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My second space image created using Apophysis fractals on 2D "plates" in Lightwave. By varying the luminosity and transparency of the different places and moving some in front of others it is possible to create the illusion of darker dust obscuring brighter plasma. Because the plates are 2D they are relatively fast to render.

Next I would like to try mixing the 2D fractals with 3D volumetrics. . .

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Pickle Jar Variations what's this?

8.49/10 rating (243 votes)

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Any chance we can get a 2880x1800 of this?

Mon September 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I reckon there is a face in there.

Mon March 21, 2011 at 3:16 am

"is there a face in there...."
is it just me or does anyone else see a face in the middle of the pulsar? looks kinda like an old man, with big lips and heavy brows...

Mon March 21, 2011 at 1:06 am

Jeff R.E.
Definitely my favorite... so far.

Tue January 4, 2011 at 10:39 am


Wed September 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

"Corrupt Image"
The 2560 x 1600 version of pulsar2k101 is corrupt.

Wed September 29, 2010 at 12:45 am

This "new" version is actually a previous edit that I wasn't able to save due to a file error (I accidentally overwrote my work). I tried to recreate the file I had lost but was unsuccessful. The multiscreens are based off of the old gallery version. Wow, I got confused just trying to explain that. Long story short, I only have a single screen version of this render. The multiscreens will stay as they are.

Wed September 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

"Dual Screen of the PJ Version?"
The DS link still goes to the previous version...

Wed September 8, 2010 at 1:19 am

"So glad you put this version in the gallery"
Awesome! I love this version. The original was a fave of mine, but when you put this in the pickle jar, I forgot about the previous version. :)

Tue September 7, 2010 at 12:34 am

...maybe because it was originally posted in May? ;)

Tue September 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

"Pretty. But more of the same."
I like it.

But I feel like I have already seen this same wallpaper a time or three.

Tue September 7, 2010 at 5:42 am

Scott Wray
Alright, this is what will be going over my bed!

just placed an order for the HUGE bronze matte on this bad boy =P.

I have highland spring huge, shansuhi large, the florence triple, and now pulsar huge. =)

Mon September 6, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Enough people seemed to prefer Pickle Jar version (posted on 9/2/10) that I've decided to swap it with the gallery version. I've added a poster option the my Zazzle gallery as well. Thanks for the feedback!

Mon September 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Chris Mc
"Pickle Jar steals the show"
The pickle jar version left nothing more to be desired.

Sun September 5, 2010 at 0:28 am

"I like"
This is definitely the better verison.

Sat September 4, 2010 at 8:23 pm

"Votes for PJ too!"
In my oppinion the PJ is the absolute best. Those spirals just gives it a wilder look, especially the one passing just below the planet. It shows how small the planet really is, in comparison to this "cosmic power"!

Sat September 4, 2010 at 3:52 am

"PJ for sure"
i would have to say the pickle jar version is better than the version you currently have posted in the members gallery. it took me a few times to notice the difference, but the pickle jar version has those blue spirals that just give it that better edge.

Fri September 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm

"Picklejar Wins My Vote"
Although I like both, I agree the PJ version is superior.

Fri September 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm

"Pickle Jar FTW"
Absolutely agree the PJ is superior. Chalk up another vote Mr. Bliss thanks.

Fri September 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

"Wild Draw 4"
The one in the pickle jar looks "wilder" than the official one, it gets my vote.

Fri September 3, 2010 at 7:54 am

"Love the Pickle Jar"
Pickle Jar version gets my vote as well

Fri September 3, 2010 at 7:51 am

"Pursar in Pickle Jar Gets my Vote"
Nuff said!

Fri September 3, 2010 at 7:16 am

"First Version"
I like the original version better than the other one, would like a dual screed version with 3 spokes? spinning rather than just the binary.

Fri September 3, 2010 at 0:33 am

I much prefer the pickle jar version, personally. I think the planets give a much better sense of scale.

Thu September 2, 2010 at 11:16 pm

"Original Verion in Pickle Jar"
I'd have to say I like the pickle jar version slightly better. Definitely would like to see a 3840x1200 dualscreen version of it.

