My god I cannot even tell how old this picture already is. Now I guess it’s finally time to release it into the wild. The creation of it started late 2010 and even today I did a few smaller fixes on it.

Originally I just wanted to create another futuristic cityscape picture but soon thought that I already had done quite a bit in that field. The original intention was it to create yet another different perspective on my ‘Hadley’s Hope‘ cityscape series. When I finished the city part I left it alone for quite a while. Then I dug it out for an EvE Online Spaceship contest on Deviantart for this: ship. I needed a background for the presentation of that design and the city was perfect. Naturally I did not win anything on Deviantart. Later though I submitted the same entry to pretty much the same contest, with the difference that the contest was held by the EvE Online people themselves. There it was one of the winning designs. That was a surprise. And the presentation of the design surely did its part.

Now I did not want to waste that city and do something with it. So I sat down again and tried different ideas. The one that stuck then was something I wanted to do for a while. Adding some skywalk where people could look down to the city. Something that would really create a nice feel of scale. I couldn’t exactly tell if the pic now shows a viewing plattform from a building or a ship that is approaching the city. I leave that to your imagination. However, I like the idea of a ship.

Technically I recycled the city I used in Hadley’s Hope. Nonetheless I did quite some modifications on it since we’re looking at it from a totally different point of view. Creating the atmosphere wasn’t an easy task. Especially getting the clouds right. A lot of trial and error to get things right. The clouds in the render didn’t look very good in some parts to there was some Photoshop required to make it look right. Otherwise Vue did a nice job with the lighting and atmosphere and delivered a nice plate to work from.

Last but not least I must admit that it’s again one of the scenes I would love to see for real. Slowly gliding above that massive thing of a city. Watching the smaller transporters and gliders zipping through the clouds and canyons of buildings. Very StarWarsy but I find it cool.

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5 Responses to “Skyhigh”

  1. Jake Says:

    Well where do I start?
    I just wanted to compliment you with your amazing matte paintings! I aspire to be like you one day, being able to paint with such magnificence!

    I hope to see you keep it up!


  2. Tigaer Says:

    Glad you enjoy the pictures :) Just try to keep yourself motivated in doing your art. Try to get some good feedback from friends. Feedback always helps. =)

  3. Cesar Says:

    Congratulations on your development, industrial designer and I am a long time linked to advertising, I use many applications and understand the complex and Detail of work you do, I’m away from that area, but I appreciate the art, digital or not, my wife would love to have that picture in high resolution for print hacho about 200cm for my living room.

    if there is a possibility that image you send us and telling us how, for this in Santiago, Chile



  4. Tigaer Says:

    Thanks, glad you like the pic! If you are interested in buying a print please use the contact form here: – thank you very much.

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