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A Cold Welcome by memod A Cold Welcome by memod
Look at that, he still works digitally as well! :lmao:

This is a rather quick piece that I did this week. Should be about 10 - 11 hours. The whole painting was pretty much there after 7 hours, but I wanted to polish it a bit and add a few details. Whoever coined the phrase that the last 10% of a piece take 90% of the work time, was right on the money.

Anyhow, I hope you guys enjoy it. I got a nice matte print of the 7-hour state in front of me here, and I have to say it looks pretty nice. So treat yourself and check out the print, as soon as it is up! :D


Daniel :heart:
www.dancakes.com
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You feel it all around you, the winter cold is upon you. The sharpening winds of the arctic tundra as it swipes mercilessly across your body, like frozen whips hidden in the icy wind. All you know is that the longer you are out in this hostile environment, the less time you have to live. The snowy landscape slowly begins to blend together about you, as if your walking through a constantly moving illusion or a lucid dream. You are unsure about which direction you should go as everything moves about you like the whirling sands of the desert. Eventually you make your way through the frozen wasteland in order to find something that you could use for shelter. A cave, an overhang, anything to keep the cold, frost encrusted fingers of death that much further from your neck. You know that moving about you is danger around every corner. Wolves, polar bears and various other creatures of the frost are more than ready to make a quick meal out of your cold cut corpse. Eventually, after your many toils and dreads, you manage to come across a settlement nestled within the very lands you've desperately hoped to avoid. A Cold Welcome, created by `memod, shows us such an environment in which survival is your only goal and making it through will never be a simple feat.

As I survey the wasteland in all its frozen glory, I keep finding more and more hidden details within it. The arching in some of the building windows have small patterns that are familiar with this form of architecture. The ice-licked walls of the settlement carry scratches from the powerful winds from the frozen environment. It all adds that slight addition of immersion to the image and further engross the attention of the viewer. The shades of white, gray and light blues perfectly add to the frozen atmosphere that the piece perfectly emulates from real world areas. A clear human and natural touch that really puts all of the compositional pieces together and brings it into a great piece of artwork that mixes natural beauty with human immersion.

One can almost image the icy gales climbing over your body in the frozen wasteland. The sun beating above you, yet it grants no warmth or safety in this harsh land. Snow covers every edge of the land like a pure white blanket has fallen to put the world to bed. You can hear the faint sounds of civilization behind the great stone walls of the settlement, hoping that someone is there that can help you and rather not your imagination playing games with your mind.

As nice as the piece looks, it could still go with a bit of improvement. The piece carries a great amount of potential but it still seems a bit unpolished in places. For instance the background rock face and even the the settlement walls in the lower left corner all carry a look as if they are in an unfinished state. Feel free to touch those elements of the pieces up as they really distract away from the overall beauty of the piece that stands. Another possible improvement could be within the use of minor detailing. As nice as some parts look in the piece (the settlement, the livestock and rock faces etc.), they could still use a bit of finer detailing. As I say to other artists, Do not be afraid to go that extra mile on your pieces. Add smaller details in the walls, create a focal point by perhaps adding a small depth-of-field effect on some of the foreground and background elements. Doing these changes are the formula of easily taking your piece from "good" to "great".

With minor flaws and a great level of potential, A Cold Welcome still grants us a very interesting look into a frozen wonderland that we have eagerly wished to revisit. The design style still looks as well as creating a rather nice portrait style to the piece, and the atmosphere and scaling of the piece still manages to entice viewers into looking deeper. Great work nonetheless `memod! :clap:
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gehco Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Instant Favourite :D
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional
Thank you :D
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ruuk-ve Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey there, Daniel! ^^ I was browsing through the confines of dA's more conceptual-type pieces and I happened across this amazing piece of yours. I have a small general arts group called S.D.G.ART and I would be honored if you were to perhaps join us and let us see some more of your awesome works of art, my friend.

