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Rings of Saturn by Baro Rings of Saturn by Baro
Well here it is. My first Submission to ETP [link]

I can't quite remember when this was but it's been more than a year since i opened my inbox one day and oh wonder a message from the space art guru greg martin himself. So i open it excited like a child that opens presents on it's birthday and greg asks me if i was interested to work on a project with him? So a week and a phonecall later i was on board for the big ETP project. It may look like there's not a lot there yet, but believe me developing these few images and the page and the concepts was a really tuff job to do next to work uni or what ever the team-members had and have going.

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So what is this?

What you see here is a portrait of the Rings of our sixth planet Saturn. I did a lot of research for this picture so here's a little background info:

Saturn has many Rings that are identified by alphabetic characters. From the inner to the outer Ring we have: D, C, B, A, F, G and E. What you see here is the D Ring which starts at about 6.700 Kilometers from the surface of the Planet. All the Rings together have a span of near to 500.000 Kilometers so the D-Ring with a width of about 7.000 Kilometers only covers a small part of that. The Probe Cassini sent out by nasa in 1997 (It arrived in 2004) is orbiting the Planet at a distance of about 120.000 Kilometers so this is a much closer look i'm portraiting. The D-Ring itself is darker than the B and A Ring which are the two largest and brightest Rings The "generall Saturn Ring Look" is usually associated with.

The Rings of Saturn are composed mostly of microscopic particles but there are also some metheorite sized elements in there. However the distance of the viewpoint to the Rings in this picture wouldn't make them distinguishable from the generell mass of the ring, so all you see is a cind of blur that is (due to it's extreme thinness) transparent.

Light traveling through Saturns gases at a flat angle is tinted blue. The Shadows of all the Rings are visible against the planet surface.

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This is the space illustration i probably put the most work and effort into so far. Completely Painted. No Textures used.
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:iconsteam4power:
steam4power Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Artist
This is killer
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kilo139 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
oooohhhh nice work
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautifully done ! The point of view is very original. Congratulations!
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:iconbaro:
Baro Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoy it.
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ScorpiusOB1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Awesome job. Wonder if someday Cassini will be able to take a picture like this.
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Baro Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
thank you. i'm sure it'll be far better!
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Hameed Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Nicely done.
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Hi! This great work has been featured in here [link] :heart: :hug:
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Baro Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
thx :)
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brstarship Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome rendering! Was it done only in Photoshop, or with the help of other software? I´m in the midle of a wip, building a ringed planet in 3ds max (under my deviant page), so, ir tips will be of great help. ;)
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Baro Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
yep this one is photoshop only. i used photos of the planet as reference though and read up on the specifics of the rings. the best tip i can give you is get a wacom ;)
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KlishAlien Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
wow! how beautiful!
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Baro Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
thx a lot :)
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:iconastronovi:
Astronovi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Oooooo, ahhhhh!
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Physco-Matter Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simple yet beautiful! :D
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SMPritchard Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Absolutely beautiful.
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SMPritchard Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Absolutely beautiful.
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MrPinch88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
you have painted this?? i have no words....perfect...
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Baro Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
why thx.
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manwesulemo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of my favorite from the ETP collection, hope to see more.
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JKelly26 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
First of all I want to say that this is incredible. The level of detail in this is mind blowing, with the shadows on the planet and the individual rings you can see. Just amazing.

Now I want to say how jealous I am that you get to work on this project! I wish I was good enough to be part of that. Since that isn't true yet, I'll have to settle for watching artists such as yourself create amazing work. Congrats!
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sminkle Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting perspective
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:iconbaro:
Baro Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
thx a lot.
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1l3rner Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
simply amazing; plus it was uploaded on my birthday which makes it more amazing
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:iconbaro:
Baro Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
:) well you can't argue with that.
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Dani-the-Naiad Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
[link] featured :blowkiss:
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:iconbaro:
Baro Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
hey thx a lot :)
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ERPC117 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Frickin Awesome!
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Greetings,

Exceptionally well done.

Regards,
Michael C. Turner
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:iconbaro:
Baro Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
hey thx a lot man. i love your paintings btw :)
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cosmicbound Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
The all-painted approach really paid off, there is such a great sense of integrity in this piece, and hence a very fitting contribution to ETP (I've yet to get my courage up and get something in!). Usually smoothness can look rather shoddy... But in this case, having taken the all brushed approach, it just look splendid.
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Baro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
hey thx a lot. i do agree this is a somewhat more rational picture than i usually do them and that is what i like so much about it. take away bangs and glitter and if you still manage to make a great picture that's worth a lot. If i was successful is for everyone else to decide, but i'm happy with the result :). thx for the comment man. oh and make you etp submission man!
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cosmicbound Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
You've got it all right there. :) And no problem, also I'll definitely make something, need to!
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haytham777 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Student General Artist
nice !! i like it very much !!
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:iconbaro:
Baro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
thank you man. glad you do :D
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haytham777 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student General Artist
no problem dude !
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M-E-S-H-O Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Great work :heart:
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:iconbaro:
Baro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
thanks so much.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
n ganzes Jahr ist das schon her, nicht schlecht Herr Specht :D Super Bild übrigens
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Baro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
thx :D. ja die zeit vergeht momentan sehr schnell XD
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LiZn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
By far my favorite image from the ETP website. You did a great job with the rings and the shadow. :)
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Gileryd Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
I like this piece very much! You are great as usual! :D My favorite, though, is the "Beneath the Clouds of Titan". I have it as my wallpaper ever since I saw it on ETP. :giggle:
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Baro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
awesome. it is a great piece. i love it too :). thx for the nice words!
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DGruwier Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to say it, but I'm a little disappointed with this one :(. The planet's great as usual, but the rings looks flat and boring.. Looks like some stripes with motion blur :/...
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Baro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
sorry you don't like it. but i'm proud enough of it to not care ;). all i can say is that this is a conceptual piece (not like my others) and it's about realism and composition, not flashes bangs asteroids or eye candy.
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FacundoDiaz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
amen to that :)
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Baro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
:) thx.
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EagleSpartan888 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
nice! Saturn's my favorie planet! :love: great job!
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Baro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
thanks man. i think it just may be my favourite planet so far too. maybe just cause i read so much about it now :P
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EagleSpartan888 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I guess. I think it the most beautiful out of them all. :)
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