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SHield World Construction by AdamBurn SHield World Construction by AdamBurn
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Here is the second submission from the new Luminarium pack this image is part of a 3-4 part project based on the forerunners from the Halo games, this was inspired mostly from the new game Halowars which is awesome. It shows a dyson sphere type construct which is earthlike on the outside but very hostile as almost all the surface is ice, however inside is a lush utopia with its own artificial sun.
To the left you can even see one of the moons being mined for resources to build the huge thing, me thinks they will be needing some more moon.

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Looking fantastic dude, the artificial sun and glowing core of the resource moon really compliment and give nice contrast to the blues and purples you used. The outer glow of both the sphere and the moon really help to give it a stark, cold feel and really push the idea of warmth on the inside. Everything is looking very volumetric as well, and I love the way you composed the unfinished parts of the Dyson structure. The rigid, geometric quarry sections of the moon are also awesome, the way it's mined down by the little ships.

One thing that I think you could push a little further are the greens and the blues a little bit inside the sphere, to really help nail the idea that there's an Earth-like surface inside, because it took me a second to really notice it. I might bump the contrast a tad, and give it just a bit more saturation, so it doesn't seem that the sun is washing it out so much. And the only other thing I think could use a tiny bit of tweaking is the unfinished structure bits on the lower right. Could use just a little more curvature to match the rest of the sphere.

Other than that, I think you did a fantastic job with the rendering and the composition is solid. As far as the rule of thirds go, things are composed very well and keep your eye moving around the piece. And despite the heavy Halo influence, you really managed to make it something of your own. Good work, keep 'em coming.
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I absolutely love this, I don't have much negative criticism, I think the lighting is very good as well is the composition, colours and idea. The only thing I dont fully get us why the lighting is like that on the small planet shouldnt it be equal over the whole planet on not just one bulb if you get what I mean, although I just might be wrong and it sill is a great piece of artwork and defiantly one of the better space pieces here at deviantart.

Just the whole idea of a sun in an artificial planet is great!!
I hope to see mu and much more of these kinds of works, you gotta love them!..
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BladeViridian Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OHH This Very Similar to the concept i have for my story world
A war destroyed the Planet and they decided to build larger artificial planet that would never die
Looks So Beautiful I really would love to live on Shield World when they finish HAHa
DarkRiku90 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, imagining that once the Shield World of Halo wars had the surface lush and beatiful, until the flood tainted it
gsamurai17 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018
You wouldn't need to mine out the planet to make the sphere, you can star lift plenty from the star
KarmaAkabane2000 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017
I wonder how many fortressships could fit inside that?
ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty much a Dyson sphere, my second favorite megastructure

Amazing art
Luisg78 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
is requiem, truth?
nikolai60 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yo, hate to be the guy that brings this stuff up but, it seems the news doesn't care about credit:…
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah that image made the rounds a few months back, every damn site and blog showed it, about 2 gave credit and one only because they had used the image previously and asked :ahoy:
ThatWasLeftHanded Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Almost looks like a Dyson Sphere.
ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a Dyson sphere
WhaleProbe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016   Interface Designer
Did RT steal your work?…
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes and no, actually some dude on Instagram uploaded it and RT just thought it was form him which was a bit stupid of them, but over the past few months that particular image has been used on many many sites and very few bother to find where the original image is from or give credit. I've given up even trying, but thanks for bringing it up :ahoy:
Aeromancer93 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Interesting...I was under the impression that a Dyson Sphere was several satellites around the star, where as the Dyson SHELL was the inside-out planet. This is a brilliant piece of work, either way.
GhostHayabusa Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
CosmicPastels Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Inspiring Work
fxmodels Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
Hi Adam,
I have finished a book on Exoplanets, created many illustrations in C4D and Terragen and need a representative Image for Type II civilization. This image would be great to use in the book ... I am writing to ask permission because all too often the artist is the LAST one to hear about their work being absconded with sans  proper credit provided.

If I can use the image in the book how would you like credit provided? Also do you have a similar art piece I can use for Type III societies in that chapter?

Marc Dantonio
Tnynfox Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student General Artist
I've seen this Dyson Sphere posted everywhere online, especially in science articles about astro-engineering. Good work.
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it gets around, more so recently when the article about possible alien megastructures orbiting a distant star popped up :)
Tnynfox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Student General Artist
If they weren't comets...
JDW9812 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
Reminds me very much of a Dyson Sphere, which is simply amazing. I love this instant favorite. Great work! :D
TheCatagorizer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
It feels very meta to realize that they're not real.
FunnelVortex Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
A "small" Dyson Sphere with a miniature sun on the inside? Really cool concept! 

It's looks under construction kinda reminds me of the Death Star in Return of The Jedi. 

But how the heck do they keep the miniature sun from scorching the inside of the sphere? And how do they make the gravity travel "outwards" inside the sphere? And how do they do this without making it fall apart? And what about day-night cycles?
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SenorGustard Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome
xKRIEGSCHWEINx Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Ok that's really fucking cool mang!
Jennifer-Star Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Wonderful textures
Normandtoulouse Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
my hero ;
thanks for the awesome picture
Bigjack66 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
Awesome work!😎 Looks like a Dyson Sphere!
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
And that's exactly what it is :ahoy:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Its a very popular image when related to the Dyson Sphere subject so it gets used a lot, I do get asked for permission now and then but it's impossible to make sure they all give credit sadly.
houseofwilliams Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
This is lovely. I've seen it pop up in search engines before, but had yet to follow it back to its source. I am a writer for Universe Today, would you mind if I used it in an article I am doing?
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, and I do not mind at all so long as proper credit is given :ahoy:
agofisher Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Beautiful. I dream with this image. I'm gonna show this on my blog, with your permission. 
KingTigerMG42 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Artist
If is Forerunner shield world 006, is the most forerunner: this heigh is amazing "299.195.741km (185.911.615 miles)
jricht Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Words cannot describe...I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. 

My jaw dropped when I saw all the details you put in.

This is brilliant. A perfect image of what the forerunners are capable of. Very few images capture this scale so skillfully.
antcow Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
This is so cool!
AdNoctvm87 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
This has been mentioned here:…
Astro4545 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so cool.
Tails-275 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
My god,thats so impressiveClap
I'm sure, the master builder would be proud of you:aww:

But he is dead,damm flood^^;
ZeSly Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is the first time I see a Dyson sphere under construction ! ;-) This is impressive.
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :ahoy:
Tardifice Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnifique !
ikuto12309 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Adam,
Just an FYI: your work has been used on [link]
It's a good video, but I say this to let you know (i dont know if you gave permission or not, but you are not given credit)
Tzoli Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some more moon? It needs an entire solar system consumed to build just one thing! :)
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
belle image ! bon travail !
beast87 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Great concept reminds me a bit of the Genesis project
cannonfodder14 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
It's so beautiful.
Floodgrunt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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