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Landing Zone by steve-burg Landing Zone by steve-burg
I'm taking a little break from the really abstract stuff here.

This started as a speed paining of the canyon. I then reworked it a little to add the ship and some figures.

The vague idea here is that this is some sort of smuggler's camp, and perhaps a confrontation is going to develop. But feel free to interpret it any way you like.

(BTW those with sharp eyes may notice I stole some parts for the spaceship from another painting :)!)
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bvcastilho3D Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Great job.
Congrats.
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
great dusk light!
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bigwhitehound Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
that canyon looks like a good place to hide.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yes... although maybe those guys that have just arrived mean trouble... ;)
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LastZoneTrooper Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lolz it looks like something that could be out of a starhawk concept. this is epic-ally amazing.
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now I like this a lot . bags of intrigue and OH what up here .... puts me in mind of old comics I read in the 80s ..
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MasPix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Steve u have one hell of an imagination Phewwwwwwwwwww
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Neshmet Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Amazing
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TavenerScholar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
sweet concept! nice environment too!
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Talros Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great work ! :+fav: :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - and also thanks for the :+fav: :D
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VillLe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
wonderful atmosphere in this one, great pic!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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KuldarLeement Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Really like this one :+fav: . If this isn`t a secret, what brushes do you use ? I`m currently trying to find some simple but useful brush - of course most of work can be done with the basic brushes but sometimes you need more than just that :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I do make custom brushes. They're mostly for detail and texture. I have some "sponge" type brushes that I use for rocks and to get the kind of "grainy" look in some areas. I find the best brushes are kind of simple, but then you can gain complexity by adjusting the behavior in the brushes panel - to jitter the size, angle, etc. When I get some settings I like, then I save the brush.

I learned to paint using acrylic and gouache, so I tried to make some brushes that give me a similar feeling to that. They more or less look like a line of dots :) But when the spacing is very small (like 1%) and the size is set to tablet input - it is quite a bit like using a regular square brush with traditional paint :)
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KuldarLeement Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm an art student (studied since 2008 and still have 2 years to go)and i have free week ahead :D purpose to do nice progress with photoshop and "vandalize" with my new tablet :) But i`m still learning so i try to find best working settings for myself. Anyway, thank you for your feedback! :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
No problem - I hope it was helpful!

I just had to experiment to find a way of working that allowed for a good creative flow - as opposed to struggling with the technology. I think I'm still experimenting :)
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
sweet! really cool atmosphere here... and great ship!

fav! :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - I'm glad you like it :)
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
i certainly do! :)
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Or4nges Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Gah, the rocks are so awesomely done.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I think painting rocks is my mission in life :D
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Or4nges Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Hah, I wish my calling was something as simple lol
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Actually... So do I :D!!!
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Apollyon888 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
great job Steve, nice atmosphere and I love the narritive mystery behind it. I must say, you're very prolific, you average a new work every 2 or 3 days i'd say. The quality of your work is outstanding for how efficient you are.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! As far as being prolific, I just try to get a little bit done each day - I guess it adds up...

Also, the pace demanded of my "day job" is good training for - to put it delicately - "blasting the stuff out" :D!
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epson361 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010   Digital Artist
good job man :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much - BTW your stuff is great :D!
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brynjones Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
mega awesome :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Many thanks :D!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool. Kinda reminds me of a NASA lifting body. Awesome figure work, Steve! Great overall mood.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I always liked those NASA lifting bodies and experimental aircraft shapes :)!
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
WOOOW !!! :w00t!:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! (Some day I will figure out how to add all the cool emoticon characters - it doesn't seem to work - but I would put the little blue guy who's jumping up and down... if I knew how to!)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You mean this one :w00t!: ? If so, just write it : w00t! : (without the spaces) ! :pat:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I've got to learn the ropes!
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
The ropes ?? :?
Sorry, I'm a bit tired today ! :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Ah - "the ropes" is a saying that refers to the rigging of an old style sailing ship. People new to the ship had to "learn the ropes" :)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh, ok^^
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Sorry - I should not use such obscure phrases :)!
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Love the texture you put into the canyon, very cool
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! This might sound crazy, but I really love painting rocks! Well, other things too... but rocks and desert are really fun :D!
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Haha, definitely leaves for a lot of creative freedom lol
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fmacmanus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! :O
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You are too kind! I'm just an ordinary guy but I keep trying. There are occasional glimmers of hope :)!
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nah man, your work is freaking amazing! Most artists would leave things like texture out of a background, too much of a hassle, but you display it perfectly!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
is this your job to create art like this? do you make a living out of it?
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yes it is - well not always art like this - but I am a professional artist...
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Childe-Of-Fyre Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this. It has a great overall feeling to it, and the colours are just VERY suiting to the subject matter. Great job with it!
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