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Desert Storm by priteeboy Desert Storm by priteeboy
An alien landscape that was given the cut from that calendar I'm working on. It's happened before with the last one I did when two scenes were pulled out since they weren't quite what I imagined them to be, yet were still at least good enough to be posted as their own standalone artworks. I spent too much time on this to just leave it to rot on my hard drive :dead:

The calendar focuses on hypothetical environments that could possibly exist throughout the universe. Some are "dead" planets with no atmosphere or life, but are centred around some cosmic event going on on it anyway, some though are a little closer to home (not literally of course) and feature plant life. This one, inspired by a mid-western style desert, features two suns (making it part of a binary system) contributing to excessive heat and occasional wild weather due to the extra solar energy it receives. A main sun is not in view as it's behind where the viewer would be, illuminating the landscape through a brief gap in the storm. A secondary smaller and dimmer sun can be seen rising in the background. The plants are inspired by cacti and succulents and their odd, almost reflective silver/grey colouration could be a response to the extra sunlight that needs to be reflected back out, while their thick stems store whatever rain comes, as similar plants do here on Earth.
Created mostly in Vue with some Photoshop involved too.

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JaidanWolf Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Unbelievably beautiful!
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999-8-666 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   Photographer
nice!
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kaleemsagard Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like that red light from the sun, marvelous!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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LadyWinter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Fantastic! Love the atmosphere and the lighting looks great. Looks beautiful but also a scary place to live!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I would agree there :shifty:
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Dopaprime Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lots of unique elements, I like it! :D
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Shaylob Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I never thought about the cacti being in the tornado, that would suck. even in just a dust storm. EEP! Very nice.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, cacti somehow are more dangerous when they're flying around at 300 miles per hour :laughing: Glad you liked it :)
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vandervals Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you are a master in vue! I am a dummy!  Can I ask you where did you learn it, pretyboy? :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I learned a few valuable techniques from ~nukeation But he's never around on here anymore. And his video tutorials - while really insightful, aren't free either :p Other than that it's mostly just self experimentation over the years I've been using the software :)
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vandervals Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I think the atmospheres and rendering are the most dificult thing, specially because it requires great intuition or great loose of time (while you render the attempts) xD
Right now I'm having problems with the displacements. When I use uvs, I see the cuts (while they work perfect in other programs) yet they look perfect in other programs, and also it has errors or distorsions. With the procedurals... for stainding images it is ok but when animating the illumination of the displacement features jumps a lot... U_u Do you think it can be because I use xtream? should I go back to infinite? (people say it has much less errors)

BTW, I'm vandervals, I just changed the avatar recently xD
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're fun to experiment with in Vue. It can instantly change the look of a scene which is a lot harder to do when painting something from scratch, as a simple colour adjustment doesn't move shadows and highlights around like it can with a moving of the sun in Vue :sun:

I rarely use displacements unless I'm creating elaborate rock or organic formations, in which case I don't need to use maps, I can create functions that make a natural-enough result which don't show (as much) unwanted artifacts. I think Vue crashed on me when I tried using displacement mapping on a terrain a couple of times so that discouraged me from trying that again :p Infinite might be more stable on a standard computer (XStream because it's so powerful might be wanting more resources that just aren't there unless you got a studio-quality beast of a PC :pc:)
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vandervals Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
how do you get realistic terrains, then? procedural terrain + bump map?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Usually a procedural terrain and a lot of time in the material editor. I try to avoid using image-mapped textures and go for procedurals when I can since I can change those without always having to open it in Photoshop, plus they take up way less memory too.
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vandervals Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Do you know any good tutorial about the function editor? It is really hard to use... Forgive me! 
(I'll give you a kiss, or a cookie, whatever you preffere!)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I learned how to use it from one of ~nukeation's tutorials he did a few years ago, then filled in the gaps myself by experimentation. Creating the patten is quite easy, but many get lost on those complex connections (lines) in the editor that join everything up. But it's like teaching someone how to ride a bike - I know how to do it myself, but heaven help me if I try explaining it to someone whose not even physically here to see what I'm pointing at :lol:
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VaniellaSky Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looove this! Especially since i normally dont see much stormy landscapes like this from you often, but i really like it,'specially the tornado :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it ever storms in my art, then it's gonna be a good one ;)
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petrova Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing work, I really like the composition. Very dramatic with the storm.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yes I don't do stormy weather often, but I like to make it really cool when I do :D
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petrova Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Indeed you do :nod:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And who says this isn't happening right now in this universe? The possibilities are endless, your pictures make them so realistic. I just wish you could do an entire book of these. You take real items and combine very skillfully with imagination and the result is what we have here. Your gift to show what might be is incredible and what you show is credible. The mind is the theater of imagination and yours is very well stocked! Thanks for sharing.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the nice comment :) Well I may not have any books on the horizon but this year I hope to finish a calendar I'll sell on dA ready for the next, this was one of the "rejected concepts" from it actually. I was happy with how it came out technically but concept wise it didn't quite feel alien enough even with the two suns. The whole calendar is done in this style though, a bit realistic but a bit like some of the old school sci-fi renditions out there. Some focus on astronomical events (dying suns, forming planets etc) others focus on potential life on other planets (alien forests, swamps etc) :alientwo:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 I like your work in that it is realistic, many get wrapped up in a Star Wars fantasy, you don't put all that in instead your work leads the eye to explore the whole picture without it coming to a singular point and the mind assuming as much. I'm not against Star Wars but it has been over 30 years now. Your concepts take on a fresh look to a question which many ask---what is like out there?. Instead of wild fantasy (it is OK but I like a little more substance in my picture) you portray what we have been able to infer so far plus complete it to a reasonable likelihood.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must be the only science fiction artist who really doesn't give a crap about Star Wars :jedi: Hell I've watched more of the Family Guy parodies of the world famous trilogy than the movies themselves :rofl: I do admire it for how well-executed it was for the time. Some of the "puppets" are noticeably fake looking, but the landscape, buildings and space scenes look very good and have only been rivalled in quality in recent decades (there are some sci-fi movies made in the 90's which still haven't aged as well) But for a series I could just never really "get in" to it. Same goes for Star Trek, or hey - any movie or TV series with the word "star" in the title, I think there's a lot by now :lol:

