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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.


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.


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. ;)

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whipship Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Can I use this as non commercial cover artwork if I credit you? :)
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...
MountainStrongBear Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me of The Way, from Greg Bear's Eon.
MaryShaa Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
blakmanta Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Great concept. Very beautiful.
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much!
SuperShadowArt Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE IT!!! Breathtaking!
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
beachelf Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
:iconwhiteroseplz: Beautiful
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