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Highland Winter
"The winter conclusion to my "Highland" seasonal series. I was going for a "frosted" look here and the stark colorless look is intentional. For better or worse, after 5 years of living in Illinois this is how I've come to see winter..."

"Highland Winter"

 


7.54/10 rating (245 votes)


Latest Member Comment:


"6"
I love your images, and the multi season landscapes are wonderful, but making the winter version black and white ruins the realism for me. You have some wonderfully beautiful winter images in full colour with lots of blues like harbinger, worlds edge, canopy creek, and even arctica, and they look much better, more realistic, and refreshing.

For people like me who can enjoy winter, it is not a wholly dreary, depressing, and dead time of year, but a kind of freeze frame of nature where snow and ice blanket the world in a serene calmness.

Cold has a certain beauty to it. I urge you to consider recolouring these drab B&W winter scenes.

Cheers.

Matt K
Mon May 27, 2013 at 0:39 am
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Comments (133)

Highland Summer
""Highland Spring" is one of my most complicated scenes (it contains hundreds of billions of polygons) so adding realistic clouds for a summer version really knocked the render times through the roof.

I tried to mitigate this with my first attempt by making the clouds fairly opaque (the more you can see through the clouds the longer the render), but the final effect wasn't quite up to par with the original.

Back to the drawing board and, two weeks of render time later, I've posted my final version of "Highland Summer" this morning. I've tried to make the clouds more wispy and "fog-like" and I've strengthened the shadows from the higher cloud level. The clouds, I think, are the most realistic I've attempted to render (detail crop here).

It feels strange posting a summer picture while the leaves are falling outside my window, but I'm sure my fans down-under will under enjoy a timely seasonal wallpaper for a change. I will try to get the multiscreen version of this going ASAP, but it will probably be a while. More renderers would speed up this process for me...

The first two renders will remain in the Pickle Jar for your perusal. "

"Highland Summer"

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8.80/10 rating (283 votes)


Latest Member Comment:


"Love it"
Over the years, this still remains my favorite of all the renders you have ever done. Is there any chance of a 4k or otherwise multi-screen version? Thanks!

Wayne

Sat September 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm
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Comments (110)

Quartet
"I had created this cupola structure and was rendering some views of it when I decided to move the camera inside. Still trying to decide if I like the arches between the viewer and the sky."

"Quartet"

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8.02/10 rating (232 votes)


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"sans arches?"
hello, did you ever to a tri-screen of the above sans arches ("outside") as you mentioned above? would love to see it!

avlo
Tue June 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm
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Comments (169)

Gotham Garden (Summer)
"A hazy summer day version of my new Gotham Garden, inspired by my recent first visit to NYC. The spring (night) version can be found here.. I plan on adding autumn and winter versions later this year. You can watch the series develop here."

"Gotham Garden (Summer)"

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7.89/10 rating (129 votes)


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"Accurate Camera?"
What? No panoramic mode?

Dennis M.
Thu October 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm
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Comments (106)

Double Rainbow
""What does it mean???". After seeing Hungry Bear's video for the umpteenth time I was inspired to whip up a "quick 'n dirty" wallpaper so I could have a double-rainbow on my desktop. My a href="http://digitalblasphemy.com/picklejar.shtml?i=doublerainbow3&mode=dir">initial version looked something like a "Double Rainbow over Death Valley".

For the second revision I took the scene out of the desert and added some more foliage. Finally I added some foreground water to reflect the rainbow(s). You can see the early versions in the Pickle Jar

The Bear seemed to take a lot of heat for his exuberance, but I think it's great that he is enjoying all that nature has to offer."

"Double Rainbow"

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7.71/10 rating (159 votes)


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"Big Smile"
Great tribute, Ryan. I only wish I was capable of producing as much joy from the sight of your image as Hungry Bear expressed in the vid. Oh, to be so pure.

Jeff R.E.
Tue January 4, 2011 at 10:59 am
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Comments (118)

Subarctic
"This wallpaper was inspired by a recent watching of the BBC "Life" documentary series. The whale could probably use some "dirtying up"."

"Subarctic"

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7.81/10 rating (243 votes)


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"Cute!"
I love belugas, they have a lot of personality. Your seascapes are always nice, maybe a kelp garden would be nice too?

Cincykn1t

Tue November 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm
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Comments (92)

Shanshui
"Shan shui refers to a style of landscape painting that originated in 5th century China. I've always been impressed by the ethereal qualities of these paintings and this wallpaper is my homage to the genre."

"Shanshui"

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8.39/10 rating (153 votes)


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"You cloudy landscapes are excellent..-"
...for use in the office. Which is where I need something calming and soothing that helps me concentrate on my work. Great work!

