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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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Daily Deviation

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 )
Rock0 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015   Interface Designer
Spectacular piece - can't believe I only found it now.
Rudi52525 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the contrast.
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
Isthur Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
nice art
dodinal Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Kametrixom Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Just wanna say that your picture was used right here:
MSGear Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
NightWolf209 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Awesome pic alyn! also love the profile pic XD
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~
Nitro19 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Espectacular. Enhorabuena!
mikelwallacejr Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
ep7 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is some amazing work, mate!
gratzner Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Awesome! Need this one in 5760x1200 
paradoxo9000 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
demais y love
paradoxo9000 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
last-sunset9 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hug99x Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
101muffins Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
crap that is spectacular. also, no offense, but the snail is kinda' easy to find
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
Flagged as Spam
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!!!!
Jesterkin458 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yay for humanS :P
TectonicMonkey Featured By Owner May 30, 2013

Such a nice snail...
bruno1963 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
c'est vraiment magnifique.
thomasidaho Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've been there
sleepykarie91 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so amazingly beautiful
xoipro Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
xoipro Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
koool !!!!!!!
Callendra Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Wow. Just wow. This can have several interpretations (well one or many per person actually). I naturally 'read' it left to right as 'Humankind is travelling to a tragical end'. It could be very 'black and white' (as manichaean) but the two parts are linked by the light which rays spread in both parts, as I see it.
Anyway the art itself is stunning! The colours and the light and the details, everything is stunning! Congrats, really!
Malkyzit Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
A W E S O M E !

I'm speechless
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is absolutely beautiful, the contrast is brilliant. Amazing work of art here.
BjoernSiebolds Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   Digital Artist
S-Braveheart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This is majestic, really good work here !

Also very nicely converted from the original landscape, really, it's great !

And I think I've already found the snail :-D
JonnyJuke Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
You've captured a trip I once had. Amazing. Thank you.
1Caribe Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Beautiful! :-)
mjdawson23 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student General Artist
amazing! I know its already been said, but that's exactly what it is! I hope I can be this good one day!! as I am just starting to use digital painting!
GreatLucas Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   General Artist
maybe just red color, is much "strong"... but is amazing!!!! :)
ahmcr7 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Nightsong-Liz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ShahzadX Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this :)
My next wall paper for a long time :D
Keldren-Stormraven Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Writer
Saw it posted up on Facebook by Deviantart... Absolutely wonderful... This piece is amazing...
AdamMBurleighPhoto Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Saw this on dA's Facebook and it's awesome.. :) Love your dA profile pic too lol
MuirOfLanternWaste Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
<3 ^.^ I don't know anything about art, but I love this. Congrats on making the Daily Deviation!
loonymond Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly Beautiful
alexbichi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
:+fav: :D
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