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Customs Checkpoint by JamesLedgerConcepts Customs Checkpoint by JamesLedgerConcepts
This image is a personal project, so doesn't belong to anyone else, i.e. a client. The full license for this image is £1000 ($1650). Why so much? Because I sell prints of this image regularly at conventions. By selling the full license I would not be able to sell any more prints.

I had to let this go as i was fine tuning endlessly.
It has been completely painted in Photoshop CS5 using a Wacom Intuos 4 large tablet. It took me about 3 months (on and off) mainly during evenings.
I used 1 point perspective techniques with a little help from the new CS5 vanishing point tool for a 2nd (very slight) vanishing point. I just aint got the time to learn a 3D package...yet.
I created the main central area first and the added more structures as I went on, making the composition spread further horizontally.
I masked area's and painted in the details using the vanishing point grids as guides. On occasion I used a textured brush or city textures which were manipulated over and over and reduced in size dramatically until I could piece them together to make new textures.
I wanted to add a more detailed space craft but my inexperience in art has limited me this time round.
The lighting was draining - I used lots of lens flares, shrunk down to small points!

To create a similar image would now take me about 5 to 7 days. The cost would be £500 to £700 ($800 to $1120).
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Customs Checkpoint by ~kingjamesuk Suggester says: "A hidden gem in the urban-outer-space genre with plenty of technical lighting effects to behold. This artist definitely deserves more attention!" ( Suggested by DTKinetic and Featured by MacRebisz )
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Angiegehtsteil Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Unbelievable good!
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Angie!
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SilentmanX Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
That is super cool
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one Silent!
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SARGY001 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Another fantastic piece Mr Ledger, beautiful perspective and great lighting, very nice. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods mate.
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks SARG - not too bad here thanks, just about hanging together. Hope all is ok in your district too!
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PrinceViz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your art/illustrations are one of the best I have ever seen. It looks so realistic, the effects are eye popping. All I have to say is that words cannot explain the beauty of your artwork. And if I could I would type 2-3 paragraphs about your art/illustrations. But I can't do that, since I'm lazy right now xD 

Anyways, great job and I can't wait to see more! 
Have a nice day <3 

- Prιɴce™
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That is great to hear - thanks very much indeed PV!
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Belle image ! Bon travail ! Félicitations !
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks 1971!!
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:icongurra943:
Gurra943 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers 943!
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SoniumJM10051 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... GORGEOUS! You are so talant artist! i love Sci-Fi so~ much!
I have no words! Heart stoping! xD
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much Son!
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:iconmaetzj:
MaetzJ Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is absolutely awesome!
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one M!
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:iconclubber-se:
clubber-se Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
crazy
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks clubber!!!
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Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hello,
I would like to feature your beautiful image on my blog on Amazing Stories, here: [link]
The blog is scheduled to be published on Wednesday 15 May. You will be able to access it through the above link, once it is up. The image will be fully credited and linked back to your DA gallery.
Please let me know if you do NOT wish to have your image published, and I will remove it! Apologies also for the short notice.
cheers, f-l :)
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's fine frodo - go for it!
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:iconfriendlypet:
FriendlyPet Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Whoa! Im speechless!
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Pet!
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Dinosaur29 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
these are freaking amazing
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like Dino!
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beyond awesome :eager:
I admire your patience
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot POP!
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh? You guessed my self-imposed nickname :XD:
:icongeniusmemeplz:
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No probs POP!!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional
you do such very nice work
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
...and again!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional
nice job
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again!
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AnnoyMeAndYouDie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist
OH. MY. FRIGGEN. GOSH.
*dumbfounded*
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am very pleased to hear it AMAYD!
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AnnoyMeAndYouDie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist
XD
OMG
TEACH ME YOUR WAYS lol
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers loads - maybe one day!
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TheFireBreathingDuck Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic work!
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers Dork!
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TheBlueNick Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Unbelievable... You are a very gifted artist!
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's very good to hear, thanks Nick!
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ANDY1701A Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice one!
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheeers!
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johny01 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Like Trooon <3
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:iconjamesledgerconcepts:
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is - I did it just as tron was released. After seeing Tron, i realized it was right up my street!
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johny01 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i knew it :3
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Luchyanu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOL !!! <3333
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!

PS : Can recomand me a tutorial for a similar wall. ?
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers Luch!
The best free resource is Feng Zhu - [link] though you may have seen his tutorials already.
Otherwise I buy loads of books from Amazon on digital art, concept art etc.
I also recommend getting some DVD tutorials from Gnonom. These are nice and slow, easy to understand and by known professionals. [link] This is one that was severely helpful. James Clyne, Ryan Church, Dylan Cole, Scott Robertson are all excellent and worth every penny. Look under 'instructors'.
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Luchyanu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much for your help ! <3 ^.^
keep up the good work my friend !
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SubjectRho Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
There are so many cool little details to be explored here.
It's definitely good to see this became a DD! The image deserves it so much!
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much Rho!
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