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This image was created for the CGSociety's twenty-second CGChallenge. Entrants were instructed to create an image inspired by David Brin's "Uplift Universe" books showing human-extraterrestrial interaction. This image was modelled with Wings 3D 0.99.01, sculpted and textured with ZBrush 3.1, composed in Softimage XSI 6.5 (a free version provided for the contest), and rendered with mental ray. The hair on the alien hand was done with Softimage, while that on the human hand was created with Maya 7.0's paint effects and exported to Softimage as geometry. The background was created with Apophysis 2.07. Final compositing, retouching, and colour correction was carried out in Adobe Photoshop CS.
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Cromagblack6 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I love the concept of Terrans going out into space and at least for a time having Military and Technological supremacy maybe even numarical, and taking it upon ourselves to uplift other primitive cultures

for better or for worse
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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5ilvara Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
♥ What specie is this one already? It's been a while I haven't read Brin and the only book I've finished so far was Startide Rising.
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vmulligan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was a while ago that I did this, and that I read the novel Startide Rising. If I remember correctly, part of the plot involves the discovery of primitive tool-using aliens on an island on the world on which the human ship is hiding out to make repairs. I think it was the primitive tool-users that inspired the alien hand, here. The novel doesn't seem to have stuck in my mind all that well, though.
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5ilvara Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Okay. Thank you for explaining. :)
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That is a great series and this is a beautiful image. Thank You
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Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it s stranger than we can imagine.
Sir Arthur Eddngton
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconleunbrund:
Leunbrund Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011   Digital Artist
Something about it makes you pause and stare. Something really strange about it, but attractive, too. Quite cool!
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Autonomous-Ink Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That creature only has one digit on the side, and four on the top? We certainty are different, aren't we?
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it was six in total -- three down each side, if I remember correctly.
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Autonomous-Ink Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was referring to the pale skinned one.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, sorry! I was tired when I read your comment -- I missed the joke :D .
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Autonomous-Ink Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:P
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:iconigarcia:
igarcia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the Art piece. Very cool.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done... I also know nothing of the subject matter, but the image is very well made :)
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only read the book because of the contest. It's not a bad piece of sci-fi, but it's also not outstanding.

Thanks for the compliment!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah ok... maybe some day I'll run across a copy.

and you are very welcome :)
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dedicatedfollower467 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I know absolutely nothing about the "Uplift Universe" but I love this piece! The gorgeous way you've composed this piece, the human and alien interacting, putting aside their differences at least for this moment to help each other out, is absolutely captivating. You've rendered this remarkably. I love it. Excellent job!
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd never heard of the "Uplift Universe" before the contest, either. I read the first book, and it wasn't bad. I still wouldn't recommend rushing out to read it, though -- I wouldn't call it a classic of sci-fi or anything.

Thank you very much for your kind words!
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dedicatedfollower467 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb!!
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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38DDmisswhiplash Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011   Digital Artist
Very powerful. Love it. :-)
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconartbyspirite:
Artbyspirite Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabuleux !!!
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is a wonderful piece, that is very simple but shows/means a lot I believe. Really nice idea, the alien hand and the human hand. :)
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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K-Haderach Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
This is amazing work!
+ fav
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DarthSithari Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
The question is, who's uplifting who?
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good question :) .
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! Really likin' in
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlomex13:
lomex13 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Wonderful!
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merci beaucoup!
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thomcomstock Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite imaginative! This is a favorite.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Director1265 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Beautifully done! And it's something I totally agree with: a human interacting peacefully with an alien, a rare but wonderful relationship. It looks real, too!
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks! Given the way we interact with one another, however, I'm inclined to suspect that this is optimistic -- but still, some of the best sci-fi is about hoping for a better future.
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Director1265 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Agreed! And yes, that comment was most certainly optimistic!
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:iconsnazz84:
Snazz84 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant idea :)
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheAlieneye Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
i love it so much
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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3abden Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good luck, nice entry.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner May 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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winklepickers Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Well done. :)
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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