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