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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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:iconchaoticsoul98:
chaoticsoul98 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
This is truly great work. I for one can't believe that Electronic Arts would cancel the work in progress that spawned this image.
I would have enjoyed playing that game if it was ever released.
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MurielAlberto Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
muy bueno
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:iconfloodrushforever:
FloodRushForever Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Shame Tiberium never  got released, would have been interesting fighting as a GDI soldier... 
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someguy231 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when I got this issue. Nice artwork.
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:icontheelevateddeviant:
TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Looks like a combination of Dead Space and SupCom.
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This makes me depressed, was looking forward to this game.
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:iconfloodrushforever:
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.
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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!
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:iconmalletmann:
MalletMann Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
The concept art for this game was probably amongst my favorite. Good job.
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:iconxhallow:
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
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:icontomofromfire:
TomoFromFire Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconpapcryplz:
THIS IS SO COOL
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:iconlunanspirit:
lunanspirit Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Writer
I'd like to point this out to you..
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:iconksn-art:
ksn-art Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome! i love
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wrath9 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Hmm reminds me of that one video scene from Comand & Conquer Tiberium, what a shame that they never finished it(damn you EA or whoever else was responsible for that this time around) but over all it is a fantastic action pacted picture. So, tribute where it's due.
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Actually it was the game's designers themselves that ultimately decided to can the initial concept of the game and it eventually evolved into Tiberium Twilight, due to large amounts of FAN DISAPPROVAL. That says something about future innovation of franchises.
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VitaZheltyakov Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool
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:iconfrost321:
Frost321 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Cool!
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:icontobiasforsling:
tobiasforsling Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Just beautifull! I sometimes have a hard time finding artwork that gives that "wow" effect on me, and this one really did. I'm currently a beginner at character modelling, so to me this seems impossible. The work put into the armor and weapon is amazingly good.
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:iconkrivulya:
Krivulya Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
nice
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconelysiandroptrooper:
elysiandroptrooper Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
EA really screwed up canceling this
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:iconw3relegion:
W3relegion Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
dude i remember this!!!! im proud to say that when i say this it spurred on some of my first writings
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:iconvistroied:
Vistroied Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
:omg: :wow:
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:iconbmw-concepts:
BMW-Concepts Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I miss it!!
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:iconbigorca107:
BigOrca107 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, I remember that issue

it looked like such a cool game, then they canceled it
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MeetDestiny Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :love:
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:iconmindscapebd:
mindscapebd Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic work, love Tiberium wars! =D
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someoneelsek2 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
I can't understand it. It was the first game, where I saw sliding, you had jetpack, you could command forces... that was a bad decision from ea :(
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Cyc0sis Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
The bad guys are....that way---->
Hahaha :typerhappy:
Nice work man!
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:iconyungsun:
yungsun Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
What game is this it looks awsome!
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:iconsapphirecrusader:
SapphireCrusader Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry Tiberium was canceled. I would have loved to play that game!
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:iconmuzzam1990:
muzzam1990 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
i like the helmet design
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:iconcornbreak:
CORNBREAK Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey, I have this issue
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:iconaerozopher:
Aerozopher Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
this could need some refining with photoshop (textures and shapes)
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admonitiondisaster Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
FANTASTIC..
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Blind-EyePhotography Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Congratulations!!! I would be so totally thrilled with that too! Congrats to everyone involved on the design. It is some really amazing work. :iconbravoplz:
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:iconjemgi:
jemgi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
That is so cool...
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:iconjvelasquezphoto:
jvelasquezphoto Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Fantastic
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:icondialogous:
Dialogous Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Writer
Steve! You're back! And with such a nice piece...
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This is actually a piece that's been in my gallery for a while - I guess it wasn't in some of the groups that have requested it recently :)
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:iconleseraphin:
leseraphin Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Great job, perfectly rendered scene, congratulations :clap:
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:iconalkonium:
Alkonium Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Reminds me of Star Wars Republic Commando.
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:iconbroadshore:
Broadshore Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks good Steve!!! :D
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:iconblackdragongallery:
BlackDragonGallery Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Brilliant scene with great action!
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:iconmckrauss:
MCKrauss Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
This is incredible!!
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:iconmestophales:
mestophales Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome
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:iconexocolumn:
exocolumn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
visually this game looked good and certainly would have fleshed out the universe. pitty it got cancelled
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Mirk217 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
+
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:iconzingg:
ZINGg Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Nice! I don't have the Artistic talent for this stuff, but I certainly do have the Creative! Seeing the story behind this made me feel better about making my own Game because I had always never had the talent to do this stuff! But, Your work is Amazing! I love all the little details like the Airships and the Mechs!
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CadetSheep Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Student General Artist
I love it man. I'm pretty pissed that this game was cancelled, I was looking forwad to it for while.
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