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Terragen - Cydonia Mensae by tigaer Terragen - Cydonia Mensae by tigaer proudly presents: terragen - cydonia mensae


mars. this planet gets more and more fascinating the deeper we move into the 21th century. i personally can't wait to see the first human play baseball on mars. that'll give some great home runs huh? we live in exciting times... and the most exciting lie still before our feet. it's just one step and we hold the key to the universe in our hands.

if you know the movie 'mission to mars' you'll probably know what i want to express with this piece. mars is a barren, rocky, sometimes stormy and absolutely harmful environment for us humans. though future technology might be helpful to tame mars's hazardous environment. all things necessary for live on mars are given - but frozen. i'm sure 'we' will find a way to live there and spread mankind into 'our' solar system.


okay, where shall i start. again i tried to improve my skills on a special thing. in this piece i tried to advance my brushing skills. along with digital painting. it's not much to see of it because i still added a lot of photography that i manipulated to make all fit right. as i said a lot of photography used to texturize my work... the mountains... surface... details. of course all OWN photography. no stock used... as always. previous mars project: [link] :: terragen - fields of cydonia


rendered with // terragen ver. 9.19
rendered resolution // 3800x2850
rendering time // 1 render - ca. 4 hours
render without post process // [link]
post process done in // photoshop cs
post process time // over a period of 3 weeks (ca. 30 hours work)
total filesize // *.psd with a res. of 3800x2850 -> 395mb
total layers // ca. 54
inspired by // the movie "mission to mars" by brian de palma

concluding words: this piece is actually not intended to appear as realistic as possible. it's my impression of mars. how the planet's surface looks now, looked ages before or will look in the future.

happy viewing... and thanks if you read all down to this spot =)


::::::::::::.... uPDATE 12.09.04

reworked the surface to make it look more intense and perceptible. reworked texturing generally a bit. prints updated too.
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Fantastic well detailed scene!!!
DragonsOfKrynn Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The tornado moving across in the back makes this fascinating. I didn't know this was mars, I think a bit more red to the ground would have been very amusing, but very nice work.
Man, the terragen render is impressive enough, and the post work, just marvelous! :clap:
zipclaw Oct 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the-cydonian Apr 8, 2007
Dumbfounded I can never get this effect in terragen.
tigaer Apr 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
what effect
the-cydonian Apr 8, 2007
Any of it. I can't ever get the terrain or the sky to look that great.
tigaer Apr 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
you need experience, that's all. the more you work with tg... the easier it gets for you.
Fantastic! Now using it for a background :D
Eddy-all-die-for Jan 24, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
ir seems perfectly like the Mars i saw in the movie Total Recall with Arnold Shwartzenegger
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