A Work in Progress: The Pioneer

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Original image

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A quick 5 minute painting to sketch out my ideas.

Creation of The Pioneer: Step 1

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Created the basic stars using noise filter at 15% and levels adjustment. Did this twice on 2 separate layers and enlarged one layer. masked off the smaller layer to give more dense stars. 2 larger stars are done with the lens flare filter.

Creation of The Pioneer: Step 2

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Cut out various parts of the source image to create landscape.

Creation of The Pioneer: Step 3

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Created the background mountains using more parts of source image. Painted horizon green using a soft brush to give the sulphurous haze. Brought in the space sky (flipped so large star appears to cast diagonal light beams on mid ground).A mixture of Hue/Saturation/Colorize and burn to give red glow. Also started adding some highlights to foreground. Highlights are white painted on if they are coming from left hand star, and a mixture of burn and red painted on, if they are caused by underground glow.

Creation of The Pioneer: Step 4

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Roughed out the space craft in grey.

Creation of The Pioneer: Step 5

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Tidied up the lines of the space craft using pen tool, and added shading. Started to rough out cloud/nebula formation using low opacity soft edged brush.

Creation of The Pioneer: Step 6

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Decided I wanted this picture to be more about the landscape than the space craft, so shrunk space craft down and moved it's position. Added more cloud detail.

Creation of The Pioneer: Step 7

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Finished cloud detail and lowered opacity to give more subtle effect. Added a few larger stars using soft had edged brush, with outer glow added.

Creation of The Pioneer: Step 8

Final result

Creation of The Pioneer: Final Result

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