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golden age by RadoJavor golden age by RadoJavor
A new private project. Melancholic atmosphere from small deserted American town in 50's, picture inspired by my trip to US.
Let me know any critics, I would like to make more in this theme and welcome some thoughts.

All in PS with wacom intuos.
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I don't know if it's postapocaliptic town or just abandoned. Sky is made not so good -> at right we see yellow light and on the left there is a blue one. Composition of colours is perfect, balanced but logic of that light coming from clouds is not good. Perspective ideal. I love the fance, both fences on the right. Brown tree parts on the left centre looks as if you had no time to end it. Or just forget to made it better. Cars are masterpiece, broken windows, broken doors. Light on the road is realy great. It looks like you made many mistakes, but it is not true, a little mistakes in really good piece of art. As always.
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I would like to say you have created one admirably amazing work of art. :) It is very noticeable by the quality and how you put every little detail in this work that you have done your best efforts. Also, I noticed the shading and lighting you have put in here, which also makes you painting look very realistic.
It is extremely difficult to find something for you to improve on, perhaps someone else can, but I'm sorry that I cannot. I really think you should keep working on different scenery and keep doing what your doing, I love your art and please continue! :heart:
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
Wouldn't they have needed their cars to move out? O_o
Solarchos Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
I like the scenery of the sky - the contrasting light and darkness make it seem like a storm is quickly approaching, and the leaves being blown across the surface of the street help convey that feeling.  Very nicely done.
ReyShelley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're skills are so admirable! Hope to be as good as you someday! :)
MRock91 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Clap Clap Clap 
Leothomas1 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
I read the criticism regarding your sky in this painting. To your defense I must say that living in northern Florida all my life skies like this are quite common. What would create this effect would be a low sun angle a mostly cloudy sky with some breaks to allow the shafts of sunlight to shine clearly through. It would appear that a storm front or thunderstorm looms off in the distance on the right. The leaves appear to be blowing across the street so an outflow boundary is passing. I would say bad weather is coming. The ghost town look reminds me of the economically depressed small towns who once were thriving 'American Pie' communities. A sad and beautiful picture of the remains of 'Americana'. 
sfaber95 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's amazing:)
Lola-in-the-Black Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
This is amazing :)
WolfSyndrom Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Artist
thewatchfulleye has been stealing your work! It is all over their gallery. They are claiming it as 'their' apocalyptic work. Just in case anyone hasn't told you, I wanted you to know.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
its just pure scam. can you let know about this to DA?
WolfSyndrom Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Artist
Yes, of course. I will must definitely let them know^^
MarcusCrassus Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Love it, but I am curious where you found the inspiration. 
66frenchfries Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Disturbing.  It makes me want to find out the story behind it.  The boarded windows are made with untreated wood that looks newer.  Maybe a survivor lives there.  I wish I could explore the town.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I wish that too. 
Livid-Lazan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Reminds me of The Last of Us.
TruckChick Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   Photographer
Love this theme! I love to explore abandoned places and your art makes me wish I could jump through the screen and explore around.
Bamboo57 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing
charlesdeshields9167 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it,looks a little like my hometown some time ago.
jason19 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
really great feeling captured here, i love old America work.
Enano3355 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Good job!
StretchyGalFan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, with exception of the abandoned part, I actually know a few places like this about an hours drive from my home...

The water tower is a nice touch, which gives it a bit of a Central USA type of feel to the scene.

Nicely done!
simonzes Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason i was thinking GTA-ghosttown when i did see this one
boguslav4 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Amazing artwork!
marymo75 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing work, great color and scene :clap:
ChiBurbs Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
An incredible piece of work. I've worked as a reporter in small Midwestern towns, and this evokes them wonderfully, down to the trees (oaks, it looks like). I feel like I recognize the watertower. The title adds something, too.

But I'm sure you wouldn't ask for critiques if all you wanted was praise.

