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Half Star by priteeboy Half Star by priteeboy
A half-star rating is probably the best this ball of gas could get in celestial terms, for it's not quite a properly developed star with nuclear fusion in its core, yet still not as small and dark as a planet either. It's an oddball somewhere in between, filling the gap between what's a star and what's a planet and one that I don't see often illustrated in much detail among the space art genre.

It's actually a "Brown Dwarf" star, though technically giving off brown light is impossible, but the name was just to fill the dim, cool area of the star spectrum between red and black. A weak reddish-orange light shows more noticeably on the side in the dark while the brighter side in this case is being lit up by a companion star. They apparently may have Jupiter-like stripes, whiter stripes are thicker, high altitude clouds, so they mask out the feeble light coming from the heat inside while it shines through less interrupted in the shallower, darker bands. Some asteroids and moons are bound to orbit around it.

So my comment was more scientific this time, art-wise I admit it's not anything new or groundbreaking for me. But I just wanted to have fun drawing something relatively easy for me since I've been focusing on mostly tedious stuff lately. This was a nice break I created over a couple of days and arguably one of the most detailed brown dwarf renderings around, so I'm pretty happy with that ;)

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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
did you see 2010: a space oddessy?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually I haven't :shh:
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
it's about Jupiter becoming a star and stuff, it's a classic sci-fi, you should totally see it:D
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MisterTotality Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
The art is lovely and I'm quite impressed with the scientifically accurate description. It certainly sounds like you've studied astronomy/astrophysics.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure have. It has been one of my longest-running interests :nod:
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MisterTotality Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Glad to hear it! Your work reminds me of the "artist's conception," or "artistic illustration" images seen on APOD, NASA, ESA, or in magazines such as Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, etc. For example: [link]

Assuming you're not already, which won't surprise me, you could probably get paid to make these beautiful, astronomical pieces.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sometimes get inspired by memories of the illustrations I saw in astronomy books as a kid :nod: Other kids were reading children's novels and whatnot - I was reading about stars and planets :nerd:

That picture is actually from an artist here [link] :nod:
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LWJackn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Same for me. The art of Don Dixon, Don Davis, Chesley Bonestell, David A. Hardy, Ron Russell, etc in the late 70's started me on my road for Astronomy / space art.  :)

The likes of Syd Mead, Chris Foss, John Berkey, and so on, for the other side of things such as in Sci Fi work.

:)
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MisterTotality Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
"Other kids were reading children's novels and whatnot - I was reading about stars and planets :nerd:"

Yes, that sounds familar! :D
Also, thank you for linking me to :icongate-to-nowhere:.
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Red-Jirachi-2 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
The Stillborn Star
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