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Red Mystery by steve-burg Red Mystery by steve-burg
I decided to give this little painting its own post :D

It's also shown here: [link]

5"x7.5" acrylic on cold-press illustration board
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enojado Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
I really like these sorts of scenarios, it's as if there was once a great civilization in another planet gone extinct...I crave for a movie like that to be made one day. *_*
Great job!
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Shabaz1978 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
is the big wall behind the scene a door actully ?
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EXPIDITOR Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student General Artist
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EXPIDITOR Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student General Artist
bring back the essence of this long gone style ohh
the vibe is not forgotten..
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Hennesey Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I have trouble seeing this pic. Is it just me?
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Giveitarest Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
There could be Egyptian hieroglyphics and passages from the bible written on the walls.
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Snazz84 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
All this talk of a wooden door and shrunken people has kind of spoilt it for me... taken all the mystery away! :D

"Ever wonder why we've "decided" to stop sending astronauts into space?
Maybe we've been told to stay put."

Hmm. Now that's a movie pitch right there.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ah, the "wooden door/shrunken people" was never the intent - just an unusual interpretation.
But the wall does represent a threshold - and there is something on the other side. What that might be is entirely left to the imagination of the viewer. But presumably, the explorers will soon make the attempt to pass through... :)
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tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Very awesome painting Steve, reminds me heavily of Chris Foss, well, that is because you are genius! Seeing that my wacom pen is busted at the moment I'm going back to markers and acrylic. My last Acrylic painting was a year ago in Studio Arts was alright, my teacher really only taught me about washes, nothing about brushes, strokes and techniques - so I can see where I feel down. Now I have the chance this holiday to have fun with acrylics - well, If my mum will lets me use them.
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MarieGrey Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010   Digital Artist
Oh my. Amazing.
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daisukekuroneko Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hello!!!
a tiny feature [link]
:aww:
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice!!!!
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Dekus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
oh... my god........ the scale, the atmosphere, the vivid color.... damn.... so damn beautiful!!
amazing work!
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Shukketsu-Sakura Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is a BEAUTIFUL example of how to properly use an intense color like red. :heart:
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Simply wonderful and stunning, as always !!
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Apollyon888 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
love it Steve
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like the painting. I miss traditional art - especially when I look at stuff like this :)
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Cloister Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work! Looks intriguing, and with a great execution alll around.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much - I'm glad you like it :)
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TylerCreatesWorlds Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
EPIC!!!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :D!!!
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mikeomni Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Yeah, that's win.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - I'm glad you like it :D
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mikeomni Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Sure thing, it's a beauty. The framing and scale remind me of Tarsem Singh's flare for striking visuals, especially reminiscent of a shot framed exactly like this with a small man galloping a horse across the desert in, "The Fall." Only more...in space. Gorgeous.
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Very nice atmosphere! Now, call me an idiot, but the backgroung looks like the corner of a giant wooden door! :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It might just be... a giant wooden door :lol:

That's not what I was thinking at the time, but several people have mentioned this as a possibility :D
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Pwesty Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
This one kinda reminds me of the 80's show the Martian Chronicle with Rock Hudson.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I remember that - never have seen it since those days. The Ray Bradbury book it was based on is a classic - a beautiful book.
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Pwesty Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
This is what I talking about.
[link]
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
wow awesome! is this suppose to be on mars?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I don't know - it's definitely a possibility :D

Or someplace else where there's a strong red color ;)
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Hmm well NASA has covered up a lot about mars...
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Ever wonder why we've "decided" to stop sending astronauts into space?
Maybe we've been told to stay put ;) I certainly don't buy the argument that "we need to solve all the problems of the world before we can explore space". That makes no sense at all.

I've seen too many episodes of "The X Files" - I think the aliens told us to stop nosing around :lol:
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Well they're are two interesting things I've heard.

1. We can't go back to the moon simply because we don't have the tech or money. And yes I said TECH, we actually don't have it anymore. And I think we can agree that the US is out of money to supply NASA with a $600mil budget to get them back on the moon.

2. What most humans don't know and ae completely blinded by it is; there ARE actual artifacts and "structures" on the moon. May be hard to swallow but there is plenty of evidence. The "creators" of these structures actually told top officials to not visit the moon anymore. They're using the moon as a station to monitor us as a race. Ever wonder what's on the dark side of the moon? . . .
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Technology is like that. I think people assume it's a constantly growing thing. But it's kind of like a plant - if you never water it, it dies. The huge experienced teams of engineers with decades of hands on knowledge launching rockets - that's what put us on the moon.

Apparently a lot of the engineering plans for Apollo have been lost or misplaced. And the knowledge that enabled the engineering to be done is no longer present in the work force.

So - we would be just about starting over. And if the US doesn't have the money now - give it another 10 years on our present trajectory. We won't have the money to do much of anything.

The moon program was an investment in the future. It's very unclear if any investment of that kind is happening today. Probably the next advance will be China, or maybe Europe.

It's very interesting that deposits of water have been discovered on the south pole of the moon. That's a huge strategic spot, since it would enable ships to be fueled there, and a self sustaining base. Maybe the alien are already set up there :D
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I wouldn't doubt if aliens are actually set up there. Bases or "reflections" have been spotted with telescopes and satellite imagery. Some pics have been taken with an odd mile-high tower extending off the horizon off the dark side of the moon. Something of that size could easily be built to that height since there is no weather/wind on the moon and that the gravity is 1/6th of Earth's.

In is stated deeply in some ancient civilizations that we are the "5th planet to come along the journey." The other 4 "Planets" have already advanced and are watching our slow progress as a race. They only intervene when necessary. Perhaps with the new nuclear programs? Recently, ufos have been spotted over nuclear missile sites and have been seen emitting a beam of light towards them. Are they disarming these weapons?...
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BergOne Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
This looks so amazingly vintage and that is a really good thing.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I wouldn't mind if sci-fi circled back in the direction of "exploring the unknown". I think you can see I've done my share of "Future War" - but my favorite stories are about confronting the "Great Mysteries" out there in unknown territory :D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks for letting this lil' guy venture out on its own. NOW it gets the fave treatment :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Maybe it's not such a great idea to "group" them... What do you think?
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well in that case... and from my own personal bias... I agree. Certainly if you post them individually it will get the faves around more.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think you're right on that :)
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
now thats what i call a decent scale :D
THINGS JUST LOOK MORE AWESOME WHEN THEYRE HUGE!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I couldn't agree with you more :lol: !
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orangehexagon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
hells yeah.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I tell them "don't go in there" - but do they listen? No! Bad things be in that place - very very bad :lol: !
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minieffects Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Reminds me of Mission to Mars.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I have vague memory of that - I guess it did have some astronauts driving around on Mars. The fact I'm struggling to remember the movie makes me wonder if it missed the mark. Seeing as explorers investigating giant alien landscapes with cool vehicles is my religion and all :lol:

Let me know if my memory is defective - and the movie was actually cool :D
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minieffects Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
trust me you didnt miss anything, it was a horrible film. Sadly Brian DePalma directed it instead of Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean ) who was originally on the film. It had some fun visuals but in the end it was just bad. Great sets, beautiful miniature of the Mars 1 but the story, music and dialog were what ruined it and those are ,to me the three you have to have in order to make a great film.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm pretty sure I did see it. Was there a tornado monster in it? I think I remember the Mars landscape looked pretty good (yay!!!). And there was a ridiculous alien at the end that looked like Jiminy Cricket wearing a bath robe .

With all the great (unfilmed) sci-fi stories written about Mars - leave it to Hollywood to roll out another Mystery Science Theater comedy classic :D
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