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Haephaestos' Forge: On the Shore of Night by Drell-7 Haephaestos' Forge: On the Shore of Night by Drell-7
A manned Daedalus-derived starship arriving at a superjovian world that orbits a red dwarf within the star’s “Goldilocks Zone”. The gas giant has a large moon on which water has been detected. The ship is in the process of terminal braking, to settle into orbit around the moon. The speed sketch that started this piece was awarded 2nd place in the Farmaker Speedsketch competition in August 2013, as part of the first Starship Congress.
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longibando Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Pardon but, the ship's name is Enterprise? Is it a tribute? Are you a bit trekkie?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not really a tribute, per se, just kind of a thought. By Star Trek's time, this might be a more realistic view of a starship.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Divine's playground done superbly here - this is true space art - and that is a hell of an image!!
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ironscythe Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
so...0.001 AU is the goldilocks zone of a red dwarf? Or is this just a healthy dose of artistic license?
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don't think I specified 0.001 A.U. as the distance here. It really depends on so many factors--the specific temperature and mass of the star, among many. The astronomers, engineers and artists who were the jury for the contest were satisfied  enough that the scene was well enough within the realm of probability. :D
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ironscythe Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
The number I mentioned was just based on how big the star looks behind the planet. Joking mostly. I'm sure there's a good reason, be it scientific or artistic.
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garryts Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great image - again you've managed to install a great sense of movement, of dynamism, in the work... Excellent stuff - well done! :-D
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Many thanks, garryts. I was trying to instill that sense of wonder and excitement--as well as trying to keep to scientific reality.
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic piece!

I like the silhouette-like look. :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! I tried to give just a little definition, but keep that glowing ember look to the star. I'm glad you thought it worked! :D
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Writer
I like Ecosphere, myself.

Oh, and I like this image as well.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Doesn't ecosphere normally just refer to a single planet's biom?
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Writer
Does it? I dunno. I'm just a game designer. I make stuff up all the time.
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William-Black Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully realized and grounded in hard science, always my favorite kind of art.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you! My favorite kind, as well!
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Writer
Yet again, another tremendously cool image :clap:


Athough I have to admit I *hate* the term "Goldilocks zone" that's being blathered about the science community these days. It's infantile and stupids-down science. They should have stuck to "biozone" and kept things dignified.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! And I'm not fond of it either--but it is popular terminology right now...
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