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Red Moon Rising - The Docks by aora Red Moon Rising - The Docks by aora
Another Artgrind sketch, but I quite liked how this one came out, so it gets its own deviation. It's the airship docks in the city of Ashul, which are suspended over a large chasm that runs through the middle of the city.

This is one of those drawings I had in mind for ages, but never really thought I could put down on (digital) paper properly. I think this turned out pretty much how I wanted, though. Yayyyy.
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thedustud Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love your comic and your artistic skill is amazing!
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aora Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconwynnter89:
thats fantastic !
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aora Apr 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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your welcome !
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:iconstardroidjean:
This is pretty *_*
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:iconbrendankeeley:
Another interesting piece of background work here. The canyon side reall does loom up in the distance, and gives a very good impression of both size and height relative to the viewer. The docks too, are very effective. They further emphesise the relative height of the canyon wall, and give everything a very hemmed in, claustrophobic feel by essentially adding a roof to the setting.
I'm unsure as to wether the actual docks would be better off with more defined, straight edges or not. They are man-made structures, and the mind practically insists that such constructions would, in reality by very neat, straight designs, and should be drawn with a ruler, ( or the draw straight line tool if working digitally... ) but on the other hand, by being vauge and undefined, they are drawn back into the background, instead of really catching the eye and jumping out at you, as a more precisely drawn docks would. This way, they still provide a good feel for the setting, yet the emphasis is still firmly on the character, rather than the background.

One bit I am not to sure about is the wall/archway on the right. It seems far to lightly coloured, and to my eyes at least, appears to be a piece of missplaced background, or possibly middleground, rather than aprt of the foreground. I personally would have coloured the stones it's made of much darker, probably matching the black of the railings, and made the actual outline slightly lighter, as if the edges were catching the light, like the stonework in this picture [link] .
Also, by making the stones darker, it would create the impression that the figure in the center was inside, and looking out through some sort of archway.Since, by making the stones much darker, it would appear as if the light source was coming from outside, therefor giving a greater impression that the character was inside, and looking out.

Artistic details aside though, I just want to say that not only is this a great picture, but also a very good, and very imaginative setting. It really is an interesting fantasy setting, it's unusual enough to intrique and grab ones interest, yet gives very much a feel of beign a simple, everyday scene for the characters themselves. It's not one of those "Look at me, I'm being all fantasy!" type pictures with floating castles and pink clouds, but rather just a quick glance into the lives and surroundings of perfectly oridinary people, who's setting happens to be different from that of our own world.
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r51 Jul 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I know I've said this to you before, but I simply love the way that you create depth in backgrounds that are really so simple in terms of texture and overall finishing. It's almost as if they lack focus through lack of detail, but they still work great as frames for your subjects.
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