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Expedition's End? by overseer Expedition's End? by overseer
I've been working on this piece on and off for two or three weeks now (counting from the moment I had the idea). It's been one of those I had to start over again a couple of times, because I just wasn't happy.

The title also came to me pretty early, so in hindsight it has a poetic undertone I guess, because of what was happening while I was working on this image.

I'm dedicating this piece to NEIL ARMSTRONG who passed away Aug. 25, 2012.

May his example and those of other explorers like him, inspire our generation and future generations to come, to keep up the spirit of curiosity and exploration in the name of scientific discovery. May those endeavors and our dreams inspire us to greater heights.



COMPOSITION: Foreground terrain rendered in Bryce 7.1 Pro (took 1d 2h 45m; I'm not kidding!). Starfield, astronauts, rovers and asteroids rendered in Lightwave with appropriate lighting rig. Remaining elements, fx and composition done in PS.

MESHES: Landbarge/Rover by Kenny Mitchell (textures modified by me) & NASA Astronaut by Jason Webster.

ORIGINAL SIZE: ~1680x2480 in, 263 layers.


Comments and critique welcome.

Thank you to *TreeClimber for looking it over! :cuddle:


UPDATE:

~XelfrepuslaX suggested a couple of changes (thanks for that), so I worked over the following:

Reduced the main planet's atmosphere.
Increased the glow of the main planet's atmosphere.

I also made some personal improvements while I was looking the image over:

Changed the moon slightly, smoothed the shadow and changed the glow slightly.
Added a glow behind the ridges of the foreground asteroid to show reflecting light and bring out a few more details.
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:iconneilmcclements:
NeilMcClements Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   General Artist
Really nice, great sense of depth and scale
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconlatviano:
latviano Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks fantastic! But I think a bit of dirt on the rovers would add some realism ;)
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Digital Artist
I think you've got a point there. I'll have a look at soiling the rovers a little! ;)
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:iconxelfrepuslax:
XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I think the atmosphere on the main planet needs to be closer to it and also brighter, also, I'm not to sure about the space dust in the top right. I like the stars in the top left though.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Righty, I've made some changes to the planet's atmosphere. Should be a little better now. ;)
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:iconxelfrepuslax:
XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Indeed it is :D.I personally would intensify it a little at the main bright spot. But it's still fine :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Digital Artist
OK, I've added a bit of a glow. I've also made some more more adjustments; if you're interested I added a little list at the end of the description. Thanks again for the suggestions.
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Oh okie :D, no problem :).
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   Digital Artist
You make a valid point about the atmosphere. I'll have a go at fixing it over the week-end. The space dust is actually part of the nebula. I quite like it, but maybe I can make it a little more subtle, let's see. Thanks for the pointers!
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XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
You're welcome!!
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:iconblackholeripper10:
blackholeripper10 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow, you're art is just awesome!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! Just having fun. :)
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:iconblackholeripper10:
blackholeripper10 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
you're welcome! it looks fun!=)
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TeofiloDesign Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great! Is very nice! Compliments! I like NASA vehicles, the asteroids and the nebula on the BG
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconteofilodesign:
TeofiloDesign Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No problem ;D
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ThE-WiTcHeR-99 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wish i waz in dat vehicle right now... its that AMAZING of a scene. Well done man, Really Well done :salute:
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconthe-witcher-99:
ThE-WiTcHeR-99 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime :)
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garryts Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Firstly, I commend you for persevering with Bryce; It's instability and dreadful render times sent me running elsewhere years ago...

Now: very much like the colour scheme, with the cool blues leading down to the warm red of the gorge.

My principle criticism would be that it is too busy; in particular, where I think you want the viewers attention to be drawn down to the gorge and the exploration team, it is pulled up to the glowy asteroid-thing. On a minor note, I would say your asteroids are also too regular.

Overall though, cool image! :-)
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for your input. I hadn't used Bryce for a good few years prior, but I don't like reinventing the wheel and I knew Bryce could do exactly what I was looking for in this case. I think if I didn't have patience I would never get anything done.

I understand your notion that it might be too busy, but that was somewhat the underlying idea. Space isn't only peaceful and since the title is 'Expedition's End?' with a question mark I wanted to show that exploration of space can be dangerous and unexpected events can happen; such as a cataclysmic event on the planetary body/moon you're stanting on. But yeah, I see your point.

And the regularity of the asteroids; well... that i always on my list of improvements. ;)

Thanks again!
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thelastgunslinger23 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you? ;)
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:iconthelastgunslinger23:
thelastgunslinger23 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was a wow of Amazement of the scene you Depicted.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah I figured, just teasing. ;) Thank you.
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:iconthelastgunslinger23:
thelastgunslinger23 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Any time.
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:iconpeccatori:
peccatori Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!! <3
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconodilicious:
Odilicious Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent scene!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I'm glad you think so!
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ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice spacescape ! I like the 'chaotic' mood and the colors.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome !
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:iconfrostbo:
FrostBo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Outstanding :D
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconaxeman3d:
axeman3d Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very atmospheric. i was just about to make this the new backdrop on my iPad when I scaled it up and noticed my Rovers. Bonus!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Digital Artist
haha, awesome. Well, since I've noticed them I wanted to use them and I finally came up with an idea! So, absolutely. If you want a version without the borders, let me know, I could do that. ;)
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rothexp Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Loving it. Well done.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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ZachValkyrie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Writer
Neil would be proud
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm glad you think so. Thanks.
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HarrisonOsborn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Memorable piece for a memorable man! Well Done
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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ash-ketchum09 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Excellent work, very good. :)
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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ash-ketchum09 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work, can well believe the Bryce render time.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah been a while since I used it. Forgot that it wasn't the fastest render engine around. :roll:

From what I've seen it even taxes current i7 CPUs quite a bit... so my 2 GHz dual-core's not going to speed it up any. ;)

Thank you very much though!
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milovanf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's done brilliant!!!
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