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Armored Suit Sketch by steve-burg Armored Suit Sketch by steve-burg
This was a very fast sketch I did for a job a few months ago. It was one of a number of sketches cranked out to kick off the design process.

You may notice the painting is a little "rough around the edges", but as a professional concept artist you're expected to generate 5-6 sketches like this a day - so there's not really time for all the nice touches one would like to add... It's about presenting a range of ideas, as opposed to making beautiful artwork :)

The design was not used... but I kind of liked it!

The story of my life... :XD:

Photoshop - working time ~1 1/2 hours
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
More awesome armor dude nice
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Jenova94 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
really great design
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Techuser Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice concept, now that I started sculpting I keep imagining every sketch I see in a statue
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Shaddy-SW Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Something of that suit makes me remember Fire Warriors of Tau Empire from Warhammer 40k.
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SimsDoc Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I'm not to sure what to say? Rather than what is it, What is it used for how dose it interact with other armor systems and integrated cybernetics.
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing! A quick 1 1/2 hr work time in Photoshop! :faint: hehe At first blush I thought it was a 3D model and unless you look extremely close, you would never know it was not. Love the design and how it flows. It's a shame they did not use your design, very unique and creative in my opinion. :iconlovesqueeplz:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much. It's "all in a day's work" to make a number of concepts just to begin the process, and most of them don't go anywhere. It's kind of fun to pick one of these abandoned ideas now and then and post it - I'm glad you like it :)
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your most welcome! Do you ever run out of idea's when your getting the concepts going? Or do they come to you pretty easily? Just curious. Being creative on demand does not seem to be an easy task. hehe I bet it's hard especially if you have come up with a unique idea, but I'm sure that all comes with the territory as well. I love this one and thought it was incredible for such a quick speed paint! geez! :icondragonidleplz:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I find coming up with ideas comes from the process itself. Usually, I don't have much in the way of ideas until I start scribbling something or other. Then ideas begin to form.

When trying to REALLY come up with something truly unique (which isn't always what clients want) it can be very challenging. Sometimes there can be a flash of inspiration, but most often it's a lengthy process with a number of different stages. It's become very tough to really come up with a completely original concept, because we've seen so much stuff! :D
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So true! That's about how it hits me too. Although I keep a pencil and paper in my nightstand as a lot of times idea's come in the middle of the night so I have to write them down before I forget them. haha It's interesting to look at the idea in the morning light too. haha ;P

I hear you, we have seen pretty much one of everything so truly unique idea's are indeed a challenge. I'm still amazed by the occasional image that is so original an fresh. I'm sure it does not make things any easier when you have a client involved. Especially if they are breathing down your neck. :iconcouragescreamplz: hehe But it's all part of the process I imagine! I just love your style and Sci-fi images are among my most favorite genre of images. I just struggle to create them so I really admire folks that have an eye for sci-fi which you most certainly do. :iconfurrydanceplz:
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StudioCreations Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is a fantastic design. Do you own the rights to this "unused" design, or does the company that commissioned you own the rights to all designs made and presented during the concept phase?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm afraid that technically, I don't own rights to this. Companies are fairly possessive of stuff you do for them - whether they use if or not. In fact, some companies feel that they own anything you show them during your employment - whether it's your own personal work or whatever.

So I don't show them too much! :D
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StudioCreations Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good to know. This armor is just a fantastic design. I was mainly wondered if I could attempt to replicate it as a costume, but now perhaps I'll just use it as inspiration. :)
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cohenator11 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
you also do a very good job of showing how you use light and dark itself to suggest shape and what the shapes are made of, obvious some clear plastics in there :D
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cohenator11 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
i thought it might be a tau stealth suit, fancy
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qwertyDesign Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Well I like it, Steve.
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EXCELLENT !!!
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work of art!
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davbla Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very Cool!
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Poor-e-thics Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student General Artist
i love the sleek look to it
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Colonelcraft Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
very nice. :)
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EBE246 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Oh thats sick.
Awesome.
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
***Look like something that would can be used in Starship Troopers! :omg:
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Promet-he-us Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012   General Artist
I cannot decide what baffles me more - the time or the outcome. Very lovely. Thank you for showing!

:typerhappy::worship::clap:
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
That job didnīt coincidentally involve a company called Games Workshop,did it?
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superhermit Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
It must get the adrenalin pumping turning out the speed painting ideas? nice work :)
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SuricataFX Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice work and really nice style you have there.

I really need to start using my artpad again, 3dsmax has really chomped on the time I used to spend painting!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Whoah - sorry, my mistake (on my other comment) - I thought this was referring to another image of mine! :p

This is actually entirely just 2D speedpaint!

(I might have 2 images with the same title - need to check!)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I find 3D a blessing... and a curse! Actually, the helmet and chest on this image are 3D models, but painted over (I developed parts of the design in 3D) But it's hard not to get sucked into the 3D "black hole" where time bends and warps! :D
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Can I rent this guy to guuard my bike? :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
He's on the case! :XD:
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karanua Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would make excellent port security on my current project. Wonderful as always. Its designs like this that have a tendency to become the "ubiquitous" example of whatever the conceptual sketch depicts.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This was one of a bunch of similar sketches. I liked this one, but the client liked something else. There's no shortage of these kinds of armored/robot/suit type designs floating around. I think I liked this one because it is fairly simple and graphic. It's often the case that my own preference isn't the direction that's finally chosen - which is the main reason why I do a lot of personal artwork! :D
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darkpeter Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Great work mate! :) Looks like enemy in FPS games. :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - that was kind of what the job was calling for in this case :nod:
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StTheo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aint that the truth
top stuff, got a nice feel
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
It's definitely a different ballgame doing work for a paying client :nod: They don't care, they just want the stuff blasted out in no time! That's one thing about concept art that's not widely understood - that it happens really fast. Sometimes people evaluate a piece of concept art like you spent a week on it! :XD:

It's good practice though - working like that! :D
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StTheo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yea your totally right it is mad sometimes, it refines your work flow down really well i find and opens new ones up. all the best!
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vidgamer123 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Tau?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm not familiar with that reference :confused:
Can you explain? :D
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vidgamer123 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Oh, I was just drawing a parallel between your picture and the Tau, a race from the tabletop game Warhammer 40K: [link]
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hah! I see it now. There is a resemblance!
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novaillusion Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
beautiful...as usual :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! :)
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