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Game Informer Cover by steve-burg Game Informer Cover by steve-burg
I don't often get to do artwork for publication, but this was certainly a major highlight - the cover for Game Informer Magazine :)

This art was generated in October 2007, using various assets created by myself and Character Art Lead Ken Bishop. Ken made the hero suit from my design, the gun, and the background soldiers from his own concepts. I made the mechs, the terrain, and the environment. If you look closely, the strange alien structures are visible in the distance, although there's a lot of atmosphere hiding them :)

Once a concept sketch was approved for the final composition, Animation Lead Robert Coddington then posed the figures. The meshes were "frozen" in position and placed in the 3D environment, and I rendered out all the various passes and alpha masks I would need.

The scene was assembled with all the elements posed together, but each element was rendered in separate passes for maximum control over the final image.

The ground was a heavily subdivided mesh deformed with a displacement texture.

It was quite a coup for our project to land a cover story with GI! I doubt anyone imagined that "Tiberium" would be canceled a year later - not in their wildest dreams :(...

The whole scene was rendered in Lightwave, and then a lot of fine tuning was done in Photoshop.

I had modeled the helmet as part of the overall design process for the character and his armor, which had transpired 6 months previously. The helmet was designed to articulate open and closed, although that's not apparent in a still image.

All the assets shown here were made for a pre-rendered announcement trailer with CG animation done at Eden FX in Hollywood, produced during the summer months of 2007.

Since I've always harbored aspirations to do book covers, this illustration was quite a welcome challenge, not to mention it being a real honor to illustrate for a nationally distributed publication :D

Image copyright: Electronic Arts, 2007

Credits - (because this was a collaborative effort :D !!!):
Design, lighting & rendering, illustration: me
Human figures and weapon models: Ken Bishop
Figure poses: Robert Coddington
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MurielAlberto Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  New member
muy bueno
FloodRushForever Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Shame Tiberium never  got released, would have been interesting fighting as a GDI soldier... 
someguy231 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when I got this issue. Nice artwork.
TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Looks like a combination of Dead Space and SupCom.
Sev808 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This makes me depressed, was looking forward to this game.
FloodRushForever Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Think this was supposed to be the game where earth suffers the "Full invasion force" of Scrin.... sucks that they didn't even consider it for the 4th one.
reconman252 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Great work, but I just started receiving game informer about 2 years ago. I wish I could have gotten this one!
MalletMann Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
The concept art for this game was probably amongst my favorite. Good job.
XHallow Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
you should look at on bungie destiny concept has anyone tell it looks like yours even the gun theres can you tell whats up with that
TomoFromFire Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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