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VAN DIEMEN'S RETREAT by tigaer VAN DIEMEN'S RETREAT by tigaer
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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:icontwowolves80:
twowolves80 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Don't worry about the atmosphere. A nebula with a particularly dense pocket of carbon dioxide, and some weird exo-biology could account for the trees and lichen leeching moisture out of the rocks that could be condensation that freezes and thaws, over and over. And as for magnetic fields, in a nebula, there is a strong electrostatic field that would interfere with sensors, and the asteroid itself could have a high ferrous content that would also mess with magnetic-based sensors. I would love to use this concept, name and all, as a part of my Star Wars campaign setting if you would let me borrow it...
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SilentmanX Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
That is incredible
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:iconfreshaire:
freshaire Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Beautiful piece... feels like you are just about to arrive with everyone else.
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:iconspectercody:
SpecterCody Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the atmosphere! Super cool station. Not sure about trees though :p
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:iconthe-rasmus-raven:
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   General Artist
I'd love to live on these places :heart:
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:iconrogue284:
Rogue284 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
So Beautiful so detailed and a great backstory. Like the song too.
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:iconoprwtos:
OPrwtos Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
haha really nice man, it made me laugh :)
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:icongermanpete:
GermanPete Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah! Awesome.
... plain wow!
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:iconlorndane:
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.
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:iconmikhal-strange:
Mikhal-Strange Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student General Artist
That is awesome!
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:iconniskanen:
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!
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:iconbearerofdestruction:
BearerOfDestruction Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Truly amazing.
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:iconwhitetigerdance:
WhiteTigerDance Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
astonishing :wow:
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:iconbillndrsn:
billndrsn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought i already had this great piece of art :+fav: already. Collected here [link]
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:iconsybexmed:
SybexMed Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Would love to see acouple of the renders you use to paint over. That would be great to see the process.
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:icondu6elov:
Du6elov Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
i love it!
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:icone-squid:
E-Squid Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Very nice, I'm surprised this hasn't gotten a Daily Deviation! +fav!
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
well, you can always suggest daily devs to digital art gallery directors. :nod: - glad you like it. :) thanks
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:icone-squid:
E-Squid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Oh, I don't know how to suggest DDs... :(
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!!
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:iconebokat:
ebokat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
wow.:heart:
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:iconrainyskye:
Rainyskye Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
I really enjoy the story behind this picture, it gives it more depth to what it means :)

That's one epic hideout. :B
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:iconzaagmanz:
zaagmanz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
FUCK SIR THIS IS SERIOUSLY EPIC
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:iconxmemories:
xmemories Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i could live there :P
it's beautiful!
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:icondjborap:
DJBoraP Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Great work, the most catchy thing about it is the point of view.
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kitsuneko-xenon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Student Artist
I think this is my favourite piece you've done so far :) The atmosphere of the entire place, especially due to the windows into space coupled with sparse vegetation and crystal formations, is astounding :)
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
glad you like it sir. :)
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:iconkitsuneko-xenon:
kitsuneko-xenon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Student Artist
:teamwork:
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:iconcommanderz:
CommanderZ Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
Pure perfection
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DanielRabjerg Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Respectfully requesting a 1920x1200 res version of this fastastic, pimptastic awesome wallpaper!
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:iconen-1:
eN-1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
stunning enviornment! awesome!
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:iconscortis:
Scortis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Very very nice. :+fav:
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:iconnkvgbd:
NKVGBD Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
amazing and realistic work :)
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:iconmick-f18:
Mick-F18 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
great one!
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:iconzuboff:
Zuboff Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009   Digital Artist
Stark!!!! Vie lange hast du das gemacht? Wie schwer ist dein psd-file? Wie viel Ebene?
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
eine woche is da sicher neigewandert. allerdings lockere arbeit. kein on and off am bild gesessen. war ja, wie gesagt, ein benchmark bild zum testen meiner neuen maschine. das grundgerüst war nach 3 tagen eigentlich fertig. dann noch mal 3 tage für vereinzelte details. =) ebenen... sinds vielleicht geschätzte 50.
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Zuboff Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009   Digital Artist
Oh! Meine psd-fils können bis 1,5 Gb sein und Ebene bis 150-200 :((((

Deine Bilder sind einfach faszienierend!

Oxana
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow 1,5gb is schon heavy. naja ich versuch meine psds intern zu organisieren wo ich nur kann. also ebenen benennen... in folder packen und organisieren. so hab ich für bestimme elemente im bild eine ebene zu der ich immer wieder zurück kann. ohne dabei jedesmal eine neue anlegen zu müssen. :)
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:iconzuboff:
Zuboff Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009   Digital Artist
ja, ich mache genauso, aber trotzdem klappt nur so ;)
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DragenEyez Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
That'as one heck of a treat. I was right to look forward to this so much from those details. You create amazing worlds.
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! glad you like it :)
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:iconeltasia:
Eltasia Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
:wow: Incredible work, my new desktop :heart: thanks for sharing your fantastic work!! :worship:
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
glad you like it. =) hope you enjoy the wallpaper :nod:
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Kaioshen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, very nice man! I love the subtle touches of the planets and trees, really makes the atmosphere that much better
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yup. sometimes it's the subtle things that transfer the mood best. :)
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MythArcana Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
This is really epic in scope and the look and feel of this environment lends a great deal to the story alone! Great use of Vue and combined painting as I can't tell what is from where...A most stunning piece all around, excellent deviation!
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i'm still working on my technique combining vue with other elements. i'm not there yet. but i'm definitely somewhere. =)
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fIRebUgs Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009   General Artist
thats truly amazing man
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naytron7 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Student General Artist
wow dude this is awesome!

great sense of atmosphere and lighting!

beautiful!
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Arctic-Affinity Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
I'd be lying if i said my eyes didn't have an orgasm when i saw this piece. :thumbsup:
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