Thu September 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm

"I joined for this one"
Always was looking for an excuse to become a member, popped in, saw this on the front page, and joined on the spot, it's amazing!

Tue June 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

Absolutely Beautiful on Triple 30 Inch...

Wed June 23, 2010 at 12:39 am

"The detail..."
At first glance I thought, "Oh, another spacescape", then I put it up as wallpaper, and, holey cow...the detail is incredible. Some of the swirls almost look any case, it is awesome.

Mon June 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm

"2560x1024 dual screen"
That version of the dual screen doesn't look like the other dual screens - it looks like a truncated triple...

Mon June 7, 2010 at 3:55 am

Sweet, Downloading them now. Only one thing left to do once I get them on there, and that's to figure out how to get your animated wallpapers onto the Evo to use as the "Live Wallpaper" It's a cool feature on the phone, and would be totally awesome if I can get it to work.

Sun June 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm

"Re:HTC Evo"
I've added 960 x 800 files for the Evo this morning. You can find the zip file here.

Sun June 6, 2010 at 12:10 am

The 480 x 800 files are mistakenly labeled. The screen is 480 x 800 but the OS requires a larger file. Until I get the 960 x 800 files available (they'll be Members only) could you try the 960 x 854 Droid files?

Sat June 5, 2010 at 10:52 pm

480x800 is not an exact fit, it still needs to be cropped to fit the screen.

Sat June 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

480x800 is not an exact fit, it still needs to be cropped to fit the screen.

Sat June 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

HTC Evo uses 480x800, listed here as Touch2/Nokia N900.

Sat June 5, 2010 at 2:06 am

"Android App"
Have you considered developing an app for the Android network? It is kind of a pain navigating your site from my cell. An app that could be downloaded to a phone would make much easier to get your wonderful artwork onto a cellphone. Another option would be to make a "mobile" site.

Another problem I'm having is that I can't figure out what size I need to use for my HTC Evo.

Fri June 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I really liked the notes for each image. Thanks for taking the time to do them again.

Thu June 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

"More of my fav!"
Chalk me up as another spacescapes fan. The one looks gorgeous on my 27".

Thu June 3, 2010 at 5:14 am

Phillip D
"great to have notes"
Great idea to have notes...I always wondered in the past images how you make things...I like this render, even though I am not familiar with Lightwave, but it seems to have a very good render engine, very smooth.

BTW I just upgraded to Vue Esprit 8 the other day....neat terrain sculpting.....

Wed June 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm

"Pulsar Dual"
Really wasn't feeling the reg. version but I love the dual screen with it flipped horizontal. That made all the difference for me. :)

Wed June 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

"Love Space!"
Keep the Space / Sci-fi scenes coming :)

I've been a super fan for these images for a very long time!

Wed June 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm

By far one of the coolest I've seen. Been a fan for a long time, keep it up Ryan!!

Wed June 2, 2010 at 9:49 am

"Best Space Ever"
I love the space ones, and I particularly love this one. Will be front and center for a while!

Tue June 1, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Oh, okay. I just wasn't sure since some of the dual screens had it centered and some to the side. Thanks for the reply, I'll do just that :)

Tue June 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I actually chose to center the dual-screen version rather than crop one side or the other from the triscreen. You are welcome to take the triscreen image and crop a version that works with your setup though.

Tue June 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm

"Dual screen mistake?"
Several of the dual screen files aren't as they should be (assuming 2560x1024, 3200x1200, 3840x1080 and 5120x1440 are how it was actually meant to render). As is, all the dual screen renders w/ an aspect ratio of 6:10 are rendered w/ the pulsar in dead center.

Tue June 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm

"Error with 3360x1050?"
It comes out looking fine But I believe it is the same as the tri-screen format. don't know if this was intended as the moniters crop of the third portion anyway.

Tue June 1, 2010 at 12:19 am

Just curious... Do you plan to have the 'turned star' rendered into the single-screen offering? Maybe that is going to be one of the pickle-jars... ?

Tue June 1, 2010 at 12:13 am

Chris B
"Love the Space Scenes!"
The Pulsar in this one looks amazing. can't wait to check out the pickle jar versions too... and droll over the multi screens that I can't use yet lol

Mon May 31, 2010 at 9:56 pm

"Always love the space scenes."
Beautiful work!

