I usually make it a point to thank everyone individually, because I never take interest in my work - by anyone - for granted, but in this case it's just too much! Every single comment and is truly appreciated though! It means a lot.
The beginning of colonization efforts somewhere at the outer rim of our known universe. The ship designs are based in part on real NASA concepts, just as the Helios colony vessel.
COMPOSITION: Textured environment (starfield) and digital painting (planets, nebulae), composed in Photoshop. My work. Scene and lighting setup in Lightwave with final composition of all elements in Photoshop (including all FX).
MESHED:Helios Colony Vessel & Ark Ship by Jason Tinsley, Heavy Shuttle & X33 Shuttle by Kenny Mitchell.
Original size: 4500x1600.
Comments and critique welcome.
Thank you very much to *TreeClimber for the valuable WIP input and suggestions!
The hardest part for producing artwork related to realistic near future is doing it in a powerful yet recognizable way. "Hard SF" technology must be depicted as an echo of our own, a balanced mix of present day tech and "fantastic" designs. After all, most of our current technology could be labeled as science fiction just a few decades ago. Your image captures the awe of the unknow with the vision of the future of people like Carl Sagan or Neil DeGreasse Tyson: a bright future ahead of us in the great ocean of space. The design is awesome, it has the "futuristic" quality that we all hope one day we can achieve, but retains the essence of the first years of space exploration. In fact, the idea is so powerful that makes you ask why people stop dreaming with the future. After all, without dreams, there is no way that visionaries could take us to the stars. And what better dream that art?
Firstly_ [and obviously;] a-lot of hard-work has gone into this piece of Work. this "Work of Art" has to be congratulated-upon for, its: busy Content [.. first of-all !] there is a lot Happening .. one's Eye, is: .. Drawn [Picture-left, to Picture-right] by the Movement of the SpaceCrafts .. [i can see the SpaceCrafts' engine-Flames showing their Orientation. [i like that ...!]. also; there is good Originality with this Drawing, as-well ! and, the Drawing shows-off "overseer's" Connection he\she has with the Viewer .. with, an: easy Perspective, [.. relaxing for the Eye !] i particularly like the idea of Planets. ... seems to Work well, [in fact !] the Planets show-off a good command of Technique, here. there is a Calming quality to the-piece, and the tone of the four basic Colors used [Blacks, Whites, Blues, and Grays] are the correct-Ones, here [i think ..]. over-all, this picture: PACKS-A-PUNCH, for me. and, has created the lasting-Impression i thought it would; when i saw it, first time....!
.. A Very-Good Sell ! [.. Does What-It-Says On Can !]
You certainly get those imaginations inhabitants of other dimensions and other planets with existing lives. I know you have a lot of talent in this kind of work, but if you believe in other people is certainly with the thoughts and ideas focused on this element type.
I've had some imaginations alike that when I woke up I did not want to return, are things that I do not know how to explain, but able to demonstrate in Art. But I do not have any tool to be able to express these views I have.
I really wanted to be able to draw so that neither you, Congratulations.
NOTE: (Google Translate) I'm from Brazil and unfortunately I can not speak English.
<font><font>Você certamente obter essas imaginações habitantes de outras dimensões e outros planetas com vida existentes. </font><font>Eu sei que você tem um monte de talento neste tipo de trabalho, mas se você acredita em outras pessoas é, certamente, com os pensamentos e idéias voltadas para este tipo de elemento. </font><font>Tive algumas imaginações tanto que quando eu acordei eu não queria para voltar, são coisas que eu não sei como explicar, mas capaz de demonstrar no art. </font><font>Mas eu não tenho nenhuma ferramenta para ser capaz de expressar essas visões que tenho. </font><font>que eu realmente queria ser capaz de desenhar assim que nem você, Parabéns. </font><font>NOTA: (Google Translate) Eu sou do Brasil e, infelizmente, eu não posso falar Inglês .</font></font>
Sadly yes. The thing that's really crazy is that we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every day to fund a war that is mainly based on the aquisition of resources; resources that are limited to this one, tiny world. If we'd invest the very same money in scientific research, to improve our space program, then we could make use of it commercially, for mining. Once other planet's resources can be used, local wars should no longer be necessary. But hey, who ever said that politics are a thing of logic?
I love it! I like the mood a lot! Also, I am quite suprised to see an other excellent artist getting a DD on an old design of mine...! The Elios here was closely re-modeled from my own Explorer class many years ago... I still have it in my gallery! Congratulation for the DD!