Matthias
Fri July 27, 2012 at 11:21 am
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Comments (87)

Solace (Happy Father's Day!)
"I created this image as an ode to the time I spent fishing with my son Ian after he broke his arm in the spring of 2010. We had just taken the training wheels off of his bike 4 weeks prior and he thought he had acquired enough skill to pull off some radical skid maneuvers. Unfortunately pavement can be a harsh instructor.

We transitioned to fishing and had a very mellow spring. I'll never forget it. I rendered this image using Vue d'Esprit. It's one of my first large scenes to use Vue's built-in DOF blur."

"Solace (Happy Father's Day!)"

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8.68/10 rating (428 votes)


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"Father's Day"
It has a very calming effect, peaceful.

Skullbones

Fri January 1, 2016 at 8:13 am
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Comments (143)

Canopy Creek (Spring)
"The last in my Canopy Creek seasonal series. I was going for an early spring look here (since the summer version is pretty lush) and this is the first time I attempted leaf buds. Basically in Vue this means erasing the leaf alpha down so only a little nub shows. I think the effect is pretty convincing."

"Canopy Creek (Spring)"

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8.39/10 rating (205 votes)


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"... and now it's there.."
Precomment it wasnt there (checked like 5 times in various places), post comment it was there.



Weird. :)

Metheon
Thu July 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm
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Comments (87)

At World's Edge (Spring)
"The spring installment in my "At World's Edge" seasonal set. I experimented with a thunderstorm background, with lightning, but in the end I felt the background action only cluttered the scene. This is the only piece in the series (thus far) with volumetric clouds above the camera.

"

"At World's Edge (Spring)"

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8.59/10 rating (330 votes)


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"Pixar-like"
This is a gorgeous piece... but for some reason, it reminds me of the movie "UP".

Jenna
Thu February 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm
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Comments (90)

Cloverscape
"My son Ian is a pro at finding 4-leaf clovers. Either that or we live too close to a nuclear power plant. This piece was inspired by his special skill (see if you can spot any in the scene).

Rendered using Vue d'Esprit, represents my first crack at Vue's built-in DOF blur."

"Cloverscape"

 


8.34/10 rating (286 votes)


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"@Stevie"
Thank you Stevie! I try to do both and hope to present you with natural strangeness for many years to come!

Ryan

Tue May 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm
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Comments (110)

Highland Spring
"The first inspiration for this piece was a passage I read in "Best Served Cold", by Joe Abercrombie. Except the paragraph described looking up through a valley. I created the valley geometry using Geocontrol and then placed my Vue d'Esprit camera at the bottom of the scene. After a few mediocre renders I decided to move the camera to the top of the valley, turn it around, and look down.

I was as blown away as some of the comments below when I saw the render. I added the water and colored it to match some photos a good friend of mine had taken at Glacier National Park. I had always been taken by the almost turquoise water in those pics and had wanted to include it in one of my scenes.

The foreground tree was a tough call for me. I wanted something in the foreground to give the scene a sense of distance and scale, but I didn't want it to distract from the scene. I think it worked out well however. This is the only one of my images to rate over 9 after 2 weeks.

I hope to create fall and winter versions at a later date."

"Highland Spring"

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9.26/10 rating (1137 votes)


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"Highland Spring"
This was the one that brought me back to your site.

Kim Human

Wed April 20, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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Comments (239)

Highland Yule (Merry Christmas!)
"I thought it would be fun to add some Christmas lights to my "Highland" scene. Finding the appropriate mix of lighting between the background and foreground turned out to be an interesting challenge. Happy Holidays from Jessie, Ian, Jason, and me!"

"Highland Yule (Merry Christmas!)"

 


7.99/10 rating (221 votes)


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"Multiscreen Render"
Yes, I agree with David. I'd like a multiscreen render of this, please. :)

CHSpera

Tue December 22, 2015 at 5:14 pm
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Comments (56)

Magi (Merry Christmas!)
"Dedicated to my wife Jessica.

I try to do at least one Christmas wallpaper a year. It's been a tradition since I first started DB. After depicting mostly secular icons for many years I felt inspired this time to explore the Christian aspects of the holiday.

I was at Ian's school "Holiday" concert recently and was disappointed that many of the songs I sang as a child (O' Holy Night, Silent Night, The First Noel, etc) were no where to be found. I'd never heard most of the ones they chose.

I think whether you are a believer or not I think there are a lot of beautiful songs, art, and traditions to be found in the Mass of Christ.

The tale of the Magi always captured my imagination as a child and I hope you enjoy my depiction.

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"

"Magi (Merry Christmas!)"

