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    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae
    thanks to Slash for the topic


    The winner of the EOW#50 The Architects house was yANimator! congratulations


    For this Challenge we Had 20 images started 18 going to poll. There were some incredibly promising starts that unfortunately didn't get finished. If it said WIP on it or was obviosly unfinished I din't take it to poll.. and if there was no description I didn't take it to poll. I specifically stated, several times, description required!

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    Eow 51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae

    Prepsage

    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)


    Concept: In the distant future, when man no longer exists, his creations live on. Through periods of purging what was deemed "unnecessary information," the memories of man were forever lost. This lone robot, charting a breakage in a remote sector, finds the remains of an ancient civilization long forgotten. A strange string of code floods its memory.... (To be continued)

    Einen

    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    Masmo Galactic disappeared as suddenly as he had arrived, but the memory of him was forever cherished on the planet of the little tin-men. In a sacred grove the divine robot's statue was risen, echoing his words: "Hey, let's order pizza for breakfast!"

    Flashrabbit

    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    Ages ago, these giant robots roamed free on our planet.
    Nobody knows why they were built, or by whom.

    Light streamed down upon us from the sky.
    Big glowing eyes that were visable from between the clouds.

    Sometimes at night, one would mistake the eyes for stars.
    Many sailers went off course and shipwrecked or worse.

    That was all a very long time ago...
    Now with their heads just poking up from the ground, they serve as
    ceremonial burial ground for the few of us that survived.

    Along several levels like an labyrinth stretching 50 floors down into the soil.
    A rythmic buzzing noise from old electronic parts and vague drips from the water running down the passways.
    The only sounds in a surreal charcoal black surrounding that's audible.

    A sleeping place filled with corpses.

    Chaosrocks
    The Sacred Grove of the Machinae
    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    When the holy anaccronists took over the government the first thing the father/preacher/prophets did was destroy all the machines. These unholy abominations were strung up in trees as a tribute to the Holy Anacron. After many decades these hanging gardens of Machines became shrines and pilgrims came to worship at the martyrs feet and hear the wisdom of Oracles that still issued from these tormented electronic brains

    Yoitisi

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    Sacred Grove of the Machinae

    Once in their lifecycle, all androids and robot of any sort return to their place of 'birth', the factory. The reason why is not known, even when an android is built without a self-operating brain or self-conscious it will do this. Scientists have so far been unable to provided an answer, but it is commonly believed that it has something to do with the robots having some sort of religion. Therefore, android production plants have gotten the name 'sacred grove' after old human religious customs. This production plant, owned by the Sirius Cybernatic Corp. is even mockingly build to resemble trees.

    ATAnderson
    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    I knew they had noticed me a while back but they were remaining passive for the time being, besides which I had come too far to care. All these years of searching, all this time, I was here.... no program could have been written to create this, it couldn't be the work of a machine, but it was. There was no other explanation, all the myths, all the fokelore; eliminated, forever.

    Masque
    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    The journey is long and trying, but all Nanoans must make this pilgrimage once in their alotted term. Across the Oxide Desert, to the GaAs Grove, wherein stands the Arc of the Eternal Flame, our holiest of holies, everbright symbol of the universal motive force. All praise the Lektraan!

    Sozo
    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)
    The Sacred Grove of the Machinae is a mysterious collection of mechanical pillars spread about the southwest region of the Yulo Desert. Discovered by The Order of the Desert Tribesman, the grove is a physical testament to the unknown forces that inhabit the universe. Nobody knows who created the mechanical pillars or what their purpose is, but to the Desert Tribe it is a precious relic which they have guarded for more than three centuries.

    Edujante
    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    Robots around the world peregrinnated to the woody "key" allen creep. It was the first robot to do existencialism movies. Some robots apreciated so hard how usefull was watch allen movies, they learn how to feel, how to be depress, how much to pay to a robot prostitute...etc...

    Theo
    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    As the full moon rose once again over the wood of Orr, the priests looked to the north... and knew it was time for another sacrifice. The machinae demanded offerings. But this months booty was a fine prize! It was a solid core of hicorian alloys found during recent excavations.

    The spirits of the grove would be satisfied for sure!

    Hunger Artist
    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)
    a lone angel watches over the gear graves. The hallowed ground of the final battle against the machines

    Vantrum
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    The Sacred Grove of the Machines --

    The forest had grown old and the trees tapped dry. A once sacred grove to the machines is now just a fossil from a forgotten time.

