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Genius of the Lamp by priteeboy Genius of the Lamp by priteeboy
Those who read my journal made before this would have been left wondering what I meant by “A lamp…How are you going to connect that with space art” And here it is, my submission to Nameless Designers contest which requires to create original and unusual space-art.

Primarily made to just look cool, I also wanted it to have further meaning. The clever pun "Genius of the Lamp" could refer to whoever or whatever was responsible for creating such a marvellous universe which contains things big and small that are so amazing in how it all works that not even the most vivid imagination can rival its existence, here condensed down into a lava lamp which just happens to be shaped like a space rocket (I'm sure some of you have seen rocket-shaped lava lamps in gift shop windows). And surrounded by common household objects (based on things I own or once had). For extra interest, maybe the universe is just sitting on Almighty's desktop.

The lava blobs have relevance too; you can clearly see how it shows the creation and destruction of planets and life. Hot lava eventually cools and forms planets where life will rise when the planet is in its prime but it will inevitably fall back to its origin but they are not wasted, their material is melted down and recycled to rise once again. Just like the workings of a lava lamp.

As for the working process, well the most time consuming part by far was modelling all objects in Cinema 4D, which were then imported into Vue where they were textured and rendered. Lighting which was crucial proved exceedingly difficult but luckily, Good o'l Photoshop came in use and was used for other things besides the obviously Photoshopped blob details.

Long comment, I know but I had to say a lot for an idea that only comes around once in a very long time. Thanks for reading and Viewing !

This concept and artwork are both copyrighted material. Do not use or distribute this in any way
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sonate32 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
very inspirational
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euphoricmadness Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You should get a DD for this. :heart:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so :bow: Though these days I could have done it better :XD:
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DuskySanctum Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
this is so cool!
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adescdasc Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
very nice. I love the colours.
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BiggiezWorld Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
This an amazing take on the universe I have never looked at it quite like this but it definitely gets the gears turning! Some day I hope to be able to get into PS and other software so I can bring my ideas to life like this! Thank you for sharing this piece is amazing!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou! I almost forgot about this one. Could do a way better job at it these days I think, but I feel its a concept best left as its own ;p Glad you liked that concept ;)
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fhrei Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
I wish I have this lamp -____- great works and idea at the same time!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same, it would be the envy of all others, but impossible to create :lol:
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VixenGypsy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
:eyepopping: OMG this is a phenomenal piece! I'd like to ask permission to showcase this on [link] a Lava Lamp collectors site. They would go nuts over this! Please contact me.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool site, I never knew you could have marbellised-wax lava lamps :eyepopping: (I've had this specialty one that has an iceberg for the cap and base and blue water/white bubbles for probably a decade now :snowing:) but I'd like something more generic but still unusual nowadays :D

Hmm, is it like a blog or something? I don't mind people blogging about my work of credit is given and links back to my gallery are provided. But I discourage simply saving any of my art and re-uploading it to other sites like one would with any o'l image :no:
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Schazmen Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
You are ridiculously skilled with your stuff, dude. How? How can you be so good? How much time does it take for a single piece? And how long've you been doing these things?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well if you must know - I have been drawing my whole life :crazy: yep, I wans't one of these who just "decided to draw" as soon as anime became popular and mae me start :lmao: I've been doing it for as long as I can remember and wa sknown around school for it :) but it didn't start really getting good until I came here, but I thouroughly enjoyed all those years beforehand too :aww:

I average around 15 hours or so a peice, was a bit longer back when I did this though, now I'm more skilled and have faster technology so it's a little quicker :phew:
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Schazmen Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Your whole life, huh? I drew a lot when I was around 10, but then other things started coming up and I just sorta stopped. Now I only draw occasionally, if I happen to feel like it.

