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New Spaceship Texture PSD Templates

More clearing and cleaning out space on my hard drive… Here are two Photoshop templates I use for creating spaceship hull textures (that can be tiled) for my C4D materials. I have cleaned them up a little for public consumption. This means the layers are grouped and coloured to make sense of the template, and the detail layers are gone, because they were a bit crap, really!

The new spaceship texture templates and can be found in my DeviantArt Resources Gallery
here:
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Size: 1024 x 1024 px
For those of you working in 3D apps, I have included the Normal and Specular layers.

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So, what you get are the following grouped layers:
Dirt - choice of 7 dirt layers
Scratches - choice of 6 scratches
Grunge - 2 grunge layers
Hull Lines - 3 layers that include the lines that create the hull panels. This includes one rasterised layer and the original, unaltered lines so that you can modify it as necessary
Rust Texture Overlays - 2 rust overlays for creating the classic ‘battered freighter’ look
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Panels - 4 layers containing various shapes to create paneling effects
Base Hull Textures - 3 choices of base hull texture/colour
Normal & Specular Layers - 1 each Normal and Specular layer for those creating materials in 3d applications

Besides these groups and layers, I have included a few ‘demo’ samples to show what can be done with the template.

Use : other than claiming that these textures are your work, knock yourself out with them - I hope you find the textures useful and It would be great to see how you use them in your art.

Multicolour Scifi Warning Signs - Multiple Shapes, PSD's

It seems ages since I have worked on one of my own projects - and anything scifi or 3d. All of the projects I’m involved in at the moment a bit on the dull side - but at least they pay! I’m clearing lots of stuff from my hard drive as one of the projects I’m working on involves creating lots of content including video. Thankfully, I’m able to push stuff out to cloud storage (thanks, Microsoft for 100GB of free OneDrive!)

Sifting through I found a coloured version of my Warning Signs template - no idea what I did it for and have no recollection of ever using it… It looked pretty cool though, so I spent an hour or two applying the styles to the other Warning Sign templates.  I suspect these will be more popular than the original, as these colours blend into more environments than my originals, which have a very strong identity of their own.

The new colourful templates - 6 in total - as well as the originals, can be found in my DeviantArt Resources Gallery
here:

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Colours
Base colours always
Orange: d48639/R212-G134-B57
Green: 727e62/R114-G126-B98
Blue: 3e4e98/R62-G78-B152


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Groups & Layers
I have updated all of the layers and colour-coded them. To minimise the file sizes, wherever possible I have removed most of the rasterised layers and left the original PS Shape layer - this also allows you to easily change the colours. However, occasionally you will find the original shape layer missing - this is where I forgot to duplicate the Shape layer before rasterising or merging the layer.

The available Layers are:
Warning Sign  - pill
Warning Oval Sign Base Shapes
Warning
Medical
ID Holders Only
Radiation,
No Access
Science
Security
Biohazard,
Scratches Dirt
Masks (alpha masks for clean and damaged)

A word about fonts
I have adjusted these templates so that the text layers use Arial Black, as both Windows and Mac machines should have this font as standard. The signs look more effective with any of the following fonts available from
dafont

Fonts
Capture_it
Coalition
Defused
Jacinto Sans
Bitsumishi
Dodger
SF Automaton

The PS Brushes used to create the Dirt and Scratches layers include, but are not limited to:
Scratches by Katrina Rempel
Grunge_Brushed_by_misstaraleexo
Grunge Notion by Blazter
GrungeBrushes3 by KeReN-R

For the Biohazard sign I used Hazard Brushes 1 by AscendedArts

Use
Personal Use
Have a ball - do whatever you want with it!

Commercial Use
No restrictions beyond checking those of the font you use.


Whatever you do with the template, I would love to see it - I had loads of fun making images with it and I hope you do to!

Riveted Hull Plates Texture - PSD Template

Hot on the heels of the starfield resources, I have been making some more hull textures...

You can find the PSD template over at DeviantArt, in my Resources gallery

I wanted an irregular riveted hull look for an image and most of the existing textures I had were rubbish - including the Total Textures scifi pack (which I have paid for twice now, and many of the textures still don’t have Normal, Specular or (where necessary) Luminance maps - more fool me!)

