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Hadley's Hope by tigaer Hadley's Hope by tigaer
Yeah you could say i fell in love with the city i created in ‘Phoenix Rising‘. Since i have built me quite a nice plate in Vue i had to take another visit. And it could become more in the future. I’m sure you don’t mind as long as some stunning vistas like this one are the results of the excursions. Again i’m wondering why i’m into such megacities. I’m very interested in technology, where it took us in the past and where it may take us in the future. Maybe that’s a reason.

When i started this one i didn’t have a real plan. I was just playing with atmospheres and clouds in Vue and found a nice point of view on the city part we see farther in the back of my ‘Phoenix Rising‘ picture. I started to add more details to that area and moved objects around to find a good composition. Lots of smaller testrenders happening in that stage. When i had arranged everything to a point of satisfaction i started play with the lighting. I really wanted to make it look somewhat photoreal without to lose the usual tension and contrast that i usually get into my pics. I eventually became undecided between a more natural lighted sunset with the light source behind the camera and a real devilish/hellish red backlit situation with the sun shining directly into the cam.

I stuck to the backlit setup because of the tension it created in the scene. Nonetheless i had a problem with visible detail. Since it all was pretty much in shadow. But i wanted lots of details visible! What i did was rendering both lighting situations i had in mind. The one with the sun behind the camera captured all the little details i wanted visible. I took that render pass and layered it above the backlit version and started work both together. That’s a technique i use whenever i want more detail in certain shadowy areas. Of course you can also use the multipass possibilities of Vue to fix those. It all depends on what you want to achieve.

In the end i managed to get together a pretty decent result that can walk hand in hand with my ‘Phoenix Rising’ project. It shows another side of that megacity. A bit darker and dense… almost like you could swim through the atmosphere. Another view i would die for to see for real.

Vue – Photoshop – Wacom – 4000px wide

UPDATE 25.10.2010
Updated the pic with a more dramatic cloud setup. Should look better now. It's closer to the pic i had in mind now. Print is updated too.

Light Studies - [link]

Print Detail - [link]

Wallpaper Pack - [link]
Two versions of wallpapers in the pack: 1920×1200/1080p – 1680×1050 – 1280×1024 – 1280×800/720p
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
The sun's reflection is so powerful! Brilliant!
simpsonsquire Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Hadley City in far reaches of Coruscant.
Destro7000 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016   Digital Artist
You've named this 'Hadley's Hope' - my first thought was this is a far future version of LV-426 from Alien/Aliens?
KathiVa Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this picture *-*
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
madmadman01 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013   General Artist
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Mass Effect! :iconholyguacamoleplz:
hectortat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Wait, isn' Hadley's hope the name of the city in aliens?
TheR3mnanT Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
jeeeez, you are my hero right now, your art is beyond words really, im loving the technological and advanced city looking pieces, incredible
AlchemistD Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
super rad.
philzero Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I bet this city has a substantial dollar value.
YTheJoshuaTreeY Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool looking environment. Nice job.
NRAG Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very inspiring image man! Your lens flares always come out so awesome. This has been my desktop image for a few weeks now!
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   General Artist
I love the lights and colors ^^ Great job :D
donniejohnson93 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
one word..amazing
rgperez Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! That's amazing...
Is it possible that you share the materials of the city-blocks in the foreground?
SrSilversky Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Das sieht unglaublich aus :D Vor allem wie die Sonne zwischen den Türmen hindurchscheint!
EnaiSiaion Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Awesome. :D
theimaginarybox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Makrolanium7 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Artist
Mir fallen gleich die Augen aus dem kopf!
Mir fehlen die worte... und das ist selten.:dalove:
mindscapebd Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic work, i don't know how did i miss your gallery till now, added to my watchlist! =D Hope you gonna keep up with those cool art! ;)
ricosuave787 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Amazing!! I really want to start creating, and this is the theme I love the most... It will be a while before I can create stuff like this, just amazing!
kitsuneko-xenon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Student Artist
A beautiful and fantastic scene - your specialty :)
ricardoandres71 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
I inmerse myself into this scene. Awesome!
monarxy Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, einfach perfekt! :+fav:
Zethrix Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
any tutorial to this? :)
Graeth-Raltharn Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Funny, doesn't look like the atmospheric processor had a meltdown...
tigaer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Who said there wasn't? :D
Graeth-Raltharn Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
I did.
There is nothing to see here.
Move along citizen.:attila:
99media Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
hey! You've given me some great ideas! Can I ask how long you've been working with Vue? Was the city modelled? Any tips for a newbie? Would you mind taking a look at my first attempt at one of these? Want some super advice :)
And now I will stop with the questions and wish you a Happy Chritsmas if that's your scene ;)
tigaer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your feedback. If you really want to peek into matte painting then check this site/forum: [link] - i'm sure you can find some advice there. The city in the pic wasn't completely modelled by me. I used the cornucopia dystopia city models as a base and created my own buildings and elements from them. Required quite some time. But not being a too good 3d modeller... it's better than nothing :)
Eltasia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Hello!! :iconhellothereplz:
:bulletpink: Your amazing work have been featured in my journal [link] :iconpinkballoonplz:
spartanx118 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
I thinks I see some optical flares in there, what did you use for post production??
tigaer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
[link] - you can easily create them in after effects and render them out on black background. Then you take it into photoshop and blend them in. Nonetheless i still alter them a lot in photoshop. To make everything sit where i want it to be. =)
spartanx118 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Wicked sick man, your fu**** insane!!!
leseraphin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
AWESOME !!! Breathtaking atmosphere :clap: :clap: :clap:
zehalien Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Love the feel.
ev-r-more578 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
very well done...
Jaymar2010 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Simply Awsome!
TheArtOfaMadMan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
chaoticalex Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would like to live in a city like this AoA
kasale Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I think projects like these are inspiration in itself, simply wanting to develop this fantasy city to be believable, mega-cities could exist if a planet were say twice as large but the same mass as earth, thicker air and less gravity resulting in flying cars which would be more efficient, and HUGE cities as gravity is less of a factor and an efficient way to keep business tight and progress moving... I think you should keep working with this city and create a universe out of it, i have loved both pieces so far =)
Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing work! Such a beautiful scene so crammed with detail and colour
SchneeKatze09 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible! :)
ILJackson Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
absolutely beautiful work. Love the lighting, the cloud cover and the level of detail. Dripping with ambiance.
GenesisArclite Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hadley's Hope? Is it named after the colony in Aliens? I just love the detailing and the lighting, looks peaceful yet lively, if that makes sense. Beautiful work. :)
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yup... the idea behind was what this colony could have looked like without the happenings in 'aliens'. maybe 500 years further from what we know from the movie. =D beside that... i just love the name. hehe
arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I featured this as piece of the day in my profile :D
danarogon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool =)
AbikK Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
great, I like it very much
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