This is my first render using Lightwave 10. The image is 100% Hypervoxels (no polygons).

I've always been fascinated by the processes that go on at the very large/very small ends of the scale. It has been mentioned that this scene strongly resembles histone proteins (see the diagram on this page). What do you think?



8.20/10 rating (256 votes)
176 Comments

Dualscreen:
Triscreen:
Pickle Jar Variations what's this?

innerworkings2
8.53/10 rating (43 votes)

innerworkings1
7.92/10 rating (115 votes)

Member Comments

Chris S
"actually, *this*page* :)"
I think they've reworked the science blog that you refer to. Is http://scienceblogs.com/transcript/2006/08/08/nucleosome-binding-sites-1/ the correct page?

Mon May 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm

SundogVet
"Kind of exciting"
Being a veterinarian, I like magic just fine, but nothing inspires like biology in action! I'm seeing histones, enzymes, and all kind of activity here. I like it! Definitely not an abstract. This is an active landscape!

Sun November 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

kody
"android wallpaper"
this would be an amazing live wallpaper for android especially if like the different particles moved and there was pulsing lights lighting up the middle like it was actually the inner workings of the android brain of the phone its on

Fri October 21, 2011 at 12:07 am

kody
"android wallpaper"
this would be an amazing live wallpaper for android especially if like the different particles moved and there was pulsing lights lighting up the middle like it was actually the inner workings of the android brain of the phone its on

Fri October 21, 2011 at 12:06 am

KathyTap
"Inner Workings"
I don't see these as brain workings, but as bubbles in water. I love both the green version and the red/blue version, and I'd love to see, maybe, an orange/yellow version. Or a "girly" pink/violet/purplse version. Your other "brain workings" seem kinda creepy to me, but others' MMV. This is, meanwhile, simply awesome!

Tue May 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

KathyTap
"Inner Workings"
I don't see these as brain workings, but as bubbles in water. I love both the green version and the red/blue version, and I'd love to see, maybe, an orange/yellow version. Or a "girly" pink/violet/purplse version. Your other "brain workings" seem kinda creepy to me, but others' MMV. This is, meanwhile, simply awesome!

Tue May 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

clayton006
"Thanks Ryan"
Thanks for uploading the 7680x1600 one! Really appreciate it!

Sun April 24, 2011 at 5:17 am

clayton006
"Thanks Ryan"
Thanks for uploading the 7680x1600 one! Really appreciate it!

Sun April 24, 2011 at 5:09 am

Chris
"It's Alive!"
Something about the depth of field used in this image always makes me do a double take. Sometimes it looks like its actually moving. Love it!

Tue March 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm

evilkosh99
"Confused on multi-screen angle"
The single screen image is simply stunning. I'm a bit confused as the multi-screen angles are so different - I feel like they dont' show the most incredible part of the image, the central structure.

Tue March 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

David
"Misc comments"
Inner Workings and Axonal have been two of your coolest wallpapers yet. PLEASE keep more like these coming!

Mon March 14, 2011 at 12:50 am

Stan
"Coerced.. NO Compelled to COMMENT"
I have been enjoying your work quietly on the side for at least 2 years and hardly ever comment. But "Inner Workings 2011" raises the bar so high I had to come out of anonymity. Superb Work Ryan.

Please keep churning out the great pieces

Sat March 5, 2011 at 0:01 am

Chris V
"Stunning!"
Definately a new favorite! I love the one with an organic feel to them.

Sat February 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Xyverz
"Much Improved!"
I like this version far better than the original (green) picklejar version I first saw. Good work sir!

Tue February 22, 2011 at 12:51 am

Ian Skye
"Reality and Surreality in one"
I love these biology based images (being a scientist), they awe me and make my mind wander in thought all at once! Thanks.

Sat February 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

celmendo
"great work"
I think you evolved this just right and it's now my second favorite of your current work after the Highland series.

Sat February 19, 2011 at 12:57 am

Max_Power
"Continues to amaze"
Inner Workings (2011) This image continues to amaze me. I don’t think I will ever grow tired of looking at it. Ryan this is one of my favorites like radiance. Well done. Hope all are well in the DB household.

Sat February 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

Max_Power
"Continues to amaze"
Inner Workings (2011) This image continues to amaze me. I don’t think I will ever grow tired of looking at it. Ryan this is one of my favorites like radiance. Well done. Hope all are well in the DB household.

Sat February 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

Ben
"Nice work as usual"
I really like this image Ryan, especially the way the color blends. You never fail to impress!



