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Planet Icarus: Erebosian Eon by Bullet-Magnet Planet Icarus: Erebosian Eon by Bullet-Magnet
I'm trying to incorporate this planet onto a better background and compose a better image. Watch this space (EDIT: did not see that pun)

I am part of a team on SporeWiki [link] in which we play a game evolving organisms on a planet over the course of its history. The planet is Icarus, an Earth-sized tidally locked rocky planet, the closest orbiting body to the parent star, a red dwarf.

This, clearly, is Icarus before life began. The planet has not yet cooled, large portions of its surface remain molten and the crust is unstable. This is Icarus' Erebosian Eon, analogous to the Earth's Hadean Era.


Composed (from scratch!) on Adobe Photoshop CS2. Red colour courtesy of my own blood.
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possyhot24 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
So much, variable  beauty.
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alzinha Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Awesome! I am writing a book which is a fairy tale about our universe, inspired by science. It is a graphic novel, mostly with hubble telescope photos, but this photo would be great on one of the pages. Is this available to be used in a self-published book? Rights? cost? thanks for the info.
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CnC-Freak Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Awesome :)
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draculahunter7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Woah. I'd love to see how you made that or something.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
I started with this tutorial I found here [link]

Then I just experimented and modified it to make the lava fields, which involved inverting the lighting and shadow effects. The rock and lava patterns were both created by messing about with the brush effects over and over again with the same texture activated on the brush as the one available to download in that tutorial. I can't remember exactly how both effects were created, I was just playing.

The lava has multiple layers. If I recall correctly, the main layer is red on black, so a screen or dodge layer effect gets rid of the black. But that made the red faint against the grey rocks, so I duplicated the layer, turned the red white and inverted the colours, so I had black lava on a white background. Setting the layer to multiply mode eliminated the white, and generated the perfect undercoat to get the lava the work nicely (I'm particularly proud of that solution: all my own ;)). A touch of yellow and the effect of the embossed lighting finished that off.

If you like, I could try e-mailing you the raw Photoshop file so you can break it down. I'm not an expert with the program, but the few works I have up here have a few original solutions that I'd be happy to share.
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draculahunter7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Jesus, I wasn't serious. ;)

Thanks, I don't need the raw photoshop file, though, the tutorial works quite nicely.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
I had to say something. I was so impressed that I could remember it all.
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Sirandea Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Quite incredible. When I first looked at it, I actually thought it was a render made in a 3D program. The texture on the surface and the story behind the planet itself are my two favorite things about this piece.

Very nice work!
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Thanks!
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Sirandea Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
No problem!
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weloveyouGantu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
:w00t: Your space scenes always look so beautiful. :D
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Zerox-the-Psychic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
That's amazing.
Awesomeness all around.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
Muy mucho gracias :D
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LoneRider Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
This looks brilliant! Will you be making a more evolved version of this world?
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
I suspect I'll be attempting to do it. Though it deviates from an Earth-like model quite a bit as time goes on, what with being tidally locked, though I could use this as a starting point for several planetary "evolutions" if I wished. Which I may...
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coldex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
whoa! cool!
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Chars, mate!
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coldex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
chars? wtHECK does that mean? like cheers or something?
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Yes. With an accent from... somewhere... around here. I think.
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coldex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
oh ok :D
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coldex Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
O.o *ill just roll with it.....* chars! :)
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Syethain Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
whoaaa! that's awesome! :faint:
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Mission Accomplished

I got a +fav from Syethain! :dance:
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Syethain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
of course! it's beautiful! :D
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
:dance:
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DarkApple Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Damn, that looks good as hell :omfg:
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
It was going horribly wrong for ages. Then it suddenly cleared up like this...
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DarkApple Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Nice :nod:
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
I took a leaf out of the modeling rulebook: I gave the lava an undercoat. I'm impressed that undercoating could be applied in such a way to Photoshop layers...
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DarkApple Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
I'll heartily approve, but I have no clue what you just said to me.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
:laughing:
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