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Richard Bartrop
04 April 2008, 04:50 AM
Richard Bartrop is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

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Richard Bartrop
04 April 2008, 08:12 AM
One of the Galactic patron races in "Startide Rising"

Richard Bartrop
04 April 2008, 05:20 PM (

One of the Galactic races from Startide Rising. They are describes as carnivorous, and somewhat insect like, so I went for something combining elements of a tiger, a raptor, and a mantis.

04 April 2008, 07:18 PM
Looks good, but don't forget to add some human interaction.

Richard Bartrop
04 April 2008, 06:04 AM (

Another ET from Startide Rising

Richard Bartrop
04 April 2008, 07:19 AM (

The scene isn't in the book, but depicts a diplomatic reception where Galactic civilization gets it's first up close look at the barbarians from planet Earth.

Richard Bartrop
05 May 2008, 06:22 PM (

Started work on the colour version in Photoshop CS3. The pencil sketch inon ethe top layer as a guide, with the white areas cut out so I can still use the Auto Layer Select.

05 May 2008, 07:10 PM
Nice work so far. It's refreshing to see someone actually doing aliens from the Uplift Universe, given that that is the theme, at least in name. Everyone else is doing their own aliens - I'm guilty too! - But wouldn't it be sad if David Brin looked through all of the entries and didn;t see a single Gubru or Soro? So good luck with this - do them justice! :)

As for composition, I liked the earlier shot where you got to see the full Soro body and a human for size comparison. It's a shame we can't see more of that scale difference in your current composition. But that's just my opinion, it still is coming together nicely.

Richard Bartrop
05 May 2008, 09:16 PM
I took a look at your entry, and I thought it was pretty spectacular. The first thing I did after entering the challenge was to pic up a copy of Startide Rising, and read it front to back. There was a lot of good stuff there, and the real challenge was boiling it all down to one image. The Soro with the single figure may have given a sense of scale, but it wasn't a very exciting composition, at least not to me. I wanted to do something that hopefully embodies something of the sentral conflict of the Uplift series,t hat of the upstart humans versus an ancient Galactic civilization. Plus, it was an excuse to draw a bunch of exotic critters.

Richard Bartrop
05 May 2008, 11:31 PM (

Started work on the background. Still not sure about some of the colours on the two aliens in the foreground.

Richard Bartrop
05 May 2008, 07:05 AM (

A little more progress, showing how I'[m doing the fur on the Tandu. I also like to use a brush that's a cluster of dots for fur texture, but in this case, I've also turned on Shape Dynamics to make the Tandu's fur more bristly looking.

05 May 2008, 07:41 AM
Inspiring work, and very nice aliens. You succeed well with making them believable. All look better than the "official" illustrations of "Contacting Aliens". Like it very much.
The composition feels like a museal exhibition though, with one specimen of each being displayed. The intriguing, factional grouping and fraternizing could be emphazised more.

Richard Bartrop
05 May 2008, 07:28 PM (

A little more progress. Changed the Gubru's clothes to something that doesn't look so much like a tank top, and changed the beak from black to yellow to conform with the official description.

Richard Bartrop
05 May 2008, 04:28 AM (

Turned off the sketch layer for the final detailing. Finished off the background,and the Soro.

Richard Bartrop
05 May 2008, 08:17 AM (

Based on the Uplift Universe, but the scene is not based on any of the books. At a diplomatic reception, Galactic civilization gets its first up close look at the upstart wolfling race from the planet Earth

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