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Rose Nebula by Hameed Rose Nebula by Hameed
Created with Adobe PS, original image 6000x9000 - With ~120 Layers.

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Given 2009-05-27
Rose Nebula by `hameed is an impressive piece of art!
:devhameed: is one of dA's great legends and veterans of space art. Be sure to check out his gallery, you will recognize many pieces you may have seen sometime earlier! ( Suggested by ChrisCold and Featured by gucken )
Ok, now this one is absolutely rip-roaring jaw-hangs-open "Holy F---!" gorgeous. The kind of image that makes me sit here for ten minutes just looking at the pretty.

That said, the critique:

The color balance here is very good. You said this was a crop of the origional. Good crop. You've got good flow and good composision here...a kind of inadvertant spiral with the cropped area. There's also good movement. Something is happening in this picture and is continuing to happen once we leave. We won't get much a clue what that is, but we know it's there. Good job on that.

There's a patch of light blue color in the upper left corner that's just kinda "there". It might be something in the larger picture, but all I have to judge by is this patch. It draws the eye away from the orangy center of the nebula, and is so amorpheous that it has no shape to draw the eye back. My guess is that it's one of the other nebulas, but it's still a distraction in the crop, reguardless.

Amazing work. Excellent job.
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Distant yet distinct, with tones that are beautiful and tarnished by consummate use of differing light states which benefits the dark and dissonant nature of this piece.

Masterfully spread dark clouds unfold their choreographies in splindly and contorting shapes while maintaining impossibly graceful and repeating motifs and patterns in slowly evolving puddles of gas, then changing mood rapidly near the edges to a different colour and different flow, but same liquidity.

Without an eye for detail, the viewer will be lost for this work, yet he must possess an eye for the grander, and thus less detailed to enjoy the simple elements of a large composition. It is fair to say this work should be taken as an whole and not piece by piece, as each piece tends to flow into the next through ambient space and dark silence with such fluidity as to be entirely seamless. The illustration here is inexactly cut because it is distinguished by obscurity and vagueness in the work rather than by definitive statement (as a representation of phenomena like nebulae tend to be, as opposed to that of planets, for example); intensely romantic and wistful, the gaseousness ever-flowing outward from bright centre depicted in this work pauses on each consideration like a chewer of an emotional mouthful of brief patterns.

Like ocean swells at storm, the enclaves of light sources rise as layers fall away and descending, plunging but never depleting their energy as from scattered eddies a pulse rises again, recrystallising the different currents into a new shape. They meld together into a voice through the interplay between layers that reinterprets the overall direction so that it can rise again out of itself.

Easily some of the best work from you, this work maintains the intense mood of your earlier works but adds to it the fascination with emergent complexity in simple pieces that marked your later works, but here a more facile sense of artistry centred on constructing a tunnel of symbols into which the viewer relaxes disbelief and then finds the path turning as it evolves, eschewing the progressive linear for the dynamic dimensionality of an eternal churning of creation and destruction like a cycle of breathing.

While some downsides in this work are present -- like the painting-like quality -- both they and it are bent in service to a vision of beauty forming from chaos that destroys the archaic before it, in order to rebirth a force as old as the universe in a new incarnation, reawakening all creation to its potential through a majestic seriousness feared by the facile evasion of closed minds.

Ever against the backdrop of space the empyreal, this work inspires with a regal, wistful beauty.
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HiAgain69 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is extreme dedication to go the big with that many layers.
Hameed Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe thanks, i like my images to have some deal of depth for realism.
katdesignstudio Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is really beautiful. Very realistic and detailed. The textures are just amazing.
Calaymo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
Your amazing work has been feature on my journal --> [link]
i hope you doesn't mind
dnb-nOise Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Really amazing nebula!! I like it!
galleryum Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
This is excellent work. George Lucas should get some advise from you on creating a star field properly.
ANTIFAN-REAL Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh.... *very* good indeed :) :)

G x
madbrainsurgeon Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm for once something doesn't look quite right mid picture to the right the red debris looks a little flat apart from that nice work man *bows before the master*
Black--Moth Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I feel so deprived at not getting to see the original version. ^^ Thanks for getting permission to show us this bit though. Color is a big deal for me, and I'd go so far as to say that this is color at its best. Congrats.
euphoricmadness Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome. =)
cherryred002 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
That looks soo wonderful!!!
ZLilDemon Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
i must fav this cuz it's amazing and got DD'd on mah birthday XD
Dya-mond-ay Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Student General Artist
The colors are absolutely wonderous =]
bizcut Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
That's <3.
Nebula-Gray-zero Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
This is great work one day i want to paint a picture of a nebula hey thats my username :O
DruellaBlackRosier Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
120 Layers, eh? Ouch. Extremely beautiful though. :D
silverrspells Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I was able to make a proper critique, but I'm afraid I lack knowledge.

