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Love's Decay by BLPH Love's Decay by BLPH
"There you have it. You thought, you'll get away that easily, after what you've done to me? You destroyed it all; all what we have built up over this time - it's gone, forever. Things will never be the same. And this here is what you deserve..."

Inspired by the three songs listed below, I made this image. The picture's message (read more about it a paragraph above) is partially based on a real-life story.

Feel free to drop comments or even favs, I highly appreciate them! :)

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Edit (11 Jun 2009): Well, after a whole day of working on this image, I'm proud to present the final result to you. What's new:
- the entire color scheme was adjusted to fit better to the theme
- a few mountains were added in the background
- the city was given a more painteresque look
- the platform in the foreground with the person was completely redone (so much work for a few pixels....)
- some minor edits scattered all over the place

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Edit (20 Jun 2009): Okay, so here is the final version. Mad props fly to *priteeboy for giving me so much advice - without him I would've never been able to update it (I wonder if there was a point where I was just getting onto his nerves. Probably :P ). Thank you at this point again! :)
Well, what's new? As you can see, the houses were totally re-rendered, the starfield was remade, the person was redone, smoke was added, and the center of the city has been "destroyed"; just to mention a few of the many edits. Interestingly, I worked longer on the update (~18 hours) than on the initial picture (~12 hours) =P
Rendering the cityscape took another 50 hours, just for the sake of statistics.

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Edit (6 Sep 2009): After noticing that my monitor was wrongly calibrated all the time, I had to make some color adjustments since it was too dark before. Also changed: buildings have their own texture now (they were too even on the surface), some hovering buildings were put down, the platform's texture was redone (less pixelated, better perspective), the man was slightly edited. All in all, 2 additional hours of trial and error.

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You all need it, you know it, so here come the awesome
FACTS:
- original dimensions: 4000x3000px
- music that contributed to the general idea/layout:
--- Juno Reactor - Tokyo Dub
--- Apocalyptica - Burn
--- Sonata Arctica - For the Sake of Revenge
- Software used: Vue5, Photoshop CS3
- PSD-filesize: ~355MB
- Layers: 54
- Total working time (without rendering): ~35hrs.
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:icontanithlipsky:
TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
wow. Holy crap. this is epic.
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconegy-simo:
egy-simo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
nice work
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconnanah66:
Nanah66 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful art!
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconsergioh91:
sergioh91 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
WoW, Amazing art!
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Zazukudap Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
cool
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzazukudap:
Zazukudap Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
your most welcome..
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nina-boo-the-awesome Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, luv the effect in this. great job1 :D
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconnina-boo-the-awesome:
nina-boo-the-awesome Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur welcome :D
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Rocko567 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Oh ho ho, pretty apocoliptic. I like it!
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad that you do :)
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:iconwyntersrayne:
Wyntersrayne Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010   Photographer
Potent image.
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconwyntersrayne:
Wyntersrayne Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010   Photographer
you are welcome
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PoetryMan1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Filmographer
hey was there any 3d software involved in rendering buildings? if not, then this gets mad kudos!!
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010   Digital Artist
I did use a rough base for the buildings but since I was fairly new to 3D-programs, I decided to repaint them in Photoshop. Hope I got some things cleared up :)
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PoetryMan1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
I see.
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dreammiadream Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Student Artist
oh noes ! the world is ending!!!oh...it's pic hehe...got me fooled there :D
great detail
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:iconmarcosrodriguez:
MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very detailed work, congrats.
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boogiepanda101 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
Again it's amazing.

+fav
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:icondoctaword:
doctaword Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Looks hot :P
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:iconveronika:
veronika Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009   Digital Artist
absolutely GREAT.
I'm honestly speechless :O
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconveronika:
veronika Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009   Digital Artist
^^ you're welcome
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LOVEmeDEATH Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
brilliant! love the way you did it!
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:iconpe2te2r:
Pe2te2r Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I like the detail you put in this i like how you captured the movement of the flames ... i like this alot great job :nod:
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Blackfirm Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
PLease 'love' the article :D
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saker10 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok I gonna be a bad boy now. sorry :P
The idea is awesome, but..they are some things I dont like.
I like the fire but, I really dont fit there, It looks non-realistic, not very good blended, maybe just I see it like that, but I rly dont like the flames :/ I like them only on the first buildings, the closest ones to that man (sorry for my english) ...
The shadow and the lighting on that man is done very nice and proffesionally

If I have to rate it..It would be ..7/10 sorry:)
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kuryuki Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
\o/ love the flames and details
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juliablanco Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece has been featured in my Color Coded Feature #1 news article :)
Hope you don't mind.
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:iconsarroora:
sarroora Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist
Dude standing over the city: "Oh my God, what happened while I was sleeping..?:wow:"
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:iconaiyoshi:
aiyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Very cool !
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cristyb Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Artist
this is captivating both athstetically and emotionally i think what draws people in is there ability to relate to a piece of art, and you've done that masterfully.
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Wheels-Of-Joy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
This looks great =) I love the fire. And the perspective the with guy watching the fire is just fab :heart:
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:iconrei-eva:
Rei-Eva Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Awesome concept and execution!
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UncleWoodstock Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just fucking incredible, its amazing that this came from a brush

Good work :D
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virusinyourveins Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, awesome. I love this.
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:iconpunani:
punani Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Wow very cool, I like those pictures! :D

Maybe you could have added some star constellation to the sky, instead of random stars? :D
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:iconlovely-roses:
lovely-roses Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
your attention to detail is most impressive!
i especially like how the smoke fades into the night sky (:
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Birthstone Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Hello
you have been featured
[link]
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see you made the edits, yep, this is considerably better than the original :thumbsup:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't know what you did to get the buildings, it almost seems like they were carved into a Vue terrain, if so - then that's a clever way of making a base-scene for your work. Using primitive in boolean groups to create geometric, structured shapes might help make some basic building models in Vue itself, I think this great 3D peice was done in Vue alone [link] :alien: it would go hand-in-hand with the provided building materials Vue comes with 8-)

Another critical point is lighting, here the scene seems uniformly lit. The sun-light in Vue would have been best made coming from where the moon would be and given a blue-ish colour and dimmed down (suggesting this is at night) which should make a rather dark city. But then add various point-lights given red or orange colours and varying levels of power and place them randomly amongst the buildings to suggest light coming from the fires :flame:

Those far terrains look like seperate renders postworked in, I do that sometimes since I can freely move around pre-rendered things in Photoshop which makes the whole scene easier to edit...but when you do, get the 3D parts all in the same lighting/atmosphere scenario so they all match...here the Moon would be the main light source, but ethe foreground seems to be lit from a light source behind us to the right, and the back hills are lit from yet another invisible light behind us to the left :confused:

Stars don't look too bad, maybe less though, it's hard to see stars when there's so much light from a city (especially if it's on fire ;) I would have made the stars much dimmer and more sparse as they got near the horizon...The moon could have been a bit yellow or orange-coloured too, however it was postworke din nice and naturally :)
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jecojara Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
cool! :yum:
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Zabobula Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
You never cease to amaze me do you? :P
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