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I Dream In Gold by gp-03pilot I Dream In Gold by gp-03pilot
This is my first space piece, I think it turned out pretty ok.

I've spent a couple weeks fooling around with various tutorials and such, trying to create something, and this is the result.

I'd like to thank hameed, dinyctis, and ucd for their great tutorials and other resources. Also, thanks to ujstock, liddel, and sh4vo for use of their textures

Final Stats:

Programs Used: Photoshop, Apophysis(for the nebulas).
Total Layers: 73 (not counting the many planet layers in seperate files)
Total Time: A week or two

This was a great learning experience for me, and I hope to create some more space art in the future.

As always, feel free to heckle mercilessly, especially other space artists! I want to know how to improve my work.
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weareminion Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009


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Diane603 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007
This is an absolutely gorgeous composition!!
keroka Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
If that was a print and i had money, id buy a copy lol
keroka Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
OMFG! amazing!
MadHatter80 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004
awesome work on this, that neb is amazing! i have to fav this piece, i wish i was this good when i started lol. actually, i wish i was this good period.
internethead Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2004
thats a nice piece, but planets look a lil bit flat. flares are good. and the use of apophysis is awesome. nice
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
Can you tell me how to make nebula's out of Apophysis engine liek that? :o
internethead Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2004
use the linear tool
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2004
internethead Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2004
to get those type of shapes in Apophysis, go tools>variations>linear
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2004
true, thanks man
mehthemonkey Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
The nebulas are brillant, but the transistional brushing is too soft... looks unclean, the planets need work, UCD's planet tutorial is the one i have found to be most beneficial in helping me create my planets, the lighting and stars are well done... the center nebula is just gorgeous, nice use of apoph... overall its very good looking and a wonderful fist attempt, any questions about my nitpicks, or if you want some tips or help let me know, i'm always willing to help!! :+fav:
deadspirit6 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004  Professional General Artist
BRILLIANT work :+fav:
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
Extremely attractive nebular... going to have to try apophis.
dureku Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004   Photographer
::falls over at the filesize:: I love the picture, but I'm simply not going to be able to full view... from what I can see, my favorite part is the nebula right around the star in the center. It's shaped vaguely like the Klingon insignia...
absolutehalo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
Now that my friend is a great spacescape. A brilliant display of skill. It's rather complicated to get into my favorites list... but this piece has... instantly.

-absolute halo-
evanescent-void Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2004
I love the nebula and the colors, great work there. Like other people have pointed out, the planets could use some work, texture wise, they look too flat and bland; try to spice them up a bit, pay more attention to the detail of the texture, layer it more, etc.

Great work all in all.
TheCenturion Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2004   Digital Artist
This is awesome for your first space scene! I'm particulary intrigued as to how you made the nebulae - do you mind if I ask how?

On the other hand, the smallest planets look out of place in my opinion: they don't quite blend in with the background. Nice work on the larger planets though - simply stunning, especially the rings.

I'm currently working on a space/terragen collab with theakman2 and I hope I can achieve results this good!
gp-03pilot Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2004
Yeah, I know my planets need work, I'm practicing those right now actually. Hopefully I'll get better at them.

The nebulas are a combination of apophysis and photoshop. I used apophysis to make a cool looking fractal, then edited it heavily in photoshop to get those results.
Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2004   Photographer
Very nice work..especially the nebula!!! Keep it up!!
uj-stock Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004
Awesome work, very impressive nebula work. Glad to see my textures being used. :w00t:
sh4vo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Wow... that's some awesome texturing. Glad you found my textures useful. :+fav:
craptastic Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004
Love your nebula. That must've taken forever.
meta474 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004   Photographer
I've got a few small nitpicks, mostly relating to the flatness of the planets, but it looks good all together so I'll definitely let them slide. :P

Great work, I like this "corruscating energy" style of nebula, a lot different from most nebulae I see around here (including my own, which are much thicker and smoother, no so detailed). A nice sense of scope, too, with the tall image format.

Good work, I'll slap a +fav on this baby. :P
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Submitted on
March 18, 2004
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