This work of yours is simply gorgeous, one of the most beautiful pieces I saw on dA.
Congratulations for the DD - totally deserved.

I just wonder, where is this going to be used?

Best wishes :)
Yael-Rainbow Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Ah.. gorgeous. ;n;
Karlika Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is amazing!

And 120 layers?! That must be a pain to sort.

Just curious, is there a particular texture you used to brush the gas clouds? Or is just the regular clouds one that comes with the program.
focallength Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Absolutely stunning work. It really conveys the vastness of space. Bravo!
kaymo6 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
I wish I could see the full piece. :]
CoffeeCakes Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
MkGrr Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
120 layers... a little bit overdone huh ? :p
Screamotizer Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Nice piece but im sure it would look good on back backround and this ugly white frame would completly ruin it then. It does not even fit in the da's light bg
BlackShadow91 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Congrats on the DD man, you really deserve it especially with this piece. Its been my favorite from your gallery since you posted it on DA and Im so glad it was awarded a DD! :)
BellaVoce4 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my goodness this is too beautiful for words. I just love the cosmos and space, you are so talented!
panda-jamican-pie Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, it makes you feel like you're looking up at the night sky.:clap: wonderful.
TomWilcox Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Hi Hameed -

Congratulations on receiving a DD for this fantastic, believable work of art.

Nezim Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Just... wow!
wytherwing Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
congrats on your DD for this absolutely spectacular artwork! :thumbsup:
3ihard Featured By Owner May 27, 2009   Digital Artist
playing ICO ost, think how you do that art.. its deep
00alisa00 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009   Digital Artist
it's perfect! :omfg:
love it!
congratulations for the DD!
tropay Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
thats massive, but this is really amazing :)
shame you couldn't post the orignal, i bet it was something to be seen.
you've got to be really creative to get something like this right, and you've hit the nail on the head.
wonderfull work :)
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gorgeous nebula, congrats on your DD :)
boshimaro Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
This is amazing.
NickNP Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nicely done :)
Ff-7 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
So beautiful ;)
MythArcana Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Wow! 120 layers! 9.7 gigs? Ouch! My computer just sneezed after hearing that! :o Really beautiful space scene with lots of clusters and beautiful arrays all around! Excellent piece and congratulations on the DD!
jbarget Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
I'm so glad to see you back.
august-augur Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
extremely beautiful!
unl3a5h3d Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
One of your best yet. Keep it up :D
AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Greetings Hameed,

This indeed a stunning image and I am sure the full-sized one is even more so. You have made excellent use of contrast and colour to create a feast for the eyes . . .

My best,
Michael C. Turner
darkaoshi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
2 words:
Hooooooly sh---------!

Seriously, this make me feel like the worst artist in the world.
Hameed Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe don't be silly, your a perfectly good artist, just believe in your own ability and don't give up on yourself!
PavelVerner Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
you went really pro on this one. In contrast with other works I've seen from different people, this one does not seem to be "artificial".

You should be proud of it.
priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, I'd never ask for critique on commissioned work...surley you don't want your customer knowing all of the flaws :shh: Speaking of which - it's good to hear that even space-artists get paid work once ina while, I got one - but the customer shot through before I finished and I never heard from them again :loneley: Oh well, they wouldn't have received anything as good as this anyway =p

Love the colours...I'll admit the "rose" pattern may be a bit weak, and I wouldn't have noticed it if it weren't for the title. But it's still very realistic :)
bloodyslash Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
you are still the god of nebula's
amazing colors and details
Elitha Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
That loks gorgeous!
synax444 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Absolutely amazing... this is your best nebulae, in my opinion. Really, really nice work man.
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