Sunday, April 25, 2010

Caution: Men at Work

Mucking around with templates and formatting right now - trying to find a happy medium between fonts and picture posting...Not to mention the headaches that go with copy/pasting from a word doc when the font colors turn out to be invisible - black on black or white on white.

Stand by for more posting of older pics - with many new pics in the works as I type this.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

More Art Contest Reference Material

Well, it took a little longer than I'd planned to post a few more reference pictures for you potential contest entrants.  I'm encouraged by the responses to folks I've already emailed about it.  Anyone with comments/questions about entering, please feel free to contact me through my DA account, PM me at the Process Forums, or email me at thrandrall AT gmail. 

Snareser - Huggably soft.....UPDATED

UPDATE: Larger version pic after break.

My second new piece for tonight is a very nice little sequence whipped up by Snareser. Truly a very versatile artist whom I've had the pleasure to work with quite a few times now - and hope to work with more in the future (not to mention posting all the older pieces he's done for me over the last year).

It seems to me that we really don't see this kind of tf as often as you might expect - but I'm working on making up for the deficiencies.

I'd love to get some feedback on these commissions - hoping to see some comments soon.


TheMysteriousK - Change of a Different Nature

We take a break from our regularly scheduled retrospective for some new material.  First up is a short sequence I commissioned from an excellent artist - TheMysteriousK.  While some of the content is similar to what you've seen in my other commissions, the style is pretty different.  Again, I prefer to mold my commissions to fit the oeuvre of the individual artist - while still aiming for my preferred content.  I hope to have some additional, more varied demonstrations of this in the future from other artists as well.

In the meantime, themysteriousk is a fellow who not only shares my interest in fur, but really piqued my interest in poodle-girls through his original images and paintings.  He's also created a very interesting setting and theme for his images utilizing the fictional former Soviet Republic of Nadiristan - and has managed to create a very detailed background for the images he creates - culturally, historically, artistically, and even linguistically - I highly recommend that you check out the rest of his work.

This sequence takes some of his common themes and develops them over a period of time using the same 3 characters.  I present "Changing Fortunes".  Again, I must emphasize that my descriptions below really don't do the background material justice and I highly recommend checking out TheMysteriousK's gallery for more details on his creations.

This first image presents a typical scene in a cafe.  A local businesswoman and her athletically inclined friend are being served by an immigrant waitress from NE Asia.  While the Nadiristanis are attired in typically western attire, the waitress may be clearly seen to be wearing the more traditional fur skirt - all white being standard for the lower classes - emblazoned with the name of the cafe.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Arania - Speaking of Benchmarks....

As I was saying, even before Arania had completed that last sequence, I was already dropping my classic poodle-girl request on her. And she did NOT disappoint at all!

May as well mention it at this point as well - while I certainly understand some folks' preference that transformations include the full body including the face, I just find it so much more interesting to keep the face predominantly human for expression, etc - with just the smaller animal touches - regardless of how much the body is changed. Just what I like to see.

Arania - A Little Too Much A&M

Not really any story here at all - that's one of the great things about working with Arania. You can just give her a transformation theme and for a base price you get a great sequence. Don't need too many details or anything - although she's very flexible and great to work with when it comes to more complicated ideas too.

So here, two Texas A&M students are transforming into a cow and a chicken respectively...I'll admit it - cowgirls and poodle-girls are essentially my benchmark tfs - nearly everyone I've commissioned from (TFs at least) has wound up doing at least one of them...they're always fun to see...and that there aren't nearly enough of them (really just the poodle-girls there...there's generally a surplus - in a good way - of cow-girls) - it's just one of the ideas I like to knock out first before I start getting into other, more original concepts and designs.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Andrade - The First Teleporter Malfunction

Seriously, why don't they ever read the warnings? So many of these mishaps could be avoided by just a little common sense. If even one of these poor folks had been willing to wait a few more minutes for their turn, they could have made it home normally :( Hope those ladies are into their kibbles and bits.

But where's the fun in that? Another great piece done by Rodolfo Andrade from Sticky-Site.

Please folks, feel free to comment on any and all of these - particularly if you have any story captions or labels you'd like to add.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Andrade - Seal Women - Now There's Something You Don't See Every Day

My first commission from Rodolfo Andrade at Sticky-Site turned out great. It's fun to take a slightly less common type of transformation and work with it - especially if you can leverage the specialties and style preferences of the artist - which I feel fortunate to have been able to do in pretty much every case thus far.

This concept of leather/latex to sealskin/fur and specifically these two un-named characters springs from the same previous un-named project that originally spawned my cow-girl commission from Solios - although frankly, who doesn't like a good cow-girl tf to begin with ;p I will elaborate on it more in the future - not sure whether it'll wind up being a large commission or just a contest ideas always seem to elongate themselves and it's understandably difficult to request so much work out of a single artist regardless of payment.
Anyhoo, enjoy.

Jericho75 - Underneath the Lamppost

A little CGI TG sequence by Jericho75 - fairly simple really, but a nice test sequence - I don't commission too many renders simply because it's more difficult to render some of the textures I like to see than it is to draw them (as I understand it).

Turned out well enough - the old "leather jacket to fur coat" transition - and body to match. Hopefully it'll be possible to get better ones in the future - though I certainly have no issues with this one.

Art Contest #1 - *Updated* 5/3 to clean up formatting.

In the interests of strengthening the community, seeing some really great art, and because I just can’t get enough poodle-girls, I am issuing my first Transformation Repository Art Challenge.

