Voices in the dark. Thol Cipio has some quality time with his growing madness. It’s not really his fault, what with him being trapped on a derelict vessel for ten years alone. It’s bound to get on anyone’s nerves.
Mech/power armor study. Trying two things here: Messing with using a Photoshop brush where pen pressure controls both size and opacity, and exploring the grey area between anime and DARPA. It probably came down a little closer to the former than the latter, but I suppose I can always address the deficiency with some tan paint and a gritty voiceover:
"War. War has changed, except that war never changes, which was a change. War. We were entering a new age that was yet timeless, because it was second hand and smelled funny. Because in the darkness of the dark, there is only… darkness."
(Cut to a prerendered animation of something grey and brown with a depth of field effect and lots of bloom. Hero with good hair and a hint of mascara looks grim and is too cool to look at the camera.)
The Basilisk glides silently sunward, her iron turning to gold in Saturn’s glow. The seventh boat of the Cockatrice class, she was analogous to the torpedo boat and the submarine of more familiar seas. Armed with long range rockets, she could deal a lethal (if inexact) blow to ships and installations many times her size.
Another illustration for Spacecraft of the First World War.
Painted sketch of a hovering microcar design such as you might find in Titan City. I did this as a test in Photoshop CC to see if increasing my RAM from 8GB to 16GB would improve painting performance to where I could start transitioning away from CS4 to the newer brush engine. I like the results. While I may see myself using Painter more often going forward, Photoshop is still not a tool I would choose to do without.
Painter 2015 test. My FX-6300 might be adequate after all, but the performance settings needed tweaked. It still needs more RAM, of course.
Trying out a new technique, or rather a refinement of an old technique, on a section of the next painting.
A quick painterly sketch of an industrial robot I did to try out Painter 2015. It runs really well on my i7 2600K but my FX-6300 at home… sucks. =/
I might try more RAM, but I think it’s the lack of hyper threading that’s killing me here. Truth be told, this really isn’t my chosen workflow, anyhow. I find myself using physical media more and more, and actually sat down to paint for the first time in nearly a decade.
I can attest to the performance improvements in 2015 over X3 though, so it looks like a good upgrade if Corel Painter is your chosen tool.
Silver wings turn to gold in the sunlight. The American fleet gathers in orbit above Venus, spring 1922. The USS St. Louis is seen here following her conversion to a monitor, and below her is an unidentified carrier of the Longstreet class. Curtiss JTN rocket bombers were commonly used as orbital pickets late in the war. This was both because of their suitability for trans atmospheric work as well as a dearth of suitable targets from the end of 1920 onwards.
Some thumbnail exploration of forms related to ‘Spacecraft of the First World War.’ Currently listening to Laibach’s ‘Macbeth’ soundtrack and contemplating the various ruses that may be employed to turn a man into a god.
I’ll be at the service entrance to the dominion of the sword if you need me.
Inset detail illustration on the HMS Phobos page spread. Ideally, each spread will have one painting and a couple small illustrations like this. Still working on the paper. I like the idea of ‘Spacecraft of the First World War’ being a facsimile edition of an older work, but I don’t want it to look like it was printed on paper towels, either.