02 February 2006, 03:01 PM

One of my favorite magazines is Popular Science.
I love how their positive spin for their visions of the future.

So for a few days I want to experiment doing magazine covers.
The idea is that you have been commisioned to do a cover for one of their articles.

Here is your research. The plane you draw has to be based on thier idea, but you can get very creative in terms of the track and plane decorations.

Rocket Racing League (plane photos on both site)

Keep in mind, these plane will have corporate sponsors, so the planes will be VERY colorfull and full of ads.


SMALL ( (524K)

MEDIUM ( (1.5 M)

BIG ( (4 M)

You can change the layer for the article title and the wording for it, but the cover concept cannot change.
The templates are in psd format. If anyone needs it converted, please ask.

Here are the general rules...

We will try to post one of these topics once a day for your enjoyment.

These are the rules:
* Post only your FINAL piece on this thread, based on the topic on the thread.
* RESOLUTION : The image can have any aspect ratio up to 800 x 600
* They can be done on any medium.
* If you wish, you can add a brief text description about your piece.
* Only original compositions. No "tributes" or plagiarizing, unless is it an integral part of the challenge.
* NO PAINTOVERS, unless specifically requested. Inspiration can be taken from photos, but not direct copies.
* The topics will be posted every day between 10:00 - 12:00 am US EST.
* The artist also has to post total length of time it took (Thanks Clanger for the idea) and program used.
* Only final pieces can be posted on the thread. They must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.
* Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.
* The topics will be picked at random from the list on this thread
(The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
*You can add multiple entries, but please dont post WIP (Unless you intend to update them). NEW RULE!
*ANOTHER thread to quantify and track WHO has participated the most on these threads.

Good luck

PS To submit your topic ideas and suggestions go to this thread:
>>Link<< (http://showthread.php/?t=145003)

02 February 2006, 04:13 PM
Im psyched for this week's topic... awesome choice Roberto! Im stuck at work right now with anxious fingers to get started on the first sketch... 7 more hours to go :(

02 February 2006, 04:30 PM
Me too! I was toying with the idea of doing some rocket racing pics anyway. This should be fun.

02 February 2006, 05:07 PM
This topic seems promising, looking forward to everyone's sketches.

02 February 2006, 09:25 PM
Good fun topic today :thumbsup: It was a laugh having the template actually.

1 hours, PS + Wacom

02 February 2006, 02:25 AM
A quick sketch while rendering an unrelated 3D project... (

(alternate direct image link (

PS/tablet/20 min.


02 February 2006, 02:31 AM
This was fun. I wish I had more time to toil on this one. I have to admt I'm not great at vehicles to begin with, so this was a fun exercise. Its been a long time since I've posted anything. Its good to do these little projects when I can.

PS/ wacom 2 hours

02 February 2006, 03:33 AM
Interesting idea Roberto - here is my try:

~2 hours, phsp, wacom

02 February 2006, 05:39 AM
oh i get it, doh... ill be posting tomorrow

02 February 2006, 06:06 AM
nice work KDW

here's my take on it.
photoshop ~2hrs

02 February 2006, 06:18 AM 1 hour


02 February 2006, 01:19 PM
Used a bit ref for the sky.
About 3 hours, Photoshop CS, Wacom Tablet

02 February 2006, 07:47 PM
amazing work Vyse_soa!

1h photoshop

02 February 2006, 02:31 AM
2hrs ps + wacom
I spent too long trying to get the shape close to the real thing.

02 February 2006, 05:04 AM
Some great works here, thought I'd put a quick end to that
Photoshop 16min

Pinoy McGee
02 February 2006, 05:09 AM
Wow, I like all the covers above me :)

PS, 4 hrs.

02 February 2006, 07:05 AM

About 4 hours work total... majority of the time was spent modeling (Im not at all a 3D guy). Modeled a generic rocket in modo, rendered it in zbrush, comped everything in photoshop.

02 February 2006, 03:20 AM
Had a little time tonight to try something else.

sketch: (

(link (

Painter/tablet/30 min.


02 February 2006, 08:22 PM
Not really sure what went wrong here.. would love some comment and suggestions... really trying to get that paint look out of PS, but it's not wrking.. Chimp, .._soa, and KDW.. are my favorites.. i was aiming for something like that.. texture wise..
1.5hr. +/-15mins.(way too long for the results)/PS/I3 6x8

02 February 2006, 10:00 PM
Nice work everyone

Overchord :) Lol, I would buy the magazine just to read the interview with the bird.
KDW Nice sketch, I really like this airplane and style
Vyse_soa Wow that is a great sketch, I love the sky and the planes, there is a lot of movement.
RobertoOrtiz Nice that you could join us with a sketch. Nice to see your work!
xodibox Cool airplane I like the angle you choose, very clean lines.
RoberttVery dynamic
MechaHateChimp Nice work, so you went 3D for this one.
Zyrinx Ha! That is Hilarious. Love it.

here is my scribble


02 February 2006, 12:33 AM
Not really sure what went wrong here.. would love some comment and suggestions...

I've got one - do not blur main theme of the picture, there is no point in spending hours painting something only to blur it away eventually. Agressive perspective or very simple and blured background is usually sufficient enought to indicate speed.

Did You check DailySketch Tutorial thread? There are some video tutorials and custom brushes, rest is just practice and practice with some more practice inbetween - and DSF is really good place to do it.
(I'ope my english is understandable :)) cheers

02 February 2006, 10:05 PM
Those are fantastic guys ^^

Here is my late attempt =3
PS ~1h30

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