His Trusty Steam by novelist ()
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I wanted to try something in the Steampunk genre (which I love) so here's my first image in 2010. I am teaching myself Blacksmith 3d Paint, so, I mapped a terrain model for starters. My work flow went: Filter Forge, Blacksmith 3D, Artmatic Voyager, Daz, Pixelmator (for signing and compressing). I used Jepe's Steam. Most of the models came from Daz, and the free wheel is from DreamPaint's site. Thanks for looking and for any comments you care to leave. It looks better zoomed if you have the time.
Image Comments (25)
Utter coolness! Awesome sky, love that dragon .. or is it a bird? The hot red behind the man and the dragon beasty looks like there's a lava flow just behind that ridge they are on. I love the freaky multi colored toxic fumes rising everywhere. A fantastic toxic world you've created!
well I just looked up "Steampunk" because my knowledge of these things is a little above that of a newt. (No offense to newts. They're a warm & loving species...) So it's a Victorian type of milieu with modern technology thrown in, and a lot of play between the two time periods. That's just cursory; but if I'm close, it seems like a great playground for your wonderful subtle humor & your own sense of play. You have a big 'burst' with the dragon-like machine, every thing radiating outward into space, including the fire. It really is a spill of an image, and it comes right at us in the foreground. (I keep saying it, but there's your design sense again: Here, being very dramatic.) It's an inventive creature, and I can see where the fun of this genre comes in (there's something tongue & cheek about its design to my eyes). And there's the trusty rider: He kneels in fidelity, I like his outfit (well done!), and he's carrying some kind of blue thing---a jersey? a sweatshirt? a flying scarf? Looks like something he wears in the air...And I see the steam, and there's a cactus-y thing to the right of the man (I can't tell if those are water drops or actual cactus, though I like it in either case). And that wheel half sunken into the ground: Has a pagan feeling to it, don't ask me why. Maybe the shape...And you have to know: Your landscape, though primal & bleak, is dappled with the most vibrant colors. Whether they're from the steam or some cauldron under the ridge or just the atmosphere of this world, they give the whole piece a big glow and uplift. And the cloud patterns add to the "burst" of the piece. It's bright & exuberant & a lot of fun. I assume it's hard & time-consuming to make this, but it feels "whooshed" onto the frame in seconds; and its a surprise for me, because I don't remember too many images like this in your gallery! Will we see more? (Only the shadow knows...) (Boy, old radio. I don't think I was even born when that show aired!) Really fun, Cathy, and I admire you for doing pieces like this. They look like a lot of work, but it feels like a wonderful romp! The burst just dominates our sight!
Excellent image! His trusty steam looks like a very goofy and affectionate mechanical dragon. I can see him hanging his head in dejection when he develops a fault and his rider has to make repairs. He looks a little heavy to fly, but then so do airplanes. I love the details and rusty quality of him. Wonderful background, color and atmosphere. A humorous and inventive render!