Approaching Asgard

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Every so often I'll be reading a good book and a particular description or scene will stick in my head. "Highland Spring", "Temple of the Leaf", "The Winter Rose", "Fire Made Flesh", and "Arrakeen" are examples.

"Approaching Asgard" was inspired by a scene from the third installment of Pierce Brown's excellent "Red Rising" trilogy. I won't describe the scene further in case you haven't read it yet. The scene describes one of the main characters approaching a fortress on a "floating mountain".

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"That's one big Cetacean"
What hits me when I look at this: I'm riding on the back of a rather humungous whale - with a grossly misshapen dorsal fin - fluking through some white, frothing surf...

...and I don't do drugs anymore....

...which, by the bye, was a decision reached long before Gore invented the Internet....

Tue January 30, 2018 at 11:07 pm

"Better than the night version"
I like this version more than the night version. I find it easier to see the details and it doesn't seem so bleak.

Tue January 10, 2017 at 0:34 am

"Path of Stains"
". . . I'd never seen anyone smile like that. Like he'd found heaven and realized he didn't have to die to go there."

This is not how I pictured the scene, (so bright!) so I didn't recognize it at first, but the path made me think: 'You know what that reminds me of?' I was about to mention it before I read the description, only to find the resemblance was quite intentional!

I really pictured something much more winding and steep. Something cruel gods would build just to see if they could. These slopes are how I saw Olympus only below the clouds.

Then again, maybe the zoomed-out camera, already level with the summit, belies the treachery of the trek experienced by the climber?

Mon December 12, 2016 at 10:21 pm

Great job capturing a moment that is clearly quite an adventure. It is easy to imagine the feeling of being so exposed and remote with little knowledge of what lies ahead. This image inspires many different possibilities.

Sun November 27, 2016 at 6:48 pm

I really like the floating Fortress in the sky. Great work.

Sun November 20, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Bob Ford
"really cool ice details"
Love your images!

Sat November 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Lews Therin
"Really Cool!!!"
I really like this one. The black pyramid at the top is intriguing and I think it would make an interesting counterpart to see an image from above the pyramid looking downward with the pyramid much closer. I see the title references Norse Mythology.Very cool. Keep up the great work!

Wed November 16, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Scott G
"Triscreen Files Missing. "
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Sat November 12, 2016 at 2:44 am

This is great. It reminds me of the sort of art you'd find on a prog rock album cover.

Thu November 10, 2016 at 4:51 pm

The lighting really brings out the brilliance of this work. it all really draws you in.

Thu November 10, 2016 at 8:01 am

I simply love your SiFi Renders and this one is bloody Awesome, so realistic. Great Job Ryan

Wed November 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Mario Carini
"Approaching Asgard"
Looks like another version of Pandora to me. Good work.

Tue November 8, 2016 at 4:09 am

"Outstanding "
Great Work!! One of my favorites from your recent additions!

Mon November 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Ed A
This is really great work!

Mon November 7, 2016 at 11:57 am

"Exactly as I imagined"
I just finished the Red Rising series last week, and this is how I imagined that scene. Wonderful

Mon November 7, 2016 at 11:45 am

This picture is amazing!!! My new iPhone wallpaper!!!

Mon November 7, 2016 at 11:43 am

"Pickle Jar Variation?"
Could you post a pickle jar variation without the floating mountain? I think it's beautiful but would prefer it without the Fantasy element.

Mon November 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

"Night Version"
A night version of this could be stunning. Something with the Milky Way behind it could be very cool.

Mon November 7, 2016 at 10:56 am

Really nice picture, and cool idea! It reminds me a bit of No Man's Sky?

Mon November 7, 2016 at 10:37 am

"Nice But..."
This is a nice render but I still prefer your scenic renders the best.

Mon November 7, 2016 at 9:46 am

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