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Radio Times by BWS Radio Times by BWS
We guys tend to hunch over things and grunt at each other. It's wired in; once upon a time it might have been "Check out sophisticated flaking technique on stone axe of Gronk!"

Lately it's been guys bending over engine compartments and nodding to each other, pretending that an automobile engine is still something you can understand by looking at it.

It's a bonding thing.

Someday, in the Future That Never Was, it'll be exactly the same.
That's why we see Rusty the Robot failing to find the right instructions in his Ray-O-Zap Broadcast Tower Manual, while Henry looks sagely over his shoulder, and everyone is wondering why it doesn't work, and nobody really minds.

I blame the manual. It claims the proud owner will be "Broadcasting in Twenty Seven Minutes!" which sounds a bit dodgy to me, and I bet they said that just to make the Proud Owner figure it's somehow his fault. As always, there is no customer service number, and this is all happening late on a Friday.

This picture's title is taken from a great old tune performed by Henry Hall & the BBC Dance Orchestra in 1934, which was one of the best years we've had for dreaming about the future. In fact our nearest spaceman in this picture is named after Henry Hall. Which just goes to show, uh, something. I'll figure that out in a minute.

As always with these, I rendered the original image in 3D Studio Max and then retouched and modified it in Adobe Photoshop. This was an unusually difficult image to render for reasons you don't really care about, involving lots of memory, unstable displacement maps, and four computers. Just pretend you're listening, at this point; I won't notice. But it all worked out in the end.
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OutlawStudios Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I like all your pieces but I love this one its really well concieved for the guys
kilby808 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
OMG! Your work is just truly amazing... wow...
Just inspiring stuff, excellent, your style is so :-? Modern/Dan Dare/Flash Gorden/Celtic... I dont no? Uneak. :worship: :D
drawerx Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005
Another beautyful work, your artwork its really impresive, thanks for sharing it :)
Oh and certanly your website its also really great.

:clap: Happy hollidays.
Eolhin Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005   General Artist
Very cool image. I notice you left it to the robot to try to read the instructions, as male humans tend to try everything else first. :) I bet you somewhere in microscopic fine print at the back, in a foreign language, it says that the tower only works line of sight, and so they shouldn't have constructed it in the canyon. Or something like that.

Really nice spiral stairs and rock formation. Your work recaptures the feel of those old sci-fi magazine and comic book covers like nothing else I have seen, yet at the same time, the rendering makes the images more realistic then those old drawings. It is a great style, the way you revive the pasts view of the future that never was. :)

It reminds me of the old Doctor Who episodes as well.
dragonmun Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2005  Professional General Artist
The picture is incredible, but the comment to go with it is what I fell in love with. It just made the picture mean so much more for me... and it made me laugh greatly.

Awesome work on both. An instant fav.
LaHorde Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2005   Writer
Very nice picture. Colors, composition, ideas, all gice the feeling of the SciFi golden-age !
Rickbw1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2005

VERY GOOD :thumbsup:
cogwurx Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful scene! I can totally relate.
Centercore Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005
Without the description this wouldnt really make as much sense to me, but there is a description so good work nice inspirtation behind it.
Champoi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005
Dude, it sounds like you need a PowerMac Quad processor with 16GB of RAM. That'll help you out with that rendering! (if you have 11000 for the RAM alone!!!)

This is really cool. I haven't seen you in a minute and was hoping you didn't fall off the face of the earth or anything. Good to see your still ranking out wonderful retro-future chic pics (that's a mouthful!)
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