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The Long Afternoon by MikeDoscher The Long Afternoon by MikeDoscher
Tidally locked, a day on Venus stretches out in an almost unbearable languor. The present has been drained dry of all reality and meaning, so all the tomorrows of yesterday sluice into the void. You can drift through the casinos, simulations, and themed entertainment for weeks basking in fever dreams of chrome and glass. It's like Gernsback and Lang went on a bender.

Done in Photoshop CS4, most of the finish work was accomplished with the dry media brushes. Trying to get better at doing light. Be Bop Deluxe soundtrack with a Lackadaisy yearning. Shoop da whoop.
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"It's like Gernsback and Lang went on a bender."  Profound statement!
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karaxis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
an evocative and moody piece... i can almost see the buildings gently bobbing in the twilight...yet another obscure and right on music reference...the searing and crystalline notes of "sister seagull" could be synced with glistening light reflected in the windows..
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karaxis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
i can almost see the building/ships gently bobbing in the atmosphere...love the mood of the piece...and yet another obscure yet right on music reference...the searing, crystalline notes of of "sister seagull" could be synced to the glistening lights in the windows...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's really cool that you can see that too. It's kind of weird, I didn't really get into Bebop Deluxe until after I painted this, but it has 'Modern Music' and 'Sunburst Finish' written all over it. XD
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karaxis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
a couple of random thoughts...just picked a several of bill nelson/red noise cd's...if you haven't heard his post b.b.d. stuff it's quite amazing and much more varied than his earlier work...inspiring..on a related note i believe he's collaborating with matt howarth...don't have much info on the project but it sounds like a match made in heaven...speaking of inspiring...really been enjoying your recent work
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you've enjoyed what I've been doing lately. It's been a pleasure making it. :)

I've been intrigued by his solo stuff, but with the last batch of work I've found myself listening to an odd mix of Sturm und Drang classical, Van der Graaf Generator, and Tull bootlegs. I really will need to explore his new stuff now that spring is lighting up my brain.

Bill Nelson and Matt Howarth? Well now!
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Student General Artist
At first I saw a reflection, like the city was kinda' submersed, but then it was flying, and I exploded.
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dmaland Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great shapes in those building designs.
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sushigoround Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
This is not beautiful. This is magnificent. I hope you make a story out of these dieselpunk-esque works. 8D
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Tradereddy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this picture is.... amazing! Nice job!
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Nolo84 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I spy with my little eye the Russian word "avtomat".

A factory perhaps? Or maybe automatic rifles in this universe are far larger... ;)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh no- that's the franchise name for the franchise that transports tourists to and from the stations in upper orbit. 'TITAN AUTOMAT' The 'V' is a tacky stab at Roman influence in some of the decorative motifs. The station decor isn't neoclassical, but it takes elements from earlier aesthetics that were trying to be i.e., Italian Futurism.
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Nolo84 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right, I was just jesting at the fact that I only know the word "avtomat" from Russian assault rifles.

Your work is quite good.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I am finding you're world on Venus a fascinating place and enjoy each new place of interest you have us visit with every new post. There's just a fantastic (both literal and dramatic) inviting vibe going to these, but then that would be expected of me as we're both playing in similar sandboxes at times ;) Very cool Mike indeed.

Best!
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DeadBilly27 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Really like the description of the city. I like the concept of an almost endless day that seems to nearly border on boredom.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Through a series of happy accidents, it turns out that Venus has an environment that fits perfectly with the themes of the story. The day is actually longer than the year- 224 Earth days as opposed to 223.6.
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sergeant-tasker Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Very nice! I love the designs! Are those floating buildings?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah- One of my other images goes into it a little bit more: [link]

All of Titan City floats with a sort of an anti gravity system derived from a mysterious artifact called Shukra-A.
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realityerror Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
How far from the ground they floating?

...and does each building has its own source of energy?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Most of the big ones float a few hundred feet above the planet facing side of the aerostat membrane (they're inside it). The aerostat in turn floats on the upper atmosphere of Venus, where the pressure is close to that on the surface of Earth.
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