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Haunting Arm by GlennClovis Haunting Arm by GlennClovis
Haven't really been feeling the creative vibe in over a month, but here's something that I created this morning, for what it's worth.

No stock photos, 100% PS with various brushes, layers and shadows.
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:iconrgrant1993:
rgrant1993 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, i would like to use this image for my website @ jobnow.today

Do i have permission to use this image?
If so could you email me a copy of this image without the watermark at r.grant.jr.122193@jobnow.today
Credits to the image will still be given in the source code, and we will publicly give the credits of the image on our site. 
this will promote your google ranking.

Contact me any time, and feel free to send me high quality images.
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:iconchofni1996:
Chofni1996 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Very nice work,I like the color of it.
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:iconqanmeansblood:
QanMeansBlood Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You created this in a morning? The lighting looks amazing. Instant wallpaper.
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:iconmatthewpaver:
MatthewPaver Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing talent, i honestly thought it was a real nebula for a minute then
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:iconnethertyp:
Nethertyp Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
one of the most beautiful nebulas I have seen so far!
Looks a bit like a Kraken to me, what do you think? :)
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:iconglennclovis:
GlennClovis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
hmm, never looked at it like that. Thanks for the comment! :)
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:iconesk6a:
esk6a Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Definitely, this is my new favorite nebula. :D
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Thanks! :)
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AndromedaCollision Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:wow: this looks so real...if NASA posted it on the site I would say it was a picture from the Huble :)
this is just amazing, the colors, the dept, the EVERYTHING... Wauw
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant. I have been following your nebula tutorial - could you please explain how to get that really neat 'web' effect? I have been attempting to get the same effect with the emboss/bevel layer style to add depth but it doesn't make it as 'stringy' as yours. Also, when using the smudge tool on the dark concentrations it becomes annoyingly 'spiky' and not blended. Are you using a particular brush for the effect? Also, are you distorting/warping the textures to make them 'swirly' or is it down to the brush strokes?

Cheers for any help,

James.
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
I usually start with a solid round brush on 20% opacity, creating a random pattern in the center of the canvas. This will usually involve a lot of ‘tapping’ of the pen/mouse button, to randomly build up/darken various areas. This also helps create a sense of volume. I don’t worry about creating hard edges, as those become key in the blending/smudging process.

Once I have a basic shape, I grab the Smudge Tool. Set to a strength of around 65% (or higher if needed), I start blending edges and shapes together. This is one of the most important steps in creating the realistic nebula. I want have each brushstroke to have a flow to it, like expanding gasses from a exploding star long ago. I will usually at the end of a brushstroke twist/loop my pen to create a sort of “?” shape to it. Varying the brush size is also important to create a more natural feel.

I cannot stress enough the importance of zooming in 200%, 400%, whatever to create very small and random details. This can also be executed by using the eraser tool. Taking a noisy brush (something full of small random patterns or spots), I turn the opacity way down, to something less than 15%. In the brush settings, I crank up the angle jitter to 100%, the size jitter to 25%. Then I start TAPPING out SMALL areas around the nebula. I’m not necessarily trying to delete/erase areas, I’m just trying to vary the density/volume of the nebula.

If I find that the nebula has been over-worked (you have no idea how often I accidently do this) or looks to bland, I’ll take the eraser tool with a grunge brush, crank the opacity up to say 75% and start deleting areas, adjusting the size/angle jitter as necessary. 9 time out of 10 you’ll get more positive results out of erasing things than you do painting them.

I can then go back over all of these areas and using the smudge and blur tools, continue to make/mold the nebula gasses.

If things STILL look bland or just not right, you can use to transform tool to change the nebula around (Distort, Warp, Perspective). You never know what you’ll discover.
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for that. On to it right away!
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Love it!
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:iconskrainev:
SKrainev Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Very,very nice work!.
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:iconmilitant-jester:
Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   General Artist
I am extremely impressed that you made this without stock photos.
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:icondeviant-dentex:
deviant-dentex Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
...stunning.
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:iconunsheep:
unsheep Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I'm in awe
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Thanks :)
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:iconsylvain-guizard:
Sylvain-Guizard Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome ! :)
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:iconglennclovis:
GlennClovis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Thanks! :)
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:iconspinstermaiden:
spinstermaiden Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I love the colors in this image. Beautiful.
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:iconglennclovis:
GlennClovis Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thanks! :)
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:iconjjh2010:
JJH2010 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Wow that looks real
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:iconshaio:
Shaio Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Amazing work! I fav it :)
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:icontadp0l3:
tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep coming back to this nebulae of yours, it's freggin' delicious!
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:icongiegie:
GieGie Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
Dude, the level of realism in this is astounding...just friggin' wow @_@ :wow:
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:iconsanmonku:
sanmonku Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
sweet !
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:iconqauz:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
featured [link]
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:iconwinter-kid:
winter-kid Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Beautiful :heart:
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:iconwolfthings:
WolfThings Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Wow! This is really great! Nice work!
Full of colors!:dummy:
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:icony:
y Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
man, how are you making these pics? do you cobble them together from existing pictures? do you paint them? i could really use some of these as backgrounds for my ships :) .

great work!
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
100% painted, no stock images used :) If you're interested in using them let me know :)
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:icony:
y Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow. now i'm impressed. the thing is, i'd need them for a game a friend of me is working on, but it's kind of a hobby-project and so neither him nor me could give you any money for your work. and that wouldn't be fair considering that his ultimate goal is to make some money someday...
but i have some more technical questions:
1) do you have special brushes?
2) if so, where did you get them from?
3) do you know any tutorials to do that?
4) if not, could you write a tutorial?

seeya around and keep up the great work!
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TheInkPages Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
amazing!
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thanks! :)
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I was going to add that your choices of pallette is very reminescent of Hubble images I have seen...good work on that!
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thanks again, this web page is a great help in picking colors: [link]
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
It is noticable...great work!
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Nice volumetrics in the layering of the lighting. Gives it real depth...ALMOST 3 dimentional. Great work
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thanks! :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, colours are all in check, looks heaps realistic just with that alone (I love seeing nebulae in all colours but blue/orange is most believable) I particularly like the bottom-right :)
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thanks! :)
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:iconomegi:
Omegi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing nebula, looks like a Hubble photo.
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thanks! :)
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool colours, I really like the solid feel off it too.
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool colours, I really like the solid feel off it too.
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Thanks :)
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:iconscorpidilion:
Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
looks great, especially the middel lower part ;)
there are some edges at the upper right corner and above the lower right corner
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GlennClovis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
I didn't even see that on my main monitor, but you're right. I moved it to my smaller 24" and there were the errors. Thanks! :)
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Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup:
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