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Have A Rest by memod Have A Rest by memod
Seems like I actually managed to finish one of the many personal paintings that I have started over the course of the past weeks and months, whenever work allowed. This one began as a tiny ballpoint sketch in my sketchbook...and developed into a little more work than I had originally anticipated. Partly because I wanted to paint this one without using any photos or textures. But I had loads of fun, and I hope you will enjoy it as well!

I will probably upload the print next week. Am looking forward to hear what you guys think. Much love :heart:

Daniel Alekow
www.dancakes.com
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This piece is truly amazing, I must first say. The contrast between the hanged figures and the serene scenery is very striking, and is added to by the light tones and sunlight on the the cabin and the dark shadows under the trees (which I suppose could be construed as gallows!).
There are so many small things which make this work inspiring, in content and style. For instance the blue rag on the right, the waterfall in the background and each offshoot from it, the mountain, the wheeling birds, the way the roof has sagged on the building: each one tells a story, or, at least, hints at one, and allows the rest to the imagination. Obviously, something terrible has happened here, but what? Executions, maybe? Joint suicides? Bandits?
And the colours. Wow. It's all so alive with individual tones, from rich browns to the palest blues.
All these things make this artwork so utterly awe-inspiring as to almost be real.
Although, I suppose I can't be all-praising, which is a pity, but a real challenge. I think that the only thing I can say is that maybe it is a bit cliched (sorry there's no accent on that :L). What with all the modern fantasy novels and films, which, I believe, stem from Tolkein, this type of scene seems to be over-used somewhat. I cannot say that you have copied anyone else, as the originality of this work is clear, I just lament the way so many things nowadays seem to be like this: almost all digital art I have seen of this calibre has amazing background landscapes, a serene feel, a rustic ambience and a darker side to it.
But this is just a minor point. Aside from this, I honestly cannot find anything I dislike about this piece, and for it to have come from a ball point sketch is fantastic!
Keep up the good work!
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I like the texture on the roof of the house, and the leaves also seemed to take a bit of effort for this. I love the light blue feel of the sky, though the mountains seem a bit cartoonish. I like the texture on the water and the trees that seem to be hiding something behind their trunks, providing mystery inside the image. Very nice. Your shadows were good for the house, and it provides an ancient and nostalgic feel to the portrait itself. I also like the fawn you put in the background.
The only thing I'd recommend you to do is to make sure that your idea hasn't been used a lot. I feel that it would benefit you if you choose another color besides blue in the corner to tie the scene together. Other than that, I love the master piece.
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Miafka Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Очень красиво ^^ 
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional
большое спасибо =] я рад, что это тебе понравилось :aww:
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Miafka Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Вы хорошо знаете русский? ^^ 
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional
хаха, нет, к сожаленью очень не знаю. я учил русский в школе, но я забыл почти всё =/ мне надо говорить больше :lol:
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Miafka Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Однако, Вы им владеете прекрасно ^^ 


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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very captivating.
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional
Thanks a bunch, Melanie :aww:
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Writers-411 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow! lol I first noticed the house, and I thought, "Wow. I would like to just chill there for a few. Then, I looked to the left, and I saw all the dead people hanging. Then, I was like, "Maybe I don't want to chill there after all." I do like how you have the contrast in light; for example, the right side is shiny and inviting as the left side is dark and scary. The detail is wonderful in here, and I do enjoy this whole ensemble together. Wonderfully done.
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional
Thank you so much :aww: I'm glad you enjoyed the piece and that the image had an effect on you :nod: That's what I'm after :#1:
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