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The Shaded Path (Seasons)
"This is a "mash-up" of the three "Shaded Path" seasonal renders that've completed to date. I put this together originally simply as a header for my page listing the different versions. People saw it, however, and thought it would make a nice wallpaper by itself."

"The Shaded Path (Seasons)"


8.75/10 rating (147 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

An absolutely beautiful piece!


Sat December 26, 2015 at 7:48 am
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The Shaded Path (Winter/Night)
"This one actually took longer to put together than both of the previous versions and I am still not 100% pleased with how it turned out. Lighting it hard.

This was to be my first scene rendered using the new version of Vue d'Esprit (Vue 2014) but a few showstopping bugs sent me back to my "trusty" Vue 11."

"The Shaded Path (Winter/Night)"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.24/10 rating (101 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

The darkness in this one makes it look a lot better than the gallery version. It also feels more wintery and looks all pretty and stuff.

Mon January 20, 2014 at 0:53 am
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Comments (46)

"I was curious as to how my "Fluorescence" mushrooms would look with only back lighting. Not sure if this one deserves its own place in my gallery or not, but I think it makes a nice wallpaper nonetheless. Rendered using Asfaloth."


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8.61/10 rating (138 votes)

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This is the best looking shrooms i have seen since the red and green ones. Keep up the good work, I was really hoping that I would see them in orange :) one canomlyhope :) keep up the great work :)

Fri March 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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8.64/10 rating (159 votes)

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I am so drawn to this picture! Thank you for sharing your gift and talent with us!

Fri June 19, 2015 at 8:02 pm
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Comments (47)

"All the recent news about Comet ISON inspired me to create my own comet, something I haven't attempted since 2009's Harbinger. Whereas that comet was completely created using Apophysis, I used a combination of Apophysis and Lightwave's particle effects this time. The planet is an adapted version of "Roche Limit" (recall I did say I was going to explore the moons of that system...)

Here's the original "Traveller" from 1998 if you are curious..."


 Pickle Jar Versions

8.72/10 rating (136 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Breath Taking"
I really like all of these different pictures, they make me feel inspired like a little kid.

Thu October 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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Morning Glory

"Morning Glory"

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8.51/10 rating (140 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

I've always been a fan of Morning Glory and am happy to see that it continues to be update. Love the cat element!


Sat December 26, 2015 at 7:51 am
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The Shaded Path (Autumn)

"The Shaded Path (Autumn)"

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8.81/10 rating (145 votes)

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@Ryan. Okay, I see that.

Shelly K.
Tue December 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm
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Invocation (Happy Halloween!)
"I wanted to do something for Halloween that could be used at any time of the year so no Jack-o-Lanterns or black cats here."

"Invocation (Happy Halloween!)"

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8.02/10 rating (118 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

I love anything that has magic, spells, etc. in it (like Pyre & Summoning) and I love all of the holiday themed work! But I especially love it when those two themes come together! These are awesome! Keep them coming!

(And perhaps you could find it in your heart to do something along those lines for Yule, as well, sir?) :)


Fri October 30, 2015 at 8:40 am
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Comments (77)

"I created this scene using objects that I modeled while exploring Lightwave 11's new "Fracture" tool."



7.81/10 rating (114 votes)

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I love the subtle colors in this one... it's really quite amazing. It's the kind of place that I enjoy imagining myself to be. I am really looking forward to a multi-screen version!

Mon February 10, 2014 at 11:19 am
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Smoke on the Water
"This is a little doodle I put together on Asfaloth while my main machine was rendering Panoply. Based on the famous song by Deep Purple...

"Smoke on the Water"


8.00/10 rating (111 votes)

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Impression of a painting.

Nick Peter
Sat November 29, 2014 at 8:27 am
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 Pickle Jar Versions

8.49/10 rating (112 votes)

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"Texture Problem"
I don't know if you're reading comments on older stuff. I had this scene up on my monitor and noticed a problem with the tree bark texture on the left monitor in the dual screen versions. It's very distracting. I really like this scene so I hope maybe you could re-render it with the texture fixed at some point.

