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Daemon

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Finally something new...
I really went for quality and detail in this piece, I hope you enjoy it. :D
Inspiration was `taenaron

A bunch of thank to:
`hameed - for his asteroids
~Lyridae - for his help and asteroids
~Xenofish - for his help from the beginning to the end
~Ov3RMinD - for his help
*kire1987 - for his well thought and helpful critique
and the space art channel. Those guys gave me some feedback, too^^

EDIT:
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SkillZombieHobbyist Digital Artist
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

The universe is filled with both a immeasurable level of beauty that few of us can even comprehend, to a cataclysmic level of destruction and power that few things known to us can generate. From the galaxies comprised of the brightest stars to the destructive gravitational forces that a Quasar generates as it floats silently through the cold vacuum of space, it all carries its unique levels of flair and beauty that is an undeniable feast for our eyes. Even though we have not even been able to view even the smallest portion of the vast universal plane, the things we have seen have yet to fail at shocking, amazing and leaving us speechless. However, we may not be able to view such scenes of beauty all of the time and exactly when their true flair burst forth; hence why we artists exist. With our ability to capture what the imagination has always yearned, we can composite such elements into something that will entice almost as well as the celestial events that they are based on. Daemon, created by =ZwordArts, shows us firsthand exactly what the imagination can give us when it comes to the deep dark playground called outer space and draws us into it like light in a black hole.

I have to say, that this is a really well done piece. Each and every single element works hand in hand to give us this well made design. Watching the asteroids blaze upon the crater scarred surface of the planet and seeing the impact spread across its surface, almost makes you feel as if you are floating among the asteroids watching the even unfold from afar. The illumination upon their surface from the source above, really brings out the rocks texture and gives them some really good shadow effects as they fade into the black void of space. The magnificence of the distant star as it provides illumination for this celestial scene of destruction, adds the perfect levels without seeming overbearing on the atmospheric glow on the planet and gives a really good balance that shows forth; a clear sign of a talented space artist. The two spacecraft, as they burn through the crumbling planet, just ads they extra piece of life in the piece that just builds further on the atmospheric pressure that one feels simply by gazing upon the scene.

However, with every positive element of the piece, there is always a flaw that takes it from its true potential. There are large lines that are visible whenever the atmospheric light in the level begin to brighten or dim, as if you tried to blend the areas together. Instead, these areas look like a badly blended partition. I would definitely have those blended a bit better, because they are such glaring issues that really detract from such a well-done spacescape.

With one flaw upon its frame, that still barely distracts from the fact that is still quite an impressive piece here. The asteroids still look excellent and the lighting placement on each and every single one is perfect. The planet's texture as well as the meteoric effects upon its surface are all articulately placed without overbearing the entire design. Good work. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/c/c…" width="20" height="20" alt=":clap:" title="Clap"/>
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StefanHuerlemannStudent Digital Artist
thanks a lot for your cool critique. But I don't really get your point with the light, sry. Could you eventually mark the bad parts and show it to me? Because I don't see any lines, sry ;)
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SkillZombieHobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I just realized after looking at the image from a different screen, the scan-lines aren't there. My bad; faulty screen. :P
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StefanHuerlemannStudent Digital Artist
^^
ok, thats good for me xD
Because while making the work I really wanted to look for it, that there aren't such lines (in some of my other works, there are some and I always hated them)
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SkillZombieHobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, sometimes even technical errors can hinder great artwork. :D
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

You've really outdone yourself with this one. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)"/>
I can see where the inspiration is coming from. You got the typical `taenaron color scheme here and it is working really well.

The details and quality of effects in your scene are astonishing. They seem to be very carefully placed, yet there's enough action to enjoy everywhere. Also the craters and the planet texture itself are among the best I've seen in a while.

My one and only concern here would be the asteroids. Actually I really like the rough structure you gave them, but since there are so many and all of them with very sharp textures they kind of distract from your focal point.

(If you compare your asteroids with actual photos from asteroids in space you will also notice that they usually have much softer moon-like textures and they become rounder the bigger they are because of their gravitation. This point may be over the top, I just felt to mention it. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>)

Another issue I see here is that they don't seem to be properly affected by your light sources. Some orange colored highlights on the left and maybe some tints of blue on the right can't hurt, I think. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)"/>

A spectacular work nontheless. Good job!
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StefanHuerlemannStudent Digital Artist
hey,
thanks a lot for this awesome critique
I now what you mean with the asteroids. I like these rough - structured roids because they look kinda demonic (name: daemon). But you're right, there are too much spiki roids. But I've got so many layers with little asteroids(those in the background) which have kind of a rough silhouette and I would be more work to edit all those than make a new one :D So I just editet some of the big ones, and hope It changes the overall feeling xD
I also added some colour highlights on the roids and I think it looks kinda better now :D
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zgoodwin79Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really like the sharpness to your style.
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Oooohh me and my friend are writing an alternative Doctor Who script for ourselves because we don't like the way it's turned and this gave me a really chilling idea for an episode it gave me goosebumps. Thanks :)
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:wow: >>>> Super coole Szene!
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StefanHuerlemannStudent Digital Artist
thx, freut mich, dass es dir gefällt. :)
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Rainbow-Space-BubbleHobbyist Writer
Why did the song pop into my head be; 'the primary colors are 1, 2, 3; red, yellow and blue'?

Very nicely done though; it's like it really is a real place.
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StefanHuerlemannStudent Digital Artist
thank you :D
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Rainbow-Space-BubbleHobbyist Writer
You're welcome, my good sir (or woman)!
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davidbrownProfessional Digital Artist
wow nice piece
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kristaps-designProfessional Interface Designer
This one looks good.
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MizthHobbyist General Artist
Wonderful space scene! :)
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MilarcaHobbyist Photographer
Awesome, I love it :)
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Nils-IverHobbyist Writer
where does the daemon come in the picture?
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HameedProfessional Digital Artist
Awsome verry well done
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StefanHuerlemannStudent Digital Artist
thanks A LOT!
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MoevProfessional Interface Designer
nice haste gut gemacht :)
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yamataiHobbyist Digital Artist
u gta post a tut for how u do such epic scenery. i wanted to do stuff like this with Bryce but i stopped before i got anywhere
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yamataiHobbyist Digital Artist
ur definitely getn a special folder fo ur art in ur group
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