Also, thanks for the link to the Messiah offer. I've never really dabbled in this kind of thing but for ten bucks I figure it can't hurt to check it out!

Tue February 15, 2011 at 7:32 am

Ben
"Nice work as usual"
I really like this image Ryan, especially the way the color blends. You never fail to impress!



Also, thanks for the link to the Messiah offer. I've never really dabbled in this kind of thing but for ten bucks I figure it can't hurt to check it out!

Tue February 15, 2011 at 7:31 am

Danett
"Awesome!"
This one rocks! Hope its ok, going to put this on our lab computer our PCR machine is hooked up to. My labmates will get a kick out of it! Very appropiate!

Mon February 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Craig
"Appreciate what you do"
Ryan,



I rarely comment on your stuff. Just wanted to say I come here often and really appreciate what you do! Thanks for all of the hard work.



BTW, I like the dual/triple of this image. Nicely done.



Peace,

/craig

Mon February 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

Peter
"5120x1600 wrong link"
Ryan,



Also fix the link for the 5120x1600. Now it points to 5120x1440pix image not the correct one.



Cheers,


Sun February 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm

matt
"woo"
Looks great :S



Btw everyone just click on that link so i can get my software already :(

Sun February 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Ryan
"@Clayton"
Curse my rural DSL! Looks like the 7680 x 1600 didn't upload successfully the first time. I've re-posted it this morning (a 9 MB JPG) and the link should be working now.

Sun February 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

Clayton
"One more resolution?"
Are you going to make a 7680x1600 of this one? Would like to use it as my desktop wallpaper.

Sun February 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

Andy
"Wow!"
Another incredible wallpaper Ryan! Hope there is a planetscape in the pipeline! :)

Sat February 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Dan
"loving the DOF"
Another gem, thanks for the link to that incredible offer also, share people, not far to go now!

Sat February 12, 2011 at 12:56 am

Jenanne
"Splendid!"
I love the colors in the new version! Not that I didn't like the green, but this is even better. Thanks, Ryan!

Sat February 12, 2011 at 12:28 am

0beron
"Another awesome abstract"
Beautiful image, glad to see new abstracts.

Fri February 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Dave
"Work In Progress"
I'm guessing it's a planetscape!

Fri February 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Henry V.
"Latest version looks terrific!"
I feel this newest version provides a better microscopic appearance than your previous one. Excellent revision!

Fri February 11, 2011 at 4:59 am

Peter
"Wrong image link"
Wrong link for 5120x1600.....:(

Fri February 11, 2011 at 0:37 am

kellzilla
"@Tracy"
The original multiscreens are still available. Replace the first "3" in the multiscreens above with a "1" and you've got 'em. For instance:

Blue 2560x1024:

http://digitalblasphemy.com/content/jpgs/2x/innerworkings32x2560.jpg

Green 2560x1024:

http://digitalblasphemy.com/content/jpgs/2x/innerworkings12x2560.jpg

Fri February 11, 2011 at 0:34 am

Will
"Mobile Site"
Looks great as an alpha build. Can I suggest access to pickle jar mobile images. It's always a bit fiddly changing the addresses or downloading the zips. This comments field needs a scroll bar for longer comments. And the preview opens in the standard site. :)

Thu February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Tracy
"Original multiscreen?"
Could we get the original dual-screen render in the Pickle Jar? I didn't grab it when I had the chance :)

Thu February 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Tracy
"Original multiscreen?"
Could we get the original dual-screen render in the Pickle Jar? I didn't grab it when I had the chance :)

Thu February 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Eric
"Amazing!"
Although I love almost everything you post, this one has moved straight to my fav 5 list. Amazing work the overall lighting is absolutely stunning. The rising DNA strands are not overbearing and do not demand focus. Kudos RYAN, the long render time was worth it!

Thu February 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Ryan
"Thanks guys!"
Even Jessie likes this one, and she usually hates my abstracts.

Thu February 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

Mike
"Stunning"
Jeff is right. The prismatic addition makes this simply unbelievable.

Thu February 10, 2011 at 9:14 am

BenC
"Much Better"
I wasn't a big fan of the original green version, nor the multiscreen which i didnt think looked particularly good as the focal point spanned the borders my two screens.



This new multiscreen however is much better. Zoomed in i think it looks a bit like bubbles from an underwater vent/volcano.

Thu February 10, 2011 at 3:19 am

Jeff
"I wasn't so sure at first ..."
... but this final version is why I pay to access this site. Adding the blue really brought out a brilliant piece of work.

