Lots and lots of stock photos, color manipulation, and editing. A heightened sense of reality and over saturation of color to suggest a bright future.
As below, so above.
I just wanted to do a ringworld and decided, what if Earth added a ringworld around itself? The usual creative commons images formed the base of this.
Falling into the Past
Creative Commons licensed images from Pixabay.com and PxHere.com. Inspired by Paul Levinson’s story “Slipping Time” from Amazing Stories – WorldCon 2018 issue.
The color version of the image published in Amazing Stories.
Amazing Stories WorldCon/Fall 2018
Various pieces I did for Amazing Stories – I allowed myself one story illustration but had to also do an illustration for the film review column when the artist assigned to that didn’t come through. The rest are little ‘filler’ pieces to prevent too much empty space in the magazine. As with all my work,...
The Big New Years Party
My first commission. Story illustration for my late friend Bud Webster’s story ‘The Big New Years Party’ as published in Nth Degree. http://www.nthzine.com/current-issue/ – photo composition with a Topaz Studio filter.
Giant Robot Attacks
Inspired by Simon Stålenhag, this piece contrasts high technology with a rural scene. Unlike my inspiration, I also added humor by using a windup robot toy as the giant technological element.
I turned a lichen-covered boulder into a meteor with added craters. NASA and PXhere.com stock images.
An idea I’ve had for some time. Had to repaint room to fit this size – meaning I invented more ceiling and floor to fill top and bottom. Lots of Creative Commons stock photos.
A riff on Grant Woods classic American Gothic. Usual composition of NASA and stock photos in the creative commons. Post-processed with Topaz Labs Pro with my own custom filter to give a painted appearance (mostly to cover up the fact that I have very low-resolution clips in many of the composites.
Verdant Hills of Terra
Another riff on a famous Kelly Freas piece. His cover for ‘The Green Hills of Earth” by Robert A. Heinlein. I never understood why Kelly had Rhysling holding a gun and standing in a tangle of red… something. So my Rhysling is holding a blind man’s cane and has his accordion in a case beside...