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April 1, 2009
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Here we have the first painting i did on my new machine. I had the actual cave background plate render on my disk for a while now and used this project to see what the new machine can do. I'm pretty happy with the results i got from this project. Computer speed wise as well as painting result wise. I really used Vue a lot here to render out different elements for the background and foreground. The crystals, ships and trees were implemented with help of multipass rendering. Due to the speed of my new machine i finished the painting in a very good time.

This is a painting that, after lots of storyless pieces, has a story again. Some of you might know that U2 song 'Van Diemen's Land'. One of the most beautiful songs ever btw. In fact i listened to it when i was looking for a painting title. I always liked that name 'Van Diemen' and used it here. Now lets say this base we see here is some sort of hidden pirate base. Hidden within some sort of planetoid/super asteroid...

The Story

...A rock large enough to develop some sort of atmosphere where plants can grow. But only on the inside caves of the asteroid. On the surface you'll find plain death. Downcrashing asteroids. Deadly subeams. Extreme temperatures. Due to a special magnetic field the base cannot be spotted. You can only get there with the right coordinates! The base was once founded by a space pirate legend named (you guess it) Van Diemen. After one of his biggest coups he had to flee before a huge fleet that tried to hunt him down. His last chance was to hide in an asteroid field! He and his men made the brave decision to hide within an immense large weird splitted/cracked open rock, carefully maneuvering his massive ship, while the fleet searched everything for him. Soon he started to wonder why they did not pick up the energy signature of his ship and found out about the specialty of this place. He started to make plans... to build a hideout! That was 200 years ago. Now this place became a massive outpost for all sorts civilizations. The place now is named after its founder but it's no more a place for criminals and other scum of the universe. It's still very tricky to find this base and even with automated landing procedures there happen accidents every now and then. So when you plan your trip there... better pay some extra for a good ship and an even better captain!

4800px wide - photoshop - vue - intuos3

Wallpapers: [link]

Plate can be found [link]

Print detail can be found [link] (Large file)
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freshaire Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Beautiful piece... feels like you are just about to arrive with everyone else.
SpecterCody Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the atmosphere! Super cool station. Not sure about trees though :p
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   General Artist
I'd love to live on these places :heart:
Rogue284 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
So Beautiful so detailed and a great backstory. Like the song too.
OPrwtos Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
haha really nice man, it made me laugh :)
GermanPete Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah! Awesome.
... plain wow!
Lorndane Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Amazing piece of fantasy/scifi landscape. I love the lighting details that give great contrast across the peice.
Mikhal-Strange Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That is awesome!
niskanen Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the most awe-striking matte paintings i've seen here on dA, absolutely amazing work!
BearerOfDestruction Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Truly amazing.
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