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Shards: Contact by AdamBurn Shards: Contact by AdamBurn
Whats this? no stars, no planets..... no space, is this really an image by me?
Well yes, Ive been practicing with matte painting for a while in my own time and this is an image I decided to do after I thought I had practiced enough.
Due to the resolution of the image, 7000x4000, A lot of the elements had to be hand painted to keep up the image quality. The main cloud formation was done using some 50 cloud images and some hand painted areas. The ground again is mostly photos, the shard is all hand painted as are the jets and the red and blue cloud areas and lightning.
The planes where especially hard, I had referance photos of the planes which I used to get the shape and used as a referance to get the details right.

This is basically a concept for a movie idea I had based on my last image, Shards, the concept is what would happen if they came to earth, kinda War of the Worlds meets The Day After Tomorrow, I will do some more matte paintings based around this concept over time. The cloud is based around a super cell and the bottom is based around volcanic pyroclastic flows.

Anyway enough chit chat go look for yourself

Enjoy

Resolution: 7000x4000
DPI: 300
Time: approx 24 hours on and off
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:icondesertninja:
desertninja Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Can i buy this from you?
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thatenglishguy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
My eyes just expanded to the size of dinner plates. Awesome picture. I has a question though. Top middle of the pic there looks like a tooth-pick...is that a projectile coming from the main ship or is it a smaller 'fighter' ship?
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:icontriplepogi2009:
triplepogi2009 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Can I use this in my film?
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Film?
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:icontriplepogi2009:
triplepogi2009 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Digital Artist
Dead Eclipse 2 yeah.
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:iconkacktustoo:
kacktustoo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm, i've always wondered do you do your backgrounds first and then add the ships, fighters etc or the other way around?
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I usually lay down the basic form of the background and colours but I then tend to work on the foreground elements first then finish the background, but not allways, sometimes the background is done way before the rest.
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:iconkacktustoo:
kacktustoo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh thanks (:
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:iconkrigl:
krigl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
7000 x 4000.... the mind boggles! Excellent work, especially for 24 hours, very impressive!
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:icondragonstrider:
DragonStrider Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC!!! and the Raptors :clap:
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:iconbillndrsn:
billndrsn Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Faved in link...:)
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:iconnate832:
Nate832 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
omg i like it
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:iconkalshion:
Kalshion Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not that bad, to bad its not critqueable, would've done that if it was ;)
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah the critique thing is rathyer new, this up uploaded some time ago
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:iconforceofreason:
ForceOfReason Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
amazing.
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:iconkevburn:
kevburn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
your work is truely amazing, im baffled! the pefect combination of so many mediums, again, truely amazing
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BuzzTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Student General Artist
That thing would not be something I would fly a jet into...no way. LoL
you did an Awesome job on this one, combining those elements like that takes some serious skill, and you sir, own that skill. DAT and War of the worlds are a couple of my favorite movies!Even Better!! :XD:
is that a second crystal in the bottom left off in the distance? Alien ships never come alone...0_o
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes it is and ther eis another one falling from the sky. Thank you very much for the kind words :ahoy:
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:iconbuzzthewolf:
BuzzTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh no! the world is ending!!*fuel lines freeze in car* Man, always with the car!! Why can't it be his car*points at random guy nearby* for once?!? LoL
Tis no problem ta be givin' a great artist as yeself kind words when ye have well earned dem'!Yarrrr...
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:iconanklax:
AnklaX Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
you just met them and you think that the aliens are not friendly!

typical humans!

just joking, FANTASTIC art there

I dig
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah but big rocky spires causeing huge storms and eating the ground isnt a good basis for friendship hehe
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:iconlong-pham:
Long-Pham Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
pfiuu great ^^ good work !
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:iconluyenm:
LuyenM Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply beautiful. Very nice work
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks you
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:iconerpc117:
ERPC117 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
This is really Awesome!!;)
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:iconsmangii:
Smangii Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist
Great details :+fav:
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:iconblogan:
Blogan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
:wow: You are now my sci-fi hero :D
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks
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:iconblogan:
Blogan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
you're welcome :boogie:
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:iconenglart:
Englart Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
amazing work. Id love to do the score when you make your flick
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:iconspiritualbaggers:
SpiritualBaggers Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Brilliant work! The light and reflective surfaces have been done brilliantly! The scale is about right and the feel of some sort of doom is brilliant!
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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NicoRobinLover Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
When will you do the sequel of the story ?!

I imagine one of these ship in the middle of central park.. :#1:
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:iconzs-lycan:
zs-Lycan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008   Digital Artist
Amazing. :D
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:iconskillzombie:
SkillZombie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work man. The overall detail of the explosion looks great.
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:iconsetzerdivi:
setzerdivi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
It looks like "Sin" from the Final Fantasy X game is coming from the grey clouds. I really love it, amazing. :D You're v. talented. :D
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:iconthe-danzor:
the-danzor Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
All your work is amazing and inspiring!
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :ahoy:
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:iconjacq-siir:
Jacq-Siir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
how can i get the full size image? or are you keeping it to yourself? :p
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The full size image is 7000 pixels wide there is no way I'm uploading that unless its for a print
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:iconjacq-siir:
Jacq-Siir Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Awww...
how about somtyhing smaller? say 1920x1200??
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:iconjacq-siir:
Jacq-Siir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hey thats AMAZING! And i love the movie idea, WotW+DaT, I think stories like this (and Fallout) are going ot be about more often...
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:iconivofarcry:
ivofarcry Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Well that super cloud with lighting looks amazing
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:icontoralien:
Toralien Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
That is so cool!! I love the clouds and THOSE PLANES! How did you do those planes?
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Used some photos of raptors as referance so I could paint the detail right as well as get the shape, oddly enough the raptor is actually quite easy to paint, as its a very simple shape and lots of angles
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Toralien Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Ooooh, I'm going to try that. Since you make them look so good XD haha
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JMcDouges Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I am beginning to think you have an obsession with glass and crystals :D. Anyway, looks awesome. I'm especially impressed by the quality of the jets, exceptional work for someone who has never drawn them before. I noticed minor issues, but that's just my hyper-critical side so I would definitely ignore it. I like this new direction though, you have some very unique ideas and it will be cool to see some of them in matte paintings. :+fav:
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:iconbillndrsn:
billndrsn Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great.
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:iconscorpidilion:
Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
cool stuff ;)
good job :thumbsup:
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:icontimegate:
timegate Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Awesome Concept and I love scrolling up the cloud formation and seeing the shard coming out the top.

Love the F22 planes as well :)
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