Mon May 31, 2010 at 7:32 am

"Once again"
Very nice. Space is cool and then there is the version you create. Always a pleasure to view your new work.

Sun May 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Really cool one Ryan. Thanks!

Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Lovely. I do love your space scenes. 1280x1024 works fine now, btw.

Sat May 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

"Pulsar 2k10"
Great work Ryan!

a bit dark on the sides...

but colorfull in the middle!

Sat May 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

the pulsar looks almost electric, love it

Sat May 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

just awesome.

Fri May 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm

What a beautiful image! I'd love to see this in green as well!

Fri May 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I'm using the Single Screen but NEEEEED some dual screen goodness!


Fri May 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

"Ahhh Yes"
This is another reason why your space/planetary images are my favorite! They always make me think and dream.

Fri May 28, 2010 at 6:57 am

"Phenomenal "
I just love your space images!

Fri May 28, 2010 at 1:25 am

Thanks for this awesome wallpaper! I was eagerly awaiting a new space scene and I was hoping for some sort of nebulous form. Luvs It!

Thu May 27, 2010 at 10:56 pm

"Another Win ;)"
Can't wait for the Dual Screen!

Thu May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I love your spacescapes and this render is no exception. This is terrific, wonderful, fantastic, tremendous -- and all those other adjectives that mean GREAT. Thank you, thank you....

Thu May 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Good ol space scene. Nice. Still lookin foward to your next planetscape!

Thu May 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

"1280x1024 5:4???"
This render is not available. Any reason? I can get other resolutions fine, but not 1280x1024.

Thu May 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Until we ACTUALLY encounter one up close. Pictures like these will have to do.

Thu May 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm

...the subject says it all. :-)

Thu May 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm

still wanting and waiting for forest citadel triscreen!!! Pulsar is sweet, nice job!

Thu May 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

"@myself lol"
I missed the post part about the electromagnetic beams being done like a pinwheel, I thought it was an accretion disc.

Thu May 27, 2010 at 12:50 am

"Beautiful space theme"
Ryan you've done it yet again it's beautiful. I love the pinwheel effect as it gives it a softer touch. I think the way you blend science and art through DB is amazing. Have a great trip.

Thu May 27, 2010 at 11:28 am

Pictures like this one are the reason why I'm a DB member ;)

Thu May 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

"Thank you!"
Love it Ryan, great work!

Thu May 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

"Re: 1024x600"
Try it now. I did the file resizing on the laptop too and there were a few irregularities.

Thu May 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

Amazing as always, it would be cool to add the electromagnetic beams as well.

Thu May 27, 2010 at 8:12 am

The netbook wallpaper has white pillar bars. It's actually 1024x600 but its the square 4:3 image with white pillar bars on each side.

Thu May 27, 2010 at 7:49 am

"Trackpad Again"
I run XP in bootcamp on my MacBook, and tap to click with the trackpad is way too sensitive to the point where I just turned it off. If I were you, I'd pick up a mouse with plenty of buttons so you could map them to exposé in OS X if you wished, and didn't have to deal with shoddy trackpad software in Windows.

Oh and great wallpaper, I love space renders. :)

Thu May 27, 2010 at 3:47 am

"Re: Trackpad"
Thanks for the tip Andrew. That's really cool! Happen to be using OS X at the moment but I'll be interested to see if I can get it to work while running Windows.

Thu May 27, 2010 at 0:42 am

Kris G
"Droid post"
Thank you Ryan. No problem at all. Thanks for the fast response. That's why I keep coming back.

Thu May 27, 2010 at 0:38 am

Absolutely fantastic!! Love it! And agreed with Andrew on the trackpad comment ;P

Thu May 27, 2010 at 0:35 am

Absolutely fantastic.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Tim H
"I Like It But . . . . . Bring Back Posers !"
This is great work and I like it but as a longtime fan I would love to see some new posers. I know you stopped doing them a while back and briefly revisited with Chamelea in 2007 but I would very much like you to do another. I emailed you a few months back with the idea of doing a updated version of frio in sand and another thought would be for you to attempt a futuristic terminator style poser. With your talent I'm sure either would look amazing and possibly even present a new challenge to you. Thanks in advance.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

"Trackpad Click"
Ryan, you can set your trackpad to accept taps instead of full clicks in System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Tap to Click

Very nice wallpaper!

