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Lingering in the Golden Gleam by ArthurBlue Lingering in the Golden Gleam by ArthurBlue
My images about the future are normally optimistic. This one has perhaps a mixed feeling, depending on your interpretation.

The titles comes from a poem by Lewis Carrol. It seemed appropriate.

This was, as always, rendered in Vue.

I like to use sand in my images. Here are some where sand takes an important part of the composition:
Oasis by ArthurBlue Alignment by ArthurBlue  Ocean Road by ArthurBlue  The Colony of Virgo by ArthurBlue  The Three of Cassiopeia by ArthurBlue  Old Land of Giant Gods by ArthurBlue

EDIT: wow, a DD! Thanks a lot to UJz for suggesting it and MoonBeam13 for featuring it. This is my 9th DD. :)

EDIT: please visit dandylion0505 and read his poems. If you follow my images, you'll understand why. Amazing...
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Given 2014-10-08
Lingering in the Golden Gleam by ArthurBlue ( Suggested by UJz and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
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This piece of art offers a deeper sense of expansive land as well as show's a huge portion of depth in the area based on what's being shown. It's very hard I think to think of the best way to interpret this because there is so much here telling a story it's so impossible to think of the best way to tell it.

The stranger at the bottom of the image is maybe coming home after a long journey or maybe he has found sanctuary in this palace that is probably a temple or some religious building in some form or another so the possibilities are rather endless, as in so much science fiction art it's so hard to imagine what's the best way to tell the story visually. Seeing as though the title of this comes from a Lewis Carrol poem maybe the meaning could come from that.

The piece itself is well made, the palace is well modeled and the sandscape is excellent, almost giving off the puddle reflections from the castle and the colors of the sky are lovely to look at alongside the planet in the sky.
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Scizor24 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Somehow this reminds me of Mont Saint-Michel, if more exotic.
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ArthurBlue Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I had to google it. I had seen it before, a long time ago, just didn't know the name. Yes, you are right, it's a somewhat similar concept. Thanks! :-)
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FrostSh0ck Featured By Owner Edited Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like the water is also sand, at the same time. QuQ
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:iconarthurblue:
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017
I tried to make a smooth gradient between both materials so that it's not always obvious where one ends and the other starts. :-)
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:iconfrostsh0ck:
FrostSh0ck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I say that you did a good job! It's mesmerizing... Q^Q
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:iconstuctu:
Stuctu Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
Your imagination is a fantastic destination!
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:iconarthurblue:
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Thank you, I'm honored. That statement made my day. :-)
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:iconanascendedsaiyan:
AnAscendedSaiyan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
You're just as good at creating sci-fi wonder as Ralph McQuarrie in his Star Wars art
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:iconarthurblue:
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
Thanks but you're too kind. :-)
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:iconoren-a:
oren-a Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
Amazing!
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PleaseImJustaGirl Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
We are approaching, this is the First of Alien Life
surely we have been Searching for so long Now to Earth We are the Ancients I check in the Mirror I still look as I did the Day I left. Were anyone to believe I am Ancient. Ancient beyond belief Someone said it Best a Thousand times Ten Thousand and Thousands of Thousands. If at Last I am ready to find the Truth it will have Been worth the Search. We Press Forward.
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:iconarthurblue:
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
That         is          amazing.

Thank you so much for sharing.
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PleaseImJustaGirl Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
 Thank you for your Vision.
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:icontiago820:
tiago820 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
muito bom Sanskit Sanskit Sanskit Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
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werelden Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really amzing beauty !
Can I use it in my amateurfilm; its a SF story, working on it already 1,5 years.
Thanks if positive, will mention your name. 
Philip
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:iconarthurblue:
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
Thanks!
What is the theme of your story? Is there any violence, religion or pseudo-sciences (astrology, etc) in it?
Is your film for commercial purposes or just as a hobby?
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VladNoxArt Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work :nod: Applaud fella (Reactions) by Ehsartem
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:iconrseer:
RSeer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Awesome scale; beautiful vision. :-)
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:iconkeymilart:
Keymilart Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Wonderful Artwork- and great Galery - best regards
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:iconsylver-dali:
sylver-dali Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a stunning image and creation
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virnagray Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work!
 I love it!!!
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FlamingBulbinArrow Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the future-spacey environment, and the pattern of light on the water is beautiful!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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LoByteSo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on the DD! Well deserved! :-)
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Erozja Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Congrats on DD! :heart:
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Kim-Il-Songun Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply wow!
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CopperheadSnake Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is probably one of the most genuinely depressing pieces I've seen in all my eight years on this site, and definitely one of the most depressing things I've seen in recent memory.

