Experimenting with some dramatic effects. I had apparently been in the process of re-doing the explosion when this piece was stored, but never got around to finishing. It was all erased, with scrape marks from a razor blade, so I tried to restore it digitally here, to what it would have looked like back in the day, more or less.
Not that the beams do match the ones in this other drawing: www.deviantart.com/prinzeugn/a…
My favorite part now is the missile cruiser in the background.
Again, really could not pull off that dramatic lighting needed yet.
I do remember the pencil art being pretty cool, I got extra credit in my introduction to art goof-off class I took freshman year of high school for it.
This piece is part of a collection of my old mixed-media artwork, largely before I moved to digital in high school. I just recently had the chance to scan them in when I visited my parent’s house. All these works are over - wow - 10 years old? They all depict some war in space. Unlike many, I had no back story in mind other than there were angular white/blue ships modelled after real-life battleships fighting more curvy ships.
The visual identities two factions eventually however I later used in never-completed game project in high school (Axis Shift), which led to a lot of the digital spaceship art on my gallery.
As for the visuals, I took inspiration from an old art book put together by Stewart Cowley, Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD (part of the Terran Trade Authority series), as well as various sci-fi movies and shows, most notably Mobile Suit Gundam (especially later on).
I generally used colored pencil for the ships with the background space and stars completed with acrylic. Later on I got better about mixing the two, especially for explosions.