Wed May 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Sure you didn't pick this one from Hubble?


Wed May 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

"Re: MacBook Pro"
It's a sweet laptop. . .for running OSX. I've heard that the MacBook can't switch between graphics chips when running Windows so it ends up running a lot hotter. It does get wicked hot while rendering, though I think this would happen no matter what OS I run. There's only one vent that I can find! It sure is a great looking machine though ;)

There's also some issues with power management that don't seem to work properly under windows (for instance it doesn't go to sleep when I close the lid).

I also don't like that I have to actually "click" the trackpad where on Windows laptops I can just tap it.

I need every cycle so I can't be running a VM. I'll just hope that these little issues get fixed with an update and go from there.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

This is extraordinary, I love the colours and how you've made everything just WORK!

Wed May 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm

These are always my favorite ones.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

"Mac book Pro"
So did it work well? did you like it? Are you going to stick with boot camp or go on to parallels or fusion?

Wed May 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Well............ .................I think I just found my new background for the next few weeks. Great as always! Thanks!

Wed May 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Terry B
"Pulsar 2010"
This is stunning!

I've been wondering what it would look like if there were visible patterns of life on both those planets... (like on the "Phraxis" design) two opposite civilizations with this pulsar smack in the middle

I'm so looking forward to that triple screen render!!!!

Wed May 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

"Love it..."
Love it love it love it love it..............

Wed May 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm

"Maelin's correct"
The netbook wallpaper has white pillar bars.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

"1024x600 render is off!"
This looks gorgeous, but I think the 1024x600 version is botched, it looks like it resized to fit the whole 3:4 image when it should have resized to fill the screen.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

"Planetscapes FTW"
Thank God! It felt like I was in a perpetual loop of the spring season. Nothing like a wicked planetscape to break the pattern. These and abstracts are really why I joined. I couldn't be more pleased with this release. Mad props Ryan sir.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 12:59 am

I couldn't help saying "WOW" when I saw this one....I'm a sucker for awesome space scenes like this...Truly Breathtaking....

Wed May 26, 2010 at 12:56 am

Thank you, Ryan, this is really beautiful. I still like your planet / space arts the most (and abstracts also). This is where you can fully show your imagination. Here, it's not so important to have perfect photorealistic views, but to create something which cameras can't make.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

"NICE 10"
<3 the space scapes

Wed May 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

"Colors are lovely"
I'm not really a huge fan of space scenes, and this one falls right in that alley. However, the colors mixing and swirling as they do are quite stunning.

Best of luck with the speaking (tomorrow?) and enjoy yourself! :)

Wed May 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

"Re: Droid"
Oversight on the Droid file. Sorry about that. It's there now.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 10:13 am

"No Droid size?"
Did you stop doing Droid-sized renders deliberately, or is it just an oversight?

Wed May 26, 2010 at 10:07 am

Kris G
"Awesome Ryan."
Very nice.

Could you make a render for the droid? Thanks!

Great work!

Wed May 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

"Awesome! "
I wish I had a larger screen.... the detail in this one looks utterly phenomenal. Your space scenes are really getting spectacular. The last few you've done have been stunning.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

Looks like there was an upload error for the 1440 x 900. I've reposted the file and it should work for you now. Thanks for the heads up!

Wed May 26, 2010 at 9:21 am

"1440 x 900"
Ryan, is your 1440 x 900 image a little off? It looks like it copied onto itself on the bottom. Looked at it in a few different browsers and downloaded to confirm I wasn't having an antacid flashback.

Wed May 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

Greg in CA
"Awesome, I love the space scenes!!!"
Don't get the wrong idea, because this is cool as is, but what about some color variations?

Wed May 26, 2010 at 9:03 am

"One of your best space scenes"
Awesome! There is some really cool stuff going on in the middle when you zoom in. Thanks Ryan!

Wed May 26, 2010 at 8:57 am

Love it Ryan! Once again you capture the beauty of space within the limits of your imagination. Creativity at its best!

Wed May 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

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