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Exultant by Laanscapes Exultant by Laanscapes
..:: Exultant ::..
On the rim of the Perseus arm in our own galaxy, there is a small binary system comprising of 3 planets. One of which lies in the heart of the habitable zone.
This piece depicts the home planet of a possible advanced civilization on the other side of the galaxy.

Exultant is made entirely in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and 6, and spans 4 months of work.
I started with the planet. I had a good idea of how I wanted to place the planet in the scene, so the lighting
s spot on to begin with. The city lights took shape and the textures where applied to the planet. Layer upon layer of clouds where next. Atmospherics and haze after that.

The scene evolved: I added some rings to the planet. First a 2D plane, then lighting and shadows. Then some asteroids. In the mean time, 2 stars where born. I opted for a binary system, since 80% of the stars in the Milky Way are joined binary star systems.

A couple of 'hero' asteroids joined the scene. Lots of high res textures ensured a realistic, yet sci-fi look to them.
It all began to take shape with the lighting of the asteroid field (planet ring). Finally some smaller effects, like the magnetic interference between the competing stars and the 'northern' lights on the face of the planet.
The starfield was made seperately and joined it in the final leg of the scene.

Getting some contrast in there and applying some nice 'Surreal Exposure' filters to the final scene made it into a piece that's undoubtedly one of my favorites to date.


Prints are available for sale!
This one is 1500 x 8000 pixels large. All prints are full
color 16-bit imag
es at 320dpi.

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Mythspinner-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is stunning! :D
Laanscapes Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much!
Mythspinner-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Laughablelauren Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
This is fan-freaking-tastic! C:
Laanscapes Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks! This doens't get commented on often! :)
Laughablelauren Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Well it should, cause it's cool.
AnneCHPostma Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ziet er goed uit!
Laanscapes Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Deze is dan niet in Nederland genomen, maar toch. :) Dank je wel!
AnneCHPostma Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehehe :)
Alpine-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
A Thing of Beauty Indeed!
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