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Contraband by JoeyJazz Contraband by JoeyJazz
Antica... ...240 thousand inhabitants stationed on a deep space station hidden in an asteroid field. Asteroids cause quite a havoc every year, when a close planet gets near and stir some rocks right onto the station. The place itself was rebuilt so many times, no-one actually knows how it originally looked like. Even the name isn't real - "Antica" was the name of some apocalyptic, monoteistic cult that blew half of the station about 42 cycles ago. Can you imagine that? They believed in ONE god - every one knows that an ordinary diety needs at least two - the spiritual and the material.
Anyway - it's a perfect place to sell goods or hide for a longer time if one needs to. A great place for a smuggler like me..
-Alert! Hull breached in area "CARGO HOLD 07", sealing all entrances. Please, visit the nearest repair station immidiately.-
Gadsdamit! I hate these sharp little buggers.. least this old bark still holds together... ...I just hope it wasn't the space with the "Happy-Happy Toys" contraband...

The only available resolution is 2560x1024 - you'll have to centre it - it's a smaller piece and due to the content I don't want to cut it.

It's a remake of ..which was moved to scraps.

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On first sight, a fine image with tons of different elements creating a pretty unique piece of space art. The hidden jokes can definitely put a smile onto anybody's face that gets them :p
So, in terms of originality, a big plus!

However, it is obvious that some things do not meet up to both high detailing as well as your gallery's quality. Except for very few elements, the textures and little details have been completely neglected; most visible on the asteroids and the space ship. At this stage, it could be more of an "elaborate sketch" rather than a finished painting.

In terms of composition, this piece lacks a clear focus. I find my eyes switching back and forth between all those various elements, not being entirely sure of what to look at. Whilst it is fun to recognize all these objects, it is not beneficial in leading the eye to the point where all the action takes place. It might be better to create some sort of flow where the elements are able to provide guidelines of where to look next. It surely helps in identifying the main subject and doesn't make one's eyes jump around like nuts xD

Whilst you're pretty well-known for your nebulae, it is good that you didn't go overboard with them in here. That surely would clutter up the image even more, so I guess a plus here for not-too-distracting background.
Although, I am not quite sure of the orange light in the right as it blends into the blue fairly abrupt. Toning it down a little or widening the transition zone could help bringing the focus back into the foreground in that matter.

Overall, this piece does not meet your general standards and I am sure you can do better. The idea is interesting and certainly is able to elicit at least a smirk from the viewer and, if executed a bit more elaborately in terms of composition and detailing, it could make a great image ;)
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Techz59 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woo it's danboard!(or danbo) xD
Frozx398 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
nice concept. nice work.
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great pic and great story to go along with it :D
B-In-F Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice work !
JoeyJazz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
QAuZ Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
This great work has been featured in news article [link] :heart:
JoeyJazz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   Photographer
Awesome concept, Also love the strong atmosphere in this one!
JoeyJazz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
TK769 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very amusing

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