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The Abiding Darkness / The Blessed Light
A Collaboration between =the-disposessed and =Sweetheart-Hikari.

To everything in the world there are two sides - good and evil, yin and yang, light and darkness. Without these forces in balance there would be nothing - no shadows without sunlight, no beauty without ugliness. These two facets stretch beyond us into the infinite cosmos, and yet they are both within us all.

We each produced a Terragen render on one of these themes, and then swapped pieces and added the space elements to the other scene. So each piece was half Ben and half Rachel.

The Abiding Darkness
So after I sent off my peaceful render to Rachel, I received in return this grim, desolate landscape. I'm getting pretty happy with my nebula work, which is lucky because her render looked really great so I didn't want to disappoint. I tried to make it turbulent and fiery (hence the colours.. obviously =P ) and i also made it a different colour to the actual scene itself to give it some variety, to break up the lighting on the planet a bit, and because it made it more clear that the nebula is the most distant object. The planet was initially going to be gaseous, but I decided a rocky planet with volcanic activity better suited the theme.

Incidentally, my half of the Terragen render (which is the bottom of her image) took a ridiculous 31 hours to render. I've never, ever seen Terragen take so long.. previously in my experience a 1600x1200 image takes around 7-9 hours if it has a reasonable amount of water.. I guess this is what I get for adjusting virtually every setting and rendering a huge amount of water from a great height above the surface.

In this piece I used around 30 layers. This taught me a lesson, which is that you name the layers when you MAKE them, not when you need to tell them apart. That delayed me somewhat. I'm sure everyone who was talking to me on MSN at the time remembers my good-natured cursing =P. It wasnt much of a problem. I couldn't give an estimate of the time taken as I've been working on it intermittently for weeks.

I think I've said enough. Besides, these words are besides the point. Just enjoy the image. :)

I HAVE TO INSIST THAT YOU FULLVIEW.
Really. Or you aren't seeing it properly.

Please COMMENT. If you like it, please +FAV. Rachel and I really appreciate your support. And whatever you do, remember to go to visit The Blessed Light on Rachel's page and do the same. They are a pair. :)
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:iconladymysti:
ladymysti Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
*blink blink (blink blink blink)* Sorry if someone else has noticed and mentioned this already, but...do I see a penguin in the clouds at the top?
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:iconraven-wyld:
raven-wyld Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
that is hot!!
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
well, it took a while!
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:iconmy-x-last-x-breath:
my-x-last-x-breath Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007
This is great, I don't really see anything that could be changed. I love the nebula (pretty colors and flashy lights!) :+fav:
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Thanks! :D
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:iconvelvetvamp:
VelvetVamp Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2005
this is amazingly good! good job ;)

I'm going to fav+ this one, it just asks for it ^^
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2005
:D!

thankyou very much! glad you liked it, I really appreciate the +fav :hug:
:) :)
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:iconsiempreyo:
SiempreYo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWWWWWW!!!!!! ben has a girlfriend!!! and this is STUNNING!! :wow: wow, that is insanely goood!! i think this is one of the best collabs ever ben and i absolutely have to +fav it. the colors are great and the foggy parts are the bottom really bring the attention up to the detailed sky. wow, great job and congrats on our girlfriend!!! ^^ :smooch:
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005
:smooch: aww thanks so much :D :D i'm glad you like it, in fact you're embarassingly nice about it, sweetie :)
thx so much for the +fav :) :)
:hug: :hug:
and as a matter of fact today is my 2 month aniversary with my gf :)
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:iconsiempreyo:
SiempreYo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahah, i wasn't embarrassing nice about it!! i just said what as true hun! anyway, awwww, 2 months?!!? wow, that's been awhile then! it's 3 months this week with my boyfriend, it's nice to care and love someone so much. you always have someone there even when you don't feel that well. ^^ :smooch: take care hun! :hug:
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:iconjade-eye-creations:
Jade-Eye-Creations Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave: I'm the girlfriend haha....thanks for the congrats :hug:
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:iconjade-eye-creations:
Jade-Eye-Creations Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave: I'm the girlfriend haha....thanks for the congrats :hug:
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:iconsiempreyo:
SiempreYo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh hey!! you're welcome, you guys deserve the best! :hug: take care!!! (make sure you note me or something because i want to make sure that i keep in contact with you and put you on my +devwatch, but i don't have time right now unfortunately....:blush:) :frail:
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:iconjade-eye-creations:
Jade-Eye-Creations Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :hug:
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:iconmain-offender:
main-offender Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Nice work

