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Cheers! We got entries to share.

The theme was "In a World You'll Only Imagine"; and submissions were open from Thursday, July 29th through Sunday, August 15th.

Judging for this will be determined by the most popular interpretation of the theme given. The poll will close next Sunday, August 22nd at midnight. When the winner is revealed we'll get in touch with the artist to confirm the delivery method of the prize.

...and in case you missed it, the prize for the contest will be $100, an AnimationNation.com t-shirt, a box of Col-erase pencils, and a copy of The Animal Motion Show given to us by the good people at Rhino House

Also as a side note the prizemoney can only be delivered to overseas winners through Paypal. We STRONGLY encourage you to set yourself up with an account if you don't already have one.

Here's the entries! Click on the image to get the full-size, uncompressed original submission.

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Amanofan
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Brian Moore
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Eric Hedman
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Michael Hirsh
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Mike also mentions this about the picture:

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The world I am imagining is the world many years after "Peak Oil". (Google it!) The painting is based on an amazing cloverleaf flyover junction near my home in Surrey, England.


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Trondheimfan
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WOW.

I think this is the best turnout yet. Some really good art in this one.
Good luck to everyone, I think it's gonna be a very close call.

Btw, Bob. Did ya get a haircut or something? I almost didn't recognize ya. [Big Grin] Very funny, dude. I really dig that fourth panel. I love the expression. [thumbsup]

Hey Hamsterbite, no animation this time? Still like the piece, though.
I like everyone's submissions, really, I'll say it again: Great job!! [thumbsup] [thumbsup]

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BobW
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Hi Trond,

I did get a haircut but it's nothing like the redhead I drew. It wasn't really supposed to be me otherwise he wouldn't be that fat but beautifull and strong! Nice you liked it.

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quote:
otherwise he wouldn't be that fat but beautifull and strong!
Yeah, in a world you'll only imagine. [funny] (kidding!)

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Great work everyone!!!!
but it is so difficult to vote...

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Thanks, Trond. No animation this time around. Life is busy. Maybe next contest.

Good work, everyone.

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Man.. it's tough to just pick 1. I'm going to have to "eenie meany miney moe" it.
[Big Grin]
Good entries!

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GREAt WORK EVERYONE! [cheers]
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Oooh... Michael, your entry's haunting. O_O

I think peak oil's a very real problem, and that image really summed up the consequences. Great composition, too! I know which one has my vote... [Wink]

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nettajean
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Thanks for the statement Mike. I posted about peak oil on this board some time ago...but it didn't get much attention. For anyone else interested take a look at this site. It'll haunt you. http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/Introduction.html

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Michael
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Thanks, Paka & nettajean.

Like a lot of people, I've been thinking about the consequences of changing the basis of the Western economies in a short number of years.
Switching quickly from a hydrocarbon based civilisation is not something that we can just sleepwalk through.

My job as an artist is to try and sum up visually what the impact of this change might look like.
A change in the landscape will be only one aspect of Peak Oil, but at least it makes an easy (or uneasy) picture. I'm glad you found the image provocative.

Aside from the Peak Oil issue, I think that many of the highway interchanges are fantastic subjects for landscape painting in their own right, although they can be a bit dangerous for sketchbook sessions. There are so many wonderful compositional elements just begging to be painted. Not necessarily "pretty" in everyone's eyes, but dynamic and exciting subjects nonetheless.

I'll be doing a lot more of them in my personal work, so I thank Brian and his choice of theme for giving me the "kick" necessary to get this picture done, as it's the basis / colour sketch for a big painting in oils, although it'll be in a different format.

This picture is all painted in vectors, as usual.

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I have to say a big thanks for the prizes from the last contest. The animal motion show dvd's are worth their weight in gold.. and much much more. I've never seen such a great reference tool before. I can't recommend this set enough!!!
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So, we're gonna see some OFFBEAT animation soon?

