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Seems like I actually managed to finish one of the many personal paintings that I have started over the course of the past weeks and months, whenever work allowed. This one began as a tiny ballpoint sketch in my sketchbook...and developed into a little more work than I had originally anticipated. Partly because I wanted to paint this one without using any photos or textures. But I had loads of fun, and I hope you will enjoy it as well!

I will probably upload the print next week. Am looking forward to hear what you guys think. Much love :heart:

Daniel Alekow
www.dancakes.com
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This piece is truly amazing, I must first say. The contrast between the hanged figures and the serene scenery is very striking, and is added to by the light tones and sunlight on the the cabin and the dark shadows under the trees (which I suppose could be construed as gallows!).
There are so many small things which make this work inspiring, in content and style. For instance the blue rag on the right, the waterfall in the background and each offshoot from it, the mountain, the wheeling birds, the way the roof has sagged on the building: each one tells a story, or, at least, hints at one, and allows the rest to the imagination. Obviously, something terrible has happened here, but what? Executions, maybe? Joint suicides? Bandits?
And the colours. Wow. It's all so alive with individual tones, from rich browns to the palest blues.
All these things make this artwork so utterly awe-inspiring as to almost be real.
Although, I suppose I can't be all-praising, which is a pity, but a real challenge. I think that the only thing I can say is that maybe it is a bit cliched (sorry there's no accent on that :L). What with all the modern fantasy novels and films, which, I believe, stem from Tolkein, this type of scene seems to be over-used somewhat. I cannot say that you have copied anyone else, as the originality of this work is clear, I just lament the way so many things nowadays seem to be like this: almost all digital art I have seen of this calibre has amazing background landscapes, a serene feel, a rustic ambience and a darker side to it.
But this is just a minor point. Aside from this, I honestly cannot find anything I dislike about this piece, and for it to have come from a ball point sketch is fantastic!
Keep up the good work!
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I like the texture on the roof of the house, and the leaves also seemed to take a bit of effort for this. I love the light blue feel of the sky, though the mountains seem a bit cartoonish. I like the texture on the water and the trees that seem to be hiding something behind their trunks, providing mystery inside the image. Very nice. Your shadows were good for the house, and it provides an ancient and nostalgic feel to the portrait itself. I also like the fawn you put in the background.
The only thing I'd recommend you to do is to make sure that your idea hasn't been used a lot. I feel that it would benefit you if you choose another color besides blue in the corner to tie the scene together. Other than that, I love the master piece.
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Butterflybarna Featured By Owner May 30, 2018
AMAZING! A brilliant balance between beauty and tragedy👍
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:iconstransky:
Stransky Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
Soothing OMG 
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Professional
Yes, soothing. veeeery soothing :giggle:
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CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!
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mynti Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2016  Professional
Classic! Is that a tiger at the water's edge?! Love how the straw roof gives it an old worldey or tropical flair.. I can't decide. Nice leaf brushes :D But why the hidden hanging? It's so jarring! I guess that might be the point.
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Professional
Hehe thanks, Gracie! That would be a tiger with some veeery skinny legs :giggle:
And yeah, that jarring feeling sort of was the point. I wanted this contrast between a scene that is inviting at first sight and creepy at second =]
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sayuri94watanabe Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're amazing *_* and I'm speechless!
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Professional
Arigatou gozaimasu, Sayuri :lol: I am really glad you liked my work =] I am not that amazing though! :D
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sayuri94watanabe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nop, you are *.*
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional
Haha, you are being nice :D :lol:
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Manahiel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
At first I was like: wow, so peacefull! And then I saw the hanging bodies in the trees D: 
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional
....dann hat das ja wunderbar funktioniert! :giggle: :lol:
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YoshiFuckingHell Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So wunderschön Heart Love 
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional
Danke dir :aww:
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The-Nalkiahn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
I haven't read the comments so maybe you answered this already, but what's with the hanging corpses? It seems out of place in the painting
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional
For me it is actually the one element that made the painting sind and gave it a twist that I really liked. =]
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:iconpitsh:
Pitsh Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015   Digital Artist
awesome piece of art. I love how you play with the expectations and their rules and how you break them.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional
Thanks so much! :aww: Probably something, that I should do more often!
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:iconmirowshka:
Mirowshka Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional Artist
your work is so beautiful and perfect and.... ahhhhh I'm jealous ;D 
I want to paint like you '^^ 
What program do you use?
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional
Ah it's from perfect :lol: And hey, practise and you will =] I use photoshop :aww:
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BrennsArtAttic Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing :clap:
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional
Thank you so much, Brenna :aww:
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BrennsArtAttic Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ur welcome ;)
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amygdalon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice work ... strong, deep, strange, good!
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional
Danke dir, Chris! =]
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:iconmiafka:
Miafka Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Очень красиво ^^ 
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional
большое спасибо =] я рад, что это тебе понравилось :aww:
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:iconmiafka:
Miafka Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Вы хорошо знаете русский? ^^ 
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional
хаха, нет, к сожаленью очень не знаю. я учил русский в школе, но я забыл почти всё =/ мне надо говорить больше :lol:
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:iconmiafka:
Miafka Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Однако, Вы им владеете прекрасно ^^ 


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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very captivating.
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional
Thanks a bunch, Melanie :aww:
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Writers-411 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow! lol I first noticed the house, and I thought, "Wow. I would like to just chill there for a few. Then, I looked to the left, and I saw all the dead people hanging. Then, I was like, "Maybe I don't want to chill there after all." I do like how you have the contrast in light; for example, the right side is shiny and inviting as the left side is dark and scary. The detail is wonderful in here, and I do enjoy this whole ensemble together. Wonderfully done.
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional
Thank you so much :aww: I'm glad you enjoyed the piece and that the image had an effect on you :nod: That's what I'm after :#1:
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Writers-411 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :)
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Took me a while to see those :)
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional
Hehehe, good! :lol: That's how it should be :D
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Linum7 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   General Artist
Very peaceful quiet and sunny place I thought))) But when I looked closer... I like arts "with the secret" very much! Great idea!
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional
большое спасибо :aww: I am glad you liked it =] And yeah I felt like this little "secret" made the piece a lot better :D
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Iskandros Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
This just goes beyond words.
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memod Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional
Haha, I'm glad you think so, thank you! :D
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Murtagh231 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
woah... its the hanging tree...
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Murtagh231 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
from the song from Hungergames.. o.O.... I really love the painting!!! Words cant describe how epic it is! I just wish i could paint like this~
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FayLeif Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
the irony of this title and the stuff in it is incredibly 
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional
Thank you, Shona :D I'm glad you picked that up :D
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FayLeif Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
your welcome yo :) keep up the good work
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memod Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional
I shall try my best :D
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FayLeif Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
SWEET :D
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talbeans Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
oops--commented on the wrong picture a minute ago. This one is very nice and disturbing with the hanging people.
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