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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 )
"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  New member Student Artist
A vision of one possible future    
Poet-Anderson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  New member
This is amazing! I'm new to art... How is this done?  
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
JerryYeh712 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work, great job!
d-ary Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
AlFricke Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I likely. Man your work is bloody Awesome!!!! I could look at this for ever.
realblueangel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
It's like a dream
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)
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's a beauty. I love it.
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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