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Vertical Urban Sprawl by JakeMurray Vertical Urban Sprawl by JakeMurray
Concept piece I conceived of while driving across the flat lands of Indiana to the slightly less flat lands of Ohio. Photoshop CS3. 2010.
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kaourika Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Holy cow!

Mmmm delicious atmospheric perspective <3
JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha thanks! I do find atmosphere to be quite tasty myself. ;)
jambe Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
The middle of Indiana is indeed horribly flat, but the north isn't that bad, and the south is really hilly.

Unfortunately I'm in the middle. Damn it.

I like the fact that there's another one of those out in the distance. This would actually make a lot of sense from an environmental perspective, I guess. Instead of having everybody sprawl out with their huge pointless perfectly groomed lawns and all those access streets, driveways, etc... just stack it up!

Of course an earthquake would be troublesome.
JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yeah. I grew up in Fort Wayne where there is no topography. I guess the main thing I'd be worried about living in a city like this one would be tornadoes. You'd have to go a long way from the top to get to a basement. :P
Palandrose Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well if we where able to craft such a marvelous piece of engineering.. im sure wed also learn to control whether phenomenon as well...
Julian-Faylona Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
you know, your style reminds me of those sci-fi illustrations we usually find in books during the early mid 80s and early 90s; i mean the brush work is very reminiscent of those times... i really like that! nice work!! :D
JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I like to try and keep my stuff feeling a little more like a painting and less like a Photoshop magic trick (which is probably why I prefer to use Painter). I'm glad you like it though! :D
thereallinebyline Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
You're brave. If I had managed to draw something half as cool as that building, there's no way I'd trust it/myself enough to put it in the background behind all that atmospheric perspective. But I'm glad you did: It could have been HEY, LOOK! AWESOME BUILDING HERE! But instead it's subtle. Subtle is good.

Perhaps I'm just odd like this, but I'm quite captivated by the little barn or house or whatever it is over on the right. What is it? Who owns it? How do they feel about being within driving distance of the huge cluster of futuristic architecture? I have to admit, I'm a sucker for little details that hint that the picture is part of a world or a story. It just feels so much grander.

If I could offer a nitpick in an attempt to be helpful: Is it me or are the curves in the road a bit sharp?
JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks for commenting! I'm glad you enjoy it. Yeah I wondered about the road. It does seem to curve too sharply for a country road and it should probably have ditches or something along side it, as someone above already pointed out. I think tomorrow I'll go back and make those tweaks. Thanks for the input!
HypnoticRose Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning work ^^
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