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August 1, 2013
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Hephaestus by powerpointer Hephaestus by powerpointer
My first genuine attempt at a somewhat accurate star/hypergiant/whatever.

Done for The Luminarium's most recent exhibit, Elements, for which I was the featured artist :)

Take a look at the exhibit here:…
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bloknayrb Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, congrats on being the featured artist!
powerpointer Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
And thank you very much :)
bloknayrb Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting choice of textures in the nebula, I like it. The star itself is fantastic. 

I only have a few critiques: 
I want to say that I think that the composition would be a bit stronger if you cropped out the left 1/6th of the image, but the result would take too much of the focus off of the star. Not sure how to fix that exactly, but something about the current composition seems a little off-balance. 
The foreground planet seems a bit dark, but that could totally be this crappy monitor I have at work.
Finally, I'm not sure that it makes sense for that moon to cast a shadow on its parent planet with the light as it is (although, come to think of it, the way you lit that planet makes it look like there is a secondary lightsource off-canvas that would totally make it work, so maybe I'm just wrong).

Overall I still think this piece is awesome. I'd be proud of this result even if it were my 5th attempt at creating this kind of star, and I love your use of texture throughout the image.
powerpointer Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate the thought out critique and the time you took to respond to it :)

Not sure about how I feel about the crop idea, but I agree on the moon shadow. My friend who was watching the process from start to finish gave me plenty of shit for it :P
elreviae Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work and congratz mate !! :)
ErikShoemaker Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah I didn't know it was you lol. Congrats on your feature!
GrungeTV Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one Scott! Congrats for being the featured artist! :)
DanielsDoodles Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would you ever consider doing a tutorial?  Love this!
Oooooh...I am at a loss for words.
Ssevora Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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amazing drawing, friend! It's absolutely stunning! :D
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