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UPDATE (August 17th): Fixed the biggest stars, now they are of different size. I had them like this, but somehow I didnt notice them in the final version.

A nice come-back thingie that i made over the vacation. This one has an interesting story going for it, but i'll share it at the end, after the technical information.

All photoshop, all brushing, custom brushes (by me), 1.5GB, 14 different versions made, wacom graphire 2 (now belongs to my cousin), over 200 layers (cause honestly, i lost count).

Pros: I like the shapes and how the 2 blend together. The top one is bigger (more detail).

Cons: Colors aren't realistic. There are galaxies with bright colors, but usually those are composite images of different spectrums. However, if you've been following my work, you'll notice that red and blue contrast is a trend in works of mine, and i like how this turned out. If i was to go for realistic coloring, it would be desaturated yellow, pulling towards brown. Not very eye-pleasing. Regardless, with all i learned, i might make a pretty realistic one in the near future, because now i got a thing for galaxies.

Now, the story of the production.

During late june, i started a galaxy. It turned out ok, looked more like a nebula though. So i worked on it more and more. I was planning on making a piece with 3 galaxies. Long story short, after weeks of working on them, i decided that they sucked, and i trashed them. I started one from scratch, and in 2 days, i had something that was 10 times better than the other 2. Shows that the things learned paid off seemlessly. So i worked and worked and they got cooler by the minute.

Then came the stars. Oh boy were they hard. Too many, then too little, no structure, bad coloring, you name it! After some experimenting, i got a nice setup that was balanced. Of course, i researched a lot of galaxy imagery during the production.

Finally, the coloring. Lots of fun and frustration. It was a pain to get a contrasting coloration, yet trying to keep it balanced. But finally, it's done. Might not be realistic, but somehow i went the other direction. Sometimes you just gotta do what your eyes ask you to do, disregarding a brain that says "thats not the true color, foo!"

So, after over a month in the making, here it is. All kind of feedback is appreciated, as always. Enjoy it :)
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xXIndigoStarXx Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Are you interested in sci fi stories and universes, something like the picture?
QAuZ Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
This has been featured [link]
siztem Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
took you a month to make this? well it definitely deserves a fav
dinyctis Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
A lot of playing around and on a crappy laptop that took like 5 minutes to save!
erwanbreizh Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
the sight is very beautiful!, il like it ;)
why-wai95 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
this can make me think as an astrophotograph taken by telescope!!!
derurasu-horigotomo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2005
wow your hella good O__o what kinds of program do oyu use to make htings look soo damn real???
Princess-Of-Tsurgi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MissFlesh Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Very very well done space scene. Its so beautifully done, I just love all the colors.
CarlosAntunes Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004  Student Digital Artist
The atmosphere itīs great, i īm not too familiar with light behavior but i like the detail of the stars with the 4 lines each in the same direction, itīs the correct way, nice detail...
solarisdezine Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
very nice piece,
what filters did you use,
is it all done in PS ?
dinyctis Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
No filters at all

And al photoshop :)
solarisdezine Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
wicked :)
camelchild Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
your art, as always, is mindblowing.

Recently I came across a National Geo book about the Universe and the pictures it has are truely amazing. To see your art piece made me do a double check on it. I personally feel that this is the best redndition of any galaxy, ever.

If you want, i could send you scans of the pictures and you could use them as more references.

In the world of astronomers, this scene of two galaxies, this close to each other, would be the beginning of a collision resulting in the destrucion of one galaxy and the creation of a totally new one. But I'm sure you new that ^ ^.

PS. i tried my hand at nebulas but they look like horrible splodges on screen. ^ ^;
hebrewgift Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
your starskapes are beyond belief. I really am impressed.
urbanfaeri Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
your work always amazes me. :worship:
aridmoose Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004
Awesome, as usual!
megachaos Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2004  Professional General Artist
:wow: whoa... can you say -- SWEETNESS!!! :headbang:

this is just freakin' amazing! :nod:
i love the stars, and the colors used in the galaxies :D
Teenzo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2004
Wow :jawdrop: I've done some deep sky imaging using a 1 meter telescope & for all I knew, this could have been a picture! Amazing job with the colors... and don't worry about them NOT being realistic. For deep sky imaging, different filters are used to pick up different elements (spectra) and it all come down to the person doing the imaging to assign a different visual color for each filter... so once again, don't worry about that... hmm, this reminds me to submit my images to dev art.

oh well, :+fav: & take care =)
pegacorn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoa.. :eyepopping: :+fav:
phyzer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
great stuff bro, the spiral nebs are excellent. Love the detail too. Keep it up ;) :+fav:
Galeos Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004

Again, dinyctis, your art is excellent, in my opinion.
Your attempt to create two galaxies was successful, and you sure made them look "real". At first I thought "This is no galaxy - it's a bunch of gases with un-organized stars", but then I looked at this [link] and damn your attempt is damn close to a realy galaxy, as they put it in the picture. Heck, i'm not saying you copied, lol, I mean that the structure of the galaxy well and true to spiral galaxies, like the Milky Way.
I have to tell you, though, that the structure of the galaxies themselves, from the beginning, is very organized and it does looks fixed, but as you go further away from the source, it gets a little disorganized - But it might actually be true to real galaxies, too. I'm not an astrophysician (intend to, though :P), so I don't know.
Also, it looks like you put a sun or a light source in the middle - After I checked, it seems very accurate. I really like how the gases of the two galaxies meet in the middle. I wish that us humans could do it more often :P
Now... Again them twinkling stars! They look just like in "Axial" - they are so bright that they look like squares! It might give the wrong impression to the average viewer who is not using a zoom extension to firefox, but I think I managed, as you know, to get to the bottom of this :P
The only suggestion I have about this is to make the stars less twinking, and the "horns" they seem to spring out I suggest to reduce... That's what I think, anyway.
Look, I am not going to hassle you - It's very hard to compete with the Digital pictures that are photoshoped, like the ones *Spaceartists members do, because of the nature of the media - There is something very impacting about them.
This piece looks more of reality than fiction, which is very good for itself! Not just the picture itself, but the way the brain recieves it - the whole visual effect is similar to the one in the link at the start. I think that this very good!

