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Taken from a slide. This was a piece I did back in the 80's. I showed this previously(and won a DD) in a previous DA incarnation. It was oil on masonite, 24" X 48"
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sabresteen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! So you are one of the guys that did this old school Science Fiction art back in the day. I always loved this old stuff.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used to go to bookstores and buy stuff for the covers.  Interestingly enough, I discovered that if I liked the cover I would generally like the book itself.
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sabresteen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya I did the same thing to.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Back then if you wanted to paint Science-fiction themes you had to be an illustrator: the regular art world didn't take sci-fi seriously
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sabresteen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That was a shame. sci-fi has always been one of my favorite subjects in art. I have a huge collection
of sci-fi novels many of many of which I got just for the cover art.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it is accepted more these days.  My biggest problem is competing with the work done by the computer graphics people for the movies!  Sometimes I feel like a Neanderthal who has just met a tribe of Cro-Magnons
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sabresteen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the new computer art that people are doing today.
But I still really like the old traditional stuff to.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, the computer graphics these days are amazing!  
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Willpagan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Very good.
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
It really dose have an 1980s feel about it, which I would imagine you where inspired by. 
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:shrug:I can't quite recall who was inspiring me back when I painted this.  Probably Jack Vance and Roger Zelazny, but I have been reading their stuff all my life.  Maybe I should try to figure it out: my current work is technically much better, but lacks the magic I felt back then.
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Indeed, but  it is nice to see how your artwork has progressed. 
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to regain some of that old idealism and magic.  Maybe play some old music and spend more time with the hummingbirds in the back yard.

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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Maybe, but it is usually caused by living in that area and it being all around you. 
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe I should start a series of hummingbird paintings .  I have tons of pictures of the little guys...might as well make them earn all that nectar I've been making for them.
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elaeris Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this pic. I love it so much !
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
And it was this piece that drew me to you in the first place. *faves it again*
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I should do another "hardware" Science Fiction painting like this...a BIG one!
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Big or small, more spacecraft would be awesome!
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D but big is better, no?
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ShaoriDragonblood Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
That's a cool one, I really like space and sci-fi stuff.
You did a great job on this back then and I am looking forward to see your new master pieces ;)
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Big problem now is a conspicuous lack of gumption, but I'm working on it!
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