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The Orb in the Dark

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Dec 24, 2010 | 12:36 PM EST
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I like this one.



Rated 5 / 5 stars


I'm looking into infinity, or is it the abyss? Either way, a small bit of color in a lot of black space looks fantastic. The proportions of the picture are perfect; any more black would have been excessive, and the portal, orb, or whatever, shouldn't change size.

I dig the liquid or glass effect you've got working in the center. Similarly, the swirls around the orb are neat, and look as if they're drawing the world in. I can see this used as a preloader for a sci-fi Flash or something.

I have no real complaints about the piece, but the swirls seem to end a little abruptly. It doesn't bother me a lot, and it could be that I'm looking at the piece wrong. Honestly, there's not a hell of a lot I can criticize you on. I think this is a very neat, perfectly executed piece.

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Tateos responds:

Thanks a lot. And, in retrospect, I think the swirls do end a bit abruptly myself.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


Although it doesn't look like an enormous amount of effort went into this, it's still a nice image. The colors you used look good, although most of the image is black, I do like the shades of blue quite a bit.

You ever seen the UFKDubstep channel on Youtube? This looks a lot like their logo - not sure if that was intended.

I like the image, but I think you could have done more with it. It looks like it almost had a glassy effect, but is blurry at the same time.

Even though the center is colored, I can't help but think 'black hole' when I see this. It's like some strange variation of a black hole, which is pretty badass, imo...

The last thing I noticed it that the center of the image is kinda odd. It's cut off towards the left and the right is just blank space. It would have been cool to see a centered image to get a full view of the orb.

Other than that, pretty cool image. Keep up the good work.


Tateos responds:

-I love the colors myself.

-Nah, never heard of them.

-Glassyness is intended.


-Eh, the cut off is intended. I liked it that way.

-Thank you.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

What program do you use?

A very softly focused piece with the orb representing some sort of swirling pool of water, as I see it. The way that the swirls tend to be a spiral might indicate something else, possibly deeper than a meer ripple.

What program did you use to make this? I would suggest that you just messed with the numbers in Apophysis and found something that you liked, touching it up very little before submitting it.

To improve this, what I would do, is take the image of the swirl and incorporate it into something like a coat of arms, or even the detail of someone's eye, then expand the picture around this feature that really grabs you with both hands.

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Tateos responds:

Paint.NET, although I just got photoshop.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


It looks pretty bland and like you just used a couple of filters in photoshop like I use to always do but it looks like a nice picture at the same time. It slightly reminds me of Giygas in Earthbound but blue instead of red. It also feels like I was looking into a well and seeing water at the very bottom of it very slowly rising and causing a subtle shine effect on the walls of the well.

The shadings of blue also seem to look nice as well. This is a very good piece and I like it.

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Tateos responds:

Thanks a lot.
I actually hand drew a decent amount of this, but, your right, I put it through a couple of filters to make it darker.