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Here is an explosion tutorial as Leth requested, although I don't think I'm so good at explosions that I can teach how to draw them... But I can teach some of the principles behind them!

But the best thing to do is really to watch video of explosions. (Some links are supplied in the Flash)

Edit: I just learned that "flame" explosions are officially called BLEVEs (pronounced "blev-ee"), or Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosions. You can look up this term on youtube to see a bunch of them!

Additionally, a deviant named ~ProfessorDoom has commented about the collapsing of the mystery of gamma ray bursters (pun intended):
"The core of the hypernova collapses directly into a black hole and two extremely energetic jets of plasma are emitted from its rotational poles at nearly the speed of light. These jets emit intense gamma rays, and are a candidate explanation for gamma ray bursts. In recent years a great deal of observational data on gamma ray bursts significantly increased our understanding of these events, and made clear that the collapse model produces explosions that differ only in detail from more or less ordinary supernovae. Nevertheless, they continue to sometimes be referred to in the literature as hypernovae. The word hypernova itself was coined by S.E. Woosley. [link] " Check the link for more information!
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~linzer-torte thinks that "Explosion basics tutorial by ~zack-sr is an AWESOME tutorial about "how to draw explosions." It goes really in depth about the physics and chemistry of different types of explosions, outlines different techniques on observing and rendering explosions, and does it all in a very easy to read and comprehensible way." ( Suggested by linzer-torte and Featured by bleedsopretty )
LightlyBow Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student
Thanks man! This tutorial really helps!
GiromCalica Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, grenades do that even with the atmosphere. My bad.
GiromCalica Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In space, the heat of a fire will not rise up because of the lack of gravity. It will just spread out, searching for oxygen. So therefore, the explosion would NOT be red, but instead, blue and spherical. Not gonna happen in a vacuum, though, due to lack of oxygen (for dynamites, regular fireworks, etc.), but pressure from the interior (e.g. grenade) would create either a visible or invisible burst, depending on wavelength, sending shrapnel all over the place.
Vinyoli Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
You are a Genius!
DarknessisokxD Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
ITS A GIANT MUSHROOM maybe its frendly >.>
silver-bluewind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I learned more about explosions in the few minutes I spent on this than I probably ever will for the rest of my life.
ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
:iconexplodingplz: :iconexplodingplz: I am in heaven. :iconexplodingplz: :iconexplodingplz:
SakuraNights Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very informative, I learned something new! :D Thanks a bunch for this, I will use it well!
TheButtfish Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist
A BLEVE is when pressurized fluid such as steam or refrigerant rapidly escapes its container. The youtube videos are incorrectly labeled.
zack-sr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Is BLEVE an acronym?
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