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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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hedgehogfairy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is an amazing painting
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I am glad you like it! :)
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tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Night time on mars, reminds me a bit of Moon (film) actually, same concept anyways.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I think there's a similar love of "rovers with huge wheels" in effect - I enjoyed the moon buggies in "Moon" (and the movie as a whole)!
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tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Yes, it is amazing what you can come up with using a good storyline. I think they also had the 3D modelers and software at the time to, of which was why it got away with a small budget. Can't wait to see it. I remember the other movie the main character was in, Galaxy Quest, he was the guy that played the security guard in his only episode and was gruesomely killed. "I was the security officer without a name in episode 81, mommy! mommy!"
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xiao-twins Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Wow, this is a really nice painting. Great perspective.
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LuisCayetano Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
That's beautiful.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Quite a lovely composition, works from any viewing distance :)
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
PUF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




COOOLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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keshon83 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the design and details :)))
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moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i like it a lot,such a classic scifi looking that i miss
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dlax1 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
wow, man... you out did yourself on this one! how old/new is it?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Man, I've always loved this image- you really caught a great sense of vast expanse and exploration. This was in Concept Design 1, wasn't it?
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LucaRossiMartini Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Fantastic artworks whit acrylic! :)
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chameleonmind Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I like the details and reflections, I'm sure it's not an easy thing to do with traditional media such as acrylics. :)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're really good at everything !!
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AshRandom Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
I've heard you can photograph acrylics in such a way as to avoid getting the texture to pop. But, I don't know *squat* as I've never done it and have zero photography skills.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm really enjoying seeing your paintings Steve, it's a nice change of pace :thumbsup: I don't think the surface texture detracts from it at all, gives it sort of a dusty, gritty feel, appropriate for driving around kicking up dust
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I guess the texture is okay. There is certainly no way to get rid of it that doesn't ruin the image in the process. I guess it is kind of a reminder that it's an analog painting :D
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah there's nothing wrong with analog IMO, I have a lot of respect for anyone who takes the time to excel at painting on something besides a screen or tablet :)
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
the wheels look familiar ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This little buggy was the ancestor of the yellow 3D truck - part of a long lineage of futuristic trucks with giant tires :D
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orangehexagon Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
such a cool scene depiction and rad vehicle. im imagining driving in that thing listening to some tunes.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think it would be a lot of fun - especially those low gravity jumps :D
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Dialogous Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010   Writer
They see me rollin, they hating
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
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sherryblue Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
excellent! great piece
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student General Artist
I love the colours and the highlights really complete t. :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :D
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student General Artist
You are very welcome!
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ExevaloN Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work done here.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool vehicle. Makes me wish Major Matt Mason had one like this :) Does the cab swivel? Is it more an exploration or utility vehicle?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's nowhere near as thought out as that :lol: I think it was just a little "paint accident/blob" and turned it into a truck ;)

Ah, Major Matt Mason... *sigh*... fond memories... :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Indeed. I wish I still had mine, even if his armature wires were shot. Hey, speaking of which is the Tom Hanks thing moving ahead, or is it dead in the water?
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minieffects Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
I love it!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks ;)
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christoefour Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is pretty rad, Steve. Reminds me of the of LV 426 buggy Newt's parents use in the movie Aliens.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The "futuristic trucks with huge tires" is a great tradition - and a favorite theme of mine :nod:
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