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Uplift Universe by Keitaro333 Uplift Universe by Keitaro333
I did this image for a competition at CGsociety called Uplift Universe - Alien Relations. It was supposed to depict some kind of interaction between humans and aliens. And yes, i obviously know i wont win :lol: But at least it pushed me to do a new pic.

As for the story - i havent made up an exact, specific story for this, i'll leave that to everyones imagination, but i'll just explain roughly what i had in mind.

A war taking place on an alien planet between humans (the man-soldier and the spaceships in the background) and the natives (the woman and you can also notice some beasts with tentacles on their back similar to hers).
The two main characters started to realize this war made no sense and that they can live in peace. But they were
unable to influence it in any way, they got into a desperate situation and he, despite being a soldier of the invading army, is helping her escape to safety as the planet is being destroyed and its inhabitants killed.
She falls down and the ground under her starts to crumble, but with this massacre, most of her kind dead, she doesnt care about her life and is calmly thinking whether to grab his hand and save herself or just to let it happen and end the suffering.

Something along those lines.
Anyway, it was done in painter and photoshop with my (finally) new Intuos3 tablet.
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Uplift Universe by ~Keitaro333
Does love stop anywhere ? ~Keitaro333 shows an overwhelming work full of emotions and beautiful colours in every perfect detail and he captured a moment among surviving or dying. The soldier representing the human race has dropped his sword symbolic of the peace he wants to achieve. The colours and technique constitute an empathetic, but at the same time chaotic situation. I suggest fullview, please enjoy! Suggesters words. ( Suggested by 161before and Featured by TobiasRoetsch )
shadowmagistr Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
 I love this. It really depicts the act of uplift well.  Would go nicely as art for a Race for the Galaxy Card
conexoebr Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
So cool. I am setting up an digital magazine and was wondering if you would like to contribute. The first issue is exactly about the universe, its infinite realities and stories... I can send some details if you are interested (my email is or you can check the link


Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey, nice painting... like how there is a story behind it!! :) Love how visually rich this is, as I keep looking I keep spotting more details and hints at the personality of the characters.
5ilvara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very breatiful and immersive!

Say, I can't recognize the alien from the Uplift universe. Are you sure it's a canon race? Maybe in the newest book I haven't read yet?
Airyuna Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great picture and very interesting story behind it.
TheTrollGuy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Love it
Foxywabbit Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thats an awesome pic!!
Jamiex74 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
spacdud Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
A fine story/script this would make. This has far more imagination then avatar (even though I didn't mind avatar). You my friend...are radical ;)
blacwind1kaze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Nice very nice, may i use this for a magic card?
miku01fan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
s-so amaizn'
Triumviratus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
To extend a hand is not an action. It is a statement of the soul.
MALTIAN Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Wow that is a really amazing artwork and you made it more then one year before James Cameron's Avatar witch just had a so origenal story line that I ahve never heard before I really hope that someone can make a story about this pice because it really deserves it
technoloop Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
WOW! favorite!!!
Demoskoval Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Xnightmare711X Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
sounds epic
Storytellertobe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Thats an epic pic for sure, nice one :)
onlymistress Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the fact, that you cept the details!
mejserr Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Breath taking!!!!!!!!
PsycoT3ddiB3ar Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Nice man. Love it
xBluepearlx Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
:heart: This amazing work has been featured here [link]
phoenixleo Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
dirtbiker715 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Should had the soldier wear heavy armors and some kind of gas mask.
roi13 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gotta say, can't really get a hang of the idea and the style is not something I usually have my eyes on, but this one had just the most beautiful colors! I had to :+fav: Good job ^^
bare-sandals Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Nothin' much to say that hasn't been said, haha~ Love the loads of details and the overall designs of the two characters~ Lovely piece~
Drowning-whisper Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It is amazing =) I really do love it
TurbulentTyger Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
:O this is amazing. the lighting, the use of warm colors, and the detail...fantastic job!! :D:D
BeastWithinMe Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
eskay202 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
dis junt is sik as fuk
Werewolf-x-Vampire Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Take his hand! <3

This is amazing!
Rodlox Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I thought it was a scene from _The Uplift War_. (a human and an tymbrimi)

it's a great picture you're made.
FurryHunter Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Parallax is parallaxial...
sirkit77 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
It sounds very similar to the "Uplift War" trilogy by David Brin, check it out.
plasma4ce Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Student General Artist
:-m envy
LANDIKA Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Appetitive-Soul Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
So where is the alien? That red thing clinging to the woman's back?
SashaPatrix Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
wow...the story line u gave is making me cry. I love this art.
KarinMoto Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
i love this! very detailed and stunning colouring!
deaddarkness Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it me or that guy looks like Michael Jackson before he had that skin problem
RazTwilight Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He reminds me more of Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia, actually =p
clarences Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
great image with a great mystery (story) in the background!
MulticomplexReaction Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Digital Artist
The story is very Pocahontas-ish but the picture is better than what i can do so in that sense its brilliant!
nomyai Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Tragic but beautifully done.

Congratulations on the DD.
defense2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
it looks better then anything i could do, so you won vrs me.
JAFNOVA Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely done!
Montalve Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
well its a beautiful image
love what you did with it :)
and great theme
congratz for the DD
JMCalcifer Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
this pic is so epic! theuse of red is just awesome!
Striarii Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
OH no way !!

I've seen this pic some where !
Esau13 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm assuming that the other artist at CGsociety are extremely good cause this is pretty freakin awesome itself!
Beastarch Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful! really awesome! i love the emotion in this. its really really inspiring. i will have to try some pieces with this concept in mind. thanks for the inspiration! haha groovy work.
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