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Planet Hebe (CG/Photoshop) from "TREACHERY" sci-fi short story

Planet Hebe (CG/Photoshop) from "TREACHERY" sci-fi short story published on No Comments on Planet Hebe (CG/Photoshop) from "TREACHERY" sci-fi short story
Insert illustration by yours truly, of planet Hebe from the story in subject. The story release announcement post is at this link. The high resolution image (tap or click the below image) is free for personal use.

See http://s.earthbound.io/4y for original, print and usage. ~ Through the red and violet of a nebula, three suns shine faint white, white and blue, and behind them is a larger, circular, lightless void. Stars are scattered through the nebula like very large jewels along a galactic shore. Tangled in the cloud of the nebula in front of the suns hangs planet Hebe, her great green and brown rings, clouds, continents, and vast blue oceans drenched in the scattered, colored light of the nebula. Borealis slowly dance all over her.
Planet Hebe from TREACHERY short story
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Work 00061 abstraction in four variants

Work 00061 abstraction in four variants published on No Comments on Work 00061 abstraction in four variants
If, when I am creating a digital work, I come across e.g. compelling color variations in the process, I save them as variants and sometimes work the variants up further. That's the case here.

See http://s.earthbound.io/4k for original, print and usage. ~ Software used: 3DS Max (to render Work 00059 perpendicular to the normal of 3D noise terrain), Dynamic Auto-Painter Klimt3 preset, Photoshop, FilterForge. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Work 00061 abstraction
See http://s.earthbound.io/4h for original, print and usage. ~ Software used: 3DS Max (to render Work 00059 perpendicular to the normal of 3D noise terrain), Dynamic Auto-Painter Klimt3 preset, Photoshop, FilterForge. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Work 00061 abstraction variant 2
See http://s.earthbound.io/4i for original, print and usage. ~ Software used: 3DS Max (to render Work 00059 perpendicular to the normal of 3D noise terrain), Dynamic Auto-Painter Klimt3 preset, Photoshop, FilterForge. This variant was hue-shifted and further worked up from the base work. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Work 00061 abstraction variant 3

See http://s.earthbound.io/4j for original, print and usage. ~ Software used: 3DS Max (to render Work 00059 perpendicular to the normal of 3D noise terrain), Dynamic Auto-Painter Klimt3 preset, Photoshop, FilterForge. This variant is a black and white workup of the base work. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Work 00061 abstraction variant 4 black and white

"TREACHERY" short story ebook–RELEASED! (And cover art)

"TREACHERY" short story ebook–RELEASED! (And cover art) published on No Comments on "TREACHERY" short story ebook–RELEASED! (And cover art)

You, Janus Thaddeus, appear to be the only human gifted with the ability to merge into an alternate time-stream.

Here is the book cover art (front half, with titles) for my short Science Fiction story ebook, "TREACHERY."

See http://s.earthbound.io/4z for original, print and usage. ~ SLUG: You, Janus Thaddeus, appear to be the only human gifted with the ability to merge into an alternate time-stream. ~ SCENE DESCRIPTION: Through the red and violet of a nebula, three suns shine faint white, white and blue, and behind them is a larger, circular, lightless void. Stars are scattered through the nebula like very large jewels along a galactic shore. Tangled in the cloud of the nebula in front of the suns hangs planet Hebe, her great green and brown rings, clouds, continents, and vast blue oceans drenched in the scattered, colored light of the nebula. Borealis slowly dance all over her. ~ PUBLISH/JACKET INFORMATION: Title: TREACHERY, Author: Richard Alexander Hall, Publishers: Smashwords, Inc. / Amazon, Smashwords-assigned ISBN: 9781310539671, VERY SHORT DESCRIPTION OF STORY: Janus Thaddeus, Squadron leader in humanity's final battle of survival, is offered a chance by his enemies to save his race, by way of his unique gift. SHORT CONTENTS DESCRIPTION: An original science fiction short story with a new and unique take on time travel. VERY SHORT BARELY SPOILER-EY SUMMARIES: TREACHERY: Janus learns from his enemies how he may save humanity with his unique gift. Features a unique take on time travel. SHORT SORTA MORE SPOILER-EY SUMMARIES: In TREACHERY, Janus Thaddeus, Squadron leader in humanity's final battle of survival, falls planetside when his fleet is wiped out by orbiting atomic blasts. He is rescued by the intelligent Salamander aliens who wiped out his fleet. Salamander Commander Xenon advises him: '...you appear to be the only human gifted with the ability to merge into an alternate timestream.' Salamander Assistant Commander Idan claims that Janus' human family remains alive, despite everything Janus' eyes told him. Janus is offered by these, his enemies, a chance to save his race, by way of his unique gift.
TREACHERY short story cover (with titles, front half)

It is available at smashwords, syndicated several places from there, and at Amazon.]

 

 

A version of this with the back cover also and without titles is published in a previous post; here is the link.

