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December 1, 2008
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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


Resolution: 7000x4000
DPI: 300
Time: approx 24 hours on and off
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desertninja Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Can i buy this from you?
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 that a projectile coming from the main ship or is it a smaller 'fighter' ship?
triplepogi2009 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Can I use this in my film?
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
triplepogi2009 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Digital Artist
Dead Eclipse 2 yeah.
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?
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.
kacktustoo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh thanks (:
krigl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
7000 x 4000.... the mind boggles! Excellent work, especially for 24 hours, very impressive!
DragonStrider Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC!!! and the Raptors :clap:
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