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Solar Driftwood

By cosmicspark
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"With infinite complacency people went to and fro over the earth about their little affairs, serene in the assurance of their dominion over this small spinning fragment of solar driftwood which by chance or design man has inherited out of the dark mystery of Time and Space."
Orson Welles, The War of the Worlds

"I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos in which we float, like a mote of dust in the morning sky."
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

This piece is closely based on the nebula LH 95, in the Large Magellanic Cloud, 160,000 light years away (outside of our galaxy).

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7200x4800px 61.22 MB
© 2015 - 2020 cosmicspark
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cosmicbound's avatar
Smoother but impressively astrophotographically realistic stars, just one thing -- where are the galaxies?
cosmicspark's avatar
Blocked by all that dust!
cosmicbound's avatar
That sounds good, but Hubble proves contrary:… Still plenty of galaxies!
cosmicspark's avatar
:o curse you and your proof!
cosmicbound's avatar
Cool huh? Incantations won't remove the vision once seen!
Arminius1871's avatar
This is really epic, could be a real telescope photo^^
I looked on your youtube channel, you have a little tutorial, but just for a bit of editing an existing nebula.
Is there any chance you can show us a video tutorial on how to make such a nebula like on the picture?
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Thanks, that is because I painted it as a reproduction of a real nebula, nebula LH 95, in the Large Magellanic Cloud.   I think the completed piece looks a lot more complex and difficult than the individual elements.  For example: all those stars are taken from a single star that I created and copied and edited about a million times (lots of copy, move, merge, copy move merge).

The stars really make the painting here, because without them, the background nebula is actually pretty plain.
If you haven't seen it, check out this time lapse video of the creation:…

I do plan on doing more tutorials in the future, but it may be some time before I do them.
Thanks for the comment :)
Arminius1871's avatar
Allright, thanks for the nice answer! I found a little tut that helped me^^ But I´m stall far away from doing
anything close to your skill level. I keep watching you to not miss anything :)
synax444's avatar
Thats what I'm talking about... fucking speechless I dont know what else to say... Now excuse me while I pick up my jaw.
Scrivener-of-Light's avatar
All of your work is so phenomenal, but I think this is my favorite--mainly because it is almost indiscernible from a Hubble image. This looks so real, with such excellent color choices, blending, contrast, composition--what beautiful work!
cosmicspark's avatar
Thank you Sir! 

I used a Hubble image as reference, which especially helped with getting the stars right.  Glad you enjoyed it!
Shalinka's avatar
Wonderful <3 thanks for the art
LuckySpirit14's avatar
very pretty! all your art is very vibrant!
KittySib's avatar
Exquisite and sparkly!:D
nehas91's avatar
Awesome stuff. The stars really do 'shine' in this piece. 
cosmicspark's avatar
Thanks Natasha, I spent most of the time and effort on those stars
nehas91's avatar
Yeah. It definitely paid off. Did you add a noise layer also? Makes it look all the more realistic..or very close to the Hubble images we get.
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No noise layer, but rather the star layer copied and sized down many many times.  There were a total of about 100 layers of stars in this piece.  You will see when I make the time lapse video!
DancesWithSeatbelts's avatar
wonderful, amazing - you and your art!
cosmicspark's avatar
Thank you ma'am!
Moo-sicle's avatar
You are so incredible! <3
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You are too kind!
Moo-sicle's avatar
And you are to awesome at making these!
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