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Theory by SamODJ Theory by SamODJ
- Whilst drifting through wave and gas alike, relish both light and dark as one. And as you see fear and delight as sons, you will embrace solace and flight as two. Theorise. Exercise. Summarise. That is three.-

The result of my school A2 level Art project. The first result of three.

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spellbound7 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love how the lighting generates a dramatic shadow like that. Very cool!
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Duef Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
cool
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GamerWorld14 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Great job, love the colors! :D
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RoBoDaN Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
i was linked to this one by joe jesus, i thank him for it as this is epically awesome
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Narmo-Seler Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Very amazing. I love your work! The lighting and everything is perfect!
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taenaron Featured By Owner May 4, 2008   Digital Artist
Why I missed that O.O
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orcus-2008 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
oooo!!! great lighting...
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Superiorgamer Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
Incredible work!!! Would you mind teaching me how to do this? lol... well amazing work all the same!
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TheNessus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Totally amazing. Beyond words...
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tigaer Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
pretty awesome job here. well done :)
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:iconkradious:
Kradious Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Pure awesome! :D
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BrokenVows Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Excellent lights/shadows work here!
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mynti Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Sorry I'm a bit late with the critique project, but here we go :D

I have to agree with a lot of Dan's points, so I won't repeat him there. The composition does need something else, because right now, my eye really only focuses on the top middle of the screen, where all the detail and value contast is, and I let the rest of the image be absorbed in my periphery vision. This makes the composition too static for me.

My main issue is that, but I also am not sure about the light; it seems like the other moon or planet should definately cast a shadow, seeing as how dramatic of a shadow you have on the other planet.

Also, when a round object casts a shadow like that, it will not be as dark all the way throughout the shadow. What I mean is, the atmospheric color will start to creep in a little at the edges of your frame.

I think another way, besides adding objects, to help improve the composition would be a simple allowance of some color variation in space. Right now you have a great orange/red scheme, which really looks cool, but I think you could add a few sparks of other color to really contrast the reds and bring in some more interest to the starfield.

Overall nice work, keep it up!
Cheers,
Gracie
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for the critique, some fantastic points. I like the point you raise about the darkness of the shadow, and how it doesn't convey a spherical shadow.

Well, I will be passing back over the piece over the coming months, and a lot fo tweaking is in order.;)
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memod Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Professional
hehe, you were the first one to reply to my critique project, and since I saw this image I felt the urge to comment on it, so here we go.

I suppose that up front I can confidently say that this already is a really good image, with not that much left to do. I really enjoy your overall composition. While the piece is rather simple and one could say that there's not that much in it that you could use for a composition, I find your placement of the planet well chosen, as it nicely balances out the bright light above it. Usually I'd point out this light being at the very border, which sort of pulls me out of the image, but the dark mass of the planet is a good counter weight to that. It would be even better if there was something to pull me really back into the image, but I do realise that that's difficult with such a composition.
What I kind of miss is a real sense of scale. The simplicity comes at a price, there are not really any reference objects for the eye to figure out the size of the planet. Only on a closer look you see the tiny planet which helps a little with that. But then again it could be a moon, and again the viewer is not sure how large the big planet is.
I suppose some forground element or so might help, which gives us an indication of scale.
Another issue in this piece is that there is not really much depth; pretty much everything is happening on one plane, I cannot even tell if the planet is actually moving into the image towards the light or simply upwards. Again, having several planes of objects might help. I think you actually could solve both the depth and scale issue at once, by perhaps adding some tiny spaceships or so, which are having a trail from the engine behind them, and that would give us an idea of size, and you a way to further lead the eye around the image. For example, the spaceships could be flying around the planet, or fly away from the planet towards the bottom of the image. That way you would get lines that pull you towards the light (the shadow of the big planet), and lines that
pull you away from it (the engine steam/trail). Additionally, they'd be a nice colour and value contrast :nod:
Another way to achieve some more scale would be to add a tad bit more detail in the focus point, around and on the planet. Tiny highlights on the planet surface where it faces the light for example would show that the surface there has some variation and texture.
Otherwise there is not really much to complain about. You're having a couple of rough brushstrokes in here, but I actually like them, as they provide a subtle in the otherwise rather smooth nebulae/dust. I think though, that a tad bit more variation on the background stars would be nice, a few stronger glimps here and there would not hurt, I don't think.
And the more I look at it the more I feel like a small accompagnying planet in the shadow of the big one would be good. Nothing huge, just about 1/8 of the big one's diameter, I think.
But that's it, really, you pulled that off nicely. I even like the absolute white here. Usually people use it too carelessly and flatten out there whole piece, but here it really looks like a convincing glow and does not harm at all.
Also, I like the warm colour scheme, with a subtle, contrasting touch of purple and blue in the shadow trail of the planet.
I am wondering, though, should the small planet halfway between the big one and the light not have a shadow trail, too? I do realise that it is being overshone a bit, but still, I am not sure.
Anyway, I really enjoyed looking at this piece, with a few slight changes I think it could be a really outstanding piece of space art :nod:

