If you want to see a step-by-step “making of” article about all of the extensive digital editing that I did to this picture, it can be seen here.
Well, here’s the obligatory sci-fi noir painting in my new “awesome stuff/ 1990s stuff” art series. Although the sci-fi noir genre was invented in the 1980s (by the one and only “Blade Runner“… seriously, if you haven’t seen this film, then watch it!), unlike the very similar (and sort of related) cyberpunk genre, it never really entered the cultural mainstream until the 1990s, when dark, gritty sci-fi was in vogue.
Seriously, you can see it in the intro movie to “System Shock” (the game I was playing at the time of writing), a couple of episodes of “Farscape“, in all of “Cowboy Bebop” (again, like with “Blade Runner”, watch this!), a music video for the Spice Girls (of all things!), some parts of “The Fifth Element“, some parts of “The Matrix” etc.. The genre may have been invented in the 1980s, but it became popular in the 1990s.
God, I miss those days – I mean, the sci-fi genre is pretty much the only genre where the whole “dark and gritty” thing actually works!
As usual, this painting is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.