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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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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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dracolychee 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 Dec 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you dude:)
Beautifully done:)

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memod Dec 18, 2013  Professional
Thank you so much :D
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:iconelinasart:
Aww..+fav Pat pat Fine gemacht)
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memod Nov 4, 2013  Professional
haha, danke dir :lol: :giggle:
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Nics-MP Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice.... very nice indeed. Love it actually. :) Another person to watch on my favorite list/ :O
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unbelivable..
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:iconcommander-fillmore:
Dude this reminds me of fallout in a Skyrim type setting great job on that
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:iconlenzkist74:
Seriously cool. :thumbsup:
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