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Fighting The Mountain by memod Fighting The Mountain by memod
I actually began this piece over two years ago, and then put it aside because I just couldn't get it right and it kept bugging me. So a few days ago I decided to dig it out and finish it. Looks so much better now!

Dedicated to `mynti , who has seen this from the first sketches and always kept nagging me to finish it. Well... I finally got around to it :D

Print will follow on monday...


Daniel Alekow
www.dancakes.com
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:iconmynti:
Hey there dancakies,

You know I've already prodded you with several critiques on this already, and you have gracefully surpassed my suggestions. The background mountains went from feeling flat and uninspired to bulky and gaining a personality. You added form and shade where it was needed and it brought the rock to life. I love the narrow pass between them, how you darkened it believably and created more room for the airplane to take center stage, and yet this pass brings your eye around to the upper portions of the composition.

Is it me or did you wipe out the purples? I swear at one point you had purple in there. For this change, I'm glad - while I did not mention (I think? It's been so long) that they were unnecessary, you obliterated them on your own. The piece is dramatic but monochrome for the most part, which allows the feeling of an old explorer movie! The only giveaway is also a strength: the shining yellow logo on the tail of the plane helps zero the eye on the main attraction and provides a nice counterpoint to all the blue. The sunny color also feels a bit ironic somehow, as if such a bright happy color would live on such a wreck seems a little funny to me.

That humor aside, the piece is striking. It brings a palpable chill, a feeling of such bitter cold, with the strongly slanted composition making you feel as if you, too, could fall off that unforgiving precipice at any moment. And yet we are situated above the action, almost demi-gods in our view, safe from such peril. It allows us to enjoy the scene unfolding before us with a sympathy for the small figures below and their plight to reach the plane before it avalanches down the mountain.

My only critique would be, I wish I saw more of a cast shadow from the plane, as right now it does not feel completely rooted in the space.

I love this piece because it reminds me of so many national geographic photos of people climbing everest, and I always wondered how it would feel to be atop the world in such a way, seeing the curve of the earth without passing through the atmosphere or seeing it through an airplane window.

The danger that the plane suggests has brought this piece to a new level of drama. I'm glad you added that surprise, and I look forward to enjoying this piece in my favorites (and hopefully on my wall at some point) for a long time.

Thanks for finishing this - and for the dedication. I will always be around to prod you into finishing your stellar compositions.

Hugs,
Gracie
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Pitsh Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015   Digital Artist
terrific!
If i go on commenting every piece of yours i officially count as fan I guess :o (Eek) 
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional
Haha, aww well I am definitely glad to hear that you enjoy my work =] Although I guess I would find it hard to imagine that I have "fans" :lol:
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Pitsh Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   Digital Artist
no reason to be shy on it, your work speaks for itself :heart:
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional
Aww, you are being nice :hug:
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TanyaPaulik Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
ooooooooooh... it's amazing! I hope that someday I'll learn to draw so Waaaah! 
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memod Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional
Aww, thank you :aww: And if you practise, you will get to that point =] It does not happen "someday" or overnight, it is a continuous process =]
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dracolychee Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is great. Snow, rocks, light, the feel of wind and the freeze and the scenario's eerie suspense, just wow.

I felt instantly reminded of a plane crash scenario I had to scribble once for a game, and now I'm rightfully ashamed of what I scratched together back then. Ashamed 
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MasoudBahal Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you dude:)
Beautifully done:)

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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional
Thank you so much :D
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ElinasArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Aww..+fav Pat pat Fine gemacht)
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional
haha, danke dir :lol: :giggle:
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ElinasArt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Tight Hug Bitte sehr!
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Nics-MP Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Nice.... very nice indeed. Love it actually. :) Another person to watch on my favorite list/ :O
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resteeal Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
unbelivable..
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Dude this reminds me of fallout in a Skyrim type setting great job on that
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FuckOffffff Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Seriously cool. :thumbsup:
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GreyHues Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning!
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Fizzenator Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Love it!
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JonasDeRo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great! great palette, composition, values! love it :)
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional
Thanks man, that means a lot! =]
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denglei Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome,you are my idol. I'm learning how to paint landscape.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional
You are giving me too much credit there :D How are the landscapes coming along? =]
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denglei Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks like not realistic.Somebody tell to use photo on the landscapes.
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BGorilla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome...!
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional
Thanks!
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SavageSauron Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Somehow reminds me of Tintin in Tibet.
When Tintin, Capt. Haddock and the sherpas (incl. Tharkey) go out to rescue their friend Chang who is the only survivor of a plane crash in the Himalayas!
After they encounter the yeti only Tintin, the Captain and Tharkey press on to finally arrive at the plane!!

Great work!!
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memod Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional
Haha that's kind of funny. It's not the first time, that my work seems to remind people of tintin stories, but oddly enough, I had never read, played or watched any tintin stories. Until the recent spielberg movie, that is. Which I loved :D

Thanks so much =]
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SavageSauron Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Einmal im Leben ist es ein Muss!! ;)
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memod Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional
:lol:
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xzendor7 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Digital Artist
You're Artwork Is Truly Amazing.

Your Vision Draws In The View And Imagery Tells A Great Tale.
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memod Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional
Thank you so much :aww:
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Felixuta Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jesus Christ :jawdrop: This is fantastic!
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional
:lol: Thanks! :D
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Felixuta Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcomes ^^
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OverLordRay Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
(Announcer) Annnnnd in this corner weighing 100,000,000 metric tons with a shivering cold snow storm blowing around him THE MOUUUUNNTAAAAAIN1!!!, and in this corner weighing in at around a total of 100 tons The Threeeeeeee Survivors and their plane!.


Oh THE MOUNTAIN TAKE A CHEAP SHOT TO THE JAW as the Survivors climb its (what appears to be) North Eastern section, OH but the Mountain Retaliates with a small sorm of wind and thick snow!. Whatever the outcome folks this is gonna be a tough fight!
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional
:lmao: I should let you write the descriptions of my deviations, they'd be a lot more entertaining then :D
Hehe but yeah, David against Goliath comes to mind! Thanks a bunch =]
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OverLordRay Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Just a heads up excuse my grammar was off so bad because it was 12:00/1:00 A.M. last night when I wrote that.
Second lol let me know when you need a description I'd be glad too, and maybe in return you could make me a picture? Since I need pictures for my comic and I suck at making anything on the computer...interested?
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MarvinDiehl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Photographer
Very nice light and a quite interesting angle of view- well done! =)
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional
Danke dir :D Freut mich, dass es dir gefallen hat =]
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Suzu2 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Great! Love it!
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somdeb325 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Brilliantly done! Reminds me of the scene in "Tintin in Tibet" when Tintin, the Captain and Tharkey find the wreakage of Chang's plane.
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional
Hey thanks a bunch :D Definitely glad you like it! I'm not really familiar with Tintin though, except for the recent Spielberg film, so I'm not sure what the scene is like there, I'm afraid :lol:
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Meema Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well done. :)
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Machonis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You have TRUE talent...
Stunning...
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional
Hm well let's say I practise =] I don't believe in talent...but I keep drawing and painting every day :D

Thank you :heart:
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St-Pete Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how much time did it take to complete? amazing by the way!!
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Blamelessonthecross Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you seen "The Grey"? Really reminded me of that, but in a more epic setting. =P
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional
hm no, doesn't ring a bell, sorry =] what's it about?
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alexmakovsky Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Speechless
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional
спасибо :D
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