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Peak Estate

Here is my latest creation Peak Estate

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AstralMiasma's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

I don't write critiques very often, but when I see something as inspired and glistening with professionalism as this, I feel it's worth penning down a few words for an artist who clearly put in a considerable amount of time and effort to bring a piece to life. 'Peak Estate', at first glance, might look like just another mountaintop palace image, something I've seen quite a bit of lately due to my own projects. But gucken's use of color, blending and lighting changes everything. Wisely, the artist draws our eye with a bright red roof which contrasts so perfectly with the heavy green-blue pallet of the surrounding landscape. Naturally, our eye works from the palace downward to the clever smattering of white birds against a dark green-brown peak which contrasts neatly in a yin/yang sort of way with the flock of darker birds seemingly flying in the opposite direction up and to the right.

The mist in the foreground gets a bit muddled at some points I feel. By the time we've marveled at the peak estate itself and the precipice it sits upon, our eyes are hungry for more details as we work our way to the foreground, and all we're left with are craftily placed shadows which are simultaneously good and bad. While they create the illusion of a landscape cast into shadow by the sun which has disappeared behind cloud cover above and out of frame, it seems like the artist used some kind of feathering (feather to black) technique along the entire border of the piece, causing it to lose some of its luster and feel constrained just to the realm of the image, and not endless and limitless like the author surely intended by putting a spectacular-looking mountain range far in the distance.

I feel like if the shadows and the brightness/darkness balance is cleaned up and refined a bit, it will greatly fix the sort of muddiness of the foggy areas in the foreground. It might also behoove the artist to add some kind of winding pathways, stairs, flags, balconies or gazebos or things of that nature to the actual peak where the estate is located, which I feel would give us less of a 'wizard's manse' feel and more of a clifftop manor feel. As it stands, its a lonely sentinel atop a mountain with no visible way to reach it, and could be made to look neater with just a few more signs of civilization. Of course, this is just a matter of opinion.

Spectacular work and I truly hope to see more from this artist in the future.
Chronos-X'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

This is unreal: this piece exudes a beauty I've yet to see in this world, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. Forget the estate: this structure's a temple built to honor deities inside a fictional work of literature, video game, or something similar. It's that beautiful.

Composition and technique are flawless: the mist covers the rocks at the basin, yet does not completely obscure them from the naked eye, allowing the beholder to play around with their very evanescence. The hills are majestic to behold, especially the snowy mountain range at the background clad in fog as the eye focuses on the estate and nearby areas.

The streams flowing from the mountain create a lush forest at the basin, which in turns create a river that roars as it melts into the waves of the ocean. All this and more surrounds the piece with an uncanny atmosphere that allows completely different ecosystems to coexist without becoming detrimental to one another: it's so welcoming and inviting for its beauty and tranquility, yet at the same time so ominous and repellent because of the strains it places on all that human experience deems possible.

Be as it may, congratulations on a job well done. Any world you create is more than worth visiting.
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izzy-juniper's avatar
This is so beautiful Heart 
Aboraliz's avatar
Oh wow! This looks magnificent!
Chromattix's avatar
I can imagine getting all the way to the top and going "oh crap - I forgot to get the milk while I was out" :nuu:

Great landscape though :D
Segamonsaga's avatar
Beautiful landscape. :heart:
gucken's avatar
Thank you Anya! :)
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