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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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Lance66 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
very cool :)
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William-Black Featured By Owner 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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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Wow very kool
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Your welcome
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very dramatic . stunning work
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semprini37 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
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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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Fantastic image. Designs are amazing.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I appreciate it :)
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BergOne Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Great work, just the kind of storytelling I love.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner 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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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I love it !! The details and textures are so realsitic ; I take a bow !!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome !! :huggle:
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
If they can't get in, they can't get to the alien eggs/hostile alien spirits/So Doku 2500 answers/Martha Stewart extra fancy doilies.

Its a good thing they can't get in.

Looks great.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
But... Those alien doilies may hold the key to mankind's salvation :shocked: !!!
They must go forward :D
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
The doilies could hold the key to mankind's salivation too.
They are so tasteful and taste good too.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Proceed with caution. They haven't been tested yet and ... Hmmm,mmm - not bad :lol: !
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
It all tastes good until the alien baby bursts out of the gut or you develop an intense craving for Nsynch songs.
Well, its been good knowing you.

I remember seeing Alien in the movies and that scene where the guy goes to the cafeteria and
starts to writhe in pain and then the alien bursts out was pretty gross.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I am a big fan of that original Alien movie. Ungghhh...! I think maybe I ate too many of those doilies - :faint:
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Don't worry, a termination, um cleanup crew has been sent to your location.
Can you stay on the nice plastic sheeting?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Okay - sure thing... *GLUB*... *SPLORSH*...
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful!
I like this eerie sci-fi view of your art! Its so mysterious =D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much :)
I've always liked the mysterious side of sci-fi - ancient alien ruins and the like :D
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Imagine when we discover that in Mars?! Wow! I just want to be an archeologist-astronaut :eager:
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Space archeologist discovering the secrets of an alien civilization would be top of the list for a "dream career". Of course there might be some unknown danger as well :D
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Imagine what Indianna Jones would do in an alien planet =D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I like that idea! Why don't the movie studios do something like that? It could be great!
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, if they does, I hope they don
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, if they does, I hope they don't put Shia Lebeouf or Hayden Christensen on it... :fear:
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84-29388498905029375 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   Digital Artist
:o And he even draws rain!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Rain, sleet or "whatever it is" falling from the sky on this crazy planet :D
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Oktanas Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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Dialogous Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010   Writer
"So far, they've had no luck"
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All who tried died gruesome deaths.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:ahoy::pirate: "Aye, thems that dies will be the lucky ones..."

:D
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Dialogous Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010   Writer
O-O
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Sorry - I just found the pirate emoticons - and it reminded me of a line from "Treasure Island" :)
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Dialogous Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010   Writer
Please be my friend xD
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Okay - it's a deal :D !
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Dialogous Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010   Writer
:dance:
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Vilk42 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great concept and technic...
eerie atmosphere. just the way i like it!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, I am glad you like this! I always enjoy stories that mix horror with sci-fi, it's fun to try and capture that kind of atmosphere :)
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krassnoludek Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Giger - like atmosphere, nice!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) !
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is COOL! You know I'm a sucker for "monumental alien mystery" and this one really captures it well. The design of the structures remind me of a fusion of ancient Egypt and Cthulhu mythos. The vehicles are neat - a distant cousin of your "six-wheeled tongues"? :D The quality of ground cover and sleet deliver a great impression of and inhospitable environment.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's no spot for a picnic, that's for sure. And the methane lake - it's no good for swimming :)
"...a fusion of ancient Egypt and Cthulhu mythos" - Dead-on target - bulls-eye :D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Personally I'd LOVE to picnic there.

Well... OK, maybe sit and quietly suck on my suit's food tube, but still... it beats staring out the McDonald's window at the strip mall across the highway.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah - you definitely have a point :lol: !
But bring an electric blanket to sit on, or you'll stick to the "beach" ;)
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