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Apollyon by cosmicbound Apollyon by cosmicbound
The Apollyon, an inevitable event that shall unravel before our very eyes, inflicting power never before seen, an event feared & hailed as a sacred revolution, a destruction of all that was, & all that was to be. This is the destroyer, the ending of all, a brilliant array of unprovoked & guided ruin, this is an event that could not be stopped, an event that was to happen, an event that is happening. This is Apollyon, the Destroyer.

Well, what do we have here? my new piece, took 1 Whole month to complete, over 320 layers (many merged layers) & 4 gb temp psd data. Created at 4500x3500, posted at half resolution.

I truly hope you enjoy it, coments plus favourites are highly appreciated, this image probably took me longer than Solar Plexus to create.

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KohanaKitten Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2004
Wow thats really amazing work! Awesome job
MMCEOrange Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
im viewing this after the close-up of the star, and id have to say thats definately what it is lol
id also have to say that i agree with previous comments on the matter of the background stars being too prominent and showing through the whisps of orange, thus lending some to believe they are 'on top' of the rest of the piece.
i must somewhat disagree with the comments on the orange whisps, "solar energy" be it may. how many of them have been so close to a star as it get struck by something so massive? how do they know what it looks like?
although they are spread a bit far, i see it as being intensely stylized.
and, lets face it... how many people out there are gonna copy your style, let alone be able to?

>artists would get bored if it werent an ongoing learning process<

oh and by the way...
i like it a lot :D
calippo-tecks Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
Hmm... I like this one although maybe some more coloring. I don't like the stars in it. You see that it's just a layer.
shadow-nova Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2004
hehe planet goes boom
Gjermis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2004   Digital Artist
Horrible. Lacks composition.
ralasterphecy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2004
I'm fond of your color scheme here, but perhaps it is a little overwhelming for me too. I like to have more color, but thatís just my preference, and some images work very well with a simple color scheme.

My biggest complaint today with nebulas is that everyone seems to be following the same path. The smudge tool is way overused and used in such a low capacity to what it is capable of. Squiggly lines all flowing in simple wavy directions does not work for me. This type of nebula does not portray the kind of depth that can make all the difference to celestial art. I've seen these kind of nebula permeate the space art community, to the detriment of the genre. And I can't believe that some of these are supposed to be the elite of the community. I think it is better to have more texture and interaction with light and shadow. You can do better IMO.

I do rather like the explosion you have created on the right though. Sorry if I was a little harsh on the nebula, but I want to challenge you to break out of that mindset and look deeper into the possibilities that nebula offer. For me it has been a frustrating task but once the experimenting and study begins to pay off it became one of the most rewarding experiences of this journey. There are always tutorials but they can only show you so much, and if one comes out that explains the process step by step it will IMO rob you of your self discovery.
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xsetor Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
its beautiful! i love pics like this...very abstract! awesome man! :D
ssharry Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
:jawdrop: that is one of the many ways I always felt the world would end! After the world's energy resources are sucked dry by the human race they will greedily try to take it from the core, causing it to colaspe with the immense heat radiating throughout the earth, scorching the world and what's left of it's inhabitants, convincing them that the final judgment day is here. MWHAHAHAH!
witam Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
It seems all the technical aspects have allready been discussed. I don't have anything to add to that part. However i'd like to share a bit of the feelings this piece create in me.

First small view: it seems as if hell has returned!
Full view: oh my god.. it is hell.. the planet is being blown apart and the sky is on fire. It looks as if the planet gets an infusion of fire directly to its core and is heating up rapidly.. actually it's allready giving heat off to the surrounding space. But even there it can't find relief, because the fire is allready there.. there will be no heating down. Instead it looks like a storm of fire rolling in..

It's an overwhelming experience to look at it.. there is no relief, no place to run to.. there is only fire in all its intensity and beauty, and no safe port in sight!

Thank you for sharing!
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seenew Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Professional Photographer
Just because it's a gigantic piece, doesn't mean it deserves all these favorites.

It's a horrible composition and breaks every principle of a good artwork I can think of.

And get it right, the event is the Apocalypse, or Armageddon, not Apollyon.
Apollyon is thae name of the Angle of the Bottomless Pit.

