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Aidan's End by Exhale-NL Aidan's End by Exhale-NL
The Story

It has been a long while since the fall of Idyll. The stories about this great nation have been forgotten and nobody knows what happened to the survivors of the war. Untill that one day...
The seven children of Idyll who survived the attack build their own nations in secret. Meanwhile, Aidan continued the attack on other nations. After 3 Eras of war, the seven nations were big enough to take on Aidan. Aidan would finally fell and a new Era of peace and harmony arrived...


The Making Of...

I decided to start of with a new style of abstract render type, combined with a bit of modeling (the rocks). After that was done I was quite amazed by the quality of it. I realy liked it and I had this vision in my head of how the final image would look. Well... It was something totally different from what it is now!
After I did some little lights on the render, I started brushing and I came up with some nice perspectives. I changed my plan and I decided to add spaceships to it. But there was the problem... I can't model! After about 3 hours of drawing and 6 hours of modeling these little fighters came out. I liked them and I decided to make some sort of battlefront. Then I decided to add a mothership to the piece and I started Cinema 4D again...
After aproximately 60 hours of Photoshop and Cinema 4D work this is what came out. I think the .psd file has around 400 layers and 30 sets. Maybe even more, I lost the count...


The Looks

Well I never worked on anything like this before so this is totally new for me. A huge amount of layers containing brushing, lighting, renders or colors. I think I don't have to say much more about the looks, just take a look yourselfe.


Final Words

This was never planned to become connected with Idyll's End. The story just floated in my mind today and I thought it fitted. Although the two pieces are totally different from eachother, I tried to connect them with eachother and I think I succeeded. Anyways, tell me what you think of it, I hope it was worth the waiting!

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:iconpim-s:
Pim-s Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006
very nice! great render again! and I like the contrast between the lightings and the dark
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
thanks for both comments, appreciated :]
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:iconfarblade:
Farblade Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
Sheer talent here. No doubt, a new fav for me.
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
thanks :)
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:iconbeanfontaine:
Beanfontaine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2005
holy shit!
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:iconcowwoc:
cowwoc Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005
FYI: Added to [link]
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:iconmackalexda:
mackalexda Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah! Nice work!

Can't believe i never spotted this piece before! It looks amazin! Nice renders and great job of the brushing! :clap:

A definate +fav! :D
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:iconjauc:
jauc Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005   Interface Designer
What the fuck ...

haha .. sorry im speachless. i dont know what to say .
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:iconapoclassis:
ApoClassis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005
'Fantastic Episode
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:icontonare:
tonare Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Yea bro thi cam out very nice....it's fun watching the progress you did to this and the other images. Your getting better by the minute bro!:)

Killer work.:clap:
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:icontonare:
tonare Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
DAm typ0's....this and came^^^^
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:iconderekemmons:
DerekEmmons Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
now thats cool...reminds me TITAN AE
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
thanks, i love that movie. I made a piece inspired by it as well. Titan Fields :)
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:iconklbt:
klbt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
lol wtf...
ok...
beautiful depth, imagination, creatures, colors...
powerfull piece, creativity to the top.
The spaceships and space "base" on the back are extremely detailled (how the fu...?).
Your cloudish brush is trully different but looks like real.
The render in the front is like "hell how did you do this?" and the colored pieces on it are amazing.
Extremly high fantasy piece, this brings everythings to the top, so i can affort this..


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:+fav:
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2004
thanks man :)
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:iconkricky:
kricky Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
As you know, i think its a wonderful deviation.
The 'buildings' seem somewhat inspired by the ones in the game 'black and white', am i right?
This version is much lighter then the version you showed me, i think that is a good thing but maybe you made it a bit too light
I really like the lights on the 'tower' in the distance, but i think you made them just a bit too bright, it looks just a bit too much like pixel-art, wich it basicly is
i also see that you added a texture over the clouds, i like it but i think the texture is just a bit too obvious in some places

are the red aircrafts on the left enemys approaching?

all i can say, keep on doing stuff like this, you are really heading in the right direction
im giving you a +fav :)
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
thanks for the comment mate, the critique is very much appreciated. And yes, the red aircrafts are enemies of the yellow ones. They team up with blue and they are 2 of the 7 Children of Aidan ;)
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:iconkricky:
kricky Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
:clap:
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:iconveauger:
veauger Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
This is nice. Almost fits a style i remember seeing as a kid in some sci-fi art book in the 80's.
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:iconkairyuu:
kairyuu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
Amazing. Over 400 layers...wow.
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:iconsneaki:
sneaki Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
Wow.
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:iconaltherity:
Altherity Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
Amasing, Damn thats good :) :+fav:
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:iconpheonix-vii:
PheoniX-VII Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
I love that ship at the upper right corner, say. Have you ever palyed Homeworld ?
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
yup, and this one was inspired by it. ;)
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:iconcyberzon:
cyberzon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
nice renders mate :)
i like the cloud brushwork
realy nice material on the renders !
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:iconc0mplex:
c0mplex Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
i like the top part of the image alot mate...ships-pwnage
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
ehehe, thank you ;)
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:iconstreethawk:
streethawk Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
hi
this is amazing, the modelling in this piece is like :jawdrop: you are really able to do superb things in ps, the render in this piece is so great but also the materials you used and the planes are so great, you really know how to make brushes man the lightning is good

great job m8
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
bedankt weer he ;)
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:icontremorwave:
tremorwave Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
Hey man,

This is truly spectacular! The modelling is impressive and I'm inspired by your ability to fit such abstract modelling within sci-fi style, I've always found that very difficult! Also the lighting is spot on, the orange glows are perfect but what amazes me the most is the blue-purple haze around the main object.... wow. Finally the brushing is impressive although I find that for my own taste you have perhaps used slightly too much in the middle of the image.

