Happy Birthday (Make a Wish)
It occurred to me not long ago that while I have wallpapers for several holidays, I have neglected one very important holiday: Your Birthday. Now, I don't like to render food (or have it on my wallpaper) so I tried to think of something else.

I hope you like what I came up with. I put it together on my laptop while Shadowfax rendered the first draft of another new Autumn piece I am working on.
Of course I am posting it because it is my own birthday today (9-11). To celebrate I am offering the new wallpaper for FREE today for anyone else who shares my birthday (or has one coming up). Enjoy!

"Happy Birthday (Make a Wish)"

7.46/10 rating (67 votes)

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Make this one without the earth or the candle, it would be my fav one ever. you make great spacescapes. or make it without the candle. your realism is incredible.


Sun October 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm
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Green Fluorescence (St. Patrick's Day)
So many folks have requested a green Fluorescence for St. Paddy's day. Why haven't I done it before? Good question. I just remembered because I wanted to use a green version of "Fluorescence" for my Facebook Page Profile Pic but saw to my chagrin that I didn't have one!

Rather than simply shift the hue of the blue version using Photoshop I chose to re-shade and re-render the mushrooms using "shamrock green" (#009E60). Since I went to all that trouble I thought I should probably post the wallpaper for my Members ;-)

Please enjoy responsibly!!

"Green Fluorescence (St. Patrick's Day)"

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8.26/10 rating (88 votes)

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Love the shrooms, Ryan. I believe the blue shrooms picture was the first of your work that I'd seen.


Wed March 16, 2016 at 10:33 pm
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Ostereier (Glow) (Easter)
Not sure if this one will go in the gallery or not. After my Asfaloth laptop became available yesterday I thought it would be fun to create a version of my Easter Eggs under a black-light.
Hope you like it and Happy Easter!

"Ostereier (Glow) (Easter)"

8.27/10 rating (123 votes)

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amazing take over traditional eggs


Sat March 19, 2016 at 7:01 pm
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Lucky Charm (St. Patrick's Day)
A lot of folks have been asking me if I could create a new St. Patrick's Day wallpaer, and I thought it would be fun to do a night version of my "Cloverscape" sort of in the same mode as my "Pandora" version of "Satori".

I've zoomed in quite a bit on the four-leaf clover from the original scene and gotten a bit fanciful with the lightning. A lot of people never noticed the four-leaf clover in the 2010 version so perhaps this will help point the way.

Hope you enjoy it!! The title, by the way, is borrowed from my 2001 Lightwave render but you'll probably agree that the two images are quite different.

"Lucky Charm (St. Patrick's Day)"

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8.02/10 rating (142 votes)

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Ryan, I see this genre of your work ... uh ... illuminating....


Tue March 29, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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Dragon's Gold (Father's Day)
A little project that branched off from a commissioned piece I have been working on. The eggs were a late addition and gave me the idea to release this as a Father's Day wallpaper.

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"Dragon's Gold (Father's Day)"

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Pickle Jar Versions

8.72/10 rating (260 votes)

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"Grand yet secret"
I love this. It's an epic scale but being closed in it still feels like a secret place. It has a real sense of presence, of atmosphere, of being someplace special.

Wed July 10, 2013 at 8:18 am
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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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Solace (Happy Father's Day!)
I created this image as an ode to the time I spent fishing with my son Ian after he broke his arm in the spring of 2010. We had just taken the training wheels off of his bike 4 weeks prior and he thought he had acquired enough skill to pull off some radical skid maneuvers. Unfortunately pavement can be a harsh instructor.

We transitioned to fishing and had a very mellow spring. I'll never forget it. I rendered this image using Vue d'Esprit. It's one of my first large scenes to use Vue's built-in DOF blur.

"Solace (Happy Father's Day!)"

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"Father's Day"
It has a very calming effect, peaceful.


Fri January 1, 2016 at 8:13 am
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Take Two -- Valentine's Day 2010
I wanted to do something for the Valentine's day holiday (it had been requested for years) but I didn't want anything too syrupy. My rule is always that I won't post something that I wouldn't put proudly on my own desktop, and this fits the bill (for me) for a Valentine's day wallpaper. I need to make a version with one gold (love), one lead (hate) arrow because that's how Cupid was traditionally armed.

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"Take Two -- Valentine's Day 2010"

Pickle Jar Versions

7.30/10 rating (160 votes)

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How about a "Hunger Games" version of this wallpaper?

Tue January 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm
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Happy 4th (2004) -- 4th of July 2004

"Happy 4th (2004) -- 4th of July 2004"

7.89/10 rating (297 votes)

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"Annual Favorite"
I enjoy this scene very much, the color and reflections from the water make this very much an enjoyable summer favorite. It would be exciting to see what this setting would look like with new technology.

Thu July 2, 2015 at 10:41 am
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Ostereier -- Easter 2003
I thought it would be fun to make some Easter eggs using Lightwave. I used different procedural textures for each egg. It was more challenging than I thought it would be.

Check out my Easter store on Zazzle!

I posted an updated Easter Egg render in 2011.

"Ostereier -- Easter 2003"

7.56/10 rating (170 votes)

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Great picture. If you do a Easter picture for this year you should do one with snow. Seen as how we have had such a snowy winter and it seems that we'll have snow on Easter :D

Mon March 18, 2013 at 11:46 am
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Lucky Charm -- St. Patricks Day 2001

"Lucky Charm -- St. Patricks Day 2001"

7.33/10 rating (115 votes)

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"St. Patty's"
Love your work! You should make more St. Patty's papers.. I love being festive!

Sat March 17, 2012 at 12:19 am
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Happy Fourth -- 4th of July 1999

"Happy Fourth -- 4th of July 1999"

6.41/10 rating (49 votes)

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I'd love to see a redone version of this for the fourth of July this year. I can't even begin to imagine what it would look like now, with newer software and another 10 years of experience.

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Sun April 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm
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Hybrid -- Valentines Day 2002

"Hybrid -- Valentines Day 2002"

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7.31/10 rating (80 votes)

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I wrote about this one before - SOOO glad you added a multi-screen version. Now I have my absolute favorite wallpaper back. Thanks, Ryan!

Thu March 8, 2012 at 10:46 am
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Simple Pleasures -- Mother's Day 2003

"Simple Pleasures -- Mother's Day 2003"

7.32/10 rating (142 votes)

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"Simple Pleasures"
A beautifully Simple little Image... I Love it and SO DOES MY WIFE! Can you publish it in larger formats please? When I blew it up, it lost is's nice edges. I normally use a default of 1900 by 2540.

Sat May 7, 2011 at 10:18 am
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