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"Contact"  the Effect of the Machine by steve-burg "Contact"  the Effect of the Machine by steve-burg
Another find in the old archives - from 1996 (long time ago!)

This is a concept painting done for the movie "Contact". It shows the design of a command ship as the vessel is drawn toward the powerful effect generated by the "Machine".

The painting was done in acrylics on Strathmore cold-press illustration board, and measures 9"x16"...
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:iconandy1701a:
ANDY1701A Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work. Great movie.
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:icontheelevateddeviant:
TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
That is really awesome.
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bbtomahawk12 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
i remember watching it as kid with my family

at first I was lost but now when I remember it, I find it beautiful

nice work!

for a painting that is 17 years old, it still retains that feeling you know
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BesideReal Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! I'm happy to see a concept about my favorite movie, i grow up with Contact. =D
I love the details and the atmosphere, especially because now knowing the movie i can feel so much what happens in that moment.
For it's great to see another prospective.

Beautiful.

Stef =)
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:iconlvfranklin:
LVFranklin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
turely the best art work i've seen this year?
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:iconalex-brady-tad:
Alex-Brady-TAD Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is one of my favourite sci fi movies, and I remember the kick i got from this scene as a kid! You sir are one of my heroes!
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:iconbartoleum:
Bartoleum Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
how long did you spend on it?
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work here! Contact has always been one of my favorite sci-fi movies, it's cool to see the work that went into it!
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:iconzaku1986:
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahaha, I remember this movie.
Great painting.
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Apollyon888 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow, very impressive use of acrylics.
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:iconkurincobalt:
KurinCobalt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
This is really beautifully done; a great scene.
And those guys need to get off the weather deck!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
Yes, those guys need to get inside the ship! They are out there trying to play volleyball (maybe?) - but it looks like the net has been blown away ;)
(actually, they were included to show scale, at the request of the art director I think...)
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A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love this!!!!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good work - excellent reminder of a very underrated film :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
It's always kind of weird - it seems like many things are either underrated or they're overrated :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True - and always the test is time :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:nod:
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:iconshohndon:
Shohndon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Just absolutely gorgeous. The mood is epic, the composition perfect, the level of detail, awesome. It's just is nice! No other way to put it.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! :)

I can live with that... ;)
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:iconignisferroque:
IgnisFerroque Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Great mood and nice work on the details. Awesome movie too, just rewatched it a few weeks ago.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
That movie did come out pretty well - and that's not always the case :nod:
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:iconisthmusline:
IsthmusLine Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
not to be creepy or anything over a ship... A really cool ship
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Nothing wrong with loving a ship! :D
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:iconisthmusline:
IsthmusLine Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I think I've fallen in love
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D
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:iconsanskarans:
Sanskarans Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional
Fantastic work :thumbsup:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much :)
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent, Love the cold dark sea! I remember the scene from the movie, Great film "Contact" :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I remember thinking "what a cool idea" when it first showed up in the script - the boats being sucked toward the Machine :nod:
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
I always liked the way the Machine moved!! Iv not watched the film in a while, I think Il dig it out for a viewing, :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Movement was a key element in the design of the Machine. I worked with a 3D artist who made numerous animatics exploring the different possibilities. That was kind of the start of my getting into the 3D medium :D
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
That would be a fantastic way to learn!! especially on projects like that :)
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:iconjdp89:
jdp89 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is amazing, especially as it was done traditionally.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you:) At that time, digital painting was still in its early stages - so traditional media was used for most things :nod:
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:iconluodan:
luodan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
nice
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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:iconangelitoon:
angelitoon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes master.....
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:eyepopping:
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:iconangelitoon:
angelitoon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You master all the techniques ... that makes you above the rest ....
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:iconcommandereve:
CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
I have to watch the film now.

But wow, I am really impress by this piece of yours.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Filmographer
If you haven't seen "Contact" I have a feeling you would like it quite a bit.
It was that rarest of things - a REAL science fiction movie :)
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:iconcommandereve:
CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice! I will have to see it!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Filmographer
For anyone interested in space - it's a must! :D
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xGUARDSMANx Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Exellent work :D
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconcapitoldrm:
CapitolDRM Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Wow. Ridiculous. great piece.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I appreciate it :)
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:iconcapitoldrm:
CapitolDRM Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
it an amazing piece. really good.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well, thank you again! :D
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