    Noserialtrainnly

    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    When we first arrived on the planet the Machinae were one of the first wonders we came across. My crew and I originally believed they were animals of some kind, but on closer inspection their crystalline structure seemed to show that they had in fact been created, they were machines. 14 days in from our arrival the Machinae disappeared east. I sent a group to follow them and they reported that from all over the planet the Machines had gathered in an area of dense vegetation for some unknown purpose. After a single day they returned to their original locations. This occcurance continued throughout the following months and we discovered little of their motives and aims. Whether they were waiting for their masters to return after thousands of years, or a derangement in their programming had caused their behaviour, we did not know.


    Moai
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    Description:
    It had been three days since Nezzax had entered the Grove. Three wandering, confounding days. At first, Nezzax was taken aback by the uneven surfaces of the grove, baffled by its irregular textures and inconsistent noises, almost offended by its overt lack of order and designed ease of use. Temperature and humidity shifted constantly, requiring near constant recalibrations of inner metabolisms. What, he wondered, was so sacred about this place? It, more clearly than anything he had ever experienced, explained the necessity of The Change. How could anything have ever been accomplished in such a world as this? There were no set schedules, no regulations, no stable itineraries. It was chaos. It was a wonder that civilization had progressed to such a point to make an endeavor such as The Change possible, having to deal with such uncontrollable variables at all times. Why had the Primaries decided to keep this one last pocket of irregularity? Nezzax supposed it was kept to illustrate the necessity of the Primaries' actions, oft criticized for their extreme strictness. The Primaries were wise, for there could be no greater argument in favor of their cause than nature itself!
    At the beginning of his third day, though, Nezzax found himself inexplicably softening to this place. The structured regimens of the outside seemed farther away, and the unorganized flows of the Grove began to seem more commonplace. Nezzax suddenly had a strange, but nonetheless undeniable, thought that he was coming home for the first time.
    On his fourth day Nezzax approached the center of the Grove. Mists crawled between the sinuous trees, and mounds of rock, rounded with time, loomed from the underbrush. Nezzax knew that that as he neared the innermost parts of the grove, he approached revelation. He also, perhaps, approached his doom. For within the nucleus of the Grove dwelt the most chaotic, and most dangerous, relics of the pre-Change age. And as he neared the crest of a large boulder, he saw it. It was something so simple, yet at the same time utterly incomprehensible. It was a small pile of boulders which mimicked the shape of the huge mounds of rock on which Nezzax stood. Parts of it were colored, but not by nature. A hand put those markings on those rocks, and a mind conceived those blue shapes. Why? What was the purpose of changing the colors of those objects? Nezzax's neurons reeled with confusion more profound than any he'd yet experienced in the Grove. He'd heard of this before, yet he'd never before grasped the enormity of the concept concealed here within the Grove. Those markings were of the thing called Art.
    When Nezzax noticed the robot crania on poles on either side of the rock Art-thing, his confusion turned into another, equally powerful emotion: fear. Only half of those who ventured into the Grove returned, for the shadow-beings known as the Artists still lurked there. Yet Nezzax had to go on. He had to solve the mystery of this thing called Art, for himself and for all Machine-kind. Gripping his staff tighter, Nezzax moved deeper into the heart of the Grove.

    R13
    EOW#51 The Sacred Grove of the Machinae POLL (really!)

    Long after the people had forgotten the wonders of old world, now burned to ash, the Machinae still gathered before their idol in the sacred grove. Over the years their numbers had diminished, but their resolve remained. The men of old had become godlike before their fall, surely men could become so again.

    Flip McGee

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    The machinae, to atone for past imperfections, go on a pilgrimage before their batteries expire. They travel far and face numerous challenges as they home in on the invisible beacon of their Sacred Grove. After reaching their destination...

    They die.

    Beelow
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    The place where people come and worship within the depths of the woods the great tree stands tall. Within the tree a holy city is visited by many as a temple of worship.

    ArtZealot
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    The lone engineer devoted his entire life to create the perfect machine. Little did the man know that his discovery that one spring morning would justify an entire life devoted to science. Sadly, the aging mechanic will not live to see any appreciation for his work. Three years after his death, however, every man, woman, and child will know of his discovery. The world will drastically change for the better because of him and his name will be known by all for eons to come in an area that will forever be known as the grove of the machines.


