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The Final Frontier by steve-burg The Final Frontier by steve-burg
A pair of interstellar survey craft approach an exo-planet. Will it support life?

This is a mix of 2D and 3D elements.

The nebula in the background is partly painted, and partly a modified version of this NASA photo of the Cat's Paw nebula [link]

Edit: made minor adjustment to the background
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:iconthemandorian:
themandorian Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
please make a warp drive design not too advanced(like a prototype or first generation) but awesome looking
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:iconzaku1986:
zaku1986 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonder how long they flew. :D
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think maybe a LONG time to get there! :D
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:iconfanlo:
fanlo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
you cant stop that men
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning scene!
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
...to boldly go where NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE!


Definitely LOOKS life-supporting...so question rather is does it already CARRY life? Creepycreepy.
I like that pic for its realism although that makes those ships look like theyīre not carrying any fighter ships or turbo-lasers...well,one canīt have everything.
Isnīt there a special program for making realistic planets like this?
I mean you didnīt really PAINT the middle one,did ya? (Please donīt tell me you DID)
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
**A awesome space scene! :wow:
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:iconebe246:
EBE246 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Awesome. Cool, u really like space stuff bro.
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:iconnemaiel:
Nemaiel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Superb, just love this piece. Keep up the good work.
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:iconms1moon:
ms1moon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
This is just way cool !
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CapitolDRM Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
excellent work. this piece is amazing. detail is great.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! :)
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:icon4wallforce:
4wallforce Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool............. :squee:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :iconllamajumpplz:
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:icon4wallforce:
4wallforce Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
urwelcome :happybounce: :onfire: :squee:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:iconthrilledplz:
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:icon4wallforce:
4wallforce Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:squee:
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TOASTYBURRITO Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Your work reminds me of star wars and star trek, that's why I like it. :) I think at the looks of it that plant(s) could support life. If not, they could keep searching if they don't want to be so much of the lonely lifeforms out in the nothigness. But I'm sure there's bound to be quadrillion of miles of space out there. Keep up the good work too btw.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I have a feeling they will find life on that planet - maybe it can support humans :)
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Poor-e-thics Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student General Artist
i love the small detail you put into the sattleite the cool color scheme on the big planet and the smallest bits of detail on the farthest planet and the middle on i can even see mountains lakes normal typography space cloudes look amazingly well done its all so well put together and well done quality work
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! I'm glad you like the details I put in :)
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:iconpoor-e-thics:
Poor-e-thics Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
no problem i like to show how much i aprectiate the details put in
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well thanks again! :D
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:iconpoor-e-thics:
Poor-e-thics Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
no problm
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LoneSamuraiFox Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No, it will be poisonus, as it was in Pandora's Star. XD
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's hard to say... but any planet near a gas giant is going to have some very unusual conditions :nod:
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LoneSamuraiFox Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I thought about Commonwealth Series, but your version is good, too. XD

They found a poisonous terriestral planet in a very first chapter of book.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I started reading that, but was interrupted by a work crunch. I should pick it up again :nod:

It seems to me that there are a lot of planets out there (we're finding them) - and some that might seem like ideal Earth-type worlds might indeed be toxic to our form of life :D
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
This great work has been featured here [link] :heart: :hug:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yes! I saw it - it's a really strong feature - lots of good art! Thanks for including one of mine! :D
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:iconqauz:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
You're very welcome buddy and thanks a lot for the great support :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Certainly - It's always a pleasure to see your amazing artwork! :D
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LastZoneTrooper Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
when will anybody ever learn, THERE IS NO FINAL FRONTIER! after space there is time, after time is inter-reality travel, after IR travel is inter-dimensional travel, after ID travel, there will be multi-universal, all-in-all IT WONT END. plus, if slip space drives are developed by then, there will be the 2 thousand versions of slip-space, and the inter-verse. you cant call space the final frontier, its simply the NEXT frontier. but what does this have to do with anything, nice work of art you got there.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
True... but space will keep us busy for quite a while! :D
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Quintessence-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student
Instead of a "watch" option, there should just be an "automatic favorite" button!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I am glad you like this one, and thanks for looking at my artwork! :squee:
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autogestion Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol
if you had put this comment under almost anybody else s art i d be scared
but exceptions may have to be made xD
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T-SquaredProductions Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Believe it or not, scientists have found a super-earth only 22 light-years away! (And it has the prime ingredients to support life!)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I believe it - I'm pretty sure that even if they are way outnumbered, there still must be a lot of planets with conditions similar to Earth... somewhere out there! :D
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:iconqauz:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
All I can say "HOLY SHIT!" LOL :D
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:squee: Wow! Well thank you my friend! LOL :squee:
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, the thumbnail really doesn't do this justice. Great details and I love the mood. There's something of that epic sense of interstellar exploration that prevailed in the climate of the 70's, when we'd done the Moon and obviously were ready for the next big step (that never happened...). Nice blend of painterly and detailed elements. You've somehow made them play well together. Neat ships design, too!

I miss the old future.....
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I miss the old future too! Exploration of the new frontier of space, noticeably light on post apocalyptic zombie infestations! :D
(though I do like a good zombie story too!)
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
IMHO, the only GOOD zombie story is a silly one. Thus "Fido" tops my zombie apocalypse movie list :D
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Depending on how strict (or not) your definition of "zombie" is (i.e. do they need to be clinically dead?), it's possible that we are living in a post apocalyptic wasteland overrun by zombies... already :D
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ah... now you're starting to think like P.K.Dick! ;)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Zombies are the fastest growing demographic! :XD:
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karanua Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are they ram drive ships or perhaps helium 3 pulse drives? As they both seem to have enormous drive plumes.
Its a beautiful picture Steve. A magical combination of neartech and spectacular nature. Very well made :clap:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much!. The ships are antimatter/fusion hybrid propulsion - which uses smaller amounts of antimatter to catalyze a fusion reaction. Don't stand behind these bad boys when they fire up the engines! :D
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
That is a brilliant light angle, not one we are used to seeing!! the shadow cast from the small planet is excellent and nice use of the lens flair, You could always do a follow up pic of the survey craft on the planet looking for signs of life, Nice one :)
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