Ryan Forshaw and I have been wanting to do an iStock steel-cage battle since before the battle royale last year, but the timing has never quite worked out. We decided to go ahead and get started, but we are doing it outside of the iStock Steel-cage for now. At some point, we will start a battle and upload the designs we have created.
Ryan and I are doing a Steampunk themed battle and I am starting things off with this image. I used a combination of stock photos from BigStockPhoto and iStockPhoto. After compositing the photos and adding the lighting, I painted over the final image to give it a painted appearance. I am still experimenting with ways to blend my compositions together beyond lighting and tone effects.
You can view an HD video of the photo illustration on my YouTube Channel.
I used music by iStock artist John Matta for the video. The music reminds me of the post-apocalyptic game intro for Fallout II, which is somewhat fitting for this image.