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The Clouds Will Soon Roll By by BWS The Clouds Will Soon Roll By by BWS
Here's a new large image from my world of Retropolis: it's called "The Clouds Will Soon Roll By", after a song from 1932 (Woods, Dixon/Lawrence). Because that's just the sort of future it is.

I spent about six weeks on the image. It started as a rough little animatic that used the existing monorail and city models. I did this as part of a pitch I was hired to work on, for a series of station IDs meant for a renamed and relaunched satellite channel. Unlike 99% of the pitches I've ever worked on (or heard of) this one was greenlit. Amazing! A week later, the network decoded they didn't want to rebrand the channel after all. Typical!

This scene never even appeared in the final pitch, but I'd gotten sort of intersted in it and I kept working away, thinking it'd turn into a print at about 18 x 24". But it started working so well that I decided to make it even bigger, which meant that I had to up the resolution on almost all its elements, and so like I said I ended up working on it for about six weeks. Even though I have an aversion to posting works in progress I did post a few updates on this one at my blog - [link] .

There are (I think) 21 characters in this final version. We see a group debarking from the monorail - and at least one passenger about to board - while up above, a construction crew is overseeing a couple of "Big Lug" robots, and in the foreground, we've got a pleasant evening party getting started on an art deco balcony. Retropolis itself fades off into the distance and we see that what we may have always suspected about this sort of City of the Future is true - it's a terrific playground for the birds.

As always, 3DS Max and Photoshop. I used guruware's free gwIvy plugin to generate some ivy, and also a plugin called "Info Overlay" to do quick composites as I worked on the scene - it was rendered as four separate layers. Another plugin called "ZTint" proved useful, too, in a couple of ways.
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Trynnie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This IS incredible. I stunned with my mouth opened and watched this scene. Amazing.
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BWS Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Thanks!
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Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
You're featured here [link]
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kidjet Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
awesome futuristic city :)
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BigFatTexta Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Love it. you got the feel of your world well and truly nailed.
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OutlawStudios Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
as usual a beautiful piece
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
You did it again, Brad.
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wendyf Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
This is just fabulous, I really enjoy all the details in your pictures. Fantastic stuff!!
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theRealJohnnyCanuck Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
Really terrific piece. Incredible details and a beautiful overall look. Alwys a pleasure to see your posts.

Shawn
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lennan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
Whoa, mega detail. =O
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the amazing detail and how lived-in and believable it all looks.
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severedscythe Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god that's gorgeous. I only just got started in animation and I can only IMAGINE the amount of effort and time spent on this. <3 I really, really love that train.
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pupasoul Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! :)
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Fredy3D Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008   Digital Artist
Oh wow!!! What a magnificent scene! Excellent work!!! Detail overkill! I loooooooove it!
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Stunning scene! Lots of little details to lose yourself in, but the overall look is super impressive on its own :)
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BWS Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
I think one of the main problems when you're doing something this size is to make sure it works both from across the room and from a couple of inches away. So the deeper you go, the more you find when you get there.

One of the weirdest painters of all time was Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Once he ordered an engraving block and took it back to the printer because it was 1/16" too narrow. The printer said something like "Um, okay, sir, but it IS just a sixteenth of an inch", and Rossetti fired back "I could have fit a whole city in there!"
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DesignsByEve Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Well I'd say you definitely nailed both with this one ;)
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Bloodredsangre Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This image was included in The Best in 3D Manipulations #3 Week of March 1 - 9

[link]

Congratulations! It is my hope that this feature opens up your amazing artwork to many new watchers!

Have a great day!
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BWS Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Wow, thanks!
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Fantastic. This is a very lively scene.
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horai Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
The extra time was most definitely worth it. I wish you could design a movie.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional
very nice work
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Joey1058 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm gonna cry, this is so beautiful. I'd go broke if I bought every print you produced.
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SiathLinux Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing ...

what else can be said about such detail and design....
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
"We're trapped in a world before later on, trapped in a world before later on.
Where's my hovercraft, where's my jetpack?
Where's the font of acquired wisdom that eludes me now?"

Wish I was living in a futuristic metropolis with flying cars and coffee shops 20 stories high. :)
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wish that there weren't neo-Luddite assholes of both sexes making it had for us to go towards having those things and that future.
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fabianfucci Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Awesome rendering! Kind of difficult to walk from here to there.
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Zeraphyne Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Student
Funny that you actually created a retro-futuristic version of a vehicle my hometown is famous for [link] . Looks great!
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BWS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Friederichschtafen came pretty close to being represented, too :).
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Zeraphyne Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Student
Friederichschtafen?
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BWS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Zeppelins!
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