No more Biblical allusions for you.
AP123 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally, Apollyon is released. Since you give me big comments, im gonig to give you 1. :D ( I suck at writing all these big words, so bare with me ;) )

First off, Im going to talk to you about the contrast . There is so much going on, Not trying to be mean or anything, but im assuming that the planet, and impact are the main focus. Am I correct? The contrast in the image isnt very well, because parts of the planet, and impact go off the screen. If you know about the rule of thirds, this would be wrong. If you dont know the rule of thirds, I will explain it to you. This should help alot of people. Before you start to make your nebula, and planets, Split the document into 9 sections ( 2 lines across, and 2 down For example [link] ) Now where those lines intersect, should be where you want your main focus point, for example, your impact. Since you already made the Apollyon Impact picture, you dont have to do anything to this picture if you dont want to.

Now for the good stuff in your image, which makes me orgasm. The planet, holy shit, which textures did you use, to me they look like the Venusian lava flows. You constructed it very well, Good job. Now for the Impact, that is 1 hell of an impact. Very good job on detailing it. I love it XD. The nebula's, they are very well made, but there are so many of them, but they all look very sexy :D. The sun loooks amazing, nice detailing :D.

Now from what I wrote above, does not make you have to change anything. Very good job, now im going to give a +Fav, because the impact , planet, sun, and the nebs. Hope the rule of thirds helps you, it helped me, when Diny told me about it XD. Overall great job.
See ya around bro :D
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AP123 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey no problem, always trying to help my friends :D. Hopefully the rule of thirds, will make your next piece 70 times better :D
TiMBuS Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004   Digital Artist

Wow thats great. All I can say is the stars are underdone, especially for you.

Its also very monochromatic. But thats just my opinion not your art. I also think the explosion on the sun/planet isn't emphasised enough.
Thats criticism outta the way:

WOW! ITS GODDAMN UNREAL! how did you get so much detail into the flames!?

Fav fur sure
adit Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004
like everybody suggests, the nebula seems to be kinda wierd, but the planet has BEAUTIFUL texture
JaggedLittlePill Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004   Writer
If you had painted this, or drawn, or use any media other than computer...I would have been impressed.
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JaggedLittlePill Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004   Writer
no, because painting impressionism (which that could have been if it was painted) is what i've been trying to do for some time. however, i have yet to see someone accomplish this. did not mean offence to your work if any was taken.
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
Ah, sure. :)
sonic Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004
Love the BG bits its not really spacy anymore.. the Planet looks out of place nextto that BG..
avin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004
that too is a big boom!
nicksname Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004
Was this all done in PS?

Nicely Done. Very Nicely done.

I'd have to say it's the best I've seen from you. The gold at first seemed a bit excessive, but as I sat and let the whole of the image sink in, it became increasingly more bold and intruiging. To the far left it looks like demons seem to wake in the fury of apollyon, and the effect is quite precisely echoed throughout greater portion of the piece.

The main event of course is the planet. It's a beautiful planet that really balances the picture well. Each ridge seems to be in its place and each valley seems at home. Not a flaw. Not a blemish. I only wish I had more to say.

Truly genious work my friend.
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MrRookie Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004   Interface Designer
mmmh, the background looks too abstract for me, it looks like fractal, and i dont like it ( im juz bein honest bro, sorry :( )
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EnMinus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004
not a big fan of this one m8

I think there is just a little to randomness, and not enough story. THe flame things near the top are a bit too sketchy. The overall color is nice in small portions, but it doesnt allways look good to be the main color. The huge explosion comin off the star/planet thiong is EXCELENT! i love it, only the flames after it dont really fit. The contrast of the stars are more bright than evenly blended. And last but not least or worst, is the the blend of the colors, the brightness should vary from the distance of the flames to the planet. If u dont understand that dont worr, i barely do either. Overall, GOOD WORK!
Ponce Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004
this would be cool if it wasnt too overused from you, i mean its really cool but im saying a lot of that lately, gets kinda boring
kheng Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congrats on the print =)
Rat-1986 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004
DAMN!! This is insane!! ;)
d1git Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too much of a good thing is bad.
subduedangel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004   Traditional Artist
wow thats really good. i really love it. great job
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