Wed February 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Tyler
"@Ryan Bliss"
When you say you "haven't done a project like this for a long time" it gets me thinking. You also mentioned "magic" which if discernment serves me will result in something dare I say nostalgic. You got me excited dude!

Wed February 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Tyler
"@Ryan Bliss"
When you say you "haven't done a project like this for a long time" it gets me thinking. You also mentioned "magic" which if discernment serves me will result in something dare I say nostalgic. You got me excited dude!

Wed February 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

kellzilla
"@Ray"
It's in the bright blue blobby part near the middle, it does get kind of lost. (Unless he updated the image already.)

Wed February 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Scott
"Better"
I definitely prefer the red/blue version as it is far less gross. Thanks for the notice of that special offer. I don't really know anything about this stuff but I couldn't pass up a $1200 program for $40. Pretty low risk even if I just fool around with it a bit.

Wed February 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Ray
"Inner Workings"
FYI Ryan. I don't see "digitalblasphemy.com" on the 5760 x 1200 render.

Wed February 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Brian
"Mutliscreen"
The multiscreens look amazing! Definitely worth the wait!

Wed February 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Ryan
"@Nicola"
For this one I've found it best to download a higher resolution image and then zoom in on a part of it for my iPhone background.

Wed February 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

Nicola
"Works great as a phone wallpaper"
Not my cup of tea for a desktop wallpaper (I love the wide open landscapes for that) but this looks really classy as a mobile wallpaper.

Wed February 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

Walo
"@Laura"
A protein was my first guess as well. As soon as I zoomed the image and watched the structure it was the first thing that came to my mind. I guess Biology class was useful after all lol.

Wed February 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

Ryan
"@Wes"
Thank you Wes. I'm actually quite proud of it (even though I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea).

Tue February 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Wes
"Inner Workings (2011)"
I think this is my favorite wallpaper out of all the ones you've ever made-everytime I look at it, I see something different. Very nice work, thanks!!

Tue February 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Ryan
"Re: Histone Proteins"
Fascinating! Thanks for sharing that Laura. A quick Google search turned up this article with a cool diagram.

Tue February 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

Laura Etal
"Histone Proteins"
My student assistant looked at the "final version" of this and came up with a point blank statement.



This is double stranded DNA wrapped around histone proteins. This is how DNA is packaged inside the cell nucleus when it is not being duplicated.

Tue February 8, 2011 at 8:49 am

Ryan
"Re: Droid Size"
The Droid size is available here.

Tue February 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

Ryan M
"Where's the Motorola Size"
Where'd the 960x854 wallpaper go? Not only is it for the Droid, but also the Droid 2 and Droid X.

Tue February 8, 2011 at 6:36 am

kellzilla
"@Chris B"
The multi screens are still available. The file names for them are "innerworkings1XXXX" where XXXX is the file size. For instance, using The Fisherman for a source URL:

http://digitalblasphemy.com/content/jpgs/2x/fisherman12x2560.jpg

turns into

http://digitalblasphemy.com/content/jpgs/2x/innerworkings12x2560.jpg

Tue February 8, 2011 at 0:37 am

Chris B
"All cool"
it's a shame the multi screens you did aren't in the pickle jar.



They are all cool. I think I like the darker colors in the first one personally. also I like the green one, seems nice and alien.

Mon February 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Ben
"Less Blur = Better"
Looks good, Can't wait for the magic to start though :)

Mon February 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

gummy
"Sweet"
I like them all - nice to have multiple versions, thank-you!

Mon February 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Brian
"Colors"
I did not like the green and yellow. Honestly I thought it was a dud. The blue and red version is on my monitor right now. Love it.

Mon February 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

Greg in CA
"What's more awesome than awesome?"
Awesomer? Mega Awesomest?

Mon February 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

Walo
"my imagination?"
I used the pickle jar version as wallpaper for the ipad. While playing around with it I noticed that there was a "bulge" on the screen. Upon closer inspection I noticed that the "bulge" wasn't there and it was just a part of the image that seems to have some perceived depth. A weird but cool effect lol.

Sat February 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

kellzilla
"Guesses"
I love that people are still making guesses days after Ryan posted his inspiration. See, Ryan - your stuff defies explanation even after you've given one! :D

Sat February 5, 2011 at 0:07 am

Walo
"Pickle jar"
The pickle jar version looks more detailed and cooler +1 vote to get it to the gallery lol.

