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The Seventh Planet as Viewed from Miranda by Eduardo-Tarasca The Seventh Planet as Viewed from Miranda by Eduardo-Tarasca
The distant giant, Uranus hangs above a deep, icy chasm on the surface of its innermost major satellite, Miranda. Though only a mere 480-km in diameter, it hosts an exotic assortment of geologic features, including massive cliffs, deep fault, canyons, plains, craters, mountain ranges and ridges. This bizarre melange of geological features may have come about during a period of intense internal heating caused tidal interactions with Uranus and its neighbouring moons. Some earlier theories indicated that the moon may have been shattered by a collision or close approach sometime in its distant past, with enough of the moon remaining for gravity to pull itself back together in a haphazard fashion.

In this piece, we looking up from the floor of a particularly deep canyon, the sides of which rise nearly 8-kilometres above us. There is a slight distortion caused by the wide-angle view along the length of the rift. In the sky another Uranian moon, Puck can be seen as a bright star-like object located just below the planet's darkened rings. The Milky Way arches overhead.


I tried to make the techniques employed in this digital painting as close to those used in traditional paint-on-canvas painting as I could. Though by no means a new method, it is one that I was previously unfamiliar with. This included using a custom brush which smoothly jitters between the foreground and background colours depending on how much or how little pressure you apply to the stylus. The result is a paintbrush-like effect which allows one to mix colours and tones as well as imbuing a more dynamic feel to the piece.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to complete this piece as quickly as I would have wanted. I started in early February 2012 and worked on it, off-and-on until finishing it on March 10, 2012. In all this piece probably took 20-30 hours, with the ice-canyon texturing and Milky Way painting taking the lion's share.

It is my intention that this piece will serve as the first in an on-going series of space/astronomy related paintings in which will explore different locales throughout the Solar System.

Next piece in the
Visions of the Solar System Series:

II. Saturnian Dream: Moonlet Requiem
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Nightwalker50 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you made the coal-black rings too bright, as the place only receives some 3 parts per thousand as much light as we on Earth do.  I only made a few pencil drawings of the Uranian system.
GWes Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool choice of angle.
TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Oh, intra-solar system tourism. Why have you disappointed the predictions of the 1950's? I should at least be able to visit a space hotel.
It's a beautiful, cold view.
Moribond Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness. This is so beautiful. I don't know what else to say. I feel as though Uranus is a planet that people don't usually pay attention to, but it is one of my favourites. Gah. I just love this so much, from the view of Miranda and the colours and the everything. It's's wonderful.
DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what an amazing view :clap: you did an excellent work!
Zoomer58 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I'm a long-time fan of space art, Eduardo, and I love what you've done here! I look forward to seeing more of your work!
Unstung Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that's an awesome idea that I haven't seen before. Definitely worth a favorite.
Topas2012 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
verrrryyy gooodddddd
CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, I cannot tell you how much I love this pic.

People often mock me when I say that Uranus is my favourite planet, but I'm just glad to see one pic that does it the justice it deserves. Well done.
laurotica Featured By Owner May 30, 2012   Writer
This is absolutely fantastic :D
Xscheherazade Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I always come back to look at this.
Belote-Art Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool painting! Nice concept of what our outer planets look like up close.
Eduardo-Tarasca Featured By Owner May 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks very much for the comment, yeah, this took me forever to finish, but I'm certainly happy that it finally is. Thanks again.
Freak-Angel56 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Cool but Uranus is greener, the blue giant is Neptune
Eduardo-Tarasca Featured By Owner May 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks, true enough, Uranus is a pale aquamarine sort of tone, I went with the blue mainly to differentiate it from the Neptune image I'm planning, which will be based on the Neptune of the Voyager 2-era, replete with Great Dark Spot and a deep rich blue. Thanks again *ashmael.
MrJmZack Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Intriguing. I like the perspective!
Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very beautiful work here!:)
Eduardo-Tarasca Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the support, I think your work is awesome.
Alpha-Element Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!:) and your welcome!:D
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