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A little something I worked up on my MBP while waiting for "Heliocentric (Night)" to render on my main box over the weekend. Once it finished I applied the finishing touches on Bucephalus.

I didn't notice while I was making it but my son Ian (upon seeing this render for the first time) mentioned that it looked like it was from the movie "Tron" we had just watched for our Friday Family movie night. I had to agree that he was right.

This is my first "mandala" since 2008. I know at the time it was suggested that I do something different with the theme next time, so I hope this qualifies!

8.11/10 rating (193 votes)


Member Comments

"Awesome Design"
Nuff said in the title. Keep up the great work.

Wed October 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm

"In Love"
I literally saw this on someone elses' screen on youtube and instantly had to find it. This is amazing work.

Wed December 31, 2014 at 8:23 pm

"Awesome computer...Awesome wallpaper"

Tue June 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

When I saw the small sample image of this when scrolling through your collection (It's been a while since I've been on here) I thought that it was a wall angled slightly from the left with a wormhole sucking through it. I didn't quite understand the title until I opened it up and saw the full image. While not a bad design, I was a little dissapointed when it wasn't what I was expecting.

Tue October 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

I don't see Tron... I see the the wormhole from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Just... with harder edges. :)

Fri August 26, 2011 at 11:05 am

"4800 Split files"
The 4800x1200 split files archive seems to be corrupt. Only downloads 4kb of data.

Mon August 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

I really gravitate towards the works you make that are like this - the geometric block-style shapes/theme gets me every time and has been a source of inspiration for some of the RPG stories I write up for my local games.

Fri August 12, 2011 at 6:15 am

"using lightwave"
I have always wondered how you modeled scenes like this until I started learning lightwave. I usually use 3ds max for modeling, but lightwave has so many more options and capabilities it makes max seem bland. Interesting how the cheaper software in this case is better than the spendier one.

Thu August 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

This is a great wallpaper!! This is my favorite wall paper you have posted in the 4 years I have been subscribed to this site!! GREAT WORK!!

Mon August 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm

This is a great wallpaper!! This is my favorite wall paper you have posted in the 4 years I have been subscribed to this site!! GREAT WORK!!

Mon August 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm

This one is just too beautiful.

Sat August 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm

This one is just too beautiful.

Sat August 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

"Greetings Program"
I love the glowing blue colors, the rays of light, the small details and the perspective of the center rings spiraling forward. The fact that it was inspired by TRON makes me even more happy. This is now my favorite! I still like Tropic of Thetis (Nightfall) as well.


Fri August 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Looks AMAZING across all 3 screens! :) Thanks! Youre the BEST!

Fri August 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm

"Spectacular in multi-screen"
Ryan, I don't know what it is, but the last couple of years you have just turned out some phenomenal work... I can't get over it.

I think this is the single best multi-screen work you've ever done. I just recently started using two monitors at work, and I think this is the first wallpaper I've found for them that actually looks like it was designed for two screens. I LOVE the right side of this image on the dual-screen version. The single-screen version almost looks cropped by comparison. This is amazing.

Wed August 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm

"Zazzle Print Now Available"
I've rendered "Clockwork" at 6552 x 4096 and uploaded it to Zazzle for print. It is available at the "Colossal" (78" x 49") size on down to 16" x 10" for anyone interested.

Tue August 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

"abstracts -.-"
just not my cup of tea :p

Tue August 2, 2011 at 8:43 am

Love this, 10/10

Sun July 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

"@Agni451 Re:Lossless Multiscreen"
Yes! I am planning on uploading them in the very near future. I hope to have lossless versions available shortly for the 7680 x 1600, 7680 x 1440, 5120 x 1600 and 5120 x 1440 resolutions.

Fri July 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm

"Lossless Multiscreen?"
I already asked this on heliocentric, but I guess I was too late posting for it to be noticed. Any chance there will be lossless multiscreen versions available?

Fri July 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Speaking of clocks: I looked at this again, and was reminded of the Watchmen movie--the clock ship that Dr. Manhattan creates, and uses to take Silk Spectre on a sightseeing tour of Mars.

Fri July 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I do know about the "clock" at the heart of every computer system, but computers is not the first thing that comes to mind when I hear "Clockwork". I don't really think of it as something specific to computer systems (although nowadays most "clocks" are somehow linked to computers...).

It makes me feel special that you responded to a comment of mine! :-)

And I really liked that YouTube video of the multi-monitor wallpapers. I only have one monitor, but seeing the video sure makes me wish I had more! Your wallpapers look so much more awesome across three screens!

