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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.
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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. :)
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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.
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valadaar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Very cool sir!
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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.
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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.
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AndrewBCrisp Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Ahhh... The decorative factor. Sometimes I forget about those little touches.
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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 ;)
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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.
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LukeTorpedo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
I agree, The description really helps bring the picture to life. Great work!
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Merry Christmas to you too! This is awesome :aww:
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) A Merry Christmas to you as well!
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dmaland Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done - looks like a storyboard from a cool movie. (A movie that somebody should definitely make).
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Very well written literary supplement. Totally takes me there, and I don't want to leave!

Dig the little piggyback ship as well. :thumbsup: :santa:
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aarpie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gah, my friend, your stuff never ceases to amaze/inspire me. I wish I had your grasp of mechanical drawing. Mine never looks right lol. Wonderful stuff :D
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Apotheosi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
stunning
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JimHatama Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Cool man cool
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
yay... nice one! cool ship design too

fav! :)
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Judgementnollid Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
That ship kinda reminds me of the command modual from district 9.
Nice job
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Max-CCCP Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
super very cool good desing
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D4RKST0RM99 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
cool, the little canteen in the corner gives it a nice sense of scale, good stuff.
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ArcticDemolition Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Beautiful, gritty ship.

I love it.
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Orpheus7 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work. Well done.
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Razorwind666 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Wonderful pic, but I think the background info you give in the description makes it. It becomes a snapshot into another world, knowing that there is more beyond the borders of the pic.

and lol at what's happening witht he dude in the resteraunt.
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twillit Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very Nice
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solarkid Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Love the dramatic lighting and setting. Well done!
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tuner7000 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
wow that is really nice

great detail on the ship and the rest 2 actually :aww:
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