Saturday, October 22, 2005

Remote

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While on what was to have been a routine reconnaisance mission, Major Blunder found himself hopelessly lost when the guidance system failed on his F-3487and3/4 Intergalactic Fighter. Nearly out of fuel, and needing to go to the bathroom REALLY badly, he made his way to the only solid ground within range. When he finally emerged from the cramped cockpit of his broken ship, he found himself on a strange, remote planet. The first thing on his mind was "I gotta take a leak". The second thing was "I wish I could paint happy trees like Bob".

Below is v3.0; same as above but without the RGB video projectors beaming across space. Don't know why I didn't think of that earlier on...oh well, better late than never, I suppose.
remote3


Below is v 2.0 (same as above but without the bazillion inch TV)
remote_2

Below is the first version...
remote
These were done digitally with a combination of photos (the remote controls), Bryce4 for the basic planets, mountains, sky, etc., and Photoshop (CS2) and a Wacom tablet for the details, type, etc. The intergalactic fighter plane, the Major Blunder figure, and the other drawn elements were invented.

24 comments:

Catnapping said...

this is wild. i love it.

Anonymous said...

OOOHHH WOW I don't see where it needs more work .... Also like your second 'cold' edition below! The planets look spectacular as does the rest :)

inki said...

I hope any "fixes" come with more of the story. Nice idea on the theme, Rick. It is like an old sci-fi novel cover.
Dede

Don said...

This has a very interesting look already! I can only guess that It'll get better yet.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Wow. That looks great.

Holly said...

Wow! Go captain Blunder-really go! This is quite well done.

Rick Lovell said...

Thanks for the comments, guys.
Inki, don't know if I'll embellish the story, but I did think about making it look like a Sci-fi comic from the 50's. Maybe that's just what I'll do.

R.Soler said...

¡Caramba! ¡Esta imagen es bastante remota!

Ginger*:)* said...

Captain Blunder, you say? He certainly looks very well equipped for any emergency and it looks like he might be heading for one. This is fascinating!!

inki said...

Rick..thumbs up...
Dede/inki

Tony LaRocca said...

But what I want to know is what do the remotes control? Time, space, climate, brains...?

Rick Lovell said...

Tony-
You're right...a remote planet needs something to control, so I added an entertainment system, complete with a VERY widescreen TV. Of course, the inhabitants of this desolate planet constantly lament the fact that there are no "happy trees" in their world.

inki said...

LOL @ Bob Ross addition!
Dede/inki

Wilnara said...

This is great work!!!! Bob Ross ... That was too funny!!!!

carla said...

Very cool! I love the three versions!

Alina Chau said...

Nice illos!! Love your concept!! great mix digital medias too

Jaimie said...

Your work is wonderful. I looked at some of your other illustration friday entries. I love the jelly fish. Just beautiful.

thermion7 said...

Hmmm... Like you have time for this -
I was tagged, and had to write 20 facts about myself. Now I 'm supposed to do the same. I’ve tagged you to write 20 things about yourself

Ian T. said...

Rick, this is sensational - sign me up as a Major Blunder fan! Those RBG video projectors in the first one are very pretty and also kind of cheesy (in a good way), but maybe they make the place look a little too lively and less remote. I think number 3 might be my favourite. Your composition sense is fantastic - I love the way all the perspective elements (the ship, buildings, etc.) pull us into the Major's viewpoint. And I thought the bathroom was built into the suit :). Thanks for your comment on mine - you really got what I was striving for!

Rick Lovell said...

Ian-
You're absolutely right about the video projectors; they're too cheesy and ruin the retro vibe that was happening in #3. But, whatthehay, this is for experimentation and we learn as much from our mistakes as from our successes, so I'm leaving #4 up and see if it can take the embarrassment of being second best.
(btw, Major Blunder's suit is equipped with a "relief bladder", but after he polished off that "Quantum Gulp" back at the rest stop on the edge of the HorseHead Nebula, the thing was about to overflow...I know we've all been THERE before!)

Felicity said...

Just found your blog following Thermion's link. I'm speechless - I doubt I'll be commenting much! Amazing stuff!

Queen Tut said...

This is awesome! You are very talented! I will be back for more...

Anonymous said...

OK, I see now where the 'more work' fitted ... Your extra work has payed off with great success!

Jeroen said...

LOL @ Bob Ross!