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The Land Unknown by LucidDesignFX The Land Unknown by LucidDesignFX
One of my most recent photoshop paintings as of opening this account. It is my modern reinvention of a classic 1950s monster movie which involves a US Naval expedition travelling to Antarctica where they discover a hidden jungle within containing dinosaurs and prehistoric life.
The film was quite notable for its somewhat laughable creature fx which included mechanical puppets and animatronics (some of the film's better FX were accomplished through these), real lizards standing in for Stegasaurus and an awful if somewhat charming man in suit T-rex (which was sadly also the film's main dinosaur)... Having studied SFX for 3 years I rather enjoyed it for nostalgic reasons although I can appreciate it may be somewhat lost on the average modern cinema goer.

Anyway, as for the painting, I managed to get all of the assets in that I wanted (the vintage helicopter, the T-rex and the heroes hanging from the winch line) however I do feel this was achieved at the cost of the composition. While painting it I tried to avoid one-click solution custom brushes and managed to for everything short of the shrubs and bushes.

This will become a running theme on this profile but virtually any sort of feedback, complimentary of critical is definately welcome on the grounds that it is at least constructive! If you see an issue with one of my pieces and have suggestions that will improve it I really do welcome it as it will help me become a better artist!
HOWEVER, as many people are aware, the internet is overloaded with morons who litter the web with their uninformed, rude and unprovoked nonsense. I will not engaged with anyone who leaves stupids comments, they will simply be removed on a zero tolerance basis!
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Yeah I remember that movie from many Saturday afternoon TV session. Well, they tried anyway. At least the dinos weren't a complete iguanafest. Your picture does it more than credit. :) (Smile)
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LucidDesignFX Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, they did try indeed. I actually quite like the cheesy B-movie style of their dinosaurs and, like you say, at least they weren't the staff's pet lizards with frills and horns glued to them...
Thanks for the kind words, it's most appreciated! :D
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Garmcd Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I saw this film in the theatres as a 10 year old. Your painting is equal to, & in some ways much better than the great poster art created for the movie. Although the film's jungle set was well executed with lots of mist, the prehistoric creatures were pretty pathetic, even to my very young eyes. Where was Ray Harryhausen when you needed him! Thanks for sharing this great painting!
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LucidDesignFX Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the kind words! They are most appreciated. :)
I did take a look at some of the poster work for this film and it's pretty nice. I believe there was also a comic book version which had some very nice illustrations in it (the helicopter in this painting is modeled more on the comic design than the film one although they are the same aircraft type).
The jungle sets were especially well done and they matched the miniature versions, made for the dino FX, really well.
I quite like the B-movie charm of their dinosaurs but I definitely agree they're pretty pathetic from the perspective of realism.
This is definitely a movie that would have benefited from the work of the late master, Ray Harryhausen!
Thanks for commenting and sorry for taking so long to respond. :)
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gluefetguy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
i loved this movie as a kid,,i remember the scene where the trex has a run in withe the helicopter blades
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LucidDesignFX Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, glad I've brought back good memories! I only saw this movie shortly before I drew this, which was probably about a year ago now. The seen where the helicopter and T-rex have that stand off did make me chuckle. Not particularly plausible (because clearly the rest of the movie was...) but very entertaining! :)
Thanks for commenting! :D
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool
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LucidDesignFX Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome!
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enc86 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
very very awesome! great scene, this inspires me very much!
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