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Journey

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Watercolour on paper.

Inspired by the beautiful indie game of the same name. I'm not a massive gamer, but it has to be one of the best showcases of video games as an immersive artform that I've seen. The visuals and camerawork are just mesmerising. This is my version of the iconic image of the characters heading towards the mountain, with a somewhat different colour palette and going for the feeling of that magic hour glow. This artwork was done as a gift for my girlfriend - we played this game the first time I went to her house :P 

The soundtrack by Austin Wintory is perfectly integrated into the game, and is a masterpiece on its own. It's one of the things I love listening to as I paint or draw - it's another world for your consciousness to get lost in while your subconscious does its thing onto the paper.

Anyway, hope you like :peace:
~Simon
Image size
3661x3661px 9.54 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
EPSON
Model
Perfection V30/V300
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
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thepurplemonsterHobbyist Traditional Artist
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
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This is so incredibly beautiful -- even, I would say, sublime.

When I first saw this image, I had such a strong visceral reaction -- I felt it in my chest in a way that doesn't happen with most art. There's such rich emotion and energy in this piece, your reverence for the game and sincerity in making this homage is palpable. And I think, also, that it is so strong even as a standalone piece, (I've never played/seen the game its inspired by), speaks to a sort of yearning that is universal, a deep human longing for a faraway place that is made of beauty and light.

In terms of the technicalities, I think you really pulled this one off. The details are rendered so carefully that there's more weight to the emotion -- the sense that you have the skill, and also took the time, to paint it as a it should be and not only to imply what could have been. The color scheme is really well done, celestial yet not rainbow, atmospheric without being corny. I love how organic yet mysterious the clouds are, as well as the mountain; it gives the whole piece a sort of warmth and sense of welcome when the composition might otherwise be intimidating. As a previous commenter pointed out, a few of the buildings are slightly skewed, but it really doesn't detract from the overall image, coming off more as part of the quirky style.

My only suggestion is that there is a clear difference in style / sharpness between the characters and background, which makes sense, but it would come off better if the figure that is more far away (leaping / flying into the air) were painted less sharply, to pose more as a transition / middle ground between the main character and the background. That way, there would be a sense of these characters taking on the elements of the space -- a lightness of being -- as they get closer to it, rather than perpetually remaining separate and almost too heavy to enter. That's a retrospective suggestion though, and not a particularly urgent one; everything else about the picture is already perfect to me.

What a wonderful piece. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>
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SimanionProfessional Traditional Artist
Wow... Thank you for the time and effort it would have taken to reflect on this. There's really no better compliment to be given. You're very kind! I agree with the smaller figure thing... it was a tricky one, because in my mind he/she's about as far away as the largest headstone things on the left (and so aimed to make the equally defined), but because it's leaping through the air it kind of screwed up the obvious perspective you'd get if they were on the ground, haha. Anyway, thanks again :aww:
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thepurplemonsterHobbyist Traditional Artist
9 times out of 10 I'm a lazy bum who just looks at art and doesn't say anything, haha. Every once in a while a piece will make me come out of the woodwork, and then it is my pleasure! :) In short, you are very very welcome, and kudos again on the wonderful piece. :heart:
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First of all: You did a great job on this picture! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/h/h…" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="357" title="Heart"/>

I played the game as well and I think you captured the overall feeling of it. The soft colours and the composition with the shining mountain in its centre are a great combination.
Although you chose a square format you nicely created distance using sand dunes and the architectural elements of the game. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>

There are some small things that could be improved. In my opinion the general feeling of “longing for the mountain” would be improved if the mist in front of the mountain (which is now moving to the right) moves from the sides towards the centre (to the mountain). There are small perspective problems with the architectural elements and for me the running/jumping figure seems to be quite distant and is therefore a little bit too big (or the one in the front too small).

Summarizing I have to say that you did a great job on all the tiny details!
I love this picture! It makes me want to play Journey again! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="23" height="23" alt=":w00t:" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="97" title="w00t!"/>
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FahrezaArubusman45Hobbyist Digital Artist
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My First Critique on DeviantArt. Here we go.

First of all, when i saw this, this deviation looks awesome. i even can't do something like this!

Color combination that you used in this deviation is very great (especially when the color turned from green and then turned into yellow and eventually white when reached the light at the peak of the mountain), very clear, and somewhat representing something that i always imagine in my mind.

Maybe, you should add more color and maybe the cloud form that you placed on the mountain foot, you turned into something like fog.

The Conclusion is: Your Deviation looks awesome and somewhat represent something that i always imagine.
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Yainderidoo Traditional Artist
The warmth of the colouring is amazing....beautiful work!
Simanion's avatar
SimanionProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :aww:
selina4's avatar
where the hell did you learn to draw like a GOD?? awesome
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SimanionProfessional Traditional Artist
Haha, thank you – but I think I need lessons!
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Simjim91Professional Digital Artist
Very beautiful. Quite unique. 
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BizmasterStudios General Artist
Absolutely stunning. This is truly amazing art!
Simanion's avatar
SimanionProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
bakertoons's avatar
bakertoonsProfessional Filmographer
Ooh, very stylish! Good job
TriciaS's avatar
I do like it!!!Very much!!It's a beautiful fantasy land!!The colours are so delicate and the perspective is brilliant!!
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SimanionProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love warm palettes 
I-Moony-I's avatar
I-Moony-IHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing...
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SimanionProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you :thanks:
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guodaaikoHobbyist General Artist
I think it is awesome. You don't need add more colors. You created warm atmosphere. That's what i like it:)
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SimanionProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you :aww: Yeah, I deliberately stuck to this palette, glad you like it :)
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guodaaikoHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
naksur's avatar
Such a beautiful piece of art.
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SimanionProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :aww:
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MsSophieArtHobbyist Traditional Artist
Its the place where i want to go after death. Thank you for inspiring me.... Can see god
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SimanionProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your wonderful words :aww:
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