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The Space Elevator to Mars - Descent At Dusk by Ludo38 The Space Elevator to Mars - Descent At Dusk by Ludo38
"The Space Elevator to Mars - Descent At Dusk"

About 40 hours of work on this massive photomanipulation, made in super high definition. I first built a 3D model (in Blender) of the whole area thanks to NASA topographic data, set the correct light and then photo-manipulated it carefully in Gimp, adding layers of color map and high definition texture map, plus adding the many details. The cable of the space elevator is also a 3D model.

So, we are in a travel cabin, descending along the cable of the space elevator, descending to Pavonis Mons (the central volcano on the image). The time at the surface is dusk, and several large cities are appearing in the dark.
This image is entirely inspired by Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy.

Made with Blender and Gimp on Linux-Ubuntu.
2014-02-11 - Credits : Ludovic Celle

I'd like to publicly thank Daniel Macháček for his fundamental help in the making of this image, as he taught me how to use the NASA data sets in the best way available. Whithout his help I doubt I would have been able to bring that realism in this picture. Please check out Daniel's astronomy photo-mosaics blog : http://my-favourite-universe.blogspot.fr/
I want also to thank NASA and USGS for the wonderful and free data made available in such a cool way. I mostly used MapAPlanet www.mapaplanet.org/

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See more of my Mars art on my DaVinci Mars Design blog : davinci-marsdesign.blogspot.fr…
And get all the news about author Kim Stanley Robinson's on KSR-info : kimstanleyrobinson.info/


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:icondevouredbywolves:
DevouredByWolves Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student Writer
Awesome good job Ludo38 
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
:)
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Neetsfagging322297 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Mars ain´t that red, I´m afraid.
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
I exagerated it a bit, considering that this is a scene at dusk, when the light changes the sky's color, like on Earth.
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Neetsfagging322297 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
You are not the only one who does so.
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes. But if you look at the rest of my Mars art, you'll see that most of the time I take care to stay in a pretty realistic color tone.
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Attila-G Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I hope, I will see something like that during my lifetime :o
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
:) Woaw, this will need some time, but I guess it will be done in less than a century !
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Attila-G Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Mmmh... maybe in next time the medical science is so advanced, that I will become 200 years old... :laughing:
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Lance66 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wickedly good artwork , excellent pic :)
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot! It was a load of work, but I made it! You can't imagine how many more sick visions I plan to create ! :)
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:iconlance66:
Lance66 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Looking forward to seeing them :)
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K-Haderach Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Amazing! I'm a huge fan of the Mars Trilogy, and I've never seen such great art inspired by it.

Just one question: I could be wrong, but isn't the cable supposed to be straight and vertical? In this picture, it's curving a lot...
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for your comment!
Have you looked at my gallery ? I've made a lot more Mars Trilogy art you could like.

I know the cable feels very curved, but I'd like the eyes to see this as a perspective illusion. I too think the cable is meant to be very straight, but I tied to give a feel of "fisheye" vision, which distorts the very straight cable.
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wondered how such a space elevator can be presented artistically due the long distances. You did it great.
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much !
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:icontaena-doman:
Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome.:)
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loswodorotlenkos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
idk what it is, but it is immpresing
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
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dukeleto Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice... now do a picture of Cablefall ;-)
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
If you say that, that means you haven't checked the rest of my work !
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:icondukeleto:
dukeleto Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true... doing so now!
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool!!!!! I've done colonies on Mars but never a space elevator. :)
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Eh eh, a space elevator is a pretty cool theme to explore! You should give a try !! :)
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GabrielM1968 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Fountains of Paradise (Arthur C Clarke)... 
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
and Red Mars ! :)

One day, I will read The Fountains of Paradise, definitely !
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GabrielM1968 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oui, je l'ai lu il y a peu (un an)... C'est pas mal...
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SaltyCowdawg Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DUDE!!! Mars is central to a novel series I'm writing.  I have several times failed at my attempts to produce something like this.  
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Good luck for your writing project !
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SaltyCowdawg Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks... it has been time consuming.  80% research (gotta get the details right) and 20% writing.

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ralfmaeder Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great.
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
thks!
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id8 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Speedway to hell.
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Indeed
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William-Black Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great work my friend.
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. That was a LOT of work, I can't believe I spent so much time on a single image. But I learned a lot and am proud of the result.
The combination between 3D and photo-manip is definitely something I love, and I will go on this way about Mars.
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The-Artist-64 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great work!
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