Impression of a Three Armed Spiral (2015)

An illustration of a three armed galaxy based on a real one only visible as a faint fuzzy in the background of one of Hubble’s images. The original Hubble image of the galaxy looks like this. We might never see a better picture of it and I wanted to try an illustration. I used textures and other background galaxies from the dataset of MCG+07-33-027. Many small details were hand painted, such as the little pink clouds of H-alpha.