This is a relatively simple enough piece you have duel under a waterfall. What really brings the eyes attention to the two male figures in motion ,even though, they are so diminutive compared to their surrounding is the beautiful work you did with adding just enough lighting to some of the stones. I believe that it was the right choice to add lighting , also the burst of water right behind the figures and the small hints of red around them was a nice touch. I would have liked to see more detail on the stones behind the dueling men , however I understand that it may have distracted the viewer from the subject of the painting. Other than that, this painting is truly beautiful i'm a big fan of your work.
It is great to see artwork in the frontpage of DeviantART that is not the typical plague created by Japanese influence. I like anime and such, but really... overkill.
But I digress. The first point that caught my attention was the roughness of the piece, from unusual weapons (when most people think duels, it's usually a swordfight or a western shootout) and apparent lack of protective garment, which leads to a figure of cavemen, rather intriguing.
The scenery is grandiose, waterfalls provide a sense of detachment, the deafening noise at the bottom of the falls pushes the two duelists to ultimate focus.
Their poses are great, the water splashes are done beautifully. Some things detract from the piece, great elements that would be better used if they were two separate pieces. The waterfall splash against the rocks and the duelists' dark silhouette would be a great piece in it's own, as well as the sun on the rocks at the bottom has a dramatic effect that is somewhat lost given the size of the piece and the separation of elements, the warriors being under the shadow of the mountain/cliff.
Overall, it is a great piece, the brush strokes seem like the speed paint sort to me, rough coloring and details, smudged outlines, etc, all in all, it has a rough charm.
This is a pretty epic piece of art/imagination. Gives me shivers! I just watched a certain Sherlock Holmes-based movie with an unexpectedly epic depiction of Holmes's epic death as recounted in the original Conan-Doylean books, and it has inspired my own art, but seeing this, I think I need to do my own duel between my own characters, 'cause THIS is quite inspiring. I have had a thing about waterfalls for some time.
It really looks so grand, so epic and yet its a very simplistic piece and stylishly painted. I don't know if anyone has said this but, for me at least, my eyes are really drawn to the boulders/rocks in the foreground. In a way, they appear to be much more rendered than the rest of the painting. I'd like to keep focus on the figures in the midst of this large natural construct, however I can't help going back to those beautiful rocks! Other than that, I would say there is something about the curve of that cliff wall that doesn't seem natural - that was probably useless for me to say though D: Sorry. Anyway, I love the colors. Though there are more cool colors than warm colors, it still feels balanced to me. And the texture! Ah but I just love texture. It goes without saying that I love this
DexterLexterFeatured By OwnerJul 4, 2012Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love it how you mix different levels of detail. the splashing water looks amazing and i can see how you used a rough brush to make it with a few well placed strokes. have you thought about adding another layer of bright reflections to the water? it would increase the drama, i think, and it seems physically possible (from the shadows i would judge that the water should be hit by direct light).
Very beatiful, I especially like how you have lined up the spears with the direction of the water and how one of the men is very off balance. I could be very wrong but I feel that the sunny rocks on the other side of the river could use a little bit more definition. In every other part of the painting I really like how you kept it very abstract. It adds to the immense scale and sense of movement. In other words Wow!