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Evacuate the Colony by steve-burg Evacuate the Colony by steve-burg
This 3D illustration was produced for the book "Concept Design II". It is a wide view of the main landing field of a large refinery complex, on a planet in another star system.

A full-scale evacuation is in progress, orchestrated by the colonial military forces. Faintly visible in the distance, huge refinery towers rise above the icy plateau. Mammoth ore transport ships taxi across the field, glowing crimson with the last light of day. Soldiers and ground crews struggle against a gathering storm as twilight descends.

The planet can't support human life, hence the heavily plated environment suits. The "snow" is most likely methane sleet, with temperature far colder than anywhere on earth. It's a real hell-hole of a forsaken world :D

The other images in this sequence are "Origin: Unknown" [link] "Sphinx" [link] and "The Coming Storm" [link]

This image is a still derived from elements originally created to make an animated scene (I've posted some still frames of this as well, in the piece titled: "Airlift: Frame Grabs").

All the 3D elements were modeled and rendered in Lightwave 3D, with textures painted in Photoshop. The various render passes were then combined in Photoshop, and some painting was done to blend everything together.
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acierghy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
monumental! :)
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Ispok8 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
cool!
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rwodahs Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Very cool! So much great drama going on.
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karanua Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Major details explosion over what can be viewed in the video, superb stuff :clap:
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Archer7Tadayoshi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Archer: Get to the stingray! -points at the ship-
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Epic work dude! If only you'd continue this, it would have been better...
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Dear steve-burg
Your fantastic 3D Artwork is featured in Wide screen ... and ... SF collections
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you are welcome!!! ...:)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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zaku1986 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Methane snow. Nasty. BTW, they evacuated to another base or in orbit?
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I think they're getting out, leaving the system. Something bad is coming soon - maybe a nova or something (?) Maybe a war...
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:iconzaku1986:
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I thought they was evacuated due to storm.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
The storm may be just a warning sign of what's coming next :D
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Arekkusu-Maafi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
You have awesome digital work!!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
:)
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Asparuh13 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mad skillz!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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Multiimage Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Nice depth using character placement and pleasant colors shining of the scene ....nice job!
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BergOne Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
This series is just stunning. I am officially a fan.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - I'm glad you like it. I'm hoping to do more of these "series of related images", it's a lot of fun to consider the story aspects :)
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BergOne Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
I know, oh do I know. Although I seem to be making mostly characterstudies lately, I love the world one creates in that moment of time.

And then expanding upon that universe is just ... even more fun and giving.
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GatoCasero Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
wow, awesome!!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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GatoCasero Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Thanks for the watch... I really aprecciate ir! :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
No problem - thanks for the :+fav: faves :)
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
This has been featured [link]
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
You're welcome :)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is simply fabulous !!!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! It was a fun scene to make :)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess !! :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
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Razza10 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
that is so amazing. Congrats.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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DeceptiveAlias Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
bloody awesome man, great job!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man - I'm glad you like it :D !
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ExPir Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It is evident that the game graphics. The powerful machine was needed here(((
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yes indeed :D !
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
im lovin that ship man
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - it's definitely a big beast of a ship :D
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eleventhdistrict Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Professional work
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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brynjones Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
wicked concept man :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D !
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely adore this piece and the vid caps :) Excellent ship concepts.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like this :)
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LucaRossiMartini Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Wonderful!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) !
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Ardrich-Keybus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This scene almost looks real. Fantastic job! :}
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I really appreciate it :D !
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