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A companion piece to "Thunderhead". I used what I learned designing those cloud formations to make a convincing environment for a tornado I modeled using The Plant Factory.

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Mark
"dual-screen"
@Bonnie, dual screen is available. scroll to the right >>>>>>

Thu December 29, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Mark
"dual-screen"
@Bonnie, dual screen is available. scroll to the right >>>>>>

Thu December 29, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Bonnie
"Whirlwind"
I LOVE it! Can you make this available for dual screen monitors?

Thu December 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Mario Carini
"Whirlwind"
Kind of spooky looking, but with those clouds and the tornado ahead, folks better get indoors fast! Good rendering!

Sat September 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm

jrstewrz
"Old times . . ."
This brings back memories of seeing a tornado while working on top of a grain silo in Nebraska.

Excellently done with the realism here.

Thu September 15, 2016 at 7:50 am

Ozymandias
"Fantastic!"
I just put the dual-screen version on my monitors at work and literally got goosebumps when I went to look at it. Great job!

Thu September 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm

nikhil.net
"Impressive..."
This is a really impressive render. Less flashy than some of your others, but really very real looking.

Wed August 31, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Pippa Pickering
"Wow"
Just set this up on my laptop linking to my new curved tv and it looks amazing!!!!

Mon August 29, 2016 at 8:46 am

Susan
"Nasty"
I don't think that I want to be caught in that. It's very real

Sun August 28, 2016 at 3:57 am

Ozaawaagosh
"So Realistic "
I love The Realistic Detail of this, and the lighting is perfect Great Job Ryan

Thu August 25, 2016 at 8:58 pm

Wizard of Foz
""Weather" should be a new genre"
This is fantastic. "Weather" could be a new genre that you do. Living in Oklahoma, I find tornado art both fascinating yet intimidating and terrifying.

Thu August 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Rift
"Distant Omen"
I really like the clouds and turbulent sky on this one. It conveys a sense of distant but goring fury hidden behind the lower layers. The tornado is not as grand but I can't think of a way it could be better. The dark colors of the fields are also great. I would love to see this sky transplanted to other images, maybe this years Halloween for example.

Thu August 18, 2016 at 5:56 pm

Michael
"No more PNGs?"
Ryan, are you no longer rendering the lossless versions of the images? the last 5 or 6 haven't had them and i prefer them over the jpegs, especially on the more detailed images.

Thu August 18, 2016 at 7:47 am

Zach
"Framing"
Really like this render. I greatly preferred the centre and right panes of the triplescreen, though. As such, I downloaded that, and cropped my own dualscreen out of it. The left pane just seems a little off to me, possibly because of the lightning.

Tue August 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Chris
"Nice"
Love this one.

Sun August 14, 2016 at 11:06 pm

horcruxhp
"Wow!"
@Ryan, I like this one! Any chance of a dual monitor version in the near future?!

Sun August 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Ryan
"@Richard"
Thanks for the heads up Richard! I've toned down the blur and fixed the titles.

Sun August 14, 2016 at 8:11 am

Richard H.
"Website bug"
@Ryan: there seems to be a problem with your site titles at present. At the head of this page, the title of this image should be "Whirlwind" but it says "Bones of the Earth". And if you use the little blurred picture icons to move between images, the new pictures all get the wrong titles too. (By the way, I think those blurred previous-/next-picture icons are TOO blurred: they're so blurred that it's hard to see that they're even there, and you can't get much of an idea of what they are without pointing at them to unblur them.)

By the way, I really like the Whirlwind image myself. I think it's the best of your recent 'atmospheric' pictures; I prefer it to Thunderhead.

Sun August 14, 2016 at 4:57 am

Jonathan
"Central Illinois"
I live in Central Illinois and actually requested something that spoke midwest/Illinois and I must say I am glad something has been delivered. Between the cornfields and soybean fields in Illinois, soybeans are shorter and do make for a lower view point.



Maybe a variation could be done with more of a blue glow in the clouds from the lightning. Saw some last night that were like a dark purple in the distance that filled up a wide range of the sky. And maybe some rain. ;)



Can't decide on 8 or 9. At least an 8 though.

Sat August 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

OpelCarl
"EXTRAORDINARY"
I like these dark and dangerous scenes. Please give us more of them. Congratulations Ryan, this is one of the best wallpapers you ever made!

Sat August 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

Holly
"amazing!"
another winner!

Sat August 13, 2016 at 0:06 am

Beausuff
"Memories...."
When I was 6 years old, a tornado hit Hollandale, MS. As all the adults in the home panicked, I watched the tornado cross a cotton field and wrap an aluminum boat around a tree...This reminded me of that day.....

Fri August 12, 2016 at 8:32 pm

docster
"Steppin' out...."
I know what folks're talkin' about when (especially with weather-related images) they say the sun doesn't look like that, or it should look more windy or wavy, or (my favorite) it doesn't look "realistic". For me, a beautiful thing about art is how it can create a ladder to assist me in stepping out of reality.

Love this image, Ryan, and thanks for the cool ladder....

Fri August 12, 2016 at 10:55 am

ChrisW
"Beautiful, but chilling"
Every native Oklahoman knows to fear and respect that particular sight...yet you, Ryan, gave it a fierce beauty. Like watching a hawk about to pounce. Well done!

