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Back To The Modern Hive by Shue13 Back To The Modern Hive by Shue13
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My third and last piece for this illuminate IV exhibit.

Sometimes living in a huge city, working downtown makes you think that you're nothing more than just a bee in the hive.

Buildings made in Vue 9 and spaceship done in 3DSmax.
All postwork in Photoshop

Hope you guys will like it!!

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Where to begin, where to begin... This is a wonderful piece, with a great concept. The colors make me think of so many different things-- the kind of "golden darkness" I envision the inside of a hive would have, or that its evening yet workers are still being sent out. I like that you threw some dark green in there instead of having all black, yellow, and orange. It makes it a little more interesting. The thing that I REALLY love is the ships. They have a bit of black-and-yellow-stripes motif reminiscent of bees, but they also look like fish, which is great because "mindless hive of bees" and "mindless school of fish" mean something similar. I also like that you didn't beat us over the head with the "hive" motif-- you just had the honeycomb-shaped hangars and we got the picture.

I don't have a too many criticisms-- I guess it might be a tinny tiny bit cluttered, but that kind of comes with the "futuristic cityscape" territory. One thing I wish I could've seen was more "life," more "busyness." As the picture is now, it looks gorgeous, but there isn't as much activity as I would've thought a "bee hive" would have. It just seems to lack humanity (which may have been what you were going for). Maybe if you focused less on making busy buildings and more making crowded streets, traffic-jammed criss-crossing highways, and added more ships leaving and arriving (without getting TOO busy), it would really give this piece the hectic hive feel to really drive this thing home.

As it stands though, I really like it! You still get the busy hive feeling across with the colors and atmosphere, and the ships have a great "bee/fish" design that gives the piece a "mindless worker" vibe (seriously, those ships add so much to this; I bloody love them). Maybe you could do a more focused "Back to the Modern Hive 2" piece that kept all the stuff that I liked but added more activity and life to it. I dunno.

Thank you for reading this inane bit of babble XD! Sorry if I was a bit harsh in places, and I hope I helped!
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ScriptedVerse Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
When Bee's / insects become the chosen ones...after the mammals are long gone perhaps. 
Shue13 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah kind of!! Thanks!
ddrocklee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013

Very nice work how long it usually take for you complete the artwork?


Shue13 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it totally depends!! This one is 3D so it needs to be modelled, rendered then heavily postwork so this one was maybe around 1 week or so!!
Herc5150 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shue13 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
MonotonyArt Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like that everything looks rusty, and worn out. most futuristic city-scapes look unrealistically clean, which is unrealistic. just because its the future, doesn't mean that humans are any more careful about keeping cities clean. Props to you!
Shue13 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you appreciate it!!
MonotonyArt Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very much! honestly, i envy people with your kind of talent.
keilen6 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
this is stunning, breath taking, it makes me think
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