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Evolution by alyn Evolution by alyn
Here it is, I'm done now. Kthxbye.














Yeah alright I'll explain stuff.

For anyone who's been paying attention to my journals they'll have realised that the concept is all about evolution. However lets not go all Darwin here as overtly fascinating as apes are. Now my initial idea was to have a ceremony of opposites, which has essentially been pulled off. Contrasting scenes of exhuberant paradise and paralysing doom, thus the image holds true to the concept aesthetically. But to a more fulfilling ideal, on the one side you have a human, gazing towards the light, bathing in its majesty and quite possibly having a whale of a time, on the other hand we have the skeleton, a dead human facing away from the light, hiding in the shadow of the railings. Thus the image echoes the choices sentiment of the included typography.

There's a lot more to it than that as well, but where's the fun if the artist gives you all the answers? Jump into this one and hopefully enjoy it. It'd make me happy if you did. And no, I wouldn't change it for the world, else I wouldn't have submitted it.

Technically, the image is a few steps forward again. The original working resolution proved to be too large for my computer to handle (Especially with regards to swap files, damned photoshop). It is composed of a composite of three terragen renders placed side by side (but those renders were stitches of the same render except made larger via stitching different views... that's a lot of renders and a lot of stitching). You're staring at about 20 renders total, with a total render time of between 30 and 40 hours. That's a lot of sitting around and doing nothing for me. Win. But the key point was that the initial terrain files were made as such so that the renders would fit together perfectly with as little photoshop interference as possible, including height maps so the half-height atmospheres wouldn't fight each other, and surface maps so either side could blend. To put it simply, it's a pain in the ass to do properly, but it was worthwhile. If you would like to see the image without photoshop work, check [link] . From then on, post render was all achieved in photoshop with numerous photo-references garnered from [link] - which has once again proved to been an invaluable resource (I SUCK with anatomy, so with drawing the skeleton it was a superb website to check back to). In total, the image has taken about a month to accomplish, but I'm proud.

On a final note, there's a snail in the image somewhere. Think of it as a "where's wally/waldo" game, go find him, but don't tell others where he is, that's cheating.



This image comes as is if you're just wishing to delve in and take a look, however if you click the download button, you can use the larger (and I'm afraid, lower quality) image as a wallpaper. If you are in need of a larger size, then you're going to have to note me, since I'm very wary of releasing large resolution images to the public for my own arts protection.

Go forth and love it!




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Given 2008-06-18
Evolution by `alyn has a wide array of colours, and shows a beautiful landscape with a beautiful contrast of peace and chaos. Not only is the picture spectacular, but the meaning behind it gives a new view to the world of choice created by `alyn. It would be an amazing wallpaper whether you like, dark, peaceful, colourful, scary, or just landscapes. Overall it would be an amazing asset to any screen, but with it's excellent detail may make you forget what you were going to do in the first place. ( Suggested by Artist-A and Featured by archanN )
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Purplegreendog6663 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  New member
Beautiful:la: choir 
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Luhoffmann Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
incredible and beautiful!!
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xil23 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
brilliant really hit me as I looked at
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MaeveGX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
nice
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WrennAmethyst Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
found the snail!
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:iconeeveetron:
eeveetron Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great @_@
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Ashukk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Absolutely fantastic.
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JStiner Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous image!
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Ystradgynlais Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Almost Bruegelesqe in scale and conception
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DivCruz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
My exact reaction.Chica's Wiggle Dance (Chat Icon) 
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kh2733 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  New member
This is... so beauty i like it ! ^_^
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Jenthewarrior Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I found the snail! This image is absolutely spectacular in scale and at the same time so lusciously detailed. Am I drooling? I feel like I am. The left side gives off a powerful sense of hope and possibility, and the right side fills one with a sense of desolation, almost like standing on the edge of a fire-ravaged field and intending to walk across it barefoot. I really enjoy your artwork, so I thought I would leave this comment to make sure you knew that. I wish I could 'favorite' this a few more times to emphasize how beautiful I find it, but alas that would probably get me nowhere. Again, stunning work, and I agree that you should be proud of it. Time well spent.
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Ivy-Hawk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please call a doctor if your jaw remains on the floor for over two hours.

This is truly fantastic.
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Sattriel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks fantastic.
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Fantastic-Artist Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  New member
Wow! This is just really, really great! I love it!
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steventhe23rd Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This just takes my breath away! If only I could click that favorite button a million times...
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alebsi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Stunning! 
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MyNameIaCj Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Filmographer
Amazing piece of art mate! 

Also...I found that snail. 


A thought I got straight away from this was "Holy shit that is beautiful. It is literally like hell on earth."
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magoleth Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What can I say? This piece is simply stunning *_* I love the contrast between the left and right side of it.
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Rock0 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015   Interface Designer
Spectacular piece - can't believe I only found it now.
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Rudi52525 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the contrast.
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noaanka Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love your art, it's a wonderful way to show beuty and evolution through picture
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Isthur Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
nice art
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dodinal Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
WOW
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Kametrixom Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Just wanna say that your picture was used right here: youtu.be/1Pni_kXa_YQ
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MSGear Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
:like:
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NightWolf209 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Awesome pic alyn! also love the profile pic XD
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Shizui Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Oh my God, this is amazing!
I would love this for my Gaia profile! <3
Thank you for sharing this, because of you my profile is now 100% more beautiful~
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Nitro19 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Espectacular. Enhorabuena!
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mikelwallacejr Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Spectrum
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ep7 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is some amazing work, mate!
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gratzner Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Awesome! Need this one in 5760x1200 
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paradoxo9000 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
demais y love
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paradoxo9000 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
ravilhosoma
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last-sunset9 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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hug99x Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Grandioso
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101muffins Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
crap that is spectacular. also, no offense, but the snail is kinda' easy to find
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kastiyana Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I had to prove that I could amount to something this picked me up when I was down this put me back in the swing of things I figured I should share the wealth
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PoppetthePuppet101 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
QUIT IT!!!!!! Kosmika74 does not have anything on her profile all she does is comment everywhere and put a link to a virus DO NOT CLICK THE LINK!!!!
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Jesterkin458 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yay for humanS :P
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TectonicMonkey Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Awesome.

Such a nice snail...
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bruno1963 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
c'est vraiment magnifique.
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thomasidaho Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've been there
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