Really, I've been sitting on the idea for a while, but until I actually made up my mind to set up the site, it was in limbo logistically.

The idea is fairly simple. Between now and 12 July (giving an extra week after the long July 4th holiday), any artist who wishes to participate should submit a picture sequence of an attractive woman turning into a poodle-girl.  There's no required scenario involved, it could be anything triggering the transformation - faulty teleporter, magic spell, wardrobe malfunction, let your imagination go nuts.

I say 12 July now, but not knowing my work schedule that far out in advance, things *might* get pushed to the right a little bit....probably not though, and I'll post updates if anything does change.

I fully encourage you to share this challenge with other friends and artists you may know who don’t regularly read this site.  Any artist I have previously commissioned from – even the same subject matter – is welcome to compete, but the submission must be a new piece.

On 12 July, I’ll announce three winners – First prize $150, second prize $100, third prize $50 – cash prize from me to you via paypal.  Additionally, (assuming I figure out how to post a poll by then), there’ll be open voting for two weeks following the initial contest completion on all the submitted sequences and the audience favorite – regardless of whether it already won a prize – will win an additional cash prize of $100.

Admittedly, the price per pic, even for the 1st place winner isn’t outstanding, but hey, it’s easy money right? Show off your stylings to the world and try something a little different – outside your comfort zone or otherwise.

If poodle-girls aren’t really your thing, I still encourage you to give it a shot and try something new.  I have a significant number of additional contest ideas for the future – seasonal ideas, straight-up shrinking/gts themes, etc – but if I can’t get any participation, why should I bother?

Now the hard and fast rules:
1. All work must be the original work of the person submitting it.  No exceptions.

2. Sequences must be at least 4 pictures long – for a [human!] Woman to Poodle-girl TF.  There is no upper limit to the number of pictures and additional consideration will extended for additional effort.

3. Any medium is accepted – pencils, ink, paint, digital art, CGI renders, photomorphs, etc – or any combination of mediums.

4. All submissions include the following information (which will also be posted with the picture): artist name, medium(s), scenario (if applicable), sequence title (optional) – and any other additional information you think is relevant.

5. Subjects must be adults – at least 18 – NO exceptions!

6. Any artist may submit as many sequences as they wish.

7. Unlimited revisions are allowed during the submission period.

8. On a scale of 1-100, the final poodle-girl form in the last picture, should fall approximately between 50 and 100 – where Mr. Andrade’s sample picture is about a 50

and Arania’s sample picture is about a 98 (a little additional room allowed for minor facial changes).

9. No copyrighted characters are permitted (unless they're your own characters). This means no anime, videogame, movie, comic/manga characters, etc.

10. By entering a submission, you are automatically giving permission for me to post it on the site clearly labeled and identified as an art contest entry – and although I would prefer to avoid it, if the artist wishes to remain anonymous, I am amenable to posting their entries in that fashion.  Additionally, these pictures do belong to the artists who create them (ie. You), so I have no issues about them being posted to your sites, galleries or anywhere else...why would I?

11. Submissions should be addressed to me: – subject line should contain the artist’s name and that it is intended as a submission for the Art Contest.

Additional Guidance:

a. Upper body nudity is permitted but should not be excessive.  Lower body nudity will be frowned upon. Sexual activity is right out. (This is a great opportunity to try out some new poses or stances).

b. Constructive criticism by others is encouraged in the comments section, but *should* be accompanied by suggestions on how issues might be addressed, improved, etc.

c. Extra consideration will be given for judicious, original and innovative use of fur, clothing, BE or other additional tf styles (ie. WG – within svelte, sexy limits ;p), hair growth, etc.  Backgrounds or scenarios are optional.

I consider myself a fair person – you can check references with any of the other artists I have previously worked with on commissions (see my threads at the Process Boards) – and I will be honest up front.  If the quality or quantity of pictures are not sufficient to meet my standards (again, see the quality of pics in my other commission threads) – I will not choose a winner[s].

I shouldn’t have to explain myself, but if I get one or two entries and they both looked like someone scrawled them with a magic marker during coloring hour, I reserve my right not to shell out any money whatsoever….however, I don’t expect that to be an issue with the caliber of artists I know we have around here.

---- And if all my talk of poodle-girls and the limited sample pics I've posted still leave you scratching your head...have no fear, I do intend to post a number of additional previous commissions that should give you some ideas as well as linking to some other reference pictures not originally commissioned by me.

Solios - Cowgirls Just Want to Have Fun

A Study in Udders by Solios.

Yes, my first real art commission. A blast to do, lots of fun discussing this one as it developed, and certainly gave me a few insights on the work that goes into creating some of these pieces.

Largely self-explanatory really, but a number of these sequences did emerge on their own from my original intent to have them be part of something larger...I'll go into that in the future as I post more of them.

For now, enjoy some crazy cowgirl on cow-girl action.

Originals can be viewed at Solios' Deviant Art Gallery.

New site, old pics....for now.

Finally got my act together and decided to collect all my commissions on a single site - where anyone can look at them (ie. easy linking for future commission references) and they can (presumably) be sorted and tabbed by type of transformation, artist, animal, etc.

I'll be re-uploading all my old projects interspersed with new ones as they come in (a decent number currently in the works).

Also keep an eye out for art contests (cash prizes), polls for future commissions, etc.

ie. watch this space.

Lastly, I'll just re-emphasize for anyone coming to the party late....that not a single piece of art posted on this page (subject to change?) is by me, they are all pieces that I have commissioned and were created by the individual listed artists.