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"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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Morning Glory

"Morning Glory"

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8.51/10 rating (140 votes)

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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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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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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!)"

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8.40/10 rating (100 votes)

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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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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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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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"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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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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Satori (Night)

"Satori (Night)"

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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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"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."


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8.10/10 rating (152 votes)

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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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