One thing I always notice is their lack of noticeably alien plant life on their alien planets, since plants have always fascinated me more than actual creatures (I guess that makes me a one in a million there, most would go for the dragon-like beast if they were to keep an extra-terrestrial lifeform, not some weird fungus-like vegetation growing in droves along a foreign forest floor ;p). TV sci-fi landscapes are either always barren (deserts and ice worlds) which is fair enough - there's a lot of both in the universe. But ones that are Earth-like with vegetation seem to have pretty uncreative tree/plant designs which to any horticulturalist can be named and tagged as being one that exists here already :evileye: I guess the only way of explaining their way out of that would be that humans brought Earth trees and plants with them when terraforming dead worlds. Still, an alien landscape with truly new-looking vegetation has yet to be seen outside of a CG animated documentary about astrobiology I saw years back :alientwo:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I love plants but are not really into animals, a plant is a dynamic process that goes at its own rate and is dependent upon many things to survive, it is much harder to be a plant than a creature. Plants are dealt a set of cards that have no variables in like moving or escaping the elements. Anyone can make multi-limb beasties but it takes a little more thought on plants, they can't move around, travel, or hunt and gather, they are solitary as well.

 I saw the Star Wars movies but that is it--I have seen them I don't want to keep watching over and over and memorizing every line in them. I must admit that I do love Ed Wood movies--If you ever get a chance watch 'Plan Nine from Outer Space'--it was voted the absolute Worst movie ever made, it is so bad that it is great. Botched Dialog, impossible scenes and just plain bad movie making, but poor Ed he really tried (and he was a Cross-dresser-Yea!). Hubcap flying saucers and you can actually see the string as they flew around, it was also one  of the very last movies that Bela Lugosi was in, matter of fact he passed away and creative old Ed hired his wife's chiropractor to finish out Bela's role, thing is this man was 5 inches taller and was bald, still in all, Ed had him do it.

Well keep doing what you do, it is refreshing to see flora and as I said, anyone can make animals or humanoids. Keep up the great work.

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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's very true. I think plants are naturally built "tougher" than animals because of the fact they have to be committed to whatever spot they germinate in. There's no searching for water if it gets too dry, no hiding for shelter when it gets too hot, or cold, or windy, no ability to fight off attackers, no shell to hide in etc. Sticky sap and maybe some thorns are about the best defenses they got. It's no wonder that they're blessed with the ability to grow back lost limbs, since if they couldn't then I think every tree would look like a bare wooden pole with what both the weather and animals put them through :XD: Funny how such a primitive lifeform design-wise can put up with a lot more than any human can, and we're the most complex things this planet has ever produced. I often say though that the more complex something is, the more ways something can go wrong with it. The simplest things are often the strongest :strong: It can even be said about technology - an old phone can be dropped off a balcony, hit the concrete and bounce into a pool and still work, while an Iphone shatters if you knock it off a coffee table onto the carpet :lmao:

