I'm new here and this is my first post. :) I thought the contest was pretty challenging and I really want to get better at this. However, I don't expect to win anything, especially after seeing the first couple of wips from the other guys, so I only take part for fun.
This is what I got after the first couple of hours. I think I'll have to rework some of the clouds and refine the painting as it really looks messy right now. Of course lighting and color values are all over the place as well. The original concept is just there as a place holder for the planet.
I guess I also got the basic shape of the clouds wrong, did I?