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Exogenesis

By MacRebisz
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Spacefaring creatures come to a forming system to put seeds of life.

Photoshop.

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Part of The Luminarium Exhibit - Genesis, go see all pieces of it here: [link]

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aurora0x0's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

The concept and composition of this image are top notch; dynamic and interesting. Well done.

Having said that, I'm having trouble with the lighting. The dust ring is very thick and some of those clouds are significantly deeper than the moonlets; therefore, I'd expect there to be more contrast in the shadows of that cloud or I'd expect them to be much darker as a whole, as the background stars would show through. This is evident in the top sections of the cloud which are clearly backdropped by the starfield (and yet almost none of them get through).

Similarly, the moonlets don't cast shadows on the plane either meaning that none of them have planar orbits. I might expect this from one or two moonlets, but not all of them.


As for the mood of the piece, I don't really get a sense of what you're going for here. Is supposed to be wondrous, as a foreign species passes (in awe or lazily) through the system during it's birth or is it that the species has initiated the creation of the system? I don't see either being implied by the mood of the piece (though the name implies the former rather than the latter).

However, to pick up on the details, they are in abundance. The work that you've done on the central star is... well.. stellar; very nicely done. Similarly, the foreground cruft adds some element of depth (Although they seem to curve up out of the plane of the disk; breaking from the perspective of the rest of the piece and so, seem awkward).

All in all, it's a really good image but it could benefit from some more contrast and detail in the cloud and the fixing of some lighting and perspective foibles.
JoeyJazz's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

While DD award might be an eloquent reason not to give any other review I'll take this challenge and show people a different point of view.

A big thump up on the painting technique - the creatures look interesting and the young solar system is portrayed well enough to give that right impression of depth. The whole piece is much more detailed that one would expect from the preview - small details here and there put a lot to the overall outcome.

Nice perspective and pleasant lighting give an epic proportions to the tale displayed in this piece and the subtle beams of light emanating from the centre of the system only support it.

In my eyes it would be one of the best pieces in a long while if it weren't for the colors. It even prevented me from faving this piece. I like soft colors, I like when the painting has that good traditional feel (both applies for this piece as well) but it is the color combination that just doesn't stand out (this is where I really don't agree with the DD suggester). That body-color purple with yellow make me weep - it's only my personal opinion and maybe most of the people will disagree with me but I just can't get over this.
It is a well deserved DD, I'm glad that this piece recieved it and I think that my "star-budget" will only support it. There is just one personal problem that will prevent me from placing this picture among my favourites and lower the overall personal impact a bit. Everything else is just OK.
aurora0x0's avatar
Critques are more about your impression of the work that the artist had done rather than your personal preferences for the genre as a whole. Yes, your preferences will be the foundation for whether you like an image or not, but the point is to set that aside and give the image a fair shake of it's own merit.

Rather than saying that you don't like the colours, you might try to figure out why they make you weep (after all,purple and yellow are complementary colors, so if you don't like them then there is likely to be some other explanation). Could it just be that they're too forward or light?
JoeyJazz's avatar
Yellow with purple might be complementary in photography or any other painting that doesn't require fluent gradient. Here serves the yellow centre of the solar system as them main light source and yet there are straight purple clouds near this source.
stickersticker's avatar
I find the colours remind me of the matrix. Which might be influenced by the look and feel of the creatures.

I'm glad the yellow is so minimal too, if it were more saturated I might have a problem, and I think it might have looked a bit cartoony.
JoeyJazz's avatar
It is a nice piece without a doubt - It's just my personal taste of colors. :)
Yeah, those creatures really are a bit Matrix-like.
stickersticker's avatar
Not givin ya flack, it's your personal taste i'm interested in. just giving you mind :D
Hello sir,

I congratulate you for your superb work. I love your illustrations!

I am a music composer and would like to know if I could have permission to use this picture to illustrate my electronic music album?
I will be really grateful to you if you allow me and I will not hesitate to advertise you in exchange. 
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I salute you and wish you a good continuation.

Tom Roger
Tom.Roger18@outlook.fr
SpaceInquiries's avatar
produces in me a feeling of longing I can hardly articulate or understand, to undiscovered lands...
AmongTheFirst's avatar
This certainly deserved the Deserved the Daily Deviation. :iconbravoplz:
Daemoria's avatar
A very interesting take on the panspermia theory.
Colourbrand's avatar
That is a damn gobsmacking image!!! Epic is!
PedroDeElizalde's avatar
Its a shame that the resolution is 1600 x 800, why didnt you put it in .... i dont know, 1920x720?... or bigger, because this is amazing!
EvgenyaLittleBird's avatar
it's amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
archmsx's avatar
I don't like medusas, in fact I hate them. Still this paint is AMAZING - keep it up!
archmsx's avatar
I almost forget...
The only thing I miss in the picture is a starfighter chasing them and blasting them to ashes, fuck yeah!! xD
wuestenbrand's avatar
Great Work .. :D ..
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angelitoon's avatar
COOL!
I love it...
MayaVogrin's avatar
Hope you don't mind for this feature [link] :love: :D
RizarLogic's avatar
An amazing idea and scene; not so sure about the biological looking tentacles in space. It would be interesting to see them made of something better for propulsion over such great distances.

Added -
Varieties of SF Experience | [link]
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