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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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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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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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