A digital painting of a starry night sky with a Saturn-like planet on the horizon. The landscape is orange and pink sand dunes.
Digital Painting

Starry Skies (Otherworldly Winds WIP part 2)

I’m not sure if I’d still call this an intuitive painting, now that it’s becoming more realistic. Can a painting be more realistic and still be intuitive? Are all paintings intuitive to one degree or another? All I know is I’m frustrated I had to cut myself short (again) and leave it unfinished! Grrr! But, still, progress! Shiny glowing stars! I’ll take victories where I can get them.

I’m still keeping the petals and plant leaves in the foreground (as seen in yesterday’s post), but I have that layer hidden as I work on the sky.

I’ve yet to use a splatter brush for extra glittery star effect. Which means, yes, I hand painted every little starry dot. What can I say: it was a soothing, repetitive approach.

A digital painting of a starry night sky with a Saturn-like planet on the horizon. The landscape is orange and pink sand dunes.

I’m not 100% sure where this Saturn-like planet is going, but I know I want it there. And I like how it’s angled rings echo the angle of the dunes. I am going to reshape the dune that’s currently touching it’s rings, to cut down on the visual tangent being creating. Or maybe I can just shift the whole planet over a bit. It’s on it’s own layer after all. Blah! I don’t know!

I love drawing stars and nebulas and space stuff. I want to do so many more pieces! It used to be my go-to subject in high school when I was first taking art classes. I’m not sure what makes me take breaks from it. But hopefully this is one of many sci-fi alien planet landscapes!

And now to go read more of Sing the Light, because I’m over half way through. So many sci-fi and fantasy books on our little planet, so little time.

‘Til next time. 🪐✨

Listening to: Weaver, Heather Dale
Current mood: magical

I'm an illustrator and web developer honing my skills and learning all I can about drawing, painting, and storytelling through visual art.

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