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Terragen - Pulsar Dawn by tigaer Terragen - Pulsar Dawn by tigaer proudly presents: terragen - pulsar dawn (evolution)


in a distant future mankind spreaded seeds into the farthest regions of space... regions that need hundreds of years to travel, even on a such high technological level. mankind discovered forces, in the depths of space that, a few decades before, no one even tried to imagine. colonies, built for the simple purpose to do science, may soon discover how to master the mightiest of all forces... a black hole. outpost 2031, also called 'dawn', on planet amergine started terraforming almost exactly 400 years ago. the atmosphere, flora and fauna started to progress well recently and soon people may be able to spread out over the whole surface. there are hundreds of towers on different locations all over the planet.

races that will discover the ruins of these towers... 20.000 years in the future will guess what happened to the 'elder' kind. yes, they will call us 'the elder'... we were the first... out there. soon this race will understand what happened. old data was found... luckily reestablished. planet amergine lies peacefully in a huge stellar dust cloud called 'the elegy'. in the center of that cloud lies a pulsar. a dead star, once a majestic sparkling sun. 'the elder' settled here to find out how to use the mighty gravity forces that surround such a pulsar. maybe they found out how to use the mightiest force of all. maybe they traveled into another dimension. nobody knows what happened to them... all that is left are the ancient ruins of a presence that left a long time ago.

ps: this is science-fiction. 'fiction'. don't be confused with the story... the story just continues what the pic shows. what you see is still the era of men.


the render to that pic was made in the last days of 2004. at first i wasn't sure if i could use the render at all. i tried various things... implented this and that... and at first it hasn't looked very inviting to do further work on it. however... i did further work and now see what came out. the result is one of my most ambitious manipulation works ever. countless (not really ;)) layers and folders within the psd file. i do myself hard to name it 'terragen' since almost everything is manipulated in that piece. the only things that come from terragen are the rays. all the other stuff is own photography... textures... or self built stuff like the structures. the structures are completely photoshop. some might think i used a 3d software... but no. the buildings were also the hardest to realize. some of you might remember 'terragen - dilektium'... where i first tried to implement a bulding. i found that it looked ok and so i tried to take the next step in this piece. i knew, when i started the building work, that this must be a piece that tops everything i did before. now i'm not sure if it does so with the look... but technically it really tops everything i did before. i wanted a truly EPIC look and i also took the time to invent a little story thet simply explains the feelings i had while creating this piece. 'the elegy' - the dust cloud i talked about in the story - may be an element for me to try in a future space art piece... but that'll time show.

songs i can only advise here are listed in the stats. lisa gerrard is a female singer that even worked with hans zimmer on the gladiator soundtrack. in my eyes one of the best soundtracks ever made in movie history. a deep mystical voice followed by sounds that perfectly describe the emotions in 'pulsar dawn'.


rendered with // terragen ver. 9.19
terrain created with // /
rendered resolution // 4500x3375
work resolution // 4500x3375
rendering time // 1 rendered pic - ca. 16hrs
render without post process // [link]
post process done in // photoshop cs
post process time // over a period of 4 weeks (ca. 35 hrs work)
total filesize // ca. 488mb
total layers // 139 (very precisely)
inspired by // my imagination
song // lisa gerrard & patrick cassidy - 'elegy' and 'amergins invocation' - album: immortal memory
development animation // [link]

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


ps: thx out to `alyn - was a help to hear your thoughts.
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Galati8825 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Writer
I want to know more about the Elder and the planet amergine. This was fantastic story telling and art. Almost Poetic.
singLereflex Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006   Photographer
this is really cool. i likethe little story too.
my only suggestion would be to do something else in the sky! the surface is so vivid and detailed but the sky is almost solid blue :<
i love the concept of the one complex alone in the midst of all the mountains.
very nice.
ainokitsune Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2005
Holy freakin' moley. Words fail. Really.
Doctor-S Featured By Owner May 5, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
COOOL very nice pic!!! you rock!! hehehe
moonshinemin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2005
I love the spread of lighting in this peice. Dramatic yet serene!
Novakaris Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2005
this is Insanely eyes are so attracted to this.......yes this is excellent. I've never heard of this "Terragen" before, but it sure looks like it can be used to make some great stuff. I hope I'll be able to do something like this someday.......
*thumbsup* *thumbsup* *thumbsup* *thumbsup* *thumbsup* *thumbsup* *thumbsup* *thumbsup*
tigaer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
well terragen only created the basic landscape... all the effects that give character to the pic were added in postwork via photoshop. :) thanks - i'm glad you like it. :)
MysteriousTremendum Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is incredibly beautiful, i love everyting about it; the light rays, the mist, the mountains, the colors...
passenger-nq Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005
das schaut wieder mal spitze aus. das licht ist klasse; hell aber es blendet nicht. die farben sind auch klasse. da find ich nix zu meckern
paranoidinhell Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005
OMFG :o that looks amasing :o
not a total fan of the sky and its clouds tough..
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