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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.


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 
RuneWoof Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow!! THis is really amazing!! 
0manisha Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
its breath taking i m trull amazed have u done it in maya??
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.
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
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.
Raelsatu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you, I really enjoy the critique. =} I'm happy you like the piece.

thekroll Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks absolutely stunning !
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.
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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