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GATES TO ELYSIUM by tigaer GATES TO ELYSIUM by tigaer
Proud winner of the CG Choice Award on CGTalk.com & a Gold Award on CGHUB.com.

For Wallpaper Packs, Updates and everything else about my art and me feel free to add me on TWITTER: [link]

This is my benchmark painting for 2009. Much like my pervious big ones like 'Artificial' or 'Epica' this painting marks something special for me personally and in a technical way. I also used it to check out how much my, currently, new machine can take. I used Vue to render the basic 3d plate. I also rendered each part on a standalone pass. So the ground complex was done within a single Vue file, as well as the ring part. The small ships and the clouds were also rendered with single takes. That gives you the most freedom in the postwork. The hero render with the ground stuctures, landscape took about 28hrs to finish. A first try to render it failed after 8hrs with a corrupt Vue file when i tried to resume the render later. That was fun. All the other elements got rendered in a much shorter time. I also used quite some quality settings for the hero render.

I used DAZ3D Dystopia City blocks to create the structures and techy elements. Before i could use them i had to split the original files apart with c4d to pick me the most interesting models off the pack. Required quite some time. In Vue then i used the models to create the structures. It's much like the modellers who worked on the first starwars movies who did use old battleship modelkits to create their spaceships. I'm doing the same with these 3d models of the buildings. Take something that's already there to create something new. Did that with my 'Epica' painting too but i was not as deep into 3d as i am now. Not saying that i'm a 3d specialist... by - no - means! =)

Inspiration could be, once again, Mass Effect. I think the lighting, colors and style goes the same direction the game does. It's also my wish to have a chance to see such things with my own eyes. That would be quite a sight i guess. Of course the usual suspects like the Coruscant cityplanet from starwars and other sci-fi movies and books.

Really hope you like what you see.

Intuos3 - Photoshop cs4 - Vue7 - 7hrs Preparation & Concept Phase - 40hrs Rendertime - 20hrs Postwork

Progress Viz: [link]

Print Detail: [link]

Additional material and wallpaper pack: [link]

FULLVIEW RECOMMENDED!
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GATES TO ELYSIUM by `tigaer ( Suggested by igy and Featured by JunkbyJen )
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Apollyon2011 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Stunning!
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:iconinrydanmaku:
InryDanmaku Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
It's almoast like I'm there
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:iconhydrobendy:
hydrobendy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
love it! you have managed to take various sci-fi elements and combine them in a fashion that makes it almost impossible to tell the function of the buildings in it! I have never seen a floating ring as close to the ground as this, adding something unique to it!
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:iconsilentmobster42:
SilentMobster42 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freakin' awesome!
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:icongraph3dungo:
Graph3Dungo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good Job
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:iconbuttface76:
buttface76 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i would cut off both my legs to be able to do this
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:iconev7:
EV7 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Very good!
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:iconomnivault:
Omnivault Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I've seen this picture before and it's still frikkin awesome! The title makes me think of a location from Doctor Who.
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:iconnohandsnolegs:
nohandsnolegs Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Me encanta la iluminación, la atmósfera creada y la sensación de magnificencia (:

(sorry for lack of translation, I'm lazy today to use my bad english -__-*)
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:iconpariah87:
pariah87 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
ok, this is stunning
:worship:
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:iconaokuroiraccoon:
AoKuroiRaccoon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic image!!! can't get it out of my head!
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Dualswordz1995 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Amazing...
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:icondualswordz1995:
Dualswordz1995 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Amazing.....
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:iconjhmart1:
jhmart1 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
I already watch your work, and, believe me, it is one of my BEST watches! I love your work, more than I could possibly tell you! :O)
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NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
This is the cover art for Kieth Merrow's album "The Arrival."


I thought it looked familiar... wow that's just weird.
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:iconpetugee:
PetuGee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Oh my god!
You have planned this all by your self? :O
That is genius!
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:iconphantom4d:
Phantom4d Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! This will be my first favorite. There is a level of depth I haven't seen before. Thank you for sharing this on dA.
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selestical Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so friggin nice.
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:iconbritolitos96:
britolitos96 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student General Artist
OMG :drool: i have no words, you are EPIC ~!!!!!!
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:iconkrseyffert:
krseyffert Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
looks amazing, keep it up! :D
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:iconvon-krupp:
Von-Krupp Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
To some, this is magic. Why not? What is the difference between technology we can not understand doing the impossible and a mystic force doing the same? It will be a sad day indeed when the world forgets about magic.

Amazing.
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:iconsoulstrut:
Soulstrut Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Awesome! Wish I lived in these worlds
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:icongurugeorge:
gurugeorge Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Reminds me of Chris Foss x10
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:iconrizarlogic:
RizarLogic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
It looks like awesome scenery for an distant outpost or upstart techie mining colony.

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Varieties of SF Experience | [link]
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:iconequigoyle:
equigoyle Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I was rich, I'd commission you to design the cities for and such for the story I'm working on. You have such a fantastic feel for those awesome sci-fi worlds. Truly spectacular. :)
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PrototypeB Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Freaking incredible..... :iconshockedplz:
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:iconaujourdhuidemain:
aujourdhuidemain Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Très fort !
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Destro2k Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
boah :wow:
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:iconmaster-kanna:
Master-Kanna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
awesome *-*
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:iconemmathejones:
EmmaTheJones Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
This reminds me alot of a wierd dream I had once...0o
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:iconrobindahoods:
robindahoods Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Beautiful....reminds of elysia in Aion, i think thats why their capital looks similar to this.
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:icongorgaidon:
Gorgaidon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This artwork has been featured here: [link] =D
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:iconsteforian:
Steforian Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Amazing work, i caught myself drooling while looking over this image.
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JanusKyot Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Love it! I really like the deep red tones.
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:iconkol1br3:
kol1br3 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
can u teach me how to draw things like this?
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:iconkumenchi:
kumenchi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is amazing
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous image! :faint: So Dystopia City blocks do have a worthwhile use after all! ;)
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stendarker Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the bridge! This is such a large-scale area, and you added great, realistic detail. It took a second to like the clouds. But a second look shows they might be the most realistic part of the image! :)
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Windeckerness Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My mind is blown.
This is absolutely beyond stunning!
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Devin58 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
oh yes its really some thing which must have happened in artist mind before he started with all pre-concieved thoughts. I really admire the artist's patience and concentration towards the work he so proudly displays here. good luck to him and I wish I keep seeing such beautyful work

Devin
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cbz-mw Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Amazing!

This was used on the cover of Keith Merrow's 'The Arrival' album, wasn't it?
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:iconwareagle884:
wareagle884 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
That is just plain purty.
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:icongodino:
Godino Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely awsome!
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:iconadmiral-squee:
admiral-squee Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Absolutely breathtaking.
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Ton-K300 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Excellent! ;) :thumbsup:
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:icondemocomics:
DemoComics Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks real awesome
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:iconrelhom:
relhom Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: :thumbsup:
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:iconirichimaru:
Irichimaru Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
now that's what im talking about yes! dude anytime you'd like to work together let me know im in!
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:iconegk-design:
egK-Design Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great athmo, perfect compo
good work
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:iconpsyfre:
psyfre Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Fantastic!
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