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8.38/10 rating (310 votes)


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"Magi"
I love good Christmas art. Whether it's religious or something like a country scene (one dwelling in a forest with a lit tree type scene) they are all great. Keep up the great tradition.

Joel

Mon September 7, 2015 at 0:19 am
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Comments (109)

Winter Solstice
"Auroras are a favorite theme of mine. I've always used Lightwave to make them before but I thought it would be interesting to try out Apophysis. This is also my first render using the new Vue d'Esprit 9."

"Winter Solstice"

 


8.84/10 rating (454 votes)


Latest Member Comment:


"10"
The Turning



'Tis the time

Winter solstice time

Frost in rime

Bells in chime



Rays are long

Sun grows strong

Praise in song

Winter will be gone



-Skip West

skipwest
Thu December 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm
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Comments (115)

Gotham Garden (Autumn)
"The autumn version of my "Gotham Garden" series. Originally I rendered this as a sunset scene but found that the orange sky and the autumn leaves did not contrast enough. "

"Gotham Garden (Autumn)"

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8.22/10 rating (203 votes)


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"One more season..."
I have always loved the Gotham wallapapers, but the 2010 redesigns have become a seasonal staple on my monitor, and when I bought a second monitor it became even better. I love this rendering especially, I think it's the finest of the Gotham series. Now I ask... will there be a WINTER rendering?? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE??! Your work continues to inspire and amaze me!

Puritania
Sun December 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm
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Comments (60)

Wintermoon
"In early 2010 I was asked to create a brighter version of "The Ride" for use as a printed Christmas card. After I removed the sleigh from the image I felt it made a pretty nice standalone "winter" wallpaper, deserving of its own spot in my gallery. "

"Wintermoon"

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8.75/10 rating (187 votes)


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"Concur with Kevin"
This is a great image and would love to see a dual screen version.

Lorwynd

Sat November 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm
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Comments (29)

Tears From Heaven
"Last week I had the good fortune of a clear night to observe the Perseid meteor shower. It was Ian and Jason's first and they had a great time (we had my green laser pointer to play with between meteors). When I was a kid my mom used to wake me and my brother to watch shooting stars. I've been fascinated by the night sky ever since.

This wallpaper is dedicated to that night in 2010 with my boys, the nights to come, and those nights many years ago. I hope you enjoy it!

PS3 Dynamic Theme Available!

"

"Tears From Heaven"

 Pickle Jar Versions


8.73/10 rating (240 votes)


Latest Member Comment:


"Tears from heaven"
Love this one looked it up again right now pickle versions and all rock keep up the awesome art man.

klikevil

Sat September 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm
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Comments (154)

Extrasolar
"I usually only have use one person for my "scale factor" but I thought two (a mother and son if you look very closely) were appropriate in this case. Colonizing extrasolar planets will require children after all.

You will notice the ocean has a green tone. This image was initially inspired while I was reading "Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow" and the color is a homage to "The Great Green"."

"Extrasolar"

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8.75/10 rating (293 votes)


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"Extrasolar = Extracool"
I love a good sunset. Nice one!

Jeff R.E.
Tue January 4, 2011 at 10:44 am
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Comments (119)

Gotham Garden (Spring)
"My original "Gotham" was created in 1998 using a single greyscale heightmap. I did an update in 1999. using some simple geometry for the buildings. I did another updated version in 2001 and a second render viewed from an elevated garden.

This latest is my first rendered in Vue d'Esprit."

"Gotham Garden (Spring)"

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8.47/10 rating (351 votes)


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"All four seasons?"
Might it be time for a Gotham Garden as seen in winter? Hopefully, you could have the scene taken in both day and night.

M. Ryan
Thu October 27, 2011 at 10:51 am
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Comments (98)

The Forest Citadel
"This piece started with Vue d'Esprit's atmosphere editor. I put together a great sky and then I worked to create a scene to go with it. First I tried an ocean scene, but later settled on a forest. The volumetric fog in this scene is quite expensive to render, so I am having a hard time producing a multi-screen render. I still run the multi-screen render on my alternate box when I have no other more pressing projects, but it is very slow going."

"The Forest Citadel"

 


7.71/10 rating (277 votes)


Latest Member Comment:


"great - can we get multi-screen renders of this?"
This is a great wallpaper. Can we get multi-screen versions of it?

Kevin

Sat September 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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Comments (115)

Axonal
"I've always been fascinated with the workings of our brains and this is the latest in my series of "abstracts" to attempt to represent the pathways found there (see "Neuronet","Pathways", "Tendrils", "The Spark" and "Conglomerator"). I've posted a screen shot of the wireframe of this scene here if anyone is interested."

