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November 19, 2009
Mortal Inquisition by *kire1987 The suggester encourages: "The lighting, the colours, and composition are just perfect. See it!" And there's not much more to add; except for the fact that this is yet another astounding display by an artist mastering the envisioned techniques needed to compell with a release that inspires many fellows out (t)here.
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Mortal Inquisition

SlashTHREE Exhibition 12: Steampunk

This is my first out of five submissions for the new S3 artpack called Steampunk. I hope you like it!

thanks to the model stock ~Nadija-stock --> Original:
the cape: *Sinned-angel-stock
accessories: ~Angelus-Knight
dynamic hair: =arrsistable
and steam: =Manged
also [link]

© Erik Schumacher
This is no stock image, so don't use, copy or manipulate the original artwork without my written permission.
Visit my website: [link]
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Jurryt's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I think it is cool, because of the (good) funny flaws, it is:
That deserves respect.

95 94 93 92 91 90 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71 70 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 and so much more words to go to finish this original critique. It is, howerver, the ultimate realistic surrealism.

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ErikShoemaker's avatar
hahaha who is this crazy guy :slap:
thanks jurry :D
Jurryt's avatar
I think this comment is really fair :o hahaha X
StrangeProgram's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

kire1987's Mortal Inquisition, an artwork produced for SlashTHREE's exhibition "Steampunk", is an astoundingly detailed artwork. Erik exhibits remarkable technique, using creative and advanced photo manipulation. It immediately draws in the viewer with a vibrant and exciting atmosphere, toned well with excellent contrast and coloring. The action of the piece is incredibly electric and smooth. Erik shows an impressive attention to promoting the artwork's depth, which is accentuated by the beautiful atmosphere and the unique perspective that Erik has chosen to use. The focal is well promoted by the details that have been intrinsically placed in Erik's artwork. I think that the seriousness of the woman's face further helps improve the mood, and fits the atmosphere appropriately; leaving more up to the viewers imagination.

Erik shows a refreshing originality in this piece, With uniquely designed characters and a background with stunning visuals. The impact that this piece of work has on the viewer is immense, and with powerful details and exceptional technique, Erik Schumacher's Mortal Inquisition is a dynamic and compelling image.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thanks so much for your awesome critique mate :blush: I'm glad you guys like this work. Before I uploaded it here I actually thought it was rather mediocre. :)
yourpleasantdarkness's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Wow, where to begin? First of all, amazing lighting and movement in the righthand side of the picture. It looks remarkable, and very believable. However, what bothers me most about this image is that the left arm, head, and torso seem paralyzed in comparison to the rest of the body's movements. Her hair is whipping around an immobile-seeming, mannequin-like face, with a lifeless torso and a stiff left arm. It's not meant to be offensive, just how I perceive the image. The other elements, the details in the coat (especially the end), as well as the lighted effects as mentioned before, are absolutely astounding. Keep up the good work. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)" />

ErikShoemaker's avatar
I can hardly -manipulate- a model pose, I wanted to say
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Thanks a lot for the critique! I definitely see your point, but I have no idea how I could improve that since I can hardly a model pose in general. Glad you liked the effects and lighting, though. :)
ToastsaoT's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Hey there again, i am happy to see another awesome piece of work.

Let us begin shall we? hehe.


When i first looked at it i was like.... Which way is up. When you look at which way she is sitting, and which way here hair and cape are going she could either be hovering there in spot, or she could be flying away, on a x and y axis.
The way the sun is in the background also throws me off, usually... wait a minute! I am lost! She could be falling?

I am going to give Vision 5/5 stars
Simply because i am going to keep guessing till Kire tells me which way. Darn you for confusing me!

As Kire said who doesn't know steam punk, and i am happy to say i have yet to see this steam punk.
The headgear, what exactly is that, a Gyro of sorts? Some sort of protective gear? Or maybe(complete speculation) a helmet that allows her to breath at higher elevations by pumping oxygen directly into the face?!?
The machine gun on the chest, is that for look or is that actually a part of her body? "I swear death patrol, i don't have any guns, bullets go flying out of her chest, killing all of them.

The Jet pack is a great touch too, tells you that it looks futuristic and exotic, but keeps within the idea of, HEY wen't can't really fly, we need to re-fuel every once in a while.

I will give Originality 5/5stars

Alot of Kire's work is amazing, i have yet to see something that isn't so.
He does say he uses stocks and after looking at the stocks and comparing photos, where are they? I have seen alot of his work involves the melding of reality and fantasy reality. In this picture, he did and A+ job on using the stock and blending it completely into the world he has created.

I give Technique 5/5stars.

Keep up the great work.

Other then leaving me confused, leaving me in aw and making a rather epic picture, not much more i can say on impact.

Impactu! a 5/5

Well DURRR, i gave it a 20 stars, he almost has enough stars to get him self another 1 up!(Hehe Super Mario World Reference)
Big deal so what, wanna fight about it?!

Again, keep up the good work Kire, can't wait to see the next one.
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hehe thanks so much man, I always love your critiques!
I got so much awesome feedback on this one, I'm quite afraid to upload my other images. I guess everyone will be disappointed. :D

Btw: you can turn your head 90 degrees to the left and you'll see how I started this picture. I just thought it was pretty cool to have some vertical clouds with a horizontal image. That's something one doesn't see too often. So she is actually falling towards the earth I think. ;)
ToastsaoT's avatar
I guessed it, but didn't really hit it. And you are welcome, you should put something up that i can actually critique hehe.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
hehe alright, I'll see what I can do about it. :D
She is certainly handling the recoil quite well. LOL

Visually, this is stunning though.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you! Well, realism probably wasn't my main goal here :D
vonotto's avatar
This picture speaks to me in volumes!
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glad you like it :)
Insideplaces's avatar
I think this is a beautiful piece of art. I think it should be a scene in some futuristic movie. It's that good. :)
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thanks a bunch! I'd totally watch a movie like this :D
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FantasyRebirth96's avatar
Great work overall on this! I'd love for you to do a combat/action scene one day since your work like this is already great! I mean it's super up to you~ Keep doing what you do best for yourself alright?
ErikShoemaker's avatar
Yeah I want to do something like this again at some point since I feel like I improved quite a bit since 2009. :XD: It's just so time consuming to make these and I need the right idea. Thanks a lot for the compliment!
silverm23's avatar
I love it! Love I hope it will get a backstory :) Like killing some monsters or the worst robots :D
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Hehe, not sure it ever will get one. Since I made it in 2009 already :XD: but it's worth thinking about it. Thanks a lot for your comment!
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