Hah, I've designed a ringworld as well -- though the physics are a little different; from the surface you wouldn't even be able to tell there WAS a ringworld... you'd see to that horizon and nothing more. My only argument with this piece, though, might be that the parts of the ring that are darker than the sky itself should 'blend' or disappear as with our own atmospherics (the dark side of the moon, etc, is never darker than the sky in front of it.) Lovely ships; nice to see something different than normal!
Well observed.. I generally try to maintain a sense of perceptual realism in my matte work. I'm uncomfortable with the "unnamed light source" school of space art, not to mention the recurring violations of the Roche limit; however, as this piece was a commission, perhaps a bit of artistic license might be forgiven.. .
Great stuff. I'm reading through the Known Space series right now. I read Ringworld when I was in my teens and it was really inspiring. Just read it again and I was really shocked at how little Ringworld inspired art there seems to be out there. Just threw up a to-scale model of the Ringworld in 3DS Max and realized how difficult it is to accurately portray. Thanks for this.
Simple amazing. I like how conventional agriculture is the sub-dominant element. When people try to paint futuristic things, they almost always go for cities, and rarely are there ever future-farms. Might have been better if you had added in a semi-truck sized carrot, but I suppose that's a little too Woody Allen... Awesome job man!