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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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'Empiricist' by MarkJayBee ( Featured by cosmicbound )
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Stigg-Macwitter Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2019  Professional Writer
I am such a Culture fan and this captures the way these mighty vessels look in my mind's eye.  

Thank you!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018
wonderful
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks Talat! :bow: :D
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Championx91 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Many thanks, much appreciated! :bow: :D
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Championx91 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
You're welcome! :love:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::love::iconflyingheartsplz:
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! :bow: :D
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batjorge Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Many congrats Mark! :squee: :party:
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Cheers Jorge! :bow: :D Cheers 
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KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
I love that your work has a hint of Chriss Foss about it, but not slavishly so.
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! :bow: CF has had a huge influence on my work; glad it shows, but not too much!! ;)
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LukasFractalizator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well deserved DD! :D
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks Lukas! :bow: :D
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
Awesome piece, congrats on the DD.
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!! :bow: :D
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AnotherBMWfan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I love your work!
keep it up
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dark-beam Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Student Artist
Congratulations Mark!!!!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks Luca! :D Just noticed the DD!! :wow:
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dark-beam Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Student Artist
Now that's multi talent :D you are awesome
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks, and I will! :thumbsup:;)
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JQuasarD Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018
So THAT'S what it looks like! Well done.

Yes, one of the more intriguing premises in the series. I particularly loved the critical review of the Sonata itself. ;-)
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Well, it's my view - thanks! ;) Yeah, I suspect it would be a 'hard listen'?! Wow! 
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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing details! :D
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks Michael! :D
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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
This sounds like an interesting novel. I't's def going on the pile.
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
It's well worth a read 'Madbat' - put it on the top of your pile!! :thumbsup::nod: ;)
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thraxllisylia Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :bow: :D
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bunnywithmonocle Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful shot!
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks - glad you like it! :D
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Chemicq Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
What a mighty fine image!
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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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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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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :bow: :D
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Omega--shadow Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa just whoa 
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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thetanforever Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing.
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018
Very cool piece.
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MarkJayBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really impressive work!
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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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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot man, much appreciated! Have a watch back :)
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