All the recent news about Comet ISON inspired me to create my own comet, something I haven't attempted since 2009's Harbinger. Whereas that comet was completely created using Apophysis, I used a combination of Apophysis and Lightwave's particle effects this time. The planet is an adapted version of "Roche Limit" (recall I did say I was going to explore the moons of that system...)

Here's the original "Traveller" from 1998 if you are curious...



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Member Comments

Alton
"Breath Taking"
I really like all of these different pictures, they make me feel inspired like a little kid.

Thu October 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Ryan
"@Jason"
Sorry about that! Could you use the triple-screen and shift it to your liking?

Wed February 19, 2014 at 8:12 am

Jason
"?"
I really love this one. I'm setting up a new workstation and I always seem to go for the blue/black night sky scenes with the planet in the background. Gotta say though, the planet been split right down the middle on dual-screen bothers me. Not sure how long I can keep it if its still that way once I get my other two monitors added :(

Wed February 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

Fumigator
"9/10 ooh la la!"
This is a nice piece. Love the snow on the mtn.

Thu December 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Jenanne
"Spelling"
If you want to get technical, the North American spelling is "traveler"; "Traveller" is the British spelling. But no one has complained so far (about that) and DB has many British fans. As Mark Twain once said (attributed), "I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way." ;)

Wed December 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

Ryan
"@Scottg"
The file was there but I had misspelled "Traveller" in the file name so it was not linked correctly. It should work now. Sorry about that!

Mon December 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm

scottg
"10"
TRI-SCREEN split files still NOT up. Dead links

Mon December 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Victor
"10"
AWESOME!

Mon December 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Speedy J
"10 and above"
Really amazing wallpaper especially for this time of the year...Keep up the good work Rayan :)

Sun December 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Speedy J
"10 and above"
Really amazing wallpaper especially for this time of the year...Keep up the good work Rayan :)

Sun December 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

ZUL
"9/10"
The guys face to the far right hand of the screen looks really cool. He's catching some sleep as the comet passes by. It almost looks like there's an open wormhole with the comet going into it. Nice work.

Sun December 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

ScottG
"8"
Triple screen split files = DEAD LINK

Fri November 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Kyle
"Missing Res"
The 3200x1200 for the comet only is a dead link...

Wed November 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

nithilher
""10""
Now perfect. I also like the background plate render, but it appears that the triple screen render 7680x1600 is broken. The bottom part of the image is corrupt. And, if I'm not mistaken, the comet is split between two screens. Is that deliberately so?

Wed November 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Matt
"8"
The effect on the comet is pretty cool. The link to the 1998 version prompted me to go back and look at the gallery, and I found a couple of old "goodies" that I used to use as wallpaper. Ever given any thought to redoing 'fisheye' or 'red sky'?

Wed November 27, 2013 at 8:52 am

DougB.
"10/10"
Perfect timing, to coordinate with Comet ISON's fly-by of the sun tomorrow....

Wed November 27, 2013 at 7:19 am

Peter
"10"
Nice! The way I see it, without the man, the mountain now is part of the background, and the comet is now flying over the middleground. Much cooler!

Tue November 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Michael T
"Background"
Would love to see the background plate made into the dual screen ...

Tue November 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Pete
"9.5"
Smaller planet - check, glow - cool, no goofy little video game character standing on the hill - awesome!

Tue November 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

sally
"9/10"
the planet themes are the reason I'm a member, again, and again.. this is so beautiful! I love the image and the color...

Tue November 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

sethr
"9/10"
I like the revised version much better; thanks Ryan!

Tue November 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

Ryan
"v.3"
My latest (final) render is available this morning. I've removed the little astronaut, added some glow to the comet's "coma" and changed the lighting angle on the background planet to better match the comet's flight.

Multiscreen coming soon!

Tue November 26, 2013 at 9:14 am

DougB.
"9/10"
I have to agree with Peter, while the person on the hill is a small part of this scene, when you do take notice it does throw off the scale.

Tue November 26, 2013 at 7:13 am

Caleb
"Planet-less varient?"
I really like the concept here. I'd love to see a version of this without the planet in the background, just the night sky and the Traveller.

Mon November 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Peter
"9"
Normally I like the characters in your art, but this time, the man completely sets the proportion of the landscape off in my mind. Originally, I thought that the terrain he's standing on was a huge mountain in the distance (which makes more sense)... But with him on it, it looks like a little hill.

Mon November 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Ann
"9"
LOVE it!

what if you changed the planet's colors a bit? more of a purple than an aqua?

