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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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    I really like this, the whole atomasphere and the use of color.

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    Fuck yeah!

    i didn't even think of Barlowe, and still don't see the connection (maybe I haven't seen enough of his work),

    THIS is a very fine piece on all levels, please don't hurry too quickly back to mechanical works, real beauty is in life, (and besides there's too much industrial stuff knocking around these walls)

    the only thing I would mention is the strange body harness the squidlike creature is wearing, it looks like a saddle, - these beings look too free to be wrangled, and don't even belong in the same universe as humans, - i'd lose the saddle-object.
    But it's a visionary painting, from a visionary mind, I'm not going to analyse it too much, there's plenty of mileage in it's mystery
    thank you!

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    This is really very inspiring. Wonderfull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungus View Post
    i'd lose the saddle-object.
    Actually the saddle is a water harness. Free water is hard for these beings to come by so they carry it in silk bags when they go on long journeys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moai View Post
    Edit: Another tangent. The rearmost critter's tail ends right at the rear sentient's wing.
    Fixed, thanks.

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    absolutely awesome. great atmosphere, awesome concecpts and smooth composition.

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    fantastic work. truly inspiring

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    I personally am a big fan of such concepts..
    and this one IS a very well executed concept.. My only crit would be that crop is some how not working ...I mean the over all composition of the pic Demands that you show more open space on the sides.. those creature at the top going out of the frame are also adding to the subtle confusion that the crop is creating.. I hope I made my point well...

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    Speaking as a very big fan of Barlowe's work, I'm loving this. And I think the structure in the background is inspired. There is so much story and background potential in this piece, just based on the few snippett's of detail you included

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    man its like they are snapped with an impossible camera.
    no real crits here , only i'd work on the clouds if anything, the creatures are perfectly done.

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    A class bit of art there.

    The creatures are superb in concept and execution. The colours are fantastic and I actually like the clouds. They are set back and give the bigger feeling of depth to the triangular thing (what is it??) at the back.

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    Thumbs up

    Very nice work indeed! I especially love all the different shades of blue, as that's my favorite color!

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    REALLY beautiful work, simply amazing, I'd love to see more!

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    Excellent work!!

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    sweet work, love the softness of the clouds and the design's of the creatures.
    Just wondering, I noticed you're living in Aus, what state may I ask?

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    nice colors. The picture is suberb!

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