So that's what I think about your work. Very good overall!
In addition, it goes into my favorites!

Had enough? :P

dinyctis Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
Could you show me a screenshot of how you see the square stars? i am aware that this might be because of the lens flares that they have, but i'd just like to see what you see :)

I tried to depict big spiral galaxies, with a very organized center and more random arms, although some spiral galaxies are extremely organized from center to edge. I just like the edge randomness because it makes them feel more dynamic, plus i can connect the 2 =P

Once again, thank you for the great comment :)
Galeos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2004

I squared those who seemed square to me. But once again, I must say that they are not actual squares, but they are merely looking like squares, with the aura around them and the pointy light thingies. They resemble squares, not are really squares.

And once again, no problems for the comment :)

therimgreaper Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2004
thats awesome
eclectic-fusion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2004
WOW I love this!! I never imagined anyone would create artwork of galaxies! It just never entered my mind. And finally...the first one I probably going to be one of the best one's I'll ever see until you make another one. :clap: VERY VERY VERY WELL DONE!!! Just beautiful and awe-inspiring! Space is my favorite thing...and you really "captured" it well...:clap: :+favlove:
fickleisthemind Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2004
First off I really like this picture! :thumbsup: Weather or not the colours are totally realistic I don't think matters as you say it is appeasing to the eye! There is something about the 'twinkling' stars though that doesn't seem right but i can't put my finger on it !?! Maybe it's the fact there so idenitcial or that they seem too 'in focus' compared to the galaxys?

Neway overall i like it nice one!
dinyctis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2004
That's an interesting point there. However, after looking at a lot of images of galaxies......i found that it was acceptable.

That said, the images had a lot less bright stars. I basically increased the amount of everything, from stars, to colors, to actual galaxies :)
tigaer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
that's a very good try on galaxies here. i like the parts of clouds on the spirals getting more intense to the center. you can see the detail that went into it. guess you're on the right way in things like 'galaxies' =)
bluerugbychick Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! It kidna looks realistec...except for the stars. Now I have to find an easier way to do a nebula...thats gonna be hard. :|
petrus78 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004
Amazing work! When I have the money I may think of getting a poster of this! :)
weeve Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004   Traditional Artist
wow, the full view is completely amazing, the spiral swirling dust around the stars, just breath taking. a dual star system, this is what I think of, the impossibility of science being able to fathom how two star systems operate, that in it self is amusing. either or any way, I like the pink hues on some of the other stars. orange, and blue seem to accent stars well, as due ultra violet level colorings.
dinyctis Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004
actually, double star systems are rather common. :)

Thank you very much for the thorough comment :D
genocide-54 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2004
Looking awesome man, your talent really shows through in this one.
arwenita Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Precioso :) yo todavía me deliro pensando como nacen esas cosas en photoshop :giggle:
baseballmidget Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004
Really awesome. Truly looks like a photo from the Hubble or something. Really good job on the starclusters/clouds too.
x-Seki-x Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004
Sorry to post again, - Not "azure-blue cloud around the bottom right" I guess I should call them azure-blue outer-arms of the galaxy :P
x-Seki-x Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004
Hey, This is amazing, Lovely work, very realistic.
I especially like the azure-blue "cloud" on the bottom right of the left hand galaxy.
I was wondering, do you know of any tutorials for galaxies? I wouldnt mind trying my hand at making one :)
Thanks for creating such a great piece to look at, & Take it easy

dinyctis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2004
first of all, im glad you enjoyed them :)

as for the tutorial, i don't make one, and i didnt follow one, either.
Even if i did one (which i dont plan to), it would be ridiculously long and it would be quite easy to get lost, since its rather complex.

However, that is just my technique, you gotta find your own by simply experimenting :)
creator07 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a fan of the purple stars.
aarora Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004
This is just awesoeme, im speechless.
eilidh Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
amazingly beautiful -- all these colours, again.. fanstastic job.
alisa Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2004
hello this is so beautiful keep up the great work so bye for now ....
Eclipse-Arc Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
Wow, love it!
B3ANBAG Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
Nice nice! Can see y it took u so much time. It's really well done but as someone else said the large stars could do with a fair bit of variation. Great job! :)
scmaps2003 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
Awesome, hey if u ever need me to make u a space ship with ps7 for one of ur wallpapers or images, let me know, i have done a really good 1 on this particular piece: :thumb9756984: , I don't have many views, but my dad printed it for me and i sold alot by hand, so if u dont have 3d studio max or bryce and u just want a good ship i will make one for you at no charge, cuz ur stuff is good...really good...but it needs some extra feel to it you know?
Other than that, this kicks ass and good job!
dinyctis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2004
thanks for the comment, and i'll keep your offer in mind :)
esprit-cheval Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
This looks incredibly cool. It's like two universal eyes staring at you.... :fear:
arumdamour Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a great visual effect!!! Love the chosen colors. Well done. =)
equuleus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
Very nice mate! A fav for sure. :)

Your technique in the galaxies has imporved and looks great, and i think the colours suit perfectly, and more then likely there are "colourful" galaxies out there.

However now i've said that ;) there seem to be something missing about the piece, it just lacking something and it seems to be in the center of the galaxies and where they join, maybe make them "heavier"? if u know what i mean...

Great work again +fav

Maybe it just me?
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