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February 24, 2011
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RED GIANT by edlo RED GIANT by edlo
"When a star like our own reaches the end of its life, it begins to run out of hydrogen fuel in its core. Like a car running out of gas, it will begin to sputter, swelling to a size that could encompass every planet in our solar system out to Mars. When this happens, the sun will swallow the Earth and will spell certain doom for all life on our planet."
First image for psdtuts+ on the series "The Cosmos", a 4 part series of FREE tutorials so get over there hope you enjoy it.
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Felewin Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial, I referenced it for this piece and enjoyed it / learned from you immensely: [link]
Do you have any restrictions on the usage of the textures or design in terms of referencing or commercial purposes I should know about? Thanks man!
The35thChamber Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saw this on psdtuts+ and I must say, it's absolutely fantastic :clap:
I watched the speedart too, really impressive.
MechaTurles Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I read somewhere that the gravitational shockwave the sun would make during expansion would actually just blow away the Earth several lightyears.
(Of course that would probably erase all life as well.)
Awesome work! The plasma has an incredible texture and the heat haze really gives this image a sense of power. :thumbsup:
edlo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The growth of the sun will take thousands of years to reach earth, its not a sudden event for us, we will see it coming for generations. Yet in the timeframe of the universe its just a millisecond.
MechaTurles Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah yes, I forgot that a star only starts to expand gradually once it starts to run out of hydrogen, rather than it suddenly ballooning once the last atom is fused.
-Although that would be far more spectacular!
Felewin Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to see that, would be very cool (no irony intended) to see a rapidly ballooning sun :
tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, you really couldn't have done this earlier when I was trying to figure out how to do flares like this could you!? :p

Excellent work man, makes my own sun pieces look pale in comparison!
mystique2319 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Sweet plasma jets!
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
definitely going to check how you created the sun because I was trying to figure that out a while ago as well. Pretty amazing mate!
Draztak Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
That sun is fair impressive. Colors, texture, flares work really well together.
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