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Fractured Tranquility II by AdamBurn Fractured Tranquility II by AdamBurn
A print of this painting can be bought here [link]


What was once a system blessed with the most tranquil and beautiful worlds has been turned into a system of fractured dead worlds splintered by vast crystal formations and immense storms. Approximately 2 months prior to this point a large comet, not native to this system, passed through and as it heated in splintered and rained small crystal fragments over every world in the system before finally crashing into the larger sun in the system. These crystals grew with ferocious speed when exposed to heat, the hotter it was the faster they grew. Some made it into the planets core and split the worlds apart. You can even see the impact zone on the largest sun, a crystal citadel millions of miles high. But due to this the star will soon die.


This is what I have been working solidly on for the past week or so. The big project which the preview I submitted earlier previewed. It was a comet containing something, but a crystal that grows very very fast when exposed to heat. This is a remake of an older piece by the same name and is my favorite most original concept I've come up with.

Enjoy

:iconikural: has written a wonderful poem based on this piece called The End [link] I suggest you check it out. Thanks mate.

Wallpaper pack: [link]

MONTAGE!!!!!!! [link]

Time: approx 48 hours
Size: 10000 x 6000
Layers: approx 50 (after merging)
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dara1hunter Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Holyshit. This is badass wicked. Scary if I lived on it, but reallyfuckingcool at the same time. An incredibly beautiful explosion. 
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ludacris14 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, this is scary when you actually think about it
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Viper2458 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Why would the star die after getting hit? And more importantly... How the HELL is that "crystal citadel" not being VAPORIZED by the star!?!?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The material becomes stronger and grows exponentially the hotter it gets, the star is very hot and so it grows faster than the star can destroy it, the material drains the energy of a heat source till it runs out and eventually the star will burn out or become so dense (because of the masses of crystal formations) that it causes a premature super nova.... Also it's just made up sci-fi stuff :ahoy: 
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Viper2458 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
So it's a made up of exotic matter?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, something not found elsewhere. A unique and very dangerous matter.
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Viper2458 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2016
Why can't people just, oh I don't know... LIVE on the planets that have been hit by this crystal stuff? And maybe dig into the crystal and build homes out of it?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Planets all messed up and the atmosphere as a result would be stripped away, magnetic field also gone so it would be a dangerous barren rock soon enough :ahoy:
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Viper2458 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Why would the magnetic field be missing?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The magnetic field is created by a planets core, if it has a solid iron core (like our own planet) with an outer core of fast spinning molten rock and minerals it creates a strong magnetic field (thermodynamics one-o-one) this field protects us from nasty solar radiation from the sun and prevents us being cooked alive. If you disrupt the flow of that molten outer core by, say, cracking the planet open like an egg and it freezing up or leaking out then the magnetic field collapses, like turning off the current to an electromagnet and it loosing its magnetic field, its a similar principle.
No magnetic field, no life, you'd get cooked by radiation, also without the magnetic field the atmosphere will gets gradually stripped away by solar winds resulting eventually in a planet much like Mars, and eventually like Mercury only not as hot. Hope this helps :ahoy:
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Viper2458 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
But why don't they dig into the crystal and LIVE in it?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Because there is no atmosphere anymore, and no protective magnetic field, its all been stripped away when the planet is ripped apart, it will be like trying to live on the moon, its just a rock with nothing there :ahoy:
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Viper2458 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
So the crystal doesn't block out gamma rays?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Likely not, but that would be the least of their concerns, the distinct lack of air is most noticeable
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LadyofOmniscience Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the imagination and time put into this really shines through
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Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
...AWESOME
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LichKing95 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
I like how one of the crystals on the distant dead world is broken off very detailed, I love it!
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Brothermonk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i may be tempted to use this in my future scifi concepts
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Hypersaurus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Photographer
Such an epic concept!  The detail is just stunning. 
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MOSK4U Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Nooo! wallpaper link is dead :C could you please make new one? pleaaaase
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AstroFox624 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Tiberium maybe?
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ConstantineZhukov Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Oh man . . . No comment. . . What a piece. :wow:
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Poetbyday Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I sure hope nobody lived there...
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ironkings Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Awesome pic. This is sort of how I imagined Zanth swarms from Great North Road (Peter F Hamilton). I wonder if he was inspired by your art?
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ZombieStoner Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
you sure have some beautiful art here man :)
im thinking about try out some new styles and ideas i have in mind.
to try out making some cool sci-fi planet/space station or somthing my self ^^
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :ahoy:
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FunnelVortex Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not sure if a star could become crystalized like that. Sure, the interior of a star has extreme heat and pressure, but, being made of mostly hydrogen, it does not have the minerals for the crystal to grow, nor will it until it becomes a red giant.

Also, the comet proboly would have been vaporized when it got within 1 million miles of the star.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Its. Not. Real, don't overthink these things it's pointless. Many things in sci-fi can't possibly exist but they do because it's sci-fi, that what makes it fun. Yeah it's always good to have sci-fi somewhat rooted on reality but sometimes it's also fun to just have some outrageous stuff. :ahoy:
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. It's in the name. Science-FICTION, that's why it's awesome and why this picture is absolutely and amazingly, awesomely, incredibly stunning. :)

Question; if you were up close to the crystal, would you be able to visibly see it growing?
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Helge129 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tiberium on steroids =o
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Aust1nrulesall Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Oh noes! :)
Cool picture
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DPRagan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So that is what happens when crystalline strange matter comes in contact with Matter...[link]
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Probably :ahoy:
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DPRagan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup Viral Matter!
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Julia-Riley Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's been featured here [link] Great job! :D
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cool thanks
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2worldanime Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
wow i love your work! what program did you use?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I used Photoshop CS3 on this one as well as a fractal program to create the basic crystal shapes
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2worldanime Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
ok thanks ^^
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weeKeD Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Very nice !
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TimberClipse Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hello!

Just wanted to let you know that you were featured in the deviantART birthdAy Countdown!

Have a wonderful day!

=TimberClipse
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cool thank you :ahoy:
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DsVortex Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Really amazing did you use a 3d program for the cracked planets? And are the ice crystal fractals?

Once again amazing!
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No 3d programs just photoshop and yes the crystals were done first using fractals I made
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DsVortex Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Amazing work, unbelevable. Grats.
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frodoo2092 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
i cant download it file not found
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abbrivi8 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
very nice :D
i just applied to do computer games art at teeside uni. got a conditional. what course you doing? my geuss would be something related to pc art :D and are you enjoying it?
also is this in photo shop?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I did computer games art but stopped it after the first year, wasn't my kind of thing, too much 3D and animation which I wasn't interested in. So after that I went self taught.
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abbrivi8 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ah cool. I am interested in the 3d animations so :D
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nonirishpaddy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Insightfull, imaginative and very well thought out. You can tell a lot of time and effort went into this
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