My friend, love this piece mood,composition and atmosphere. It's subject matter is fantastic. it is fun to look at. I know you are after a photoreal look so Colors can be pushed up. But a more saturated bluer band might bring to a more attractive piece. A transition color between a blue band and the shadow side of light desaturated purple might look great.
I believe I'd disagree - the blue tint of the atmosphere is due to the water content on the planet, reflecting the light from the sun. The only way that a planet would have a more purple-ish or even less-saturated hue, is if the sun itself was burning a different colour (blue sun or red sun).
If you were to look at photos from orbit of Earth, the atmosphere is plenty blue, the only time it appeared grayish or of any different hue, was due to old technology or lense flair from the sun peaking around the planet's body.
The color I am talking about is not on overall shift. It is a small visual shift in the color transition band from blue to shadow. I don't need to to refer to EARTH as this is s color spectrum shift in color band wave length.
I see what you're saying, but it still wouldn't apply here; to have the colour shift in the spectrum, you need to have light passing through at an angle to which it would cause this effect - if you do your research, you'd see that the purple spectrum is really only visible with high intensity in light reflection, and as can see here, there isn't - much like rainbows do not always show certain parts of the spectrum due to too much or too little of the moisture in the air.
Your thoughts would work fine if there was the sun 'rising' to the side of the planet with a high percentage of humidity, but as noticeably visible here, its not even early morning or even mid-day for most of this side of the planet.
Why wouldn't you need to refer to Earth? Are you aware of any other blue-oceanic planets to which we have atmospheric reference photos for?
refer to the original comment. what does it say? as a matter of fact on both what does it say? ATTRACTIVE ARTISTIC LICENSE... This means what? You are talking about a real approach I am talking about the sense of aesthetic beauty. The visual result is who people see the image. No one care light goes where and how.. You think people cares? people care how the image looks in color, saturation and contrasts as long as is it not far from the truth. Star was, star T all push the artistic license to some degree. They care about how it looks. star T might be more realistic in facts but still pushed. The is art not engineering We as artists take the visual info and apply it to fantasy setting blending real and unreal together. I care about how color from the warm side shifts as it becomes cooler. where the band of atmosphere is where it meets shadow or space there often appears violet, since tonally is is darker. color behave this way warm to cool. cyan, brillant blue, ultramarine etc then goes violet and so on in a cool setting such as this. Just like how you see landscape in the distance.. it take on less contrasts, cooler and lean towards the blue side of shadows.
I think it quite positive when art of any kind sparks some controversy, however, after reading all the comments, I would like to respond to one of your statements;
"(...) No one care light goes where and how.. You think people cares? (...) The is art not engineering We as artists take the visual info and apply it to fantasy setting blending real and unreal together. [sic] (...)"
I could not consider myself an artist based on this statement. The designs used in this image are based on real concept designs and although they're not currently in use, or even being built yet, if I use something that is based on current day engineering, then I have to keep it as realistic as possible. While, granted, there can be a certain amount of artistic freedom if the artist so chooses, I was always a fan of photorealism.
Colors can vary, of course, and different people have certainly different ideas about what can be considered beautiful, but I spend a lot of time and interest reading about science, especially astronomy and NASA. That also goes for photography from Earth, Mars, Luna and all other space photography. Those images are not only an inspiration, but a reference.
In pure science-fiction based artworks there is a much wider range of colors and ideas that can be used, but when I'm trying to blend realistic technology, something that could be possible nowadays, with a bit of fiction, I have to go with realistic concepts. Atmosphere has the color it has based on the amount of moisture and filtering light disperses 'blue' far more than any other colors which is why our sky is mainly blue. I also think it matters a great deal which direction light is coming from, because that also influences the intensity; especially in space where, due to very limited light, you have stark light and shadow contrasts.
Color balance and lighting are the two parts I spend the most time on with any piece and getting those working together is very important. I generally appreciate all suggestions, but I often tend to desaturate images, because it is more realistic. Nature is vibrant, but only to a degree. I only showcase artwork where I have achieved exactly what I wanted to achieve. I hope that makes sense.
Of course as I said originally I knew based on all the collective images you lean towards photo realism. That was my primary comment. But then I said it can be pushed more for attractiveness. If you were to state all that you said up there, then the intent was clear. What i said was another option or variation of the same image done in another way.
