Conversation this last week made me realize that sci-fi - besides being my bread and butter for God knows how long - is probably the one genre of storytelling that falls back way too often on the fact that it is sci-fi - the "wow factor", for lack of a better term:
"Check it out - it's spaaaacceee! And they're flying in it!" "Watch as this non-human CG character rides the back of a lightning-fast behemoth with 10 wings!" "Check out this ultra-mega technical object/weapon unfold into - yet another ultra-mega technical object/weapon, which shoots lasers, spins several art-noveau blades, hides in a forcefield, balances the budget, and glows in the dark!" Dutch angle, etc.
So, given that I apparently hate sci-fi, here's my ode to it. First installment, anyhow:
(Resemblence between this illustration and this professional piece is purely coincidental - I swear Marina, I saw yours after I drew this one.)