Normal me: Usually, James likes to do stuff on his own. He prefers to figure things out independently. However, once in a rare while, he’ll actually defer to a higher knowledge base.
Artistic me: Back when James had Photoshop on his desktop, he never had to worry about making planets. He got the lunarcell plug-in and all his problems were solved. Well, GIMP doesn’t have that kind of fancy do-dad, so he had to do things a little differently.
Normal me: He’s changed his style of planet creation several times. For a while, he’d resort to stock photos of real planets, CG models with pre-made textures, or just basic orbs for long distance shots.
Artistic me: Now, though, there’s a new trick, and he found it here: http://mygimptutorial.com/the-ultimate-gimp-planet-tutorial
Normal me: It worked pretty well for him, as evidenced by this image, his first piece of pure Space Art:
Artistic me: Now compare that to some of his early planets from 2008:
Normal me: Frightful. I’d say the first piece posted is a definite improvement.
Artistic me: Well, the “Cosmic Scales” image still wasn’t quite what James intended for the piece when he started it off. He had to wait for his ships to render, et voila:
Normal me: He should retexture the Avenger again.
Artistic me: I think he knows that.
Normal me: Oh well, anyway, hope you enjoyed the two latest pieces. Also, we hope you didn’t get scared off by the middle one.
Apathetic me: I’d like to take this opportunity to say… Screw Valentine’s Day.
Normal me: James wouldn’t have said that last year.
Apathetic me: Things were different last year.
Normal me: That they were. That they were… Anyway, enough of that. Have a nice day folks. See you around the galaxy.