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October 29, 2009
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Failed Endeavor by BLPH Failed Endeavor by BLPH
Somewhere, far away from us, a robot culture had established a home for themselves on a gaseous planet. However, space had run out, and so they looked for a new place to colonize. The decision fell onto their closest neighbor, a strongly canyonized moon with strange rock formations. One of them was sent to discover its conditions.
At the same time, the light from a close nebula reached the moon. It was the light of a dying star - accompanied by highly energetic gamma-rays. The robot did not return.


This is my entry piece for the "Unknown Moons" Contest.
Edit: I got 7th: [link] :)
This started out with a Vue-render where I had massive displacement-mapping applied to the rocks. It was a pain in the rear to render the scene. Nevertheless, after a couple out-of-memory-exceptions and freezing of the whole app this render went through. Meanwhile, I was working on the nebula in the background, testing out some (at least for me) new techniques.

The uber-basic concept behind: a robot stands in some sort of canyon formed by spikey rocks, looking up into the sky. The supernova makes his electronics crash and he has to rust in piece.

At this point, a mad load of Thank Yous to the following deviants who have supported me with valuable critique (basically anybody in the SpaceArt-chat that was willing to talk to me) :
:iconbloknayrb: :iconfreelancah: :iconchriscold: :iconsuperiorgamer: :iconarchang3lzz: :iconvoyager212: :icontixol:
You guys rock!

During the time of making, my desktop computer crashed (as in: "format c:" was the only option I had left), so I had to finish it on my laptop. It's quite horrible working on there, considering the

- Tools: Photoshop, Vue. Wacom Intuos 3.
- Dimensions: 4000 x 6500 pixels
- layers: 61
- PSD Filesize: 728MB
- Total creation time: I lost count after 20h but I estimate something around 40 spread over half a month.
- most lol-some title that has been thought of: "Transchematic reclarification of all prior bounds of understanding" (j4m3sb0nd, you make me laugh)

I hope you can enjoy it. Comments and favs are highly appreciated, as usually.
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Aniphine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Marvelous. :)
BloodStorm2262 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
I feel like the figure in the front and the planet in the sky are poorly blended with the rest of the image; other than that... It's great :)
BLPH Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010   Digital Artist
Looking at it once again, I'm afraid that you're right :P
Nevertheless, it's great that you point this out so that I can improve in this area specifically. Thanks! :)
CDS-03 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
The nebula looks so it's going to just reach out and grab the robot!
BLPH Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010   Digital Artist
Hehe, in a way, it does get the robot. I think the background story behind it clears up some bits about that ;)
CDS-03 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
nymph-of-artemis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Really nice work, especially the rocks! They look amazing. :)
MT-y Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how you were able to capture space, but along with it a sort of unknown alien landscape. Great color choices, but I would throw more colors into actual space next time, and I love how you incorporated the man down there :)
BLPH Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I'll take your suggestion into consideration in my next work.
MT-y Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
of course :)
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