After all that tinkering with Vue's planetary rendering mode, I thought I should bring it all together was a nice planetscape.

The planets are a combination of two different Vue renders (it only lets you render one planet at a time) and the foreground was also rendered using Vue 2014.

You might detect the influence of my recent trip to Washington state.

Here's the original from 1998 if you are curious as to how they match up! I hope you like the update!!



8.85/10 rating (138 votes)
41 Comments

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Mason
"10"
Very nicely done. It's a great improvement from the first peek; the inclusion of the fog really brings the scene together, and makes the cloud cover waaaay more realistic than in the first version. Great job!

Wed October 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Lynne
"Stunning"
..and I have a new desktop background. I love how well framed the planet is - by the clouds and hills.

Is there any chance of getting a female figure, or a version without a figure so I can add one in?

Wed October 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Alton
"typo-"
I really like the colors and the lone figure standing at the waters edge, as if in awe, while drinking in the surreal* moment of life.

Thu October 2, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Alton
"Spectacular"
I really like the colors and the lone figure standing at the waters edge, as if in awe, while drinking in the serial moment of life.

Thu October 2, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Josh
"10"
Really like this one a lot-- wallpapers like this make me want to find a way to make a third monitor work on my desk.

Mon August 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

Joe
"10"
This is an instant favourite. I'm a sucker for these moody planetscapes.

Tue July 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

D
"9.5"
I love everything about this render aside from the humanoid standing on the shore. Any chance of getting a version without it?

Thu July 17, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Elaine
"10"
I love this in the dual screen. The colors are delicious and I like the reflection of the planet in the water.

Mon July 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Ryan
"@Rankin"
Thanks Brian! I have a lot of planetscapes in me but I don't want to be pigeonholed ;-)

Sat July 12, 2014 at 10:21 am

Rankin
"Ars gratia artis"
Keep up the good work sir. I"m glad to see that you still have planetscape design in you. Its refreshing and what first drew me to DB

Sat July 12, 2014 at 9:51 am

Jonathan
"10/10 Outstanding"
Stunning! Fabulous! The one I have been waiting for! More like this please with the moon as in the super moons this year. A blood moon perhaps?

Sat July 12, 2014 at 2:09 am

Eric
"Yay!"
Multiscreens!!

Wed July 9, 2014 at 7:23 am

Zach
"Outstanding!"
This one is definitely a winner, Ryan! I again feel like I need a triple-monitor setup just so I can take in more of the scene. Thanks again for your awesome work.

Mon July 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Adamtrons
"10+"
This is my new favorite. Perfect balance of epic and peaceful. I like the sunset colors reflecting in the clouds. The slight glow is beautiful. It’s seems large scale and comforting all at the same time. Great job!!

Sat July 5, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Deanna
"Whoa! :)"
Beautiful. A treat for my eyes.

Thu July 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Ben
"Mind Blowing"
Incredible. Love the foreground detail! I really like how the overall piece really feels like it is a part of a world and not some cliff on the edge of the universe. Water falls and clouds and crazy amounts of detail on Cronus. Really really super work! :D

Thu July 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Josh
"Nailed it!"
You've really come a long way recently with your shading and ecosystems! The planetary textures are great and the the cloud scatter adds a real pop. Very nice work!

Thu July 3, 2014 at 11:39 am

labidoloco
"amazing!"
So glad to be a member again and this is exactly why!!! :) absolutely love this art!

Wed July 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Chris
"9.8"
I love this. The colors are beautiful, and it takes me to a peaceful, restful place. Such great details in the waterfall, the mist on the water, the clouds. I love feeling like I'm present with the beauty inside this little valley.



I only wish I was there alone, not really a fan of the awkward guy standing there. Will there be a version sans-guy?

Wed July 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Mike R
"Awesome! But--"
This is certainly an A+ planetscape but I prefer not to be restricted on either side, a little bit of claustrophobia sets in, which is why I prefer Atoll Nightfall etc. Also I think the figure is a little awkward on this one, whereas the figure in Reverie (2006) for example is so beautifully done and fits in so well.

