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Starry Night by AlexRuizArt Starry Night by AlexRuizArt
I've often wondered about how the night sky looked to Van Gogh when he painted 'Starry Night.'

This is an homage to him, and to his painting, one of my all time favorites. We see him standing here, looking up at the night sky...probably in awe, as he wondered how he would capture the beauty he saw. As well, this was the view from the sanitarium he was staying at, as it's well known that the poor guy was quite mentally troubled. (For the record, it's believed he painted this from inside the sanitarium, but I didn't want bars on my image!)

I wanted this piece to be somewhat magical and fantastic, not just a normal night painting. Hence the large moon, large stars, transparent clouds etc., yet keeping a mostly realistic feel to it.

If you see the original painting, you see so much motion...it's as if he saw the vibration on all the objects, and that he captured the wind! See the original here: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

Thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed creating it:) Done in Photoshop in about 7 hrs using matte painting techniques, and painting over.


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AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Magic!
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ShalBaala Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Man, this is awesome!
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Atevero Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
I really love it!! Nice work!! :)
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brancao Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
AMAZING 
AWESOME 
PERFECT  
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Weather-Angel-Adept Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Wow, this is amazing!  I love all the detail and vividness in the sky especially, but I like what you've done with the trees and flowers also.  I'm not sure how I feel about there being stars in front of the clouds -- not meteorologically correct at all! -- but I have to admit that the effect is stunning.  Great job.  :)
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Gossamer1357 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I absolutely love this!! It's the live version! Yes, this is my all time favorite painting as well and I also have wondered what "starry night" looked like to Van Gogh in real life. The scenery perfectly corresponds towards the actual painting and it looks almost as magical as the painting itself!! Absolutely beautiful job!!! :)
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Kaleb-ben-Jose Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
WOW
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typeobabe79 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Beautiful!
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MajinNeda Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow. This is magnificent. Vincent is my favorite artist and Starry Night is my favorite work of his, and I must say that you truly did a fantastic job on this painting as an homage to him. 
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BeckyJ-Infinite Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! This is amazing, almost looks like a photo of the night sky... Well done this is stunning!
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