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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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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.
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SporeDiatrymisss Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This... is just wayyy too fantastic for words. :'D
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww thank you! :D
rladngus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
one word: BEAUTIFUL
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
Hameed Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Digital Artist
Amazing work well done.
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey, thanks a lot! Glad to hear it from a space veteran ;)
InvictusSanguis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TALGA Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! There are no words!
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much :D
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