Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if the Germans and the Axis powers had won World War II? If China had kept their massive fleet or if Alexander the Great had gone West instead of East? Historians and writers from as early as the 4th century BC have explored and written about such alternate histories and many eminent scientists over the last several decades have been staunch proponents of the multiverse theory. We exist in of one of the many possible worlds and this is your chance to dream up a parallel universe and render it into reality! Superheroes can exist, dinosaurs can come to life, alien races can co-exist with humans and history, as we know it, can be altered in several ways! Give full freedom to your imagination to create an epic illustration of your version of an alternate history or a parallel universe. Let’s see what we are missing out on!
Alan HerreraTitle: Little fox
after the destruction of humanity for the old god ,just living a avatar of these ,maybe lonely
Grace CheungTitle: Zebroid Guard
An alternate universe version of the Ottoman empire.
Zachary James TullsenTitle: Directions
A world where dinosaurs never went extinct. What would they have looked like in the Nordic Lands in the time of the vikings? A shepherd and flock of baby lambeosaurus come across a pair of wandering warriors and their beast of burden.
1200x650 (72 DPI) Digital- Finished June 14
Eliu CrespoTitle: Traveling for loot
2d digitial art
Here we have an interdimentional being plundering the eye of the great Octokain, Speeding through this parallel universe the entity makes his way to the finish line.
Allan MartinTitle: Post Millenial Earthquake Montreal
In a parallel universe, this is what Montreal would look like after the world's most big earthquake took place!
Santiago Fuentes CarrilloTitle: Internet or blood
Some years after the big technology ban the world was left analogic. Society was forced to share their thoughts via an incorruptible medium like one of this giant vinyl disc (ironically futuristic) centers installed in every major city. Governments who signed the ban treaty control these outputs weekly. One beautiful morning, revolution began.
Zheng JunShengTitle: The Rebel
The ancient Chinese empire never stop by the wars and develop into a advance civilization. While the power remain in the rich's hand. it is time for the poor to rebel
Taylor KeithTitle: Metal Gun Boy
Humans are thought to be the most intelligent creatures... but what if robots surpasses us? And what if the human species reverted back to its animalistic ways?
Paul RebarTitle: Montreal, Kanada
Size: 1800 x 1071
Completion Date: June 14, 2017
1813 – Deciding instead to wait until the early spring, Napoleon successfully invades Russia and adds Moscow, Saint Petersburg and the rest of European Russia to the Grand French Empire. The Russian monarchy retreats over the Ural Mountains into the harsh wilds of Siberia. Famine soon results from the influx of population, prompting Russian settlers to immigrate en masse over the Bering Strait and down into the more fertile lands of western North America. Britain, weakened by France’s ongoing dominance of Europe, is unable to hold onto its territory in North America and sells it to the Russian Tsar in 1850, who officially christens this new land “Kanada”. After the destruction of the Grand French Empire in the Great War of 1919 Russia regains much of its old territory and Kanada becomes an independent republic shortly thereafter.
Today, the Kanadian Federation stretches from the beaches of California to the cliffs of Newfoundland. The city of Montreal in the federal district of Quebec has become a bustling commercial hub in the decades following the collapse of Kanada’s communist government, due in part to the city’s proximity to the US border wall. A significant population of French-speakers still resides in the district and relations between them and Russian-speaking business and administrative class are rather cool and distant, with rebel groups taking hold in the north.
Brandon BridgesTitle: Sleepy Boy
Humans were not the first ancients on the planet, and that most certainly will not be the last. The people here don't really care about all that, and neither did the warring giants that trampled the human civilizations under foot and wiped themselves from history books. Now the only thing that matters is a late night food run and this dang fob needs new batteries.
Alexander IvatinTitle: Nuclear NY
Nuclear explosion in the center of Manhattan.
Samuel CoutureTitle: Uluru, The Sacred City.
