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Jason
"FYI, DB signature in wrong location on 3840 x 1080 (dual 16:9) image"
FYI, the Digitalblasphemy logo/signature is not located in the right hand corner of the screen on the 3840 x 1080 (dual 16:9) image, it is midway on the second monitor.

Wed August 1, 2012 at 9:25 am

Ryan
"@Deatherage"
I've been complaining about how Droid's handle my site for a long time now. Here's my Help page entry about it.

Mon July 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Deatherage
"Glitch"
This wallpaper looks great on my Droid 4, but I'm never able to download pictures from this sight, Kinda annoying. Keep up the good work.

Sun July 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Kyle
"Nice Spectrum"
I like the spectrum of the lightning - especially on the tri-screen. Nice!

Wed July 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Mike
"Wow"
I can't wait to see how you do this in Dual Monitor. It is breathtaking.

Wed July 25, 2012 at 7:20 am

James
"Favorite of 2012"
Amazing! When can we expect it to be available on zazzle?

Tue July 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Jen
"A Top Fave!"
Love this, Ryan! It's some of my favourite works of yours rolled into one...and in my favourite colour purple! Can't wait for the dual screen renders!

Tue July 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Dennis M.
"Need a delete function..."
tsia

Tue July 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

Dennis M.
"Awsome"
I can see value in both ways, and I don't think that reusing assets to get more than one view of a celestial object is any crime, so I would say keep doing both. Do 2 or 3 views of the same object, or of the same world. You know me, I always want to see what's behind those trees over there, or what's over that mountain... Or, did anyone build a beach house here? Fortress over there?

Tue July 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

Dennis M.
"Awsome"
I can see value in both ways, and I don't think that reusing assets to get more than one view of a celestial object is any crime, so I would say keep doing both. Do 2 or 3 views of the same object, or of the same world. You know me, I always want to see what's behind those trees over there, or what's over that mountain... Or, did anyone build a beach house here? Fortress over there?

Tue July 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

kellzilla
"planet-thing"
Love it! Do I see Phraxis Moon peeking out of those clouds? Love the color scheme, we so rarely see purple from you!

Tue July 24, 2012 at 5:45 am

Shirley
"Love the view"
I like the double perspective. Dual screen, sir, if you please!

Mon July 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

cmmnoble
"lightning!"
I'm a big fan of "The Eye of Aquila" just as it is, purple and all. BUT, if you had a hankering to do a pickle jar version of the lightning storms over water as they might be seen on an Earth shore, with a regular old Earth-style starry sky and a more traditional moonlit blue/silver/green/gold (for the lightning) color scheme, I wouldn't complain at all. :-)

Sat July 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Eric
"Amazing"
Love it. Can't wait for the multiple monitor versions.

Sat July 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

RC Davison
"Aquila"
Another amazing piece of artwork!

For me, there is conflict in what is commanding the piece - the magnetar or the lightning. I think if the lightning bolts were to be moved deeper into the image and a bit less intense that would alleviate the tension between the them and the magnetar. It would also preserve the image of a very violent environment. I also think the colors of the clouds and planetscape being predominantly purple also diminish the magnetar's presence in the sky. Muting or changing the base color would allow the magnetar to dominate the night sky. Your work is always great and I look forward to each new posting. These are just my personal preferences.

Keep up the great work!

Sat July 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

IanB
"Wow!"
I really liked Magnetar as it was, but this one is even more amazing! Fantastic work as always, sir.

Fri July 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

Watcher
"home"
The old home button is back home

Many thanks, it ads to the website.

Thu July 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

54
"Needs a little work"
Clouds need a little bit more work. Lightning usually comes from thick, towering cumulonimbus clouds (but not always) and tend to be relatively cohesive, even on the edges, but yours look a little thin.

Gas Giant (and other planets) need to look a little hazy in order to add more depth. Perhaps that's also part of what's wrong with the clouds?

Just my ZIM$0.02.