Fri February 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

Alberich
"Chromatin"
In the new Pickle Jar version, gray strands of DNA can clearly be seen winding around the larger, more colorful central structure. Some have suggested protein synthesis, but DNA is not directly involved in that process; the RNA translation step happens first, with the protein built from the RNA code.



DNA in the nucleus wraps tightly around proteins called histones in order to fit in the cell, taking up less volume than loose DNA would. The DNA-histone complex is called chromatin; I think that's what we see here.

Fri February 4, 2011 at 0:48 am

Pete
"Colors"
Didn't think of this being the Pack colors, but now that I see it mentioned, cool! Putting this on the desktop now!



Go Pack - Nothing like listening to Chicago sports talk radio after a Bears loss :)

Thu February 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Laura
"Guesses"
Me and my student assistants have worried over this for about a week now. Our guesses are a water diatom in suspension.

Thu February 3, 2011 at 8:19 am

Chris B
"Adds"
It was funny, before I logged in there was an add for DB Decal Girl covers.

Wed February 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Travis
"Protein Conformation"
Looking at your reworked wire frame, I begin to wonder if you intended for this image to be protein conformation occurring. Perhaps even DNA/RNA replication at a macro level (considering there are no partial chains or leading/lagging sequences visible).



Otherwise, it looks like a cell lysing...

Wed February 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Jenanne
"Love the guesses!"
Wow, what creative minds Ryan's members have! I sign on every other day or so just to read the fascinating comments. Possible picklejar versions for this one, Boss? Perhaps other colors?

Tue February 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Ian
"Metroid... or Flood?"
At first glimpse it seems to be something out of the Metroid world. Perhaps part of the Flood from the Halo series.

Perhaps the unnatural colors and textures bring about my memories of videogames. So many of your scenes would be brilliant game settings for nearly all genres.

Tue February 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

Sam
"Clearly a DNA strand"
Reasons why:

-Double helix structure

-Blobs could represent atoms?

-The glow could represent the forces that hold the atoms



wild guess but the title: inner workings kind represents that what we see on the outside (the physical) of the human body has a deeper inner side of this hence our DNA and genes etc.



I like it!

Tue February 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

Todd
"Underwater Welder"
It appears to have a fluid dynamic, and so I am inclined to combine fire and water in my deduction. Therefore, I am going to run with - underwater welder. :)

Tue February 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

Joel
"Could it possibly be..."
Cold Fusion? Also know as "Low Energy Nuclear Reaction"(LENR)?

In today's energy "crisis"(more of a scramble to find another source in order to sate our environmental standards and inevitable decreasing oil supply )this would be a fitting theme...

Mon January 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm

CPinTX
"Guessing again..."
also looks like something out of Spore... which goes a bit more with the title "Inner Workings"--ie, that it's probably something microscopic... e. coli in the stomach? ;o)

Mon January 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

CPinTX
"Guessing.."
Looks sort of like it could be DNA,like someone said, but also looks like it could be some sort of blob of magma in the ocean? Or mayb a (literal) fire lizard (see the closed eye in the yellow body towards the bottom of the pic?) swimming in water... the green/blue bubbles are the water boiling off its body...

Mon January 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Mat
"Taking a guess"
Im going to say a strand of DNA

Sun January 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Simon
"Awesome!"
Don't really know I think it looks like, can't really define the scale. The green "pebbles" makes it look small, but the core more looks like a molten core from a planet or something, which makes it look way bigger...



Ryan, this work is really, REALLY awesome! I love the colors and details. 10/10

You should definetly do some more abstracts, Ryan! :)

Sun January 30, 2011 at 2:43 am

mischa
"i love it"
To me this wallpaper looks like a froth of green bubbles caught in a glass paperweight.... i really love it!

Sun January 30, 2011 at 0:25 am

Chris B
"Funny"
The strong feelings this one brings out. Ranging from the most awesome one ever to hating the "puke-like" image lol



Personally I love everything & this one is really different

Sat January 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Dan
"Complex & Interesting"
I must say this is like no other wallpaper you've done! Very intriguing and makes you want to sit and study it. I think I need to let it sink in for a few days to really enjoy it but I like what I see!

Sat January 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Duncan
"It grows on you"
At first, I wasn't sure about this one but after adding it to my desktop (and cell phone) for a couple of days, it tends to grow on you. I'd be interested to see if any "Pickle Jar" versions exist.

Sat January 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Jerri
"Cool"
I usually prefer the landscapes, but this is very cool. Excellent job!

