This is a really personal piece to me, almost to the point of being fine art. On the outside, it's a kind of "virtual artificial life ecosystem" (VALE) which forms a kind of emergent intelligence. It's an interface of sorts, a kind of visual programming. I will explain how it works more in the future! (Since this one started out as a style test, conveying meaning was not the primary goal.)
The more personal side of this is that I see shapes like this in my mind's eye, constantly, in both 2D and 3D. I have synesthesia, so this is kind of a personal expression of what I see when thinking, although more elaborate. (I feel like I've wanted to get this image out for half my life!) The sci fi scenario is a re-skin of how I see my own mind.
And congrats on the DD!
I do wonder though whether it hinders certain modes of thinking that are entirely in the abstract, by consuming mental bandwidth, though. I also have really low memory capacity for my visualizations, it's kind of "in one eye and out the other" so to speak, so recording things as they actually happen is a challenge. Some people have a photographic memory for their mind's eye visualizations which allow them to solve math problems through interacting shapes. I think the best mine offers is a kind of intuition for abstract thinking, but I still need the aid of traditional methods to actually work out problems in detail.
But what fascinates me is the idea of a completely visual form of communication BETWEEN individuals, say, through augmented reality. That's part of the science fiction project I'm working on.
And it's amazing to see however many variations of the condition there are and all the various benefits and detriments they poses. what I think would be amazing would be to have control over the exact nature of your condition. Like being able to change wich senses conect to wich and in what way by thought. I believe such a more evolved version of synesthesia (as well as its current versions in the short term) could be a key to helping our race gain a deeper understanding of the universe... and beyond.
hmm... how's that going?
I'm glad it's appreciated!
I wouldn't say you need money, explicitly, just someone willing and able to execute it.
Well, good luck!
sorry for late reply, I have been neglecting dA lately...
it's a lifetime of modeling here
Oh yeah, back to process... another thing I did was a bunch of render passes made of emittive materials, so they were totally flat. I was then able to use those as masks to paint within or change the colors. I also render a "zdepth map" to add atmosphere in 3D. The initial render looked really ugly without the postprocessing, believe me! (I should make a tutorial, sometime.)