Now here is style I have been messing around with. It's essentially a combination of using the lasso, chalk brush, and custom shapes. The results speak for themselves as this painting was done in a little over an hour, other versions took a lot less time but are less refined, I may post them up as one image to show the way the style works in helping build an image. The main technique of using custom shapes was thought up by one of my favourite artist Sparth, I have always found it fascinating how he is able to create such detailed images in such little time and with a lot of detail and verity. His technique is detailed here: [link]
It's damn fun to try out but obviously it's not a short cut to making awesome paintings more of a tool to help lay the ground work.
I have started doing speed paintings again to pull myself out of a rut and to get motivated again. This one was the first and probably my least favourite but after about an hours work I stop and move on to the next and it's practice. Read into it what you will
In the early days of the Atean civil war, pilots with combat experience were hard to come by, so both sides began a crash course in pilot training. In addition to the physical training (you had to survive the intense G forces) these young recruits were given intensive VR sessions in the simulator modules. They honed their skills in these virtual battlefields, littered with blinking red carcasses of simulated ships destroyed in practice.
But the virtual world is no match for the real, and to give their pilots the training they needed to be lethal in the blackness of space, they had to get their hands dirty. So after thousands of time dilated hours in the VR modules, the rookie pilots were finally given the controls of an actual starship. The objective of this training mission was to use low yield plasma weapons on the target range on the moon. Things were going pretty well until someone accidentally nuked the target moon
This one is the view from an alien moon towards the massive planet it orbits. Four of the five moons are large enough to sustain life, and the planet at their center is a monster 6 times the mass of the Earth. On the near moon it is dusk, when the Lamplight plants turn on, they use bioluminescence to attract the flying insect-like creatures that pollinate their glowing globes.
The "Lamplight" plants are Glowing Piri Balls by Mr Lamppost, available for free here: [link]
Warning: Very long background story below Skip to the bottom if you don't want to read it all.
Location: Komaria, Tk'iln, Scutum-Centaurus Arm Race: Homo Sapiens Variation 14c (seeded 1.5 million years ago)
The Komar are an advanced Type II civilization controlled by their ruling elite which number about 3% of the population. These wealthy aristocrats, who long ago confirmed the existence of the soul in living beings and the Cycle of Learning, have dedicated themselves to developing life extension technology for the sole purpose of prolonging the privilege, wealth, and trappings of luxury they were born into. Pursuit of this technology must be done at all costs.
They were warned centuries ago by the Dream Travelers, the enigmatic race of nomads that are known primarily for their esoteric study of dreams, that embracing this lifestyle would increase the karmic debt that follows them into the next existence. They choose not to take this advice.
84 life cycles ago a Komari scientist perfected a device that at the moment of death could capture the life force of the departed. The experiments began with the capture and release of single cell organisms and plant life forces. The scientist who created the device noticed that when working in close proximity of the energy hungry device, now known as the Soultrap, that he felt invigorated and energized. He also noticed after decades of work and experiments, that he had not aged visibly more than a few years. A team of researchers and scientists later concluded that being in close proximity to the Soultrap reduced the aging process drastically and kept the subject in good health, with no adverse effects upon cessation of exposure.
There was a group within the science establishment that wanted to continue these tests using as a catalyst the deaths of more highly developed creatures. Over the protestations of the Dream Travelers, the number of experiments was increased, soon it expanded to include reptiles and native lab animals. These animals' souls eventually proved to be too weak to be of much use for detailed study, and it became obvious that it would require the death of much more advanced life forms. For this purpose, the secret police of the Komar began to gather up the migrants and homeless; these poor and downtrodden were sent to internment camps. Suicide rates were high in these camps, but it proved a bonus for the scientists running the experiment, since they were able to tune their instruments to these suicides and thus began a program known as Project Black Truth. This program worked on identifying and isolating the unknown energy source given off from the captured souls, and attempts to harness that energy.
More research confirmed that the Soultrap needed a constant replenishing of souls; eventually the souls would become drained and the energy levels given off by the device would diminish. Once emptied, a soul was never released from the system, because opening the exit gate on the Soultrap not only allowed drained souls to escape, but also fresh newly captured ones to flee. In effect, the souls were in limbo unable to obtain the light and start the cycle of rebirth.
Where these souls were actually trapped was a matter of almost no debate among the elite, since they cared little what happened to their 'property,' but the scientists began to formulate hypotheses. It gradually became accepted that the trapped souls of the dead were sent to a dark and empty universe, a monstrous abyss of nighted horror. Again there were strenuous objections to what they were doing, but such was the price of their progress. After years of bloody work, finally an interface was created which allowed a Komari individual to directly tap into the life force energy of the captured souls. This required a small, highly controlled gateway to draw the energy in raw form out, without letting the souls themselves through. Plans were drawn for an extended interface which would allow hundreds of elites to receive the reinvigorating soul energy simultaneously. However, this device needed energy to power it – more energy than the planet could provide. In their search for this energy, they decided on the single most powerful source in their entire solar system, their sun. Their plan conceived of building a Dyson sphere around their star to capture titanic amounts of solar energy to power their interface, known now as Thanatos Gate.
