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The Sunken Village

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By ChristianGerth   |   
© 2010 - 2020 ChristianGerth
Matte Painting - Inspired by Fabian Oefner's "Atlantis"

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3543x3543px 7.76 MB
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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I want to know what kind of civilization or people would carve their cities into the sunken sections of these miniature islands. I want to know what function that lighthouse fills. I want to know why only a certain "band' of the rocky formation was used. I want to know why there seems to be so little life visible in the seascape around, or if maybe this place was abandoned.

The palette of colors you've chosen is wonderful, giving everything a mildly sinister Cthonic feeling. The clean divide between the vibrant life above the sea and the still darkness underneath provides the viewer with a fun and intriguing contrast for their minds to wrap around.

There's a real sense of depth here, pardoning the pun, that I find fascinating. Overall, a very interesting piece - with my only real complaint being that I want to know more about the world this piece inhabits than the scene here can possibly tell me.
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The first word that literally sprung to mind when I saw this was, "incredible." What an inspiring vision into two different parts of any world.

I've always been a fan of areas to which easy access is not an option. Space is one. Underwater is another. It is always fascinating to see where objects, islands, trees, plants, mountains/volcanos and the likes originate, where their base is and you managed to convey a feeling of depth and infinity not only above, but also below water.

What intrigues me is the sheer exceptional scale that you worked into your piece here and all the minute details that keep the eyes moving around. If you separated these pictures to a single over and respectively underwater scene they would work equally as well, but combining them gives this artwork something utterly striking.

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An absolutely fantastic piece of art. Quite simply spectacular. A masterpiece of a photomanipulation. What particularly impressed me was the most was the way this piece looks actually possible and quite realistic, therefore, the reason I gave you a perfect five star for everything there is because you pretty much have destroyed my view that nothing is perfect. It's clear you strove for perfection when creating this piece and that comes across from the artwork. There are no negative points about this.

May be one of my favourite pieces of art on this site. Congratulations on such a brilliant piece. There is only praise to give here, and it is well deserved.
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ChristianGerth Digital Artist
Thank you very much!!!
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you're welcome :D It's just a amazing piece of artwork!
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This is like wow! The composition and technique are impressive, I though it was a painting when I saw the preview.In my opinion I think you could play a little with the color palette, to make it more impressive. more vivid colors, make a hit of a color contrast around the light house...a warm color maybe, not too much thou and maybe add more sky to make it look majestic. I love the light house, wonder how it works. Excellent job you got all my brownie points.

But of course those are my suggestions you have your own vision pf it.
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AlexMyloniHobbyist Digital Artist
Hey this is amazing! Love your work! Keep it up!
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AlobyssHobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work ... +fav 
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Inspiring work. Awesome job!
Also, instant adventure hook!
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AenwynnStudent General Artist
This is really cool O: I keep staring at it 
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Great and impressive Picture! I like idea of such a sunken city
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This is wonderful work!
I would love to get your opinion on something I made:…
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This is absolutely stunning !! Looks so realistic too !!  :-O :-D
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Great work! It is living!!!
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Would love to see your spin on "the integral trees"
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Amazing work!
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BMarshallARTSHobbyist General Artist
Fantastic artwork.
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MarcosAlipioStudent Digital Artist
Oops! Wow, great work!!!!!
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Hi! I'm add your work in my journal! click!
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QuinstiffHobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :love:
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Interesting picture!!!Interesting picture!!!Interesting picture!!!
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