 

PUBLISH/JACKET INFORMATION:
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Title: TREACHERY
Author: Richard Alexander Hall
Publishers: Smashwords, Inc. / Amazon
Smashwords-assigned ISBN: 9781310539671

 

VERY SHORT DESCRIPTION
Janus Thaddeus, Squadron leader in humanity's final battle of survival, is offered a chance by his enemies to save his race, by way of his unique gift.

SHORT CONTENTS DESCRIPTION
An original science fiction short story with a new and unique take on time travel.

VERY SHORT BARELY SPOILER-EY SUMMARIES
TREACHERY: Janus learns from his enemies how he may save humanity with his unique gift. Features a unique take on time travel.

SHORT SORTA MORE SPOILER-EY SUMMARIES
In TREACHERY, Janus Thaddeus, Squadron leader in humanity's final battle of survival, falls planetside when his fleet is wiped out by orbiting atomic blasts. He is rescued by the intelligent Salamander aliens who wiped out his fleet. Salamander Commander Xenon advises him: "…you appear to be the only human gifted with the ability to merge into an alternate timestream." Salamander Assistant Commander Idan claims that Janus' human family remains alive, despite everything Janus' eyes told him. Janus is offered by these, his enemies, a chance to save his race, by way of his unique gift.

"TREACHERY" short story cover

"TREACHERY" short story cover published on No Comments on "TREACHERY" short story cover
See http://s.earthbound.io/2p for original, print and usage.
TREACHERY short story cover

 

 

The image linked from this thumbnail is free for personal use.

I'm very pleased with this. It incorporates maps created with the LunarCell, SolarCell, and Glitterati photoshop plugins (the latter in a "starbrite" mode to save the alpha channel of stars, kindly custom coded by the plugin author at my request!–and I think he hasn't yet released a public version with that mode), and other adapted work I've done with a ringed planet, and a 3D render of the planet derived from said textures/maps.

The cyan "shadows" on the rings were an accident–I lit the planet with red (the nebula) from one side and white from the other, and through the translucent green rings, it seems that white light canceled out red and left the rest cyan. No, that may not happen with real physics (or "real life"), so it may not be realistic. This is, um, stylized? And it's, um, a story involving antrhopomorphic extraterrestrial frogs? Yep. K thx. And yes, men, you're going to have a pink and purple book. Get over it.

I'd like to make the borealis more obvious/prominent/realistic, and strictly the planet doesn't have the moons mentioned in the story. Maybe I'll get around to updating it thus.

Abstraction (work 00014), book cover for short story "DOCILE AS A LAMB"

Abstraction (work 00014), book cover for short story "DOCILE AS A LAMB" published on 1 Comment on Abstraction (work 00014), book cover for short story "DOCILE AS A LAMB"
See http://s.earthbound.io/2j for original, print and usage. ~ I used #3DSMax and #SoulburnScripts to randomly scatter and rotate brush-stroke textured tiles, then worked up the resulting render further in #CorelPainter and #Photoshop. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Abstraction (Work 00014)

Two variant works with color hue-shifted in Lab color mode (it produces more human-perceptual-friendly color changes than the brute math of RGB):

See http://s.earthbound.io/2h for original, print and usage. ~ I used #3DSMax and #SoulburnScripts to randomly scatter and rotate brush-stroke textured tiles, then worked up the resulting render further in #CorelPainter and #Photoshop. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Abstraction (Work 00014 color variant 2 faded lavendar)
See http://s.earthbound.io/2i for original, print and usage. ~ I used #3DSMax and #SoulburnScripts to randomly scatter and rotate brush-stroke textured tiles, then worked up the resulting render further in #CorelPainter and #Photoshop. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
Abstraction (Work 00014 color variant 3 slightly desaturated magenta)

Click the images to open larger ones, free for personal use. This was formerly entitled Abstraction 00021. And last and least . . .

See http://s.earthbound.io/2k for original, print and usage. I dedicate this work to the Public Domain. You can use it for your own scary, trite book cover without restriction. ~ A hoity-toity robot talks about this at http://s.earthbound.io/artgib
DOCILE AS A LAMB book cover

Who was it that asked for a painting of an ionic column embedded with a cleaver, flowing with blood like a sacrificial altar? Oh. Well, here it is anyway. This is for my soon-to-be-published (eBook via smashwords) short story of that title, which story is the most seriously deeply disturbed thing I have ever and may ever, uh, written. If somebody actually wanted a print of this, though, I might be disappointed. I don't know why I would put that on my wall. Print not available.*

But isn't that other one a nice, bright, colorful, pretty, abstract painting? As you can see, we take all kinds here.

*I'm not even really sure why I'd put this on my blog. In keeping with "I'm paying attention to you, whatever you give me, Image Brain?" Did you know if you do that with any part of your brain–just sketch or sing into a voice recorder or write or whatever anything your brain gives you–did you know that if you do this, then your unconscious realizes you are paying attention, and it gives you more music or images or whatever to create? This is my experience. Caveat: this does not mean you should publish anything and everything your brain gives you ;) but if you do this, you may find yourself creating things you wish to publish.