On December 2nd I was sitting and waiting for a render to finish which I decided it would be fun to do an "IAMA" (Ask me Anything) on Reddit.com. Redditor "poker_face" asked if I could "draw" a Reddit Alien (TM). My answer was "We'll See", which was taken to mean no.

As my kids know, "We'll See" can sometimes mean yes. I had a such a nice visit with the Reddit community that I thought it was the least I could do to try my hand that the iconic Alien.

Most Redditors seemed to know me from my "Fluorescence" mushrooms so I thought it would be fun to combine the two. Especially since my Christmas render is still churning. I roughed this out and rendered it on my third-string workstation using Lightwave 10.

This one is dedicated specifically to Redditor "Rethread". As requested: Something "warm and fuzzy" for the Redditors.

7.19/10 rating (125 votes)

Pickle Jar Variations what's this?

2.00/10 rating (1 votes)

Member Comments

Richard H.
"@Ryan: Thanks!"
I see you've added the 5K version to the Pickle Jar now. Great – thanks very much!

Thu May 14, 2015 at 3:46 am

Richard H.
Ah, OK. Well, however it's done, I certainly think it would be nice for you to make it available at 5K resolution.

Mon May 11, 2015 at 4:17 am

"@Richard H"
Actually they are different because I added a few thousand extra Reddit aliens in the background of the multiscreen that aren't in the single-screen version.

Sun May 10, 2015 at 7:39 am

Richard H.
Yes, I certainly think it would be a good idea to make the middle screen available at 5K resolution, though I don't see why it needs to go in the Pickle Jar. Why not just add it to the list of available resolutions? After all, it's exactly the same as the 2560x1440 version that's already there; just with double the detail. The Pickle Jar implies that there'll be some difference in terms of image content. Speaking as an owner of a Retina iMac, the 2560x1440 resolution is OK if there's no 5K version, but clearly having the full 5120x2880 alternative adds a lot of extra detail ad clarity, and so is much preferable when it's available. I'd like as many of your images to be available at this resolution as possible, as I'm sure would anyone else with this size of screen.

Sun May 10, 2015 at 5:08 am

"@Richard H"
Perhaps I should put the middle screen in the Pickle Jar? In most cases the multiscreen is just a widened version of the single, but in this case I wanted to add something that would look good across multiple screens. I didn't think the background aliens really added much to the single-screen version so I left it alone. I rendered the original single-screen back before 5K screens existed so that's why there's no 5k/4k version.

Sat May 9, 2015 at 9:11 am

Richard H.
"Great fun"
I like this one a lot. But why is the single-screen version limited to 2880x1800 resolution? It's really odd that there are no bigger versions than that, because you've got a triple-screen 5K version – 15360x2880! As what I personally want (for my retina iMac) is a single-screen 5K version, that was very easy to achieve by simply trimming away the left and right screens from the triple-screen 5K version. So I've got what I wanted, but it's odd that I couldn't download it directly, and strange that there are several other missing single-screen resolutions.

Sat May 9, 2015 at 6:54 am

"Can't Resist Reddit Shrooms!"
I finally signed up after loving your work for many years. Now I feel like a kid in a candy shop :) ..... so many beautiful images Ryan .... tyvm!

Wed February 18, 2015 at 1:34 am

"Can't Resist Reddit Shrooms!"
I finally signed up after loving your work for many years. Now I feel like a kid in a candy shop :) ..... so many beautiful images Ryan .... tyvm!

Wed February 18, 2015 at 1:33 am

I'd rate this a 10 if it were released in multimonitor versions. :)

Tue March 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

"Multi-screen version"
I like the Wallpaper very much, and have been hoping for a Multi-screen version. I see 'Kostas Ger' requested a red-ish verion... That would be nice as well... However in either even, Please turn out a Multi-Screen Version.


BTW - Luv Your Work!

Sun February 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

"Any chance..."
Any chance you could do the same for Android fans? That would be an extremely popular wallpaper if you could.

Sun February 19, 2012 at 8:24 am

This is great! Thanks again for your AMA, the Reddit community <3's you!

