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Monolith by AdamBurn Monolith by AdamBurn
A print of this painting can be bought here [link]

The Monolith was found in a system far from the system of Fractured Tranquility and is thought to be where the crystal formation originated. This is the most impressive example of the destructive capabilities of the crystal when exposed to extreme heat sources. This shows the crystal forming directly of the semi-molten core of a planet which has been broken into several pieces and impaled by the growing crystals. Its believed this formation took several decades to get this far and is the primary system for research into this new threat.

I have recently become quite unhappy with some of my works, mainly the backgrounds, unimaginative and bland I'd call them, mainly as I get rather lazy once the main foreground is complete and I don't really plan anything for the background unless its the focal point. So this time I have spent almost as much time on the background as the foreground and I believe it's payed off.

I hope you enjoy this piece.

Time: approx 15 hours over 4 days
Resolution: 5500x8780 (very random)
Layers: approx 200
DPI: 300
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LordPorksword Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Awesome pic AdamBurn!  Cheers for sharing!
sidetrack1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Your description helps me think of a monolith in a different way
Brothermonk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dude, you remind me of Orson Scott Card, you come up with sinarios and threats that no one else has even considered.
Hypersaurus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW.  The idea is really awesome... aside from the poor unfortunate inhabitants. Ha! Great work staying true to explosion physics.  BTW, I think your "bland" backgrounds are perfect.  Wouldn't want to distract from the main focus too much anyway, so don't even worry about it.  :)
XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Oh what have you done to the poor planet, you evil evil planet killer :D
SatoshiII Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that you actually put a back story into what is already a fantastic work. Very nice. :)
Chris-Bennier Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome. I just love it.
tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope nobody was on that.
Epulon449 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Planetary nebulae and sun forming monoliths could be a way to fill your backgrounds with some color. Possibly even distant galaxies could do it too.
L-a-g-g-y Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love it!
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