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New work. Working on some gas planets :D. My favorite :cheer: Starting to get down this liquify tool. Enjoy
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ShimizuTomoyo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
This is so beautiful. It's also my favourite planet. I can't stop looking at it. It's really really beautiful. Nice work.
dnb-nOise Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Holy sh*t man...its...the exact thing i'm saying :O
0-HELIO-0 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008   Interface Designer
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 :+fav:. :)
SamODJ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please come back to this lighting structure. So ambient, so alluring.
Pr3t3nd3r Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Photographer
Awesome texture!
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
Akajork Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
This is one of the best gass giant ive seen painted.. bravo!
Akajork Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
This is one of the best gass giant ive seen painted.. bravo!
Elfhawk Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
LavellosLegend Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2006
Nice lighting :) The colors are great too. Keep up the awesome work.
Raghveer Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
i love how the lighting is done
there's only one thing i don't like and thats
what you have done to the rings
Serve Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
Nice. The planet itself looks awesome. I'd dense up the rings a lot more tho. Looks a bit ill-scattered at the moment.
powerpointer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god, you made this picture? For the record, I have this picture printed out and up on my wall next to dv81's Zeniab. What a fantastic picture, because I saw this on the internet a few weeks ago, loved it, but never found the artist who made it. What absolutely breathtaking work, definitely a favorite and I will be watching you my friend. Keep it up!
RaNdOm-HeRo58 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006
Gorgeous. :)
mn-digitalpictures Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006   Digital Artist
Beautiful One! I wish to see this view from my telescope! Nice Planet, The starfield just rocks! And the planet! Hmmmm Stuning work
lennART-h Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
That's a really really beatuifully work. Especialy the details ... wow!

Keep Going!
Mr-Frenzy Featured By Owner May 25, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
greatlooking piece mate. I like the cleaness that you've achieved. Makes it easy to focus on the right elements. Nice one
GillsDigitalWorld Featured By Owner May 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the colours, beautiful :clap: :+fav:
Frasko Featured By Owner May 21, 2006
YumZ Featured By Owner May 19, 2006
The perspective/angle of the rings seems off.
Haikera-Baiketsu Featured By Owner May 19, 2006
Awesome work. I love the wisps in the light, and the detail in the rings. :)
tul Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
That is the best gas planet I have seen on dA. Just wow. EXTREMELY realistic. You must do a walkthrough.
zelos22 Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
awesome! the planet is so well done! :D
Mortis-Angelus Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
wow u produce art faster then i can comment :) nothing i can crtique so far texture of the planet is awesome! starfield is gd the rings r better then most :) well done as always!
Novacron Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The planet part of it looks perfect. Good work there
vissroid Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
awasome job man!

nearly perfect!

I say nearly because of one thing. it has to do with the shadin on the rings. see the sun is far off and nearly behind the gasgiant. so the shadows on the rings should be nearly up in front of the planet. not to the side. unless of course theres another source of light far off to the left we can see lol

otehr than that man this is astounding piece of work and cant stop lookin it over. the detail on the planet is insainly realistic man.
and as I always say, "Keep it up!!"
humanofprey Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very neat work, especially the ring.

Like the planetīs texture and the lighting :thumbsup:
herokeeper Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
i like this one a lot.
very nice one man :)
keep them up.
halocin Featured By Owner May 16, 2006   Photographer
Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.
Want Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
wow, excellent work! looks highly realistic for me. just love that shadow on the ring =) keep it up! :clap:
absolutehalo Featured By Owner May 16, 2006

A wonderful effort in realism. No one... I mean no one... touches you and Sam in this area (terraspace work excluded as thats a whole other ball of wax). There is a great complexity to this image inspite of it's subtle simple nature. The lighting dynamic works well here and should anyone need it, this image is a staple of how it should work. My only quam comes from an old eye who is a stickler for the minute detail so don't take this observation to much as a critique as much as it is an observation. On the north-eastern side of the planet I notice the ring work embeds a bit into the shadow of the night side. Thats a just a minor layout flaw I find.

I do, however, have one suggestion for you (And I hope you can get something out of it as I'm not quick to offer criticism or critique). Take a browse through your files on your HDD....



What do you see?

I'll riddle it out this way. Take what you see in front of you and rethink it. I see great strides in your ability and talent. Now take box of tools you've built and flip it upside down and figure out how to reshape them for brilliant new ideals and compositions. Your biggest asset right now is your ability to see the true ideal of realism. Now what is left is to explore new ways to present that ideal.

Right now I see many single planets and space and constant tinkering with light (which is the way it should be mind you. ;) ) but from what I see in front of me you've accomplished certain goals and you should seriously think about the next ones. Look over your HDD and see what you've got... what you have accomplished and where you have come from.

From that point... retool and rethink presentation.

A good example I could share would be a personal experience... I sat one day and tried to focus on what I had done and what I could do to "up the ante" so to speak. I realized the work I was doing was technically sound but I needed some new approach. From this re-evaluation "Escape" was born. I have yet to see a work in this genre where the entire background is a planet itself, thus for me myself I accomplished what I wanted to do.

All I can say is from where you stand right now all that is truly left is your own innovation of your work.

Kudos on this piece. I wink at your talent. ;)
AP123 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its comments like yours that make me continue to create art. Im glad that you take your time to study my piece, find my flaws and give me tips on what I can do next. As for what you said, I will look through my HDD and hopefully I will be able to get some new ideas. Your words continue to inspire me, thanks again Brandon.
19-10 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
ohhh, I love the texture and the lighting. I don't like the asteroids either, but bleh =p
at what resolution did you make the texture? The liquify tool is a bitch at high res. It devours RAM :(
Good work man!
AP123 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
started at 3000x3000. Yes it does blow when there are high res, the trick is to go slow, or get more RAM. RAM isnt a problem for me :D
MJ00 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Student Digital Artist
amazing planet and rings! great job on the texture!
SamODJ Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rings seem a bit crappy, but the lighting is tasty:D
AP123 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol yea i know the rings are crappy, but you gotta start somewhere.
SamODJ Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol you n00b:P

Damn im cool.
AP123 Featured By Owner May 17, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SamODJ Featured By Owner May 17, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exntrik Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
Your realism is getting daunting, although I must say the scale of the asteroids does seem to dampen it somewhat.
AP123 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks lol. DAMN YOU RING!!!
POverdrive Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
Looks very real/believable.. great work.
battlefield1010 Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
Wow, great piece:):+fav:!;)
JasonRoll Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice picture! Definite :+fav:
edlo Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Masterfull! Great work man!
zebravissimo Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Professional
Very nice :) It stopped loading about halfway through, but I can see most of it ;) Looking good.
Mark-S Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
Awesome texture, good job :).
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