"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!
--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
--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
). 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)
Rendering the cityscape took another 50 hours, just for the sake of statistics.
--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.
--You all need it, you know it, so here come the awesome
- 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.