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The Grand Design
"I've always thought galaxies were the most incredible structures in existence. The title here, of course, is in homage to Professor Stephen Hawking. The second render has some added nebula, star clusters, and other "irregularities" as suggested by some of my Members."

"The Grand Design"

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8.65/10 rating (135 votes)

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"Gets better the longer you look"
I love that there are many features from our own galaxy in this piece. That provides in a more familiar feel. It gives me a little jolt of excitement when I see another nebula that I recognize, and this keeps me looking at it.

Sun September 30, 2012 at 7:51 am
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The Last Throes
"Here's a second, more "conventional" version of "The Last Throes", without the "dust experimentation" that quite a few thought muddied the scene.

I was experimenting with some new ways of generating outer space "dust". The scene started in Lightwave (the stellar "phenomena") and then I used the resulting render as a backdrop in Vue d'Esprit to add the dust. I used the resulting combination as yet another backdrop in Lightwave to add the planets. Then back into Vue for one more layer of dust. I may do some more playing around with this technique in the future..."

"The Last Throes"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.23/10 rating (151 votes)

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I have reuploaded the triple-split file Zip. Please let me know if you are still having trouble with it!


Tue September 27, 2011 at 8:48 am
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Cosmic Shoals
"I didn't really set out to update Cosmic Shoals when I started this project. Rather I set out to model a globular cluster (and some of that is still in the image) but the story "grew in the telling".

Technical note: In the past I have used Zbrush for "landforms" such as these (see "Circumpolar) but this time I chose to use Vue's built in "symmetrical terrains". By adjusting the clipping range you can make all sorts of interesting shapes without the memory overhead of importing .OBJs.

Jessie told me this one reminded her of some of my earlier work, and I tend to think this is because of the lack of any vegetation or the other objects I tend to scatter around using Vue's ecosystems. I tried adding some "alien flora" here and there but nothing seemed to look right (given the scale of the scene). I may yet play around with that but I thought it looked nice enough to share as is. Hope you enjoy it!"

"Cosmic Shoals"

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8.47/10 rating (200 votes)

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I find it so hard to rate your pictures; there's so many and so magnificent. In this one, I thought it'd be cool if there was a kayak pulled up on the shore near the person.

Chris S
Tue May 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm
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Phraxis Moon
"When I was working on "Phraxis" back in 2009 I came to the point (which I do with all of my space projects) where I had to decide if I was going to keep it a "space render" (as seen outside the window of a space ship) or a "planetary render" (as seen from the ground). I had already finished the space scene so I whipped up a quick and dirty scene to see what a view from the ground would look like. I decided to post the space render and moved on with my life.

After switching my workstation over to Bucephalus in June 2011 I was looking through my old hard disk for projects to revisit (mostly old multiscreens that I neglected to render). I found my old "planetary" version of Phraxis and decided to post it in the Pickle Jar.

The reaction was so positive that I decided to spend a few more hours and flesh out the rough scene so it could have its own place in my gallery. Thanks for the feedback everyone!

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"Phraxis Moon"

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8.58/10 rating (211 votes)

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"Phraxis Moon"
A fine piece of work. Exceptionally detailed and so well done!

Mario Carini

Tue September 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm
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Tropic of Thetis (Nightfall)
"After I posted "Tropic of Thetis" it was suggested that a night version might include some bio-luminescence in the water. This is my third version of the night scene. In the earlier versions(available in the Pickle Jar) I played around with the brightness of the clouds and the amount of haze. This version is more like the first, with the brighter clouds, a bit more haze, and the bio-luminescence shifted to the orange (away from pink).

I've also added some 'glowing foam' in the surf. I would be interested to hear your feedback on that.

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"Tropic of Thetis (Nightfall)"

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8.78/10 rating (352 votes)

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"Thetis Tropic night."
I LOVE THIS ONE. one tiny comment - the bio-lumo in tv nature films is sometimes a yellowy green?...anyway, what do i knowthis is as usual very UPLIFTING...My 'stick men' for some strange reason have been turned down by the Tate Modern Gallery in London !...perhaps they do have taste after all?!?

but compared to your ,CREATIVE , COLOURFUL & YES, UPLIFTING

PICTURES..well they say it all ! All the best .HONEY

Bye LEONARDO ...(sorry Ryan)

Honey Halliday
Thu February 12, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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