Xeelee Sequence Resplendent The Worlds Of Man Fell Dark

Fan art of the book "Resplendent", part of Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence. Space is filled with the red glow of ionized gas nebulas, the remains of a thousand red giant stars, aged before their time. But for this star, its fate is to be extinguished by a different force, signaling the end of man's conquest of the galaxy. I wanted to give that feeling of the last bit of sunlight hitting the planet before the solar system goes dark. This was a surprisingly tough piece because it needed to be dark because that was the narrative, but if it was too dark, the viewer can't see the painting (you always have to consider that each person's monitor will have a different brightness, making it hard to do subtle darkness). Hopefully I hit a good balance.

Software: Photoshop, Filterforge