One of the hard things I have discovered in painting digitally is doing fine detailed straight lines from drawings. I stopped using the reference drawing as a guide for doing the work on the ship because the reference lines were too thick to see what I was painting under them if it is a layer above and not much help if it is below. Also, to better achieve the straight lines of all the aztec designs in the model, I have had to go to 400% magnification where normally I am working at 50%. Still I am correcting line angles and dropping back to 50% magnification to see the overall effect. So much work.
Why, oh why did I decide to make all those gray patches on this ship? I haven’t even finished the under-paint because I am working on getting the mottled pattern painted in first. It is like playing some strangely slow Tetris game without music and I appear to be losing, which in this case would be good because the ship would be covered. Anyway, here is an updated image with more of the surface covered and glows around all the light posts.
I just wanted to let you know the speed paint (lol) planet project is no longer a random project without a name. The image is now title “Linear Thinkers in a Nonlinear Universe”, which goes a long way to my view of how people handle a universe full of suprises.
Here is a first look at the ship in progress for the planet/nebula painting. As you can see, I went for something really strange. What I liked about this idea was that it was really linear, boxy, and had a lot of straight lines, which is totally opposite of the rest of the painting. Everything else is curved and organic feeling where the ship intrudes with its blocky self. Still a way to go yet but I like the glow I got on the ship lights, even when transferred to the painting.
Well the ship, if you can call it that, is progressing slowly. I copied it onto the main painting a couple of times just to play with it and see how it worked but there is a way to go. I have to tell you that it doesn’t make much sense as a ship; however, I never claimed to be a good modeler. I hope you enjoy it anyway when I reveal the finished project.
I decided that the planet/nebula painting needed a space ship and boy did I come up with an odd one. Now the trick is to make it look good, which is a challenge for me as I told you when I was working on the Y-wings for the Carrie Fisher tribute. However, if I can fit it into the painting I think this will be the correct ship for the image.
Here is another odd thought that rattles around in my cranium. Consider a super advanced race wanting to create a generational spaceship to take life on a long space journey. Not a new or original idea, there are many science fiction stories out there with huge ships that are filled with levels, including sections filled with lush forests and farm lands to feed the crew and colonists. However, most stories take the familiar view of life being sustained on the inside of the craft, which is how we most associate space travel from a historical viewpoint. All our practical knowledge of space travel comes from human missions in small metal vehicles. Science Fiction stories have replaced the metal with the stone of an asteroid in some cases, but the idea is essentially the same.
Now, consider a race so advanced that they could make planets and suns. What if they created an entire solar system to maintain one specific planet to serve as the space ship on a journey so long that even a metal star-ship would not do? What if they made a spaceship on such a grand scale that it was a living, breathing, and evolving solar system? That is essentially what we are on. Many people get the concept that we fly through space on earth as we circle the sun, but I wonder how many people think about the fact that the entire solar system is on a longer journey through the galaxy and the universe as a whole? We are on a multi-generational voyage to some unknown part of the universe. Will our progeny live to see the end of our trip? Think about it.