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The Last Sunrise by dinyctis The Last Sunrise by dinyctis
Lately i've been in a journalistic mood when it comes to space.

My previous one was about Mars being close to Earth, and now this one is about the asteroid coming to pay a visit.

I always enjoy discussing astronomy with people, and introducing them to the wonders of the cosmos.

Between Mars and Jupiter, there is an asteroid belt. Asteroids are pieces of rock that are left over from the formation of our solar system. Sometimes, the massive gravity of Jupiter will pull some of these asteroids away from the belt.
In august of 2003, astronomers noticed the asteroid 2003 QQ47. It is not rare that asteroids lurk in our solar system, but this one ws thought to have a 1 in 900.000 chance of colliding with Earth, and because it was a lot bigger than the regular ones, this raised some concern. However, further studies of its orbit and path ruled out the posibility of 2003 QQ47 colliding with Earth. In fact, they believe that there is a 1 in 2.2 million chances that an asteroid will hit Earth within the next century.

By the time i started working on this project, there was some concern, and i would see people bitching and getting all catastrophic about an asteroid that would smack us in 11 years. So i decided to make one of these scenes, because i dont really have one in my gallery, and the thought always lurked my mind.

Enough of that, and lets get down to the technical aspects of this, which is probably what most of you want to know.

I used photoshop and 3d studio max for this. However, unlike my other works, i used 3d studio max only for the asteroid, and not the planet. Yes indeed, i made the planet and the rest in photoshop.
My favorite part about the planet is that the clouds were made out of a picture of a rock. The good news: Im considering making a tutorial on how to make textures, because its probably the question that i get asked the most. This would come in handy to lots of people who dont have 3d studio max, and to people who just wanna see some filter action =P

The nebulas were made of clouds, and airbrushing. I think they are OK. A lot better than i expected, and a lot better than my previous ones (please note that this is my 2nd attempt and approach at making nebulas, so the quality might not be as high as one would expect)

Dont even bother bitching about the lens flare. Its staying there, and you better believe it. That freaking sun took me 2 days to make, i got very frustrated because i couldnt get a nice blend between the reds and blues, and the flare wouldnt look right. I finally settled for this classy-looking one.
I made it red because i wanted to prove myself both wrong, and right.

I wanted to prove myself wrong, because in one of my deviations in june, i mentioned: "At first i tried to have the sun emit a red glow, but after hours of frustration, I realized that for earth, the only way to go is BLUE."

And i wanted to prove myself right, because i believe that if i really want something done, i can do it.

However that doesnt look like Earth, simply because the cloud pattern is different, but i wanted to try out a red sun with a blue planet close to it. I think it came out quite nice.

Special thanks to 2 wonderful deviants:

*alphaosiris: for making me realize that the asteroid was too dark and hard to see.

+olya: for teaching me how to compose. Normally this wouldve taken me twice as long because i would try out too many compositions that would look awful, but now she taught me and i can focus on the graphics themselves rather than the composition.
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
We sit and watch the Sunrise for the Last Time!…
soularising Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
tappyFeet Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
not bad!
Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing work!
Blackfly78 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
SummonersGrace Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Oh wow, this is amazing. Simply gorgeous! And sad too!
Bladnoched Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
if you look closely, its like some sort of demon is reaching out his hands to enfold the planet. the meteorite is the head, the lights on each side are the claws.
WannaPiEcE Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
COOLEST thing I have ever seen, I bow to you oh great one... nah 4 real though its badass, gj! 5 Stars
CrispyMountainJew Featured By Owner May 5, 2006
Lovely. The planet could do with a bit of visible land (hehe, waterworld... rofl what a movie :lmao:). Also, not too sure about the size of the asteroid in destroying the earth. My initial reaction was like "omg so cool"... But now its a bit sad. I like sunrises... *tear*
battlefield1010 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2006
leefuller Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Professional Artist
Vincent-Ravensayl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2005
bad ass dude
Vaeltaa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2005  Student General Artist
Simply amazing... :+fav:
VickyGeez Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005
God that rock does look like it's moving. Very nice job in getting it to look so speedy that's very hard to do. Evrything is nicely put together, the pictures of the clouds for the nebulas, especially, just the colors, the deep red and blues. I love it good work.

goldentiger24 Featured By Owner May 20, 2005
new desktop, +fav

Great job! The red sunrise adds a special quality to the whole composition. My previous desktop (and my visual style) is all blue... so it needed a dash of something to make the entire presentation extra special. Red does it, the red in this image.

