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Life on other planets by Chromattix Life on other planets by Chromattix
A typical day over a typical scene on some distant life-supporting planet. the location and name of which is entirely up to the viewer's imagination :aww: A myriad of unusual plants growing along this temperate open forest in a valley, accompanied by the passing of two airborne aliens is more than enough evidence of a well-developed and complex ecosystem that easily measures up to that of Earth's. But certain factors of this world are different to ours, first made noticeable from the different coloured sky being a sign of different atmospheric gases and lighting conditions and the size of the planet itself compared to earth is unknown since it's hard to tell from ground level. However these different conditions have led to different flora that tells a different story of evolution :alientwo:

Anyway, I've been wanting to get some alien plant concepts out for a long time, but kept putting it off due to contest entries and such, so I took an opportunity to mash them both together for ~Sangiev's contest series, the first of which allows the artist to draw whatever they want, so like many - I knew that I do best drawing what I love - nature and space, so fusing the two together resulted in an otherworldly garden, the plants of which I wish I could grow for real :XD:

I chose this theme since science fiction themed art is pretty popular, but almost all of it is of grand futuristic cities or epic battle between space cruisers flying past fictional worlds. But one thing many neglect are the native species to those planets, the rural areas far from any great city that are still dominated by nature, or perhaps like here - there IS no intelligent life there... yet :alien:

I made good use of all three of my main programs here, Some smaller plants and the basic shapes of the flying...whatever they are's, were modelled in Cinema 4D. Many of the larger plants and trees are made from using Vue's plant editor to make my own species. But rather than composing the entire scene in Vue, I made different parts separately according to distance so I could move around pre-rendered mountains with ease in Photoshop. Once happy with the overall composition, I did a bit of painting over it to make it appear a bit less harsh and "rendered" and...well, here it is :deviation:

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VIRTUALITY-CIAA Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work : make me thing of EDEN in Star Trek. good job - best regards
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kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
Wow! This looks really cool!
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Pulsarium Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Reminds me of Darwin IV. Well done!
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think someone said that before, but I can't remember what it is ^^;
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ChrisKlm Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great. Again you have spent so much efforts on the vegetation. The scene really looks convincing and naturalistic. The two "geese" also do fine in the overall composition. 

Great work! :)
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha those are some ugly-looking geese :giggle:
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ttobserve Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2015
“Ugly” is okay; but what bothers me is the wings:
  1. They seem too small for flight,
    unless the atmosphere is a lot denser than ours!
  2. They seem too stiff:   :?   you can’t lift by just flapping a board up and down.
Anyway, your mastery of Vue and integration of tools is enviable!   :)
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mikelwallacejr Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Jim Warren
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SomeBlueFlower Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a beautiful garden!
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Will we ever see one? Obvious with exception of the Earth there aren't places here in our own system, could I be wrong? What really lays under those clouds of the Gas/Ice giants? perhaps something that defies our conventional wisdom, are we so sure of ourselves on our assumptions? Look at the diversity right here on this planet--Whales, trees, insects--how could They all live on the same world? Does Nature really have limits, are we that chauvinistic that ours is the only way? Some things may ring true in all instances but are we the ones to define them? We are here on this earth, only the Moon has known our footsteps and she isn't giving up all her secrets easily. I believe there is more, more than we ever could imagined.
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the thought of life in Gas giants has always interested me. One scene in my upcoming calender features floating jellyfish-like creatures in the atmosphere of one, but even those would still fall into what we typically consider life - an actual, physical being made of cells that must consume some sort of energy to keep going :nod: This scene here though is definitely not a gas giant though and was made to represent conditions much more like our own :)
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you can ever get a hold of it, Arthur C. Clarkes Book "2010". It is an extended version of the 2001 Saga. He describes life IN Jupiter, it is worth a read. The book-softcover- is probably 20+ years now. A Used Book store would be your best bet.
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SethTheCreator Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Asdfghldificjdjs!!! *squee*... Sry I am a little obsessed with other planet-y stuff :la:
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grotemeidkit Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Awesome plants very nice!!!
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Keyjob Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
is very beautiful!!
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Richelieu1992 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Awesome!!!! :O
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
This looks very convincing and plausible!
Excellent!
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted this one to seem plausible. An attempt to create a rather common temperate meadow or forest edge on this world :)
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
And you nailed it perfectly!
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pbua26xx Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Somewhere where I would want to be!
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NYTRI Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
BEAUTIFUL AND LOVELY
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NazjaRaj Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
most similar in earth!
is this kepler or gliese?
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wasn't meant to be either really. I haven't intentionally illustrated those planets yet =p
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NazjaRaj Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
okei.
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jujucastor Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
fantastic!
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1secretaccount Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
It's so beautiful! I wish I could visit this planet ^^
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same :XD: Thanks for commenting!
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Rasa13 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
wow! this is amazing! Great work!
its beautiful.
there's definitely life on other planets. :nod:

