How would you paint a storm in space?

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Mena Fiore, Canada

Paul replies

One of the ma­jor chal­lenges you face when paint­ing a space im­age is de­cid­ing how sci-fi you want to go. Space it­self is pretty empty and dark, and the crazy vis­ual ef­fects that you see in to­day’s block­buster films tend to be a lit­tle less sci­en­tific and more fic­tional. The en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is all about spec­ta­cle, so for this par­tic­u­lar ar­ti­cle I’m go­ing to fo­cus on a storm that could work in a game or film.

When­ever you come to paint some­thing that doesn’t ex­ist, it’s im­por­tant to bring in el­e­ments that the au­di­ence can re­late to. In this case, when I’m think­ing about how to por­tray a space storm I’m imag­in­ing tor­na­does, clouds and light­ning – per­haps a swirling vor­tex that would suck in space­ships like a black hole.

Next, I save some photos of storms for use as tex­tures. I want the paint­ing to have the feel of con­cept art – some­thing you

This swirling vor­tex storm didn’t take too long to cre­ate be­cause I used photo tex­tures.

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