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Lunar Mining

In the time of vanishing resources on Earth a gold rush has started on the moon. Elevators are transporting the materials into space from where it is shipped back to Earth.

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:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

First of all: great composition. Love all the little details you find when you take a bit longer to look at everything. It looks very realistic but still shows that it's not just a picture but a work with a lot of effort put in it.

Vision: Love the idea behind it. Without the description it's still easy to assume that it's about lifts on the moon and obviously something on the moon that grabs our attention/creates a reason to go there as mankind.

Originality: Okay so the work in itself isn't like the móst original, looking to just the moon and earth in one picture, as seen from a spacecraft. But the story behind it and the extra little details put in to it make for something that isn't just a 'space'-deviation. You take the moon, which is 'empty' usually, but add something which gives it a whole new purpose and feeling to it.

Technique: Everything is well composed. There aren't parts where there is too much going on. The border of the window around it creates some calm environment to ease out all the other things there are to see. The focus is obviously on the big lift, and after that on the gold veins, which give the whole image a darker, more exciting feeling. I love the colors of the space on the background, really subtile and it blends earth well towards the background. This together with the black border make the moon really stand out well. Only thing I'm not sure about is the size of earth, which should be a lot smaller when viewed from beyond the moon but that doesn't really matter.

Impact: I'm a sucker for most kinds of space-related art and this really gets my imagination going. I love what there is to see, it's well composed and grabs my attention. The dark side of the moon is put in a spot where it triggers some dark, ominous feelings for me like what else could people run into when going to those gold veins? Danger? Aliens? Who knows.

I'm in no way professional enough to really validate my critique but I hope it helps!
ToadOad17's avatar
Amazing job! 
cullyferg2010's avatar
Elevators are probably better than using mass accelerators to get material into orbit.
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ART5EC's avatar
There's plenty of reasons beyond simple mining to establish industrial bases on the moon. It has the benefit of having some gravity but not a lot, which makes it possible to perform manufacturing processes a lot easier than on Earth's surface. The low gravity also means that you can build large space stations and ships on the moon's surface (zero-gravity construction isn't as easy as one would think) and simply tow them into orbit. If you absolutely had to build something in orbit then the moon is still a better place to manufacture the pieces for the same reason. Since the moon can't hold on to an atmosphere and has no biosphere to worry about pollution isn't really an issue. It's very likely that this mining operation you have depicted will eventually grow into Earth's main industrial sector, and eventually into the busiest and most economically important port in the solar system. Earth will always be humanity's home but the moon will be the crown jewel of our solar diaspora. 
supersampled's avatar
the lighting is a little off on this, your main focus should be in shadow similar to the moon. Very close to being a great image though.
TobiasRoetsch's avatar
yeah the right side of the station should be a bit darker
Hiperflash's avatar
Fun little detail: space elevators are a lot easier on the Moon than on Earth, kevlar is strong enough for a lunar space elevator.
4wallforce's avatar
so what in the moon? :confused:
4wallforce's avatar
Ok nice, i like it ;)
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cannonfodder14's avatar
Beautiful and realistic. Stunning.
TheMasterN1's avatar
I see GTGraphics at the corner, I click favourite.
Chromattix's avatar
This feels like a pretty realistic rendition of a moon colony, especially with it being mostly carved into the ground rather than built up on it (avoiding radiation and all)
TobiasRoetsch's avatar
well yeah for me underground makes more sense then "normal" buildings
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