Thu January 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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Comments (81)

Gazebo (2013)

"Gazebo (2013)"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.02/10 rating (109 votes)

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"What I know you for."
This is the kind of presentation and artistry that I have come to know you by. Having been a member for a number of years now, my collection of your wall papers is extensive. When anyone who visits me sees them scrolling by on my computer screen, they are amazed and pretty much immediately want to know where I got them from. I do give them your URL and inform them that the cost is not only reasonable but well worth it. It is nice to come by every once and awhile and just visit the museum. Thank you Ryan for the wonderfully colorful experiences you give us.


Tue December 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm
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The Shaded Path
"I was recently asked how I spent my birthday. I told her I spent the day working and she looked at me sideways as if to say "That's Too Bad". Actually I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday.

I spent that day creating the pieces for this scene in LightWave 3D and then I assembled them using Vue d'Esprit. The scene has been rattling around in my head for a long while after seeing a random photograph online.

This piece is dedicated to Jessie's Mom and Dad. We visited them recently and were blown away by their incredible hanging garden. Seeing their handbuilt creation inspired me to finally create the geometry.

I hope you enjoy it!!

Here's a page with all of the different seasons.


"The Shaded Path"

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9.04/10 rating (298 votes)

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"The Shaded Path {2013}"
To be able to come out of my home and wander down such a lovely, calm and peaceful path as this would be a dream.

Your use of colors are amazing.

Darlene Y.

Mon December 21, 2015 at 4:36 am
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Comments (86)

Hivemind (Nucleus)

"Hivemind (Nucleus)"

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7.96/10 rating (126 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

I love this piece, but can you do a render for a twitter header. It would be absolutely perfect for one of my accounts.

Sat April 26, 2014 at 6:49 am
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Moonlit Oasis (Illume)
"I've been experimenting a lot with underwater lighting recently and this piece (from 2009) seemed like a good candidate for an upgrade."

"Moonlit Oasis (Illume)"

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8.57/10 rating (135 votes)

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I absolutely love this one. Serene, yet slightly alien in terms of the colors of much of the flora. I did notice, however, there appears to be a black sphere / circle on the left hand side of the dual screen near the bottom of the image.

Tue February 11, 2014 at 8:04 am
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"Continuing here with the "techno-abstract" theme of "Automata" and "Waveform" here. Lightwave 11's new instancing system opens up a lot of possibilities! See also Latticework and The Comb."


 Pickle Jar Versions

9.00/10 rating (29 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Top rated wallpaper"
I just noticed that your renders now need only a minimum of 10 votes instead of 50 for inclusion in the Top 10 Rated Images of All Time (and top 25, 50, and 100, too). Hivemind is now #10!


Fri May 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm
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Comments (78)

"I've always enjoyed rendering caves for some reason. This is an update to one of my lesser known renders from 2004. I will admit the first version wasn't my most popular piece. Hopefully my skills have improved in the 9 years since ;-)

Let me know what you think!"


 Pickle Jar Versions

7.10/10 rating (102 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

Love it! Any plans of making a multi screen version?

Sat September 7, 2013 at 11:11 am
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Pickle Jar Versions

8.23/10 rating (118 votes)

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"awesome on dual 4K monitors!"
love the monochrome variation. Its a great alternative and is easier to work with since it's not so bright as the original colored version.

Sat June 20, 2015 at 4:51 pm
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Pickle Jar Versions

7.70/10 rating (115 votes)

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"My all time favorite 10"
I rotate wallpapers, but this is my most frequent

Thu April 16, 2015 at 8:57 pm
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Comments (53)

Festival of Dragons
"I hope you guys will come see me at RustyCon in Seattle Jan 17-19. "

"Festival of Dragons"

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Pickle Jar Versions

8.27/10 rating (119 votes)

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"Festival of dragons"
Had to have this one. My younger Manchester Terrier is named "...A Dance with Dragons..." And her color is orange. Couldn't be better.


Sun January 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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Cave of Arches
"Back in November I started a scene using a brand new beta version of Vue d'Esprit. The scene was coming along nicely and I was able to produce one test render, but it crashed after that and I was not able to reopen my scene file.

