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Hades by hoevelkamp Hades by hoevelkamp
3ds Max and Photoshop. The Ship is the Cougar MK2 Interceptor by Django, a fellow member at Renderosity and can be found here:

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That's all. :)
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When hoevelkamp releases a new deviation you can be always sure to see a piece full of realism and details.
Problem with this expectaions arrives when the piece actually has completely different bright aspects and the before mentioned advantages are pushed aside.

Hades is a brave attempt to mix quite a number of space elements - which is admirable. The realization of it, though, might need some improvements. But let's start with that bright side!

The gradient of colors used for the background is always a challenge. And a big one when we mix cold with warm colors.
To achieve a nice outcome - one must be sure not to create sharp color transitions or some nasty color combinations (as I always say - green and red belong on Portugese national flag and not into one spacescape) - hoevelkamp managed to create a nice background with realistic coloring. This element is further supported by awesome starfield - the starfield itself is probably the most successful part of the image - the ideal combination of small noise stars, bigger giants and even some tiny nebulae and star clusters found their way into the image without making an overlaboured mess.

This mess, though, is a bit more obvious with the main objects of the image. To be more precise - composition is all right but the lighting and coloring of the planet/asteroids/ship just doesn't fit together. There is kinda good job done on the ring and no-one will whine over the planet either. The asteroids, though, lack any attempt to fit them into the image - prime role in this picture is performed by the warm light emanated from the sun which is absolutely omitted by the asteroids. They just came by from another picture. The same can be told about the ship. Where planet is illuminated pretty obviously, ship and asteroids should be as well.
And since these objects fill 1/3 of the picture - it's a big blow to the image and atmosphere.
Another nitpick is about the scorched planet effect - the texture is not quality enough on the north and south pole of the planet and it's kinda stretched too much.
There are a few of other minor glitches that bring this image further down (engine flares/traces with different lengths, ship itself could use some PS postwork) but are not as important as the overal lighting mess caused by imported 3D objects.
In short - 2D part is OK, 3D part failed. And since the 3D part covers a big part of the picture, it affects the whole image pretty much.
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:iconwilliamtownsend:
WilliamTownsend Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
May I ask for your secret to creating the asteroids :P
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:iconhoevelkamp:
hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009   Digital Artist
Very easy. Create some rocks in Vue, export them to 3ds Max and find some really nice textures. :D
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:iconwilliamtownsend:
WilliamTownsend Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Ooooo Nice. VUE! Thats how! Thanks for explaining!!!!
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:iconbillndrsn:
billndrsn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to [link]:)
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:iconhoevelkamp:
hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. :)
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:iconbillndrsn:
billndrsn Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: ..:)
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billndrsn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
This has been featured

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:iconhoevelkamp:
hoevelkamp Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. I'm glad you like it that much. :)
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ForsakenGeti Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
"holy fuck" just about sums this one up. <3
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ERPC117 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Awesome!!:D
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:iconsethsorafett555:
SethSoraFett555 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Duuuuuuuuude... Awsome!
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andrews892000 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
its a great piece of work again, congrats! ^^
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:icontaserhead:
Taserhead Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I think you have all the elements for a great 3d piece here - I love the deep blue colour of the asteroids, and the rendering on the planet, thats awesome! Overall your piece is very well put together. I think you should spend a little more time making these elements work together by softening some edges, blending the colours etc. Try adding some reddish tint to the asteroids, to fit in with the light coming from that star in the background.
very good work!
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OttBettina Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
the only thing that bugs me is that everything in the szene has a lot of strukture and texture but the ships surface seems pretty pale and flat....
anyway a great szene - I love the planet the most ;)
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:iconzmade:
zmade Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The ship should have more details (mabye small lights and numbers) and the engine trail, should be also better realized. ;)
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Durandal-Thoth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
There's something irking me about those engines... they seem to be brighter further AWAY from the ship. They should be at their brightest closer to it, and I think the tapering off should be less gradual. But that's just my opinion. Great piece as always, really like the planet. Reminds of a dying world, perhaps hit by an asteroid, or the victim of a cataclysmic eruption.
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Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
links über dem großen stern is eine ganze ecke wo keine sterne sind Oo
und das schiff könnte noch ne gescheite textur vertragen

der rest sieht richtig schick aus :thumbsup: ;)
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:iconqauz:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Very nice, I like the whole design but i think that you should work on the smudge tool for the ship a bit to support the speed :)
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:iconzwordarts:
ZwordArts Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
i like the asteroids and the rings but thats all:(
not one of your best works...
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MacRebisz Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Clouds of ash! XD

Very well done piece, great asteroids, rings, lighting :)

Great job mate :)
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:iconsostopher:
Sostopher Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Wonderful work on the asteroids. They look so real. The rings are beautiful and the lighting is spot on. I do have one thing though, the planet texture has a little to be desired, it is a little...low quality? And looks a little odd in my opinion, still, the rest of the texture works well as a rocky/ volcanic planet. I do like how there are clouds that are almost black to go with the ash in the air, a nice touch. Overall, I think that it is a very good piece, beautifully composed and everything but the lava, in my opinion, was pulled off very well indeed.

Cheers,
Chris
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wanwan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think the asteroids looks so real cause they're photos of rocks that have been tweaked. If the lightsource is that bright I am sure it would have shone on the asteroids a bit more. The render is really flat, and could have done with a yellow/white highlights. The trails also look at the wrong angle, perhaps the use of a perspective grid would help. I agree with the crit saying the starfield is one of the more sucessful parts. Mostly a good job, but no cigar.
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wanwan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Also, I feel that the sun/explosion is too radial and the light source on the planet seems further away from the camera than the explosion/sun.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the colours, they seems to give this a reallly classic feel, particularly on the blue shadowing of the asteroids. The slight grainyness to the rings also fits the type of planet they are orbiting around too ;)
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