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Another ancient file discovered in the catacombs of my digital archive...

This is concept art for "Chronicles of Riddick". The large structures were some kind of solar power stations, and were seen in the city that was attacked by the bad guys early in the film. You can also see it in the poster [link] :)

This image was created in Lightwave 3D with some Photoshop paint-over. A lot of the concept work was done in 3D, which was not nearly as common at that time (2003) as it is these days...
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Litterboy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome.
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NapalmInTheRain Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Always assumed they were fusion-generators since they produced light rather than collect it. Either way they look awesome.
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Augos Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
this thing was one of my favorite objects in the movie :P
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery!

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templar127 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
That's a bigass solar panel!
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esk6a Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
awesome
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Epic looking scenes in that film, it's still one of my favorites :thumbsup:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I feel like the movie fell a little short, but it was fun working on the visuals. It spoke to my enthusiasm for "Dune" - at least certain parts of it.
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
True I guess with a lot of films nowadays. I guess that's part of Hollywood's latest trend of the re-makes. LOTS of those coming out lately :O_o: Some good, some even better than the originals (in some ways) and some just terrible lol! The visuals though in Riddick got me from the get go :heart:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Once in a while, a remake comes along that improves on the original. But 9 times out of 10, the results are an embarrassing spectacle! First, it's kind of a shocking admission of creative bankruptcy to simply be remaking everything. And then if the remake (or reboot, as they like to say) is of lesser quality than the original, it puts the spotlight on (in my view) the loss of the craft of basic film making that's increasingly on display in the big budget Hollywood "product".

On the bright side - I'm saving a fortune since my purchases of DVDs and Bluray disks has slowed to a tiny trickle! :D
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Totally agree with you there lol!
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LastZoneTrooper Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
those are sunlight collectors. pretty much, if the facts are right, helion prime is the closes planet in the helion system to the sun. so these machines, these collectors, gather sunlight through multiple solar collectors that surround the entire planets' surface, and project said sunlight out into space to their fellow planets. such as helion 5 and helion 2. its a distributor of sunlight as well as a collector for other distributors. all depending which side is face the sun at which time. truely one of the more magnifacent aspects of the riddick universe.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That is pretty much the idea - the concept of Helion as the energy harvesting/distribution center evolved during the preproduction phase :nod:
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aftasardem Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh, im so happy i found this!

this movie was a gem last decade when it comes to creative sci-fi designs... i love the uniqueness you and the other talented guys managed to imprint. congrats!

was that you or do you happen to know the concept artist(s) responsible for the necromongers design?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)

The artist mainly responsible for the Necromonger stuff was Matt Codd. My only foray into Necromonger territory was the Vaako's shuttle that goes out to the planet at the end. Daren Dochterman designed the Icon that impales itself into planets the Necromongers attack.

It was a fun project, and perhaps it didn't completely achieve its enormous potential - but I think it came out pretty well nonetheless. :)
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aftasardem Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
massive and majestic! awwsome :-)
is that an architecture part from the new mecca city?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
These were designed as large structures to be seen in the background of New Mecca. They were used more or less unaltered, since the 3D concept models were provided to the CG effects artists who made the final scenes.
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Glorifin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's boss
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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DorianoArt Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Artist
Powerful sensation! Very Fine!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very fresh architectural look. It ALMOST evokes something old... maybe Incan or something.... but clearly carves out its own identity.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I was actually looking at the inner structures of mosques, specifically the domes made of repeating modular cast pieces. It was definitely meant to look advanced yet with an element of antiquity in the overall esthetic.

I always wanted to do something along the lines of Angkor Wat, or the Incan or Mayan ruins. Well, maybe one of these days... :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ah. Mosques. I can see it now! :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
They had some interesting design and construction methods, before religious fundamentalism completely destroyed their science, art, math, astronomy, architecture....

Gee, I sure hope that doesn't happen to us! I never understood what the big draw was with reverting to medievalism... I guess I never got that memo :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I blame all our woes on the SCA! ;P
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Deeparth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Some day, i'll steal your hard drives.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:eyepopping: Yikes!
:D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These were one of the most noticeable structures in the film...I always wondered what they were, they must be damn good solar panels to emit beams of light that go right out into space at night :omg:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It definitely doesn't make too much sense! :D Although... if memory serves me - I think there was some discussion about the sunlight being gathered on the day-side being routed to then night side to beam out to wherever it is they're beaming the power to.

Mainly, I think the intent was to provide a visual symbol, so that when the planet falls to invasion the beacons go dark. I guess on that level it works okay :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes me think how much technology they used to wire up such a global system of huge structures, yet their houses down below still were rather third-world :lol: But yes - even science fiction needs room just for artistic interest, which is why I was always fine with it =p
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Maybe the energy company controls all the planet's wealth... the general population is just S.O.L.
Hey wait... that's kind of like what we have here on Earth! :D

I think the idea was that Helion is situated in a "clear area" and is able to harvest solar power to send out to planets that float through the murky nebula. It's admittedly a silly concept - the only "energy crisis" in space is limiting your exposure so you don't burst into flames from the radiation overload :D
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Y'know one of the things I really love about your art? It's the way you can use repetitive shapes in such interesting, creative, and visually striking ways. One of my artistic philosophies is that limitation can often result in the best creativity, and your work like this exemplifies that to the max. :thumbsup:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I seem to employ the approach of repeating shapes quite often. I'm not sure why! I guess one thing is it helps to show perspective, since you can see similar shapes receding into the distance.

In the case of this structure, I read (some time ago) about how the Arabs made their mosques out of modular pieces cast from plaster. They were able to make amazing ornate structures using small elements that went together like a puzzle. I guess that made a big impression on me and has found its way into my design work! :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I noticed that it seems quite a natural thing for you to do, it's an approach you're obviously very comfortable with, and that shows in the skill with which you do it. :meow:

It's interesting about he mosques; I believe I recall my dad telling me something similar years ago (he's very into design like that).
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I saw a book once that showed the design and construction of mosques - from 100+ years ago. It was very inspiring! :)
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LafnLion Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Awe inspiring structure. Also made me look up 'helion'.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I must look it up myself, now I'm curious! :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Holy crap, you really are back with a vengeance! :D You've posted so many new pics, if I spent the time to look thru them all right now I'd probably be fired (I'm at work now :lol:) This one is killer, was the cityscape done in 3d or is that a mattepaint? When I get some more time, I'm going to go thru and catch up with all these new ones - glad to see you back sharing your art Steve :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ah - don't get fired! :)

Re: the cityscape - it was 3D at first but I put a bunch of 2D "stuff" on top since it didn't hold up well.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   Digital Artist
Very cool!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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EBE246 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
WOOOOOOOOOOOW. :iconllamajumpplz: for this one i used : iconllamajumpplz : without the spaces.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'll have to try it! Hmmm... let me see... :iconllamajumpplz:
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EBE246 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Yaya you got it. :icondummydanceplz:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
One more time - just to be sure!!! :iconllamajumpplz:
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EBE246 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Yup you got it, had you pressed preview to double check, that's what i sometimes do to make sure i get my emoticons, wooooo, :icondummydanceplz: :iconhurrahplz: :iconlachoirplz:
:dummy: :iconllamajumpplz: :happybounce: Lol dude.
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