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Horizon USSR space station by KaranaK Horizon USSR space station by KaranaK
More (and more detailed) pictures available on my artstation. Here's the link: www.artstation.com/artwork/Xmg…

Horizon Orbital is one of the first - and remains one of the largest - fully self-sufficient orbital installations. Designed before the spread of the standardized station projects, in the early expansion era when each station was an individual project and a massive undertaking, it was laid down in 2157. Seen at the time as both a symbol of mankind's newfound aspirations and - in a much more pragmatic sense - a significant investment in attempts to shorten the supply lines and centralize logistics, the project proved immensely successful, and a lot of later large-scale zero-g construction projects took their cues from the Horizon. Built with modularity in mind, the station has seen constant extensions and extensive reworks. The shipyard and manufacturing arms were added in 2225, making the Horizon the biggest and longest serving space station in the history.

Personal project I've been busy with for a while. I thought about making a large-scale piece, fairly grounded sci-fi piece like this for a long time. The station was inspired mainly by the old soviet illustrations and the nostalgia for 70s sci-fi and depictions of space exploration era. I wanted to make a tribute to that era - modernized and grounded, but still resembling the old illustrations.

At 130 million polygons, the model is at a practical limit of what you can achieve with Sketchup on a generic PC. Any higher, and you'd need a professional workstation. I worked on it in spare time, and it took three months to complete, and it would probably been even slower if I din't end up using my kitbash. Even with it, details were the biggest time sink - since this was a personal project, I could afford to go through the design and detail each part, and I did.

The kitbash I've made for it is now on sale in the store: check it out! www.artstation.com/karanak/sto…
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:iconreyrao:
reyrao Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Student General Artist
You should work at CIG
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KaranaK Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
no way
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018
Great detail, especially with the planet as a background.
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:iconmajorwraith:
MajorWraith Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2018
просто шикардос, ты лучший Каранак обожал твои арты еще с Елитгеймза, как же хочется побольше такого в этой жизни....
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KaranaK Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Спасибо, приятно слышать.
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2662450188q Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
苏维埃还行
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:iconsun229:
Sun229 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018
旁友泥嚎
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:icon2662450188q:
2662450188q Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
苏维埃还行
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:iconcoeleborn:
COELEBORN Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Lov the details!
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JQuasarD Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018
Whoa! Awesome. Commendations!

Your attention to detail, your colour choice and lighting are superb.
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:icongeraldscar:
geraldscar Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018
Amazing... Remember me USG Ishimura
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:iconcharliefleed:
CharlieFleed Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018
wouldn't the solar panels be mounted on motors and be turned toward the Sun?
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:icondestroyersanspapyrus:
DESTROYERsansPapyrus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, my friend would like this
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Richard-James Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018   Traditional Artist
Russia should biodome the moon.
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SWIPE-2 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
I love it :3 !!!
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:iconfinwuthdov:
Finwuthdov Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is astonishing work! Perfect inspiration for the orbital city setting I'm working on for a story :)
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:iconsohighlydubious:
sohighlydubious Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!
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Tenement01 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb image!! Rendered in sketchup?
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:iconkaranak:
KaranaK Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
nope, in Keyshot
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:iconmacosx-brony:
MacOSX-Brony Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Student Writer
Well. I think I just found my new desktop wallpaper!
Very nice work, and great attention to detail! :D
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Skycommand Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018
Wow! Just wow! It's mindblowing!

By the way, you wrote "took their ques"; I think you meant "took their cues". ("Cue" means "hint", "guiding suggestion", "imitation. But "que" is short for "barbecue" and "Quebec", and is Spanish for "What".)
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KaranaK Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
danke!
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SFaccountant Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018
Amazing work!
I love the different docks and how they all have different designs and presumably different functions.
I wasn't so sure about the scale of the station until I noticed the little ships around one of the docks. This is quite a fortress!
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KaranaK Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, there are three types of docking modules. One for the smaller, civilian ships, one for big cargo transports, and one for superheavies.
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SFaccountant Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
How big a "superheavy" did you envision when designing them? As big as the control towers? As big as the docking struts themselves? Bigger?
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:iconkaranak:
KaranaK Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
As big as the docking struts
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AntonioFL Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018
Nice drawn, it's perfect 10/10, but were is USSR?
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:iconjabroyles:
jabroyles Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Professional Photographer
Very cool!
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:iconrodentnomnom:
RodentNomNom Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018   Digital Artist
Wow, that's breathtaking!
How much time did you spend on it per day on average?
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:iconkaranak:
KaranaK Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
6 hours, after work.
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:iconsed:
sed Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018   Digital Artist
Well done! :wow:
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MTC29 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018
великолепно
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:iconjdalfonso:
JDAlfonso Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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RaptorRed79 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2018
Dddddddddaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmnnnn!! :jawdrop: That's Nice! and this is the one with less detail??   I'm going to have to check out the more detailed version then.
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Xerxan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy shit that's some intense detail work
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Nice.
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A-New-Lesson Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
If only this was a reality. Are you taking employment applications yet? :D

Could've been here already if every country was blowing billions on military.
My astronomy instructor said hypothetically casual space travel could be possible if the funds were given to space stations.
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MacOSX-Brony Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Student Writer
You do realize that only the most developed nations of the world even have the technology to go to space?
Only 13 nations have launched rockets into orbit that have successfully come back.
These also happen to be some of the most powerful nations on Earth, and prime targets for attacks by terrorists, usually Islamists. Hence more funding for defense budgets.

Right now, space exploration is NOT a viable option due to the sheer distance between interstellar bodies being nigh-insurmountable, on top of the fact that faster-than-light travel is effectively impossible without breaking the laws of reality as we understand them.
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A-New-Lesson Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I keep forgetting about hater groups wanting to destroy things because reasons. Sure, super speed can't really be achieved because that's as you mentioned impossible due to laws of reality. Makes me wonder just what our limit really could be. Personal jetpacks aren't made available to the public yet. At east we have Hollywood to show us these. 
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MacOSX-Brony Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Student Writer
Not being a hater, I'm telling the truth.
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A-New-Lesson Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
No, not you, the groups who are the reason we can't have nice things, hostile and interrupting progress. Cheers!
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Piitas Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very cool. Outstanding work, Alexey :clap:
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LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018   Filmographer
Very cool design, it looks really functional. :)
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Preki1337 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This was made in SKETCHUP of all things?? Amazing.
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cartoonieadopts Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018
This looks like kaiba's space station.
Sorry I'm a huge yugioh fan.
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MikePrivius Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! :)

What rendering software did you use for the final scene, Vray, Twilight..? :D Or is it largely a post-rendering work in Photoshop or something like that which makes it look so good? :D
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KaranaK Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Keyshot. I used Keyshot with standard HDRs. Also did some standard post work in Photoshop.
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jammer2isme Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018
one word

WOW!
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:iconrick-4f:
Rick-4F Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Now that's impressive. Crazy, nuts, detailed. :)
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Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
I would love to have seen a recorded progres of it
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