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Forsaken Encampment by steve-burg Forsaken Encampment by steve-burg
I made this image in spring of 2008.

This scene was inspired by a Ron Cobb concept painting done for the original "Alien" movie. I modeled the ship based on the design shown in his illustration.

The original concept - dropped from the film - depicted an abandoned military installation on the desolate planet. The base was buried in the ground, with a few small structures visible on the surface. The large shuttle is the most obvious sign of human habitation. (I chose to show more than one of these ships).

This view is a different composition than the original artwork, although I also rendered a view that matched the original painting.

The 3D scene was modeled and rendered in Lightwave 3D. Some textures from CGTextures [link] were blended into the foreground and the sky
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Tardyhobo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
SWEET!
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
PERFECT
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MaxHitman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool design .... as a lightwave user I wish I was this good .. Inspiring ..
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
one of those antennas(?) in the nearer ship seems to be floating in the air :D
You really nailed the mood right in this one!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It does look like that - I think it's a highlight on the hull (or something). They're definitely stuck well into the nose on the geometry... :D
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
cool!
Great atmosphere....and design :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks:D
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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repawnd Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! Great mood and color, the ships also stand out nicely against the sky.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :) These models are very low detail - I kind of want to remake them, but *sigh* time...
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repawnd Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I notice that when I zoom in, it's actually a fairly simple scene overall but it still looks great. Would be worth trying a remake one day, then it would be awesome.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The model was actually made a long time ago - but sometimes I open a scene back up and do new lighting or materials on things. But really, this would need to be rebuilt to up-res the detail. I might do that - but as usual time is always the dilemma :lol: !
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jhua Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
This was one of my favorites you showed me back in the days!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
i didn't know they had cool ships and scenery like this in Alien . this reminds me of Dune
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This was based on a very early version of the planet the humans land on and discover the alien. It is an image that always stuck in my mind for years :D
One thing that's really amazing about movie concept art is just how much stuff just gets thrown away. Mind boggling!
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
"mind boggling" sounds like something fun to do on the weekend :|
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Sorry - I have to try this:
:shakefish:
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:icon100seedlesspenguins:
100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
sure . shaking your fish is an acceptable thing to do on the weekend too . strange that you've never tried it before :XD:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
What can I say?
:D
:shakefish:

This is your doing, you know. You said it was the best emoticon - it's true!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
I know the Cobb piece of which you speak. It's cool to see it evoked in 3D media. You definitely captured that oppressive, forbidding feel of the world - like you're about to be crushed by the sky. Neat crawler, too. I forget, is that inspired by something in the Cobb design, or your own creation? Great materials on the ground, too. That and the depth of field add a nice sense of realism.

I don't quite get the dinosaur vibe from this... my brain things more like a line of guardian sphinx at the entrance to a greater power/mystery.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I remember at the time (*gasp* get me oxygen!!!) thinking the painting was like a science fiction version of finding the WW II planes in the middle of the desert in Close Encounters.

The crawler is something I modified to bear a passing resemblance to the Cobb painting (which features one in the distance).

Dinosaur or sphinx - they were definitely monumental, looming out of the swirling dust...
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jhmart1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Fantastic! You know, you really ought to add the group "The Luminarium", by Jorik Dozy ([link]) with ILM, to your groups list. I always look forward to your posts. I also seem to learn a little bit, each time I read the descriptions of the work. Thank you! :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
Well, I took your advice and made an application to "The Luminarium". We will see how it goes ;)
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orangehexagon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
very evocative. gets my imagination racing!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Glad you like it :D

So, would you go up the rap into one of those ships? Not me.. :shocked:
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AlexWearsHats Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with concept-on-mac. The atmosphere is fantastic!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much. I love making images of desolation :D
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R3V4N Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like a still from a movie. Nice work! :)
Agreed about reminding the Mars.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :) It was based on one of the early unused concepts for the original "Alen" movie (so not Mars) - bu that color is definitely a very distinct Mars red :)
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David-Holland Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Love the atmosphere :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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84-29388498905029375 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   Digital Artist
:o This is amazing! Love how you drew the mist, and all the shadows on the ships. This is like a photograph, hey its actually BETTER than a photo!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you. A lot of this is a 3D model, so I kind of "cheated" :) But I am glad you like the picture!
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GeneralZadrek Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
As always, amazing work. All that reddishness makes me think about Mars...
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think this might be how Mars would be in the midst of terraforming it.
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GeneralZadrek Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
I've never been quite sure which type of scifi stories I like more - near-future, ultra-hard scifi stories with plausible plots (such as terraformind Mars or building the first asteroid settlements etc.) or those Larry Niven style far-future stories with interstellar travel and exotic worlds and aliens - both have their good poinst.

I'm also a friend of horror stories, and no other genre fits better with horror than science fiction - it's easy to imagine there might be something on Mars or in interstellar space... And this pic really conveys that feeling of strangeness to me, which is why I like it.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I also am not sure which flavor of SF I prefer. They all have their appeal. But I suppose the really Distant Future is quite compelling, since it really is unknown. I would love to see something like Ringworld actually discovered...

My favorite, though - Lovecraftian Science Fiction Fright :D
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Doublecrash Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Another great scifi imag(ination)e from your gallery, Steve!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man :D
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
I THOUGHT I recognized this scene! A little to the other side than Cobb's, and there's ANOTHER ship. I always loved the brooding feel of Cobb's version, and you've maintained that beautifully.I'm taken by the subtle asymmetries in the ship design, like those in the Snark. Love the practical ramp/ landing legs design, too. The rover has an interesting silhouette, which goes nicely with the ships. That little structure has always intrigued me, too-is it the entrance to an underground structure?

Beautiful, mysterious and evocative image-a fine coda to Cobb's scene! :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think those structures are air/light inlets. Or maybe elevator entrances. Cobb at one time explained the workings of the ship to me. The nose comes forward once the ship is out of reentry, and various flaps and covers expose the intakes for the "air breather" engines it uses to land. As usual, he had the whole thing figured out :lol: !

Man, do I miss that approach to this stuff. Now people want to see twenty or thirty "wacky shapes" on a white background.

It leads to a lot of garbage :(
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tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Fully Awesome Steve! I love Ron Cobb's concepts.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Ron Cobb's artwork has always been a great inspiration. It's true science fiction design to me :)
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daisukekuroneko Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It is peculiar but they remind me of mechanical dinosaurs facing the sky!
And I love the colours and the cloudy sky is so beautiful, brilliant work!=D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! They do look like creatures :D
I thought you might like this one - you have captured a similar atmosphere in some of your photographs of the sky :)
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daisukekuroneko Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like it :),
You know your machines and spaceships sometimes reminds me of alien creatures, like they are another kind of life form. Half machine - half living and thats makes them so much more exciting! Its like something larking inside the cold metal...I cant find other way to express my impression.

Yes you are right, the photo with the red sky. After all red is my fav color :giggle:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Ah, but I understand clearly :) Machines can possess some kind of character. If they resemble some animal or creature, it seems more interesting somehow. :D
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