Thanks for the comments. I figured throwing in some process pics would be good for me and possibly some other people who were curious. It can be a covoluted process, especially when it comes to the polish stage as that’s when you just feel the final needs. But, the initial stages are pretty standard for me in regards to working on this type of imagery.
Oh, in regards to the ship fitting in irregardless of style? Well, I like to think colour choice and light / shadow have a lot to do with it. As well… the BG of the image is only roughed in… It will be taken to a higher level of polish as well. Granted I want the ships and the temple to feel different, they’re apposing cultures afterall.
Now to answer your crits:
a) It’s a dilemma for me. Is it too dark or too light? Usually an object placed infront of such a bright light source would appear (or at least be percieved as being) in silouette. That being said, should the thruster glow saturate the engive cowling (lightening it as you suggest)? Not sure… we’ll see how it evolves.
b) You and every other poster who’s replied!
No worries, it’s coming. I wanted to nail down how that fighter looked before I dove in to drawing the others. It’s also the object closest to the viewer so there was a LOT of detail work to be done (who teh heck needs that many rivets I ask you?). I’ll have a few that are showing their bellies so that I can sell the up angle.
Thanks again for the feedback and for checking in!