Space Art – The Horsehead Nebula

I had an urge the other week – that was to create the Horsehead Nebula, I’ve been shying away from digital painting and I simply decided to have a go and see where it took me. Taking a shot of it from NASA I painted, smeared and added stars and all of that – piled it one on top of the other and created this:

This was the first piece that I created, I realised quite quickly that it’s quite dark and this is a common issue I find with Space Art. I looked over a few more of the pictures I could find of the Horsehead Nebula and realised that I could lighten it – but it wouldn’t be as true to life.

But then I decided – it didn’t matter as much I thought it would.

I’ve used more artistic licence in the second one – giving it more flare and pulling the colours up a bit. I’m quite pleased with it. Which one do you think is best?

© Simon Farnell 2013 – 2022



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