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Marbellised Maelstrom by Chromattix Marbellised Maelstrom by Chromattix
Been wanting to do something like this since late last year but kept putting it aside in favour of more complex stuff. But since I'm in a bit of a rut and I also havn't submitted any space art since new years, I thought I'd do it anyway during a dull moment :painter: for those who may not know what's going on in a seemingly abstract artwork - here we have the swirling colourful storm clouds of a huge gas giant planet filling up the background, with two moons dwarfed by the size of the background planet, the larger of which is losing a battle against the immense stresses of gravity induced by the gas giant and crumbles away on its slow descent into its giant parent.

This one was pretty quick compared to my usual actually, prior practice with making gas giants meant I knew what I was doing all the way through and it took only a few hours, which is probably the shortest time I've spent on a "proper" work in a few years :w00t: but I figured this was better with minimalistic content but with nice detail so there really wasn't much more I wanted to add :) Created in Photoshop alone.

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Planetrix Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could just stare at those clouds for hours.  MAN this is gorgeous!
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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
those swirling clouds look so alien that it feels like the gas giant is alive.
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rcfalcon56 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Love the realism of the gas giant and the moon fracturing in two. I'd like to know how to produce a gas giant texture like this. Most look cartoonish, especially when created in Photoshop. 
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gas giants do have a reputation of being hard to produce from scratch. I often end up abusing the hell out of the liquify and smudge tools to create their patterns but not before at least trying to paint out their patterns manually first. And then I'd often liquify it again after doing it once and then fade out the results between both attempts. Plus a little bit of noise on another layer used and then being liquified itself seems to help add some more natural looking "grain" to it as well I noticed :)
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rcfalcon56 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Thanks for the pointers. I'll have to learn better control of the liquify tool as I struggle with overdoing it.
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pogona2009 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
awesome palette of colors on the gas giant...awesome piece overall...
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Chromattix Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou :bow:
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xtessa1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Awesome, and very realistic!
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How come I can't download this? In the details of the picture it says the resolution is 1742x950, but the fullview is only like 900x500 or sumthin :( :(
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I normally upload artwork a bit larger than the intended full size. The real work is higher resolution again. Unfortunately people aren't taking a hint when it comes to not using my work for their own profitable gain so I had to counter that by making the view resolution too small to make anything worthwhile out of :(
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Doesn't dAs compression tool cut away details for you? Wouldn't it be better to downsize to the viewing size directly before uploading?
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does, but not to a really significant level, I half the image size before uploading (keeping the full size version to myself) and sharpen it...Then I upload it here and decide what view size I should have it. I don't why I chose this method but it's hard to break ^^;
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Razzmatazzy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Jupiter has always been my favorite planet because of the immense scale and sheer beauty of the cloud cover. HOLY S**T. This is simply amazing. I saw it and instantly went for the fav button. I could sit and stare at this forever~ The detail in the storms and the color is so natural, I almost thought it was a photograph.
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember when I was younger, Uranus was my favourite because of its aqua colour...but in regards to details though Uranus is a very plain looking planet and Jupiter eventually took over it since even though its colour is less unusual, the formations in its clouds more than make up for it. But like an artwork I think it would look better from a distance than right up to it :XD: Thanks for the comment!
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Zortje Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the planets texture and the sharpness of the moon breaking apart.
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :handshake:
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hazel452 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
wow!!!
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Sukoro24 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Just Like Jupiter. AMAZING! :D
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Pr3t3nd3r Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Simply amazing! :)
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Scientific accuracy is amazing to see on DA. The planet's gravity is tearing apart the moon. Soon, it will help form a beautiful ring!

The blending of the clouds give a real sense of depth. Good on you!
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, yep - there are still some people with brains on dA, just gotta look hard ;) though sometimes even I bend the rules of science to make an artwork more visually interesting, but this here I think is pretty realistic :nod:

They say Saturn's rings were caused by a failed or destroyed moon too...must have been a damn big moon to provide enough material for such huge and complex rings, then again - bigger ones are often easier victims :ohnoes:
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Well, a big one, or a whole bunch of them over a period of time. I agree. Larger bodies provide more resources for ring creation. Luna would make an excellent ring around earth hypothetically.
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bluenova25 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
:wow: that planet cracking in half looks like its actually happening:wow: awesome job :meow:
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Chromattix Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it does, thanks! :handshake:
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Zelenar Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i like swerls ...nice
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Mulsivaas Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! I love this. :D
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PhoenixGR Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
o0 says it all
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transe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   General Artist
I love the colors you've used, you've got incredible sense of color. You should do more space art :aww:
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you liked it, I'm always looking for original colour combinations in space art 8-)
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ChibiWiboo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
This is very beautiful <3
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beachelf Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Absolutely Brilliant!

Sometimes.. I feel like that moon that's cracking up above a turbulent world.

