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January 10, 2011
Imagine waking up in a morning and seeing something like this... The Sighting by *steve-burg has a moody atmosphere with a colossal extra terrestrial space ship in the sky. Quality and skills of the artist speaks it self and the power of the composition is undeniable.
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The Sighting

I wanted to create a cheerful and happy scene. This was the result (go figure!) Well, at least it's colorful :D This image was made for the book "Concept Design II" about 5 or 6 years ago.

The huge spaceship was created in Lightwave 3D, with a very large custom texture painted in Photoshop. It was rendered against a blank background.

Everything else is painted in Photoshop. I looked at some reference images to paint the clouds and the farm. The clouds took ages to finish because I really wanted them to wrap around the ship. There were a lot of layers!

The barn and some trees were painted in a separate image, at much larger size to get the detail. They were then reduced and softened with grain and noise, and a slight Gaussian Blur.

At the time this image was created, my overriding goal was to achieve an absolutely photographic look to the painted elements. It involved a lot of painstaking effort, adding grain and noise to simulate the look of actual film. Really, not so much fun... I've discovered that simply painting is a lot more enjoyable, so I no longer pursue this "faked photo" effect in my work.

CHANGE: I adjusted the text to clarify some things :)
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Small-Brown-Dog's avatar
Amazing work, the sense of scale is just mind blowing. A well deserved DD
dcmstarships's avatar
nice Chris Foss feel to this image
RonaldinhoTEN's avatar
Breathtaking. You should be proud, because we are.  
Odilicious's avatar
Stunning spaceship. An excellent scene.
KellyDelRosso's avatar
Great job...congrats on DD :jarkinajar:
Romanoost's avatar
I made an account at devianart just to favourite this, I love it, it's wonderful! I really like the atmosphere of this picture; the massiveness of the ship in contrast to that ordinary barn..
JohnnysDream's avatar
you failed horribly at happiness with feel scared just looking at it.looks like a huge whale coming at me out of the sky!"Oh shit!What is that?Ruuun!"I cant believe the background is not a picture!This whole thing is just outrageous!You have a gift.Im on my way over to look at more of your stuf right now.
joeltonongkh's avatar
love the foggy effect...anyhow the invasion looks scary too..
YTheJoshuaTreeY's avatar
That is quite an amazing scale there. Great job.
Love this picture.
Rodo97's avatar
ElliotGrey's avatar
The great thing is that 98% of people would never see it because no one looks up at the sky anymore. 98% of people would be completely oblivious to the ginormous ship hovering directly above them, easily massive enough to contain the whole city of St. Louis, MO.

Actually, maybe that's exactly what they stopped by to pick up. :)
MisterSanitz's avatar
Amazing picture!!!
m0zch0ps's avatar
great image, the scale of this is nuts, very blimp-like,
I dont think we should be worried about this invading us, we just need to shoot something sharp at it, and then collapse in a laughing fit as it farts off in random directions.

wicked gallery btw Mr Burg
Herakleides's avatar
Great work!
Clouds, grass... and obviously the ship itself!
rooosti's avatar
it looks so ...dominating
funkitty's avatar
to beautiful im just speechless :wow:
amebleu's avatar
This is so beautiful !!!!! I really love it
steve-burg's avatar
Thanks very much! :)
MysticMachine's avatar
Excellent work. You should be very proud!
steve-burg's avatar
Thank you very much! :)
bigton's avatar
*wakes up* *goes outside to stretch..* *sees that giant thing....* "well we are utterly and officially fucked..." yep!
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