15 hours, huh? Since I haven't drawn for a while, I can't really see myself working that long on a piece...
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InfiniteFruit Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconwowplz: Wow, awesome! :lol: Simply genius. Are you sure there's not any aliens in contact with your brain, giving you all this inspiration? :XD:

:+fav:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There probably are aliens in contact with my brain - I have never been able to comprehend how "noraml" humans work :confused:
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InfiniteFruit Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm guessing they are the weather/landscape/planet/solar system/star/supernova/galaxy building aliens, and you're probably unconsciously receiving glimpses of their handywork. :XD:

I'm sub-normal, so I don't get them, either. :invisible:
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Kamikaye Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
I love magma lamps , I collect them , but I need one like that :D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everytime I see one in a store window I get so tempted to buy it :eager: especially since they're cheaper these days (as little as ten years ago they cost a fortune! considering they have been out since like - the 60's :weed:) but I agree one like this would be worth the massive pricetag :omg:
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Kamikaye Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Yea indeed , and it would be on all the time :D A source of endless visual joy :floating: Well here they are cheap but since the european union banned light bulbs they vanished from almost all stores. :( Since a lamp like this wont work with a energy saving lamp.
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Schokokuchen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
This is so beautyful! O:
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IssacBlast Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
NEWTON BALLS!! Ehem, sorry. This is seriously cool. Or hot.. depends. The analogy was intriguing. Like universal recycling!

Oh yeah.. BONSAI!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, those Newton balls are cool, always fascinated me as a kid =p while Bonsai trees are a relatively newer interest of mine :D
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PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is just such a cool concept. It reminds me of MIB with that whole galaxy in a locker and on a cat's collar etc.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved that scene where it shows you the Universe inside a marble :love: the locker world one was OK too, but still didn't beat the alien's marbles :alien: thanks for faving too :)
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PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Those marbles were cool, I forgot about them :alientwo:
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Spectrumchaser Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
This is absolutely awesome! I love all the detail! Like the way the bonsai tree is reflected in the glass at the top of the lava lamp, and also the reflections on the parabola/sphere thing that's sitting on the desk off to the left side (I'm sure there's a real name for it). The marbles in the front, the amethyst crystals in that little holder behind them, and how the lava starts out as molten blobs and turns into planets...just...*takes a deep breath*...WOW!

Great concept and execution. I am blown away! :faint:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou very much, I can see that you really took each little detail into account. I think those chrome sphere things are called "Newton's Cradle" - but that's based purely on another comment I got, so don't quote me on that ;)

Thankyou for faving too :hug:
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Spectrumchaser Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Oh you are most welcome. I forgot to mention one thing that I thought was funny - the one lava blob looks like a brain to me, or even a curled up person! (genius) :clap:
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GracefulTragedy Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the concept for this! It's brilliant!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, guess a brilliant concept is fitting to the title :idea: I sometimes think of re-doing this one since the concept is just too good to waste on anything but my best current skill :plotting: But it can wait - my production line is full for now ;p
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GracefulTragedy Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
If you do ever do a newer version, let me know! This piece really put at a loss for words. It also makes the viewer think about the bigger picture instead of being caught up in our own little lives. There's so much out there that we don't even know about yet!
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kjas Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
this is a really neat idea. love looking at this and imagining it actually moving.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it would be a cool sight to actually see in action :eyepopping: thanks!
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FroggyX Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
LOVE it!!
good job :)
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DFTRebell Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
WoW !

Real cool ;)
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Kykel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
I wish I had a lava lamp like that.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here :eyepopping: would cost a lot though.
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1CM Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
OMFG I wants me a piece of that action!!!!! If they made lava lamps like that for real, I would spend ridiculous amounts of money to get my hands on one! I LOVES IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lovedazed:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, yeah, if they were real, I'm sure I would blow a thousand bucks or more on one :giggle: lets hope no younger siblings knock it over and break it :pissed:

thanks!
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stardust4ever Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
I can't believe that this has sat in my favorites for months, but yet I never took the time to leave comment. I would love to have this on my wall!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou very much, well the important thing is that you came back to comment, I appreciate comments just as much as favourites...maybe even moreso, as it shows the viewer love sit enough to actually take the time to comment :D glad you like it!
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stardust4ever Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
Oh wait, looking back, I already did, LOL!
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Neriede Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Words cannot express how much glee I get from looking at this. :o
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, thats OK, I can tell those who give those sort of coments needn't say more anyway, glad you liked it :XD:
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Chihiproth Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
omg. that's so cool
*has stopped sayin' "awesome" :XD:*
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :)
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Chihiproth Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
yourwelcome. =)
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stardust4ever Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
This is awesome! My awe of lava lamps was recently rekindled by some friends of mine all giving me, my mom, or receiving from someone else, a Lava lite.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They sure are the coolest, I hardly use mine anymore, but when I see them in shop-windows, they always grab my attention with their hypnotic shapes and colours :eyepopping:
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