space art

Great article on artist Peter Jones

Toward the end of last year I posted a new image - "Explorers Of The New Frontiers" - that was inspired by a fantastic image by artist Peter Jones.

As a fab follow-up, scifi author John Guy Collick has a great article on Peter over at his blog - well worth reading!

More Pulp Scifi Covers!

Having started developing my own pulp covers, I can’t stop! Here is the latest… Laugh

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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.

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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!

September Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Whooopps! I’m very late with my September wallpapers!

For my September wallpaper and calendar collection I wanted to do a big planet with a really gnarly texture - I ended up doing three! Imaginatively, the illustration is called ‘Trinity’ and is 100% Photoshop.
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The planet textures came from all sorts of places, and each of the planets comprises multiple textures in layers - textures include slate, granite, moss covered rocks and so on.

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 3200x2000 (2560x1440 for the calendars). The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added an iPad retina hi-res version.

Get it from the Downloads & Links section

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!

Gallery Additions

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

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

June Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

It’s wallpaper time!

For my June wallpaper and calendar collection I thought I would create a space scene that celebrated Ridley Scott’s new Sci-Fi film ‘Prometheus’ which opened in Paris yesterday. In his original ‘Alien’ as well as ‘Prometheus’, the planet visited by humans is a moon around a ringed gas giant.
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No 3d work in this months image - everything was created in Photoshop. The planet textures came from all sorts of places; for instance, the moon in the foreground is created from a montage of satellite pictures of Moroccan desert. Because of the angle, I had dreadful problems with the gas giant rings - it was very difficult to get the perspective right and to ensure they were recognisable as rings. I’m still not convinced they look right.

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 2560x1440. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added an iPad retina hi-res version.

Get it from the Downloads & Links section

Enjoy!

February Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

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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!

My Tweeted Photoshop Space Art 2011 Hints & Tips

Here are my 2011 Photoshop space art hints & tips:
  • Still the best Photoshop starfield tutorial there is - by Greg Martin http://t.co/L9A71Tu
  • Create planets in Photoshop without using textures or satellite images: http://www.solarvoyager.com/images/tutorials/splanet.jpg
  • Create scifi textures using your 3d package and PS - great tutorial from PhilipK http://www.philipk.net/tutorials/materials/metalmatte/metalmatte.html
  • Create a supernova for your space scenes in 6 steps http://keepwalking07.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/resources/tutorials/digiart/dpadigi/photoshop/#/d1p6bfo
  • Create beautiful planets with just brushes using Greg Norton's excellent tutorial http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_planet.html
  • Tutorial on creating Nebulas with cloud stock and brushing: http://cchomikk.deviantart.com/art/Nebula-Tutorial-133832795
  • How to create gas giant planets in Photoshop http://www.solarvoyager.com/images/tutorials/gasgiant.jpg
  • How to create spaceship hull textures in Photoshop http://www.psionic3d.co.uk/tutorials/shiphull.html
  • How to create an impact shockwave in Photoshop http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=shockwave+tutorial#/d39vtw
  • How to paint an asteroid in Photoshop http://scifisrc.deviantart.com/art/Asteroid-Tut-By-Coldflame1987-5645137
  • Video walkthrough/tutorial of the creation of a piece of space art in Photoshop http://superiorgamer.deviantart.com/#/d2y49i4
  • Complete PS planet creation tutorial/walkthrough in Flash http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&q=grand+planet#/d1m32nq
  • Nebular creation walkthrough http://archang3lzz.deviantart.com/art/Pyres-Of-Atonement-Walkthrough-156045241

January 2012 Wallpapers & Calendars Are Available

All ready for the New Year!

Absolutely the final freebie of 2011, I have opted for a the cold-toned image, “Red Dwarf”...

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As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, as well as a plain wallpaper pack that also includes an iPads/tablets size (works for most smartphones too). All the packs contain a choice of 3 widescreen monitor sizes.

As ever, you can find them in the downloads section. Enjoy!

December Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!


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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!

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!

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

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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!

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

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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....

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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!

More Photoshop Nebulas

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More Photoshop nebulas: this one is named after the Flame Nebula

May Wallpapers & Calendars Available

The May calendars are available for download in the ‘Goodies’ section. English and French language versions, as well as a choice of widescreen sizes.

More Photoshop Space Art


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I have been working on some dramatic new space art pics in Photoshop... Above is an example called “Nova”. You can find a larger version in the Illustrations section.

Photoshop Nebulas


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I have been really, really struggling to produce realistic/effective looking (not the same thing!) nebulas in Photoshop... I have worked through dozens of tutorials which have explored all sort of techniques, to the point of exhaustion... Ultimately, wether you go for blending clouds, brushes, painting, a mix of all approaches, the key is Layers - lots of them... Build your nebula through many, many layers.

More Photoshop Planets


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More Photoshop planet tutorials - as you can see from the screen shot, I’m trying for the photorealistic look...

I discovered a very useful video tutorial on Deviant Art for creating planets
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Photoshop Planets


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I have been working my way through loads of Photoshop tutorials - creating star fields, planets, gas giant planets, nebulas, etc, etc...

Deviant Art is a great resource for these; the screen grab is my progress through Greg Martin’s “Make A Planet” Tutorial... Well worth the effort, as is Greg’s Star Field Tut.... Get them
here.

Spacewreck 3 - The Mayflower released


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I am a long-time fan of the work of Chris Foss (I used to stand in WH Smiths as a young teen staring at his book cover art for hours...). Recently, I decided to produce a piece influenced by one of his book covers, but as part of the Spacewreck series. Fans of Chris Foss will recognise that this image is a homage to Chris,s work for E E Doc Smith’s ‘Grey Lensman’ book cover during the 1970’s.I’m really pleased with the results this time... I agonised over the shade of the hull, the amount of ‘rot’, as well as the lighting - producing hundreds of images in the process... Think that the final image is just about right, though.

As with the previous images, there is a little story for context: “The workhorse of mans colonisation of the stars was the ‘Behemoth’ Utility and Colonist Transport Craft. These were essentially the 22nd Century equivalent of container ships used in late 20th Century industrial age. Behemoth’s were half a million tonnes of hyperspace engine and storage area, transporting thousands of colonists at a time along with everything they needed to establish their home on the new planet.

Here we see the Starship Mayflower in orbit around a colonised planet some 41 light years from Earth in the constellation of Cancer, around the star 55 Cancri, a binary star system. Like most Behemoth-class starships, the Mayflower was stripped of any useful components once the colonists had established themselves on the planet. Since then it has been left to its fate in high orbit, being peppered by small meteorites, reduced to scrap piece by tiny piece.”

Ship rendered in Bryce, background and overall image colour correction in Photoshop.

Pulp Scifi Covers For March

So, here’s another faux pulp scifi magazine cover… I’m accidentally creating a Photoshop template for creating these, which I think I’ll post soon over on my DeviantArt page. I’ll let you know when I do. These are just so much fun do to. Happy

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Pulp Scifi Covers And Guilty Pleasures!

One of my guilty little pleasures is spending far too much time playing with Bradley W. Schenck’s brilliant ‘Pulp-O-Mizer’ on his site Thrilling Tales.

The Pulp-O-Mizer allows you to build your own faux 1930’s pulp scifi covers… The only problem - for me - is that you can’t use your own content or save them… So, I’ve started to make my own!

Here is the first...

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