What if the aboriginal tribes of Australia had united to become a strong empire, long before Australia was discovered by Europeans.
When european explorers land on the australian continent, they find a peaceful yet powerful civilization welcoming them in their great cities, constructed around sacred sites as the empire rose up.
This image illustrates English explorers being escorted and guided through the Sacred City of Uluru by the emissaries and Elders.
800x1200 pixels, 72DPI, Photoshop, Completed on June 14, 2017.
Federica CasagrandeTitle: Empire of Carthage
In my alternative world, the Carthaginians win the Punic wars against the Romans.
Carthage becomes the capital of the new empire on the Mediterranean and to honor Annibale, the elephant becomes sacred and idolatrous animal. In every major city conquered, a fortress is erected in imitation of Byrsa, surrounded by a large rock wall and with a large ship built in the centre, to remember the great naval power of Carthaginians.
This people always fascinated me because they were great astronomers, navigators and very tenacious for crossing the Alps with the elephants.
At least for once I can imagine how it would go if they had won after 150 years of struggles against the Roman people.
Details: 800 x1200px , 72 DPI, Digital Painting with Photoshop, Completed on June 14 2017
Eliott BeaudonTitle: Cortés
What if the conquistadors had discovered the East Indies...
Lucas RussoTitle: Masters of Automation
TL;DR: In the very near future robots and their masters have taken away our freedom.
All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind. - Adam Smith
In our world, back in the Sixties, mankind went through a deep transformation, there has never been a bigger social movement, but it didn't come without a huge lash back, most of our market crashes today can be attributed to it basically.
The Masters of Mankind back then had two choices, either increase social equality or decrease democracy, we don't have to say which one they picked, for corporations today are almost untouchable by taxes and regulations.
Most important of all, this could happen again today, in the next few years with all the workers getting out of a job because of automation, these masters of mankind can choose to follow their Vile Maxim instead of choosing Basic Income and Public Health Care for all, it could mean that, and this is something recognized by Plato 2 thousand years ago, our democracy will be decreased again, by who controls the machines(The Masters) instead of it being used as a tool to bring social equality.
This is what i'm trying to say with a huge mecha hand reaching out for the statue of liberty.
Edit BallaiTitle: New York
In my parallel universe, America was discovered on a different continent by a mistake. How would look like New York if it was in a tropical environment? Would be more spiritual place? The place itself can determine the personality and fate?
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Yinfaowei HarrisonTitle: Kanem Bornu Empire
The Kanem Bornu empire as history has it fell due to the Jihad led by radical Usman Dan fodio.
what if the jihad was unsuccessful? the Kanem-bornu empire would have been one of the strongest dynasty in the world today.
the civilization would certainly have advanced and the Mai would certainly have resisted the invasion of the west. Islam would obviously not have been
the dominating religion and the culture of this people would be very much preserved.
Shafayat nabi tamalTitle: Shore of the Unknown
For this Alternate History Challenge, I was thinking about what if the medieval people encounters alien race!! what if they experience advanced technology like spaceship/hovercraft or advance military base in an age of horse and sword !! So, with this image, i am trying to convey this idea about a knight explore advanced technology for the first time.
Nico hohnTitle: Perselia and the Festival of the Stars.
2037, the Micronesian' spaceship 1V1C0 arrived in Perselia. They just found a rough and deserted place with tones of holes. The temperature was unbearable, because of that they had to stay in their ship until new orders. But, at the afternoon of the 8th day, they saw how several lights raised toward the sandy sky. Curious, they took all the water and followed the trace of flying lights.
It was a surprise for them. Into the holes between the lava they found the entrances to an underworld where a humanoid population were celebrate the Festival of the Stars.
ValeraTitle: A farm
Asteroid missed our planet 65 million years ago. So dinosaurs are dominant specie now. They were so happy when they found humans. It wasn't even necessary to modify their genes. They were just right for farming.
