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Prometheus

This image was created for a competition on [link], where the objective was to turn the following concept art into a photorealistic matte painting: [link]

The contest was fun and very challenging. I worked a good 50 hours on my entry and there are still many things I'd like to change but I just can't work on it anymore and time until deadline has run out anyway.

You can also find a couple of wip pictures in this thread: [link]

I don't expect to win anything, but I learned a lot during the process and now I have a cool piece in my gallery. It will also be part of my 2013 calendar. :)

Hope you like it!


Visit my website:
www.xkire.de
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This is my first Critique. I see the reference to the film by Ridley Scott. This is way more captivating than that film. I love the dark but very light hearted blue that fills the picture. It brings a lot of consistency and unity to the picture. I love how the ships also have a sense of motion almost as they seem to be at the moment of going at light speed. The clouds are very wave like just as the waves of the ocean. This helps give the sense of the ocean but from above. This is a very inspiring piece and I can definitely see your science fiction influences. It's very simple but effective and I highly recommend this art piece.
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It looks great,the detail,the enviorment and the title reminds me about the movie Prometheus. The deviation is great or in other words awesome.this may be one of the best deviations I have seen, in sci-fi art, it makes me think that it is earth 2 and that the life that lives in the planet (or moon) are exploring the planet or moon and the solar system and looking for a planet or moon or solar system like theirs for earth 2 or possibly our earth.this drawing is of course very awesome and very scientific fiction, drawing is very very realistic
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you for your critique! I must add it's not a sheer drawing/painting, but a mix of painting with photos to achieve the high level of details. :) I'm glad you like it though!
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I'm an author. As a critique, you are getting an author's perspective on how this artwork might inspire the imagination of a writer. I have no idea what goes into creating an image like this, but it looks like it would take a great deal of work and heart.

Setting: A very unique world, moon, nebula. The clouds seem thick and endless, but form a sort of canyon. We are either very high up, or ths is not a world at all. Clouds are so thick that it might even suggest gas giant. If there were a way to incorporate blue flashes of lightning, it mught add something.

World is in close proximity to another world, which may happen every so often as they have discovered systems where worlds crosss paths in their orbits. What would this do to the feeling of the world? Its nice how the clouds sort of seem to make a path to the world in the horizon. The ther moon in between suggests this might be a moon with an atmosphere or even something like a tiny nebula. The star in the background is masterful and you really seem to get the lighting from it correct.

Characters: The spaceships are facinating, each one slightly different, but similar enough to seem like they all come from the same race or technological background. The formation suggests they might be military, but the lack of any two of the ships being the same goes against most notions of a military type protocol. Perhaps they are a wayward group of star travelers that found each other?

As an author of science fiction, this very much stimulates stories that I would like to tell, and may even be used for inspiraton of a second book in my planned series, should the first one ever catch on. All around 4.5 stars out of 5.
tsorova's avatar
If I may ask, what is the book of and when are you publishing it?
Highspeed0516's avatar
Right now you can find all my original stuff at my page on webook. (I do fanfiction here)
[link]

The science fiction novel is called Fortress Earth: Dreamland. I am also nearing completion on an espionage novel called Prime Time spies. I am currently querying literary agents to promote both books to publishers, so if you happen to know one who might be intersted in my stuff please direct me to them. From the query for Fortress Earth:

The world is torn out from under Air Force fighter pilot Duke Devron when, during a training mission, an interstellar war between two alien races descends upon the earth. Forced to eject from his fighter jet as city after city is swallowed whole by weapons of terrifying power, he is called upon by a desperate alien defender and entrusted with the task of completing its mission to activate ancient defenses long hidden on the earth.

Duke is not willing to take this sojourn at first, as his priority is to rescue his wife and young child from the alien onslaught. When he discovers his family has been pulled into oblivion, he has nothing left to live for except vengeance. His death wish is interrupted when an emissary of one of the five Elder Races of the galaxy makes contact and convinces him that he is the only one who can save his world. He will have to cross half the devastated landscape of the United States on horseback with an alien general tight on his heels to succeed. Along the way, he learns that an ancient race of dark beings from a dimension of chaos are the true orchestrators of a war that has consumed the galaxy, and that the real threat is not to humanity alone but to all peace-loving life in the Milky Way. Duke must learn to let go of all he fears to lose, including his wingman, surviving friends, a new love, and even the tiniest of hopes that his family is still alive in order to save the fortress known as Earth.

I am looking for artists to commission cover art and other character art based on my books for my website, so send me a note if either of you might be interested. :)
Highspeed0516's avatar
oh ok the link! Still, you had to imagine what might live in this little part of the universe nd give it the life described :)
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thank you for the great critique!
Unfortunately I can't take credit for the concept, which is in fact provided by the hosts of the competition (see my image description for more details). My part was to turn it into a photorealistic scenery. I'm glad it is inspiring though. :)
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I love how this picture just takes you to another world by just looking at it. Your work is indeed very detailed and I can tell you took a lot of time working on it.I like the clouds that surround the portrait, it somehow makes think of me of being in sky or looking at oceans parted. Science fiction is always interesting, to think of the possible road in the future the world may take. The idea of having an eclipse amplifies the theme, and the sun coming from the corner brightens up the whole image Just looking at this exquisite work of art is breath-taking. Very well done!!!!
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thanks a lot for the nice critique! :)
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okay this is my 8th critique ever so don't kill me..um

This is amazing to say the least the details and the time it took you to make this shows that there was a lot of effort put into it
the blue and the clouds make it stand out to even anyone

It's very well done and simply breath taking especially the moon? planet? looks to be the main focus but I assume it was meant to be the air craft rather then the moon or planet.

I wish I could say more but this is as close as I get to a solid critique. so forgive me if I messed up I hope you think this is fair enough for you
Mjolnir13621's avatar
Honestly, I felt like the focus was split between the Moon(s) and the aircraft, personally, which to me made it feel very nice and relaxed.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
it's fine, thank you for the critique and the kind words! :worship:
DarkQueen43's avatar
You're welcome and I'm always kind ^^ c:
Bonnie1950's avatar
Beautiful
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Bon

ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thank you very much!
URBANHOOD's avatar
This is the kind of art i come to deviant art for . 
ErikShoemaker's avatar
wow, thanks so much for the cool compliment!
morningstarskid's avatar
Beautiful Artwork!!✌
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thank you very much!
jleegrey's avatar
It looks very realistic and this fits in with other photorealistic art pieces that I have witnessed. You have skill man. Please check out my channel as well.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you for the compliment and the critique! I appreciate it :)
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