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Strangers   [2009]

Strangers Released by :
Onslaught [web], Oxyron [web]

Release Date :
31 October 2009

Type :
C64 Graphics  (HiRes)

Beached Whale Pic

Released At :
Syntax 2009

Achievements :
C64 Graphics Competition at Syntax 2009 :  #4

User rating:**********  9.6/10 (44 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.6/10 (24 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Enthusi of Onslaught
Graphics .... Veto of Oxyron

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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 3 January 2010
ARRG! He did it again...!
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Submitted by wozza on 10 November 2009
10/10 from me, I remember at the time saying to myself, 'that's just gorgeous!'
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Submitted by Oswald on 9 November 2009
out of words here
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Submitted by Jazzcat on 7 November 2009
WOW! This is easily the number one ranked entry in the gfx compo for me and I voted it so, dunno what weird drug the party go'ers were on, but this one rocked. MC HIRES PAINT BRUSH STYLER!
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Submitted by DRAX on 4 November 2009
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Submitted by Stainless Steel on 4 November 2009
Archmage : maybe its a midget baby whale :-D
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Submitted by Prowler64 on 4 November 2009
This is simply amazing!
I am seriously going to print it on paper and put it on my wall!!
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Submitted by oys on 3 November 2009
AMAZING! and i just love how the kid is tall enough to be able to touch the whale :) anyway, maybe the best hi-res picture from veto so far, simply STUNNING!
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Submitted by saehn on 3 November 2009
Archmage you envious fucker! ;-) Just kidding, but I have to disagree with you a bit. For me, the purpose of the picture is to convey the emotional interaction between the child and the whale. You mention that you acknowledge the picture's cartoonish-ness, but that still you want perspective to be addressed more accurately. Well, for me: is it recognizably a whale? is it recognizably a child? is the artist more concerned with the sub-context or the literal depiction? I mean, if we're so concerned with photo-realism, then I must say that we've chosen the wrong medium. Sure we can suggest form & volume, but those elements don't have to define a work, do they? These are just my questions & perspectives, obviously not absolute answers. Good topic for discussion...
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Submitted by booker on 3 November 2009
As to the perspective there's actually only one thing that has caught my eye - the rest of the whale (where it gets coloured) looks a bit having too much bend. Thuss making it a kinda having different size from the head. For instance I would see it without the sky, but having more body...but I can't draw! ^^

As to Archmage's comment about the kid I disagree :)
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Submitted by PAL on 3 November 2009
I forgot one very important note here... my daughter at 6.5 years just loved it and asked if I could take it out on paper so that she could give it to a friend(christina) in school... That is love for the motive... and overall feeling I guess!
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Submitted by v3to on 3 November 2009
thanks for all your comments and the nice words.

the motive was followed a gut feeling. the only plan was to do a more "pleasant" gfx than my recent ones, but i had no special idea. so i chose the first image i had in mind. overall i am satisfied with the result. imo the atmosphere is doing well and it is nice to look at.

@archmage: i am thankful for every differentiated view and there were also others who had controversial opinions about the pic. i am not exactly strong in compositing, so i try not to take my pixels too serious. you are right, there are issues left. depending the perspective the child just stretches out the hand towards the whale but its posture looks like touching it (in that case the shadowing is also spoiled in this area).
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Submitted by Archmage on 2 November 2009
I'll be honest here.

First of all, I think Veto is good with making texture spring out of colour use, like the sky in his first picture and the whale skin here. What he does is not really pixelling per se, but the canvas and tablet approach is well done to the extent that I really prefer this to a lot of the crosspixeltechniques that after all these years has grown to be rather generic. I also think that this is Veto's best picture when it comes to subject matter. It is cleverly chosen in the sense that it is immediate as well as stimulating to the imagination.

My problem with this picture comes from the interplay between anatomy and perspective, which, in short, is off. It does not seem right that the character can touch the whale where he does when he stands where he does. And that applies even if you grant some slack for the characters cartoonish anatomy. And to me this bugs the eye too much for me to fully enjoy the picture. Consequently, a weak 8 from me.

And before you guys go calling me an envious fucker, let me just mention that I would never have written this much, or anything for that matter, had I not had deep respects for Veto as one of the scene's best artists. :)
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Submitted by ne7 on 2 November 2009
absolutely amazing picture. just amazing
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Submitted by irwin on 2 November 2009
Best in compo, best hires pic on C64.
My vote 11/10 ;)
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Submitted by Ninja on 2 November 2009
It is not only the breath-taking hires-technique in Veto's pictures, I absolutely love his motives. The atmosphere, expressions...for me this is story-telling. Stunning awesome, this one being my favourite so far.
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 2 November 2009
Spectacular... You truly have a jawdropping technique and style. You really expand the limits of imagination - that's what makes our fav little old battered 8-bitters so special :)
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Submitted by clonK on 2 November 2009
Really like ur distinctive style.
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Submitted by Krill on 2 November 2009
Simply amazing.
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Submitted by Almighty God on 2 November 2009
Wauuuuu! amaizing mate, love it.
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Submitted by PAL on 1 November 2009
Personally I do not like the actual image of scene, but I just drop my jaw down and grasp for air as the image quality of the hires is just amazing, I just do not think I can remember anything this good beeing created before when thinking it is a hires image... but it holds a lot of colors this one... very hard work you have done here... should have been at first place in my mind for texh and skills, but as an image I am not that sure. It looks splendid.
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Submitted by saehn on 1 November 2009
What?! Fourth place? Disheartening... nothing against the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners but this is the most artistic piece, IMO. Crazy how compo voting works out... Boobies 'n dragons :-D
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Submitted by Raffox on 1 November 2009
Holy cow! Nice piccy!
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Submitted by Clarence on 1 November 2009
Stunning work! Incredible details in this mode.
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Submitted by Joe on 1 November 2009
It sure is...
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Submitted by Sasq on 1 November 2009
This might be the best HIRES picture ever made...
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Submitted by Yazoo on 1 November 2009
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Submitted by TWW on 1 November 2009
Nice pic. Makes me wanna eat a whale steak (Yeah I'm Norwegian)
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Submitted by GT on 31 October 2009
WOW! Incredible.
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Submitted by Skate on 31 October 2009
Great pixel work + touchy concept.
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Submitted by Jammer on 31 October 2009
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Submitted by psych858o on 31 October 2009
Veto,my friend - you totally rule!!
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Submitted by The Shadow on 31 October 2009
Veto rox!
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Submitted by HCL on 31 October 2009
Awesome! total r00lxor!
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Submitted by Leon on 31 October 2009
good picture veto! 10/10 ;_)
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Submitted by Joe on 31 October 2009
Really great work there!
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Submitted by JackAsser on 31 October 2009
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Submitted by Stainless Steel on 31 October 2009
Love it. One really must admire the way Veto handles HiRes.
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Submitted by Cresh on 31 October 2009

The best one from Veto (by now).
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Submitted by Metal Maniac on 31 October 2009
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Submitted by Soren on 31 October 2009
Amazing! This is the winning pic, if you ask me!
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Submitted by booker on 31 October 2009
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