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An imagining of the GCU class ship from the Iain M Banks Culture novels - which are among my favourite books. Created with Blender 2.79b (95% of the work was in blender, all modelling, some VFX, backdtop nebula). Also used Affinity Photo and Exposure X3 for final processing. 
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the ethereal quality of everything.

GOD bless
John 3:16
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SteveReeves Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Peculiar-Productions Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful sense of energy!
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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Very good. :)
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SteveReeves Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers :)
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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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SteveReeves Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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Peculiar-Productions Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
youre welcome :) you're work reminds me a lot of Stargate 
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Kasterborous Featured By Owner May 31, 2018
Culture ships with engine exhausts? What would the Minds say!?
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SteveReeves Featured By Owner Edited May 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, have I made a faux pas? :/  It's been years since I read some Culture - literally have just downloaded Consider Phlebas for a re-read!
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Kasterborous Featured By Owner Edited Jun 1, 2018
Good book, one I think is actually better second time around once you're on passing familiarity with the Culture 'verse. Excession and Surface Detail are my favourites.

It's not really a faux pas, just that the Culture ships are all crazy advanced and have reactionless engines that work by pushing against spacetime itself using incredibly advanced field manipulation. Even their  That aside, their engines are large physical structures (albeit of exotic matter) that can take up a significant proportion of the ship's total volume. So I suppose you could argue that rather than exhaust plumes they're actually the ship's engine fields, and at that moment in time they just so happen to be configured to a form that looks to humanoid eyes like a conventional rocket exhaust ;) 

Lovely image too! Great sense of dynamism and action. 
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SteveReeves Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers. I love the tech part of the Culture too, which is why I find it a bit bizarre that my favourite one is actually Inversions! 
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larry03052 Featured By Owner May 30, 2018
The GCU "Improbable Conversation"
The GCU "I'll Get Back To You On That"
and the well-known GCU "I Need To Think About It, But Probably Yes."
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SteveReeves Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great names! :) 
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larry03052 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018
...and, of course, the Star Trek inspired, "A Questionable Enterprise At Best"
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SteveReeves Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, yes that is a great name :)
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