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Colony Landing Pad by steve-burg Colony Landing Pad by steve-burg
This is part of a series. I wanted to depict a small agricultural colony that's just getting on its feet.

Currently, the 3D environment is far from finished, but far enough along to get an idea of where it's going. This is a "straight out of the box" render, with a single light for the sun. Aside from that, the scene is lit with global illumination.

I was inspired as much by the frontier towns of the Old West as by any science fiction we've seen. Perhaps the closest thing might be the colony seen in the film "Aliens".

The vehicles and structures would be light weight, modular, and built for efficiency and practicality.

Primarily, I wanted to capture the feeling of optimism I associate with the opening of a new frontier.

This view of the colony's main landing pad - located outside the town. The ship being unloaded here is a small cargo shuttle from a transport that must remain in orbit during its stopover.

Credits: sky and ground textures were derived from images available at CGTextures.com and the human figures are from Dosch Designs architectural collection.
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JTofSD Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Great perspective.  Very nice.
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IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Thats Cool-Common sense SciFi Design w/out extra 'set decoration' on or around it
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Wow very kool
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Where are the engines? I assume I'm looking at the stern of the craft, right?

Fantastic work! This looks so under-appreciated!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That is the stern, yes. That big oval disk shape is the propulsion, but it's closed up tight while the ship is landed. For flight, panels would retract and the whole engine would open up and reconfigure.

Thanks for your comments - I really appreciate it :)
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, don't mention it! I like the art!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you do! I'll make more :D
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Good! Keep the creative juices flowing!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Right on! :D
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irmax-comix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
spectacular!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I would travel there if I could :)
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Coreastos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010   Artist
So Cool!!! <3
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like this :)
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Coreastos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010   Artist
^^ love it!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Cool series, Steve! I share enthusiasm for the theme. The cars feel very "Sydian" and their bright colors make for some neat visuals. The ships sure are uniquely shaped. What's your thought at the engineering under their hood? Are they some kind of "anti-grav" drives? Where's the cargo doors?

The whole image walks the knife edge between photoreal and painterly, which is pretty cool. Nice place to be :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The shuttle is a little hard to "read" from these views. Basically, the big disk is the back end, and is a self contained power plant/engine. Right now it's closed up (hey, it could rain!) but would have panels that open for flight. The front is actually very recognizable as an aircraft-like cockpit - I may have to post a view showing that.

These ships aren't completely figured out yet, but I wanted kind of a lifting body with an aerodyne (enclosed) lift/propulsion system contained within the overall hull shape.

I haven't actually cut out the cargo doors as yet. But I wanted to make a really sleek shape that when everything is opened would be really different - I just haven't gotten beyond arriving at the initial sleek shape :D!
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storm-bunny Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is such a beautifull image :) I think you captured that optimistic mood of a new colony rather well :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I miss the optimistic future. I'd rather wind up there than living in a post apocalypse :)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just so brilliant !! I love when I see pic where economy and science-fiction merge together ! !And when it's incredibly detailed and beautiful, it's jsut perfect and faved !!!!!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a million :)!
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very Welcome ! :huggle:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:)
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Adobewan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You've brought this on along beautifully!
Start writing the story!!!!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yep, I've gotta make time and get that hammered out :)
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