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
P.S. I have just finished a series of WIP'S of the Predator cloaked, would LOVE to hear your opinion on them!
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.
Pretty cool, while I do not find it sad or bad, I would be freaked out to have that above us.
I imagine the practice would be stopped... one way or another. Let them figure out some other less obnoxious way to market soda pop!
I guess it tells that life has survived into the distant future, and that humans learn that creating is better than destroying
Im gonna steal your awesome idea and put it into my fantasy skydome.