As the title says, this was the third nebula I ever painted. I was ready to give up before I made this one, because the first two were so awful, but this came out much better. I kept working in photoshop, trying desperately to make the painting look like an actual region of space. For an early attempt, it's quite good and I am proud of it now.
I have been trying to organize my work into a more coherent file system, and so I get to revisit a lot of my older stuff. Lately, I've been daunted by the idea of starting yet another new thing, so it's good to get some perspective. There was a time when all of this was new to me, and I still went forward.
As I mentioned previously, I'd like to do more. Right now the best evolution for my space art feels like learning to be more technically precise and getting into using Bryce, which I downloaded some time ago. Recently, I've tried doing some illustration work in a commercial capacity and while I wouldn't say it was a complete failure, I certainly learned a lot about what kind of work I do and don't enjoy creating.
My space art needs to veer off into the more accurate, scientific and detailed work that I admire. While retaining an element of fantasy is practically guaranteed in the genre, I would enjoy making art for textbooks, journals and concepts based in fact more than pure fantasy. I like the illustrations in old biology books and the like, and want to create more with that inspiration.
It's good to have direction when you're out in space.