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.
Strange experimental art from another world. When Void Pilot Jones stepped onto the new world – was something affecting his mind, his vision, or both?
Martian without Home
Colorized stock photo, add tentacle in place of arm/hand, and a bunch of other image manipulation. Inspired by Kelly Freas’ cover for ‘Martin go Home!’.
Inspired by the old O’Neil colony paintings. The inside of an inhabited asteroid that’s been carved out and spun up. The long pole is lightning for the colony. Light piped in from outside / sun / sol. Polar coordinate image conversion fun and lots of stock photos of landscapes and mountains.
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.