I've had this idea for quite a while. I actually had originally planned on using pictures of the space shuttle going into space. But then i wouldnt be able to sell it through dA Prints. Sure enough, i went on vacation and took some pictures, which are the ones you see here.
So whats the idea behind this?
If you want a graphic idea, then its very similar to the ending of Men in Black. Where you see the camera zooming out and it turns out that our galaxy is nothing more than a marble, which happens to be some aliens' collection.
At first it was simply going to be a beach with a space added on top, but then i got the idea and started working on it.
As you can also see, and if you have been following my work, this is my first work with completely new starfields and nebulas. In fact, this is the first time im painting nebulas like these. They arent as good as i hoped for, but i had to start somewhere, and im gonna post them so that you can see my progress.
The image quality isnt top notch for 2 reasons:
1) the pictures that i took were at 1024x768 ( i forgot to set high resolution, was worrying about space on memory card)
2) I thought about dial-up users, so i made it as small as possible without losing quality (about 300 kilobytes)
Special thanks to:
~alphaosiris For giving me the idea of including marine wildlife.
~agarash For making me realize that i got too excited painting nebulas and overdid them quite a few times in a few regions
+musicinmyhead for helping out a bit dealing with the whole margin thing.
This is the finished version of my piece entitled nebulae in progress [link] I am very pleased with how this turned out, though you may have to play with the brightness and contrast settings on your monitor to get the best results.
The image was completed over a period of 4 months it had more than 80 layers and the actual final resolution was 3000x4500 pixels.
The state of being effulgent; extreme brilliancy; a flood of light; great luster or brightness; splendor.
UPDATE: If there is one thing i love, then its constructive feedback. I revisted a few things that my eye missed, and here is the final version with a few touches (better atmosphere for bigger planet in top piece, more star contrast in top and middle left pieces, and slight blur in middle left)
This is one of those deviations with an ironic story behind it, lets explain.
Im sure most of you heard about the blackout that affected the northeastern part of the United States and a big part of Canada. Because there was no light and nothing interesting to do, * superkev went to the beach and started taking pictures of insects. He's skill with depth of field always impresses me and i got the idea of trying to apply the effect to space scenes. So where's the irony here? Well, I got the inspiration for a light themed deviation from pictures taken due to the lack of "light."
OMFG THATS DEEP!!!1111one
So anyways, I originally started with a single work, but, as usual, lots of possibilities came up and i was hard pressed to pick one. I figured that i'd make a poster like this one, since i have an empty space in my wall and it would look pretty good there. So i made this with my room in mind, thats why i used that typo (which i can already tell lots of you are gonna hate).
Another thing that i got to experiment with was city lights on planets, you can see them in pretty much all of the sections here. You can tell that they look different in all of them, this is to show the different settings. Personally i like the ones from the top and right the most, since they are subtle. I also thought of using city lights to contrast with the fact that the blackout was the very base of the depth of field effect idea
I used photoshop for EVERYTHING except the asteroids in the bottom pic.
Things i like:
I like the sun in the top 3 pieces. I like how its not sharp and its rather smooth.
I like how the depth of field effect came out, it adds depth.
I like the color variations. I tried to make it all monochromatic, but the colors were more dramatic.
Things i dont like:
Im not satisfied with the starfields. They could use more contrast, but then again they would alter the feel of the piece for the worse. Suns always get in the way. However its nothing disasterous.
Thats about as technical and as thorough as i can get without boring the most of you (although i know many people dont even bother to read the descriptions, meh)
Big thanks to *superkev for his help on helping me get the depth of field effect right, and for pointing out that its impossible to actually get "pictures" like these in space, since the lens would have to be bigger than the planet and considering the distance at which the picture is taken.
I hope you enjoy this one, dont hesitate to leave feedback, as usual
To use the words of a famous space artist:
"I know there wouldn't be planets around a nebula like this in real life, but what's a space pic without planets ?" (Greg Martin)
I totally agree.
This is a 100% photoshop work. Was tired of my usual "Planet & Lenseflare" wallpapers.
So this was a good opportunity to fool around and practise some new techniques.