#22 – The End Came Swiftly

The End Came Swiftly, digital painting, 24″ x 30″ @ 300 dpi, 3/2015. [Click to see sized for your screen.]

A sci-fi digital impasto painting reinterpreting the end of The War of the Worlds, when the Martian ships fall because of exposure to the bacteria in the Earth’s atmosphere. The image falls between representation, traditional oil painting, and abstraction. The atmosphere, textures, composition, and feel are more important than strict realism. All in all it’s an unusual image I don’t think anyone else would make.

Why I chose it:

The hybrid quality, somewhere between illustration and fine art, realism and non-representational design, traditional oils and digital painting. The subject is both contemporary, being sci-fi, but also retro in referencing a movie from the 50’s. This was based on a B&W drawing.


The original post

The original post has more details, a section on the process and the meaning.


Prints are gallery-quality giclée art prints on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Very reasonable pricing starting at $15. You can also get postcards.

Gallery with all entries so far:

Prior Entries

#23 Bare Knuckle Brawl

#24 Seafood Spaghetti Sunday

#25 EUOF


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8 replies on “25 of my Best Images: #22 – The End Came Swiftly

  1. Nice. I actually thought it was a real painting first. Probably because of the original size making the brush stroke effect seem more natural.
    I see you use Patreon as well. Does that work well? I’ve been considering using that as well, but haven’t dared yet. 😛 Is it easy to set up?


    1. I tried pretty hard to figure out ways of creating impasto brush strokes digitally. I’ve intented all my own processes, and haven’t yet discovered anyone else who does it as convincingly.

      Patreon works very well for some people, less os for others, and not at all for still others. It’s pretty easy to set up. For me it works well enough, and my patrons make a significant impact on my ability to practice art and write.

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      1. Yeah, i can imagine. I personally suck at digital art. I mostly dabble in traditional stuff, pencils, watercolour and acrylics. 🙂 But digial looks plastic for me. I know I don’t do it right. XD

        Thanx. 🙂 I guess it depends on how many followers you have of course. And what you can offer them in return. o you give something extra to your paterons or not?

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      2. The thing with working digitally is you can achieve whatever effect you want with enough ingenuity. I’ve never been one for watercolors, because I like to be able to revise endlessly and make a lot of mistakes, but I know you can do things very similar to a traditional water color work. In fact, I think Corel Painter was designed for traditional artists., but not that many of them were interested in switching over after putting in all the hard work of learning traditional skills. Note that I didn’t learn Photoshp until after I got my MFA. My entire education is in old school physical mediums.

        I think I did Patreon for 2-3 years before I got over $10 a month. Recently I just lost a patron, which also happens, and they your supplemental revenue goes down.

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      3. Yeah. I know many people who are great with digial art. But I have never fully liked it. I know that when you reach that great level, you can make things look really good and not have that plastic look anymore, but I’m not interested enough to go through years of learning for that. I know that digital art is great for commercial uses and stuff since it doesn’t need to be scanned or photographed and stuff. But I personally really like to have an original in my hand. 😛 But I admire people who can create good stuff on the computer. 🙂 Yeah, when I paint I really wish sometimes I had that “back” button to press. XD
        Cool. 🙂

        Yeah, I’ve heard it takes time to build a following of any kind. But I think I’ll give it a shot. 🙂 Thanx!

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