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Star Ocean

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It wasn't Joel's faint snoring that kept Nate awake. He even thought it was quite adorable. The space pirate looked almost innocent in his sleep. Almost, since Nate knew that his partner in crime, treasure hunting and, well, between the sheets, too, had a rather dirty imagination. He didn't expect Joel's dreams to be innocent. Probably more along the lines of loot and booty.
No, what had kept him awake was the feeling of excitement and anticipation. He had gone through the files several times now, checking maps and coordinates, trying to figure out the best routes and also reading up on the history of Atrios. The planet had been in a state of turmoil for a long time, waging a war with the neighbouring planet of Zeos. And then some strange event had caused the inhabitants of the planet to age rapidly and die out. Joel had been awfully secretive about that particular part of Atrios' history but he seemed to know more than he let on.
"Ask the folks on Gallifrey next time you end up in President Romana's quarters." he had teased him, "She won't tell you anything but I like the idea of you pestering her about that."
Now Atrios was a barren wasteland with ruins scattered across its radioactive surface. It was a dead zone with countless treasures left for the bravest of scavengers or - in his case - tomb raiders. It would be dangerous. Very much so. And that was what excited Nate.
Nate turned around and gazed out into the endless ocean of stars. Every one of those was a sun. And circling them were countless worlds waiting to be explored. Joel moved in his sleep and muttered something which sounded like "I didn't steal that, I swear...". Nate smiled contendedly. This was where he belonged. 

~~~

And it's those two again ;)

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gorgeous :love:
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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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E-Bru-BilderHobbyist Digital Artist
Das Licht ist wunderschön!
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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist
Dank dir! Das hat mich hier auch echt in den Wahnsinn getrieben bis es endlich funktionierte :)
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E-Bru-BilderHobbyist Digital Artist
Es hat sich gelohnt!:)
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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist
Danke :)
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awww I love the feeling!! It's cozy and serene but also exciting!
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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D That's what I was going for :)
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Question: The reflection off the window from the Holo-computer-projector-thingy looks like an alien face. Was this intentional? Is this foreshadowing? It caught my eye the quickest of the piece..... what are you planning?????

Also the lighting effects are amazing.
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Ulysses3DArtHobbyist Digital Artist
O.o ... it really does. I hadn't noticed. That is actually a map with some spots marked on it. Below Nate's hand and sadly unreadable is the line "Coordinates set" or something like this.  So no foreshadowing there but damn, you're good. :D

Thank you. It took me quite some time to set the light up until it finally worked the way I wanted it to. Some of it is postwork, too.
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You should keep that idea, however- image some crazed alien race going after the same artifacts as Nate and Joel. Might be a good way to expand your skill set by doing non-human faces.
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AkiraRatsuraStudent General Artist
very cute 8D
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Thank you :hug:
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AkiraRatsuraStudent General Artist
NP bro o3o
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Atrios? Now *that* is a very clever idea which never even occurred to me. 

Beautiful lightning, beautiful atmosphere, and another lovely little backstory to go with it. The two of them make a great team. 
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They are so great together :) The Atrios thing was me trying to make up some random planet and then I suddenly thought "Wait... there is one which is basically abandoned by now and which always interested me." :)
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beautiful love my scfi
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Thank you :hug:
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Hug 
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Very effective. The lighting is wonderful.
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Thank you :) I tend to use preset lights at times but as difficult as it is setting them up the result is really rewarding when it works out :)
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Your romantic side is showing, and I love it.  :hug:
Great picture and narrative.
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Thank you :hug: Those two really caught me at the moment. I like their dynamic and how it finally makes Nate a real character.
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gorgeous lighting
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