I wish there was more like this on dA.
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
thank you :)
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:iconnullvoid:
NullVoiD Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004   Digital Artist
A lot of work here, some good details and few errors. Like it a lot.
Good work my friend.
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
ty ;)
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:iconxam:
xam Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
epic.
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:iconzer05um:
Zer05um Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
:jawdrop:


wow.........

The sense of depth and motion is superb, with a really dynamic feeling of action: top notch!

I love the "Organic" feel of one faction, it seems very . . . inhuman.
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:iconkfx:
kfx Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
thats incredible man .. just awsome!
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:iconkenwas:
kenwas Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
Excellent sense of scale and fine use of various effects. Exvellent work!
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
thanks :)
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:icongastrik2030:
gastrik2030 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
absolutly excellent.
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:iconndh:
ndh Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
supah kerel, mooi werk :)
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
dankje ;)
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:iconcosmicbound:
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
Woah... *rubs eyes a few times in disbelief* :wow: Well mate, you definitely have come up with something unique & depthed in an abstract realm, this is the sort of stuff that inspires a whole new art genre by itself man, i can easily say you have succeeded in creating in an image that makes the viewer contemplate the story behind the image, & as i would say, the best images have that effect on people!

You where certainly right when you said i would like it :D, for its in the sci fi realm in my opinion ;) its an interesting mix; sci fi & abstract with style. The first thing that captures me when looking at the picture is your sense of depth & perspective, the hazy clouded atmosphere amongst detailed objects, it sets a whole feel of epic depth & immense scale, the way you gradientised the opacity of things like those mountains in the haze gave the picture that true sense of large scale high altitude fun ;p

Whats more amazing is the detail & subject matter, the texturing the perspective haze does not distract or leave a viewer completely bored either, its in a phase of fitting in, which is an often hard thing to do with things that arent meant to distract yet arent meant to be completelty undetailed. The lighting is also beautiful, i am most impressed with how it seems to actually reflect onto the hazed clouds, which shows you paid attention to lighting, a key factor in imagery.

Theres no need to continue on about technicals; everything seems perfected in my eyes. Instead ill move onto how i interpret your art, you really do convey many thoughts & idea's in my mind with this picture :o the mountain type machines that are sending out green beams of energy are like creatures hunting prey, sending forth energy they seemingly draw from everything around them, the green tentacles around them are like a state of mind keeping them entranced like a goal, mindless machines one might say.

The fighting ships are like factions of life, the green, dark & blue ships are like the bad vs the good vs the neutral, elemental, one must fight the inner evils, the neutral may band together with either good or bad, & it does look this way, you inspire a whole sense of inner feelings, like this is more than just any war - this is a war that will reshape the whole face of the planet, & people must convey their own thoughts as to who may win.

I must heed the fact that you have inspired amany, i do urge you to keep up your style or whatever you want to do, you are most definitelty reaching your goals well! :) I leave you with a wish that you find good luck in anything else you do in the future, & obviously a well deserved fav! ;)
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
Thanks alot mate, both the comment are fav are much appreciated :)
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:iconcosmicbound:
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
:bow: Glad. :)
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:iconmousyman:
Mousyman Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
Stabs self <omg>
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:iconn3v32bu2n:
n3v32bu2n Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
Absolutely amazing work. I can't think of anything more to say.
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TwilightEmbraced Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
and when I saw this I was like wow and clicked on full view immediately, surprised becuase something beautiful like this was waiting in my message box and I hated myself for not checking it earlier.

the general composition of this is amazing. everything's so balanced out and I love the utterly amazing war scene you created, and especially love for the details and the bottom left part. Stuned by the brushing and lighting, surprised at seeing the gorgeous render there. and shocked by the quality of this. The whole image looks so mystified (is that a word??!!) but dangerous and full of action. and every second I look at it, I feel I am involved in this war, everyone is, attracted, addicted.

I especially love the building/space ship thing on the upper right hand corner, the little dotted lights just looks so...strong and guiding, luminatoin in the dark like a lighthouse, it must be the base for some high tech species up there, while others looks at it and feel it's magnificence, at the same time, stunned.

Apart from all the goodness, I think you should re-consider the postition of the title. Maybe frame the piece and have the title on the bottom of the frame, or make it less aparent and stand out up there.

My final words: WHOAAAAAAAAA. This really makes my day for browsing, almost everyday, I find something that's really beautiful, but non as awesomen as this ever since a long long long time. <3
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:iconexhale-nl:
Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
thanks for the comment, I will redo the title :)
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:iconxeroblade:
XeRoblade Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it didnt load all the way for me but damn its amazing so far on what i have seen!
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:iconportwolf:
portwolf Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
could improove beams.. make them more "dreamy" could improove bg.. make it smoother.. everithing else is insane.. trully insane!!!
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