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The Caves of Steel

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"...Earthmen are so coddled, so enwombed in their imprisoning caves of steel, that they are caught forever." - Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel

This is a tribute to one of my all-time favorite stories, The Caves of Steel, by one of my all-time favorite authors, the master of Science Fiction, Isaac Asimov. I have him to thank for founding my love for all things sci-fi. As a child I devoured this and nearly every one of his books. I'm especially fond of the robot mystery novels (this one being the first), and what an added treat that he bridged them with the Foundation series.

I hope my fellow Asimov friends will like this. I've been working on this and several close-up images of the characters (Baley and Daneel) on the side for a while now. It's been so much fun! This piece took several stages, and because of the complexity and overhead I had to render in two separate scenes, then merged together in the final render.

The characters were created in Poser. The city was created in Vue using about 25,000 greebles. I went a little crazy! I also used some of Björn's :iconariel-x: greebles and objects, most notably his "Hello Kitty Space Tunnel"! LOL! :) Fun!!!
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Zahgatu's avatar
Imagine the smell of 20 million people! :}
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DrDevioHobbyist Digital Artist
This is so deeply intriguing I was driven to buy the book moments ago.   If this is one of your all-time favorite stories I'm confident I'll love it as well.  I always loved greebles but I've never seen them used so beautifully. 
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Master-of-the-BootHobbyist Writer
I loved this book very much, and Asimov too. Though this cave of steel looks alarmingly like a borg hive
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jrmaloneHobbyist Digital Artist
It does indeed look like a Borg hive, but a cave of steel nonetheless. ;) Appreciate the feedback!
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Really like this Art, did you read my message?
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fantastic visualization of one of my favorite stories as well, great job!
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jrmaloneHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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You're welcome !
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I am overjoyed to see this. I love the Caves of Steel, would love to see your take on Aurora (Robots of Dawn)
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jrmaloneHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Yes, I would love to take on Aurora, something I've been wanting to do for a while. "Robots of Dawn" is my all-time favorite of the Robot series. Stay tuned...
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Gah, that's intricate...nice job!
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jrmaloneHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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WetbananaHobbyist Digital Artist
damn dude you your lighting is always so good O_O
Loving the silhouette of the character in the foreground
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jrmaloneHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, bud!
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Spydraxis01Professional Digital Artist
How much RAM are you paking? Did you have to set up each of the lights individually? Man that is allot of lights.
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jrmaloneHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm maxed on this quad-core machine at 16GB. I found that the RAM helps with scene setup greatly, but I punish the Hell out of my CPUs. ;) Yeah, this scene had a ton of lights. I did this scene in two stages: the city was one scene first (with the shit-ton of lights lol) and then the characters and that platform in another scene, using the previous city scene as a backdrop image in Vue. That helps tremendously with cutting down overhead, I've found, especially when characters are involved.
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Spydraxis01Professional Digital Artist
I'm actually in the process of doing the same thing as I wanted to an image that looked like one of yours. Good to know it's a common technique.
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BearlolHobbyist General Artist
Hi my friend is magnificent and grandiose, the work that it is enormous bravo bravo :D congratulations my friend and good weekend :boogie: :hug:
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jrmaloneHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much! Have a great weekend! :hug:
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wooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

very like it
very like Isaac Asimov.
very like books of Isaac Asimov
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jrmaloneHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :) I'm happy you like it! Yes, Asimov is the greatest! :D
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AIONESProfessional Traditional Artist
amazing work :D when I see me into my head walking into the caverns of stell I feel more solarian than ever jjajajajajajja really exelent work i lile so much
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jrmaloneHobbyist Digital Artist
lol Yeah, I'd not do well living in caves of steel either! ;) I'm so glad you like! Thank you very much for the kind words!
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AIONESProfessional Traditional Artist
You're welcome man :D great work ;) do you like Asimov too?
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