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The End by Rob-Caswell The End by Rob-Caswell
The end of days is coming. You could bank on that… only I really doubt there’ll be any banks around for you to collect from. Here is an image from one of Earth’s last years as a viable ecosphere, five billion years from now. Creatures and plants unrecognizable to us roam the increasingly arid landscape as the Sun becomes a slowly expanding red giant star that will eventually engulf the Earth as it grows. But before that our oceans and seas should be boiled away. These creatures forage for food in an increasingly arid landscape dominated by strange plants, perhaps some of which were created by Human genetic engineering before being reclaimed by the natural evolutionary process in the post-Human ages. In all probability, this is how it ends… not with a bang, but with low and slow barbeque.

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DAZ Studio/Mood Master2 render. Bolladon creatures by Dinoraul. Plants by Orestes and Traveller. Background by Diddi_mc with modification in Photoshop. Inspiration by Steve Burg.
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NeptuneGate Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whats that bluish-green dot on the creature's back?
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Part of the lens flare.
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NeptuneGate Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, ok, thanks :)
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sylvyfysh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Well, I can just imagine such a scene...after all, when humanity either becomes transcendent or makes themselves extinct, who or what will replace them--and let's face it, in even one million years time (let along five billion) what physical evidence will be left anywhere on Earth for the previous existence of the human species? None whatsoever, I daresay...throw enough time at any artifact, no matter how solid, and you'll make it go away...

For that matter, there's no rule which prevents another branch of life from becoming sentient and taking over the world in their turn--we humans have come from ape to angel (sort of, anyway) in ca. 10 million years, which is a veritable lightning-flash across the sky of time. Who's to know how many subsequent species may become sentient in their turn, and eventually transcendent, leaving the physical planes of Earth and the Universe behind them...
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
True enough. We may not be the pinnacle of Earth intelligence, in the long run. IT really is.... brain straining to consider where the human species will be (or won't be...) at this distant future moment.
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sylvyfysh Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
I daresay that we have at least a few thousand years more spiritual growth and evolution before we become transcendent--I'm assuming that this is the point of us being here, after all...that in the gaining of knowledge we advance gradually, life after life, towards the goal of true wisdom...
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grimnak60 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
What Program is this from?
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's DAZ Studio 3.
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool concept and very well done!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Much thanks!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
always very welcome :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Way things are going, this is going to happen WAY sooner.

Excellent work, very thought provoking!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Naw... I don't think the Sun's in any rush to start bloating ;)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True - we humans are doing a stirling job instead! :P
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Like bacteria in a petri dish, munching away like the food is unlimited. Yep. Our actions certainly shine a different light on our much vaunted "intelligence", hm?
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Nods and nods and nods and nods*
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IncyVortex Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, this is gorgeous. The colors and lighting are beautiful.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Why thanks! I think I like it a bit more now, looking back at. I recall being a tad disappointed right after I finished it.
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ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the serenity on this image. Very nice pre/post historic scene. Great lighting and colors. It merges perfectly with the background. Very nice job !
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
DEFINITELY post-historic :)
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albator Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good concept, well done!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks!
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bravo!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thankyousir!
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
one could say "five billion years from now" is way beyond everyone's imagination.
but you made a damn good guess here, Sir!
It is not even as depressing as one would think. It is just a quiet, almost smooth sliding into...something new.
Nothing gets lost - We know that our Universe is just made like that.
And if we just could internalize that...there would be no worries or fears any-more; only confidence and peace.
.............
Now see what you've done to me, with that picture!
I'm sure after my next transition - I tend to call me "Ant-Two" then - I'm becoming a great preacher! :D
.............

This one is a breathtaking combination of words and visuals again. I don't know why,...but I see the whole Earth's tale in that one creature's one sad eye.
It knows everything and it knows that "the End" is in sight.
And it is amazing how everything in that spectacular surrounding is focussing in that single small point.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
You amaze me with your ability to past/through the work and sense passions that created it. Well... maybe "passion" isn't quite the word for such a melancholy piece, but.... it's more that just pixels to you. So few can consciously verbalize it with your skill. So yeah... you zeroed in on my thoughts, exactly and I'm tickled that the creature's baleful eye could convey so much :D

As I said above, this piece is in large part about perspective. Not the dueling Armageddon predictions we get all the time, but the understanding that the Earth and the Sun DO end. There's an expiration date. We won't see it, but the atoms that make us up will.... and will eventually be blown off into space as gas, only to coalesce into more stars, planets, and if we're VERY lucky, life. It's that one form of space travel we'll all be taking, eventually ;)
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
well..it's actually not the way I dreamed of travelling through space...
but I guess in my life-time I wont have any other chance for it.
So I'll let my atoms fly! :)

And I'm glad I found the right words,..as I wasn't completely sure :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yup - your words were perfect! Or at least they communicated loud and clear to me :)
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
okay :)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, I love it!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Probably not what you were expecting as my next work?
I like to take right angle turns now and then ;)
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airtight1224 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Interesting and awesome as always
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, THANKS!!! :D
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Writer
I would have put the George Pal Time Machine in the background, but you never did have much of a sense of humor.

Oh, by the way, this is yet another Arcassonian Masterpiece.
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Make that a rusty, half-buried Time Machine... maybe with the bones of its pilot just barely visible! ;)

He went forward WAY too fast and got himself microwaved?
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Actually,in the book he went ever farther than this...
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... and never returned!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
No sense of humor?? I'll have you know that this critter is a MENSA member!
Nyuck-nyuck-nyuck.....
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Writer
D'oh!
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:iconkaranua:
karanua Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats a nice sobering concept my friend. :clap: very well executed :clap:
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I don't often do "sobering".... but it has its place. I gotta confess that I had the last chapter of a Clarke novel in mind with this one. He'd always jump ahead eons in order to provide a cosmic perspective. How I miss having new new Clarke works....
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karanua Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think we all, the scifi readership community that is, miss new new Clarke works, his later collaborations with Gentry Lee are sorely missed too.
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I, for one, welcome our roaming plant overlords ... :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Bless your cellulose-sympathizing heart! ;)
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:iconptrope:
Ptrope Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I've finally gotten to the root of my problems! I'm ready to turn over a new leaf!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Good to see you ready to branch out!
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I like the beasties and even the plants seem genuine. But, oh, those poor poor bastards...
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ah well... better them than us ;)
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Brilliant :)
I wonder if the Doctor and his blue box have been there yet?
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