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SHield World Construction by AdamBurn SHield World Construction by AdamBurn
A print of this painting can be bought here [link]

Here is the second submission from the new Luminarium pack this image is part of a 3-4 part project based on the forerunners from the Halo games, this was inspired mostly from the new game Halowars which is awesome. It shows a dyson sphere type construct which is earthlike on the outside but very hostile as almost all the surface is ice, however inside is a lush utopia with its own artificial sun.
To the left you can even see one of the moons being mined for resources to build the huge thing, me thinks they will be needing some more moon.

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Looking fantastic dude, the artificial sun and glowing core of the resource moon really compliment and give nice contrast to the blues and purples you used. The outer glow of both the sphere and the moon really help to give it a stark, cold feel and really push the idea of warmth on the inside. Everything is looking very volumetric as well, and I love the way you composed the unfinished parts of the Dyson structure. The rigid, geometric quarry sections of the moon are also awesome, the way it's mined down by the little ships.

One thing that I think you could push a little further are the greens and the blues a little bit inside the sphere, to really help nail the idea that there's an Earth-like surface inside, because it took me a second to really notice it. I might bump the contrast a tad, and give it just a bit more saturation, so it doesn't seem that the sun is washing it out so much. And the only other thing I think could use a tiny bit of tweaking is the unfinished structure bits on the lower right. Could use just a little more curvature to match the rest of the sphere.

Other than that, I think you did a fantastic job with the rendering and the composition is solid. As far as the rule of thirds go, things are composed very well and keep your eye moving around the piece. And despite the heavy Halo influence, you really managed to make it something of your own. Good work, keep 'em coming.
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I absolutely love this, I don't have much negative criticism, I think the lighting is very good as well is the composition, colours and idea. The only thing I dont fully get us why the lighting is like that on the small planet shouldnt it be equal over the whole planet on not just one bulb if you get what I mean, although I just might be wrong and it sill is a great piece of artwork and defiantly one of the better space pieces here at deviantart.

Just the whole idea of a sun in an artificial planet is great!!
I hope to see mu and much more of these kinds of works, you gotta love them!..
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agofisher Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Beautiful. I dream with this image. I'm gonna show this on my blog, with your permission. 
KingTigerMG42 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Artist
If is Forerunner shield world 006, is the most forerunner: this heigh is amazing "299.195.741km (185.911.615 miles)
jricht Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Words cannot describe...I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. 

My jaw dropped when I saw all the details you put in.

This is brilliant. A perfect image of what the forerunners are capable of. Very few images capture this scale so skillfully.
antcow Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
This is so cool!
MuhammadAKS Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been mentioned here:…
Astro4545 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so cool.
Tails-275 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
My god,thats so impressiveClap
I'm sure, the master builder would be proud of you:aww:

But he is dead,damm flood^^;
ZeSly Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is the first time I see a Dyson sphere under construction ! ;-) This is impressive.
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :ahoy:
Tardifice Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Magnifique !
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