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Machinery of Light by Raphael-Lacoste Machinery of Light by Raphael-Lacoste
Hello! all done in photoshop, Cover for the book "Machinery of Light" by David J Williams. hope you like!
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Given 2010-05-14
Machinery of Light by *Raphael-Lacoste
With amazing details and a brilliant composition this piece is surely going to blow your mind! ( Featured by gucken )
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"Machinery of Light" is a marvelous example of strong formalism tied to realistic execution. While the subject matter of this painting is something seen often in sci-fi imagery, the artist executes it in a way that pushes it far beyond cliché.

The most striking feature of this illustration is the masterful use of the diagonal to create movement and tension. The vector of the launching spacecrafts is about to puncture the opposing diagonal of the vapor streams in the sky. The sloped ledge on which the foreground figures stand serves to complete the compositional "Z" shape of the clouds and ships, allowing for the eye to make its way through the picture plane over and over. The pointed nose of the spacecraft is echoed ingeniously in the crags in the middle-ground and the leaning mountains in the background. And finally, the dark values in the foreground convey a feeling of heaviness that adds to the "lifting off" sensation of the light valued ships. All in all, this is a wonderfully executed painting.
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This is pretty much mind sex.
Whereas it is obvious that it's a much-seen Sci-fi concept this is so beautifully rendered that your mind wants to believe it's real. This is digital imagery to it's finest, even looking at it up close, while you can tell it's not a photograph, the illusion of realism in this is so well emphasized, that it's breathtaking. The mountains, jutting out at the angle that hints on a fault in the landmass is very reminiscent of Planet Vulcan, from Star Trek, (see [link]) and these formations are always pleasant to me. Their incorporation into this piece makes me feel like I've been to the site where this launch is happening.
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acepainteroo7 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student Artist
A vision of one possible future    
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Poet-Anderson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
This is amazing! I'm new to art... How is this done?  
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful work!! I want to be on one of those launching spaceships... :D
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JerryYeh712 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work, great job!
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d-ary Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
amazing!
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AlFricke Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I likely. Man your work is bloody Awesome!!!! I could look at this for ever.
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realblueangel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
It's like a dream
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48Keiko48 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
this reminds me of the book Monsters of Men (sorry if you have no idea what I'm on about)
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's a beauty. I love it.
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Triumviratus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
You could be making the cover for my next book soon, brother.
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ela1221 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesom
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Yorgmeister Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student General Artist
The scale in this scene is awe-inspiring. Another favorite!
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Reilune Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your work is featured here: [link] :la:
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NielsHoyle-Dodson Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
instant fav this is AMAZING!!
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A-noureldin Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011   General Artist
how could u do that...!!!
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malayoutspoken125 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
woww....nice cover
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StefanKibellus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
awesome!!!
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JosephConcept Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Epic.......
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vict0r-besa Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Nicely done!!!!

I don´t know if it´s taking off or falling but GREAT
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forestsunheart Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Damn u are so good at this sir
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omer88 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
wow amazing, is it 100% painting? no photos involved?
if not im really amazed !
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CTRLNL Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The depth is perfect.
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naadir Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
mountains in the bg must be real--they don't have that painted look. anyway, great job!
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:iconedaoust:
edaoust Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Très belle image comme toujours! Le DD est définitivement très mérité! :)
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Phaedrolous Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student General Artist
I can't count how many other stories and games this reminds me of.
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changiz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Coooool
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Neonayla Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
I LIEK!
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Anastas2002 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Just beautiful.
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Valfader Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Very impressive!
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Haddrian Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Est-ce que c'est une photo-manipulation ou est-ce que c'est entièrement dessiné? Si c'est dessiné, les texture sont incroyablement précises. Si c'est une photo-manipulation, chapeau! Elle est vraiment super!
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Simoneriksson Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Awsome cover! Great work.
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:iconkjarnold:
kjarnold Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Digital Artist
too much photo elements to be a digital painting but very cool
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alyksirrom Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
This is a beautiful piece! I really like the lighting of this!
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ElysiaHawksbrink Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is SO cool!
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delic Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Very very cool. Thanks for showing.
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ArwenArts Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
This is fantastically worked! Wow! ;)
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Ton-K300 Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Excellent! ;) :thumbsup:
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i0nah Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
to the stars, baby !!
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Crovax42 Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool.
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arturoanaya Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Magnificent work, as usual, how much time takes you do something like this?

I can't imagine how much!
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anastasiyacemetery Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Matte? Photos? )
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XOLGY Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Its amazing , I Lobe it !
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Purpleground02 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
f*cking awesome~!
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Pamas Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!!
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SturmvogelPrime Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
That's increadibly beautiful!

How i can do a spaceship like that in Photoshop?
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
This is fantastic!
Congratulations! :clap: :)
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ArtEnthu Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Good work!
We invite you for the online art competition at www.ArtEnthu.com
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caseycaseycasey Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Student General Artist
definitely deserves its spot in the daily deviations. fabulous work
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Shadow-99999 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
You call that digital art? It's real
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Shadow-99999 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
You call that digital art? It's real
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