Miguel MembreñoTitle: The Calli (updated)
What would have happened if Maya civilization had not been conquered and almost completely destroyed, if their peoples instead of fighting for territories among themselves would have united throughout the continent to consolidate the Mayan cultures, developing their beliefs and architecture creating enormous cities and becoming one of the most important existing civilizations in history transcending over time with new technologies and ways of seeing the world.
Jarrard LeeTitle: Underground Osaka
My illustration depicts an alternate reality where the city of Osaka, Japan was the target of a nuclear bomb. The remaining population moved underground to the one of the subways that survived the blast and have rebuilt. The scene depicts one of the main market areas where people still wear protective gear in fear of residual radiation.
Kate PriceTitle: The Hunting Trip
Insects never got small. Humans never became the dominant species. Everyday is a struggle for survival when you're just a puny human.
Hector Betancur GrajalesTitle: Mass Extinction Event
From a not so distant future hordes of animals de-extinct have traveled to the 1945 through a wormhole created by the blast of trinity. And now they take part with higher military gear in the wwII. Their mission: To destroy the world of men
Su-hyun BangTitle: Abandoned room (post-apocalypse)
I imagined abandoned room in post-apocalypse world. People would try to collect any items, in order to survive. This scene shows the place where the survivors went by.
Atha KANAANITitle: Khan you go away ?!!!
What if the great Gengis Khan had invaded France and mixed the Mongolian culture with the French one?
Playing the famous battles of the Khan, children are running across the city, letting us see what the actual Paris could look like in this alternate history.
But even the buddhist way of life cannot change so much the French spirit: he's still grumbling in his car and pigeons are still stupid ...
Size: 800X1200 pixels 72dpi
Medium: digital (photoshop)
Completion date: 2017/06/13
Casondra LoganTitle: The Wanderers
Leaving behind the horse in lieu of shell abodes, humanity inspired by nature rely on tortoises as a means of transportation and companionship.
Entire generations of people depend on the tortoise for shelter. In exchange, humans provide food and raise younglings.
Darius Cheong Chau HongTitle: How does it feel like to be Human?
In a parallel universe, when creatures of flesh and blood have long been a part of forgotten history, beings in all shapes and sizes made of steel and metal roam the earth fulfilling repetitive tasks embedded in their code set by their makers. A curious robot discovered a saved consciousness of a Human who gained eternal life amongst the stream of binary codes. The 'human' taught him everything he knew and what it felt like to have a conscience. The robot gathered every bit of knowledge he could find and uncovered the machine he used to upload his consciousness. He tried to reverse engineer what the human did countless times but to no avail, with the hope that one day that, he too, could be able to love and feel.
Completion date: 13 June 2017 UTC+8
Fernanders Koak Chan SamTitle: The Axis Power
After the war is over, the Axis decided to focus on their conquered territories, strengthening their fortress defenses. 50 years have passed, and now they introduce their new weapon. The display of their latest warship symbolizes their power, to strike fear to whoever that dares to oppose them. This ensure that the next generation of citizens understand fear and the power.
OSCAR RODRIGO GAY MARTINEZTitle: THE LAST MAYAN
Size: 800x1200 pixels, 72 DPI.
Medium: Digital Painting. Photoshop.
Completion date: 13/06/2017.
Around the year 1530, 9 years after the city of Tenochtitlán was conquered by Spain.
From the tomb of the great Mayan king Pakal, his only bloodline remaining descendant: K’aal, got a hint leading to the hidden Maya city, the city of the undead warriors, claimed by the god Kukulcán as the ultimate army. K’aal exiled from the palace due to the conquerors of Spain, used the stars and the ancestral Maya knowledge to find the hidden city: “The cenote of no return”, a place known as the gate to the underworld.
