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Colony Main Street by steve-burg Colony Main Street 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 is looking down the main street of the small community.

Credits: sky and ground textures were derived from images available at and the human figures are from Dosch Designs architectural collection.
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Those windmills look like those of Halo. Awesome work :D
Joey1058 Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had to study this for a couple of minutes. The sidewalks at first looked like guard/blast rails like you see in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was going to ask "How safe is this place?" LOL
steve-burg Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's probably about as safe as a frontier town can be. Arriving at a new world, there are bound to be unknown dangers large and small. Probably, the platforms are to keep a respectful distance from the ground, and to allow for easy repairs underneath.
I'm sure this planet has its nocturnal predators, though ;)
Looks pretty cool.

Serenity/firefly also had that wild west/last frontier vibe.
Too bad they got the action/char development mix wrong.
steve-burg Sep 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I've seen the "Serenity" movie, but only a few episodes of the show. My main inspiration these days is actually from reading sci-fi books. There are many wonderful ideas and inspiration to be found there :D
DeceptiveAlias Sep 1, 2010  Student General Artist
steve-burg Sep 1, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)!
Arcas-Art Aug 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well just keep goin' then. I'm enjoying the ride so far :)
steve-burg Aug 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Will do - now it I could only function without sleep :D!
Arcas-Art Aug 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Looks like the colony's gonna have awesome cel phone coverage! ;) I like the helical turbines. Their design fits so well with the rest of your colony design.

So what's your goal with this series - and how much more do you have to do to get there? It sounds like it's a personal project, yes?
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