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    The Shadow of the Sun

    Life forms evolved for microgravity.

    Two sentients shepherd a trio of flying life forms, who have angled their bodies towards the 'sun' for warmth.

    In the far distance the forms of vast structures fill the sky.

    No sentient living here has yet discovered their true nature.

    Worked in Photoshop only over about a week. It was fun to work on.

    Enjoy.
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    This came out great.
    I know it's hard, because he does this stuff better than most anybody else, but I'd like to see you try a piece that's as non-Barlowe as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I'd like to see you try a piece that's as non-Barlowe as possible.
    So would I. I will rework the drifting creatures; they are far too derivative.
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    I love this. Great work.
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    Totally awesome. The giant tripod thing in the BG is giving me shivers.

    I disagree with Elwell re: Barlowe - not because I don't see the strong influence, but because I think you may have surpassed him. Once you're in the lead, you're no longer an imitator, you're a mannerist Chiaroscuro didn't die with Leonardo.

    I would, however, really like to see more of your hardware. the Machanical stuff on your homepage kicks all kinds of ass.
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    Amazing...color and composition are fantastic. I want to see more now. Thanks.

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    Soft, sweet, great.
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    It's always an absolute treat to stumble onto one of your threads. Your creatures are always so well-designed, so interesting, so plausible. The rendering is pretty much perfect, and the composition is very good. The description is also quite intriguing.
    My only crit for this piece is that the nearer sentient's wings are almost touching the top of the picture frame, creating a bit of an awkward tangent.
    Also, on you and Wayne Barlowe: the comparison is inevitable, since both you and he specialize in creating very non-earthlike but very plausible alien lifeforms. However, I think your style and your creatures are very much your own. Those complex mouthparts that you enjoy so much and the types of limbs that you give your creatures are very non-Barlowe, and your rendering style is much smoother and less granular than his. These three floating lifeforms that you have here are somewhat reminiscent of Barlowe's floaters and flyers, but they're the exception. And you'll change those anyway, since you change your colors, compositions, and designs fifty times over the course of each painting anyways. Your willingness to change is quite admirable.

    Edit: Another tangent. The rearmost critter's tail ends right at the rear sentient's wing.
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    Do the sentients have the digital dexterity to make and put on the packs they're wearing? Do their mandibles serve them as arms and fingers?
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    thats awesome!
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    breathtaking
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    Well, I love the Barlowe vibe, and I agree Moai's comments. I can see quite an improvement in skills since the last one I saw in 2006 (the one with the creature standing in a river looking at a guy in a space suit).

    This new piece is so much smoother and the colours are really nice. This has a much more professional feel to it.
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    I don't think you have to redo this. The influence is unmistakable, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I do think you should consciously work on expanding your visual vocabulary. The best way to do this is the way Barlowe himself did, by extensively studying real creatures (his parents were natural history illustrators).

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