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March 29, 2011
Vials of Life by =aRchAng3lZz Suggester says: "Very well executed painting - dark, mysterious, with hints of surreal and fantasy. Wonderful alien landscape on some distant planet where nobody is going to relax and drink tequila... but to kill crawling things with 18 different weapon types." Also suggested by 'gucken and =Zhachrod
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Vials of Life

So yeah.. a new deviation :P
It took quite a while to paint this but I am pretty satisfied with the outcome :). Took roughly around 18 hours during 2 weeks - almost half a lifetime :D Anyway I hope you enjoy it. Any feedback is welcome.

Thanks goes for =ChrisCold for advices and patience :)

(I might add wallies later)

PS. Five px chalk brush for the win :P
1920x1080 and 1920x1200 wallies added

A DD :party: Thanks to =ChrisCold `gucken and =EmilLarsson for suggesting it and thank to `MacRebisz for featuring it :)

:bulletred: My artwork is not stock and it is not to be re-uploaded, edited, or used anywhere in any way without my permission.
© 2011 - 2021 aRchAng3lZz
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SketchMonster1's avatar
Fascinating and intriguing. Amazing detailing and color design. Awesome work. Come take a look at my page.
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:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

You had never before seen the fields in your life. The idea that within the center of the earth, there were plants and organic structures capable of creating genetically altered bio matter (G.A.B.s) capable of shaping itself to whatever it makes contact with...wasn't exactly something on the top of your list that you wanted to see. However, curiosity had eventually tightened its grip around you and your reluctantly ventured to the fields. The trip was arduous and full of danger, but the further that you went under the surface, each and every single mile you wanted to see what these horrific fields were like. After about a day or so, you come across a faint light at the end of one of the seemingly endless caverns. What appeared to be a large UV generator pulsed ominously in the distance leaving a hazy violet light over the area. When you looked down toward the faintly illuminated areas a sudden chill and sense of dread envelop your body as your eyes lay upon the G.A.B. fields. The floor of the cavern was covered in a strange organic, flesh-like plants that pulsated like veins in a living animal. They branched about with vines appearing like bloody intestines hanging about the structures, giving you a sickened feeling in the bottom of your stomach. However, the real horror is what sat atop the shallow canopies of each of the vein-like plants. Strange translucent sacs sat upon the plants, pulsating violently as if they were multiple hearts inside of a giant circulatory system within the earth almost as if they were the planet's heart. Within them you could see a vaguely humanoid shape within them beating along the sacs like the center of the hearts. As you prepared to make a sickened and hasty retreat, you are stopped in your tracks by a voraciously disgusting sounding ripping that emanated from behind you. Immediately, the sacs began to "hatch" before your eyes and their contents began to splash upon the fleshy floor's surface below. The strange, deformed creatures began to stand up before you and awkwardly make their way upon their deformed limbs...toward you. You immediately begin to break out into a cold sweat; realizing that this may have not been such a good idea to venture here after all. Vials of Life, created by Luminarium member =aRchAng3lZz, presents us with a hauntingly deformed landscape of unremitting horror and artistic creativity.
The moment that one immediately lays their eyes upon this piece, they feel as though the landscape is moving before their eyes, pulsating before them like some weak and dying animal barely alive as it struggles to force fluids through its emaciated body. The detailing in the landscape is great, depicting each and every crease in the haunting forest of flesh brings out a lot of the dark and thick atmosphere that envelops all who look at this piece like the flesh and blood that covers the landscape within the piece. The color usage further builds upon the dark tenseness of the area and gives off a nice sense of depth within its design usage. Its compositional elements all blaze with tons of artistic personality that can immediately be seen through each and every single brushstroke upon the page and shows just how talented this artist can be.

However, while I praise the originality and detail of the piece and overall depiction of the landscape, I feel there could be some things that can improve its overall composition and quality. For one, now that you have a pretty good depiction of the plants and structures, perhaps now is a good time to build onto their current levels of detail. Try improving upon the shading effects in the scratches and textures of the plants and build upon more minuscule color tones to bring out more detail within them. Some of the reflectivity is on the plants but any parts that aren't in the light appear flat and uninteresting. Either build on the shadow effects and make them slightly more encompassing, or you should try and blend them into the foreground and background haze a bit more to keep them from distracting from the rest of the piece. Try and add more detailing to the ceiling of the landscape as it blends in a bit too much with the rest of the haze and lacks a bit of overall distinction to make it as appealing or noticeable. My bottom line is just to improve on upon all of your pre-established compositional elements in order to bring out more of the detailing within the piece that's being skewed by the unpolished nature of some of the detail.

The worlds that our minds can create for us are always truly outstanding. From the most fantastical worlds that can make all of your dreams come true, to the bowels of the netherworld creating imagery from only your most horrid nightmares, it all presents a very inspired and creative world from our minds. Vials of life is an excellent example of this rule and shows us how far we can take our imaginations and create anything we can think of. From the breathtakingly disturbing landscape design and creepy atmosphere that feels as if its creeping through the image like that myasmic mist within its landscape, its all a work of art. Great work =aRchAng3lZz, and here's to many more pieces from you. <img src="…" width="20" height="20" alt=":clap:" title="Clap"/>
soradioactive's avatar
I was confused by the beginning of this critique, only to be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful choice of diction by SkillZombie. it's funny because I was going to ask for a little discription from the artist- if they were willing. the landscape seemed so unfamiliar and interesting that my curiosity about what storyline might be behind this masterpeice began to burn bright. I'm happy to say that this critique has satisfied my appetite and exceeded my curiosity's expectations.
Thank you for taking us on that mini-journey. It was delightful indeed.
SkillZombie's avatar
You are more than welcome my friend. I see that all images either drawn or taken, deserve a proper back story to add even more personality to the artist's representative depiction of them. Thank you for liking what I wrote. :)
soradioactive's avatar
I see. well that is an interesting thought.
you're most welcome, of course :)
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aRchAng3lZz's avatar
Thanks for the critique man. The story was really really awesome. I may redo some parts of the image in the future because I am indeed unsatisfied with the tree on the left. And I will add some more details overall. The thing is that this started as a conceptual illustration and I think that it serves it purpose well :P I will refine it more tho. Thanks much again for the crit
SkillZombie's avatar
You're welcome. I didn't think you actually like that little into story I put into it. :)
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"Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony. The human body generates more bioelectricity than a 120 volt battery, and over 25,000 BTUs of body heat. Combined with a form of fusion, the machines had found all the energy they would ever need. There are fields, Neo, endless fields where human beings are no longer born...we are grown."
aRchAng3lZz's avatar
I was not necessarily thinking about the matrix when I was doing this but the story still fits :)
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RizianArt's avatar
Incredible concept! I love the lights and the colors! <3
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Doomwiggle's avatar
So beautiful and wicked!!
IntravenousDollhouse's avatar
This is spectacular~ I love the various focal points of vibrant fuchsia contrasted against the dark and foreboding atmosphere. It gives a very distinct impression!
meganann23's avatar
It's so wonderful.
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You're welcome.
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