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Solar Roofs by ErikShoemaker Solar Roofs by ErikShoemaker
The solar roofs are contructed to face the sun of their system at least 22 hours a day to maximize energy extraction. For scientists the platforms have also proven to be a valuable environment for new exotic lifeforms in flora and fauna because of the extreme tropical climate conditions. Over the years the roofs have also attracted millions of tourists, creating new metropolises much as New York City and Las Vegas in the 21st century.

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To create this work I used some of my shots taken on my trip to Miami (mostly those from the plane), so you could probably find parts of Florida in there. The planet was done with the 3D functions in Photoshop. I'm slowly starting to get the hang of that, although it's working really slowly and the quality it produces could be better. For parts of the planet texture I have to give the Nasa archives some credit. Other than that it's the usual matte painting techniques which bring the whole thing together.

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There's a zip-file with the 1920*1080 wallpaper version available per download. You can use that one to create smaller wallpapers for your own desktop if you like. ;)

Visit my website: www.xkire.de
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:iconwhipship:
whipship Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Can I use this as non commercial cover artwork if I credit you? :)
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know. What is the cover for? Where are you going to use it? Usually I would not say yes right away...
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MountainStrongBear Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me of The Way, from Greg Bear's Eon.
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:iconmaryshaa:
MaryShaa Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student
incredibly) 
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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:iconblakmanta:
blakmanta Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Great concept. Very beautiful.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much!
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SuperShadowArt Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE IT!!! Breathtaking!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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:iconbeachelf:
beachelf Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
:iconwhiteroseplz: Beautiful
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconcarbonitestudios:
CarboniteStudios Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Reminds me of Treasure Planet and Cowboy Bebop
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
THIS.
IS.
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! The composition! JUST WOW......
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D Glad you like it.
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ChrisDrake1987 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Just incredible idea!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, glad you like the concept :D
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:iconrebelliousrehan:
RebelliousRehan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
beautiful
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconrebelliousrehan:
RebelliousRehan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
welcome bro
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:iconalsarab:
alsarab Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nice piece , how did u made that cloud arrow ? did u paint it ?
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes it's painted, and actually it's the trail of a space ship :) thanks
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:iconalsarab:
alsarab Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very clever , i liked it so much !
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:iconalsarab:
alsarab Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i posted this comment on the solar roof i don't know how it becae here .
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:iconmindtuber:
MindTuber Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconmindtuber:
MindTuber Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
np, you´re welcome
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:iconzulusplitter:
ZuluSplitter Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Schönes Outcome... Du scheinst eine Super Plate Datenbank zu haben ^.^
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So viele Bilder hab ich eigentlich gar nicht. Ich hab halt diesen Frühling ein paar schöne Urlaubsfotos machen können, allerdings hab ich nur ne billige Digitalkamera, weshalb die Quali nicht so gut ist. Freut mich, dass es dir gefällt. :)
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ZuluSplitter Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Naja, ist aber wenigstens mehr als ich aufbieten kann ^.^
Habe leider gar nicht solche Fotos. Was ich eher sehr viel habe, sind so Wolken und so, da ich davon fast jeden Tag welche machen ^.^
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space-commander Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting. How do they contain the atmosphere?
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
atmosphere emitters. :D
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space-commander Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how do they keep the clouds from flying into space?
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Assuming that they build up some earth-like gravitation I'd say the question should rather be "what keeps them in the air?". Clouds are massive, containing tons of water and they only fly because the air-circulation in the atmosphere compensates the gravitation and thus makes them float.
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kilo139 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
i feel as if im actually there O_o
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe I'd like to check it out as well, thanks for your comment ;)
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:iconkilo139:
kilo139 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
DAMN THIS IS GOOOD
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!! :D
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:iconkilo139:
kilo139 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
WHOA
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:iconisthmusline:
IsthmusLine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I remember this idea from Freelancer, although I've forgotten what they called it.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh okay, I never played that game to be honest. :) The citadel from mass effect is a quite similar concept too, maybe you know that one.
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IsthmusLine Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Tell you the truth I haven't played Mass Effect but I had presumed the concept was a scientific concept with a proper name and research behind it; it sounds like an interesting read but without knowing the name it makes it hard to find - then again I haven't looked yet.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe, I don't really think it's very realistic at the moment. The solar energy we gain stands in no relation to the amount of energy required to rotate the structure manually in space. And I think with the sun burning the whole time the environment would soon go dry instead of having wide lush green fields as I pictured it here. I just thought it was a cool idea to illustrate, and who knows, maybe we are able to build something like that one day.
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IsthmusLine Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I saw the concept of what I was talking about on Star Trek last night and quickly wrote the name down; Dyson Sphere. This morning I did some light research and from I read is that the "solar roofs" as you called it shouldn't need to rotate by artificial means but via orbit. Of course this means there will always be day on one side and an eternal night on the other but with the energy gained life supported structures would be easy in comparison to the sphere itself.

The sources I found were:
Carrigan, R. A, Jr. "Progress on IRAS-based Whole-Sky Dyson Sphere Search", Harvard.edu, (Online), available from: [link]

"Dyson Sphere", n.d. , sccs.swarthmore.edu, (Online), available from: [link]
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh that's interesting. Thanks for letting me know. :thumbsup:
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IsthmusLine Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Thanks no problem!
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altafventis Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing! :dance:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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:iconwillfactormedia:
WillFactorMedia Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Photographer
Das erinnert mich ein bisschen an die Zitadelle von der "Mass Effect" Serie. :aww:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ja, ist auch ein bisschen davon inspiriert. ;)
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WillFactorMedia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Photographer
Das dachte ich mir :D
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