Sometimes.. I hope to find a meteor fragment from such a cracked up celestial object, and wear it proudly around my neck.
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's exactly what's happening here :nod: Fragments form our moon, and even Mars have been found on earth, they must have been blasted away from the parent planets during an impact with a huge asteroid...I believe the Martian ones especially are worth millions of dollars :omg: a little expensive to wear around the neck lol, but most who didn't know any better would mistake them for plain o'l Earth rocks :XD:
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fairyqueen77 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student Writer
in a word. . .wow!
Believe it or not, when i saw this, i went to my room and grabbed my mini marble obelisk to compare--really does look like the stone!
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! I have a pyramid made of a different polished stone actually (don't know the name, but it's a rich indigo colour with white) along with various other gems :D The patterns that form in the colourful clouds of these gigantic planets amzingly form very marble-like flows :eyepopping:
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fairyqueen77 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student Writer
Ooh--another rock lover?? Awesome--its hard to find people like that here. My room is practically covered in crystals and the like. As for the pyramid, think it could maybe be lapis?? I have a chunk of something that sounds like what you're describing, but the name slips my mind. . .not that that's anything new--college and all that. But you're right--those gas clouds really do resemble marble. Another marvel of nature!
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Koyukionna Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Very nice.
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully violent! It looks like Jupiter tearing up Ganymede or something... :)
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, could be :paranoid: not sure if that would happen to any of Jupiter's moons, but it will to one of Neptune's ones :fear:
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Run, run little moon, before Neptune gobbles you up~! :V
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FrankIeroRules Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
You never cease to amaze me! Haha, this is amazing. I love all the colours and everything, as usual. Awesome work! :)
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou, as long as all my worKs continue to amaze and never slip in quality and interest, then I'm happy :aww:
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FrankIeroRules Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
You're welcome, and that's good to hear! :)
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Khaarsha Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
I read what you sayed about your art and about the dificulties you have...And I feel to tell you something. It's not an advice, it is not something you have to believe. It's just the way I see things.

So, no matter what people say, no matter what others obtain things...you follow your own way. Don't draw for fame, for money. Draw for yourself, create from the heart. This is the only thing that really matter. Do not conforme to the comercial themes. Just do what you really feel, beyond fear and worries.
When you act like that, life will respond to you in ways you cannot even imagine...yet. :)
You will allways get the help, the support, but you have to believe in yourself no matter what. Just believe, just create from the heart. Imagine that what you do is a gift. A gift for yourself and for the watchers. When you're trying to acumulate things, you may notice that never is enougth. But when you start to give, life will give you back much more.
Miracles happens, maybe not when you want, but allways when you really need them.:)
You have everything you need...if you just believe... :)
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've drawn from the heart all my life, sadly I think that's the primary reason why I'd be considered a mediochre artist at best by many others. And I'm not satisfied with that, not after having drawn all my life. But nor shall I do whats "popular" just to try and earn more money either. So my refusal to pick one option or the other has made me realise how much art feels like a chore as of late - if I draw what makes me happy, it's never good enough to all but the easily-impressed. If I draw stuff that's common and popular, I might attract more fans and buisness - but they'll only be asking for art that's "not me" :judge:

The truely lucky are those whose interests are whats popular already, that they they get money and fame for stuff that's far from "forced" to them. But to me - drawing generic CG girls, Battling space marines and dragon fantasy stuff is just a real put-off, but sadly I honestly can't see myself getting far as an artist if I don't draw these things...which I won't :p
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One or more of your stunning artworks has been featured in Spring is here !!!

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Chromattix Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice features :D thankyou :hug:
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very welcome Matthew :hug: :rose:
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PlasmaX7 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Grainy quality to the swirly makes this a fav for me. One of the more beautiful depictions of gas giants I've seen. :)

1080p Wallpaper plz? :dummy:
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Chromattix Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gas giants I realised to have a rather grainy look to them, it could just be the photo's but their clouds probably have little bumps and recessions within the huge features (and by "little" I mean the size of standard Earth storms :lol:) which give them that look, it wasn't until after noticing that that I realise the main reason why few can get gas giants to look real is because they often come out smooth and shiny...like a marble :O

I stopped handing out wallpapers ages ago, I got tired of people abusing or stealing e'm :p thanks for faving though :)
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PlasmaX7 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Well, I'm using the small res as a wallpaper now anyway. So THERE. :D (With 800+ wallpapers changing every 10 seconds, you don't really have to care about resolution. Gotta love win7!)

You brought up an interesting point about the graininess - having to zoom that far out on a lens has got to put a little extra grain in there! When making space art we have to consider the implications of not only what is realistic, but also what reflects our existing ideas about what planets look like.

In this image you've managed to do both, with an artistic flair to boot. So, nice one! :lol:
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