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The Colony of Sigma Draconis by ArthurBlue The Colony of Sigma Draconis by ArthurBlue
The idea of these structures came to my mind when reading about the vast amount of mineral resources in the bottom of the ocean. I thought that, in order to have easy access to those resources, this kind of structure could perhaps be more practical than completely underwater structures, which is what we typically see in movies and books. In my structures, it's much easier to get in and out, for example. No need to take a submarine to go to work, just fly into the city. :)

People would actually have the benefits of living underwater with the benefits of direct contact with the atmosphere and sunlight. So, why not have a complete mining city in this way? Or even a multitude of them?

(Note: I started this image many weeks ago, but then interrupted it to make some other images. I'm always jumping from unfinished piece to unfinished piece... This one… was one of them. I used here the same basic concept at a much smaller scale.)

My main images with colonies:
The Colony:
The Colony by ArthurBlue
Caves of Tau Ceti:
Caves of Tau Ceti by ArthurBlue
Home away from home:
Home away from Home by ArthurBlue
Shores of Orion:
Shores of Orion by ArthurBlue

This image is also another take on my concept of micro-worlds, a concept on which I based several images:
Micro-world of Soul-Sphere:
Micro-World of Soul Sphere by ArthurBlue
Micro-world of Thales:
Micro-World of Thales by ArthurBlue

Rendered in Vue, as always.
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channeledchaos Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome concept!
Spydraxis01 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is truly awesome.
Ihsomiet Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
I wanna make this on Minecraft.
nexialresonance Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Beautiful artwork.  The concept is awe-inspiring and, in my opinion, a really good idea.  I'd like to see scientists use this as a model.
Warabeskel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
awesome this make a lot of idea for my Anima game ^^ with other player :D good idea for Imperium
HyperZergling Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist
Beware of tides and storms
ximpflie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
like a biodome feel though submerge
S-O-G-A Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Absolutely love this one.
firestorm31z Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
very nice image!
DaryusVania Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Your work is.. very interesting. o_o
Ihsomiet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
This would make for a nice map in Minecraft.
ahh107 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Stunning artwork! I'd love to live there hahaha
Asderuki Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm in love with this. Simple idea great design and awesome render :D
ClintFlindt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Wauw, i just found you this moment, and your work is very impressive i must say! So lifelike ^^

In your structures, wouldt it be wise to have som way of accessing the water surface from the entrance, so ships etc. could enter? Some sort of harbor maybe (:

I would like to know how you make this masterpieces! I guess there is some real life photo manipulation in them? Anyways, keep up the good work, im going to follow you for a while (;
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Thank you!
Most of the transportation is done by air (and aerial ships enter by the main opening, directly to the inside) but there is also an entrance by sea. It's not visible on the image because it's in that corridor between buildings (to be protected from the wind).
All my images are done without any photo manipulation at all. All my images are renderings from virtual 3D worlds, built inside Vue (
ClintFlindt Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Ah i see..

Well then i think you're very talented!
carlosaandres Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh My... This is how F-Zero Next Gen Big Blue Environment should look like... Pitty.
k-cupid Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Thats amazing
Ravendark88 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
holycrap thats awsome
Jon-Michael-May Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Writer
That's a really cool concept.
CarbonBasedAndroid Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
These are amazing! One quick question out of curiosity, what precautions would these structures have against hurricanes and other types of dangerous sea weather.
CarbonBasedAndroid Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
That question should have a question mark...
jammer2isme Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013

one of the things I love about science-fiction is the conceptual leaps our minds are allowed when it comes to visualizing the future.


and this really is just that:  we don't have to think about the advances in materials sciences that would enable structural assemblies to withstand the pressure extremes that these would have to endure daily along with the added stresses brought on by weather and time.  we just have to look and think "that would be pretty damn cool!"


and it is.

ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Thank you, I think that's the perfect way to think about it. :)
NDGO Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is awesome. Great work.
E1L0n3wy Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhhh!!! THis is soooo cool!!!! 8D :iconyayzplz:

It would have to be pretty flexible to deal with ocean current and tides... but if giant kelp can do it... why can't we >w<

This should so Happen!! ^w^ :heart:
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
It's just a matter of time, it will. :)
Reder1c Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Ah! Love this.  Interesting original concept.
LeopardBomb Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Good idea, and the little touches are nice, like the numbers on the colonies, the little spaceship and (forgive me if I'm wrong) the two moons
BrerMikey Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's sonic lost world!!!!
harleywd Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative concept! :clap: I wonder if we'll actually see stuff like this someday? Probably not in our lifetimes... but I think it's quite probable in future generations!
VoadorChama Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you make so much sense while presenting these amazing pictures. :)
Shroudeye Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd change job and become a miner in that town. :D

Or maybe this would be a window-dresser to the gates of hell, sucking people in for cheap labor underground?

Very cool concept, and with the right materials, this might be possible in the future?
EmixoR Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
love it
Jburns272 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome concept. I was actually a little surprised that the structures are mining facilities. They put me in mind of some kind of resort.
beta-dork Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so ridiculously cool!
But I have a question...
Since we can see the pipes underwater, how come we can't see some more of the structures?
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
That's a good question, I'm not sure about the answer either. That kind of things is handled by the software, when it's rendering. I'll have to check that. :)
cthomas888 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic imagination. I love your detail. I like these kinds of concepts and always find myself wonder where I'd live if I were there.
ZenithAstra Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Looks amazing, it'd be really awesome to live there! Though a storm would really suck, hopefully waves can't splash over the sides! Those walls would have to be pretty strong to support the weight of all that water. My only question is the "tubes(?)" that connect the different modules: they look like they go directly under them (or through them) rather than connecting to the side. Or do they serve a different purpose?
borisvdb Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
My only criticism is that the ocean texture is too repetitive.
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
That's not a texture, that's a procedural material based on a fractal. This fractal simulates the ocean waves with a mathematical formula, based on the input physical parameters that I provide (wind strength and direction, choppiness, wave height, etc).
If you look at some aerial photos of the sea, you'll see that it's also repetitive in certain weather conditions. For example:
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Of course, you can also criticize nature for being too repetitive. :)
DeadDancers Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool. And it could be constructed above the water line and sunk as further levels are built.

I think I'd want an above-line view of the island, though. :)
bear48 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional
I love the way you think
Glowandstar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Artist
love this, reminds me of deus ex :)
Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
WillCook Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Amazing cinematic feel, love this image, great work!!!
korblborp Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wher does the water go?
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Back to the ocean.
korblborp Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a given; I meant where does it GO? How deep are these things? Do they go straight to the seabed?Ssay that's a mile deep, and there are multiple structures, and multiple clusters, so that's a lot of displaced water... Are there continents, or islands? Some of the short ones might get swamped... ecological disaster, there.
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