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.
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.
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!
woow I really like this! 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 ?
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).
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.
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! I also like a lot of your other sci-fi works, they are very inspiring.