Tue December 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Kostas Ger
"Reddit Bloom"
That's so awesome! Can you consider making a Reddit version of the Bloom (redish) version of Fluoresence? It's my favourite one :) And it would fit better with the Red-dit red-ness ;)

Fri December 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Awesome Job Ryan too cute!!!

Wed December 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

Lately I have been feeling lazy, and have not been commenting on many of your wallpapers, but this one jumped out at me.

It's an instant hit at work, and for the first day of having it I had to fight off the swarms of people gathering around my desk.

Excellent job Ryan!

Tue December 13, 2011 at 12:12 am

Any chance of a multi-monitor render?

Mon December 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

"Psycho Aliens?"
Psychedelic stuff with the aliens... Nice one!

Sun December 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

Chris B
You should try it with Fluorescence6 then the aliens would match the texture :)

How did the Reddit go for you Ryan?

Sat December 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm

"Love it!"
Great job! Any chance you could make this into one of your animated wallpapers, where the tips of the antennas change color too? If I weren't already a member for life, this one would be the clincher!

Sat December 10, 2011 at 12:56 am

You should do more colors. Red, Green, Yellow

Fri December 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I love it so much. The aliens are so very friendly...

Fri December 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm

"iPhone 4 Render"
This is wonderful, my kids will absolutley love the aliens. Do you have any plans on making an iPhone 4 render, I'd love to be able to have this on my phone throughout the holidays :-)

Fri December 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

Drew a laugh from me, for sure. Thanks Ryan!

Fri December 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

Rob Poet
Nice. That is a very interesting way to go with a loved classic background. From a distance, at first I thought you put Christmas lights around the 'shrooms (which would also make a great holiday scene), but the aliens are definitely fun and entertaining!

Fri December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

Whoops. Just looked at other comments and noticed tnico said pretty much exactly what I said. That is funny. So, credit for that statement goes to them.

Fri December 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

This put a smile on my face this morning. It made me chuckle.

Fri December 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

Coolisimo... Now you've got to do the multi-screen!!!

(And I'm certain it would become a best-selling t-shirt.)

Fri December 9, 2011 at 8:10 am

This put a smile on me this morning. Thanks! :)

I agree with the T-shirt idea this is great!

Fri December 9, 2011 at 6:42 am

"shrooms 3"
That one needs to be put on a T-shirt...I'd pay double for that one.One for your fee and one to your favorite charity...

Fri December 9, 2011 at 2:18 am

Any chance you could render a triscreen version of the original fluorescence without the aliens? I've been hoping you'd do that one day.

Fri December 9, 2011 at 2:01 am

"shrooms 2"
Mushrooms,Big Smiles and Lit-up Eyes...Nice Job Ryan

Fri December 9, 2011 at 1:51 am

"the shrooms"
One of my favorite DB wallpapers with some goofy looking caracters staring at it...... Love it....

Fri December 9, 2011 at 1:41 am

You rock!

Thu December 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm

"Nice but am glad this isint the Christmas wallpaper!!"

Thu December 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm

"ha-ha, aliens"
Ryan, I like that you can arguably your most iconic image, and give it a little tweak every now and then, this time with some humour. I prefer the darker desktops, so this is great whilst we wait for the Christmas render.

Thu December 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

"Link on home page says "Elegy""
^. And nice wallpaper!

Thu December 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

"Makes Me Smile"
Thank you. I really needed something cheerful.

Thu December 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

"Fluorescence Reddit"
Nice combination. I agree that the aliens would go superb with the multicolor Fluorescence.

Thu December 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

"AGREE on PJ variations"
Also I really can spell "fluorescence" despite my severe fat finger syndrome.

Thu December 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Very nice and very cute for the Christmas holidays. I'm printing this one out and putting it in my office!

Thu December 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

"GREAT Work - Pickle Jar Variations, Please..."
It would be awesome to render these with all of the different Fluoresence variations you have, especially the Christmas version, as it *IS* that time of year.

Keep up the GREAT work!

Thu December 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Great concept here. You couldn't have chosen a better center piece to feature these aliens. Flouresecense has always represented DB. This just works on so many levels. Excellent work again Mr. Bliss!

Thu December 8, 2011 at 12:37 am

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