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The Omega Point by kevinleedrum The Omega Point by kevinleedrum

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.

Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.

But every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star we call the Sun. And many--perhaps most--of those alien suns have planets circling them. So almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every member of the human species, back to the first ape-man, his own private, world-sized heaven--or hell.

How many of those potential heavens and hells are now inhabited, and by what manner of creatures, we have no way of guessing; the very nearest is a million times farther away than Mars or Venus, those still remote goals of the next generation. But the barriers of distance are crumbling; one day we shall meet our equals, or our masters, among the stars.

--Arthur C. Clarke (Foreword to 2001: A Space Odyssey)

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planet texture 1 by :icona-j-s:
5K stock 2 by :iconpynipple:
nasa astronaut statue stock by :iconeddyhaze:
pirate skull 4 by :iconpiratequeen-stock:


:wow: Thanks ^vhm-alex for the DD! Totally unexpected!
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The Omega Point by =kevinleedrum makes 2001 cool again. Great work. ( Featured by axcy )
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Wow. Just wow. This is a poignant piece of art. Looking for a minute I didn't really understand what you were trying to convey, but you convey it perfectly. Once I read your comments, I was totally floored at the ideas this piece and your words are putting across. I love the 'umbilical cord' and how he has his own orbit of debris. I love the money falling away representing sans worth. I love the blazing red halo that is this beings star. And I love the pavement-like texture occupying space, it really hones in on matter vs. black matter. You have done an excellent job!
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55john5 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*completely disregards amazing description and makes an amusing comment that fits the image*

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Houston, we have a problem.
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:iconkevinleedrum:
kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
lolololol
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:icon55john5:
55john5 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
glad u liked it c:
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Formerly-DJ-Hipsong Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply Amazing
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AkameSt Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool thanks!
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sisterawesomeness Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Makes you think doesn't it?
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perfct Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Artist
Reading Clarke's comment today, it seems trite, sophomoric and naive.

As far as we know, we are the only life in the universe.
And there is no god, no heaven and no hell.
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jillloveswow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think he meant our galaxy, the Milky Way. I don't think the Universe has a name designated by humans other than the Universe.
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Warshaman Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
probably one of the sickest images I've seen on here!
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Cats-go-moo-always Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh cool you got a DD! Congrats :meow:
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:iconkevinleedrum:
kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Thanks!!! :D
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DmanLT21 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
:+fav: Shared it here www.dmanlt.com on my website.
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:iconkevinleedrum:
kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Cool, thanks a lot! :woohoo:
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DmanLT21 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
You're very welcome! Excellent quote to go along with it as well. I ended up watching you here on DA.
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TALGA Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG Both the crtitique below and the DD are well-deserved here !!!!
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AlexCuervo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very elegant.
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Cheshire-Shadow Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
That's really an amazing thought-- the idea that the habitable planets could be heaven or hell, and then you went and made this and...

Being only human, my mind was blown. I can't really say much else.
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Beligoy762x39 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Doesn't skin need oxygen to decay? I mean, if it gets too close to an object with heat it will burn up. Any where else and it will freeze to 250 degrees below zero. Eh, still, cool pic! =)
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Yes and no: [link] . A discussion about space mummification is partly what first sparked this piece actually, though I didn't go to great lengths to make this piece entirely realistic. And thanks for the compliment :D
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Beligoy762x39 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
=) you're welcome. I do like it, and if you saw any of my work, you'd see that realism kinda got thrown out the window anyway. =)
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ProjectENDO Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:iconclapplz: Well done. Well done, indeed.
You, my good sir, are immensely talented.
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thanks. You are too, my friend!
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ehdesign77 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   Interface Designer
I agree.
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ehdesign77 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   Interface Designer
Thank You.
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duleNitro Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstatnding...
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Zoliea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
theres just so many way to describe this
this is just too awesome lol love the texture and contrast of color, it fits alot
and the idea of spaceman is wicked!
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thanks, my friend :D
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Zoliea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome :D
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earwig20 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Had to google that one. Thanks for pointing it out. I really should see more Doctor Who. I've found a lot of other skull-in-a-space-helmet deviations as well (and faved many).
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earwig20 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
well those 2 episodes are amazing! give them a look :)
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bow-legged-lion Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
And every one of those ghosts are probably covered in insects and plants and various animals.
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Hahahaha clever point. :D
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice.
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neurolepsia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thanks :D
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DmanLT21 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
:+fav:
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Camaryn Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
2001 was an awesome movie - but I don't think I ever heard/saw that intro. I have never thought too deeply on the subject of space past childhood interest (in this era, that seems so silly), but when it's said that way, it /does/ make me think! And for lack of something more intelligent to say, it's pretty damn interesting. Paired with your simple but outstanding manipulation, it's quite a message! The color scheme and texture are really straight on. Love!
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thanks for your kind words :D The foreword is from from Clarke's novel, by the way. If you're interested, here is a video of him reciting a slightly different version: [link]
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Camaryn Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
You're welcome! Ah, that would be why - I have yet to read the book haha. Thanks for the link though :)
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Kimera-Kimera Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome :D
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thanks :)
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Meistermime Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
love the surreal aspects and especially this feeling of weightlessness which stands in a great contrast to the pictures message...very inspiring
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Yeah it's a bit heavy, I suppose ;) Thanks a lot!
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WaterminD91 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
freakin' awesome!!! xD
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thank you! :D
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tarkan-t29 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Waw! That's very great! Awesome!
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kevinleedrum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thanks so much!
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tarkan-t29 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Welcome :]
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