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The Derelict by steve-burg The Derelict by steve-burg
This is one of the last acrylic paintings I ever did. The original size is about 15" x 20" (40cm x 54 cm)

As difficult as it is to recall from where we are today, at one time the method used to paint this image was really the only means available for doing concept art and illustration.

If I can locate the files, I will try to post some other traditional media artwork on occasion.

Photographing traditional media is a nightmarish process (at least for me) and I had to bake this considerably in Photoshop to minimize artifacts. But if you look closely you can still see the texture of the board toward the upper edge of the painting ;)

This painting was made using Liquitex acrylic paints on Strathmore cold press illustration board, using Windsor Newton sable hair brushes :)
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:iconzorrentos:
Zorrentos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
No school like the old school! Looks awesome! Gotta paint some sci fi acrylics some day! :)
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Mars636 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Very nice. A pleasure to view. :worship:
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Timeship Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Writer
Bravo! Finally some traditional space/sci-fi art! Godspeed!
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MadSlav Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
What can I say, great job
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Promet-he-us Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012   General Artist
I like your epic scifi visions they so comprise what I love about the genre! Thank you for sharing!

:typerhappy::worship::clap:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much - I will hopefully keep posting more! :D
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Promet-he-us Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012   General Artist
I am very much looking forward to that!
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GodLifeZoller Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
HOLY FUCKIN' SHIT !!! This is EPIC AS FUCK!!! <3

I want to see more work from you, most definitely !!! <3

w00t w00t! <3
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:iconllamajumpplz:

Thanks! I'm happy you like it! :D
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GodLifeZoller Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it is DA BOMB !!! Do you know anything about making video games? You should TOTALLY make some artwork for a game, if you haven't, yet. I bet people would go INSANE over it. :D

W00H000!!! >XD
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:iconjlundhart:
jLundhArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For some reason it greatly reminds me of a locust.
The thing in its entirety is effing spectacular=D
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
I guess it does resemble a locust. I have no idea what it is, or who made it. It's most likely a spaceship, not of human manufacture...
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jLundhArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Now that I look a bit closer at it, I have to ask a question. Is that another person right next to the 'wing' of the derelict? If that is the case, the perspective is bugging me a bit, no pun intended (referencing my previous comment).
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That is a person... and now that you point it our, he looks a little bit too large to me now.
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:iconjlundhart:
jLundhArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was more on the point that he should be bigger actually=P
Given the size of the person in the foreground, I mean.
I don't really get a sense of distance between the top edge of the dune and where the ship begins. It might be a play with perspective, but when I look at the painting, the guy in the foreground looks like he has 3 to 6 meters left to walk to the ship. Not the 15-ish the much smaller guy would suggest.
The sense of scale just doesn't come through to me. The ship looks much smaller to me than I imagine it's supposed to be.
In any case, I still do like the picture. Everything about it appeals to me=)

On a side note; have you read anything by Orson Scott Card?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hah! Perception is always intriguing! Perspective on a sand dune can be a challenge, that's for certain :lol:

Re: Orson Scott Card: I'm just finishing up rereading the first 4 books in the Ender series...
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:iconjlundhart:
jLundhArt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm thinking about re-reading them as well. Brilliant stuff if you ask me. Allen Steele is another sci-fi favorite of mine, together with Alastair Reynolds and Carl Sagan. I rarely read fantasy but two authors I do think write brilliant stuff in that department are Joe Abercrombie and Patrik Rothfuss. If you haven't given any of these a go, I highly suggest you should.

On wich of the four in the Ender series are you now btw?
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks for doing this! MORE! :)
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VailBoy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
WOW AWSOME!! I super support people who can nail this detail in traditional paintings. KUDOS!!
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:iconandyfil:
AndyFil Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
very nice work! amazing)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I'm glad you like it :)
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GorillaFartist Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Great. A good sci-fi concept art.
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
quite amazing, i cant even imagine what your other traditional work looks like
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moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
F cool
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:iconfroman-joe:
froman-joe Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Wow this looks great. what is it?
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! And... I don't know! :D
(Maybe an old spaceship wreck...)
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hinxlinx Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Cool, I like the crashed ship.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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shanesemler Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Call me old fashioned but I prefer traditional.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm completely divided on the subject. I love what you can do with digital tools - but I miss the directness of simple drawing and painting.
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shanesemler Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like the look more than anything.
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Alphabrush Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Superb, man you are amazing!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it :)
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JamesMargerum Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember seeing this, and some of your other work, in Sci-Fi & Fantasy Models magazine, back when I was just getting started in 3D modelling. It was a big inspiration to me.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :) I'm glad to have the opportunity to post some of that stuff here on DA - a lot of people see it for the first time.
I always loved the Sci-Fi Fantasy Models magazine - I still have all the issues :D
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   General Artist
I can't tell if the two guys are friendly or what O.o
Looks pretty swell regardless... I kinda like seeing the texture (even though you had to point it out lol)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm not sure if they're friendly or not either. There seems to be some tension :D
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   General Artist
Indeed D:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think there is going to be some exchange of gunfire fairly soon. Possibly within a minute or two... :D
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   General Artist
Oh dear! I'm voting for the guy on the hill :D
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think he has the edge. He definitely looks more determined :lol:
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:iconmilitant-jester:
Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   General Artist
Yeah, that blue seems kinda scared. Question is what's at stake?
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Unknown. It might be something of value in that wreck - or the guy stole a winning lottery ticket :D
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artbytheo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
I really like this
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much :)
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:iconkheng:
kheng Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool ship design, loving the colours too
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I rather like this one, definitely takes advantage of the nature of traditional acrylic. That sand dune is so deliciously crisp! And the textures of the ship and the characters are just gorgeous.

The composition, the subject, and just about everything here appeals to me, unfortunate only in that I don't really have any critique to give you on it. Look forward to see more of your old stuff, and any new work you might be able to upload as well!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
Critique is always valuable - and if it essentially says "Hey, it works" I have no complaints :D

I think because making a painting with traditional media was quite a bit more work, with almost no chance to correct major flaws once things got underway, there was a lot more deliberate planning. On this one, I did a number of line drawings to refine everything, and several small color studies.

Digital media are wonderful, but because of their flexibility there's a tendency not to plan ahead - and I think sometimes it shows :D
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shambok Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
But how ..... Its just so good
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