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October 12, 2011
Terraforming by *by BlPh Totally awesome!
Featured by Casperium
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Hey, thanks for all the birthday-wishes! This is my way of saying "Thank You!" to ya'll: a wallpaper! :D

The hyperbasic idea behind this: chunks of ice, dust, and rocks are forming together to build a solid planet with geothermal activity (because, heck, flames dashing out of the crust generally make things look cool :P).

So, I hope you like it! If you do, I'd be really happy if you dropped a :+fav:. Little click for you, big boost of motivation for me ;)

Enjoy! :)

- Original Dimensions: 9402 x 4000 pixels (print resolution)
- Photoshop
- Wacom Intuos 3
- Working time: ~12h
- PSD filesize: ~720MB (guess I should've merged the texture-layers onto a single layer :p)

Edit (12 Oct, 2011):
Woah, holy smokebeans, a DD! :faint:
Thanks a lot for the feature, ^casperium! And thanks to you guys who have dropped by a fav or a comment, I really appreciate them! :)

Moar edit! (18 Oct, 2011)
Upon popular demand, I took the liberty and uploaded the image in the most popular single-screen-ratios as well now (which are 4:3, 16:9, and 16:10), sufficiently large to fit. Enjoy! :)
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CaroRichard's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Really nice work! All the details and textures you gave this picture makes us feel like we ARE facing a real scene. And the "dust, fog or whatever you call it" is reall well render.

The only thing that could be modify is the sharp, pointed shapes of the "star clouds". Those really catch my eyes and turn them from the main subject, the forming planet. In fact, my eyes pass from the flam to that pointy shaped cloud endlessly, "blocking" my sight there. But that's only me...

As for the rest, the light on the rocks and icy blocks is really well done and it feels like they are really floating in the picture, adding depth to the entire piece.

The light "lens flare" in red on the planet (if it's a lens flare <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)"/> ) is ok too. Just enough, not too much.

Congrats for the ensemble!
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Thanks a lot for your critique! :)

As for the nebula, it was my intention to give it some hard edges and to break the otherwise (in my opinion) boring flow between the planet and the star in the background ;)
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It's ok ^^ I think it's the first time I write a "real" critic. As for the "pointed clouds" it's just that their positions in the "center" of the picture kinda blocks the flow of our sight. Normally, an eye passes from one point to another in a picture, making a "path". I don't know if I explain myself correctly... would b easier in french! lol But anyway, it's still a reall amazing piece of art!
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Great coloration to start with.

Originality: concept, not new, HOWEVER seeing the terraforming process occurring is new to me t least, and it is nice to see planet coming to life. It's gerat but a smentioned down in impact, some of the more striking parts of this get swamped by the vastness of the image. 4/5

Technique: I'll just say 5 because I feel it is awesome, and this is not the type of art that I make.

Impact: This is the first time in over 2 years that one of my own pictures hasn't been my home desk top. So impact is 5/5

On top of that, I think this may have finally dislodged my writers block for a novella I'm writing.

Vision: I like where you went with it, very good, must have taken some time, BUT the sheer scale of it makes some areas that have more impact than others get lost in the background.
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Thank you so much for your input, I really appreciate it! :)
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Thank you! :)
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Thank you! :D
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A Great pleasure :heart:
digigamer's avatar
great....... awesome
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Thank you :)
Techz59's avatar
Wow this look amazing... nice work! o_O
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Aniphine's avatar
You are so great at this. It's positively mind blowing.
ReinaHW's avatar
Very nice, very eye catching.
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That's really fucking awesome.
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Thank you! :D
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Not a whole lot to say that hasn't already been said, this piece of work is nothing short of awesome:).
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Thank you so much! :)
Of course, you realize that terraforming is not about smashing rocks together to form a new planet, but rather about taking an existing planet and manipulating it (primarily its atmosphere) to create Earth-like conditions? ;)

Also, if you smash a bunch of rocks in space, they don't immediately form a nice, spherical shape. The shape we see, when we think of a planet, is the result of millions of years of stuff colliding, eroding and gravitational effects.

Still, nice to see a new space cadet! Keep on the good work. :)
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