However, I did like the pattern of one of the textures in the Total Textures scifi, so using that as inspiration, I created this set of textures. I used a number of base source metal textures, dirt maps and so on, to get a variety of different hull finishes. I have added a choice of bump maps and Normal maps (strength, level of detail) as well as a Specular map

Size: 1024x1024 px
Colour Mode : RGB

Riveted Hull Plates

The layers in the PSD download are as follows:

Riveted Hull Dirty Grey Metal
Riveted Hull Dirty Silver
Riveted Hull Dirty White
Riveted Hull Green (was going for a sort of beat-up dropship look)
Riveted Hull Mottled Metal (this is the texture used in the sample image)
Riveted Hull Silver-Blue

Riveted Hull Bump 1
Riveted Hull Bump 2 (Strong)

Riveted Hull Normal 1
Riveted Hull Normal 2 (very strong - it’s at 30% in the sample image)

Riveted Hull Specular

For those non-Photoshop users out there, you can download the textures as a zipped pack of PNG’s here.

Use : other than claiming that these textures are your work, knock yourself out with them - I hope you find the textures useful and It would be great to see how you use them in your art.

Starfield resources

Hey,
I have posted three Starfield images in jpeg form over at Deviantart

The three starfields feature various densities of stars, from sparse (ish) to busy. All are as follows:

Size: 5400x3600 px
Colour Mode : RGB

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If you use them, let me know over at DeviantArt.

Scifi Warning Signs and Semiotics

Waiting for inspiration to strike, I have been cleaning-up my hard drive. Trawling through my C4D project files I kept coming across signs, insignia and logos I had made. I decided to pull them together into a family of Photoshop templates so that I stopped reinventing the wheel each time I needed a sign or logo and could work faster.

The Warning signs were designed to broadly fit into the same universe as my Moon/Silent Running-inspired signs.
Symbols

Colours
The base colours are always:
Yellow: eaac04/R234-G172-B4
Grey: 3f3e40/R63-G62-B64

You can download them, in .PSD form, from my DeviantArt Resources Gallery

A word about fonts
I have adjusted these templates so that the text layers use Arial Black, as both Windows and Mac machines should have this font as standard. The signs look more effective with any of the following fonts available from dafont

Capture_it
Coalition
Defused
Jacinto Sans
Bitsumishi
Dodger
SF Automaton

Groups & Layers
To minimise the file sizes, wherever possible I have removed rasterised layers and left the original PS Shape layer - this also allows you to easily change the colours. However, occasionally you will find the original shape layer missing - this is where I forgot to duplicate the Shape layer before rasterising or merging the layer.

Base Shape Layer (Diamond, rectangle, square, pill, etc)
Scratches & Dirt
Masks (alpha masks for clean and damaged)
Techy symbols (eg: Medical, Stop Hand Sign, Radiation, No Access Logo, Biohazard
Text (eg: Level, Security, Warning/No Access/Stop)

The PS Brushes used to create the Dirt and Scratches layers include, but are not limited to:
Scratches by Katrina Rempel
Grunge_Brushed_by_misstaraleexo
Grunge Notion by Blazter
GrungeBrushes3 by KeReN-R

For the Biohazard sign I used Hazard Brushes 1 by AscendedArts

Use
Personal Use
Have a ball - do whatever you want with it!

Commercial Use
No restrictions beyond checking those of the font you use.

Whatever you do with the template, I would love to see it - I had loads of fun making images with it and I hope you do to! Drop me a note on DeviantArt

Updated Galleries

I have updated the galleries with several new images

More Gallery Updates & New Images - Oct 2012

Yes I know, it’s been a while! I have been fighting something of a creative block of late - I’m sure brought on by the realisation that (the dismal) summer is over and that is as good as the weather is going to get this year!

Anyway, I have a new image for you - an idea I have been kicking around for a while. It’s called ‘Preparing For Take Off’ - yes I know, very original - the background is an image I took on a flight from Paris to Ajaccio.

Preparing For Take Off

I have added this book cover design as a faux covers to the Spacecraft gallery - so please take a look. Happy

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

New Images & Gallery Updates - Sept 2012

I have been working on a few new book cover designs over the last month or so - both featuring spacecraft that I designed some time ago.

The first features my freighter; I built this model just over a year ago, the design is inspired by various craft from Gerry Anderson series - including Thunderbird 2, the moon shuttle (and its mother craft) from UFO and the superb Eagle from Space 1999. The Sikorsky Sky Crane was also an influence. The distinctive blue-and-white striped pain job is a direct steal from Chris Foss’s excellent cover from ‘The Early Asimov, Vol 1’.