I had originally thought to put this render in the Pickle Jar (for lack of a better place) but my Members liked it so much that I've given it a place in my gallery. Maybe someday I will be able to reopen the file or have the energy to recreate the scene somehow.

Hope you like it regardless! "

"Cave of Arches"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.55/10 rating (98 votes)

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"Re: 2560x1080"
That was fast! Thank you very much!

Fri August 16, 2013 at 11:55 am
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Starburst (Happy Independence Day!)
"I created this piece as a Fourth of July version of my "Starfall" scene. This version is significantly happier :-)"

"Starburst (Happy Independence Day!)"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.40/10 rating (100 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

I think it is interesting sometimes to have a human figure in some pictures somewhere, just to give a scale for reference against the subject. And in the back of my mind, I think that in order for something to be beautiful or majestic, there has to be a subjective eye involved... in this case, the figures witnessing.

Sand storms on Mars mean nothing, without a human eye to view and a human brain to process them. Otherwise, it's just sand, in the wind, somewhere else. No beauty, no majesty, no scale, no emotion, no value.

How many people have selfishly bought larger monitors just because of your pictures? I WANT a huge monitor to display these beautiful and sometimes tragic vistas in the highest resolution I can afford. I want to be able to see and witness every pixel.

Sat March 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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"This piece was inspired by an old woodcut engraving that has captured my imagination for a long, long time. I used Lightwave 11s excellent instancing system to render the sky and Vue d'Esprit for the foreground.

I left the title somewhat neutral here so folks can come up with their own conclusions regarding the subject matter..."


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Pickle Jar Versions

8.12/10 rating (95 votes)

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"8 on theme, 9 on rendering"
The sub-title might well be "waiting for annihilation", which might even tie in with Jamie's and Rene's comments. Pride goeth before destruction. Which might tie in with Carysta's comment. All in all, it makes me think that with that amount of debris in-bound, they won't have long to admire the beautiful sky before they're obliterated. Sometimes even complete destruction can be magnificent - you just don't get a chance to comment on it afterwards.

Sat March 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm
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"Not long after I put together the new version of "Roche Limit" I thought it would be fun to create a view "from the ground".

For this one, though, I thought I would get away from the placid tropical scenes. I wanted instead to depict a world on the very edge of being ripped apart be the tidal forces of a huge nearby planet.

Believe it or not, as I was researching a proper name for this piece I learned that the landscape I imagined is not entirely fantastical! I love science!!"


 Pickle Jar Versions

7.99/10 rating (79 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

Such an intriguing, wondrous environment. Is there an oxygen atmosphere around those rings? It tickles the mind to imagine the possibilities.

Tue March 4, 2014 at 2:42 am
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Roche Limit
"Lightwave 11's excellent new instancing tools put me in the mind to update one of my favorite space scenes, "Roche Limit". I last updated it in 2004 and I've been meaning to update it sooner.

If you are curious the "Roche Limit" is he minimum distance from a planet a moon can be before tidal forces crush it to smithereens (forming rings).

I hope you enjoy the update. Don't be surprised if I do a few different renders of this particular system."

"Roche Limit"

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Pickle Jar Versions

8.80/10 rating (211 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

Great picture ... with the recent storm image raging on Saturn maybe had a storm to the plant ?

Sean O
Sun June 30, 2013 at 10:33 am
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Sakura (Night)
"It was my original intention to create a night scene for "Sakura" that used some of the same "bio-luminescence" from "Satori". I played around with quite a few different textures on the petals (see the blue Pickle Jar version here).

The results, however, were underwhelming. The idea struck me as I was falling asleep one night to light the scene from beneath and that's when I thought up the floating lanterns.

Fortunately I remembered my idea the next morning. I modeled the lanterns in Lightwave, imported them to my scene and set up the lights. I have to admit that my first test renders really took my breath away.

I hope you like the results! I almost prefer this one to the day version...

BTW: The character on the lanterns translates to "cherry blossom"."

"Sakura (Night)"

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9.13/10 rating (338 votes)

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You nailed this one, pal.... Excellent...!


