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ATLAS - BORIS TRIBUTE by ISIKOL ATLAS - BORIS TRIBUTE by ISIKOL
Boris Vallejo was always an inspiration to me...

He is one of our greatest artist of our century...

I remade his 1988 masterpiece "Atlas" using M4...

I Had to totally repaint him and alter his "geometry" to make him look like a normal human...soon i will upload the "before the postwork" image...

hope you like it...

almost 12 hours of work...

before and after postwork image here

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I was born in june 1980. Many of the people born in that year grew up with the right kind of cartoons and especially, with the right kind of roleplay games: paper, dice and pencil.
I recall when I was about 11, my first tast of D&D and I couldn't let it go. Soon the search for fantasy pictures became something on daily basis and Boris Vallejo was something you couldn't avoid to see.
I remember this epic picture with top of the art men and women, fighting monsters or just posing, like heroes.

What you did here my friend is not just a humble tribute to one of the greatest artists ever born, is something more.
You were clearly able to create that surreal impact, lights that reflect on the muscles, prespective and that mighty solid fantasy mood.

I'm not too fond of the Dragons there, Atlas alone is the center ( in al senses) of the picture but I can understand their funcion of filling the void around him.

His right hand seems a little off, like the planet is hovering on his hand, but we all must admit we don't have a reference for someone holding a planet on his shoulder, right? :)

Speaking of Atlas, he is glorious, he give that titanic strength vibe plus the solemnity of his face, just glorious!

This is, indeed your greatest master piece to date, no matter what you will do from now on, this will be remembered :nod:
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Only because you asked... :)

It's very clear the inspiration was Boris Vallejo. He is also one of my favorite artists and a personal 'hero' of mine. I spent many long nights trying to unlock his secrets of painting.

Your piece comes close to capturing the 'Vallejo' feel, and the main figure is very well done. The overpaint is skillful and complete - good job there. The world is also very eye-catching and the sidelight is a good mechanism for drawing your eye towards Altas himself. The atmospherics are, as usual in an Isikol piece, top quality.

However, there are a couple minor details that don't seem to fit with the rest of the piece (let me underline MINOR). In particular, the rock he's kneeling on is clearly pasted in. It doesn't match the painted feel of the Atlas figure or the world. At a minimum, it would need similar highlight intensity and souce as the main figure (or as an option, have almost no highlight at all, leaving the figure alone in the light). I would recommend overpainting the rocks as well, since you did so with the main figure... and I think leaving them as shadowed as his legs would help place them together in the image.

The dragons are also a little odd - they look like raw renders in a painted piece. Make sure you use the same 'language' artistically when you do your final composition.

Otherwise... great work!
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kiborgalexic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing piece!I think I've fainted. 
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ViktoriyaDr Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!super!!!
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ISIKOL Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you my beautiful lady! 
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Palliden7 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Great art work. This should be the new cover of Ayn Rands- "Atlas Shrugged".
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:iconisikol:
ISIKOL Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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Zorrogreen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Wow great! Boris Vallejo is one of my favorite artists.
You can be very proud of yourself. You have done a great work.
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:iconisikol:
ISIKOL Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
HI THERE...did you saw this image feautured somewhere? thanks also! :)
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SAA-Layne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
More than interesting! Congratulations Trophy Trophy Trophy Trophy 
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:iconisikol:
ISIKOL Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
HI THERE...did you saw this image feautured somewhere? thanks also! :)
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AnthonyPap07 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Normally i'd write a critique but i am unfamiliar with this particular artist so i don't want to be unfair.Nevertheless my quick opinion: This piece is wonderful and it captures the original quite nicely.Can't call it original but the thought and work put into this are truly something.
On a sidenote I faved it immediately.
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:iconisikol:
ISIKOL Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
HI THERE...did you saw this image feautured somewhere? thanks also! :)
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AnthonyPap07 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
No i simply found it through dA's "What's Hot" feature.If it's featured anywhere else i am unaware of it.
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:iconisikol:
ISIKOL Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this!
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Art-of-DarkElegance Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
dear lord that is fantastic!!
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Catweazle01 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am a great fan of Boris Vallejo too and i am really amazed what you are able to do with M4 and lots of postwork. I wish to have the same knowledge. My pics would be better than :-)
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:iconisikol:
ISIKOL Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Its not difficult...you just need to draw what you see...and boris is an awesome artist for reference
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Sandra-Cristhina Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your beautiful work is featured in our group's :iconalightindarkness :[link] :iconsomeredhearts:
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ISIKOL Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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txhern Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Wow! You nailed his style.
He's one of my fav artists as well.
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ISIKOL Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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txhern Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Your welcome!
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txhern Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Your version is so much better than mine.
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Very impressive work! :iconbadasspzl:
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ISIKOL Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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janedj Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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ISIKOL Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you Jane!
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ObscuroArcanum Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really beautiful tribute to one of the masters of fantasy art. Great work! :love: :clap:
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A W E S O M E !!!
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1jsp Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Very Nice!
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schwarzeeis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome ! boris and julie are heroes of mine as well.this is a great hommage to them.
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:iconisikol:
ISIKOL Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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schwarzeeis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
anytime ;)
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RLPT07IDN Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
I'm going to,:+fav:
:wow: :clap: Great Artwork, illustration, title & background. :iconthumbsupplz: :) :highfive:
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Word & Image of the Day. :pointr: :pointr: :pointr: ~RLPT07IDN :jedi::ufo: :frail:
I can do all things through Jesus Chris† who enables me...:abduction:
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Writer
I really like this - the Vallejo influence is very obvious (one mof my favourite artists). The only thing that doesn't really work for me is the rock, it doesn't blend well with the rest of it. Still, great work.
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jay-cie73 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Nice details... I've always liked his work as well. Nice tribute!
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ISIKOL Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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supermarioART Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tribute to the great master!Congrats!;-)
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:iconisikol:
ISIKOL Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
THANKS
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supermarioART Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!;-)
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kylumi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For what it is worth......Awesome work!
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:iconisikol:
ISIKOL Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you..it worths a lot to me:)
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leftydrawer15 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
thought he held the sky ? or is percy lieng to me ??
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ISIKOL Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you are right...i thought holding a whole planet would made it more dramatic..also there where no dragons at the time...this is a Boris, reincarnation ;)
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leftydrawer15 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
ya this looks amazing !!!!
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drunkpimp3000 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
People have critiqued this more articulately than I could, but I just wanted to say how amazing your Atlas painted 3D art turned out. It gives me nostalgic memories of the stacks and stacks of trashy fantasy/sci-fi paperbacks that I used to read constantly as a kid. Very inspiring.
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ISIKOL Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much!!!
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drunkpimp3000 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, thank you. Work like this makes it worth logging onto this site.
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YikYik Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitelt an improvement. Looks really nice now! :D What do you mean that Boris was an inspiration btw?
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ISIKOL Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
its his piece done by scratch from me!
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YikYik Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I see! :D
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