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December 27, 2009
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Orbital Transition by MikeDoscher Orbital Transition by MikeDoscher
Christmas Day, 2146.

Another helium-3 tanker makes its way down to New Cytheria from high orbit around Venus. Tourist hotels, fractional refineries and various other pieces of exoarchitectural riffraff stand like erectile hairs. For the ten thousandth time, a diner in the Morgenstern Grill (Trans Solar Hilton, Spinward Promenade) comments on the contrast between the deco resort architecture and slapdash container ships that service it. Everyone ignores him. Friends and families sip white wine and watch the sun rise across the bronze glow of the clouds. Resort, city, and ships take on the glow of molten gold in the morning light. A toast is mumbled as the baffling radiance hunts down the shadows between the spires. New Cytheria glows like a jewel.

Merry Christmas, everyone.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Dunno how I missed this one. Love the atmosphere and lighting, kinda like the recent batch of work I did for Palladium. Black and white/monochrome is always great to work in for material like this. I also rather dig it has an almost Hopper Nighthawks vibe.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I really enjoyed the covers you did for them. I think the Hopper thing was subliminal- I was trying to a Christmas image without doing a Christmas image, so some good old Ashcan School angst snuck in in all the confusion. :)
VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome Mike and my thanks for the kind words in return :) It is indeed a very cool piece. I suppose when diving deeply into images of the thriving metropolis, fictional or otherwise, the Ashcan minutiae/sensibility will creep in.
valadaar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Very cool sir!
AndrewBCrisp Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
A nice pic and a wonderfully detailed ship.

I have to wonder, however, about the wisdom of a neon sign outside a space-station. I figure bars, restaurants, and other businesses in a space station might be like malls - with the signs announcing their presence inside.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Right- they really are, but the signs in this case are designed to not really advertise so much as add to the ambiance inside the structures. Venus is very peculiar in that it is primarily a tourist destination in this continuity, so almost everything that the public sees has been imagineered to some degree or another to the theme of retrofuturistic art deco.
AndrewBCrisp Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Ahhh... The decorative factor. Sometimes I forget about those little touches.
Possy73 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A bit late maybe, but who cares ;)

Very nice design and nice story aswell :)

Happy New Year ;)
M0AI Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your ship designs are awesome, of course, but what I enjoy most about your deviations are the descriptions. There's poetry in your words.
LukeTorpedo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
I agree, The description really helps bring the picture to life. Great work!
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