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Heart of a Civilization by GSJennsen Heart of a Civilization by GSJennsen
Companion art piece to "If It Meant Living: Beyond - Chapter 7: "All That Glitters": [link]

Created in PhotoShop CS6; sun and lunar orbital ring stations created in Vue.

Planetary textures include stock from: HawkDonz: ([link]), Euderion: ([link]), and Hameed: ([link]).
Nebula stock from Euderion: ([link]).
Moons stock from AshenSorrow: ([link]) and ([link]).

Brushes used for stellar effects include:
"Stars and Galaxy Stars Brushes Photoshop" from FrostBo: ([link]), "Brushesesesessss" from muju: ([link]), and "Space" from the amazing Obsidian Dawn: ([link]).

Brushes used for planetary lights include:
"Crop Circles" and "Tech" from Obsidian Dawn: ([link]), "Stars and Galaxy Stars Brushes Photoshop" from FrostBo: ([link]) and my own brushes created from NASA stock "Earth at Night": ([link]).
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mattis777 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.. *mind blown*
GSJennsen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Professional Writer
That was completely the goal. Cool Glasses  Thanks!
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome piece! :D
GSJennsen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks, I appreciate it!
nomad3747 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning work!
GSJennsen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you so much, I really appreciate it :D
PhoenixDove1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I love this! It's so beautiful.
GSJennsen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you :). I'm kind of proud of this, it's definitely the most complex piece I've ever done.
StephanieFimbres Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
you made this? O.O How? I'd an acrylic painter. I do mostly space art and I'm thinking about branching into spray paint for the effects it has. Do you know any tutorials for leaning this kind of thing on PS? Your work is amazing!
GSJennsen Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! I'm afraid I'm digital all the way; this one all done in Photoshop, on a PC. For the planet and moons I started with stock planet images (for the planet, probably 5 or 6 different ones), resized them to match, and applied different effects to the layers, at times erasing parts of them to just get certain effects. The lights on the planet I made using several different "tech" brushes, and some of the other lights and star effects are from brushes. The sun and the lunar orbital rings I made in Vue, a 3D environment program I'm just learning to use. There were probably 60 layers in this pic at its height ;)

I don't know of any specific tutorial, but I've been amazed at the number of tutorials available here on DA; some artists here do nothing but provide stock images, PSD files and tutorials. Just search for something like "PS airbrush tutorial" and if you don't find an artist right away, you'll probably find a group focused on it. There are also a lot of video tutorials on YouTube, but they are more hit-or-miss.
AshenSorrow Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:iconwoohooplz: :iconlawooplz: :hooray: :wow: :hooray: :iconlawooplz: AMAZING!! :wow: :hooray: :iconlawooplz: :iconawesome-plz: :woohoo: :clap:
GSJennsen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow, this totally made me :: squee :: :D. I'm so glad you like it!
AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like an ecumenopolis. Looks really cool from space
GSJennsen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you! Especially since that's actually exactly the idea - in the chapter of the fic it's loosely related to, the main characters encounter an alien species and visit their capital city, which essentially covers the entirety of the planet. The surface isn't covered end to end with structures, but it is all developed and metropolitan.
Rama-Kay Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
WOW!! just.. WOW!!
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