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Heh.. I'm not ready for animation anytime soon.. Someday, though!
I'm still focusing on getting my design/drawing skills up to par.

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Cool. Take your time...take your time...

Those DVD's are really something. Thanks to those, I could finally figure out exactly how four-legged animals walk. I knew the basic movement, but it's hard to keep track of four legs all at once, and real animals don't usually walk in place in one direction.(Or any direction for that matter.)

Good luck to all the participants!

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Michael (and Nettajean), I haven't researched and confirmed any of that info, but even just the summaries are pretty mind-boggling. I'm wondering what it would take to get back to horse'n'buggies and oil lanterns without anarchy. If we did it right, it could settle into a deeply satisfying way (and pace) of life. Our grankids might end up healthier than we are. Good topic, Michael, and good execution as well. That's an amazing level of detail!

But... see... I don't think you really *need* the DVD set like I do. Your powers of observation are obviously quite strong. Me? I'm a wreck. Look at my entry. Cancer cells don't really look like that! Red Blood Cells aren't even bipedal, according to most studies! But those deatils totally eluded me. People should vote on the basis of *need*, not merit! Yeah, it's obvious. That would be the fair way. Everyone vote for me on the basis of need. I'm not proud!

(Dang... I really want --I mean "need"-- those DVD's...)

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I'm sorry Hamsterbite, I've checked, and double checked those DVD's, but no sign of cancercells, bloodcells, or any cells whatsoever.
So I guess you don't really need those DVD's either. [Big Grin] (kidding dude, be confident, and keep tryin'.)
I guess it would be fair to vote based on one's need, but how proud can you be of winning something because your work was the most pathetic? Right?(Just speaking hypothetically here, your work's not pathetic.) [cheers]

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Hamsterbite
I love that bit: "oil lanterns". [Big Grin]

There is a possible upside to this Peak Oil business, however.

If the development of fuel cells, photovoltaics and nanotechnology keeps accelerating, it will mean that every house can soon be self sufficient in energy, particularly with the rise of LED lighting and other high efficiency gizmos on the horizon. Peak Oil will surely give an almighty kick in the behind to these new technologies.

The social, environmental and above all political implications might just be a good thing for the whole planet.

Just think; If country A were not dependent on country B for oil supplies, there would be no need for country A to meddle in the domestic affairs of country B, or any other country, come to that.

Energy is at the root of all our dealings on this planet, and yet it pours down on everyone's heads for free every day.

Buckminster Fuller, on the subject of fossil fuels, once asked (and I paraphrase) "Why are we humans living on the reserve account instead of the current account?" He continued: "There is enough energy reaching Earth to make every one of us live like billionaires".

So perhaps I paint a rather gloomy picture, but I only had 18 days (part time) to paint it, and my main design problem was to show something that was not in the picture (Oil).


As to the DVDs, it's still a few days before the winner is announced.

Myself, I quite fancy Animagus's entry, even though "In your dreams" might have been a more apt response from the, er, lady to the young man holding the coin. Perhaps working girls are drawn from more high tone backgrounds these days. (sorry about all these puns, they're impossible to avoid [biggrin] )

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Michael, it's so nice to read your positive outlook on the Peak Oil crisis. I agree that while things will definatly happen as a shock to most of the western world, that maybe, just maybe a peaceful outcome can happen. We can only pray.

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We can all go back to using campfires including the stories that go with it!!

Just kiddin. The entire peak oil thing freaked me out a little bit but I think it's a good thing to remain optimistic. There's always solar energy, wind energy, hydro energy etc. and hopefully the technology people will invent some more nice gizmos before peak oil. We could always look to our favorite s.f. movies for inspiration such as using human beings as batteries or just powering anything with the almighty Force!!! Good luck anyone, I think we all would love to get those dvds don't we? We'll just have to wait and see.

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I like the blend of lighthearted and serious comments in this thread.

Well, good luck, everyone! I'm off to the beach until Thursday.

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GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!

