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The Traverse

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Published: August 22, 2010
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It is like a glacier, but it's really not a glacier...

In fact it might not be a natural formation at all. But whatever it is, the explorers shown must cross over...

I was a bit inspired by the abstract backgrounds that Syd Mead often puts into his paintings.
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formvorrat's avatar
formvorratProfessional General Artist
awesome!
jennystokes's avatar
jennystokesProfessional General Artist
FANFUCKINGTASTIC! as John Osborne would say!
Megawarcat's avatar
Ice cold machines, millions of years old. The people who find it assume its a natural occurance. thats my depiction!
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
I like your interpretation!
That is not too different from what I imagined as I was drawing it.
Some kind of alien/artificial intelligence that resembles weird ice formations :D
worldsofk's avatar
Very nice piece man.
Love this abstract world , the texture is vintage and the concept is futurist, good association (opposites feelings that works every time). Like you explained it you're right to add some characters on the first plan, the picture is more understandable, without them this visual would be less interesting.
Little question, I followed your way on DA ; How do you do for being as productive! I'm desgusted.
Any way go on like it, you makes some happys.(Sorry for my frenglish)
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
Thanks - I completely agree about the addition of the people. It gives what I call "context" - helps to ground the image with something familiar to the viewer.

As far being productive, I try to do some of my own artwork every day. Many things are not finished (abandoned :D) I keep these in a folder that I look through - and sometimes one jumps out at me and calls to be finished. I think the key is to have a daily routine - even if it's one hour a day (or at night, in my case). Over time - it adds up :)
worldsofk's avatar
Many thanks for having time to answer, that it is not the case for all the artists (proud or not the time, I don't know...), I saw you're very solicited on the forum.
I'm agree with you, the key is the daily work even it is not always simple to find time for that but "when we wan't we can!"
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
If ever I don't answer, it would be because of time - that is always problem #! :)

It's hard to find the time to make art, but I feel like I have to :)
Pyrosity's avatar
PyrosityProfessional Digital Artist
Adding the figures really changes how you look at the piece... it moves from some sort of abstract formation to a really intriguing landscape of almost impossible pathways. That, along with the volume of warm light spilling in from above, really make this otherwise "simply abstract" piece an intriguing work.
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
Thanks! Your comment is right on the mark. The figures add a context that helps anchor the image. It makes it much easier to relate to, since everything else is completely unfamiliar :)
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supersampledProfessional Filmographer
this is amazing.
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like the image :)
fmacmanus's avatar
fmacmanusProfessional Digital Artist
simple in colors, perplexing in design, this caught my eye right away. spectacular!
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
Thanks! It is (hopefully) an enigmatic "thing" - probably something that started out as man-made, or at least artificial. Who knows?

I'm glad you like the image :)
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AdobewanProfessional Digital Artist
Really like this dude, like the abstract web of some alien arachnid. Much narrative potential in this one.
You should think about becoming an artist.
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
Thanks my friend!

I had the notion in the back of my mind that this was some kind of AI experiment gone horribly wrong. Whatever the web is, it's solid, crystalline, and I think it's still growing!

Artist, huh? You think I could earn $$$cash? But becoming an artist would force me to give up my cherished position as a rodeo clown :D!
ModalMechanica's avatar
this would be so different without people. Very cool tho
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
You're quite right about that. I originally was going to put a little tractor instead, but then I thought of photographs of tiny figures climbing a mountain peak.

Figures help to ground something that would otherwise be almost complete abstraction :)
ModalMechanica's avatar
Yeah, really good effect. I'll have to keep that in mind for the future lol
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
It almost always works to add figures :)
ModalMechanica's avatar
I guess its also key, to like give a proper scale to things. Makes something in human minds like click and understand or something
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steve-burgProfessional Filmographer
In human perception we always scan an image looking for patterns that we can identify - either faces or figures. In a fantastical image, where nothing is familiar, having people gives - as you say - scale and it also brings more meaning to the viewer.

I find in peoples' reaction to paintings, having figures helps people make a connection that they might otherwise just pass by. It seems to work :)
ModalMechanica's avatar
Yep, makes your work awesome. Cant wait for more xD
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