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Alpha Scorpii by arisechicken117 Alpha Scorpii by arisechicken117
The binary system known as Alpha Scorpii, The Heart of the Scorpion. The red giant Antares is the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. Antares B is a much smaller blue giant that is greatly dwarfed by Antares yet is still much larger then our own sun.

This cold and brisk giant lies far beyond the frost line, but still retains a beautiful view of these 2 wondrous suns.
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sedg Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Love the planets, very sexy.
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
haha thanks!
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
You always make the shadow very thick on every size of planets. It kinda remind me of our second collab which u didn't like :D
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The shadow is think because there is minimal light. Its more realistic. Take a look at a photo of any real planet or moon and you'll see that its shadow is just as thick.
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
I wouldn't say a thing about making the shadow very thick! but for big planets, their shadows always need more details and also u should make the shadow that it's rly effecting the planet and also u should concern about how much blur u apply on the shadow!
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Now I'm confused
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Cant join for some reason
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Which would be?
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Marvelous work !!! Nice coloring !!
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You're very Welcome ! :huggle:
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newyam Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
really beautiful picture :D
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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DMPDMP1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
A contented fan..;-)
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D :bow:
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7horin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Looks great! the craters on the large planet and the rings on the other planet look great. The blue and red supernovas spokes might spread out to much but it still looks nice!
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Well they're actually suns, but you might be right for sticking out too much
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7horin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
yea sorry I only said supernova because that is the tool that I would use to make them lol
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cchomikk Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool flares. knoll?
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
HYEA
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cilios Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful, but shouldn't the big planet been effected by the red star as well (only slightly though)?
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Indeed it should, purplish glow perhaps..
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cilios Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
or a red glow a part of the atmosphere.
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I shall consider that. Thanks for the tips!
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cilios Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D
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webname05 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How is it possible, that you keep releasing so many awesome pieces so fast?
Outstanding one! ;)
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I don't know, HOW DO YOU NOT?
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webname05 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't understand the question :XD:
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
How do you not keep releasing pieces!
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webname05 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, that's, tricky question, but on the other hand, I released a piece 22 minutes ago! :D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not bad. What an eerie sight it must be to see two so very different looking stars right near each other and still be freezing yer ass off :XD: I would assume the blue star would be brighter than the red even in spite of being smaller :O

The planet approaching the red star could probably have that "volumetric shadow" effect look behind it I think. Might add a bit more "depth" to it 8-)
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yessss. But in fact, the angle we see Antares blocks out Antares B. Antares B (the blue giant) is 137x more brighter then our own sun, but because Antares is so large, it mostly blocks the light of Antares B. But we're seeing a sideview here.

And oh shit, I forgot to put your gas giant as a stock! It's your gas giant haha
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, that raises further questions. You'd think stars would have additive properties, meaning when one goes behind another no light is blocked but rather the collective light from both makes a brighter singular dot. Like if you drew two large, basic stars in Photoshop each with their layer set to "linear dodge" and moved one behind the other, you get a single-looking star that's brighter rather than the same. As I always thought stars would be clear if they weren't so bright, so light from others could still pass through. But they must have some opacity to block light from others behind them then :p

I thought that might have been my gas giant, I recognised the wave-like features in the northern hemisphere :lol:
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yea even though they are helium and hydrogen, they're not photohop effects haha.
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Sniper115A3 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011   Digital Artist
Awesome!! Love the craters on the largest planet! nice work :clap:
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!! I really like that moon as well
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Sniper115A3 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011   Digital Artist
Your welcome. Got any tips on my newest work ? [link] :P
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Everything looks good the way it is. Its just.. grainy? the background and galaxy seems blurry and pixelated instead of crisp and clean. What method or program did you use?
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Sniper115A3 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011   Digital Artist
I know :depressed: It is crisp and sharp when I zoom in at 100% on my computer...Even the details on the smaller planet aren't as sharp. I guess its because the file is a bit heavy (8 mb) and dA's full view preview can't show everything properly...
I wanted to give the galaxy a cloudy and full of stars like effect, so I used a texture for that. I used Photoshop CS5. :)
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
well what zoom do you work at? Whatever zoom your image looks good at, thats what you need to upload it as. For example, my last image, Alpha Scorpii, was worked at 50% zoom. (the image was 3500 pixels wide.) Therefore, working at 50% zoom, I'm working at 1750 pixel zoom (even though the image is 3500 wide.) Therefore, when i upload the image, dA has a set of sizes you can choose from- 900, 1048, 1280 etc.. Since i worked at approx 1750 pixels, I want to use the 1600 wide format. (its the closest) Now when someone clicks on the image to enlarge it, they can see the 50% zoom format i was working in and get the maximum potential.

Does that make sense? haha
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Sniper115A3 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011   Digital Artist
Yep. While I'm working in Photoshop, I usually work at 50% too, but in this piece (2902px wide) for the galaxy I was working at 66.7% because it was a little blurry at 50%. Here at 66.7%, the edges of the planets were looking a bit pixelated(not blurry), but the details on the galaxy was clear and sharp so I could work. For the planets I had to work at 100%(2092 pixels).
It looks best when zoomed in at full 100%(2092 pixels wide)-the details of the planets and galaxy are clear and sharp, nothing is blurry and pixelated. dA doesn't have a preview resolution more 1600, the next choice is the full resolution- which I'm never going to upload in.. :P
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arisechicken117 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
See, you have to optimize the whole image to work in 50% or 66% percent an upload it as that. It's not easy though. "Rain" was probably near perfect of mine that uploaded and is zoomed perfectly. I've learned that recently that it all comes down to zoom to display it properly here
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