Bones of the Earth

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It's been a while since I've attempted a cave render and one of my fans recently shared some photos which inspired me to try my hand at it again.

The geometry was started in Lightwave and sculpted using Zbrush before importing into Vue.

I have future plans for this scene...

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Richard Haselwood
"Nice, but the stalagmites don't quite ring true"
Nice lighting etc, but for me, the stalagmites don't look all that accurate. They tend to be a lot smoother

Tue October 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Josh
"Unique design!"
It's probably me, but the picture has a unique art style that makes it look drawn. Pretty good, nonetheless.

Fri October 7, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Susan
"Like it"
The ripples from the water drops are very effective

Sun August 28, 2016 at 4:02 am

PhilC
"Can you see the face at the top?"
Is the face at the top of the main spire intentional?! It looks like he's looking down toward the lower left of the room. I love it!

Tue August 2, 2016 at 0:29 am

Jason
"Been a while indeed"
This reminds me a lot of some of your older stuff; glad to see some of the "old school" style come back!

Fri July 15, 2016 at 9:40 am

Sharkgirl
"Beautiful Bones"
PJ version IS more dreamlike/less grainy but I prefer to see the ripples as they continue the theme out of the frame. Only a thought-tiny elements of light would soften the water drops - the solid black is a little distracting. Love the magical aspect to the stalagmites - makes me think of Gandalf and suchlike; perhaps the sacred place where powers choose their wizard. Super!

Fri July 15, 2016 at 4:01 am

Jeff Myers
"Bones of the Earth"
No 1680 X 1050?? It is an older monitor, but has that size become obsolete??

Fri July 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm

Ozaawaagos
"Beauty"
This one is also so beautiful, it feels as if your standing there taking it all in Great Job

Fri July 8, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Ozaawaagosh
"sureal"
So sureal in Beauty, the detail is simply awesome on of my fav's

Fri July 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Shannon
"Spot On"
I came for the mushrooms and now this is my second favorite.

Fri July 8, 2016 at 0:40 am

Rift
"Calm Enjoyment"
I can almost here the water droplets on this one. This one gives me a sense of cool calm, like I'm exploring a cave near a beach, wondering what's around the next bend but happy to see what I've found already. It could use a few improvements, the stalagmites could be blunter to add realism, but I like it overall.

Thu July 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Glynne
"Bones of The Earth"
I showed this to my husband who is a long time deep caver as there was something not quite right to my eye in your stalagmites compared with all the photos he's taken deep underground. He said, your stalagmites should be symmetrical rather than corkscrew-like because although at any given point the diameter can vary depending on drip flow the drip down that forms, the drip is always dripping from exactly the same point above - the tip of a stalactite that has formed above it, meaning they have axial symmetry or close to it (unless artificially damaged). Hope that makes sense.

Thu July 7, 2016 at 6:02 am

Penny
"Bones of the Earth"
Reminds me of a cave I found near Mount Lassen. I wonder what this one would look like with the golden glow of Noontime? Or a Dragon coming home from the entrance. So many possibilities :)

Wed July 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Mario Carini
"Bones of the Earth"
Perhaps Jules Verne might have envisioned such a place when he wrote Journey to the Center of the Earth. It has that underground feel!

Wed July 6, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Zach
"Gallery versus PJ"
I really like the water droplets in the current gallery version, but it seems like the PJ version has more contrast, and is less grainy. I also like the mood of the PJ version. This is yet another wallpaper that makes me wish I had three displays. I guess I'm going to have to do that one of these days. :)

Wed July 6, 2016 at 11:15 am

Neil
"great work"
The longer I have it on the more I appreciate the quality and depth of this creation, I really enjoy it.

Wed July 6, 2016 at 10:48 am

Neil
"great work"
The longer I have it on the more I appreciate the quality and depth of this creation, I really enjoy it.

Wed July 6, 2016 at 10:48 am

-sùlfúr-
"Create a night version, Would be epic!"
Definitely has the feel of a couple of my favorite science fiction films for sure! "The Cave" in "2005" and some select scenes from "Pitch Black" in "2000" just to name a couple. As Tyler stated earlier, a moonlight version is very interesting but the light from the moon itself could be challenging since your so limited with the space the light actually comes through unless you do some kind of bioluminescence from the rocks and water (glow worms or other ancient cave dwelling lifeforms?) Just an idea... Good work Ryan, I look forward to more of your work in the future!

Wed July 6, 2016 at 9:39 am

Amanda
"Ethereal colours"
Love the colours of this, they give it a real feeling of 'underground' but lightness and not gloom! I like the water drops, prefer it to the pickle jar version because it seems more underground and cave-like.

Wed July 6, 2016 at 9:16 am

JP
"Question"
Is this inspired from an image of Son Doong in Vietnam?

Wed July 6, 2016 at 1:37 am

Eric
"Raining"
Beautiful stalagmites and cave. Great overall image except for the falling water which is slightly cartoon-ish. Perhaps a bit less and it will be great!

Tue July 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm

Jenanne
"Great!"
Love version two, too. Really nice use of light, color, and reflection in both renders.

Tue July 5, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Timhogs
"No Dual 1080?"
Surprised there's no 3840x1080

Tue July 5, 2016 at 4:28 am

Jeremy F.
"Love it!"
Looks beautiful with the lighting, great work!

Mon July 4, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Jenanne
"Wonderful!"
I love this one, Ryan; it's my hands-down favorite this year. It looks terrific on my screen. Thank you! I hope you and your family have a great Fourth of July.

Mon July 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Nick
"Great!"
I really like this one - I love the blue/grey color scheme! Dual screen 3840x1080 is missing though...

Mon July 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Tyler
"Future plans"
Great concept. I think a night version with moonbeams versus sun would be compelling. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing dolphins leaping throughout. The fantasy element is always what drove me to DB and I think ever piece beckons it. Enchant it more Ryan and you will have a finer piece IMHO.

Mon July 4, 2016 at 0:18 am

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