Intergalactic spaceport for Techno Travelers | Part I: The galaxysteemCreated with Sketch.

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How I paint deep space settings for a Techno-Club in Berlin using watercolour and thinliners. First part.


If you've follow a bit my profile, you might know that I regularly do cosmic art for a special kind of retro techno music events called X:Ploration. This is the very last one commissioned by the organiser, @ax10m, who is also a visual artist. The gig itself takes place in November 2018 in Suicide Circus Club, in Berlin, Germany.
Here's a link toward the Facebook Event.


Let's begin by the beginning. This the idea we were heading at but in the end I didn't like it. So I changed it, keeping the idea of being between two massive docking platforms.

Drawing an horizon (yeah, in space!) and a perspective grid on my prepared Arches 300gr. sheet. Watered and dried on a wood board.

Getting there...

... ok I can start inking!

Like most of the time, not too many details but enough to have fun.


Erased the ink.

Slick, no?

Now that slimy layer is liquid rubber or masking fluid. Applying it is one of the most delicate operation. As it dries really fast, you got to be sure of what you do!

This stuff also ruins your brushes, hence old ones and the need of soapy water.

First drops of colour. I am not sure of that violet. Let's see how this goes.

This looks like I quite failed to keep the uncolored area that I usually make sure to have. As it gives great help for contrasted cosmic textures.

Ahem, yeah spiral galaxies are difficult! So far, I am not so convinced ...

Oof! Seems better like that!

A little look at how looks the mask covered with paint.

Covering with whatever I can find around for the next phase...

... Star splattering operation successful.

Some adjustements.

Finally! Peeling the masking fluid off! Always a deep breath moment as it can happen that some of the paper rips. But with that high quality sheet, it is very unlikely.

And ...

... voilà!



See the second part and the finished artwork here:

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Very slick, indeed. Excellent job, @haedre. Looking forward to seeing that second part! 😃


I agree with you @trincowski! Can't wait to see the second part!


Thanks @delishtreats! Yup, it's posted!


Thank you @trincowski! Second part posted =)

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Wow. I'm so impressed. Never seen this technique of rubber mask to cover from paint. Very useful. You said you didn't add so much detail... but for me that's SO much detail! Very well done! I'm a big fan.


Thanks for appreciating @jrej! I also discover the technique watching comic artists using it to protect the gutter between panels. Indeed interesting ;)

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Reading your posts are like feasts for my eyes, @haedre !!! XD I love it <3 Your step by step presentation is always I N C R E D I B L E and i love how thorough and yet how magical each stage is :D

Looking forward to seeing the evolution of this artwork <3

Amazing post <3

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Wao! Great job!

OMG, It's amazing your job! Please continue showing us your creations!
I didn't know about that masking fluid, is very useful.


Thank you @marylucy! Posting on Steemit is quite chronophage but I do my best!
Yes, masking fluid is great ;)

You are killer, your watercolor work is perfect not mentioning drawing skills and imagination, amazing @haedre. I think I don't have good words to describe my feelings.


Thank you so much for those nice words @jungwatercolor =)

~Whistles~ ... Amazing, got yourself a new fan!

That's really cool. I am a big fan of sci-fi related art. I like how you use varied techniques to come up with something really unique.