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Citadel by AdamBurn Citadel by AdamBurn
This is the end result of several weeks of work, mainly due to lack of computer time, it is a corner stone in my art as it is my first piece which isnt just a planet with stars and a nebula, and its hand painted using a wacom except for the planet surfaces and the sun which are done using the usual texture work and filters.
My main inspiration for this image was Gary Tonge who is an amazing freehand digital painter.

I will also be making some more speed paintings and quick images showing different parts of the city from different perspectives.

So now this images is done I will start to do more matte paintings and freehand images like this one but I wont be abandoning my space scenes all together I will make some more soon.
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OkayDockey Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
Is that the shield world from Halo 4?
c0bra5t0rm Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Meanwhile in Marioworld...They see him rollin' Mario - March of the Minis 1 Boo is now with you 
KeeferTEarl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
If that blue flame from the planetoid is a weapon:
"[EFF] you, building! Take that!"

If it's an engine:
narrva Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Take that Mass Effect-verse Citadel Council!  Humanity, f*k yeah! :D
scifiartpatron Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Nice view of the artificial worlds.  
RoamingEopeton Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
You know a civilization is advanced when they call a PLANET they created a "citadel"...
Sevnes Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Man i made a account just to ask you a question... what's the height of this tower?
This picture is just astonishing. La la la la 
generalderpy014 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Now THIS is a Citadel, I would pay to see the faces of people from Mass Effect when they see this XD
Its thousands of times more massive and I wouldn't be surprise if the population here exceeds a trillion.
slayer1968 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Trillions is far too much.A few hundred billion at beast near a trillion.

Coruscant (Star Wars) has thousands of layers of planet and has a popullation of more than 5 trillion and this looks like the Hive Spire of a Hive World from Warhammer 40K.
generalderpy014 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Trillions are not that far fetched. Lets use the spire in the background. Assuming the planet is Earth sized we get a radius of about 1250km, and a height of 8495km. This gives us a volume of 13.9 billion cubic kilometer, or 13.9 quintillion cubic meters. Divide this number by how much space each individual take up and we can get an estimated population number.

How much space does each person need? Well we can get that from RL population density. Assume an average height of building to be 100m (a VERY generous assumption, NY have 794 buildings higher than 100m, that is not much really, considering how many buildings there are in NY) we get the following result
1. Manila(city): 2333m^3
2. Athens(city): 5941m^3
3. World Average(47/km^2): 2127660m^3 (This is an EXTREMELY LOW END estimate.)

So how much population do we get?
1. 5.96 quadrillion or 5958 trillion
2. 2.34 quadrillion or 2340 trillion
3. 6.53 trillion or 6533 billion

As you can see the amount of people that can live in a building this big is unimaginably large. Even with the most conservative number the building can still fit 6.5 trillion human. Coruscant is nothing in comparison. 

Sorry for my rant lol have a nice day :)

slayer1968 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
This still seems a bit too far fetched don't you think?

Then again this whole Citadel thing seems impossible to even stand but oh well who cares :P
Mrshiy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
says the guys with the pic of a "god" who created super humans, conquered earth, rules the milky way and can kill daemons with but a blink of an eye....
slayer1968 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
That is a superstructure that apparently reaches orbital height (at least 1000 km long) and must be thousands of kilometers wide. Not even the biggest Hive Spires in 40K are as big as that, and they're an environmental, economical, logistical and social nightmare as it is.

In contrast, making armies of biochemically augmented superhumans and colonizing millions of worlds is a lot more plausable a prospect even in the far future. As for Daemons and Psychic stuff, that's one of 40K's gimmicks and trademarks. It it science fiction after all, not a realism simulator.

But eh, I'm not here to debate on pointless stuff like this over (very well done) digital art. :P
Xrooven Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shares a greatly similar appearance to The Traveler from Bungie's new game Destiny. Were you by chance inspired by it?
AdamBurn Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Check the time stamp :ahoy: This was made years and years before Destiny was even a thing if anything you should ask if they were inspired by this haha
Xrooven Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit, my bad! :D

Valid point! I wouldn't be surprised! Hahaha...
SillyMadman Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The Twin Worlds - widely recognized as the greatest wonder of the Asahi Empire, this is the beating heart, the seat of power from where the galaxies-spanning empire is governed, their fleets marshalled, wars waged and alliances made or unmade. The Seven Lords - Nell-Tiray, Kor'Gal, Karierrda, Saeyren, Raiar, Crandaros, Alikera - are their undisputed leaders. They are the wisest and eldest of the Asahi, and their rule is fair and just.

The Cradle is where their super-dreadnoughts are made. The continents made from metal open and close endlessly, producing spaceships constantly - their fleets wage an unending war against the vicious, all-consuming Brood.

The Throne is where the Lords reside and rule - an awe-inspiring citadel that never sleeps, its population numbering in billions. Dignitaries and ambassadors from a myriad of alien races are ever present to foster good relationships across the Empire. Vessels of all sizes and shapes travel to and fro to the Twin Worlds.
AlexiGVS Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
This is amazing.....
NuclearD00d Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
This artwork reminds me of this. [link]
lordmep Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You ever see the series Shadow Raiders? Cause this design looks a lot like one of their worlds. Still an excellent image.
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have not no, what is it?
lordmep Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Should be on YouTube. It's one of those shows meant just to sell toys, but I thought it had real substance. The subtitle is War Planets so you can probably guess how your picture reminded me of it.
MarkoOne Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Beautiful artwork.
djones20 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I wanna move there O.O
Aldeminor Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is.. fantastic... I have no words to show my impression from this great picture! It's a clearly madness! Now I will fly around this tower in m dreams :clap:
EasternVision73 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
this is incredible!
Spydi-mel Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Denece-the-sylcoe Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: Amazing! I love it so much!
ochminka Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
now i know what BIG really means
Nicorius Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
beautiful pic
blarghonk16 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Ukenagashi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
I love this picture - I have it as a desktop background and everyone comments on it.

Have you read Terminal World? It reminds me of that somewhat.
TehSolarz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Holy monly!! THZAT Thsing must be huge!
KainMaxi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, wow.... I'm literally speechless. Great job.
EmmaTheJones Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
w000w o0, WOW!
phantomdotexe Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
G-gorgeous! <3
Lucycharlotte Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist
Really breathtaking work.
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GingerSnapz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Excellent vision my friend. I really like the creative approach to this!
Pop360 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Hey pheonix-06 have you ever seen the tv show Shadow Raiders? It might give you an idea, like some planets not only travel with massive engines, but one of them eats planets o.O

have a field day ;D
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ive heard of something similar and maybe seen it spoofed in some other programs. Sounds pretty crazy
kilo139 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
HOLY wow
im speechless
Virtu-Imagery Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Exquisite detail and composition.
Wonderfully done.
A-Lime-Went-Owlish Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
This is terrifying in it's awesomeness. Amazing work!
gamerholy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
That's cool =]
I adore it *___*
aka1239 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
ow man!
I have no words...
conf0rmist Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
fwoar, I'll bet the NIMBYs aren't happy with that skyscraper... :]
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
conf0rmist Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Not In My Back Yard - its a term referring to people who whine and complain about any urban development, making up crap about shadows and wind and privacy and ruining vistas...
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