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The Foundry Docks by Shimmering-Sword The Foundry Docks by Shimmering-Sword
The result of tonights LiveStream. Though I should start to expand my space art subject matter. Definitely going to be needing orbital structures for my story.

A Massive foundry shipworks and service station for the Star Protectorate fleet. Various sized ships are in for resupply, including a massive flagship.
Having been expanded in pieces over many decades, this station is nothing elegant, but it's power and importance cannot be understated.
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Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
did you really imagine this? ...or have you been there? :3
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Just a bunch of grey blocks in a purple space :)
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Vitaloverdose Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Nice pic :)

But it looks a bit odd because things dont fade out in space . Fading only happens in an atmosphere ;)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
With a little space dust and the "rule of cool" I think we can make it work :D
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AshRandom Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Perhaps it's cheating to draw it that way, but for whatever reason I love that the spacestation fades out. It makes me feel like it's so colossal it goes on forever. :heart:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yea if I had the time I would define it more instead of fading so much, but atmosphere is nice :)
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Archie621 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student General Artist
What brush settings so you use for the stars...Cos this is awsome, I like the colours used...stars facinate me...awsome
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Looks like for this one I just used my small round brush with size and opacity control on, pretty messy.
When I want it nicer, I turn off the opacity control, so i always lay solid stars, but of different sizes. Then I use a soft brush on overlay mode and brush in some glow around the bigger ones, you can see this effect on the near purple star (sun) on this one.
Never use pure white stars (add a little color) and never use pure black space, things look more alive this way :)
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Archie621 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student General Artist
How do you put it on overlay mode?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just as layers have a blending mode chosen at the top of the layers menu, brushes blend mode can be changed from the top middle of the screen (where your active tools options are).
And if you don't know, overlaying is neutral (has no effect) at middle grey, and will add light/dark/color depending on how your chosen color moves away from that middle grey.
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Archie621 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student General Artist
okay thanks
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well it's not nearly as large as one of those, but while my flagship weapons wont be cracking any planets, it could probably severely damage or destroy that Eclipse. With these super weapon vessels, it all comes down to who gets the first shot though. I don't really make it a point to compare technologies cross stories/universes, usually gets lopsided. I also don't know why you would want to build ships that take so much resource, just to destroy planets which are the thing you should be fighting over :P
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fmenegati Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
beautiful concept liked a lot
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Anderty Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
And again my thoughts- I think that station with military type architecture must look more aggressive, and ships, which are docking, must be defended more accurately (say, maybe some hangar type plating around ships or something like stationary BIG defense structures for docked vessels).
Oh, and about flagships- if i was emperor (any kind, there's no matter, what type), I planed my flagship construction somewhere in quiet place, hidden from everyone. That's more logica, i think. Anyway, work is nice! +
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I always like thoughts, grounds for thinking and discussion.
This station is firstly a shipyard, where ships are made, so a factory. Factories, nor any colossal structures that I've seen military or not, do not exhibit 'aggressive' architecture. Utility comes first. This, and I think everything talked about here is very subjective to opinions, just as each story/universe should have it's unique points.
The engagement of naval ships in my story is largely at very long range with evasive maneuvers being a ships primary mechanism of defense. In this way, should a station and it's local fleets come under attack, priority is to launch any docked forces, and if possible give options for launch vectors. Hence why there are no deep or closed bays for large ships, so that they can do more than just reverse out if needed.
You are right about the flagship construction, the foundry contracted to construct such ships is much deeper in Star Protectorate space, in very controlled travel lanes, though it's not quite hidden from all view. The large scale dock here is shaped to accept any wedge shaped ship, which just pulls in as close as it can.
How's that sound :D
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Anderty Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Hm... then, that scale station is too big for any of planet orbits, cuz it will made changes on planet gravity, so station must be somewhere deeper in space, where stations own gravity will be priority! I just imagine question, how Citadel (ME) was stayed all this time in one place- then i realized, that citadel was ONLIEST big structure there, that means really big stations must stay in clear space.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Which is just why I don't have any planet visible here :D
Though the discussion of such large stations disrupting planetary gravity is only a stronger discussion for single moon Earth type worlds, those in a very fragile existence, or existing colonies which may suffer from a gravitational change.
Many of the planets in our system have multiple satellites, not that they are ideal places to live, it just shows that it's still possible to have such orbital stations.
I definitely wouldn't place one of these around an eden world, but it wouldn't be an issue around a gas giant or barren planet, the nearby resources being especially useful.
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Anderty Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
As i remember, gas giants don't have much resources. If station would be on one of biggest asteroids in asteroid belt, that will be best variant for effective foundry. So, if you place foundry in asteroid (or small moon type planet in belt), where other asteroids gave big quantum of recourses, and if belt is around gas giant (for gas materials), then this foundry will be best of the best... thought... :D
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Dantedesertfox Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
It's like a giant thingy of awesomeness!!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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kabarsa Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Man, you just have to finish this, because it's awesome!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hgnnn, this would take a lot of work to refine. But the true reason I kept loose is that I don't want to invest time into something that I don't want to attach myself to. I'm trying to spend less time refining (potential for attachment) and more time searching for new ideas, for my story.
Now if YOU want to finish it, ill give a highres and you be my guest :P
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kabarsa Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
I understand you point. I have to think because it's kind of big responsibility for me to take your work. But I'll note you for sure if I'll try to develop your work.
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angry-green-toast Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
i like the ghostly quality of it. Its like atmospheric distance fade--but it cant be because it's in space! makes it more mysterious
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Space dust / factory pollution.
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angry-green-toast Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
works for me :D
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DeceptiveAlias Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student General Artist
this is wicked man, Love it !!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Danka :)
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Makkon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Holy fetch that's epic!
Why aren't you on Polycount?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Because if I can't even keep myself active on PK, how can I handle PC too.
So when are we going to see some enviro/full illustration work from you?
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Makkon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ugh, I've yet to pull off a background that I'm proud of. I don't even know. I'll be taking a illustration class hopefully, maybe that'll help me.
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh, cool! a huge black space without all those fancy nebulas they show these days.
reminds me of good ol starwars :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
If you look at all my other space art, it's full of nebulae :D
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
now that i looked, yeah, quite a few.. :)
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice, very impressive.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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sergeant-tasker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I don't make a habit of commenting, but this picture made me do a double take. It's amazing.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yea, wouldn't want you commenting your life away :D Thanks
(I almost never comment on art, or fav it, I just lurk people :P)
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SchneeKatze09 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lighting is spot on! :) I looked real from a distance :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Then you noticed it's just loose blobs of junk :noes:
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SchneeKatze09 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha it just wasnt as refined thats all XD But it is still very good :)
Wish I could do that :(
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biometal79 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Where can we find that story you are always talking about, anyway? :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Eating my brains is the only way you will get it out of me :la:
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biometal79 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
fthaghn!

yum yum...
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XenoFrobe Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
That is pretty sweet. I really like the glow effect.

You have a story somewhere? Is it somewhere where I could read it, or is it just told through your art?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Told through the art for now, some day there will be writing :)
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XenoFrobe Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I look forward to that. =D
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