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