Thursday, August 18, 2022

Royal Palace

Since my previously posted alien royal palace image was mostly 3d, https://www.artstation.com/artwork/vJBb6d decided to move the camera and try a more dramatic camera angle for a second image. I like both views for different reasons.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Creeper 3

Always loved the "Orbb" skin in Quake 3. This is pieced together with bits of photos, bits of about 6 midjourney images, and a bunch of hand paint. Also channeling a bit of Wes Benscoter here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Megastructures Warp Gate 2

A Warp Gate would be a structure that would house the entrance to an artificial traversable wormhole, which is a distortion of space-time that provides instantaneous travel from one point to another in space, in time, or even between different dimensions. The gate would consist of two parts - one at the point of origin, and one at the destination.

Different sizes of gates could be constructed to allow for human travel through person-sized gates on a planet, or even objects the size of spacecraft through orbiting gates. Popular literature has even spoken of the possibility of giant gates large enough to transport a planet from one location to another.

Part of the "Megastructures: The Visual Encyclopedia" book project, on sale now at http://www.neilblevins.com/megastructures/megastructures.htm 

Monday, August 15, 2022

Video Lesson: Comparing DALL-E and midjourney

So I recently go DALL-E 2 access, & have just posted a video lesson comparing it to midjourney. If you're interested in adding AI to your workflow (photobash or inspiration), this may give you some ideas on which to use for what https://youtube.com/watch?v=ibLxR32CRAk

Friday, August 12, 2022

Megastructure book shipping update!

Megastructure book shipping update! Over 1000 books have shipped out, the remaining 271 books should be shipping monday-ish, so we're in the home stretch. 

Here's just some of the books that have already arrived, keep those pics coming! Thanks everyone for your continued patience! 


There's about 200 physical books left for purchase, so if anyone wants to grab one, here's the link: http://www.neilblevins.com/books/megastructures/megastructures.htm

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Lith Orbiting Artifact 1

A mix of photo and DALL-E 2 generated elements, sprinkle in some 3d and a ton of hand painting in Photoshop. Really channeling my inner 70s scifi artist here. What is that mysterious artifact in orbit?

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Ink And Such

Gettin' all traditional on ya! Passenger Transport.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Turorial: Painting A Robot

Another older video, first time for free on youtube. This tutorial discusses how I use simple 3d, hand paint and photomanipulation in photoshop to render a more detailed design of a robot character. Watch clips of the painting process while I discuss the techniques, and then get a more in depth layer by layer tour of parts of the painting. 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=cyFtgLkLnSQ

Monday, August 8, 2022

2 New Megastructure Paintings

Two new paintings from the book Megastructures: The Visual Encyclopedia.

A Dyson Sphere would be a structure that would enclose a sun to capture the majority of its output energy. The energy could be used for various purposes, such as powering supercomputers, providing a living area for its inhabitants, and other industrial uses. It would come in three varieties: a Dyson Swarm/Ring, a Dyson Bubble, and a Dyson Shell.


An Orbital Shipyard would be a structure that would assemble or repair spacecraft in orbit around a planet. Shipyards would likely be modular and expandable to accommodate more ships as needed.

If human workers were onboard, a segment of the shipyard could be spun to provide gravity, with the zero G areas reserved for work purposes. But considering the cumbersome nature of spacesuits, the need for oxygen, and that certain types of assembly would require a larger crew, it’s more likely the shipyard would be manned by a series of drones and robots. Drones could be controlled by shipyard personnel, either on the planet or in the shipyard itself. Giant 3D printer modules would manufacture necessary components, which would be placed and welded by robots and drones that would fly and crawl.


Buy the book here: http://www.neilblevins.com/books/megastructures/megastructures.htm

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Dramatic Lighting Tutorial

Another oldie but goodie, first time on youtube! Many times the best way to get dramatic lighting in your painting is to reference the real world, so this tutorial discusses how I used the lighting from two photographs in two paintings of a sci-fi scene from my book project "The Story Of Inc".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBv3-ukklR4