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Megahorn Mesa by priteeboy Megahorn Mesa by priteeboy
Massive, bulky alien trees are the first to catch the bright light of a new day under a blue sun while smaller, more Earth-sized desert trees seek refuge from the full extent of the day by growing mostly in sheltered parts of the canyon or in the shadows and beneath the megahorn trees themselves. The evolutionary benifits behind their size and shape are still somewhat a mystery, though realistically they would probably store tonnes of water inside, sourced from rivers lower down in the canyon. The "horns" all seem to point in the same direction and are the only parts of the trees that can convert sunlight to energy, like one giant, thick leaf...The pointing direction probably minimises how much direct sunlight it receives later in the afternoon when the sun is at its feircest :dead: From above they could probably even be used as sundails...but who the Hell is gonna bother climbing them? ;p

Anyway, I've had these strange alien plants in mind for a long time, probably even a few years. It's amazing how much time goes by when you decide to put an idea off for a dry moment. But just as well since I think this would hopefully be an original entry idea for the sci-fi Lost Lands contest :alientwo:
Megahorn trees were modelled in Cinema 4D...everything else done in Vue7 with moderate postwork and effects postworked in Photoshop :)

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XSereneiX Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The canyons were done in vue7? what do you generally use for textures?
this piece is epic!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are procedural canyons, so that helps with the detail factor for a start ;) I think I just used a generic rocky/gritty texture I modified from one of the preset materials (one of the layered rock ones)
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XSereneiX Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for telling :D

I will be experimenting with 3d art sometime latter this summer or the fall, would you mind giving me feedback suggestions on my future works?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have for plenty of people already, so I can't see why not :nod:
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Parashiva Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I would climb those trees, yes I would climb the hell out of them.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just don't fall :nuu:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should be an illustrator, with this kind of work, the mind becomes fired up on the existence of what could possibly out there, sadly with the failure now of Kepler, it will be a long to before we see again, but thanks to you we can imagine.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had no idea anything happened to Kepler :ohnoes: I suppose failure does encourage better "second attempts" maybe they'll replace Kepler with something even better :fingerscrossed:
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Chipchinka Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013   Writer
I found this through random browsing, and I absolutely love it! All-too-often I see alien landscapes that are totally devoid of alien life forms of any sort, and this is a great departure from that.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel the same way. That's why this year I'm working on an "alien landscapes" calendar ready for sale for next year. And I'm going to make half of the landscapes "barren" (like we would expect a lot of anyway, these will focus more on cosmic events anyway) and about half will have life forms (mostly alien plants though - don't know a thing about designing a decent creature). Living landscapes always seem so neglected in the sci-fi genre. If you're lucky you get a lot of alien cities, but none seem to have any vegetation in them (even ours have trees along streets and such) or if they do they are pretty much just Earth-trees which make me wonder how are they living on another planet :XD:
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