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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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:iconkilo139:
oooohhhh nice work
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:iconludo38:
Ludo38 Jun 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautifully done ! The point of view is very original. Congratulations!
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:iconbaro:
Thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoy it.
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:iconscorpiusob1:
Awesome job. Wonder if someday Cassini will be able to take a picture like this.
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:iconbaro:
thank you. i'm sure it'll be far better!
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:iconhameed:
Hameed Jan 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Nicely done.
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:iconqauz:
Hi! This great work has been featured in here [link] :heart: :hug:
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brstarship 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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:iconbaro:
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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