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S U R R O U N D E D by Ron1649 S U R R O U N D E D by Ron1649
Surrounded
Decedo tellus 2153 A.C. (anter confero, lat. - before collision)

:w00t:! It's my first deviation that has scored 1000 views. And it took only 3 days, nice :)


I'm attempting here on of those huge descriptions, as I see around at dA. So you can just to pass this big blah-blah-blah and enjoy.

Story:
Decedo tellus (lat. - Dying world) is a planet, going in circles around a far star. The planet is very close to another, it's "brother". These two planets spin around each other, while a lot of moons spin around them. The star in the center is one of the biggest, and often there are megablasts on it's surface. A large amount of hot gases are ejected into nearby space, making some strange oblong shapes. These shapes can reach the lenght, that is twenty times bigger than diameter of the star itself.

Decedo tellus once was a green planet, with rivers, life, vegetation. But because of unknown causes, it's orbit around the star changed from a circle to a spiral, going closer and closer to the star. The temperature began rising, and all life on the planet died. Because of the same unknown causes, these two "brother" planets were getting closer and closer to each other, resulting into a collision.

Planet's home solar system is situated very close to the edge of the galaxy, and from the surface another galaxy in the space is seen.

Making
I've originally started working on this as on the *TerraGeneration's "sunset artpack" render. I made it, and only then I've realized that it just doesn't suit it. Sunset is something more than just a low altitude sun, but the pic was ready, I couldn't just delete it. So I had an idea of making this kind of piece. Terrain made in GeoControl (first time used it), render done in Terragen, then it went through a Photoshop postwork. Also I've used some Apophysis renders and some clouds and sun stock.

If you wonder why the hell I've put all that science bullshit above, that's because I'm not making this like "oh, I'll just put this here, rotate this, lighten this and voila!", no, that's because I always think of what I make. So don't call it a planets, call it a moons, 'coz there are only two planets here, Terragen part and the one that is most big, but almost invisible here, 'coz it's situated low and half-covered with cloud. In the right.

I would also like to say a huge thanks to :iconottov:, for letting me use some of his Apo renders. I think he saved me almost a day of renderings. So you should definitely visit him. Oh, and you can find that galaxy render, made by him here.

Stats
Terragen part:
GeoControl terrain making - 15mins
Getting the render look good - around 5 hours (that's b'coz I needed to see what I'm making, so there were a lot of 800x600 renders, ~10mins each)
Final Terragen 2000x1000 render - 4 hours
Upper sky part 2000x1000 render - 1 hour
Cloudscape mask 2000x1000 render - 1 hour
Ground mask 2000x1000 render - 10mins


Apophysis renders - three renders, ~2h each

Photoshop part:
Making of two 2000x2000 planets textures - ~30min each
Photoshop postwork time - about two days (yes, my PC is soooo slooooow)
psd file size - 83MB (it takes five mins to open it, three mins to save)
Layers count - 50

[06.10.28] plus about an hour to fix some bugs.
[07.08.16] pack contains 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1280x800, 1440x900
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:iconduzetdaram:
duzetdaram Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
wonderful
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:iconhorse-creek-ranch:
Horse-Creek-Ranch Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of Chronicles of Riddick
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:iconacaruthers23:
acaruthers23 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
hey Ron just a tip for ya, if you save the image as a JPEG after your done, it would make things run so much faster. It merges all the layers together so it makes the file smaller but keeps the detail =p
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:iconjoeybuddy96:
joeybuddy96 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
If it's okay with you, I'm going to use this in a PowerPoint presentation.
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:iconjmarche:
jmarche Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
interesante...
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:iconpipper-svk:
pipper-SVK Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Student Digital Artist
o nice, how did you made those fractals ?
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
simple apophysis render.
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:iconrender422:
render422 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007   Digital Artist
wow !!! beautiful render, nice ! :)
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:iconverithia:
Verithia Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Student Digital Artist
That is really awesome! I like how the sky has... kinda... Fractal art into it. Great creativity :D
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
just an easy way to avoid brushing nebulae. not so much of creativity ;)
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