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Arctic Sweep by z-design Arctic Sweep by z-design
Boy that was fun.. I took a break off that damn brushset and made some art.
Something I really wanted to do for a while is make a space scene with a city. Inspired by *aiRaGe . I spent several hours implementing dozens of stock night city pictures and making dot brushes for other lights.


Rendering: 15 hours, 29 mins
Postwork: 2 days


*Produced with AMD Athlon FX series processor
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RJL7983 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Something to think about as far as types of civilizations. A type 1 civilization has colonised it's entire planet and moons, a type 2 one has colonised it's entire system even if multiple suns and a type 3 has colonised it's entire galaxy and dwarf galaxies. I wasn't going to put this but here is an expanded recursive description of what type 4 civlizations and beyond be like.

If a civilization becomes so advanced that they start creating dimentionally recessed technology meaning objects or buildings that are bigger on the inside and if they start thoroughly colonising throught their entire domain then it is inevitable that they will start puttong objects inside this dimentionally recessed layer of space of a large portion or all of their colonies are connected. Eventually they will start putting entire planets and systems inside this inner layer of space or collective subspace inside the colonies. Eventually they become so advanced that the space inside their colonies becomes larger than all the lightyears of space that these coloniese straddle. Because they are dimentionally recessed the space inside keeps growing up to a point even though in normal space outside their colonies has not gotten that much larger. Because of all this entire galaxies eventually get placed inside this space so in an average colonised galaxy in normal space there are maybe hundreds of galaxies inside thissecond layer of inner space inside the colonies. This is what a type 4 civilization could be.

I'm not sure of this but it is possible that each new type of civilization is based on soemthing tens of billions of time larger in scales than the last level. Because the normal galaxies in normal space have been so colonised and because galaxies have been placed inside these colonies; even though it doesn't look it from the outside, it there by stands to reason that they would start to thoroughly colonise these inner galaxies and make a third layer of space or a second layer of dimentionally recessed space and place many more galaxies inside these that the galaxies on the outside. Then making a third layer of dimentionally recessed space from the colonisation of the third layer of galaxies these have galaxies inside them that are colonised and so on for tens of billions of layers one inside the other. This is what a type 5 civlization might be.

Take the patturn of recursion of a type 4 and 5 civilizations and expand this to tens of billions of levels and this is what a type 6 civilization might be.

Imagine the 10th type of civilization, type 100 or type tens of billions. Because this is based again on multiples of ten billion then this could be a second layer of civilizations wich could be expanded to another layer of civlvizations and so on.

There could interestingly be tens of billions of civilization layers making an unthinkable number of advancment of civilization.

This was just a thought experiment in recursion but this is possible what types of civilizations could be beyond 3 so anyway thanks.
MsT4GFX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Exceptional art !
Can I use it into a web template? (I will add credits)
mlowther99 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Now THIS is the type of work I enjoy coming across.

The rendering and craftsmanship are just right. I like how you indicated civilization, but didn't force the detail. This lets me invest some imagination into it and that is why I really enjoy it--it pulls me in and prompts for my participation. Yeah, no doubt you nailed the coloring; That is gorgeous. This is not only going to be a favorite, it will be one I post on my inspiration cork board above my drawing table.

Thanks so much for sharing this landscape!

crazyneko17 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
OMG ! This one is going to be in my faves ! Just Breathtaking ! =)
SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colours of this piece and the atmosphere of the composition make my heart melt. :D There's a nostalgic, cold feeling, which oddly clashes with a tingly, warm, homely sensation.... It's a little hard to describe. ^_^' But I love in particular how you've given it an other-worldly impression... I sorely wish I could use this as my desktop background, but I doubt you'd permit me... Or at least, you probably wouldn't approve of me doing so without your consent.

Anyway, outstanding work!! This piece has given me an uplifting feeling I'd been pining to feel for such a long time which no other has given.
z-design Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
You can use it as your desktop background. There's no reason why I wouldn't allow that.
SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, really? O_O Oh my goodness, thank you!!! :icongrin--plz:
Acidalium Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
wow man, i just found you on Deviant art not 10 min ago and im seriously impressed with the stuff you make.
CarbonCruisers Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
This is just AWSOME !!!
I love the whole work on this
Well worth the time you took to do this , got to add this to my Favs
leviathen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
OrcaLady249 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
So lovely!! :clap:
OrcaLady249 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Holy cow...:jawdrop:
Future city FTW!!!! =D
forexus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
Kimbei Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
Amazing. This reminds me of a dream I once had that was so long ago I couldn't explain at this point in time.
Chompigator Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Uh..... *drool*
That is so freakin' trippy... wish I could do something like that to show off to all my friends D:
AvalonProject Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
ooooh terragen, long time ago i was having a lot of fun with it... :D ;)
forexus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Very cool! :+fav:
Dellas18 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
This is too beautiful dude.
s-niper Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
aquilolumen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is the kind i stuff i wish could be done with traditional materials... sigh...
wearethegodsnow Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Wow......amazing! O_O
Fsz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006   Photographer
your crazy so good at're my new idol:D
ArcticSix Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
This is seriously one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. The city is beautiful, but the wastes just outside are amazing...
typotypical Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
beautiful composition.
Sighma Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
love the space part!!
mercury-fx Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006
wonderful wonderful wonderful!!! +fav!!

please comment on my deviations thanks :D
newyorkino89 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
WOW! that is all i can say, its so freakin awsome!
enpulsate Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006   Digital Artist
Ashale Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work, love the colours!
environaut Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2005
Nice work! Those wispy things look like aurora...I like it! Nice work putting it all's a beautiful composition. :D
RoyalBlade Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2005
Space part is a bit weird, and the loop around the mountain kinda... dunno... annoys me because of the weird angle. Still like it though.

Keep it up.
synorgy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2005  Hobbyist Interface Designer

Only two things that I see.
The photoshopped city doesn't look quite right where it "loops" around the mountain. Kinda like it's floating.

and the "artic sweep" text....I don't know if this is how youwanted it, but the "reflection" doesn't seem to be a reflection. "sweep" just seems to have been moved down, and made somewhat transparent.

Either way! its a beautiful render, and I have to favorite it.
z-design Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks, and thanks especially for the critique! :D

I was a bit skeptical about the loop around the mountain, but I thought that it looked good there, such as a freeway going around the mountain to another part of the city as a direct access route.

And the text, yes I did just move it down and make it transparent, you are correct. I dunno why i didnt flip it, oh well, ill leave it the way it is.. :D
R3LL Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005
Stunning graphic. I luv the lighting.
cccitsme Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005
The photoshoping and render is amazing. I love it :).
midkay Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005   Filmographer
Awesome! :wow: This is... awesome. :+fav:
forest-elf000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005   Photographer
its awesome!!!
tigaer Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
not bad here... not sure about the space part though. these freaky nebula things look a bit strange and dont work too good with the overall composition. the terrain and city stuff works ok.
Riggs- Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005
amazing piece of gear ;) it would be rude of me not to fav it :D nice work :santa:
GillsDigitalWorld Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: :+fav: :bow: :beer: :D sorry I was stuck for words for a few secs then :lol: Fantastic peice :wave:
JanD Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Excellent work!
PlasmaX7 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005
Very impressive. :D
L33tM0b1l3 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's gorgeous. :D
JasonRoll Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
That is a stunning piece. Great Job!
agressive-cow Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2005
omfg. That's awesome as hell. Seriously, man. The colors are absolutely gorgeous, I love the lighting.. The texture to it is just.. nyaa! >__< the transition from the landmass to the sky is just.. ugh. @___@ You're so awesome. <3
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