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All I can say to the "peak oil" speculation is, somewhere, some Amish people are laughing. Maybe we'll be running to them for advice.(on foot?) Thanks for the feedback Michael, and nice work. Maybe "In Your Dreams" could be a future contest theme.
It's funny about Buckminster Fuller, and forecasting the future. I remember hearing one of his predictions that we only had eight years left on the planet. I heard that back in '81 or '82. Well now that he is no longer with us, in body at least, that means that "we" (he and us) are no longer together on this planet. I guess that means his prediction came true?
Do you suppose that he knew that in the future, we would be bringing him up on an internet message board?

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Animagus,

I don't really believe in reincarnation (Who wwould want to come back as a tin of condensed milk anyway? [sorry, perhaps a localised joke]) but I have the feeling that Bucky Fuller might *just* have made it back to Earth as the new element Buckminsterfullerene (Buckyball, or Carbon 60).

After all his whole life was devoted to doing the most with less, and for the benefit of the greatest number of people....

And C60 is the starting point for much of the nanotechnology that will form the basis of future technologies....

Hmmmmm. Bucky Fuller and his visionary ideas live on in one way or another, if only as a subject for discussion on boards such as this. In fact I just got 82,800 results from Google putting his name in the search box, so it's not just here that he's remembered.

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hamsterbite! [cheers]
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Congratulations, Michael Hirsch! Very well done.

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Congrats Michael Hirsch! Very good job and execution. You deserved it! Btw since you said it was all painted in vectors which program did you use? Enjoy your prizes!
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Yay! Congrats, Mike! [biggrin]
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I really don't know what to say, for once, apart from a big "Thank you" to everyone who participated and voted, as well as thanking Brian and the mods here at AN for setting the whole thing in motion.

[cheers]

And BTW Hamsterbite, I'll be in touch with you soon about your special "needs". [Yes]

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Eeeewwwww. Oh, wait, you're probably talking about the DVD's...

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No flies on you, Trond! [Big Grin]
(look it up in a dictionary of idiomatic English)

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It's not easy to find an english idiotic dictionary over here, so I just used Google.
You english have such cool expressions. [Smile] Though in this case it's not really appropriate, 'cause I'm sitting behind a computer....
Enjoy your day, you lucky winner, you.

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Congratulations Michael. It's looks like your votes went right off the chart. But would'nt it be "English idiomatic dictionary"?

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BobW

Thanks for the nice comment. I used Satori FilmFX 64 for the painting.

A few vital statistics:

My layout consisted of 20 layers.
The painting took 83 layers.
Original image size: 2000 x 1530 @300dpi.

The things I'd most like to change:-

The shadow side of the orange shipping container is not dark enough, and doesn't tell the lighting story with enough punch.

I'd also like to have added some more containers on the upper decks and a few solar panels here and there.

A nice touch would have been to add a few swallows' nests to the underside of the nearest road deck. Ah well.....

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Hey, I just got back from the beach. Congrats to you, Michael! It would be fun to see your bg with those extra details. And as for my "special" needs, I am indeed a "special" child. (But everyone's inspired by the spunk I show in the face of my great challenges.)

And Buzz, thanks for the drinks. The art on your website is phenomenal. This round's on me.
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Okay, I've got to tell everybody what a nice guy Michael Hirsh is!

He told me he's going to have AN send *me* the DVD set he just won! Apparently I took the "needs-based voting" jokes a bit too far; he said that he's not an animator at all, and therefore I "need" the DVD's more than he does. I felt a little sheepish at first, but danged if he hasn't talked me out of that. Now I'm just glad I'm reaping the benefits of his being such a generous guy.

By the way, everyone should take a look at Michael's website. I did, and there's some really top-notch work there -- from some rather high-profile projects, too.

Talk about a gracious winner. Thanks, again, Michael. Coming in second ain't bad at all.

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BobW

There's a step-by-step demonstration of the painting here.

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