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After taking a gander at [link] by I was provoked to re-think my current state of art. I've been having trouble recently with how I work - lack of practice, lack of knowledge, lack of inspiration - whatever it is I have hit a block. A block stopping me from creating.

So if my current mindset is incapable of creation, I thought I should enter the mindset of someone else. Work through a different route. Obviously there is a pretty severe degree of similarity between my result and Brandon's Solace, but creating art though someone else's means can help you refocus and expand on your own.

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Now if only I could create a good looking set of stars :(
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nym-ph Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006
sorry mate.. i dont believe that you cant make a good set of stars for this :D
gotta luv that lighting! ^^
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CesOne Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
amazing m8 looks perfect
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Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006   Photographer
some nice dept here... i really like the little rays m seeing there, it gives a nice sence of scale
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Tiletron Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
reminds me of something out of the old Battlestar Galactics intro :) I like the phosphorescence of the stellar gases...

gr8
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vissroid Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
I told you the otehr day you'd get it back man. lol

great job for sure!

.::feels jealous::.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha lol yes....that was a wierd (but good) convo.
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vissroid Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
haha indeed. there will have to be another round
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Nameless-Designer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006   Digital Artist
1. colours are great
2. composition rocks
3. very nice sense of depth

:+fav: greatjob dude
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absolutehalo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
That is spot on bro. The interior of it is angelic. There's a great amount of depth inside. It's like there's something going on in there (obviously there is. ;) ) and it makes you wonder. Thats one aspect I always tried to put into my nebula work. Instead of trying to work scale and "shape" I always wanted to create a sort of "cloudy mass" with something powerful and brilliant going on in the inside. "Star Ocean" would have reflected as such but... well I won't get into that one.

It's interesting to see someone's variant of something I've done. My nebula work was never heralded from the rooftops but it was mine nonetheless.

A great effort getting thoughts down in this work. Like I said. That interior is angelic. Makes me wish I could see just what was going on in there. Stars forming, brilliant explosions of gas and luminance... what sort of phenomenon would we see? Probably light dancing in ways sci-fi films could never immitate. ;)

Two works that got me thinking "What's going on INSIDE a nebula?" for future reference (I'd like to see you tackle a larger nebula project, just out of curiosity): [link] [link]

Nice work my friend. Well done. ;)

-b-
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, I have to concede that taking a look at your method helped me form a different perspective on how I would light the nebula. Not only that, but yesterday, after reading the Capturing Heaven article once again, I think i'm a tad more refocussed on an actual illustration - opposed to something that is merely flashy.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, you have just linked to my favourite of Mr Tonge's works - Outpost. The feeling I always retained from those two pieces were the sense of "pocketed light." Perhaps a bit hard to explain, but maybe I shall give it a think nonetheless.

THanks.;)
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Silent-M Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
dude you did nice. that block is gone from the looks of it. it looks similar but its totaly different after a closer look. great work. only the resolution is small ;))
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Eclipse-CJ3 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Awesome. Your stars are perfect how they are bro, dont change your style, it is unique and your one of my favourite artists here on dA.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although...I still don't like the stars:P
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Exntrik Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
Yeah, never be perfect man. And it's not changing style, it's developing. I like what I see here, a nice polished presentation. I agree with the stars though, maybe try playing with some different sizes, colours and blurs. I find some varying overlays and such can produce some cool looks.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Matthew-Walk Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
I know what you mean about that block... though it seems my block is more like a mountain. If you haven't noticed, I haven't created celestial art in some time. I just don't know what it is, I can't bring myself to do it. I think you did a great job, stars take practice too, mine aren't that great, kinda boring, they have no character. So if I find a good technquie, I'll be sure to share it with you. Looks good though.
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Matthew-Walk Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
*technique

Also, on another note, I forgot to mention.

What I like about it, is that it has a good sense of depth. I would try to cover up any trace of that texture look I'm seeing to the lower right. What I mean is, I would leave people looking at this and saying "how did he do that?". I look forward to seeing what this will look like over time once you perfected it.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm well, as I say the work was based on Brandon's walkthrough...so perhaps the technique is a little less obscured than maybe wanted.

But hey...was still worth the time.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man I agree, my block is just...growing and growing. Makes me feel strange to have lost creativity as well.

But i'm trying my damndest to get back to where I was before, or even further.
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Matthew-Walk Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
eh, good luck. I should do the same. But I think my fault is my technique. I don't know anyone who makes planets like I do, I make them quite different from everyone else, but my way requires and that I rely on base textures, and it can't b e just any base texture, it has to meet standards. I don't know, I shoudl rethink everything maybe.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I remember reading through what Brandon said to AP123 once - "retool and rethink."

Sounds like good advice to me.
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