The Ladies of VALVe - a 2011 Calendar-Project by REH_BlackJack

**#UPDATE 18.01.2011#


The calendar is finished.

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Those of you, who wish to print that sucka’ are now free to do it.
There is also a PDF file available.


Howdy Folks :clint:

Guess what ? I’m not dead. :haw:
But don’t be dissapointed, I’m still way too busy with other stuff and so I still won’t annoy you with my crap in the next couple of months.

However, there is still this one big project of mine that I want to show you. It might be the last G-Mod Work from me for quite some time.

http://filesmelt.com/dl/0_Cover.jpg

http://filesmelt.com/dl/0_Credits.jpg

That’s right, fellas:
A twelve-page Calendar for 2011, featuring all the female characters, present in the games of VALVe Software.

(Yes, I count Scouts Mom and the Announcer as offical, due to their apperiance in the Trailer and Comics by VALVe.)

[release]Background Info #1
I started the whole s#!t back in the late June 2010, made quite some progress and then came to a halt due to personal issues in July.
(and I also lacked of motivation to finish it. :v: )
At the End of November, I finally continued it.
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…:bravo2:… <-ME
Allright, without further hesitation, here are the Pages:

[img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/0_Cover.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/0_Credits.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/1_January_2.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/2_February_2.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/3_March_2.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/4_April.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/5_May_2.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/6_June_2.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/7_July_2.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/8_August_2.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/9_September.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/10_October.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/11_November.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/12_December.jpg[/img_thumb]

So what do you people think so far of my work ? Post all your thougths about it:
What do like, what do you dislike, where do you think improvements are necessary ?
Every honest piece of advice is helpfull. (… and so are small compliments, if you have any. :wink:)

[release]One more note
Those of you, who wish to create their own calendar, I’m free to hand out the pages without the images as .PNG files.[/release]

Thank You very much and Enjoy :love:

[release]Older Versions:
[img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/1_January.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/2_February.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/3_March.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/5_May.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/6_June.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/7_July.jpg[/img_thumb] [img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/8_August.jpg[/img_thumb]
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Neat idea, and some good shots too.

Print time.

Great idea, but the editing needs some work.

I like this. My favorites are April and August. Keep it up, I really like your style.

I’d like to see more variation in placement, all of the ladies are to the left of the image

is it me or do the jaw lines look messed up?
and put some on the right hand side aswell

Coming from you I expected some mid-pornographic stuff, I’m surprised it wasn’t!

My favorite is July without a doubt.

@Lebowski & Windfall
I agree and disagree with you at the same time:
A change in the position would have improved the pace.
But you’ll have to keep in mind that this is a calendar.

That means, that the actual Date-Block has to be at the same position or the viewer might get confused. There are some calendars, that have different positionings but allways in a certain pattern.

So with my decision to put it on the right side, the focus point (the characters) has to be on the left.
If they were on the right side, the Date-Block “blocks” the focus point.

What I’m trying to say is, that you’re not wrong.
It would’ve just looked even more weird, if I chose different positions.

@Santz
Aw come on, it’s not that I’ve posted THAT many kind of stuff, especially outside the SPMt. :rolleyes:
But thanks anyway. :tiphat:

… and finally:
@Bubz
You’ve gotta’ be kiddin’ me, printing that sucker.
Better save your ink, until I finish it.
I might make an improvement on all of 'em.

There is something creepy about Alyx in that image. Not sure if it’s the angle, the shadows, or both but it seems eerie.

That is great.

Very interesting :slight_smile:

Wallpaper versions would be awesome.

Fisheyed camera angle ruins all of them

The angles and posing are great and I like how you really captured their personality.

I’d have to say October is my favorite.

October looks really awesome.

Nice idea, maybe try to get a more snowy shot for january instead of autumn leaves though.

The posing, especially for july, looks really good.

Allright People,
June is done and I personally think it looks now waaay better :biggrin:
Updated it also on the Opening Post:

http://filesmelt.com/dl/6_June.jpg

For comparement, the W.I.P Version
[img_thumb]http://filesmelt.com/dl/6_June_W.I_.P_.jpg[/img_thumb]

@Callitenvy
Well, 'ya can’t win 'em all. :rolleyes:
I’m pretty sure you’re not the only one who thinks that way but I prefered it.

@-Jake-
Well … That kind of depends on what do you mean by Wallpaper:
I can post those pictures without the Calendar-margin and/or the Date-Block, no problem.
But I’m unable to increase the resolution, without stretching them. The screenshots were taken in a resolution of 1280 x 960.

@CPShArp
I would have, if there were any Snow-Maps in HL2.
You see, like CakeMaster7 said, i tried to capture the characters personality by putting them in surroundings that were suitable to 'em.
It’s not that took random Source Maps and posed the models in it.

For example:
I allways encountered that asain woman at the trainstation, telling me not to scare off the pigeons and that scene kind of burned itself in my head.
I hope you’ll understand my decision now a bit better. :wink:

@ChristopherB
Uhh … and here I thought “Miss October” was scary.
Well, to each his own.

I like the October part the most. It gives her own personality instead of smiling at the camera.