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ARTIFICIAL by tigaer ARTIFICIAL by tigaer & `alyn proudly present: ARTIFICIAL


check out the creation walkthrough:

here [link] for download

or here online: [link]

Check out my painting gallery on!!! You'll find the following wp sizes there:
zip file (contains all wp sizes + 3 wp special editions + alyns artwork + explanation readme) ca 4mb



...goes out to `alyn for all the support and help on making this piece something really special. I also want to thank all the dudes and gals in dAmn!s #terragen channel. You helped me to bring this, almost neverending story, to an end.


rendered with // terragen ver. 9.19
rendered resolution // 5000x3333
rendering time // 9 rendered pics - ca. 60 hours
render without post process // [link] <- one of the 9 renders.
post process done in // photoshop
post process time // over a period of 6 weeks
total time invested // 2 months
total filesize // *.psd with a res. of 5000x3333 -> 305mb
total layers // ca. 400 in almost 70 folders (alyns layers [what i used] - 22 layers in 4 folders)
inspired by // sci-fi movies, ryan church, gary tonge

Happy Viewing!


update//: print/wallpaper file updated - removed some visual faults within the pic.

update//: long overdue description update with a link to the creation walkthough.
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FloraClayflower Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Digital Artist
incredible work!!
freshaire Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
The landscape looks real good. The planets look too close together.
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
This is amazing...
usernamenow Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
RJL7983 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Something to think about as far as types of civilizations. A type 1 civilization has colonised it's entire planet and moons, a type 2 one has colonised it's entire system even if multiple suns and a type 3 has colonised it's entire galaxy and dwarf galaxies. I wasn't going to put this but here is an expanded recursive description of what type 4 civlizations and beyond be like.

If a civilization becomes so advanced that they start creating dimentionally recessed technology meaning objects or buildings that are bigger on the inside and if they start thoroughly colonising throught their entire domain then it is inevitable that they will start puttong objects inside this dimentionally recessed layer of space of a large portion or all of their colonies are connected. Eventually they will start putting entire planets and systems inside this inner layer of space or collective subspace inside the colonies. Eventually they become so advanced that the space inside their colonies becomes larger than all the lightyears of space that these coloniese straddle. Because they are dimentionally recessed the space inside keeps growing up to a point even though in normal space outside their colonies has not gotten that much larger. Because of all this entire galaxies eventually get placed inside this space so in an average colonised galaxy in normal space there are maybe hundreds of galaxies inside thissecond layer of inner space inside the colonies. This is what a type 4 civilization could be.

I'm not sure of this but it is possible that each new type of civilization is based on soemthing tens of billions of time larger in scales than the last level. Because the normal galaxies in normal space have been so colonised and because galaxies have been placed inside these colonies; even though it doesn't look it from the outside, it there by stands to reason that they would start to thoroughly colonise these inner galaxies and make a third layer of space or a second layer of dimentionally recessed space and place many more galaxies inside these that the galaxies on the outside. Then making a third layer of dimentionally recessed space from the colonisation of the third layer of galaxies these have galaxies inside them that are colonised and so on for tens of billions of layers one inside the other. This is what a type 5 civlization might be.

Take the patturn of recursion of a type 4 and 5 civilizations and expand this to tens of billions of levels and this is what a type 6 civilization might be.

Imagine the 10th type of civilization, type 100 or type tens of billions. Because this is based again on multiples of ten billion then this could be a second layer of civilizations wich could be expanded to another layer of civlvizations and so on.

There could interestingly be tens of billions of civilization layers making an unthinkable number of advancment of civilization.

This was just a thought experiment in recursion but this is possible what types of civilizations could be beyond 3 so anyway thanks.
sparkverse Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Great work! It's been featured on Sparverse! [link]
missEyez Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
incredible! :jawdrop:
archangel72367 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This masterpiece featured in the Shameless Plugs section of my journal!
RizarLogic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Time well spent in making this!

Added -
Varieties of SF Experience | [link]
originalgaijin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
thats just trippy and amazing
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