If you go over to Renderosity, you can check out my gallery there and get a big dose of space scenes.
I started compiling the list of tricks I’ve cooked up for space scenes and actually started writing it all down. When it got to be 10 pages long, I decided that maybe I should break it up a bit. The section on building star fields was a few pages in itself. That didn’t start to cover planets, nebula, individual stars and sun effects.
I FINALLY figured a way to have a star field in a scene with a bi-gradient in the backdrop for GI lighting and black space (that took forever to cheat that one out). Now I can do full animations in one single render with a full blown star field and GI. No more rendering the backdrop separate.
My biggest issue is if I were to crunch together such a tutorial (written tutorial), the question is how to present it? I would prefer c3dexpo again. What other options are practical?