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The second image features the flyer that previously made a guest appearance in my September 2011 free wallpaper ‘preparing For Take Off’. In this new image you can see it’s slightly bizarre design much more clearly... The design of the flyer comes from two main sources; firstly, the space pod from series 3 of the 1960’s TV show ‘Lost In Space’ and secondly this piece of concept art for Homeworld.

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I have added both of these book cover designs as faux covers to the Spacecraft gallery - so please take a look. Happy

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

Gallery Update & More Resources @ DeviantArt

I have added some additional book cover designs to each of the galleries - so please take a look. Happy

I have also added some additional resources (textures) to my DeviantArt Gallery

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

More Gallery Additions

I have added some additional faux covers to the ‘Spacewrecks’ gallery..

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

May Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Hey all,
the #Inner Space Group over at Deviantart is holding a competition for illustration with the theme of “Sol” and I have used my entry for that competition as this months wallpaper. The image was inspired by an Arthur C Clarke short story called 'Summertime on Icarus' in which a research spaceship gets to within seventeen million miles of the Sun, shielded by the asteroid Icarus.

The Sun and starfield were created in Photoshop, whilst the planetoid and spaceship were created in Cinema 4D. The spaceship is deliberately in the style of the great Peter Elson.

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As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added a ‘new iPad’ retina hi-res version for all of you new iPad users.

Download from on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

April Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Hey all,
Spring is here, it’s the end of March and time for a new wallpaper to brighten up your desktop! This month, my image is a Photoshop creation called ’Light Wave’. Following my wife’s request for ‘warmer’ images, I’m still trying to weave as much green in to my images to reflect the arrival of warmer weather.
Light Wave April 2012

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added a ‘new iPad’ retina hi-res version for all of you new iPad users.

Download from on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

Book Release - Adventures Of Drachir Vol II from Daric Books

Hey all,
As you know from my ‘walk-through’ posts, I have been working on a couple of covers for Daric Books. The books central character - the eponymous Drachir - is a loveable rogue who wanders the universe in his ship, The Nevis. Daric Books have just released the second novel in the Drachir series. You can see the cover and buy the book at the Daric Online Bookstore

As with the first Drachir novel, to celebrate the release of the book I have created a wallpaper pack featuring Drachir’s ship in all its glory
The-Nevis-in-Orbit-WEB

You can download the pack from the Downloads and Links section. Enjoy!

March Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Curiosity on the way to discovery-thumb
I have just uploaded the March wallpaper and calendars - yes, it’s already the end of February! This month it’s a composite Cinema 4D render, with Photoshop backdrop. My wife complained to me bitterly that the previous few images were too cold and that she wanted colours that would remind her of Spring. So, here we go! An interstellar probe sent from Earth approaching a planet deep in the heart of a hydrogen-rich nebula - hence the green! I have named it ‘Curiosity on the way to discovery’, in honour of the Mars mission.

As usual, you will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The iPad/tablet size wallpaper works great on my HTC phone.

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

Dashboard Netnewswire Theme!


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And to prove that my creativity hasn’t completely deserted me, i have made another theme for the excellent Netnewswire RSS Reader. Made with CSSEdit and Textmate, ‘Dashboard’ uses Lucida and Helvetica to blend in with your Mac desktop. As with my previous styles, it is intended to be easy on the eye and also provide ad-blocking.

You can download the Dashboard theme in the Downloads & Links section.

Enjoy!

February Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

In a galaxy far away Thumb

Well, that’s January 2012 gone! I have to say, I found January tough-going... Just sapped my motivation and creativity completely! However, I have just uploaded the February calendars - I have created the image, “In a galaxy far away”... You will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes as well as one for iPads/tablets (looks great on my HTC smartphone!)

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

December Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!


Emerald Thumb
I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by! December already! OMG! I have just uploaded the December calendars - thinking of traditionalChristmas colours, I have opted for a green-themed image, “Emerald”... You will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes as well as one for iPads/tablets

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

Couple Of Additional Pieces In The Gallery

I have added some additional faux covers to the ‘Spacecraft’ and “Other Worlds’ galleries...

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

Daric Books Release "The Adventures Of Drachir'

Hey all,
As you know, I have been working on a couple of covers for Daric Books. The books central character - the eponymous Drachir - is a loveable rogue who wanders the universe in his ship, The Nevis. You can see the cover and buy the book at this link: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-adventures-of-drachir-volume-i/18170510

To celebrate the release of the book I have created a wallpaper pack featuring Drachir’s ship in all its glory

The Nevis-Thumb
You can download the pack from the Downloads and Links section. Enjoy!

November Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Flyer Binary Image-merged
I have just uploaded the November wallpaper and calendars (I can’t believe how quickly time goes by!)... This month it’s a composite Cinema 4D render, with Photoshop backdrop. A classic SF image; spacecraft approaching a planet that is partly in darkness. I have named it ‘Binary’, as I have binary suns as well as two ships. As usual, you will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The iPad wallpaper looks great in Photoshop - I have it looks as good on your iPad/tablet device.

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

October Wallpaper and Calendar Packs Now Available

Hey all,
I have just uploaded the October wallpapers and calendars... You will find English and French versions of the calendars, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 2560*1440. Having left it out from the September pack, the iPad (or other tablet) portrait wallpaper makes a welcome return to the plain wallpaper pack .

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As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

Automne Netnewswire Theme for Autumn!

Hey,
Another free Netnewswire theme, this time with an autumnal theme (which seems bizarre, as temperatures exceeded 27 degrees today here in Paris!).

Automne
Anyway, it’s available in the Downloads and Links section - enjoy!

New Netnewswire Styles

papyrus

In my continued search for the perferect RSS style sheet, i have made two more themes for the excellent Netnewswire RSS Reader. Made with CSSEdit and Textmate, Finder Blue uses Gill Sans to display text, whilst Papyrus uses Century Gothic. As with my previous styles, both are intended to be easy on the eye and also provide ad-blocking.

You can download the themes in the Downloads & Links section.

Enjoy!

September Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Nemean-Sept2011-1680x1050

Little bit late with these; the render took bl**dy ages!! I have just uploaded the September wallpaper and calendars... This month it’s a Cinema 4D render, with Photoshop post work. A classic SF scene, the space hanger!! As usual, you will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. No iPad version this time, though, as I just couldn’t get the image to work on that size/ratio screen.

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

August Wallpapers & Calendars - for those not sat on a beach!

Nemean-Aug2011-1680x1050

Hey all,
I have just uploaded the August wallpapers and calendars... You will find English and French versions of the calendars, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 2560*1440. The plain wallpaper pack also includes an iPad (or other tablet) portrait wallpaper.

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

More Netnewswire themes!

Another treat for Mac users... i have made some more themes for the excellent Netnewswire RSS Reader. Made with CSSEdit and Textmate, they are clean styles that use Helvetica and Helvetica neue as well as using ad-blocking. You can download the themes in the Downloads & Links section.

Enjoy!

July Wallpapers & calendars posted with less than 40 minutes to spare!

Nemean-jul2011-1680x1050

Doesn’t time fly when you’re busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger? I have just uploaded the July calendars... You will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. Following further feedback I have added a 2560*1440 size for all those that are buying the 27” iMac!! (like me!)

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

June Wallpapers & Calendars are up....

Nemean-Jun2011-1920x1200

I have uploaded the June calendars... You will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. Following your feedback I have also uploaded a plain wallpaper pack - that zip contains an iPad wallpaper size as well.

Enjoy!

Netnewswire Theme

Special treat for Mac users... If you use the excellent Netnewsire RSS Reader you can download a Nemean-style theme in the Downloads & Links section.

Shuttle


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Shuttle craft I have been working on in C4D...

Spacewreck 8 - The Endurance released

Long time no posts! I have had this image hanging around for a while now, with nothing seriously wrong with it - so, a little tinkering and here it is! The image is inspired by the Flame Nebula and the possible (sad) fate of future explorers. The starship is named after Shackleton’s ship on which he sailed to the Antarctic - a ship that had been originally christened ‘Polaris’.
Spacewreck 8

Spacewreck 7: The Pythagoras


spacewreck pythagoras
Long time between posts... I have been spending a lot of time learning to use Cinema 4D... However, I am completely bored with making park benches, lamp posts and Mac Computers!

I went back to Spacewrecks, and an image I have had in my head for a while. I’m pretty happy with the way this one turned out - colours are good, ship turned out well... Only the the little Search & Rescue ‘driod ship is unconvincing - tried all sorts too... The first version looked too much like StarBug, the second looked like a Christmas decoration....

