Playing with gas this week has been quite a bit of fun. While I have to admit I was tempted to just make a gas giant texture, smack it on a sphere and call it done, it just didn't feel right to have such a beautiful thing be so static. So on went the thinking cap on how I could make a gas giant the way they were meant to be seen -- with flowing bands of gaseous awesomeness.
The goal for StarDiver has been to create procedural systems that can be reused to make a variety of similar things. Gas Giants are no exception. We have tweaked the system to be able to kick out a mind boggling array of different looking gas behemoths.
I've included a couple of stills to see the generation system making quite different looks, but please watch the video to see the gaseous bands flow. It is mesmerizing.