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November 3, 2009
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the Force by raybender the Force by raybender
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i think this is the first private matte painting i am posting on the net.
it was 2 1/2 days of work from concept to final. used a lot of 3d as a base for the technical parts.

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There's a lot to like about this piece. The juxtaposition of ancient and new technology, the smallness of man, the sense of motion, the lighting, detailed and rich textures, and the depth of field. All this comes together in an impressive piece that caught and held my attention enough to hit the "critique" button! So, kudos there.

Beyond that, I think the improvements would be minor. For vision/impact , after I hit the piece and enjoyed it...I didn't leave with any sense of message or what it was about. Some pieces are 100% visual saturation, some have a message. If there was more of a message in this one, I missed it. Nothing wrong, but to get that "5th star" there has to be something that stays with me when I walk away from the could be something about the situation, a chain of thought invoked, or maybe some aspect is so visually striking, that I can't get it out of my mind.

For technique - there are just a few things that struck me as curious: 1) the scaling of the disc or maybe how it is treated makes it look like a city, but there doesn't appear to be enough height to make its mass believable compared to the person on the hover craft. 2) the 2 crafts on the edge have a sense of motion, but the one in the center is missing the blur, making me wonder why it is kicking up so much dust (maybe he just came to stop or is slowing down), 3) There's some lighting on the foreground "landing gear" that makes it look thin - like this massive disc is supported by a thin sheet of metal, which in turn has a heavy pad planted into the earth. The physics of that for some reason bugs me.

All this feedback could just be "interpretation." Ultimately this critique is less a judgement of your talent, and more just feedback on how I absorbed this creation...You requested a critique and I'm just candidly sharing what I see. No, I do not smoke crack :-) Yes, I do think you are insanely talented and really enjoy seeing your works pop-up on my watch list.
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TaGFiR Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
The only "mistake" in the drawing... I am damn shure there will be much better and more precise cameras to be able to take sharp pictures of fast moving objects...
Joey1058 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Turnbuckles. You featured turnbuckles in the foreground. I didn't think anybody in the art community knew what the heck a turnbuckle was anymore! I would love to see more of your work!
angelitoon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist

I love it! :)
wrinkledlight Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great lighting.
apafuzz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
brilliant composition!!! :O
Zincu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010   Filmographer
amazing light.
leseraphin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Soooo beautiful !!! The name is right. Your artwork is powerful
Jukes55 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
WOOOOW! Wow. Fantastic beautiful work. Great job!
Loiko Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Incredibol!! I love it
ajha100 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
phenomenal lighting and epic scale! I love the desert sands, and the motion blur on the foreground speeder really helps the piece come to life. Another terrific job!
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