I decided to do a pretty ambitious but light-hearted picture of space terrariums with an attending spacecraft, as well as an artificial sun. I started Thursday, August 29, and am now pretty much finished.
Here is the rough pencil idea:
I will post more images of the many elements that went into this.
Gold fish bowl detail, with Sea Monkeys (brine shrimp)for food:
Space Bird plane with chimpanzee pilot:
Sea monkey overkill:
I wish the chimp pilot showed better — handsome fellow (or lady, can't tell).
The terrarium/aquarium pebbles were taken from another image where I had created rock textures (see An Unfortunate Discovery), and isolated bits with a mask and a layer effect to create highlights and shadows. Those layer effects take a lot of trial and error to get then to work, but it can be worth it.