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.
For a brief period, some Deviant Art people were recreating cartoon characters in surreal/realistic styles. I jumped right on board. This is Leela from Futurama by way of a stock photo and a lot of Photoshop work.
Originally published in Amazing Stories WorldCon 2017 edition. Stock photo from Pixabay manipulated with digital tools.
Vegas over Venus
The concept is an orbital casino world orbiting Venus. Why? For the alliteration of course. There’s money in alliteration! Only partly a polar image conversion this time. Lots of buildings added, a nice asteroid as well, and the force field is a soap bubble image. With lots and lots of color fiddling.
Space Hab 14
Originally published in Amazing Stories WorldCon 2017 edition – based on stock NASA photos and a photo of the Pilgrim Explorer model kit which was then digitally manipulated.
Space Hab 14 – Greyscale
Greyscale version of the color image originally published in Amazing Stories WorldCon 14 edition.
Cruise to Mars
With a LOT of apologies to John Berkey. I always loved his spaceships and it suddenly hit me that they looked like someone reassembled cruise ships and put them in space. So I did that. Not totally happy with the result but a fun experiment nonetheless. You can guess how this was made by now....
Similar to Reela Leela this is a surreal/photorealistic version of Cartman from South Park. OMG was this a lot of Photoshop work and a bunch of stock photos. If memory serves me, the eyes are cueballs and the shoe soles are a radial tire tread.
A gag poster/postcard from the times when Gateway Computers owned Amiga Computers. One of Gateway’s addresses was Dakota Dunes and the concept for a rural beach was born. Lots of stock photos, vintage photo, and a tiny bit of 3D.
A different April Fools gag. Took a public domain vintage image of an Oracle computer room and colorized it and changed it to use Amiga computer iconography. The intention is to simulate old post card styles.
Braced For Impact
Same client, different ad, colorized stock photo and the same theme.