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'Empiricist' by MarkJayBee 'Empiricist' by MarkJayBee

‘Empiricist’ is based on a scene from SF author Iain M. Banks‘s ‘Culture’ novel, ‘The Hydrogen Sonata‘. This privately commissioned illustration
depicts the 200km long GSV – General System Vehicle – ‘Empiricist’ and its attendant entourage of ships approaching the planet Zyse to celebrate
the forthcoming ‘Subliming’ of the indigenous Gzilt race.
I heartily recommend reading this novel, definitely one of IMB’s best Culture stories!

For those Culture purists out there, please note that this is my interpretation of the ‘Empiricist’ – involving some serious artistic license! – and not a
slavish depiction of IMB’s description in the novel.

A larger version of this image can be viewed on my site at: mjb-graphics.co.uk/empiricist/ or on ArtStation: www.artstation.com/artwork/Xma… :nod:

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:iconmichaeljohnmorris:
MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing details! :D
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks Michael! :D
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:iconmichaeljohnmorris:
MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
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:iconi-am-madbat:
I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner 6 days ago
This sounds like an interesting novel. I't's def going on the pile.
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
It's well worth a read 'Madbat' - put it on the top of your pile!! :thumbsup::nod: ;)
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:iconthraxllisylia:
thraxllisylia Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :bow: :D
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:iconbunnywithmonocle:
bunnywithmonocle Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful shot!
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks - glad you like it! :D
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:iconchemicq:
Chemicq Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
What a mighty fine image!
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks Georges! :bow: You have some cracking pieces in your gallery! :thumbsup::nod: Watching! Added to my devWatch!
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:iconimdraproc:
Imdraproc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Amazingly, mind-bogglingly detailed space ship! I barely even dares guess the time it must have taken. The planet below looks quite nice, too. 
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :bow: :D
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:iconomega--shadow:
Omega--shadow Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa just whoa 
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconthetanforever:
thetanforever Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing.
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconwolfguard22:
Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Very cool piece.
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really impressive work!
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks Erik! :bow: You've got some really striking images on your page! :thumbsup::nod: Watching! Added to my devWatch! 
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot man, much appreciated! Have a watch back :)
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
:iconthumbsupplz:
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Seraphestus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
 I thought this pic was reminiscent of C. Foss's work, which evoked a satisfying feeling of nostalgia in me, THEN I see that it's representing a scene from a book of one of my FAVORITE authors??
Instant-FAVE and WATCH!!...I really need to start in on that book. I think there's only two I haven't read, in the "Culture" series anyhow...Here's to hoping the 'Affront' don't pop-by and try to liven things up eh?
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much - not only for faving and watching, but also for the comparison to the mighty CF's work! :bow:
I'd definitely read The Hydrogen Sonata, I'm sure you'd thoroughly enjoy it! :thumbsup::nod:
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Gastogh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
xLOU Caconym

What's that big fuck playing at?
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
oMSV MarkJayBee

It's being very cautious, and protecting a pop of umpteen bill.... ;)

Thanks fellow IMB admirer! :thumbsup::D
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jtdekoning Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
When a two hundred kilometer long battle-wagon and attendant escorts shows up at you home planet, I'm guessing someone got the joyous news that they've been chosen as this year's sacrifice to the deities.

"I say, old thing, here's a few hundred teratons of party favors! Huzzah!"
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hmm, interesting concept, but not what this scene is actually depicting! :confused: Read the book - all will be made clear! :nod: ;) 
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:iconmacosx-brony:
MacOSX-Brony Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Student Writer
I like the artwork, but can you further explain the context of the scene?
I'm unfamiliar with the source material.
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Glad you like it, although not enough to fave it? :confused: For more info - it's quite a complex novel! - I suggest you read the book? Link in the descriptor. :nod:
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YBOXES Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  New Deviant
Nice 3-d artwork man, this is amazing!
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! :bow: :D
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:iconsohighlydubious:
sohighlydubious Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous colours, layout- a magnificent piece!
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Many thanks JR! :bow: :D
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MethusulaComics Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
Awesome!
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanksome! ;)
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:iconkviesgaard:
Kviesgaard Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
I like what you have created here.
Very appealing.
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :D
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:iconmyzzym:
MyzzyM Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018  Professional Artist
wow   :)
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconmyzzym:
MyzzyM Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Professional Artist
cheers 
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:iconhelot:
helot Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
Wonderful!  Clap Clap Clap 
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :bow: :D
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:iconleawiggins:
LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
Wonderful work, Mark!  Love it!
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:iconmarkjaybee:
MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks Lea m'dear - much appreciated! :bow: :D
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