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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 [link] was one of them. I used here the same basic concept at a much smaller scale.)

My main images with colonies:
The Colony:

Caves of Tau Ceti:

Home away from home:

Shores of Orion:

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 Thales:

Rendered in Vue, as always.
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HyperZergling Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
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  Hobbyist General Artist
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 (
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