    Chanin—wip.. needs more refinement

    Almost rejected
    Noserialtrainly—your piece is very very rough.. but I liked the story adnyou obviously thought about it..I cut you some slack cause its your first post. don’t expect it to happen again
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    That's more like it.
    Garr...my piece seems so light and pale compared to all the other ones.
    Anyway, my vote is probably going to go to ATAnderson. There are some issues that I'll go into when I do my mass critique, but overall I think it impresses me the most out of all the entries.
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    Moai: thats since you havent got a foreground man! Gotta have foreground to have depth! its all thats missing from making it an awesome piece!
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    vote went to Theo, but einen, sozo and R13 also impressed me. many good renderings among the remainder but often what was depicted was imo pretty much just the expected, not a lot in either concept or visual to make any stand out.
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    Mines is going to... *tough decision**closes eyes and puts finger on screen* Theo! ATanderson did an impressive job. others were Einen and Hungerartist.
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    This is mighty hard. I'm not voting yet. I'll give it a day or so.

    On a side note: Am I the only one who noticed that both yoitisi and Sozo wrote "CoW #51" instead of "EoW #51"? ^^
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    Great work fellas! I loved both Masques and ATAnderssons pics but my vote went for vantrum. I love the mood in that piece. yummmmmalicious. Theres somethin about those colors...

    Here come the massive roll of crits. CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!1111 ! 1

    Prepsage: Separate your foreground and middleground with differentiation in values!

    einen: Your backdrop couldve used further detailing, its rather blurry and sudden. I LOVE the colors in the entire piece though! yum! Youre foreground is perhaps a bit too black.

    Flashrabbit: Squint and you will find that your main focal points are the trees in the foreground, and not where you might have preferred it, on the deer, or the derelict statue. This is caused by high value contrast between the trees and sky. And low value action in the interesting region.

    chaosrocks: the black outlines on the robots are really hurting my eyes, they look as if a part of some line sketch still remains and youve missed to paint over it. Try to shape them as you have with the trees, with volumes, instead of lines. I really like the idea btw. Also, the fire is still as dark in value as the ground. still a big nono.

    Yoitisi: Hmm I think I would have made the entire foreground less highlighted, and made the "techtree" the actual middleground with nice midtones, lifting it out from the horizon and made the backdrop, the actual backdrop. As it is now you have but two layers. Dividing it into three will add depth, trust me! Really like this idea too. cool concept.

    ATAnderson: Taken from the other thread: Damn I say those colors are to diiiiiieeeee for. your lights and shadows are gorgeous.. mmmmmmm. To crit the piece tho I'd say the composition seems quite rushed. My eyes go allover the place and find no proper place to rest. Youv'e got lots of lines leading to lots of places and its all a bit of a jungle of details. I guess time is more or less up now, but for your next piece, I would like to see a less messy composition. (I have seen lots of your other art and it is a common problem among your environments, however awesome the shapes and colors may be) I hope you dont take this crit too harshly, I have the fattest respect for your art. I am merely pointing out that which needs to be said.

    Masque: I love the entire thing It looks sooooooo retro scifi, and that kunda stuff always works with me. However it doesnt matter if the filter is canned or not, no matter how fancy words you use. The picture is screaming FILTERRRrr, and it screams so loud in fact, that it is , sometimes when I look on it, all I see. In short, I believe it suffers from it. Great piece nonetheless, and awesome take on the subject!

    Sozo: All you gotta do is skew your perspective a bit and work on the depth, and tada you would have an AWESOME piece! But now, its flat and bent. doesnt work this way. sorry!

    Edujante: The woody allen thing is no doubts funny, but it screams: "I didnt know what to do with my piece so I put a funny guys head on the top of my temple!".. sorry but I liked it allot better with the text The large tree wich is in the foreground and nearly in the middle divides the picture in two pieces btw, this is never a good thing.

    theo: (Yes, im critting my own piece) Great atmosphere and depth. The piece suffers from being violently under-detailed though. It no doubts needs tasty little gadgets for the eyes to rest on once the "ohh" has faded. Also, the scale of the backdrop is incredibly hard to read. bad.

    Hunger artist: Your piece suffers and gleams on more or less the exact same things as mine (read above)

    Vantrum: I liked your idea and mood so much, you got my vote. However I still find the foreground a bit distracting. But the colors and temperature in this piece are just amazing. The whole scene just screams of warmth and coziness in a fresh way. neato! Also I like your "tapping of trees" thing... I find the composition a bit boring tho, having neat stuff in the center is a cheap trick and the effect only works for a couple of seconds!

