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Saturnine by BLPH Saturnine by BLPH
According to Merriam-Webster, "Saturnine" is defined as
1: born under or influenced astrologically by the planet Saturn
2a: cold and steady in mood: slow to act or change


With this piece, I was trying to tie these two definitions together. I started out with a Saturn-like concept (gas planet, surrounded by rings) and thought how things were affected if we started to decelerate everything. Now, let's just assume that gravitational pulls were weakened as well such that moons etc. would not get sucked into the main planet right away and instead were to achieve a steady state configuration at one point. The most notable visual change, in this case, would be a dissolution of the ring-structure, going from super-flat disks that were originally held in place by rotational forces to a more billowy and cloud-like appearance.

That is the super-basic idea behind it; for visual purposes, I decided to add a few not-so-realistic details around here and there (and because I like to go ham on things such as nebulae). Because of its monochrome color palette, I'm also entering Space-Revived's Space Art Contest: Chromatic! Feel free to check out the other entries, too, lots of great submissions in the folder! :)

Personally, I'm quite happy about this piece's outcome, so I'm offering it as a wallpaper-pack! Following sizes are included:
:la: 16:9  -- 1920x1080
:la: 16:10 -- 1920x1200
:la: 4:3   -- 1600x1200
You know the drill, feedback is super-appreciated, and even moreso the positive one :iconupsidedown-laplz:
If you feel like supporting me, favs or watches are the way to go! Even better, if you feel like dropping a few points on me, I'd be more than happy! :woohoo:

By the way, I saved a few inbetween-snapshots. Let me know if you're interested in a progress-walkthrough! :)


Moar infos!
:bulletblue: Musical inspiration: Arch Enemy - Saturnine
:bulletblue: The overall composition is based on a heavily altered version of a sketch of Cloud Collapse that I still had lying around but, apart from the past few days, never found enough time to work on it...
:bulletblue: Original dimensions: 6000 x 3375 px



Other pieces you may like
Cloud Collapse by BLPH Tetraworld by BLPH Aftermath by BLPH
At Plutonian Shores by BLPH Terraforming by BLPH Empyrean by BLPH
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introvertedpug Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist
Just scrolling through your gallery, adoring everything I see... Any tips or tricks you can offer in regards to space related digital art? Your clouds are beautiful. Mine always looks super... Amateur, lol. Your lines are perfect, coloring is perfect, edges and brushes are perfect. Another question is, how long does it usually take you to draw something like this?
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BLPH Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018   Digital Artist
Wow, thank you really for all your kind words! I remember all too well how it felt to try paint something which turned out absolutely underwhelming, so I am slightly at a loss of words right now with all the positive feedback...

Hmm, there isn't really much I can offer in terms of tips other than the standard sayings like "practice", "blood, sweat, and tears", and whatnot. Personally, I believe that anybody can create something gorgeous and you just have to keep pushing yourself. Looking back, I've been painting space art for about a decade now (time flies!) and believe me, my first attempts (read: the first couple years) were absolutely terrible; was relying on tutorials way too much, so scenes turned out completely disjointed. In fact, only when I really started thinking about doing things more naturally (instead of going "because X told me I should put this on 78% opacity, this number matters more than anything going on in the image", it's nowadays more of a "well, if it doesn't look good, we can still just overpaint it and create something out of that!"), there was some sort of flow going on.

Other than that, it's just detailing at high resolution that makes an image look convincing. Depending on the subject, that might take anywhere from 6 hours for very simple scenes up to several weeks or even months. Sometimes, it feels like the biggest virtue in art is patience ;)
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melissaedits Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
THIS IS GORGEOUS ADSJFHALDKSFJH MAKING THIS MY WALLPAPER
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018   Digital Artist
:D
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Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent by vafiehya  
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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AStoKo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very beautiful! 
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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dimonx1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018
Perfect work!La la la la 
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :woohoo:
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dimonx1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018
You’re welcome!;) (Wink) 

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xeon2018 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
Gute Arbeit!!
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018   Digital Artist
Gracias :)
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xeon2018 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
...Bueno, pero espero que sigas produciendo obras sensacionales!! Nod Nod 
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BLPH Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018   Digital Artist
¡Vaya, muchas gracias! :thanks:
No hablo español muy bien, así que espero que esta traducción de Google sea correcta... Roll Eyes 
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xeon2018 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
jajajajj thanks not "tanks" 
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xeon2018 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
Good traduction!! perfecto.... asi tu practicas español, y yo algo de ingles. 
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018   Digital Artist
Jaja, puedo probar! :D
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alejo918 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
This is lovely, I like the combination of the colors and the composition of the drawing it's perfect :D
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I really appreciate your kind words! :bow:
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Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Professional Photographer
Richtig guter Stoff! :thumbsup: :D
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018   Digital Artist
Dankeschön :la:
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AquaristA Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
Amazing. like always <3
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you :woohoo:
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CaptainMockingjay Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
looks great :)
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks a ton! :D
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
amazing
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the background Neb mate
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017   Digital Artist
Thanks man :)
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Aenea-Jones Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconblph:
BLPH Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you :bow:
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Dyna1808 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And again AWESOME artwork!!! And the idea behind it and how it turned out is absolutely on point. You rock!!!
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BLPH Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you again, haha! I really appreciate it :D
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Kaasusumu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist
THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! O.O<3333
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BLPH Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Kaasusumu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist
You're very welcome!^^
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Am I crazy or does it change its color when I click on full view?? :XD: :omg: You have to teach me this trick.
The cloud shapes are really beautiful here imo!
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BLPH Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017   Digital Artist
I'm such a master of this "chromatic"-theme that I am able to bend colors upon my desires! :mwahaha:
Just kidding, I think it has something to do with the double-images per deviation: There are two images at a deviation-page: one is loaded from the pre00-domain and one from the orig00-domain. That gives two possible explanations:
1) The orig00-one is, as the name implies, the original artwork that was uploaded whereas the other is scaled down by dA, potentially compressing the image to save server bandwidth.
2) Color profiles are only saved in the orig00-version. If I'm not mistaken, the browser can react to color-profiled images and thereby alter display between the two versions. Typically, I notice this being especially visible in strongly saturated images. I should probably test this with some really awkward color profile if this theory holds true :p

Just my two cents, I have no other idea, really :hmm:

Thank you! :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's interesting. To me the original color scheme does not seem not so unusual actually. Perhaps it is too saturated for DA standards so it takes measures to "improve" your image. :D I wonder why this is the first time I've noticed that. It makes me wonder whether I should really rely on this automatic rescaling function in the future. :shrug:
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moepforfreedom Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
it indeed does change the color, for some reason the red channel drops by around 20 when in full view, probably a result of the weird scaling method that DA uses and since the image contains a lot of very high-frequency detail this might shift the levels a bit.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm surprised that this is the first time I'm seeing this around here because if this is really a flaw in the compression algorithm it seems rather fundamental. I'd expect to see it more often. :shrug:
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