you've done a better, more convincing job of life forms on another world than many "hollywood" renditions ive seen. lol :bow: :love:
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe at least in regards to plants anyway. So far the only movies I've seen with original-looking vegetation are "Evolution" (which is funny since that's meant to be part-comedy, but it had some cool alien plants there) and more recently - Avatar, of which had unique plants among all the Earthlike ones that could still be noticed as unusual even during the day scenes :shocked:

Asides from that, most movies involving plants growing on other worlds are disappointingly just clones of what we have on Earth. There will be simiarities no doubt (like I did here) but the whole forest? nah ;p
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Dewgongz4Life Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
I love this so much. It really looks like you are there, and I would love to see more of these pieces of art from you in the future. But my only complaint is that there is a lack of alien life. Apart from that, I wouldn't change a thing.
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Chromattix Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was thinking of doing more, usually my alien environments are reserved for when I don't have other concepts in mind though since I don't forget about them easily :alientwo:

Creatures are hard, I could draw Earth animals with a reference pic but I'm no sure about how I'd do alien ones, since if I did I would hope they looked unique and not just like Earth creature crossovers :lol:
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Dewgongz4Life Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I think you did a good job on your alien on this one. It looks like a flying manta ray, yet still looks unique because of what looks like it's front paws. My advice is to just take a basic type of earth animal and elaborate on it to make it suitable for it's environment, e.g. Weapons for protection. You can get many ideas from just the background, but it helps to be able to justify why it has these certain features. Hope this helps.
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PlasticToySoldier Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
wow this is really awsome, added to favs
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LeelooPoulain Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Reminds me on devil may cry :D
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? I never would have imagined a scene like this in a game like that :O
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LeelooPoulain Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
Please take that as a compliment ::D:
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LeelooPoulain Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Reminds me on devil may cry 4 :D
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The-Fantasy-Goddess Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: So incredibly beautiful, you ARE SO TALENTED!!
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barghest4 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
That is insanely beautiful work, both recognisable enough to engage the viewer's mind but distinctly alien. Nice work!
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou, that's usually the feel I got for with any alien environment :alien:
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Metaloso99 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
wow! Amazing
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revfultz12 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
love the art ive been wanting to do some alien landscapes my self im not as good as you are and all of mine r by hand but do u have any sujestions that might help me out along the way
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to do my work by hand but eventually digital got the better of me ;p Whether it's by hand or digital the same principles apply. The more you know about the way a real landscape looks and behaves, the easier it will be to apply it to even fantasy and sci-fi ones. As for the life forms, seeking inspiration from real life creatures is about the only way you can come up with something, as we can't imagine something that isn't even slightly what we're used to. Fungus and sea life for instance can make potentially great alien plant ideas :alien:
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OddFox17 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Writer
Do you think this planet could support humans?
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the weather and environment seem pretty good, like a temperate forest on Earth. The air though being purple would suggest there's something in it (not sure what though) that might make it not suitable for Earth-based creatures :dead:
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OddFox17 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student Writer
Could just be an abundance of argon or neon. Nothing our lungs can't handle.
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Ithiliendude Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is simply breathtaking... :wow:
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
This has been featured [link]
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relu65 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Great work!
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