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Marc Thompson
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Posted: 07 June 2023 at 2:06pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

One of the most consistent aspects of your art has been your skillful depiction of futuristic backgrounds. I’m thinking of spaceship interiors, AIM facilities, Sentinel bases and the like. I love that in spite of an abundance of detailed doohickeys, there is an order and flow to the larger composition. Would you be willing to share your process for 
‘building” a tech background? 
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Squiggly lines! Lots of ‘em.

That’s in the layouts, of course. Then with pencil and/or ink, I tidy it up, sometimes assisted by a french curve.

The bottom line, tho, is don’t be afraid of it!

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This question reminds me again of the first time Terry Austin and I were paired up, on STAR LORD.

In one panel I drew our hero flying onto the destroyed bridge of a starship. “Squiggly lines” for exploded instrument panels. Terry, not yet familiar with my quirks, turned my twisted metal into knobs, levers and buttons!

:-)

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Scott Sackett
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I am a member of several online groups devoted to the aesthetic of 'Cassette-Futurism".

Generally, Cassette-Futurism is the future as imagined in the '70s.




To my eye, your spaceship controls, computer banks, any high-tech eviroment you've drawn always had that look to me.
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Not an unfair assessment. My tech basically starts with TOS STAR TREK, mixes in some 2001 and ALIEN, a dash of STAR WARS, and some Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Ron Cobb, Syd Mead, John Berkey and Moebius.

(Not intended as a comprehensive list.)

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Mike Benson
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Hell of a list, comprehensive or not!
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