Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Out of the Cocoon

A newborn star shines in clear space, having dispelled the cocoon of gas and dust that surrounded it in its birth nebula. That's how they're made these days. If there's enough remaining dust and debris, it will surround the star at its equator as a disc, and some of the matter will accumulate by gravity into clumps, which will themselves grow rounder with more material. Later some of these spheres might become planets. Good luck, little star.

Well, viewers, there's something different about this astronomical study. What is it?...one or two of you might have already guessed...
that's right, it was done digitally, in Photoshop. I used the same technique I used for my airbrush pieces, simulating the texture of fine spray, with only one layer for the whole piece. And I didn't have to wear a paint dust mask. The time spent was more or less the same as if I had painted it using real paint: about an hour. At this moment all technologies are still going in my studio, I also sprayed paint with the airbrush on another piece to be shown later.

"Out of the Cocoon," Photoshop, 7" x 10", March 2, 2010.


Mike said...

You did an excellent job. I didn't suspect a thing until you mentioned it. Even looking at it now, I don't see "Photoshop".
The blue haze at the bottom gives me the impression that we're looking at this from the upper atmosphere of a planet similar to Earth. Whether or not that was your intention, it looks neat. :)

Tristan Alexander said...

Nice colors!