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Jigsaw Puzzles!!

DB Jigsaw Puzzles!

8.63/10 rating
(142 votes)

As promised, here's another view of my Lightwave gas giant. My goal here was to create something that I could render in under an hour (as opposed to "Above the Canopy" which took almost 2 days to complete). Speaking of "Above the Canopy", that render takes place on the moon to the left in this scene :-)

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Rick (Horseman)
"Boreal from the 2015 gallery"
This artwork should remind us though the piece is imaginative, we are not alone. I think it is self-centered thinking by the human race to believe we are a superior race and the only race that inhabits the universe.

Wed February 7, 2018 at 7:27 am

"Awe Inspiring!!"
A very stunning depiction that the leaves me in a perpetual state of wonder.

Wed March 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm

jmk in ct
"Didnt notice it at first..."
There is another moon to the upper right of the plant. You can see it best at the highest resolution. However, there seems to be a halo around it without any stars.

Sun January 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

Ryan, this render is just wonderful as part of my after-Christmas lineup. So beautiful, cold, and clean -- absolutely perfect. Thank you for this one.

Tue January 5, 2016 at 7:16 am

"Cold...but gorgeous."
The still - the ice formations(bergs) - so jagged, yet perfect in their inconsistent edges; those color bands on Planet Alpha being pastels - surely the Master Race thereon is beautiful women, isn't it? Oh, beam me down there, Scotty!

As usual, another beautiful wallpaper from you, Ryan. 'Tis glad I am to be a lifetime member. Thank you.

Fri January 1, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Darlene Y.
As always, your use of colors and created atmosphere are truly a work of art. Congratulations on your continuous success!

Mon December 21, 2015 at 4:19 am

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Sat December 19, 2015 at 9:50 am

What if Ryan was building a solar system and we're seeing small glimpses of it with each new wallpaper? Each planet, each landscape, and each "character" play a small part in this world he's imagined.

...We can dream, right? :)

Sat December 19, 2015 at 8:04 am

Nice. I've always liked these wider views as they give a sense of size so this is now my wallpaper, and my son thinks it's cool too ! (Sorry no pun intended.)

I'd love to see this view in a tropical version - similar to 'Above the canopy' but in this wider view with the water and the 'iceberg / island'.

Sat December 19, 2015 at 5:21 am

"There's just something about the juxtaposition..."
... of an icy landscape with a gorgeous sky; it gets me, every time, whether it's real or imagined, as you've imaged here. Love your work, wish we could afford to support you more than we have; sadly, times are tight. Thanks for helping us to hang in there, wishing for things to keep improving for you all. :-)

Wed December 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm

I'm not sure what resolutions this is on, but on 3840*1080 there seems to be a very obvious square without stars surrounding the moon. Looking at the 1080 single screen version it might be there also, but much smaller and less noticeable.

Wed December 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

"Best of 2015"
This is clearly a work that would stay on my monitor for months. I can close all my windows, and step into the world that is beauty and grace. Keep them coming!

Tue December 15, 2015 at 11:51 am

"Best of 2015"
This is clearly a work that would stay on my monitor for months. I can close all my windows, and step into the world that is beauty and grace. Keep them coming!

Tue December 15, 2015 at 11:50 am

"Cold but nice"
I like it. It's a crisp clear day and you'd probably freeze to death if you fell in the water, but the colours behind the water give it a feeling of warmth.

Tue December 15, 2015 at 1:44 am

Michael R
"Now...that's more like it!"
THIS is on par with your earlier work. "Above the Clouds" not so much...

Mon December 14, 2015 at 9:29 pm

"Arctic Winter"
As written here often before: The new Boreal is one of the best winter wallpapers you ever made. Thanks a lot !

Mon December 14, 2015 at 3:16 pm

This is stupendous, magnificent, grand! I know this will be one of my all time favorites. It not only refers back to earlier DB images that I like, but also is in the spirit of classic space art!

Mon December 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Mario Carini
The icebergs frame the planet well. They don't totally look like icebergs, created from atmospheric gases, unlike oxygen.

Mon December 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm

I love the scope of this, and the lack of visual clutter. It's sweeping, epic, and clean. Bravo!

Mon December 14, 2015 at 1:43 pm

I am instantly taken with this one. One of the best of the year.

Mon December 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Janis Campbell
I am really liking what is going on with the reflection.

Mon December 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm

"One of your very best!"
Wonderful render, Ryan! Tranquil and calming in this hectic and bustling season -- I simply had to put it into rotation with all of your Christmas renders. :)

Mon December 14, 2015 at 11:19 am

This wallpaper really fits with my minimalistic computing environment! Really like this one, Ryan! :-)

Mon December 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

Although it is of an ice world it doesn't make you feel cold. It pulls me in to the far distant plant and makes me think 'if only'.

Mon December 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

Love this one. Simple and elegant. Will help me get through the rest of the work year!

Mon December 14, 2015 at 6:47 am

"Simple & Effective"
I've always preferred these types of enders. I love the starscape & planetscape images, and enjoy the simple elegance of these images. Boreal is no different in that regard.

Sun December 13, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Really like this, but there's no 1280x1024 - still only have one 17" at the moment :)

Using the 1600x1200 for now

Sun December 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Michael S
"2560x1440 Lossless"
Neither Boreal nor Above the Canopy v2 have the 2560x1440 Lossless renders posted. Is this the start of a trend?

Sun December 13, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Ryan, this is absolutely beautiful. Thank you

Sun December 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

This is really beautiful!!!

Sun December 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

Richard H.
"Boreal (2015)"
Lovely. I like this one very much; it’s tranquil-looking and uncluttered. I think it’s perhaps a slight pity that the moon at the left changes position between the single- and multi-screen renders; it’s too close to the horizon for my taste in the single screen render. It’d look better (for balance) higher in the sky, even though we’d lose its reflection in the water.

Ryan: a question. Why is the colour palette so different between the single-screen render and the multi-screen versions? I’ve noticed this frequently in other recent artworks. Generally the single-screen image has the best-quality, most subtle colour, and the multi-screen versions often look appreciably different (often more saturated). It’s the case here: although I don’t have strong feelings about which is better, the multi-screen renders look a lot more ‘blue’ than the single-screen version, which has a more (to me) natural appearance. I’m not saying I dislike the multi-screen renders (on the contrary, they’re great), but it does seem odd that the colour palettes should differ. Obviously it’d be better if the renders could all use consistent colour.

Sun December 13, 2015 at 6:10 am

"Amazing "
Amazing Wallpaper, Great contrast between the ice and the icy planet in the background

Sat December 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm

"Boreal (2015)"
This is gorgeous! I like this so much better than the first version.

Sat December 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm

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