The Black Mill
The mill is the main set of the the popular German novel „Krabat“ by Otfried Preußler. There’s hardly anyone of my generation in Germany who didn’t read it. It’s a rather dark and gloomy story about a beggar boy who becomes an apprentice to the demonic miller. The ravens in the picture are the twelve apprentices of the miller who teaches them black magic. It's mainly considered a children's book, but I think it's more for those from their early teens onward. You may well read and like it as an adult, too.
I had the idea for this picture for some time and it came out quite the way I imagined it. I used some photo reference for the ravens, but the rest is entirely my doing.
Die Mühle im Koselbruch aus Otfried Preußlers wunderbarem “Krabat”. Ich denke mal, dem deutschen Publikum muss ich kaum erklären, worum es in dem Buch geht
Die Idee zu diesem Bild trug ich schon seit Längerem mit mir herum und ich bin mit dem Ergebnis auch sehr zufrieden.
Für die Raben habe ich Referenzbilder benutzt, aber sonst ist alles auf meinem Mist gewachsen.
A great piece, with amazing color choices and great composition.
The way it's painted, and the atmosphere it creates remember me of dark and scary children stories about witches and monsters in the woodlands. It is especially appealing to me since I'm a huge fan of Over the Garden Wall, which brings back that feeling of old european folklore too.
The watercolor was beautiful, the moon in special was very vivid, I feel like it's lighting could be used a little bit more, to give more constrast, still, it was very beautiful, and I fear changing it would make the scene too bright.
Beautiful piece indeed.
I didn't give too much thought to the lighting situation, so the moon is merely a decorative object hanging behind the trees
I have never written a critique before, but I really liked your work, so please bare with me.
By your description of the story you said inspired you I would say you're portraying it fairly. The piece has a dark feel to it and all the blue with the lighter and darker shades contrasting give a good sense of the magical theme of the story.
I like your style, it's rough but it's not overloaded. The way you painted the stream, for example, or the forest. It's refreshing to see these kinds of textures and I like how you didn't over do it. Sometimes in an attempt to get more detail done we end up making it look to rough and the point of watercolour is, in a way, transparency.
I'm a bit indecisive in this area. Even though I like your style, I think there are some things that could've used a bit more detail. The raven flying in front of the moon looks a little messy compared to the rest of the silhouettes. Also the raven that is closer to the viewer could've used a bit more detail in the feathering. The log where the front raven is sitting looks a bit out of place to me, but having used close to no reference images the layout of the whole piece is still quite impressive. I love how the water falling from the mill looks, and the sky and the moon are just perfect. Great choice of colours too.
It's a very eye catching piece of work. The atmosphere is dark, yet magical and calm. Almost mysterious. It's very fitting for the kind of story behind it and it has a fairytale-ish feel to it. It also surprised me that you chose to use lighter colours for the night sky, I think this is what gives a sense of calm to the piece.
Overall, great work, loved it.
I hope you find this useful.
I chose a lighter colour for the sky to create the feeling of a dark forest silhouette. Where I live, we sometimes have that at night ..
Das Thema spukte schon seit Jahren in meinem Kopf herum und daher hat sich die Komposition am Ende fast wie von selbst ergeben. Wenn ich's ganz genau nehme geht das Bild auf eine Zeichnung zurück, die ich mit 13 für unsere Schultheatergruppe gemacht habe, damals aber in schwarz-weiß und ohne jegliche Perspektive
Es ist meiner Meinung nach nie verkehrt immer wieder auf alte Dinge zurück zu kommen. Man kann dadurch gut sehen, wie sich der Zeichenstil entwickelt hat. Außerdem werden manche Themen einfach nie langweilig^^ Achja, die Frage der Perspektive... ich bezweifle, dass es viele 13 Jährige gibt, die großartig mit Perspektive zeichnen. Ich habe es in dem Alter auf jeden Fall nicht getan