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Contact - Future World by Shimmering-Sword Contact - Future World by Shimmering-Sword
Here are a few more title page banners I made for the Contact RPG core rule book.

The city scene was quite the task, this and another urban scene took the most time of all the banners. I enjoyed coming up with the archology type structure in the far ground, though my lacking architectural skills show on the closer buildings.

The other two shots show off common tasks you will carry out as an Omega operative. UFO interception (or getting pillaged by agile saucers) and crashsite cleanup (yet another unsafe workplace example).

Contact is currently on sale in Germany in German language only, but an English release will come eventually.
Go check out the official site ContactRPG.com
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AdmirableInterceptor Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
All it needs is a bit of that kick-ass interceptor music from X-Com
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
What lacking architectural skill? Man you nail it right on the dot. Never sell yourself short. You are great at this.
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addzero Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
These pics kinda remind me of Xcom.
Still cool work all the same
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
intended :)
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
the zebras look like they have seen it all before, the vultures look like they may be waiting for a snack...
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thrill-killa Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork's so cool, man!
Currently I'm doing a small cityscape in a background and the windows are being a pain in the ass!
I've guessed there's a way to do it through textures or whatever, but have no idea!

Do you have a link for a tutorial for this or anything? Cheers ~
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Have the building be one layer and the glass windows be their own layer, this way you can easily apply the broad color gradients and/or interior lighting without worrying about painting outside the windows.
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thrill-killa Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh cool!
So the gradients are done so they're like straight lines? Never thought about that...

Thanks for the reply, by the way! Much appreciated ~
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changingcactus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
the future is crazy.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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templar127 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
UFOs! FTW!
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khumbirafoxhound Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Well drawn dude!!!!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the lower one, spec. effects are incredible.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man.
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warpstorm Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I'd like to see some more of that central APC in the bottom banner. That thing's kinda peaked my interest.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah me too :D
There's no art for it yet, though I think it has stats.
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Dimsdale00 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
these are great!!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks mate.
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Archie621 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice!
really like the sahara crash clean up pic really nice scene!
fav'd
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I liked working on that one.
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Archie621 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
you know, I'd like to see some African themed locales or armor for your Rangers, could be interesting :P
well for me anyway.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously considered :)
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Archie621 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
yay! :D
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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the air combat was the favorite out of the three, but the others are just as grate
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Poor average fighter bros, can't handle the chromed out frisbee.
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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cant handle a shoop da woop lol
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Dang aliens and their laser beams. :shakefist:

Nice city scene, though. Nothing says "The FUTURE" like shiny, over-sized, completely illogical arcologies. ;) (Not raggin' on you, mind, just on how sci-fi in general seems to love 'em so much.) But yeah, it really does give off that sort of cyberpunk/NeoTokyo vibe. Very nice.

Good foreboding with the vultures in the bottom panel. ;)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If theres one logical thing about (my) archology, is that they have walls to keep the poor people out :D An isolated city where it's inhabitants don't have to worry about the world around them.
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Eeyup, sounds properly dystopian. ;)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the scene with the animals - the vultures are brilliant - they look on to say "stupid humans".

Superb!!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They were pretty fun to paint, as far as animals go for a scifi artist.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL!
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Daandric Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
THe bottom one definitely looks the best. Also like the Aircraft angle/perspectives and missile path on the 2nd one
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Desert/plains is something I do a lot to easily fill a background, so of course when it's a serious part of an illustration it comes easy :D
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MYHOTDOGISBIGGER Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the zebras and vultures.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
One of the few times I'm ordered to have wild animals in my art :D
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MYHOTDOGISBIGGER Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not good at painting animals... that's why I am amazed at artists who can.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The horse is the best part of your Guardian piece :)
I have no experience with them myself, it's the power of referencing and being able to convert details into appropriate brush strokes and processes that make it easy.
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MYHOTDOGISBIGGER Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a horse ranch that I drive by and the horses seem to stand and eat that way. I wanna learn animal action poses.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Look!! A flying saucer! I always wanted a flying saucer... :) I take it this is for an RPG about some secret government organization that hunts alien intruders on our little blue planet?

You know, if we know that flying saucers are invading our air space, it is kind of silly to call them "UFOs" since they are, in fact, identified. The term "AFC" (alien flying craft) will satisfy the military urge to give everything an acronym, the term "flying saucer" will satisfy everyone else, and ground operatives will probably come up with a military nickname for the AFCs and a rude term for the aliens.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
But when you get a blip on the radar and you fire a long range missile at it without even getting to see it, maybe it's still unidentified :P
The governments are still trying to keep aliens a secret in this game, so the general populace would still call them UFOs.
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I dare to object.
Crash Site Cleanup is perfectly save if you follow some simple rules.
1. if it has more than two legs and/or arms shoot it
2. if it has less than two legs/arms shoot it on sight (it'll most likely be alien, Cleaners take care of collaterals)
3. toss grenades in every room before you enter

And on a aside note: I really liked those page banners when I opened the book. They give a distinct feel to the chapters!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think you're the first buyer to give me any feedback :D
How would you compare the art quality and volume compared to other rpg books? And I guess, how are you liking Contact in general so far? (don't worry, I can take harsh words)
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OK, let's see.
Art Quality:
It works very well for me.
Clear lines, enough details to make pictures believable, enough art besides the text to make for a nice flow.
And what I especially liked was that you managed to put "the right" pictures at the right spot. In some RPG books you have some rather interesting text and then suddenly some piece of artwork flung at you with a different subject. Nice artwork but still interrupting the text. You either follow the text and have to go back to look for details in the picture or you study the picture and have to start over on some text. And while I don't mind reading at all it still annoys me.

Contact at all:
Well, we're still waiting for a test game but so far the system seems to be easy enough to run smoothly. D100 surely was a very nice choice - you don't have to learn probability tables to get a feel for the chance of pulling something through (my other game uses a 3d10 - sum vs target score which sounds easy enough but has a rather parabolic effect of modifiers to the end result. Either to little impact or making tasks pretty impossible with very little choice in between).
The timeline and tech given are feasible enough to not make me scratch my head and after all: fox hunt with shotgun and dogs on Greys in backyards? Hell yeah!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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shakken Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Liking the themes and colors! I'm getting a nice XCom vibe from the middle piece :) Bottom piece is cool, though I reckon the wildlife might be a bit more freaked out though one might infer that it's too low order a detonation/the shockwave hasn't hit them yet.

It should be said that the black gradient at the bottom of each piece doesn't compliment them very well, I'm going to guess that that's more to do with what the client wants. The cloud and building values in the middle and top pieces are a bit on the muddy side~
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This game is very much XCom inspired, at least in first appearances. I'm not knowledgeable enough on both games to know how similar they are in the smaller things.
The main use of these was at the top of the page for each section of the book, quite a bit of the bottom ends are faded out. Here I added the small gradients simply to help separate the images better.
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Advocatedo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I love this
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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