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My second try at terraspace. Done a long time ago on October 17th, 2010. It turned out much better than my first terraspace. Though I feel I could work a little more on this one.

The picture used for the planet with the mountains comes from Google Earth in 3D. I'm not sure how to credit. Though I will not submit a print for this otherwise it would go against the copyrights. Hopefully in the future I can get Vue 8 or terragen.
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Juding from the thumb, this image seems to flow together pretty nicely; much better than the last one I critiqued from you (when was that? Seems like it has been ages ago...). So anyways, back to the image.

The hues are working well together; the purple really adds towards it! Big plus on that part. Same with the planet. Without it, the scene would probably look boring and dull.

However, there are also several things I'd like to point out that might need further refinement. I'll start off with the most obvious element: the terrain. I have read your comment about how you got it. Fairly innovative method. Alas, it is obvious that there have been a couple filters slapped over it. Some ridges are overly sharp and the black dots that are literally everywhere destroy the naturalness of the terrain. Instead of filterizing to get rid of possible artefacts, it might be better to just collect a couple stock-images of various sites and manipulate those into the scene. It might be a little more time-consuming, but the final result will therefore be a whole lot better.

Let us talk a little bit about the planet. The overall look is okay, but upon closer inspection, one quickly recognizes some, let's call them, "awkwardnesses". The first thing that comes to my mind would be the two straight lines, going right over the surface. If they're intended, then it would be better to add some more variations to them, to let them look like cracks, chasms, or the like. Otherwise, it would be probably better to clone them out. Pretty much the same applies to the gianormous river-like structure covering the bottom half of the planet. Judging from the colors, it could be a large crack; judging from the shape, it could be a river. My suggestion would be to reinforce the edges by further highlighting/shadowing or to reduce the opacity of the river to make it appear less dominant. Maybe even reduce the overall contrasts on the planet, considering that it's probably many thousand kilometers away and the atmosphere of the terrain swallows quite a bit of light coming from space. Compare it to the small planet, it has almost no details ;)

Speaking about the atmosphere again: the closer you get towards the horizon, the more atmosphere is between the viewer and the stars. This again means that the brightness of latter should decline the lower you get. And, of course, clouds block out some light as well, so it would be good to capture this, too.

The rest would be just senseless nitpicking, so I guess, I'll leave it with this. Although the above paragraphs sound fairly negative, I'd like to point out that you have come a long way since my last critique. I am pretty sure that you can further improve and become a great space-artist! :)
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kitteeh Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really awesome :D
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Hehe thanks :)
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draenei-friend Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful! :heart: :+fav:
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Thanks!
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Tyruk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Stunning.
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Thank you :)
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XRaiderV1 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very nice.
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Thanks!
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angelic-jean Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the choice of colours and the terrain is awesome.
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thanks I'm really glad you do! It took me a while to get the right colors :)
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NEW-NOVA Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
fantastic :D
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
thanks :)
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pyschoticsloth Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
this is awsome
i miss your space art lol
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thanks! And there'll be more comingsooon! Been so busy... XD
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pyschoticsloth Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
oh busy days lol

well no rush though we do miss you lol
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Yeah been busy since I first went to high school 5 years ago XD Now that I'm in college and have a job it's even crazier XD
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pyschoticsloth Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
i know how you feel lol

im kinda dreadin the 2 years i have left XD
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Ah that's gotta suck. I remember how much of a pain in the ass high school was sometimes... oh boy :XD:
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pyschoticsloth Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
its worse with extremely annoying people lol
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Haha that's mainly the reason why high school sucked :XD:
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pitkon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011   Interface Designer
Just beautiful! A fav!
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Yay thanks so much :)
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pitkon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011   Interface Designer
My pleasure :)
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realityfaery Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely get either of the two programs in the future, though I admit I'm a loyal terragen user :giggle: but I would love to see what you can churn out with something like that. :nod:

You did a much better job than the first terraspace :D Great flow from one element to the other. Good work Adrien :)
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Hehe I keep hearing that Terragen is the better program for terraspace. I think I'll end up getting it in the future when I have money and more time ;)

And thanks, I'm glad you noticed. The first one I did really sucked o.O' Haha and it took me a while to get the transition and colors right on this one.
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Not bad! Great landscape though :)
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thanks! ^.^ Landscape is from Google Earth. The original looks so crappy haha
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Wow ... how can U take a pic from google Earth? NP though.
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AdrienCGD Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Just download google earth for free. Then find some great spots and turn it into 3D and navigate until you find a good scene. Then press f11 so it's full screen and then print screen it. The only downside is that it will be the size of your monitor. There are copyrights so you have to credit and you can't sell prints of your edited work.
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Awesome ... thanks a lot buddy :)
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