The idea was similar to looking out of a balcony over the ocean, only the ocean is space with a planet and several moons draped in front of a distant nebula.
I hadn't done a sci-fi for a while and had a load of cool stock saved on my laptop.
All done in Painter X with a little help from Photoshop 7, all with a intuos 3.
Special thanks to Eyefeather-Stock for this great portrait, which apparantly hadn't been used yet. [link]
Stock for the gate was [link]
The various planet stocks were[link][link][link][link][link]
Nebula is by [link]
This took 20 hours maybe? Playing with the stock images was a lot of fun. It's always fun drawing people also.