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Sic gloria manet by StAugustus Sic gloria manet by StAugustus
I'm very proud of this one.. It started out as something so unbelievably not like this, I can't believe it ended up here. Its made in Photoshop CS5, with fractals generated by apophysis, and a bit of cloud photos. The planets were made with 3Ds Max 2011.

Comments are welcome, and fav's are very very appreciated :)
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shrouded-existence Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
This is wonderful *.*
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WillyMutuku Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
love the hugeness in this picture
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Hey thanks :D

Just out of curiosity, how did you stumble across this? I haven't logged on to deviantart in ages and was very surprised to see relatively recent comments!
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WillyMutuku Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
i think had allready a favourite...^^ and because we all love the universe, we keep getting back to your art
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TALGA Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Thank you! :D
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DreamingCelestial Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
My favorite part of the piece (which is very well done, kudos to you) isn't the middle. Rather, it's the contrast between the middle and everything else. I mean, you found the perfect balance between too much background (I'm calling everything not in the nebula in the middle and the planets background for ease) and too little. The far-off stars/nebula at the top really make this piece stand out (especially since there's no matching ones on the bottom, which IMO would detract from the middle and top).

Fantastic piece overall!
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Thank you, that's a wonderful compliment :D Glad you like it :)
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penner2000 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Wow - that surely is a fave!

Say, could u describe how exactly u did the background? I always seem to have troubles with it. What´s your method for making a starfield like this and how do u colorize/texture the background?
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Yes of course! Here's my tricks: the starfield was actually really easy, just a noise filter with levels applied to it. The thing is the part of the texture of the background is provided by a cloud stock, and I used that stock as a mask for the stars, giving them a nice flow. Also I added a few faint "hero" stars with a brush, just 1-3 pixels of basically a soft white dot.

For the nebula, the inside is basically "fractal vomit" - I got a lot of renders in Apophysis and arranged them to look pretty. Colour Dodge is your friend here. Manipulated cloud stocks provided the surrounding gas.

As for the background, my best suggestion is to use a cloud stock on overlay over a about 25% blackness colour. Thats usually how I get my textures. I hope that helped :D
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penner2000 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Thank you very much! I´ll try soon!
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JKelly26 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow Augustus, this is truly stunning!
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Thanks man, I appreciate that a lot :)
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ifreex Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good work.
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
thanks very much!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice! is it just me or does the starfield here on dA look better than the one on SV? :confused: after what i wrote there, looking at it here, the starfield looks much better - downsampling differences maybe? could be the filesize limit?
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Go check SV, I updated with your advice ;)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Why you sneaky little.... :lol: It looks good, i think you addressed all my crits, the colors especially look great now :thumbsup: I'm gonna add this bad boy to my faves
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Ah thank you! That is quite a compliment indeed :D I really think your advice made this a lot better to be honest.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
It did come out very nice! i'm glad i could help! :) Keep up the good work buddy
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raul-r Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! I like it ;)
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
thank you! :)
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!! I love the sense of depth that the planets give to the scene.
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Glad you like it :D
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MilaySVK Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
nice :) i Like the mood :D love how fractals turned out ;)
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Thanks Milay :D
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MilaySVK Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
but be aware i'll be watching U :spotlight-right::spotlight-left::evillaugh::evillaugh::evillaugh:
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StAugustus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
I didn't even realize you were on DA :P you're being watched yourself!!
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MilaySVK Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
yup ;) been here for more than year now. but i'm not as active as on SV.


what do I do? what do i do? big brother watching me :fear::sprint:
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