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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 Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional 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 May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool choice of angle.
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 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 Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what an amazing view :clap: you did an excellent work!
Zoomer58 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 Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that's an awesome idea that I haven't seen before. Definitely worth a favorite.
Topas2012 Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
verrrryyy gooodddddd
CyberPhoenix001 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.
This is absolutely fantastic :D
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