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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...
[link]
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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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:iconverithia:
Verithia Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Student Digital Artist
cool :P
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:iconincarnadinebutterfly:
IncarnadineButterfly Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
*_*

*sets it as desktop background* lol =)
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:iconhmspeedfreek:
HMSpeedFreek Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
wow...much better than i can do at 3d..although it doesn't take much to better me at 3d lol...*fave*
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:iconaral3d:
Aral3D Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous landscape!!!!And stunning colours!!!:clap::+fav:
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:iconletieciamarie:
LetieciaMarie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
wow i love this. amazing. beautiful. the swirls in the sky remind me of that movie chronicals of riddick.
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
yeah right, landscapes there were pretty amazing. different shape tho.
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:iconparanoid-x:
Paranoid-x Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
perfect
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:iconfractalinda:
fractalinda Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007   Digital Artist
Wow! An amazing piece of work. Awesome and gorgeous, and the work is excellent.
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:iconrangrang:
RangRang Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007  Student Digital Artist
dude, thats so pimp
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
:bow:
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
damn fine work on this one. Damn fine.
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
much thanks, i learned a lot here.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:-)
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:iconultimatemike:
UltimateMike Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
Totally Badass, just blows my mind!Wow!Wow!
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
thank you!
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:iconbltseiji:
bltseiji Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Student Artisan Crafter
FANTASY!!!!
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
terraspace ;)
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:iconhorselips:
HorseLips Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My brother has talked to me about working some Apo into an image, and I never gave it too much thought...until I saw this...
To me, the mix of Apo really adds much more interest to the space than nebulas might...
You couldn't ask for a better terrain ...with the strong lighting perfectly matching the space scene.
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006
well, five months have passed since creating of this piece, and i think if i'd be making this now, terrain would look better. at least i hope it would. but i'm not gonna recreate this, i only thought about making a sequel.
thanx for your tip and for your comment. and actually i've added apo here 'coz i (still) can't make nice nebulae. seems like it fits...
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:iconihavenobananas:
ihavenobananas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THAT.......................IS.....................................................AWESOME...................
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
:D thank you!
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:iconihavenobananas:
ihavenobananas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Np!
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:iconchris1990:
chris1990 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's really brilliant.
how did you do those glowing lines in the sky?
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2006
apo.

and thank you man.
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:iconmrjzz:
mrjzz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
:wow: Stunning work!
I love the colors!
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2006
thank you man :)
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:icon7of9:
7of9 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
Great work Ron :clap:
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
thank you!
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:iconizzabell:
Izzabell Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
this is sooooo beautiful!!!!!! you should see if someone will make a story about this that incorporates the background story of the planets. i was a little bit more interested in the history of the planet then the art, and only b/c you did such a good job coming up with it.

so :clap: & :+fav:
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
yay, one more have read the story =D i don't think that a lot of people read it. so i'm double thankfull to ya :)
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:iconizzabell:
Izzabell Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
your welcome :D
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:iconcharmedy:
charmedy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006   Digital Artist
Wow, at a loss for words, great job love the atmo with the explosion effect, great job, thanks for your nice words on my gallery.
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
thank you. and you are welcome :)

and much thanks for the watch. sorry, i won't watch you back now, just wanna be sure, who i watching. but don't worry: i will check your gallery from time to time. i got ya on my bookmarks at "terragen" section ;)
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:iconactionthisday:
actionthisday Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2006
Definitely worth all that time :+fav:!
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2006
i guess so..... this is my most succesfull piece for now. thanks :)
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:icondreamriper:
DreamRiper Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006   Photographer
fucking awsome!
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
fucking thanks! :)
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:icondreamriper:
DreamRiper Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006   Photographer
=P :lick:
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:iconxdementiax:
xdementiax Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:jawdrop: Holy ... WOW!!!
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:iconron1649:
Ron1649 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006
:thanks:
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