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Acrylic Paint Sketches by steve-burg Acrylic Paint Sketches by steve-burg
Traditional media from my archives...

These are small acrylic paintings done on cold-press illustration board. The size was a function of time - working at a small scale made it possible to work very quickly. I would typically produce 3-4 of these a day.

These images were done entirely for my own enjoyment, although the technique is similar to the way concept art was done prior to the widespread use of Photoshop and other digital tools. I still find drawing and painting with traditional media to be much more direct, though I seldom do this kind of artwork these days.

The dimensions of each piece are 5" x 7.5" inches, and they were painted with Liquitex acrylics.

They appear at 2X their actual size on my monitor (if you download the full size image) :D
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
This should become a motion picture!
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EXPIDITOR Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student General Artist
oh my godddddd
do. not. stop.

:laa:
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Vistroied Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
top left is forrunner isn't it
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Not sure... it was painted in 1995, I don't think forerunner existed at the time :)
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:iconvistroied:
Vistroied Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
meh it still looks like it
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Then I might be subconsciously in communication with forerunners :D
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:iconvistroied:
Vistroied Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
yes you ar
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DSil Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome! I like the varied palettes.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Someday I would like to maybe paint with traditional media again - these days it's all digital though...
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Bartoleum Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
I love to still see physically rendered art. It always seems to have a character that digital doesn't
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'm kind of glad that I learned to illustrate traditionally (well, there wasn't really a choice at the time!)
The great thing about reality - and real things (like paintings) - is there is infinite resolution in the details, and zero render time :D
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love the blue image !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
There's a real nice vintage feel to these (prob has something to do with the medium used - since you don't see this much anymore ;) ) they all seem like they could be crops from old scifi book covers :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That is a wonderful compliment - thank you :D
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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tinfoiltank Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These remind me of retro sci-fi paperback covers. In a good way.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! That is the highest compliment in my book :D

There's a reason why I love science fiction - and it's not usually manifested in a lot of things we've seen lately (in my opinion at least).

I like to keep in touch with the original meaning of it all ;)
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
makes me wanna watch some sci-fi movies.. :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah - some GOOD sci-fi movies (that narrows the field a bit, doesn't it?) ;)
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It does =P ,what do you recommend?
I would go now for some "team send to find out stress-signal and then things start to get horribly wrong" -kinda movie.. x)
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Snazz84 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
One of the "Memories" short films by Katsuhiro Otomo (who made Akira) has that kind of story, and some very impressive visuals, too. [link] I agree, though, there aren't enough films like that.

I love all of these images of mysterious alien artifacts... not sure what it is exactly, but they almost feel like forgotten memories (and I don't mean that in a hippy mumbo jumbo way). It's the same feeling that makes any archaeology exciting, I guess. A feeling of connection with what's gone before.
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads up!

I totally agree with you!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm trying to think of a movie like that since "Aliens"... :tears:

You wouldn't happen to be a gamer by any chance? There's a lot more stuff like that in the console games. "Dead Space" was pretty fantastic, for example.
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Event Horizon? (Cant really remember what happened in it, but i liked it)
Oh yes i am.. :D (i also study computer animation/game making)

Cant wait for this!
[link]
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I know about this game - I hope they get it out soon!
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karanua Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You must be psychic lol, any of these paintings could be used to describe the last few scenarios we've done in our weekend RPG sessions. All investigating massive derelict alien structures believed to be failed terraformers. Amazing stuff, have just shown our referee and she agrees that the red, top right, is perfect for what we did a week ago yesterday. Amazing work. Your gallery is proving really inspirational for our scifi mad ref. Thanks for sharing your work, excellent doesn't cover it.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - it's certainly curious, considering how (distressingly) long ago these were done. Some day I want to break out the paints again!!! :D
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orangehexagon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
amazing
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It is kinda/sorta concept art - what you do (I've seen it!) is true painting! Thanks though - I am glad you like these :D

Maybe some day I will break out the paints and brushes again ;)
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kkolompar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You have a good range. Your images mesmerize me. I wish I could paint oil or acryl...Ill have to dive into that too. I want to see more....
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - I haven't painted traditionally for at least 5 years - but I kind of want to go and give it a try, looking at these now...:D
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kkolompar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, you definetely should. I think that painting traditionally can increase ones awareness of colors, atmosphere and so on while your imagination works on a different level. There are so many small things one can find in it, and its so different from digital work. But you know all this. Im looking forward to your work....
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
My biggest hurdle with digital painting was actually making the transition with color. I still think of the colors by their names (like "Cadmium red light" or "Burnt Umber"). It took me a long time to get used to how to get similar color effects with digital RGB colors :)

ALso, the real physical paint has properties that give you all kinds of effects and textures that in digital you must work to simulate. But overall, I think digital is faster for most things - it's certainly easier to make huge changes (unfortunately, the clients are fully aware of this :lol:)
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kkolompar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh, so you come from a traditional background? I see, that explains alot of what Ive seen in your gallery. So you translated your skills into the digital realm. How was the conversion? I just finished a painting (digital) called Solitary Dawn, and it was a joy to make. I learned some things about light, color (I love colors to much), shadows, atmosphere, well you get my point. Its amazing how joyful it is if you put your mind to it....but there is still so much to learn. Anyhow, have a great day.

P.S

Its great to have a like-minded artist friend like you...thanks alot.
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gfball84887 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
I'd totally play a puzzle adventure game done in this style.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That might be a fun project - it's certainly not something I've done before. Interesting idea - if you could point me toward some examples online I'll check them out :D
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gfball84887 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Monkey island, Loom, and The Dig are all good examples of the genre of game. Point and click puzzle adventure. I like the see a remake of The Dig done with your style.
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Yellomice Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Oh god, i like the top right one so much. True sci-fi.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I thank you - I just might give that one its own post :D
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Yellomice Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
That would be just awesome. Ever heard about Strugatsky brothers? Reminds me of one of their worlds.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I haven't? Have you a link? I am curious :D
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Yellomice Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Here it is
[link]
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Kaioshen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Top two are awesome, specially love that top right one
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I think that's my favorite as well :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Neat! I love the bold color dominances and those craggy peaks are wonderfully old school SF :) Of the lot, the crawler with the columns is my fave... but you already know I'm an alien mystery junkie.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That one - the red painting - is hanging in my hallway. Doing stuff like this was therapeutic while working on a lot of the paying gigs. I don't have much regard for a lot of the stuff I've produced for various jobs - but these little sketches are kind of special to me. I'll probably post some more periodically :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
It sounds like you've hit the right balanced to be a "pen for hire" and still maintain your passion.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I don't know - working professionally has definitely taken a toll on my appreciation of most of the recent movies. I'm certain it's some form of "passive/aggressive" response :lol:
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