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Inverted Earth / Day and Night by Mygrapefruit Inverted Earth / Day and Night by Mygrapefruit
Where would you want to live?

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Photoshop CS 5

Satellite photos from NASA and Google Earth.
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To take something that is already beautiful, and then add your own personal touch to make it even more breathtaking is very close to impossible.

But what you have done here isn't just that. What you have done is taken what exists and made it yours. Imagination and possible realism existing side by side.

Great use of the source materials, and with an excellent experimental knowledge of PS CS5, you have allowed us to cross boundaries with your simple, yet layered artwork of your controlled imagination. If there is ever another creation cycle, I wouldn't be worried, God has you in his corner. And just maybe you were there when He created Earth the first time.
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I love this idea, and the time and energy invested in this is undeniable.
The amount of detail in the land masses is amazing, with use of ocean ridges as mountains, and the idea of the Pacific becoming a vast desert are all really awesome ideas. The mountain ridges and frosted areas look realistic and believable.

But there are some areas that I have some concerns over. The ocean areas don't appear to have as much care put into them, they seem kind of last minute to me. That, and the lack of frozen oceans at the poles seems to snap me out of my suspension of disbelief; as well as the lack of an Antarctic Ocean.

The second half, the night-time map is a really interesting piece of work, and show careful study of real-world maps and mastery of replicating such looks, while creating his/her own work.
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Ryaxx1 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
I've been thinking about this concept for a long while and every time i see a map like this i think that if the artist is using the same mass of water as exists on out earth, then the water level in the inverted world would be far higher, flooding the peninsula between the english and the scandinavian seas for a start. I've been looking for software that would allow me to model this but am finding nothing... And i know this is 3 years old, but i thought you might have some suggestions.
BaddyPony Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i see this in polish magazine ''focus'' :)
VMJML1er Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Digital Artist
super idée
CompositeGames Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
That looks fantastic
Rajalyoko23 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
>wants to do it's political map
FeastAndTheFamine Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Really cool! :D
Deltamatrix Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student General Artist
The Gulf of Mexico.
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd totally live on Lake Supe-... Superior Island? The biggest of the Great La-... Islands, since I actually live by Lake Superior IRL.
chaos30k Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Your North pole is accurate, but Antarctica is a chain of hundreds of large & small land masses. I saw your art on IO9. It's beautiful.
Wayne. Winnipeg.
DungeonmasterCal Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Is there a globe map? Please? Please?
linnan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I think right south of the Atlantic Mountains, between the Cuban and the Haitian Lakes.....I want to live there! :)
linnan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I think a city between the Cuban and Haitian Lakes south of the Atlantic mountains would have the greatest scenery :)
babbletrish Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful! Great concept and execution!
lexlyzavala Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
This map may be mildly amusing to normal people, and it’s kind of fun, but…to the geoscientist, it’s a nightmare!

How would the climate of the earth be changed if instead of 70% of the globe being a heat sink, only 30% was water? What would currents in these mini-oceans be like: could there be a mini-Gulf stream in the Greenland Ocean that could warm the lands around it? Without El Nino or La Nina, would we be worse off or better off – fish, after all, should do well with the El Nino not reducing upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich waters, and the birds that eat them, and the bird poop that creates fertilizers for the natural world as well as agriculture. The climate would be more “stable” – but does an even, non-fluctuating climate mean better?

And plate tectonics, oh my! The world reversed looks like a planet approaching tectonic extinction. Fewer oceanic areas means less oceanic lithosphere forming, meaning fewer functioning hot spots, meaning less heat coming from the mantle and core of the earth, meaning the earth is cooling, meaning that the entire planetary system might be shutting down, meaning we’ll lose our magnetic field and be ionized to death by deadly radiation from space… What happens when this happens? Well, it did happen to a very fine planet that apparently once had water and an atmosphere: Mars.

So, what looks like just a rather funny “see what the world would look like if reversed” image is nothing I want to think about at 3AM. It does, however, provide a really great starting point for a discussion on the basic concepts of planetary geology and climatology. What would you expect to happen in such a reversal? This map should be on the final exam for first year students with the question: explain the plate tectonics and climate of this planet. And see what they come up with.
Phil-Boswell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Rather excellent, thank you.
Santis-art Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
This is so great!
MrJmZack Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really like this concept. You did a fantastic job!
LuciferShadowsoul Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is brilliant. I love the concept of taking the traditional global map and altering in a way that makes it completely different yet still very recognisable. Of course, I lack the skills to do something like this myself.

Did you literally just invert the altitude scale, or is there a bit more creative license involved?

It makes me really wonder about the societies and ecosystems of the world you have created. As such, I couldn't really say where I'd want to live - the world is too alien to me.
snowflakeinthesea Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I'm in awe. It's beautiful, and I can't work out how you managed to do it in CS5. Layering yes, but content-aware fill? Clone stamp? The only suggestion I might make is that for the night-time image, perhaps spread the cities out more widely on the landmasses, rather than just around the edges of the oceans. This isn't a criticism in any shape or form, though. It's an incredibly well-crafted image, as is the daytime one. :D
FinalGamer Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012

DAMN that is a genius awesome idea.
TalonNokone Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
This is outstanding! =D
Sephon19 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
This is really, really awesome.

(Have to say, though, a world like this would have A LOT more desert.)
puppo530 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
This is amazing.
peterlennard Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Brilliant! I love the way that the cities are distributed in the night time view, very believable!
alex-dlc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
can you make 1920x1080 of each one of those to use as wallpapers please???????
LordTchernobog Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This... is... awesome! Brilliant, and creative at all! :D I like especially the reverted one! Good job :D
InUnImNonDis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
this.. is pretty damn cool!
balleand Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Someone make a gameworld with this! Final fantasy where are you??!!?!??!
J4skier Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Where are rivers?:3 Nice:)
MadMorwen Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
This is pure awesomness.
MG2G Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Amazing!! Can I use for a photomanipulation?
co3url Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, I'm staring at this for a how many minutes now. There's just something about this that captivates me.

Also, this looks like it could be a great world map for an RPG or something xD
Persona22 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
This is very good, looks realistic with the mountains and the lights where big cities should be.

The only thing wrong I can find with the picture is that Antartica, which is land, was made as land here as well, or at least it gives that impression.
Trexmasters Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
This is incredible.
When I was in 4th grade, I actually thought of how Earth could look reversed. It looks awesome.
The sad part is that the water supply would be even more limited.

Thank you!
ortix Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
even more? How is it at all limited right now? Unless you are talking about fresh water.
stephengoldsack Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Sweet!! looks so cool.
Kremecakes Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Reddit! Anyway, I thought you should know I created a Civilization V map out of your handiwork, and I just want to thank you. [link]
Pippyrae Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello from Reddit~

Gotta say, this is the most thought-provoking photomanipulation I've seen. Is there any way you could also upload the flipped version for ease of viewing? Right now it's so hard to unsee the continents haha.

Instant fave. Well done.
shadowshot9 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
saw this on reddit...than favorite
VirtualAlex Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Can you make these two separate images at like 2600x1440 for wallpapers?

I guess I could do it myself but they wouldn't be high enough res.
999R Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Nice idea.
Deilax Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Is there any way I could get a higher resolution of this?

PS: Hello from Reddit.
jabeoogie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
How did you do this? Did you use a GIS? Its awesome!
ProjectSpam Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, this is eye-opening... a great thought-experiment... thanks for sharing!
travelinghobbit Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
The Great New Zealand lakes look like they have awesome skiing around them. ;)
Maonsie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful and brilliant... So, simple in a way, yet so... well, brilliant!
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