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Oh well,
a ship/structure built around a sun.

it's not really a circle, which might explain the weird shape and perspective (excuses, excuses xD)

but anyway, hope you like it :P
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After the initial "oh WOW" has worn off most of you may look at this and start to realise that this is, in fact, the sun.
For those of you who didn't have to redo a year (or two) at school it's obvious that the sun is incomprehensibly hot.
The intention of this piece is clear, yet the logic fails a little.

As with many of *ChrisCold's pieces the artist's comments section is a little neglected. This is something that scars even the most impressive art pieces I've seen as the entire concept and/or intention of the piece is reflected by nothing more than the title itself. Although this doesn't matter all that much it's a bit of a shame to see a piece that has so much potential let down due to the lack of a brief explanation.

The sun emits energy. The energy can be gathered. A simple concept that has been expressed in many ways but very rarely in a way that involves structures so close to the sun itself.

Many of *ChrisCold's pieces have a sketchy feel with a recurring sci-fi/fantasy theme. What sets this deviant's work apart from most sketchy pieces is the attention to detail which gives it a very charming and alluring feel. The space itself seems a little more like a sky scene, making the entire piece seem a little out of place. This isn't helped by the placement and look of the planet south-south west of the sun itself. The overall angle gives the piece the orbiting feel it deserve yet the perspectives are out of place. The scale of structure itself relative to the sun (assuming this is OUR sun) doesn't make sense as well as the shape, which looks like neither a full circle or a tight G type broken ring. The contrasts don't seem to make sense with the sun being as bright as it is and the structure being so close to it.

The overall impact is quite powerful indeed. You can quite easily forgive the flaws of the piece that have been kindly pointed out by someone who is far too pedantic for his own good. The colours are very alluring and the detail is quite precise. Despite the scales being a little disappointing, the structure itself is very impressive. As with almost every piece *ChrisCold has made I'm left in awe and glad I watched.

Despite the flaws in execution, this piece is fantastic. Almost every logical flaw could be defended or justified through a description in the artists comment box which would be hard to argue against with *ChrisCold's obvious love for fantasy being such a strong base to his work.

Despite this critique being a little harsh and unjust I'd like to end by saying that this concept is very nice, but VERY difficult to pull off. I'm still left admiring *ChrisCold's talent and will continue watching eagerly :la:
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Aro79 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing artwork!
vagepaul Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
thank you :D
Cutswolf Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. Did you use photoshop?
AbyssalDaemon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
This is amazing!
Demorie-Art Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect idea
ironmateyo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Great concept!! A structure around a sun!!

Tyire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
imma go ahead and say its a space ship, not just a resource gathering ring. i bet this thing gets around
Kahiron Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love the presence of the planets. Of course, that's far from the only thing I like with it, but it's a really nice detail.
Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I would like to feature your image on my blog on the Amazing Stories website here: [link]
Please let me know if this is NOT ok with you!
The blog is scheduled for Wednesday 20 March, you will be able to find it by following the link above!
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
sure, go right ahead
SKELVAMPIRE Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
very cool
MyWorldCreations Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just question where they got the resources to build somthing like that.
L-a-g-g-y Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
blackwerewolf16 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it all! All of it.
Zerraspace Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
This reminds me of a concept for an interstellar or even intergalactic spacecraft involving grazers; gamma ray lasers directed at the star would cause gas to escape from its surface, propelling the sun (and with it, any objects orbiting it - including the spaceship and accompanying solar system) in the opposite direction. This structure seems quite a bit more massive than the star, but such a means of propulsion should remain viable for moving it wherever needed, if perhaps a bit more slowly. I don't see that this will pose a problem - so long as the star shines, the inhabitants will be comfortable.

The idea of a vessel of such size for any purpose is intimidating, even if the inhabitants are benevolent... :(
DavidFlannery Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awe-inspiring. I really like the imagery of a hydrogen explosion being protectively cradled and carefully harvested for the energy and matter it gives off.

BTW, a crop of this image was featured on Ray Kurzweil's site ([link]) today.
Bzibzianka Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
This is so beautiful I can't even... :heart: The idea is brilliant, I wish I could be there!
sevira Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Wow. I love the sense of vastness this piece gives.
cjankowski Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Wow, This is brilliant! I really like the perspective, it adds a lot of depth to the piece :-)
driftas Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
pure talent man
quasihedron Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it! Enough said! :love:
Dave-DK Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible detail! Stunning !
Dave-DK Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incrideible detail!
mmfree Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
weel, who knows if someday our race or someone, might find a material capable of resisting or more, gather the wasted energy of the Sun. After all, it looked to me like a fusion chamber, built in space due to his high instability, but with the necessary structure to gather that energy
Aseika Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats an intersting take of the disons sphere idea.
AviArts Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
that machine must be massive...
SonicDestroyer Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Omg... Seriously,I have no words. Using it as my wallpaper. :3 Thank you very much!
UltimaCenturion Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Also, the shape of the ring most probably makes sense, considering a perfect ring around the sun could not move with it. You need some sort of bulge in it to keep it swinging around.
As for the heat of the sun, who cares? I can think of at least two ways to make those structures that probably don't work but sound plenty plausible.
mikemars Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great comp, cool design, well painted. ever watched stargate sgu?
Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
I can imagine in the distant future our people would want to create artificial suns and possibly planets. Something like this would fit the idea.
esk6a Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing....a very nice idea. I could imagine the huge structure as swallows the sun. Very nicely done!
his1nightmare Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
bro, I don't really know what to say, and that is practically impossible
limitlessly awesome job, letting me bounce all over the place for years
Taranis69 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beyond my words to describe. Bravo is all I can manage
Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
When I saw this in the io9 gallery, I thought the sun was a reactor-type thing--my mind is boggled that it's a whole SUN! this makes me want to write a short story--and I don't even write!
iSamV2 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
woah... woah!! It's... beautiful, yet badass at the same time.
Can I use this as my wallpaper?
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
medointer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
rly so cool wooooooooow [link]
kirz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't seem to have a switch to turn awesome off.
AndromedaCollision Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow this is so cool
how did you make it? just brushing?
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Well, basically yes
i used a few textures here and there though

thank you :)
AndromedaCollision Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow this is so cool
how did you make it? just brushing?
soloact-the-bard Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Way cool! B-)
MedaGritzko Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It reminds me of sf book "Ring", I think Larry Niven is the writer. Serious and beautiful work :)
wondering-souls Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
This is amazing.
Wishii Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
The idea is a little wierd, but i really like what it looks. great job mate!
Zeeplay9 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome :O
FraserM9477 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Very unfair critique...
hanashira Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it. :B
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
woah thats a pretty neat space environment. I like your brush technique especially on the background.
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