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This piece kind of helped keeping me sane over the past weeks. Was really busy with work and even though the work stuff was quite fun, I just had to squeeze in something personal somehow. So I worked on this for little bits of time here and there. I think I like how it came out.

Also I want to apologize for the many unanswered comments. I am reading every comment and message, but I just had no time to get back to every single one. But rest assured that I really appreciate them all :heart:

Hope you guys enjoy this one as much as I do. Print will be up soon.

Daniel
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This is absolutely wonderful. I sat for a fair while looking at it trying to decide what exactly about it was hitting me so hard. I think a lot of it has to do with the combination of the oppressive darkness of the sky, and the mystical light in the mist rising from the lake. In most images it's very natural to light everything from above, indeed the eye is trained to see light in that way. By focusing the majority of your light in the center of the image, and even more so in the lake and the mist, you really create an epic sense of age and magic. And despite how large the rest of the landscape is around it, my eye keeps being drawn to the monolith by the lakes edge, which is perfect in keeping with the feeling in the rest of the picture.

The concept itself is one that has probably been done quite often, but you really pull off the execution and make the image definitely one of the better ones I've seen in a long time.
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Pitsh Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015   Digital Artist
goodness, i adore this!
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional
I am happy to hear that :aww: Thank you! =]
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derbz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is very reminiscent of the classic landscape paintings that illustrated much of Europe and America in the past. You have really captured the sense of a vast landscape, the foreboding weather drawing in from the distance and the realistic greens of the grass etc. The central mountain is so well rendered as well that it matches the correct level of detail whilst still showing its far away, helping set the depth of the image.

Overall, excellent work, very talented fella!
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional
Phew, talk about a late answer! Thanks so much for your detailed comment! Actually I remember struggling quite a bit with the level of detail of the main cliff. It was really hard to balance between the sense of scale and the sense of distance. I'm glad you find it succesful =] And that remark about the classic paintings is quite the compliment, thank you!
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LycanosArt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice render and sence of scale.
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ruuk-ve Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work never ceases to amaze, Herr Alekow.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional
I hope that will remain the case with my future pieces as well :D Thank you! =]
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bitboy1952 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Первозданное величие. Отлично!
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional
большое спасибо  =]
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Que-ink Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fairly impressive~
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional
Thank you =]
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Nesrie Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I probably do not comment as often as I should on here, probably because I know very little about art but... I find the scale of our pieces to be pretty enthralling. There is just something majestic about the vision of these places alongside the small figures that makes these just feel... well it makes me want to write about them because there has to be a lot there.
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Almajis Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Really liked the concept.
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linace Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
The colours are just wonderful. I'm really impressed, as always, how much detail you've got in your works. Just awesome. Especially how you used the light and shadows in this picture.

Liebe Grüße, Lina ;)
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memod Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional
Lieben Dank, Lina :aww: Hab mir Mühe gegeben! :D
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linace Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Schon toll^^ Ich arbeite dran auf dein Level zu kommen :D Ich studiere jetzt übrigens seit 3 Wochen Kommunikationsdesign an der HSRM in Wiesbaden. Mit späterem Schwerpunkt auf Illustration und Animation ;)
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memod Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional
Cool, und macht es so weit Spaß? =] Wie sieht der Stundenplan so aus? Üben ist auf jeden Fall immer gut :D
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mutiny-in-the-air Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really amazing.
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have created a wonderful world, and a marvelous atmosphere! I am so convinced! :clap:
Excellent techniques and very well done! :D
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OliverWDahl Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
This one is insane, too! I LOVE it! I wish I had infinite money to spend on getting prints of all of your stuff. Seriously.
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional
Hehe I'm glad you like it so much, thanks :D
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SirGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I like this one a lot.
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DamianKrzywonos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply amazing
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional
Hey thanks, Damian!
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Zethrix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great mood in this piece
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MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa. The landscape for this is breathtaking.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional
Thank you so much :aww:
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MistressKurumi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very, very, welcome! :)
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coolgonzo969 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Faszienirende Landschaft, sehr feine Arbeit. LG Ralf
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional
Danke dir, Ralf :D
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Featrith Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
You have style in digital art that reminds me an traditional oil painting and I very like it!
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional
To be perfectly honest I am not sure if this really resembles an oil painting, but I'm definitely glad to hear that you like it =] Thank you!
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Timberfleet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love how the animals seem "drawn" to the rocks...
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NekoThunder Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You know I always love every piece you submit. Great drawing once again, I just keep repeating myself, haha. Love the little things like the waterfall, birds and the statue/monument. And once again I really dig the details in like, everything.
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional
I am most happy to hear that :aww: And it's also nice that you are taking a moment to take in all these things, not everybody does =] Thank you for that :heart:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
more amazing work!! Fantastic!! :thumbsup:
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional
Thank you, Lee Anne :aww:
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denidimochka Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Beautiful! You've really upped the level of detail, very lovely
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional
Hehe thank you :D :hug:
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CrayonsAndCucumbers Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the new desktop picture! :P
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Aturo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic ... no, Tectonic :)

Amazing Rock-draw Technique. Wonder if i am able to adopt it. ^^
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Mull-Art Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work Daniel, has a great feeling of mystery with it too
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UmbraCrux Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
How mysteriously surreal. O3O
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Cannibalus Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, If I've had enough skills to draw anything like that!
Amazing!
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kengen83 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
this is cool!!!
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional
Hey, thanks a bunch :D
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kengen83 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
;)
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Othrandir Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
extraordinary! :O
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional
Thank you :D
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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