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Mohaine Desert by VonStreff Mohaine Desert by VonStreff
How do you make a desert which is described as "absolutely featureless" interesting? This one went very quickly, but I'm not too happy with it. I guess it does look like the "apotheosis of all deserts" as described in the Dark Tower. Completely painted, no textures used.

*Edit* Okay, I've added Roland and Jake, as well as increased contrast and minor color change.

Here's the final video: [link]
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Charanty Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
For some odd reason i have always imagined it to have white sand/stone and fierce blue sky but this version is also good.
PS
Small figures are Jake and Roland?
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VonStreff Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yep. Yeah, blasted white would be good, with a searing sky, extreme heat. Maybe I'll paint you a version of that. :D Yep, Jake and Roland.
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Charanty Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
That would be insanely awesome!

Oh nice)
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Oceansoul7777 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty much how I imagine it :)
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Zacron Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is very cool. It adds a great amount of understanding to the scale of the desert in The Dark Tower, like you said. And honestly, at first, I thought this was CGI. I think it is very well done.
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VonStreff Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the comment! Glad to hear it. :D
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Zacron Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure! I am slowly reading thru that series right now and that is definitely in my head as I read it. The scale is great.
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like this one...the figures add scale and depth and I like the general palette. The foreground is nicely done. I think you went a little overboard on the dust and it could be toned down a bit. Couple of suggestions using reference to help: while the desert is featureless that doesn't mean you can't play with with pattern, lighting and perspective; and the sky doesn't have to be featureless. Check out these links of images (mostly salt flats I think, which are really featureless)

Perspective
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lighting and use of contrasts to show depth and create focus
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Bringing the sky into the picture (though it is a little featureless)
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bringing out a focus and adding a feel to the image
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VonStreff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback and great reference images. I'll revisit this over the next week and change a few things. Thanks!
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yeladyesorceress Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Artist
Looks good! Absolutely featureless, I suppose, is interesting in it's nothingness. Sort of contradictory! Are the books good? You seem to be a fan!

Just an idea, if I could be so bold - the absolutely featureless desert could be portrayed through the eyes of a sufferer lost there? So, mirages fading in the distance? I suppose, as with all things, it depends on our interpretation:)
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