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Aengrod by darkMyke Aengrod by darkMyke
Looking at Aengrod's technologies, we can find many similarities to ours. The people living in the dark areas of the planet don't care about aesthetics. Beauty and architectural innovations are negligible whereas reliability and functionality are of utmost importance.
Right now we are looking at the periphery of one of their big cities. These buildings are old but they are still in a good condition due to the vast knowledge of their creators. The machines are running and noone needs to look after them...


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One and a half month I spent on creating this image...and yet I can see a few major and minor things that still bug me. I won't mention them here but let me tell you, if I had the motivation to do it, I could work another month on this one. But as I've said, I'm already sick of seeing this and I want to show it to you now, even if it's probably not as perfect as it could be.
Everything started before my final exams in June, when I finally had a concept for a new work. It started out pretty nice but soon I realized that my ideas weren't good enough. But as I had to revise a lot for school, I wasn't able to be very creative and think about the concept a lot. Therefore a lot of work was necessary to finish this one up.
But for now (and I'm almost sure that I won't touch this anymore, at least not in the near future) I'm satisfied with the outcome - in the end, everything looks so much better than it did before.

A few technical stats - like during the model process of Machinae I had big problems with actually modelling this scene as everything went sooo slow...this time this scene contains more than 5000 objects....which is simply too much for my PC. Rendering wasn't that critical this time as I splitted it in several renders and composited them afterwards. But still, it took quite some time...
I also tried to work at a much bigger resolution this time - the original size of this is 3000 x 4500 so I guess I have suceeded.

Anyway, enough talking, I certainly hope that you can enjoy it, too!

Update: I have uploaded a new version with very minor fixes and changes (especially on the planes). Nothing major so sorry for uploading it twice.
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:icontheodenn:
TheodenN Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You like narrow bridges don't you? cool pic
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proverbialcheese Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
great work. I like the aircraft at the top.
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Colophonius Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006   Photographer
Nachdem ich ein bisschen in deiner Gallerie hin- und her geblättert habe, ist mir das wieder aufgefallen. Das sieht wirklich fantastisch aus! Diese düstere Stimmung, die matten Farben, die starken, roten Farbaktzente, diese filigranen Technikdetails...hauen mich um.
In der Beschreibung hast du geschrieben, dass die Leute, die da wohnen, nicht auf die Ästethik achten- nachvollziehbar, aber ich muss widersprechen! Dieses Bild hat seine eigene Ästethink, die Ästethik des Unbekannten und Außergewöhlichen, sozusagen. Genial.
Ich glaube, da ist ein :+devwatch: fällig! :D
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Psycopathic Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006   Writer
This picture turned out really great in my opinion, I love the feel of it!
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Mr-Magic Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006  Student Digital Artist
DUDE! That is so MASSIVE! Nice...thumbsup man
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jorgehpz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
ooO good job.
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safeguard01 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2005
Wow... I cannot even fathom the amount of time it took to model this... Amazing.....

If I didn't know any better, I'd say this looks like a scene straight from Midgar in FFVII, by the Shinra Maco Reactors (Do you know what I'm talking about? Have you played FFVII? :o). Awesome....

My only wish is that the fog in the background isn't as overwhelming as it is, and instead is only a light fog, light enough to reveal the enormous cityscape in the background. (Perhaps something to think for the future? ;).)

Nonetheless, Awesome work Myke! :) :+fav:
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rOrtes Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005  Student Artist
this one is nice :)
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LePetitDejeuner Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005
Wow, your work is amazing, I can't even think of words to describe it =)
The thumbnail kinda reminds me of unreal tournament..

Anyways, almost 1000 views and only 34 comments >=( People should comment more often >_>
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Abydox Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2005   Digital Artist
very nice work and very detailed, but it is a bit blurry on some places but good job :tumbsup:
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aXx-Cdub Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
You improved on your "fog" effect since machinae, and the description for this piece really adds to the feal. Sexy lighting too. Fav+ :D
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importune Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
That was saved at horrible quality...
Next time, if you don't mind, try png? It may take longer to load but it'll look brilliant.

Inspired by....tremorwave? Was that the dude's name? I forget now.


