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Gone With The Wind by memod Gone With The Wind by memod
Recently I saw this beautiful photo by *newcastlemale which I really liked and which immediately made me want to paint a similar scene. Hey I don't know how close it is in the end, but at least the fortress looks alike :D
Big thanks to Graeme for being cool with me using his work as a reference and for making awesome photos! Go check him out =]

I tried creating the whole image by using the lasso technique here, which is a bit of a first for me. Was good fun though and I'll definitely use it again.

Anyways, hope you guys enjoy it! As always, I am keen to hear what you think.


Daniel Alekow :heart:
www.dancakes.com
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There is so much movement going on in this painting, and I can almot hear the seagulls, shrieking and splashing the water as they dive. All the action here makes the painting slightly restles, something one has to look at for a good while to catch everything that's going on. That adds to the originality and especially impact.

Colors here are dark, yet work well together. The front looks cold and desolate, I keep thinking there's oil on the rocks. The dark cloud above emphasizes the feeling of an incoming storm. It's a nice contrast to the fortres, bathing in sunlight, as if it was a safe haven for the boats in the distance. The seagulls are especially well painted, I like the contrast in them,and how easily they can be recognized as birds, even if they actually are just white spots.

Compared to the original photo, this is definitely more threatening and dynamic. I'd like to know which do you think follows this moment depicted in the painting: a storm unlike ever seen, or sunlight and peace?
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!!
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional
Thanks!
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ruuk-ve Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So much life in this piece! So vibrant! I love it. ^^
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional
Thank you :aww:
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BooKoFBoBB Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
beautiful rendering & cross-current movement of clouds waves & birds Where Man cant abide Life thrives OST2life 
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sarawebdesigner Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great work, I like the details here very much
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional
شكرا جزيلا
=] I am glad you like it!
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:iconmistresskurumi:
MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I didn't even notice there was a man in it. I was distracted by the rest of the piece and how good it is.
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional
Hehe yeah he isn't too apparent at first sight, or at least I hope so :D But I felt it'd be a good touch =]
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MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was definitely a great touch! I like how there's so many interesting things to notice in this piece with the warm spots of lighting leading your eye to places and the movement of the splashing water. Finding him in the middle was sort of like discovering there's one more cookie at the bottom of the cookie jar. haha. I like those kind of surprises.
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MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also, the movement of the birds flying captures your eye's focus.
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lstjules Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing piece, I absolutely love it. So much to look at.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional
Thank you, Lyne :aww: Glad you are enjoying all the details =]
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Fanciful-drawer Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of the time I try to stay away from paintings. Honestly, they scare me(definately not my fortee). But this is amazing. I really don't know how people can live through the stress of making these kinds of things. If I tried, the whole time I'd be looking over my shoulder and saying... "What if I mess up? Will I have to start all over?" Then I'd get afraid and abandon the project. (I know, pathetic.) But that's just how I am. I prefer a pencil and photoshop to any other creative tools in the world.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional
Well I did this in photoshop =] So I could always paint on top, if I made a mistake. There is no need to worry. Mistakes are part of the journey, you should not avoid painting just because you are afraid of them =]
And even though we are never really satisfied with our work, it -is- actually quite fun to do =] You just have to loosen up :D
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Fanciful-drawer Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel stupid *blushes*. I probably should have read your description more thouroghly(sp?). (Doesn't make it any less amazing.) I use photoshop for anything I've drawn, and I could never do that. Thanks for the advice? :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional
Your work is so deeply move and mood provoking

In my minds eye I taste the sea and hear a deep sad note on a bass flute
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional
Thank you =] Mood and atmosphere are very important to me, that's true.
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome work. The sky is amazing, I could stare at it all day.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional
I'm so glad, thank you :aww:
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BrookeBeers Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
That is so incredible
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional
Thanks a lot =]
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:iconbrookebeers:
BrookeBeers Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
You're welcome :)
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:iconxsanah:
xsanah Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the darker tone and all the seagulls in this one :) Very lovely done!
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional
Thank you, Stina :hug: I tried making it a little more dramatic and adding some movement with the seagulls :D
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xsanah Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're most welcome :hug: I really like the dramatic touch.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional
That definitely makes me happy :aww:
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Wintella Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just awesome! Yah, some parts of the painting look a little bit similar to the reference, but I just love all those additions! Water, those seagulls and dramatic clouds...
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional
Thanks a lot, Alonka :aww: I'm glad you like it =] I definitely tried to add a little more drama to it, yes :nod: The original reference is really great, but I still took any freedom with my painting that I felt necessary :D
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Wintella Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And that is called imagination and creative process... Without it, the art could be pretty boring and too similar to one another...
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional
Exactly =] And we don't want to be boring, right? :D
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:iconwintella:
Wintella Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah for sure!
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Nelleke Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Featured [link] :)
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional
Aww, thanks so much! :heart: That's kind of you =]
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FIYAS Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Gorgeous work.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional
Thanks =]
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:iconfiyas:
FIYAS Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
You are welcome.
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist
that's a wonderful creation! so much movement in it! :)
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional
Thank you :aww: Yeah I figured a storm would move things around quite a bit :D
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Nelleke Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I really like the atmosphere and details! Great work :)
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional
Thanks a lot, Nelleke :aww: That means a lot =]
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kyonitua Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It used to be very nice, and it continues...
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional
What used to be nice? =]
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TwinAgateDragons Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional
Thanks!
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GeniusMedia Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Cool work ))
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional
Thank you :D
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acapulc0 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Uh, that became quite messy. I liked the sketch more! It wasnt overwhelming with details and shapes and a bit more calm. I dont even really know where to look.
Nevertheless good work, nice experiment!
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional
Hey thanks for your honest opinion! Yeah the focal problem is definitely my biggest problem with this piece, although I think that it still has some pretty clear reads. I certainly found it challenging to get across the chaotic character of the storm and yet keep the image clear. Maybe I failed on that part.
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Senekha Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
WOW!
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