|Just a bit of nerdy fun.|
Jon Hrubesch is a freelance artist who lives in Wisconsin with his wife and three children. When he is not working as a graphic artist and newscast director for a local NBC affiliate, he illustrates images of science fiction and fantasy.
Dark Matter T.V. Series
Fantasy Flight Games
ImagineFX Special 100th Issue
Digital Art Techniques & Process
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It's been a while since I found myself painting an image that I couldn't stop working on. That happen with this image. I had been playing around with an image in my head very much like the image I created but it was the bounty hunter ship in profile. The bounty hunter would be standing in front of his ship on a landing platform with a hazy sunset lighting and a large planet in the sky. I had the 3D build of the ship on the landing platform. I had built it a while ago but when I tried to get the profile of it I was imagining I didn't like how it looked. The design of the ship kept me wanting to see it from the front position. With the aggressive forward sweeping, cannon mounted wing design, it made more sense to position the view looking toward that. Having moved to this new position on the 3D model I set up a different image than the one I had in my head. No longer was it and image of the bounty hunter meeting with the evil Universal Oversight from the board game story, It became more of a standoff between the Liberty ship's crew from the game and the bounty hunter.
My favorite images from Star Wars are the images of Cloud City. So this is my version of the Falcon on the landing platform.
I started this image on a Sunday afternoon and worked on it until about midnight. I was able to start with a base 3D model of the bounty hunter ship and platform to which I added the front nose of the Liberty crew's ship as another 3D element. The angle saved me from having to repaint the bounty hunter as I had already painted him at that same angle. I only had to plunk him in and add some haze and coloring overlaid on him. Eli the one facing the bounty hunter with the red shirt is the only other character I painted new. I pulled the other characters from a card I had done for the Space Movers board game. So that help speed up my ability to finish in a day.
The sky is a photo I took about a month earlier. I remember thinking that it was a perfect sunset image. I would like to use it for the backgound and sure enough it worked into this image very well. I had to paint out the Kentucky Fried Chicken building in the middle of it but it was worth it as it set the perfect mood for this image.
I wasn't asked to make this image for the board game for KnA Games but it was one of those images I just had to make once I had it in my head.