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November 12, 2010
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Illuminate - Thank you guys by ZwordArts Illuminate - Thank you guys by ZwordArts
This is my "thank you" piece for you guys. Thanks a lot for the 20.000 PWs, the many favs and also the 2 DDs. I've been here on dA for 2 years and it was an awesome time. I learned a lot of new stuff and I also met a lot of very nice people. I don't know what I'd do without you :D

So, just THANK YOU

WPs will come later

E: just mentioned that this is my 111th deviation :D yay

E2: some minor edits, contrast, colours, details, nebula and composition changed. Hope you like it

If you like my work, please don't forget to watch me ;)
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I loved this piece soooo much, I just had to write a critique :)

The first thing I noticed about this was the abundance of colour, while this gives the piece lots of impact, it's also quite obvious that you have just brushed in some bits on 'colour' mode (where the two left moons/planets edges are closest, some parts of big left moon/planet's shadow etc.), you could fix this by going over them in colour mode with the original colour to either fade or completely remove the parts I mentioned.

The exploding planet (if that's what it is) looks good, but it lacks depth perhaps you could move some parts out from the center and paint in some thickness to the crust.

I have to say, your gas giants look amazing, although you should maybe get rid of the atmospheric glow on the back of the right one, they are very well made, textured etc. but where the rings on the right one go behind the planet they aren't don't actually fit the planets shape and overlap onto it etc. (btw I'd get rid of that asteroid)

The moon next to this gas giant looks good, and is well placed, but the shadow really needs some work, I suggest smudging it in a way that is perpendicular to the light source (ie. away from the light source) and blurring it a tad.

The big left galaxy looks nice and detailed, if a little overbright, I can't think of a way to correct this without just painting more details in.

Now for the foreground planet, although it is a completely different colour to the rest of the picture, it fits surprisingly well, it's well detailed and the atomphere is very believable, so top marks there :clap:

Well, I think I've nattered on for long enough now, so to summarize:
This is well made effective piece of space art with lots of impact and only a few, minor flaws, it has a good composition and a great, inciting colour scheme.

I'm looking forward to more works from you :)

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Nanou-the-wolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Oh god it's beautiful ! *3*
killswitchengagex Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
to be honest tooo much is the title here
2 galaxies , 1 big star and 6 planets
ZwordArts Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah many people said that. I kind of like it so full :D
kristaps-design Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Ohh great. :)
TomFledger Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
INTERESTING. i dont know what else to say lol. i'm faving this.
the1truelegend Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Had to add this to my favorites. Simply amazing work!
Wormser35 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Love all the minor details!
tommyvanklies Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece! You have learned a lot in that 2 years!
zmade Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congrats on 20k PW's, pic is amazing :D
sunwukung22 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
whats not to like here you got the explosion of a planet possibly inhabited by ewoks
Contrasted with the calm and coolness of the blue planet below mais qui C'est magnifique!!
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