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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's as if he saw the vibration on all the objects, and that he captured the wind! See the original here:…

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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Supuhstar Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful. I just wish I could use it as a wallpaper :c
Averant Featured By Owner Edited Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Starry Night is my favourite painting of all time. And you capture the essence
of what surely Van Gogh must have seen with such stark and pristine beauty.
I would love to have a large copy of this hanging in my home, if I could afford
it. As it stands, I've, for the time being, used it as my Facebook profile picture
(with full credits back to this page, of course.) This piece touches my very Soul,
man. Brilliantly done. +Fave, and hopefully you get at least a Daily Deviation for
it. And so much more. A brilliant homage. Thank you so much for sharing this.
ant3ater Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great idea
KYNGDOLCE Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
WiseGirl15 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful I wanna cry!
iWantcoal Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could use a little more work on blending the sky with the distant mountains, as I see the clouds are having a little disagreement on perspectives with the landscape below. 
QueenMarie13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Amazing. I love it. <3
AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student General Artist
ShalBaala Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Man, this is awesome!
Atevero Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
I really love it!! Nice work!! :)
brancao Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
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.  :)
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!!! :)
Kaleb-ben-Jose Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
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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. 
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!
Storm-Song Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
beautiful .......... 
lietuwis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
isnt it photomanipulation? good work anyways
LeahLovesNature Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
This is amazing!
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so wonderful. I can feel the magic about to unfold.
ACStrider Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You took the words right out of my mouth! Well done. 
mleonow Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
astroscion Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
lucyeleanora Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Thats so beautiful and a wonderful homage!
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
zecketo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist
O..M..G...   I think I'm going to cry :') its so beautiful ... 
TedNuki Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! Such a wonderful rendition of a beautiful painting! Just as beautiful as the first!
marlborored24 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Filmographer
this one really amazing. wonder will be incredible if have this print in your house.
Lyf-Cam Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent interpretation of how it would have looked to Vince when he started painting it.  I love it.  You have this deviant's :+fav:, fantastic job!
compassrosedesign Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Utterly breathtaking...
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student General Artist
very cool! :)
Thebadbadger Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
This made me tear up. I'm sure he would be so honored to be the inspiration for this.
Niel-WM Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
As a fellow Van Gogh fanatic, this is a really amazing concept. We look at these amazing landscapes by artists like Van Gogh, Monet, and Renoir, and forget that they were looking at the same reality that we see everyday. Van Gogh was able to so perfectly reflect his deepest inward feelings into how he perceived his world. A true artist.
momifox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Starry Night is my favorite Van Gogh. Thanks for the addition. You did him great justice; fabulous work!
jazzart47 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Even though we cannot know what the sky really looked like when he was painting, this is a wondrous interpretation of what it might have looked like to him. Bravo, amazing concept and even more amazing composition.
chico51 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
This is crazy good, and totally mesmorizing
CarrierNovels Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"Looking at the stars always makes me dream. Why, I ask myself, shouldn't the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? Just as we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star." —Vincent Van Gogh

An absolutely stunning piece. I am utterly in awe. Clap 
AJKline Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the most beautiful paintings I have ever seen. Nice work.
technocultivator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Writer
This is-this is- wow.

You, my good internetian person, deserve a medal. :iconmedalplz:
ArtsyAica Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is just beautiful. The concept and artwork itself, its all beautiful.
marphilhearts Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the most beautiful paintings I have ever seen!
brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful and wonderful. I love the background, and the amount of awe that you fit into Van Gogh's body language in the corner there. I absolutely love this!
jjwestie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
where is the original???  I would love to see this in person!!! 
jjwestie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
My apologies that I didn't properly read the description prior to posting my comment... I see now that it was created in photoshop meaning there isn't exactly an "original" to see... It is truly one of the most beautiful things that I have seen in a long time and I guess I just got a little too excited to read carefully. Again, my sincerest apologies! 
ChelseaHantken Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I knew what this was about before I saw the title... this is amazing. Brought a tear to my eye :clap:
paintingofthevoice Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This blew me away. Even if I hadn't known it was a rendition of Starry Night, it's still beautiful.
MishkaJaeger Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
This made me smile broadly. I love Van Gogh too. I love your imagining of this scene.
sadsaque Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Brilliant. Beautiful! You're a genius.
Spartanx09 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
This is gorgeous I would think Van Gogh would be happy to see this painting from another angle. U did just what he did everytime u look at it u can come up with a new story for it. 
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