Sat January 29, 2011 at 12:35 am

Overdrive
"Ughhh!"
First DB-image ever i really hate. Ugly colours, don't know what it is, maybe someone's puke, a mix of brussels sprouts and slime or something. But 'the exeption proves the rule', so this must be the proverbial exeption to otherwise great and fantastic works of art (i'm not even putting this one in my DB-screensaver, don't wanna look at it ever again).



3* (for all the work you've put in it, but i really wanted to give a minus 1 or so.)

Sat January 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

Ryan
"@Mjodvitnir"
Thanks! There are some that just need to be seen as I designed them. Too many images out there look great as a thumbnail but are disappointing when you look at the full version.

Sat January 29, 2011 at 9:46 am

Mjodvitnir
"Hmm - Awesome"
At first glance I didn't really like it, a little boring I thought, but when I threw it up on full screen (1920x1080) then I was blown away, this is awesome in color and detail.

You did once again Ryan, I just love your work and my lifetime membership is worth every cent. :o)

Sat January 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

Jenanne
"Interesting..."
that some members kept guessing what this was after Ryan told us what inspired him. But must say I loved Hemo's and Tiffany's comments. :)

Sat January 29, 2011 at 3:52 am

Jenanne
"Thank you!"
Thanks, Ryan, for telling us what inspired you. Hey! I was closer with my guess of a palm tree leaf cell than I thought. ;)



I loved Crichton's 'Eaters of the Dead,' too.

Sat January 29, 2011 at 2:23 am

GMaster7
"Abstracts!"
Love your abstracts, Ryan, and this one is awesome! Definitely weird and different, but I welcome any new abstracts from you. As others have said... it's hypnotic!

Fri January 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Ryan
"@T3chn0g33k"
What sort of trouble are you having?

Fri January 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm

T3chn0g33k
"Download "
Is anyone else having trouble downloading this image?

Fri January 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm

T3chn0g33k
"Download "
Is anyone else having trouble downloading this image?

Fri January 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Cloke
"This is sick!!!!"
Not sure what to say about this one except that its frickin sick. I'm a big fan of all your works but I really like this one for some reason. The detail in it is ridiculous. This one is going on my desktop for sure for awhile. You da man Ryan!!





Keep'em comin man

Fri January 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

nickaix
"beautiful and disturbing!"
I keep fancying that I see tiny wispy tentacles in these blobs (e.g., the one floating free and a little close to the camera just to the left of the main mass). Sinister...

Fri January 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Hemo
"It's... It's.. It's......"
It's another reason I'm glad I'm a lifetime member of DB. I might guess it's a slime mold attacking a leftover rotini pasta (think Mac & Cheese)in the corner of someones kitchen somewhere.. but that's would just be gross. ;)

Fri January 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Fumigator
"I know what it is"
Each one of those little green globs is a human skull and we are looking at a vortex from HELL.

Fri January 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Patrick
"To tell or not to tell"
Ryan, your prerogative as to whether you want to tell us your inspiration. Most of the time it is not an issue, but in an abstract like this one, you - as a viewer - have to wander what or where you - the artist - got your inspiration from, and so comments turn to that subject.

One of the early comments suggested an anthropomorphic explanation, which the human brain seems to want to do in some situations (who's seen 'The Old Man of the Mountain' in the White Mountains, NH?). I am a biologist, and I have been considering over the last few days what this image could be, and in the end I gave up. It's wonderful and organic, and that was all I could come up with. How about your 2003 image 'Conglomerator' as a source of inspiration, with a similar colour scheme. How things have moved on in 8 years!

As always, Ryan, nice work.

Fri January 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Matt
"Not a packers fan, but..."
...but whoa...this one blows my mind a bit! The colors go together perfectly. The framing is so simple yet there's detail and complexity in every cranny. The photographic bokeh looks awesome...I could go on...another beautiful departure from the "blue period" of last year (even though I loved most of those, too).

Fri January 28, 2011 at 11:42 am

Nelson
"Weird, but cool"
And again an abstract which is worth looking at for a while! Sometimes it's much better that you can't recognize the "object" because imagination has to do the rest. This work is exactly that kind of image, and I like it.

Fri January 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

Ryan
"@JK"
I am uploading the multiscreen renders right now. The thumbs show up automatically even though the rest of the files are not yet in place. Curse my slow upload speed!

Fri January 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

JK
"Multi Renders"
I see the thumbs for the dual and triscreens but no links. Is this simply bad timing on mypart or is noscript freaking out on me again?



I can click the thumbs and it takes me to the respective DB pages but no "Inner Workings" yet.