Fri July 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I love it!!!!!!

Fri July 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Love it!
This is a wonderful abstract. Add me to the list of people would be thrilled if we could get color variations in the pickle jar, pretty please? :)

Fri July 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Tim H
"Superb !"
I think this is amazing ryan, 10/10 all the way. I would love to see some color variations as well, maybe a black and yellow or red version. Wonderful job !

Fri July 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Simply amazing! great video.

Fri July 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I love it! Your abstracts always move me. Your genius with your art makes my heart sing! Seriously!

BTW: Any news on the multiscreens of Enshrouded? I can't wait!!

Fri July 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

"@David (re: 5120 x 1600 file)"
The Human factor! Here it is...

Fri July 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

"5120x1200 please"

Fri July 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

"My heart leapt"
I was going to say, "my heart _literally_ leapt" at the sight of this new abstract, but it was more figurative than literal. So, my heart "figuratively" leapt at the sight of a new abstract, and this abstract is quite amazing in its coloring and focus. This instantly earned the desktop position and I can't imagine what is going to trump it (consider the gauntlet thrown down)!

Fri July 29, 2011 at 11:06 am

Once again, incredible work! Yeah, it's definitely something out of of my faves!

Fri July 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

"Nice Abstract"
In addition to Tron, I see a bit of Axiomatic, Color Wheel, and especially Orthohedron in this. Nice addition to your collection of abstracts.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm

There is actually a "clock" (of a sort) at the heart of every computer system.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm

"Love It!"
I am always blown away by your work, most especially the mechanical, tech-y, abstracts. Awesome!

Thu July 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Nice abstract! I probably would've picked some other title for it, though, especially since it was inspired by Tron... maybe something a bit more specific to computer programs...

Thu July 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

@Randy: Nice movie reference...not sure that it would be good for a "family night" though. Although, I do think this one is cool; other colors would be nice for the pickel jar versions... purple perhaps?

Thu July 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Very,very cool!

Thu July 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

"Clockwork 2011"
Too much blue. Though I'm tempted to ask for an "orange" version.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

"Love it!!! "
Abstracts and planetscapes are my favorite work of yours. The scenery stuff is great but I see an obvious niche here Mr. Bliss. Can't wait to see the polished version!

Thu July 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I rather like this image. It bring to mind a description of the interior of the spaceship from Arthur C Clarke's "Rendevous with Rama". The very mechanical nature of the image also leads me to think of pictures I have seen of the detector chamber from the Large Hadron Collider.

Keep up the good work.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 12:48 am

Just visually stunning. I like this abstract so much I am changing it on every display that I can get my hands on it. This is a beautiful render.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 12:35 am

Awesome vision. You need to run with this.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

"Re: Tron"
I figured we had to watch the original Tron first. I wish I had a blu-ray though, because my DVD (from way back) wasn't the best quality.

All the more reason I think my boys will be blown away by Tron: Legacy. I know I enjoyed it quite a bit (on an eye candy level) when I saw it in the theater.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

"Awesome :)"
My family and I just watched Tron: Legacy a few weeks ago. :) Awesome abstract here, I really like the flow of the blue around the center.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

"Great Abstract, Great Movie"
Glad to hear you're exposing your kiddos to the classics. :)

Thu July 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

Not too crazy about this abstract, even though I do like the Tron theme

Thu July 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

Greetings Programs! It was indeed the original "Tron". Figured we should watch it before the new one.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

"That would be Tron."
End Of Line

Thu July 28, 2011 at 8:28 am

The Guru
I really like this abstract. I don't have any criticism for it. As far as what it reminds me of, It looks to me like the reactor core of the Death Star in Return of the Jedi.

Thu July 28, 2011 at 8:17 am

Stargate? Regardless ... I like it! :)

Thu July 28, 2011 at 5:55 am

"Movie Night"
Still on my to-watch list but it reminds me of something out of Transformers. I do like your abstracts. :)

Thu July 28, 2011 at 3:24 am

"Comment with Karl"
Actually, Karl gave us a great idea Ryan, you should try a Tron Legacy style. That would be something to see. ;) I like this one though, very good render.

Wed July 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

The Time Traveler? Lol, i dunno. I like it though.

Wed July 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Very nice usually your landscapes or planetscapes are my favorites but I really like this render Great job Ryan

Wed July 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm

"Which Movie?"
I'm guessing the movie might be Tron Legacy, although the image reminds me more of the video game Tron 2.0. Clockwork really fits in to the style of the Tron universe.

Wed July 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm

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