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Orbit - Redux by ANTIFAN-REAL Orbit - Redux by ANTIFAN-REAL
This is a little bit of a revisit to an old idea – “Orbit” was originally just me mucking about but became very popular for prints and publishing – however I never really thought that much about it at the time (I was literally just sketching space art as a bit of fun between projects). I loved the idea of the piece so now, 8 years on I've had another stab at it. :)

“A highly advanced race builds an enormous spaceport off the coast of a continent, dwafing the 20km high skyscrapers on the land, the main structure brushing the cloud layers with near 100km diameter docking spurs surrounding it. Built above the main structure, another level that is beyond the atmosphere – allowing craft to dock without braving the weather on the planet”

Painted in Adobe PS CS3
Wacom Intous 3 Tablet
Original res 5k wide
About 20-22 hour work.
I used some great photos of Earth from space as reference for the world.

Book now out :)



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Orbit - Redux by *ANTIFAN-REAL
The vision in this pic, once more, is absolutely stunning. Gary Tonge is one of the best among today's sci-fi artists (and for a good reason). If you haven't discovered his gallery yet, make sure to catch up some inspiration there! ( Featured by taenaron )
99Souls99 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Very astonishing piece! I always love art that depicts the beauty of space.
oRyder Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
What an image! The clouds are so well rendered, and I just love the city's details.
RodionRaskolnikof Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
De las mejores que he visto de Sci-fi
Exogenesisdude Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely fantastic!
Starkiteckt Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool perspective, it could use some more detailed highlights in the dark/light transitions. The lighting overall seems a bit imbalanced, the dark area should have some more lighting reflections.
RoamingEopeton Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I love it
Odi-Iza Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Breathtaking view :o enjoying this with Strauss's "The Blue Danube" would be ecstatic . . :D
I'd like to see the whole process on creating the planet's atmoshpere :)
mikelwallacejr Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
jokevilleproductions Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is Incredible!

How much to commission art from you?

I need to illustrate 5 pages in graphic novel format and 1 cover page to pitch a concept.


jainswapnil52 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
bloody awesome mate!!
burkp Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Please advise, how / where can I purchase a print / large rez version?

yourmom10 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Damn, the scale of this is insane when you think  about it. 
cwm3556 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
awesome view. excellent execution of this spaceport.  Truly an amazing piece!! 
DonovanGonzalez Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013   Digital Artist
did you work on Destiny haha. 
Amnesia36 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
another great work.
houseofwilliams Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
This... is truly amazing. I am wondering if I could feature it in a post about space elevators, cities in the sky, futuristic cities, and what have you. I run a science, tech, and sci-fi website at You'd get full credit of course, and I really do love featuring original work by artists on this site.
AndrewJumpen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Pure Magic!
Wszou Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Great picture!
Fabuart Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
great thanks
Scorinitron Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Artist
THIS is amazing!!!
What would I need to get into this thing? What would I need to learn what programs? This inspired me :D
foreign-body Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
This is superb! Proper good classic scifi concept :)
fowshoow Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
1rongamer Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Love it. New background image!
InvaderXan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really pretty amazing!
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Good job ![link]
Lilichia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   General Artist
Super awesome :) I'm using this as my desktop background :D
the only minus to me is the over-sized moon, its a real science fiction cliché.. (or is that the planet and is the civilization on a moon?)
I'm hoping humanity will someday get to the point where we can actually build stuff like this...
great job on giving an idea about how that would look like!

I wonder how that huge structure would look like for an observer at the surface of the world.. ;)
GSJennsen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Writer
This is one of my very favorite pictures - so much so that it inspired me in my own piece!: [link]
Tynorg-Six Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd just like to say how brilliant this piece is, and that this could very easily pass for a photograph, were it not so far-fetched for the minds of today.
HotJava Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Reminds me of Mass Effect. Or Halo or something ;)
Messcat Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Silent-Assassin21 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
My heart stopped.......I love this.
GSJennsen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Writer
I've always though this was gorgeous :). I thought you'd like to know that I credited this (along with "Above the Clouds") with a linkback as inspirations for my description of the view of an advanced alien planet from above in my Mass Effect-related fanfic, here: [link].
Solanoabe Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
how can i credit you if i wanna use it in my videos on youtube?
hw-Chimas Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Mind Blowing Experience!
If you MOD HW2, let me know.
Popskiis Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
WOW. This is like something out of my wildest dreams. Great job!
AZD-A9S Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Freaking Awesome ANTIFAN.
I wish I had money for Adobe Photoshop.
I'm really missing out.
BioMutt70 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
my mind has exploded!
Strategoi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Love this. and I am a Sci Fi Fan and Space Opera Junkie!
JonathanGragg Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
LoneWolf6155 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
This reminds me why I love science fiction.
Trisaw1 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012 far as the eye could see. I enjoy art such as this to make the mind and imagination free and expansive. Great use of sun and night to give the viewer a sense of the world system this city is in.

You have great talent for design and dreaming of the future. Many kudos.
Oruh4 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Simply beautiful, I have no words for this!!!
AntagonistXI Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Damn, this looks like a scene out of a movie! My favorite part is actually the clouds though, what the heck?
glassocean Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. that is so insanely beautiful. thats why i want to get into digital painting. for a hobby. and if i got good enough , it could be a side business. I was just browsing through my fav's and was impressed again. i use this in my screensaver.
Majeh4108 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I'm starting to think you've been in space before.
QAuZ Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Featured [link]
Medjugore Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
State of the art!
SigmaRadec001 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Wow!! Damn i could live here
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is a really cool SF painting- you are one of the few good modern science fiction artists. Your idea of a bit of "fun" is far more productive than most other people's idea of fun...
valentt Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Whoow, this is awesome! I really like it. Have you thought about making it into wallpaper form?

I'm Fusion Linux project leader and we are looking for some images that we could include in by default in our Linux distribution.

We have tens of thousands of installs, and we would also list all artists that have their art in our distribution and spread the word of your great work that way.

If you would consider this proposal this would a lot to us, because we would like to share and promote great artwork that you have made.

Please check out our home page - [link]

We need all art to be in few different wallpaper resolutions, and licenced under some Creative Commons licence that permits us to distribute artwork freely, just to be clear you still keep all the copyright just give us permission to distribute it for non-commercial purposes. If you aren't familiar with Creative Commons licences I suggest you use "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs" and also check full list of differenc CC licences at [link]
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