Sticking with the "minimalist" theme here. This piece was inspired by one of my all-time favorite novels: Frank Herbert's "Dune". I realize it is a bit dark in spots, but I wanted a good deal of shadow between the desert and the Shield Wall.

Hope you enjoy it!



8.45/10 rating (157 votes)
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Amateria
"Makes me happy"
I love sandy, sci-fi scenes. But what gets me about this one is the way it messes with my head. It looks very much like a Milky Way type feature in the background, but my brain tells me there is no way you'd be able to discern that object and that many stars with that extremely brght light on the left. So it makes me think ... what would have to be going on for that to work?? :) Alien Worlds = <3

Thu October 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

Dan
"9"
This just came up on my desktop cycling again. Having recently played Journey, this really reminded me of that game.

Sun March 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Clint
"10/10"
I didn't like the day version much, but this one is epic :D

Fri May 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Clint
"10/10"
fucking nice.

Fri May 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

SpeedyJ
"10"
FANTASTIC.....

Sat April 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

Curtis
"9"
Ryan, you've really been turning out some stellar work this year. I do prefer this to the day version as it is a little bit more moody.

Wed April 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Ryan
"@Matt"
I doubt I will do another version but you are welcome to download the triple-screen and slice it up however you like.

Tue April 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Matt
"5"
Seeing the multi-screen version now I think the best part is more to the left by the sun. Could you make a pickle jar version of a single screen panned to the left?



Thanks

Tue April 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Cylar
"8"
I love this one. I hope you continue to do pieces based off sci-fi and fantasy literature.



Any chance of getting the figure into more of the multi-screen renders? I noticed he got cropped out of the Dual 1080 image.

Tue April 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

MIB4u
"8"
And again I'm reminded that I have to read Dune ...

Very good piece, that one! :)

Tue April 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

Ryan
"@Tim"
The Pickle Jar Zip files should be be fixed. Thanks for the heads up!!

Tue April 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

Nic
"9/10"
Now here's a challenge for you - Now do Caladan and Giedi Prime! Great picture, not really how I envisioned it but it's great to have someone else's take on it.



PS I always thought the Original film was absolute rubbish!

Tue April 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

Tim
"8/10"
Love the red sand. Makes me think of Mars.



Also, your pickle jar zips have broken links for the first 4 files. Not sure where else to post that info for you. Sorry

Tue April 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

Skyshroud
"7"
The sand looks off to me,, other then that I like it.

Tue April 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

Hawk
"8"
Niiiiice!



Love the city skyscrapers, love the huge rock wall, love the sand...



Can't wait for the dual-screen version!



You might consider changing the robe on the little guy to a Stillsuit?

Tue April 9, 2013 at 2:23 am

scottg
"9"
Very nice! Have you ever read Arthur C. Clark's Rendezvous With Rama? You would make a great visualization of that ship interior!



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendezvous_with_Rama

Mon April 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm

jmpond
"10++"
Now that's a nice image. It invokes so many feelings all at once! Great job!

Mon April 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Tyler
"10"
Love everything about it. A little grainy at the top but can live with it. This is the first image in a while that for me has the classic DB touch to it.

Mon April 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Amanda
"8"
LOVE this idea! frank herbert and his Dune series has permanent placement on my bookshelves (his son carried on the tradition quite well, i might add).

i look forward to seeing what else might come of this inspiration (like in the pickle jar)! =o)

Mon April 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Jason
"9"
Actually just started reading this series again, read it about ten times when I was young. Great way to build up your vocabulary! Love the series, really like this image. Takes me there

Mon April 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Ryan
"Thanks Guys!"
The multiscreen is rendering now. Hope to have it up this evening or early tomorrow.

Mon April 8, 2013 at 12:29 am

drow
"10"
massively awesome.

Mon April 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

0beron
"9"
Love the image, especially the cityscape. The graininess works with the content, after all sand is pretty grainy!

My eyes keep catching on the top of the dunes and the sudden colour change to the wall behind - makes it look like a set of dunes with a painted backdrop rather than the dunes stretching out to meet the base of the wall.

Mon April 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

Jenanne
"10"
I wore out my first copy of Dune and had to buy another. Terrific piece -- I particularly like the city on the cliffs. Great Mother, Ryan! You're worth ten times your weight of water!

Mon April 8, 2013 at 10:48 am

Kyle
"Warning..."
Wormsign...

Mon April 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

Ryan
"7"
Fantastic. Every couple years I pick up Dune just to read a chapter or two and end up reading the whole book again. Thanks for reminding me what I'm doing for the next few days.



Cant wait for the dual-screen.

