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05 May 2008, 11:59 PM
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!
05 May 2008, 10:24 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.
05 May 2008, 11:34 AM
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.
05 May 2008, 06:06 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.
05 May 2008, 05:07 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!
06 June 2008, 03:39 AM
thx a lot krisla. here's two close-ups to give you an idea of the detail at print res...
06 June 2008, 03:47 AM
this look sick ...!!
i really like it ..
would make a nice scrren background :-)
06 June 2008, 04:05 AM
this is awesome Manuel. i like it alot. the color combination and design is superb
06 June 2008, 04:38 AM
This is really good.
06 June 2008, 05:11 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! :)
06 June 2008, 05:42 AM
Very nice! Warm, welcoming and sinister. Looks like an evil corporate control station. Fractals are a nice touch.
06 June 2008, 06:49 AM
I absolutely love it, it would make a great poster, color tones are really nice, I like how the energy flows.
06 June 2008, 06:50 AM
wow I'm very much impressed with this render , whoever did it is a real master
06 June 2008, 07:15 AM
i like the tone and color of this. Also the concept behind it is quite cool.
06 June 2008, 07:52 AM
great job Manuel, it's good to see you posting again :)
This one looks really sweet ;)
06 June 2008, 05:50 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 :)
06 June 2008, 08:36 AM
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!
06 June 2008, 08:44 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? :)
06 June 2008, 08:01 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:
06 June 2008, 08:01 PM
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