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March 3, 2010
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Latitatio by taenaron Latitatio by taenaron

This image has been made for Advanced Photoshop Issue 67. I wrote a tutorial about it which has been published there. I know it's not my best, but it was a very new task for me to create a tutorial for a whole image.

You can buy the mag here and have a little preview here. I really hope it helps some of you out there.

Thanks for reading :-)
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Even if it's "not your best" it still is a pretty high bar for most newcomers to spaceart to try and get to :trophy: Though I think the ground covering the bottom still feels flat - not in texture of course, but shading, it kinda blends smoothly into blackness near the edge whilist a rough landscape like that would still have protruding mountains catching a bit of extra light at their peaks, maybe even some of the blue light from the comet shining weakly onto some little details on a darker landscape below, a bit like on those rocky spikes on the right and top, but not as obvious since you clearly didn't want rocks on the left for compositional purposes ;)

Still, I think the comet coming out of what looks like an asteroid "cave" is a cool concept, and the nebula near the planet looks amazing! ;clap:
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An adequate work, on first impression, an interesting scene. Most striking was the beauty of the starfield, and of the planetary scene as the asteroid field moves off into the background. The interest of the scene is indeed verified by the unique vision of the arrangement of scenery presented, being such as is not often seen in digital space art. Nevertheless, the work is of moderate originality – surely an appreciable feat in modern space art – in presenting a curious view from an ideally located asteroid or moon, and at the event of a comet! Otherwise, however, apart from the originality of the vision, the elements are fairly standard, which, however, is not a negative as such.

Now, although it does offer the positive attributes, namely of vision of scene, and the beautifully elegant starfield, nicely positioned frame of context, a nicely detailed asteroid field, and splendidly toned, coloured and detailed planets, it has several other detractors in the way of technique, which both equalises the quality of the overall technique, and diminishes the impact of the piece. These detractors are identifiable in the following: the lack of detail and subtlety of form in the comet effect, the smoothness of the transition of light in the foreground terrain, which lacks more particular lighting effects on its surfaces (from light sources), and perspective issues in the foreground. Although the former is self-explanatory, some detail on the latter is worth giving.

The issue of perspective, in this case, seems to be associated with the issue of lighting. Not only does light in the foreground have a fairly constant transition of lightness, in this case, on each section of the foreground, with some being more or less bright, but each having a similar gradient, but the scales and differences in brightness between each section, is not finely transitional. Thus two issues arise: a lack of a particular sense of lighting from light sources and their interaction with the scenery in the scene, and the sense of a pasting together of jigsaw puzzle pieces, by the incongruity of the lighting and scales between the sections in the foreground, such as between the closest cliffs to the bottom right, and the large cavernous walls to the right, which are again different in scale from the mountain ranges along the bottom of the piece, which suggests a lack of connection, despite little room given for a transition between the two.

The section connecting the right wall to the top of the cavern, where the largest apparent asteroid lingers, also has an uncertain sense of scale – indeed, it could even look like a planet, under certain interpretation. Although this sort of ambiguity can have an interesting artistic use, in this case, because it is a space scene which attempts to show coherent scenery, this seems to be more of a flaw in trying to form coherency in the composition of the foreground. Therefore, greater attention to transition and particular lighting, could greatly improve both the technique and impact of this piece.

Although these flaws exist in this piece as it is, it is nevertheless a fair piece, and, as said at the beginning of this critique, is a most adequate piece indeed. It performs an interesting scene with merits of detail, tone and colour, especially in the backdrop, which is augmented by the interesting vantage point of the scene setup by the foreground. Overall, a fair work, albeit with room for improvement.

I look forward to your further works and improvements, Toby.
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SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
I love it
taenaron Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010   Digital Artist
thx :)
pogona2009 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
original point of view, and awesome comet.
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Artist
Awesome Work!!!
Askand Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*facepalms* Now I have to see if I can find that magazine on the pile I have. I bought it but sometimes Im so busy with work I forget to read them. I want to see this tut. Ive been dying to read one of yours for a while now. Although you say it not your best still your essence and magic is there. Thank you *goes to check her mags LOL
Rahll Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I really dig the composition and color. And that comet almost reminds me of that X shaped anomaly that NASA discovered flying through space, cool stuff.
taenaron Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010   Digital Artist
thanks man :) I'm not that happy with the pic. but it was about the tutorial and I hope there have been some people who learned something ;)
Rahll Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean man, I've had pics in the past where I've finished them, then I come back to it later and realize I don't like a bunch of things about it, and then try to do quick fixes which ultimately end up making it worse. Sometimes you just gotta cut your losses and do better next time. Just because it's not the best thing since sliced bread though, doesn't mean it isn't solid. Keep up the good work.
taenaron Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks :) Your new stuff is awesome!
black-cat16 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
It took away my ability to speak...
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