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May 14, 2011
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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 )
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.
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!
PrinceViz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  New member 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™
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That is great to hear - thanks very much indeed PV!
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Belle image ! Bon travail ! Félicitations !
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks 1971!!
Gurra943 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers 943!
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
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much Son!
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