Tue March 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm
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"I've wanted to update my jellyfish from 2000 for quite a while now but for some reason never got around to it. Believe it or not Googled "jelly fish" before I started this update to do a little research and my old render showed up on the first page of results!
I was aiming for a bit more color this time around and to create a better sense of depth. People are (rightly) fascinated by alien life from other worlds, but mind-boggling creatures do exist on our very own planet...
Let me know what you think of the update!"


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8.55/10 rating (186 votes)

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"wish I'd given it a 10"
I voted 8 on this originally thinking "meh nice jellyfish", however every time it comes up in the rotation I find myself arrested by the image. It is very well done and deserves a 10. From now on I'm waiting to vote until after I've had to view it a couple times on my monitor (there is another that I rated highly but I've found it irritating the longer I look at it - till I finally pulled it out of the folder so I didn't have to look at it anymore).

Tue December 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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"Around where I live we are still waiting impatiently for Spring to arrive. I've gotten so tired of the cold and gloom that I thought it would be therapeutic to create a new Spring wallpaper.

I've added "Sakura (2013)" to the Members Gallery this morning. I've wanted to update this piece for a long time, due to the fact that the cherry blossoms on the 2006 trees are actually 2D planes that lose detail closer to the camera.

Vue 11's new "360 Ecosystems" finally allows me to create a proper flowering tree using 3D blooms. I've used this tech so far to create Christmas lights and a few glowing blooms but this is my first attempt at Chery trees. This render itself is actually a "first draft" and there are a few aspects that I would still like to tweak, but I thought it came out nice enough to share while I render my revisions.

If you are curious, the scene contains over 98 billion polygons and took over 38 hours to render at 4096 x 2560. I'm hoping to cut down the render time for future versions.

Let me know what you think in the comments. I hope you like it!!"


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8.96/10 rating (275 votes)

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"My New Favorite!"
I love this so much! Less in-your-face than the pink, but with the same softness, beauty and relaxation-inducing vibes. Love love love it! <3

Fri January 16, 2015 at 9:41 am
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Arrakeen (Day)
"By request, here's a day version of my Arrakeen render. Of course, my original vision was far darker and more ominous but I do like to provide options I tried to make this one as bright as the other was dark so to provide a true contrast.

If you swap between the two images quickly you would probably notice that some building and rocks have moved. The reason for this is that certain elements looks fine in the shadows but needed to be retooled for the day version. Hopefully it isn't too jarring for folks.

And yes, the center figure hasn't moved..."

"Arrakeen (Day)"

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8.75/10 rating (208 votes)

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"Just Saying"
I really do like this because it reminds me of what I imagined from Dune the book. (which is one of my favorites)


Tue December 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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Comments (68)

"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!"


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8.46/10 rating (159 votes)

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"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
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"A Member recently wrote...

"Would it be possible to do an abstract at some point that is more minimalist? Generally I love the incredible amount of detail that is everywhere in your work, but for some types of wallpapers (mobile mostly) I prefer things which are towards the minimalist side, and abstracts seem like the perfect place for that."

I decided to try it out so I put together something very quickly, very "minimally", in Lightwave. I only used Lightwave's "Textured Environment" for this piece, no geometry at all, and I previewed it for my Members a couple of days ago. The feedback was generally positive so I kept tinkering.

This "finished" version is a bit more complex than I had originally intended but the construction is still fairly minimalist. I added a single 2D plane and some volumetric lights so it is technically a "3D wallpaper".

All in all it was a fun exercise and nice to render something that only takes 30 min instead of 30 hours. I will try to have a multiscreen up shortly along with some of the early versions. Hope you enjoy it!! "


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Pickle Jar Versions

7.24/10 rating (104 votes)

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It really pops on my tablet and phone.

Mon April 8, 2013 at 9:32 am
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Singularity Rising
"A number of folks were perplexed by the planets that I added to my 2013 "Singularity" update. The original did fine without them, but I added them to this scene because I wanted to try a "from the ground" render.

That render took Vue a little longer than I had anticipated (84 hrs!) but it is complete and now available to my Members. I'm calling this one "Singularity Rising" (for now) bit that may change as I make some revisions.

I hope the issues that were pointed out for "Singularity" are minimized in this planetary render. Perhaps I will go back and render a version without the planets?"