MO
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
thankyou
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:iconvuwenstar:
vuwenstar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
I love the different tones of red you have used throughtout this image. You defferently get a feel to to the darkness and the little ray of light.
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
:)
thanks! i'm glad you liked it!
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:iconvuwenstar:
vuwenstar Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Thats ok
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:iconmishkahappy:
MishkaHappy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, looks very good. :clap: Exellent collab.
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
:) :)
thankyou very much! :hug:
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:iconphoenixmaster:
phoenixmaster Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
i cant believe terragen can do this! o_0
:+fav:, and a watch for you! pls make more!
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
hehe..
thankyou so much for the +fav!
only the land part is tg, the rest i did in photoshop.
i see you visited both pieces, so thankyou for your time :) glad you liked it.
If you havent seen already, and u want to see some truly amazing terragen / space work, visit `alyn. and be awe-struck. :)
glad you liked these two images though :)
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:iconphoenixmaster:
phoenixmaster Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
Whoa, his work is super! thanks for the link :) but the main that caught me was his avatar... lol
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
lol yeah, its the rockingest avatar ever =P
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:iconchapterone:
chapterone Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005   Photographer
truly excellent piece of work, congratulations to the pair of you. :clap: the colours are gorgeous as is the whole layout of the piece. the eclipse is spot on and really does the feel that the planet has been momentarily steeped in this throbbing red. overall a favourite. (and thats pretty rare) i think this is great. Ben.
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
Wow.. thankyou very much for the +fav, its exceedingly appreciated :D
I'm glad you liked it. Particularly that you mentioned the colours because before I flattened the image, i went through every layer and re-balanced the colour and contrast to make it was how i wanted.
I see you also +faved the other half, so doubly thankyou :) It's awesome to get such praise from someone whos work i hold in high regard.
And with such a great first-name.
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:iconchapterone:
chapterone Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005   Photographer
thats all my pleasure really. :nod: both are great pieces of work and credit is due where credit is most definetly due. :thumbsup:
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
:blushes:

:bow:

well thankyou again.
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:iconnasht-01:
nasht-01 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
very strong image! the tones really enanche it!

great job!
:)
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
Thx very much! :)
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:iconoogoofoo:
oogoofoo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
stunning.
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
thankyou :)
:hug:
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:iconsmall-onion:
small-onion Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005   Photographer
This is really nice and the description did take a while to read but I read it all, it nice to see that art has brought you two together :aww:

the colours are fab
the distance is depicted perfectly :)

what I didnt understand is are your pieces different? Did you do one half and then send it her and she did her bit and you finished it off? Or did you do a bit she did a bit and then you added your own bits to each others? :confused:

Either way the way you described it confused me but the end result was well worth the wait

:+fav:

:heart:
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
Ok its like this: Each of us made a terragen landscape. My theme was peace / serenity, hers was chaos / darkness. After we'd done this we swapped landscapes. We then each did a space scene to match the other person's scene, so we end up with two pieces, each one done half each.. I hope that's a bit clearer. This is what i get for writing descriptions at 6am =P

I'm glad you liked it and took the time to write a decent comment :) and i really appreciate the +fav! :hug:

:)
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:iconsmall-onion:
small-onion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005   Photographer
:aww: cool, well you might have to send me a link to her piece so I can have a look :)

:heart:
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
=P it's in the description of my piece! in the first line!
but here it is anyway: [link]

:)
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:iconsmall-onion:
small-onion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005   Photographer
I know but it was easier this way ;p

I checked out her work and it says she is located in Ontario and you Australia! isnt that a bit far? Or was she on holiday?

:heart:
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
its a bit far, yes.
hopefully she is coming here next year on an exchange.
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:iconsmall-onion:
small-onion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005   Photographer
wow thought she was just on holiday there! I really hope it works out for you :hug: you sound smitten with her

:heart:
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
yeah, definitely, =P
thx for the wellwishes :)
:hug:
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:iconjade-eye-creations:
Jade-Eye-Creations Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw :date: Anyway, if I havent said it before I loved how you did the nebula. Its so colourful and looks very explosive looking, which works so well. You also have to teach me how to do those stars =P they work so well for the piece. I also like the placement of the planets and the solar exclips looks great. Well only thing left to say would be I loved working with you Muffin and getting to know you through it :smooch: :heart:
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
:) Agreed. Very much so.
Thankyou. I'm glad you liked it. It would be awful if after it all you were like "uhm... your half is crap" =P
:smooch:
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:iconblasphemer7:
Blasphemer7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
wooooooow,this is wonderfull!!Love those crimson colours!
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:iconthe-disposessed:
the-disposessed Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
thankyou very much :) it's really great for the first comment to come with a +fav, i'm glad you like our work :D
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:iconblasphemer7:
Blasphemer7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
you're welcome.
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