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Shedding the Light by AdrienCGD Shedding the Light by AdrienCGD
Done in May 2010 with PhotoShop CS2.
Took me about 3 hours on this one. It was kind of a revised version of
I actually got a critique on this old piece but I had already worked on half of the tips I received from it! So there are still some flaws, but I'll do better in future works.

Also if you noted the dark dot on the big planet, it's supposed to be the shadow from its moon... I just messed up really badly on this part so yeah...

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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student General Artist
You are getting better and better at this! :D
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Hehe I'm glad you think so! I always try to improve and I learn with each new piece!
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Student General Artist
yeah, i seem to do the same. :DIt's awesome when you make somehting that's so cool you just stair at it for a long time and think yeah i did this. :D
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Hehe yeah I get that feeling sometime! But then I learn with each piece so when I get on to another project, I'm no longer happy with it because I could've improved it lol
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student General Artist
yeah, that seems to happen with me also. XD
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Hehe I bet it happens to most people who learn with each new piece. But then again, I realize how I had to go through the old ones to learn and be able to be at this level. And I know that a year from now I'll look at my old piece and think the same about the pieces I have now lol
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Indeed. I wonder how my Piece will look like in about 5 years from now.
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
I think in under a year you'll think different already.
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L0rdDrake Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, how do you make your blue gas like effect?
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
I use textures. Usually my own cloud textures (take a camera and point to the sky) lol and then I overlay the texture.
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L0rdDrake Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool. :)
I tried using pictures of clouds I got off the web for something similair once, but I ran into a problem with getting rid of the blue sky. :/

Haha, that only works if you have a camera. :P
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Well you can try inverting the colors and then desaturating the picture (or simply desaturating the pic first) and you'll be in black and white. You can also color the picture but it's hard to do it correctly by pressing Ctrl + B
Also if you use cloud pics off the internet, you need to credit them. And some people even ask that you ask them before using it. So yeah, careful when you use textures out there. Easiest way to do that is use the ones on DA because the artists write the rules there and you can leave a comment easily and write the credits easily when you upload the art.
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RobertPrinsen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
nice work!:)

I really like the cold blue/ cyan colours!!
nice detail is the little planets shade on the big one, normally when people do this, the perspective and stuff get's confusing, but you did it correct and it looks pretty good:D
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
I'm glad you like it! Yeah the colors is what I worked most on even though it's monotone. I'm sure some people will love it and others won't since I've seen that reaction before with previous monotone space art before. lol And that's cool, I thought I messed up the perspective and shadow :XD:
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RobertPrinsen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
haha no, it looks great;)
And yes, there will always be some people who dont like the colour or something
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Well people are very different. Some people love colors, some hate, some like certain colors but not others, and some people like everything.

So it's really hard to satisfy everyone...
(that's what she said) lol
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RobertPrinsen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
thats also treu (but didnt tell you in my last message:P)
indeed;) i think it's best to achieve that some one with a good eye and knows what he's talking about likes your works.

Thats on whom you can build, people who only complain cant be satisfied easily (or even at all)

And well;) I'm more then satisfied woth your works;) and i can see much improvement over time;)
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Yeah that's why I always focus on making my art good in my own style, but to the level of the other great artists out there since they seem to know what they're doing and it's very inspiring to see their works. Not to mention it's great when they give you some feedback because they know what they're talking about! So that's what I envision whenever I create my space art. But all my other friends and people who aren't into space art seem to like it. So I think I reached what I wanted! But I still wanna improve every time! I'm glad you see me improving! I tend to slowly improve, but whenever I get some good criticism, I tend to improve much more all of a sudden! Like I haven't uploaded all my other works yet.
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RobertPrinsen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
haha;) thats completely true;)
good artists are the ones that help others;) When i give some feedback, i really like it when people appreciate that;)
and ussually they do;) it's great to see them improve;)

But most is always done by the artist himself;) and i think its very important to make sure you know what you created and
ask yourself questions if something is correct(like maybve physics or something) or the colour balance / contrast;)

some of these things might be easy to check(now i think of it, colour light/dark balance mught be able to be checked by making the image black and white(not greytones) and see if the black and white is in balance;) never tried this:P)

Its far to warm here (tomorrow the estemate about 37 degrees celsius with 50 precent moister in the air:P)
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Yeah it's true that the best artists are the ones that help each other out, are friendly and never stop improving! :) Yeah it's always nice to give some feedback and tips to other artists. What I don't like though is when I give a huuuuge critique with a lot of input and stuff and all I get is "oh ok, thanks for the critique" lol

Hmm that's a good idea. Like you desaturize the picture to see the contrast's balance? Doesn't always work though. Sometimes I have a pretty good space art with a bunch of colors and then I desaturize it and the quality goes down and it looks totally pale. Even though with colors it's vibrating! lol

Dang that's freaking hot! :O Where on earth do you live? It better not be hell XD I hate it when it's hot AND a lot of moisture >.< lol
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the planet texture is good, really makes it looks like a small world where some features can noticably be seen as being a higher altitude than the rest due to the roughness of it, and the small moon casting a shadow was a nice touch too 8-)
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! I blended only three textures and they were the ones I used most of the time! But I tried a bit harder this time. Btw thanks for giving me feedback on my new works! :)
Also you can be more rough in the criticism if you want! I learn best this way (besides practicing all the time) lol
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pyschoticsloth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
the little moon moved lol
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Hehe it did!
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gorgonbreath Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist
Very beautiful!
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Thanks! :)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I love it !!
What is/are the brush(es) you used with the motion blur ?

I tried to use it ([link]) but I failed...
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Well there's a few easy tricks to using the motion blur.
I simply used the autumn leaves (you know, the ones that randomly scatters) with white and motion blurred it to 999 and made it horizontal. Then I redid that a few times until I got some strong lines and pressed Ctrl + T and then held Ctrl while clicking the top left corner dragging it upward, and then dragging the bottom left corner, dragging it down and overlayed my texture layer over it.
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I guess you used several layer, didn't you ?

Well anyway, it looks awesome ; I'll try !!
Thanks for the tips !
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
In most of my pieces I end up with about at least 60 layers but I mostly work with about 20-30 because I merge a bunch together every once in a while. For the motion blur I only used one to add those lines. But with the texture and the color behind there's about 10 more layers altogether lol

And you're welcome! ;)
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I hope I'll be able not to get confused with all those layers !:lol:
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Heh I think the only way not to get confused is just practice and it seems you've got quite a lot of experience with using PhotoShop before, so it shouldn't be too hard. Also you can name them if you want. I never name them because I got a pretty good memory at that, even though I admit like 1% of the time I get lost with the layers when there's like over 60 lol

Some of my friends who are better than me (like the elite ones out there such as taenaron) told me that they use sometimes up to 500 layers on one project! It's pretty crazy and most other artists use around 150 most of the time, so me, I use about half of the average. Same with the time, some people spend up to 9 hour or even half a day, but my average is 2-3 hours. I don't know why though.
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You're alright ; practice is important to get better.

However, I must confess : I'm not using PhotoShop, but only GIMP :D
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Oh GIMP! I use that program too, but never for my art stuff. It has a lot of glitches and all the tools are different, so it takes me forever to find them and manipulate the picture lol
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