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For The Far Wild.

It was also a study on perspective and the loose painting style. I'm trying to approach my work with less time on unneccesary details and completing it in a shorter duration.

Ultimately, what matters the most it is how well the story or content is potrayed. Coming up with an effective and attractive work is about the blend of balance between contrasting the main focus of the painting to the secondary focus or the "filler".

There are many ways to achieve this balance - composition and forms, value and color, detail, etc.

Just hoping that in time, I could learn to master the techniques.

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Earthworks, one of the few standing Wonders, built by the dwarven mountain folk, were considered by many enemy tacticians to be the 'Untouchable'.

For centuries, many armies were crushed miles before they even come to the visible range of the fortress. Those who had seen it, and lived, both venerated and feared for it. The humongous stone cannon had become a legend passed through their generations, woven into war stories and always find its way over a couple pints of mead.

But for the dwarves, it represented a monumental historical marriage of sculpture and engineer.


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janeQuile Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
man i hate you!!!!
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Overtall98 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student
awesome!!
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freelance217 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
I need to turn this into a DorfFort megaproject...
The cannon would need to use water, instead of more lethal projectiles, but still: Cannon. Supported by a dwarf.
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
haha.. feel free to. :)
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GhostChronos Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
omg this is beautiful, its look like that u are there xD
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lokobookworm95 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
I love dwarves!
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Theus-Smythe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Everything about this concept is perfect if you ask me. The angle makes sure to present the fortress in a mighty sense, while still maintaining the pride of the dwarves. Certainly looks untouchable. Very inspiring. +fav
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
Yup, I'm going for untouchable notion. It's supposed to be like the main guardian of entrance to the denizens inside the mountain, has been doing so for many millenia.
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shoalinfire Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
super cool but it looks a bit like prince of persia
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GrendelDemon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
wow, the sense of scale and perspective is so effective that this piece gave me the feeling of vertigo O_o

very impressive ^_^
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bigmanhaywood Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
great work with this man. You definitely nailed the perspective in this one. epic!
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matrixframe Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!
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hypocrite64 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
incredible
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3image Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
wow dude...wow....fav+
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trik Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man ... you make me wish i knew how to paint excellent job +fav
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SybexMed Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
Very nice perspective.
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Dadrick Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was a really well done picture and aside from the comments already made the only thing which bothered me was the face of the statue. It toke me a moment on first looking at the picture to realize there was a statue there. I think with a bit more detail in the face it would become easier to associate with. Then again since the whole point of this was to move away from unnecessary details then maybe this was intentional. :+fav:
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
you are right about the lack of detail on the face. thanks.
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VanessaBettencourt Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
envyous prespective view T_T
Thats a figure sitting in the middle? we can see between his, her legs? there is something about proportion and prespective in the leg( our left view ) and the torso, i cant understand if that lower buldge is the middle armor or somethng..
amaing arc composition and organic form
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
yes it's a figure and we look into under his.. down garment. :disbelief: as it's a dwarf figure holding onto a cannon, the proportion is shorter, the upper torso is covered with the beard and the armor part you mentioned covers his abdomen.
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VanessaBettencourt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
ahhh now that you mention i see his holding the cannon over his head? i thought the cannon was his head on purpose..sorry.... but its an amazing work anyway
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VanessaBettencourt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
its hi leg, is to big even in foreshortning, if you have a horizont point to unity both tips ( foot), they still have to be in the same line. ( sorry for my english is very confused)
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
basically you are implying that the leg is too big proportionally to his body right? i don't get the 'horizon point' part though.
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zemotion Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional Photographer
awesomeeee.
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
:)
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Rantul Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008   Interface Designer
Really really nice.

I'm not familiar with your earlier work but you definitely accomplished a good harmony between detail and simplicity here. I love the impressionistic quality, yet I can without a doubt identify the whole thing.

The cylindrical tower that is on the left of the image (what I assume is the right leg of the large statue) is too warm and in contrast with the other tower it doesn't look like it's part of the same statue. Because of that it doesn't really read as another leg at first.
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
points gladly taken. thx!
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Rantul Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008   Interface Designer
No problem :)
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JerryCai Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
nice i love
one critique would be the tower on the right of the statue... is it parallel to the tower on the left? if its not then its fine, if it is then the perspective is a little bit not exaggerated enough
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
hm i didn't pay much attention to those towers except when paving out the form and shape, so i guess it isn't parallel. but thanks for pointing it out..
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JasonRoll Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
My GF is asking me if this is a guy or girl? (The statue) I am telling her guy and she says girl lol.
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
haha, it's a guy..

.. wearing a skirt? ;)
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JasonRoll Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
LoL Thats what I told her :D
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JasonRoll Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome perspective!
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deboahan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Whoa, another sweet one dood. One thing I like about your pics is I get to learn more everytime. Or at least I think I do. XD So thank you for the awesome piece! :worship:
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
hey, no problem mike.. i'm glad if i had helped in any ways possible. ;)
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JayseR Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008   Digital Artist
very nice flow.
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
thanks.
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adamwoolston Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
i think u have mastered it mate :) totally unbelievable

the cannon looks perfect and the little dwarfs i love
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
thank you. :)
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Shrinester Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Love it =) the red banners really catch the eye. The white corner is just a tinny bit overwhelming, but it fits pretty well. :+fav:
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
i couldn't be sure but i was thinking that the extreme white space pushes the focus into place and to contrast the extreme negative space of the bottom left.

anyway, thanks alot.
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Shrinester Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Yeah, I'm not anywhere near an expert =) it does equal out the dark, but it draws the eye away from the excellent details in the darker area too. That can be a good thing, makes people look at the piece longer to see everything, which is a very good thing. Again, love it.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry I don't have any advanced critism for you, I simply love this ^_^
I really like the special angle and the nice little details all around the focal
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firedudewraith Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
thank you.
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