Very cool; I do not think I have seen many sci-fi photomanips, certainly not with this feel, which I very much like; it reminds me of classic fantasy coverart! My only crit, and this may just be personal preference, is that I would tone down the lighting and reflection effects, as they feel distracting. But altogether lovely work!
True, some categories of stock are quite plentiful, while others are almost impossible to find. Is there anything in particular you'd like to find? I've spent quite a bit of time going through the stock on dA, so I might know where to find it.
For the most part i'd love to find space ships/jets, also futuristic city backdrops (like the one used here)
But also, not really sci-fi, but i'd love to find more female stock that would cater to this type of art, you know like secret agent type of gear, all i can really ever see is either girls in gowns and dresses, or just casual every day clothes, so would love something with more of an edge, and i'd also like to find the same qualities but in male models too. I think there's more male secret agent-type stock than women!
If you have any ideas on where any of that stuff lives i'd be most grateful!
Here are some sci-fi props, some of which could be used as ships if it suits your design: inadesign-stock.deviantart.com… I've seen several works in which various flying craft are put together from an assortment of stock images, as in fav.me/d62v1nf and fav.me/d1wwnb7 but that probably works best for a steampunk-like style and isn't much help for sleek alien-looking craft. You know, for that it might be best to create the space-ship in 3D modeling software, at least basically, and then do further work with painting and photomanip-elements.
For cities, it looks like most of the time, a normal cityscape is used, but modified, as I imagine you did here. Some of these cityscapes look promising to me: almudena-stock.deviantart.com/…
Good luck! I am feeling inspired to make another sci-fi piece! (I did one before, only to realize after it was done that the lighting on the models did not match -- newbie mistake!)
Wow! thanks for the help!!!! sounds like i shall be making even more sci-fi pieces in the near future! my lighting (and wind direction) was atrocious when i first began manipulating! it's one of the more difficult elements to master so its understandable!