"Axonal"

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8.17/10 rating (269 votes)


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"winner"
this render is a winner.



and LOL @ chris s comment re electron microscope view of the firefox logo rofl

isaac
Sun February 6, 2011 at 9:12 am
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Comments (87)

Hexaline
"I set out to update "The Comb" but took a detour somewhere and came up with this. The revision goes even further away from "The Comb", with the addition of some vertical columns. The basic theme was very much inspired by "Giant's Causeway". I would like to do a natural version someday..."

"Hexaline"

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7.84/10 rating (219 votes)


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"Abstract vs Realism"
I used to prefer the abstracts (a few years ago, when I first began seeing walls from this site on friends computers), but with your ever-increasing skills, the realistic scenes have become amazing and my new faves. But the best is when you somehow combine the two, e.g., Phraxis, which has been on my TV for over a month now.

nickaix
Tue August 24, 2010 at 9:11 am
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Comments (138)

Blossom
"This is an old fashioned Xfrog experiment rendered in Lightwave."

"Blossom"

 


7.52/10 rating (245 votes)


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"Thank you"
Had a few calming moments looking at your pictures listening to some good music . . . browsing your artistry and enjoying myself immensely. I took the Mushrooms to be my desktop for a while, stunning.

FynDara
Fri June 11, 2010 at 0:06 am
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Comments (67)

Take Two
"I wanted to do something for the Valentine's day holiday (it had been requested for years) but I didn't want anything too syrupy. My rule is always that I won't post something that I wouldn't put proudly on my own desktop, and this fits the bill (for me) for a Valentine's day wallpaper. I need to make a version with one gold (love), one lead (hate) arrow because that's how Cupid was traditionally armed.

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"

"Take Two"

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7.30/10 rating (160 votes)


Latest Member Comment:


"8/10"
How about a "Hunger Games" version of this wallpaper?

Jenanne
Tue January 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm
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Comments (101)

The Haunted Nebula (Happy Halloween!)
"A fractal Halloween Planetscape. Dedicated to the father of fractal mathematics, Benoit Mandelbrot (1924-2010)."

"The Haunted Nebula (Happy Halloween!)"

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7.80/10 rating (261 votes)


Latest Member Comment:


"Love it!"
Great work! Love it

Kelton

Sat October 31, 2015 at 6:05 pm
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Comments (116)

Pulsar
"My second space image created using Apophysis fractals on 2D "plates" in Lightwave. By varying the luminosity and transparency of the different places and moving some in front of others it is possible to create the illusion of darker dust obscuring brighter plasma. Because the plates are 2D they are relatively fast to render.

Next I would like to try mixing the 2D fractals with 3D volumetrics. . ."

"Pulsar"

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8.66/10 rating (158 votes)


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"10"
Any chance we can get a 2880x1800 of this?

MattW
Mon September 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm
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Comments (106)

Corona
"Created this piece during a very tough time in my life. My son Jason fell mysteriously ill in early 2010 and eventually had to spend 4 days in the Children's Hospital. Oncologists were involved so it was pretty scare for all of us. Fortunately it turned out to be a particularly nasty viral/bacterial infection and he was fine.

I fashioned this one out of the Muspelheim sun during a 48 hour stretch while Jessie stayed at the hospital and I stayed with Ian. It was a great stress release I must admit.

I'm very excited about the cool space effects possible from melding Apophysis fractals with 3D geometry. "

"Corona"

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8.52/10 rating (332 votes)


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"Good job :)"
This was in 2010? I remember this release like it was yesterday :S

Matt
Tue November 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm
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Comments (145)

Muspelheim
"This is a companion piece to my "Niflheim" ice scape. Where Niflheim was the Norse realm of ice and fog, Muspelheim was the realm of fire.

The sun here was rendered in Lightwave using a mix of 3D geometry and 2D plane's with Apophysis fractals. I this the two combine to create some very "organic" looking energy effects. "

"Muspelheim"

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7.30/10 rating (248 votes)


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"Dualscreen"
Adding my vote for dual/multi-screen versions :)

Chris S
Sun May 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm
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Comments (166)

Starlight Grotto
"This one actually started out as a Vue d'Esprit lesson with my son Ian.

While working on it with him I saw the possibilities as a wallpaper. I worked up my own version and Ian said I could post it as long as I told everyone the original inspiration was his. So here's our first "collaboration". I hope you like it!"

"Starlight Grotto"

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8.51/10 rating (306 votes)


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"Was this inspired by Avatar?"
It looks rather like something you'd see on Pandora at night. Beautiful, in any case.

Anonymouse
Sat November 19, 2011 at 9:58 am
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Comments (96)

 


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