Thu July 19, 2012 at 8:10 am

Ethan MacDougal
"Aquila"
Love, certainly worthy of it's own place in the gallery. It would be cool to see some of the older space scenes from a land perspective.

Wed July 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Lidia
"Re: The Glowing Shrooms"
I'm so happy you brought the shrooms back! I was also missing them and happy to see them back.

Wed July 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Josh
"Re: view perspective"
I think it depends on the scene. Magnetar is one that looks good in both, whereas Niflheim really gets its character with the ice in the foreground. Crucible and Cosmogeny, however, just wouldn't be as good if the view was from planetside.



Also, @fenris: I totally see the 40k eye of terror thing, now that you mention it.

Wed July 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

Will
"Re: The Glowing Shrooms"
Thanks for returning the shrooms!

Wed July 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

Ryan
"Re: The Glowing Shrooms"
They are back. Adding text over the top as a bit messy so I just added a pop-up message that says "Home" when you hover. Thanks for the feedback!

Wed July 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Andy
"Amazing"
This is very cool! I can see three or four of your works mashed up into this image. This is pretty darn cool, it'll be my background for quite awhile.

Wed July 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

RyiidKyii
"Wonderful"
It may be a bit active - but it's wonderful. I wouldn't change a thing.

Tue July 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Chris B
"@ the Glowing Shrooms"
Put the Shrooms back and put small text under it that says "Home" :) we <3 our shrooms!

Tue July 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Chris B
"Only one small change."
I don't think there is too much going on... feel free to add some dolphins in the water too ;) (some glowing alien dolphins of course! jk) In all seriousness, the only small thing I would change is the front-most left Lightning bolt. The 2 origination points are too bright & distinct. I think that steals the focus as the eyes are naturally drawn to the brightest points in an image. If you tone that down I think everything will work to frame & showcase Magnitar. It will hopefully be an easy fix and correct what a lot of the commenters are suggesting.



I've been in heat storms like this as well, clouds roll through, a light breeze (until it is right on you), lots of thunder and lightning but little else. I personally like a little chaos in an otherwise relaxed setting, It's like having kids :) or would that be the other way around...



@ Rascaldi If that is Phraxis (after it's star died, unless it was a binary...) as I believe it is, we would be on one of it's moons. Different view form the same Phraxis moon? other moon all together? we may never know ;)

Tue July 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Gerry
"Eye of Aquila"
Outstanding. Surely deserves a place in the gallery.

Tue July 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

John N.
"Just a bit too much going on!"
I usually like the planetscape renderings, but this one just has too much going on! It seems that the 'Magnetar' should be positioned higher in the sky and maybe have it as the focal point in the rendering. Sadly, if I had to rate this, it would be a 6 out of 10. I did like Magnetar alot on its own, but there is no focus in this planetscape rendering.

Tue July 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Theo S.
"Ground view is (usually) better!"
While your planetscapes are amazing, your planetscapes viewed from the ground are unparalleled. That was what brought me to DigitalBlasphemy in the first place. Please continue to blent land, water, and space in the beautiful way that only you can. :)

Tue July 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

fenris
"40k"
reminds me of the eye of terror from warhammer 40k, I like to colors a lot

Tue July 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

rascaldi
"Planetview"
Artistically I like both of the views. There's just the wee little thing I have: I'm not even sure, but I can't help but think that most of your planets would be "months" away of crashing into each other. They just seem to be to near. I don't want to be a smart-ass about it, but I just can't shake these thoughts

Tue July 17, 2012 at 12:44 am

Littlemom
""The Eye of Aquila (2012)""
Although I love the colors and the water as well as the planet, I don't care for the Magnetar being added to it, or for the lightning I think it makes the picture way to busy. However I do like it better than Magnetar. Still as with all your work I'll add it to my collection.

