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Planet Pandora -- Art Project

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Published on Mar 13, 2012

No audio, my apologies.

I was inspired to create these planets after discovering the complexity of recreating celestial bodies. Making one in Photoshop can take up to sixty layers and countless hours of work, then I had to figure out how to animate it in After Effects. When I finished my first one I felt great knowing that I had made it through all of these roadblocks. The comfort of using computer generated filters along with the creativity of the human mind is what made this project special. Physically making the textures took countless hours of trial and error and coming up with the contraption to weave ink and paint into clouds was a feat all its own. The techniques used to concoct these planets were not conventional. I painted with charcoal and plaster, used rotating magnets to fabricate clouds, and only added color in Photoshop and After Effects (the physical work was all black and white). I feel that traditional art techniques would have taken away from the potential of Adobe's applications; however, I did stay away from satellite images. There were so many factors that went into making these planets. The highlights in the process are the creation of the textures and clouds which were then turned into the actual planet in Photoshop. From there it went to After Effects for animation. These are just a few of the "processes" that went into making this planet -- for instance making the auras or stars were external processes that were added in later on. The intention of these planets was to mix physics and fantasy. I feel that I have accomplished this to some degree -- Boreas includes color sampled from a satellite image of Earth, but it has two stars and massive auroras radiating from its surface. Pandora was based solely on the world in the game Borderlands, it is desolate and in ruin. Just being able to create these two planets with different attributes is what I find to be my biggest success. I also feel great about the textures and clouds as their own form of art. I plan to return to this form of art in the future. Practice makes perfect and I believe that I can greatly improve my work with future attempts -- that is if I can find the time.

If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment!

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