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Starry Night by AlexRuizArt Starry Night by AlexRuizArt

I've often wondered about how the night sky looked to Van Gogh when he painted 'Starry Night.'

This is an homage to him, and to his painting, one of my all time favorites. We see him standing here, looking up at the night sky...probably in awe, as he wondered how he would capture the beauty he saw. As well, this was the view from the sanitarium he was staying at, as it's well known that the poor guy was quite mentally troubled. (For the record, it's believed he painted this from inside the sanitarium, but I didn't want bars on my image!)

I wanted this piece to be somewhat magical and fantastic, not just a normal night painting. Hence the large moon, large stars, transparent clouds etc., yet keeping a mostly realistic feel to it.

If you see the original painting, you see so much's as if he saw the vibration on all the objects, and that he captured the wind! See the original here:…

Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed creating it:) Done in Photoshop in about 7 hrs using matte painting techniques, and painting over.


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Leonk53 Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
when someone sees this wanna be just there,feeling the soft embrace of wind,and the brigth moon shining in his eyes,awesome!!
noconflicts Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
This is an amazing work. So full of meaning. One of my favorite images of all time and a wonderful homage to Vincent.
AlexRuizArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you:)
shyfoxling Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017
...doood. What a concept. So cool.
CepheidSoul Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017
Hi Alex, 

I  have this piece of work as a poster in my room. 

I have been working on a documentary for a few years. I've found the process quite difficult; had to be much more vulnerable than I had anticipated. At times the process has been overwhelming. I was reflecting on the creative process, this place where joy and pain meet in a wonderful array of colours, when I came across this poster at a poster sale. I saw in this work the very expression of that same creative process. When I struggle with the completion of my film, or am anxious of the outcome, I often turn to this image and think of Van Gogh and the incredible worked he accomplished in the midst of far worse torment. 

Thank you for this piece. It has an honoured place in my home. 
AlexRuizArt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad you find this piece comforting. Pain and creation go hand in hand as you're very well aware of, but it's all worth it in the of luck with finishing your documentary!!
CepheidSoul Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017
Thank you Alex! Sorry for the late reply. Just realized you had responded. We're going into editing phase on the film now! We'll keep you posted on progress. 

KRiley9386 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
My eye quickly went to the man’s
“Yes, I thought, exactly right.”
Beautifully done, thank you Alex.
NaKaJi143 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always been fascinated by Van Gogh, and I really love how you went into his perspective of viewing what he probably painted for Starry Night. It's really nice. Happy Happy..Onion Robin approved 
Melbunnie24 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. The meaning behind this painting is....deep. It's funny how the most mentally disturbed people tend to be the most creative and artistic. 
saturdaystorytellers Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Professional Filmographer
*jaw drops*

I've... never wondered that, but now that you've made art of it, I feel like a dunce for not having wondered about this. What absolute splendour!
circusgypsy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Breathtaking! Stunning! My god, my jaw dropped upon seeing this!
Drury-Lane Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work!
cogwurx Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Clever. Well done.
Shadoweddancer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016   General Artist
We done! Starry Night is one of my favorite paintings ever. 
Eldacur Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have loved this image since I first came across it. It is a wonderful piece of interpretive artwork. It manages to achieve some of both the emotional engagement and the dynamism of the Van Gogh treatment of the same subject, but by means of radically different technique. Bravo!
vonnbriggs Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
genius man, genius 
saphsoul Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Just a heads up, your image is being sold as a poster in the Imaginus travelling poster sale thingy. They came to my University and I bought a copy of this. It was beautiful. I'm not sure if they got the rights to it or not but I thought you should know.
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Supuhstar Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful. I just wish I could use it as a wallpaper :c
Averant Featured By Owner Edited Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Starry Night is my favourite painting of all time. And you capture the essence
of what surely Van Gogh must have seen with such stark and pristine beauty.
I would love to have a large copy of this hanging in my home, if I could afford
it. As it stands, I've, for the time being, used it as my Facebook profile picture
(with full credits back to this page, of course.) This piece touches my very Soul,
man. Brilliantly done. +Fave, and hopefully you get at least a Daily Deviation for
it. And so much more. A brilliant homage. Thank you so much for sharing this.
ant3ater Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great idea
KYNGDOLCE Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
WiseGirl15 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful I wanna cry!
iWantcoal Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could use a little more work on blending the sky with the distant mountains, as I see the clouds are having a little disagreement on perspectives with the landscape below. 
QueenMarie13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Amazing. I love it. <3
AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
ShalBaala Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Man, this is awesome!
Atevero Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
I really love it!! Nice work!! :)
brancao Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Weather-Angel-Adept Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Wow, this is amazing!  I love all the detail and vividness in the sky especially, but I like what you've done with the trees and flowers also.  I'm not sure how I feel about there being stars in front of the clouds -- not meteorologically correct at all! -- but I have to admit that the effect is stunning.  Great job.  :)
Gossamer1357 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I absolutely love this!! It's the live version! Yes, this is my all time favorite painting as well and I also have wondered what "starry night" looked like to Van Gogh in real life. The scenery perfectly corresponds towards the actual painting and it looks almost as magical as the painting itself!! Absolutely beautiful job!!! :)
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MajinNeda Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow. This is magnificent. Vincent is my favorite artist and Starry Night is my favorite work of his, and I must say that you truly did a fantastic job on this painting as an homage to him. 
BeckyJ-Infinite Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! This is amazing, almost looks like a photo of the night sky... Well done this is stunning!
Storm-Song Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful .......... 
lietuwis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
isnt it photomanipulation? good work anyways
LeahLovesNature Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
This is amazing!
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so wonderful. I can feel the magic about to unfold.
ACStrider Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You took the words right out of my mouth! Well done. 
mleonow Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
astroscion Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
lucyeleanora Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Thats so beautiful and a wonderful homage!
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
zecketo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist
O..M..G...   I think I'm going to cry :') its so beautiful ... 
TedNuki Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! Such a wonderful rendition of a beautiful painting! Just as beautiful as the first!
marlborored24 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Filmographer
this one really amazing. wonder will be incredible if have this print in your house.
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