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Chthonic by ErikShoemaker Chthonic by ErikShoemaker
slashTHREE Artpack 10 - World Exhibition II

Working on this one was pretty exhausting because I had to update it several times and the psd-file reached an almost ridiculous size of 3GB. I have another, much larger version of this artwork which I'm going to upload to the wallpaper gallery in a few weeks. This piece is actually just the left half of the whole. ;)

I got most of my inspiration from =Nameless-Designer's nebula guide, thank you very much man.
Not much more to say about this, I guess. I made this in March so I barely remember. :XD:

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© Erik Schumacher
This is no stock image, so don't use, copy or manipulate the original artwork without my written permission.
Visit my website: www.xkire.de
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:icontaenaron:
First of all: nice to see that you're still active in the field of space art. We need more participating artists like you! ;)

Now to your image:

+ Pros
:bulletgreen: light
:bulletgreen: colors
:bulletgreen: concept / placement of the objects
:bulletgreen: starfield

- Cons
:bulletred: nebula
:bulletred: asteroids
:bulletred: missing depth
:bulletred: oversharpened

Some thoughts
I really like the way you colored the picture. Nice variation and good blending. Also the light looks like light and has a shining effect. And on the edges of the nebula, you can see some really nice depth. There, it looks like the light is coming out of a hole, which adds a lot of scale. There's also a nice line for the eye to follow, given by the direction of the nebula and the asteroids. Keep it up! Ah and I really like your starfield. Looks a bit random but works well here.

Unfortunately the execution of the nebula is not as good. The used textures are too clear and distracting. I would recommend to smudge them a bit or to soften them. The next point are the asteroids, which acutally look very flat. There are also too much repetitions. Both, the nebula's textures and the asteroids really destroy the depth. I think it would have been very helpful to add more asteroids and especially some larger ones in the foreground to easily generate depth. The last point I'm not really happy with is the sharpness. Maybe it's only my personal taste but I don't like such sharp edges on planets, asteroids and nebulatextures.

I hope my direct input helps you and you don't feel bothered by it. I really would like to see more of your space art and some development there :) Maybe try to do some new concepts like you told me in my journal: space meet's abstract art or something like that.
What do you think?
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:iconsporediatrymisss:
SporeDiatrymisss Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This... is just wayyy too fantastic for words. :'D
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww thank you! :D
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:iconrladngus:
rladngus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
one word: BEAUTIFUL
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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:iconhameed:
Hameed Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Digital Artist
Amazing work well done.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey, thanks a lot! Glad to hear it from a space veteran ;)
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:iconinvictussanguis:
InvictusSanguis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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:icontalga:
TALGA Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! There are no words!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much :D
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:iconsupersmurgger:
SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I purely love it !! The astounding details and incredible colours just take my breath away !!!!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thanks a lot dude!
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:iconsupersmurgger:
SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You're very Welcome ! :huggle:
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the colors and vintage look to it. :)
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconella-artiss:
ella-artiss Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
i don't know what to say !!! it amazin'
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! :)
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TheTrashCaretaker Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Although alittle bit almost abstract I gotta say the colors on this one just jumped right out at me. It's weird it almost looks like this in in some sort of massive galactic cave maybe on a asteroid or something. Certainly different from some of the space images I often see.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your comment! Actually I was going for a vivid and unconventional look with this one, so I am glad I succeeded.
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:iconnight2:
Night2 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow ! you really have some real cool manipulations / matte paintings !! good job ! :)
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! :)
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:iconajatuslapsi:
ajatuslapsi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
instant fav
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! :D
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:icondontbepissy:
DontBePissy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
UH. FUCKING. MAZING.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :D
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:icondiddle-diddle:
Diddle-diddle Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Impressive!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Diddle-diddle Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Anytime!
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:iconprawnsticks:
PrawnSticks Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009   Writer
Again, a really vivid, awsome piece. Brilliant =)
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot, glad you like it :)
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:iconjowleite:
JowLeite Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Kire1987, sorry I think you will not understand very well my tongue because I am using translator, I could use this nebula please?
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually I say no, but may I ask what it is for?
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:iconjowleite:
JowLeite Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
So, I'm Brazilian and use google translator, I'll prescisa just to make the background of a sign, if you'll leave very happy and I will give all due credits to you which i know a lot of nebulas congratulations man
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yea you may use it for once and only for a signature.. ;]
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:iconjowleite:
JowLeite Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Gee thanks man I owe you one in, alias love your work, you are worth Engles and has an agent to communicate much
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:iconstemoticon:
Stemoticon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009   Interface Designer
Whew, amazing!
I really like it, the colors, the nebula, amazing!

I have a question, how did you make the nebula's?
Just by brushing and smudging?
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not smudging, just a lot of brushing with different colors and a few rough textures on top of that.

Thanks a lot, I'm glad you like the colors and nebula :D
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:iconsymie:
symie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
omg so beuatiful
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconaformedharmony:
AformedHarmony Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Student General Artist
I was hearing Bal-saggoth, and then I see this :omg:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol hehe I almost forgot I got my inspiration for the title from them. :D
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iambutastudent Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
how much dpi do you usually work on your works?=)
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mostly 72. In case I know for sure it's going to be printed I start with 300. But it's possible to change it later on, so it doesn't really matter actually. :)
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iambutastudent Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
thanks kire! and congrats on the mag feature!:clap: centerfold men!! you rock:headbang:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe thank you :D :peace:
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:icontruplen:
Truplen Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
holy f..k

nice lighting and effects
is this from scratch ?
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have used a few textures to add more details, but basically yes. :) Thanks a lot, glad you like it!
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:iconmoonmaker:
Moonmaker Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
wow , thats a stunning work , definitely a :+fav:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, glad you like it. And thanks for the fav, too. :D
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dannix14 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student Photographer
oh wow!! great job!! i never seen somthing like dat before ^-^
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