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Golden Spiral

Some classic space apocalypse again. :hooray:

My idea behind this work is that the interplay of gravity and rotation forces the molten metals from the core and the outer shells of the planet out of the rupture so they form spirals around it.
Going outward the metal fluids gradually cool and thus slowly turn into a typical asteroid belt. I spent a lot of time on the appearance of the super hot, semi-fluid rocks and on getting the transition right.
This is how I imagine the spirals could look like, which is probably wrong in terms of physics. But lets pretend for the sake of art it's not. :XD: Spiral solutions of Kepler's laws exist, and so do spiral shaped galaxies. So why not?

Thanks to Dagohbert for his asteroid resources!

© Erik Schumacher
This is no stock image, so don't use, copy or manipulate the original artwork without my written permission. 
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g289's avatar

that is so cool how did you make this:clap:

ErikShoemaker's avatar

thank you! Well it mostly painted in Photoshop using a drawing tablet. The planet and asteroids are 3D rendered.

g289's avatar

ok no problem

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MartinBlur's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Before saying anything else I want to note that this will be criticized not only against all form of painted artwork, but also your other artwork as a point of reference, to make things more interesting and because it is nothing short of outstanding* on itself. This is a very technical review, sorry for my english if anything is out of place, and here we go...

Regardless of what you tried to achieve, what I see physically is a planet* sort of collapsing on itself due to severe core instability and very high rotational speeds, causing chain reaction all the way up to the higher layers, with massive amounts of mantle material going out into orbit, forming what we can see here.

If that was the point then you did it very well, but I have a few odds aspects that affect TECHNIQUE and IMPACT, which I have to point out:

On the right side of the image those "protoasteroids" are, of course, in the process of cooling down*, but they are still too bright on the outer-outline (which looks more like reflected light) and turns out very odd against the strong blue of the lit side of the planet, plus the lack of interaction between them is slightly appreciable: There is no bleeding light between planet-asteroids and no projected shadows of any kind, but I can let pass the later because the main light looks very diffuse to me, telling by the huge day-night transition area.

Other points are that the rings are too high, in the sense that they are not aligned to translate around the center of mass of the planet (looks unnatural), and the excessive consistence in the size and position of the bigger chunks of asteroids. As example, the worst is noticeable at the high-center, where there is an almost perfect alignment of half dozen of big bodies with the same distance to each other. Kind of choreographic, which is not ideal to portrait catastrophic situations.

In terms of ORIGINALITY it's almost self-explanatory, I can see an open "bleeding" planet and lots of molten material forming rings around it. But that's it.
It's not the common kind of "Hey-I-have-never-imagined-something-like-that" artwork, and since is not the main point, neither you nor I should be bothering too much about it.

But everything else is outstanding and worth of gazing from all directions. Colors are beautifully composed, nothing I could improve myself. The amount of detail you have put into it, pulls it face to face to photographic level rendering. Well fitting background. Shading in general is spectacular, not to mention an artistically excellent implementation of volumetric lightning.

Yet another masterpiece from you, good damn work.

*=no shiit sherlock
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you for this extensive critique and the compliments! :)
The asteroids are indeed reflecting a bit of light coming from the right side where the global light source is, but that reflected light is probably a bit too strong. The rock sizes should also vary more, that's true. At some point I started becoming lazy with the countless asteroids. :D
Thanks again for your time, I really appreciate it!
GraveCradle88's avatar

This is amazing!!!

HopeDiamond3's avatar
What a gorgeous picture! Wouldn’t want to live on that planet, or else I may stop thinking (if you get the reference)!
ErikShoemaker's avatar
to be honest I didn't get the reference :lol: thanks for the compliment and comment though, it's much appreciated! :)
HopeDiamond3's avatar
You’re welcome 
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Unfortunately they don't, but legal action is already in progress. Thanks anyway for the heads-up!
stellartcorsica's avatar
Very beautiful Erik !!
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Thank you Estelle!
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Secretadmires's avatar
I really like the effects on asteroids and it's shape,like a ring!:rose:
Secretadmires's avatar
You are most welcome!:rose:
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