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Traditional media from my archives...

These are small acrylic paintings done on cold-press illustration board. The size was a function of time - working at a small scale made it possible to work very quickly. I would typically produce 3-4 of these a day.

These images were done entirely for my own enjoyment, although the technique is similar to the way concept art was done prior to the widespread use of Photoshop and other digital tools. I still find drawing and painting with traditional media to be much more direct, though I seldom do this kind of artwork these days.

The dimensions of each piece are 5" x 7.5" inches, and they were painted with Liquitex acrylics.

They appear at 2X their actual size on my monitor (if you download the full size image) :D
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Another 5"x7.5" acrylic painted sketch. This is a sturdy little rover making its way across a desolate planet somewhere.

It was impossible to scan this without picking up the texture of the painted surface ;)

Liguitex acrylic paints on cold-press illustration board.
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They look like a nasty bunch ;)

Nothing too amazing (i.e. no 3D, photos or other trickery) - just a Photoshop speedpaint - 2008
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acrylic. 30 x30
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I never finished this, but it seems okay kind of empty...
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Another speedpaint - I think this one's fairly self-explanatory :)
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I made this image in spring of 2008.

This scene was inspired by a Ron Cobb concept painting done for the original "Alien" movie. I modeled the ship based on the design shown in his illustration.

The original concept - dropped from the film - depicted an abandoned military installation on the desolate planet. The base was buried in the ground, with a few small structures visible on the surface. The large shuttle is the most obvious sign of human habitation. (I chose to show more than one of these ships).

This view is a different composition than the original artwork, although I also rendered a view that matched the original painting.

The 3D scene was modeled and rendered in Lightwave 3D. Some textures from CGTextures [link] were blended into the foreground and the sky
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A speedpaint exercise in painting rock formations. I used a couple of custom brushes to achieve the texture...

The two travelers look like they may be lost... ;)
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Another (long!) day, another speedpaint :D

I was thinking maybe I need to break out this cycle of painting these odd machines drifting over barren landscapes - but maybe not. They're a lot of fun, and kind of relaxing to paint :)
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This is one of the last acrylic paintings I ever did. The original size is about 15" x 20" (40cm x 54 cm)

As difficult as it is to recall from where we are today, at one time the method used to paint this image was really the only means available for doing concept art and illustration.

If I can locate the files, I will try to post some other traditional media artwork on occasion.

Photographing traditional media is a nightmarish process (at least for me) and I had to bake this considerably in Photoshop to minimize artifacts. But if you look closely you can still see the texture of the board toward the upper edge of the painting ;)

This painting was made using Liquitex acrylic paints on Strathmore cold press illustration board, using Windsor Newton sable hair brushes :)
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