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Visible Structures by steve-burg Visible Structures by steve-burg
At some future time, we may advance to the point where the signs of human civilization are visible even from a very great distance... so to me, this is a very optimistic image :)

This is a 3D render produced in Modo. A high contrast black & white texture was used for micro-polygonal displacement of a simple sphere, which produced true 3D surface relief.

I composited a NASA image of Saturn's moon Enceladus using an alpha channel (also rendered in Modo) to represent the natural features of the moon (which isn't necessarily the Earth's moon). The source image can be found here: [link]

The birds were done with some "bird brushes" I made some time ago.

This image bears a definite resemblance to a painting done by Syd Mead, who is of course a major inspiration :)
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:iconyourmom10:
yourmom10 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Ecumenpolis type worlds are cool, but I'd never want the Earth to be one. I like beaches and all that other good stuff. Still an impressive image. 
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Myskers Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Oh now that's cool. As a technophile and cyberpunk fan I am just loving this.
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TitaniumGhost Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
what you talkin about man thats the death star
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:iconpr0jectz:
pr0jectz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is awesome
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:iconfocallength:
focallength Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Stunning work.
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:iconscott-the-pony:
Scott-The-Pony Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this reminds me of "Dahak" by David Weber. but it just so mechanical
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StonedSmeagol Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Beautifully done Steve, love the way you make big objects look so far away to make their size look more emense. Top artwork!:wow:
P.S. I have just finished a series of WIP'S of the Predator cloaked, would LOVE to hear your opinion on them!:fingerscrossed:
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DACantero Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are so many sci-fi TV shows which should've had the Moon looking like this.
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Snazz84 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Here in the UK we have people we call Nimbies, which are people who say "Not In My Backyard" (NIMBY) about developments that they might think are really worthwhile and should be built, just as long as it's not anywhere near them. Not sure if America has the same phenomenon since there's enough space to build undesirable things far away from communities. Anyway, I don't normally find myself taking that kind of viewpoint, but with the moon I would. :) It'd be great for humanity to get to a point where we could colonise other planets and build some kind of great solar community, but one of the nice things about looking up at the moon is seeing something that's so relatively close, yet almost entirely untouched by humans. Like a reminder in the sky of how lucky we are to live on a lush, varied planet, teeming with life.
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BergOne Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Wicked my friend, wicked.
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it looks simple and complex at the same time which makes it so natural - like someone you can see in real life but also can't believe your eyes. Great work!
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OneofakindKnight Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The circular landing bases maybe, but why would we have giant circles on the moon?
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
**Seem that this moon was turned a high tech place! :wow: Good work,dude! :clap:
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Poor-e-thics Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student General Artist
omg that is so mindblowing
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tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I really want my own moon now :D! nice one Steve, although I don't think that making a mechanical moon would be totally efficient. It's a cool idea, although I think we will resort to advanced terraforming, and for planets all you need is a bunch of asteroids and mash it toghether like playdoh :D. Although, the Turanics, Progenitors and Borg do love to build things into rocks, mines and docks extending down into the core.

I can remember my art teacher talking about extending art forms and materials, well I can see that way in the future we will expand to using planets and celestial structures as our paint and canvas.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Usually I have something insightful to say.... but in this case words fail me, so you'll have to settle for: "Wooooooooooooowwwwwwwww, NEAT!" :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'll take that! :D
:squee:
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SwordSaint001 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
that is just flippen cool....... just.... damn!
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brnDsgn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool.
really smooth ;)
love it.
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
This looks really cool!! The relief map works and looks great, Superb work bud :)
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Jimmy-B-Deviant Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Cybertron!!! :D
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Habatchii Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Habatchii says;

very well...
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RuneTrantor Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Is that Europa?
*finishes reading*
Oh.

Pretty cool, while I do not find it sad or bad, I would be freaked out to have that above us. :P
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
A good point... although I live in Los Angeles, and sometimes I'm freaked out to have that around me LOL!
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RuneTrantor Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
At least LA is not carved out on the surface of a moon right? ;P
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I love the scale of this concept. Reminds me a bit of Asimov's Trantor, or the Dyson Sphere from TNG.
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent details! I couldn't help it, but the very first thing that came to mind when I saw this was The Moon is a harsh Mistress :D
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Does remind me of one of his Dyson sphere-like illustrations but I am thinking of the same one that was of view from inside? Really cool, just got Modo and it's daunting since my last exp in 3d was Softimage in '03, but great program.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!! That is some image!!

Clever!
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field-commander Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
A couple of ancient stories talk about a metal ball which orbited the earth once. Maybe under the dust that's the real face of the moon. :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
When I was in college, I wrote a short story about astronauts discovering that the moon was an immense spaceship. Covered in a thick layer of dust and rock, but underneath that it was a metal structure. It would certainly be a startling discovery! :D
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orangehexagon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
this very idea is visited in the anime gurren lagann, in a surprisingly novel way too. i guess its natural for people to ascribe these ideas to the things around us. heaven above us... hades below, and all the varying narratives about the moon. so cool really.
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deskridge Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome!
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh sweet, you use Modo! Rules! Thanks for the process breakdown, stellar image!
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty cool mate. I like the simplicity of the piece overall, but that it still has plenty of detail :)
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Finnguala Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I pray to god mankind will keep their dirty hands off other moons/planets.
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yourmom10 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Luckily, your kind is a dying breed. We're heading for other star systems in the centuries to come, don't wait up. 
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Absolutely - although I pray that we can overcome our dirty hands one day :nod:
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:iconfinnguala:
Finnguala Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be the best solution to our problems :3
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I don't think we will reach other planets until we raise the level of our civilization. But I hope that somehow one day we will :)
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Boy I hope so, heard some hype about moonvertising...projecting logos etc. on our moon! Could you imagine, camping in some isolated serene locale and looking up to seeing a Pepsi logo up there? Becoming a eco-terrorist convert would seem more reasonable after that, corporatism would've gone too far...
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think projecting advertising onto another planet would be taking things a bit too far... in the wrong direction!
I imagine the practice would be stopped... one way or another. Let them figure out some other less obnoxious way to market soda pop!
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Maybe this is simple but tells a lot :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
I guess it tells that life has survived into the distant future, and that humans learn that creating is better than destroying :nod:
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octomantic Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i would love to see this one day. maybe my offsprings will...
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I hope so, it would mean we've gotten our act together somewhat! :nod:
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Archer7Tadayoshi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of the Death Egg, Space Colony Ark, and a Borg planet combined.
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willys8 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Having dreamed of these things all my life, only to see the powers that be corrupt the processes that would make this all possible makes me weep for all mankind.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Maybe one day we'll rise above some of those problems. An elegant and powerful civilization (as opposed to what we have at the moment) has to first take root in the imagination of enough people. There's a long way to go, but I have to hope it's possible... some day :D
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2buiArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Dear Lord Burg,

Im gonna steal your awesome idea and put it into my fantasy skydome.
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