Just thought to share...
Princess-Of-Tsurgi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Asamarith Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2004
this is amazing! Wonderful colours and texture, this will got to my fav-list
willyb246 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
Sorry, so late. New to DA. Great work!
VomitDoll Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
omg...i love this pic...yer a wonderful artist...look forward to checking out more stuff from u...kool gallery also


"Forget The Freak, Your Just Nature"
unbrokenchaos Featured By Owner May 30, 2004
I love the colors in these. Gorgeous.
firelite Featured By Owner May 30, 2004   Digital Artist
you're an amazing artist homes

blueguitar Featured By Owner May 22, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
this is awesome!! I love your nebulas!
KashaZubrokowa Featured By Owner May 11, 2004
Great work as usual. This is NASA on near earth encounters [link]

Fresh -
equuleus Featured By Owner May 11, 2004
Another excellent piece, really nice, i like the contrast with the flare and blue actully, neb's do look good same as the comet! +fav

P.S. did u use a the noise technique on the starfield, cause it looks a little to over populated... ;)
r3b0rn Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
Very good use of color and texture. Great work :)
the-man361 Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
that is totally, STUNNING :D
original too :D great work. i like all your stuff
EnAnubis Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
Great pic, the lens flare looks good, I don't know you think a lot of people would bitch. Lens flares are in a lot of real cosmos photos.

dinyctis Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
it is because, in the space art community, having suns coming from behind planets is rather cliché. :)
EnAnubis Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
Ah, well srew the community, make what you feel looks best, still a cool pic.

PS- love the icon, about to go home and finish watching Office Space. :)
darkvixenv-2 Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
That's awsome! The detail and everything!
Groxx Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
I always enjoy discussing astronomy with people, and introducing them to the wonders of the cosmos.
yea, I love that look that appears on people's faces when they just learned something cool :D

Great job on the star, it looks just about perfect :D Luv da nebula ;)
ttearz Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
wow. . .these are so beautiful. .
man. . .
bobixlesage Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2004
As allways, great work...:worship:

Why, oh why I don't have your talent:rage:...:frustrated: ...:tears: ...:sniff:
Hook0r Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2004   Photographer
great job on this one, and an awsome concept, i love it \o/
syntheticmessiah Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2004
Hey maybe you could try to make another variation of this picture, perhaps...move the flare so its being eclipsed by the asteroid (that way the attentions drawn to the asteroid instead of the planet + flare?? ) Just a thought, ^_^ good piece!
Agonhotep Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2004
Incredible! The jets of light enfold between my eyes! rock on man :headbang:
Killallsilence Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2004
pure-energy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2004
Its a very nice piece ya got here. I wish I could photoshop without needing a picture first but I'll learn I suppose.

Hey also not to be mean, cuz I don't believe in negative critisim unless they're asking for it, but you might want to try to keep your "artists comment" a little shorter. I have seen a few of your comments and whenever they are that I long I just skim over them. Just a suggestion maybe. Again I love the photoshop work here. Wait that is what you used isn't it?
b0x0rz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2003
amazing colors. was astonished by the beauty of the planet, only to be brutaly brought down by the approaching asteroid. love the sun rayz... would like to know how to creat such realistic 'space dust' and the stars :) great stuf you have in your gallery. besides just smacking everythign and everybody. :) LOL
tmpst24myst Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2003  Student Writer
I'm glad you proved yourself boths ways. It's always fun to do that.
Anurizm Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2003
this one is nicely done, I see you switched it up a bit from your usual stuff :)
mclaranium Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003
your work is always so ellegant and amazing.. so REAL a lot of people loves it!!
31uc1d Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003
totally kick ass :)

i think you did good with the lens flare.. just wouldnt look righ without it..

and gj on the nebula :) kicks ass for a 2nd try (and there is no way in hell i could do it =p)
KingdomSeeker Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2003
woah...that's awesome...
PepperSpray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2003
wow...! :o

space freak, heh..?.. :)
thirdhandsaucer Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2003   Traditional Artist
,hey, great job, i love the color of the sun, great job on the asteroid too,
very nice
blinkybaby Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003
Oo.. nice name *waiting for pic to load*... whoah cool colors and those rock things are cool... im gonna see those in my head now...
e-raser Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2003
i've been layzy, keeping this submission in my to-do list of making a comment...

well its way over dew, so here is my 2 cents :D

besides the absolulty awesome planet and nebula, the astroid pushes this to some of your best work. the out of focus, racing by angel is fab and the lighting on it realy shows your ability to make things in real space, with directional lighting, somethign i haven't sceen from any of your other works to date.

its just perfect :D

firefuze Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2003
that asteroid looks amazingly realistic, the planet too. truely amazing :)
hewhoneversleeps Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2003
Wow, this in incredible. The mood is really matched by the somber colors. The asteriod is just awesome. This deserves a fav.
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