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RobCaswell

Beer Before Glory
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Artist // Professional // Varied
  • Aug 23
  • United States
  • Deviant for 16 years
My Bio
I am a child of the Space Age and a largely self-taught artist.... but the best way to learn is by doing, and I've been at it since I could lift a pencil. Throw in a lifelong passion for astronomy, sci-fi, and scale modeling, and there you have it - the ingredients for Caswell Stew. Though my educational background is in hard science, my professional career has been a meandering path through many graphics/creative roles (illustrator, writer, editor, computer game design, photography, web design, etc, etc...). For the time being I've settled on "digital print maker".

I live in a beautiful corner of the US Northeast with my wife, two hamsters, and a constantly changing cast of wildlife in the yard. I have no super powers… that I can reveal.

Favourite Visual Artist
Bob McCall, David Deitrick, Ron Cobb, Syd Mead, Michael Whelan, Wayne Barlow, Brent Scott, Erogensis,Frank Frazetta, et al
Favourite Movies
Answer du jour: KILL!
Favourite TV Shows
Firefly, Star Trek (original), Spaced, Creature Comforts, Dexter, Deadwood, Burn Notice, The Mighty Boosh, Mad Men
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Radiohead, Hot Chip, Barry Adamson, Massive Attack, Devo, Blonde Redhead, Tune-Yards, Lush, Devo
Favourite Books
Mote in God's Eye, Ringworld, Startide Rising, Windup Girl, Leviathan Wakes
Favourite Writers
Larry Niven, David Brin, Allen Steele, Adam Warren, James S.A. Corey, D.C. Fontana, Greg Egan, Andy Weir
Favourite Games
Killer Suckpoint (hacky-sack variant), Worms, volleyball, ultimate, Angry Birds
Favourite Gaming Platform
grass, wood, or dirt
Tools of the Trade
DAZ Studio, Photoshop, beer, and gray matter
Other Interests
Cooking, Sci-Fi, Anime, History, Illustration, Music, Volleyball, Hiking, Biking, Beer, Science, Travel

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Comments

:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Classy! Very cool composition and your ship elements are handled nicely. For me there are two serious flaws. First and foremost, the lens flares are way overdone and interfere with the true subject elements in several areas. This may have been compounded by your decision to use the flare twice: once on the star, then on the atmospheric limb. The results stuffs the image up with visual artifacts that obscure the shuttle and cause a odd lightened box around the star.

Technically lens flares are an artistic flourish. As such they should be applied with care. If you're doing your postwork in Photoshop I recommend putting your lens flares on their own (black background) adjustment layers. Then set that layer's blending mode to SCREEN. You can then apply a layer mask to control the extent of your visual artifacts, or you can play with the color by doing a hue/sat shift on the layer. The key is is gives you all kinds of vital editability that just dropping a lens flare on the image doesn't normally allow.

Second, your atmosphere looks like a spherical shell, not a gaseous envelope. It needs a softer edge. Composition's dynamite, though. We don't see enough verticals for my taste so I welcome this one.
Binary System
I'm always looking for any excuse to add color. B&W high contrast space is dullsville :p
Welldiver
I think the pod pylon gives the illusion of being off center because you visually read it as sitting on the back of the saucer.... but it connects further back than that, one the end of the secondary hull. It messes with your brain :)
That Time at Jupiter
The stories I could tell!........
That Time at Jupiter