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December 30, 2012
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Desert Stronghold by vladgheneli Desert Stronghold by vladgheneli
My last piece for 2012, hope to get at least twice as better next year
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So lets get the obvious out of the way colours, light and the whole atmosphre are great.
The name of the picture is "Desert Stronghold" so let's see what one can get out of this concept. It is "build into" the scenery makes it look very easy to defend. There is one significant landmark which is easy to defend and that is the stone bridge over the dry riverbed. All very thought out so far.
And there is the obvious giant plant in the room. The mid section of the stronghold looks as in the comments below already mentioned very much like a plant. Plants are not made forever and at least in the desert they tend to grow very slow. So if this is a plant one have to live in sonstant fear some of these "trunks" will break of. Also plants tend to burn very well (very old wood of some sorts does not I know). Also if there is a siege and all the people are in the upper part this plant conceals the enemy if attking from the ground very well. The plant itself is just huge and gives the stronghold a majestic and archaic look.
I hope you see my problem here I cannot imagine a kind of sci-fi warfare were this kind of sronghold brings a major advatage to the defenders (aside from giant creature carried warmachines that just ram into cities to conquer them).
What do you think?
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chensmart Jul 8, 2013  Professional Artist
StanislavLunin May 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
NielsHakMusic Apr 7, 2013  Student Artist
the critique by ~SymbioJoe really makes no sense at all. We're talking about a fantasy world here. Everything is possible, that's why we draw, create art. Because in art everything is possible.
an amasing piece of art!!

no download button :'(
Chrisfraserhd Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
woho, yes, so sweet!
XY-axis Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
how long did this take you Vlad?
vladgheneli Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
maybe 5-6 hours
RobGekko Dec 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"Lets live under a giant yucca plant everybody!"
moonmystery Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THis is an awesome piece of work! How do you make something so realistic? :)
vladgheneli Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Well, textures and a lot of studies
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