This is the tale of a Panda living on his own deep in the woods, he is said to be older than the trees of his forest and obtaining more knowledge than the wind that travels his lands. being in perfect harmony with himself and his environment the "Master of Fireflies" is working in his bakery day by day, taking care of his garden and doing Yoga following a code only he knows.
The local folk of the villages nearby know him by the simple name Bao, throughout the world the echoes of his masterpieces can be heard, his Pie is said to be a cure to all disease, giving strength to body and spirit alike.
Not much is known about his Recipies as he is guarding them just as he protects his forest, but there is rumor that the fireflies he lives in peace with are part of it. In his place, or shop as some might call it he uses an old lightbulb to nourish the fireflies, he created a recipe only for them to be tasted, in return they light his shop at night and they do shine very bright, as it is their time to pass they allow Bao to use their bodies (or part of it) as his ingredient, this is what a Visitor witnessed, but only the old Panda will ever know for sure.
It is a magical place of calmness and piece hardly ever to be disturbed. There is one known incidence though where this quiet place has seen the rage of the master.
As the voice of Bao's work was heard all over the world many travelled to search his assistance, guidance and advice, a few persons though tried to get hold of his secrets- they all came to regret it.
One day a gorilla was sent to the old Panda, the owner of a large fastfood franchise seeked to get hold of Bao's secret recipies and sell them to the world. It was not the fact that a person wanted to own what was his but the way he was asked for. In a formal letter brought in by the Vice President himself he was meant to be lured by goods only a real fool will seek "power, all the money to imagine, gold, villas at the sea, dinners with royal families and as many women he could wish for".
The wrath Bao felt facing this disrespectful and foolish offer made him sick, how could someone believe the old master would fall for such meaningless nonsense.
In his long life he never had experienced such a disgusting treatment, he would not play according to those monkey fools plans!
"You can be the richest man in the world!" - the monkey said
"I AM! the richest man in the world, I posess happiness that is beyond your tiny imagination!"
"Isn't it lonely here in those woods? think of all the women you can be with, every day and every night, don't you wish to hold someone in your arms at night? I will only need your Pie and everything can be yours" the gorilla Said.
The Strike of Baos Fist kept him from going.
"You want my Pie? You can have it!" he yelled as he threw the only pie created that day into the monkeys face.
"Consider my answer being a no!- get out of my sight and never dare to return- tell your boss i am not interested in anything he pretends to be great". calmly he added
"let me return to my work now- I have a new pie to bake."
I hope you enjoy my work for the contest, it was imense fun to create and i learned alot of new things
I basically worked 18 hours from this morning to finish and and am more than glad to call it a day now, I hope you enjoy my little story about bao, the fireflies, his legendary pies and the intruder that should not have come to pay him a visit.
The Whole piece is basically built from flat textures that i painted and lighted manually, which i have never ever done before and found very challenging, i learned alot about masking, compositing, and coloring- i definately won with the creation of this piece and am proud of what i have done today.
PS CS5 and my trusty old wacom bamboo one all the way, the pen broke this afternoon but hey- i might win a new one
wish me luck folks- as much as i wish good luck to you others.
Stone textures [link][link][link]
Clouds for minor detail[link]
everything else is painted by hand or photographed by me- flour is from the tolerance shooting with sebastian from 3 months ago- this came in incredibly handy
sign on the paper is just random scrible- no artists mark here!
i will call it a day now, first motorcycle lesson in like ... 7 hours
have a great night! fullview and enjoy