Fri January 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

Liam Wesco
"Molecular Vision"
I am guessing it is a DNA molecule.

Fri January 28, 2011 at 1:29 am

GeneralB
"Quick Question"
Just interested in how long this took to render compared to a more polygonal scene (ie. trying to do the same type of scene using the tools you were using before Lightwave 10).

Fri January 28, 2011 at 1:29 am

Mike
"What makes this even better"
It is green and gold... GREEN BAY PACKER COLORS!



Go Pack Go!

Thu January 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm

JohnHodges
"Re: Inner Workings"
Certainly looks like some biological sort of thing.. perhaps a colony of some bacteria. I'm afraid this one does not appeal to me. De Gustibus Non Disputandum....

Thu January 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Aljo
"Maybe it's..."
at first a thought it was DNA but maybe it could also be mitosis

Thu January 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Mike
"Wow"
I love this! Beautiful!

Thu January 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

docpixl
"Inner Workings"
Looks like gangrenous nerve cell during the first stages of infection. I like it. It looks like it could be so many other things. No, don't tell us, at least not yet. Give it some time. People need to use their imaginations more.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Justin
"Me thinks..."
Is it DNA?? What it kinda looks like is oil on a water surface...



I like it - Currently my desktop wp!

Thu January 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

FlareHeart
"Woops!"
Sorry for the double post. Network hiccuped on me.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Ryan
"Re: Inspiration"
I was inspired to create something "cellular" after reading about mitosis and micro-organisms. It is a rather fanciful render though ;)

Thu January 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

FlareHeart
"Please divulge! "
I'm dying to know what the actual inspiration for this piece was. Please do tell!

Thu January 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

FlareHeart
"Please divulge! "
I'm dying to know what the actual inspiration for this piece was. Please do tell!

Thu January 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Seth
"Super Cool!"
Abstracts all the way!

Thu January 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Tiffany
"Tell us!"
Ryan, please tell us....



Although... if you say something like "it's a frying churro, duh guys." I might be a little disappointed. ;)

Thu January 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hank
"What it is..."
Mitochondria doin' it's thang!

Thu January 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Ryan
"Re: Inspiration"
I recall reading Timeline and enjoying it. If I was thinking of the Quantum Foam, however, it was only subconsciously. I'm a big Crichton fan (Eaters of the Dead is my favorite).



Would you guys rather I divulge my inspiration or leave it up to your interpretation?

Thu January 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Firestar
"What it is..."
Well, it looks like its glowing and fizzing. If you assume its in water, something that would fizz like that on contact would be potassium... But I dont know if it would glow that much, so to 'boost' the effect, I'd guess Caesium or Francium dropped in water.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Jenanne
"P.S: Timeline"
This is WAY off topic, my apologies, but I read the book; Michael Crichton is a great writer and I love SF, but as I recall I was disappointed with the book, and particularly with the ending. You just don't get Black Death symptoms that quickly. Since he's so good at researching the science in his fiction, I was surprised. Now back to your regularly scheduled comments on Ryan's renders.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 12:13 am

dmackoy
"Interesting"
overall its a great abstract. I really enjoy the image being focused and the rest blurred in the background. Only thing is it could be a little more vibrant/exciting.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

Jenanne
"What IS it?"
A Vulcan blood clot? A palm tree leaf cell? ;) Really, I have no idea, but my first thought was RNA. Whatever it is, I love it! Thank you, Ryan, for your abstracts. They are often my favorites.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

Littlemom
"Inner Workings"
At first this made me think of an aireil view of a coral reef. Then when I got a closer look it made me think of scales on a reptile you would see in a syfy movie. But the more I have looked at it the more it has grown on me, I don't usually care for abstracts, but this is a good one. Thanks Ryan.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

James
"Wow"
I love this piece from you Ryan. I will keep this as my background for many weeks to come. Well done as usual.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

Terry
"Inner Workings"
I always open up your work at a much higher resolution than my monitor so I can enjoy the detail that you put into your work. I'm not a fan of abstract i'll admit but you're work always distracts me from work that I should be doing so you're doing well :)

Thu January 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

jbumgarner
"Quantum Foam"
Michael Crighton - Timeline


Thu January 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

Walo
"Hmmm."
That looks to me like a protein. Good image as always.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 7:31 am

Adam
"Kinda Dark"
I like it, but I think it's a little too dark

Thu January 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

alex
"not so great imo"
hmm i like the idea of more abstracts, but this one really doesn't do it for me

Thu January 27, 2011 at 6:12 am

Lawrence
"What it is."
My vote is DNA. Nice work Ryan.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 5:51 am

Tyler
"I like it"
Don't really care what it is; this is fine abstract work and I enjoy the colors most of all. Excellent work Mr. Bliss.