"Singularity Rising"

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8.20/10 rating (123 votes)

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Simple reason I'm giving it a perfect score is because I'm left in great perplexity looking at it. It's mind-boggling for me, it truly truly truly is!

Mon April 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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"I've been working on a new space scene over the past few days. As with all of my space projects, there comes a point where it looks pretty good as the view out of spaceship window. Then I must make the decision to be happy with that or press on a render a view "from the ground".

"Phraxis", for example, looks great by its own but "Phraxis Moon" is rater higher.

The new piece is an update to one of my old favorites, "Singularity". I am already working on a view from the ground but I thought the space view looked nice to enough to compete for a gallery spot all on its own.

Let me know what you think in the comments! "


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Pickle Jar Versions

8.50/10 rating (118 votes)

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Beautiful! I like this one even more than the original classic.

Sun July 14, 2013 at 9:44 am
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Lucky Charm
"A lot of folks have been asking me if I could create a new St. Patrick's Day wallpaer, and I thought it would be fun to do a night version of my "Cloverscape" sort of in the same mode as my "Pandora" version of "Satori".

I've zoomed in quite a bit on the four-leaf clover from the original scene and gotten a bit fanciful with the lightning. A lot of people never noticed the four-leaf clover in the 2010 version so perhaps this will help point the way.

Hope you enjoy it!! The title, by the way, is borrowed from my 2001 Lightwave render but you'll probably agree that the two images are quite different."

"Lucky Charm"

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8.02/10 rating (142 votes)

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Ryan, I see this genre of your work ... uh ... illuminating....


Tue March 29, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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"My first abstract of 2013. I was playing around making shapes using Jenn3D and brought the results into Lightwave 11.5 for rendering. Jenn3D only exports STL files so I used MeshLab to convert them to OBJ."


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8.37/10 rating (148 votes)

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Mon April 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm
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Comments (43)

Satori (Night)

"Satori (Night)"

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Pickle Jar Versions

8.56/10 rating (149 votes)

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"Satori night close-up: 10"
This piece - though pickle jarred - is a Monet for our times. Beautiful.

Tue September 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm
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Comments (59)

"Hard to believe it has been 10 years since I rendered the original "Satori" using World Builder 3. The company that made World Builder went out of business unfortunately and I haven't been able to use the software since 2005.

This update was created and rendered using Vue d'Esprit 11 Infinite. There are (as always) some things I would still like to tweak. You can find the original "Satori" in the Free Gallery here for comparison.

Let me know what you think of the update!"


 Pickle Jar Versions

8.43/10 rating (148 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

quiet, serene, calming, good place to sit and just be.

Sun May 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm
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Comments (79)

"If you read J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" you will see references made to the long history of the Middle Earth. This history is laid out in a book called "The Silmarillion".

Here's the short version:

The first beings were the "Valar", and were analagous to the demi-gods of Earth mythology. They walked under dark skies without Sun or Moon however.

Iluvatar (the Supreme Being) made many attempts to illuminate the world, but these were opposed by Melkor (who was the forebearer of Sauron). The first light was made by two massive lamps on either end of the world, but these were cast down and destroyed by Melkor.

The second attempt came in the form of two brilliant trees which shone over the Valinor. The silver tree was called "Telperion" and seeds taken from it eventually grew into the White Tree of Gondor. The gold tree was called Laurelin. A shining dew fell from the each tree which the Valar collected in wells.

The light of the Two Trees was captured in three brilliant jewels called "Silmarils" which afterwards became the source of much fighting and discord.

These were eventually poisoned and destroyed by Melkor with the help of a massive spider (and ancestor of Shelob) but they have always captured my imagination.

As always, I took quite a few liberties with this piece but I hope it is enjoyable even if you aren't familiar with the history of Middle-Earth.

I've added a free 1024 x 1024 version on Reddit."


 Pickle Jar Versions

8.10/10 rating (152 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

I hadn't logged into the site in a while, so I was clicking through everything since late last year and when I got to this one, before I even saw the title, my jaw dropped and I said to myself "holy @#$! that's Valinor!"

While I never pictured the trees quite so bright, it's otherwise very close to how I've always pictured it. Excellent job.

Thu May 2, 2013 at 11:47 am
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