As with the previous images, there is a little story for context: “The Turin Class Artificial Intelligence Pythagoras was one of 250 hyperdrive-equipped Advance Planetary Survey Vehicles (APSV) which swept planetary systems ahead of colony ships leaving Earth, guiding them to habitable planets.The Pythagoras APSV had just signalled its home colony fleet of the discovery of a favourable planet in the HD 37124 system (Constellation: Taurus) when it was struck by something small, enormously heavy and very fast moving. Turin Class AI’s are regarded as sentient, with similar rights to humans - and within their APSV are very well protected. In fact, short of vaporising the ship, they are likely to survive most calamities that may befall their host APSV. Here, in the early morning sun, we see the Search & Rescue ‘droid (semi sentient) the ‘Pas Partous’ as it locates the Pythagoras, which had crash-landed on the planet it had just discovered. Because of the distance that APSV’s search ahead of their home fleets, and as the home colony fleets move more slowly, it has taken 10 standard years for the fleet to reach the planet.”

Sky - Dosch HDRI; Terrain Shader - complex terrain shader made with various textures, many from FreeStuff @ Renderosity by AgentSmith The Pythagoras textures - by Magma @ Devientart;The Pythagoras greebles/nurnies by originalmoron from his site; The Pas Partous textures - mostly by Total Textures, colour-modified to match. The engine glow is from someone’s Babylon 5 model - if it’s yours, let me know - I’m happy to credit you. As ever image colour correction was done in Photoshop CS1.

Spacewreck 6: The Shuttle 'Britannia' released


Spacewreck 5 - mountain

OMG! Now it’s 3 images in a month! You can tell its Christmas vacation time! Also, this is my second post for an image created in Carrara; Bryce is definitely taking a back-seat!

As you can see, I’m well-and-truly back to Spacewrecks, and also I have been thinking about book covers - particularly the small size of the image, the amount of detail that is necessary and so on. I produced and rendered the image in Carrara, some mesh manipulation in Hexagon, and as ever image colour correction was done in Photoshop CS1. I’m really happy with the way this one turned out - colours are good, ship turned out well... I think the image looks very convincing.

Only disappointment is the amount of detail I put inside the shipwreck: only the engines are visible...

As with the previous images, there is a little story for context: “By the beginning of the 21st Century, it was already known that the majority of extrasolar planets were gas giants, like Jupiter and Saturn. It was also known that many of these gas giants were even larger than Jupiter and Saturn many times so. Our solar systems own gas giants have many moons because their enormous mass gives them a huge gravitational attraction, enabling them to easily capture passing objects. This holds true for the gas giants elsewhere in the galaxy too. Additionally, because of their size, and because some of them orbit closer to their star, some of these gas giants have moons that are really terrestrial planets like Mars and Earth.

The problem as discovered by early waves of settlers is gravity... When you have the enormous gravitational influence of a super-sized gas giant, plus the gravitational interaction of many other moons, it makes for a very unstable environment. All of the earth-like moons so far discovered have such unpredictable meteorology and violent tectonic activity that they have been classified as unsafe for settlement. The survey shuttle Britannia was lost surveying one such earth-like moon around the gas giant HD 62509 b, which orbits the star Beta Geminorum (Pollux). A sudden electrical storm caused a complete white out and knocked out the ships sensors, causing it to come down in a near-by mountain range.”

Rendered in Carrara, colour correction was done in Photoshop.

Early Morning Action! released


Mech_mid_colour

Wow! Two images in a month! You can tell its Christmas vacation time!

This is an old image that I never got around to finishing; the release of Bryce 6 got me interested enough to play around again with Bryce and this image caught my imagination... I have never done a ‘Mech’ scene before either, but I had seen the models at Runtime DNA and I liked the idea of these giants striding through the water.

The image is Ok - but looking at the image you can tell its Bryce.. The Bryce renderer just doesn’t cut it anymore - for me at least. The image, really, was about the water - I wanted to produce the ripples and splashes of the Mechs as they went into battle.

As with the previous images, there is a little story for context: “89 light years from Earth, on one of the many moon of a gas giant that orbits the Sol-like HD 82943, Mechs from the 5th Armoured Planetary Defence Battalion repel an early morning raid by out-system Nomads. The attacks, usually for supplies, especially anything that can be used to help maintain spacecraft have recently increased in frequency, and therefore the Battalion has taken to deploying small squads around the clock. The Nomads are usually lightly armed and so easily driven-off, but there is inevitably damage to property.

