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September 15, 2013
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Valley Sanctum by Raelsatu Valley Sanctum by Raelsatu
A place of peace.


Was surprised when I checked my messages today.. a DD. An influx of faves, comments (& critique). Many thanks and blessings to my watchers, friends, acquaintances -- viewers of all sorts. =} I hope to develop my skills, and create more art that you're able to enjoy. Here's to the future.

 Used a couple assets from my crimson sage work. A bit of lighting/rendering practice.

3ds max, octane, photoshop

The original render is twice the resolution (I'll most likely add that file).
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Given 2013-11-20
Breath taking 3D piece love the details especially when you zoom in! Valley Sanctum by *Raelsatu ( Suggested by ZarieoZ and Featured by PolyMune )
I do not know a lot about this medium, so please forgive anything ignorant I say.

The lighting in this is really good. I like the strong contrast and the reflections. However, I think the trees are too saturated a pink. They are almost painful to look at, and the result is somewhat unnatural. Had you gone with a paler, more realistic pink with some green leaves, this would have a more believable, immersing feel.
That said, the use of the color pink, if not that particular shade, adds a lot, I think. Pink is the last color you usually think of when imagining stone cathedrals and dark, cavernous spaces. You've created a contrast of ideas that is quite fascinating and emotional.
I think the purple crystal things on the pillars are a needless excess that has a video-game-y feel and kind of detracts from the trees. I also think the trees should be on patches of grass, not in pots. That would add more emotional impact for me. Also, if the trees are cherry trees, which I assume is the case, there should be a flotilla of petals on the marble.
I like the dark place behind the stairs visually, but it creates a more ominous mood that undermines the peace and the beauty of the well-lit part somehow. Part of that, I believe, is that the lighted part of the cathedral looks wrong next to it, disconnected somehow. I don't think the light is leaching into the dark quite enough. Another is that next to the dark, and with pink so saturated, the whole lit area looks kind of garish by comparison. The reflections of the lit part of the cathedral aren't quite right either. Perhaps the reflections should be sharper, with less yellow. I'd like to see individual blossoms reflecting in the marble.
I do love the way the lit part of the sanctum appears small and delicate next to the rest of the stairs. When I was small I visited a museum that had a gallery displaying rooms from a very ornate historical dollhouse. The rooms were put in little boxes in the wall and lit from the inside, but the gallery was dark, and I was absolutely transfixed by it. That's what this reminds me of.
The technique you put into this is obviously very high-level. It's clear you put huge amounts of time and effort into this, and I think it's quite amazing. You trigger emotions and my curiosity with this piece. This is excellent work.
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I agree'd mostly with what TheLearningArtist had to say, and concerning technical result I can't point out much. All i could say is that the green plants feel a little too crisp, that candle reflection on the right hand side behind the stair railing feels out of place (too strong perhaps?), and I wonder if the light coming down the stairs to the right of the statue should really go that far. All of that though gets pretty nit-picky and, while it could be improved, isn't too detrimental to the piece. Because you're technically developed and skilled though I'd have liked to see more artistry come through, and what I mean by that is your story telling. You have this grand cathedral (presumably) with this outdoor cherry tree garden, but what is the story behind it? Is it abandoned in a world falling away from faith? is it the centerfold of religious practice for its world? Will it hold refugee's during wartime? What significance do the gems/crystals hold? and if nothing more then ornamentation then what kind of world is this that floating gems are decor? Right now its just a pretty picture, and while its a damn good pretty picture I'm done looking it at when i'm done admiring how pretty it is. I think someone of your talent could easily have gone that little extra to give the piece that vision.
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DarkSlayerCB Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
So much details. Sir you are the best :D
tanyawriter13 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is f*cking amazing!
Ascletarion Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Beautiful, evocative...simply magnificent. 
RuneWoof Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
BEAUTIFUL!! This looks so real!! The detail in this is just so amazing! I'd love to see this in a video game!
Lexana Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just WOW!
what a great atmosphere and all these details
stunning work
Elenna-Huntress Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Wowowow! Out of all the things that strike me as excellent about this image, I think the composition and the quality of light top the list. Totally deserves the DD!
Raelsatu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you. =}
blanket86 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting and beautiful work congratulations!
mjpr83916 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just beautiful.
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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