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"All the recent news about Comet ISON inspired me to create my own comet, something I haven't attempted since 2009's Harbinger. Whereas that comet was completely created using Apophysis, I used a combination of Apophysis and Lightwave's particle effects this time. The planet is an adapted version of "Roche Limit" (recall I did say I was going to explore the moons of that system...)

Here's the original "Traveller" from 1998 if you are curious..."


 Pickle Jar Versions

8.72/10 rating (136 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Breath Taking"
I really like all of these different pictures, they make me feel inspired like a little kid.

Thu October 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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"Not long after I put together the new version of "Roche Limit" I thought it would be fun to create a view "from the ground".

For this one, though, I thought I would get away from the placid tropical scenes. I wanted instead to depict a world on the very edge of being ripped apart be the tidal forces of a huge nearby planet.

Believe it or not, as I was researching a proper name for this piece I learned that the landscape I imagined is not entirely fantastical! I love science!!"


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7.99/10 rating (79 votes)

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Such an intriguing, wondrous environment. Is there an oxygen atmosphere around those rings? It tickles the mind to imagine the possibilities.

Tue March 4, 2014 at 2:42 am
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Roche Limit
"Lightwave 11's excellent new instancing tools put me in the mind to update one of my favorite space scenes, "Roche Limit". I last updated it in 2004 and I've been meaning to update it sooner.

If you are curious the "Roche Limit" is he minimum distance from a planet a moon can be before tidal forces crush it to smithereens (forming rings).

I hope you enjoy the update. Don't be surprised if I do a few different renders of this particular system."

"Roche Limit"

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8.80/10 rating (211 votes)

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Great picture ... with the recent storm image raging on Saturn maybe had a storm to the plant ?

Sean O
Sun June 30, 2013 at 10:33 am
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Singularity Rising
"A number of folks were perplexed by the planets that I added to my 2013 "Singularity" update. The original did fine without them, but I added them to this scene because I wanted to try a "from the ground" render.

That render took Vue a little longer than I had anticipated (84 hrs!) but it is complete and now available to my Members. I'm calling this one "Singularity Rising" (for now) bit that may change as I make some revisions.

I hope the issues that were pointed out for "Singularity" are minimized in this planetary render. Perhaps I will go back and render a version without the planets?"

"Singularity Rising"

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8.20/10 rating (123 votes)

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Simple reason I'm giving it a perfect score is because I'm left in great perplexity looking at it. It's mind-boggling for me, it truly truly truly is!

Mon April 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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"I've been working on a new space scene over the past few days. As with all of my space projects, there comes a point where it looks pretty good as the view out of spaceship window. Then I must make the decision to be happy with that or press on a render a view "from the ground".

"Phraxis", for example, looks great by its own but "Phraxis Moon" is rater higher.

The new piece is an update to one of my old favorites, "Singularity". I am already working on a view from the ground but I thought the space view looked nice to enough to compete for a gallery spot all on its own.

Let me know what you think in the comments! "


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8.50/10 rating (118 votes)

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Beautiful! I like this one even more than the original classic.

Sun July 14, 2013 at 9:44 am
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