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Carrier by Carl-Holden Carrier by Carl-Holden

Type: Internal 2DRPG illustration 1/2 page speed painting
Medium Photoshop

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I'm not so good at spaceships or vehicles of any sort, so they are intresting to work on. Produced for Nova Praxis.

Process and Associating images

Bit more information on how it was made as its seems popular. I have a set of custom shapes which I use to build up detail in 3 layers. Shadow, mid tones and light. The process is somewhat hapazard but people seem to like looking a repeated shapes in images; which the custom shapes help to do. In this instance 2-4 shapes have been used to create the whole image. You can then transparency lock the shadow, mid tones or light layers and drag more custom shapes to increase detail , push areas into the shadows or define by painting onto it. Then finally when i'm happy with the design I touch up edges add additional colours.

The custom shapes are created using a photograph,desaturating it and pushing the levels until solid greys/black/whites are created, magicwand which ever solid colour you want, then right click, convert into path. I then save this path as a custom shape.Its a techique the artist sparth coined. In this instance the ship shapes have been made from photos of aircraft carriers, the tops of buildings [to detail paneling] a circuit board for circular bits and the Dover clifts for discolouration and planets surface.

I enjoy using this method for landscapes and chunky vehicles because it generates ideas quickly with, in most cases happy accidents. A draw back however is that designs can start to look very similar. Which isn't a a problem on one project where a unified look can be good, but more so for different projects with different clients as they may get upset that you're creating similar designs .

Below are examples where I use the same custom shapes to create images. Notice that the same detailing on ships undersides is cropping up on levels  as well.

Vantage Station by BadbrushArt  Mars Olympus by BadbrushArt

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:icontomjardine:
TomJardine Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Nice! Would you be open to letting me use one in a short film I'm producing?
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Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Sorry I can't, most of the images I produce are owned by a company. In this instances its www.voidstarstudios.com/ so you would need to ask permission from them.
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TomJardine Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Appreciate that. Thanks BadbrushArt.
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Wes-of-StarArmy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I purchased Nova Praxis, so it's nice to know I indirectly supported your art.
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Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
:D Thanks that's one of the best things to hear.
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:iconzarahemna:
Zarahemna Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Nice!

I think you should have more confidence in your ability to draw vehicles and ships!
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:iconcarl-holden:
Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Thanks ;)
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:iconzeedurrani:
zeedurrani Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice sketch dude I like the quick strokes implying scale on this.
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:iconcarl-holden:
Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Thanks man, its been suprising me a bit how much people like this.
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:iconzeedurrani:
zeedurrani Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yeah it's nice, I think the design is spot on, and as a thumbnail just looks great... something about it.. :)
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Two words : I love it !
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:iconscorpidilion:
Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Photographer
great work :thumbsup: ;)
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:iconcarl-holden:
Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Thanks
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:iconridley84:
Ridley84 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome
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:iconcarl-holden:
Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Thanks
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:iconnakahi:
nakahi Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wery wery cool !!!!! ^^
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:iconcarl-holden:
Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Good :)
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:icondanowgo:
danowgo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
flat top space carrier who land at top?
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:iconcarl-holden:
Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Pitched top with plating designed to be scarified in firefights. I was thinking when designing it that it would transport short ranged craft into heated zones and soak up fire, so nothing on top. Although I can see the similarities to aircraft carriers as the custom shapes were based on the underside of them.
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:icondanowgo:
danowgo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
ententestyle  :3
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:icondraco-smog:
Draco-Smog Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool ship
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:iconcarl-holden:
Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Thank you
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:iconpinarci:
PINARCI Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece.
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:iconcarl-holden:
Carl-Holden Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Glad you liked it
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