Tue July 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

LorettaYeo
"Much more interesting than Magnetar"
I never bothered to download Magnetar because it was another ball on the beach. Not that it wasn't good, but it was not novel. Eye of Aquila, on the other hand is magnificent. I love that the storm is completely in the sky, not touching the ground or water. when I was growing up on Long Island NY we got heat storms like that all summer. Bravo Zulu!

Tue July 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

Big Dave
"Meh"
Ryan, I like most of what you do but to me, this work is just too busy with too many elements. Compositionally, it doesn't work for me. I don't know where the focus is meant to draw my eyes into the scene. It also feels like a lot of things were thrown together. I much preferred Magnetar by itself than with all of these other elements combined. When you have done other views of space from a home planet, either the objects in space or the home planet was the focus but in this scene, I just don't know where to look. As I said, though, I really like most of what you do but this one just doesn't work for me.

Tue July 17, 2012 at 1:18 am

Dave
"Figured it Out"
I finally figured out why I couldn't decide which I liked better. It's because this version is better from an art stanpoint as a standalone piece. The original "Magnetar" works better for me as a desktop because the icons frame the central image.

Tue July 17, 2012 at 1:12 am

Dave
"Figured it Out"
I finally figured out why I couldn't decide which I liked better. It's because this version is better from an art stanpoint as a standalone piece. The original "Magnetar" works better for me as a desktop because the icons frame the central image.

Tue July 17, 2012 at 1:12 am

seamus
"nice view!"
i like it when you add different viewpoints to existing pics; it makes them much more interesting for me. very nice wallpaper, as usual.

i agree with SUAB and Michael, when you get a chance, remake 'Once Upon A Time', please!

thanks!

Mon July 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Teresa
""Never cease...""
Wicked Ryan! As is the norm, I'm most impressed. I love the purple first of all (my favorite color), but most of all, you never cease to amaze! The attention to detail in every aspect of your design is what makes it truly magical. Thank you.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Teresa
""never cease...""
Wicked Ryan! As is the norm, I'm most impressed. I love the purple first of all (my favorite color), but most of all, you never cease to amaze! The attention to detail in every aspect of your design is what makes it truly magical. Thank you.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

john
"Love the color"
Love this one. The colors really pop out at you. I like the lightning, it adds a sense of danger and chaos to the scene which i would associate with that powerful of a neutron star.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Gabe
"The Eye of Aquila"
A great idea to combine your art! The only thing I would suggest is a little "cause and effect". In this piece I would suggest that for something stormy, the water or liquid below wouldn't be calm. Additionally for something that could be causing the storm clouds and effects, it seems limited to a small band of stormy clouds... limited thunderheads or vertical extensions, nothing swirling about the eye, above or below the existing cloud line. If you generically look at the art from top down, it's calm, bright & planet, storm, calm again. That could be your intent, and if so that's cool - but just my suggestion on cause and effect. Hope to see more of your combined work! :-)

Mon July 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Michael
"Once upon a Time"
The Eye of Aquila is looking great.Keep up the good work. Also,I agree with SUAB. Once Upon a Time is an all time favorite, but it could definitely use an update. I would definitely enjoy it.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Lidia
"The Eye of Aquila"
I really like the glowing vegetation in the foreground. I agree that the lightning greatly detracts from the rest of the image. I don't think I'd mind it as much if there were only a little bit far off into the distance.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm

David
"Promising!"
I really like this BUT I also will say it will probably be perfect after version 2 or 3. I suggest keep the clouds dark but a little translucent--make them a little thinner and as if they’re moving toward the horizon in a violent manner. Less lightning strikes. The sea may need some more lightening or some kind of tinkering to give it body, though more ripples might detract from the sky, which the eye is drawn to.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

suab
"btw"
... I am still hoping that one day you would make a remake of ONCE UPON A TIME - my all time favorite - is there a chance? :)

Mon July 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

suab
"Sorry Ryan..."
...after a very long time, I don't like your new picture... but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad.. it's just not for me...

