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Humanity is progressing at an immense rate. Yesterday, they founded villages. Today, skyscrapers are shooting towards the sky. What will be tomorrow?

Progression — is this really what we want?

Hey, after finishing my last lab report for this semester, I now have had some time for painting again. Totally happy that it turned out as I expected it to.

During browsing The Luminarium's exhibits, I felt like picking one of their themes (Progression) and interpreted it. The main concept is, as you can guess, the contrast between the peaceful village-life that has lasted more than a millenium and the daunting edifices humanity has erected within the past century and the technological advances (with surveillance and whatnot).
It reminds me a bit of a picture I saw in one of my school books regarding the industrial revolution a couple years back: a cloud consisting of machinery and other new inventions comes out of one of the "modern" cities and sweeps over the (dry and desolated) land. I just can't seem to find that image. Cookies for the one that can dig up the image I'm looking for :p

Regarding the technical side: pure Photoshop-painting, no 3D-stuff involved. I didn't go overboard with the dimensions this time (something around 4k wide) to actually finish it in time.

For those interested: I uploaded it as a wallpaper-pack. It contains the following sizes:
:bulletblue: 4:3 -- 2048x1536
:bulletblue: 16:9 -- 2560x1440
:bulletblue: 16:10 -- 2560x1600
Feel free to decorate your desktop with it. Just scale it down if you need to. Just keep in mind, be so kind to fav if you download. One click for you, giant boost in motivation for me ;)

Kind of semi-related, the image goes well with the tune of Ayreon's "Abbey of Synn". Just disregard the actual lyrics, those are describing something different :p

So, enjoy! :)
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