Anyway, I like it, I'm not so fond of the planes but the rest is magnificent.
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Free-Styler Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2005
awesome work, you're realy evolved
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Visionation Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
Great work bro, i love everything about it..your modelling is excellent, everything fits in great. a fav from me.
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viremaster Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol bit late but.. better late as neverXD
great artwork.. really enjoy the moddeling..
material had to look a bit less ''clean''. gj mate
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viremaster Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol bit late but.. better late as neverXD
great artwork.. really enjoy the moddeling..
material had to look a bit less ''clean''. gj mate
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viremaster Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol bit late but.. better late as neverXD
great artwork.. really enjoy the moddeling..
material had to look a bit less ''clean''. gj mate
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noxious-cherub Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005   Digital Artist
Magnificent!!

the idea of machines being independant is a little scary though.

well done, can't wait for more ^.^

:+fav:
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fantazsikart Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005
nice work bro! your def getting better! lookin forward to your next one...// ;)
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c3ph31d Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005
beautiful work, that month and a half paid off here!
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kheng Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice work man, i love how the bottom half kinda reminds me of a 3d version of isometric pixelart.
i really like the cloudy dropoff and the textures and lighting
nice work
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Ephimero Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005   Interface Designer
if you get a better renderizer you'll own at 3d man, imo the texture looks like doom's or something like that, but you have amazing 3d skills
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Ephimero Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005   Interface Designer
ehm, i saw you used hdri in a pic, i think you have to use it more, with those metallic touches and that lighting the image rules
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minDScar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Deine Arbeit begeistert mich immer mehr^^
Imho könnte das Bild etwas schärfer sein, dennoch +fav
:D
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s2f Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, you're getting better by leaps and bounds, I am trully and sincerely impressed.

There's really not much for me to say, I love the composition, the ambience, the feelings it inspires, everything man, superb job!
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ThanadoS Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005
oh mein gott schaut das gut aus :> du bist n talent!
5000 objekte... soviel geduld sollte man haben. Isn Fave :)
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StaruZ Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005   Digital Artist
A bit blurry, still a very nice pice of work. GJ :thumbsup:
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daluxe Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005
wieder einmal ein wahnsinns artwork *thumbs up*
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TheMistressSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005
*drool* It's GORGEOUS! In its own technical, creepy rort of ominous way.
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akibara Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005
also.. ich finds einfach nur geil.. soviel detail .. habs gestern die ganze zeit beim telefonieren angeschaut. hammer . echt . *__* :+fav:
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Icecore09 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005
looks fine, good work on the render. well done
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h16 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005
Hot stuff myke. I really dig the hole tech style. but in some areas its abit blurry. which I dont like. Overall great stuff.
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Rannek01 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005   Interface Designer
Awsome work Myke!!!
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TDBK Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: This is very cool and looks good. The details and textures are great! ;)
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Dark-Neo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats hell pro!, great job dude !!
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blacklabelwood Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Nice job, reminds me of tremorwave.
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Ghost-001- Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005   Interface Designer
great work

glad your back and done iwth exams :)
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ZenkoAshikaga Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005
sharpen it a bit more man. +fav ^^
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Betelgeux Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005
once again, sir myke, you blow my mind.



the sheer amount of time spent on this is enough to be wholly impressive, but then i see the incredible detail. i don't know of anyone else who would have the devotion to their work to make such fine-tuned and meticulous detail. '5000 objects' tells me that hardly any of this (if any) came about by chance or randomization. that, to me, is the most admirable of all. you must have incredible patience. i know i couldn't handle it for a month. if anything takes longer than a couple days, i go insane.



and then, of course, there's the color. i have noticed in nearly all your pieces that you have distinct color schemes. whether planned or spontaneously conceived, they always have visual appeal. this is no exception. there are reds, blues, greens, and even blacks all together and they achieve harmony. i can't say i see that too often.


and you have textures too! in the past i've said that was the only thing that you lacked... but you have it here and it adds so much to the feel of the piece.



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and then, after everything else, you have professionalism. you've created the piece, included a concept behind it, framed it thoughtfully, and then added your own personal touch in the the way you displayed your name, the name of the piece, and the year tastefully in the middle.


you seriously should consider art as a career. i think you would go very far.





brilliant work. =D
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darkevil Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005
:clap:
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nessaja Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005
Nicely done, I love the feel it has to it
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techstudio Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005   Interface Designer
Awesome work in the renders! Very detailed! I only think that it needs a more complex photoshop work... :)
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