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Obsidian Ore by priteeboy Obsidian Ore by priteeboy
A dark planet orbiting a star that has already gone Supernova, the heat and pressure from its parent star's violent death has melted and transformed the surface into a black, shiny glass-like rock called Obsidian, of which gives off a bright shine when the white dwarf sun reflects upon its new facade. Large cracks wrap around the planet's surface, and many meteors and small moons orbit around it, most of which were blasted away from the planet itself...Now, a cold and eerie calmess fills the void left behind by a destroyed planetary system.

My submission to the "dark planet" theme that the newly formed :icongalaxyclub: has going. I tried some new things here which I think came out well, but perhaps only for this type of scene, either way, I had lots of free time in the past few days, most of which were spent doing this, so I was able to get it up pretty soon after my last space scene. Enjoy !

Not to be used or redistributed in anway, copyright protected artwork
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seviexe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my all time favourites.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! :D
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BlueLiquidPlus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Even with the water mark I want to use it as my background on my desktop for awhile its sweet. excellent work. :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Most people complain about that. But the way I see it - if the artwork is good enough people will ignore that stuff anyway =p
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Luckuar Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Amazing, just amazing! I wonder what would happen if that planet was hit by an asteroid........
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's been through a lot worse than that already :XD:
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:o Dear god you have skills!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Skill maybe, but a shitload of practice is what brought it out ;)
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Practice yields skill.
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0-sugar-rush-0 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
wow...i absolutely love this! its amazing! well done!
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UncleFester84 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
It's a great pic, really, but the astronomer in me is screaming "no planet can survive if its sun goes supernova, wich by the way doesnt leave behind a white dwarf but a neutron star, a pulsar or a black hole, but a red giant evaporing into a planetary nebula and a white dwarf could have done the job"
Sorry for the bother and again awesome pic :D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? damn, either the facts I read (granted they from ages ago) were written wrong or I just got mixed up :oops:

I think that wa sthe vision I originally had, I should have said just a regular nova rather than a supernova. I guess I get swept up in supernova's because they're more popular :XD:
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Kavone Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
wow it looks awesome, almost seems too in focus though
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, is it even possible for something to be too in-focus :lol: yeah, I sharpened it and upped the contrast since that seemed to be the norm in space images...these days I hardly do that anymore in favour of a more natural shading technique :nod:
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Kavone Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
haha well you wouldn't complain, but realistically yes
still awesome
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stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. this is stunning! How did you make this? Did you paint it all by hand(erm tablet). This is just oustanding. Instant fave!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I started out with a 3D landscape I made in the Vue program, which formed the rocky close-up moon, the planet's texturing I made in Photoshop and applied to a 3D sphere and rendered that seperately. Once I had the panet and close moon in place, I just painted in exrtra details to make it look nicer and not so "rendered"...I didn't have a tablet at the time I made this either - it was mouse-drawn :nod:
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stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:O all mouse-drawn? Man...you are just amazing. LOL This is outstanding! :faint: I can't imagine doing all that. LOL
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Wetbanana Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really cool! awesome colours
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, this has the least colours of any of my works :lol: but thanks :)
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ifreex Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shit!!!!!! It's amazing man!
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Bezerka Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Such beautiful destruction...
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Tara-Velting Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
Amazing! :)
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kushina2020 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
THIS LOOKS AWSOME!!!!!!!! So did you paint this or something?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! the landscape (which is actually up the top lol) is done in 3D, as is the planet too :nod: though the nebula in the background and various "shiny" effects were digitally painted in too, there's even even mix of 3D and digital painting in this one, though I have others which are either completely one or the other (I just try to keep myself varied ;))
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Greetings Matthew,

Very nicely done. Your background narrative helps less informed viewers better understand this rather "dark" concept . . .

My best,
Michael C. Turner
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Yeah, it's amazing how so many good artists say nothing about their works, but I think it helps better better appreciate what's going on :aww:
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Greetings Matthew,

Yes, even though a picture may be worth a thousand words, a few words may likewise illuminate any work of art.

