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Star Forming Region

Three young stars embebed in a dense cloud. Watercolor on paper. Daniel Smith Sugilite genuine Primatek ® mineral pigment.

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Stars are born as the gas in space (mainly hydrogen) collapses and starts nuclear fusion. From a single interstellar cloud many stars can form and start to evolve together as part of a cluster or a multiple system. I have been experiment with textures and mineral pigments from Daniel Smith, and I wanted to show a young triplet of stars, still surrounded by the nebula where they where born. This is not a specific deep-space object, it is more a general view of how I think these systems look like.

On the left side, the stars form a triangle, which is a very harmonious geometrical shape. The star on top is more massive, given that is brighter and is clearing out the gas more rapidly. If you zoom in the image you should notice the texture and the granulation patterns that the black pigment creates, letting the blue and purple pigments show in the background. The mineral pigments creates a very subtle glitter effect that appears as minuscule specs, particularly around the top bright star in the triangle.

I also finished the piece with a splatter of white opaque watercolor to simulate a starry sky in the foreground.

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