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Tug-o-War by priteeboy Tug-o-War by priteeboy
In this Tyrannical game of Tug-o-War, you would actually be better off placing your bets on the little guy winning. For this binary system of two stars contains one neutron star, which is the small, bright core left behind after a larger star like the upper one exploded. Though it is smaller, its gravity is far stronger as it contains more mass, just compressed into a smaller unit, in fact, it is beleived that a spoonful of the material neutron stars are made of, can weigh as much as the whole Earth. Here, its powerful gravity is sucking away the flaming gas of its host star which in turn, helps itself stay illumited for longer as the larger star slowly dwindles away.

Well, thats the story, not sure if all facts are right as this is an uncommon phenonemon, one of which I havn't yet seen any space art of it, so I thought I'd try to depict such an event myself. Took a few days nitpicking at the details, but I guess it looks a bit minimalistic, but thats OK as I didn't want any planets or nebulae to steal the show here ( I feel sorry for any planet that passes through that flaming fire funnel )

All drawn in Photoshop this time, no 3D or photo's/textures used in this one :sun:
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JGH24 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome,great work!
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Marizelda Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was a black hole siphoning gas off of its sister star, kinda like the ones in the Cygnus constellation, if I remember correctly...
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's almost the same situation though ;p
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Marizelda Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha certainly.
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Fillburt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Great concept and presentation; one of my favorite topics.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :handshake:
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Relira Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I LOVE THIS PICTURE!
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
yin yang thingy...love!!!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even I didn't think of the yin-yang formation when making this :lol: It's a pretty unbalanced one though :XD:
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dragonkan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cant believe i haven't noticed this oen b4 nice work dude
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yosopp Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... the blue neutron star reminds of black holes.
They are known for their extreme gravity/sucking power and the power to suck in light.
That's like a force of a god!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are only one step away from black holes...The second most powerful gravity to them :omg:
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yosopp Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? That's cool!:wow:
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StarHigh Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
stil awesome work.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually imagined the neutron star being closer than the other one in this though. However the whole image ended up lacking perspective and became very "flat" looking so they do look like they're the same distance :oops: I sometimes think about re-doing this one to show a much more better sense of distance between the two :plotting:
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StarHigh Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
neah man its awesome like this u really cant put in in perspective the diverence in size of the 2 might make the picture less understable......
stil nice skills man u are pro. fave'd this
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StarHigh Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
but man the neutron star shud be at least one million time smaller that the star so it's not accurate.
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StarHigh Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
neutron star eating gas from a star huh?
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Razzmatazzy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
GASP

How have I not seen this before! Tsk, PBoy! You've been keeping secret arts! ;P

Black holes eating stars is an oft-dreamt of concept I think, but you never see the far more common cannibalistic stars in artwork! So, mad props to you, for making this amazing 'tug-o-war'! The texture and pattern in the red giant is gorgeous. I could seriously stare at that for a long time....

I have only one slight crit, and that is it's kind of seems a tad bit blank and flat without any background. A few dim stars or a faint nebula in the back would really make this pop.

Your amazing art skills have granted me +200 jealousy points. I can't believe you made this without ANY textures. I must learn your secrets~
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, this one has been up for years now, how'd you miss it? ;p

That's exactly the reason why I made this one. Artwork depicting stars being "eaten" by black holes are more common than ones being consumed by smaller but more dense stars, even though in real life its the other way around :nod:

I agree that it's flat looking, that has always bothered me about this one for years actually, I should have put an angle or something to it to give it more depth, here both stars are pretty much front-on. I sometimes think about re-doing this concept :judge:
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RasenWeskers Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a...aw....awe.....AWESOME !!!!!
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starwitchstone Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Awesome!
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NK-C Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neutron Star versus Red Giant. AWESOME!!! And I couldn't believe you did this all in photoshop!!!! Very inspiring!!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it, I often think about re-doing this one. Maybe someday I finally will :D
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that is exactly how it would happen, great job
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
And then I reach over with my straw, and. I. Drink. YOUR. PLASMA!!!! IDRINKITUP!!!!

