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Can we ever go home? by kei-fu-lin Can we ever go home? by kei-fu-lin
Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-ight drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen. -- John le Carre

My entry for Exotika II contest. I've seen some of the other entries and I am really amazed at what has been submitted so far. I hope I can compete!


This is dedicated to Airage. His talent and amazing compositions never fail to inspire.
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TakuaDE Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
your moons look akward like if you just erased the other half. If you wanna create the effect you were looking for erase the farest region of the moon and use a semitransparent(?) eraser to continue, that way it wont look so unreal.
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phoenix07 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007   Digital Artist
This is some great composition work.
I love the bridge and the beautiful textures.
However...
There are a bunch of errors that could be fixed up to improve the piece.

Because there are no shadows, there is no depth within the image. Every object looks arbitrary...

Also, if you can, try to fix the distance of the water. The horizon needs to meet with the water... again, it looks superimposed.

What program did you use to render the scene?
Is it Bryce?
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kei-fu-lin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007
Thanks for the comments!
I'm not sure what you mean about the shadowing though, could you explain a bit further?

I actually used Terragen for the basal render and then did a paintover in photoshop.

Please tell me more if you can...I really do want to improve :S
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phoenix07 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007   Digital Artist
What i mean is you should try to have consistency within the piece...

The bridge for example, is lighter than the surroundings... the bottom of the bridge is just as light as the top... it should be darker due to shadows...

There also needs to be a source light so you can determine the direction of shadows.

However, if you were aiming for a night picture then perhaps you could try using monotone colors... such as a deep blue, but keeping the sky normal...

I think the main thing that really tips the image over is the way the horizon ends so immediately.
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kei-fu-lin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
Thanks so much - I need some good comments <3 - I understand what you mean about the consistency...I'm still trying to get the hang of it...

I can see what you mean about the bridge though - doh!

I was wanting to go for a sort of foggy/misty atmosphere - so there isn't direct light per se, but more like an ambient light...so not really night or day..just sort of in between I guess ;)

I agree about the horizon, I never noticed that before!

Doh!
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phoenix07 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007   Digital Artist
hehe no worries,
p.s. i love simpsons!
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