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Sphinx by steve-burg Sphinx by steve-burg
This 3D illustration was produced for the book "Concept Design II" in about 2004 or so. It is the first in a series of related illustrations. The companion pieces are "Origin: Unkown" [link]"The Coming Storm" [link] and "Evacuate the Colony" [link]

A group of ancient structures has just been discovered by a team of geologists stationed on an off-world mining facility. This remote and icy planet harbors no indigenous life, so the origin and purpose of these huge artifacts and their builders are a complete mystery.

In this view, the human explorers search for some way inside one of the artifacts. So far, they've had no luck :)

All the 3D elements were modeled and rendered in Lightwave 3D, with textures painted in Photoshop. The 3D render was retouched in Photoshop, to adjust the image contrast and retouch some small problem areas. The sky texture is a procedurally generated texture applied to a sky dome in the 3D scene.

This image is a variation and does not appear in the book - but I like it just the same. This is the first time it has been shown ;)
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William-Black Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work - I really enjoy your storytelling which informs us of the dynamic conceptual interaction occurring in your mind as you work the image through the creative process. Top notch and commendable work. Art like this really provides a target to reach for, along with an imaginative journey - thanks for the excursion!
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steve-burg Jan 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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Taranis69 Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very dramatic . stunning work
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:iconsemprini37:
I read a lot of Sci-Fi because I love the images one's imagination comes up with when authors describe the environments. Sometimes I think it's too bad authors like Peter F. Hamilton aren't also artists. I can relate to your fascination with the ultra-futuristic :) Beautiful artwork!
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:icongreyareark1:
Fantastic image. Designs are amazing.
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steve-burg Sep 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I appreciate it :)
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:iconbergone:
Great work, just the kind of storytelling I love.
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steve-burg Sep 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - and I definitely like the sci-fi horror type of stories a great deal :D
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