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Sledgehammer by steve-burg Sledgehammer by steve-burg
I really like airplanes and I wanted to paint a somewhat futuristic military aircraft. This is the result :)

Edit: I used Image #7 from the following link for some texture :)

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:iconinkblok:
inkblok Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Fantastic brushwork
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:iconraypettit74:
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that's awesome, very realistic. Very fast she looks yes? :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I guess it is probably fast - I was certainly trying to make a very powerful looking craft :)
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:iconraypettit74:
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome!!! It's coooooooooooool :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:D
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:iconraypettit74:
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod::peace:
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TorinZece Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
This is simply impressive.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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:icongousman:
gousman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Artist
gorgeous!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm something of an aviation geek too, so this image really appeals to and impresses me. You've an incredibly well-honed and formidable ability to create hardware that's both realistic, believable and extremely fanciful. The title is so appropriate; this bird really looks like a sold piece of ruggedness. :thumbsup:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I scratched my head for a little while on the title, and finally hit on it after a little while.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Coming up with suitable titles can be a headache sometimes. =p
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic! ... his style is unmistakable.
Just see tumbnail already knew that was his.
Great design!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for your kind words! You are a master!!! :)
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:iconangelitoon:
angelitoon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
only learn from you .....
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alveric Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Very, very cool. Love the "hunched" stance.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like it! :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Neat. I love the sense of mass to this. You have a way with hardware/vehicle front views that just gives them such a strong presence. It's a sort of "in your face" aspect where the design just ends up dominating senses.

T my eye this is one of your finer recent "texture/shape" studies. My eye keeps finding new things to explore each time I look at it.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wow, thank you!

I think the key might be the "long lens" look, which kind of stems from real photos of aircraft and such. The objects are compressed, perspective is minimal, and as a result the craft takes on a solidity. At least, that's my theory! :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yup - I think that's it. The foreshortening just kinda puts it all in your lap - THUD! :D
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Arkiniano Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Cool desing :thumbsup:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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IIPo89 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
woow I really like this! :P If I may ask, what way did you approach this painting? Did you first create basic shapes and edges of the aircraft, and then added texturing. Or did you create the shapes of the aircraft with textures ?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I often begin by painting simple black & white shapes, and moving them around on layers until something "jumps" out at me. In this case, I wound up with a lot of promising variants. In this case, I was lucky to wind up with a number of promising alternatives. Some other paintings that started from the same black & white abstract image can be seen as well (the links are below).

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I guess it's kind of like looking at clouds, and seeing things in them. Then I freeze a snapshot, and chase the idea that popped into my mind. For me, that is the most difficult part - to finish the image and stay "on-target" :)

Putting textures and color comes much later in the process, and usually any photo textures have to be warped and changed significantly to fit into the image. I will often make extreme changes to the color scheme as the image nears completion.
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IIPo89 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your insightful reply! I have never tried such methods my self, I will try to experiment with them for sure, they sound like a lot of fun! :P I also like a lot of your other sci-fi works, they are very inspiring.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, give it a try. It's a little unpredictable, but that's also part of the fun! :D
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Great artwork! ^^ :clap:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like it! :)
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
:iconllamajumpplz::iconwelcomeplz:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:happybounce:
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Great work!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
awesome! Loving the telephoto perspective on this!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! That telephoto look is what one often sees in photographs of airplanes - so I tried to duplicate the effect :)
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jhtART Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I really like this style of yours. Love the design.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)

I once read that a "style" is basically making the same mistakes over and over again - which actually makes a lot of sense to me :D
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Aldeminor Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Powerful!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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BergOne Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
It is unfair, you make it look so easy ;)

But hey, I can live with that as long as it looks as good as this.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I often think along similar lines when I see all the other artwork on DA! :)
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Stdhm Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Cool. I like it.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I appreciate it! :)
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1Talent1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bad ass. This style amazes me.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconpwesty:
Pwesty Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
I really enjoy your abstract art.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I finally got a chance to look at your gallery - wonderful photos! :)
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Pwesty Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Thanks!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
No problem! :)
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice job!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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