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July 2, 2013
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Forest Cathedral by merrak Forest Cathedral by merrak
Environment practice :)

MyPaint + GIMP 2.6. Ubuntu 11.04.
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Initial Impression: Moat? Who needs a moat, I've got a mountain! That was followed by me firmly trying to place myself in such a sweeping castle and what it would be like to see it and know it was real or live there.

Perception Line: I start in the middle of the picture, the main cluster of buildings and then follow the bridge down to the gateway. After that my eyes sweep right to the side structures then right over everything to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Vision: This is a very visually appealing and distinct. I can tell it was imagined and implemented. Mostly it's completely believable except for some distractions in the land formations and towers.

Originality: Castles are hardly a new thing, they're rather old, and they've been imagined in every scenario possible. That being said I think this is a unique enough implementation of your vision that it is an original work. The way the castles almost grow out of the mountain side is interesting almost as if they might stretch down INTO the mountains.

Technique: As mentioned in vision some of the towers have tilts that don't sync up. If you look at the 3 further towers in the center you can see that all have the same angle. However if you move down to the stout tower which connects to the bridge it almost tilts towards the audience, unlike the back towers. The left tower on its own also tilts away from the others as if it's crooked. The same issue can be seen on the right towers.

Impact: I feel like this is memorable and I may even discuss it with other artists going. Yeah this one time I saw this picture, you should check it out. I also feel as if the fact it was a practice run and not a truly artistic expression shows in the subtle details like the tower, lighting, and such. I hope it inspires you to continue working though. It's certainly an attention holding piece, even if it isn't "captivating" yet!
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erenik Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your paintings look a bit plastic, as if it's a model and not a painting, but the textures are nice and the details and lighting are well done! Intriguing o.o
merrak Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist
I've been working on perspective for a while. I think getting that down better would help with the plastic look. I used to be happy if I got a result that looked like something :P I might need to re-think texturing a bit, too. I have a library of textures I made from taking snapshots, but I think I may need to pay more attention to the lighting in the textures themselves.
erenik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ye, the trick is the shadows and lighting in 'em. It's very noticable when you've just had a texture and then apply flat shading/lighting on top of it, giving it the flat 'polished marble'-esque look.
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail is increidble. it must've taken a lot of time to finish this. ery well done, i like the transisiton from day to night and the architecture ;)
merrak Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks ;)  I forgot now how long it took. I don't think it was too bad, but the building seemed to take forever.
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol it looks like one of those pieces that would ;)
wesroadie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very impressive, I think it's look like hogwarts too =D
merrak Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks :)
cyber199 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
This looks excellent! It kind of reminds me of Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter books.
merrak Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks :)

Hey, it kinda does! I remember one of the shots from the first movie (the only one I saw) of the building.
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