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When the Dust Settles by Nuukeer When the Dust Settles by Nuukeer
A civilization was unfortunate to get stranded at this desolate location, frequently rocked by powerful solar emissions. They have been spared so far, but this time the eruptions are notably powerful. Who will know if they have survived, once the dust settles.

Much inspired by the exceptional space artist known as burning-liquied here on dA, but unfortunately he appears to be inactive since a year ago.
I think this came out pretty good, there are some flaws which need to be fixed, and I think I should spend more time on the upper planet. Found out a new technique to get better planet rings, they are now so quick to do. Will see if I can improve them to be comparable to what burning-liquid did. Just need to get better specular reflections to those.

Original resolution was 8192 exp 2 pixels.
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AlexNIKO Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Very well done!
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Nuukeer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Thank you!
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CsmcVisn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How on earth did you do that...it's SO beautiful!!
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Nuukeer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
the lens flare was created in a photoshop plugin called "knoll light factory", the other things are modified ground textures and fractals which were rendered in apophysis 2.08. ;) also there are some brushes I used, created from some cloud images.
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CsmcVisn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ground textures...that's something I've never thought of using in space pictures!! Bravo, man!! It is spectacular!!
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Nuukeer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
yeah, I only thought about that in this picture, I studied some other space artists trying to fugure out what they were doing. Most people use mud, grunge & ground textures, a few use fractals as well.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, not crazy on the planets, they seem too contrasted for my tastes, but those rings are absolutely fantastic! :clap: did you use the "layer style on a circle" technique like in that tutorial by `dinyctis?

Those rainbow rings from the Sun getting in the lens are great too, an dyeah, it's a shame ~Burning-Liquid practically left, he was the first ever artist I watched :(
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Nuukeer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Yeah, at least that upper planet is oversharpened (it was actually pretty bad, to save my 32 bit system with its limited system RAM I did put it together in an other document and flatten it, which does not allow for much tweaking). Overall, I did not spend that much effort on those planets.
As for those rings, no, I found out a new technique which is a combination of someone else's idea of polar coordinates. I actually have written a text tutorial on it, which I will probably visualize in an image based tutorial pretty soon. I found the technique out pretty randomly, but it seemed solid to me. It actually starts out pretty 'nooby' by doing the cloud filter, then masking portions of it with the linear gradient, finally running the polar coordinates filter on it. That gives a great control of the end result without wasting a lot of system resources by running the swirl filter 100x times (which gives a lot of artifacts as well).

In my opinion, burning liquid has the best planet rings I've seen. Fine examples include his artworks "aeon" and "ringworld" (ringworld is in TND's gallery though).

And thanks a lot for your comments and critique, your artworks are a great inspirational resource!
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Coemen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
nice. the rings look good.
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Nuukeer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
thanks.
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