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A sturdy looking spaceship hangs in its support cradle, waiting for final clearance to launch.

This is a not-quite-speed-painting (about 3 hours or so, I think) done on a Sunday afternoon a few years ago now. The image was created entirely in Photoshop, and for stuff like this I usually don't use reference.

The ship is asymmetrical in its design. I like asymmetry, and trying to make an asymmetrical design feel balanced is a fun exercise :D
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Tygahman Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great.
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DigiEpic Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hi, thanks for your interest! I've sent you a note with info on a more reliable way to contact me (it's pure chance I happened to pop in to DA this morning, and see your note here).
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DigiEpic Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
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EXPIDITOR Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student General Artist
its gonna be sum time for its ready to lift
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:iconwuestenbrand:
wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work....
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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:icontekanako-the-first:
tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student General Artist
Yep, as said, it looks very much like a Taiidan Fighter.
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:iconbugfacegard:
bugfacegard Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
yes i guess it's alittle tight for a speed paint, but then maybe not
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's kind of in between speed paint and fully rendered - I'm not sure what that would be called :lol: ! Probably it took a few hours or so...
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LucaRossiMartini Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
WOW
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :D
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:iconmilitant-jester:
Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010   General Artist
Sweeet. Very menacing - reminds me of some of Homeworld/2's better ship designs.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Homeworld had wonderful designs, I really appreciate your comment :)
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010   General Artist
No problem, it's true after all :D
For a moment there I was worried you wouldn't know what Homeworld was :P
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I remember Homeworld quite well, and I've admired their concept art too!

Despite the technology limitations imposed on it by being made a decade ago, for my money Homeworld remains the finest looking space game to date.
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010   General Artist
I prefer the second one for gameplay and graphics :/
But I cannot deny that the original had better ship designs.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
HW 2 took the graphics up a notch. I admired the storytelling approach of HW - very effective, and especially for an RTS game. I don't usually go for RTS so much, but HW really sucked me in :D
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010   General Artist
It's definitely a great story. I'm really bad at RTS games; I still haven't finished the first one! :P
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Me neither! But it's a great game, one of my favorites :D
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Fantastic brushwork!! i really need to practice digi painting more, it'll be a while before i get "here" but this is inspiring stuff :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I kind of went about it all backwards. I always drew and painted traditionally, and to me the computer's main appeal lay in doing 3D. So I came late to the party when it comes to digital painting :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
You know i'm kinda the same way, i grew up drawing and sketching in pencil, then found the 3d world in college...now i'm trying marry the two together :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's a long journey - thank goodness it's a good one :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very true (on both counts) :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
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Dekus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
holy shit dude.. looks awesome.
i love the smooth lighting gradient and the colors!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much :)
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NitzkaPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats one means lookin piece of machinery.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I was definitely trying to show an aggressive powerful "anvil" of a ship :D
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Damm, it's so impressivee !!! Looks like your a god at drawing 2D pics too ! :D
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - drawing always came first for me - I still draw every day, usually on a stack of whit paper :D
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You're sotalented ; I really envy you !
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I swear it is all just hard work - and being stubborn :lol:
No magic ;)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
It's hard to believe !! :D
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agitpop Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
man i love your digital paintings! i can smell this hangar and hear the air tools buzzig.
new desktop!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much - I am glad you like the painting :D !
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agitpop Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
buzzing!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
This may be loose, but I totally love the design details here. It's got a definite vibe of sexy, aerodynamic functionality goin' on. And the yellow flashes really add something... like good make up on a photo model :) And the asymmetry is interesting. Yeah, I mean "interesting GOOD" :) It kinda threw me on first look - maybe because it's ALMOST symmetric so my eye was trying to understand why it was being thrown. But when I accept its asymmetry and dig in, it really clicks.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! The color was kind of inspired by the "Y-Wing" (a favorite classic).

Usually I interpret "interesting" as being a good thing - as opposed to "boring". But thanks for elaborating (although I understood your meaning). Nothing's as vaguely unsettling as a comment like: "Hmmm. Interesting. Hmmm..." :lol: !
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing, cool, great, beautiful, powerful, beautiful, innovative, streamlined, modern, conceptual, harmonious, slim, daring, perfect .... could go on for a long time but not finish the definition. It is very good design .. I love it !!!!!! And I knew from before ... but no matter.
never gets old. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm collecting some older things here, but I go back to the source and make a higher resolution JPEG to post. I couldn't do that on the blog, but I like to see the details :D
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Are welcome such details ... :)
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Giar3579 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This si awesome.I like the color tune and the details you managed to this artwork,.Great job and keep up the good work ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much :D
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Giar3579 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome ;)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
One of my very favorites of your work since I first saw it on your blog. It's really cool to see it larger. The way you imply surfaces and detail here just blows me away. It feels totally rendered, but retains the energy and fluidity of a quick sketch! I've gotten much too tight in my own work-your technique here is precisely where I want to push my style. If you recall, I'd love to know something about your process developing this image. Did you use any custom brushes, for example?
Thanks for posting it!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! One great thing about DA is I can show some of this stuff at better resolution!

That "loose yet precise" feeling is where I try to be also. It's a tricky thing. Which details to sharpen? That's why I do stuff on layers. A lot of the time, I will actually eliminate certain details, since they feel like "too much"

This was kind of a pivotal painting for me, in terms of developing my current approach. It started in black&white, with just the basic masses of the forms.In this painting, I tried a "value reversal" which is where the subject is defined as a dark silhouette on a lighter background, and then transitions to the opposite. As usual, this wasn't planed :lol: ! I painted the ship overall as a dark shape, and hit on the lit-up front end more or less accidentally!
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shambok Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning! I really like the asymmetrical approach ... makes the machinery look biological. Thanxs so much for sharing.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - I'm glad to share these things :)
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