The image was rendered in Bryce, and colour-corrected in Photoshop CS1. The Bushwacker, Chimera and Shadowcat Mechs are from the freestuff at Runtime DNA. The water texture is by HSIGraphics and the rock texture is from a pack available at the Nvidia site.The water splashes are available in obp form at “
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Sunday, 11 November 2007

<b>I’m still working my way through the Anson Call book... Having a lot of fun so far and love C4D - easily one of the best pieces of software I have ever used. The latest tutorial - modelling the lamp, above - was really very nice. Well laid-out and very satisfying to complete. Garry</b>

Spacewreck 5: Discovery at Lagrange point released

Spacewreck5-DiscoveryatLagrangepoint

Long time between posts... Real-life keeps getting in the way! Also, learning to use Carrara... This is my first post for an image created in Carrara; interesting ride, moving over from Bryce. I went back to Spacewrecks, and also I have been thinking about book covers - particularly the small size of the image, the amount of detail that is necessary and so on. I produced and rendered the image in Carrara, some model manipulations in Hexagon, and as ever image colour correction was done in Photoshop CS1.

I’m really happy with the way this one turned out - colours are good, ship turned out well... Only the little moon is unconvincing - tried all sorts too... Larger, smaller, closer, further away - but it didn’t help. However, I felt the image need a planet there to balance the picture. The background for the image is a skydome - a sphere mapped with an image (or in this case, images) - the Sky dome Starfield was created in Flaming Pears Glitterato, and the Sky dome Nebula image by Magma, available at Devientart. Spacewreck textures by Magma, also at Devientart.

As with the previous images, there is a little story for context: “During the second wave of mans colonisation of the stars, proof that life existed, or had existed elsewhere in the universe was finally incontrovertible. In a small planetary system 10 light years from the Doradus nebula, advance scout ships of the colony ship Endurance discovered a derelict, drifting at the systems Lagrange point Unfortunately, the evidence also indicated that the ship was also incredibly ancient; in fact, when this ship had sailed the stars, dinosaurs still ruled the earth.”

Gone Fishing!' released


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Haven’t posted for a long time, been spending my time learning how to use Carrara and Hexagon... Having finished this piece, I didn’t want to post it as it didn’t come out the way I intended and is way too similar to my other pieces... But then I thought, well why not? It isn’t that bad! Well. It is, though! I wanted to capture ‘normality’ amidst the wonders of a possible future... It just looks like a series of disjointed pieces thrown into a single image... Oh well..

As with the previous images, there is a little story for context - though I was so disappointed with the image I wasn’t even inspired here very much: “Kahn Aat Gild sits on the pier fishing near the coastal spaceport city of Newport, which is located on the tourist moon Waterside. As its name suggests, Waterside has very little land-mass and consists of thousands of atolls, which are really the rims of mostly submerged impact craters.

Kahn works at the Sub-space Communications Centre, and uses his lunch breaks to spend a peaceful hour fishing before the stress of the afternoon workload. Today is Thursday, and so the tourist liner is arriving. From here, the tourists will be taken to one of the many hotels located on the atolls around the planet.”

Rendered in Bryce with a tonne of post work in Photoshop.

Spacewreck 4 - The Erebus


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The Mayflower got a great reception over at Renderosity, and I have produced another image in record time (for me)!! I think this will be my last Space wreck image for a while... However, I think this is the best so far - the wreck itself turned out brilliantly, and I’m really happy with the composition and feel - also, unlike my previous spacewreck image, it is 100% original from conception onwards...

As with my other images, there is a little story for context: “As man made his way to the stars, the drudgery of locating habitable planets was given to a vast fleet of robot probe-ships - essentially AI’s with a hyperdrive engine. These ships scoured the galaxy for planets that could support humans, or where necessary, could do so with a little terra-forming.

117 light years from Earth, around the star 79 Ceti one such probe discovered an ideal planet and duly sent its signal to Earth, a signal that would result in another colony ship making its journey across space. Unbeknown to the colonists, in the 300 years between the probe’s signal and the colony ship Erebus’ arrival, another race had discovered and settled the planet. Soon after establishing orbit, Erebus launched 22 manned site survey ships - all were lost with seconds of entering the atmosphere.”

Bryce, with some Photoshop colour correction.

Spacewreck Released


Spacewreck
I have released a new image over at Renderosity... Its called &”Spacewreck” and I’m quite pleased with it... It’s influenced by an old image by “http://www.angusmckie.co.uk/“ Angus McKie... My image has an accompanying story: “When humans finally made their push to the stars, it wasn’t without cost... Not every colonist ship made it to its destination, and even for some that did the last mile would prove too much. On distant worlds, the twisted and rusted hulks of starships stand as testament to the bravery of those that set out to make new homes...”

Notes: 100% Bryce - just a tiny colour correction in Photoshop.