Cogito Ergo Sum


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While looking up at the stars one recent evening I had the idea that if you were to look directly down on someone floating on a calm sea at night, they might appear to be drifting in space. I liked the idea so much that I paused my Autumn landscape render (which is very nearly finished) and set about crafting it.

“Cogito Ergo Sum” (I think, therefore I am) is a companion piece of sorts to The Dreamer. The boat and the boy are the same (though altered slightly for this scene). Where the action in that render takes place beneath the surface of the water, this piece uses a reflected sky. I hope you enjoy it!

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25 reviews for Cogito Ergo Sum

  1. Donna [liferplus]

    Ah, to float in my little canoe on a pristine lake reflecting the night sky……. Or wait, am I floating in the night sky? Makes me want to be in the night sky……

  2. Nate R. [basicmember]

    This reminds me though we humans think we are the main show when we are cast as part of the diverse ocean of the cosmos we quickly see we are only a very small finite part of it.

  3. Bradley [basicmember]

    This render is beautiful. It captures that childlike desire for cosmic wanderlust. It also contrasts how big our problems appear to us down here in reference to the (reflection) of the universe. Our “reflection” in the universe is imperceptible.

  4. chris [nonmonthly]


  5. Scott Glasgow [lifer]

    The files for triscreen, MacOS split screen are missing. Can you please upload?

  6. OpelCarl [nonmonthly]

    This wallpaper gives me a feeling of extreme silence. Go on with your work!

  7. Rodewaryer [basicmember]

    I wouldn’t change a thing. This is exquisite just as it is. What a moment that would be!

  8. Ozaawaagosh [nonmonthly]

    I love your dream like renders, The cosmos skies while floating in a boat seems so realistic. Fantastic Work Ryan

  9. tboward [nonmonthly]

    Wonderful! I love art that invites the viewer to write the story.

  10. Bryan [basicmember]

    I think this would be a dream come true. Love it!!!!

  11. David W [basicmember]

    this is beautiful! I wish you’d make a pickle jar version without the boat and ripples, though!

  12. Tina [lifer]

    Mesmerizing – well done!

  13. Todd [basicmember]

    What a brilliant idea for a concept. Such an original view – and looks amazing!

  14. Mario Carini [basicmember]

    What this looks like to me is a spaceship creating a warp through space. About to disappear to another part of the galaxy.

  15. Susan [nonmonthly]

    Very clear and still, apart from the ripples around the boat. I like it

  16. KP [nonmonthly]

    Floating in a boat looking at stars. Peaceful. It’s like looking at yourself in third person. I like this one a lot.

  17. halletl [liferplus]

    A calm, peaceful contemplation of our infinite universe. Love it!

  18. Josh [nonmonthly]

    It’s a cool idea, but the picture looks like a 2003 one. Still great anyways!

  19. Hawk [lifer]

    Very nice! Very creative!

    Keep up the good work.

  20. Tempo21 [liferplus]

    What a great idea and beautiful presentation!

  21. Drew [nonmonthly]

    Love this one. Belongs on Top 10 all-time, imo

  22. Rose [lifer]

    I can think of no other word to describe this amazing piece. I can’t wait for a dual screen render of it for work!

  23. Chris [basicmember]

    I concur with Jason; what a fantastically novel perspective on a previous work of art. Like your site says, art is never finished; only abandoned. Astronomically beautiful!

  24. Jason [basicmember]

    From a technical/artistic standpoint, I like this piece a lot; the lighting and reflection are fantastic. From a creative standpoint, I’m amazed; I just don’t have that kind of creativity. I have no idea of how you looked at the original and thought “I should do a sky a reflection of that.” Awesome work!

  25. Bill B. [basicmember]

    This shows exactly how I imagine and see celestial things when sleeping or jut laying with my eyes closed. Nice!

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