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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 =)
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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.
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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 :)
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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:
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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" ;)
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
That would be a more accurate foresight ahead! :hmm:
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joulester Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital 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!
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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!
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Physco-Matter Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my friend spectacular! So dream like!
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Yeah? Thanks Physco, & for the fav too!
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Very interesting image. I like the color scheme, and the ominous angle that the giant spacecraft is hanging in. For some reason I really like those antennae jutting out the back. I was going to ask if this was inspired by the Terran Trade Authority Handbooks, but the "TTA" on the astronaut's suit makes that pretty clear. It reminds me very much of the Angus McKie's paintings where space is some beautiful color for no apparent reason.
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Thanks, the fins & antennae were sort of Nostromo inspired, figured it would add more interest to the trapezoidal blocky angle of the ship. Yes, I often sneak in TTA references into my 70s styled SF, like here: [link] has references to TTA's FLEA. The ship's name, Venture II, is a nod to the Venturer Colonial III ship mentioned in Great Space Battles. Good eye, I was inspired by McKie's [link] and some of Roger Dean's whimsical color use.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
I'm currently reading Great Space Battles. I can't remember if I've given you the link before, but I have a blog where I collect T.T.A.-inspired art and other fun sci-fi and fantasy art. [link]
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Why no, cool...nice content and concisely written, thanks for the feature! :)
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UniverseIncarnate Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
so beautiful!
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Glad you think so... :)
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UniverseIncarnate Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love space
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet artwork!! You really do create engaging scenes; beautiful work. :)
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I feel even hard sci-fi scenes can have emotion, thx Blacksand!
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work Deepblu I do like the spacesuited corps as well. The feel of everything being frozen is well conveyed ;)
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Thanks Manos, wasn't sure if I had done enough to make the coldness of space conveyed visually, the wispy foggy style of Chris Foss & John Harris was definitely an inspiration...:nod:
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations for this excellent picture :clap:
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thanks urus! B-)
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