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SHield World Construction

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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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It creats a mode and feel like you are exploring the ancient galaxy while still staying with the halo lore.

Its acuratly drawn

Well colored, shading, ect.

The lighting and graphics is very effective in making it a 5 star masterpeice.

Keep doing more of these halo art work. Halo had very good art work. Yours is very true to that. Maybe one day you will help design a game.

Put together nicely with the backstory. When I search deviant art don't look for art that is mashed together in photoshop. I only look for the most creative and original art in my favorites. This is going in my scrapbook.
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Shield World Construction is, quite simply, probably one of the best pieces of artwork I have seen on deviantART. The detail that Phoenix-06 has put into this piece is absolutely astounding, the shading is beatiful, I just cannot find a single major thing wrong with this art! I love the way that you can see the framework of the sphere, and inside to the sun and utopia at the center.
Maybe to improve the contrast on the inside of the artificial planet could be increased, because it took me a while to realize there was land and sea in there.
Osiristhrasher06's avatar
I agree with the critique, but I have qualms with the way you rated it; it says "one of the greatest pieces on dA, ever." So how is it justified getting only 4/5 stars?
samplane123's avatar
Because the main rating is an average of all the other ratings. I gave the piece a 3 1/2 for Originality because I have seen a few other pieces similar in concept.
I meant to give vision 4 1/2 stars >.<
If I had full control over the devious rating it would easily be a 4 1/2 composition.
Osiristhrasher06's avatar
Ohh, okay. Yeh, I don't entirely agree with the star system either. I think a forum posting is in order.

PS, this IS an awesome picture. I enjoyed looking at it:)
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thats just wow - the whole scenario along with the extremly detailed work is just stunning. No matter how often you look at the picture - you still can find new details you didn't recognize earlier.
I especially love the stars, the bright light that falls on the planets and the structure of both of them.
I never was a big fan of SciFi or the universe in general but this changes my point of view.
I only gave the originality a 4 because I've seen many pics that contain such a theme but non the less it's still something refreshing and new done with a great sense for a good ankle and -as said- much love for the detail.
Very great work from a very talented artist!
Azley's avatar
very welcome! It really did =)
AdamBurn's avatar
Thank you, Im very happy that this image managed to change your view of Sci-fi art. I appreciate the comment :ahoy:
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Killer composition. I love the mesh texturing around the opening, great idea. Very nice color palette. I would agree with Rahll's critique. Artistically it's awesome, it just needs a tiny bit of post production polish.

Adding contrast would create a more defined sense of depth of field. But do be careful with adding contrast as it can blow out highlight detail and plug up shadows. Sharpening the image slightly would accent the subtle details but watch out for gradient banding in the blues of the planet's halo. I'd suggest making local corrections to the area inside the planet. Adding more weight and saturation here would help to draw the eye to it. I'd also suggest trying to create some separation between the sphere and energy thingy against their background. Again, it would add more of a sense of depth.

But just a really great job overall. I'd be happy to share some Photoshop tips that may help, if you'd like.
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Even without the description you can tell what's going on in this picture, it's clear and really interesting to look at.
It seems to me that the light in a couple of places, though very nicely done, wash out some of the key details. The icy outer surface and the habitable interior in particular. Maybe more of a back lighting if that's the case.
I really like the patterns they quarried from the moon, it's a nice touch! Maybe a bit more activity shuttling all that rock from the moon would be nice too.
The idea is really, really good.
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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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Hmm not sure I get the part about the moons lighting, what did you mean? why its not lit allover from the blue light or the yellow light? if its the yellow light then thats from the mini ickle sun in the planet not from the lava as the lava isnt very glowy.
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Oh wait I forgot the thing is metal sorry.,. at metal you get that light bulb on a round object x.x
AdamBurn's avatar
Hehe I think thats right
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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.
dukeleto's avatar
Is the interior habitable before the sphere is complete? What great art that inspires questions!
CrimsonNova's avatar
The hell? Critique? O.o... I'm not sure if this as a bad thing or not... Uh.. Yes, it's a good critique i guess. We're allowed to critique critiques? Where's the critique the critique of the the critiquers option? Jeez...
InKonSiderate's avatar
Wow! This is great!, I think this is what all of us who aspire to be better need, solid critique. :thumbsup:
ImmortalOrkidea's avatar
FANTASTIC critique!
Calicard's avatar
Wow. That is a great critique. I am glad DeviantART brought this to us.

I need to enable some of my drawings!
BladeViridian's avatar
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's avatar
Amazing, imagining that once the Shield World of Halo wars had the surface lush and beatiful, until the flood tainted it
You wouldn't need to mine out the planet to make the sphere, you can star lift plenty from the star
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