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The Daughters of Atlas by uxmal750ad The Daughters of Atlas by uxmal750ad
Originally I planned on making up the Pleiades for another piece I’m working on where it was to be used as the backdrop on the surface of a moon, but this image came out so good I decided to add a gas giant and submit it as is. I call this “The Daughters of Atlas” in reference to Greek Mythology where the Pleiades were the seven daughters of the Titan Atlas and Pleione a sea nymph.

I did this entirely in Photoshop. I decided right from the start to make the cluster as close to the real thing as I could. I began by accurately mapping the stars onto a canvas, basically dotting where every star needed to be. The nebula was then painted in by hand using my own set of PS nebula brushes based mostly on cloud textures. The gas giant was created from a modified Jupiter texture and the rings are a combination of both Saturn and Uranus ring systems. Trust me when I say putting the stars in at the proper locations and the correct brightness was a time consuming nightmare, but the results speak for themselves. I decided to offer the nebula by itself as a stock image if anyone would like to use it. The slightly larger image can be found here: fav.me/d6gyo4o As always, comments are most welcome.

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TheManley Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful star field. The nebula is well made, and I love the coloring. My only critique of this image is the planet is too big. I would have made it smaller and maybe added another on the other side. The nebula seems to be the primary subject of this piece, but the size of the planet takes the attention off of the nebula. Apart from that, this is a fantastic piece.
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Thanks for the comments.  I see what you’re saying.  I also thought of tilting the planet about 30 degrees or so but I guess I decided to go completely vertical because planets are not often seen in space art like this.  I don't know, personal preference I guess...
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xtessa1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Awesome!
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TheSPunk3d Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously awesome. 
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Thanks a lot!  You have a great gallery too!
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aNaRCHY-aL Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Thank you!
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Sure thing!
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TandPs-ArtResources Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
You did a wonderful job. The fact that you created the nebula completely yourself and mapped out the stars makes it even more amazing. From what I can tell, the stars are all in the proper positions.
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uxmal750ad Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Thanks!  Some of the stars in the corners and around the edges are not proper but everything else is.  It took me about a week to accurately map the scene out.

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TandPs-ArtResources Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Your efforts paid off.
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