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Red Giant by ErikShoemaker Red Giant by ErikShoemaker
In about 5 Billion years our sun as we know it will be close to the end of its lifetime. Its Hydrogen reservoirs will be depleted and the outer shell will expand to the size of a red giant with a radius more than a hundred times bigger than its current size. The inner planets Mercury and Venus are destroyed in the process whereas the earth's crust is turned into an ocean of lava because of the close distance and the extreme heat. The sun will cover a huge part of the sky.
I doubt that we'll still exist when it comes to that, but what if we do? It must be an amazing and terrifying experience to see it for yourself.

Based on Mike Harrisons' work ([link]) for round 7 of runyourjewels: [link]

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Jiyugami Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think we'll have colonized and moved to mars by then. 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if the sun of our solar system dies the people on Mars would await a similar fate :)
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Jiyugami Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well crap. 

I heard one of Jupiter's moons is sustainable. 
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of a story by Zelazny I read a long long time ago.... Awesome work.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much!
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duesterheit Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
great!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks again!
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BRATKING Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Well Done !!!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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SuperShadowArt Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the most amazing pictures I have ever seen! I love the detail and the mood it sets! I always wonder how people do that. I wish I could. ITS SO AMAZING!!! =D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so sorry for the late reply, thank you very much for the kind words, I appreciate it! :)
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SuperShadowArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem I was late again too lol. I love ur art! IT'S AMAZING!! ^^
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wolfgirl501 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
youtu.be/yKCvfbzlX0I Found here, its a nice piture!:D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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enixeffex Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
superb! must have it as my desktop!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you again, have fun with the wallpaper. ;)
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ace1729 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Pure magic :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Bramdebleecker Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really nice , congrats
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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ezio Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Amazing!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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xBeto Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Photographer
This work is amazing, I found you here
[link]
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah cool, thanks for the link and the comment!
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Zak05 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Thalana Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Wonderful !!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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TheBishopOfKyle Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Your work is the work that actually inspired me to get into digital art, Thank you for sharing such great work :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow, that's such an awesome thing to hear, thank you! :bow:
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ricke76 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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Chazste Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Awesome! **
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Le-Meridian Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Feature [link] :D :hug:
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ironmysox Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is absolutely incredible . . instant Favourite and new desktop!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! Glad you like it :)
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silverhammer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's an awesome piece of work :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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EnumaElishDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
amazing mate
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man :D
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Fantastic piece...
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Your welcome :hug:
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alsarab Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
after rethinking i think the B&W is better .
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep me too! The contrast and lighting simply works better this way I think.
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alsarab Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yah:)
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phildunne Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
NICE!!!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx!
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Majeh1 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I don't like the sun in this version. Not enough diversity in colours. I like the b/w version way more.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yea I like the b/w version better as well, mainly for lighting and contrast.
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