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Cyberpunk - Night City by SteamPoweredMikeJ Cyberpunk - Night City by SteamPoweredMikeJ
From the Cyberpunk game "Night City Sourcebook", R. Talsorian Games, 1991.
One of my better early drawings. I particularly like the design for the police flier.
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derruf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Woahhhh, to see this picture here in you gallery makes me feel nostalgic. It was a stong visual of my roleplaying youth and this sourcebook one of my favorites. Great to see the artist who did this decades ago here on daviantart. I love your drawings!
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it! Looking back, I think it was one of my first truly *good* drawings, where it really came together and looked slick...
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Two4hi5 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I like this picture. Pretty much inspired by Blade Runner. One of my favorite Movies though...
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Thanks. Well, technically EVERYTHING in the genre of Cyberpunk was inspired by Bladerunner, so that was kind of the point ; )

Only exception I can think of is William Gibson's Neuromancer, which I believe was 2/3 done when Bladerunner came out.
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ksmith3620 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
I still have the books and we wore out the Night City book with the amount of playing we did. Always loved this pic. Very excellent work. Still love Cyberpunk 2020.
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rtlvkt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Great work...I remember that game fondly....
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thanks!
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Wisdom000 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Oops, forgot the link: [link]
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
That is so wild to see! I've never seen anyone color my work before, in print or online, so this an absolute first!

Do you do that in Photoshop? Getting all those gradients along the side of the buildings must have been a pain and a half...
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Wisdom000 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I don;t know how to use photoshop... I did it in Corel Photo-paint... I don't know how to use layers, or any thing like that... it was one fill at a time,manually closing gaps, took me all day,but it was fun. Really the only thing that made it possible was the size of the image and your incredibly clean line work. Thanks for letting me do it and share it with you.

Give any thought to letting me use your works on my Cyberpunk site, Datafortress 2020? [link]
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
There may be some copyright issues there. I always made sure my contracts gave me the right to display my work in galleries, books and collections devoted to my body of work (like this gallery on DeviantArt), but beyond that it can get muddy... especially because the Wold Wide Web didn't exist when any of the contracts were written.

All I can say is - as long as you aren't making money off my work, or reprinting it in physical books, I have no problem with you using a few drawings. But that's *me*. Someone else might own the copyrights to these properties now. They might not care at all, they might send you a take-down notice, they might even sue. It's the wild west of long dead corporations and their zombie lawyers... :P
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Wisdom000 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Ok Mike, I kinda took what you said as a challenge, so here you go, my attempt at coloring this image... hope you dig it.
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Wisdom000 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
You are, bar none, my favorite artist from the Cyberpunk 2020 line... And this image, is my favorite picture you have done...

I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent trying to colorize this image, only to toss the whole thing for not being good enough...

You sir, are tha man.
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
You humble me sir. Thanks so much for the kind words, and I'm really glad you enjoy my work! Of all the games I did art for, Cyberpunk was easily the one I played the most (with Traveller a close second).

I would *love* to see a color version of this! Please share!
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Wisdom000 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I may give it another shot... my computer isn't quite as crappy now as it was back then.

I would very much like to ask if you would grant me permission to use your artwork for my Cyberpunk 2020 site, Datafortress 2020, in future sourcebooks and articles. All the pieces you did that never saw print, or only saw print in Challenge (I have a pdf of every cyberpunk issue, been trying to get ahold of the people behind it for years to ask if I can put them up on my site) deserve to be viewed in context.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I remember this one! This is THE image that made me say, "Wow - Mike's really upped his game!" And it still holds up fine, IMHO. Great to see it again!
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Oh wow! I think most of the drawings I did for that book are kind of so-so, but I did feel like I'd crossed a threshold with this one. If I'd done it even a year later though, there would've been a lot more shape to it, and more confident use of blacks. Shadows on the police spinner, maybe some tone on the central rooftop...
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh sure, there's always a list of "if only" tweaks we all have, hm? But this is a really solid work. And yeah, that Spinner-type vehicle is just uber cool. I probably like it better than Syd's :) It'd be neat to see you go back and colorize this puppy! (hint-hint, nudge-nudge)
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SteamPoweredMikeJ Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thanks man! I dunno about coloring my old work though - I don't think it's ever been my strongest talent, unless I had a strong color scheme in mind when I started drawing...
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hm. You know you COULD submit it to the "Coloring" group on DA and see if someone wants to take a whack?

[link]
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