Thu January 27, 2011 at 0:14 am

Azz
"Bacteria"
At first glance, I thought that it was some kind of Bacterium. Then as I looked closer, it looked as if it was Viral. As I kept staring at a larger version, I had an epiphany! It is an abstract artwork of the "Tranformation of Ariel" from the Little Mermaid! (I have little ones...see that movie at least once a week!)

Thu January 27, 2011 at 0:02 am

Loremaster
"Algae?"
I think it looks rather like an artistic representation of coral, algae, or some other kind of small ocean life form.



If you look closely the green ones look kind of like tiny sea snails, but it would be hard to explain the glowing stuff if you say that.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Dave
"Incredible Hulk"
I know what it is. Anyone remember the Incredible Hulk '70s TV show intro? Bruce Banner hurts himself changing a flat tire in the rain, and then they show that internal-organ-thing glow right before he turns into the hulk.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm

banky
"I wonder,"
is it accretion?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm

betsey
"whatsit"
my first guess would be a reef/archipelago(sp?)--or lint!! Or mold!!! But it's GORGEOUS!!!

Wed January 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Pete
"Can't Even Guess"
I have no idea what it is, but it looks outstanding! My students will have a blast trying to put this one in their writing journals tomorrow. They love days when I put your new artwork up as the Smart board desktop picture and they do their daily journals describing it or writing stories from it. This should provide some very interesting reading!

Wed January 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

William
"Second Work of 2011"
I must say, your first two works of 2011 are real spectacles. I can only wonder what will be happening through the rest of the year. This strikes me as being a great composition, and I'm not even a special fan of abstracts. The image is relaxing to the eyes, and the layout "feels" just right!

Wed January 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Lidia
"Inner Workings"
I just want to start by saying that I love it! So worth the wait. And I'm so happy that it's green; there's not that many green abstracts, and it's my favorite color.



Regarding guessing what it may be, I have no idea, though it certainly seems biological. Will you tell us after a while?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Cody
"First thought..."
"Quantum foam, makes me roam..."

(Kudos to those who know the quote/reference.)



I may not have had this thought without reading the title and Ryan's description.



Ryan, if that's not what you were going for, perhaps it's an idea for another abstract?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm

King
"Rather fittingly timed..."
I am quite a fan of your more abstract works (dispersion and cerulean are two of my overall favourites) and this one's great. Only comment I could make would be perhaps a version with a more structured background, mimicking Neuronet, using the new focal object would be nice.



It is also rather fitting for me that you've released this now as I have just finished Dead Space, whilst Dead Space 2 is released this week, something I am now looking forward to. It reminds me of the creatures and the organic alien modification that is prevalent throughout.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Cyondios
"Cellular"
Looks like many cells in the process of mitosis

Wed January 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Dan
"Too dark"
I have to agree that its too dark. I look at it and wipe my monitor thinking the side glows are finger smudges.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Tim H
"Not A Big Fan Of This One."
I hate to say it but I really don't like this one, sorry ryan. It looks like glowing diarrhea to me. I can appreciate what you were trying to do but it just didn't come out right. I think the biggest problem is the color, I think a Blue version would look a lot better. Maybe even a little craft similar to the one in innerspace zipping by.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Tiffany
"Hmmm..."
When I first saw this, I thought for sure it was a strand of DNA (because the render makes it look helical in shape), with *something* happening to it. But the more I look at it, the more I doubt my first impression. There are suggestions of deliberate movement on the part of the little spheres. Could it be Amino Acids all grouped together to start the formation of a protein?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Chris B
"Looks like"
what MS or ALS might do to neurons. Looks like something high energy inside.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Bonnie Mac
"What is it?"
DNA

Wed January 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Joel
""Inner Workings""
Perhaps, it is the raw energy being released from deep within mother earth. The energy that has somehow created and supported life as we know it, but we cannot fully understand...the life force of "our" planet that has created countless numbers of organisms and maybe even the human emotions, which of course sets us apart from all other life on earth, yet also sets us deeply apart from one another. But these emotions are still the only force that brings us love, the same love that mother earth has given to us so me may live truly and compassionately, even if its only one life at a time. All of us are her children, she is our DNA, hence we are a part of her in life and are one with her in death.



