Just decided to flip through your gallery again... I like this one quite a bit. The texture is marvelous. Some complain about the asteroids and the rings... But I think that it is the texture that really makes or breaks a spacescape. An awesome, relistic planet surface can make up for so much! This gas texture is possibly the best I have ever seen. A definite .
I have always know that the liquify tool is the best candidate for making gas giants, But you have mastered it to the point where this is the first gas giant in a piece of space art I have seen where I mistook the texture for a photo of Jupiter. Gas giants are a rare sight in space art on DA and I think people are discouraged from making them due to the difficulty of making a gas giant look like more than a marbelised sphere.
I think the transition from light to dark on the planet is a bit too soft, but maybe the haze absorbing the light is the reason for that.
Excellent work. Exciting as multi-hued space illustrations are, it's nice to see someone show how gorgeous it is in monochrome. The planet looks flat, but I think that's the way gas giants are supposed to be.
There do seem to be some problems with your rings. For one, linear as rings are, they aren't quite so evenly spaced apart, nor similar in width. I'm not certain where you were trying to go with the speckles (I know rings are made of dust and small particles, so maybe you were trying to illustrate that), but they don't match the rest of the illustration. I'm not certain how better to explain it. Maybe if you had just used speckles to illustrate the rings, it would look more put together- where the light hits the rings and they disappear but for the speckles looks really cool. But the combination of flat rings and speckles just doesn't look right.
And lastly, the shadowed part of the rings looksa bit too solid, while the flip side looks distressing translucent. I think you need to find a happy medium between the two.
One final thing- the major light is from behind the planet, while the shadow of the planet on the rings makes the source out to be from the lower left. On the whole, nothing major; but something that makes us perfectionists twitch. (I'm guilty of it myself.)
Don't let the criticism get to you- I think it's amazing and wish I had the talent for it.