When K’aal arrived to the lost city, being half warrior and half sorcerer, he casted a spell on the cenote water, to reveal the floating island, at the top it was discovered by a dim light, the Great Temple, a place where the god Kukulcán lives. At the same time, this spell summoned an ancient Maya warrior, a giant, required to climb to the top of the island. (This warrior is the representation of all his ancestors). K’aal was preparing himself to have a battle with Kukulcán in order to be named the new commander of the undead army.
His journey has just been started. However the gods never descended to help the Mayan, they felt betrayed, the Mayans were extinct but K’aal was the exception, now he`s fighting along with the undead army, acquiring power from each god he defeated, he has become the last Mayan, a warrior which will put an end to the war, and will claim his own territory. Legendary battles require legendary warriors.
Jose Elias Villagomez UribeTitle: Berlin
In a parallel universe scientist were able to invent a machine, that can filter emotions. Emotions were sucked up like any fluid from the human body. And as any invention, it became big business. People yearned to feel positive emotions. For some it became drug-like a substance. But as any drug, too much happiness would destroy the capacity to feel any natural happiness at all. Overdoses increased. Taking overdose of emotions caused blindness for some, painful death for some. For others it created bright eyes with hyper sensitivity of feeling emotions. In the end these individuals, called celestials at first, became freaks, when the time came, that any emotions were considered condemned and people started wearing masks to hide their expressions. Also a medicine, that numbed emotions, was invented. Only place now, where people were allowed to show any emotions would be theaters, where different emotions were injected to their bodies in a private cubicle, where no one could see. Freaks, alias celestials, were used for finding people, who were brave enough to defame the norm, not to take the un-emotion-medicine and have any emotions outside the theaters.
Elena VegasTitle: Merciful Star
What might have happened if the meteorite that wiped out all non-avian dinosaurs had missed, and Humans never evolved? Palaeontologists have speculated on this idea before, and it is commonly believed that troodons would have likely taken our place as the most intelligent species on Earth. With new information on Dinosaur evolution, we now know that older models for this concept, like the “Dinosauroud” made by Dale Russell, are no longer accurate. An intelligent race of dinosaurs would have looked less like scaly humanoids, and more like sophisticated birds.
800x1200, 72dpi, pencil on paper, digitally enhanced in Photoshop CS6, Completed on June 12, 2017
Omar GilaniTitle: Palace Guard
Guard overlooking the royal palace, where a meeting was taking place. The emissary to the Others had arrived in her porcelain ship, doubtless to discuss trade with the NeoMughals. The first sighting of the strange ships had been over the city of Lahore, in what used to be Pakistan, a mere five years ago. Since then, the Indian subcontinent had become a hub of progress, growth, and peace, the first truly syncretic empire the planet had ever seen. Citizens were content. Large scale automation had been achieved. The position of palace guard, like most positions of defense in the Empire, was ceremonial rather than functional. These days the Others visited frequently, dispensing knowledge and technology in exchange for their beloved spice masala - a trade which suited the NeoMughals just fine.
800x1200, 72dpi, digital
ZHEN NING LIMTitle: A New World
The illustration perspective is taken from inside a flying vehicle above a city, EVE. This vehicle is moving towards another larger city, ZEN across a large Valley of Hope. The various architectural buildings in these cities indicates various cultural influences, techological as well as businesses advancements during its civilization. Medium: Paper and Pen Size: 21cm x 13cm
Nick JizbaTitle: Nomonhan Incident
This image shows the start of the Battles of Khalkhin Gol in an world where the US had formed a military alliance with Japan in the 1930s. In this world the US had built up its military as much as its infrastructure to help recover from the great depression. This build up included developing technologies that were ignored in our world. So things like gas turbine engines, strange aircraft like the flying flapjack, and advance tank designs based on J. Walter Christie's work in the late 1920s, were all fully developed concepts by 1939.
riccardo massironiTitle: The Celestial Sphere
There were time, when the Planet was the center of our thought and universe, We believed it.
But, then a man came among many, bringing the light of knowledge. He built a strange mechanism, rings of brass were crosses each other, creating an unique movement. A celestial sphere.