Mon July 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Chris
"Lightning"
I really like the depth that that distant lightning gives to the image like a storm rolling in off of the sea but I feel that the image would benefit from a bit more contrasting darkness as there seems to be light coming from everywhere. Losing the foreground lightning and the purple luminescence at the bottom might help. But its a great first attempt at something so ambitious.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Nate
"love the coloring"
like a lot of the previous comments, i absolutely love the purple. i do however agree that it seems a bit cluttered...there is just quite a bit going on in this one...its hard to focus on one particular part. i think it may be the clouds and the lightning...maybe just tone them back a bit? overall though this is a fantastic one :)

Mon July 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Betsey
"mushrooms"
can we have a vote on the mushrooms???? Please????

Mon July 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

SimonRev
"Lightning/Planet"
Agree with the other posters: Lose the lightning.



Is that Phraxis poking out of the clouds there?

Mon July 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Zach
"Lightning"
I agree that the lightning detracts from the overall image, but it is really neat otherwise!

Mon July 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Jenanne
"Love the purple!"
Don't lose the purple; so few renders have my favorite as the main color. While I do like this render, I have a different take than some of the other comments, though. The magnetar distracts from the rest of the terrific background. It doesn't seem to fit with the rest. Just IMHO.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

cmmnoble
"cool beans!"
This is an awesome picture! Neat glowy alien plant life, lightning, cool planetscape in the sky. Awesome, awesome, awesome! (And I just noticed, there are lighted circles on the planet that's peeking out over the clouds on the left--like there's a whole civilization there.) P.S. My kids will LOVE all the purple.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Kryse
"I like Purple"
I really like the vegetation in the front and the planet in the background, but I think the lightning detracts from awesomeness of the magnetar. ^_^

Mon July 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

anna_writr
"ooooooooh"
I love this version! Agreed with Liggs that the lightning while cool is a bit distracting to the image. There's no focus.



Or ditch the gratuitous gas giant off to the left. I like the alien sparkly vegetation (or is it a fourth of BZZth crowd of aliens?)

Mon July 16, 2012 at 12:58 am

anna_writr
"ooooooooh"
I love this version! Agreed with Liggs that the lightning while cool is a bit distracting to the image. There's no focus.



Or ditch the gratuitous gas giant off to the left. I like the alien sparkly vegetation (or is it a fourth of BZZth crowd of aliens?)

Mon July 16, 2012 at 12:57 am

Liggs
"Very Cool"
I definitely like this version better! However, I'm thinking it may look a bit better without the lightning. Maybe the lightning could be inside the clouds giving them a lighted effect without the actual lightning showing. Just a thought.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 12:52 am

Ryan
"@watcher"
I was afraid the mushrooms weren't obvious enough for such an important navigational element.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 12:51 am

watcher
"?"
what the frac happened with the old home button ?

Mon July 16, 2012 at 12:39 am

Dan
"Green"
To ChrisSpera's point, some green would contrast well, but again- I do prefer this to the original.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

ChrisSpera
"Dude, that is a LOT of purple..."
Just a quick question. with all of the purple in the shot, I was wondering if a contrasting color or another color for the actual planet might not be a better choice?

Mon July 16, 2012 at 12:15 am

Dan
"Excellent POV shift"
Personally, I usually prefer the space scenes from planetside as it adds context and depth. I love them all, but I have to say this one is much more appealing to me personally than v1, and I loved v1.

Mon July 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

Darrin
"Purple!"
A zoomed out Magnetar... Nice!

Mon July 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

Trina
"new pic"
very cool. me like

Mon July 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

Maggie
"Stunning!"
All right, this one is pretty visually stunning. It's an exciting composition, but not too "busy." This would be another amazing animated wallpaper for PS3...

Mon July 16, 2012 at 11:18 am

Ryan
"The Eye of Aquila"
Here's a view of my "magnetar from a hypothetical nearby planet. Still tweaking this one but think it is ready for Member comments. Hope you like it!

Mon July 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

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