By Lino Thomas.
This was another fun space project.
I wanted to create a deep space vehicle, which can enter the upper atmosphere of a large gas giant do to some proper science. An effective large shield was required. This shield drove the design of the ship and gave a nice tool to create an interesting composition.
I tried many different angles and learned that using always long focal lengths for space images is not always the most exiting composition foundation.
This time i went super close to the subject and used a wide angle to open up to see more of the environment and make the scene more dynamic.
The aurora shader was also great fun to create.
I did create one many, many years ago and was happy to give myself the challenge to create an even better one!
It was also not super straight forward to create a soft horizon for the gas giant, but i found a clever way to get one without using volumetrics.
In total the project took about two weeks, mostly worked a few hours after work on it each day.
It was a long journey, as i did not have a clear idea at the beginning on how that image should look like and tried many different things.
Created using Blender, Cycles and Gimp.
An album with more images can be found on Artstation: