2008-01-28: Translucent Planet

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This was done in some bootleg version of Photoshop. It’s not the first piece of space art I created – there were some previous ones that I’ve completely lost – but it is one of my favorites.

To create this, I followed a bunch of tutorials on how to create star fields and planets. There’s very little actual drawing here – the planets were created through various filters, the stars were originally noise, and the star clusters are the result of the clone stamp tool. Also, Photoshop had a lens flair tool back then.

The translucent planet was originally going to be a normal-looking planet, but I was playing around with layer modes and found something that seemed pretty interesting.

2013-03-11: Molten Planet

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This is a weird bit of space art I did in 2013. I was using the techniques that I’d learned years earlier, and it definitely shows – the clone stamped stars, the filters that were used to create the planet, the glow, etc.

I wish I remember how I created the fiery parts of the planet. It must have been some layer mode, but at this moment, I genuinely have no idea what it could possibly be.

Purple Nebula (2020-10-17)

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Acrylic on canvas panel. Finished 2020-10-17.

This is technically a speedpainting – it only took twenty minutes! I’d just bought a new paint color (dioxazine purple) and wanted to test it out.

And what I came up with was this pretty nebula-ish thing. Of all the acrylic paintings I’ve done, this is one of my favorites…a twenty minute doodle, basically.

Desert Night

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Acrylic on canvas panel; finished 13 May 2021.

This is my first actual acrylic painting of 2021. I don’t know why it took me almost four and a half months to sit down and paint something, but it did.

This painting is inspired by the views you get in dark sky areas in rural Arizona. Everything’s super dark and there are so many visible stars.

Because my scanner is not the best, some colors did not transfer to the digital version:

  • there is a translucent layer of dioxazine purple at the top of the painting. This is barely visible even in person, so it’s not too important that you can’t see it here.
  • The clouds are actually orange-tinted and not gray.

After scanning, I put the standard three coats of varnish onto it. I’ve always heard to take pictures/scan BEFORE you put the varnish on, so I took a picture just to see how bad the glare is:

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Yeah, it’s pretty bad. The colors are also not nearly this bold in reality.