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Old Sith by Fesbraa
by Fesbraa

Conceptually and compositionally the work is very strong. The isolated face on a plain background gives an obvious but powerful focus a...

Abbaye Notre-Dame en Saint-Melaine   Rennes1  by hubert61

I tried to write a critique earlier, so if this is a repeat I apologize. The photographer's usual strong compositional skills are again...

Sous le pont by hubert61

The artist changes up his subject matter from the usual churches and fields for something a bit more gritty and industrial. In this cas...

eglise de la Ferte bernard3 by hubert61

The artist has a knack for finding the rhythm and beauty of existing architectural works and framing them for maximum impact. While som...

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Old Sith by Fesbraa
Conceptually and compositionally the work is very strong. The isolated face on a plain background gives an obvious but powerful focus and it allows us to explore the character of the face and interpret it. We get a clear sense of the battle worn character with only a minimal expression of the face and maybe the hood. I love how the black background and shadow on the face are all that is needed to convey the presence of the hood and the rest of the character. Otherwise the figure disappears into the deep tenebrism of the black background, which contrasts with the pallor of the face, providing a strong focal point in the eyes. It's all about the face then, and forces the viewer to examine the details of the face, its heavy lines, it's scars. One really gets a sense of the battles he's fought and the horrors he's seen or inflicted. It gives the impression of evil, without being cliche or using trite overbearing gestures of evil like excessive tattoos or horns or fangs or pointed eyebrows or other over the top comically evil details. One gets the sense that there is a real character there with a story, rather than just a trope. This is really conveyed in the eyes. Which are quite strong. Instead of sneering overbearing evil we get quiet menace, which if anything is more terrifying. I love the understated quality of it. If I were the client I might want to see it without the subtle and appropriate tattoos. I think the effect would still be just as strong. I love the painterly details as well, showing off how digital works can make reference to pastels and watercolors and markers in the same piece. It feels a tad unfinished, and I suspect this is a sketch so that may be an unfair crit since this feels more like a sketch. If it is, I hope the artist doesn't overfinish because I love the painterly detail. Your mileage may vary. Over all an excellent piece.
Abbaye Notre-Dame en Saint-Melaine   Rennes1  by hubert61
I tried to write a critique earlier, so if this is a repeat I apologize. The photographer's usual strong compositional skills are again on display here. The nexus of the pier, altar and light is especially compelling. I love the movement of the shot as it captures the light coming from the window and shining through the altar cloth, and continuing through the long shadows cast by the candlesticks. This is an excellent eye at work here. Thematically it works as well because it places the altar and light at the intersection of nave and transept, putting the focal point directly at the feet of the crucifix which remains in shadow. My only complaint is the processing. I'm not sure if this is a product of the lighting or too heavy-handed use of a few photoshop filters, but the periphery takes on a posterized effect that I think is unfortunate. I think the artist may have been trying to compensate for the low lighting in post. I would like to see the original image to see if this was justified. I think it may be a bit overboard, but it's a minor quibble with an otherwise excellent image.
Sous le pont by hubert61
The artist changes up his subject matter from the usual churches and fields for something a bit more gritty and industrial. In this case he applied the rigid symmetry he reserves for cathedral ceilings to a concrete underpass, in a way, elevating it, giving is something of the same grandeur of a Gothic church. The texture of the tracery is replaced by the weathered patina of the concrete. The architectonics of the arch is replaced by the purposeful alignment of the V-shaped pylons. The piece, like his church pieces, then becomes a formal work, concentrating on the arbitrary shapes that have been framed by the photographer. In this way, I think this work is even more successful than his church pieces because the symmetry and beauty in a Gothic arch is easier to see and accentuate. Here he had to use his expert compositional skills give it the sense of scale, depth and texture.
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Travis Clark
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AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch and favs!
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hubert61 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
merci pour les favs :) (Smile)
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hubert61 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
merci pour les favs  :)
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hubert61 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
merci pour les favs :)
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hubert61 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
merci pour les favs :)
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hubert61 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
merci pour les favs :)
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hubert61 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
merci pour les favs :)
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one-rook Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the :+devwatch:!
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tlclark Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.  
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builtbytallsteve Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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