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Fluorescence (visited by Reddit aliens)
"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 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. "

"Fluorescence (visited by Reddit aliens)"

 Pickle Jar Versions

7.19/10 rating (125 votes)

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

Richard H.
Thu May 14, 2015 at 3:46 am
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"My first experiment using Mandelbulber, an open-source 3D fractal renderer. This once rendered in 7 hours at 5280 x 3295 on Bucephalus. I called this one "Helios" because my son Jason (5) told me this one looked like a sunrise. My other son Ian (8) thought it looked like a Sarlaac. . ."


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7.17/10 rating (119 votes)

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"Mandelbrot Canyon!"
I love slot canyons and am having a *lot* of fun imagining the water flows that might have created this one. *g*

Thu October 16, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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String Theory
"I was watching TV a few nights ago and had the good fortune to catch "NOVA: Hunting the Hidden Dimension". I was floored! Now I already knew a great deal about fractals but this documentary really brought home how essential they are to my work. Of course I immediately fired up my copy of Apophysis. This is the result. My first fractal render since 2008..."

"String Theory"

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8.24/10 rating (152 votes)

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"Facebook timeline verison"
Hey Ryan,

I wanted to toss this up on my timeline but the image sized for the timeline looks different than the actual background. Like its over saturated or too bright. Do you agree or am i just tripping =P

Scott Wray
Wed May 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm
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"A little something I worked up on my MBP while waiting for "Heliocentric (Night)" to render on my main box over the weekend. Once it finished I applied the finishing touches on Bucephalus.

I didn't notice while I was making it but my son Ian (upon seeing this render for the first time) mentioned that it looked like it was from the movie "Tron" we had just watched for our Friday Family movie night. I had to agree that he was right.

This is my first "mandala" since 2008. I know at the time it was suggested that I do something different with the theme next time, so I hope this qualifies!"


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8.14/10 rating (197 votes)

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"Awesome Design"
Nuff said in the title. Keep up the great work.


Wed October 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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"Another project that started out on my MacBook Pro while waiting for a render to complete on my main box. This one is a study of interconnected opposition (or yin yang), a theme I have been pondering quite a bit lately.

The "final" version (above) is actually a Photoshop composite of a couple of different renders. Each had elements that I wanted to keep so I combined them (sort of in keeping with the theme of the piece I thought). Not sure how I will accomplish the multiscreen though..."


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8.09/10 rating (255 votes)

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"Works well together"
This theme seems to be so prevalent with these color choices that there must be something to it. Look at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster; this happens to be the same color scheme. I also have seen it in the Cirque du Soleil: KÀ poster that came out in 2014 (or so). Great choice and seems to have been a trend setter.


Sun February 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm
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"A Member asked recently why I hadn't made an Easter picture since 2003 and I didn't have an answer. I guess I thought I had made as good an Easter Egg picture with the original Ostereier as I could possibly do.

Anyway, I recently tried to open up my 2003 scene file (to do a higher res render) and was horrified to see that some of my egg objects were missing. As I looked at the incomplete scene I started playing with a few of the eggs that were left and after a while I guess I had redone them all.

The resulting render is a little on the trippy side, but it is 4/20 after all...

Hope you like it!"


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8.02/10 rating (196 votes)

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I love the nod to the ancient Celts here.

Sat June 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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Inner Workings
"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? "

"Inner Workings"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.19/10 rating (257 votes)

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"actually, *this*page* :)"
I think they've reworked the science blog that you refer to. Is the correct page?

Chris S
Mon May 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm
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