Grand Space Opera 2D Entry: Jesse Speak

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Old 10 October 2004   #16
I'm a 3d guy just checking out what peeps are doing in 2d.
Man, So obvious on what you are doing.
My personal favorite is the one with people cheering in the streets with the floaty building.
The ones where a planet is evacuateing is really cool. Nice ominous tone.
I think that fits the description of epic event that holds empire together really really really well.

Man u are gonna make some dope shit. Looking forward to it.

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Old 10 October 2004   #17

Reminds me of the trasformers city lol
Master and servant challenge
Old 10 October 2004   #18
Thos sketches are great! They all look interesting, but my favourites are the 2 first the second serie.
Old 10 October 2004   #19
Wow, looking good. Really nice concepts, I feel like changing mine now.
Old 10 October 2004   #20
That's a great idea with the quick thumbnail sketches and the focus on grand epic structures. I first saw this technique used on the Feng Zhu DVD from Gnomon. I think the second series of sketches is starting to show some refinement. I'm looking forward to seeing your work develop.
Old 10 October 2004   #21
whell some did started....looks good till now...good luck,cheers
Old 10 October 2004   #22
that's just great stuff you got there , dude !!
this is gonna be one of my favourite threads, i know it already,
really good work
Old 10 October 2004   #23
I'm impressed on your sketches... love it !

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Old 10 October 2004   #24
Gorgeous ideas so far - you certainly have the right idea of "space opera"
Old 10 October 2004   #25
Hello, Of the ideas are sympas I waits to see the continuation.....
Old 10 October 2004   #26
Concept Sketch: Third batch of quickie thumbnails

...and some more! My wacom is glowing.

For these three, I chose to depict three different ways that an empire could exist in: peace, dominion and struggle.

My idea for the first one is a tranquil scene depicting the unveiling of the brand new space elevator which promises to usher in a new age of environmentally friendly trade by getting rid of the need for goods to be boosted to and from low earth orbit. A couple sit on a bench watching etc etc. I thought it might make for a good image, but I'm not convinced it's operatic enough.

The second one depicts the dominion by another race, with these massive structures plunged into all the major capitals of the world to crush all hope of rebellion. In the foreground, an alien droid is hovering and checking these two guys out. One of them is flipping it the finger - rebellion, man - and his friend is saying, "careful, it'll have your head off". This image could work quite nicely, but I'd probably remove the cheesy beams shooting out from the structures because it's been overdone.

The last one shows the first wave of ultra high-tech fighters about to break free from the mothership and engage the enemy. If I were to develop this a bit further, I'd try to make the enemy ship look enormous, even bigger, and possibly have a few fighters already accelerating toward the target.

That's it!
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Old 10 October 2004   #27
Hi everyone, it was a real pleasure to see the level of responses I'm getting, I'm very flattered. Luckily for me the challenge is something that really gets my juices flowing, I've always loved epic scale SF art, Syd Mead, Chris Foss, Jim Burns etc etc and this really floats my boat!

One of the best purchases I made this year was a book on perspective - "Perspective for Artists" by Rex Vicat Cole. I devoured it because the basics of perspective are easy to grasp, and it's like lifting the veil on something that always daunted me. I found it amazing how all angles of surfaces etc can be 'worked out' once you understand vanishing points. Recommended reading.

That, and I'm trying to look into how to use colour and value effectively, these are key to producing convincing art and something that I found quite frustrating for long time. I'm not there yet, but seem to be improving gradually! Now, ask me to draw figures and anatomy... maybe next year...

Thanks everyone
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Steampunk - my entry
Old 10 October 2004   #28
I love where you are going with your concepts. Especially your latest three, I like the idea of a space elevator for trade reasons. I had a similar idea regarding trade but a completely different concept and composition. I should have my concepts up soon.

Look forward to seeing your progress in this challenge.
Old 10 October 2004   #29
Wow, excellent concepts. Really looking forward your finished picture!
Old 10 October 2004   #30
Originally Posted by Speaky: ...and some more! My wacom is glowing.

wow wacom sketches... impressive works... sorry for curiosity, waht is the resolution that you use on this sketches ? Did you use Photoshop (please don't go to show mine )


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