You truly are entertaining me - noticed your sentence structures, grammar and spelling all seem to slide downhill when you get frustrated...maybe you can't handle a female knowing something you didn't (and probably never will, as you can't seem to accept any new information in that closed mind of your's)
To clarify, he IS wanting realism. This is why he spends time on the details, really working his talents into what he creates - THAT is the reason you commented on it in the first place.
Since you have the mind set, to send a note to me, rather than saying such ridiculous things in public visibility, were you worried I'd be too afraid or hurt to handle it in a public space? Maybe you were actually worried you'd come across as a self-centered pig?
"You don't have much art experience to understand drawing let alone painting.. this is all too advance for you. You need to get more visual library of how color behaves then you might understand."
Have you ever tried to understand or know a person before passing judgement? Have you ever considered that my works aren't in colour because it isn't the medium I'm focused on at this time? What makes you presume you are 'too advanced for me'? What happened in your life, that caused you to believe you are SO GOOD, that you can pull a woman aside and try to knock her down?
for you i don't even obther to waste my time correcting grammatical errors my intent was to get the message to you. so don't even talk about that. Yes i noticed no caps on the proper places and obther. ask me do I care? I know if i took the time i can correct all those. I don't need to. read teh otehr comment and you see I can. Addressing the point of, attacking a female..i didn't even know you are a female.. but now i know big deal! the comment is still valid. next...
Now I am going to type and correct my sentences clearly for you miss teacher. Oh teach me.. I will address every point then offer my rebuttal. First, yes he is realistic by nature. We can all see that. Hopefully even for someone such as yourself. You just need to look at his gallery and the photo-real consistency are prevalent. But read, and you will see I meant it was an option. In addition to that, I said clearly there are no errors to his work as far as photo-real, only another variation thereof for aesthetic beauty, understand?
Next point, afraid? More like convenience silly. I was on your page and clearly saw that you don't have your foundation in drawing down yet to understand. I wanted to investigate your background to see if you can see and comprehend my rebuttal. As for passing judgement, the comment is for him not you. Only he can say thanks or no thanks, then and only then I say great. Even so, It was a conversation of other possibility and not 'HEY IT NEEDS MORE THIS AND THAT". Who is taking to you? with your "I think this and that" you talked to me so I countered. You said, "Have you ever considered that my works aren't in colour because it isn't the medium I'm focused on at this time?" You, yes you, can't handle color if you wanted to. I can tell you right now color is a complex subject if you can't handle drawing such as proportions, rendering and value control, I can imagine what you would do with color. It will be a disaster beyond comprehension. Drop the negative sideline sister, revert to the previous comment, I wasn't even aware of your sex. Yes this is for all to see. Happy now? Now that you are enlighten, be calm, don't cry. It will be alright. Practice some more in the dark corner.
The fact that you went to my page, and supposedly looked around, you SHOULD have noticed I'm a female - that being said, your "rebuttals" are more a sad set of attacks with no merit.
My initial reply to you, was in the undertone of a conversation, a sharing of opinion, but I can clearly see now, you can't handle a difference of opinion, or fact sharing, that would prove you wrong. I'm not going to sit here and attempt to prove myself to someone who cannot handle facts set in front of their face as a reality - there's no point, you will never see it, you are too stuck in your own world of misconceptions.
If your original comment was meant to be an option, or an idea of alteration, you should SAY SO. The words you chose to use in that initial comment, were simply saying 'cool, but not good enough.'
Convenience, to note me...rather than leave a comment on the front page, to which, requires a scroll wheel vs a cursor move and a click, plus a title...uh huh.
You did not state, ANYWHERE that there were no errors. Not ONCE did you claim that - you simply said you loved it, but it could use more THIS AND THAT (as you so eloquently put it)
If you believe I cannot handle colour, proportions or depth, you really haven't looked at a damn thing I've done - but I'm ok with that, it tells me just how little you actually pay attention to something that wasn't your production.
To note, you didn't 'waste your time' correcting your spelling, grammar or sentence structure when replying to Overseer either, so where's your logic in that?
The whole last supposed paragraph of 'corrected' sentences (still poorly done), is just a pure visual representation of your personality: sexist, pompous and arrogant, I do hope you enjoy your wonderful life of pinup girls and hopes of finding that 'curvy, meaty woman' ...if you can ever find one that can tolerate you, bless her patience...