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The Undiscovered Country by tigaer The Undiscovered Country by tigaer
“I’m 29 years old and was born on board of a colony ship that is now on its course for 75 years. It’s heading to a planet that we think is inhabitable. It must be. There is no turning back. Our homeworld is dying. No, it’s not our fault. It’s just nature’s course. And our species… in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It was the biggest endeavour ever taken to create the biggest colony ships to date. I’m one of 25.000 people on board of one of these ships. A lot of precious resources went into these ships. Not everyone was for it. It caused a lot of uprising. But it was important to keep the hope of our species alive. There are more ships. All heading to different destinations.

We just now reached a good enough distance to our target planet to efficiently probe it. One of the first probes we sent took about 5 years to reach the planet. When they ship wide published the results my first thought was "We’re Home!". All the readings looked perfect. There even was a photo. Man! I can’t wait to get there! It looks like paradise! It looks like heaven!”

This pic was originally a concept art commission I did a few months ago. It got rejected for reasons I can’t exactly understand… since I followed instructions from the Art Director. Weird weird thing. However. Instead of leaving this nice piece to slowly fall apart on my hdd, I decided to do something with it. Much like my ‘Hades’ duo from 2008, this is the first of two pics showing pretty much the same place. This pic was fun to do and certainly looks cool… that’s at least what I think.

Technically it’s a Vue 3d render for the base and some Photoshop to get details and atmosphere right. The weird rock formations were done with Zbrush. Experimenting with that stuff lately. Creating rocks and alien looking formations is pretty easy with Zbrush. And that’s all I’m able to do with it. It can do so much more. However. This Zbrush excursion helped me to learn a few things and will hopefully lead into some more exotic looking landscape pics in the future. We’ll see that…

for now I hope you enjoy the view as much as I do.

Vue – Photoshop – 5000px wide

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tzivor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
Hi tigaer!! I must say, that your work is stunning! Beyond words... I just went through literally thousands of matte paintings, because I am searching for a proper material for the cover for my new orchestral film music album called Imaginarium. It will be my portfolio for any possible film directors and producers. It took me three years to finish, because I aimed for the highest quality possible. Same goes for the cover. I believe that whole package is as important as individual parts of it. So when I stumbled upon this picture, my jaw literally dropped and left hanging:-D Could I reach you somehow (email, Facebook), so I could elaborate about possible use of this picture for the cover? I would be honored if I could do so! Thank you!
Mr-unicode1 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is exactly like a web comic I'm working on.
zeitschiff Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
burningrage8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SWEETNESS!!!! Now that's what I call an island!!
faf13 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Could I possibly use this in a guild for a roleplaying scenery effect?
supermarioART Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful!;-)
LadyMandalay Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
So serene and beautiful!
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Very good. Great mood of discovery and contemplation of a new place. Well done!
LordTigeron Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Im booking passage on that ship too, the photo is awesome
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   General Artist
You have a lot of awesome art ^^ I love it :heart:
mgtcs Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Amazing worjk!
Dinjai Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
ExileFallen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AL-MENDOZA Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Artcrafting Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, unglaublich gut * staun* =)=)=)

sehr inspirierend btw.

LightDrop Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Digital Artist
Starkes Bild - nette Story!

c u
turquoisesparkle Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whats not to like about it?! I'm guessing the art director can't explain him/her self well...
GiulioDesign94 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
satanfreze Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's like the world in "Avatar"... just better.
wilstheone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional
sir, your art is an inspiration! Thank you!
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much. :)
philcopain Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Incredible ... Eden like ;)
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
'eden' would have been a nice name for that planet too. =D
ONLYoneCANNOLI Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what kinda specs are in your PC to render a 5000px image?
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
intel i7 920 - 12gig ram =D depending on the load of the scene (number of objets etc) 5000px can kill my machine. 4000px is more managable here =) especially when you're working with the 'resume render' option a lot - scene shouldn't be too heavy, reduce the multipass options to a minimum. lots of technical stuff.
detail24 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Gefällt mir sehr gut! :thumbsup:
phaceless2 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Just Perfect!!
BLUFegelein Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
jealous... of both this paradise and how u created it :)
chiutina Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow~ very beautiful~:happybounce:
webworm Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Great work!
ramji047 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
brilliant work!!!! looks so real......
Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great stuff mate!
KvornanTheLafesta Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice scene!
dioscuri Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
No bones about it, this is f**king awesome.
newyam Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Wörter können dieses Meisterwerk kaum beschreiben... Echt super Bild und noch eine geniale "Hintergrund"-geschichte! :omfg: :)
Zekkentak Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student General Artist
My god, you made this all on your own? :omfg:
It's extremely impressive, almost as though as if it were a photo o.o
Everything in this picture looks extremely realistic, along with the waterfall, the valley and the tree :O

Well done! :clap:
Player-Designer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
esk6a Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing view!
orinoor Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
It's a glorious landscape, so lush and beautifully done!
ShadowWalker76 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Truely impressive work :silentkitty:
NaygonElvanleii Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooow.....I look at this masterpiece while listening to the 'The Witcher 2' Soundtrack....EPIC!! *-*
Mercunix Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is truely beautiful, I would almost believe you had actually visited an alien world to get this shot. I would love to see some tutorials outlined how you accomplished some elements of realism here.
FireKDragon Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Really awesome.It seems that you created a lot of variations of plants based on the plants that come with Vue:)
Michael7S Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011   Interface Designer
:omfg: WOW! :)
zinkai Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Bravo !
stormdancerr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Teach me oh master !
alternatively, direct me to some tutorials or training material you may have produced, dont care if I have to pay for it . . .

Seriously, this is an awsome piece, love the formations . . .

And thank you for showing that my ideas for future software are well founded
Axle9 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow 0.0
priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was about to say the artwork and story was sounding a lot like Avatar, but I think your intro was a bit more complex and realistic anyway. But man were they taking a gamble by heading to a planet that they "think" is inhabitable :fingerscrossed: As for the other ships going elsewhere, I think they would screw with my mind forever, knowing that there are actual humans out on other planets rather than the expected alien species, and wondering how each settlement will start out pretty much the same but evolve so differently over hundreds or thousands of years, or even not last to begin with :O_o:

Anyway, I really like the scene. Reminds me of something I did for myself that actually has similar origins too. It was a piece that was going to make or break my search for being a paid Vue artists for a company. I thought it was pretty good but they mustn't have since I never heard back from them. Rather than let it be a waste of all that works I just changed a couple of things and turned it into a personal piece :D
DSil Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Absolutely astounding. I gotta try Vue.
TheGSP Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Damn, this is gorgeous.
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