Daniel
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SamODJ Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for that critique Daniel; you bring up some great points, points that are very useful to the current work i'm doing on the piece.

I will consider what you have said about scale definitely. :)
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19-10 Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
Nice one. I really like the lighting of the planet and the shadow it casts. I think the overall composition is good. I like the colors, but it seems that some parts aren't 'smooth' I dunno how to say it, but you can see it on the planet and in some other places as well. I dunno if that's just the compression or that you can actually do something about it.
The planets and the lighting I like, but everything around it doesn't seem to add anything. I think it's just kinda boring. Perhaps the light should be a little darker so that it doesn't attract too much attention. I just did some levels on the light or haze as someone before me called it, and I think it helps a lot in drawing you into the part of the picture where everything happens.
I dunno what else to say about the piece.
You might think what I just said is total rubbish, but I thought I would give you my view on this piece after seeing you suggested this piece to be evaluated by memod.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to critique it dude. But yeh I get alot of what you are saying. You're right when you say parts seem boring, because, well, they are. Could be due to the fact that the piece was scaled up from 1200x600, but I reckon it is actually because the piece has always been very conceptual for me. As a result, the detail paid the price.

Still, maybe one day I will revise it; the piece holds some untapped potential I think. I always really enjoyed the concept and composition.
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Coltzero Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
Great job, can you tell me in what way you made that lovely haze? If you care to explain, please do so in steps, that'd be great.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner May 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not sure what haze you are referring to...if you could further explain. :)
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Coltzero Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
The haze, the fog arround the planet, coming from the sun. I love it and i'd like to know how you did it.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alot of Theory was simple blurring techniques. Playing alot with radial blur and blending modes. Hope that helps a tad.
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Coltzero Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
yea i thought it would be something like that. Thanks :)
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coloneljinx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely.
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Baro Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
good work! will you show the other color schemes aswell?
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I made one green/yellow and one red/purple. I'll possibly release one of them, maybe modify it a bit, then release the print.
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d1git Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice. love the composition.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks alot dude. ;)
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Akajork Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
just a damn nice one! really turned out nice:)
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Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
nice one ;)
good job :)
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:iconbranchewski:
Branchewski Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Great atmosphere and the lighting. I like the shadows too. There is a really warm feeling to this work.
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Mortis-Angelus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
very nice lighting keep it up
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hehedohboy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
love the composition. this is just beautiful. i would make it wider though. it just seems too small.
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c4ndlej4ck Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
very nice man, i love the colors. good work!
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SpiritThanatron Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
Dude, how do you make things like that!? These blow me away!
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xRed-thunderDragoNx Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
experimentalism to the extreme! \o/

about the gray fog. well, IMO, for matters of depth and originalism, that's a nice idea; but when you think about "composition of colors and main-focusal points", it gets out of balance.

i don't know exactly why, but i liked the first version better.
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, well possilby I will release one of hte other colour variations I have as a mod.
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xRed-thunderDragoNx Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
sweet :)
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kheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the flare effect on the sun
the only thing that seems out of place is abit of radial banding in the bottom right which seems to be in the wrong direction :D
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm, i actually intended that as if some gas was floating acroos the back of the planet, but /shrug.

Thanks for the input.
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kheng Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh ok, sorry i was mistaken :)
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) It's cool dude.
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RKGfXnl Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
Again great work with colors SamODJ. This must be a A+ @ School. If not...call me and i will beat his @ss!! ^^
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toni-niskanen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
Always love your style with the lighting. :)
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers dude. :D
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Cithan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
Fabulous work! You're one the reasons I'm now totally hooked in space art!
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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DocDan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
Wonderful work :clap:
I love the planet and the lighting a lot. I do think that the color of the bright lighting could better match the yellow as seen on the planet, but that's just me.

Good stuff :)
-Dan
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm possibly, been playing aroudn with different colourings, but for now I am happy with it. :)
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tardney Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Student Filmographer
looks very good!
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