Thank you very, very much to everyone who ed this piece!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!