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It literally took me dozens of test renders to keep the little tiny stars on the background (you wouldn't believe it, I opted the antialising out in the end!) but I made it! This is a dream come true for me: I have been wanting to make breathtaking space sceneries in Ultra Fractal for a very long time. I love space art, and I'm always looking forward to pushing the fractal boundaries ever further: it's part of my goal, as an artist and a human being P. S.: yes, the avatar was a teaser. You know where it came from now.
I'll be soft on you, but I honestly don't think this deserves to be on the front page. It has major mistakes that would simply not exist if this planet were an actual object, and the perspective is simply atrocious. Although it certainly looks nice, you have plenty to work on. The planet has almost no shadow, we should be seeing a crescent, not the glowing ball it is now. Even worse, the texture of the planet does not follow the curvature of the planet, making it not appear to be spherical. Worse still, the ring is not centered at the center of the planet, which would simply not happen in real-life. Also, you have some stars (maybe they are reflections?) that appear in front of the planet, which would not happen unless they were also in front of the planet. You need to work on these basic mistakes, because it comes off as rather lazy. That said, this certainly looks nice, but I wouldn't consider it frontpage worthy
My first thought when I saw this picture was that it is beautiful. It really shows the universe as being huge compared to us. Upon further consideration, I have to say, there are a couple flaws. Nothing that ruins the picture, just details that take away from the realism. The planet is definitely too flat, it doesn't look realistic, you should try working on shadows and lighting to make it seem spherical. Also, planetary rings are made up of many, many particles. At a view this close, you should probably see some of them, or the texture of them at least. The stars are wonderful in the background, but the dots of light in front of the planet are a little disconcerting. If they are supposed to be tricks of the light, try making them a little more spiky, and brighter. Still, I am partial to this picture. It really does have a lovely effect. Good job!
On the thumbnail this looked really good, and when I enlarged it it stilled looked very beautiful, but there are some flaws. The planet seems kind of flat, the texture could use some warping to make it look more spherical, and some rounded shading would help.
I wouldn't call this fractals, but it's gorgeous. I think this would be better categorized under space art. Beautiful colours. I think you should take advice from the person who gave you a critique, I do agree with them. You have a long way to go before you do stuff at a Bruce Pennington level, but this is a great start.
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