In the heart of the sphere there was anymore the Planet but a golden star.
Throughout centuries symbol of wisdom.
camilo saninTitle: steam-dino world
In a parallel universe the dinosaurs coexist with the human genre. Steam-based technology has reached its apogee in a society dazzled by scientific discoveries. However this land is facing a great drought that has lasted for several decades. To survive these conditions, some wealthy families have opted for a nomadic life. In the midst of the endless deserts of this planet can be counted by tens the mobile houses accompanied by their flocks of domesticated dinosaurus ...z
Arturo GutiérrezTitle: The Gods of Old
The meteor struck tangentially. The earth’s rotation speed doubled. The dust cloud killed most large dinosaurs, and the reduced gravity gave mammals the chance to evolve and grow in size. The late emergence of apes forced their evolutionary branch to grow smaller in order to survive the feline-controlled biosphere. Human history was analogous to our actual history, accompanied by the worshiping of giant mammals. Dinosaurs are small bird-like beings that became pets and food for humans.
Since the beginning of recorded history, the Tiger has been the protector of Japan. It is the god of death and light. It roams his cities reminding humans and dinosaurs of their rightful place on earth.
Original Size: 6000 x 4000px
Digital Paint - Photoshop CS6
Finished on June 7 - 2017
Marc DenaultTitle: Giant Anteater
Giant anteaters (Gigantus Myrmecophaga) track prey by their scent. After finding a nest, the animal inserts its long, sticky tongue to collect as many colony workers as it can.
Some workers rely on their walls for protection and many individuals escape while the predator is feeding. These modes of defense prevent the entire colony from being eaten in one anteater attack.
- excerpt from Parallelopedia
Seth RutledgeTitle: The Incans discover the New World.
1490 - Using a mixture of natural gas and hydrogen, the Incan air fleet successfully crosses the Atlantic Ocean and lands three vessels in the Breton area of France. With their flying ships and winged motif costumes, they are initially mistaken for angels by the French peasants who find them. One of the 3 ships is destroyed by European military responses, but the other two return to the Incan Empire.
Unfortunately for the Europeans, they leave behind a plague that no one in Europe has developed any resistance to. Over the next 5 years, an estimated 75% of Europe dies of pneumonia. Entire cities burn and are left empty. The Catholic Church is essentially wiped out with the death of 99% of its leadership, including 5 elected popes. Rome is reduced to a city of under 5,000 people.
1495 - The Incan Armada returns with 25 zeppelins armed and ready for war. They find a continent given to them by the Gods in what can only be seen as “Manifest Destiny.” Taking several crews of ocean-going sailors as slaves, the Incans take tribute back to their king, and begin preparing to colonize the new world. This tribute introduces the Empire to gunpowder and glass, and both become hugely valuable trade items.
From intel gathered by prisoners taken back in 1490, the Armada makes surgical strikes at the leaders of the European countries, who, weakened by plague and famine, fall quickly to the fire bombs dropped from the sky.
Miguel MembreñoTitle: Calli
What would have happened if Maya civilization had not been conquered and almost completely destroyed, if their peoples instead of fighting for territories among themselves would have united throughout the continent to consolidate the Mayan culture that governed America, that its development reflected in their beliefs, in their architecture, creating enormous cities and becoming one of the most important existing civilizations in history transcending over time with new technologies and ways of seeing the world.
Monica BritoTitle: T-minus
In a parallel universe, intelligent life evolved deep under the sea. The Octopodes are a complex society whose adaptive capacity, added to an rapidly advancing technology, allowed the complete dominance of the Abyss. Now, their world has become too small and scientists attempt to explore the surface. They believe that despite the high temperatures, huge levels of radiation and the low pressure, there could be life out there, even outside the water. Radicals also believe this contact could mean the end of their civilization and will apply all means necessary to stop these missions.