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Solar Patrol by Pyrosity Solar Patrol by Pyrosity
The ICV Argus, an Asp-pattern cruiser, makes an extended burn as it leaves orbit around Horizon-5.


Made some refinements to the earlier design and decided to make something a little more finished. Either way, more photoshop practice. Learned some cool tricks along the way, too. :3

I think I'd like to keep the older design as well, perhaps as another kind of cruiser based on the same hull.
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Wow awesome I really like it!
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Wow awesome I really like it!
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CorporalDogmeat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More like soul patrol.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Bowl control.
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
woah, kickass rocket effects! The lighting fringe on the bottom right corner is a nice touch too.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I try to keep my spacey backgrounds nebulous and colorful, helps compose and keep the palette and lighting in check. Since I decided to give the ship a bit of a rim light on the lower right, it needed at least some kind of light source there. Perhaps it doesn't always have to be visible in the composition, but in this case it worked well with the "cloudy" background.
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TurtleVVisperer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Yeah I think it helps add to the depth of the picture and reinforces the idea that it's a 3D object at an angle. Mighty fine thinking to do that. The nebulous cloud effect works well in this too.
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. I can feel the depth of the space from here in this picture.
Awesome job mate.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It was more difficult to produce a feeling of depth in this one as it's using a very warm palette. Generally, the fastest way to introduce a sense of atmospheric depth is to desaturate and shift the hues towards a blue-grey.

Obviously in space, there's usually no atmosphere, so technically that sort of thing isn't scientifically accurate, but it's so visually effective that I find it an acceptable break from reality. The way I've been doing it is to take the background color, whatever that may be, and overlay it on top of any object further away, so that it achieves a similar effect.
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And with that effect you gain success.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:3
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
What kind of tricks did you specifically learn for this one?
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One was in relation to the way a certain brush I was using interacted with some layer styles to produce the effect for the engines firing. I've played with layer styles and such many times before, but stumbled upon a combination of them that worked very very nicely together and instantly got the effect I wanted.

Another was a quick way to thin-out my thicker sketch lines in order to reduce their prominence while keeping them there in full opacity, which helps make the structure of the ship clear. Normally I would have had to redraw the sketch entirely using a smaller brush.
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Oh? How did you do the sketch line trick if I casn asks? It sounds pretty useful.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's a little complicated; First I take a layer with the line drawing on it, add an inner glow layer effect (edited to be white glow with a normal blending style), and apply/merge it with a blank layer. Then I edit the layer properties and change the advanced blending (first page, bottom sliders) - On the top slider ("this layer"), hold alt and drag the left side of the white bracket all the way to the left. Then merge it again with a blank layer.

It still needed some touch up, but I was able to just go in with a quick layer mask and change what I needed easily.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, forgot one thing, you'll want to make another layer clipped to the linework after it's been modified and just fill it out with whatever color you want your lines to be, otherwise it still has the white glow on it.
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