Science Fiction Oil Painting – Sky Burial #1

Howdy Sci FI fans!

This one is for you! I said in an earlier post that I would start painting more genre work, specifically, sf paintings. Well here is the second such painting Desert Storm being the first even though it isn’t apparent. In context with this new painting, it starts to fit.

This is the second in a series of works that may take shape as an illustrated SF novel. That’s a ways off from here but I am painting these with an eye to such an end and certainly with a storyline I’ve had in mind for several years now.

Sky Burial #1. 40 x 15 inches, Oil on Linen.





*Note – I have removed the original images of this painting from this post as they were from my Nikon camera and were not the best reproductions of the actual painting. I had also modified the painting since those original pictures were taken. The image above represents the painting as it actually appears, or as close as possible to it! I will add detail pictures soon.


  1. Cameron says:

    Regretfully, I do not know who you are.

    That being said, I am now a fan of your work forever. I have been into painting ever since art school, and people started getting away from traditional mediums and moving into the digital realm. That’s fine and all, but to see someone who can capture the imagination in such an intricate way as you have by using traditional methods is more than FANTASTIC, it’s refreshing too. These traditional styles are after all what got me interested in being an artist 30 years ago. I really can’t say enough, so I’ll rap it up.

    I love this work, and I will advise everyone I know to visit this site.
    Thanks for the treat!

    Your new fan

    • Ankaris says:

      Hey Cameron!
      There are plenty of people that do know me and regret it!! 😉 Thanks for the praise but you can’t be looking hard enough.. there are plenty of great artists working traditionally today that do wonderful work! And I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I started digitally and moved into real paint a few years ago, so I too am guilty of pushing the pixels about. I started as a photographer actually but that’s another story!

      Anyway, thanks again.. I’ll be updating the progress of a new oil painting in the coming days.. weeks. I’ve just started a new one tonight so keep an eye out for it. You’ll see the whole thing from go to wo and all the mistakes in-between! It’s another scifi ship breaking scene!

  2. Richard Cave says:

    Reminds me of the ship breakers in India, they will get these huge supertankers and take them apart by hand. Being a creative bloke I always feel sad when I see these monsters being taken apart. This image gives me the same feeling. Love the broad and loose strokes, keeping it simple and not noodling to death is a skill in itself. You can also feel the heat in this,

    Pulling out these images into the blog was worth the effort.

    Wish I had my wacom as I so want to paint.


    • Ankaris says:

      Spot on Rich! That’s precisely what it was modeled on. Several years ago I was gearing up to go shoot the ship breaking in Alang India, but circumstances prevented it. Salgado did it better than anyone.. I’d still love to shoot them but it’s tough to get access unless you know someone.

      Thanks for your comment mate.

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