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Main Street by steve-burg Main Street by steve-burg
Another 3D environment in-progress. The building need some more damage - this, I know! :D

The architecture is inspired by Soviet futurist architectural style.

The vehicle is my trusty "stand-in" that appears in several of my other images - mainly because it's "camera ready" and the quad steering is all rigged. :)
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:iconjweinrub:
jweinrub Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great work there!
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Riverkat16 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Nice work
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Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Awesome stuff! I love how everything is monocrone save for the vehicle
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
I guess it's a world covered in ash... maybe after a major volcanic eruption :D
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Wow this very nice
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
your welcome
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storm-bunny Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks great. Very Atmospheric :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much :D
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Cardinal-Omega Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Steve why this vehicle like a GDI Pitbull?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I guess maybe vehicles I design have a similar style? I am not as aware of it as some people.
This vehicle has a long history; it first showed up in a book about 12 years ago, and it's kind of my "default" vehicle I often use for scale Actually, I have a group of 6-8 vehicles that I will quickly throw into a scene, rather than develop a new one each time I do an illustration. It's quite possible maybe I patterned the GDI vehicle after this one somewhat.

The thing to remember is I have designed many vehicles and environments for many different projects, & that was the reason I was hired at EA. I try not to deliberately recycle ideas, but artists often have a style that other people come to identify and that style can touch many different projects over time. :)

The GDI pitbull was actually designed for "Tiberium" but had a different name. You can see a view of it here: [link]
C&C adopted some of the "Tiberium" designs so the universe would be more consistent, and I worked on C&C RTS game for about 6 months while I was at EA.
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Cardinal-Omega Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Steve why this vehicle like a GDI Pitbull?
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love these cars!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I love designing vehicles with giant tires - like construction machinery! :)
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:iconangelitoon:
angelitoon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
We have that in common ...
Aside from having short hair and glasses ... :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:D !
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hq-Or1on Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very Atmospheric
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like that vehicle, keep using it lol. Looking good so far Steve.
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kurisutofu64 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Nice!
Do you add the rubbles manually?!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'm not sure of any other way to do it - yes the rubble was manually placed for this camera position. One block over, there's no rubble at all! :)
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derbz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Definitely digging the style of architecture you have used here, would be interesting to see you produce a render using these buildings before it was abandoned, propaganda airships hovering over above etc, nice work again Steve.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - it would indeed be nice to see the city in an inhabited state. I have no idea when I might have time to do that - but one never knows! :D
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derbz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
You need to invent your own Calender with extra days mate :-)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I need a time machine with a "Pause" button!:D
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Poor-e-thics Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student General Artist
can't wait for the finnished looks amazing
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karanua Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought parts of the scene looked familiar, you've used the city (not this angle of course) before on here I think. Your right as always much of the facade concrete would have been shattered in the blasts that twisted much of the other buildings superstructures so it looks slightly uneven, saying that I think it adds something to the scene. Great piece of modelling anyhow and that vehicle - well theres not much to say other than another grand design :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Although I should mention that the model of the city is seen for the first time in this image. I have actually made a number of "nuked-out" city-scapes - but this one has a different architecture. The idea of making it "destroyed" was kind of a last minute decision, since I didn't have a lot of street props to make it look non-post-apocalyptic :)
The rubble piles are from my "digital backlot" - although to really make the environment work, I should either model some destruction or maybe paint it in.

One alternative notion I had was to fill the streets with large drifts of ash or sand, as though the city was ghostly and abandoned but not due to war. I might still give that a go. But as often happens - I decided to throw caution to the wind and post the thing in its present state.

There is quite a bit of this city that is not seen here - this is more of a side street. Stay tuned :D
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Prezes12 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
yeeeah! just perfection:) superb work m8!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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Quigonjinncosplay Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done !
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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jdp89 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That must have taken you hours, creating all of those buildings with their varied windows and surfaces. Awesome work!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It took a fair amount of time :nod: - although architecture is one of those things that is ideal for digital modeling. Once you have a few individual pieces worked out, you can duplicate them in various ways to build up a city fairly quickly! :)
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1Talent1 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY CRAP. This is so good. You are the epitome of talent. Stunning.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wow! Thanks so much! :)
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Work .. :-) ..
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - I am glad you like it! :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Reminds me of the architecture that inspired the Boston City Hall: [link]
Good sense of dark, desolate ruin.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This is a link to it: [link]
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
The Boston City Hall was definitely influenced by the Soviet architecture of the 1960s. I got a great book on it a little while back - terrific stuff!
[link]
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
I LOVED that stuff, growing up. For me it was "the future", supplanting the more fanciful Jetsons visions. When I first saw the Boston City Hall I was in awe. I wanted my dad to take me there RIGHT NOW to see it in person. But now.... well, it feels a relic of the age. Kind of interesting that we'd be trying to mock Soviet architecture at the height of the Cold War when we were doing all we could to draw differences in our cultures?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Like a lot of things, architecture has suffered of late. It's interesting that during the Great Depression, we built many of the iconic buildings that came to symbolize our nation to a lot of people.

If one takes the premise (I do) that architecture is the embodiment of the essential spirit of a culture, we're not in very good shape. At least not in the US... Although Shanghai's looking pretty fantastic judging from the photos!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Making more friends in Europe have come to make me view so many American homes as "temporary" - built to last a lifetime, but coming apart after 2-3. Especially the stuff built in the last 30-40 years. Even the McMansions have an underlying air of cheapness to 'em. Ah well... at least I don't have any kids to pass our tinderbox onto to ;p
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I don't have kids, although I have a 5-year-old niece. I wonder what she will witness in her future?
There's a McMansion down the street from me - it's already starting to disintegrate after 5 years. Cheap junk! At least my house was built pre-WWII. It's holding steady - through quakes, floods, and gale force winds.
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Kaiamar Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Nice job!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice one Steve!:thumbsup: Yeah, rough it up more mate!! :nod:
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