The Shadow of the Sun, Alex Ries (2D)

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  07 July 2007

Great picture Alex, I love the colors and the `flow` of the whole piece.
Since i have lived in Melbourne for 5 years i had to post a response

5 Stars from me m8
  07 July 2007
Originally Posted by Abiogenesis: Title: The Shadow of the Sun
Name: Alex Ries
Country: Australia
Software: Photoshop

Life forms evolved for a microgravity world.

Two sentients shepherd a trio of flying life forms, who have angled their bodies towards the 'sun' for warmth. Large black packs are bound to their bodies, filled with water which can be hard to come by.

In the far distance the forms of vast structures fill the sky.

No sentient living here has yet discovered their true nature.

Painted in Photoshop over about a week, it was a lot of fun.


I can see the influence from Wayne Douglas Barlowe's work in Expedition. Very alien and familiar organisms at the same time.
  07 July 2007
Gorgeous. I love the design of this image and the ideas that invokes. 5 stars.

Damon Du Bois
Freelance 3D Environment Artist

  07 July 2007
really nice creature designs! looks lovely!
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  07 July 2007
Originally Posted by sandwiches: I can see the influence from Wayne Douglas Barlowe's work in Expedition. Very alien and familiar organisms at the same time.

The "Hypothetical Life" link in my signature will take you to some of my raw thoughts which might be of interest. I really should update it a bit though
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Last edited by SquishMe : 07 July 2007 at 03:51 AM.
  07 July 2007

nice piece.
simplicity goes a long way.
Bruno Werneck
Concept Artist / Illustrator
  07 July 2007
I really like this one, cool design and good choise of colors, and composition is good too. Hope to see more of your works
  07 July 2007
beautiful painting I like lighting
  07 July 2007
great concept!
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  07 July 2007
Thumbs up

Truly a lovable work. Since I do research as an astrobiologist, images like this make me truly inspired. Magnificent 'sun' and the creatures are like real. Good job.
  07 July 2007
amazing :O, just eee... wow
  07 July 2007
Nothing short of amazing, great job here.
  07 July 2007
Hi all, hi Alex,

This is absolutely gorgeous ! I like xenobiology and imaginating offworlds creatures for my sci-fi universe and I love your creatures and the way you placed them in a suitable environment and scene !

So this is a microgravity environment ? Something like the moon's 1/6g, but with more gaseous atmosphere. So the creatures never land. The problem is how a mg env could evolves, mg and dense atm seeming incompatible. But with wall we discover now as exoplanets, breaking the assumed laws of stellar system formation and all we previously know, everything could be possible !

Reminds me of a book by "James Tiptree, Jr." (a pseudoym for Alice Bradley Sheldon) titled "Up the Walls of the World". Huge sentient flying manta-like creatures live in a world of constant winds and see colors as sounds and talk with bioluminescence !!

Benoit 'Mutos' ROBIN
  07 July 2007
Beautiful. But what's the background? Is it clouds? If yes, I think u need to improve it. Some part of backgroup just like pile of balloon.
Flying in my dreams...
  07 July 2007
Actually, if you are interested, this is like what you might find on a world with much MORE gravity than earth, not less. More gravity would mean a lot more pressure and make the atmosphere more like a 'fluid' allowing these behemoths to 'swim' rather than 'fly'. To be buoyant you need to weigh the same as the stuff you displace, and that is much easier to do in a dense atmosphere.
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