    Noserialtrainnly: Dont use absolute blacks anywhere! Especially not in your backdrop! This image needs heavy defining. Also, there is no proper foreground. the light on those green things, is nevertheless, quite convinging.

    Moai: I love this piece but as I said previousely, an environment without a foreground, especially a jungle scene, is not a properly done environment. It is all you are missing! You will have so much more depth if you try and layer it out.... I loved your little story btw.

    R13: Very solid piece. I think theres a bit too much going on in the piece though. And no matter how much I love foreground elements, I cant say I think that huge rod that divides the screen is a good choice. I would move it to the left.

    Flip McGee: Dont get lost in the 3d swamp! sketch man sketch!

    beelow: Taken from the other post: Good work! Nice take on the topic! The rocky mountain could fade better with the distance though.

    ArtZealot: Taken from the other post: I like what you got going but you need to separate your layers of depth better. Right now all the trees have the same values and colors which realllly kills the depth. You need to work on this. It is all that is stopping this piece from being really awesome. To simplify things, try and think of your image split up in three layers. a foreground, a middleground and a background.
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    Einen: Cow instead of Eow, you're damn right. I guess I should take a rest from Cow before I start seeing it everywhere

    Theo: Thanks, I really need to stretch my enviromuscles I guess. I know I can do better . I was strugling with the depth all through the proces, I dunno why actually. Maybe I should return to my traditional media or get a grip on my digital painting process or something...damn.

    As for comments, Theo already said most and I already left some comments in the contestthread Nice work everyone, can't be said too often.

    Edit: Voted for Vantrum, basicly because I really dig the style and colors. Theo and ATAnderson were close though.
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    Thanks for the critique, Theo. I tried to make the area with the little rock totem the foreground. How would you suggest that I make that more clearly the foreground? Darken the values, maybe?
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    Moai: A good way to get a new view of your own piece is by viewing it in b&w only. This way you can easily check if your tones are right. In your case it might be helpfull theres very little difference in tones left and right, and the bg is marginally less dark. Also, to show one object is in front of another it really helps to draw the front one over the one in the back. In your piece this doesn't happen, the two rocks on both sides stand alone.
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    Theo: Your crit is spot-on. I really don't draw enviros that much, and even here I focused on the statue and neglected the surroundings, more or less. Learning a lot from EoW though, so I'll bear in mind what you have said. Thanks for your time!

    Even though I told myself NOT to vote for Hunger Artist because it seemed pretty unfinished to me, I still love it, so I did vote for it. Amazing atmosphere. I'd love to visit that place in a game. Close seconds were Theo and ATAnderson. Really high standard this round though.
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    Hey theo i really apreciate your critss!!
    Well, in fact, i wasnt sure about my concept and that night i watched a woody allen s film and i thoought....why not!!damm! lets go to do a tribute to w allen!
    Its true that i lost the sense of my piece...but i thoought taht it would be funny!
    About the center tree i used to emphasyse the temple...may be it has been a bad idea...
    Anyway thanks again...about your pic...i thing is awesome(intention,colour,ambient) but maybe i miss some deep in your main building, it seems a really bit flat.
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    so, Theo, you never use Unsharp Mask? 'cause that's the only "effects" filter used on the piece, and did nothing to create the majority of the image, that's all my own brushwork and various Transform manipulations. it was applied as part of a layering technique at the very end of painting (not directly to the image), to emphasize -- not create -- textures in a way not possible with any brushwork, and to give a unifying visual character to the entire piece. so whether or not it "screams" filter, the image wasn't created by filtration in any fashion, just enhanced in a way that couldn't be painted, in order to achieve a specific look. if you'd like to see the image before applying the finishing effect, i'd be happy to accommodate.

    it's unfortunate when people make assumptions about how an image was created without actually having all the info.

    edit: i also notice that your piece likely uses a textured brush in the clouds, and a foliage brush. custom brushes like this are filters of a sort, in that they control the way the pixels are applied. i really doubt you created the brush textures yourself. i also see that you may have used a motion blur and other blur effects for the reflections in the river. i did create my own texture (using Unsharp Mask on the base image) and applied it overall to my base via layering (Soft Light@60% opacity, to be specific). now if you can use "canned" brush textures and blur filters to achieve a certain effect, why do you imply it's somehow less worthy to create a custom texture and apply it very selectively to achieve a certain effect?

    oh, and, "fancy" words? better file suit against your school system. if i really wanted to bamboozle and obfuscate by exercise of linguistic legerdemain, i'd use such arcane vernacular as to positively discombobulate your fundament!
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