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The original plates I rendered months before I finished this project. As usual I was playing around with some stuff in Vue when it suddenly clicked. I knew I had something that deserved a shot. I also haven’t done any bigger scifi cityscape pics in a while. So this was a motivation to start and detail out the scene in Vue. Due to my mashing together of all kinds of models I crossed some limitations in filesizes Vue was able to correctly save. So I had to work with two scene files for different parts of the picture. Mainly splitted between foreground and hero object detail and less important stuff to flesh out the scene along with background elements. So in the initial stage of composition and setting up the scene I created a lot of junk data to keep alive all alternatives I had in mind for the scene. I wanted this one to be big. Much like “Phoenix Rising” or “Gates To Elysium”. Scale and detail was important for this one. Once I got my atmosphere, composition and scene ready… rendering time! Then… silence.

I had the renders done and when I looked at them I realized how much time I would need to get this to a point I would be happy with. I instantly saw a lot of parts that needed a lot of attention. Plus the fact that, while I worked on the pic, new ideas popped up on how to refine certain details even more. So I left the renders for a couple of weeks. Of course I couldn’t leave these renders alone. I already invested some serious time! I had to do something with it. The Photoshop stage then had a lot of overpainting, atmosphere and lighting tuning. I also got back into Vue and added new stuff to the scene. Ships, buildings and additional detail. I didn’t want to overload the image with stuff but I fear I lost that battle (again!). At least there is a lot to discover, wouldn’t you agree?

When it comes to a story then there is none. The only thing is the title. I can imagine, that the citizens of that city look at these huge structures, as if they would still be there, even after they are long gone. So they started to call them ‘The Eternals’. What they do? I have no idea. But maybe it fires up the imagination of the viewers and you people come up with great ideas. =D

This picture is part of The Luminarium’s latest Exhibit: Illuminate VI. A fantastic source of inspiration that can be found here. It also features a neat interview with me, about myself and how I approach my work.

Quick shout out to Nicolas Bramke who helped with some pointers and ideas. Your input is always appreciated.

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:iconrevan005:
Revan005 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Awesome!
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:iconludacris14:
ludacris14 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
maybe they are engines! instead of making bigger and bigger spaceships, they just turned the planet into a spaceship! the mega-structures set up a force field that helps keep the planet intact and give it more mobility! :)
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Aeter-Link Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
This looks awesome.
Maybe these giant machines are generators of a new type of clean energy, themselves driven by stellar power that is collected via mirrors and beamed down from space.
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:iconmhoonruk:
mhoonruk Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
This is stunning :) magnificent achievement
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:iconjst2345:
JST2345 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
epic scale of the orbs O.o
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:iconmks-7zdesigns:
mks-7zdesigns Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Impressive detail!
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:iconbrennennn:
brennennn Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
such amazing depth to the detailing here... wish i could zoom in and see what the city is really made of... great work :star:
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'll post some detail captures on my fb page soon. Feel free to head over there. =) Link is in the description.
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:iconbrennennn:
brennennn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Just clicked over -- awesome stuff. Gonna go spend some time going through your facebook posts. ;)
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:iconhaveyou:
haveyou Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe - awesome.  Mega-structures, love the blue light tones and the bright sheens in the gold hue.  Something i can stare at for hours.  Serious eye candy. 
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, there's quite some stuff to discover. :) Thank you, glad you enjoy the view!
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:iconhabatchii:
Habatchii Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Habatchii says;

very well...
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
episch mal wieder!
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Danke. =D
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:iconbenjaminiah:
benjaminiah Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Wonderful piece of work here!  I'm imagining all sorts of possibilities right now for what could be going on in a place like this!  It's always great when a piece of art can stoke the imagination.  :D (Big Grin) 
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you think so and I absolutely agree! =) Thank you.
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:iconbenjaminiah:
benjaminiah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
You're welcome!  :) (Smile) 
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:iconzeromklx:
ZeroMKlX Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
If I was on one of those giant cannon-looking things, I'd say this would be the perfect place and time to propose to someone X3
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Then fear of heights is hopefully nothing you have to deal with! =D And yeah... that would probably make some impression. =)
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:icondesireedelgado:
DesireeDelgado Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
OMG Headbang! you ROCK!
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:iconsmiling-demon:
Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this mate. Just BIG.
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:iconmichaelvogt:
MichaelVogt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Artist
Fantastisch!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ich stell sie mir als Projektoren für planetare Schilde vor... =D

Jedenfalls genial umgesetzt :thumbsup:
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:iconcarl06:
Carl06 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ich mag das ja nicht, einfach so zu sagen "geil" ohne Kritik oder Feedback...aber das ding hier....schon wieder....richtig krass :O
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Manchmal gefallen einem sachen einfach nur. =) Auch ohne das man festmachen kann warum. Geht mir auch oft so. =D Freut mich wenn es gefällt. Da darf es dann ruhig auch einsilbig sein. =)
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:iconhybridgothica:
hybridgothica Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My jaw hit the floor. This is amazing. :)
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I hope it didn't hurt! =) Glad you enjoy it, thank you. =)
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:iconthegrigorianime:
TheGrigoriAnime Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
AWESOME!
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:iconchromattix:
Chromattix Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Something tells me those giant round things can fire out a laser from each end...and perhaps spin around rapidly to generate energy for said lasers :plotting: Very original buildings here :clap:
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Like building a grid? That could be a cool thing to visualize some day. :D Great input. Thanks man. =)
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Emeres Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Nicely done. As for the machines, one could imagine them as local energy generators powered up by orbital solar power stations and/or a [semi complete] Dyson sphere around one of this system stars. The transmitted power is so intense it ionizes the atmospheres gas, presumably air like on Earth, and illuminates the conducted gas*.

*Simplified speculation.

Edit: Improved the text a little.
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Now there are a ton of ideas popping up when reading your interpretation. =D But yeah... that's a possibility of what these giant buildings could be doing. =) Glad you like the pic. Thanks. =)
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Emeres Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist
I could go on: The sheer mass of the components introduces such a high inertia to the individual system, that even at full load, the generators keep going for another 24 hours without energy input, before the power grid collapses. This security measure was introduced for emergencies, like the planets evacuation. The mining and terraforming operations in this system caused instability with several other planets. We already lost three sites classified as of "high interest". The only thing left there are "the Eternals".
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Maaaybe you should write a shortstory or something. =) You clearly have a good imagination and ideas for stuff like this. =D
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:iconemeres:
Emeres Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Maybe I will. Could I draw some inspiration from your work? Perhaps I find some time, although it has been tight lately.
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:iconurus-28:
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent, really the kind of picture that makes me dream :clap:
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Then I hope they'll be a blast and fun! =D
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:iconroen911:
rOEN911 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work
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:icondinjai:
Dinjai Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yiiiiiiha, great one!
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:iconmichaelvance-art:
MichaelVance-ART Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! :-)
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:iconjartstar:
JartStar Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great work. 
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:iconkpekep:
KPEKEP Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
wow
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:iconscorpidilion:
Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
unglaublich mal wieder :thumbsup: =)
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:iconluminariumgames:
luminariumgames Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aye Caramba! Dios Mio... oO. Awesome Bro ;-)
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:icontigaer:
tigaer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
w0rd my friend... mucho w0rd.
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