Wed July 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Mike R
"Awesome! But--"
This is certainly an A+ planetscape but I prefer not to be restricted on either side, a little bit of claustrophobia sets in, which is why I prefer Atoll Nightfall etc. Also I think the figure is a little awkward on this one, whereas the figure in Reverie (2006) for example is so beautifully done and fits in so well.

Wed July 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Eric
"12 (10+)"
I concur with everyone in the comments. Bravo!!!

Please oh PLEASE make multi screens of this one.

Wed July 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Anthony C.
"10!"
Seriously one of my favorites. I has such an amazing amount of depth and color. Awesome job!

Wed July 2, 2014 at 8:16 am

Apollonia
"Rating: 10"
Wonderful. Just viewing it is an ultimate pleasure...Thanks Ryan.

Wed July 2, 2014 at 7:54 am

0beron
"10"
This one knocks it out of the park - can't wait for the multi screens.

Wed July 2, 2014 at 7:50 am

Tyler
"Success"
You can always tell when Ryan nails it because you literally want to dive into the image at first sight. This has achieved that at a colossal level.

Tue July 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Brandi U.
"One of your bests"
One of your best ever. Beautifully composed and rendered.

Tue July 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

Aeronaho
"Amazing"
The colors are just perfect.

Tue July 1, 2014 at 9:12 am

Greg in KC
"Spectacular!"
Personal preference, but I wasn't a huge fan of the planet-only version, but this version is amazing! The variation in scene from the foreground to the moon to the clouds... just, wow. Another job well done.

Tue July 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

CHSpera
"Love it!"
can't wait for the multi-monitor versions!

Mon June 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Mangoman
"Oh, My Gosh!"
Although I've yet to visit the Pacific Northwest, It must be the forests on the mountainous left and right, and there are samples of the planet Jupiter, but much more vibrant and full of color. You nailed it yet again, Mr. Man. Another Ten. Damb, I dislike you sew much. ;-) This one'll stay on my monitor in all it's 27 inch glory for at least a month! Bless!

Mon June 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Mangoman
"Oh, My Gosh!"
Although I've yet to visit the Pacific Northwest, It must be the forests on the mountainous left and right, and there are samples of the planet Jupiter, but much more vibrant and full of color. You nailed it yet again, Mr. Man. Another Ten. Damb, I dislike you sew much. ;-) This one'll stay on my monitor in all it's 27 inch glory for at least a month! Bless!

Mon June 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Timmo
"Brilliant"
Love it, amazing.

Mon June 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Brian
"Very nice"
Every time you link to an old render, I go back and check it out. Perhaps it is that I've been an member since 2000 and am a bit nostalgic, but I always like seeing the old renders along side the new. Keep it up!

Mon June 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Duke
"AWESOME"
Love it! The planet looks absolutely awesome in this setting.

Mon June 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Duke
"AWESOME"
Love it! The planet looks absolutely awesome in this setting.

Mon June 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Tiberius
"Very Nice!"
It's funny but I'm 61 and this kind of reminds me of the covers of some of the old science fiction books I read as a boy. Slightly retro. I love it! Thanks Ryan!

Mon June 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

dujeon
"fantastic"
I love this Ryan, Thanks you

Mon June 30, 2014 at 10:31 am

cmmnoble
"10"
Wow. Everything about this is great. I particularly like the way the canyon and clouds draw my eyes into the distance, right out to the planet in the sky. I also like the reflections in the water, the waterfalls, the plants. Just wow.

Mon June 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

BobC
"9.5"
Yes! I agree with Jenanne and I think this is the kind of scene at the crossover of fantasy and astronomy art that is representative of your work at its best.

Mon June 30, 2014 at 9:19 am

Jenanne
"10!"
Oh man, that's just beautiful. Particularly like the clouds billowing off the mountains, the waterfalls coming down the cliffs, and the rising mist. I think you've nailed the planet's reflection in the water. It's so fantastic I don't mind the little dude this time. ;)

Mon June 30, 2014 at 8:24 am

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