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Aerial battle by PReilly Aerial battle by PReilly
Experimenting with some different digital painting techniques. I came up with a futuristic art deco style city.

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Zynoveous-Prime Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This reminds me of a Doctor Who episode.
bradsmith20 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
seriously amazing.
jizzyjiz Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! , realy awesome one!
jessielynn85 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
I think i've seen you on concept art. you are amazing
hyenacub Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I featured this in my journal - Great sci-fi illustration!
Orochina Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
Awesome picture. I really love its lights.
kaiverta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Very atmospheric. O o
proconpictures Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
the soft feel to this painting feels so smooth. that is supposed to be a compliment.
Blackwinds Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
Perfection! The lighting, the shading, and the coloring. I hope to see more like this in the future!
VixenValkyrja Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Thank you for sharing this, it's beautiful! Because of that, I have featured it in my latest journal :)

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chicho21net Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional General Artist
wow just wow!!
purplerose Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006   Photographer
Very nice work. I love the dramatic lighting.
RedFlame82 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006
Awsome imagination u got , and awsome art work
PReilly Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
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.

Thanks again for the comments.

swayback Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
haha I look through my 20+ devwatches every day and get excited when I see a new one from you :)
as always, I dig the lighting
soys Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
realy dynamic composition
farcry77 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Its really really good. The glowing objects are created very nicely. And I like ur creativity and imagination.
obselete-angel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006  Professional
This is very awsome.
SDkidd Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Hobbyist
SpecialAgentBob Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
Man that looks epic!
valeks Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Student Photographer
cloud city? :)
bronze Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
Great colors. green though, i guess it overcomes a bit against a reality feel.
Love the monastery design and its lights.
Ship design feels weird, like alladin lamps, but why not :)
Vargiss Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
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!
pulyx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
god damn awesome. it'd be pretty cool if you posted a tutorial ^_^
PReilly Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
Thanks Pulyx.

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.

pulyx Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Damn. i never thought of doing like that.
I avoid doing sceneries from scratch because i cant work straight lines right when the canvas is too big. But now you've shown me new light hahah.

And dude. If you are not sure you "got the hang of it" ...i can tell for sure. you DEFINATELY got the hang of it.
AntonWong Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
still awesome.. definitely +fave..
RebelTrooper Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
oh a jedi temple under attack..jeje great! :ahoy:
robo-c Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
amazing as always
mizzblueberry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
How can you make it look so real? o.O Awesome job.
PReilly Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
Thanks guys. (BTW, I noticed this image doesn't show up on my gallery??? What's up with that?)

Secondwolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
I have seen that happen before, normally it can take an hour or more to do this sometimes (longest happened to me was 12 hours).
darktzeratul Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
Very nice. I like the angle.
glayshard Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
Wow, amazing. Looks like concept art for a movie
larkin2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
I love the style of this piece and the mood is really good. Nice work :)
thenumber42 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
I simply love your futuristic skyline work. Damn.
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