No matter how I look at this, I always get the impression that this world is dying; hell, even the very oceans themselves are drying up. Yet, this solitary metropolis stands in the center of a dead sea. It doesn't look at all neglected or abandoned, in fact, I'd go so far as to say it looks -pristine-. It looks almost defiant, as if the people there are desperately trying to hold on to the way things are  -- or rather how they used to be.

Then, there is the lone figure in the center. It is impossible to tell if they are going to or leaving the metropolis, but neither are very optimistic. Are they looking for the last fading bastion of hope amidst the sea of absolute nothing? Or have they, and they alone, come to accept that nothing can change the inevitable or delay the ultimate end of all things?

As for the ships buzzing around in the sky, none of them look as though they're going to or leaving the metropolis, further strengthened by the glowing pattern on the moon. Another civilization, maybe? Perhaps this single monolith -- standing in a literal sea of nothing -- is really the last, lingering remnant of a world that was. Left behind while all the rest move on. Perhaps, perhaps not. Regardless, it may not be the end of the world just yet, but you can definitely see it on the horizon.
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ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Fascinating comment. Thanks a lot for sharing it. Especially these sentences below are an incredible insight into my mind and an almost perfect verbalization of my own ideas when imagining the concept:

"Yet, this solitary metropolis [...] looks almost defiant, as if the people there are desperately trying to hold on to the way things are  -- or rather how they used to be."

"As for the ships buzzing around in the sky, none of them look as though they're going to or leaving the metropolis, further strengthened by the glowing pattern on the moon. Another civilization, maybe? Perhaps this single monolith -- standing in a literal sea of nothing -- is really the last, lingering remnant of a world that was. Left behind while all the rest move on. Perhaps, perhaps not. Regardless, it may not be the end of the world just yet, but you can definitely see it on the horizon."
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PleaseImJustaGirl Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
 Your insight serves You Well. As Soon as Finals are over with and I have sufficiently Decompressed I hope to continue the Story. I Hope the Ending will justify Both the Effort and your Faith.
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DesireeDelgado Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
OMG this is sooooo beautiful !!!!!!! it's like an ocean with sand or something? The castle looks amazing. I like your optimistic point about the futuristic images. We make always environments about destruction, with wars, and apocalyptic feeling. People loves drama xDDDD  :D (Big Grin)  but this is great too.
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Veleriphon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
An ocean of sand?  Nice.
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VesaiasTheValiant Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! omfg First I thought it was a science-fiction castle on an island surrounded by ocean, but then I spotted the adventurer on the dune, and I'm really impressed. 
A sand desert covered with fresh water, with dunes exposed, and that really awesome moon in the sky... just, WOW! :) (Smile) 
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
It's really beautiful. :)

I wonder what the figure is doing out there.... coming? Going? Maybe just waiting.

I'd kind of like to lie down on that sand and just linger in that golden gleam myself.

So lovely. :heart:
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GabrielGuyer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Killer piece :) Loving it :highfive:
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NestieBot Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
cool
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aefyn Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Writer
OMG.  This is Amazing :D
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dandylion0505 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Wonderful. This image (& several of your others too) have, in a sense, been incorporated here.  Hope you enjoy. The Walker
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ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
I left a comment in your poem and linked it back in the notes in this image.
Again, thank you!
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dandylion0505 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
i have seen your comment: reading it gave me a shivering thrill, thank you. i am pleased to have been able to send back a little pleasure in ‘payment’ of the pleasure your images gave/give me … i’m honoured to have added something to your worlds.

it surely is the wonder of art that we can inspire each other with our visions.
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RachellovesLOTR Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing <3
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C-blaze21 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
So Incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconxunlimited:
XUnlimited Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
It looks as the Ivory Tower of the NeverEnding Story
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RoseEmma1 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
O.o That's what I thought too xD 
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nicogh9 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is unbelievable~ ouo
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:iconfeed-me-cookiez:
feed-me-cookiez Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   Photographer
This work is beautiful. I like the serene feeling it gives me :heart:
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KalogerosIV Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Arakis? Dune? Nice!
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TwistedKitty54 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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Arandombeing Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
I LOVE YOU.
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TheJonMastu1011 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The moon kinda reminds me of the Death Star.
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ximeskie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
It's so beautiful Love :happybounce: 
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