A lot of that was put together, and rendered in Vue. If I were you I'd go for it, but of course it also depends on what you're wanting to do with a 3D programme. Although you can do some modelling, remember that Vue isn't really a modelling programme, it's main claim to fame is landcape/scene work (even though I'm doing quite a bit more with it.

Mike, glad I've taught you another word in English! :lol

The Scotsman
04-18-2008, 11:41 AM
Barry, you don't need my feeble and inadequate comment. Brilliant.

04-18-2008, 02:07 PM
Feeble and inadequate "thanks" for that comment, Jim.:lol

04-18-2008, 03:41 PM
nice work..

mike rai
04-18-2008, 07:10 PM
Originally posted by dogtrombone
Thanks for the comments all.

Mike, glad I've taught you another word in English! :lol

10X alot, C O R K E R :lol

Paul Kityo
04-19-2008, 08:29 PM