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The Sighting by steve-burg The Sighting by steve-burg
I wanted to create a cheerful and happy scene. This was the result (go figure!) Well, at least it's colorful :D This image was made for the book "Concept Design II" about 5 or 6 years ago.

The huge spaceship was created in Lightwave 3D, with a very large custom texture painted in Photoshop. It was rendered against a blank background.

Everything else is painted in Photoshop. I looked at some reference images to paint the clouds and the farm. The clouds took ages to finish because I really wanted them to wrap around the ship. There were a lot of layers!

The barn and some trees were painted in a separate image, at much larger size to get the detail. They were then reduced and softened with grain and noise, and a slight Gaussian Blur.

At the time this image was created, my overriding goal was to achieve an absolutely photographic look to the painted elements. It involved a lot of painstaking effort, adding grain and noise to simulate the look of actual film. Really, not so much fun... I've discovered that simply painting is a lot more enjoyable, so I no longer pursue this "faked photo" effect in my work.

CHANGE: I adjusted the text to clarify some things :)
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Imagine waking up in a morning and seeing something like this... The Sighting by *steve-burg has a moody atmosphere with a colossal extra terrestrial space ship in the sky. Quality and skills of the artist speaks it self and the power of the composition is undeniable. ( Featured by KeremGo )
RonaldinhoTEN Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Breathtaking. You should be proud, because we are.  
Harurara Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SmokingWalrusX Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Odilicious Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning spaceship. An excellent scene.
KellyDelRosso Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Great job...congrats on DD :jarkinajar:
Romanoost Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I made an account at devianart just to favourite this, I love it, it's wonderful! I really like the atmosphere of this picture; the massiveness of the ship in contrast to that ordinary barn..
JohnnysDream Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
you failed horribly at happiness with feel scared just looking at it.looks like a huge whale coming at me out of the sky!"Oh shit!What is that?Ruuun!"I cant believe the background is not a picture!This whole thing is just outrageous!You have a gift.Im on my way over to look at more of your stuf right now.
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
love the foggy effect...anyhow the invasion looks scary too..
YTheJoshuaTreeY Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
That is quite an amazing scale there. Great job.
dpny Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Love this picture.
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