My best,
Michael C. Turner
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al12gamer Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You're amazing, dude!
Too bad nobody ever looks at my works- and I'm not capable of THIS level of awesomeness. lol
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like you have two dilemma's there, and I faced the same when I started out, but problem A -nobody looking at your work, can be resolved by doing somehing about problem B - not being capable... You have the tools and the time, you just need to practice :nod:I have plenty of terrible deviations myself, most of which were scrapped or deleted by now, so everybody has to have a rough start ;p
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stalker777 Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats looks great ^^
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Stollrofl Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
You drew that with a mouse? :wow: Good work! I can't draw shit with a mouse... :-(
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure did :nod: the mouse was all I had for many years, so I learned to make the most of it ;) luckily, landscapes and space scenes are probably one of the few art forms that don't matter too much if you do it by mouse, they are allowed to be a little rough :D plus some 3D helped in this one too, and 3D actually is easier with the mouse :nod:
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nukeation Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
I think this has to be my most fav piece from your entire gallery. The mood you have captured here is just breathtaking! The darkness is really palpable and the cracks give off this kinetic feeling of the sun's shine running through the obsidian surface. The slighlty orange-yellow bloom in the glow/highlights makes the whole darkness come alive.

Two thumbs up, and that's only because I have just two hands. Hell, I'd give you four thumbs up if you'll allow me to use my toes! :lol:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha! putting my old, neglected work on my main page for a month is starting to pay off (the last did better in a onth than it had in the year beforehand too :XD:) Glad you liked this one so much, now I know what your tastes are :D You got it exactly in your decription - sunlight reflecting incredibly long distances into the shiny black cracks on the detsroyed world's surface 8-) as for the shiny flare effects - I carefully build up my own from scratch in Photoshop and use them instead of default lens flares...that way I can get a different "lens flare" each time - depending on the effect I want 8-)

Oh, and I use my toes too, this joke I have with my brother see's us trying to give each other the finger the most, when we run out of hands, we try to use our toes :lmao:
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nukeation Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Yup. You got my taste pegged down poifectly!

You're right - nothing can beat custom "hand made" effects. I love the dull yet crisp gradient in the lens flare glow. Very nicely executed.

Okay, how the heck do you give the finger with your toes? (The sentence itself is weird!) Can you really raise the middle toe? That's useful - not to mention creepy!! :lmao:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! and as for the toes...we can't do that, we just muck around and do any random toe movement...that's good enough :laughing:
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nukeation Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Okay, THAT makes sense. Oh boy - enough commenting. I need to go to sleep now. :D It's 9am!!!
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mitchellnelson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
seriously this is amazing. I need you to teach me how to do this... O btw ya got an msn?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! there are tutorials covering the basics of making planets and such. Then it's up to the artist to develop their own style (since the space art galleries do tend to look pretty much the same until the artists start showing their unique ways...since you already have lots of digital art experience, you have a leg up on it already :D) typing things like "planet tutorial" or so-on will yeild some good results here. Some 3D was also used here, but not entirely necessary for such a scene which can be done in Photoshop anyway (I mainly just use 3D to enhance realism and save a bit of time ;))

I'll note you with the MSN thing too :nod:
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mitchellnelson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
cool thx!!!
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Zeraphalanx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
The rifts and cracks makes this look incredible. It sort of reminds me of a cracked windshield.

I loved the story behind Obsidian Ore.8-)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good comparison actually, yeah, like glass - the rapdid burning of the planet's surface combined with the freezing temperatures left over afterwards would have cracked it all over :headache:
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Zeraphalanx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
At least a baseball isn't to blame.:laughing:

I hate to be a planet and be able to feel all that, that would be unbearable.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In reality thouhg - it would happen so gradually that any life would be long gone before it does :nod: Our Sun will expand slowly over thousands of years as it starts crawling into its death bed, gradually roasting the Earth and all life on it as it does. Life would be extinguished thousands of years before the Sun dies :iconsadnod:
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Zeraphalanx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Actually the Sun has another 5 billion years before it swells into a red giant star burning all life on Earth as we know it.

Main sequence stars like our Sun, a yellow dwarf, lasts for billions of years 10 or so. The Sun is only about half way through that cycle. Millions of years from now it'll swell from a blue giant then to a red giant then expel it's out shell and shrink to becoming a white dwarf then eventually it'll become a black dwarf, a burnt out star.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I know that it's about 5 billion years away...I was just referring to those few thousands or perhaps millions of years before it reaches it's full red giant stage :ohnoes:

I actaully did an illustration of that scenario here [link] :sun:
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Zeraphalanx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
In case of the Sun becoming a red giant that'll be in like a 100 million years or so but before that it'll be a Blue Giant star. I heard blue stars are the hottest stars out there.
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great textures for the planet, the light shining thru tells a story of explosion and it adds to the dynamics of movement in the picture :D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You nailed it ;) thanks for the comments and favourites :thanks:
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