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Distant Fortress Ruins by Balaskas Distant Fortress Ruins by Balaskas
PSCS5 Digital Paint
Copyright Raex Games Kromore
www.kromore.com/
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Spoof-Ghost Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Love how the light falls.  Awesome details as well.
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Dimeolas7 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
beautifull work, i can almost feel the wind and smell the rain :)
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Super awesome!
Skyrim meets Assassins Creed in my opinion, great work!
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noahsummers Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's something strange about the background; it may be because of the darker neighboring shadows, but the light on the right tower looks brighter than the left side. That's not to say it's unrealistic or that there's something wrong on a technical level (because of the heavy clouds and angle of the sunlight, you could have all kinds of shadows playing with the light on the hill), but it feels like the eye is meant to be drawn from the man to the left tower, and probably follow the stairs back to the foreground, and due to the higher contrast on the right tower, the eye instead travels from man to left tower to right tower, and then kind of hangs.

I think this would work better if you had left the right tower mostly in shadow, and let some light spill on those ruins and the lower stairs on the hillside, which would draw the eye to the cliff, back to the man, and so on, leading the eye in a loop and not allowing it to leave the painting.

In any case, really beautiful painting. I was filtering through my daily pile of watches, and this caught my eye.
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Balaskas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the input! I do believe the effect is caused by the higher contrast on the right between the clouds and tower, and that fading the light cast from left to right would ease that misdirection. Good catch!
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yinetyang Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Is this "Demon's Soul" related? It really reminds me the begining of the game.
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:iconbalaskas:
Balaskas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Its not related, though I can definitely see the similarity. That game is so hard, controller throwing mayhem :D
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yinetyang Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Completely but.... I nailed it till the end (sweating blood though! :D )
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:iconbalaskas:
Balaskas Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! When I get a good chuck of time (never) I'll have to get back into that one.
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yinetyang Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Lol! Good luck with that and Umbasa, of course.
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imhilien Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely done. :)
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Beautiful
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javotep666 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello, my name is Javier and I love your work, I wonder if I can make a cover for a comic of a worry vaquero.no commercial is not just a project for me, I really would love greetings from Argentina.
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Balaskas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hello Javier! Thank you, I'd like to hear about your offer so feel free to message me.
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javotep666 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello again, my offer would be only a cover for a comic own noncommercial left alone in my hands, the idea of the cap would be a cowboy standing with the back field and a woman hugging him from behind but like a fantasma.desde and to inform you that as you would do in business is no silver heart by medio.Mis greetings and thanks for answering.
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VincentJAlcarese Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool!!
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B-RianI Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Great job! I especially love the way you draw the rocks in the foreground! :D
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ArunaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow amazing piece :clap:
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schtrudelz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Really good!!!
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Jo-Sh3ph3rd Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Stunning!!!!! :OMG:
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Jo-Sh3ph3rd Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:omg:
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:iconbalaskas:
Balaskas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent! The scale is superb and the light on the castle a clever detail!
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Balaskas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I love those first/last rays of sun to grab the viewer :D
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Like the comment above, I definitely thought "EPIC" when I first saw this. It reminds me of scenes going on in my head for some of the recent books I've read or maybe I've been playing Assassin's creed too much and i'm dreaming shots like this... :P.

The perspective draws you first to the figure and then to the castle, making you think: Is the castle the goal? Or is it the scene of previous carnage by the figure under the arch? It works well to inspire the mystery of the lone figure.

I think enlarging the figure/arch section to give a sort of over the shoulder kind of perspective could be cool. But the overall epic shot works really well.

Hope this is useful,

DW
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Balaskas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks for the good input!
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries - Definitely thought it was worth the time. A short comment doesn't seem to cut it anymore, unless I'm ridiculously busy.
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