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Gearworld: Suspension by ursulav Gearworld: Suspension by ursulav
Archaeology in Gearworld is, for the most part, an exercise in frustration. It's hard to excavate when rooms and passages will appear overnight, already aged, weathered, and falling apart, and when the geology seems both abitrary and unrelated to any particular time, and people in the most interesting areas are often too busy trying to survive to speculate on the significance of one type of architecture vs. another. The best one can say is that it's definitely more than a hundred years old, and definitely less than a hundred thousand, and between that, god knows.

Over the years, however, a theory has emerged from this haphazard science, which suggests that Gearworld has seen the rise and fall of two great civilizations. The first actually built Gearworld, setting all those gigantic stone gears in motion, locking them together, pouring the concrete walls and excavating the rock. Why they built it, and what purpose it may have served, is an utter mystery, but obviously somebody put it there, and presumably at one time it did SOMETHING.

The second civilization, for some cryptic reason, rooted either in an alien psychology or a bizarre sense of surrealist art, came after the initial gear builders had departed, and took it apart. Gears which presumably once moved and had a function might be removed, shifted ten feet or a hundred miles, and hung neatly from the ceiling for no apparent reason. The end result was a concrete labryinth in which some things work and some things don't, and some bits appear logical, and some bits are anything but.

The notion that Gearworld might never have been built, but might have grown, like some kind of gigantic concrete refutation of the Blind Watchmaker argument, is generally ignored as being too damn weird and a little creepy.

This painting almost doesn't work. I wanted to do it, I was still in a Gearworld mood, and though it took a long time and I doubt it'll be all that interesting to anybody else due to the lack of any figure, I'm still glad to have done it. But I suspect it may not work on the computer screen, where it is teeny. It needs to be large, and have a sense of mass. The jumbo prints (and I'll have the LE jumbos for $45, and the standard for $10, as usual) are a lot better, but it's possible that some day I may need to haul out the biggest hunk of clayboard I can dig up and do a version that covers most of the wall. Maybe that will give me the sense of scale I want. I dunno. It'll have to percolate for awhile.

The Latin motto on the largest gear--"Ita erat quando hic adveni" relates to the aforementioned story, and is partly as a reminder not to take even something as grim and somber as Gearworld all that seriously. I'll leave it to the viewer to actually track down the meaning for now. *grin*

Anyway! Digital, Painter 7, limited edition prints available, drop a line. (That may be enough concrete for awhile....)
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Ponentguy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This would make for a great graphic adventure game!
Elliekin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is utterly gorgeous. The colours and textures and weights and stuff look realistic, like they really could be hanging there. Also? GIANT GEARS. This can never be a bad thing! :3
oblivious-to-her Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
"it was that way when i got here"?
is that it?
blackmanok Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
reaslly a fascinating place
entropiCCycles Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006
Very cool concept. I think I'm starting to like your Gearworld series. :+fav:
Belenen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work! And your turn of phrase almost always makes me giggle. You and Douglas Adams would have some HILARIOUS conversations, I'm sure.
Artificer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006
"there so great a thing when this came here"?
Heiko Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
must ... resist...urge to create clay gears ...and hang them artisticly above monitor....
azathoth-the-second Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiider. Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiider.

No, I will not explain this comment.:)
bright Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent :) it also remained me the gears from the game Tomb Raider I :P
ricey Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
TheFuzzyArdvark Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005   Artisan Crafter
Your work is amazing!!!!
Reborn-atheist Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
i love the latin, love it even more after i looked it up

beautiful work as always, perhaps you could adapt things like this into cool desktop backgrounds??
Kyntio Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a little dark on my monitor too but I love it! :+fav:
Gonna look at it again from my home pc.

