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Frozen Off-World Dreams by Deepblu742 Frozen Off-World Dreams by Deepblu742
With the advent of fusion drives, the first large colonizer ships began to appear. The Venture II was one of them & of a handful to be lost without any trace.

Found over a century later, the inhabitants of the ship had succumbed to the effects of a dormant magnetar that became active as the ship neared, its radiation shielding of that era was insufficient to protect them from the intense gamma, x-ray & magnetic forces of the little known stellar monster.

Tidbits: Ship is not a 3d render, all Photoshopped found details and hand-drawn lines etc. Engines are pics of F1s used in the Saturn V rocket. Here's a peep at my process:[link]

Nearby asteroids courtesy of aRchAng3lZz [link]
Spacesuit stock courtesy of NASA on the ISS. Some of the badge/labels courtesy Gavin Rothery [link]
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A sad tale, going through the inner spaces would probably be a depressing sight with what is left of the crew in its last moments.. but what a relic to explore though for salvage =)
Deepblu742 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Mmmmm, the potential terrors that await of deep space exploration, my friend. For instance, to illustrate the case of a dormant magnetar coming to life to wreak havok, a very distant type of neutron star in 2004, SGR 1806-20, suffered a starquake and emitted an immense magnetic/gamma/x-ray pulse, it was 50K LIGHTYEARS away (halfway across the Milkyway!) fried satellites and charged the atmosphere. [link]

Now, the effects on a crew somewhat nearby? Well it could at a close distance, theoretically, would rip their tissues apart through the diamagnetism of water of their bodies or the iron atoms in their hemoglobin, mother of mercy. Consider if SGR 1806-20 was @ 10K lightyears aways that would kill every living thing similar to a neutron bomb. These randomly active magnetars are truly scary things...

Oh but the relic indeed, speaking of kickass salvage I'll comment on your page.
TranquilRuins Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fun times it would be as an astronaut, when death could hit you without seeing it coming? Still its space with the view of all views, what a place to die. .. as long as its not slow.. not so the place to die then :)

Ah had a look what you mentioned (kickass salvage), will comment on my page :)
Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Heck yeah, the amazing desolation of space. I imagine early space travel would be like the pioneer/explorer days, where any number of unknown dangers lie in wait. As ye olde medieval maps of uncharted areas would say "here be dragons". :meditate:
TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bet there will be quite a few space suited skeletons and wrecks in any maybe pioneer/explorer days ahead :( Probably needs that for someone to make the ye olde space map with the warning areas "here be aliens and heavily radiated toxic nebulas" ;)
Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
That would be a more accurate foresight ahead! :hmm:
joulester Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is a very profound image :wow:. The sense of sadness, loss and awe captured here is truly magnificent. I consider this one of those images that invokes music within one's soul. Great composition and color. Neatly placed details, too! Love this!
Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Definitely made it to be a poetic sad piece, when it was a sort of soul therapy from a tough time. Thanks for your compliments!
Physco-Matter Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is my friend spectacular! So dream like!
Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Yeah? Thanks Physco, & for the fav too!
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