That movie sounds hilariously bad. I do like pointing out flaws in effects in movies and I'm sure I wouldn't stop pointing them out in that. I never say I could do it better though, I just say "with this kind of budget and these "professionals" they could have done it better than that" but sometimes it's good for a laugh. The worst movie I've ever heard of is called "Birdemic" - I haven't seen it, but the attacking birds and explosions seen over the cityscape are clearly just cloned and poorly-cut-out GIF images which aren't even animated :rofl:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Ed's movie were shot in what could be called a semi-large freight room, like the kind on a Railway. It was not a Movie Studio and his Crew were either retired or worked cheap. He made other bad movies but this one was his most memorable . I like his work in that his was the underdog trying to be as good as the major studios'. I can identify with him in that my life has been like that--I was never a success but I keep trying and dreaming. There was a movie Called 'Ed Wood" with Johnny Depp playing Ed, it was great and it gave an insight into him, I really like it.

You are right about the technology, it is so complicated and yet so fragile. I don't invest a lot simply because I don't have the money and everything is constantly being updated, I can't keep up. My Laptop is 8 years old but it does what I need it to, until it crashes I will continue to use. Well it is getting close  to 1 A.M. here and I should turn in, I hope my dream tonight is you taking me on a magic carpet ride through your Universe. I have really enjoyed you and your work and I will continue to add to my collection. You are awesome and those other guys need to see just how damn good you are! I hope your day is fantastic and please lets stay in touch, I really enjoy intellectual conversation but that doesn't mean that you can't through in some quirky things as well. Until later my dear friend..............

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PaperIz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! The concept and execution are totally on point!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :handshake:
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PaperIz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob, yo!
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BlackEnvy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the vegetation here, when I caught a glimpse of the thumbnail and that fiery sun it caught my attention right away. 

I'm not sure why, but I started imagining another version with an exploding volcano rather than a twister. Totally useless information for you, I know! but hey if it sparks imagination surely that's the sign of a great piece of art?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess a volcano would also fit the theme, it would be a much younger planet by the looks of it if there were (as opposed to this very old canyon-like scene I went with) I also imagined this being a pretty arid planet overall, but there's bound to be volcanoes somewhere :paranoid:
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool!
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YumeNouveau Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is incredible, I love the lighting!  Great angle, this is so dramatic and beautiful yet still creepy, love it!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Dramatic, beautiful and a little creepy is right on ;)
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Emilyahedrick Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow awesome job on this, almost the tornado in the back, until i looked at full image instead of just the cool plants :D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, even with the dramatic weather I did intend for the plants to be the main focus as I thought it would be cool to create an alien world with it's own plant types on it :D
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Emilyahedrick Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, it's an awesome image :D 
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Bowser81889 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Way cool, I just love the way you set up the overall compositional arrangement and know exactly what you're aiming for when it comes to scenery features.  This particular piece gives us a more close-up view of the plants you worked on, which ergo gives the viewer a better appreciation for the details you pour into such features.  There's plenty of seemingly natural beauty to behold within your works, and when combined with the lighting...just soars high above your average fantasy picture.  The angle is exceptionally gorgeous here as well, not to mention the tornado provides for an interesting focal vantage point in this piece too.

Keep up the wonderful work dude. :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) Yes I love creating the landscapes for these imagined worlds just as much, or even more than creating pictures of them from a space view. Funny how I'm not much of an adventurer her eon Earth but always dream of seeing these other planets, though it's based on the assumption I have an easy way of getting around and won't be killed by the local wildlife (or tornadoes :fear:)
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Bowser81889 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, it's crazy how you can come up with such creative places for your viewers to escape to.  It definitely brings a lot of cool ideas to mind whenever you upload something, so thanks for keeping us inspired with your works. :)
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Cean-Herzfield Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your style is so unique and original. I really enjoy all of your work. Clap
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :bow:
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viralcode666 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
dark brandon: you are a very interesting human priteeboy if you need anything just sign on one of my contracts dotted lines but be forwarned you must lose to gain.
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richard091261 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Amazing !! :D (Big Grin) 
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thraxllisylia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It wouldn't be a Priteeboy image without a funnel cloud :P. Top notch effort as usual.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, this is my first one in years :lol:
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013

Greetings Matthew,

 

Great scene with wonderful details.  Perhaps this is "The Deadly Desert" from the Land of Oz books . . . Is that the silhouette of The Wicked Witch in that twister???  Just kidding . . . I know this is supposed to be in a binary star system and as far as we know, Oz had only one sun which was much like Sol.

 

Best regards,

 

Michael C. Turner

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