The Art of Science Fiction 018: Richie Mason

Richie Mason science fiction art 3D
Richie Mason is a 3D artist based in the UK. He specializes in creatures, monsters, and robotic imagery, but for the purposes of this showcase, I’m focusing on his robotic pieces.

Welcome! This is M. J. Kelley filling in with a guest post for the talented, sharp-eyed Woelf Dietrich. We’re featuring some very interesting and highly detailed renderings in this segment, so let’s get started.

Mason has a gift for texture and lighting, which both help create great detail in his artworks and provide that wonderful multi-dimensional look and photographic feel.

From armor layers on mech-like suits to the smooth shimmering plastic of a face, Mason employs texture to emphasize the materials of his creations. Plastic. Steel. Chainmail. Rubber. Crystal eyes. Even the braille-like raised dots of Kevlar? Look closely as you examine his work. The detail is excellent.

His robotic eyes and spaceship engines hold the same life-glow and the stunning bokeh effect of his backgrounds establishes a photographic sensibility, adding that much more style to these radiant entities of the imagination.

So move that cursor over to your browser’s bar, or prepare to flick that scroll wheel, and delve into Mason’s creations.

As per usual, all images link back to the gallery of origin. Enjoy!

Richie Mason science fiction art 3D

Richie Mason science fiction art 3D

Richie Mason science fiction art 3D

Richie Mason science fiction art 3D

Richie Mason science fiction art 3D

Richie Mason science fiction art 3D

Richie Mason science fiction art 3D

Richie Mason science fiction art 3D
Awe! And this last one. Don’t you love the quick blurs as Venom’s symbiotic goo invades Spider-Man’s face? Even Mason’s human-eye portrayal is reminiscent of his robotic eyes and spaceship engines.

The depiction of motion and speed in this last piece was a great choice—those black tendrils whipping and crawling all over his head. (Couldn’t help but sneak this one in.)

Hope you enjoyed this week’s post.

Next week, Woelf Dietrich will return with another featured artist in our Art of Science Fiction series. Until then, let us know what you think in the comments.

Adiós!

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M. J. Kelley

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M. J. is an award-winning short fiction writer and author of a forthcoming nonfiction book. He loves science fiction, humor, & literary fiction and is the director of Write Draft Critique: the Virtual Writer Workshop.

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