hey sudsy the two things you got here are okay, but very much still sketches. its a bit hard to read what the anatomy will be for them. Its not a bad start persay, but just try to do your search lines a bit lighter and come back with more solid ones to define your drawings a bit more.
Thanks for the critique! I'm transitioning from "organic" art to digital right now, going from good ol' fashioned pencil and paper to Wacom tablet... Thats a tough process to get used to, mainly I miss paper's tooth, its amazing how much your media gives you control over line work! I need to invest in new felt nibs for my tablet... My heavy hand destroyed the one that came with the tablet! Wonderful nibs!
I'm here is the Centaur in color now, still in a very rough state. I used GIMP, and about three layers (one for line work, one for color, and the default background layer). Someday I'll be able to afford Painter...
The A-10A Thunderbolt II more commonly known as the "Warthog" has fascinated me for years. Partly because I got to work with them very closely in my old job with the US Air Force... But also, you just don't see too many aircraft in reality built around a cannon someone just happened to have laying around. The A-10 was built around its seven barrel 30mm cannon... I can see them doing the concept work for it...
I did these two images based off of some images on www.af.mil/photos Because the military uses your (US Citizens anyway) taxpayer dollars, they can't copyright the images for commercial use or profit; making them public domain images that anyone can use! Great for stock imagery for any hardware geek... Great perspective, and a useful resource for anyone looking for inspiration for aircraft pictures!
Being a big fan of military SF, I couldn't help but brain dump my visions of IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) and Tanks of the future. Most especially David Drakes fusion powered GEV (Ground Effects Vehicle) tanks... Those are practical, and probable, especially with the use of a fusion power plant (the only real far off technology along with its fusion power gun, fusion is at best a dream power source we'll never see in our lifetime beyond our sun!).
Just some quick speed paints that took about 20 minutes apiece using the GIMP and my Wacom (I love that Wacom!).
This is what I think the "Hammer's Slammers" mercs use in his novels about them (see "Tank Lords", "At Any Price", "The Warrior", "Paying the Piper" etc...). I was using an M-60 Patton tank as a reference, and figured it would be perfect, just change the hull! After all, David Drake drew heavily on his experiences in Vietnam with the 11 Armored Cavalry Regiment (BLACKHORSE!) which utilized the M-60 extensively... While it may not match the description in the book perfectly, I figured I'd do my homage to one of my favorite authors!
German made Leopard I and II (modern) this time. Provided some inspiration for another sci-fi blower tank.
I do like the slope on the armor. Very futuristic! Its fascinating to see the change in tank designs between WWII and today. We see a movement away from the rounded armor to the sharp angular sloping (mainly because of the newer weapons systems!). Its a continuous cat and mouse game of armor advancement versus warhead advancement (warheads are much cheaper, and therefore have quite the advantage!). These days, armor isn't made so much stop projectiles dead, but to deflect the worst of the Armor Piercing rounds away!
Just an experiment, my first really, with charcoal pencils. I've used charcoal in the past, but never really got into it, I always thought it was too messy... Then I had kids, then I got used to being messy and getting messy with my two sons... So I figured I'd get my hands dirty with some charcoal! And here is the result! Adds a new tool to my black and white art media! Speaking of messes, this is my Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner that just happened to be within view when I drew a blank of what to draw with my new toys first... Now I can clean the charcoal dust off the floor!