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Coastal Cliffs by Kontrapunktus Coastal Cliffs by Kontrapunktus
Environment and rendering exercise.
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ArtOfhKm Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Seconding the 'too defined' motion.
I can see that you put a lot of effort in this, but in art, knowing what details to leave out takes more knowledge and skill than trying to detail everything in. Always step back and look at the whole painting, decide if your details are adding more value to the overall composition or whether it takes a way from it.

Anyway, the colors are pleasant to look at, and it is a good effort. Paint more and become better as you go. Good luck!
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013   General Artist
Thanks a lot for taking the time to critique! Edge control is something I've had a hard time with, so it's something I will think about in the future, as well as what things should stay in focus. :)
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bdec Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work... Just come little details... The big island in the middle should be more faded in the atmosphere if we compare to the rock on the right part of the image! ;-)
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for the crit, not sure why I didn't see this when I was painting it. I guess it's easy to become blind to your mistakes after you've spent a lot of time without fixing them. :)
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Monsoni Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Wonder how the residents get up and down? Are there tunnels and stairways winding up through the rock, or perhaps elevators? Maybe there's a cable car that goes from that little hill to the left, or a balloon service, or...

Alright, I'm probably thinking too hard about this. I'll just say that it's an incredible piece, and you did well!
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   General Artist
I like to leave these things up to the viewer, though my thought process was that this area is situated between two tectonic plates and the islands have been pushed out of the water by those forces, after which the houses up on the cliffs were abandoned. And thanks for the kind words!
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Worlds-in-Miniature Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! Well done!
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   General Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like what NYC is destined to become.
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   General Artist
Not sure what you mean by that.
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Geosammy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's ok, it was a attempt at humor and a failed one at that.
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ThexSilverxWolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Awesome :)
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :D
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ThexSilverxWolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
You're welcome :)
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ehecod Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not too big of a fan of paintings that are overly defined. It really does make them look too "tight" and "packed up". I don't meant to insult on your skill or style, as a lot of your paintings are far better than what I could do, but there's something about this sort of rendering (to me, at least) that kills the mood. D: I like things when they are more loose. (:
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
There are parts of a painting that need to be detailed and parts that need to be loose. Leaving too many aspects loose can make you look sloppy, and over rendering can make things look stiff. It's a tough balance, to find, but you shouldn't be afraid to do some fine detail work. It's surprisingly satisfying.. :)
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Stardash1 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
wow:wow:
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Thanks!
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Stardash1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
NP mate!
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Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
WOW! this place looks amazing!
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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jrhyder Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd hate to live there- all those stairs! -but this would be a freaking awesome place to visit. It looks gorgeous :)
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Yeah it would be a pretty unpractical place to live :)
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Night-the-PantherCat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing, it reminds me of something out of Final Fantasy.
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Final Fantasy is always a big inspiration to me. :) especially FFIX...
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Night-the-PantherCat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool. I personally like FFX. :)
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StormtheRed Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully precarious!
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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StormtheRed Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Alpha-Step Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional
This is reeaaally good man! My only suggestion is that the elements closer to the camera have a darker value, like you Paradise Colony or Frozen Citadel illustrations.
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
It's a good rule of thumb, but it isn't always strictly true. I tried not to draw too much attention to the foreground. Thanks for the crit!
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DwarfPuddle Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Wow! :D
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :D
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent work! :)
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   General Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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Chrysolos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
The clouds are amazing, makes you imagine what they look like. The rest of the picture is of equal quality.
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   General Artist
Clouds, rocks and trees are always the most fun thing to paint. Glad you like it :)
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ZeratulsoulB Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
I think the clouds look too simliar.
But still pretty good!
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for the crit!
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Awesome,love the light
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
It's one of the hardest things to get down. Still working at it :)
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
lol...good job so far :)
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NImFpa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! :3
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!! :3
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing!!!
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!!
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure :love:
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Afronaut2 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I want to live on one of those islands.
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Kontrapunktus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
Yeah painting these types of scenes is how I deal with the winter :)
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