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Exo Planet Orbit by steve-burg Exo Planet Orbit by steve-burg
This is an earth-like planet in orbit around Zeta Tucanae. At present the star is not known to have planets, but I'm taking artistic license! :)

A wider view of this same planet can be seen here: [link]

All the textures were custom painted - from scratch - in Photoshop. No photos, nothing - that was the point of the exercise.

This view is about as close as one can get before the textures begin not to hold up that well...

Painting the clouds was a nightmarish process that required numerous test renders to see the effect when lit in 3D, then jumping back to Photoshop and tweak it some more. But I wanted to break away from using the cloud map that is very prevalent in a lot of 3D planet art.

Incidentally, the shadows cast by the clouds are actual raytraced shadows, and the red shift at the terminator is a result of some complex 3D shader work. No matter where the "Sun" is, the color shift into the shadow remains accurate.
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Krictic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What was the program you sued to do it?
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kpectuk1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god T_T
thats mad skills o_o
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have one word....

:jawdrop:

That's it lol. Gorgeous detail!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hah! That's a good one! I love the icons... hard to resist! :iconhurrahplz:
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yup :XD: LOL!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
They're addictive... :happybounce:
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL yep ;)
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CrowbarTK-Hullo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Damn, painting the clouds really paid off, they look fantastic! That was always the most difficult part of the process for me. Also, the shift to red at the terminator is a great touch. Awesome work. :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like the planet! Without a doubt, the clouds are the most difficult part... but that's really what makes planet artwork feel real, so worth the effort! :)
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