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Borderworld by overseer Borderworld by overseer
We rewatched Firefly recently (or some episodes at least), so... what can I say? Couldn't help myself. :shrug:

The Firefly-class vessel Serenity landing somewhere on a border world.

Based on Joss Whedon's universe and TV show Firefly and motion picture Serenity.

Background: Textured environment (starfield), plus digital painting. My work. Original terrains obtained from stock.xchng as follows: [link] & [link]

All compiled in PS.

Meshes: Firefly class by Sean P. Kennedy.

Composition: Scene and lighting setup in LW, final composition in PS, including all FX.

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

Original size: 2400x3000.


Comments and critique welcome.

Thank you once again to *TreeClimber for her valuable WIP input! :icongwompplz:

Updated 2012.
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Well, I have not seen the show, so, I am just critiquing off the picture itself.

Lighting- Good overall. The planets and ship, all the objects, the light source comes from the same direction. The shadow under the ship is good too.
I do have mixed feelings about how the picture as a whole comes together. Artistically its not too bad, but, the planet surface is very obviously in daylight, which then very sharpy goes up into the black of space. Somehow it doesnt seem as real that way? It may be better if the planet were darker?
But, that is just me trying to be picky.

Effects are good, both the dust being whipped up under the ship, as well as the thrusters-I like how you did those.

I suppose, looking at it some more, it is the horizon that is bugging me, and throwing off the image. The horizon still keeps fading out with the hills continuing on in the distance, but, it is going "up" in a way. So, the large planet seems too close to the faded mountain tops.

Hope that helps you evaluate it. Keep practicing and making art!
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Freakbear68 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Another awesome Firefly... and I have to say, this would make an awesome desktop image too!
overseer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you!
AlexaFen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the Picture... it captures Serenity perfectly... Thank you for taking the time to make this....
overseer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words. It was fun and I learned a few things along the way.
AlexaFen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like it could be the desert on Bellerophon, from the episode "Trash" Any Browncoat would know the episode just by one word "Yo-Saph-Bridge"
overseer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah, why not? I didn't have anything particular in mind, just had to get the usual 'Firefly based image' out of my system that usually lines up whenever I rewatch the show or movie. Just aimed to recreate the mood of the show. :shrug:

While I'm certainly a fan of the entire Firefly universe, I'm a Star Trek fan at heart. ;)
JackTDawson Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Serenity the movie / FireFly TV show is my all time favorites. And Firefly - Browncoats was awesome as well.
overseer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh yes. If there was one show I could pick to have at least a second season, or the first one completed for that matter, then that would be Firefly.
JackTDawson Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. And the cool part about the show, the director Joss Whedon did not add sound when the ship is in space. Think about it for a second. In reality there is no sound in space. Joss did it right. Trek , Star Wars and other sci-Fi did it wrong.
overseer Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah, that's true. I guess that's the over all sci-fi concept. But then Firefly was closer to 'current tech' than most other sci-fi shows, so the realism factor worked well! From what I know that gravity drive employed by the Firefly class isn't that far away from NASA's ion drive concept.
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