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Heralds Of Darkness by memod Heralds Of Darkness by memod
Something new, yay! Slightly more gloomy this time. I was reading the Riddle of the Sands and while this painting does not depict any specific scene from the book, it is certainly inspired by the mood that the story put me into. Hope you guys like it!

Prints will be up soon, as usual. Also feel free to give it a like on facebook and to follow me there, as I might share some stuff from my sketchbook soon! --> www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…


Much love :heart:
Daniel
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Normally I don't pick nits like this but since you were looking for critiques, I thought I'd share this with you anyway - but first, a round of praise!

Others have said this but I'd like to mention again that I appreciate those colours you managed to incorporate in, well, a rather fetching depiction of a grey day. I'm also a huge fan of old houses and I so love the subtle details in the architecture: the chimney, the different sizes of panes in the windows...

I think you did wonderfully bringing some subtle lights and deep darks in the front house, it really adds that variation I like to see in foregrounds... but something's lacking, it seems, on the far left of the canvas. It's quite a lot of nothing to warrant being such a large part of the picture. The composition seems to be a bit off-balance because of it, and my first instinct would be to see it cropped, but on the other hand, I think an added element could maybe help lead the eye from the left to the right. Or perhaps that's where the spine of the book is? Inquiring minds need to know.

In summary: wonderful work, but the leftmost part is a thorn in my side a bit.

Cheers, and thank you for putting up with me!
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karsten Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Grreat colors and contrast there! Reminds about a small German village.
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latinsucks Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Wow, das sieht einfach genial aus! :o Ich hoffe, ich kann irgendwann auch nur annähernd so gut und detailreich zeichnen :'D Wie lange zeichnest du schon?
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Professional
Hey, ganz lieben Dank dir =] Ich bin mir sicher, dass du das auch irgendwann kannst, wenn du dran bleibst und viel übst. Ich kann nicht genau sagen, wann ich angefangen habe, aber so mit etwa 15 kam mein Interesse für alles visuelle auf....und damit auch für's Malen und Zeichnen =] Und so über die Jahre wurde das immer mehr mein Fokus.
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latinsucks Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Danke für die Antwort :D Ich habe auf jeden Fall total viel Respekt vor deinen Zeichenskills und vor allem der Detailarbeit! Wie viele Stunden hast du ungefähr in das Bild gesteckt?
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TanyaPaulik Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
Оооооо... Красотеееень какая
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Fixap Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
NICE!
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016   General Artist
I do like it.  there is a strange kind of compression, as if the foreground house is mashing the rest into a tight corner, producing a flurry of activity, as when something is squashed and its innards spurt out.  I think that's difficult to pull off well without wasting space on the left side of the canvas, but you pulled it off

The only thing is that the birds in front of the dark house (middle bottom of the canvas) barely show.  Didn't know they where there until I very carefully analyzed.  Even so, bravo!
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the atmosphere in this - how you can almost feel the age and state of the buildings, and the wet, gloomy weather... I love it. I also really like how you did the birds.
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional
Thanks a lot, Catrine! =] I'm glad this sense of gloom and wetness came across :nod: Then the work paid off :D
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AnastasiaReddress Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Love the atmosphere
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional
Анастасия! Спасибо тебе =] I'm glad you liked it :aww: And I really love your recent stuff. Как твои дела?
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AnastasiaReddress Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Отлично, спасибо! I would  like to  see much more of your art:D (Big Grin) 
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional
Haha I begin so many paintings, but I hardly find time to finish them. I do however sketch in my sketchbook every day :nod: Maybe I can show you a few scans sometime, if you want =]
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AnastasiaReddress Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sure I really want to see it!La la la la 
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Professional
Haha okay :lol: Well, do you use facebook? If so, add me there -> www.facebook.com/daniel.alekow
Probably a bit easier to communicate there =]
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SilentWarrior3800 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like the landscape from a dark and epic story Awesome job! i love your art!
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional
Thank you, I'm glad it feels like that :D
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SilentWarrior3800 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks to you!!!
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Noctualis Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
wow. this looks awesome. I really love the crows flying around. I also like how many colors you added into the buildings. 
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional
Thank you, Natalie :aww: It was fun, adding all these subtle little touches :D
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Noctualis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
you're welcome! It looked like it was fun :)
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Fabulous work!
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional
Thank you! =]
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!!

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memod Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional
Thanks :D
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!!!!

Yu smile
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Warranty4 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnificent.

Regarding the empty left, if it wasn't for that void I may have missed the face in the window. My eye was drawn to it.
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional
Nice, I'm glad you caught it =] It's a subtle detail, I know, but I think it's important :D
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justydog Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome its like concept art for a video game
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional
Haha thanks, it's a personal piece though =]
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Lyraina Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Niiiiice! :)
Love the mood, and how you got all these subtle colour variations in there.
Great job!
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional
Haha danke dir :aww: Das ganze subtile Zeug macht megaviel Spaß! :O
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Lyraina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Jaaa, find ich auch :D
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional
Und jetzt auf zu neuen abenteuern :#1:
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