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September 7, 2011
The suggestor says: "I spend many days browsing through DA and critiquing and commenting on art and have never found a picture as fantastic as Sunset. *Secr3t-x is an amazing artist that deserves more views than he gets." Also suggested by *4l1-x.
Featured by kuschelirmel
Suggested by Lammalord
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Edit : OMG I Got DD !!!! :la:
Many Thanks to *Lammalord And *4l1-x for suggesting it !! and To ^kuschelirmel for featuring it!

" Sunset "

Some matte painting is it my first time in this kind and i hope its good enough

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I hope you like it

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Image details
Image size
1200x900px 1.24 MB
Shutter Speed
1/256 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Dec 30, 2006, 10:55:30 AM
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ErikShoemaker's avatar
:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

I came across this work while randomly browsing and I think the atmosphere of this piece is really nice.

I have a couple of suggestions for you if you plan to go further into matte paining.

- the perspective of the foreground elements doesn't match with the background so that the vanishing lines now all lead into the middle of venice. If you compare your stock image of the ruins with your artwork you'll notice that the horizon has moved upwards which is causing this issue- perspective is really important in a matte painting, so you need to choose your stocks carefully in the future, or manipulate them in a way so they match.
- the lighting of the ruins in the foreground doesn't quite look like it should in a sunset. I think the edges, which face the sun should be lit slightly and the upsides of the buildings should generally be slightly darker. This would require some careful overpainting on your part.
- I like the girl's blending and the shadow you've added. However, the direction of the shadow is slightly off, I think you have to rotate it a few degress counterclockwise. Furthermore it seems you forgot some of the shadows on the environment, for instance the shadow of the stone in the grass and the stonewall.
- due to color and contrast adjustments there are some nasty overcontrasted and oversaturated spots all over the image, a few of them in the middle of venice and also the quality of the pyramid on the left has suffered a lot from the adjustments. It might help to reduce the sharpness over there.
- last but not least, landscapes usually becomes lighter and less contrasted in the distance. Some of the hills in the background on the other hand are very dark. I would brighten them up slightly in order to improve the depth of your scenery.

That is all I can think of right now, I hope it's helpful. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

Secr3tDesign's avatar
Thank you so much ,
It's very Helpful :aww:
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you're most welcome!
Lammalord'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

wait, a painting? LIES! see, let me tell the true story, you found a place so cool, want to pretend its fake (so no one can also go there) took a picture then called it a painting and posted a bunch of pictures that "could" look like various parts of it.

haha this is amazing! I normally have a great dislike for people who use stocks cause generally their blending is horrible, you can tell which is which picture, shading is off, tons are off, the sky and the land don't blend correctly, shadows go funny directions - but with this WOW I don't see a problem at all, it seriously looks like you just took one picture and painted it up, not multiple and put them together.

You know what, cause cause of its amazingness I think I'm going to end up handing out my first all 5-star review here, and for me, that NEVER happens!

Secr3tDesign's avatar

Thank you ..
i appreciate your critique ..
really don't have any words , I can't express the beauty of your style in writing critique , Thank you again !!

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"The sun? Conscious? How?" "In a way lower organisms like you have difficulty to grasp. One thought from the source takes longer than a human life. A conversation with other stars takes thousands of your years." "All the stars are conscious?" A dry laughter resounded. "Of course. They are the original inhabitants of the cosmos. Without them there would be no organic life, let alone organic consciousness."
- Elian Lazaro, Elysium

"The sun alone appears, by virtue of his dignity and power, suited for the duty of moving the planets, and worthy to become the home of God himself."
- Johannes Kepler, The Harmony of the World
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I seriously love this! It's like a feast for the imagination :)
pro-non's avatar
Simply amazing!
pro-non's avatar
My pleasure.. :heart:
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galactica1actual's avatar
Really amazing work. The colors give it a real sci-fi look and I love the combination of ruins and modern life.
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torbjornhirsch's avatar
I also am a little ambiguous about this piece. The colour are very good but the girl has light contours that seem a little scissored. I also believe the structures in the foreground should have more (warm) light, in sun exposed areas of course, except the white roof which seems overexposed. Actually I can't say it better than kire1987:s critique so I refer to him/her. All in all a great work though, keep it up!
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Hi there, dear friend! Your lovely work has been featured here: [link] :heart:
Secr3tDesign's avatar
Thank you so much :heart:
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