John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you asthe world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Jason L
"Love it! But can't wait for more dual screen shots!"
I love anything to show of my desktops and this will look great. Can't wait for a dual screen shot of some of your more recent ones!

Wed January 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

John N.
"Raising the Bar!"
I know this will not suit some people's taste, but I think the rendering itself is spectacular! I like that the foreground is detailed while the background is blurred. It's a 10 in my book and my new desktop wallpaper!

Wed January 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Jeff R.E.
"Far Out"
Did I say far out? Perhaps I should say 'way in'. The detail is phenomenal. Ryan, you've done it again!

Wed January 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Extstgleft
"my guess..."
It looks like a close up of something on a transparent surface. Reminds me of what one might find in a Star Trek scene or similar vid.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Wazzy
"Guess..."
Looks like the crud growing on my dishes since the water main ruptured outside my house, so I have no water to do my dishes :(



Nonetheless, very wicked.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Will
"wow"
its incredibly interesting and beautiful, and for that i give it high marks. but its just not attractive enough for me to put as my desktop - i guess the colors just dont snap me into focus.



however, i do see great promise for this new hypervoxels in the creation of water based images. do i hear a tsunami coming?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Lori
"Coke Fizz"
I think it reminds me of the fizz in the glass when you pour a Coke.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Tor
"Guesses"
Could it be a dissolving hair? Algae growing? An asteroid cluster? An exploding Xbox controller?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Mike
"?"
i want to say a reproducing or under attack cell or micro-organism. the scale/angle is excellent (relative to the background, has a random orientation - floating kinda feel) and the colors on this one just rock!!

Wed January 26, 2011 at 12:29 am

McKab
"The next Star Trek Threat"
It looks like something the Star Ship Enterprise would meet out in deep space. It attacks the ship for some reason and the crew is running out time to save themselves and not kill the entity at the same time.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 12:18 am

Travis
"DNA, sure. Viral lysing of Cell"
Although DNA sounds promising, to me it looks like a cell that has just lysed after viral replication. Looks like something has exploded.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 11:49 am

Dana
"Guess"
DNA?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

Jonathan L
"Wow."
This background is AWESOME. :)

Wed January 26, 2011 at 11:43 am

Trifid
"yup, looks like DNA to me too."
I saw that right away as well and it made sense with the title inner workings.



As for the inverted sprial, perhaps Ryan was suggesting Alien DNA?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

Mike
"PS to Yeah DNA"
I'd like to say though, that I think the abstract looks great, and I certainly wasn't suggesting changing it, if it is DNA.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

Mike
"Yeah DNA"
I'm getting my PhD in genetics, and I have to agree with Utoxin, that its DNA. Unfortunately, it is actually the wrong sprial. Not that it has to be scientifically accurate, but if it is DNA thats a left handed helix, and most DNA is a right handed helix, though there are exceptions, so maybe you were going for Z form DNA.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 10:49 am

Dustin
"Neurons?"
I'm loving this one, Ryan! I can't wait to see some variations on this in the Pickle Jar. And, to me, it looks like neurons within the brain. Anyone else see that?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

Brandi
"Virus being attacked by T-Cells?"
Makes me think of a virus or bacteria in the bloodstream being attacked by T cells. I like the coloring of this.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 10:45 am

FlareHeart
"Photomanip"
It looks almost like a really abstract photo manipulation of a woman (possibly a belly dancer) with her arms crossed and her right hip stuck out sideways.

That was the first thing that I saw anyway. This kind of thing is almost like an inkblot test in the "what do you see" aspect of things.

^_^ Either way, this one is really cool. Thanks!

Wed January 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

Ryan
"@Greg in CA"
Ouch!

Wed January 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

Greg in CA
"The inner workings of the human colon?"
What? Too close to home? ;-) (sorry!)

Wed January 26, 2011 at 10:15 am

Gregor
"something like lava"
to me it looks like some sort of lava which erupts into a liquid and cools down immediately.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 10:04 am

Utoxin
"DNA"
Definitely reminds me of DNA.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 9:52 am

Patrick
"Needs more..."
light. It is too dark for my taste. Looks good, but hard to see. Just my opinion.

Wed January 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

Gary
"Guess"
Bacteria

Wed January 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

Kody
"Cool "
To me it looks like a complex group of dna stands to create a molecular structure of something living

Wed January 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

Andy
"Interesting?"
10 Points to the first person to guess what it is? I haven't the slightest clue :/

A organism? Underwater volcanic vent?

Wed January 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

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