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Calm Horizons - OBLIVION by JaredTheDragon Calm Horizons - OBLIVION by JaredTheDragon
Inspired by a masterpiece of science fiction, Stephen R. Donaldson's "Gap Cycle".

This is an Amnion warship, "Calm Horizons". The scene is from the fourth book, "The Gap into Madness : Chaos and Order".

I recently re-worked this scene for a client, and although he didn't like this particular version I really enjoyed it, and thought I'd share it with you! Modeling done with Amorphium and Bryce, and rendered in multiple layers in Bryce. Composited in Photoshop, with numerous filters and post-effects. The space effects are done with Flaming Pear filters (mostly) and with Universe filters.

Thanks for looking!
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JigenSuzuki Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This looks evil too
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sans2012 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2005
Sick ship bro!

The textures on that thing are wicked

? You still over @rendo, dont see any recent uploads.
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JaredTheDragon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2005
No, I'm not at Renderosity anymore. I was banned for political reasons. They don't like Korwegians there, apparently... (smirks)

Good to see you, though, my friend! I'm off to check out your gallery here...!

- Jared
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sans2012 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
Interesting, I must say it is pretty quiet over at rendo, I mean you cant really say what you think without everyone cracking the shits (hmm, I don't even think you can say "shit" over there lol).

Hope you like some of my work bro.

Cheers. Michael.
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donkeypunchmurphy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005
I love 'Gap Cycle'. Donaldson would be proud of the ship. As a guy who has modeled a lot of space scenes, I gotta say that there is a lot going on in this picture. Probably too much. I like the galaxy, but I keep getting hung up on the asteroids. They seem to be too large and stelltated mathematically to look real. I'm not sure reality was something you were going for on this, in which case I should probably shut up. I suck with Bryce, and I can't believe you got the ship to look that good with it. That in itself is an achievement. I know how to make great looking asteroids with a noise modifier in 3DS Max, but I have no idea how to pull it off in Bryce. Great stuff though.
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JaredTheDragon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005
Aye, this scene is a few years old. I just re-rendered it for print sizing and was trying out some crazy layering effects...

The one he chose is much less glaring, and more like the original. It also didn't have the singularity effect at all... I'm the only one who likes that, I guess!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005
This is pretty cool looking.

Is the Gap series good?
Have read the chronicles of Thomas covenant series, that was well done.
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JaredTheDragon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005
The Gap Cycle is the single most hardcore, ridiculous, breathtakingly beautiful piece of science fiction I've ever read. I would put it on par with Asimov, Herbert, Niven, Butler, and any of the other greats. But, Donaldson is just waaaay more obnxious and "adult". If you're under 18, don't go there.

- Jared
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005
Maybe I will check it out.

Have you checked out the Otherland series by Tad Williams or the Nightfall Series by Peter F Hamilton.
I could have the name wrong, one of the books in the series is called "The neutronium alchemist".
Another part in the series is called "the reality dysfunction".
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JaredTheDragon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005
Aye, I've read "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn", by Tad... I'l check out those other books when I get done reading some David Brin and some more Jordan... Thanks!
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