Mon April 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

Bruce P.
"10"
This piece has just the right lighting for my iPhone lockscreen and background. Well done Ryan!

Mon April 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

Rob C.
"9"
Also a big fan of Dune.



Like the piece a lot - the lighting, the patterns, the shadows, the lone figure.



Would also love to see a version with just the endless dunes, as well as the multi-screen.

Mon April 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

Jonathan L
"8/10"
I actually really like this piece.



But, it makes me want a piece without the buildings or the rockface -- just a desert piece. I love the look of the sand, the lighting level... just terrific!

Mon April 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

Jonathan L
"8/10"
I actually really like this piece.



But, it makes me want a piece without the buildings or the rockface -- just a desert piece. I love the look of the sand, the lighting level... just terrific!

Mon April 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

Justin
"10"
Huge fan of the book, and of this piece. The buildings on top blend in perfectly to the mountain side, the lights inside are just enough to draw attention but not keep it. Can't wait for a multi-screen version.


Mon April 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

Eric
"10"
What, no worms? LOL Love Dune.



Long Live the Fighters!



PS. Great image ... Really captures the feel!

Mon April 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

Scarr
"9"
Generally, desert is not my scene... and if a desert is necessary, there better be a few palm trees in there. But this one isn't just visually appealing, it speaks to me in depth. I don't exactly understand what I feel when I see it, but it's post-apocalyptic/Ray Bradbury-esque feel almost makes it... frightening. Beautifully frightening.

Mon April 8, 2013 at 8:23 am

Chris
"10"
I haven't ever commented on any of your work, despite being a member for over a year and a half, but I was struck by the simple beauty in this render. Keep it up Ryan.

Mon April 8, 2013 at 8:19 am

Laura
"10"
This isn't what I have ever pictured Arrakeen as, but it is a fabulous piece. The pre-render reminded me of Dune, and the title was all I needed to know why you made this. :D

Mon April 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

Cougz
"10/10"
Oh my.. This is awesome ! It's like some of your older work. Simply gorgeous..

Mon April 8, 2013 at 7:32 am

suab
"10/10"
wov... this has immediately become one of my top 10 favourites... perhaps because I am also a great fan of dune :)

Mon April 8, 2013 at 3:54 am

Phil
"5"
Looks good. I think the mountain side is a bit too dark though, would be good to see some more detail in the rockface. The sand looks very grainy as well, not very smooth. Not much of a fan of the sun glare in the top left corner either.

Sun April 7, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Gordon
"7"
I thought Journey, not Dune. But then again, I've played Journey more recently.

Sun April 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Alec
"10/10"
Absolutely one of my favorites you've done so far, and an amazing portrayal of Arrakis

Sun April 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Alec
"10/10"
Absolutely one of my favorites you've done so far, and an amazing portrayal of Arrakis

Sun April 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

L.
"9/10"
Dune is amazing and this is a great vision of it. A mid-day version would be really interesting.

Sun April 7, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Candy
"10"
I also loved the book "Dune" although it has been many years since I read it. I can see the inspiration from it. I also think a mid-day version would be interesting.

Sun April 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Markus
"10"
Like the light & ambient. Love Dune, too!

Sun April 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Joe
"4/10"
Not my favorite.

I like the idea and layout, but I wish the haze were reduced. I think it would be much more striking if the light could really show the difference in texture between the sand, rock, and structures, but it kind of gets lost in the fuzz.

Sun April 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Greg in CA
"8"
What? No Shai-Hulud? ;-)

Sun April 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Vaul
"10"
Excellent!

Sun April 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

John
"10"
Loved the Dune series! I can definitely see the influence in this image. Absolutely your best work yet!

Sun April 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm

jlpilkin
"9/10"
Awesome all around. I never saw Dune, but this reminds me of Judge Dredd. I love the depiction of the "Shield Wall".

Sun April 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Lidia
"Very nice"
Ir doesn't seem that minimalist to me, but it is very nice and I like it very much. I love that we get to enjoy adaptations of the sights you conjure up in your mind. Perhaps movie makers should come here for inspiration. :-)

Sun April 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Ben
"10"
I can definitely see the inspiration from Dune in this. I think the shadows add to the imposing nature of the shield wall. I think perhaps a mid-day scene would be interesting contrast to this twilight scene.

Sun April 7, 2013 at 12:44 am

Ryan
"Arrakeen"
Sticking with the "minimalist" theme here. This piece was inspired by one of my all-time favorite novels: Frank Herbert's "Dune". I realize it is a bit dark in spots, but I wanted a good deal of shadow between the desert and the Shield Wall.

Hope you enjoy it!

Sun April 7, 2013 at 12:30 am

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