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Duel by Wildweasel339 Duel by Wildweasel339
A duel beneath the falls.
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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.
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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.
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow. Such great action and movement in this piece.
Archon89 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
The composition of the picture is really awesome, very evocative! It gives a really cool sense of scale, and all the details are great! Nice work! :D
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
Archon89 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
You're welcome!
Juhupainting Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Cool idea, love how they are overtowered by the waterfall!
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Great,fun image, love the scale, and how 2 simple figures bring the whole story out
Yenk Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing!!!
CLMac Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes, the rocks are a bit distracting. I spent too much time noodling on them, and much less on the actual focal point. Thanks, good points!
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