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Asteroid Cutter
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Published: September 11, 2010
A small two-man vessel equipped with a powerful broadband particle-EM hybrid weapon capable of cleaving through asteroids and other minor interstellar objects, for either mining or planetary defense purposes. It's also armed with a small light-ion cannon for secondary defense and an AI-controlled claw for object retrieval purposes.

There are a few things wrong with this design (perspective errors and cel-style coloring in particular), but they're lessons to learn for next time. Kudos to Arzosoth, dasAdam, Shininou, and Tabnir for their help and suggestions.

Initial concept in Alchemy; completed in PaintTool SAI.
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Mecha-Zone's avatar
Mecha-Zone|Professional General Artist
Ah, here it is. Thanks again for the print. I love it!
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PlasmaFire3000's avatar
Wonderful! I gotta design more of these ships now that you've taken one of my prints. :)
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Xperimental00|Hobbyist General Artist
That is piloted by just two? Man the picture deceived me. XD
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PlasmaFire3000's avatar
You see, those asteroids are very far away. But in the future, big guns come in small packages. :p
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Freelancer521's avatar
Interesting, why are the asteroids black? was thier a contrast issue, or are the asteroids made of some fictional material? Also, I think you should widen the beam nozzle and not have the beam widen as it travels. By making the beam spread like a flashlight, you loose the precision feel tht particle weapons and lasers have.

Again, my reviews are passive, and I mean no offense. The picture looks great, and you certainly know how to draw one cool sci-fi spacescape.
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Technically, the asteroids are black because of their very rough surfaces, which scatter and absorb all light--although the white outlines wouldn't make much sense anyway. It's a stylistic approach, really. :p

The weapon isn't a laser or a particle emitter per se; it's a hybrid weapon that generates a variable-profile beam capable of carving large areas in one quick shot. Here, it's cutting a square-shaped outline into the hapless rock that got in its way. Compare this to a traditional energy shaft: narrow, often over-powered, and requires careful control for longer periods.

Thanks for the comments, as they do help me think more next time. See you around!
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Freelancer521's avatar
You obviously have thought this out thouroughly. I commend you on your art. Rock ON, Man
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PlasmaFire3000's avatar
Thank you for the kind words, Freelancer521. Just gotta keep moving on... :)
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theIIofswords's avatar
thats quite a projector, looks good man, turned out nice.
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PlasmaFire3000's avatar
Hey thanks! The beam effects were a lot of fun to play around with, so I'm glad you like it.
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dasAdam's avatar
nice one mate!
i got one suggestion. its hard to figure out aht the black spots are asteroids. simply because you added a glow to the outside. this makes the whole bg look a bit abstract . maybe you should have added some rimlights onto the rocks and have the background space having a normal gradient. then you could also add some neat rim lighting onto the vessel as well to implement it even more into the scene.
i dog he laser btw! its got a very graphical look but i like it as it is. it adds that cool oldschool sci fi feeling
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Yeah, that's especially true if your monitor's brightness is turned down, since from a distance the asteroids' outlines fade into the blackness. I think I'll experiment around and try your suggestions out...

Old-school sci-fi was indeed what I was going for here. Good eye, man. :)
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El-Bronco|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The perspective looks good. The color maybe too flat.
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Ugh...figuring out a decent color scheme didn't work out at all this time. :(
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El-Bronco|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Try watch vid about digital painting. Maybe it help. :)
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Thanks. I'll look into it, as "true" digital painting has been something I want to practice more with.
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Arzosoth's avatar
It looks like some kind of scanner for rocks. I guess it's a mining ship <_<
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It's also a nasty beam that rarely stops for anything or anyone. Indeed, this vehicle is quite useful for mining purposes.
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Thanks, Bill! I gotta see some of your new work at some point... :)
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