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01-25-2001, 08:46 PM
Well, this forum has really caught on, so after a 3 month hiatus, I thought I'd contribute. A digital painting in Painter 5.5 in the style of Chris Foss and the tech artists of the 60's - 70's.

<img src='http://www.primenet.com/~dhenton/stars.jpg'>

"Art is anything you can get away with." -- Marshall McLuhan

01-26-2001, 08:37 PM
You know what they say....Post and they will come. Nice work in painter. I have only done a few myself and only have the classic version, so I am no expert. How did you create this? Have any more to show? Like to see more!

01-26-2001, 08:37 PM
Great scene. Cool nebula effect. I'd like to see more of that ship. For the glow around the stars, did you use the bleach eraser or something else? Is that the Big Dipper in the upper right corner? And they said I wasting my time watching Star Trek all those years http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif.


01-27-2001, 01:08 PM
The starfield is from a program called <a href='http://members.nbci.com/echomag/starbits/index.htm'>starbits</a>. It's in charge of the haze.

The nebula was done using the airbrush in painter set to transparent layer mode and the stars in the nebula and the ship were made with the pen tool and brushes in transparent mode.

I have one pen, one brush and one airbrush set up to simulate acrylics, and I am trying to use the program as a simulator for acrylic painting. So far, I haven't been able to resist some non-traditonal features , such as erase and extensive use of layers, so it isn't quite the simulation of physical media that it could be.

One of the biggest "tricks" I use I got from
<a href='http://www.goodbrush.com'>Craig Mullins</a> which is to work up elements at 3-4 times the size of actual delivery and then reduce them down in the final composite.
He contributed a tutorial to wetcanvas a couple of months back called "The Suit".

Nice to see all this activity. Finally get to talk to somebody about Photoshop!!

"Art is anything you can get away with." -- Marshall McLuhan

[This message has been edited by dhenton (edited January 27, 2001).]

01-29-2001, 11:26 AM
Verrrrrry nice. I appreciate it that you used the nebula color to light the ship, as opposed to a more clinical white light (which wouldn't have made sense).

Yeah, I'd like to see more of that ship, too. But it looks like we won't get to, since I somehow get the impression that the "nebula" is perhaps some interstellar ship-eating creature about to have a snack! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Or maybe my imagination is running away with itself. Ahem.

Thanks for the explanations and the links! Agreed RE: working much larger than necessary. It really adds to smoothness and in a space scene like this, that's particularly vital.

-=- Jen "Yummy ships..." de la Cruz
http://www.Pixelscapes.com and http://www.BewareOfArt.com