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Shards by AdamBurn Shards by AdamBurn
(UPDATE: adjusted some areas and added some more lighting for the blue areas as well as a fierce storm system around one of the shards.)

This piece is basically a different take on an older image of mine called Last Stand, a collaboration image I did with :iconmcchaz: . I was approached by the art director of Night Shade Books who wanted an image similar to Last Stand to put in there new book which is an Anthology showcasing the best Sci-Fi and Fantasy art of the year.

So this is what I got, it may undergo some minor changes yet but I like it so far so I have submitted for all to see.

Enjoy
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:iconbrothermonk:
Brothermonk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of the protoss
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:iconprofutur1971:
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Belle image ! Bon travail ! Félicitations !
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:icontonystardreamer:
tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh the mystery of it all. :love:
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:iconmichal325:
Michal325 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Amazing !
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galaxy366 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
WOW :O, this reminds me of the Reapers, great job ! ;)
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:iconcooljojo:
cOoLJoJo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Excellent work, this is awesome.
Thank you,
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:iconconstellationss:
Constellationss Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Very nice work!
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:iconthenightshrew:
TheNightShrew Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
OMG I love it!
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:iconladyowl:
LadyOwl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009   Digital Artist
WOW!Mama!It`s something amazing! O_O
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:iconancesttral:
AncesTTraL Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
AWESOME!
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:iconltdalius:
ltdalius Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
Simply amazing! I'm so in love with space and glowing blue stuff...
This reminds me of Starcraft - looks like something left behind by the Protoss, or even better, some mysterious legacy of the Xel'Naga...
This is a must :+fav:
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah it does look a little protos like, but I have no idea who the Xel'Naga are
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:iconltdalius:
ltdalius Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
No, thank you for the beautiful pic :)
Xel'Naga are the creators of Protoss and Zerg and many other races. Later, they perished by the claw of their own creation. Zerg infested and destroyed the greater whole of the race, as same as many other races. It is speculated that few of them survived, but no one has seen them since. You can witness the greatness of Xel'Naga civilization by their leftovers - monolithic, usually very powerful artifacts... Starcraft is great game, has great story and animations. If you like space and SF;), be sure you play it if you haven't - it's well worthy ^__^
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah ive played all the old ones, and looking forward to the new one, I didnt realise they where both made by the same race, but they should have seen the zerg going mental, they are evil
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ltdalius Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Xel'Naga, for whom is believed they came from another galaxy, tried to create perfection... but they failed. Between the thousands of civilizations they created and others they steered to evolution, Protoss were the closest to their goal. But, after revealing themselves, they were not welcomed and eventually, even attacked by their creation. After that, Protoss were left to they own, and the Xel'Naga kept trying to achive their goal... So, they created another race - the Zerg. In their zeal to fulfill their quest for perfection, they overlooked a big mistake, making the new creation too aware and eager to perfect themselves on their own. For that mistake, Xel'Naga almost paid their very existence, as Zerg too attacked them, and almost completely assimilated their creators.
Evil is in the eye of beholder - Zerg became evil as they were created that way (if you can say so) - they are too, as their creators, in constant search for evolution and perfection of themselves, but with the lack of consciousness and morality. They are same as the Borg is in the ST universe.

Man, i can't wait for the new Starcraft 2 - it's my best game ever :)
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Supermoi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazingly beautiful...
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:iconblackfang04:
blackfang04 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
This is to cool. Love it.
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:iconl1nk32167:
l1nk32167 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist
I love this, it's got that defying gravity in it and sf fantasy. =)
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:iconjamesmorrow07:
JamesMorrow07 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Student General Artist
I just love this piece. It's very epic.
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:iconshmirgel4e:
Shmirgel4e Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
I probably dont have to tell u that it is awesome :)
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:iconstremel:
stremel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Student Digital Artist
looks very cool :)
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:iconnovacron:
Novacron Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A fresh concept, something I like to see ;)

Great job
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:iconnights-098:
NiGHTS-098 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
this would make an awesome desktop
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:iconseancruz:
seancruz Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Student Interface Designer
This is sick! but I think the lightning around the stormy shard is a bit wide or thick
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:iconkoepaard:
Koepaard Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
_O_
:+fav:
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:iconzaagmanz:
zaagmanz Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
This is insane.
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:iconcross-kaiser:
Cross-Kaiser Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome sight. I feel compelled to poke the bright things they have. Is it some sort of plasma-based crystal that might explode if I touch it? @_@
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Not sure but for comical purposes I would say yes
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:iconprototype02:
Prototype02 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008   Interface Designer
wow. that really good.
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:icontimegate:
timegate Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I think the bottom of the nearest shard could be more pointed.

I also think your work is amazing and i am always blown away by your composition. Nice piece!
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah It was originally razor sharp but I wanted it to be a bit more rounded
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:iconnihonjoe:
nihonjoe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Cool. Is it for their third anthology? I have the first two. :)
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I believe so yes
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:iconnihonjoe:
nihonjoe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Nice. I look forward to seeing the third one. Too bad you aren't closer or I'd have you sign the cover. :)
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe thanks :ahoy:
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering what that weird shadow over the canyon was at first...Now I realise those floating rocks are much bigger and further away than I originally thought :XD: I like the clear sphere around the planet too :D
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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:iconnickch87:
NickCh87 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Student
*drools* OMG... AWESOME... um got a towel?
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:icondave-mastor:
Dave-Mastor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
:o Whoa
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MythosSorex Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
o.O Is that the Grand Canyon they're floating over? lol
It's absolutely awesome work, hon. I love the shots of electric blue. Really draws your eye to the details ^_^
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah the terrain is a matte comprising of 4 images of the grand canyon
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:iconmythossorex:
MythosSorex Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
4 pieces? Wow, they're really nicely blended. I thought it was a single shot, lol.
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah it took a while to get them perfect
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AIMASTER Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
My comment may be a bit harsh in it's tone, but:

This is Fucking Brilliant! GREAT Job!
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks :ahoy:
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:iconaimaster:
AIMASTER Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Cheers!
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:iconlivewire123:
livewire123 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
I like this new direction in art that you've taken :P
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah trying out new stuff its fun
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:icondvotar:
Dvotar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
amazing! :O
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Xenon2k7 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think you actually listened to this 1,000 shards of Isis [link] while making this! At least I would have!
:diny: perfect!
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