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Melodies and Desires by tadp0l3 Melodies and Desires by tadp0l3
A large moon orbiting a vastly larger gas giant. The moon is big enough host a dense and misty atmosphere - and thus has perfect conditions for life to appear.

Title comes from a beautiful song by Lykke Li

This was mostly an experiment in gas giant texturing. The composition and particullarly the scale suffers some from two such large bodies close to each other, but oh well.

The gas giant was created using mostly displacement maps, some of these displacement maps was created using parts of stock textures. So thank you to NASA and `priteeboy for their resources.

Hope you like it, 1920x1200 download. If you want other resolutions send me a note and I'll see what I can do.

Comments always welcomed :)
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zoelugo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
joshzerofactor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm no expert, but there were a few things I wanted to give some constructive criticism on. Firstly, the near planet looks great. The lighting is well done and you can definitely see the depth of the planetary details with the cloud layers. My only criticism is that the far planet looks a bit flat. Although it is further, the details of the planet's surface don't give it any depth. When there's light, there are shadows, and that's what works so well with the near planet, but that seems to be missing on the far planet.
Gremlin30 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nicely done.. I feel like I am on final for reentry
Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Clouds came out amazingly on the moon. How did you make them look 3d like that?
Any tuts you can point someone towards that wants to make planet art?
I have some modelling experience with a program that can't render, but I also have blender, but don't know how to use it...
PakPolaris Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice coclours, I think the choice for the gas giant is realistic, sorta like it would have a lot of water vapour in its atmosphere and thus at the right altitude and temperature it could maybe have floating life forms too :alien: Thanks for crediting me for that again :)

At first this scene felt really cold, but then again a dense and misty atmosphere could be the sign of a tropical world, but still if its far away enough it might still be a bit cold I guess, not nearly as cold as Earth would be at the same distance though :O
SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   Digital Artist
Another masterpiece of celestial splendour :worship:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
One thing is good in that pic which is the lightning of the moon!!! Well, the moon looks flat and the clouds are different on it! Also you could put more detail on the lightning of the gas giant.
tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, you're funny qaz. Look at some satelite close-ups of the oceans on earth and you will see that the clouds ARE very different. Infact, looking at a weather map should be enough. :) The texture on the close up is very realistic, and the perspective is very natural. If not for anything else so for the fact that I used textures that already had the right perspective ;)

You might be right about the lightning on the gas giant though, probably should have put some more work onto it :)

Thanks for your comment though, always warms my heart :)
QAuZ Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
The close up planet just wasn't convincing to me and that's instead of mentioning it's a little flat! Or maybe how you set the clouds made it a little flat.
feeshfeesh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
that is pretty amazing!!
DarinK Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice!
Hessmix Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work on the Gas Giant!
archangel72367 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice and cool tones.
Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup: ;)
mccoylover77 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Writer
this is so pretty! i love how you did the stars
ReinaHW Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   Writer
That's quite beautiful. Makes me picture seeing it from a starship's view port.
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