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Neptune and company

Description: Neptune with some of its moons - Triton, Proteus, Nereid, and Larissa.

Neptune is the farthest planet in the Solar System. It also has a ring system, which is very faint, and a storm region known as the Great Dark Spot.

Software: GIMP, around 2.5 hours.
Layers: 23
Notes: No stock images or textures were used.

Comments and feedback on areas for improvement are most welcome. Thank you.

Copyright: This image is only for personal use. No part of this image may be altered, used, or sold without my written permission.
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wildspark's avatar
Regarding your empty starry background comment - are you referring to this piece in particular, or others? Because when I browse photos, many which depict planets in our Solar System do not actually have stars in the background. I think the number of stars depend on the location and context of what is being depicted.
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Actually, it's more like that the planet is so bright that it outshines the faint stars. The eys or cameras looking at it have to filter them out, or else the main object, i.e. the planet, will be overexposed. That's why most space photos don't show any stars.
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So do you mean this is the case even if they are being observed in space?
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Well, you'd probably see a lot of them if you look at a planet like Neptune, because it is rather dark there. But if you look at the Earth, you won't get many stars on a photo.
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This piece in particular, and basically most which have unfilled spots. The goal of the artist is not always to have the highest amount of realism (though that might be a bonus) but to make something the most aesthetically pleasing possible. A blend of realism and fantasy creates the best of this, and while black backgrounds may be realistic, they aren't necessarily the nicest to look at. Examples of decent blends of realism and fantasy would be this image. Quite appropriately, it's based in a TV Tropes page called "Space Does Not Work That Way", but it doesn't mean the picture doesn't look nice. The textures can happen, but the highly compressed nature of the scene isn't exactly something that would happen. That kind of piece would probably be lauded as a masterpiece here on deviantART, though.

A starry background isn't necessarily what is the most 'realistic', but it's definitely what people have come to expect and love around here.

Hope this explanation suffices :)
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Thanks for the reply - I understand and agree that what's real may not make for the most interesting piece.

Instead of re-doing this one though, I've decided to leave it - because I did want to just mainly have Neptune with a few of its satellites.

I have done another piece that tries to take into account your comments, let me know if you think it's headed in the direction you've described? Thanks. :)

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Thanks for the feedback, and the link. Apophysis looks interesting. :)
h3llb0yn3cr0's avatar
In the case of major flaws, most of the starry background feels empty. If you could have filled it in even sparsely that would have improved the composition of the piece by a large amount.

Have you tried creating nebulae with Apophysis? If it looks daunting just play around with settings, it doesn't take much to come up with something decently nebula-looking, and saving it as a PNG with transparency can save you the trouble of tinging your stars with color if your nebula is nicely done. I highly recommend you get it and play around for a while before you start using it in your art.
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