This 22 x 28" poster is a concept art piece for my retro science fiction comics project "Empire State Patrol". The project is a very large one, and involves building many, many 3D models before I'm even ready to start. Sometimes, though I've been working on it since January 2006, I wonder when the heck it really will get started. There's just so much to build.
So when I get a chance to take some of those things I've been building and put them together into an actual picture it's partly proof-of-concept, and partly a reminder to myself that in spite of everything, it's making the pictures that's the ultimate goal. Along with being much more interesting than it is to build those individual pieces themselves.
This picture is my official blowing-off-of-steam as I gear up to continue pre-production at the beginning of 2007. Here we get to see two of our heroes, Clay Hooper and Swede Peterson, along with Swede's rocket and a backdrop of a location somewhere in New England in the story's retro future. This isn't actually a scene from the story (well, yet, anyway); it's more an exploration of what the project's meant to look like. And, you know, that whole blowing off of steam thing.
It's a 22x28" image at 300 DPI, including a colored margin that serves as a matte; the picture was created with a combination of 3DS Max and Adobe Photoshop. Alot of compositing was done in Photoshop, because the single image includes a whole bunch of separate renderings that I've combined together and overpainted in 2D. See the close-ups below!
copyright Bradley W. Schenck 2007
Bradley W. Schenck, 2007