Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Monolith by AdamBurn Monolith by AdamBurn
A print of this painting can be bought here [link]

The Monolith was found in a system far from the system of Fractured Tranquility and is thought to be where the crystal formation originated. This is the most impressive example of the destructive capabilities of the crystal when exposed to extreme heat sources. This shows the crystal forming directly of the semi-molten core of a planet which has been broken into several pieces and impaled by the growing crystals. Its believed this formation took several decades to get this far and is the primary system for research into this new threat.

I have recently become quite unhappy with some of my works, mainly the backgrounds, unimaginative and bland I'd call them, mainly as I get rather lazy once the main foreground is complete and I don't really plan anything for the background unless its the focal point. So this time I have spent almost as much time on the background as the foreground and I believe it's payed off.

I hope you enjoy this piece.

Time: approx 15 hours over 4 days
Resolution: 5500x8780 (very random)
Layers: approx 200
DPI: 300
Add a Comment:
Septimus-Oraka Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017
Interesting. I can easily imagine that like being some sort of crystaline starship literally grown from a planet.
anoneemoos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
If that were to exist, I don't know what other planets with life will suffer the same fate as this. Epic work, I absolutely love space related works of art,
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely excellent work on this. :)
LordPorksword Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Awesome pic AdamBurn!  Cheers for sharing!
sidetrack1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Your description helps me think of a monolith in a different way
Brothermonk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dude, you remind me of Orson Scott Card, you come up with sinarios and threats that no one else has even considered.
Hypersaurus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Photographer
WOW.  The idea is really awesome... aside from the poor unfortunate inhabitants. Ha! Great work staying true to explosion physics.  BTW, I think your "bland" backgrounds are perfect.  Wouldn't want to distract from the main focus too much anyway, so don't even worry about it.  :)
XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Oh what have you done to the poor planet, you evil evil planet killer :D
SatoshiII Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that you actually put a back story into what is already a fantastic work. Very nice. :)
Chris-Bennier Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome. I just love it.
tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope nobody was on that.
Epulon449 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Planetary nebulae and sun forming monoliths could be a way to fill your backgrounds with some color. Possibly even distant galaxies could do it too.
L-a-g-g-y Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love it!
Alpha-Xis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Its beautiful O.o
Aillita Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   General Artist
herropi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
wouldn't it be nice if this happened to the moon
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Up until they grew too much and fell to Earth :ahoy:
behindspace99 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
GODzillaDrone Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
WOW :O Such detail on this piece.
Ripins Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing !
hurrayforsocks Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
too cool
darkpeter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Gorgeous! Great crashed planet and this soft nebula..ahhh:) Very good work!
Ech-charafi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Ww Ww Ww
Rixusaku Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
that's a really awesome planet design!
MiGUidotcom Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Epic scenery, wow :P
awwabl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
u r so great at this .iv never seen any pics like these bfor
paradoxchild Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well hello there! this work has been featured here:clap::dance::party: :[link]
LukeTorpedo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Bloody hell, thats amazing. Im not too keen on how the planet has split like a rapid brittle fracture with the straight edges, but maybe thats what your trying to get across? Or maybe im just trying to be an engineering smartarse.

Looks friggin cool regardless, Makes me want to play a game where this appears and that means mission sucess!
Lozt-Zoul Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
wow, good work with all these pictures, keep on the good work
Lerciolas Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Simply Awesome!
Brilliant :)
DyingWill Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
This is one insane and epic piece that I will always love O_O!!! It's just amazing and the crystal, WOW!!!
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I am not yet done with the crystal universe so more will be done on the subject
Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:omg: you officially became a "Space Cadet" in my new News article >> [link]

Hope you like it and have a cosmic time!!! ;)
woxus Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009 aowesome
itchcrotch Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
wait so...this acutally exists somewhere in the universe?
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No, well at least to my knowledge, but you never know. The story about it is just made up to give the image more drama
Pumbler Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
How did you make the planet look like it is exploding.
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Make the planet as normal then use the lasso tool to drag sections out, then add rock nehind them to give them depth
Brandonisrad Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Very grand! The colors are spectacular!
Captiosus2 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009

Can you make a horizontal version so people can use it for dual screen wallpapers? <_<
Holy. F*ck. Sh*t. That's epic beyond all possible imaginings. I mean, just the sheer scale of something like that, when you really think about it... and the artwork is so beautiful... holy cr*p.
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks
sumotsunami Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009   Writer
loves it...
PzyKrizz Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
I really love your work and all the detals :)
And i've tried to create pictures like this a lot of times, but i can't :S I want to know if you've just used a tablet or if it's made with effects and stuff? I would really appreciate to get an aswer or some fifs? :)
In adwance thanks a lot :D
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I did this one with a tablet, and mostly its done using brush work and textures.
PzyKrizz Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
thanks :D
EmilLarsson Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The size of all your pictures is huuuge, is there any reason for that or do you just make them huge to make the details easier? :)

And btw, this one is awesome! You've inspired me to bring 60% more of my computertime in photoshop ;) Thanks !
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, Im happy to have inspired you and also the reason for them being so big is for prints as well as detail.
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
March 29, 2008
Image Size
1.0 MB


78,008 (1 today)
1,943 (who?)