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The term “brown dwarf” doesn’t sound all that evocative but they are fascinating celestial objects. Much larger than planets but not big enough for full stellar fusion. They are thought to fuse deuterium through which they shine with their own dim light. The rings here are lit primarily by the planet itself, which is a first for me.
I actually started this project in Blender as a learning exercise but I already have a pretty good gas planet workflow in Lightwave so I went back to that for this one. I do plan on migrating more of my non-Vue rendering to Blender and other programs because the future of LW is uncertain.

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19 reviews for Substellar

  1. Josh [liferplus]

    This one goes up there in the list of my favorites. I really enjoy your planet scenes, and this one reminds me of Crucible. Looks great!

  2. ChrisW [basicmember]

    Love this. Looks like an old render of yours; it was a black gas giant on a blue & black background, I forget the name. Loved that one, too.

  3. Susan [basicmember]

    I’ll have this on my computer any day. I like the read in the centre, it lifts the picture

  4. Ozaawaagosh [plusmember]

    Love it, so dark and mysterious

  5. Phineas [basicmember]

    Dark with hidden fire!

  6. knightmerc [lifer]

    Thanks for a fantastic original look. This is my new background, replaced “Traveller”, which is very hard to do. Excellent work Ryan!!

  7. Tarot [basicmember]

    I might have a bias on this based on the subject matter, but it’s awesome. 10/10

  8. Deanna [liferplus]

    P.S. Beautiful planetscape, Ryan. Love it!

  9. Deanna [liferplus]

    Was your “Really?” really necessary in your comment to Ryan? A certain level of courtesy is usually maintained on this forum. Don’t be a shitbird.

  10. Ryan

    Most of the time I do try to shift the action so things aren’t cut by the bezel. In this case I had to decide between bisecting the planet or cropping off an unacceptable amount of rings. Since part of the planet was is darkness already it seemed like an acceptable compromise. What does everyone else think?

  11. Cat Scratch [nonmonthly]

    You place the object dead center so the split screen of the dual screen renders are intersected down the middle? Really? Other than that, it’s pretty.

  12. Unclegumby [liferplus]

    Are there plans for the 1080p version for the triple screen, please?

  13. Ronin [basicmember]

    What a masterpiece.

  14. Eric [liferplus]

    Super Cool!!!

  15. Littlemom [liferplus]

    For a space render this one is really nice, love the color of the planet!!!

  16. Leloir [basicmember]

    I love your planetscape, I never get tired of it. Each time I look at them I find something that amazes me.

  17. Wayne [lifer]

    I love the darkness of this one. As always, really appreciate your view of contrasts, lights and darks. Its a beautiful composition.

  18. capecutterman [basicmember]

    Brilliant! I love your planetscapes (hint).

    Stay well

  19. Zorz [basicmember]

    This is great! I miss the space planetary ones and this is a great return after all the wonderful landscapes!

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