Lazy, Lazy, Lazy
I can’t believe how lazy I am sometimes … I’ve just realised I’ve not uploaded any of these before!!
The Last Tree
This piece (larger version here) was done for a contest on dA. Unsurprisingly enough, it didn’t win, but it was still fun. The theme of the contest was the end of the world. I got bored of all the generic, vaguely-Christian stuff that was getting knocked out, so I decided to apply astronomy to the brief. Here we have the Earth of 5 billion years hence. The Sun, as you can see, is now on the very cusp of red giant-hood. Silhouetted against it is the fossil remains of the last ever tree (which would actually have died millions of years previously). The reddish stuff in the sky is actually plasma ejected by the Sun – the Earth no longer has an atmosphere by this point.
Poor, poor ‘Falling’. No-one ever looks at you, and hardly anyone looks at the painting that you’re a panel from (‘Shadow of the Traitor’). Which is a real pity, as I all but busted a gut doing it. I mean, there’s even a face! (And it only gets as many views as it does because it’s a 40K piece, as well.)
And yes, the gas giant is actually a brown dwarf. Presumably it’s a very late-T, since only a few bits of it are visibly-glowing. Maybe T8 or T9?
Halo Brown Dwarf
And that brings me onto this piece, which is something I did for a talk a few weeks ago. It’s meant to represent the objects that I study – brown dwarfs in the galactic halo. This is a figurative depiction rather than a strictly-literal one – the Milky Way is rather brighter than it would actually look, for instance. However I wanted to try and get the idea of out-of-plane and highly-inclined orbits, which is kind of the whole point of the stellar halo. I also wanted to work the idea of its great age in there, but I wasn’t quite sure how. There’s a higher-res version over here.