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Homage to Syd Mead by steve-burg Homage to Syd Mead by steve-burg
I recently saw an exhibit of Syd Mead's original gouache paintings here in the L.A. area.

It was inspiring, and quite humbling - to say the least!

I wanted to try a bold color palette of the kind Syd Mead does so masterfully well, so this is the result. I wasn't focusing on the details of the image, this was all about the color gradients... :D
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Yuke02 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Wow...more than just a Homage, it is his Style

Amazing.
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amirzand Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is perfect ,I think it's going to be more perfect with lettering
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice! I like the limited palette - very reminiscent of 2- or 3-color print images, like some of Syd's stuff from the '60s.
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tahititoon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
very good composition!
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MrTonyStark Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Tasty. I'm eating it up!
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TK769 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Steve

Indeed a fantastic homage to Syd Mead's work. The feeling you have conveyed in the vast structure that is so iconic to Meads work is clearly evident. The use of the gamut process beautifully works well on this piece. What I still love is you still put your own signature to it, it's like Burg & Mead have collaborated.

Love it as always.

M
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Alexandra63 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm a huge fan of Syd Mead's work as well!

And I love this :) As you say, it's all about the gradients... but the subtleties inside of them provide a nice context as well, however abstract :)
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J-Humphries Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean. When I look at John Berkey, I almost feel as if I should give up. Then I feel strangely compelled to get back to it.
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orangehexagon Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
cool piece. glad u caught the show. i agree, it was so cool to see his work in person. without seeing his pieces in that way, i dont think i really would've appreciated the full levels of subtlety and nuance that goes into his work. it's definitely something that often gets lost to the immediate impact and gratification of printed matter or virtual content.

that being said, i'd love an opportunity to see ur backlog of hand done wares in an analog capacity. you oughta get a show hooked up for yourself Steve! and use it as an excuse to get a nice catalog printed too. Im certain it'd be a huge success!
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ONLYoneCANNOLI Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool thing about your arts is they make me reminisce on some favorites from my youth.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I think that's more or less what I'm striving for - to capture the spirit of the art that inspired me in the first place :nod:
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bvcastilho3D Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I think you quite achieved the objective.
Really SM style.
Lucky man to have the opportunity to see the originals.
Cheers.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It was amazing to see how much in the originals just doesn't come through as well in a print or book. The paintings were like these amazing precious jewels! :D
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bvcastilho3D Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I just imagine man.
I have opportunity to see some originals from Moebius once and they are great but something like the works of Syd Mead must be cool.
Keep the great works coming.
Cheers.
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I've always wanted to see one of his shows/presentations someday...

Mead is an inspiration giant to me as well, discovered him while studying graphic design in college, finding his genius was behind most of my fav movies. The level of refinement and detail in his paintings with its mastery of reflections, and color light contrast just blew me away.

This has that feel, mega-cliff face? Check! Warm and cool color contrast? You betcha. Would like to see more experiments with color like this.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, I hope to work in some more adventurous colors!

Syd Mead is a lifelong inspiration, that's for sure! :nod:
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Greetings my friend,

Superb atmospheric effect.

Best regards,
Michael C. Turne
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much! :nod:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think in general you're pretty close to Mead's level; it's not like you're a 20-something amateur idolising him; you've your own horde of 20-somethings putting you on a pedestal just like Mead has. :p

It's certainly interesting to see a more colourful image like this from you. I've love to see more striking colour schemes creep into your work! =p
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I do hope to get a little more adventurous with the color schemes. Certainly Syd Mead was not timid about using extremely vibrant colors - and he made it work incredibly well :nod:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's not easy to do though, as I've found out! You seem to be having more success than I. =p
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, Syd Mead is arguably one of the best sci-fi artist of all time!! true genius! Id love to see his paintings for real!! Your works not too bad either Steve, nice one bud ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :) I agree - Syd Mead is a giant! Seeing those originals, I thought "this is about the best science fiction artwork I've ever seen" :nod:
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
If they came to the UK Id like to try and see them :)
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Woah, look at the bold in that! Nice! 8)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Neat palette!
So has Syd worked much in the digital medium, or has he stayed old school?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
He's done stuff digitally. I spoke to him about that at one point. TO get the detail he does, he'd have to work at immense resolution (like 20k pixels).
I think he's secure in his traditional approach. Certainly when I see those original gouache paintings - which no printing can do justice to - I'm acutely aware of the severe limits of digital art.

