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Effulgence by dinyctis Effulgence by dinyctis

The state of being effulgent; extreme brilliancy; a flood of light; great luster or brightness; splendor.

UPDATE: If there is one thing i love, then its constructive feedback. I revisted a few things that my eye missed, and here is the final version with a few touches (better atmosphere for bigger planet in top piece, more star contrast in top and middle left pieces, and slight blur in middle left)

This is one of those deviations with an ironic story behind it, lets explain.

Im sure most of you heard about the blackout that affected the northeastern part of the United States and a big part of Canada. Because there was no light and nothing interesting to do, * superkev went to the beach and started taking pictures of insects. He's skill with depth of field always impresses me and i got the idea of trying to apply the effect to space scenes. So where's the irony here? Well, I got the inspiration for a light themed deviation from pictures taken due to the lack of "light."


So anyways, I originally started with a single work, but, as usual, lots of possibilities came up and i was hard pressed to pick one. I figured that i'd make a poster like this one, since i have an empty space in my wall and it would look pretty good there. So i made this with my room in mind, thats why i used that typo (which i can already tell lots of you are gonna hate).

Another thing that i got to experiment with was city lights on planets, you can see them in pretty much all of the sections here. You can tell that they look different in all of them, this is to show the different settings. Personally i like the ones from the top and right the most, since they are subtle. I also thought of using city lights to contrast with the fact that the blackout was the very base of the depth of field effect idea :D

I used photoshop for EVERYTHING except the asteroids in the bottom pic.

Things i like:

I like the sun in the top 3 pieces. I like how its not sharp and its rather smooth.
I like how the depth of field effect came out, it adds depth.
I like the color variations. I tried to make it all monochromatic, but the colors were more dramatic.

Things i dont like:

Im not satisfied with the starfields. They could use more contrast, but then again they would alter the feel of the piece for the worse. Suns always get in the way. However its nothing disasterous.

Thats about as technical and as thorough as i can get without boring the most of you (although i know many people dont even bother to read the descriptions, meh)

Big thanks to *superkev for his help on helping me get the depth of field effect right, and for pointing out that its impossible to actually get "pictures" like these in space, since the lens would have to be bigger than the planet and considering the distance at which the picture is taken.

I hope you enjoy this one, dont hesitate to leave feedback, as usual :)
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pogona2009 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
out of focus planets to give depth, I definitely have to try it.
Imthenats Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed. I love the different frames and the planets that look like they are lit up by city lights. :D :ninja:
edlyn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2005   Photographer
you are a genius :wow: ciao from Italy!!!!
phyzer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
just wow, everything fits so well :)
C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
I'm no digital expert so I can't give you very good critique, but I'll just say the city lights give this a deeper feel. In God's house there are many mansions, and here we are looking at a few(MY PERSONAL interpretation on the meaning of that passage, don't take my word for it as the true meaning.).

Makes me wonder if another Earth full of humans exists in another galaxy...
Cor-i Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Really cool stuff you got here. I specially like this one because of the colors. great job ;)
houk Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004
great job
sabotage Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work, 1 thing i dont understand is why the stars on the top photo are blurred if those on the bottom arent?? they should be anyways because its a "shot" from distance
tiagotejo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004
Really nice. This reminds me Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
creps Featured By Owner May 19, 2004
lol! the fact that it is impossible to get such an effect is maybe why I feel there's something wrong with the pics ;) I love them all, especially the middle-right one (I love the color of the city lights), but the depth of field makes us lose the feeling of space being so huge... but great work, as what I've seen in the rest of your gallery!
renderdude Featured By Owner May 10, 2004
Your technique is very clean, I like the fact that you don't use lense flares.

you seem to have the whole planetscape thing down like an exact science.... It would be cool to see some contextual work involving the imagery, such as war, peace, psychology... mabye i missed those pieces...

Great polished results.
impossible21 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2004

christ, great job. i love the peach-ish-y tones and the overall composition, it stuck out in your gallery like a whore in august. gold star for the day.
cHeMiCaL--hIsTeRy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2004
this is a strange thing i'm gonna write. i was watching your DA page at my father's house, when he passed by and said "space? planets? wow, what's that?". i explained and he told me to bring you his compliments. by the way, i think it's a nice thing, so i told you.
rwittels Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2004   Digital Artist
A masterpiece! WOW, WOW, WOW. Love your work.

I stumbled upon it through another artist's favourites. It's a pity, because I am sure that a lot of talent, such as yourself, goes unseen here due to the enormous volume of submissions. Well, I'm glad I saw it. You are a great artist. Keep it up!
VBugginW Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2004  Professional Photographer
you're beyond rediculous with this stuff :) thanks for showing me in class :D :p
syntheticmessiah Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2004
if you look at a picture of a planet at night and you can see the lights from the cities youll notice that they are more in clusters and really arent spread out so much (as they are in your piece. Also the light noise would cancel out all the city lights from the planets that were farther maybe you made that bit too bright (on the far planets). Just a thought, but the thing is - even if it isnt "correct" it still looks GOOD. =D GREAT job!
Agonhotep Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2004
Nice. I think I like Folkways better though, not sure why. Still, better than anything I've done.
titcoeur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
hello :)

cheer! excel! I adore!! say? is your logo it you who fights inside? ;-)

mrcrypt Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2003  Professional General Artist
Dig the city lights...especially since it gives me something to look at, instead of just a backlit planet.
The outoffocus planets in the top panel have grown on me...:thumbsup:

