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Deus Ex Machina by ErikShoemaker Deus Ex Machina by ErikShoemaker
I haven't made a single classic space scene in 2011, even though I have my roots in space art. So here you go. ;-) The main motivation for this work was to practice angles and perspective and it took a lot longer than expected.

To complete this image I made use of several different techniques: While the station in the foreground is mainly painted with addition of a few textures ([link] and cgtextures.com), the resource for the people in it is stock photography ([link] [link] [link]). To render the planet and the spaceship the 3D functions of Photoshop came in handy. The ship model in the mid-planes is based on one of ~dmaland's renders ([link]) and edited with the usual addition of textures and effects. Thanks a lot!

step by step-progress and 75%-details below:


Thanks for stopping by. :)
See my website for other art: www.xkire.de
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Telian24 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Gerade wieder gesehen, als ich durch den Kalender geblättert habe. Ich liebe diese Bilder, die Technik und Natur verbinden zu diesem einmaligen 'sense of wonder', den in dieser Form nur SciFi bei mir erzeugen kann, egal in welchem Medium.
War die Wahl des Roten Meeres mit Ägypten/Nil, Sinai und Arabien als Textur für den Planeten eigentlich mit Hintergedanken verbunden, oder war es eher Zufall?
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nee, ich hatte einfach eine schöne Textur davon, die ich für den Planeten verwursten konnte. Aber gut aufgepasst! :) 
Vielen Dank für den netten Kommentar, freut mich zu hören dass es gefällt!
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vagepaul Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
whou :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks again :D
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mellowsonic Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome pic :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much :)
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arely1716 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
I really like your work, you have a great imagination to do all these amazing images. I always wanted to see images like these but I didnīt know where I could find them, finally I know the place. =)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much for the nice compliment :)
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AdelDisrespect Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Wow you are just awesome dude :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thank you, I appreciate it :)
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bdheks2134 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Erik, your work is mind blowing. I need you to make my logo for my youtube account. I will even promote your art on there. email me at musictavern1996 at gmail
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Akira500 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like a scene from Halo =D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
must be a cool game then :D
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Akira500 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh you bet =D
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DireWolf18 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student
Hey Erik first pretty nice work(s).
Why did you call this piece deus ex machina ? because it means the apparition of a god in a theater piece (old greece) to remain to all troubles.
Sorry for my English I'm French :)
Bye.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, thank you!
I pictured it as some godly appearance as they are looking into a bright flashing light, which is outshining the huge planet. But I didn't give it very much thought, to be honest. I couldn't find a more meaningful title. ;)
Cheers
Erik
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aresgirl34 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Featured here: [link] :)
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Good job ![link]
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ;)
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Hairfish Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Epic!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
woooooow wonderful :clap:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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GSJennsen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Writer
This is stunning beautiful - and thank you for providing your process as well! I used this as inspiration for my description of a digital information wall in a space station (with credit and a linkback) in my Mass Effect-related fanfic, here: [link]
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NiceIceEdward Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
So complex, and for my own personal reasons, it quite honestly gives me chills. I love it.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Ainhel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of your works are very beautiful but this one is absolutely wonderful!I love it too much!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the nice comment!
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godeyes Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow i like all of your amazing work, but i have to say that this one is by far my favorite out all the ones ive seen. really great work!!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! It's one of my favorites as well, so I'm glad you like this one :D
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:iconubergally:
ubergally Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Wow this is so beautiful..It looks like a movie! It has an emotional vibe. I really love it ... incredible work!!!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the nice comment!
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Drydareelin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am in awe. This is just amazing.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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LazyN Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful work :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot :D
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LazyN Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome & thnx for the llama :p
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ArghCaptainAnnie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow... this is really incredible. Your work is honestly fantastic.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thaqnk you for the nice comments, I really appreciate it!
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PriceCreation Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Feature:[link]
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the feature, I appreciate it :)
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PriceCreation Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome!
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tomer666 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
love it <3
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man!
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DisposableD Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Digital Artist
wow....
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
danke.. :D
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ONI-Defense Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is just spectacular, it seems I have found a new favorite piece and artist here on dA. I believe your work is most inspiring, not only to artists in our space art community but any artist of each trade and genre.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thanks so much for your nice comment, that's really appreciated :) glad you like this work!
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ONI-Defense Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. I'm glad to have met you that day in the space art chatroom, you are extremely talented. :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't recall :XD: I've only been there one time I think. Thanks a lot for the nice compliment though! :)
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