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    Valkyrie Imperiled - second in series (@ end of page)

    Valkyrie Imperiled - second in series (@ end of page)

    Valkyrie Ascending

    She found him on the field of battle, in the thin fog and damp grey stillness of
    the morning, still clinging weakly to life amid the mire and blood and remains
    of his foes. She gathered him into her arms, held him as she often did beside
    their hearth.

    He had been a good husband, a good father, but a magnificent warrior. Five
    enemies dead at his hand; Father Wotan must surely reward such valor!
    Surely he would send a Valkyrie for this man she loved, that he may live on
    in glorious Valhalla!

    She felt his last breath, passing over and through her like the clean, clear
    breezes of the fjords, but, strangely, with a tang of regret, that pulled at her
    heart like nothing ever had, and might never again.

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    the third concept that sloshed outta my mind for the Gods at War Thunderdome, now prepping for a battle royal in the Arena.

    hope you enjoy!


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    i really like the painting, the valkirie is darn sexy..

    if i may suggest , you could improve it by making the valkirie and soul slightly transparent, and also blur the image un the clouds.. blend it abit more with them.

    cheers.

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    Maybe you don't need to make the whole valkirie transparent, only the feets just to show that she's not walking on the composition, the other poeple in the ground in the lower part are a little to stiking out. Maybe you only need dead corpses to let the Valkirie be the focus of the image, nice work.
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    I'm loving the historical look of the piece, masque. Biblical even!
    It is a beautiful piece and I have no complain other than
    the background face, and the main figures, and the two sitted figures on the foreground all being mildly too centered.

    The sexiness of her rare bottom will haunt my dream forever ahhh

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    benkashmir - thanks! sexy was definitely a goal but not blatantly so. glad it works that way. re: transparency and souls -- see below. and i wanted the Odin-figure to stay strong, he's a very testosteronish kind of god, very much the archetypal patriarch. appreciate the comment, though.

    Rizo -- thank you, too! see tranparency info below. and i had a specific story to tell here that demanded the woman and her man in "pieta" pose. it made the composition trickier, but that's the challenge, eh? you oughtta see what i didn't do.

    davekang -- your comment is the kind of remark another artist strives for! may your dreams all be pleasant! and yes, the composition strains some rules, but there's a subtle flow there that i didn't feel i could accomplish with someting less symmetrical. very pleased you like it!

    some more eye candy -- these details are at the file working size:

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    re: transparency and such: Valkyrie are not spirits, ghosts or incorproreal beings, though they are supernatural. they are in fact bichen femme fighters, as well as gatherers of valorous warriors. she needed to be eminently solid. and the warrior's soul is not collected -- he's awarded an actual place in the ranks of fighters for Odin in Valhalla, where battles are fought continuously and wounds repaired overnight for more fun & games the next day. the ultimate in immersive gaming, you might say .

    so the task was show this AND the warrior's earthly body all in one pic. i opted for a very subtle approach, just a slight feathering of her visible foot, and a scumbly connection between the man and his new unearthly form. that, plus the unique perspective the Valkyrie and warrior have compared to the earthly scene -- very intentional, that.

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    Another amazing piece by masque!!!

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    Valkyrie ass-ending...

    Sorry. Couldn't help myself. Not a comment about the piece, which is lovely and heartbreaking. Just infantile wordplay.

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    LOL! wish i'd'a thunk of it, Nathan

    and thanks!

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    man, this is really good. It just really evokes this feeling of sadness like hes being taken off to heaven or something. It makes you want to care for the people. I think you've managed to put more feeling into this than most big movies.

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    I think it looks great and I love this lovely, slightly rough textures of strokes. Looks more like a colored drawing and I personally like this style very much.
    Everything is beautiful, colors, faces, figures, mud, everything.
    Crits. Valkyrie's behind is domineering way too much, IMO, the lightest value, round forms and all that. That puts me into a playful mood. and it seems not only me. Are you OK with this outcome?
    Another thing. I wish you added some canvas and landscape accordingly to the image from my left, this will put two main characters right into center of picture and after that we all will live in a peeeeerfect haaaarmonyiii.
    If the picture is too symmetrical and balanced for you after this manipulation add some asymmetrical details to one side. This is just a suggestion. Right now my eyes go behind those two to horizon, not at them, because center of the action displaced from a center of the page.

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    "Valkyrie shot the food!"

    Nice piece. My only crit is that the guy in the clouds (Thor?) doesn't look like he's wearing a helmet. It looks like one of those explorer hats. Other than that I like it a lot.

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    Justin O -- thank you sir! i kind of amazed myself a bit with this one as well, really a level up for me. hope to be able to stay with it, too.

    NathanLong -- just what this forum needs, another wiseacre (really, we do ). thanks for the compliment, it's good to know a little emo isn't taboo.

    ElvisMcVegas -- glad you were moved by the story. you might be interested to know that one of the sparks for it was the Karl Urban scene after the battle of Pellinor Fields, when Eomer finds the fallen Eowyn (Return of the King). the second-best acting in the whole trilogy, imo -- first was Elijah Woods' parting glance and nod as he left for the Grey Havens.

    Sve -- you know you own a part of this work, don't you, dear? can't say enough about how much i value all your insights. and yes, i knew her derriere was a focal point, and to a large degree that is very intentional. it's a bit of both a nod to and a reaction to the large amount of femme flesh that gets portrayed on this site. a nod in that its another piece of feminine eye candy, but a reaction also in that it draws the viewer into the pic and then, then, they find the real story, the story that isn't about big butts, or even Valkyrie. like a carny barker, i used what is a bit of a CA cliche to hook their eyes, and maybe, just maybe, engage their hearts.

    hokey? a little, maybe, but i think the other qualities of the pic save it from that. a wee bit manipulative? you betcha! but not with ill intent; rather, to make the point that there are prices to be paid for glory, that can be seen once you look past the obvious.

    compositionally, i will say i tried a number of other arrangements and major and subtle shifts, and this seemed to work best for the elements i'm using. not a defense, just to let you know i did explore a bit.

    thank you again for all the help your eyes and mind have given. i treasure it.

    jfwalls -- glad you enjoy it, thanks for lookin' in. the god figure is Father Wotan, aka Odin, head mucky-muck in Valhalla, and one of his attributes is that he often walks the world in a wide-brimmed hat as a sort of disguise. a bit esoteric, maybe, but i wanted him to seem more compassionate than warlike in this context, hence the choice.

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    Valkyrie Ascending -- now updated with the second in a series!
    ArmaRagnaGeddonRock-yer-Yuga! -- celeztial shitz 'n' gigglez
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    You have made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. This is powerful stuff. Thank you.

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