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Ahead Of The Storm by overseer Ahead Of The Storm by overseer
:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: Thank you very, very much to everyone who :+fav:ed this piece! :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:
I usually make it a point to thank everyone individually, because I never take interest in my work - by anyone - for granted, but I have very limited time right now, so once again thank you very much! Every single comment and :+fav: is truly appreciated and means a lot.


I figured that I do something that feels a little warmer this time. ;)

Two "Beetle" shuttles en route to their Firefly-class 'mothership' from a trade mission; trying to stay ahead of a sandstorm.


COMPOSITION: Main image (except for the planets) rendered in Bryce 7.1 Pro; my work. Additional digital painting and details (surface, planets), FX and composition done in Photoshop.

MESHES: Beetle shuttle by darthviper107.


Firefly & Serenity (and related) Joss Whedon, Universal Pictures & Fox Broadcasting Company, All Rights Reserved.


ORIGINAL SIZE: ~1920x1080 in, 101 layers.


Comments and critique welcome.

Thank you to *TreeClimber for the usual, great WIP input! :cuddle:
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KirstenRowe Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have looked at about 100 starships today and I saw this and thought, 'Hmm, that looks like Serenitys shuttles...' I just blew myself away....
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overseer Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013   Digital Artist
That's a good thing, right? ;)
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KirstenRowe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah. Still flying. :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013   Digital Artist
As long as you don't... wind... up crashing... ;)
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Fromaris Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very dynamic! i really feel the velocity :)
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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soler7 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Cool !
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Shepharda10 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
What I would give to have one of those shuttles...
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Yep, that or one of Star Trek's Danube-class Runabouts. Been saying that for years!
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Shepharda10 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
giggady!
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JustalankyTexan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
You sir are an extremely talented artist. I'm impressed by the color and detail you put into these pieces of art sir!
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Why thank you..., but I'm just having fun!
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JustalankyTexan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
For having fun, you are one awesome guy!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Well, it's not easy to get employed in the media industry without proper contacts or having an arts degree of sorts, so I kept it a hobby mostly... :shrug:
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JustalankyTexan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I think you could get employed in a heartbeat. You have amazing skills.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
It's all a matter of availability and knowing the right people. Many look at your college education and unless you have an arts degree there's not much to be done. But then I have a day job, so that's all good.
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JustalankyTexan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
That is true... Of course, are you considering college or is that a no? Because I'm sure you'd catch the eye of all those art professors and such. Also, I bet you get payed more than I do at your day job.
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm not considering college, no. I don't work well in an environment where people try to teach me stuff I already know. Payment in the art business is highly varied and a permanent position would require to work with a company that is active in the multimedia business. I'm not very good with people telling me what they want, because I have my own idea how something should look like. The odd commission here and there, fine, and if there ever was a job offer in the art business and if I was unemployed at the time I'd consider it, but I work in IT, so I can't complain about my salary.
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zeitschiff Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Nice.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconjburns272:
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! :D
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries.
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Passin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Very cool
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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ccbig Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting craft! Like the stubby wings! :)
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ccbig Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The wings also follow true life current designs seen in some of the newer military helicopters and VTOL craft.

From what I have heard is that the stubby wings on those craft are there to add additional lift and steering and of course are not naturally the main source of vehicle of lift. They can also make good weapons platforms!

Nice work! :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you.

If I go by the size comparison of the show this originates from (Joss Whedon's Firefly), those aren't much bigger than a bus or maybe a small aircraft. Something between a larger helicopter and a lear jet in size. Since a lot of other hardware in that show operates on antigrav engines, these are probably similar!
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Litterboy Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work. Love your sky and desert floor.
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Doga-87 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Simple but sweet.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! I try and force myself to keep things simple. If too much is intoduced into a scene (when not necessary) it can get cluttered.
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FictionChick Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree withe the Dune comment. This is gorgeous. :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! I have no problem with that at all! Dune's a classic.
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nitegrafix Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
The details and the color scheme are amazing.
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! The right color balance always takes a while.
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Turbulence1973 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Gotta love Firefly. I can see how if you don't recognize the shuttle you can get that Dune feel. But for me I can see Inara racing back to the ship in front of Zoey.
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you, and yes, absolutely. One of the best sci-fi shows ever to be seen. Damn you FOX for making booting it! Hehe, yep, that story works just find for me!

I actually somewhat based it on a scene from the episode "War Stories". Just couldn't stop at one shuttle!
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Turbulence1973 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You going to watch the reunion tonight on the Science Channel?
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
HELL YES WE ARE!
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Turbulence1973 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
LMAO! It's not that your answer is particularly funny, but after your husband's answer it's fucking priceless.
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, well...since no tv, we had to settle for the Science channels' site streaming bits n chunks...I'm SURE we'll find a youtube of it soon enough :p
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Turbulence1973 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It was awesome!
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Rubbing it in...-__- :turbopoke:
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Didn't know it was tonight (no TV, so not really informed), but I'll have a look! Thanks for the heads up!
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Turbulence1973 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm here for you man.
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GenesisArclite Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There really isn't enough Firefly-related artwork on this site. 101 layers is a lot, too. I like the planets in the background and the depth. Nice work. :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah, it's odd really, given how many fans there are (supposedly). Thank you.

As for the layers, 100 is pretty average for me (+/- 50 or so, it depends). My record to date was way over 500. I guess it just keeps adding and before you know it, you get to those numbers!
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originalgaijin Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
This image has a very heavy Dune feeling to it. I like it.
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