Thanks everyone. I've been leaning towards painting environments lately because Im a bit rusty when it comes to drawing machinery and buildings (I don't seem to have patience for using rulers and creating perspective lines and vanishing points etc.) If you notice you'll see that I tend to obscuer straight line buildings in darkness and also opt for creating architecture with organic shapes (that don't require rulers etc.)
Need to break through that barrier of not using certain tools.
I'd say the painting techniques are succesful. I like the nice soft look to it, the use of color-as always-, and the placement of the cool lights opposite the explosion. The building design is nice too. Very deco. Excellent work!
Since I haven't quite got the hang of this technique Im going to wait until I get all the bugs out before considering a tutorial.
I can tell you it's similar to Ryan Church's technique ( I read his tutorial a while ago and understood most of it but there were some missing parts that I had to figure out...I don't even know if I figured them out correctly or not.)
I can give you a quick rundown of the steps though -
1) Open a new canvas (low resultion... About 100DPI roughly 8"X12") in Photoshop or Painter. The reason I keep a low resolution in the beginning is because I use very large brushes to block in lights and darks quickly in the beginning. If I have it at a large resolution it tends to slow down my large brushes a bit.
2) Use paintbucket to give you'r canvas a midrange of tone (grey).
3) Work only in B&W in the starting stage. Select a brush you feel confortable in and begin blocking in your image. I like stay zoomed waaaay out when doing my initial blocking. I can better read the image to see if the lights and darks are balanced. (Since you're only using B&W you really don't have to worry about color tones. Just proceed as though you're creating a B&W pencil sketch.)
Use darker tones for shadows and white's for highlights.
4) Once you have your rough dark and light areas blocked in and are done with using the large brushes you can proceed to make the canvas size larger (300DPI)
5) Now switch to smaller brush sizes and begin added tighter and tighter details.
6) Once you're done with your B&W image create a new layer, convert it to MULTIPLY and use the airbrush to give a color tone to your image.
7) Next, create another layer and convert it to OVERLAY and once again use your airbrush to give really saturated tones to the areas which have brilliance (for example the explosion erea on my last piece).
8) Once you feel confortable with the tones in your image you can flatten the layers and then keep keep working right on the flat layer and just use the EYE DROPPER tool to select the tones you established with your MULTIPLY and OVERLAY steps.