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I always wanted to do a "floating islands" picture. Here it is.

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MangaFreak007 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student General Artist
OMG LOVE!!!!!! +FAVED!!!
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Autsch :D das ist irgendwie magisch und leicht schmerzhaft für meine Augen :D

Auf jeden Fall eine nette Fiktion... :)
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010   Digital Artist
Vielen Dank. Und keine Sorge, die Schmerzen lassen schnell wieder nach. :)
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h3llb0yn3cr0 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno what to say. I worship you now!
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009   Digital Artist
:D That's okay. When I get 2000 or more followers, I might get immortal (or get a pie, I'm not so sure about that).
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Hop41 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Haven't heard of Cameron's Avatar, now I want to see it. These remind me of Roger Dean's floating islands.
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009   Digital Artist
Aaand if you got a powerful PC or a console, you can play the game too. :D You seen the trailers yet, they're on Youtube.
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revesburger Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
THAT is what i call a badass Floatin Island scene :wow:
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009   Digital Artist
:D Yes it is. :D
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh Avatar influences :D nice work mate :highfive:
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009   Digital Artist
Yeah, both of them and then all the nice floating island pictures I've seen before. :D Thanks mate. :highfive:
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ifreex Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh mate, it's beautiful :D
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. :D
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chavanuco Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice render.the ecosistem is spectacular.
reminds me of the Pandora planet (james cameron´s Avatar movie) [link]
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. :D I saw the trailer and can't wait to see the movie. The trailer was one of the inspirations for this picture. The other was "Avatar - the last airbender".
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're fun to do aren't they? ;) sometimes you just gotta forget science and just go all out and illustrate what the imagination wants :floating: I love the shape of the islands - very natural. Still looks a bit plain though, like I would have made part of one visible in the bottom-right corner seen really close, as if your'e standing right on the edge looking at the others. The waterfall I would have made a bit "messier" as it goes further down, broken up by air resistance and possibly dragged by wind :idea: but with such a high polygon count - I wouldn't dare ask you to re-render this - I myself just finished waiting for what was a near 26-hour render - and I ain't going to change it now :lol: Did you use dynamic population on the ground? :O

Fantastic planet too! 8-)
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Yeah, it was fun to do this. The islands were shaped in GeoControl. I just took the terrain, mirrored it, rotated it 180° and stretched the lower terrain. Then put them together. Fits perfect and doesn't look mirrored at all. ;). The eco system in this picture is plain crazy. I had a polygon count near one trillion. Something like 1,150,000,000,000. I feared the RAM wouldn't be sufficient, but the render came out ok and I even was allowed to save it. :D No dynamic population in this one. The ground terrain was 22500m x 22500m and is fully populated too. Just insane. The waterfall was painted in with Photoshop and I used different pictures of waterfalls for comparison. Angel Falls was one of them. The water falls very far before it breaks up. The planet was more of an afterthought. Had it lying around on my hdd.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My computer would have exploded at that polygon count :explosion: I don't think I've even allowed mine to reach the half-billion mark. I scratch every bit of memory-space I can...oh, and if you don't wnat thousands of tree's appearing behind or to the sides of the camera (where they can't be seen but still add to the size) I just cover all parts of the terrain out of view, with a couple of giant cubes (I make a fully invisible material for them just so they don't influence the lighting on the scene :invisible:) and so long as the "decay near foreign objects" is turned on - it'll stop tree's appearing where they can't be seen and wasting space :idea:
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Dude, to hide the trees that aren't visible is just brilliant. Why haven't I thought of that? Serious, why? :noes: And your idea on how to do that (invisible blocks) is so obvious, it almost hurts. ;) Thanks for sharing that.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might make a tutorial on that. Though with the Vue community being so tiny - it'll probably be useless to 99% of my watchers anyway, so I'll probably just link e'm back to my comment here :idea: but yeah, I came up with that last year when I had a significantly weaker laptop than now - and when your'e pushed to the edge and have a lot of limitations, you are forced to come up with genius ideas to compensate :D
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Breath-taking :)
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. :D
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Welcome 8-)
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty sweet, inspired by Avatar by any chance?
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks. And to which one do you refer? The last airbender? Pretty nice floating islands there. Or to the movie by James Cameron? Pretty nice floating islands there too. :D Yeah, I saw the trailer to "Avatar" and somehow those islands got stuck in my head.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The trailer for Camerons Avatar, and yes they did look pretty awesome.
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Dude, I watched that trailer 5 or 6 times and can't wait for the movie.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah does look awesome, must see it in 3D
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it! It's a cool concept. Guess one have to forget about the strange phenomena that the water is pulled downwards, while the huge islands floats as if nothing affects them though ;-)
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks. Yeah, the water... hm... Well, the water is completely fine. It's the rocks in those floating islands which are nearly weightless. ;)
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps the islands kinda floats up and down, not hovering in complete stillness - and this scene has been captured when the island is floating upwards - and hence leaving the water behind ;-)
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Now that's a perfectly fine explanation too. :D
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radu-jm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
really cool!
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hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. :)
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