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The Shadow of the Sun by Abiogenisis The Shadow of the Sun by Abiogenisis
Life forms evolved for microgravity.

Two sentients shepherd a trio of flying life forms, who have angled their bodies towards the 'sun' for warmth.

In the far distance the forms of vast structures fill the sky.

No sentient living here has yet discovered their true nature.
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The Shadow of the Sun by *Abiogenisis ( Suggested by StefanHuerlemann and Featured by MacRebisz )
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KennyWondershit911 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018
i'm getting xen feels from here
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I do love the design of Xen...
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KennyWondershit911 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018
and then the apes from earth are going to put them in their futuristic zoo thing
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
Interesting.  :)
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Cyansky95 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very peaceful feeling to this!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
A benevolent sky 
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philosopherraptor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Student General Artist
Oh, this is gorgeous... I love the idea of life living on a gas giant, or at least in the atmosphere of some planet for their lives, and your execution is awesome! The way you make it look like an endless expanse of clouds is lovely, especially with the bright sunlight toward the upper right. The creature designs are epic too, with the SUN-fish (ha) looking creatures looking perfectly believable as the "peaceful" herbivorous creatures, and the two flying... crocodile, mosasaur, whale, living biplane-whatever animals feel just as tangible. This almost feels like something from an alien documentary, like this is depicting a hunt between a pod of killer whales and their future meals. I love the color choice, with almost everything being blue, aside from the bright white light and the orange and pink markings on the animals, it really helps them pop! Add to that the mysterious, ominous, and massive alien structure in the back to give it even more mood, this is one of my favorite sci-fi art pieces I've seen. Great work, man! 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I aim to do more with this world in the future...
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Berkenboschosaurus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
how do you make these, these are really good
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TimMeow Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the sizes of these beings and the environment feel huge. you're very good at expressing size and depth
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Those are both things that inspire me in terms of landscapes
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
:) (Smile) Those are cool looking creatures.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Edited Oct 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. ;) (Wink) By the way, did you take influence from angelfish to make some of them or did you take influence from ocean sunfish-shaped ancestors of sea squirts (Microscope in scientific terms of their phylum and subphylum that is)? (:study: if you don't know what I am talking about, you can look up vetulicola cuneata and find out for yourself. On this website or on google, yahoo; whatever you prefer doesn't matter :shrappy:).
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Inspiration for this was a combination of siphonophores like the Bluebottle, and the floaters from Barlowes 'Expedition' 
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
:) (Smile) Oh, really? That's cool. By the way, did you know that the Bluebottle and/or Portuguese Man-O-War are actually floating colonies of jellyfish, each fused into one?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, cute little deadly zooids
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Nod That's true. Here's a little reference to an episode of Spongebob to relate to the reproduction of zooids from the Portuguese Man-O-War, now that I've read about zooids. Spongebob Squarepants - Spongebob icon (Spongebob: "Can you reproduce by budding?" Smaller clones of himself start sprouting from his head. Chusagi's LitterClones: "Can ya?" "Can ya?" "Can ya?") LOL! :D (Big Grin)
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Zanzalur Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love this!

Most people fail at Alien looking Aliens, this is an example of a succesfull Alien!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Zanzalur Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No problem!
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JalawiP Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist
This had been my wallpaper for more than 5 years kek. I love your works <3
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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LegatusFlagrans Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing work. From your other works, you seem to be quite knowledgeable regarding biology. Are you perchance an astrobiologist, or interested in the subject, given your apparent fascination with space?
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LucidNightmaires Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Too good. Godly art rite here. Beautifully en-captured. 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ye kindly.
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CodyLabs Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want spoilers dagnabit!
1. What're those giant light-emitting structures?
2. If this guy is sentient, where are his hands/tentacles/manipulators? Those things on his head don't look long enough to grab that stick of his.

BTW, this is a truly amazing, creative, and well-thought out design for an alien gas-based ecosystem. Cheers.
Lucasfilm should hire you.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The things on his head are eyestalks/tentacles. The body is soft and flexible, so it can bend to the side to grab the stick
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improbableSpace Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful, it brings a tear to my eye!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
STILL a popular one all these years later
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improbableSpace Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I had it as my computer background for a few years.
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1337-sn1p3r Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is alien design done right, it resembles nothing on earth.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That was the goal ;)
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Kredri Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Artist
Heaven's grace, such a megalith.
Would be inspiring to make up a schematics for this structure, different from common solutions of Dyson's Sphere.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I have an idea for the structure of this place in my mind...
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ocallus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there...

I just wanted to let you know that I found this image being used again, just in case you weren't aware...

www.superbwallpapers.com

Search for 'sea creatures'.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, this sort of thing seems to happen to everyone :P
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Sarfire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is why if I submit my good art, it will have an enormous watermark with my name.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Watermarks are abominations!
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Sarfire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Perhaps, but I have paranoia
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KatakCorporations Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey, I love the art here and I love all of your art. Science and science fiction have both been big parts in my life. I am mainly commenting to inform you that I came across a wikia page that used this image. I don't know if you are aware or not, but I'll put the url here so you can see: cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Atmosp…

It's up to you if you want to confront them or whatever.

Anyway, just trying to help, and as always keep up the great work :D (Big Grin) 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads up!

I don't think they asked me, but its OK. Just looks like they are having a bit of fun with it :)
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funnyfinger Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Your artwork has been featured in :icon1018-plus-artist:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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emmarinn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Insanely cool!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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beachelf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Thumbsup Emoticon by Weapons-Expert-Cool Awesome!
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Michel-Lamontagne Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Birds that don't need to be light, since there is little gravity.  So they look a bit like fish, and can be sentient.  Microgravity doesn't mean low density, that might explain the fairly small wings as well.  Since the word 'sun' is bracketed, it is probably artificial. Perhaps the three arms are linked to other arms by a membrane that is invisible from this point of view, keeping in the atmosphere.  I wonder if there ever is a night, or if they live in perpetual daylight. Might be a variation on the concept of Virga and Candescence, by Karl Schroeder, but it seems more like a convergence of ideas.
Some of the clouds seem behind the structures though, so probably the shell idea is wrong.  
I wouldn't be surprised that if we turned our head around we would see a sky that fades to black; there has to be a thermodynamic sink somewhere, or the beings would not need to be heated, they would need to be cooled!
As many have said, lovely color. thanks for these beautiful visions.
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Nomcarver Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved life on gas giants for some reason!
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improbableSpace Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think it's a gas giant...
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