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VAN DIEMEN'S RETREAT

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Here we have the first painting i did on my new machine. I had the actual cave background plate render on my disk for a while now and used this project to see what the new machine can do. I'm pretty happy with the results i got from this project. Computer speed wise as well as painting result wise. I really used Vue a lot here to render out different elements for the background and foreground. The crystals, ships and trees were implemented with help of multipass rendering. Due to the speed of my new machine i finished the painting in a very good time.

This is a painting that, after lots of storyless pieces, has a story again. Some of you might know that U2 song 'Van Diemen's Land'. One of the most beautiful songs ever btw. In fact i listened to it when i was looking for a painting title. I always liked that name 'Van Diemen' and used it here. Now lets say this base we see here is some sort of hidden pirate base. Hidden within some sort of planetoid/super asteroid...

The Story

...A rock large enough to develop some sort of atmosphere where plants can grow. But only on the inside caves of the asteroid. On the surface you'll find plain death. Downcrashing asteroids. Deadly subeams. Extreme temperatures. Due to a special magnetic field the base cannot be spotted. You can only get there with the right coordinates! The base was once founded by a space pirate legend named (you guess it) Van Diemen. After one of his biggest coups he had to flee before a huge fleet that tried to hunt him down. His last chance was to hide in an asteroid field! He and his men made the brave decision to hide within an immense large weird splitted/cracked open rock, carefully maneuvering his massive ship, while the fleet searched everything for him. Soon he started to wonder why they did not pick up the energy signature of his ship and found out about the specialty of this place. He started to make plans... to build a hideout! That was 200 years ago. Now this place became a massive outpost for all sorts civilizations. The place now is named after its founder but it's no more a place for criminals and other scum of the universe. It's still very tricky to find this base and even with automated landing procedures there happen accidents every now and then. So when you plan your trip there... better pay some extra for a good ship and an even better captain!

4800px wide - photoshop - vue - intuos3

Wallpapers: [link]

Plate can be found [link]

Print detail can be found [link] (Large file)
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2jmpt9's avatar
I have this in my living room! I never get tired of looking at it.
Nevaron's avatar
I was looking for inspiration for a SW WEG RPG, and I think I've found some here :)  And no, nothing will be published, nor will I steal it directly, but the concept is too good not to run with!  Great job m8, thank you for sharing!  
bungala-wombat's avatar
Van Diemen's Land - that's the old name for Tasmania, the island state of Australia.  And I like the painting.
twowolves80's avatar
Don't worry about the atmosphere. A nebula with a particularly dense pocket of carbon dioxide, and some weird exo-biology could account for the trees and lichen leeching moisture out of the rocks that could be condensation that freezes and thaws, over and over. And as for magnetic fields, in a nebula, there is a strong electrostatic field that would interfere with sensors, and the asteroid itself could have a high ferrous content that would also mess with magnetic-based sensors. I would love to use this concept, name and all, as a part of my Star Wars campaign setting if you would let me borrow it...
SilentmanX's avatar
That is incredible
freshaire's avatar
Beautiful piece... feels like you are just about to arrive with everyone else.
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SpecterCodyStudent Digital Artist
I love the atmosphere! Super cool station. Not sure about trees though :p
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The-Rasmus-Raven General Artist
I'd love to live on these places :heart:
Rogue284's avatar
So Beautiful so detailed and a great backstory. Like the song too.
OPrwtos's avatar
haha really nice man, it made me laugh :)
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GermanPeteHobbyist Photographer
Woah! Awesome.
... plain wow!
Lorndane's avatar
Amazing piece of fantasy/scifi landscape. I love the lighting details that give great contrast across the peice.
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Mikhal-StrangeProfessional Digital Artist
That is awesome!
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niskanenHobbyist Digital Artist
One of the most awe-striking matte paintings i've seen here on dA, absolutely amazing work!
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billndrsnHobbyist Photographer
I thought i already had this great piece of art :+fav: already. Collected here [link]
SybexMed's avatar
Would love to see acouple of the renders you use to paint over. That would be great to see the process.
Du6elov's avatar
i love it!
E-Squid's avatar
Very nice, I'm surprised this hasn't gotten a Daily Deviation! +fav!
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tigaerProfessional Digital Artist
well, you can always suggest daily devs to digital art gallery directors. :nod: - glad you like it. :) thanks
E-Squid's avatar
Oh, I don't know how to suggest DDs... :(
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
wow!!
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