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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 )
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Harurara Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!
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SmokingWalrusX Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Amazing!
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning spaceship. An excellent scene.
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KellyDelRosso Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Great job...congrats on DD :jarkinajar:
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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..
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JohnnysDream Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
you failed horribly at happiness with this.lol.i 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.
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
love the foggy effect...anyhow the invasion looks scary too..
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YTheJoshuaTreeY Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
That is quite an amazing scale there. Great job.
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dpny Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Love this picture.
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Rodo97 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
O MY GOD D; is EWESOME
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