For commercial art it's fine, but there's nothing like an original painting.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Man, I'd love to see his work in the flesh. I rather doubt he'll be out this way, though... For me that was always one of the biggest highlights of going to an SF con: getting see cover artists' works up close and personal. Makes me wonder what's hanging in those shows today? Big canvases of text!??! ;p
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think Syd's show might be a traveling exhibit - it might wind up in your neighborhood at some point.
It made me want to pick up a paintbrush again. While I work entirely digitally I tend to view the digital paintings as disposable - like the Sunday funnies or Bazooka gum comics!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hm. Have you considered trying to expand your clientele by offering free gum with every illustration??? ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think artwork is ideal for wrapping up no just gum, but sandwiches and other troublesome food products. It's also terrific as packing and insulation! :D
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Very nice!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! :)
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karanua Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been a fan of Mead's artwork for many years ever since the feature they did on him in Omni magazine. Actually I'd have to say that all concept artists or at least most of them seem to incorporate elements of his work in their own styles.(thats just an observation its not a fact)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
When it comes to Syd Mead, I feel that we are "standing on the shoulders of giants". Syd really defined the genre of design illustration - certainly for my generation. It would be disingenuous not to acknowledge the enormity of his contribution.

I've occasionally heard people (usually very young artists) talk about "going beyond Syd Mead". As I looked at the original paintings the other day, my take-away was "this is a master on the level of DaVinci". Master of design, composition, color, mastery of the medium of gouache - a true innovator on many fronts. I'm not aware of anyone currently who has made such enormous strides forward.

One of the colleagues who saw the exhibit with me said "The stuff we do is disposable, like Kleenex. This is the the real thing. It will last." I must say I agree with that assessment :)
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Spex84 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Love the image, and I agree that Syd Mead's work is inescapable.
I remember watching a Gnomon (?) DVD a number of years ago where he goes through his design process for "making a picture". It was amazing just to see the guy draw, and an entertaining combination of absolute confidence/massive ego with a certain humbleness--an awareness that he is extremely good at what he does, but that he is "making pictures" first and foremost. Syd Mead was creating the stuff we all love to look at before it even had a name.
As for Kleenex--yes, absolutely. But much of the work done in that vein today is for entertainment, and is meant to be fleeting anyway. If the image captures a certain hint of something tasty, then it's doing its job. Enough interesting fleeting moments (like all your abstract-y space/ship-scapes) can add up to something significant.
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karanua Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kleenex or not I happen to like your work . Alot in fact, seeing your latest piece is always a good start to an otherwise monotonous day.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well thanks very much! I am glad to hear it :)
I'm just processing seeing the works of the Maestro (Mead)!
I'm also horrendously unfashionable in that I believe that a degree of humility is essential to continued improvement as an artist :nod:
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karanua Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From the man that designed the most widely known scifi gunship of the twentieth century bar the x-wing thats incredibly good. Its only recently I found this tidbit of info out btw or rather but the blatantly obvious dots together.
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verseless Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
This is amazing, I am awed by your work.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! :)
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
***The large rock wall have a good look. 8-) However,the "bridge" on the front is weird.I donīt know if it is made of rock,metal or other thing.The pink ground and the sky - also in pink - without coulds in it make the matters worse. :oops:
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OnAGoodDay92 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Woah! really cool! It has a real nice edge to it!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I'm glad you like it :)
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OnAGoodDay92 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
For sure!
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