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September 10, 2012
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Expedition's End? by overseer Expedition's End? by overseer
I've been working on this piece on and off for two or three weeks now (counting from the moment I had the idea). It's been one of those I had to start over again a couple of times, because I just wasn't happy.

The title also came to me pretty early, so in hindsight it has a poetic undertone I guess, because of what was happening while I was working on this image.

I'm dedicating this piece to NEIL ARMSTRONG who passed away Aug. 25, 2012.

May his example and those of other explorers like him, inspire our generation and future generations to come, to keep up the spirit of curiosity and exploration in the name of scientific discovery. May those endeavors and our dreams inspire us to greater heights.

COMPOSITION: Foreground terrain rendered in Bryce 7.1 Pro (took 1d 2h 45m; I'm not kidding!). Starfield, astronauts, rovers and asteroids rendered in Lightwave with appropriate lighting rig. Remaining elements, fx and composition done in PS.

MESHES: Landbarge/Rover by Kenny Mitchell (textures modified by me) & NASA Astronaut by Jason Webster.

ORIGINAL SIZE: ~1680x2480 in, 263 layers.

Comments and critique welcome.

Thank you to *TreeClimber for looking it over! :cuddle:


~XelfrepuslaX suggested a couple of changes (thanks for that), so I worked over the following:

Reduced the main planet's atmosphere.
Increased the glow of the main planet's atmosphere.

I also made some personal improvements while I was looking the image over:

Changed the moon slightly, smoothed the shadow and changed the glow slightly.
Added a glow behind the ridges of the foreground asteroid to show reflecting light and bring out a few more details.
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NeilMcClements Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   General Artist
Really nice, great sense of depth and scale
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
latviano Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks fantastic! But I think a bit of dirt on the rovers would add some realism ;)
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Digital Artist
I think you've got a point there. I'll have a look at soiling the rovers a little! ;)
XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I think the atmosphere on the main planet needs to be closer to it and also brighter, also, I'm not to sure about the space dust in the top right. I like the stars in the top left though.
overseer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Righty, I've made some changes to the planet's atmosphere. Should be a little better now. ;)
XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Indeed it is :D.I personally would intensify it a little at the main bright spot. But it's still fine :)
overseer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Digital Artist
OK, I've added a bit of a glow. I've also made some more more adjustments; if you're interested I added a little list at the end of the description. Thanks again for the suggestions.
XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Oh okie :D, no problem :).
overseer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   Digital Artist
You make a valid point about the atmosphere. I'll have a go at fixing it over the week-end. The space dust is actually part of the nebula. I quite like it, but maybe I can make it a little more subtle, let's see. Thanks for the pointers!
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