The sphere was constructed over a period of six centuries. The building of such a massive structure required suitably gigantic amounts of matter, more even than could be found in all the asteroid belt and available moons, so the Komar began an empire spanning program to mine the cores of both gas giants in the system. Millions of workers' lives were lost, but they were simply fed into the Soultrap network as fresh fuel for the aristocrats and their loyalists. Enormous mines, hanging from orbital stations thousands of miles deep into the gas giants' atmospheres, served to dredge up enough raw materials for the teeming construction stations to create the framework of the sphere. Besides the incredible amounts of carbon, steel, titanium, and other structural materials, there is also a great need for more exotic elements. Perched in the foreground, on the moon's ageless regolith, is N'kai mining base, built to remove the exotic ores from deep veins in the moons crust. Once the pure elements have been separated from the rubble, it is loaded onto freighter ships which leave for flight up to the orbital construction station. From there, the basic parts are sent to massive orbiting construction sites where huge pieces of the sphere itself are built. The sections of sphere are sent on a course towards the star, where they are carefully caught in nets made out of the star's magnetic field lines. There, in a delicate dance of robotic limbs and remote controlled construction craft, all guided by the inhumanely precise Artificial Intelligence, the Dyson sphere has slowly taken shape.
Due to their haste, and impatience to finish the project, the Komar decided it was safe to begin powering up the system in stages, resulting in more and more energy being produced as the sphere was slowly completed. When the Soultrap initially went online and Thanatos Gate was opened, immediately millions of loose souls were devoured from the local stellar neighborhood. This resulting rush of energy caused a blast resembling a nova to light up the surface of the star. Of course, all this excitement has not gone unnoticed by the neighbors ....
This is a collaboration with we worked on it for a LONG time, but I think it was worth it Go take a look at Darin's art if you haven't already seen it, and give him some DA love!
Full view is definitely recommended! Thanks for taking a look!
Well, in the last 7-8 days I was trying to make a wormhole. I failed about 3 times... I wasn't satisfied with the overall image and tried a new again and again. I almost gave up... but I didn't. This one is way better then my other attempts but I think it could be done better, probably I need more skill
Done in Photoshop CS4 in approximately 10 hours (+20 hours fail attempts) Please Download for full view. Recommended! I hope you like it!!!
...and short description about wormholes: A beam of light traversing a path between two points in curved space-time can take longer to complete the journey than a hypothetical spaceship taking advantage of a wormhole’s shortcut connection between the two distinct regions of space-time.
Although they may seem more the stuff of science fiction than science fact, physicists first dreamed up the idea of wormholes. In 1935, Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen realized that general relativity allows the existence of “bridges,” originally called Einstein-Rosen bridges but now known as wormholes. These space-time tubes act as shortcuts connecting distant regions of space-time. By journeying through a wormhole, you could travel between the two regions faster than a beam of light would be able to if it moved through normal space-time. As with any mode of faster-than-light travel, wormholes offer the possibility of time travel.
Until recently, theorists believed that wormholes could exist for only an instant of time, and anyone trying to pass through would run into a singularity. But more recent calculations show that a truly advanced civilization might be able to make wormholes work. By using something physicists call “exotic matter,” which has a negative energy, the civilization could prevent a wormhole from collapsing on itself. The stuff of science fiction, to be sure. But perhaps some day in the far future, it could also turn into science fact.
Hey! Happy holidays to everybody! This is my submission for the new year holidays and probably my last piece of 2011. I think I had a very successful year in space art. I learned and developed a lot and succeeded to surprise myself a few times. Even I got a DD on christmas. I wouldnt expect that after 1.5 year in space art, so it was a great gift for xmas. Thank you casperium! This way I want to thank to everyone how commented and faved my work and especially big thanks to those how gave me constructive critique on my work!
THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
So, I close this year with this piece. I wish you a very successful and happy new year! See you next year!
After the success of the first, our planets, now madly in love, went on a second date. They found a cave full of gems. Mister Gas is thinking of giving her a necklace made from all the rocks he's collected.
Where will their love take us next or will the romance be short-lived?
First piece I made after a long time of inactivity, about a month and a half ago. It got me back into making art. Hence the title. It's cliché, I know, but whatever. I worked a bit more on the colours and the nebula last week. Decided to submit it a few days after my last piece as to not spam your deviant message boxes too much. I thought about submitting this piece to the sci-fi contest, but I decided not to. The aspect ratio isn't exactly perfect for a wallpaper. I hope you'll like it!
Some stocks used are my own, but for planet textures I resorted to =resurgere
Another quick composition study. I'm not sure what the big machine is, I imagine it's a weapon of some sort...
As for the title, "Vastator" (Latin) is a mythological reference to the proverbial "Destroyer of Worlds" I've come across in science fiction on occasion. "Coptotermes Vastator" is a nasty breed of termite, and the word has been used extensively in naming various destructive species.
Here's a another speed painting I did this afternoon, trying out a post apocalyptic scene and wanted to share on some different techniques and hope to inspire some other people out there.
The time lapse of the video is here [link] It's about 2.5 hours in real time.
Also, you guys could recommend want you want to know and what you would like me to share, I'll review them and hopefully do painting recordings to reply them. Just throw me any requests you have in mind.
So, you can follow my youtube channel and stay tuned for coming vids. [link]
I'm not really that good at paintings, unlike masters like fengzhu, daniel dociu, kekai, etc, but i'm also learning, so i'll try to help those who're like me as well out there.
Some quick black and white sketches I did to find ideas for my next painting.
Kinda like the 3rd one so i'll probably develop it tomorrow. The first one took about 15 mins with a blank mind while the other took around 30 mins plus each, after i got an idea of painting spaceships.
I'm still in love with winterscenes. I actually couldn't decide what version I like more, which is why I added both to the zip file, so the decision is up to you. The first version without interface and binoculars can be seen here. Only own stocks and resources have been used.
I hope you like it. A bit of a different point of view this time.
Hi! From few days I was trying to make something kinda different and there was then lots of making and removing... Anyway, I ended up with that one and I know it's not something different but hopefully you'd like it