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ALIEN SHORES by AstroBoy1 ALIEN SHORES by AstroBoy1
"Alien Shores"

©2008/2009 Michael C. Turner Galactic Visions Space Art
Acrylic on Stretched canvas 36" X 48" using traditional bristle brush techniques.

This is a view from the shores of an extra-solar planet orbiting a binary star system. The closer, larger, primary star is a yellow-orange giant star which is emitting colossal amounts of ionized gases. The second star in this dynamic stellar duo is actually a pulsar. A pulsar is a very highly magnetized and rapidly rotating neutron star, emitting an intense beam of electromagnetic radiation. Astronomers have determined that some binary star systems have a neutron star/pulsar and that planetary size masses of matter likely orbit them. What type of worlds orbit such bizarre stellar entities? Perhaps they are gas giants or solid/terrestrial planetary masses. I have depicted this conceptual piece with a terrestrial (Earth-like) planet with at least some type of liquid ocean. Based upon current data, a liquid water ocean would be unlikely although water isn’t an exclusive liquid. Even in our stellar system, there are moons with liquid gas lakes. It is romantic to think that such worlds might have liquid water oceans even if currently accepted scientific thinking excludes the same.

May All Your Visions Be Galactic Visions ~ Michael C. Turner
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Hi, your wonderful artwork has been featured here silenigmaarts.deviantart.com/j…
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014

Thank you most kindly.

 

Best regards,

 

Michael C. Turner

 

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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   Digital Artist
:)
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Greetings Matthew,

Your comments and observations are sincerely appreciated. Yes, it does seem that with the confirmation of possible Earth-like exoplanets many space artists are depicting mostly bluish tinted skies and water worlds with abundant vegetation which doubtlessly do exist, to some degree, throughout the Cosmos. Some artists render truly unique images while others simply look like cut and paste images of one another. As I generally depict more exotic "alien" star systems I try to capture the feeling of experiencing something vastly different from Earth. Even though my paintings are based upon scientific data, I do not attempt to create a photographic or encyclopedic representation. I am more concerned with creating an emotional sense of wonder within the viewer so they might feel the "spirit" of space. I believe the aforementioned is what first motivates sentient beings to explore the unknown frontiers in the quest for understanding the Cosmos. Incidentally, I am anticipating seeing a new space related work of art from you for you always have a unique image which deviates refreshingly from the normal space art presentations on DA.

Regards,
Michael C. Turner
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought I commented on this one already :shocked: I like how its the classic version of the type of art that was common here a few years back in digital form, which also looked cool but admittedly some of it became generic. This one seems to have a more traditional appeal. You don't often see unusually coloured skies in sci-fi art anymore, even the most alien of worlds are still given blue ones these days, so a rich brown is surely unique and fitting to the hot atmosphere of the place. I also like how the pools down below could be either water or lava, depending on whose imagining it ;)
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fizzycyst Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
(typo above) When I paint planets, I struggle with wet-blending in acrylics, particularly with the day-night transition. Please advise?
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fizzycyst Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
How did you achieve the subtle gradations and wet-blending in Acrylic? I'm struggling with that when I paint plant planets.
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Greetings,

Creating a gradual transition can be a challenge. I generally make sure my canvas is pre-moistened as well as mixing either a small amount of water or acrylic drying retarder agent. When brushing on the paint to blend I work rather swiftly to prevent the acrylic from drying out. As I recall, on this particular piece, I used a damp cloth to assist in smoothing and blending the transition effect. I also now use bottle acrylic which is a bit more liquid to begin with as opposed to tube acrylic. One advantgage to using bottled acrylic pigment is the clour intensity is not diminished as when water or a retarding agent is added to thin the paint.

Best regards,
Michael C. Turner
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annearty Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Very atmospheric!
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Greetings,

Your comments are greatly appreciated and thank you for including "Alien Shores" in your favourties.

My best,
Michael C. Turner
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