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Succulence by priteeboy Succulence by priteeboy
The first ever competition I have put any of My digital art into, even though I would be up against more detailed works, I thought it was worth a shot.
I tried to make this picture both artistically pleasing and scientifically correct, so heres how the planet and it's lifeforms work...
It orbits around a safe distance from it's red dwarf sun, these stars have a considerably long life, maybe twice as long as the sun because it consumes energy slower. The pink,orange sky is a result of light being scattered throughout its atmosphere by a layer of dust always present due to constant volcanic activity. The volcanoes are fuelled by the intense gravity of the nearby planet which pulls and churns the molten interior. The tidal difference is extreme, You can almost see underwater beaches which are exposed at low tide. And finally, the trees store fresh water in their tough, fleshy leaves much like the succulent plants on Earth.

Sorry about the extra long comment, but I thought the picture would make more sense if explained. But some may prefer to look at it artistically, just for what it is.

Made using Photoshop CS2 and Paint shop 6. approx 15 hours
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A very possible world. The mechanics I appreciate, this place can be so if it is explained, while some would dismiss its possibilities at first, you have provided a solid foundation on which this is based. The plants are real, the water level rise and fall--like the Bay of Fundy in Canada. The volcanic activity, Io with Jupiter. This has happened somewhere and it is not just a fanciful painting but based on reality, that's what I love about your work, you make it plausible and you make it work right.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I always wonder if I should re-do this idea. The second time around it may not be as colourful or pretty if I decide to go for realism (I can imagine such tidal forces would leave a lot of things buried in mud :bleh:) but it leaves itself open to some interesting landscape features and semi-aquatic life that can spend a lot of time both underwater and on land. It may even be like a really early Earth scenario like when the moon was a lot closer :diny:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No, don't redo it, it is as it should be, this could have been Earth but it could even be some planet now. I look at pictures that Hubble has shown us, we would be foolish to limit ourselves to preconceived notions or beliefs, everyday the Universe proves we don't know it or don't own it. The laws of Physics are the only truths that count and they can't be broken. How a Black Hole works still needs explaining, we have theories but as of yet no fact. The laws of physics still carry on whether or not we understand or acknowledge them.
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xSparkledust123x Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
This is amazing. Really.
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JaceyRae Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010   Writer
Oooooohhhhh, this looks like paradise.
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warriorwell Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
ur just super i like every thing u made
hope 1 day i can do some thing like that
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thanks...You could draw something like this soon enough, but it takes a lot of time and practice. Even though this is an old work, I still had been drawing digitally for a few years beforehand before I could do this :nod:
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warriorwell Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
yea thx
but i want to know from where should i start?
i have no idea about making pics
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There really is no "start" really. I have bene drawing for all my life, and starting digital art was just an extention on the drawing that I've been doing since I was a Toddler :aww: Try simple stuff first, things that you actually enjoy drawing so you can keep motivated. then move on to other concepts and subject matters once you gain in skill, confidence and patience :)
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RoxRio Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello my friend,

I send this message just to tell that I featured your work:
- in my Journal: [link]
- in my News: [link]

Congratulations for the wonderful work!!! :clap:
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