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More "traditional media" stuff here...

These are pen and marker sketches of some vehicle concepts.

The upper sketch was a large robotic industrial vehicle I did for my own amusement. I have file cabinets full of stuff like this, but this one happened to be scanned.

The lower sketch was for a proposed film based on "A Fall of Moondust" - a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. This was a lunar exploration vehicle called the "Selene" (in the book it was a passenger liner) that could hover as well as drive. The project was never made.

Drawn on 8 1/2" x 11" velum, shaded with Prismacolor markers :)
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djomally Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
does it say Hannibal on the structure behind that massive rover?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Nope! It says "Hangar" - but Hannibal's and interesting notion! :)
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djomally Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Yeah haha i asked because it's the name of my Hometown.
also makes for a nice Starship name too :P
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steve-burg Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
There's no reason why it couldn't be "Hannibal"! :)
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djomally Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Lol :)
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djomally Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
or Hanger? lolol
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CadetSheep Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Thats great, I wish I had that much skill with markers. The lower image reminds me of Thunderbirds, very 70's :D
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dee-virus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
damn awesome
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Cabinet fulls?! Scan more!
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dreddno Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010   Writer
The MOONDUST image makes me think you'd be great for the Tom Hanks MAJOR MATT MASON film, assuming it ever gets past the script stage. You're of an age that must have grown up with Mattel's MMM (in fact, I think we may have discussed that in passing when I interviewed you concerning CONTACT for Cinefex about a zillion years back ... )

Kevin H. Martin
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dreddno Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010   Writer
The MOONDUST image makes me think you'd be great for the Tom Hanks MAJOR MATT MASON film, assuming it ever gets past the script stage. You're of an age that must have grown up with Mattel's MMM (in fact, I think we may have discussed that in passing when I interviewed you about CONTACT for Cinefex about a zillion years back ... )

Kevin H. Martin
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SimonWeaner Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
damn hot :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - and congratulations, I just saw about your new job :D
:thumbsup:
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
very cool concept... what colour would you use on it if u had to colour ur sketch
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I would make the big tractor yellow - or maybe blue & white :D
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
haha cool
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
There was going to be a movie for Fall of Moondust? :-O Interesting, so this thing drove on the surface instead of floating over the moon's "quicksand"? so I guess you needed a new type of accident/crash then for the movie?

I really like the way you design the legs for these giant vehicles - very cool :thumbsup:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The vehicle actually could drive and fly. I can't remember the details of the script. But I remember there was an old prospector who lived out in a shack, a prostitute who ran the town bordello, a sheriff and some alien creatures. Poor Arthur C. Clarke!!!

I'm glad they never made the movie - or else I'd bump into people who "loved it" and I wouldn't know what to say :lol: !
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Prostitutes? A bordello? Prospectors? :rofl: Oh man, it's probably a good thing it never saw the light of day! Are you sure this wasn't a western in disguise? :lol: Clarke would've been rolling over in his grave
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It was diabolical how bad it was. I've worked on things just as awful that were made (I will never say what)
It's awkward to bump into someone who expresses enthusiasm for something that you worked on - and that you yourself strongly believe to be irredeemable sewage (I just try to be polite in that case) :D

Better "A Fall of Moondust" was left on the drawing board. I am constantly amazed that some of these movie ideas are far worse than it even seems possible to imagine. Thank goodness they never get off the ground in that case :lol:
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think I'd have to agree with you there (although your design is great) it's probably better that it was never made :D
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
i love seeing your sketches like the one on the top . they're pure . closer to your thoughts in some way . and so heavily detailed
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I definitely feel like my sketches are closer to my thoughts in many ways. These are a little more finished - I draw all the time, but very quick little line drawings. Those are really where the ideas generate.

From there, it's just a function of how much time is put into something that determines how detailed it is - and how developed the color and texture are in a full color image :)
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
*daydreams of going through your papers*
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
Maybe I can scan a few examples of those... :lightbulb:
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
with respect to your current time paradox and unfortunate inability to eject from said machine , i would happily wait for a rainy day surprise at your leisure ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This darn time machine! The control lever just snapped off in my hand :omg:
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100SeedlessPenguins Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
when you have more time we should model something together . maybe we could make a neat time machine with a lot of rings and shiny metals
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That would be fun :D
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tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Way out there Steve, I love Marker Art, it's one of the traditional arts that I am getting better at... the only problem is that I am a poor artisan who cannot buy any markers because each one is so expensive. I unfortunately have to live with the markers of which I have got.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That's the problem with markers! The cost a fortune, and they don't last long enough :(
Actually, you can draw the line art with much less expensive pens, scan it and then achieve a "marker look" in Photoshop.
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tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Unfortunatly I would feel guilty if I came up with something with a crappy texta or crayola... anyways, you are right but there is also a limit to how much you can do on photoshop, or at least what I can do.

Ahh, if only they came up with the inexhaustible marker... FOR FREE:D:D!
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SML3000 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Way to go, Steve! :earth::thumbsup:=)
Who wouldn't want to cruise Lunar surface with those vehicles.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I would feel secure in a large tractor - and in low gravity it would be a blast to "get airborn" by jumping a small hill or two :D
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orangehexagon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
so rad.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
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minieffects Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Awesome as always. You should put out a book.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Ultimately, I hope to do just that :nod:
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minieffects Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Well as soon as its announced I will sign up for a copy!! :)
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krassnoludek Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
holy sh** that's awesome. Reminds me of John Berkey's works.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I suppose so - I'm definitely a huge admirer of John Berkey's art :D
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R3V4N Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the help lines on the upper concept, really great work :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The help lines are a pain to get rid of, unless you do yet another cleanup drawing on top. But I guess in a way it's kind of a "style" to have them still there :D
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R3V4N Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It gives that look of pro, cause everyone knows you've preserved the perspective and everything :D
Even if it looks kind of messy sometimes :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh man, that Fall of Moondust piece is great! It kind of echoes the design of the 70's book cover (who was that artist - it wasn't Berkey, if I recall.... Don Dixon, maybe?). Too bad the movie never got made, but I suppose you have file cabinets worth of "cinematic dead end" images too, eh?

Cool stuff, Steve. Thanks for crawling around in the archives! :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
In this case - it's merciful they didn't make the movie. The script was :poo: This concept was turned down - they wanted "a rocketship". I won't be posting that design, believe me :lol:

Dean Ellis was the artist. He actually did a ton of stuff, most of the Clarke books. I don't know if he's still around, but he became a gallery painter.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Dean Ellis - of course! The man was a powerhouse of SF cover art back then, but for some reason he never got stuck in my pantheon of influences. I always overlook him. He sorta falls in the middle of everyone else's style (in my mind) - but he was quite good!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Dean Ellis did a lot of what I would call "iconic SF" covers. It is a bit odd he never gained the notoriety of some of the other artists of the time. Apparently he passed away last year [link]

Some more of his stuff here: [link]
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I don't know why it is that Ellis is so often overlooked. As you say, much of his work was iconic for literary SF fans. He was sort of the Whelan of his time.
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