I spent tonight trying to create a freehand version of a photoshop super nova. After striking out on several different approaches, I think I hit on a way to at least come close to a facsimile. The formula needs some refining, but I think it will work out. I managed to get one ray of light completed before calling it a night. As a reminder, this super nova deal is only part of the background of a cartoon I am working on. I don't want to show the whole project in fear of revealing the theme or more appropriately the punch-line.