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My new work called the “Rings of Creation” depicts a scene from the surface of a rugged and foggy world in orbit around a gas giant. In the background, the parent star of this system in undergoing transformation from aged star to white dwarf as it expels its outer gaseous layers and becomes a planetary nebula. The immensely hot exposed stellar core pours out ultraviolet light which excites the gas in the expanding shell around the star making it glow brightly. In the visible spectrum, the stellar remnant appears quite blue, which reflects off the particles of the planets icy rings and the hazy surface of the moon. Although this is a planetary system in the process of dying, white dwarf stars are the universes largest source of carbon and oxygen and we owe our very existence to their deaths.
I used Vue to generate the landscape for this image, Apophysis to create fractal-based textures for the planetary nebula, and Photoshop to compile the scene. The gas giant texture was also painted in PS.
Ran into this gorgeous, independent cat on a quiet street corner, she seemed to be very curious about me and paused gracefully just long enough to allow me to take a picture.
“What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline