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Solar Passage by sirgerg Solar Passage by sirgerg
The second work I've done for the Experience The Planets project: A solar transit of Mercury across a backdrop of the roiling sun.

Visit Experience The Planets for more views of the solar system
>> www.experiencetheplanets.com
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Dreaming-Thoughts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
My goodness... That's incredible. Please, if I may ask: how much reference material do you use? I mean, I wouldn't think that you painted this out of the top of your hear... right? The amount of detail is astounding. You also conveyed the feeling of 'not wanting to be on Mercury, because of the heat' well.
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Felewin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The glow really makes this piece :)
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InvaderZoria Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I please use this as a backround for a picture I want to draw? I will credit.
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sirgerg Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
As long as you credit me and provide a link to my website (www.artofgregmartin.com) then that should be fine.
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:iconvlchy:
VlCHY Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Nice website design
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Beautiful... Using it for my id :P
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LucidOrdinance Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I swear, I keep looking at it and I think this sun is slightly shifting the more I look at it.

Very cool, by the way. Sights like this just blow my mind.
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spocksbrain88 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
This is incredible! Amazing detail is amazing. A+
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:icondeadpegasus:
DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I feel like squinting just by looking at this.
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool piece. Well done.
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:iconthespunk3d:
TheSPunk3d Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing job!!
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mikeTheFable Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Cosmic. You do the sun justice.
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Glympus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
O yeah ETP, wow, I enjoid every piece there.
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spacezillazon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that's amazingly done
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kkkrypto Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Great!:sun:
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:iconchromaticonsky:
chromaticonsky Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
amazing.
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QuantomStarBox Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SWEEEEET!!!!......i love it
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danarogon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
love it and i love experience the planets =D i wich i could join them =( but i am still kinda noob on space art =P
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anton2877 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
I in delight from your creations
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anton2877 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
I in delight from your creations
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:iconzortje:
Zortje Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Great detail on the surface, reminds me of the movie Sunshine :)
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OrangeBeach Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
No Words. Wish you would do tutorials. Great work all round.
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MuGi-da-G Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Saw the site a while ago, my friend linked me, the opening was AWESOME :thumbsup::D
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sirgerg Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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korblborp Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
i think i've got a sunburn, now...

pretty!
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smyers91 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this piece, it's amazing. It reminds me of a scene from the movie Sunshine, have you seen it?
Beautiful work, thanks for sharing.
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sirgerg Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
I have indeed and have to admit that scene plays no small role in inspiring this piece.
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Tada0 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:jawdrop: i am truly amazed- you are so far ahed of me ^^ i tried to do a similar scene but seeing your immage, i realized i faild :D excellent peace of work
and the homepage is awesome!
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Etalon11 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Oh God It seems so Real, At first look I thought it was a photo :O
Just Amazing! Great Job! Great Details!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The details in the sun itself are flawless. But (unless it was for artistic reasons) wouldn't the sun get dimmer along the edge instead of brighter since we are looking at more of it head on towards the center - a bit like this [link] which even you gotta agree it's a damn good Sun :sun:

Using smoke for the flares was a goo idea, though one can doo similar with fractals - that's what I thought they were :XD:
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sirgerg Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
If anything it'd be more or less uniform, although brightening could occur along the edge due to flares or other prominent events. This has to be a somewhat artistic interpretation at any rate just from an exposure point of view.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good points :XD:
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:iconsant:
Sant Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow! :thumbsup:
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:iconaurrum:
Aurrum Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Student Photographer
How do you do that!!! looks amazing! I want to do something like this =[
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Red-Perfunctory Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
I believe there may be a rip of this picture here: [link]
>.<

Nonetheless, I believe this is an outstanding piece you have constructed. I love the sense of perspective.

Keep up the excellent work!~ =)
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Phoenix-22 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Hard to believe that this isn't a photo, it's just so much more realistic than any piece of digital space art I've seen. Stellar work! :clap:
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sirgerg Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Stellar -- Oh, I get it! ;)
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Phoenix-22 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
;)
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Caligari-87 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely stunning; it really pops out of the screen and grabs you :thumbsup:x2
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utak3r Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was away for quite a long time... now I returned and... what I see? YOU are back, too :D Superb, I was missing your works last year :)
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RomanyWings Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
fantastic! I love the ETP site as well, planet space art has always been my fav and these are just the best of them all!
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afmrp Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very Beautifull , i love the details...and shiny color:D
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d1git Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
as always Greg very sweet.. i can't believe no one has said this reminds them of your old piece inevitable because thats exactly what i thought of when I first saw it :P the uneven glow of the sun and the scale of venus really really gives it an amazing amount of compositional strength too that you seem to be above and beyond capable of always achieving.
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sirgerg Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! And it's mercury, actually, not venus.
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d1git Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh shoot i meant that but i had just woken up =<
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JoshJanusch Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
This is absolutely beautiful and, has been said, reminds me greatly of Sunshine. Great work. :) I'll be using this as my desktop
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Sostopher Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
I love the corona, the colour and the lovely representations of the flares on the side. I just want to know, how were they done? Was it ink in water or something else. Im curious :)
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sirgerg Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Ha, a very close guess. They're incense.
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sirgerg Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
actually come to think of it, some of the flares within the main body of the sun might be skim milk in water as well. I forget. But the side flares are assuredly incense photography. I spent a few night compiling quite a collection for exactly this sort of effect. The next image from ETP I post also made use of incense (for aurorae).
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Sostopher Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
I see. Well done. It works so well. :)
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