Take care,

~Sage
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional
Thank you so much for the compliments, I am glad you liked my work =] But to be honest I am not joining any groups, I am already not able to keep up with my messages as is, and groups would certainly not help with that :D
Feel free to include my images in the group gallery, whenever I submit anything, but with how little time I find to paint, this happens only ever so often :lol:
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ruuk-ve Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I completely understand, friend. ^^ And, yes, if I see any of your work, I'd be more than just thrilled to have it in our featured folder- I would be enamored. Such beauty- it makes me want to try my hand at painting.. but then I realize that I'm better at writing so I choose to stick to lit'. Regardless, art would not be the same without talented people like yourself, friend. Keep up the good work!
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Great pic! 
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional
Thank you!
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If-not-for-Gravity Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great atmosphere, nice subtle reds
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memod Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional
Thank you so much, James =]
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful. :heart: great details. Just amazing. The perspective looks pretty amazing as well! :la:
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memod Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional
Thanks a lot =] I'm glad you are enjoying it :D
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
:la: :hug:
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Machonis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love blue colour...;)
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :D ..
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Mmmmmmmm...Dear Daniel Alekow-memod
This Wonderful art work ... it's direct in...Action-Portraits
If you don't mind...:heart:...!!!
"This is an invitation to Joint... Just in case if you are not in already ...!!!"
best regards.....................You're most welcome in Action-Portraits...!!! :iconaction-portraits:
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INsAg3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
wow man this is great
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memod Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional
I'm glad you think so :D Love your quote by the way....about the 10.000 ways that won't work :D
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acfred Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Just amazing!! Love your work!
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memod Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional
Thanks, Alex! Glad that you enjoy my work :D
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FengatorMx6 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, perfect depth.
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conniekat8 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
What an amazing work you do... not just this image, but overall. I'm just discovering your gallery here.
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional
That's very sweet of you to say, thanks a lot! :D
It's nice to hear that you're enjoying my work :nod:
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AngelsAthena Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Beautiful. Love the winter effect with the castle. The deer are a nice touch.
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional
Thanks a bunch, I'm glad you like it :D
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zefiraelRain Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty spectacular (:
Nice composition and lighting, and I kinda know what you mean about spending heaps of time polishing a work.
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memod Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional
Hey thanks a lot :D Glad you liked it! And yeah, the polishing definitely takes a good while :lol:
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zefiraelRain Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :3
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work, Daniel!! :clap:
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memod Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional
Thank you :giggle: I'm glad you're enjoying it :D :aww:
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sMuffinLove Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Very pretty! :)
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Gregoria Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Very cool :D The way you have textured the building almost looks reflective, also adds a bit of depth. Love the cold colours, the setting is brilliant, always love your work, fantastic (L)
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memod Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional
Hehe thanks a lot :D Yeah when I painted the buildings, I certainly tried to make them react to the light properly...it's just so much fun to cast light into a scene :D
Glad you liked it! :aww:
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lstjules Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
very nice, I really like it. I like the lighting direction.
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional
thank you :D yeah I had fun playing around with the light :nod: it's always cool to see how it brings a piece to life!
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lstjules Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
so true.
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CainKinris Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is way too cool Dan =) I like how things are more contrasted in the foreground, and how the buildings down the back are sort of set into the mountain :D. I like the bit of purlpe here and there as well :D sweet work! :aww:
Oh and i really like how you have some fine detail in some places and others are really speedy sketched, I just love that and wish I could reflect it in my own work too.

Keep it up =)
Chad.
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional
Hey Chad, thanks a bunch :D Yeah this was quite a fun piece to do, really, and I think I learned a bit about implying detail versus leaving some areas rather rough. And maybe a bit of the fun I had is showing through :D

Thanks! Hope things are going well for you?
Daniel
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing work! Such fantastic detail to the scene. Lovely work with the colours and shadows in the snow. I can even see the footprints from your characters here. I do love the textureal effects as well. Great job
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional
Hey, thank you :cuddle: I'm glad you noticed the details :aww: As fun as they were to put in, it was also a good bit of work :D

Thanks :aww:
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome :)
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graphicspirit Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow, sehr schöne Arbeit! Besonders die Komposition und Lichtstimmung... und die Idee natürlich auch :)
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional
danke dir, Mona! Freut mich sehr, dass dir das so gefällt :hug: Gerade mit der Komposition hab ich lang gehadert, ist schön, dass sie letztendlich doch noch ganz in Ordnung zu sein scheint :D
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AnjaDiPaolo Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wo wir gerade beim Thema Komposition waren; die Komposition von diesem Bild ist ein Traum! Ich finde es wirkt auf den ersten Blick total tief und detailreich aufgrund der Komposition und der Lichtverhältnisse. Ich ziehe wirklich meinen Hut vor Künstlern, wie dir, denen es gelingt mit schnellen Strichen und gezieltem Retouching eine so starke Atmosphäre zu erzielen! Ich versuche mich gerade selbst am Speedpainting, aber von solchen Leistungen bin ich noch weit entfernt. Mein Herr, Sie sehen mich verzückt!
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memod Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional
Hussa, wow, danke dir :lol: Freut mich echt, dass dir das Bild so gut gefällt :nod: Seltsamerweise hab ich gerade mit der Komposition gehadert. Egal was ich gemacht habe, oder ob ich das Bild erweitert habe, es schien immer in der Mitte geteilt. Erst als ich dann die zweite Festung auf der anderen Seite des Flusses hinzugefügt hatte, schien das plötzlich wesentlich besser :D
Ich werde aber auf jeden fall noch öfter üben müssen, das ganze Bild in nur ein paar Stunden rauszuhauen, und dann nur dort Details zu malen, wo sie auch wichtig sind. Aber was du hier siehst sind ja auch ca 10-11 Stunden, das würde ich nicht mehr als Speedpainting bezeichnen :D
Diese helfen aber definitiv richtig viel, kann dir das nur empfehlen :nod:

Danke noch mal, ich freu mich wirklich! :hug:
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mynti Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Seems you're in an icy blue kick too.

Miss ya mister - hope I catch you soon. Til then, I will enjoy your latest.

:hug: I would type more, but my brain is currently not working very efficiently. Forgive me! :glomp:
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memod Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional
Hehe no, not particularly a kick, but yeah I had fun for sure :D I actually drew the initial concept for this half a year ago. That was a super rough marker sketch. Pulled it back out and started from scratch digitally :giggle:

You are forgiven :heart:
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justeline Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Just WOW Daniel! That's just perfect!
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memod Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional
Haha aww, thank you! :heart: That means a lot from you :hug:

How is life treating you? :cuddle:
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justeline Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
:hug: Life's treating me so well I'm starting to worry as to what's the catch! :paranoid:
Hope that's the case with you too! :cuddle:
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional
Haha wow, that does sound good :lol: What is making life so great right now? :cuddle:
And I absolutely hope that there won't be a catch at all! :hug:

For me it is quite good as well, I'm enjoying my internship and I really get to draw a lot, so all is good on that front :D
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