Mon November 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Brian
"9"
The comet's appearance reminds me a lot of the Patronus seen in the Deathly Hallows Part 1.



Wish I could be the guy on the mountain watching this...

Sun November 24, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Laurie
"9"
I love your work. I am hope you are planning something new for Christmas. I am no expert on digital art I just know what I like. Your work is amazing. Thank You

Sun November 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Nick
"8"
Love this one. The planet almost seems like a distraction though. Might be more interesting without it.

Sun November 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

RC Davison
"7.5"
Great image. I really like the composition and colors, but the comet's nucleus is a distraction. It appears too crystalline. A more nebulous structure with jets of material flowing off it would be more realistic. Keep up the great work!

Sun November 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

PerfectCr
"9"
Love it! I'd love to see a mostly RED version of this in the Pixel Jar, but the blue is very pleasing too.

Sun November 24, 2013 at 8:23 am

Ryan
"V.2"
I've added a new version of "Traveller" this morning. I've made the planet a bit smaller in this version so it doesn't compete for attention with the comet.

Sat November 23, 2013 at 11:26 am

Mike Barbe
"8"
2560 x 1600 (16:10) didn't render correctly

Fri November 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Mike Barbe
"8"
2560 x 1600 (16:10) didn't render correctly

Fri November 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Ryan
"9"
Awesome, but like Shelly mentioned the 2560x1600 is corrupted...

Fri November 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Shelly K.
"10"
This is awesome. However, bug report: the regular 2560x1600 looks like it is cut up an put back together out of order.

Fri November 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Ryan
"@Pat"
I like the smaller planet idea. Stay tuned...

Fri November 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Pat
"10"
Amazing. Really awesome. You might want to play around with the size of the planet in the background. It's competing for my focus with the comet, which should be the main subject. This is just my first impression though.

Fri November 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Grant
"9"
Star of wonder, star of night

Star with royal beauty bright!

Fri November 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Jeffrey
"A 10 as usual. "
I am a SCI FI buff and I love your scenes that are alien and includes space shots and planets. etc. :D

Fri November 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

Mike
"10/10"
Saw this, said "ooh!," and immediately added it to my random background rotation folder, even though I've mostly been holding off on expanding my collection until I could take the time to do a more systematic download from the DB archives. Guess I liked this one.

Fri November 22, 2013 at 9:04 am

Wazalord
"8/10"
Comet or Nexus? Reminded me of the Nexus from star trek... like he is standing there ready to be picked up..

Thu November 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Melissa
"8/10"
Really like and like the title. Facebook image coming soon?

Thu November 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Jeremy
"8/10"
Yet another homerun planetscape! I'd love to see a little green in there somewhere (maybe the ringed planet?) Love this one!

Thu November 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Pete
"Jumpman in the background?"
I wish there was a version without the tiny 80's video game character in the picture. It is an unfortunate little blemish on an otherwise beautiful image... I do feel that way about most of the characters though in DB images - the feel of those characters never closely matches the beauty of the rest of the artwork and they feel like afterthoughts. JMHO...

Thu November 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Scott
"10"
Another classic planetscape from Mr. Bliss! :-)

Thu November 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Jenanne
"7.5"
Terrific start -- I love the colors and the composition. Now it just needs some polishing. I'm not very fond of the tiny person in this one, however.

Thu November 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Theo
"Odd planet"
The planet looks a little...fake? I don't know if it's my head misinterpreting the milky way style galaxy colors as clouds, but it looks like the planet was just copy/pasted right over the top, making it pop out, but in a less realistic way. The camera vantage point make me question if I should turn my head at an angle to view the piece too.

Thu November 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Drew
"9"
Love it except the body of comet doesn't look realistic to me, I think it would look better if the rings we're removed.

Thu November 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Slackweed
"7"
Good start, comet needs to be cleaned up I think- a little too chaotic.

Thu November 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm

hurtzDonut
"8.5"
Great

Thu November 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

Maddie
"7/10"
Beautiful, but I agree, the planet is kind of off.

Thu November 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

sethr
"7/10"
I agree with Chris. The planet almost seems to have a lower resolution than the rest of the scene

Thu November 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

Nightwynd
"10"
Ok, now THIS is very nice!

Thu November 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

Chris
"7/10"
I love the colors and the sky and the landscape ... and that comet is beautiful! the planet seems a little out of place though, like it's not quite a part of the scene ...

Thu November 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

Littlemom
"9"
Love it the blue tones are awesome!!!

Thu November 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

Thom
"7/10"
Love the blue, this one's great!

Thu November 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

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