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)
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
I do a lot of little tests with 3D, just to try things, and I decided to play around with depth-of-field settings. As luck would have it, right then the phone rang and I got into a discussion with a friend who mentioned in passing: "Online 3D assets that are *FREE* are never any good".
I wondered: "Is this true?" I decided to investigate the claim
About 2 hours later, I had the images you see here. I found 2 *FREE* tank models, threw some quick materials on them, made the ground, a little chunk of broken wall, some little stones and threw a high-res texture onto the rubble. Hey - you know what? I think those *FREE* tanks are pretty good
You may notice that there is a toy duck in the scene. This duck has collaborated with me on many projects over the years - we go way back. Very easy to work with - a real pro
I've always been fascinated by the connection between war ravaged post-apocalyptic ruins and cute child's toys. You see this in a lot of movies. So a little grunge texture on the duck, in it went - and done!
***How many ducks can you see?*** There are several of them hiding in the scene
The view on the lower left is what this scene actually looks like from above, in the 3D preview. The scene was put together in Lightwave 3D. Some grain and contrast tweaking were done in Photoshop.
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