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I proudly present you Wayfarer. No wallpaper this time, sorry ;)

I'm not really in the mood for a nice story atm. But maybe you are (feel free to write something. If it's good, I'll add it to the description :) )

~WatcherCCG On a moon of an earthlike planet, two explorers chart the perilous polar region in preparation for expansion. Another moon blots out the sun, casting an eerie twilight over the arctic world, as the planet looms in the sky, sharing in the eclipse.
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SkillZombie's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

The silent and mysterious life of the drifter; a life that few people wish to assume. To wander aimlessly from place to place without any actual agenda, with the exception of your own personal goals. To have no place to call your own and to be doomed to wander the landscape until the cold hand of death prepares to take you from this world to the next is a thought that must always burn through your mind with each and every passing step on each and every single day. Truly, a life of solitude is a daunting and mentally toiling ordeal that strains your mind each and every moment. Wayfarer, created by the ever so talented `taenaron, gives us a visual insight on the life of one rather unfortunate traveler who must make his way through a frozen wasteland on his own without anyone to assist him. Such a strong emotional pull from the image to the viewer should be more than enough to draw one in, but its `taenaron's signature style and detail placement is the genuine deal sealer on this piece above all else.

As with many of his previous deviations, the planetary atmosphere and as well as the nearby celestial bodies are well done. They each have their own rather subtle details and entice the eye to explore every single part of their almost phantom like hemispheres for signs of life and mysteries. This style gives the entire area a feeling of being closed off from the rest of the universe, as if the subject is walking through an area that he is doomed to repeat over and over throughout his mysterious journey.

The snow falling is a nice touch to the entire piece which ads more the feeling of isolation and loneliness that the subject must be feeling. The faint person in the background could be a representation of what one feels like as they make their way through the world like this, as if everywhere they go it feels like they are leaving behind shadows of their former selves, until nothing is left but a cold, emotionless figure who's only goal is to move from one place to the next.

I must say, thinking about the story behind the piece does add more to it, however there are still some things that could be fixed about it. For one, the atmosphere seems a bit pixelated and fuzzy in some places. Its almost as if it was stretched at the last moment. The whole appearance of the piece feels as though it could be a bit clearer or sharper in appearance but instead it just has this fuzzy haze about it. Whether this was intentional or not, it needs a bit of refinement.

Adding this to the many outstanding pieces to `taenaron's repertoire, gives us more to look at while at the same times gives him something else in his craft to refine. Nice work either way man. <img src="…" width="20" height="20" alt=":clap:" title="Clap"/>
TobiasRoetsch's avatar
Thanks a lot for your critique :) Was good to read!
SkillZombie's avatar
As always you are very welcome. :D
Chicotx56's avatar
Space is magic,nice work.
AustinRicheyArt's avatar
this is too good!! :D (Big Grin) :) (Smile) 
JefDeraldo's avatar
You certainly get those imaginations inhabitants of other dimensions and other planets with existing lives. I know you have a lot of talent in this kind of work, but if you believe in other people is certainly with the thoughts and ideas focused on this element type.

I've had some imaginations alike that when I woke up I did not want to return, are things that I do not know how to explain, but able to demonstrate in Art. But I do not have any tool to be able to express these views I have.

I really wanted to be able to draw so that neither you, Congratulations.

NOTE: (Google Translate) I'm from Brazil and unfortunately I can not speak English.
madmadman01's avatar
that's...three planets in sight (four, if we count the POV one).

i'm sure at least a couple more could be fit into the remaining space...

i mean c'mon. it's SPACE. it's bunches of planets wherever you look. hanging within plain sight and all...
TobiasRoetsch's avatar
and what exactly is your problem today?
madmadman01's avatar
well it's on the surface of my comment, under the sarcasm (sorry about that btw).

I've been looking through dA for years now, and these almost great, almost magnificent pieces of scifi art keep being spoiled by the annoying trend, where people just stuff all the empty space in sight with PLANETS.

I mean I did that myself with my very first piece of space art, but a) that was 5 years ago, when I'd just discovered PS and the ability to make space pics, so I was a complete noob, and b) it's an abstract picture - not meant to be at all realistic.

So I kind of break silence once in a while, when I think "geez this would've been so GREAT if he didn't jump on the "stuff it all with planets bandwagon". why can't the guy just let space be SPACE. It's AWESOME as it is, with the stars and the little little lights and the majesty and the infinity. Planets DON'T hang that close together. etc etc"

But no, 9 out of 10 space and scifi pics on dA have:
a) a big-ass planet looming right next to the one that the picture takes place on (which is completely silly, since they'd fall on each other instantly)
b) 2-4 smaller ones looming in sight, because that's so epic and also very realistic. As we know, if a planet has several moons, you can usually see them all/most of them at once.

Hence my irritation.

Feel free to dismiss my comments, hide them or whatever. Especially since I'm maybe/likely less technically proficient than you in some/many aspects of digital art.

That may be, but I can sure spot a silly trend that everyone copycats...
TobiasRoetsch's avatar
but you do see that this pic is like 3 years old?
and if you checked out my other images you would see that I'm not using many planets that often.

if you really want to see someone going crazy for planets go check out *QAuZ

have fun
madmadman01's avatar
You know the funny thing?

If I didn't think you were an awesome artist, and this pic had enormous potential, I would never have bothered.

Like the guy you linked me to - I can see from the previews what he's all about. I'm not even looking through that stuff, much less commenting on it.

But this pic (Wayfarer) would be chock-full of symbolism and epicness if it didn't have those two other planets (I humbly think).

Like from the preview, I thought it'd have been that nomad down on the POV planet...with the moon eclipsing the star above.

That would've been minimalistic and badass. You know? You have the wanderer down here, who no one cares about...and the wanderer up there (the moon) who no one cares about either...and yet that forgotten wanderer up there eclipses a GIANT STAR...and so might the wanderer down here, ome day. It becomes about the power of the individual.

But those extra planets (big one and small one) make the concept hazy, and what stylistic or symbolic purpose do they serve?

I'm sorry if this still comes off douchey. My skills at giving critique are raw and unpolished.
But be sure that I critique my own self and work the same way.
Like, don't even look through my gallery, because it's just a bunch of very flawed pieces. Even the better ones have enormous flaws and oversights.

I'm just, you know, kind of a perfectionist. And I think this had huge potential. And no, I didn't notice this was 3 years old...And I don't even know what purpose my rant is serving at this point, if it ever served any. But I have a feeling you kind of get it. Anyway, all the best to you, and sorry if I was uncivil in any way.
GotMyOrangeCrush's avatar
Taenaron, just ignore people like this. Offering an honest critique is one thing. Being a total arrogant a*s about it is something completely different. Its a great piece, 3 years ago or today!
KyleWhisper4's avatar
i feel the same as katzefrau2035, I have that feeling I was somewhere just like that, and truthfully, quite recently, I cant remember If it were a dream or if it was a film i saw even though i havent watched any sci-fi films other than men in black 3 in the past 3 months
Katzenfrau007's avatar
It's curious but I feel like i have been there before! very nice place!
Mararda's avatar
I have featured this incredibly powerful work here:
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Alpha-Element's avatar
extremely beautiful and wonderful concept!:faint: 100/10 stars!;)
LightDrop's avatar
Sagenhaft! :faint:

c u
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