Nice poster :D
Pungent ;)
beo-wulf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2003
well done, you obviusly dominate the planets
tubsta12 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2003
this is so hott ;)
glenneroo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2003   Photographer
i would love to leave you constructive feedback....but.... i can't think of anything to say. my mouth is just hanging there.. you know what i mean? crazy. wicked. wonderful. bliss. ahhh. yummy. the stars are kinda dim tho, that sunlight is a bit overbearing.. but damn, who cares.. f*** the stars, the planets are what keep me staring, esp. that out of focus one on the first pic.. hehe you don't see out of focus stuff very much in hand drawn stuff anymore.. everything has to be crystal clear in focus, know what i mean? yeah... this is pure excellence. :nod:
disintegration Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
well, sci-fi is really not my kind of style, but you did a damn great job on this one. well, to be honest, i like the shiny colors and the perspectives =P
dinyctis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2003
oh come on you know you like the border
garfield101 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2003  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only photoshop? wow that is an acocmplishment!!! good work :clap:
falastiato Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2003
wow... awesome!
crazy-ray Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2003
Wow very good job :nod:
finnedartist Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2003
Awesome! I don't have any criticism at all, this is really lovely!
burzghash Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2003
100th favorite! Well, this is really a freaking awesome piece of work. (Though, I am sure you knew that. :))
xueyen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2003   Interface Designer
wow! very detailed and interesting piece :)
well done *thumbsup*
love it *worship*
zananeichan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2003
very clever :-) what you did o these planets, well what i would do is i would render them and then edit them in paint shop pro (fun tweaking program) I would love to buy this piece ... :-) wish i could afford it :-) but its beautifull :-) I cannot stop looking away from the screen :-)
Xfreak Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2003
Wow!! It reminds me of my astronomy books, but even more beautiful and astonishing... :clap:
80schick Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2003
This is one helluva space-art compilation. I love the way you do the lighting :!: Awesome stuff. :D
D-Design Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2003
terra-visions Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2003
WOW! That`s awesome! I really like the cuts :clap:
The blurry planets are kinda confusing but the rest is really cool :!:
Naithin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2003
Excellent work dinyctis. I love the concepts you've attempted here, and like someone else has mentioned earlier, got to wonder why on earth didn't think of it myself. :)

However, I have to question if it actually worked. Certainly not a question on your skill, but I am yet to see a single space scene that conveys a real sense of depth. Well, that was true, there is one pannel on your work, that to me especially accomplishes that. Center-Right pannel, it just seems to me that it 'works', in this case. There is almost a very real sense of depth here, and that city lighting is just astounding. - I would love to see an addition to your existing planet tutorial, or perhaps even a new tut all together on how you go about this. I got some ideas of my own, but am yet to play around with them. Still trying to master the technique from your current planet tutorial, specifically, the texture creation phase. But it's getting there, finally worked out what an idiot I had been for not desaturating the textures I was using first, but anywho, back to the piece at hand..

In the top frame, the right planet very much looks as if in the foreground. That works. However, the left planet seems to be on the same distance plane as the in focus center planet.. Despite the blurring it has. Actually, looking again, it might appear closer than the middle planet, but for some reason my first impression was that it was sposed to be further than the middle planet. Slightly confuddlin there.

Center-Left image, I like it, but I question if the back faces are perhaps a little over lit. Of course, I can't see what is behind the view of the image, but to me at least, assuming no nearby star or other major light source, especially the blue lower planet is too lit. Even the tannish/brown colour, I think at least, is a little more lit than city lights would account for.

The lowest pannel is great, but I must admit, I get absolutely no sense of depth from it at all.

I'm sorry that this comment came out so seemingly negative, because in actual fact, I really like the result regardless of anything I mentioned, it definitely gets :+fav: from me, and would love to see more experimentation with FoV from ya, see if can really get that sense of depth going there, it'd be a first as far as I've seen. :)
ikitikitembo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003
....jaw dropping.....
giza Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2003   Digital Artist
How many stars... nice planetarium indeed.
HeatherRivera Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2003  Professional Photographer
Truly awsome work. The planets and the stars in space look so real. The textures are terrific, lovely tones in the lighting behind all the planets as well. Just beautiful.
agitation Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2003
Zrinx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2003
nice! prog? :D
dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2003
straight out of the description:

"I used photoshop for EVERYTHING except the asteroids in the bottom pic."
Zrinx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2003
taintedeternity Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2003  Hobbyist Writer
i would leave feed back and tell you what you can do better but i dont know how to do what you do i just write stuff...anyway i do like it..but then again so does everyone else ;) hugs
turn2002 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2003
your work is just simply amazing!!
blinkybaby Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003
o ya... this one is cool i just love the way people do these things... i did it once :D where there are like more than one pic put on a background :nod:
monografik Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003  Student Digital Artist
Awesome job man , the details on the planet textures are just superb , I'm loving the dof allthough I think it could be improved in some places.
Mad color schemes as usual :) superb work man :D

playground Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003
Middle right one is my favorite. The idea behind that, as well as the deatil on it is amazing.

I was currious on these, do you plan *line-out* the light on these using 1,2 point perspective? Was just wondering since it has a good field of depth to it.
dinyctis Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003
the compositions are mostly spontaneous. I do plan the theme and then i let it take form on its own.
jasx Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2003  Hobbyist Artist
Simply freakin' awesome...the renders are top-notch and I love planet atmospheric pieces. :+fav:
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