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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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Nightwalker50 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Brown dwarfs have anywhere between 15 and 80x the mass of Jupiter. 
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student General 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 General 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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PhysicistEarthPony Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
That's deep.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, a dark comparison, but kinda true ;p
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OddFox17 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Writer
It's basically a wannabe star. It wants to hang with the big boys, but it doesn't have what it takes.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Note that it is not a condamnation... In theory, if given enough mass material from X - like a big star shredding stuff out - it would possibly ignite for real and turn into a star, like how some 'corpses' of stars evolve farther the same way (Novas and all)
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OddFox17 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Writer
How much mass would it need?
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
The exact rules that say 'that will flare into a star' and 'that will NOT fly, Willbur' is not clear... from what I heard, maybe around 10-12 jupiters size, and that become a red dwarf star, smallest true star (in adult life). A lot of material, but not theorically impossible, maybe... extraordinary event would be needed.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know what that's like :saddummy:
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Baro Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
love everything about it!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Found this one kinda late :XD:

Glad you love it! 8-)
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wishspell1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
how much?
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blindBraille Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
All your art is amazing, I mostly view it as places that in all probability have to exist in the infinite void of space but that humans -at least not in the near future- won't be able to see. I have always loved space and astrological studies your artwork just brings to life what most people can only imagine. I see your posts from time to time and I am always thrilled that despite your hardships you continue to put out amazing artwork. Thank you!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I create most of these based on situations I like to think could happen :nod: And I wouldn't be surprised if it were true. Unfortunately you're right that all of those discoveries are still way off :doh:

Glad you still enjoy my work :D
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Doug-cg Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
your monster heheh man...you is very good in painting !!! pleaseee...been my master? =DD hhehehehe
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you liked it :handshake:
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Doug-cg Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
=D
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ThornwindFairy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Aah, if only I had this view out of my window... :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would get pretty quiet and dark after a while though :O But a cool sight for a change :D
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csostini Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Liking the the texture of the foreground mass and the subtle nature of the mass controlling the background
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twisterguy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Amazing!
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DeathInTheReaper Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I REALLY like this. I just adore space art. I'm a total sci-fi dork as well. But this was just way to gorgeous to pass up. I made some of my own gas giants once in a picture though they were not as good as yours. <3
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'd be surprised how difficult they are to get their features realistic. More than just a marbleized ball of clouds - there's often complex and sometimes repeating "patterns" of weather systems always changing, getting that look is where the challenge lies :)
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DeathInTheReaper Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, yeah I know how detailed they look though I'm sure I'd truly come to appreciate it if I tried to do a serious rendering of one myself.
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Garanta Featured By Owner May 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
I feel so tiny...
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shrewmania Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Looking at the thumbnail, and before reading the description, I thought that this might have been the surface of Io with Jupiter and Europa in the background. :meditation:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe if Jupiter was roasting hot :XD: I have done that scene from IO though, it's actually the front cover for my Solar Scapes calendar :D
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NESWolf20 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
cool
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice one man, really loving the gas-giant texture - it has such a fantastic dirty colour and feel to it, while some of the reflections and colours make it feel luminous and translucent at the same time. Rather unusual for a giant.

The lightning of the scene makes me a bit confused though. I might be wrong, but considering the shadowing on the moon and the asteroids - shouldn't the giant have some darker shadow in the upper right corner? Not too sure about the lightning on the close up asteroid either. I imagine the light source being behind and slightly to the left of the spectator - shouldn't there be some shadows on the ground of the asteroid "reaching" towards the giant?

Lightning doesn't really come natural to me though, so might be all wrong.

A great piece nonetheless! :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're right in the fact that the lighting is coming from behind and off to the left, The asteroids, brown dwarf and moon I tried to get the same lighting angle on. Though the effect was tricky since I was dealing with three different surfaces. The asteroids are darker than that small moon and reflect less light. The gassy atmosphere of the brown dwarf I tried something new with shading-wise too, trying to get that "diffusing around the edges" look that Jupiter shows in photo's where its lit nearly front-on like here. So yeah a lot of it was pretty experimental ;p
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superlatives never do justice to your amazing work, Matthew ~ but I had to comment on this one, as it is so very evocative! :rose::deviation::rose: Coco
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. Glad you always enjoy my work :bow:
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure! :iconflowerheartplz: Coco
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Alexm95 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
very nice, Beautifull work
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BeebDweeb Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Looks very stunning BUT WHERE ARE THE ALIENS?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No point aliens being here. Looks like a dead area :shrug:
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Absolutely beautiful...
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BlueAnime101 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's been a while since I've commented (though I WILL get better about that and most likely go back and swarm your inbox with comments on other pieces that I have neglected commenting on in the last few months), but hi. :wave: Seeing this reminds me of an article I read a week or two ago. The coldest recorded star (there may be colder, but they haven't been measured) is 100C, and it is apparently more like a Jovian planet than a typical star. It makes sense that they would have Jupiter-like stripes, so this piece beautifully represents that star in my mind now. =]
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Upon my late research when I made this I think I read about the same thing (well they said it was 300 degrees but it was probably because they are crazy people who still use Fahrenheit :giggle:...errr, no offense to you Americans though ^^;) But either way that is very cold for a star, yet funny how its still deadly for our standards. One like that probably wouldn't even have glowing zones like this though. I personally would just call it a very large and hot planet instead. But they're the experts, not me ;p
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BlueAnime101 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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It was actually something that I did an abstract on a few weeks ago for Astronomy. I thought it was so cool that water's boiling point was about the same as that star's temperature (which must've been the only reason I could actually remember this considering how my memory doesn't normally stay for two weeks). As for Fahrenheit versus Celsius, I only prefer Celsius in science because it's much easier to convert to Kelvin, but I otherwise couldn't care less about the unit (though I must point out that "Fahrenheit 451" sounds better than "Celsius 451" in my opinion). It's once you get into the other crazy numbers of the standard system like 2850 feet in a mile and 12 inches and a foot and an inch usually being divided into maybe 16 equal parts... Yeah, metric makes much more sense. As an American, I personally wouldn't mind using the same units as the rest of the world. XD
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, that was it. I recognize the artwork...unless it was used elsewhere :XD: I like Celsius since I find it easy to remember that water boils at exactly 100 and freezes at exactly 0...Kinda funny when I hear Americans referring to a 50 degree day as "cold" when in our terms that would be unbearably hot (and we get close some days here :onfire:)
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