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Earth type planet.

May 5, 2012, 11:20
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Earth type planet.
I've been messing around with textures in the hope that I could make the surface of a blue planet more Earth like. The continents were made from a close up photo I took of an old tree, I think it was moss but it could've been an alien fungus for all I know, and the polar cap was made using a lighter section of the same photo. I overlaid the tree pic onto an image of some rough ground and cut the opacity down to about fifty so as to give the continents some contours.

Can't seem to get the clouds right at the moment but I'll keep at it and see what turns up.

Comments and thoughts gratefully received.


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May 5, 2012, 11:55
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RE: Earth type planet.
(May 5, 2012 11:20)caz Wrote:  I've been messing around with textures in the hope that I could make the surface of a blue planet more Earth like. The continents were made from a close up photo I took of an old tree, I think it was moss but it could've been an alien fungus for all I know, and the polar cap was made using a lighter section of the same photo. I overlaid the tree pic onto an image of some rough ground and cut the opacity down to about fifty so as to give the continents some contours.

Can't seem to get the clouds right at the moment but I'll keep at it and see what turns up.

Comments and thoughts gratefully received.
Not bad... but clouds should show up as a vortices (even if only partial) and extend over landmasses.

PS: no need to use XCF to post screenshot; a (possibly scaled down) Jpeg of your image would be better.

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May 6, 2012, 09:06
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RE: Earth type planet.
Thanks for the comments. I'll be doing some more work on the clouds and then use the planet as part of a bigger picture.

I'll try a scaled down Jpeg for future post.

Cheers.

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May 7, 2012, 10:25 (This post was last modified: May 7, 2012 10:28 by caz.)
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RE: Earth type planet.
I've been working on this for a few days. The original picture was taken close to where I live, it was a bit of a grey day.
I'm going to build a new version of the planet so that I can add some vortex clouds to it, I've made a texture that I think will look go for this layer but at the present time I can't find a way to insert it under the atmosphere, so I'll start from scratch on that one. Also I think the planet's shadow is out perspective with the sun.

It's the old tiger there that I've got real problems with. No matter what I try he still looks as if he's floating over the sand. Any thoughts and comments about how to solve this problem and the general make up of the picture appreciated. Cheers.

   
   
   

Edit: Yep, still having problems posting pictures our even remembering how I centred one of them.

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May 7, 2012, 11:31
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RE: Earth type planet.
IMHO:
- the tiger color balance doesn't match the rest (white is too white)
- the tiger should cast a shadow (this may be why it appears to float in mid-air)
- I have a problem with the global perspective. Given the size of the planet in the sky, the horizon looks very close, but if it's close we are on a small planet, so the horizon should have some visible curvature. Come to think of it, this may be due to the tiger. In the original photo, an animal of that size would have been a rather small dog or a slightly obese cat. Since we recognize the tiger, we rescale the picture to suit, so everything is three times as big, which also means that the sea is seen from three times higher, which put the horizon further away.

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May 7, 2012, 17:31
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RE: Earth type planet.
Thanks for the comments, they give me plenty to think about.

I'll rescale the tiger and see if that sorts out the perspective problems and make the other suggested changes if they're needed to make the horizon appear further away. I'll also sort the colours out, try to anyway, and add a shadow.

The horizon in the original picture - it's a shot across the Thames estuary - is only a couple of miles away. It could explain why the planet looks close... or not, I'm still learning this so a lot of what I do is guess work.

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May 11, 2012, 18:03 (This post was last modified: May 11, 2012 18:04 by caz.)
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RE: Earth type planet.
I've been changing stuff on this picture for the last week. I built a new Earth type planet with I hope better clouds and the sunlight in more or less the right place. Added a bit more curve to the horizon and a comet/asteroid collision.

   

This one...well it was fun to do, and as I can't draw, at all, I'm find that I'm reduced to using a picture of stuffed cat which I chopped the tail off of and made the back legs longer on. I also gave him/her - he/she has been christened alien Joe/Jo - some claws and my best shot at a shocked expression.

Thoughts and comments appreciated, cheers.
   

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May 23, 2012, 22:03
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(May 11, 2012 18:03)caz Wrote:  I've been changing stuff on this picture for the last week. I built a new Earth type planet with I hope better clouds and the sunlight in more or less the right place. Added a bit more curve to the horizon and a comet/asteroid collision.



This one...well it was fun to do, and as I can't draw, at all, I'm find that I'm reduced to using a picture of stuffed cat which I chopped the tail off of and made the back legs longer on. I also gave him/her - he/she has been christened alien Joe/Jo - some claws and my best shot at a shocked expression.

Thoughts and comments appreciated, cheers.


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May 24, 2012, 17:30
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RE: Earth type planet.
Quote:She/He looks high as a kite...

Big Grin

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