I have finally put some quality time into this painting and am nearing completion. As you can see I have added a lot to the background and played with the intensities of the main nebula, at this point there are nine layers to track. Some for the background stars, some for the hazes, and one just to tone down the background star haze. I push my limits with every new project I approach. This image has been no different, hope you like the results?
It has been a while but here is an update to the painting “Predatory Stars in the Depths of the Universe”. Mostly a lot of detail work along with an additional layer of gossamer haze light, including the connection to the lure star.
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Here is an update to the Star Cave painting I was working on with its new title of “Predatory Stars in the Depths of the Universe”. It was a surprise to me that this painting ended up going in this direction because I was only planning on playing with improving my nebula designs as an easy exercise. However, after working with the lower left portion of the nebula, I noticed that it reminded me of the jaws of an angler fish. Even more surprising, I had intended some time ago to work on a project like this for my sister who is an ocean nut.
I was going to try making a nebula that looked like an underwater coral scene and maybe some other ones that look like ocean fish. That had not been my intention on this painting but the look sparked my imagination, so I dove in. I hope to make this much more detailed and the lure, which is the bright blue star, less obvious. I want people to see the nebula and drink it in without realizing the over all idea. That way they get an expanded sense of awe when they figure out the larger meaning.
I have had a unique change of view on my digital painting title Star Cave along with a dramatic change in direction for the image. Let me get some more work done and I will post my progress along with the new title.
Here is what I am working on just to keep my hand in art. A simple Nebula with a new star buried within it. I love images of nebulae and have been looking at the newer Hubble pictures of the horse head nebula, which inspired this image.