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Ancient Observatory by Raelsatu Ancient Observatory by Raelsatu
An ancient observatory where the creation of celestial bodies was envisioned. Forces that exist between darkness and light, forged by the unknown.

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Something I worked on the past week, primarily for lighting/rendering practice. Modeling done in 3ds Max, rendering in Octane, post in PS.

May still do some edits to the composition.

I also might do multiple renders of different views & pieces of the "ancient observatory" theme.
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mob19151 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally someone gets my idea of an observatory, I always imagined it as if it were simply a glass dome where one could view a beautiful cosmic event, such as a nebula, or an entire galaxy. To get to my point, very well done Clap 
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RuneWoof Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow!! THis is really amazing!! 
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0manisha Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
its breath taking i m trull amazed have u done it in maya??
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Raelsatu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you. =}

I did the scene design (modeling, material setup & UVs) in 3ds Max, and the rendering with Octane.
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0manisha Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
np n really ur work is amazing i really wish to b like u some day
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Krystal-Nytemare Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not going to lie, this is spectacular. I've always loved observatories and this has just taken that love to a new level.

The symmetry of the floor design, and even a lot of the reflections being able to assist in the symmetry. But then the planets themselves being just that little bit asymmetrical, just enough to create a contrast but not enough to actually disrupt the flow of the image. Even the colour scheme of it all works in it's favour: the gold giving it a truly old-world feel aided by the slight blurring of the light reflecting off of the objects in the room. The starry background is a nice touch, subtle enough to draw the eye to the larger celestial bodies but not flashy enough to overpower the rest of the image.

I love it.
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Raelsatu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you, I really enjoy the critique. =} I'm happy you like the piece.

-Rae
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thekroll Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks absolutely stunning !
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AscendantLiche Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
While this will be quite short, it will be fully truthful.

This is the kind of place I envision myself living in if I lived in say, Nirn or the Old World. This image conjures such visions of magic, mysticism and over-arching plots of distant deities locked in struggle with eachother, it makes me want to either write or play Oblivion.

Keep up the good work and enjoy your immense talent.
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Raelsatu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you these words. I know what you mean about living in Nirn, the Old World, or something similar. I bought Oblivion when it first came out & immersed myself in it for hundreds of hours probably. Since then, there's been few, if any games that gave me similar experience. However, I think the next decade in gaming will yield a new level of immersion -- things like the Oculus Rift, precise motion tracking, haptic feedback, BCIs, etc.

Again, ty for the comment. =]
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AscendantLiche Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's fine. I did the same when I first got Oblivion and spent hours and hours turning Frostcrag Spire into my Necromancer's keep. Ahh, such fun.

TBH, I have drifted away from video gaming as entertainment, only now occasionally foraying into Cyrodiil or Morrowind.

And it's fine!
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lyc Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
curious to know why you use octane; such noisy / poorly AA'd renders from it, always needing postwork
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Raelsatu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Just an artistic choice; for one it cuts back general time spent on the piece because I can see the basis of the render in real-time. The fact it's unbiased has the benefit of physically accurate output, but it's true noise is an issue if you don't let the renderer sit long enough. I only let this one sit for about 2 hours, completing nearly 2k samples. If I let it sit for a day there probably would be minimal if any noise, but I honestly just become restless waiting.
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SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He he, sorry, this comment is a little belated compared to the favourite this time. XD But whoooooaaaa my freaking gosh, I'm not gonna lie, this is the kind of art I live for on Deviantart, the kind of art I always hope to see, because this is absolutely phenomenal!! :omg: For something that was created within a week, I couldn't possibly hope to match up to something like this within a month, and the combination of speed and beauty leaves me awe-struck! A concept both imaginative and breathtaking, I absolutely revere how the backdrop of the composition is an perpetual expanse of space, and even better yet that you can cohere to a specific colour scheme without the portrayal seeming bland, mediocre or lazy, the title also giving more background and majesty to the view, and I love how everything reflects seamlessly, each different element construing a different variation of the chromatic appeal, and the design, as if the realism didn't endear to me to begin with, gives this an unconventional, unearthly kind of flair. :) From the way the shapes carved into the floor and the position of the crystals give it a ritualistic effect, to the way each sphere gives depth and life to the scenery while reflecting the lighting in different hues, this truly has the feel and majesty of its namesake title, and one thing that caught my eye is how the largest spheres in the backdrop not only contribute an air of enormity and eternity to the view, but also a notion of mysticism in the way the shadowed, nebulous parts of the globes fade into the cosmos. (Even the alignment of the three large planets is what takes my breath away!)

It's just... beautiful! :iconrlytearplz: Keep up the spectacular work, as always!
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Raelsatu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Digital Artist
These words make me feel deeply honored Siberium. It's rare that I ever get responses like that; much love & respect to you. =}
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SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, and as I've previously mentioned, you're deserving of every word. :)
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huitzlbane Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
love this.
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