Fri August 12, 2016 at 0:36 am

ChrisW
"Beautiful, but chilling"
Every native Oklahoman knows to fear and respect that particular sight...yet you, Ryan, gave it a fierce beauty. Like watching a hawk about to pounce. Well done!

Fri August 12, 2016 at 0:36 am

Rodewaryer
"Ominous"
The very serious nature of such a rogue surely shows, it has quite an impact as you have presented it. Job well done sir.

Thu August 11, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Todd
"I'm Loving The Weather WPs"
I love the look of this. You nailed the eerie green sky, I think for some fun you could add houses, trees, cars & cows being thrown around.

Thu August 11, 2016 at 12:37 pm

JDD
"Thumbs Up"
Love the darkness.

Love the field view. (grew up with that)

It's calm, but not

Thu August 11, 2016 at 10:20 am

Fancytattoo
"Whirlwind"
Beautiful, powerful as nature itself. The plant field is all too peaceful for what is about to happen... Excellent rendering...

Thu August 11, 2016 at 6:08 am

Tyler
"@Randy"
If you want "realistic" go Google tornadoes on Google. If you want artistic this is it. A beautiful piece to me.

Wed August 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Sharon
"@Kevin"
I doubt it is sun, but it's lightning lighting up the clouds!

A lovely render Ryan, I love it.

Wed August 10, 2016 at 11:21 am

Kevin
"Good, but get rid of the sun and add some wind effects"
I really like this one, but I think it would be a lot better without the sun. I've been in tornado weather many times and the sun is never out. Also it looks like the plants on the ground aren't even reacting to the winds. Overall I like the idea of bad weather images and think you should explore this further.

Wed August 10, 2016 at 11:16 am

Lews Therin
"More extreme weather!!!"
Looks excellent! I really like these extreme weather images.

Wed August 10, 2016 at 9:17 am

Lews Therin
"More extreme weather!!!"
Looks excellent! I really like these extreme weather images.

Wed August 10, 2016 at 9:12 am

celmendo
"Perfect for me"
A nice simple desktop that is a solid 10 for me. Absolutely love it. Thank you

Wed August 10, 2016 at 8:51 am

Overdrive
"Terrific!"
Last years I rarely gave a 10, but this is the 3rd in a row. Absolutely terrific again! I'd like to see more of these stunning landscape / weather works of art.

Wed August 10, 2016 at 8:41 am

Adeann
"Nice!!"
Beautiful!! Can't wait for the dual screen version :)

Wed August 10, 2016 at 7:14 am

Randy
"Not that realistic"
The tornado must be magical as the fields don't have any indication of the wind, nor do the clouds. And there would not be a sun. I live in Missouri, on the east side of "tornado alley". I've seen my share of tornados. Better do some research on The Weather Channel.

Wed August 10, 2016 at 4:50 am

Jenanne
"Excellent!"
Amazing work, Ryan. You really catch the appearance and mood of a twister touching down. Nicely done!

Wed August 10, 2016 at 0:40 am

Littlemom
"Love it!!!"
This is Gorgeous!!!. Makes you feel all sorts of things. From the turmoil of the tornado, the the peacefulness of the fields. Another great render Ryan!!!

Tue August 9, 2016 at 11:52 pm

Telaria
"Wow!"
Very nice! Dynamic clouds and a neat render on the fields and the tornado.

Tue August 9, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Jeanne
"WOW!"
I DO live in Kansas and this looks all too familiar! What a great job! You nailed it.

Tue August 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

Jones
"Awesome!"
That's what I'm talking about, I love it! The tornado, dark clouds and pastures; so real, I would love to be there.

Tue August 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Michael
"Looks Great"
Fantastic rendering of the actual event. I would like to suggest some lightning back in the distant center left to really set the feel for those really dark clouds that are forming.

Tue August 9, 2016 at 9:53 pm

Paul
"Sweet!!"
Absolutely love this one. Cant wait for dualscreen renders.

Tue August 9, 2016 at 9:20 pm

Tim
"Not in Kansas Anymore!"
That is absolutely beautiful! Makes you feel like you are right in the middle of a storm and needing to take shelter. Kinda reminds me of the beginning of Wizard of Oz! Here Dorothy!! 10 / 10 for sure!

Tue August 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Chris
"Way to take the season by storm!"
I sent an email a while back asking for a tornado scene. Thanks Ryan this looks fantastic!

Tue August 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

craiga
"Stunning"
Any chance it will be available in 5760 x 1080?

Tue August 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

Getnby
"BEST YET"
Not like I don't like all the others, too, but this one is something to write home about.

Tue August 9, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Jonathan
"Awesome"
Now this looks like central Illinois.

Tue August 9, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Angelique
"Whirlwind"
Oh wow - I love it! The crops look incredibly real. This is the best storm wallpaper you've done. I would love to see more :)

Tue August 9, 2016 at 6:38 pm

Jesse
"Awesome!"
As a fellow Bloomington, Illinois resident, I really appreciate this artwork. This may be my next canvas print order. :)

Tue August 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm

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