1) Movement. The sky shows what looks like a storm brewing and clouds moving to the right, and yet the rest of the painting is deathly still. You can't have it both ways. The dust hanging over the street should swirl a bit. Some of the leaves seem to be moving, but others seem deathly still. And the trees and other plants don't appear to be moving/bending in a wind. Either a wind or stillness would work in this, but not both.

2) Zoning. Parts of this look like an alley behind houses and businesses and parts look like a street in front of them. The painted fence would be in an alley. This many cars would be parked in front. Also, you seem to put businesses next to residences. I can't imagne many towns would allow that as much as you show it.

3) Neverending Alley. I think the sense of infinity of the alley/street continuing one doesn't help the overall feel, which is the claustrophobia of a dying small town. Most streets and alleys in small towns would end somewhere, usually into a building or turn.

It is great work, though.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for the crits, You wrote some interesting things. I need to gain more knowlege about US towns for sure.
ChiBurbs Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and it is an excellent piece that captures the feel well. As a professor of mine told me, "There's no such thing as a perfect poem; it is just less imperfect as the last version."
TexasDreamer01 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
You really portayed it well, and it's unique. A lot of people prefer to paint the fifties in its mind-numbing conformation. This shows another side of that decade.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you
laura-csajagi Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
just breathtaking!I love the mood of your work!
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
you got also some very atmospheric works.
laura-csajagi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
not as impressive as yours ;-)
VictoriousMarch Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
very good bro!
illusivearc Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I can think of no words to describe this.
Any praise I write for this, won't come close to this beauty
deVere Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
This is so stunning! Even though it's eerie and has this melancholic air to it, I'd love to go for a walk right there!
MSCajax Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Its great the way it is wouldnt change anything about it
RulezMac Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
It's the Fallout universe
MyDarkDay Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student
i'm speechless man..... amazing work.....
i wish i could be like you one day... :)
sevenxlives Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This image is beautiful.
your styl is really great. =)
PharaonicWolf Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
What a fascinating atmosphere... I love the little details, like the advertisement on the fence.
andrelff Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful look.
Kiardra Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I love the way you use light. Almost photo-realistic, but with enough artistic impression to make it interesting. And what a wonderful feel of nostalgia too!
MirzaMaulana Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Soo cool..great art work!!
Tjeb Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Awesome, even for someone from Western Europe, never visited the States. Your image even kept me busy for more than 30 minutes; reading all the comments, even explored Interstate 70 with Google Earth Streetview, but no success, came across this site: [link]
So, thank you for keeping me busy...LOL.
Medjugore Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sad and quiet as well, you could do the same in the US now with massive pick ups and old dark fashioned buildings shattered by the economic crisis. Hey, United states and Europe needs a deep overhaul. Anyway, it is a very master piece you did here. Congrats!
Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you work are something epic. keep take inspiration from your trip... X)
ZarieoZ Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh! kinda thought of it more of Apocalypse or a place after zombie attack, the colors & effects on cars & wood gives me this feeling. Anyway, love it anyway. I love the colors & atmosphere of your artworks :)
gravisher Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012   Filmographer
Your critics have stated the nature of this digital painting really well,however,i feel like i have something to add.
I hope i don't offend you by saying things.I really hope they will help you.I feel the concept lacks dramatic elements,for me the cars are not such a representant of drama since i don't feel attached to the cars.I don't drive.Many people might,however.
It also lacks some elements that might otherwise tell us stories,for example basketball backyards,where a father and a son could have been enjoying their free time together.
Or a wheelchair,or a craddle.I do understand that they couldn't be shown in this specific painting,due to what you have chosen to show,but those were just examples,and you could have found many just like that.Judging by how well this was made,i believe you got what it takes to take it to a more dramatic level.
I like however your style of approaching your viewers with the overall setting,especially with the subtle elements of advertising,on the right fence,on the wooden beam and above the house.
That will sure get them inside the story.

I really hope i haven't offended you,these are just my two cents,and yes,i know that pictures from my gallery don't reflect my critique but that is because i am not the artist people that i criticise think i am.I do hope this will help you in the future as otherwise i wouldn't have said it.
RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I will do more of this theme. so next time I will try to do it better.
kakobrutus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
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