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The Raft: SnowCrash by IzzyMedrano The Raft: SnowCrash by IzzyMedrano
This was done a month or two ago, a sort of landscape comp. The concept is a massive raft city comprised of lashed together boats, ships, tankers, junks and whatnot. It isn't fully realized, but i liked the color and the lighting n this one. Enjoy.
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eagle-elf Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wishing this picture was bigger because it would make an epic wallpaper.
getting2dark-in-here Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Awesome to see pictures from the mind (when reading the novel) come to life -
Very cool atmosphere and coloring!
DSil Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Student General Artist
Gorgeous lighting, great color choices. That warm orange really makes the sail pop.
uAe-Designer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
thats great !
Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
i will only say:
translucency FTW!
CE-Rap Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
the lighting is gorgeous. The sails on the boat to the left---is it intentionally that "hot", as a way to have it pop from the overall all violet/yellow/red hue of the background? Seems to have just a bit too much pop for the rest for the image, but i can see it working if it was planned.
geckokid Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
very beautiful :)

i'm sure i watched you before, i wonder what happened ._.

anyway i'm rewatching you again :)
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional Artist
thanks much
freya50 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
Beautiful work. I'm impressed. :+fav:
largethomas Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Student Photographer
OMG... how... yeah... oh... em.... gee!

Okay, enough joking. Your work on this one is really, really great, and I gotta say that you really hit the nerve of what I felt about the Raft.

This book is simply amazing. :reading: Would you draw more of the scenery or - even better: - persons?
Like your Raven :deviation: too!

largethomas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Student Photographer
Oh!!! Like your "Hiro and Vitaly" :)

And... well, most of all it's Y.T., of course ;)

Have you ever read any other books by Stephenson? Read almost all, now halfway through his Baroque Circle.
Read Richard Morgan? William Gibson?
I have plenty of inspiration as for that, now I'm just waiting for my graphic tablet to arrive, 'cause I can't scan my scribbles anywhere.

IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Artist
I've been wanting to go back and redo all of my Snow Crash stuff... Improve my concepts. Someday I'll get on it. ^_^ Thanks for visiting! And check out my website for more sketches and paints related to snowcrash!
thegryph Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I really love the light coming through the translucent sail - it makes the picture. I do wish a few of those red-oranges made it into the rest of the piece, though - right now it's sticking out a bit instead of being part of the surroundings.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005  Professional Digital Artist

I was hoping you could answer this for me: i understand in most cases such as this, the cast shadows receive no light from the parent light souce, but if the sky and clouds (and any other form of bounce light) are so warm toned, why are the shadows cool, as if the sky were blue?

Sometimes, to a smaller effect, this looks 'off' but in the case of this piece, its not.

I hate you :( *opens zombie cage*
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006  Professional Artist
HOI! This is a great question, and I totally didn't ever answer you! I am totally sorry, SO a year late; The reason the shadows are cool here, is because we have a sunsetting in front of us, the reflected blue light is from the sky behind us. See? It is something that happens at a certain time of night, right before it goes dark. And I AMPED the fuck out of it, but there you go. Thanks so much for that. And do, talk to me often, I totally love your work! Cheers, Z.
robot-god Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
wow that's nice.
slur Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005
So wonderful and calming. I hope some day i will be this good :L

what program do you use?
DuncanLong Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
Beautiful. I think it works great as is.
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Professional Artist
sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner May 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
What an insanely wicked concept :nod: but not only that, the picture itself is very beautiful and quite unique! The lighting through the sail truly makes the picture :D I'd love to see this concept grow :)
De-Lay Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
yo, that is fucking AMAZING. honestly, great work man. your style is definitely getting way more refined. your feel for colors really shines in this one too, the glow and shadow in the sail is fucking breathtaking.

dude. thats all i can say. dude....
x-rated-trashy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005
wonderful idea.. never heard of anything like it. i'd like to see more of this boat town :D
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005  Professional Artist
not for a while I am afraid. A teacher really spoiled that project for me. Fucker.
x-rated-trashy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005
how so? :(
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005  Professional Artist
Let's just say, I rubbed him REALLY wrong, and he gave me really bad grades due to personality conflicts. I earned at least an A... agreed on by my peers in the class, and he gave me a C- and B- for both classes I had with him, out of friggin spite. Like a goddamned child. And I was working on that particular project in his little bitch class. The fuck.
x-rated-trashy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005
dude, i don't see how you could get anything BUT an a! you''re the most deserving, likeable person i've ever met and your art is so beautiful! like this, i totally wish i was there like day and night. you should sue that guy. seriously. :<

wish i could come up with something more intelligent but i am feeeling too weird to be able to.

im going to IM you sometime soon, k? :D <3
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner May 16, 2005  Professional Artist
You are sweet, feel free to IM me anytime. I added you, so get to work, girly.
defected-angel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
this so fucking beautyfull man O_O
zifeer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2005
Good stuff. Reminds me of 'The Scar' by China Mieville.
nodeg Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2005
I love the light on the sail. I really REALLY hope you make a higher res version so I can use it as a desktop!
leahmorgan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2005
oh wow it looks amazing.. i love the light.. it looks like a dream
tedthehed Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2005
ever read "dinotopia?"
hernameisrio Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was just thinking of you today, Mister. And it may not be great critique, but I love this. I claim it for France. :blowkiss:
kookybat Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel seasick just looking at it. But it is pretty, and a good idea. :3
god-of-insects Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2005
Oh my! Amazing use of light & colour mon amis.
shelleyinez Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2005  Professional General Artist
Artistical Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005
:+fav: Those colours are gorgeous, and i love the composition... very spiffy work :tribute:
thienbao Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005
Very nice scene and that sky and those clouds are awesome!!

maybe add some more ripples to the water to suggest liquid...but i guess this was done a month ago so you wouldn't bother.
vladdamien Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to agree, the lighting is great, bro.

heh, the freakin' cables.
And is that guy sporting a spear? ;)

-Vlad D.
illuminiti Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005  Professional General Artist
This is simply amazing, supurb, mind blowing......instant fav
min-arts Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Even I would love to wake up in the morning and look out my window (or port-hole) to see that. You've taken a rather awkward if not frightening (for me atleast) senerio and made it look so devine and yerned for. SO well composed. I think the main thing that sets it off is how you have the Oceanliner/Tanker in the far ground on the right. Really sets it off nicely. Makes you realise the vast veriaty of 'boats' that would co-exhist in this wunderfully bizare world.
Thank-you for opening my eyes to something that would seem impossible and impracticle in my mind.
Kyena Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Very beautiful - reminds me to try more sceneries :)
grimlohk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
very nicely done. everything looks supoirb. The water could be better defined though, the shadow areas and the light areas dont quite seem like they are on the same plane (maybe some ripples across the threshold area?).
playground Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
:jawdrop: so many colors! Amazing...

Your hardwork truly pays off. Such a beautiful picture.
f1r3h34rt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
O_O wow, thats really gorgeous.

yes, i know, super useful comment as always :P
ephigy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
The color and lighting ARE great. It really does conjure up Stephenson's wonderful descriptions. My only critcism is that it doesn't feel quite as dirty and claustrophobic as his writing suggests; the scene seems a bit too ideal and saccharin. Good stuff :)
omni-entertainment Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
so amazing...
ChaoseVIIn Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
Looks like a fairly effective concept thus far. Pleasing to the optic nerves and whatnot. Also, glad to see you're still alive and whatnot.
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely got the look down... I'd have expected some smaller boats in the open spaces, though.

cypherx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so glad you finally posted this
of course it's a fav of mine
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