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ManuelM
05-26-2008, 12:59 AM
http://assets.cgsociety.org/nvart/1561_1211759937/680bound
(http://assets.cgsociety.org/nvart/1561_1211759937/1024bound)
I was always fascinated by the possibility that one day scientists might be able to build a working fusion power reactor.
Such a device will have the potential to produce inexhaustible amounts of electricity and eliminate the need to burn fossil fuels - one of mankind's biggest problems.

The idea behind the image is that in the year 2090, a giant fusion reactor will be built in a geostationary earth-orbit, supplying earth with clean electricity. The energy is beamed to a ground receiver using a microwave beam. ITFR stands for International Thermonuclear Fusion Reactor. It'll be the commercial successor of ITER, which is actually in development right now.

I was inspired by technical exploded assembly drawings and schematic views. Regarding the colour-scheme, I wanted to create a warm, energetic feeling in order to create a sense of the reactor's power. Because of the rotational symmetry of the reactor design, I decided to arrange my elements strictly symetrical, as well.
All 3D-elements were created with Maya and rendered with mental ray. Fractals created in Apophysis. Composited with Photoshop.

For more information on fusion power go to http://www.iter.org/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITER

Hope you'll enjoy it!

MrHappy
05-28-2008, 11:24 AM
ManuelM I love this picture. The colour choice is great, and your use of the borders with the sunburst style effect works brilliantly. The only thing I would say is that before reading your explanation (sounds like really cool technology btw), I thought that it was a big spaceship blasting the earth with a big ray gun lol. I guess that would be down to my fondness for films of that genre influencing my interpretation though :). Great work.

redbyte
05-28-2008, 12:34 PM
Should have made it landscape...

and that is my only crit.

But I love the rest. The colours and effects are all nice. The subtle explosion in the background is a nice touch.

ManuelM
05-29-2008, 07:06 AM
thanks for your feedback!

MrHappy: Actually it was my intention to show that technology can be a curse and a blessing at the same time, so I don't mind if the reactor might be misinterpreted as a devide that is threatening earth.

redbyte: I made a design using a landsape layout but finally decided not to submit it as I find the portrait format much more dynamic. I hope that for future challenges artists won't get those kind of restrictions any more, forcing their designs into a certain format.

cheers,
m.

krisla
05-31-2008, 06:07 PM
I like this alot too, manuel, nice and clean and the cell-made earth is just right up my alley! Would've liked to see it bigger!

ManuelM
06-03-2008, 04:39 AM
thx a lot krisla. here's two close-ups to give you an idea of the detail at print res...

http://www.manuelmacha.de/images/3d/itfr2090_closeup1.jpg

http://www.manuelmacha.de/images/3d/itfr2090_closeup2.jpg

xtrm3d
06-03-2008, 04:47 AM
this look sick ...!!
i really like it ..
would make a nice scrren background :-)

Pastaboy
06-03-2008, 05:05 AM
this is awesome Manuel. i like it alot. the color combination and design is superb

tonare
06-03-2008, 05:38 AM
Genius!


This is really good.

jeromoo
06-03-2008, 06:11 AM
Hiya Manuel! Glad to see you participating in a cgchallenge! I really like the translucent hexagons forming the world's continents. The fusion reactor seems to be built from basic structures. I would have like to see even more energy flowing around inside the reactor. The particle smoke effect permeating the background is a great subtle touch.

Overall it looks like a slick poster for a science convention. Great work, Manuel! :)

Chico
06-03-2008, 06:42 AM
Very nice! Warm, welcoming and sinister. Looks like an evil corporate control station. Fractals are a nice touch.

aliismail
06-03-2008, 07:49 AM
I absolutely love it, it would make a great poster, color tones are really nice, I like how the energy flows.

Pedro Pozo
06-03-2008, 07:50 AM
wow I'm very much impressed with this render , whoever did it is a real master

tom_Pornthep
06-03-2008, 08:15 AM
i like the tone and color of this. Also the concept behind it is quite cool.

Max4ever
06-03-2008, 08:52 AM
great job Manuel, it's good to see you posting again :)
This one looks really sweet ;)

3dcga
06-04-2008, 06:50 AM
Sweet artwork man. I like the idea. At the rate we are going, the scientists probably have to do that for real for the survival of our planet :)

Kinematics
06-04-2008, 09:36 AM
Hey Manuel!

I like the work, cool to see you posting up new stuff! I take it you finished your Bangkok temple? :)

Anyway, I am really glad you put up the closeups. I love the subtle fractle effects and the concept and meaning is pretty cool - nice to see art pieces with so much thought behind it.

The station is nicely done, it has this somewhat of a MC escher effect btw. The way you did the partial "under contruction" look as a way to show whats going on inside really makes the image look so much more interesting. Love the details there.

Anyway Cheers man, good job!

eonridr
06-04-2008, 09:44 AM
Wow man, the details are just amazing. i've got to say i really like how the "energy" flows around. i think you should render another angle and submit again in landscape man. seriously, it doesn't hurt anyway, right? :)

FrizzleFry0
06-04-2008, 09:01 PM
Great work Manuel! I've also been very fascinated by fusion power. I'm sure you've already read up on the tokamak reactor :) One day we can only hope that power is that easily available to the world. Keep up the good work! Oh, I love the use of hexagons to create the continents. They keep that nice blend of science and art together. It kinda reminds me of the core elements of a nuclear reactor. :thumbsup:

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