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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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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. 
Myskers Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Oh now that's cool. As a technophile and cyberpunk fan I am just loving this.
TitaniumGhost Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
what you talkin about man thats the death star
pr0jectz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is awesome
focallength Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Stunning work.
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
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:
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.
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.
BergOne Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Wicked my friend, wicked.
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