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December 11, 2018
Chaldea by ErikShoemaker
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edit: made some minor adjustments concerning the bird's scale and the lighting of the landscape. Thanks TobiasRoetsch for the critique. ;)

Time for a matte painting which captures my obsession with black holes. X)
It is actually going to be used as a background for another artwork, but I think it deserves to be a standalone piece as well. This is also my submission for the Nature Wallpaper Contest.
I hope you like it!

Source images:……
Additional clouds are part of a pack purchased from:……
Bird silhouette1 by FrankAndCarySTOCK
Asteroids by Dagohbert
Anything else not mentioned here is painted.

Other similar space objects from my gallery:
Black Hole by ErikShoemaker  Heatwave by ErikShoemaker  Singularity by ErikShoemaker

As always, thanks for stopping by! 
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nexusoflife's avatar

That looks like the interior of an O'Neill Cylinder! Very beautiful!

ErikShoemaker's avatar

Thank you! Yeah I think it would make more sense if it were one actually :) artistic license :D

Beanswithoutsauce's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

After lurking around in the background watching your art I can safely say that you always manage to impress me with your interesting pieces with this one being a prime example!

The way clouds and sky warp around the what I assume is a black hole is really jarring. But in a good way! I saw this as an Earthlike world orbiting a black hole and this was the view before the end, The final few days before its gravitational pull rips it apart, A Truly once in a lifetime view. no matter what you manage to pull out of that brain of yours you still manage to impress me, Your work is magnificent and I encourage you to continue.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thanks for the nice compliment, it's really appreciated! :)
TobiasRoetsch's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Congratulations Tobias: you officially have been too slow realizing an idea you had...

The thumbnail was already looking very promising (good indicator for things like perspective and composition because you can see right away if the image is working no matter how great the details are once you watch it in real size). The full sized image is flawless when it comes to the blending of the elements and the world feels quite real. I wasn't really sure about the smaller cloud circles close to the black hole first, but I guess it's caused by the unnatural shape. When you turn the image by 90° the parts that looked weird before are looking normal again but others doesn't.

I'm not writing much about the nature of the scene itself because this was the main reason for me not having tried it myself yet (physics vs fantasy, violent armageddon scene vs. peaceful landscape...). I couldn't figure out what I wanted. You decided to go with a peaceful landscape one and as said before: it works visually.

The things that could be improved from my side are 100% optional and could even make it worse instead of helping the scene.

- So I'm not sure if the reflection in the lake should be brighter.
- The clouds from the normal sky you've used (and which you can see on the very left bottom side) are going to the horizon and beyond. I guess there should be smaller rings of clouds in the background there too (due to the 3D shape of a black hole). While it would make more sense it could make the scene too turbulent at the same time (visually)
- The values of the big bird are different to the forest below, which makes it look quite big (way larger than the trees). If it was intentionally because it's some fantasy world with big birds I haven't said anything. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="387" title=";) (Wink)"/>
- The asteroids are bothering me the most. Not visually but from the idea behind. There are two possibilities: the black hole is within the atmosphere of the planet (it would explain the clouds): then the ring of asteroids isn't making much sense... or at least some other stones and parts of the landscape should fly towards the hole as well. And the other option: the hole is somewhere in space. Then the asteroids would be fine but the clouds within the planets atmosphere wouldn't make sense.

Here we are again: the struggles I had with the scene in my mind <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>

Anyway. Congrats on the great image and keep up the good work Erik!
GregStitz's avatar
How about make the bird slightly blurry? Make it so the viewer is looks to be focused on the black hole and is not focused on the wild life.
And maybe some of the trees too.
Telian24's avatar
The bird in the foreground actually worked fine for me, but maybe because my brain automatically assumed that it is normal-sized and decided that it is just closer to the light or some scattering source (clouds) :) The only thing that was bothering me was your last point - I was asking myself the same questions immediately *g* Thank you for writing it down in a much better way than I could have!
TobiasRoetsch's avatar
Well yeah the points I mentioned are only my personal opinion and not supposed to be the truth ;) Maybe my perception is wrong. Just wanted to give my two cents.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thanks a bunch for the critique! Indeed physics realism is often secondary for me as can be seen from most of my gallery. :lol:

That said, the black hole is supposed to be outside of the planet's atmosphere, which means the cloud formations are not correct at all, but I like it for the visual effect and composition.

Actually you could still give a version with the black hole inside the atmosphere a try. I'm very curious what that would look like - for me it was too hard to imagine. The clouds could also be spinning around the black hole horizontally, like a tornado. :idea:

The bird is actually not supposed to be gigantic, just closer to the viewer. I guess I have to darken it further? Thanks for the tip I'll rework it a bit.

Thanks again! :bow:
TobiasRoetsch's avatar
Darken the bird or brighten up the trees ;)
You are welcome!

Yeah maybe I'm giving it a try myself.
picimagefantasy's avatar

Fantastic and spectacular! It reminds me of the famous story of bermuda triangle.

ErikShoemaker's avatar
I see, like a bermuda triangle in the air ;) thanks a lot!
gayaliberty's avatar
Molto suggestivo. Bravo ragazzo
This is from fate/go, right? It's amazing. Good job!
ErikShoemaker's avatar
indeed! Thanks :) I also have a version with Saber in case you're interested: Saber vs Salter
Yes, I only noticed after I made that comment. It's very good as well. 
ErikShoemaker's avatar
glad you like it, thank you!
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