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Spired Mountains by VonStreff Spired Mountains by VonStreff
Spired mountains are an unexplained mystery, seeming man-made, yet far too large to be so. There are many different myths and legends which surround them, together with a slew of superstition. Broken shards of a god's shield cast to earth after a great battle, the tombs of Angels when they die, and the like. Who really knows if any or none are true?

Two and a half hours of work, this is the first piece completed for my novel Angelus, available as a print here: [link] I only used the default chalk brush, no round brushes, no soft brushes, just the chalk.
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QTroubadour Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think I saw that this one is an updated version, correct? I'd like to see the previous one and see the differences. I'll check your scrapbook for it, anyway.

So this is pretty sweet. The first thing I want to mention is how natural it looks... besides the spire things XD But the way the trees are placed and the hills shaped looks completely natural, which I personally find very difficult to keep them from making too much sense or being in some kind of pattern the subconscious picks up. The atmospheric perspective is also great; it creates a magnificent sense of depth that emphasizes the enormous scale of these spires even if the trees didn't themselves. Pretty awe-inspiring.

The main thing I see is the water. At first I thought it was sand, and these were green hills in the middle of some kind of dune-desert. I'm not sure the best way to go about fixing this... I think the main reason I mistook it was because it's a pink while the sky that it's reflecting is an orange. The area it should be reflecting is, in fact, yellow. I just noticed that there is reflections of the spires in them, but they aren't very easy to see, and the highlights kinda cover them up. It might be as simple as the water in front of the furthest spire should be reflecting it's shaded green of the hill, not the pink of the sky.

I dunno. As always, there's a good chance I have no idea what I'm talking about. Hope it helped. Again, this is great and I really love it! It got that epic side to it, ya know? I'm gonna have to check out that novel, too. What genre is it?
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VonStreff Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, you pick out all the mistakes, I love it! :) Thanks so much.

Yeah, water is still a challenge for me, I need to use more reference. I'm happy you like the epicness. The novel is a fantasy book.
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QTroubadour Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey, anytime bro! :D

I'll have to put that on my reading list. Maybe after I'm finished critiquing my friend's novel.
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waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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VonStreff Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :hug: You're epic!
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waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awww :hug:
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Stunning work! :clap:
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VonStreff Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Demi-Elf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Beautiful, can't wait to see more of your paintings for Angelus! :) :)
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VonStreff Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :hug:

I plan to do a piece of Raziel and his sword, and Alicia (the Angel) as well.
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