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The River -ver. 2-

This image was featured in Issue 19 of 3D Artist magazine, August, 2010.
The original version of this image was a Daily deviation in November, 2009.


After spending a week modeling "The River" 3 months ago, I was exhausted enough that I didn't put the proper attention into the lighting and finishing. Looking back on the original image, I don't really know what I was thinking in that regard, as the colors are rather cool and lifeless, and the lack of focus in the composition makes the whole thing a rather muddled mess. Hindsight is always 20/20 I suppose, right?

Because of the work put into modeling, and especially after the original "The River" was selected as a Daily Deviation garnering roughly 20,000 hits, I have wanted to use this one as a main portfolio piece.

After completing "To you who finds this letter", I liked how the lighting turned out in that one, and was inspired to go back and try a similar system on this piece. I think the result is a lot more colorful, and warmer. The other main thing I did was to try to give the composition a bit more focus, by making the far areas recede more into the background. A bit of detail was lost but it should be worth it due to the effect on the overall image. I also added a few little people...
It could still be better, but there's only so much I want to do to a 3 month old model.

I decided to post it as a new image because of the considerable time gap, but will be putting a link to this one in the comments of the old image.

If you have any other suggestions for how this piece may be improved, I am all ears.
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Hardedge-Maelstrom's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Wow I had no idea that this was a 3D render, it looks like a wonderful illustration! The colours are so vibrant and full of life that it gives the locale a real lovely charm. I also like how you mixed the usually contrasting eastern and western architectural styles together into one harmonious form. It looks stunning <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

One thing I would like to point out is that while the background enjoys plenty of depth and detail, the foreground seems to be lacking. Perhaps a couple sitting together on that bench enjoying the view together might bring more life to the foreground without making it too distracting from the real focus.

All in all, an absolutely lovely work of art <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
I-Am-Madbat's avatar
It does need some life, but not too much, maybe a cat or a bird of some kind.
owen-c's avatar
There was going to be someone on the bench originally but people aren't my strong point.
thetitanium's avatar
you hear about this work being featured as representative of TV Tropes page on Solar Punk?
This is so beautiful!
moyashisoba's avatar
good job!( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
KuboCaskett's avatar
I think I've seen this on a TV Tropes page about Solarpunk stuff before.
EcliptorCalrissian's avatar
Your works are astounding.
Superjustinbros's avatar
This is absolutely beautiful! My type of landscape.
Shadowpsycho's avatar
I wanna live there so baaaaaaaaaaaad... It's so beautiful.
mikelwallacejr's avatar
Character in Jade Reflection
ViolaFiore's avatar
Fantastic. Love the design.
IndigoMystiere's avatar
So awesome and beautiful!!
Trisaw1's avatar
Really nice colorful render. Nice details, perspective, shading, proportions, and layout.
joeltonongkh's avatar
Should be some scene in Final Fantasy the game. Very beautiful and detail driven!
Sachi-pon's avatar
i wish i could go to a place like this =)
Kelly-violet's avatar
I just love all your designs! This one is especially beautiful! I'm very attracted by its colours and the different depths
All those details... It takes some time to get to all of them! Magnificent really!
electrifried's avatar
omg my eyes :icontearplz: It's just so beautiful :iconrainbowtearplz:
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afullonetouch's avatar
I really love this! :D
xDeathsGirlx's avatar
Wow is all I can say
heystevejoe's avatar
*gasp* I love this
I love the colors
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