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Future War by steve-burg Future War by steve-burg
This was a concept painting done while I was employed at EA. It was done for the "Command and Conquer " series of RTS games, as an inspirational piece showing a very different style and overall feel to the subject matter.

Ultimately it was decided to stick with the established style, which was far less gritty and much more playful in tone.

But I always liked this illustration for its own sake, so I'm posting it here.

The entire image was painted in Photoshop, although I did incorporate a 3D render of some tires which I blended into the little trucks. Yes, I know it's cheating ;) !

I'm going to shift my focus back to generating new artwork - as opposed to digging through the archives - but I've enjoyed posting some of the art done over the last few years, and I'm sure on occasion I will continue to do so :)
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:iconstorystratos:
StoryStratos Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting bipedal walkers! Refreshingly unsymmetrical!
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:iconmechfight:
MECHFIGHT Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Love it!
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:iconsupergamervictor:
supergamervictor Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Kanes walker
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:iconwrath9:
wrath9 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Query: What's the larger Walker supposed to be, a mobile command center or some completely new take on the Mamut walker design?
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:iconwrath9:
wrath9 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Well this most definitely looks inspiring to me, wonder how things would have played out if something like this was used for C&C......
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:iconstegozorrorusse:
StegoZorroRusse Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Awesome concept, great job ;)
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:icondeltaalternia77:
DeltaAlternia77 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember playing this game on my Xbox...it was hard for me. -__-
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I never played it, but I remember they had a lot of trouble getting it to work on the console - mostly because of the controller. The RTS games were always just on PC before that... :)
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DeltaAlternia77 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is a very good game though once they got it to work on the Xbox. :D
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I didn't play it - but I did hear it was good :nod:
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:iconpraetormike:
praetormike Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i think i've seen this in the game, if i'm not mistaken, during the gdi intro cutscene or something?
excellent art in any case, feels incredibly cool; brings me back to my glory days as a young lad :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I seem to remember that a lot of concept art was cut into some kind of intor video - so you may be right about that! :)
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:iconzaku1986:
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely great art. I love C&C series.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I like C&C too :)
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:iconb1ackbird:
B1ackbird Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Love the concept with the large boom with the scanner thingy on the right mech :p
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconjrakob:
Jrakob Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
to bad . . .I prefer dark and gritty.
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:iconxeonzs:
Xeonzs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
This reminds me of when C&C was still good in my opinion, the days of tiberian sun, after that it all got too playful, but that is my opinion.
:+fav:
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:iconunspacy:
unspacy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
nice man
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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:iconmasterofthardus:
masterofThardus Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
EA, as usual, rejected the good idea (*hint hint* this), and stuck with the crappy one (the actual C&C4).
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:iconnostep:
NoStep Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Oh my god. This should have been Command And Conquer 4, instead of that worthless Tiberian Twilight.

I can't believe Tiberium was cancelled. The least they could do is turn it into a novel with artwork like this, maybe in the style of 1984's Dune.
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:iconhyroar:
Hyroar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist
I love atmosphere.. and thisone definitely got alot! ;)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconhyroar:
Hyroar Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist
you're welcome
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:iconpixel-pencil:
Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student General Artist
C&C! Where did these show up?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I think these designs were never used - it was an early "inspirational" concept of a much grittier look & feel. The final game was somewhat different - a more traditional RTS style. But it was fun to explore :)
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Well early on or right before published, I would have enjoyed crushing foes with these units. And this is quite "inspiring" work here :)
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rocketScience85 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Being a big fan of "Command and Conquer" and, more importantly, the "Mechwarrior" & "Battletech" series, I give this a very nostalgic thumb's up!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - I'm glad you like it! :)
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Arbiter617 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
This is why I freaking love Deviant Art . com.
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BLITZFenix Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Amazing atmosphere. Awesome job
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks:D
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
well...."do not forget to add a comment"... yeah...sure. Just, what could I say which isn't said already from more qualified people?
I like it. Everything in it. The composition, the colour-palette, the dynamic,..the drama, the neat & decent little effects (like the blue visors)....like I said: Everything :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Well thanks so much - I really appreciate your comment :) You're as qualified as anyone else - and it's always very encouraging to hear that an image is more or less "a success". Thanks for stopping by to have a look, and I'm glad you like the artwork :nod:
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Milarcha Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
So cool :love:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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:iconmilarcha:
Milarcha Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
:love:
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:iconashrandom:
AshRandom Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
This is so badass! XD
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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HaseoYashimora Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
ok, this is going in my wall of fame
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like the painting :D
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HaseoYashimora Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
very
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
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GatoCasero Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
wow, awesome... I love the design on the robots!! :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - I'm glad you like them :)
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
they seriously should have taken this! awesome mech style!

... and perfectly done as usual! even the tires :P

fav! :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
very cool work! u captured the whole game series very well... how was it working at EA?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It was actually quite a good experience - except for the cancellation of the project after 3 years of work :(
There are always the usual ups and downs - but I enjoyed the people I was working with, it was really a fantastic project, and as a place to work EA was really good.
Really, the only downside was having nothing come of all that inspiration and hard work :confused:
(Imagine if - 6 months before it was finished - "Avatar" was canceled because "there were problems". I'm not suggesting "Tiberium" was "Avatar" - they're completely different. The point is that - past a certain point - you go just the distance :D )
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