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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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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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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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