StarfieldsSo I've noticed recently that a lot of artists have different appearances and techniques for the star fields they provide- Hand-painted, textures, noise filter, or other. Regardless of the method, its the content and quality of the field that counts.Starfields by arisechicken117
Many artists have a genre or a scheme they are shooting for in a piece. For example: Dark images that are planetary focuses and what not. But what they tend to do then, is just throw stars in the background to add that last "feel" for realism. This should NEVER be the case. Many space artists don't realize (at least in my mind) that no matter what you are perceiving in the image, stars are a KEY aspect.
A good starfield will ultimately define the mood and depth of your image. Even the amount of stars will show the viewer if you are closer to a saturated nebula, the galactic core, or farther away towards the rim. I also see a lot of heavy saturation of stars in bright images. The brighter the image, the less stars you should see.