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Dust Buggy by steve-burg Dust Buggy by steve-burg
Another 5"x7.5" acrylic painted sketch. This is a sturdy little rover making its way across a desolate planet somewhere.

It was impossible to scan this without picking up the texture of the painted surface ;)

Liguitex acrylic paints on cold-press illustration board.
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Onnep-ink Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
great detail .
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SpiegelEngel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
If you have a digital camera try putting it at an angle to the sun and take the picture straight on. Should negate the textures while preventing glare and unnecessary shade. Just something I learned in AP art.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'll have to try that. One of these days I hope to rephotograph a lot of traditional media stuff. :)
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I assume you don't do concept work for NASA since one of the designs for a moon buggy for a manned mission looked like this: [link]

I like yours much better thanks for doing it :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
The real state of today's space exploration is kind of depressing, sad to say. I prefer to let the imagination go free, to maybe a better time, further ahead in the future - or at least that's the hope! :)
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well some would say today's space exploration is alive and kicking but us little people don't know about it ;) I'd rather think that more a possibility than the space race is dead because there is nothing to see out there and nothing of value to make the effort... yeah right, which sounds right to you? =)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
In the long term, it's inevitable that humans will go out into space as the resources available on earth are exhausted. Investing in space exploration is really investing in the future. As the US continues its decline, it has pulled back from a lot of future-minded activities (unfortunately). But humans have always had the desire to explore the unknown. Sooner or later, a combination of factors will lead to another push outward into space. But maybe other nations will be at the forefront when that happens. It looks to me like the 21st century will bring many changes in the world - just as the 20th century did. So as far as future space exploration, it's more a question of "who?" and "when?" than "if?" There are also private companies developing plans for space travel - which are bound to be more secretive.

Somehow or other, I'm sure the exploration of space will continue. We're just in a "dry spell" right now. But I just can't imagine that the ultimate future of humans is to sit on the couch and watch TV until the end of time! :)
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe it is the domain of private companies, rather than a governments, to explore space and reap the benefits. Either one, secrecy will be business as usual.. which is unfortunate since many of us, more so today, could probably handle plenty of foundation shaking information ;)

But as for that dry spell, too many nations getting into more dept rather than cutting & saving. It would be easier without money been an issue (having a dream space program) but without cornucopia technology for all its not likely. Till then we'll just have to stumble in the dark. :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's the problem with relying on private companies to explore space. Governments are somewhat secretive - but corporations are REALLY secretive. We'll never hear about anything!
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, though I reckon they're both as bad as each other - They keep everything quite unless they are trying to sell us something (a product or a tax) ;)
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