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June 24, 2006
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Exploration by SamODJ Exploration by SamODJ
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.


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! ^^
CesOne Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
amazing m8 looks perfect
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
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...

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::.
SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha lol yes....that was a wierd (but good) convo.
vissroid Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
haha indeed. there will have to be another round
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
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. ;)

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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