Started as a Gaea doodle while chatting online about DB 2.0, then my developer partner probably noticed me getting quieter and quieter as I got more into it. I still think I could be really dangerous as a landscape artist if I can master Gaea's toolset and I think I made some good progress with this scene. Is everything perfect? No, but I can get back to working on the new site without the creeping itch to "Make Art!" for at least a few days :-)
This one renders fairly quickly too so might be able to experiment with Apple's dynamic wp with this mode, which is something the Multi-Monitor Wallpaper developer has been asking me about.
I added the water for Jessie. She's not a fan of deserts :-)
Here's what it looks like rendering a 1080p preview (earlier in the development)...
Really love this off world render, the colours and lighting are so beautiful, I cast me vote for a night version. Thanks Ryan
Sat August 15, 2020 at 3:45 pm
"Oh Yeah !"
Really like this one. I prefer the more realistic landscape versions and as some has already said, this one is a good balance between realism and artisitc licence. Just saw it and now its the desktop !. And yeah, I'm another looking forward to a night version : ).
Fri August 14, 2020 at 5:07 am
"Amazing! +1 on Dark version"
AMAZING. LOVE the colors and saturation in this one. I would love to see a pre-dawn version of this. Not just "night", but with the faintest of rays coming in from the right side, interfering ever so slightly with whatever the cosmic backdrop is (something "Andromeda-esque"?), with haze still on our desert planet's horizon. I can "see" it now!
Thu August 13, 2020 at 11:24 pm
"Love the textures"
Another vote for a night version
Thu August 13, 2020 at 8:43 pm
"Nice use of color!"
I really like this one. The color contrast between the sky/planetscape and the rugged desert below really grabs my eye.
Thu August 13, 2020 at 11:34 am
Beautiful, thank you Ryan. Love it.
Thu August 13, 2020 at 11:18 am
This is a very nice Planetscape. I love the warm earthtone colors in this one. Great job Ryan!!!
Thu August 13, 2020 at 10:47 am
D. C. Sessions
"Excellent, nice balance"
Quite possibly the best you've done. Good geology, only minor nits and quibbles. Things you might try, but well within artistic license.
* Vertical basaltic structures like the mountain in the background often have horizontal discontinuities partway up. Or not.
* The oasis well above the surrounding surface water implies an artesian spring, so you could also have had a natural fountain welling up where the rock is if you chose.
Thu August 13, 2020 at 7:09 am
Absolutely love this one, Ryan! 10+ all the way. Night version, please?
Thu August 13, 2020 at 6:31 am
"All views excellent!"
Lovely! I particularly like this one. Moreover, it's one of the rare examples where the triple-screen render is arguably the best version. Unlike most triple-screens, where the angles get very distorted at the outer extremes, with this scene you just get three very interesting, attractive and natural-looking images. And overall it's just a good piece of work in terms of balance, colour and visual interest. Really nice.
Thu August 13, 2020 at 5:21 am
Great job as always. You never disapoint. Even on the odd occasion when I may not like an image, the detail and the work that goes in to each piece is something that I admire.
This one I love.
Thu August 13, 2020 at 3:44 am
"DB Planetscape, what's not to like ?"
Love the texture. Great job
Thu August 13, 2020 at 2:31 am
"I like the desert view, and the oasis"
Perhaps we're seeing a sand-choked river here.
@DarthSync: the rising planets could throw a lot of light over the scene here. The water may just be star lit - not much light from the moons in their near-present positions - but the overall effect could be amazing.
Thu August 13, 2020 at 2:19 am
The planetcapes you produce are always amazing. A night version of this would be incredible.
Thu August 13, 2020 at 1:17 am
I like the texture and lighting on the mountain face. Really nice balance of light and dark on the terrain.
There's something about that planet, though. The swirls and colors. I can't decide if I love it or hate it.
Thu August 13, 2020 at 0:00 am
I look forward to a night version?
Wed August 12, 2020 at 11:44 pm
"Tip for picklejar"
Just a suggestion: This could be subtly improved with the addition of a small "minecraft-style desert village" somewhere tactful (not front-and-center, but also not somewhere where you can barely see it). I think that would add a subtle "touch of life" to the picture. Also would entice minecraft fans to support your work. (Do your boys play minecraft? :) )
Another tip: a couple of SMALL "rock formations" scattered strategically around the dunes could be a really welcome touch.
Loving this. You've done it again
Wed August 12, 2020 at 11:10 pm
It's been a couple of years since i've left a comment, but there's something about this one which makes me want to say something. Really beautiful. The oasis, sand and mountains would have made this one good as it is, but then you went and added those moons and it's suddenly got that j'ne sais quois which draws me in and keeps me looking. Wanna get a UHD monitor, drop acid and lose myself in this one.
Wed August 12, 2020 at 11:06 pm
I keep finding new elements to this scene! One thing that was great about this one is that the multiscreen versions were posted at the same time. It's always a bit disappointing when you post a gorgeous new image but the multis are a ways off. I guess that the positive way to look at it is that it drives up anticipation. :)
Wed August 12, 2020 at 9:57 pm
Beautiful alien desert. I also think the complementary colors are working really well here. I really like the way the transition from the orange to the blue happens in the heat and haze of the atmosphere near the desert floor.