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A Journey to The Hollow Earth by bergamind A Journey to The Hollow Earth by bergamind
The Hollow Earth is probably one the most popular paranormal myths. According to Hollow Earth theorists, all planets are hollow and you can access the interior through huge 500 miles openings in each pole. Supposedly, as you navigate or fly through these openings, you are never really aware of where you're going since the holes are so huge that curvature is not perceived by the view.
As our "exterior surface", the "inner surface" has also oceans and continents with various landscapes. All life in the interior is possible due to the "inner smoky sun". It is said that the inner civilization is much more advanced than ours, they had electricity hundreds, probably thousands of years before we had, some people even have suggested that the inner earth inhabitants are the survivors of the last global extinction event some 100.000 years ago; survivors of the big flood and even the lost continent of Atlantis. It has been suggested that even UFOs might have their origin in the Earth's interior!

There have been several expeditions with the intent of proove or disproove this great myth. There are stories of miserable failures and fantastic accounts of new civilizations. One of the most popular stories is Admiral Byrd's expedition to the North Pole. In his Diary, he describes an encounter with the leader of the inner civilization; after that meeting, the leader sent Byrd on his way with a terrifying warning about humanity's fate.

The artwork is partly based on Admiral Byrd's Diary of his expedition to the North Pole and partly based on the book "The Goddess of Atvatabar" (which is somewhat similar to "Journey to the Center of The Earth by Jules Verne). The book tells the story of a group of expeditionaries in route to the North Pole on board a trap steamer. Eventually, they realize that they are actually going to the interior of the Earth through a huge opening in the Earth's pole!. Once inside, they sail the inner oceans to discover amazing cities and new civilizations.

Since I haven't yet visited, the interior of the Earth, I have no idea of how exactly the landscape looks like... so imagination was a big factor here. It was quite an issue to achieve the inner-horizont effect; since we are in the opposite/interior side of the Earth's crust, the horizont should curve upwards instead of downwards. The result is a spectacular view of the landscape curving up to the clouds and all the landmasses visible "in the sky". Since the "inner sun" is floating static in the Earth's center, all shadows must be at a perfect 90 degree angle underneath everything. If I would have follow this idea to perfection, the result would've been a very flat (and boring) lighting setting... so I decided to cheat; you can't actually see the sun, but light comes slightly from behind... resulting in a much more dramatic effect.

Commissioned by AFM records as cover art of the album "Center of The Great Unknown" by romanian band Magica.

So here you have it... my take on the inner earth



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:iconmissamazingly:
missamazingly Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Agartha.
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ExoticToxic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Dude . . . I love how you incorporated the fact that the horizon would curve upwards - since it's on the inside of the Earth. Truly stunning, and beautiful.
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bergamind Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Indeed...    I am glad you noticed it...
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Xelku9 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
An interesting myth.  True, its not possible in real life.  But, the idea of it sounds cool for something like a giant space station maybe.
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Really stunning, Hollow Earth theories are very interesting...
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Pagan-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
that's really stunning *-* I wish I could describe but I'm speechless x3
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aryrenaud Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Fantastic vision. I've read all of the accounts you mentioned. What visual splendor to see the land and seas sweeping upward into an endless sky as the Earth's centrifugal rotation holds holds the water in place.
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bergamind Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
exactly!
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tyyrson Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
what the heck is with the sky how is the land and water on the top is in the sky
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
because is the Earth's inner surface....  the horizon curves upwards!
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roundtower Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo! 

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* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
cool... thanks!  :D
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roundtower Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Huggle! 
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Awesome Hollow Earth setting for a lost civilization that doesn't seem to have lost itself.
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finn2012 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yikes. I can't imagine a "world" without nightfall. These "people" would never get to experience the all the cool stuff you can see in the night sky. Like the moon, stars, galaxies, etc.
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gwennyp Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great style you have

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bergamind Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
thanks!
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BlondeBanana98 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such an amazing piece and I didn't know about this theory of hollow planets! That's amazing and really gets you thinking :)
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bergamind Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
for sure... I'm a nut for the paranormal...  getting paid by clients to actually explore all that is just a bonus!
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BlondeBanana98 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bet! It's like the best of both worlds! (forgive my pun XD) Pretty much being paid to do what you love. A good deal!
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
it doesn't happen in every job... but often enough!
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Jasprien Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
I would live there. . .
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forkhead12 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
A plesiosaur.
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Tinamars05 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Finally some awesome art on this subject!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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bergamind Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
you're welcome!   :D
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Mindjock Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Nice.
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swagfolife Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
And so the two sea monsters closed for battle
Crocodile teeth, lizard's head, bloodshot eye, stained ocean red
Moving close to their raft's side, the two men prayed as one and cried
"Save me, save me, save me, save me"
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Legend-Tripper Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Amazing!
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CodaTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000/10.

c:.
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DameSilu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my Goth... This is so beautiful.... :'( <3
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IvanVlatkovic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AMAZING!!!
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neverdying Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your amazing work have been featured at :iconalightindarkness: [link] :)
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bergamind Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
thanks!!! :D
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neverdying Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :D
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive.
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MaliciaRoseNoire Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello :) !
Little feature here !!
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bergamind Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
cool... thanks!
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MaliciaRoseNoire Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :) !
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esk6a Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a great piece of art.
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Javi280 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang I wish it were possible to enter there! :D
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Exactly what I had in mind while I was making it... I like to create worlds with a welcoming feel.
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Javi280 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You certainly made it welcoming alright.

I've always had a great fasination for the Hollow Earth theory,it sounds freaking amazing and interesting at the same time.
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bergamind Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Yes. I actually had hard choices to make. Supposedly, the interior surface is sustained by the energy of a "smokey sun", which is still in the Earth's center. Therefore the inner Earth doesn't have night or day... the sun doesn't move and projects perfect 90º shadows bellow every object. This type of light would've result in a very boring, flat mood! So I cheated... The sun is stil above but light comes from behind the objects.
I also struggled to imagine how the Earth's curvature would look like going upwards... I imagined all the landmasses curving up to the sky!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
:onfire: ... outstanding work!
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miguel-el-kender Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
buen trabajo, si señor
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PaulBaack Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really spectacular! Great job.
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SetAbomine Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Artist
Amazing work of an amazing myth!
keep it up!
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ParaisaDesign Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Way cool - I love it.
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LeAKyGrAPHics Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!!! Make a hellofa poster too.
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peccatori Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... Amazing! :iconclappingplz:
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