I love paintings that tell a story!
pavel-lishin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2005
Gearworld is such a fantastic idea, and such a wonderful setting. I'm probably going to buy all of the prints whenever I'm financially able to do so. And should you ever decide to do a story set in Gearworld, I'd be a very pleased customer.
Wolfdog Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2005   Traditional Artist
I'm also in awe of the textures of this.. only you could think of gears suspended on ropes :XD:
rogue-rpz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
i am amazd at how you can do textures like that
how do you get that stone look?
zinful Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2005
i love all your gearworld stuff, but this one really gives me a feeling of a sense of place more than the others- it seems so...real...somehow. your paintings are so cool, sometimes i'll be scoping for somewhere to take pictures and remember one of your paintings (fogetting the painty-ness of it), and go "hey! that place was cool; now whre did i see it...?"
haha, i get the feeling this one will get me in the future.
Huskix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2005
I typically dont comment after there is about oh say 50 or so comments, but I had to. I have to disagree that this is less interesting or what not, I love this piece, for one thing it feels, looks, what ever more real then most reality (may be due to lack of sleep, but still excellent :P). I dont know why, but its very appeasing to the eyes and infinitely interesting.
dunzwere Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
personally, i find the lack of a character refreshing. More often than not I enjoy the background you create for your creatures more than I do the little critters mostly becuase I know the characters will be cute. But the backgrounds change. This is something I would put up in my living room. Your characters are something I'd want to enjoy in a book.
PhreudsCloset Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005
deep. i think i like your descriptions as much as your actual work. they carry me off to some whimsy place.
baenling Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Student Digital Artist it.
It's simple, and while it has issues, like composition, I think, its...oddly satisfying. The colours, blending, the mix of gears...and gears, when given a rusty look, are cool in themselves.
Exactly how big are these gears? I look at the painting and I can easily imagine them being twice the size of a house, with a person standing below them no bigger than, say, a very small ant on my computer screen.
While its probably not your best painting, I still like it, I think its kind of calming and down-to-earth. Probably because of the colours...but eh.
Still very good, nice work. I always like how you blend your colours ^^
Gestalt1 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
It's sort of hauntingly beautiful for some reason. I love the whole concept.
Llamachik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
I love the whole Gearworld setting. Random bits of machinery everywhere, angels sporatically appearing, gears on stings...
"Ita erat quando hic adveni" is such a great phrase! I want to engrave it on something...
shakino Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like gears so for me this works... luv the gloomyness to it luv shakino
thejackbull Featured By Owner May 31, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Wow. Thats alot to take in.
darkart42 Featured By Owner May 31, 2005
It seems a little dark on my monitor, but I love your Gearworld stuff.
giuliame Featured By Owner May 31, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
It may not have any principal figure, but I find it very well executed and detailed. Plus, I like mechanisms, so, well, I like it. =)
lordDaRB Featured By Owner May 31, 2005
pierced--- Featured By Owner May 31, 2005
i don't know why you dont like this one.. its great, it makes you wonder why the cogs are there...are they meant to work together to do something or they some kind of ward like the large gold chinese type coins..hanging there for some reason or another, interesting.
Tree-Girl Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Awsome concept
orafaerygirl Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
This is very unique and antique looking, I really like the over all feel of the piece, nice job :)
Hyel Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
I have no idea what Gearworld is, but I like it!
Quilsnap Featured By Owner May 30, 2005   General Artist
hahaha thats great
Ita erat quando hic adveni
i bet they were freaked out too
ethyr Featured By Owner May 29, 2005
i always ove seeing your gearworld stuff... its interesting =)
SymbolicProjections Featured By Owner May 29, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful textures. Love the pallete. :artsy:
stephi-JK Featured By Owner May 29, 2005  Student Filmographer
perdy clocks......
Aurora-Storm Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
The story and concept behind Gearworld are beyond brilliant.. they're insperational. I'm not at all sure how you devised something so miraculous and riveting, but I strongly advise you to continue exploring and developing your world. :D
quando - at what time? when? when; at any time. hurray for latin dictionaries! :P
picklejunkie Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
the translation literally means "And so was quando this to come" the translator thingy couldn't come up with a meaning for quando. and i am too lazy to search for another. i like the idea and the story behind it.
hawk-fenix Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
Cool pic, the abstractness of gears and cogs i always thought was cool... btw in reply; cuando in espanol means "when" and "and so was when this to come" almost makes sense as in a question... is this helpful?
picklejunkie Featured By Owner May 29, 2005
sort of i know that quando means when in spanish but the quote is in Latin. i dunno, Spanish has alot of Latin roots like English. But then again the meaning might have chagned alot too. thanks for the input though.
109cita Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! That's SOO cool.
(I love rocks/ stone)
I was thinking that this
would make a superb background
should you ever decide to
annimate someone from Gearworld.
They could just walk across the bottom
having an odd conversation.
Hmmm. Someone squishy and soft -
to show off the hardness of the background.
Okay. I'm shutting up now.
Did I mention that I love it?
blacklightbombshell Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
Reminds me of The Little Unicorn...or was it Lost what I remember of it when they met that troll thingie. (Sheesh its been like 18 years since I last saw it) I love the darkness of it but yet it's still inviting, makes me wanna see a cartoon or something of this Gearworld...would be very entertaining :)
TuulikkiW Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Love the whole idea of Gearworld...
sebastard Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
but i like it more with persons/animals/combination o' both in it
vorkosigan Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
I love your Gearworld work. Very surreal.
silvert0ngue Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
I really like it, despite the lack of a figure! :)

Only criticism is that the strings that are wrapped aorund the cogs look a little loose... I would have thought that with those huge gears hanging on them, they'd be held taut.

And I'm not that I spelled taut right...
shaku-chan Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
Extremely cool (definitely needed the full view...), but I absolutely loved the desc. This world is incredible, and I absolutely adore learning about it ^^
lexidh Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
Amazing texture =)
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