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July 28, 2010
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Doodle by aRchAng3lZz Doodle by aRchAng3lZz
Just a reminder that I am still lurking around here :D
Around 40 minutes doodle :)

Download for full view (I still hate dA for this resizing shit)

Edit: tiny updates on the starfield and the nebula and added a small planet :)

:bulletred: My artwork is not stock and it is not to be re-uploaded, edited, or used anywhere in any way without my permission.
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Man, you've almost perfected this technique of creating realistic nebulae, you really improved your skills with the fractal blending. I always enjoy the colors you use, not too crazy, but definitely vibrant enough to "wow" the viewer. The shapes of dust are coming along very well, they look fairly realistic in this particular piece.

Now for some tips you can apply: There still of course, are parts where its too "fractal" looking, the areas with sharp straight lines, everyone who uses apophysis runs into this problem, the most helpful advice I can give is to use the smudge tool at about 50-75% opacity, just to smooth out the jagged areas that look like lines (particularly the lower part of this piece). Trust me, this will blend in the scene a whole lot better, giving it more depth, and more of a realistic look.

If some parts of your nebulae are looking too plain, you can always take a flame (or even some hurricane/cloud images from nasa), shrink it down to a very small size, and place it in the spot that looks dull. Thats one of my main techniques when creating nebulae, I put little pieces together like a puzzle almost, it gives a lot more detail because the flames are shrunk down, anything that's smaller looks higher in quality. Give it a shot, using them on "screen" of course.

The star field is one other thing that I think brings this piece down just a bit, there aren't that many bright stars, I know this is just a doodle, so I'm probably wasting my time telling you this, I'm sure you are aware ;) I've learned using a good amount of larger stars really clamps everything together.

Even for a "doodle" This is a fairly great piece man, I definitely enjoy looking at it, and I'm certain is poses great inspiration for other space artists. Keep it up, and hopefully the next piece we see from you will have hours and hours of work spent on it ;)

Great work again bud :D
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Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup: ;)
Lightends Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
This is wicked, I love it...Would like your permission to use it.....
aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That image is not a stock and should not be used as such.
archmsx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Love the way the tiny planet (or are we way far from it?) looks; I would love to have this in 1600x900 to set it as my desktop's background :D
Plz, plz, plz!
aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly I think I don't keep the original PSD file because it was just a doodle but if I find the bigger resolution of the image I will send it your way to crop it as you wish :)
MrMysteriouz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible. Can I get some advice please? How do you create the stardust cloud formations? Do you use fiber filter? I know you probably go deep in there and detail it, but how do you start the process? You don't have to reveal your techniques, but maybe some suggestions? On my account, Planet Q, if you take a look, I can make formations, but Idk how to make cloud formations.
aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you are talking about dark gas formations you can either manipulate cloud images or use those brushes:

You can also make your own. It will take some time to get used to but they will prove really useful for your work
MrMysteriouz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. This is good for a start. I'll probably make my own at some point. :)
aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope that helped. You can send me notes with wips if you need help.
Mossdeep1800 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
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