Friday, May 16, 2014

Galaxy Prime Art 3: Space Battle

This is probably my second-favorite piece that I did for the Galaxy Prime Role Playing Game.

GP, pg. 120: "When facing a Runarian Dreadnaught, the best
strategy for an Izars Heavy Fighter is to run!"

Because of time considerations, this is the only real action shot in the book The other images are cool, but a bit static. Honestly, I just didn't have the time or skill at that time to create cool space battles. It took a few images to develop the skills and speed I needed to make something like this.

By the way, this picture is particularly effective in the book because it's at the bottom of the page, so it looks like both ship and laser blast are about to speed off the page to escape capture.

For those of you interested in this type of detail, if you look closely at the Dreadnaught, you'll see that there is a slight curve to the ship. I achieved this by bringing the camera in close and using a very short focal length; as in the real world, this contributed a little fisheye effect to the picture, which I think helped enhance the sense of movement and menace. This also accounts for the distortion of the outer nacelle to appear a lot bigger than the other one.

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