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May 28, 2009
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Proud winner of the CG Choice Award on & a Gold Award on

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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

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InryDanmaku Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
It's almoast like I'm there
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!
SilentMobster42 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freakin' awesome!
Graph3Dungo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good Job
buttface76 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i would cut off both my legs to be able to do this
EV7 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Very good!
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.
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 -__-*)
pariah87 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
ok, this is stunning
AoKuroiRaccoon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic image!!! can't get it out of my head!
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