Great drawing.
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gresh8980 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
You. Drink. MY. PLASMA?! YOUDRINKITUP?!
WaNUHNUHNUHNUHNUHNUH!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, so it's either a vampire or a cannibal...I'll go with the latter as it's less over-done =p
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
No, it's an oil magnate.
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Genbe89 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
I could never do that in photo shop..
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Alqarin Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
This is a great one, man, really like it!
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Vox-Hitomi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
by the way I did read the artist comments
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok then =p I guess it's one step weaker than a black hole anyway.
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Vox-Hitomi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*shrugs*
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Vox-Hitomi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks like a black hole. Beutiful picture
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itsme007 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Wowwww :) Excellent effects... Lost my mind...

Can you write a brief tutorial about the effects... especially the fire effect...

Thanks
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes I've thought about making tutorials on that, but surprisingly few have asked as there's plenty of fire and elemental tutorials around already :flame: but basically one thing that helps with making fire is setting the brush and/or layer to "Linear dodge" which is useful for painting stuff that's supposed to be giving off its own light :onfire:
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Mad--Hatter Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
So this looks really good! The painting is well done, and gorgeous. I guess only thing I might add is that Neutron stars are generally known to be only around 15 miles across so even if that sun was a very small sun that Neutron star is still very big. But that's nitpicking so whatev. Still looks great.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah, I kinda forgot that they are that tiny, I drew mine imagining it were about the size of Jupiter, perhaps slightly bigger. I suppose the white star could be closer, sometimes I think about re-doing this one in such a way that it shows better scale and depth actually :plotting:
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Mad--Hatter Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
lol everyone thinks you painted a black hole. No one reads the Artist's comments I guess. :P
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Similar to Cygnus X-1, except that Cygnus X-1 is a supposed black hole instead of a neutron star.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! :D Black holes are one step stronger than Neotron stars I think, so that would be a more dynamic version of this :omg:
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I would believe so - black holes have infinite mass and zero volume and would therefore be literal sinkholes in the fabric of time-space. Time is affected by gravity, and Einstein did state that an object going at the speed of light has infinite mass and zero volume - easy comparison perhaps to the fact that light cannot escape a black hole?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's all very tricky stuff, amazing to think someone was able to realise it so long ago. Black holes are almost impossible to image, it would be like a spherical hole that can be entered from any direction :eyepopping: I didn't know that an object travelling at the speed of light has infinite mass and zero volume though. Not sure if anything could go faster than it, but there was a time when people thought you couldn't break the sound barrier either ;) But if light can't escape a black hole even with all that speed but no "weight" to it - then nothing else has a chance if it gets too close :no:
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Say that the universe is a thin sheet of indented rubber, and that each indent is a gravitational mass. A black hole would literally be a massive indentation through that sheet, or even (as the name suggests) a hole. That's the analogy that a mathematician by the name of Clifford A. Pickover used in his book Black Holes - A Traveler's Guide.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's how I imagine it too, sometimes I see representations of how gravity pulls things to each other using balls on sheets, heavier balls pull the sheet down more and the smaller ones around it usually will fall into the pit :bounce: I reckong black holes would be a ridiculously deep recession in the sheet or now that you mention it - an actual hole might make more sense :omg:
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed they are. The fabric of space-time is so warped near a black hole that the radius can be millions on miles in length, yet have the circumference of no more than a few centimetres. Then you can also have what are called Einstein-Rosen Bridges - literally, "wormholes", or actual holes in the sheet. These are theorized to only be formed out of rotating black holes, regardless of whether it is static or charged (the only difference between static and charged black holes is that, in theory, charged black holes actually have two event horizons, while static black holes only have one.)
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Achroma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
Oh, it's like a parasitic twin... Creepy... Run big guy!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good analogy, would be much like that :siamese:
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71m3d0g Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
black holes are the shit
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